New to Blu-ray: 22 JUMP STREET, SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, THE WIND RISES, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include one of the best comedy sequels ever made, another sequel that was at one point highly anticipated but bombed on release, a Frank Capra classic on Criterion, HD upgrades for Studio Ghibli fetaures, and more.  Briefly:

Box Office: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Ends Summer As the Biggest Movie of 2014; AS ABOVE SO BELOW Underwhelms as Weekend’s Only New Release

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Labor Day weekend is here, which means that this summer’s box office will soon be put out of its misery.  But before we close the book on a season of disappointment, we should take the time to praise the one unalloyed bright spot of the summer box office: Guardians of the Galaxy.  Last weekend, the Marvel title passed Transformers: Age of Extinction to become the highest grossing release of the season; and today GotG emerged as the biggest film of the entire year.  Guardians earned an estimated $3.8 million on Friday, bringing its domestic total up to $262.1.  That beats the $259.7 million final gross of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the April release that has made a mockery of the term “summer blockbuster” for the last four months.

Hit the jump for this summer’s final Friday top five.

Weekend Box Office: SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Is DOA with Just $6.4 Million as GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Reclaims Box Office Throne

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Hoo-boy, people did not want to see Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  The box office prospects for the follow-up were already looking pretty dim following dismal reviews and lack of general interest, but few would have guessed that directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s stylized sequel would only make $6.4 million for the entire weekend—for the entire weekend!  That’s down 78% from the first film’s opening weekend, and puts the film at No. 8 on the box office chart, as Marvel Studios’ highly successful Guardians of the Galaxy reclaimed the top spot for the first time since its opening weekend.  The film was usurped by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in its second weekend, but pulled in an impressive $17.6 million over the last three days for a domestic total of $251.9 million.  Guardians is now on track to best Captain America: The Winter Soldier as the highest grossing film of the year, stateside.

Hit the jump for the full Top 10 and analysis.

Friday Box Office: IF I STAY on Top with $6.8 Million; SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Tanks with Paltry $2.6 Million

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The Young Adult trend continues at the box office this weekend as the Chloe Grace Moretz-fronted adaptation If I Stay topped all contenders on Friday with a solid $6.8 million.  That’s a far cry from the $26 million that The Fault in Our Stars took in on opening day earlier this year, but still a respectable pull for the $11 million drama.  Reviews weren’t as ecstatic as that previous YA film, but fans of both Moretz and author Gayle Forman’s source material look to have turned out for the film, which is on track for a weekend total around $16.5 million.  That might not be enough for the number one spot though, as Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has its eye on reclaiming the title with a Friday take of $4.8 million, looking to pull in somewhere between $17.5 million to $17.7 million.  On the flipside, the sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For absolutely bombed with a mere $2.6 million on Friday, putting it on track for an opening weekend just under $7 million.

More Friday Box Office details and the full Top 5 chart after the jump.

Chloe Moretz Talks IF I STAY, Working with Director R.J. Cutler, Her Love of BOYHOOD, THE FIFTH WAVE, and More

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Opening this weekend is director R.J. Cutler’s adaptation of Gayle Forman’s If I Stay.  The movie stars Chloe Moretz as Mia Hall, a talented young musician who balances her aspirations of attending the Juilliard School with the budding romance of her devoted boyfriend Adam, played by Jamie Blackley. A tragic event puts those earthly concerns behind her as Mia must decide whether to fight for her life with Adam by her side, or give in to her new condition.  The film also stars Mireille EnosJoshua LeonardLiana LiberatoAisha Hinds, and Stacy Keach.  For more on If I Stay, watch these clips, check out over 40 images, or click here for all our previous coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Chloe Moretz.  She talked about wanting to make a movie that girls her age could go see with their families, what it was like working with R.J. Cutler and what he brought to the material, the focus on music on set, her love of Boyhood and desire to see Guardians of the Galaxy, future projects like The Equalizer, Laggies, Dark Places, The Fifth Wave, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Director RJ Cutler and Author Gayle Forman Talk IF I STAY, the Emotional Response, and the Potential Sequel WHERE SHE WENT

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Based on the best-selling novel by Gayle Forman, If I Stay tells the story of Mia Hall (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl who is deciding whether to pursue her musical dreams as a cellist at Juilliard or follow a different path with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley), who’s on the verge of becoming a rock star.  When a tragic accident changes everything in an instant, Mia is caught between life and death with only one decision left to make.

