Is Melissa McCarthy a movie star yet? The opening weekend of 'Identity Thief' suggests that yes, she is. After all, all of those people weren't flocking to this movie because of Jason Bateman (as delightful as he is). Anyway, all of this pretty much means that McCarthy's asking price just doubled.
The season premiere of 'Game of Thrones' season three is only a month and a half away, but other than a few behind the scenes featurettes and a vague teaser, things have been pretty quiet on HBO's end. By this time last year, the second season already had a variety of teasers and trailers to whet everyone's appetites, which makes the lack of anything for the new season all the more frustrating. But there is light at the end of the tunnel: we now know when a trailer will be arriving!
We knew that Marvel has longterm plans for their movie universe, but we didn't know they were this longterm. It turns out that they're not just thinking about 'Iron Man 3,' 'Thor: The Dark World,' 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier,' 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and the second 'Avengers' movie -- they're already thinking about a third 'Avengers' movie...and the major role The Hulk will play in the coming films. The following news will be nothing new to comic fans, but casual viewers should know that this is pretty major SPOILER territory.
When 'The Fast and the Furious' came out in 2001, it was a hit, but it certainly wasn't enough of a hit for anyone to predict that it would spawn five increasingly successful and popular sequels. With 'Fast & Furious 6' hitting theaters in a few months, it has the tough job of living up to the massively successful 'Fast Five,' but with much of the cast and director Justin Lin returning, we have a good feeling about it. Although you'll get the first trailer during the Super Bowl tomorrow, you can start getting excited by taking a look at the first teaser poster.
Did you really think the biggest show on television would be completely absent from the Super Bowl? Of course not! Although there won't be any actual 'The Walking Dead' trailers playing during the big game (you can watch the latest one right here, though), a few Time Warner Cable commercials have borrowed the iconography (and a certain cast member) from the show in an amusing way. Watch them below!
Eventually, the popular opinion on zombies is going to shift and people are going to stop watching 'The Walking Dead' and buying zombie-themed video games, but that day is not today. People still love zombies and if the opening weekend is any indication, they love 'Warm Bodies.'
With 'The Walking Dead' breaking records all over the place, it's no surprise that many networks are snatching up comic book properties left and right in an attempt to capture similar success. One of the more promising comic-to-TV adaptations was Showtime's take on the critically acclaimed 'Chew,' the story of a FDA investigator who gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. However, after a year and a half of development, the show is dead. For now.
There are a lot of really cool actors and actresses joining the Marvel movie universe in 'Thor: The Dark World,' but of all of them, we're most excited to see Adewake Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Best known for playing the mysterious Mr. Eko on 'Lost' and the terrifying Adebisi on HBO's 'Oz,' the phenomenal actor will go toe-to-toe with Chris Hemsworth's Thor as the dark elf warror Algrim and his villainous alter-ego, Kurse. Although most details about the film are on lockdown, he's slipped a few details to the LA Times.
Every actor wants to play a legendary gangster, but it looks like Johnny Depp will get the chance to play two. After taking on John Dillinger in Michael Mann's 'Public Enemies,' the beloved movie star is now attached to play a very different kind of criminal: Boston's infamous Whitey Bulger.
Okay, this is just getting silly -- another major Hollywood award ceremony, another victory for Ben Affleck and 'Argo,' this time at the Director's Guild of America awards. If this was like any other year, Affleck would look like a shoe-in for the Oscar...except that he's not nominated. Which means that Affleck's repeated victories make this year's Academy Awards the hardest to predict in recent memory.
Well, 'Transformers 4' is happening and Michael Bay is directing it and there's nothing the franchise's detractors can do stop it. All anyone can do now is wonder how long it'll take them to name it 'Tr4nsformers.' However, it looks like the next entry in the series will be a completely different experience...at least that's what Bay is saying.
There are few shows that beg for your eye rolls more than The CW's 'The Carrie Diaries,' a non-canonical prequel to 'Sex and the City' that follows a young Carrie Bradshaw as a student in the '80s. Naturally, the best way for SNL to take that show on is to view it through the lens of another classic HBO show. And that brings us to the sketch embedded below, titled 'Sopranos High.'
Make no mistake: this was a slow and bad weekend at the box office, an example of the January doldrums at their absolute worst. However, this was probably the only environment where a film titled 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters' could have flourished, so at least someone is happy.
You'd think that her commitment to the ninth (and final?) season of 'How I Met Your Mother' would get in the way, but it looks like 'Avengers' star Cobie Smulders may be joining the cast of ABC and Marvel's new series 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' That is, if the pilot goes to series. But c'mon: how could it not?
As much as we enjoy Jay Pharoah's President Obama, he has nothing on Jason Sudeikis' Joe Biden. In the vast land of SNL political impressions, the veteran cast member's take on the Vice President of the United States is definitely top tier, generally stealing the spotlight from whoever else he is sharing the stage with. That means that a sketch completely centered around Biden's post-reelection victory party is more than welcome.
When Andy Samberg left SNL, we thought we'd never see another Lonely Island music video on the show again. This is a situation where we're ecstatic to have been wrong! Samberg and his crew (including a few cameos that you're bound to recognize) are back with a new song and new video and it's one of their best.
We knew that 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' was going to be a time travel story that would somehow merge the universes of the original 'X-Men' films and 'X-Men: First Class,' but the most recent casting news suggests something more epic than we could have possibly imagined. A cavalcade of past mutant superheroes have officially joined the cast, deepening an already absurdly great ensemble.
Is Jessica Chastain a movie star? Probably not. At least not yet. However, this weekend proved that she's well on her way to being one. Headlining the top two films at the box office in a single weekend is a great start. The Oscar nomination certainly doesn't hurt either.
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