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Box office report: 'Madagascar 3' earns $35.5M, more than 'Rock of Ages' and 'That's My Boy' combined

A couple of high-profile openers couldn’t force the animals of Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted into their cages. The animated comedy topped the box office once again this weekend, while Rock of Ages and That’s My Boy delivered majorly disappointing debuts.

Dreamworks’ $145 million effort Madagascar 3 roared a second time following its $60.3 million start. The CG-animated film dipped 41 percent to $35.5 million this frame. That’s better than the second weekend decline of its predecessor, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, which fell by 45 percent and had earned a slightly softer $116.9 million at the same point in its run. Madagascar 3 has grossed $120.5 million over ten days, and is headed to a $180 million finish domestically. Worldwide, the 3-D film has grossed a robust $278 million, and will likely finish near $600 million. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'Rock of Ages' and 'That's My Boy' take on 'Madagascar 3'

Tom Cruise and Adam Sandler, two box office titans (in very different genres), offer up their latest movies this week.

Cruise stars in Rock of Ages, the ’80s-rock musical based on the hit Broadway show, while Sandler serves up his standard crass-and-proud-of-it comedy with the R-rated That’s My Boy. Both titles should play to broad mainstream audiences, but whether they can dethrone Madagascar 3 is another story.

Here’s how I think the Top 5 will shake out: READ FULL STORY

'Rock of Ages': Alec Baldwin's hair-raising transformation

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After 30 years in showbiz, Alec Baldwin has had plenty of onscreen alter egos: mobster, brain surgeon, ghost, CIA agent, Charles Nelson Reilly… But it’s safe to say we’ve never seen the Emmy winner looking like he does in Rock of Ages (out June 15), the musical based on the hit Broadway show about the ’80s metal scene on the Sunset Strip.

Baldwin sports feathery shoulder-length locks and glam rock-inspired outfits to play Dennis Dupree, the owner of a club where Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise), the world’s biggest rock star, puts on a one-night-only show. The actor’s 30 Rock comedy chops come in handy for the role, which requires him to canoodle with Russell Brand and croon REO Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling.” But getting laughs required serious dedication according to director Adam Shankman and lead hair stylist Camille Friend, who chatted with EW in this week’s issue about creating Baldwin’s character — from the hair down.

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The state of the modern movie star: 2012 and beyond

Writers have been documenting the incredible shrinking movie star for decades. Google “the last movie star,” and not only will you find serious musings about George Clooney, Will Smith, and Tom Cruise, but thoughtful ones about Elizabeth Taylor. Hyperbole about imminent extinction aside, movie stars have shrunk as the films have grown bigger and louder. Just look at the box-office results from last year. Thirteen of the top 15 films were sequels, franchise starters, or animated films that don’t always require or even want stars. So far this year, The Hunger Games has proven once again that you don’t need a huge international star like Smith, Cruise, or Brad Pitt to mint box-office millions, and The Avengers cruised past a billion dollars with stars predominantly of Marvel’s own creation. Meanwhile, Johnny Depp, one of the other famous faces currently chiseled in Hollywood’s hypothetical Mt. Rushmore, learned that makeup, eccentricity, and Tim Burton do not always connect, as Dark Shadows opened poorly and is limping home. It all begs the question: Are movie stars still essential? And as the current class of elite stars inches towards 50, who is poised to save the planet and catch the bad guy while kissing the girl? READ FULL STORY

Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher film has a new name

Paramount has confirmed that December’s Tom Cruise-headlined One Shot has a new name. The first adaptation of Lee Childs’ popular series of novels focusing on the drifter Jack Reacher, One Shot will now be titled (drumroll please) Jack Reacher. It’s a subtle confirmation that Paramount has big franchise hopes for the December film. Those hopes could be justified. Cruise is newly ascendant post-Ghost Protocol, and he brushed off concerns that he’s not tall enough to play Reacher in an old-school charm session at CinemaCon. And keep in mind, the film has a secret weapon: morose cinema icon Werner Herzog as the movie’s villain.

