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The 9 Dumbest Plot Points of Summer 2013

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All told the movies of summer 2013 would have to get an A … for Average. Well, or maybe a B, for Blah. There were a few high points ("Iron Man Three," "The Conjuring," "This Is the End"), a few low points ("The Lone Ranger," "After Earth," "R.I.P.D."), and a whole mess that landed somewhere in-between.

What seemed to really come in abundance, though, in movies of varying degrees of quality, were head-scratching plot points, the things that made you go, "Hmmm … that was f**king stupid." Get More »

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'Elysium' Occupies Top Spot at the Cineplex

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Matt Damon's sci-fi parable about the dangers facing the 99% in the distant future ended up redistributing some wealth into its own pockets this weekend, as "Elysium" topped the box office with an estimated $30.5 million according to Film.com.

That was enough to edge out Jennifer Aniston's R-rated comedy "We're the Millers," which brought in a strong $26.6 million. Disney's "Cars" spinoff "Planes" debuted in third place with $22.5 million, while "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" rounded out a crowded field of newcomers with an estimated $14.6 million.

For a full run down of the weekend box office, including figures for returning hits "2 Guns" and "The Wolverine," head to Film.com.

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Film.com

Weekly Movie Math: From Porn to Planes

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Your mother told you math class would be important someday, you just didn't know it would come in handy when deciding which movies to see this weekend.

Luckily, NextMovie can't scold you for not turning in your homework — we're just here to help. Whether you're in the mood for porn ("Lovelace") or planes (uh, "Planes"), we've got the equations helping you break down what, exactly, this week's new releases are all about. Read on for your weekly arithmetic. Get More »

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Matt Damon Talks About 'Elysium' and Fighting Iron Man

Exoskeletal armor is all the rage these days, or so we've heard. "Elysium," Matt Damon's latest film, due out August 9, is proof of armor's status as the latest fashion must-have.

Of course, there's always the debate over who wore it best, or in this case, who would win in a fight: Damon's Max, who wears the armor to survive and strengthen him in "Elysium," or the original man in the iron suit, Iron Man — Robert Downey Jr.

Naturally, NextMovie was dying to know what Damon thought the outcome of a suit-on-suit battle would be, so when we sat down with the star to chat ahead of the release of "Elysium," we had to ask. Get More »

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The 10 Best Original Blockbusters of the Millennium

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If it feels like every big live-action movie these days is a reboot, a sequel, based on a book or just a good old-fashioned rip-off of another movie, you, sir or madame, are not mistaken. If ever there was a rarity in the movie biz, it's big-time films where the characters make their debuts on screen. Get More »

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Poster: What 'Elysium' Would've Looked Like With Eminem

Matt Damon is on the shortlist for a lot of Hollywood's hottest roles. However, the "Bourne" star wasn't director Neill Blomkamp's first choice to play the part of Max in "Elysium" — that honor went to hip hop star Eminem, of all people. Eminem made a splash with his leading man debut in "8 Mile" (2002) but has since been out of the Hollywood limelight, only stepping in front of the camera again to play an exaggerated (well, not too exaggerated) version of himself in Judd Apatow's "Funny People" (2009).

In honor of what might've been if Marshall Mathers had accepted the role, we've conjured an alt-world version of the "Elysium" poster below. Lose yourself in it.

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'Elysium' and 'WALL-E' Are The Same Movie: Here's Proof

In case you haven't already noticed, Neil Blomkamp's upcoming sci-fi (dare we say dystopian?) actioner "Elysium" shares a few rather obvious plot commonalities with Disney-Pixar's near-wordless robot love story, "Wall-E." Basically, both feature a giant space station which houses pampered humans while the rest of the Earth is left to rot in squalor and wreckage and resourcelessness. Until one guy steps up and changes everything, of course, because Hollywood.

So it was only a matter of time, really, before some kind of mash-up came through, but we've gotta take our hats off to the evil geniuses at Funny or Die for making it happen by way of Matt Damon with a smidge of "Behind the Candelabra" action thrown in as a lil cherry on top. Get More »

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'Elysium' Director Wanted Eminem for Matt Damon's Role

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Did you know that Eminem has an Academy Award? True story. And while the rapper-briefly-turned-actor might've gotten his Oscar for best original songwriting — for "Lose Yourself" from "8 Mile" of course — the thespian abilities of chicka chicka Slim Shady haven't exactly gone unnoticed either.

In fact, "Elysium" director Neill Blomkamp wanted Mr. Marshall Mathers to lead up his new dystopian action film rather than that other guy who actually ended up with the role (Matt Damon Something ... we kid).  Get More »

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Dear Hollywood: Whatever Happened to a Bright Future?

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Once upon a time, the future was going to be awesome. We were promised flying cars, robots that would wait on us hand and foot and possibly jet packs, just for the hell of it.

And now that we're actually living in that future, it is, in fact, awesome. Sure, we might not have any of those specific things, but we do have smartphones, the Internet and Video On Demand, allowing us to watch movies in high definition at our own convenience. Yes, the future is awesome.

Except in the movies. Because in the movies, man, the future royally sucks. Get More »

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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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