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Box office report: 'Neighbors' evicts 'Spider-Man 2' from top spot

SUNDAY UPDATE: Neighbors is No. 1 movie at the weekend box office with an estimated $51.1 million.

ORIGINAL POST: As kryptonite is to Superman, so a kegger is to Spider-Man. That seems to be the lesson of this weekend’s box office, anyway.

Seth Rogen and Zac Efron’s new frat comedy Neighbors drank in an estimated $19.6 million at the box office on Friday, almost twice as much as the $10.1m which was caught in the web of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Sony is projecting its superhero sequel will gross $37 million for the weekend, which would give it a cumulative domestic take of $147m by the end of Sunday.

Meanwhile, The Other Woman continued to show legs in its third week of release, earning $2.8 million for a total gross of $55.2 million.
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'Coherence': Watch the sci-fi drama's trailer -- VIDEO

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You know those trailers that reveal so much about a film it almost seems like you don’t have to watch the actual movie? Well, the clip for the sci-fi drama Coherence ain’t one of those. In fact, despite having watched the trailer several times, we really can’t tell you much at all about the plot of this film from writer-director James Ward Byrkit.

What we can tell you is that it hits select cinemas on June 20, stars Buffy actor Nicholas Brendon among others and — per the movie’s official website – concerns eight friends at a dinner party who experience a chain of reality-bending events on the night of an astronomical anomaly. READ FULL STORY

'Jurassic World': See the first images from the set of next summer's dinosaur flick -- EXCLUSIVE

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On April 14, filming began on Jurassic World, the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise (due June 12, 2015), and EW has already scored the very first photos from the secretive set in Hawaii. Details on World — which stars Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help) and Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) and is exec-produced by Steven Spielberg — are scarce, but director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) promises plenty of paleontological action. “Yesterday I was under a construction crane with Chris Pratt, covered with dirt, eyeballing the exact height of the dinosaur trying to kill him,” he says. “We both cracked up laughing. Sometimes you just have to stop and let the joy take over.” READ FULL STORY

Tribeca Film Festival: Check out a terrifying still from 'Extraterrestrial' -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGE

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There are essentially two kinds of alien movies — the kind in which bicycles are magically transformed into flying machines, and the kind in which people’s insides are rather less magically transformed into lunch.

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Michael C. Hall and director Jim Mickle talk 'Cold in July' -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGE

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In the opening scenes of the new ’80s-set thriller Cold in July, Michael C. Hall’s character shoots dead a burglar and then checks out his funeral. Did the man who played the serial killer Dexter and a funeral director on Six Feet Under think he was being pranked when he first read the screenplay? Not so much. As Hall says in the currently-on-stands Summer Movie Preview issue of Entertainment Weekly, “I’m often sent scripts that have some murderous or graveyard elements.”

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Jane Goodall Q&A: Scientist talks Disneynature Ambassador role, future birthday plans

Dr. Jane Goodall is known the world over as a chimps expert. but over the course of many decades, the British scientist’s extensive research has made her a prominent environmentalist and humanitarian as well. Among her many distinctions and titles is being named the first-ever ambassador for Disneynature, the Walt Disney Label behind the upcoming nature documentary Bears.

“The Disneynature team is honored to have Dr. Jane Goodall as our official ambassador, inspiring others to take part in the world of Bears – which is our shared world – and to make a difference,” Alan Bergman, President, The Walt Disney Studios, said. “Jane has had an impact on countless lives—human and animals alike.  She speaks from her heart for all living things, championing the next generation’s pursuit in protecting our planet.”

Between promoting her Roots & Shoots environmental outreach program, traveling, fundraising, and celebrating her 80th birthday on April 3, Goodall spoke to EW about her secret to aging gracefully, her experience traveling to Alaska for the filming of Bears, and details for next year’s birthday plans. READ FULL STORY

Megan Fox talks 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,' says she'd love a 'Sailor Moon' remake

Megan Fox has long claimed to be a self-described “nerd” but has unexpectedly upped the ante when it comes to her fan-girl obsession with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

“I was really in love with them,” confesses Fox, who stars as reporter April O’Neil in the live-action reboot of the ‘80s cartoon which hits theaters August 8. “I have an older sister that’s 12 years older than me, so part of it initially was because I wanted to be like my big sister. But, it’s a really cool project for me because it was a huge part of my childhood, and it’s always been.” READ FULL STORY

