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Bradley Cooper on 'The Place Beyond the Pines' and preparing to play slain soldier Chris Kyle in the upcoming 'American Sniper'

Over the course of his career, Bradley Cooper has become an expert at playing all the shades of the asshole rainbow. But since 2011’s Limitless showed Hollywood that The Hangover star can open a film all by himself, Cooper has been receiving more varied roles in vastly more ambitious projects, like 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook and this year’s The Place Beyond the Pines, which hits DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow. “I think the opportunities really started to happen after Limitless came out and did well,” says Cooper. “I owe it all to The Hangover, and that allowed me to do Limitless, and Limitless definitely paved the road for directors to take a chance.” READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Oblivion' reaffirms Tom Cruise's star power with $38.2 million debut

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If this weekend’s box office is any indication, the couch jumping stigma that has plagued Tom Cruise’s career for the better part of the last decade may finally be thing of the past.

Cruise’s latest, the $120 million sci-fi adventure Oblivion, opened to a solid $38.2 million this weekend. That’s a terrific start for the chiseled star, who has struggled recently at the box office with under-performers like Jack Reacher, Rock of Ages, Valkyrie, and Knight and Day. In fact, only four Cruise vehicles have ever opened higher — and three of them are Mission Impossible movies. (The other is War of the Worlds). Oblivion actually marks the first number one opening for Cruise in seven years, though it should be noted that Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol opened in limited release and climbed to number one upon its wide expansion.

Cruise isn’t the only star in Oblivion — it also features Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, and Olga Kurlyenko — but it was marketed almost exclusively on his appeal. According to distributor Universal, audiences, which were 57 percent male and 74 percent 25 or older, listed Tom Cruise as their primary reason for seeing the film, followed by the sci-fi genre and Morgan Freeman. Those same audiences weren’t in love with what they saw, though, as Oblivion was issued a lackluster “B-” CinemaScore grade.

Domestically, Oblivion opened in 3,783 theaters and earned a fantastic $10,085 location average. IMAX screens accounted for $5.5 million of Oblivion‘s weekend gross. Internationally, the film had a successful weekend, as well. After its $61.1 million opening from 52 territories, Oblivion took in another $33.6 million from 60 territories this time around. The film has grossed $112 million so far (for a $150.2 million worldwide total), and it has high-profile openings in Japan and China still to come.

In second, the Jackie Robinson drama 42 fell only 34 percent to $18 million for a $54.1 million total after ten days. Warner Bros.’ $40 million baseball pic, which earned an “A+” CinemaScore grade, didn’t hold quite as well as The Help, another “A+” racially charged drama, which dipped 23 percent in its second weekend. Thus, while 42 still seems likely to hit the $100 million mark, it doesn’t seem destined for a gross in the same range as The Help‘s $169 million total. Still, 42 is a big winner for Warner Bros., which was in dire need of a box office hit.

The Croods spent the weekend in third place, dropping 28 percent to $9.5 million. After five weeks, the $135 million animation has grossed $154.9 million, a great start in the five-year distribution deal between DreamWorks Animation and Fox.

In fourth, Scary Movie 5 didn’t hold nearly as well. The $20 million spoof from Weinstein’s Dimension fell 56 percent to $6.3 million, giving it a weak $22.9 million total after ten days. At the same point in its run, Scary Movie 4 had earned $67.5 million.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation rounded out the Top 5 with $5.8 million, marking a 48 percent drop from its prior frame. Paramount’s $130 million film has now earned $111.2 million domestically, a substantially lower gross than its predecessor, but it’s been making up ground overseas, where the film has earned $211.7 million. Retaliation opened in China this week, where it took in $33 million during its first seven days. Worldwide, Retaliation has earned $322.9 million and should pass the $400 million mark with ease.

1. Oblivion – $38.2 million
2. 42 – $18 million
3. The Croods – $9.5 million
4. Scary Movie 5 – $6.3 million
5. G.I. Joe: Retaliation – $5.8 million

The Place Beyond the Pines just missed the Top 5 after expanding from 514 theaters into 1,542 theaters. Pines grossed $4.8 million, yielding a mediocre $3,078 per theater average, which doesn’t merit further expansion. The Focus Features release cost $15 million and has earned $11.4 million total.

Two other quick highlights: Sony’s $13 million Halle Berry thriller The Call passed the $50 million mark this weekend. It’s been a nice mid-level hit for distributor TriStar. Olympus Has Fallen has also been doing terrific business for its distributor, FilmDistrict. After five weekends, the White House thriller has quietly earned $88.8 million.

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Oblivion: EW Review
The Place Beyond the Pines: EW Review
42: EW Review
The Croods: EW Review
G.I. Joe: Retaliation: EW Review

Box office update: 'Oblivion' wins Friday with $13.3 million

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Oblivion topped the box office on Friday with $13.3 million, putting it on pace for an easy weekend win. The $120 million Tom Cruise adventure, which also stars Olga Kurylenko and Morgan Freeman, may earn about $38 million over its first three days, which would be the fourth biggest opener of 2013, behind Oz The Great and Powerful ($79.1 million), The Croods ($43.6 million), and G.I. Joe: Retaliation ($40.5 million). Audiences may have been befuddled by the twists in the film’s plot, as they issued Oblivion a “B-” CinemaScore.