At the conference at the film’s press day, director RJ Cutler and author Gayle Forman talked about what Chloe Grace Moretz brought to the role of Mia, what it took for her to pull off playing the cello, why audiences like emotionally moving experiences with books and movies, why this is more than just a young adult story, what it’s been like to see this novel brought to life, focusing the story on life instead of death, the role music plays, the importance of the parents, and whether the book’s sequel, Where She Went, might also get turned into a film.  Be sure to watch the trailer and check out our RJ Cutler and Gayle Forman interview after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Chloë Grace Moretz Talks IF I STAY, Portraying Dark Characters, Playing the Cello, and Making Relationships Work

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Based on the best-selling novel by Gayle Forman, If I Stay tells the story of Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl who is deciding whether to pursue her musical dreams as a cellist at Juilliard or follow a different path with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley), who’s on the verge of becoming a rock star.  When a tragic accident changes everything in an instant, Mia is caught between life and death with only one decision left to make.

At the conference at the film’s press day, actress Chloë Grace Moretz talked about when she knew that she wanted to act for the rest of her life, what this journey has been like for her, why she finds herself drawn to dark and damaged characters, how much she had to practice the cello to look believable, how she deals with long distance relationships in her own life, bringing the relationship between Mia and Adam to life, her feelings on life after death, working with Stacy Keach, who plays her grandfather in the film, and whether she’s read the last Kick-Ass comic book.  Be sure to watch the trailer and check out our Chloë Grace Moretz interview after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

Enter Our IF I STAY Giveaway and Win a Giant Prize Pack

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If I Stay fans now have a chancee to take a piece of this adaptation of Gayle Forman’s YA novel home.  Director R.J. Cutler’s adaptation stars Chloë Grace Moretz as Mia, a talented young musician who balances her aspirations of attending the Juilliard School with the budding romance of her devoted boyfriend Adam, played by Jamie Blackley.  A tragic event puts those Earthly concerns behind her as Mia must decide whether to fight for her life with Adam by her side, or give in to her new condition.  Also starring Mireille EnosJoshua LeonardLiana LiberatoAisha Hinds, and Stacy KeachIf I Stay opens in theaters August 22nd.

In anticipation of the film’s release, we’ve been provided with some If I Stay-themed items to giveaway to a reader.  The winner will get a hoodie, a charm bracelet, a backpack and more!  Hit the jump to see the rest of the items and learn how you can win them!

Over 40 High-Resolution IF I STAY Images Featuring Chloe Moretz, Jamie Blackley and More

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R.J. Cutler’s adaptation of Gayle Forman’s If I Stay is getting closer to that August 22nd theatrical debut, so Warner Bros. just released a slew of high-resolution stills and behind-the-scenes shots from the film.  The movie stars Chloe Moretz as Mia Hall, a talented musician whose hopes and dreams are decimated by a terrible accident.  I haven’t read the book, but based on the film’s promo materials, this one looks to be a serious tearjerker, possibly on par with Josh Boone’s The Fault in Our Stars.

You can check out eight clips from If I Stay right here, and hit the jump to take a look at those images covering the happier times in Mia’s life and a bunch that clearly come from the post-accident portion of the film as well.  If I Stay also stars Jamie BlackleyMireille EnosLiana LiberatoJoshua Leonard and Stacy Keach.

Watch 8 Clips from IF I STAY Featuring Chloë Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley

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Fans of Gayle Forman’s YA novel If I Stay will definitely be interested in these eight clips Warner Bros. has provided from us the upcoming film adaptation. Director R.J. Cutler’s take on the material stars Chloë Grace Moretz as Mia, a talented young musician who balances her aspirations of attending the Juilliard School with the budding romance of her devoted boyfriend Adam, played by Jamie Blackley. A tragic event puts those Earthly concerns behind her as Mia must decide whether to fight for her life with Adam by her side, or give in to her new condition.

