LOS ANGELES — A UCLA study has found that films and television shows whose casts roughly reflect the nation's racial and ethnic diversity post the highest box office and ratings numbers, on average. A closer look at the numbers, based on films distributed in 2014:
The Coen canon reaches a crescendo — or rather a warped inversion of one — in "Hail, Caesar!" when the brothers assemble a quartet of religious leaders from various faiths before Josh Brolin's 1950s movie studio "fixer" Eddie Mannix. The scene plays like a theological joke: the Coen version of a priest and a rabbi walk into a movie studio.
Los Angeles - Channing Tatum dancing in a sailor suit and Scarlett Johansson taking a dip: two good reasons go see the Coen brothers' new movie "Hail, Caesar!"
NEWARK, N.J. — Actress Vanessa Johansson recently found herself in the middle of a steamy interracial romance, one complicated by a gunshot and a looming lawsuit. It was also purely fictional.
LOS ANGELES — Batman. Spider-Man. Iron Man. Ant-Man.
Superhero sequel "Avengers: Age of Ultron" pummeled its rivals at the North American box office this weekend, delivering another Hulk-sized haul as it surged towards a worldwide take of $1 billion, estimated figures showed Sunday. The film starring Chris Evans (Captain America), Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), sees the super team battling to save the earth from destruction by the villainous robot Ultron. The "Avengers" success was trouble for new release "Hot Pursuit", a comedy starring Reese Witherspoon as a cop attempting to protect the widow of a drug lord, played by Sofia Vergara, as they are pursued by assorted crooks.
LOS ANGELES — A jam-packed sports weekend didn't stop moviegoers from trekking to theaters in droves to see the Avengers sequel, which posted a massive $191.3 million North American opening, Disney said Monday.
LOS ANGELES — The Avengers are mighty, but not enough to beat themselves. The Marvel and Disney sequel earned a staggering $187.7 million in its debut weekend, making it the second biggest U.S. opening of all time according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.
Los Angeles - "Avengers" superhero actors Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans apologized Thursday for calling co-star Scarlett Johansson's character in the blockbuster movie a "slut," saying it was just a tasteless joke. An interviewer asked them what they thought about Johansson's character, Black Widow, opting not to get together romantically with either of them. "I am sorry that this tasteless joke about a fictional character offended anyone.
Actors Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner apologized on Thursday for making "tasteless" and "juvenile" comments in which they called their "Avengers" co-star Scarlett Johansson's superhero character "a slut." Evans, who plays Captain America in Walt Disney Co's Marvel "Avengers: Age of Ultron," said he and Renner were asked about rumors that Johansson's Black Widow wanted to be in a relationship with their characters. "I regret it and sincerely apologize." Renner, who plays superhero Hawkeye, added, "I am sorry that this tasteless joke about a fictional character offended anyone.
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