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Casting Net: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy team for cop comedy. Plus: Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, Chloe Moretz, Rupert Everett, Tom Cruise

• Robin Williams, Mila KunisPeter Dinklage, Melissa Leo, and James Earl Jones have signed on for The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, about a patient who is erroneously told he has 90 minutes to live. The comedy marks the first film from Field of Dreams director Phil Alden Robinson since 2002’s The Sum of All Fears. [Screen International]

• Jessica Biel, Chloe Moretz, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan will star in The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea, about a widower (Morgan) who helps a girl (Moretz) construct a raft to cross the Atlantic Ocean. (Biel will play Morgan’s late wife.) Justin Timberlake will add two more hyphens to his multi-hyphenate resume, meanwhile, serving as the film’s composer and music supervisor. Bill Purple will make his feature directing debut from a script by Robbie Pickering (Natural Selection). [THR]

• Speaking of Chloe Moretz, the in demand actress is also in talks for Kick-Ass 2, reprising her role as Hit Girl, who will go into retirement. But will she stay there?! (No.) [Total Film]

Colin Firth, Emily Watson, and Tom Wilkinson will star in actor Rupert Everett‘s directoral debut The Happy Prince, a biopic about Oscar Wilde. Everett will play the famed author and playwright, and also wrote the screenplay. [Variety]

Check out new projects for TOM CRUISE, ABIGAIL BRESLIN, PAUL DANO, OWEN WILSON, RACHEL McADAMS, and ELIZABETH BANKS below:  READ FULL STORY

Tom Cruise attached to 'Van Helsing' reboot from writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci

Star Trek and Transformers screenwriter/producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will tackle developing the reboot Van Helsing, with Tom Cruise attached to star as the famed fictional vampire hunter, studio Universal Pictures announced today. (Hugh Jackman’s 2004 Van Helsing pulled in $300 million worldwide, but it is largely considered a creative failure, and the potential franchise was shuttered.)

The project is part of a first-look production deal between Kurtzman and Orci’s K/O Paper Products production company and Universal Pictures. As part of the deal, the pair will also develop a reboot of The Mummy with Prometheus screenwriter Jon Spaihts and producer Sean Daniel, who oversaw producing the last incarnation of the Mummy franchise.

Kurtzman and Orci’s next project is the family drama People Like Us (out June 29), which they wrote and Kurtzman directed.

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CinemaCon 2012: Tom Cruise dives from heaven to hell in 'Oblivion' footage

Tom Cruise’s new sci-fi epic Oblivion has just started shooting, but Universal is already unveiling footage from the secrecy-shrouded project.

“It’s very rare when you feel equally excited about the words in a script and the visuals from a director, but Oblivion offers that combination,” said Universal Pictures chairman Adam Folgeson. “It’s one of the most beautiful scripts we’ve ever come across.”

The clips previewed at CinemaCon, the annual Las Vegas convention for theater owners, were a combination of early concept art, rough animation, and unfinished dailies. “It does not begin to demonstrate how spectacular the film will look,” Folgeson said, adding with a laugh: “And it gives you virtually no idea what the film is about.”

Well, that last part isn’t exactly true. READ FULL STORY

CinemaCon 2012: Tom Cruise brawls as Jack Reacher in 'One Shot' footage

If Tom Cruise gives you the option of backing off before he kicks you squarely in the crotch — take it.

Monday night’s (ahem) kickoff to CinemaCon, the annual theater-owners convention in Las Vegas, revealed the first footage of Cruise as a street-fighting man, playing the rugged drifter Jack Reacher in next December’s crime drama One Shot. Let’s just say he’s not interested in a fair game of fisticuffs.

The scenes aren’t being released yet, but EW has all the details after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Emily Blunt teaming up with Tom Cruise. Plus: Mark Ruffalo, T.R. Knight, Jared Harris

Mark Ruffalo is in talks to play real-life Olympic champion wrestler David Schultz in Foxcatcher, director Bennett Miller‘s biopic about John du Pont (Steve Carell), a paranoid schizophrenic and scion of the du Pont chemical dynasty, who created a wrestling facility called “Team Foxcatcher.” Channing Tatum would play Schultz’s younger brother, also an Olympian. [Variety]

• Grey’s Anatomy‘s T.R. Knight has joined the roster for the Jackie Robinson biopic 42, playing a travel secretary for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Chadwick Boseman is playing the groundbreaking baseball legend, and Harrison Ford is Dodgers manager Branch Rickey. [THR]

• Jared Harris — the man who gave Pete Campbell a knuckle sandwich on Mad Men last night — is set to topline The Quiet Ones, a supernatural horror pic about a professor who ropes his students into creating a poltergeist. The class is called “You Are Going to Die If You Take This 201.” John Pogue (Quarantine 2) is directing. [Deadline]

• Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class) is in talks to join Liam Hemsworth in Paranoia, a spy thriller to be directed by Robert Luketic (21, Killers). Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman are also zeroing in on a deal for the film. [Variety]

• Christine Lahti has signed onto the indie drama Truck Stop, opposite Evan Peters (American Horror Story) and Juno Temple (Greenberg). [Deadline]

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