Also starring Mireille EnosJoshua LeonardLiana LiberatoAisha Hinds, and Stacy KeachIf I Stay opens in theaters August 22nd.  Hit the jump to check out the clips and be sure to check out the trailer while you’re at it.

IF I STAY Trailer Featuring Chloë Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley

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The latest trailer for If I Stay is now online, which gives fans of Gayle Forman’s YA novel a glimpse into the feature film.  Director R.J. Cutler’s adaptation stars Chloë Grace Moretz as Mia, a talented young musician who balances her aspirations of attending the Juilliard School with the budding romance of her devoted boyfriend Adam, played by Jamie Blackley.  A tragic event puts those Earthly concerns behind her as Mia must decide whether to fight for her life with Adam by her side, or give in to her new condition.  The new trailer offers quite a bit more bed-side footage than the previously released prologue trailer, but also appears to give away some of the story’s beats.  Viewer beware.

Also starring Mireille EnosJoshua LeonardLiana LiberatoAisha Hinds, and Stacy KeachIf I Stay opens in theaters August 22nd.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

IF I STAY Prologue Trailer: Words Come to Life with Chloe Grace Moretz and M83

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YA adaptations are all the rage at the moment, especially with the buzzworthy The Fault in Our Stars opening this weekend, and Warner Bros. is getting in on the fun by releasing an If I Stay prologue trailer for director R.J. Cutler’s adaptation of the Gayle Forman novel.  The film stars Chloe Grace Moretz as a young girl facing a tough decision between pursuing her musical dreams at Julliard or staying close to home with the love of her life (Jamie Blackley).  Circumstances are further complicated when a life-changing accident throws her life off completely off balance.  This “prologue” is essentially a new trailer with M83 adding a fair amount of emotional oomph to the proceedings.  Moretz is a talented actress and the premise gives her a lot to work with, so I’m interested to see how this one shapes up.

Hit the jump to watch the new If I Stay prologue trailer.  The film also stars Mireille EnosJoshua LeonardLiana LiberatoAisha Hinds, and Stacy Keach.  If I Stay opens in theaters August 22nd.

First IF I STAY Trailer Starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley

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Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and New Line Cinema have released the first If I Stay trailer for director R.J. Cutler’s (Nashville) drama.  Based on the Gayle Forman novel of the same name, the film stars Chloe Grace Moretz as a young girl facing a tough decision between pursuing her musical dreams at Julliard or staying close to home with the love of her life (Jamie Blackley).  Circumstances are further complicated when a life-changing accident throws her life off completely off balance.  I’m not familiar with the novel, but it’s easy to see why the story’s central relationship is so beloved among readers, and this trailer suggests that the filmmakers have obviously taken great pains to bring that bond to the screen in as honest a way as possible.

Hit the jump to watch the If I Stay trailer.  The film also stars Mireille Enos, Joshua Leonard, Liana Liberato, Aisha Hinds, and Stacy KeachIf I Stay opens in theaters August 22nd.

Sam Rockwell Conjures Interest in POLTERGEIST Reboot; Miles Teller Signs Up for WHIPLASH; Mireille Enos Joins IF I STAY

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Just about two weeks ago, we reported that Rosemarie DeWitt (Cinderella Man) was in talks to lead MGM and Fox 2000′s Poltergeist reboot.  Now, it looks like Sam Rockwell (Moon) is in early talks to star opposite DeWitt.  Officially described as “a revisionist take” on Tobe Hooper’s 1982 original film, it centers on the Bowens, “a family struggling to make ends meet that relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter Madison and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil.”  Produced by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man) and directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House), the Poltergeist reboot was scripted by David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz the Great and Powerful) and is likely due out sometime next year.  Hit the jump for more.

Jason Clarke in Talks for CHILD 44, Chloë Grace Moretz Confirmed for IF I STAY, Sharlto Copley Goes HARDCORE and Paul Reiser Joins LIFE AFTER BETH

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Here’s today’s latest casting announcements:

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