With Vin Diesel behind the wheel, Fast Five left the competition in the dust with an $83.6 million debut to grab the top spot at the weekend box office.
Studio estimates released Sunday show Universal Pictures' fifth movie in The Fast and the Furious franchise, this time set in Brazil and framed as a "one-last-heist" was by far this year's biggest opening. Its debut was more than double the previous best of $39.2 million for animated flick Rio.
Fast Five also set a record for best April debut ever, speeding past the $71 million haul of its predecessor, Fast & Furious, two years ago.
The movie gave Hollywood a huge head-start on the summer season, which begins with next weekend's debut of the Paramount Pictures superhero saga Thor and includes Captain America: The First Avenger, X-Men: First Class and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Fast Five has added $81.4 million overseas to bring its worldwide total to $165 million.
A welcome sense of optimism pervaded the 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival.
After several years of gloomy prospects for independent film, filmmakers and audiences seemed buoyed by the hope of new technologies leading viewers to worthy movies.
"The field has been completely leveled," said writer-director Edward Burns at the closing night screening of his The Newlyweds. "It is a good time to be a filmmaker."
Burns' proclamation - unthinkable so recently - was largely because, as he boasted, he made The Newlyweds for just $9,000. He was able to because of a cheap but still highly professional-grade camera (and, surely, product placement dollars from most of Tribeca's prominent sponsors).
Several of the films at the festival were to be released by Tribeca Film on video-on-demand, a platform many hope will help resuscitate independent films, many of which have struggled to find release after the shuttering of many distributors and the narrowing of studio interests.
Born in Sweden, but raised in Southern Ontario, 33-year-old blond beauty Malin Akerman’s career path has veered from model to musician (she sang with the band The Petalstones) to rising movie star.
A role in the cult comic-book pic Watchmen as Silk Spectre II was followed by turns in studio comedies The Proposal and Couples Retreat. However, you won’t find much laughter in her new movie, The Bang Bang Club, a gripping drama based on the real-life exploits of four photographers (played by Ryan Phillippe, Taylor Kitsch, Frank Rautenbach and Neels Van Jaarsveld) whose pictures of harrowing violence and massacres during the final days of South African apartheid shocked the world.
Akerman plays Robin Comley, a photo editor who ensures the group’s pictures are seen around the globe, and who falls in love with snapper Greg Marinovich (Phillippe).
We spoke with Akerman at last fall's Toronto International Film Festival, where she opened up about the emotional cost of making the movie, her short career as a singer and her dual Swedish-Canadian identity.
It's seems like it's been at least a few weeks since we've heard anything from Camp Twilight and I, for one, was getting worried. Helping to calm my tattered nerves are the good people at Summit Entertainment, who've released a slew of new photos that show just what married life is like for our usually sombre couple who are seen - GASP - smiling in a few images.
Maybe newlywed life is treating them well since the first part of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn finds forever lovers Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) tying the knot, honeymooning it up on Isle Esme and eventually having a child together, although director Bill Condon warns that this time around, they welcomed the darker undertones that the book explicitly spells out.
"We shot everything - whether it's the lovemaking or the childbirth - as potent and powerful as it can be," he told Entertainment Weekly. "It will be interesting to see whether there will be people who think it too disturbing for this universe."
Check out 11 new pics from Breaking Dawn, including Jacob running in the rain and vampire bridesmaids, after the jump!
I guess it must be something in the air since the movers and shakers in Hollywood are clamouring over one another to make bold comedies about the rites and rituals associated with marriage from the point of view of the bridal party, and more specifically women. Of course this could be attributed to the unexpected and happy success of raunchy dude-fest The Hangover that put producers and writers in the right mood to make pretty women act like bratty, hard-drinking men (see Bridesmaids, Bad Teacher, Friends with Benefits, etc) but either way you slice it, a movie that boasts Lizzy Caplan and Kirsten Dunst as oil-and-water besties and Adam Scott as the one that got away will find an audience.
Adding to the star calibre of the soon-to-be-retitled comedy Bachelorette are producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, the minds behind FunnyorDie, who will be backing the flick under their Gary Sanchez label.
Get the details after the jump!
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Since January, we've been giving you sneak peeks at some of the fun, feisty and fierce characters from Disney's upcoming sequel to the hit 2006 animated flick Cars and now comes the exclusive, global debut of the FINAL Cars 2 player.
Now don't go crying onto your dashboard, the latest addition to the vehicular family is pretty sweet and will fit in nicely with previously announced car-achters like Prince Wheeliam, Finn McMissile, Holly Shiftwell, John Lassetire and Rod "Torque" Redline.
So without further delay, meet Brent Mustangburger, voiced by American sports broadcasting icon Brent Musburger!
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