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After remaking 'Ben-Hur,' please leave these 12 movies alone - NY Daily News

It’s time to knock off the knockoffs.

This Friday, Hollywood is off to the races with the latest remake of a treasured film — this time a new “Ben-Hur.” The new, faith-based take might be more faithful to the 1880 best-seller, but those damn dirty execs should’ve kept their stinking paws off material associated with the Charlton Heston version (itself a remake).

This is nothing new: Studios are always trying to recycle old classics. What sociopath greenlit a shot-for-shot remake of “Psycho”? Heck, not just classics. Last year’s “Point Break” remake? Completely pointless.

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Box Office: 'Jason Bourne' Wins Big With $60M; 'Bad Moms' Earns $23.4M - Hollywood Reporter

Universal's Jason Bourne topped the North American box office with a strong $60 million from 4,026 theaters, one of the best showings of summer to date and one of the few franchise titles to come in ahead of its predecessor. In 2012, The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, debuted to a soft $38.1 million. However, Jason Bourne didn't match the $69 million launch of Damon's The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, but still ranks as the actor's second-best opening.

The action film also is impressing overseas, where it topped the foreign chart with $50 million from 56 markets, the best opening of any Bourne title and putting the movie's global bow at $110.1 million. South Korea led with a stellar $11.2 million, followed by $10.2 million in the U.K., where it came in second behind the debut of Finding Dory ($10.8 million).

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Dinesh D’Souza’s Scathing ‘Hillary’s America’ Becomes Top Grossing Documentary of 2016 | Video | TheBlaze.com

Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza has done it again.

D’Souza’s newest documentary, “Hillary’s America,” was put out in limited release July 15, just ahead of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and in wide release July 22, the weekend before the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. In less than two weeks, the film has raked in more than $5.2 million, making it the top-grossing documentary so far this year, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The 100-minute movie casts Hillary Clinton, who this week became the first female to win a major U.S. party’s nomination for president, and her husband Bill as “depraved crooks” while labeling the entire Democratic Party as “the party of corruption.”

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Han Solo origins film has 'by far the best Star Wars script', says The Force Awakens concept artist | News | Culture | The Independent

Star Wars fans can start really looking forward to the Han Solo movie after a concept artist from The Force Awakens described the script as the best in the franchise.

Iain McCaig, who worked on last year’s hugely popular episode seven, was full of praise for the new origins film when he spoke at New York’s recent Art and Industry of Imagination conference.

“I laughed, I cried, I did all the things you should do when reading a good script - you’re in for a treat,” he said, according to Star Wars Newsnet, adding that it was “by far the best Star Wars script, and one of the best scripts period, that [he] has ever read.”

 

Iain McCaig, who worked on last year’s hugely popular episode seven, was full of praise for the new origins film when he spoke at New York’s recent Art and Industry of Imagination conference.

“I laughed, I cried, I did all the things you should do when reading a good script - you’re in for a treat,” he said, according to Star Wars Newsnet, adding that it was “by far the best Star Wars

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Wreck-It Ralph 2: Prep for the sequel with a look back at the original | EW.com

Disney fans rejoiced Thursday when it was announced that Wreck-It Ralph is officially getting a sequel, due to arrive in theaters on March 9, 2018. But what about those who haven’t seen the colorful animation, adrenaline-pumping action, and tearjerking emotional moments of the first film? As Ralph himself exemplifies: It’s never too late to turn things around.

Before Ralph wrecks the internet in Wreck-It Ralph 2, let’s revisit the 2012 original and all the moments that made it so memorable.

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Review: 'Independence Day' sequel isn't worth a celebration

Hey, the White House finally makes it through an Independence Day movie.

The rest of the sci-fi sequel Independence Day: Resurgence (*1/2 out of four; rated PG-13; in theaters now) is a real disaster and amounts to a completely unneeded follow-up to the entertaining original 20 years ago. Returning director Roland Emmerich’s film checks all the appropriate boxes — wanton destruction, malevolent aliens, B-movie dialogue, rampant silliness — but the old charm just isn’t there anymore.

Resurgence does age in real time from the first Independence Day. The aftermath of the "War of ’96" has brought two decades of new alien technology melded with ours, a major worldwide rebuilding project and a complete lack of armed conflict between countries. Of course, that utopia ends again on July 4 when a new all-out alien assault — led by a seriously irked queen — begins with the arrival of a cosmic monstrosity 3,000 miles in diameter with its own gravity field. (How else would the thing pick up all of Asia and drop it on Europe? R.I.P. Big Ben.)

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Darth Vader is going to be in Star Wars: Rogue One · Newswire · The A.V. Club

A lot of the advanced buzz around Star Wars: Rogue One has been about how “gritty” and “dark” Gareth Edwards’ spin-off is going to be. This new, grimmer tone has raised the hackles of studio executives, who are reportedly trying to get more involved in the creative process, which we all know will only make the movie better, or at least wetter. But Edwards’ dark new direction probably makes more sense to them now that it looks like Darth Vader is going to make an appearance in his film.

Entertainment Weekly got an exclusive first look at Rogue One, and is dishing out the details, including the news that Darth Vader won’t just have a mental chokehold on the troops of the Empire. The publication confirms that Vader is back, trumpeting the statement on the latest cover. From what EW tells Good Morning America, it sounds like Director Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) is toiling in Vader’s shadow and trying to earn the Sith Lord’s approval.

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Box Office: 'X-Men: Apocalypse' No. 1 With $80M; 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' Bombs - Hollywood Reporter

Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse is easily winning the Memorial Day box-office race, devouring the family-friendly Alice Through the Looking Glass.

Apocalypse grossed $65 million for the three-day weekend, putting its four-day holiday gross at an estimated $80 million from 4,150 theaters, 30 percent behind Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past ($110 million). The big difference between the two films: Apocalypse was lambasted by many critics, who conversely adored Days of Future Past, released over Memorial Day weekend in 2010.

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Box Office: 'Captain America: Civil War' Rockets to $75M Friday for Huge $180M Debut - Hollywood Reporter

Disney and Marvel's Captain America: Civil War continues to do mighty business at the box office, earning an estimated $75.3 million Friday on its way to $180 million for its domestic debut -- the fifth best opening weekend ever.

The stellar tally from industry estimates gives the superhero film the eighth best opening day in history, just ahead of The Twilight Saga: New Moon ($72.7 million) and behind The Dark Knight Rises ($75.8 million).

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