There is a reason that Lois Lowry's 1993 book won the prestigious Newbery Medal and inspired millions of readers?as well as other dystopian YA best-sellers like The Hunger Games: It features children asking important questions and challenging draconian authority.
Outside of superheroes, young adult adaptations have become one of the few thing studios can count on.
Say the word "Batfleck" to Ben Affleck and it turns out he'll laugh.
If this summer's "TMNT" reboot wasn't enough to whet your 90's nostalgia appetite, a second course is just 710 days away: Lionsgate has announced that it will release the "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" movie on July 22, 2016.
Ben Affleck looks distinctly ill at ease.
"Star Wars: Episode VII" is preparing to get back to work.
If there was any actor who could make the entire family laugh, it was Robin Williams.
Robin Williams, who died Monday at age 63, was Peter Pan to some, Mrs. Doubtfire to others, and a beloved actor to many.
Of the eight "Harry Potter" movies Daniel Radcliffe made, there's one in particular that sets his teeth on edge.
The next "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie appears to be locked and loaded.
Turtle Power does exist after all.
Early in her career, Helen Mirren specialized in playing hot-blooded schemers and even hotter-blooded seductresses.
When it comes to the new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie, critics have found one begrudging silver lining: At least it's better than "Transformers."
It's not going to be Batman versus Superman versus Captain America after all.
Spider-Man may be getting a female counterpart.
Bill Murray is considered to be one of the most lovable and easy-going actors around, which makes him a perfect candidate to play "The Jungle Book's" happy-go-lucky bear, Baloo.
Director Paul Feig might find himself leading a "Ghostbusters" reboot with an all-female cast, according to reports from Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.
Marvel's got a new star (or five) in its roster: Guardians of the Galaxy launched to an estimated $94 million this weekend in 4,080 theaters, setting a new record for an August debut. (The previous winner was 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum, with $69.3 million.) That's the third biggest opening of 2014 so far, behind Transformers: Age of Extinction ($100 million) and Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95 million). It's also the seventh best opening in history for a non-sequel (or sixth if you count Marvel's The Avengers as a mega-sequel), outpacing other superhero series debuts such as 2011's Thor ($65.7 million) and 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger ($65.1 million). One more fun stat: Guardians is Marvel's ninth (!) consecutive No. 1 movie, a streak that reaches back to Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012), which debuted at No. 3.
How on earth is a movie about James Brown rated PG-13?
If the Avengers are the New York Yankees of the Marvel universe ? a collection of slick all-stars for whom victory is more or less a given ? then the "Guardians of the Galaxy" are the "Bad News Bears."
Hollywood's A-list is a very tough club to crack, and membership is limited to stars of vast appeal with worldwide fame. Chris Pratt may soon get his invitation to join.
Chadwick Boseman has every reason to feel good as "Get On Up" opens in theaters.
In just a few years, digital video has overtaken film-based shooting by an overwhelming margin. But in the interest of staving off premature extinction, a group of directors have banded together to keep the Eastman Kodak Co. making movie film.
An Australian promotional poster for Michael Bay's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie has resulted in the wrong kind of publicity.
James Shigeta, a prolific and pioneering Asian-American actor whose 50-year career includes the movies "Die Hard" and "Flower Drum Song," died in his sleep in Los Angeles on Monday, his agent said. He was 81.
Miles Scott, the 5-year-old leukemia survivor better known as "Batkid," won over the hearts of San Francisco (and pretty much the entire Internet) when his Make-a-Wish request was to be Batman for a day.
Christopher Walken is officially king of the swingers.
Will you still be mad for it?
Katniss Everdeen is back.
DC Comics' Wonder Woman has gotten a makeover.
"Hercules's" muscles were no match for "Lucy's" drug-enhanced brain at the box office this weekend. Audiences turned out in earnest to see the Scarlett Johansson thriller, which earned an expectation-shattering $44 million from 3,173 theaters in its first weekend.
