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Zac Gille is Alt Film Guide Senior Contributor and Co-Editor. He particularly enjoys analyzing box-office data, attempting to see through the obfuscation propagated by the studios' p.r. machine and your average know-nothing media pundit. He has a lot of favorite movies, but usually has trouble remembering their titles.


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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Box Office: Weekend to Pass $100 Million Domestic?

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ box office: ‘Captain America 2′ to pass $100 million on opening weekend? (photo: Chris Evans and Robert Redford in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’) The Avengers effect has yet to subside. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a sequel to both The Avengers and Captain America: The First Avenger, debuted with an estimated $10.2 million from Thursday night (April 3, 2014) screenings in North America, including $1.2 million at 344 IMAX locations. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, and featuring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, and veteran Robert Redford Captain America: The Winter Soldier is poised to enjoy the biggest April weekend opening ever at the domestic box office, even after factoring in inflation. At 3,938 theaters in the U.S.…



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Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore STILL ALICE Set Photo

kristen-stewart-still-alice-julianne-mooreKristen Stewart and Julianne Moore: ‘Still Alice’ set photo In the picture above, Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore can be seen on the set of Still Alice, currently filming in New York City. This particular image and others featuring Stewart can be found (via Kstewartfans) here. (More on ‘Still Alice.’) Based on a novel by first-time author Lisa Genova, Still Alice stars Julianne Moore as Alice Howland, a Harvard professor diagnosed in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Kristen Stewart plays one of the professor’s daughters, Lydia. As the disease progresses, Alice and Lydia develop a bond previously missing from their mother-daughter relationship. Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland (The Fluffer Quinceañera), besides Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart Still Alice also features Kate Bosworth,…



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ROBOCOP 2014 Movie: Full-Fledged Domestic Box Office Bomb

‘RoboCop’ 2014 movie: Full-fledged flop at domestic box office (photo: Joel Kinnaman in ‘RoboCop’ 2014) Directed by José Padilha, and starring Joel Kinnaman and Abbie Cornish, Sony Pictures’ $100 million-budgeted RoboCop 2014 remake opened with disappointing numbers on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Things improved a bit over the weekend, but there’s no denying that RoboCop 2014 will become a major domestic box office bomb. (See also: José Padilha hates ‘RoboCop’ 2014 filmmaking process.) According to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo, Padilha’s remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 "classic" (as mentioned elsewhere on this site, just about anything made before 2003 is considered a classic these days) landed in third place this extended Presidents Day Weekend, February 14-17, trailing both Warner Bros.’ overwhelmingly well-received The…



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Zac Efron THAT AWKWARD MOMENT Weekend Box Office to Surpass Movie Budget?

zac-efron-movies-that-awkward-momentZac Efron movies: ‘That Awkward Moment’ box office disappoints on Super Bowl weekend - though grosses may surpass budget Zac Efron can be seen this weekend, January 31-February 2, 2014, in That Awkward Moment, a romantic comedy directed by Tom Gormican, and co-starring Miles Teller (the star of Sundance 2014 double winner Whiplash), Michael B. Jordan (the star of Sundance 2013 double winner Fruitvale Station), and Imogen Poots. (Photo: Zac Efron in That Awkward Moment.) Released by Focus Features at 2,809 North American locations as a sort of "counter-programming" to the Super Bowl, That Awkward Moment had a disappointing debut on Friday, collecting an estimated $2.94 million, according to estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Chances are things aren’t going to get all that much…



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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Poster: Scarlett Johansson Hot

captain-america-the-winter-soldier-poster-scarlett-johansson‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ poster (image: Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in one of the character posters for ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’) Scarlett Johansson has created quite a bit of a stir in recent days. Yesterday, January 30, 2014, Captain America: The Winter Soldier posters came out, revealing Chris Evans as Captain America, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and a tightly garbed Scarlett Johansson as a seductive, hair flowing in the wind, Black Widow. And like every good film noir heroine worth her makeup, she’s deadly, too; forget the cleavage, the lips, and the hips, and focus on those two guns. And there’s more. Let’s not forget Scarlett Johansson looking sultry in a 2014 Super Bowl ad plugging SodaStream, which went viral…



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I, FRANKENSTEIN: Aaron Eckhart Reboot Dismal 2014 Box Office Bomb

i-frankenstein-aaron-eckhart-shirtless‘I, Frankenstein’ box office: Frankenstein reboot is second domestic box office bomb of 2014 (photo: buffed up, shirtless Aaron Eckhart in ‘I, Frankenstein’) Made for a reported $65 million (not including marketing and distribution expenses), the Lionsgate-distributed I, Frankenstein is surely not about to become a movie franchise. Directed by Stuart Beattie and starring Aaron Eckhart as the "I" of the title, I, Frankenstein collected a dismal $8.3 million from 2,753 North American theaters this weekend, January 24-26, 2014, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The weekend’s only new wide release in the United States and Canada, I, Frankenstein landed in sixth place on the domestic box office chart. I, Frankenstein, in fact, is the second major 2014 domestic box office bomb,…



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Quentin Tarantino THE HATEFUL EIGHT Screenplay Leak Has (Lots of) Precedents

quentin-tarantino-the-hateful-eightQuentin Tarantino ‘The Hateful Eight’ screenplay leak Quentin Tarantino will no longer be making the Western The Hateful Eight. Why not? Well, Tarantino claims he sent out the film’s screenplay to a group of six people, one of whom allegedly showed it to his agent, who then showed it to other agents, who then began calling Tarantino’s agent Mike Simpson, asking him to cast their clients in the film. (Photo: The Hateful Eight screenwriter Quentin Tarantino.) “I’m very, very depressed,” Tarantino was quoted as saying at Deadline.com, which first broke The Hateful Eight Screenplay Leak story on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. “I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn’t mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now. I gave it…



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Jacqueline Bisset vs. the Golden Globes’ Damned Get-Lost Orchestra

Jacqueline Bisset vs. the Golden Globes 2014 get-lost orchestra (Photo © HFPA: Jacqueline Bisset accepts her Golden Globe while Mila Kunis claps) NBC or whoever organized the Golden Globes 2014 ceremony sat Jacqueline Bisset way in the back of the awards ceremony ballroom. Never mind the fact that Bisset’s film career began nearly half a century ago and that she was a Golden Globe nominee in the Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television category for the mini-series Dancing on the Edge. As a result, it took Bisset, who seemed about as surprised as everybody else when her named was called up, more than a minute to reach the stage. Visibly moved, Bisset had to wait a few more…



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