Actor Dennis Hopper dies at 74

Legendary screen actor and Hollywood rebel, Dennis Hopper, has died at the age of 74, media in the United States has revealed.

Hopper was best known for his role in the epoch-defining late 1960s film Easy Rider, although he also starred in Apocalypse Now and Blue Velvet.

His death was reported by the Los Angeles Daily News, saying the actor died at home in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, with his family in attendance.

NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS: May 28, 2010

PRINCE OF PERSIA: SANDS OF TIME

Director: Mike Newell
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The Plot: Set in medieval Persia, a rogue prince (Gyllenhaal) joins a mysterious princess (Arterton) in an effort to prevent a dark force from obtaining an ancient dagger that allows its handler to rule the world.

SEX AND THE CITY 2

Director: Michael Patrick King
Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

The Plot: While wrestling with the pressures of life, love, and work in Manhattan, Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte join Samantha for a trip to Morocco, where Samantha's ex is filming a new movie.

MICMACS

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Stars: Dany Boon, André Dussollier, Nicolas Marié
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics

The Plot: Released from the hospital with a bullet lodged in his brain, Bazil (Boon) is taken in by a crew of junkyard dealers who help him plot his revenge against weapons manufacturers

SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD

Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Alan Van Sprang, Kenneth Welsh, Kathleen Munroe
Studio: Magnet Releasing

The Plot: National Guardsmen, thinking they have found refuge from a zombie army on an island off the coast of Delaware, soon realize they've wedged themselves between two warring families who differ on what should become of the undead.

Hollywood’s White Summer: Where’s the Diversity?

The forecast is for a white summer -- at least at the movies.

With the notable exception of "Karate Kid," headlined by Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, most of the big-budget films hitting over the next few months star Caucasian actors.

Russell Crowe, Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts and Leonardo DiCaprio will all trot out new offerings. Their minority counterparts like Denzel Washington and Will Smith?

Missing.

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Village Roadshow secures $1 billion in movie funds

Village Roadshow Pictures Group ("VRPG") today closed a $1 billion film finance credit facility to finance its current and future slate of motion pictures.

JPMorgan Chase and Rabobank acted as joint syndication agents and, with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, are co-bookrunners and co-lead arrangers.

Said Greg Basser, Chief Executive Officer of Village Roadshow Entertainment Group ("VREG"), the parent of VRPG and Concord Music Group, "At a time when capital is at a premium, we’ve managed to attract the confidence of a diverse group of investors and secure significant financing. We are grateful to all involved with the close of this deal and to our unwavering partners at Warner Bros."

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Ben Kingsley Q&A

Ben Kingsley calls himself "a happy man," which is hardly surprising -- after all, he's won an Oscar for "Gandhi," starred in two films for Steven Spielberg ("Schindler's List," "AI: Artificial Intelligence"), been knighted by the Queen -- and now he's getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His latest project, "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," opens Friday. He recently spoke about it with The Hollywood Reporter's Jenna Frimmel.

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Simon Cowell’s Exit Complicates ‘American Idol’ Outlook

At the end of an “American Idol” season called boring and absurd by critics, the departure of Simon Cowell from the judges’ table is likely to trump whatever decision the voters make about the final two singers, Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze.

The show’s producers are making Mr. Cowell’s farewell a major part of Wednesday night’s finale at the Nokia Theater here. Paula Abdul and some former “Idol” winners are expected to be there.

Mr. Cowell’s exit is the biggest material change in the eight-year history of the show. Many people credit him — a caustic, cocky judge — with making “Idol” into America’s most popular reality show and a profit center for the Fox network, and some critics are questioning how compelling the show will be without him.

In the shortcut to the American dream that is “Idol,” Mr. Cowell has been the gatekeeper.

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Jesse Eisenberg New Movie – Playing A Hasidic Drug Dealer

Holy Rollers, the feature-film debut of director Kevin Asch, does one small thing and does it well. So well, in fact, that you find yourself wishing this miniaturist drama about Hasidic drug smugglers had bitten off a little more. As a portrait of a subculture few non-Hasidim ever get to glimpse, it’s funny, deft, and sharp.

The movie’s first half goes to great trouble to establish the texture of life in Orthodox Jewish Brooklyn; the second half is a rushed and unfocused tour of the Amsterdam rave scene. It’s not often I say this about a movie, but the 89-minute-long Holy Rollers, which is based on the true story of a short-lived Hasidic drug ring in the ’90s, would have benefited from an extra half-hour of running time.

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‘Sex and the City 2’ Movie Leaves Fans Behind

In Sex and the City 2, a movie gaudy enough to make Dancing with the Stars seem dignified, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) coins a memorable phrase. The four girlfriends are sitting around a pool in Abu Dhabi, but Charlotte (Kristin Davis) is not relaxing. According to Carrie, she needs an "inter-friend-tion" to make her forget about her husband and two daughters — back in New York City with their hot Irish nanny, whom the girls dub Erin Go Bra-less — so she can properly enjoy her vacation with Carrie, Samantha (Kim Cattrall) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon).

Ladies, we go way back — all the way to 1998, when the TV series Sex and the City premiered on HBO — so presumably you'll appreciate our loving intent in staging an inter-friend-tion of our own. Generally, we consider any time with you a guaranteed good time, but Sex and the City 2 is a long 146 minutes.

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MOVIE TRAILER: ‘The American’ starring George Clooney

How Robin Hood Nearly Destroyed the Russell-Ridley Relationship

Many have noted that in the current version of Robin Hood, now out in theaters, Robin Hood does not actually rob from the rich or give to the poor. Perhaps that's because in the insanely expensive development process for the Russell Crowe movie, the idea of redistribution of wealth hit a little too close to home for the filmmakers: Universal spent $6.7 million in scriptwriting costs just to eventually produce the complete opposite of the original story they'd intended to tell.

And it was costly in other ways, too: The making of this epic would cause the near-splintering of one of Hollywood's most successful actor-director partnerships, Crowe and Ridley Scott. The new movie might not live up to the famous Nottingham legend, but the behind-the-scenes tale of what went wrong should certainly be part of Hollywood lore.

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