In Brett Ratner's adaptation of Steve Moore's 2008 graphic novel, "Hercules," as played by Dwayne Johnson, is a world-weary mercenary who allows others to believe ? and perhaps embellish ? his heroic tales. Travelling with a Magnificent Seven-style band of warriors who are lured by riches to defend the beleaguered kingdom of Lord Cotys (John Hurt), the mighty man is still haunted by nightmares of the three-headed Cerberus, and he mourns the murder of his wife and children ? though there are those who whisper that he himself killed them.
Three years ago, director Luc Besson tried to do prestige, directing an Oscar-bait biopic about Burmese political dissident Aung San Suu Kyi titled "The Lady."
You can calm down now, Internet. Ben Affleck has gotten the original TV Batman's stamp of approval.
To convincingly yell "I am Hercules!" in his new action movie, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson had to do more than warm up his vocal chords.
Attendees at 2014's San Diego Comic-Con have gotten up close and personal with Ben Affleck's Batman.
"Fifty Shades of Grey's" infamous "Red Room" has arrived.
The last we saw of Captain Jack Sparrow, he was on a beach with ol' scallywag Gibbs, reflecting on his decision to deny himself the Fountain of Youth. "Who's to say I won't live forever [anyway], eh?," he says. Indeed.
Another go at "Iron Man"? Robert Downey Jr. would welcome the opportunity.
Dwayne Johnson has long been rumored to play a character in Warner Bros' rapidly expanding DC movie universe.
Although the general public may be embracing the LGBT community more these days, it doesn't look like Hollywood is keeping up.
J.J. Abrams has given "Star Wars" fans something new to geek out about, and better yet, it's for a good cause.
After a Friday night showdown that heavily tipped the scales in favor of the survival-horror thriller "The Purge: Anarchy," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" came back strong this weekend to take the No. 1 spot at the box office.
Along with "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," "The Purge: Anarchy" may be one of the summer's sequels that actually improves on the original.
If this weekend's number one movie Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ? the second entry in the rebooted Apes franchise ? has a spiritual sibling in the original series of films, it is 1972?s Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. While Conquest was the fourth movie in the franchise to arrive in cinemas it is, like Dawn, the second according to the interior timeline of its series and, again like director Matt Reeves' new film, features an apocalyptic showdown between apes and humans. Thus, it seems appropriate that this weekend Dawn of the Planet of the Apes comprehensively conquered the domestic box office by earning an estimated $73 million, exceeding both expectations and the $54.8 million opening weekend of its predecessor, 2011?s Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Richard Linklater's astonishing new film, "Boyhood," was shot over a dozen years beginning in 2002.
There's a good chance you never knew you needed to witness the sight of an angry ape charging on horseback, double-fisting a pair of machine guns. But trust me, you do.
When it comes to this year's summer box office, Hollywood can't afford to monkey around.
For once in Hollywood, aging is seen as a majestic, magical thing.
Sorry, "Potter" fans, Harry himself says not to count on another film.
Michael Bay publicly blew off the critics who excoriated Transformers: Age of Extinction, and he's laughing all the way to the bank. Not only did the fourth film in the franchise win the domestic box-office for the second week in a row, but it has already surpassed Avatar to become the biggest box-office hit in Chinese history.
"Transformers: Age of Extinction" showed its summer might once more by holding onto the No. 1 spot in its second weekend of release, grossing an estimated $36.4 million from 4,233 locations and effectively shutting out the slate of new releases. Michael Bay's explosive epic also hit $400 million internationally after just 12 days in release.
It's a heartwarming, epic journey through defining events of the late 20th century, as seen through the eyes of a dim-witted but honorable hero whose life is a testament to small-town American values.
Three members of the "Midnight Rider" moviemaking team have been indicted in the death of a camera assistant.
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" takes Henry Cavill's Superman to new places, but one thing remains the same: the hero's iconic suit.
Louis Zamperini, the Olympic runner and World War II officer who survived a horrific plane crash, a seven-week journey across the Pacific in a raft, near starvation and unspeakable torture in Japanese POW camps, has died.
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is already making critics cheer.
A road trip, Melissa McCarthy and a drunken Susan Sarandon. Sounds like a recipe for a summer blockbuster, right?
Cameron Diaz is feeling fearless.
