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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Monsters University' and More

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This week: See how Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) first met in college in "Monsters University," Pixar's animated prequel to "Monsters, Inc."

Also new this week is "R.I.P.D.," a supernatural comedy starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds as two cops tasked with managing ghostly activity on Earth, and "Byzantium," Neil Jordan's atmospheric vampire film starring Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton. Get More »

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'Monsters University' Withstands the Box Office 'Heat'

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It was a close call, but in the end "Monsters University" edged out "The Heat" at the box office this weekend, as according to Film.com, Pixar's latest animated hit topped Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock's R-rated comedy by the score of $46.2 million to $40 million.

That's still an impressive debut for "The Heat," but the same cannot be said for fellow newcomer "White House Down," as Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx's action thriller stumbled to fourth place with a disappointing $26.6 million.

Overall, though, no fewer than five films cracked the $20 million mark, as moviegoers spread the wealth around to "World War Z" and "Man of Steel" as well. For a full look at the box office top ten, head to Film.com.

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Film.com

'Monsters University' Bags $82 Million

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In this big bad world of ours, plenty of things are scary. War. Famine. Pestilence. Math. But it turns out that monsters actually aren't so scary after all, as Pixar's new release "Monsters University" easily won the box office this weekend with an impressive $82 million debut according to Film.com.

That was more than enough to beat out a strong challenge from Brad Pitt's new zombie epic "World War Z," which earned $66 million in its opening frame. And "Man of Steel" also held strong, bringing in $41.2 million in its second weekend of release.

For a full run down of the box office top ten, including figures for returning hits "Star Trek Into Darkness," 'Iron Man 3" and "Fast & Furious 6," head to Film.com.

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Film.com

Mad Max's Weekend Movie Guide: 'World War Z' & More

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Greetings from the apocalypse! That may be this column's reassuring greeting each week, but damn if it hasn't proved prescient as all get-out. It seems like we can't go a week this summer without at least one movie where extinction-level events occur with pornographic intensity ("Man of Steel," "This is the End," "After Earth," the upcoming "Pacific Rim" and "The World's End"). Not that I'm complaining. Bring on the rubble, Brad Pitt! Get More »

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'Monsters University': Billy Crystal's Grandkids Only Want to Talk to Mike Wazowski

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Billy Crystal has hosted nine Academy Awards ceremonies and starred in box office hits like "When Harry Met Sally," "City Slickers" and "Analyze This," but even that resume wasn't enough to earn the 65-year-old respect from his grandchildren.

In a recent interview at the Pixar headquarters in Emeryville, Calif. to promote the upcoming "Monsters University," Crystal told a group of reporters what cool customers his four grandchildren are. They didn't know that their grandpa had any kind of special status until a paparazzo was following the actor and kids around The Grove, an upscale outdoor mall in L.A., taking pictures, prompting the kids to ask what the fuss was about. Get More »

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6 Classic Monsters as Pixar Monsters

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Pixar is about once again show other animation studios how it's done with this weekend's release of "Monsters University," which chronicles the college years of Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sullivan (John Goodman) as they hone their scary skills in the haunted halls of academia. Get More »

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June Movie Math: It All Adds Up

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Your mother always told you that math would be important. As it turns out — and we're not just saying this! — she's right.

We just bet you didn't know that you'd need that math to decide what to see this coming month. Whether you're a new graduate hoping you won't end up like the dudes in "The Internship" and longing for your "Monsters University" days, a wannabe superhero looking for the hype on "Man of Steel," or a TMZ addict yearning for "The Bling Ring," June has a movie for you. Check out our Movie Math ahead to see what adds up for you. Get More »

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The EPCOT Center's Spaceship Earth is Now Mike Wazowski


Spaceship Earth at the EPCOT Center has turned into Mike Wazowski.

Yes, to promote the upcoming "Monsters Inc" sequel "Monsters University," Disney has turned their famous Spaceship Earth (you probably know it better as "pointless golf ball-looking thing") structure into a large, equal parts adorable and horrifying version of Mike Wazowski, a main character (a main monster?) from the two films voiced by Billy Crystal. The way they were able to do it is incredibly impressive, if a little over-the-top and a lot "1984"/"Lord of the Rings"-ish. 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 »

Filed Under: Features Summer Movies

'Monsters University' Enrolls Several Prominent New Students

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When Pixar announced they would be doing a prequel to the beloved 2001 hit "Monsters, Inc.," fans were stoked at the chance to see everyone's favorite group of lovably terrifying creatures again. Or more precisely, hear them, as stars John Goodman, Billy Crystal and Steve Buscemi all quickly signed up to reprise their roles form the original.

So that was sweet. But according to Entertainment Weekly, "Monsters University" is actually going to be even sweeter, as a bunch of fan favorites have just signed on to round out the voice cast.

Are you ready for the animated version of Captain Tightpants? Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Entertainment Weekly
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