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Breaking Big: Welcome to The Show, Chadwick Boseman

“I don’t know who he is… or where he is… but he’s coming.” —Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) in 42

Jackie Robinson was already 28 when he made history, a grown man who’d struggled and thrived in relative anonymity before he was handpicked to be the first African-American player in modern baseball. Perhaps that’s why Chadwick Boseman so ably tapped into his character in the film, 42—he possessed the same hunger, the same desire.

For most of the moviegoing audience, Boseman was a promising rookie, an overnight success with a bright future. But the now-37-year-old actor had been a working actor for more than a decade, appearing in theater, television, and smaller films. Not until he put on Robinson’s Brooklyn Dodger uniform, however, did the Hollywood star machine take notice. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' scores a record-breaking $94 million weekend

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. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' aims for a cosmic debut

The motley crew of rebels and mercenaries in Guardians of the Galaxy make their theatrical debut this weekend, and all signs point to a stellar opening. They might not be the most popular or well-known Marvel characters, but strong reviews and an even stronger marketing campaign have helped to drum up interest for these unlikely superheroes, which include an earthling (Chris Pratt), a talking raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and a tree (Vin Diesel). As the widest August release in history with a 4,080 screen launch, Guardians is tracking at $65 million, but many analysts think that it has the potential to earn much more.

The James Brown biopic Get On Up, starring Chadwick Boseman as the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, opens in 2,466 theaters this weekend, providing some much-needed alternative programming in this summer of superheroes and sequels.

Here’s how things might play out.

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Video: How Chadwick Boseman went from playing Jackie Robinson to James Brown

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How do you play James Brown? I mean, how does one pretend to be the Godfather of Soul? After all, what made him James Brown was the very fact that nobody else could be James Brown. Inimitable. Nonpareil. An electric performer, dynamic personality, and a true American original.

Fortunately for the filmmakers behind Get On Up, the Brown biopic that open in theaters on Aug. 1, Chadwick Boseman knows a little something about playing an American legend. Boseman starred as Jackie Robinson in 42, and successfully captured the athlete’s grit and composure, his fire and ice. “He has such nobility, and he brings that to James Brown,” said producer Brian Grazer.

In the new film, directed by Tate Taylor (The Help), Boseman not only has to convincingly deliver the show-stopping routines that Brown was famous for, but he has to play the Godfather from the age of 17 all the way up to 60. It’s a tall order… that Taylor knew Boseman could handle after just 20 seconds in his presence. In an exclusive production featurette, the filmmakers and Boseman’s co-stars—Viola Davis, Dan Aykroyd, Octavia Spencer—talk about the work that went to playing the Hardest Working Man in Show Business. READ FULL STORY

'Get On Up' trailer: 'You ain't ever been down, how you gonna get on up?' -- VIDEO

Before James Brown broke rules and shook the world, he was just a young boy with an imperfect childhood. But he always had “more funk in the trunk.”

In the latest trailer for Get On Up, in which 42‘s Chadwick Boseman plays Brown, we get a glimpse at his life story, his history with his mother, and a few of the moves that made him famous. The film also stars Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott, and Dan Aykroyd.

Watch the newest trailer below:

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'Get On Up' trailer: The evolution of James Brown -- VIDEO

Who’s ready to feel good?

The Help director Tate Taylor has teamed up with 42‘s Chadwick Boseman for Get On Up, a film that tells the life story of Mr. James Brown, the Godfather of Soul. In the film’s trailer, we see bits and pieces of every part of Brown’s life, including a stint in prison, his start in the music business, a dangerous visit to Vietnam, and, of course, megastardom.

Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott, and Dan Aykroyd also star.

Watch the trailer below:

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Casting Net: Jessica Lange cast as Mark Wahlberg's mother; Plus, Helena Bonham Carter, more

• Two-time Oscar winner Jessica Lange will join Mark Wahlberg and Brie Larson in Paramount’s remake of The Gambler. The American Horror Story star will play the wealthy mother of Wahlberg’s character, who is struggling with debt. The 64-year-old actress can be seen next in the thriller In Secret, with Oscar Isaac and Elizabeth Olsen (out Feb. 21). [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Jack Nicholson may reunite with Tom Cruise for a comedy; Plus, James Brown biopic casts its Mick Jagger, more

• Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman are reportedly courting Jack Nicholson for the Warner Bros. comedy El Presidente, about a by-the-books secret service agent assigned to protect “America’s worst former President” who boozes and womanizes with abandon. Nicholson would play the part of the President, a VP who assumed the Commander-in-Chief’s job after the President died. According to the report, the project has been in development since 2010 — originally with Jay Roach in the director’s chair. Nicholson and Cruise appeared together previously in 1992’s A Few Good Men, which earned Nicholson a Best Supporting Actor nomination. The three-time Oscar winner has not appeared in a movie since 2010’s How Do You Know. [THR]

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Casting Net: Tom Cruise, Joseph Kosinski reunite for 'Go Like Hell'; Plus, Katherine Heigl, more

Tom Cruise is teaming up again with his Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski for the upcoming drama, Go Like Hell. The drama will tell the story of the competition between Ford Motor Company and Italian sports car designer Enzo Ferrari and the events that occurred at the 1966 Le Mans race as a result. The film is based off the book Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans by A.J. Baime [THR]

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