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‘Creed,’ ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and the Rise of the Nostalgia Sequel


At the multiplexes, what’s old is new again. Rocky Balboa is back in the ring, Han Solo is once again steering the Millennium Falcon and Hollywood is riding a wave of nostalgia as it tries to put a fresh spin on some mothballed franchises. Nearly 40 years ago, “Rocky” took America by storm, plunging up… Read more »


‘Creed’ a Massive Box Office Success in Philadelphia


Rocky Balboa is so synonymous with Philadelphia that the “City of Brotherly Love” erected a statue to memorialize the steps that the fictional boxer bounds up as part of his iconic training routine. Well, actually the statue, with its portrait of the pugilist flinging his hands triumphantly in the air, was created for a scene… Read more »


Carlos Saura’s Music-Themed ‘Argentina’ Set To Travel (EXCLUSIVE)


Paris-based MK2 has scored a raft of sales on “Argentina,” a live-performance documentary about Argentina’s stunning musical heritage – from traditional styles such as the Zamba of “La Felipe Varela” through to modern dance – directed by critically-acclaimed Carlos Saura, who broke through as a leading light of Spain’s Nuevo Cine Español. Bringing Saura’s hallmark… Read more »


‘The Martian’ Soars to $50.1 Million Opening in China

Matt Damon portrays an astronaut who faces seemingly insurmountable odds as he tries to find a way to subsist on a hostile planet.

“The Martian” rocketed to $50.1 million in China this weekend, demonstrating that it pays to have the world’s second-largest film market play a key role in a picture’s plot. In the film, China’s space program gives critical aid to NASA that allows the governmental organization to bring a stranded astronaut (Matt Damon) back to earth…. Read more »


Daniel Radcliffe is Jealous of Eddie Redmayne’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Costume


Like many, former “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe saw the photos of Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” and he’s got some serious costume envy. Radcliffe commented on Redmayne’s attire in an interview with NME this week, lamenting his boy wizard wardrobe. “Oh f–k you, Eddie, in your… Read more »


Box Office: ‘Hunger Games’ Leads Thanksgiving Pack, ‘Creed’ Scores


Moviegoers said goodbye to Katniss Everdeen and welcomed back Rocky Balboa, a series of farewells and reunions that powered Thanksgiving box office receipts above last year’s holiday results. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” led a crowded field of contenders, topping charts with $75.8 million and bringing its domestic total to $198.3 million. It… Read more »


Jennifer Lawrence Says ‘Joy’ Is Salute to ‘Women Who Are Unsung Heroes’


Jennifer Lawrence on Saturday said her film “Joy” is a tribute to “women who are the unsung heroes of their households.” She also paid tribute to writer-director David O. Russell, saying she would do “anything with David until the day I die.” Russell in turn said that in their third film collaboration, “She’s the first… Read more »


Mark Hamill Offers New ‘Force Awakens’ Hints: ‘There Are Lots of Surprises in This Movie’


The fate of Luke Skywalker has been the subject of much fevered discussion among “Star Wars” fans as the release of “The Force Awakens” looms. While Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher have been prominently featured in the promotion of the new film, Mark Hamill has been conspicuously absent. In a new interview with Empire (via SlashFilm),… Read more »


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