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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Lone Survivor’ is the Weekend’s Lone Victor

New releases have a habit of floundering in January, which tends to be one of Hollywood's biggest dumping grounds. Even this year's big January horror release, which is commonly a sure thing, floundered. What does tend to do well are the prestige pictures that opened late in the previous year (often in limited release) and finally expand in the new year, riding awards momentum to solid box office.

Of course, this is just a roundabout way of saying that Peter Berg's 'Lone Survivor' emerged from limited release this week to kick everyone's ass at the box office.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’ Gets ‘Frozen’ Out of No. 1

Over the past few years, "Paranormal Activity" series has established itself as one of the most inexpensive and reliable horror franchises around.

Produced for pennies, they've consistently opened strong at the box office, ensuring a fast and efficient turnaround. The latest film, "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones," accomplished that goal, and did so without grabbing the No. 1 spot.

While people may love found footage demons,it turns out that they love animated singing princesses more.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ and More Battle It Out

Although you'd think people would spend the holidays in their homes catching up with their families and what-not, they actually tend to go to the movies after opening gifts and having awkward conversations. And Christmas Day moviegoers had a bunch of options this week, with recent releases (and not-so-recent releases) still going strong and a whole bunch of new releases arriving to coincide with the holiday.

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Wonder Woman Gal Gadot on Her ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Casting [Video]

When it was revealed that Wonder Woman was going to be a character in the increasingly inaccurately titled "Batman vs. Superman" and that "Fast and Furious" franchise actress Gal Gadot would be taking the glowing reins, fan response was exactly what you'd expect it to be.

But now we can cut through the noise. For the first time since landing the part, Gadot has spoken about taking on such an iconic role.

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‘Fleming’: James Bond’s Creator Gets a Little Spy Action Himself

It's no secret that James Bond creator Ian Fleming based many aspects of his legendary fictional spy on parts of himself.

However, the trailer for the upcoming four-part BBC miniseries "Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond" wants to believe that he actually was 007.

The footage from the series has enough action and seduction to make it look like an actual James Bond movie.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Anchorman 2′ Can’t Quite Catch ‘The Hobbit’

The return of Ron Burgundy and his news team has been positioned as a big, huge deal. 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' has been marketed more than any major release this month and everyone just assumed that the film would effortlessly snag massive box office numbers thanks purely to saturation (on top of the fact that the original is quite beloved). So it must sting a little for Paramount to see the film open in second place and it must sting even more once they compare the opening numbers to the opening of the first film from 2004.

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Watch Jean-Claude Van Damme Perform the Most Epic of Splits

There are few aging action stars as downright weird and lovable as Jean-Claude Van Damme, but he's gone and done something that transcends not only his career, but every major accomplishment in the history of the human race. Mr. Van Damme, known for his incredible physicality, but has topped it all. He's gone and pulled off "the most epic of splits." This you absolutely need to see to believe.

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‘SNL’ Asks “What Does My Girl Say?”

On one level, 'SNL' should probably be ashamed of itself for being months late to parodying the infamous "What Does the Fox Say?" music video. After all, countless more timely comedy institutions got their riffs on this one out of the way ages ago. However, if anyone is going to have the final word on this memorable viral sensation, it should be 'SNL,' whose take is certainly more accurate and handsomely made than most of the competition.

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‘SNL’ and Edward Norton Create a Wes Anderson Horror Movie

Wes Anderson's incredibly distinctive style has been parodied before, but rarely with the skill that 'SNL' and host Edward Norton displayed in the most recent episode of everyone's favorite comedy variety show. A pre-recorded bit, the fake trailer for 'The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders,' imagines what an Anderson-directed horror movie would look like and the results are near perfect.

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SNL Celebrates Fall With the Most Inappropriate Pumpkin Product Ever

It's Fall and Halloween is right around the corner, so you know what this means: pumpkins, and lots of 'em. Like us, the folks at 'SNL' know that this is the season where pumpkin products take center stage and invade every corner of your home, but unlike us, 'SNL' has the time, budget and duty to make a fake commercial that grotesquely showcases that there is one area of our lives that pumpkin flavor hasn't invaded quite yet.

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