Rita Ora, best known as a singer signed to Jay Z's Roc Nation label, has been cast as Mia, Christian Grey's adopted sister, in "Fifty Shades of Grey."
Stomachs weren't the only thing full over Thanksgiving weekend ? so were movie theaters showing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The film pulled in a terrific $110.1 million over the Wednesday-to-Sunday period ? $74.5 million of that during the traditional weekend frame ? which gives the sequel a stunning $296.5 million domestic total after only 10 days. (The film has already pulled in a total of $573 million worldwide.)
It turns out moviegoers want fire and ice this Thanksgiving.
The Time Lord has conquered the box office.
12 Years a Slave may have the most nominations, but Nebraska will probably benefit the most from its Independent Spirit Awards recognition ? which give a much needed boost to low-budget movies competing for Oscar attention.
Following a fall movie season filled with tales of gritty survival and the resilience of the human spirit, now comes family dysfunction and corruption.
The girl on fire is still burning bright!
Last year, in the avidly faithful but ultimately rather flat-footed screen version of "The Hunger Games," we saw Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) triumph in a Survivor-meets-gladiator teen war to the death.
Attention lovers of post-apocalyptic wastelands, biker gangs, and Tom Hardy: "Mad Max: Fury Road" is set to hit theaters on May 15, 2015 ? almost exactly 30 years after "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" was released.
For the second weekend in a row, Marvel's $170 million sequel Thor: The Dark World topped the domestic box office chart. The Chris Hemsworth vehicle fell 55 percent to $38.5 million, giving the comic book adaptation $147 million total so far. The Dark World is still on track to easily surpass the original Thor's $181 million domestic total in 2011, and it should finish above $200 million.
''That was some melodramatic s---!''
Have you ever watched a movie scene and thought to yourself, "that could never happen in real life?" The creatives behind New York prank collective Improv Everywhere haven't.
Universal Pictures just turned Valentine's Day 2015 into a sure thing for millions of men. The studio is moving its release date for the movie adaptation of the erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey out of next summer and onto Valentine's Day weekend 2015, turning what was sure to be a Girls Night Out event into an epic Date Night.
While the Broadway-bound "Aladdin" is going through a whole new world of previews up in Toronto, Disney has found its next theatrical endeavor: the 1987 adventure comedy "The Princess Bride."
Thor: The Dark World debuted mightily atop the domestic box office this weekend, hammering up $86.1 million from 3,841 theaters, which gave Disney's $170 million 3-D sequel a blazing $22,418 per theater average.
Panem may become the hottest new vacation spot.
Every superhero movie is, on some level, an attempt to demonstrate that a godlike being with flabbergasting powers ? he flies! He wields a megaton hammer! ? also has an inner life.
Twentieth Century Fox is moving ahead with another Wolverine standalone movie.
It's taken over two decades for Orson Scott Card's classic sci-fi novel "Ender's Game" to make it to the big screen, but all the built-up anticipation didn't lead to out-of-this-world box office numbers.
When it comes to adapting beloved novels, Hollywood has a lot of blood on its hands.
American audiences are finally getting a chance to see what is being billed as one of the most sexually explicit films ever made (not counting pornography): "Blue Is the Warmest Color."
This weekend, a Ridley Scott-directed drama starring Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, and Brad Pitt got trounced at the box office by Johnny Knoxville in an old-man costume.
On the surface, "The Counselor" looked promising.
Eavesdropping isn't cool --- unless, of course, you're Bilbo Baggins trying to get the scoop on the dastardly dragon Smaug.
Considering the deep bench of A-list talent involved, Ridley Scott's new Southwestern noir, "The Counselor," is a jaw-dropping misfire.
Obi-Wan Kenobi said act on instinct ? but others might see this as a disturbance in the Force.
Bane is ready to ditch his mask for rose-colored glasses.
It looks like 2013 is going to be the year of the severe physical transformations for actors.
Another 2013 movie is on hold.
Jason Segel's weight loss is no joke.
Benedict Cumberbatch knows he has a rabid base of Tumblr-obsessed fans. When asked whether he was worried that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange might attack his new drama The Fifth Estate, in which he plays the infamous hacker, Cumberbatch kept his cool: "The Cumberb**ches have got my back," he told EW.
