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April 14, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
China Film Co. Ltd., the largest film distributor in China, has invested in two forthcoming movies from Legendary Entertainment, the Burbank-based film finance and production company. Legendary East, an affiliated company of Legendary Entertainment, said on Monday afternoon that China Film Co. made "an over eight figure equity investment" in the films "Seventh Son" and "Warcraft. " If the pictures are approved for release in China, China Film Co. will distribute them there.
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April 14, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik and Saba Hamedy
The MTV Movie Awards handed top prizes to "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" on Sunday night, naming the dystopian thriller best movie and handing honors for best male and female performances to Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence. But as is often the case at the annual ceremony,  it was upcoming movies that carried the most interest, with a number of big releases receiving key promotional pushes. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," two of the most anticipated titles in the forthcoming wave of superhero movies, unveiled new clips.
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April 13, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
As the start of the 2014 MTV Movie Awards approached Sunday evening, hundreds of fans gathered behind the roped-off red carpet at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, awaiting the arriving stars and screaming for the cameras. Meanwhile, MTV "Teen Wolf" star Tyler Posey prepared for the official pre-show with co-host singer Zendaya by playing in a pen of puppies dressed like characters from 2013 movies. The star of the litter was a doggelganger for Alien, James Franco's character in "Spring Breakers," sporting dreadlocks and shades.  Complete list of winners/nominees Check back with more scenes and interviews from the red carpet and winners at the MTV Movie Awards.
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April 12, 2014 | By Chris Lee
Randall Wallace didn't expect a rock-star reception when he went on the road to promote his faith-based drama "Heaven Is for Real" ahead of its Easter-weekend release. Yet at the First Assembly of God Church in Phoenix, 9,000 congregants greeted the filmmaker with a standing ovation. A few days later, 11,000 boisterous students packed a convocation in the sports arena at Liberty University, a Christian college in Lynchburg, Va., where Wallace, best known for writing the 1995 battle biopic "Braveheart" and directing the equestrian drama "Secretariat," spoke about "Heaven Is for Real.
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April 11, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The MTV Movie Awards depart pretty seriously from most award shows, forsaking prestige and formality -- and, for that matter, voting by an elite body -- in favor of freewheeling fun, fan-driven prizes, 11-pound gilded popcorn trophies and zany honors like best shirtless performance and most WTF moment. Still, though an unabashedly commercial affair -- its April date was chosen mainly so studios could hype spring and summer movies -- the ceremony offers a temperature read on what will be popular in the months ahead, and can offer some entertaining television to boot.
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April 11, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
In front of me, the movie screen starts at the floor and rises so high it's like seeing "Divergent" on the side of a building. At the moment warrior princess Tris, played by a fierce Shailene Woodley, is about to jump onto a speeding train. I can feel the train coming. Seriously, I can feel it. The subwoofers embedded in the cushy comfort of the theater's reclining chairs let the sound vibrate through my body. Tris' jump, just seconds before the platform she's running on ends over a dead drop, is stomach churning even on an ordinary screen.
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April 10, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
An alternately delicate and brutal retelling of the memoir by former World War II British Army officer Eric Lomax, "The Railway Man" is an impressively crafted, skillfully acted, highly absorbing journey into a dark corner of world history. Colin Firth plays Lomax in 1980, more than 35 years after being tortured at a Japanese labor camp in Thailand. He learns that Takashi Nagase, the Japanese interpreter at the helm of that cruel, unforgettable punishment, is still alive. Lomax will eventually cross continents to confront his erstwhile captor and hopefully quell the post-traumatic stress disorder that has plagued the self-dubbed "railway enthusiast" for decades.
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April 10, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
For those who aren't aware that the NFL is America's secular religion, the awe-struck tone of the professional football-themed "Draft Day" starring Kevin Costner can't help but clue you in. Made with the league's complete cooperation, not to mention its spiritual blessing, this is an earnest and way-contrived endeavor that manages, due largely to Costner's efforts, to be genially diverting in a gee-whiz kind of way. Unless you're a committed pro...
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April 10, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Turner Classic Movies will pay tribute to Mickey Rooney, who passed away April 6 at age 93, with a 24-hour marathon of his movies. The marathon will begin Sunday, April 13, at 6 a.m. Eastern time with the 1933 film "Broadway to Hollywood. " Other films in the marathon will include "A Family Affair" and "You're Only Young Once," the first two movies in the Andy Hardy series; "Babes on Broadway," one of Rooney's many pairings with Judy Garland"; and "The Human Comedy," for which Rooney earned an Oscar nomination for best actor.
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April 10, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
Sony Pictures is close to a deal with bestselling author Michael Lewis to bring his latest book, a Wall Street drama and detective story, to the silver screen. “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt,” recounts how a group of misfit stock brokers and techies worked to expose, and then fight back, against the tactics of high-frequency traders, or HFTs. The HFTs were able to exploit computer technology and millisecond advantages to make huge profits at the expense of regular investors.
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