'X-Men: Days of Future Past': Bryan Singer offers an exclusive peek at the epic comic book movie -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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X-Men: Days of Future Past (the cover of EW’s Summer Movie Preview) not only brings original X-Men castmembers, like Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry, together with First Class actors, like Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence, but also lures director Bryan Singer back to the franchise. In this exclusive featurette, the director, who helmed X-Men and X2, takes viewers behind the scenes of the May 23 comic book epic, which finds Jackman’s Wolverine sent back in time to stop a mutant/human war, and reveals why he wanted to return to the world of mutants. READ FULL STORY

'Amazing Spider-Man 2': Marc Webb talks new approach for super-sequel

As the release date for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 approaches, the anticipation among fans is nearing a fever pitch. Factor in the release of the so-called “final trailer” on Wednesday, and you have an added layer of excitement for a comic book franchise whose fans always have something to say.

So director Marc Webb — fresh off the announcement that he won’t be directing the fourth installment of the series — hosted a Q&A in New York City for journalists and revealed the top five things fans really, really need to know before heading to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 when it hits theaters May 2.

This film reflects a new approach. “I didn’t want to be bound,” Webb said of revamping his approach for the sequel. The first film was emotional and origin-driven, but this time around the 39-year-old said he embraced the “12-year-old-kid in me, the one who thinks ‘this is awesome!’” and opened up the sequel to everything that he enjoyed while reading comic books. “There were things I wanted to try, like moving the camera around for the big Electro sequence,” Webb said. “But I wanted to keep the characters.”

Pay attention to the soundtrack — seriously. Webb paired up with Hans Zimmer and The Magnificent Six — which includes Pharrell Williams and Johnny Marr — to make music an integral part of the film’s experience beyond just a soundtrack. “They were incredible,” Webb said, “really committed to the process of understanding the film.” And that applies to character development too. In fact, Pharrell and Webb worked extensively to “create a balance between Electro’s psychosis and his pathos.”

“He came up with the idea of voices in his head,” Webb said of Pharrell’s contribution. “There’s a scene in Times Square where I had to have Electro switch against Spider-Man and those voices become dominant yo help signal that. … The music literally became part of the character. It’s a way to connect the audience to the thought process of the character.”

Hello, multiple bad guys. This film offers so much more than the first movie in the way of pricey special effects, punchy lines, and expertly choreographed action sequences. Fans will get not one, but three villains in the upcoming film — completing a roster of bad guys who lend extra dimension to the superhero otherwise known as Peter Parker. “Different parts of the character are challenged by different villains, different adversaries,” Webb said of the cast. “One of the great things about the Marvel universe is the complexity of the villains. There’s often a pre-existing, domestic relationship, like with Harry Osborn, that makes those conflicts more emotional and endearing.”

Electro will shock audiences. Shaping the look and dialogue for Electro (Jamie Foxx) was a particular challenge for Webb, who strove to create a parallel between the Oscorp employee-turned-blue bad guy and Spider-Man — with loads of extra-cool special effects, of course. “The cinematic possibilities of that character, I think, were extraordinary,” Webb said about Electro. “I had to explore that, in thinking of the nature of this villain.” Foxx delivered complexity to a character who “wants to be seen,” said Webb, so fans: Make sure to take note of how the hero and villain “react to their situations in a way that defines their characters.”

Gwen and Aunt Mary get a bumped-up storyline. The ladies of The Amazing Spider-Man — Emma Stone and Sally Field — are back for round two. But there’s an extra character (no spoilers!) who adds some extra dimension (and sheds some extra light) on who Peter Parker really is. It’s no mistake that girl power is central to the storyline, Webb said, joking that his mom was his inspiration for the film’s pumped-up female presence. “We’re surrounded by really wonderful women,” Webb noted of the women on his production staff. “It’s just important for the universe…the [women] are a crucial part of Peter’s life.”

'Leprechaun: Origins': First clip from horror reboot -- VIDEO

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Will you celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day by hoisting a Guinness? Or will you instead check out the first clip from Leprechaun: Origins, the out-this-summer horror reboot starring Dylan Postl (aka WWE wrestler Hornswoggle)?

Actually, thinking about it, this isn’t really an “either/or” situation. So may we suggest you order up a pint of the black nectar and, while you’re waiting for the sucker to settle, check out the Hornswoggle-introduced footage below.

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