Remaking a landmark film ought to be a perfectly respectable proposition.
This year's critically acclaimed films take audiences from places like slave plantations in the antebellum South, to packed Ebbets Field as Jackie Robinson steps up to bat, and to inner-city public housing on a scorching summer day. While set in various eras and depicting diverse stories, many of the films on the short list for the 2013 awards season show an emerging trend; Hollywood is making movies about the black experience in America.
Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave is an agonizingly magnificent movie: the first great big-screen dramatization of slavery. Based on actual events, it begins in 1841 and tells the story of a free black man from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., a musician named Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who walks around in a natty gray suit, secure in the courtly modesty of his life as a husband and father of two. But then he accepts an offer to go to Washington, D.C., with a pair of traveling entertainers, and when they're out at a restaurant drinking wine, we get the queasy feeling this is too good to be true. It is. Solomon isn't being hired for his talents. He's being trafficked.
My relationship with the who-should-play-Christian-Grey timeline goes as follows: I wanted Matt Bomer the entire time I read the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy ... right up until Charlie Hunnam was announced. Then I inexplicably got very excited for Hunnam's portrayal of the troubled billionaire. And now that Hunnam has dropped out of the film, I'm left feeling 50 shades of empty and confused. Do I want Matt Bomer again? Or do I want someone like Hunnam, with a lesser-known face (or one that's usually covered in hair)?
On Saturday, the Internet lit up with the breathless all-caps news that Charlie Hunnam would no longer be playing the dashing if psychologically damaged billionaire Christian Grey in the big-screen adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey."
A great many filmmakers ? too many ? use handheld cameras to evoke a sensation of raw, this is really happening immediacy. But director Paul Greengrass is unique.
As far as fans are concerned, "Gravity" is out of this world.
Warner Bros.' $100 million Alfonso Cuarón-directed thriller Gravity blasted off on its opening weekend at the box office, scoring a stunning $55.6 million from 3,575 theaters. The sci-fi title, which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, set a new October opening weekend record, surpassing Paranormal Activity 3's $52.6 million debut in 2011.
In "Gravity," George Clooney plays a veteran astronaut who looks amusingly like Buzz Lightyear, and Sandra Bullock is a medical engineer who is taking her first voyage into space and is having a hard time keeping her lunch down.
This is not a great week to be a government employee, but one movie theater chain is trying to ease the pain.
Three weeks ago, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling conjured an Internet frenzy when she and Warner Bros. announced that a new adaptation of her book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a popular supplement to her Potter series was in the works. The announcement revealed that the film will be set in the same wizarding world as Harry Potter ? but follow magizoologist Newt Scamander, a professor of magical creatures, and take place 70 years before Harry's journey began.
How do you make a movie that tackles pornography not just as an ''issue'' or a product but in terms of its psychological effects?
The 1980 cult-classic film "The Shining" could very well get a sequel now that Stephen King has published his long-awaited followup to the 1977 novel.
You don't need a detective to figure out the biggest winner at the box office this weekend.
In movies like 1974's "Death Wish," where Charles Bronson played a walking statue of stoic wrath, vigilante justice is mean, nasty and also good, clean fun.
Back in 1977, Ron Howard made his directorial debut with a low-budget, high-octane car-crash comedy called "Grand Theft Auto."
At this point, Robert De Niro has built an entire subgenre of movies in which he sticks his tongue out at his cinematic legacy.
J.K. Rowling still has some tricks up her sleeve.
Spiraling into oblivion really helps you see things from a different perspective.
At a time when the budgets for sci-fi films are, like the universe itself, expanding at an astronomical rate, Riddick decides to go small.
Tyler Perry has joined the cast of "Gone Girl," EW has confirmed.
Not everyone's pleased with Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam in the starring roles in "Fifty Shades of Grey," but the bigger-name stars fans have been clamoring for reportedly weren't all that interested.
With summer coming to a close, Oscar season is officially in full swing.
"Fifty Shades of Grey" fans are hot -- and not for the reason you might think.
It may have been one of the most eagerly anticipated casting choices of the year, and we now know the leads in the film adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey."
