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'Sinister Six' spinoff to come next for Spider-Man

NEW YORK — The Spider-Man franchise will detour next with a "Sinister Six" spinoff in 2016, pushing "The Amazing Spider-Man 3" to 2018, Sony's Columbia Pictures said Wednesday in announcing an updated schedule.


Former Sycamore resident shooting film in Genoa, Malta

Although she only spent one year living in Sycamore, Megan St. John would later find that the rural areas surrounding the town would be the perfect setting for a film.


Charlie Hunnam talks about leaving 'Fifty Shades'

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The first trailer for the "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie will be released this week and the original Christian Grey, Charlie Hunnam, says he can't wait for the finished product.


'Apes' outmuscles 'The Purge' at box office

NEW YORK — The summer box office continued to lack mojo, as the R-rated "Sex Tape" failed to turn on moviegoers over a weekend where "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" maintained its rule.


Universal distances itself from 'Compton' casting

LOS ANGELES — Universal Pictures and the filmmakers behind the planned N.W.A. biopic are distancing themselves from an offensive casting announcement for the film.


Ron Howard to direct Beatles documentary

NEW YORK — Ron Howard will direct a documentary on the Beatles that focuses on the band's touring years during the early 1960s.


New film 'Book of Life' animates Day of the Dead

LOS ANGELES — Guillermo del Toro is helping to open the "Book of Life."


'Planet of the Apes' thumps chest with $73M debut

NEW YORK — The monkey business is a good business to be in at the box office.

A summer without swagger for Hollywood

NEW YORK — Hollywood's summer at the box office isn't just missing nearly 20 percent of last summer's revenue. It's lacking swagger.


Newspaper says sorry after Clooney slams story

LONDON — Britain's Daily Mail newspaper apologized to George Clooney on Wednesday for alleging his fiancee's mother opposed the marriage on religious grounds — a story Clooney called both wrong and irresponsible.


Ford injury to halt 'Star Wars' for 2 weeks

NEW YORK — Harrison Ford's injury will cause production on "Star Wars: Episode VII" to be suspended for two weeks.


'Transformers' tops 'Tammy' on weak July 4 weekend

NEW YORK — The Fourth of July went off like a dud at the box office, as the Michael Bay sequel "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and the Melisa McCarthy comedy "Tammy" led the weakest summer holiday weekend in at least a decade.


McCarthy's 'Tammy' misses the funny bone

Meet Tammy. Boy, is she a mess. Angry, profane and aggressive, then suddenly shy and sweet. Sometimes she's funny, sometimes totally not. She can't figure out what she wants to do or be, or where to go. She has loads of people around her, yet can't figure out what to do with them. This one's in desperate need of outside help.


‘Earth to Echo’ is a movie you wish you had seen when you were a kid

First-time feature director Dave Green and first-time feature screenwriter Henry Gayden have a few things in common. They created the six-episode TV series “Zombie Roadkill” a few years back, and they’re obviously fans of at least three specific films: Spielberg’s overly praised “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” the 1981 version of “Clash of the Titans” and the more recent, unfairly underrated “Chronicle.”


Cameron Diaz bares all in 'Sex Tape' movie

NEW YORK — Cameron Diaz does something she's never done before in her upcoming movie, "Sex Tape."


'Transformers' unearths $100M debut at box office

LOS ANGELES — "Transformers: Age of Extinction" is ruling the box office.


Shia LaBeouf arrested for disrupting Broadway show

NEW YORK (AP) — Shia LaBeouf was facing disorderly conduct charges Friday after being arrested for yelling obscenities at a Broadway theater performance of "Cabaret," police said.


Review: ‘They Came Together’ a parody party

David Wain’s “They Came Together” identifies the tropes of the romantic comedy with uncommon acuity. If only it would stop winking so much.


'Star Wars' creator selects Chicago for museum

CHICAGO — "Star Wars" creator George Lucas announced Tuesday that he has picked Chicago to host his much-anticipated museum of art and movie memorabilia, in a major victory for the nation's third-largest city.


'Think Like a Man' tops 'Jersey Boys' with $30M

NEW YORK — The Las Vegas ensemble comedy "Think Like a Man Too" topped a slow weekend at the summer box office with $30 million, besting blockbuster holdovers from last week and Clint Eastwood's new Four Seasons musical "Jersey Boys."


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