Last weekend’s champ, 42, held strong in second place with $5.2 million and could bat up another $18 million in its sophomore frame. The film, which earned an “A+” CinemaScore grade from audiences, will have $54 million by Sunday’s end. READ FULL STORY

Dane DeHaan talks 'Place Beyond the Pines,' 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'

Between his breakout role in last year’s Chronicle and his upcoming return to the fantastical in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Dane DeHaan has pulled a 180 with a role in Derek Cianfrance’s gritty, realistic The Place Beyond the Pines. As the film opens wide this weekend, DeHaan talked to EW about playing Ryan Gosling’s on-screen son, shed light on forming his wrong-side-of-the-tracks character, and shared details about the Spidey sequel.

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Box office preview: 'Oblivion' will Cruise to No. 1

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Only one new film is entering the fray this weekend, the Tom Cruise sci-fi adventure Oblvion. With no real competition, the film should easily top the chart, while The Place Beyond The Pines looks to break out in its wide release expansion.

Here’s how the box office may shake out:

1. Oblivion – $38 million
Tom Cruise has become a polarizing star over the past few years, but he’s still a considerable draw in major action tentpoles like the Universal release Oblivion, which cost about $120 million to produce. Oblivion will benefit from being the first big-budget spectacle to hit theaters since G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and it should play very well with young men as a result. (Morgan Freeman’s presence is always a reliable draw for men as well.) The film has gotten a strong, Inception-y marketing push from the studio, and it will get a boost from IMAX screens as well. Out in 3,782 theaters, Oblivion could earn about $38 million this weekend. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: '42' knocks it out of the park with $27.3 million; 'Oblivion' huge overseas

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Tomorrow, Major League Baseball will celebrate its annual Jackie Robinson Day, and all players and umpires will wear jerseys with the number 42, which Robinson, the first African-American player in the MLB, made famous. Don’t be surprised if the execs at Warner Bros. join in on the fun. The studio did have a grand slam weekend, after all.

Warner Bros.’ new baseball drama 42 topped the box office with $27.3 million — far ahead of recent baseball titles like Moneyball ($19.5 million debut) and Trouble with the Curve ($12.2 million). In fact, 42 scored the best ever debut for a baseball film, surpassing The Benchwarmers‘ $19.7 million bow. 42 also became the latest release to earn a rare “A+” CinemaScore grade, signifying exemplary word-of-mouth among ticket-buyers. Former “A+” releases include The Help, Tangled, The Blind Side, Titanic, and A Few Good Men. READ FULL STORY

'The Place Beyond the Pines': Director Derek Cianfrance on shooting the motorcycle scene -- VIDEO

Director Derek Cianfrance’s films often focus on the emotional, like the intense relationship between Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams’ characters in 2010’s Blue Valentine. In his latest film, The Place Beyond the Pines, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year and is being released in theaters this weekend, Gosling returns but in a harder-edged role.

In the scene below, which Cianfrance talks us through in accompanying commentary, Gosling’s character, Luke, is being chased through the woods by Ben Mendelsohn, who plays a mechanic with whom Luke later teams up to rob banks.

“It doesn’t always have to be about words; it doesn’t always have to be about talking,” Cianfrance says of the chase scene. Check out the exclusive clip and commentary below:
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New 'Place Beyond the Pines' clips suggest this won't be a happy movie -- VIDEO

With Ryan Gosling partnering again with his Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance, anyone can guess that the resulting picture wouldn’t exactly be happy-go-lucky. The Place Beyond the Pines spans decades and explores fathers, sons, and the choices we make that influence our whole lives. “I’m attracted to making movies about family,” Cianfrance previously told EW. “Those movies have secrets and intimacy.”

The secrets, along with some doom and gloom, are on full display in three new clips from The Place Beyond the Pines, which also stars Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes. The first clip shows Luke (Gosling) and Romina (Mendes) meeting at a fair after time apart, and showcases all the awkwardness of running into someone from your past whom you thought you wouldn’t see again. READ FULL STORY

Twas a dark and stormy night: 'The Place Beyond the Pines' debuts new poster

It’s hard for a movie poster to be anything but pretty when it features the faces of Eva Mendes, Ryan Gosling, and Bradley Cooper, but somehow, the new poster for The Place Beyond the Pines achieves an impressive-yet-appropriate level of gloominess (while still being pretty).

The Place Beyond the Pines, the next film from Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance, stars Ryan Gosling as a stunt rider who turns to a life of crime (specifically bank robbing) to provide for his baby mama, played by Eva Mendes. Meanwhile, Cooper and his blue eyes are lurking around every corner with his rookie-cop badge and a son of his own.

After debuting at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, The Place Beyond the Pines is giving the rest of us a glimpse into its world with its latest poster, which features a very worried Mendes, a confused/angry Cooper and a determined Gosling on his way to the nearest bank. It’s a tale of fathers, sons and, from the looks of the poster, at least one dark and stormy night.

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Bradley Cooper dismisses Lance Armstrong role rumors

Slow down, everyone. Bradley Cooper may not be getting on a bike just yet.

Last week, he told BBC News that he was interested in playing disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong if a movie version of his life comes to fruition. Now, the Silver Linings Playbook star has explained to Access Hollywood that he was amused by the subsequent chatter, but there’s no truth to it. “Oh my god, that’s so nuts!” he said. “I was in Manchester, doing the BBC morning show… I had no idea what [the interviewer] was talking about. I didn’t even know that J.J. [Abrams] has the rights, I had no idea. I don’t know anything about it.”

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