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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Need For Speed’ Sputters

If the goal for 'Need For Speed' was to replicate the success of the 'Fast and Furious' films, then the film's opening weekend is not promising.

Opening in third place, the video-game adaptation was overtaken by two of last week's releases, making this potential franchise dead on arrival (or D.O.A.).

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Weekend Box Office Report: ’300: Rise of an Empire’ Conquers All

After seven years of waiting, no one knew if a sequel to '300' would do the business of its predecessor. And now we have a definitive answer: yes. '300: Rise of an Empire' effortlessly took the number one spot at the box office, proving that America still loves shirtless Greeks murdering each other in slow motion.

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‘SNL’ Brings in Liam Neeson to Solve the Crisis in the Ukraine

The world is a little more terrifying than usual these days. With Russian forces occupying Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, the internet has already started throwing around references to World War III. Thankfully, 'SNL' is here to take something that has us terrified and make us laugh instead. The show's solution? Bring in Liam Neeson.

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Weekend Box Office Report: Liam Neeson and ‘Non-Stop’ Unstoppable

This weekend saw a brutal showdown between Liam Neeson, the current god of action cinema, and Jesus Christ, the current god of millions of human beings.

Since the box office is a "two may enter, but only one may leave" type showdown, the victory ultimately went to Neeson and 'Non-Stop,' which edged out the son of God and his movie, uh, 'Son of God' to win the weekend.

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‘SNL’ Profiles the Awkward Making of ’12 Years a Slave’

When you make a movie as emotionally draining and difficult to watch as '12 Years a Slave,' you're bound to make the vast majority of the people watching uncomfortable. After all, if people aren't upset by a film that tracks a man being dehumanized and treated as property, you're obviously doing something wrong. But if a film is that hard to watch, what was it like to make? Thankfully, 'SNL' is here to show us all of the nitty gritty details.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Pompeii’ Fizzles While ‘The Lego Movie’ Still Awesome

For the third weekend in a row, 'The LEGO Movie' effortlessly held onto the number one spot at the box office, cutting down all of the newbies that showed up to dethrone it.

Don't cry too hard for '3 Days to Kill,' but feel free to wince plenty for 'Pompeii.'

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘RoboCop’ Taken Down by ‘The Lego Movie’ and ‘About Last Night’

When 'RoboCop' got pushed from an August 2013 release date to February, everyone assumed it would open stronger when far away from the busy summer months.

If this was the better of the two options, then imagine how poorly it would have opened in summer. The remake of the 1987 classic is definitely not a disaster, but it most certainly under-performed.

Jose Padilha's update on the tale of a cyborg cop out for revenge has made $26 million since its Wednesday release, with $21 million coming over the weekend. That's not awful, but it's not exactly strong for a movie with a foundation dating to 1987.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘The Lego Movie’ Builds Big Opening

And here we are: five weeks into the new year and we already have our first major blockbuster of 2014.

Early estimates had 'The LEGO Movie' opening big, but the animated adventure shattered all expectations this weekend, with universally positive reviews and word of mouth sending the film to a massive opening.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Ride Along’ Laps ‘That Awkward Moment’ and ‘Labor Day’

Unless you had a personal stake in a film being released this weekend, movies were far from the most important thing happening to you these past couple of days. You can blame the weekend's mostly anemic box office on one thing: the Super Bowl. Everyone spent their money buying snacks and preparing their parties and not going to see 'That Awkward Moment' and 'Labor Day,' both of which opened soft.

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‘SNL’ Says Goodbye to Seth Meyers with Help of Stefon and Amy Poehler

After years behind the Weekend Update desk, the terrific Seth Meyers is leaving 'SNL' to pursue other projects. And by pursue other projects, we mean "take over as host of 'Late Night' while Jimmy Fallon ascends to 'The Tonight Show.'" Of course, something as important, popular and prominent as Meyers doesn't depart without some kind of send-off and the show sent him off in style.

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’22 Jump Street’ Poster: Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum Aren’t 21 Anymore

There is no comedy we're looking forward to more in 2014 than the reunion of Schmidt and Jenko, and there's nothing the newly released '22 Jump Street' poster can do to change our minds. The one-sheet could be completely blank and we'd still be excited because '21 Jump Street' remains one of the funniest movies of the past few years, and with everyone back for the sequel our expectations are hight.

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