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U.S. movie studios sue Megaupload, founder Dotcom

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:26pm

By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several major U.S. studios filed a copyright infringement lawsuit on Monday against the file-sharing website Megaupload and its ebullient founder, Kim Dotcom. Megaupload, which U.S. authorities shuttered in 2012, facilitated a "massive copyright infringement of movies and television shows," according to a statement issued by the Motion Picture Association of America on Monday. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, all MPAA members, are Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp, Disney Enterprises Inc, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios Productions, Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. "Megaupload wasn't a cloud storage service at all, it was an unlawful hub for mass distribution," Steven Fabrizio, an attorney for the MPAA, said in the statement.

Accused Colorado movie theater gunman seeks change of venue

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 6:14pm

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers for the man charged with mass murder in a 2012 shooting frenzy that left 12 people dead at a Colorado movie theater have asked that his upcoming trial be moved out of the suburban Denver county where the case has been prosecuted. Defense attorneys argued in their motion for a change of venue that James Holmes' right to a fair trial in Arapahoe County has been compromised by "pervasive media coverage" of the case locally and "the undeniable impact of the tragedy on the community itself." Holmes, 26, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to murder and attempted murder charges stemming from the July 2012 massacre at an Aurora, Colorado, cinema during a midnight screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises." Twelve moviegoers were killed and 70 others hurt in one of the deadliest outbursts of U.S. gun violence in decades. Holmes' public defenders argued that the glare of publicity, including voluminous commentary and reporting on evidence ruled inadmissible at trial, would make it impossible to seat an impartial jury in Arapahoe County.

'Captain America' largest April opener with $95M

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 5:22pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It took in less than the weekend estimates of $96.2 million, but "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" was still the weekend's box office hero, setting the record for the largest domestic April debut with a solid $95 million.

Disney to release 'Captain America 3' film in May 2016

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 3:10pm

After a record-breaking weekend at the box office, Marvel's "Captain America" series will return for a third installment on May 6, 2016, Walt Disney Co said on Monday. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the sequel to 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger," stormed the U.S. and Canadian box office with $96.2 million in its opening weekend, setting a record for an April film release. The films, based on the Marvel comics, star Chris Evans as a scrawny World War II reject who gains super-powers from an experimental serum and becomes America's first superhero, donning a suit of stars and stripes. The success of "Captain America" follows Disney's long line of recent hits from the Marvel universe, led by Robert Downey Jr.'s "Iron Man," Chris Hemsworth's "Thor" and 2012's superhero ensemble "The Avengers," which became the third-biggest film in Hollywood history with $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office.

5 memorable movie roles of Mickey Rooney

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 3:01pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Mickey Rooney might be best remembered for his ceaseless ups and downs, his dramatic failures and his many comebacks. But Rooney's roller-coaster melodrama — he was married eight times and quickly spent the fortune he amassed — wouldn't have mattered if he hadn't also had genuine, enduring talent.

"12 Years" star Ejiofor named for Bond villain role

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 2:12pm

Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is in the frame to become the villain of James Bond film number 24, directed by Sam Mendes. Ejiofor, who received multiple nominations for his performance as Solomon Northrup in "12 Years a Slave," has been named as frontrunner for the position by sources in contact with TheWrap. Sam Mendes directed Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw in the previous Bond film, "Skyfall," and will do so again for the next outing, while Ejiofor is part of the ensemble cast in action movie "Triple Nine," expected 2015;

As theaters struggle, Colorado coalition steps in

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:54pm

DENVER (AP) — The Grand Theater in the southeastern Colorado town of Rocky Ford is the only cinema showing 3-D movies in the 150 miles between Pueblo and Kansas — thanks to volunteer fundraising that allowed it to buy an $84,000 state-of-the-art projector to show digital films.

'The Goonies' director talks up sequel chances

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:24pm

Richard Donner told a street reporter that a "Goonies" sequel is in the works, though other outlets have cast doubt upon the claim. "We're doing a sequel," he said, in reponse to a number of questions from TMZ, having deflected a few jibes about the creative merits of comic book movies. "'The Goonies' never had the same mass appeal or brand recognition [as 'Ghostbusters']," wrote Jeff Sneider, reminding readers that "talk is a lot cheaper than making an actual movie." And even if, in 2012, Sean Astin told IGN that he was "1000 percent certain there will be a sequel," co-star Corey Feldman responded to the same question with "Oh my god.

