‘THE CHANGE-UP’S’ RYAN REYNOLDS LOVES HIS R-RATED COMEDIES

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Actor Ryan Reynolds, fresh off this summer’s box-office misfire Green Lantern, stars with Jason Bateman in the comedy The Change-Up.  The picture, which is director David Dobkin’s first feature since his 2007 effort Fred Claus, centers on a family man (Bateman) and a bachelor (Reynolds) who wake up inhabiting the other one’s body.

During a recent press conference, Reynolds explained why he prefers doing R-rated comedies like The Change-Up (the actor’s previous comedy, the box-office hit The Proposal, was rated PG-13).

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The Change-Up opens nationwide August 5th.

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CHRIS EVANS TALKS ‘THE AVENGERS’ AND ITS TRANSITION FROM ‘CAPTAIN AMERICA’

Captain America: The First Avenger Chris Evans stars as Steve Rogers, the 98-pound weakling who, thanks to a super soldier serum turns into a WWII freedom fighter in Captain America: The First Avenger.

The film opens Friday, and Evans will also return as Captain America in The Avengers. During a recent interview, the actor talked about the challenge of playing Captain America in The Avengers (at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, our hero is informed by Nick Fury that his body has been frozen for over 70 years).

“Well he is who he is,” says Evans about Steve Rogers.  “That’s kind of why he got picked for the serum. I think he has a very clear cut sense of his morals and values and who he is.  But there certainly is an adjustment process to modern day.  I think part of Cap’s appeal is that he presents this old way of thinking…I think Cap comes from a place where things were a little bit more wholesome and sincere and direct and modern day to him feels like a little bit more flash, style, and that’s not who he is.”

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Captain America: The First Avenger opens Friday.


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‘HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2’ WORKS ITS MAGIC WITH RECORD-BREAKING $168.6 MILLION OPENING

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 now has the honor of having the highest domestic box-office opening of all time, as its $168.6 million figure bests previous record holder The Dark Knight, which reached $158.4 million in 2008.  With such an astounding debut, the film could draw crowds away from the July 22nd opening of Captain America: The First Avenger as viewers may satiate themselves with a second helping of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. Here’s the top 10:

1.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2$168.6 million

2.  Transformers Dark of the Moon –  Domestically, the picture has made $302.8 million.  Can Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 surpass that mark?  This weekend, Transformers made $21.3 million

3.  Horrible Bosses – In just two weeks of release, the Jennifer Aniston/Jason Bateman comedy has pulled in $60 million domestically.  $17.6 million over this weekend.

4.  Zookeeper – $12.3 million

5.  Cars 2 – $8.4 million

6.  Winnie the Pooh – Great reviews did not save this film from a sub-par debut, as the animated film made just $8 million.

7.  Bad Teacher – $5.2 million

8.  Larry Crowne – With just a $31.6 million domestic box-office haul in its release, the Tom Hanks directed feature (headlined by Hanks and Julia Roberts) was one of this summer’s biggest disappointments.  Over the weekend, it collected just $2.6 million

9.  Super 8Super 8 was a solid summer hit, as it earned $122.2 million stateside.  Over the weekend, the film came in #9 with $1.9 million.

10.  Midnight in Paris – $1.9 million

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EMILY OSMENT GETS DRAMATIC WITH ‘CYBERBULLY’

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With Hannah Montana finishing its run, Nineteen-year-old actress/singer Emily Osment has ventured into dramatic territory with Cyberbully, a two hour movie premiere this Sunday (ABC Family, 8 pm et/pt).

Click on the media bar and listen to Osment talk about the premise of Cyberbully (co-star Kay Panabaker is briefly heard in the clip).

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“I was very attracted to this role for many reasons,” says Osment, whose new song ‘Drift’ is featured in Cyberbully.  “One of them simply just being the role itself.  It was a very dramatic role and I’ve never played a role or a character that takes this type of adventure.  Besides that, the really good press surrounding it, and the moral of the story and all the campaigns that are surrounding it, it really truly comes off as a good cause and we’re doing a good thing and it has a very strong moral to it.  Especially with how gigantic and global this cyber bullying has become.”

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HANK AZARIA TALKS ‘THE SIMPSONS,’ GIVES HIS TAKE ON DUFFMAN AND BUMBLEEBEE MAN

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Hank Azaria, who plays Gargamel on the upcoming film The Smurfs, recently talked about the prodigious success of The Simpsons, which premiered back in December 1989.

“When we started, Fox was a fledgling network, you didn’t think the network was going to last,” says Azaria.  “Let alone the show.  So it’s completely surreal, but you can’t always be aware of that or you wouldn’t be able to do the job.  On the other hand, it’s such routine at this point.”

Over ten years ago, Hank Azaria visited his alma mater, and he was surprised to see how many of his younger colleagues were influenced by The Simpsons. Click on the media bar below to hear Azara discuss his experience returning to Tufts University:

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Azaria also talks about two of the characters he has voiced on The Simpsons.  Click on the media bar and listen to the actor talk about the challenges of voicing Duffman and Bumblee Man.

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The Smurfs opens July 29th.  A repeat of The Simpsons episode “Homer Scissorhands” airs Sunday (Fox, 8 pm et/pt)

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