Good luck scoring concert tickets to the latest teen-steam sensation to trundle off the boy-band assembly line, One Direction. They're as hard to come by as a rainbow-colored unicorn.
What did Leonard Maltin think of the 2013 summer movie season?
The next time the Avengers assemble, it'll be to face off with James Spader.
Michiganders looking for work might want to keep their eyes peeled for Superman.
Mitch Hurwitz has good news for "Arrested Development" fans.
Gilbert Taylor, who gave the "Star Wars" films their sharp look as the cinematographer of 1977's "Star Wars," has died, according to Lucasfilm. He was 99.
Back in 2004, Edgar Wright's brilliantly subversive zombie comedy, "Shaun of the Dead," introduced American audiences to Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
The last time Ben Affleck played a superhero, the world cried.
The guessing game of who will star in the adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey" ? the erotic novel by E L James that has sold over 70 million copies worldwide ? continues!
Her name was Alice Guy-Blache, and you've probably never heard of her.
It's been a summer where you could not escape the matter of race if you tried.
While "The Wolverine" is currently in theaters, rumors popped up online this week that star Hugh Jackman was being courted to sign a deal worth $100 million for four more movies featuring the clawed mutant.
Two years ago, Steve Jobs' death was followed by a tidal wave of commentary (the tributes, the Walter Isaacson biography, the why-the-iPod-is-as-major-an-invention-as-the-lightbulb analysis).
Lee Daniels' "The Butler" is an ambitious, sweeping period drama that manages to be incredibly affecting and feel as if the words ''For Your Consideration'' are stamped across every frame.
Extra! Extra!! Christian Bale offered $50 million to play Batman again!
Matthew McConaughey lost 40 pounds for December's "Dallas Buyers Club," and Matt Damon worked out for four hours a day to get ripped for "Elysium."
Thirteen years after putting on the adamantium claws, Hugh Jackman is still carving up the box office as the most iconic super-mutant, Wolverine.
In "Elysium," Neill Blomkamp's shrewdly revved-up and exciting dystopian thriller, Matt Damon's character, Max, spends most of the movie with a spidery black-metal exoskeleton implanted in his skull and spine.
The Twitter-verse has spoken. And Syfy listened.
It's bizarre to think that 2 Guns and The Smurfs 2 are competitors in any regard, but the pics happened to open in theaters on the same weekend. While the R-rated, buddy thriller and the PG-rated CG and live action sequel about some mystical blue creatures probably aren't drawing the same audience, in the wold of box office returns, only the winner matters. And it turns out that more people turned out for the male-dominated violent comedy than for another kid-friendly sequel.
Jon Voight had screwed up.
August has come to be regarded as a celluloid dumping ground.
Ellen DeGeneres was so nice as an Oscars host the first time, the Academy has asked her to do it twice.
Happy birthday, Harry Potter!
Jim Carrey's "Kick-Ass 2" co-stars may accept his decision not to support their film because of its intense violence, but that's not to say they agree with him.
Sometimes even earning the No. 1 spot can be seen as a modest disappointment, or at least that's what the new narrative around The Wolverine (CinemaScore: A-) would have you believe.
This weekend was always going to belong to The Wolverine.
Brandy Klark (Aubrey Plaza), the prim yet irresistibly outrageous valedictorian at the center of "The To Do List," is the latest in what has become a big-screen tradition of rambunctious, headstrong Girls With a Plan.
When Hugh Jackman first called his director for "The Wolverine," James Mangold told him that he had had an inspiration after reading the script. Mangold wanted to make the set-in-Japan film similar to "The Outlaw Josey Wales" by making the mutant a Josey Wales with healing powers. Jackman hadn't seen the classic Clint Eastwood film, so Mangold sent him a copy.
There's a reason Marvel conceived the X-Men as a team: The menagerie of mutants are more interesting when they come in a pack. When the posse of super-powered outcasts was first brought to the screen by Bryan Singer in 2000, Hugh Jackman's mutton-chopped, adamantium-clawed Wolverine emerged as the stand-out super-freak. And Hollywood accounting being what it is, he was naturally granted his own solo encore in 2009's underwhelming X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a silly spin-off that never quite came together.
Comedian/actor Bill Hader has departed "Saturday Night Live" after eight seasons, but it's not like he's strapped for work.