Yesterday’s News: April 15th, 2013

April 14th, 2013: 42 knocked it out of the park (barf) hitting a home run (ugh) this weekend. The sports biopic about Jackie Robinson slid into 1st (I can’t stop.) with over $27 million over its first three days. That is the largest baseball film debut of all-time. To be clear the previous record holder was 2006’s The Benchwarmers starring Rob Schneider, David Spade and Jon Heder. So, yeah, I wouldn’t brag about it. Source: Box Office Mojo

April 14th, 2013: Marvel’s The Avengers and Silver Linings Playbook were the big winners at the 21st MTV Movie Awards this year, while Taylor Lautner won a Golden Popcorn for Best Shirtless Performance. Lautner used this opportunity to make a political statement: “I’d like to thank all the shirts that I didn’t have to wear and all the shirts that I’ll never wear. It’s about time someone shed light on the issue of prejudice against shirtless-ness in cinema. If I help just one brave actor not wear a shirt, then it was all worth it.” Source: MTV

April 12th, 2013: Zulu, a political thriller set in post-apartheid South Africa is set to close the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival. The film stars Academy Award Winner Forest Whitaker and Teen Choice Award Winner Orlando Bloom. Source: Entertainment Weekly

April 11th, 2013: John and Joan Cusack, among other Chicago actors, paid tribute to iconic film critic Roger Ebert at the famed Chicago Theatre. To be clear, being honored by John and Joan Cusack in Chicago is the equivalent to getting knighted in England by Queen Elizabeth or given the key to New York City by Mayor Bloomberg. Source: Associated Press

April 11th, 2013: An already edited version of Oscar winning film, Django Unchained, has been pulled from release in China within its first 24 hours of release. Hey China, why so surprised? It’s a movie about a vengeance seeking bounty hunting ex-slave and directed by Quentin Tarantino. You probably knew it wasn’t for you when you get to the second word of the title. Source: Entertainment Weekly

Eddie Mouradian,
@emouradian

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