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This past weekend, Wes Anderson's latest star-studded film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, received a limited release. And while that means only 4 screens were playing the film (it will expand in the coming weeks), that didn't stop it from smashing box office records. Variety reports the film picked up $800,000 at the box office, meaning each screen raked in $200,000, and that's enough for the film to become the highest grossing live-action limited release debut of all time. The previous record was held by P.T. Anderson's The Master. And if you'd like a closer look at the model of the titular hotel, check out construction photos below.
"The Noah story belongs to all of us - every religion, every culture, every citizen of planet Earth. Now it is your turn: the story is yours to envision." At a gallery in SoHo on a cold March night in New York, Darren Aronofsky debuted a grand collection of art created by his friends and colleagues inspired by the Book of Genesis and the Story of Noah. This event celebrated the opening of the "Noah Art Show", organized in promotion for Aronofsky's latest movie, Noah, in theaters at the end of this month. The show is officially titled "Fountains of the Deep: Visions of Noah and the Flood" and we've previewed it already, but with the opening tonight we were invited to take a look inside this spectacular gallery of stunning, one-of-a-kind art.
Later this year we'll see Anton Corbijn's recent adaptation of A Most Wanted Man, featuring one of the final performances from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman (read my review from Sundance here). But right now the director is working on a much different project, focusing on the real-life relationship of James Dean (Dane DeHaan) and photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) in the film Life. Now we have a first look photo of the two young stars in the film that follows Stock as he meets Dean, shooting photos of him around the country, and slowly coming out of depression due to regret for being an estranged father.
This might not be entirely fit for print, but we'll definitely post it here. Even though I'm not the biggest fan of this series, somehow it continues on, and yes, somehow it has a (cult) following. The disgusting Human Centipede series of films continues with The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence), as it is officially called, and EW (of all places) has a first look photo to debut from this sequel, and hopefully final film in the series. Despite the headline and hype, it's not actually much - just a shot of returning cast Laurence R. Harvey and Dieter Laser as the two villains from the first two films walking down a hallway. It's what's next to them that makes this interesting. Great shot to use to start promoting this film. Take a look below.
So far we've only gotten one first look photo from Robert Rodriguez's anticipated graphic novel sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, based on Frank Miller's graphic novel series. Now we finally get a few more photos from the film featuring the return of Jessica Alba, still dancing at bars, and Mickey Rourke looking as tough as ever. In addition, we finally have the first photo of Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the film, looking like he just got his ass kicked. With these photos being released, and Rodriguez talking about the cut of the film being complete (with effects being the next task), a trailer shouldn't be too far behind. Look now!
From girls to boys in the Riot Club. Danish director Lone Scherfig, of the films An Education with Carey Mulligan, and One Day with Anne Hathaway previously, is finishing up her next film titled Posh. Adapted from a play of the same name, Posh is about the two first years at Oxford University, played by Max Irons and Sam Claflin, determined to join the notorious Riot Club - a place that can make or break your time in higher education and, possibly, life. A major event happens at the Bull's Head pub, which can be seen in the background of one of these first look photos. These two shots just debuted online from the UK - take a look.
We've caught some brief glimpses of Dane DeHaan as Green Goblin in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on that large triptych poster from last year, and also some quick shots in the most recent theatrical trailer. But now we finally get a good, solid look at one of the big bad guys in the superhero sequel with a new photo that shows DeHaan with a firm grip around the throat of Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man. It looks like this scene takes place in the same place where we've seen Electro chasing Spidey and shooting electricity his way, so it seems like our hero will face at least two villains at once. DeHaan certainly looks crazy as hell.
Though A Most Violent Year didn't play at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the next film from Margin Call and All is Lost director J.C. Chandor landed distribution in the United States during the indie movie marathon with A24 picking up the New York City thriller set in 1981. Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, Mama) leads the film set during one of the most violent year's in The Big Apple's history, as the story follows an immigrant family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities amid violence, decay and corruption. Now we have a first look photo featuring Chastain looking rather glamorous. Look!
So far we've only seen one official photo from Marvel's forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, but now three more photos have just surfaced ahead of the premiere for the trailer, which will happen tomorrow night on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Chris Pratt will be introducing the trailer tomorrow on the show, and it will also start playing in theaters this weekend. The star of the film gets a close-up as Starlord, and we also get a new photo of the entire team (Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and the characters voiced by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel) together. Plus, there's a cool jet-style ship. Come back tomorrow for the trailer!
Just last month, we learned that LEGO had officially approved the custom Ecto-1 vehicle set inspired by the iconic vehicle from Ghostbusters, after it was put up for approval by the custom LEGO community Cuusoo. However, so far the only pictures we've seen were of the set as it was proposed to LEGO. With the Toy Fair happening in New York City, we have the first official images of the new LEGO set arriving in June of this year, just in time for the film's 30th anniversary. As we hopes, not only does the set include the vehicle itself, but also all four of the Ghostbusters. Sadly, there's no sign of Slimer being included though.
Though last Christmas brought Robert De Niro back to the boxing ring in disappointing fashion with Grudge Match, a new boxing drama might fare better. Hands of Stone will feature De Niro as boxing trainer Ray Arcel, the man behind Panama-born fighter Roberto Duran, who made his professional boxing debut in 1968 as a 16-year-old. In 1980, he defeated Sugar Ray Leonard to capture the WBC welterweight title, but shocked the boxing world by returning to his corner in a rematch, saying "no mas," and eventually quitting the sport. Now we have the first photo featuring De Niro with Edgar Ramirez as Duran. Look!
This summer we'll be getting another dose of Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz with the Bad Teacher co-stars reuniting for Sex Tape, a comedy that's also directed by Jake Kasdan. And now we have the first look at the film featuring some of the frisky acts that are likely featured in the title video. And since it features Diaz wearing roller skates as if she's some kind of Boogie Nights stunt double, it's easy to see why the couple is desperate to get it back when it ends up in the wrong hands and is set to be unleashed online to millions. Sounds like Diaz and Segel are in for a crazy night to stop their video from hitting the web. Look!
This year Jason Clarke will face a revolution of simians in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but next year he'll be facing the elements in Everest, a mountain climbing drama from Baltasar Kormakur (Contraband). Now we have the first look at the film which will be presented in 3D when it hits theaters in February of 2015. There's no sight of the rest of the impressive cast, which also includes Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jake Gyllenhaal (sadly no sign of John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt). With a script from Simon Beaufoy, we're anxious to see how this cold and dangerous expedition turns out. Look below!
Lately John Travolta has been struggling as an actor, so much that he's lending his voice to a cheap animated film called Gummy Bear. But there might be some promise in his future still as we have a first look at The Forger, a new heist thriller being sold at the European Film Market right now. In the film John Travolta teams with Christopher Plummer and rising young star Tye Sheridan for a film about a father and son who must pull off a heist in order to pay a crime syndicate for paying for the son's early release from prison. It would be nice to see Travolta have another comeback since falling to the wayside. Look below!