Keanu Reeves to headline 'Knock Knock'

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:16pm

The actor will star in the forthcoming thriller from Eli Roth. The director known for horror flicks such as "Hostel" and "Cabin Fever" announced the news directly to "Knock Knock" will focus on a happily married family man who has the house all to himself one weekend. Keanu Reeves will play this family man opposite Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas in the roles of the two femmes fatales.

Mickey Rooney, versatile actor and master showman, dies at 93

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:34am

Actor Mickey Rooney, who became the United States' biggest movie star while a brash teenager in the 1930s and later a versatile character actor in a career that spanned 10 decades, died on Sunday of natural causes, Los Angeles authorities said. Rooney, who developed a reputation as a hard-partying, off-screen brat in his heyday and married eight times, died at his home in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said, citing information from the Los Angeles Police Department. There was nothing he couldn't do," said actress Margaret O'Brien, who recently worked with Rooney on a film adaption of Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." Actress Rose Marie, a long-time friend of Rooney, said he was one of the greatest talents show business had ever had. Actor William Shatner described him as "one of the greats," and author Anne Rice said he was not only an actor but a legend.

Benicio del Toro to join Emily Blunt in 'Sicario'

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:03am

Benicio del Toro will co-star with Emily Blunt in Denis Villeneuve's forthcoming crime thriller, Variety reports.

'Star Wars VII' filming under way, says chairman

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 7:55am

Disney chairman Alan Horn has confirmed that "Star Wars Episode VII" has started filming, even if casting isn't totally complete. Though Horn would not confirm which actors had already been signed for J.J. Abrams's production, plenty have been linked with the seventh "Star Wars" film. Adam Driver ("Girls") and Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave") have both been linked to the production, while several names have been mentioned in relation to a leading role: Jesse Plemons ("Breaking Bad"), Ed Speleers ("Downton Abbey"), John Boyega ("Attack the Block"), and theater actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher.

Malaysia, Indonesia ban biblical epic 'Noah'

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 6:55am

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia and Indonesia have banned the biblical epic "Noah," joining other Muslim nations that forbid the Hollywood movie for its visual depiction of the prophet.

AP PHOTOS: Mickey Rooney, a Hollywood icon

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 6:31am

Mickey Rooney, Hollywood's top box-office draw in the late 1930s to early 1940s, died Sunday at his North Hollywood home at age 93. Over the course of his career, he was nominated for four Academy Awards and received two special Oscars for film achievements, received an Emmy and a Tony nomination.

Worldwide box office: 'Captain America' overtakes 'Noah'

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 6:26am

The biblical saga headlined by Russell Crowe was displaced by Marvel's superhero flick, the top earner at the worldwide box office for the weekend ending April 6, according to Rentrak. In theaters in 51 territories, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" took in $203.3 million worldwide over the period in question, overtaking last week's winner, "Noah," by a long shot. In the US domestic box office, the superhero movie also emerged on top, with revenues of $96.2 million. Bumped into second place, Darren Aronofsky's feature grossed $62.6 million worldwide and $17 million in North America.

Iconic Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney dies at 93

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 6:26am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mickey Rooney's approach to life was simple: "Let's put on a show!" He spent nine decades doing it, on the big screen, on television, on stage and in his extravagant personal life.

'Godzilla' extended trailer reveals more of Cranston, monster

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 5:47am

There's another glimpse at the towering beast itself as well as further character exposition, revealing that nuclear scientist Joe Brady (Bryan Cranston) had to shut wife Sandra (played by Juliette Binoche) inside a nuclear power plant in order to save the city. "Godzilla," starring Cranston and Binoche alongside Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, is due for release the week of May 16 -- earlier in some European, South American, and South East Asian territories; Godzilla - Extended Look [HD]:

AP PHOTOS: Mickey Rooney, legend of Hollywood

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 4:39am

Mickey Rooney, Hollywood's top box-office draw in the late 1930s to early 1940s, died at his North Hollywood home at age 93. Over the course of his career, he was nominated for four Academy Awards and received two special Oscars for film achievements, received an Emmy and a Tony nomination.

AP PHOTOS: Mickey Rooney, legend of Holloywood

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 4:21am

Mickey Rooney, Hollywood's top box-office draw in the late 1930s to early 1940s, died at his North Hollywood home at age 93. Over a four-decade span, he was nominated for four Academy Awards and received two special Oscars for film achievements, won an Emmy and had a Tony nomination.