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China Thinks the Sequel is 'Despicable'

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The story of China's film market is getting more and more intense (and, frankly, popcorn-worthy) to observe. The nation knows well that its market is uberinfluential right now — the second-biggest in the world behind the U.S., for now — and that big studios are pretty much at the mercy of their State Administration for Radio, Film and Television to allow their movies, especially those big-budget blockbusters, a chance at those coveted international ticket sales. Get More »

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'Despicable Me 2' Saves the World From Adam Sandler

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It was a close call, but "Despicable Me 2" barely saved the world from the haunting specter of another Adam Sandler number one, as Gru and company eked out a box office win over "Grown Ups 2" according to

That left Guillermo del Toro's robot flick "Pacific Rim" with a bad case of sadpants, as the extremely expensive CGI fairy tale brought in $38.3 million in its debut. Decent, but not enough to beat out "Despicable Me 2's" $44.7 million or "Grown Ups 2's" $42.5 million.

For a full rundown of this weekend's box office figures, including numbers for returning hits like "The Heat," "World War Z" and "Man of Steel," head to

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'Despicable Me 2' Owns 'Ranger' at Box Office

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"The Lone Ranger" has been taking down bad guys since the 1930's, but this Fourth of July weekend he finally met his match as "Despicable Me 2's" supervillain Gru and his band of fluffy minions destroyed the box office to the tune of $142.1 million according to

That amount reflects a five day debut, with the traditional three day weekend take clocking in at a still impressive $82.5 million. "The Lone Ranger," meanwhile, did a major league faceplant, bringing in $48.9 over the five day frame and only $29.4 over the weekend. That won't even cover Johnny Depp's makeup budget.

For a full look at the weekend top ten, including figures for returning hits "World War Z," "The Heat" and "Monsters University," head to

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8 Movie Characters as Minions

What if some of the most popular characters in the history of cinema suddenly went super-villainous?

In "Despicable Me" (2010), the superbad superdad known as Gru (Steve Carell) conjured a nefarious plan to shrink and steal the moon. In this week's "Despicable Me 2," the former evil-doer is enlisted by the Anti-Villain League to go undercover and track down a new supervillain. Through all of his adventures, Gru is assisted, of course, by his army of minions ... an army that's always looking for a few new good recruits.

Here's an idea of what might happen if the minions went from being "infamous" to just plain "famous."

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Steve Carell Goes Gru on 'Ellen' for 'Despicable Me 2'

There are only so many clever ways for a real-life actor to promote an animated movie character because, with all due respect to the trials of voice-work, most of the real heavy lifting is done by the animation crew. But this week Steve Carell raised the bar quite a bit for his fellow tongue-lending thesps by appearing on "Ellen" as a rather convincing human variation of his "Despicable Me 2" cartoon counterpart Gru.

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Jon Hamm Is Your 'Minion'

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Anyone with an operable pair of eyes knows that Jon Hamm is one hunky hunk-o-man meat, but does the "Mad Men" star still drive the ladies wild when that dapper mug of his isn't in the frame?

We'll find out soon enough!

Hamm has now signed on to star, as it were, opposite Sandra Bullock in Illumination Entertainment's "Minions," a follow-up to the wildly successful animated flick "Despicable Me" which puts focus on those hilarious little scuttle bugs.

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The 30 Movies You Need to Know About This Summer

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It's summer, summer, summertime, time to sit back and unwind, as The Fresh Prince once rhymed. Iron Man, Wolverine, Superman and Hit-Girl are suiting up and the AC is pumping as studios trot out their big guns, eager to put butts in the seats with big stars, bigger explosions and lots of numbers after titles.

That's right, nearly a third of our list is sequels, there's even more that didn't make it, and that doesn't even count the reboots and potential franchise-starters in store as we dive headfirst into our glistening pool of summer movie bliss. Get More »

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The New 'Despicable Me 2' Trailer Is So Cute You're Going to Hate Yourself

Okay, all you cynics out there. We know exactly what you're thinking when it comes to "Despicable Me 2." All those little "cuddly" minions and their "hilarious" nonsensical dialogue. The cutesy story about a bad guy turning good due to the love of children. The corporate tie-ins. We get it. You're determined to hate on this thing. We're right there with you.

Or, you know, we would be. Exceeeept, check out the new Apple Trailers clip for "Despicable Me 2," you guys. Because it's just so gosh darn cute and fun that even the most cynical fan will love it despite themselves.

Dang it, it's hard to be darkly edgy when they keep putting out stuff like this! Get More »

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2013's 29 Movie Sequels Ranked From Least to Most Necessary

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"Texas Chainsaw 3D" is 2013's inaugural sequel in a year chock full of them (29 in all). With this much franchise volume in one year, it's good to keep some perspective in terms of which series we're primed for ... and which ones shouldn't have had a first movie to begin with.

From the bad to the rad, here's our rundown of all the follow-ups fans have been clamoring for — or haven't, as the case may be. Prioritize your sequel viewing, people. Get More »

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50 Movies We’re All About in 2013

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Man, 2012 was a pretty darn good year for films, right? "The Avengers," "Lincoln," "The Hunger Games," "Silver Linings Playbook," seriously, we could go on and on, as this past year has been one of the best in recent memory.

And that has us even more amped up to see what Hollywood does for an encore. Sure, 2013 has some pretty big shoes to fill, but there are always news movies to see, new adventures to experience, new stars to meet and new pop culture obsessions waiting to be born.

So with that in mind, we've put together our list of the top 50 Movies We’re All About in 2013. Because last year is just so last year. Get More »

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