Paul Mazursky, a five-time Oscar nominee who directed and wrote such films as "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," "An Unmarried Woman" and "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," has died, his agent said Tuesday.
Henry Cavill hasn't slipped into his "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" cape yet, but this is a start.
Lifetime's biopic of the late singer Aaliyah is now without a star.
Optimus Prime is back in full force.
Producers announced Thursday that Lindsay Lohan will star in the West End production of David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow." In the Hollywood satire, she'll be playing Karen, an ambitious and seductive secretary, in a story about two film producers trying to close a big deal. Madonna famously played the role in the 1988 original New York show.
You can still feel the heat from "Do the Right Thing."
"Transformers: Age of Extinction" is being called so bad, it hurts.
Holding off a nice run from "22 Jump Street," the romantic comedy "Think Like a Man Too" took the top spot this weekend with a $30 million opening.
Two years ago, "Think Like a Man" succeeded because of the deliriously funny Kevin Hart and a flimsy but effective storytelling gimmick that used Steve Harvey's best-selling relationship book to frame the war between the sexes.
Nine years ago, Frankie Valli was rescued from oldies-station oblivion with the smash Broadway musical "Jersey Boys." The show chronicles the real-life rise-and-fall-and-rise-again of four crooners from the mobbed-up mean streets of 1960s New Jersey who called themselves the Four Seasons and cranked out a seemingly endless string of hit records, including the love ditty ''Sherry,'' the triumphant ''Walk Like a Man,'' and the bouncy bubblegum bop of ''Big Girls Don't Cry.''
The Bowe Bergdahl story may be coming to the big screen.
Neither the World Cup nor the Stanley Cup finals kept moviegoers out of the theater this weekend as a pair of box office newcomers both opened strong.
"22 Jump Street" wholeheartedly embraces the sequel formula, and critics couldn't be happier.
If you loved "21 Jump Street," you're in luck: The sequel, "22 Jump Street," is the exact same movie.
Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill should be sick of each other by now.
Cue the faux-surprise. Female-targeted films "A Fault in Our Stars" and "Maleficent" wiped the floor with the competition, forcing Tom Cruise's more teenage boy-friendly "Edge of Tomorrow" into a third-spot opening.
Tom Cruise's latest movie may be just the "Edge" the actor needs.
Shailene Woodley isn't just the lead actress in "The Fault In Our Stars." She's one of the book's original fans.
This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of "Ghostbusters," which came, saw, and kicked Mr. Stay Puft's a** in the summer of 1984.
Fans of Lana and Andy Wachowski will have to wait a little bit longer to delve into the probably dizzying mythology of "Jupiter Ascending."
It continues to be the year of Lupita Nyong'o.
"Maleficent" managed to enchant audiences and take flight opening weekend while Seth MacFarlane's sophomore effort, "A Million Ways to Die in the West," stumbled out of the gates.
Robert De Niro says it was his "responsibility" to make a documentary about his father, artist Robert De Niro Sr., he told Out magazine in an interview.
The mutants might be fighting for their lives in "X-Men: Days of Future Past," but everything is smooth-sailing for the explosive, star-studded saga at the box office.
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" has stars aplenty, but does it have what it takes to make it a summer blockbuster?
If "The Wedding Singer" is the "Annie Hall" of Adam Sandler movies, then "Blended" is his "Anything Else."
The only thing that dawned when the official "Batman vs. Superman" title was announced on Wednesday was how much the Internet hated it.
As J.J. Abrams and company get underway shooting "Star Wars: Episode VII," they're still adding pieces to the cast. One of those pieces could be you.
Our wait for details on the Magic Mike sequel set to hit theaters in July 2015 is over, ladies and (gay) gentlemen.
Gordon Willis, the cinematographer whose expert use of light and shadow on such films as "The Godfather" and "Manhattan" earned him the nickname "The Prince of Darkness," has died. He was 82.
It's expected to be a monster of a movie this weekend, but what's the buzz on "Godzilla"?
If a young Robin Wright had gotten her wish, she would've wed Cary Elwes.
Let me put my cards on the table.