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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Mockingjay’ Crushes Thanksgiving Weekend

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by Jacob Hall November 30, 2014 @ 11:46 AM
Lionsgate
Appropriately, the Thanksgiving holiday box office was all about the leftovers. While two high profile new releases struggled to open, films from the past few weeks continued to do solid business. In fact, this was one of the most varied weekends at the box office in quite some time, with YA adaptations, animated family movies, epic blockbusters, and small independent films all performing better than expected.

WookieeLeaks: The ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer is Here to Change Your Life

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by Jacob Hall November 28, 2014 @ 2:03 PM
LucasFilm
ScreenCrush’s WookieLeaks is a weekly roundup of everything ‘Star Wars’! From ‘Episode 7,’ to the upcoming spinoffs and the TV shows, if it pertains to that long ago, far away galaxy, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, the trailer you’ve been waiting for arrives, the first details of the first spin-off leak online, and Carrie Fisher talks about being a “legacy” character.

'Star Wars: Episode 7' Trailer Screencaps: What Can We Learn From the First 'Force Awakens' Footage?

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by ScreenCrush Staff November 28, 2014 @ 9:43 AM
Lucasfilm
We'll be breaking down the 'Star Wars: Episode 7' trailer sorta-live, with some commentary on what these 88 seconds actually mean. Who's that dude with the rad new lightsaber? Let's see what happens when we slow this 'Star Wars' trailer down and grab...

New Amazon Prime Instant Video Titles -- December 2014

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by Britt Hayes November 26, 2014 @ 6:23 PM
The holiday season is upon us, which means you've probably got some extra free time on your hands—and if you've got an Amazon Prime account, there's some great streaming content hitting the service in December, so you should definitely take advantage of that subscription. From new favorites to old classics, read on for our guide to the newest titles hitting Amazon Prime Instant Video this December.

New Netflix Instant Releases -- December 2014

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by Britt Hayes November 26, 2014 @ 4:16 PM
It's the holiday season, and what better way to spend your free time than with some new streaming goodies courtesy of Netflix Instant? Whether your curled up with your loved ones or best buddies, or settling in for some much-need you time, Netflix has some awesome new movies and TV shows headed to Instant this December—from new releases to titles you've been meaning to catch up with, tis the season for binge-watching.

In Honor of Thanksgiving, the 9 Best Movie Footballs

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by Mike Ryan November 26, 2014 @ 2:51 PM
Fox
Last night, I received an urgent message from editors: "With Thanksgiving this week, and football such a big part of Thanksgiving, you should write a piece on the best movies about football." "Sure," I replied. TO me, this seems like a very esoteric topic and I'm not sure there's a lot of interest in a post like this, but I certainly don't want to look like I'm not a team player and disregard a feature request. Anyway, here's a list of our eight favorite movie footballs! Happy thanksgiving! [Ed. note: We meant "football movies"]

The 2014 ScreenCrush Holiday Gift Guide!

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by Stephie Grob Plante November 26, 2014 @ 9:19 AM
DC Comics
Whoever said that it’s better to give than to receive obviously never met our Holiday Gift Guide, because we’d be pumped to receive any of the perfect presents listed here. But! In the spirit of giving, feast your eyes on these goodies, and be prepared for your most streamlined and simple holiday shopping experience yet. We’ve got every member of your family, workplace, and friend-o-sphere covered.

How to Make an Oscar-Winning Biopic In Five Easy Steps

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by Matt Singer November 26, 2014 @ 8:56 AM
In cinematic circles, there are a few names for this time of year. Awards-minded individuals call the fall “Oscar season” because this is when the campaigning for little gold men gets particularly hot and heavy. The late film critic Roger Ebert used to call it “good movie season,” because the byproduct of all that campaigning was all of the studios’ most promising and intellectually stimulating titles getting released together in the span of two months. In recent years, I’ve started to call the fall by a different name: Biopic season, because barely a week goes by without a new biographical film.

‘Selma’ and Ferguson, MO: A Movie About 1964 That is About Today; This Day

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by Mike Ryan November 25, 2014 @ 11:54 AM
After the November 17 New York City premiere of ‘Selma’—the new Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic that details his time during the Selma, Alabama civil rights marches—the film’s cinematographer, Bradford Young, speaking to the audience after, made a reference to this film being about today as much as it’s about 1964. While doing so, Bradford, who is an extremely passionate man, evoked images from what we all saw out of Ferguson, Missouri this past August. He then spoke emotionally about his job and his life and his family:

The Best Acts of Gluttony on Film, On a Scale of “Mmm!” to “…UGH.”

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by Stephie Grob Plante November 25, 2014 @ 7:44 AM
Universal Pictures
For Thanksgiving I have two traditions: eating to the point of explosion, and watching movies where people eat to the point of explosion. I once felt alone in my voyeuristic inclination to annually supplement my family meal with a screening of ‘Stand By Me’ or ‘Willy Wonka.’ But why should I suffer this pain alone? This Thanksgiving I invite you to join me on a gastronomical journey, as I recount the best movie moments that feature: (1) people delighting in the visceral pleasures of transcendent culinary experience, and/or (2) stuffing their maws like the filthy mammals we human beings truly are.