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‘American Sniper’ Becomes Highest-Grossing Film of 2014

There are moments that define a nation. Moments that show us the kind of Americans we really are. Today, we’ve brought shame on our great nation: Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper has surpassed The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Guardians of the Galaxy as the highest-grossing film of 2014. How did we let this happen? How did we let a robot baby with an uncanny valley where its face should be defeat Katniss Everdeen and Baby Groot? How?

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‘Independence Day 2’ Casts Jessie Usher as Will Smith’s Son

With Will Smith not returning to reprise his role in Independence Day 2, the upcoming sequel has been in need of a new charismatic hero to carry the torch. It looks like that hero has been found, as 20th Century Fox has cast rising star Jessie Usher as the son of Smith’s character. In addition, Liam Hemsworth is reportedly in talks to play Bill Pullman’s son-in-law.

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Chris Evans’ Captain America and Chris Pratt Visited a Children’s Hospital

Now here are some true heroes in action. Chris Evans won his Super Bowl bet with Chris Pratt last month, resulting in Pratt paying a visit to a children’s hospital dressed as Star-Lord. Be that as it may, Evans still decided to don his Captain America costume and visit a children’s hospital, too. That’s just the Captain America way.

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‘Fast and Furious 7’ Extended Trailer: It’s Game Time

If you didn’t tune in for tonight’s premiere of DIG on USA, then you probably missed this new extended trailer for Furious 7. No worries—our latest action-packed sneak peek of the upcoming sequel has arrived online for your viewing pleasure. Although it packs some of the footage we’ve already seen in previous trailers, this extended look includes some new stuff we haven’t seen before and offers plenty to get your motor runnin’.

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Harrison Ford Hospitalized Following Plane Crash in California

This is absolutely harrowing news: iconic actor and living legend Harrison Ford has been critically injured in a plane crash. The plane crash-landed in Venice, California today and Ford was subsequently rushed to the hospital where his condition is currently critical. Ford, who’s been reprising his role in the new series of Star Wars films and recently signed on for the long-gestating Blade Runner sequel, is 72 years old—making his enduring dedication to these franchises even more remarkable.

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HBO Reveals Cost and Details for Standalone Streaming Service, HBO Now

What do we want? A standalone HBO streaming service! When do we want it? Now! And that’s what makes the name of HBO’s highly anticipated and long-promised standalone service so appropriate. HBO Now is officially on its way, and the company has revealed new details, including a very reasonable subscription price. But those of you with cable who already pay for an HBO subscription may find that switching over would be a tad useless.

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New Netflix Instant Releases: March 2015

It’s that time again—get ready to make your Netflix Instant queues even longer because there’s a whole bunch of new stuff hitting the streaming service in March. From new Netflix Original series like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Bloodline, to favorites like How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Mad Men Season 7, there’s plenty of great titles to look forward to in the coming weeks. Read on for your guide to all the new titles heading to Netflix Instant in March.

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‘Wonder Woman’ Solo Film Will Begin Shooting This Fall

Last we heard, Warner Bros. hadn’t yet officially given the Wonder Woman solo film the green light, which wasn’t entirely surprising given that a script wasn’t firmly in place. But today brings good news on the Wonder Woman front: shooting will begin this fall for the hero’s upcoming solo adventure, with — as previously confirmed — Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad vet Michelle MacLaren in the director’s chair.

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2015 Oscars: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Wins Best Director for ‘Birdman’

This year’s Best Director race ultimately came down to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s crafty work on Birdman, and Richard Linklater’s masterful work over the course of 12 years on Boyhood. Tonight, the Academy honored Iñárritu, presenting him with the award for Best Director for Birdman at the 2015 Oscars.

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2015 Oscars: Patricia Arquette Wins Best Supporting Actress for ‘Boyhood’

The Best Supporting Actress category was a tough one to predict this year, with five wonderful nominees all delivering some of their most vibrant work to date. But tonight the Academy recognized Patricia Arquette, giving her the Best Supporting Actress award at the 2015 Oscars for her moving performance in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood.

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2015 Oscars: J.K. Simmons Wins Best Supporting Actor

It seemed inevitable, and there were some other great contenders, but J.K. Simmons has been awarded the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor at the 2015 Academy Awards. Simmons took home the statue for his fantastic, unnerving role as Fletcher, the intimidating band instructor in Whiplash.

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See the Cast of ‘Sister Act’ Then and Now

Released in 1992, 'Sister Act' starred Whoopi Goldberg as a lounge singer from Reno, put in protective custody and forced to stay at a convent, where she must pretend to be a nun to evade a dangerous mob boss. The film was a smash hit and inspired a sequel, released the following year, and a musical that went on to debut on Broadway in 2011. 22 years later, we revisit the cast of this beloved classic comedy and see what they're up to now. 

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