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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Pompeii’ Fizzles While ‘The LEGO Movie’ is Still Awesome

For the third weekend in a row, 'The LEGO Movie' effortlessly held onto the number one spot at the box office, cutting down all of the newbies that showed up to dethrone it. Don't cry to hard for '3 Days to Kill,' but feel free to wince a'plenty for 'Pompeii.'

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Could John Travolta Play a Future Bond Villain?

It's been a rough decade for John Travolta, and his self-destructive slide looks to continue now that he's signed on to voice the lead character in a Gummy Bears movie. For that reason, we have a hard time believing that he's spoken to the James Bond franchise producers about playing a villain in a future film, but according to a recent interview, he claims that such meetings have occurred and have been fruitful.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘The LEGO Movie’ Constructs a Big Opening

And here we are: five weeks into the new year and we already have our first major blockbuster of 2014. Early estimates had 'The LEGO Movie' opening big, but the animated adventure shattered all expectations this weekend, with universally positive reviews and word of mouth sending the film to a massive opening.

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The 20 Feet From Stardom Documentary, The Real Story of Background Singers [REVIEW] [VIDEO]

I recently read the article in Rolling Stone Magazine titled Rocks Greatest Unsung Voices by Simon Vozick-Levinson. Rolling Stone rated it at 4 stars. I rate it at 5. If your  a music fan, you no doubt are familiar with the term "background singer." Darlene Love, Mary Clayton, and Lisa Fischer to name a few of the better known. As I've always said, "a background singer can make or break a live performance." With that in mind, it's my hope you'll either rent or buy the 20 Feet From Stardom documentary.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Ride Along’ Laps ‘That Awkward Moment’ and ‘Labor Day’

Unless you had a personal stake in a film being released this weekend, movies were far from the most important thing happening to you these past couple of days. You can blame the weekend's mostly anemic box office on one thing: the Super Bowl. Everyone spent their money buying snacks and preparing their parties and not going to see 'That Awkward Moment' and 'Labor Day,' both of which opened soft.

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New Movies: ‘That Awkward Moment,’ ‘Labor Day’

A comedy and a drama hit theaters this weekend. A comedy and a drama? That's both kinds of faces on those masks!

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‘The Monuments Men’ Review

“They don't make 'em like that anymore!”

That's what my old man always liked to say when we'd watch a black and white Hollywood classic. Sometimes he meant it as a sign of respect. Sometimes he meant it to mean, "Wow, that was super cheesy."

George Clooney's 'The Monuments Men' goes right down the middle.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Ride Along’ Leaves ‘I, Frankenstein’ Choking on Exhaust

Ah, a week at the box office where the new release flies completely under the radar and everything else feels like it's just hanging out because there's nothing else to push it off the charts. Welcome to January. Welcome to the home of movies like 'I Frankenstein,' which was dead on arrival this weekend and will vanish into dollar theaters within the next week or so.

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‘I, Frankenstein’ Review

Quite frankly as misguided and problematic as the forlorn romanticism of Kenneth Branagh’s 1994 adaptation, not to mention as ridiculously self-serious, Stuart Beattie’s ‘I, Frankenstein’ isn’t even campy enough to be fun. Cut from the mold of the films in the ‘Underworld’ series, Beattie’s film similarly eschews the natural intrigue of the original mythology to pump it full of steroids and Hot Topic-style cool, adding an epic, age-old conflict between no less than angels (well, gargoyles) and demons for Frankenstein’s monster to be caught between – all of which showcases an excess of thought, and yet a shocking lack of brains.

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See This Wonderful Mash Up Of 25 Languages To Celebrate Disney’s Frozen “Let It Go” Nominated For An Oscar

Disney's movie Frozen, is nominated for a couple of Oscar Awards, one of them is best original song for a movie. "Let It Go" is nominated for an Oscar, and to celebrate, Disney released this video with each of the 25 languages that it is translated into, with subtitles telling you which language it is.

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Famous Movie Bad Guys Then and Now

The bad guys (or occasional girl) from the films of our childhood were memorable characters we won't be forgetting anytime soon. Let's take a look at some of our favorite villains from days gone by and see where they are now

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Barkhad Abdi, Cast by Lake Nebagamon Woman in Captain Phillips, Nominated For Oscar

On January 13th, I posted about Debbie Kaszynski from Lake Nebagamon, and the fact she cast a then unknown Barkhad Abdi in the supporting role in Captain Phillips. Lake Nebagamon Woman Attends Golden Globe Awards Ceremony. The film was up for a Golden Globe award, and even though it did not win an award, I said there would be more good things to come from Debbie, and I was right.

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