Weekend Box Office: 'The Butler' Wins, 'Kick-Ass 2' Falls Flat

By JJ Duncan on
(From the Weinstein Company)It was a big weekend for Oprah Winfrey. Not only did she get Lindsay Lohan to open up about her drug abuse and alcohol addiction in a big interview, but she's also playing a supporting role in the number one movie in theaters.Lee Daniels' The Butler took the top spot by bringing in $25 million over the weekend. Analysts point to a summer drought of adult-oriented drama as the reason for its big opening, and the summer's glut of PG-13 action romps as one of several...Read Full Story

'Kick-Ass 2' Is Unnerving, but the Cartoonish Violence Isn't Really the Problem

By JJ Duncan on
Chloe Grace Moretz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse in Kick-Ass 2. (From Universal)This movie is bound to give moviegoers more trouble than probably anything else they'll see all year. At its best, Kick-Ass 2 delivers completely awesome fight choreography and action sequences. It's fist-pumping stuff that will probably generate a lot of actual in-theater applause in the movie's opening weekend. The Bottom Line See it?Choose Your Own Adventure Why? The movie is so tonally...Read Full Story

A Reading List for Anyone Who Feels Conflicted About 'Kick-Ass 2'

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Grace Moretz in Kick-Ass 2. (From Universal)Whenever a movie as violent as Kick-Ass 2 comes along, it rekindles a violence-in-media debate that feels as stale as arguing over Marilyn Manson's unhealthy influence on teenagers. But for a moment let's take seriously the idea that a violent movie can be a conversation starter because there is some very interesting, very smart writing out there that plugs into various facets of this movie.Whether Kick-Ass 2 director...Read Full Story

What's New in Theaters: August 16, 2013

By Joe Robberson on
(Universal | IFC Films | The Weinstein Co)Kick-Ass 2 Directed by Jeff WadlowStarring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim CarreyKick-Ass was one of the surprise hits of 2010, an original and fun movie that no one thought would be worth seeing, but was. Now the sequel arrives and it's going to be hard to live up to the first one, especially with Wadlow (Never Back Down) behind the lens. Jim Carrey adds some intrigue but he's unrecognizable under a prosthetic...Read Full Story

Watch: Chloe Moretz Is Actually a Real-Life Bad Ass with a Butterfly Knife

By Darrick Thomas on
(Photo: Pacific Coast News | Universal)Stunt doubles are for wimps and the faint of heart. A real actor takes it upon herself to learn the ins and outs of various dangerous maneuvers, even if she's just 11-years-old. Take Chloe Moretz: Those scenes in Kick-Ass where she's whipping around a butterfly knife with skill of a seasoned ex-con — those moves are all her. Now 16 and on the promotional run for the film's sequel, Chloe's still knows her way around a knife, as she demonstrated for Conan...Read Full Story