Disney Enterprises, Inc. (NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday: — Oz the Great and Powerful : In this prequel of sorts to the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz , James Franco plays a magician who’s swept away from Kansas to the Land of Oz, where he encounters three witches and becomes the great wizard. Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams play the witches — Williams is a good witch — in the film, which was helmed by Spider-Man director Sam Raimi. Zach Braff also stars, voicing a monkey
Dave Hogan/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — The teaser trailer to the final chapter in Todd Phillips’ Hangover trilogy has just debuted, and it shows the hard-partying, memory-challenged Wolfpack vowing to “burn Vegas to the ground.” The snippet shows the characters played by Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, and Bradley Cooper together again, apparently for the death of the father-in-law of Justin Bartha’s character. Like in the first two films, Bartha’s apparently absent for much of the hijinks that the teaser calls, “The epic conclusion to the trilogy of mayhem and bad decisions.” Indeed, the clip shows leaps from buildings, machine gun-toting henchmen in pig masks, a prison riot, and the decapitation of a giraffe, thanks to Galifianakis’ Alan driving the animal underneath a low bridge. The Hangover: Part III , which also stars returning cast members Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, and Mike Tyson, as well as newcomers to the series John Goodman and Melissa McCarthy, opens May 24. Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio
Terry O’Neill/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek regarding the nuts and bolts of the $4 billion sale of his galaxy far, far away to Disney, George Lucas apparently let slip a major spoiler: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher will return for Star Wars: Episode VII . While speaking about what’s to come in the 2015 film — Disney’s first Star Wars movie and the first in a new trilogy — Lucas said, “We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison — or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation. So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what’s going on [about the sale].’” Lucas then said, “Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them.” The filmmaker then tried to backpedal using an apparent Jedi mind trick, saying, “I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.” That being said, Disney hasn’t made any official announcement, and the article makes clear that Disney’s deal gives the House of Mouse the final say
ABC/Fred Lee (NEW YORK) — Arnold Schwarzenegger will be flexing his editorial muscle as group executive editor of two bodybuilding magazines. The former governor of California has re-joined the masthead at Muscle & Fitness and Flex magazines, where he will contribute monthly columns and provide strategic and creative input. The re-partnering was announced Friday by American Media Inc., which owns both magazines. In 1968, a 21-year-old Schwarzenegger was made the face of bodybuilding by his mentor and owner of the magazines, Joe Wieder. Schwarzenegger has since appeared on the cover of both publications more than 60 times.
Creatas/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide on Friday: — Jack the Giant Slayer : Based on the legendary fairy tale, Nicholas Hoult plays the titular character, who leads a battle against a race of giants. Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy and Ewan McGregor also star in this Bryan Singer-directed film, which is screening in 3D. Rated PG-13. — 21 & Over : With his medical school interview just hours away, a college student has a raucous 21st-birthday celebration with his two best friends
Sony/Columbia (NEW YORK) — The mother of a 24-year-old man who lost his life during the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center towers on 9/11 is upset that a voicemail message he left on his family’s answering machine on that day was incorporated into the Oscar-nominated film Zero Dark Thirty . Connecticut resident Mary Fetchet tells the New York Daily News that she was not asked by producers of the film for permission to use the recording left by her son Bradley Fetchet, who worked inside the South Tower. Zero Dark Thirty begins with a montage of audio recordings of calls made by people inside the towers during the 9/11 attack.
Jason Kempin/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — Justin Timberlake doesn’t limit his musical collaboration to rappers: he’s revealed that he recently spent some time in the studio with Marcus Mumford, frontman for the Grammy-winning folk-rock band Mumford & Sons The two teamed up to create music that will be featured Justin’s upcoming film, Inside Llewyn Davis . “Marcus and myself, we all kind of worked on the music together and I don’t know any other world where we would have the opportunity to collaborate like that but it was so much fun,” Justin told the U.K.’s Capital FM . “So not only will that be a great movie, but the music to it will be fantastic.” As for why Marcus and JT hooked up to begin with, one of the stars of Inside Llewyn Davis is actress Carey Mulligan, Marcus’s wife.
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza (LOS ANGELES) — While everyone knows that the spy-thriller Argo won best picture, thanks to first lady Michelle Obama’s presentation of the award on Sunday, it turns out that her appearance was a bit of a secret operation itself. Producers of the Academy Awards are revealing the lengths they went to in order to get Mrs. Obama to appear in the ceremony and to keep her appearance a surprise until the last second. Producer Craig Zadan told The Hollywood Reporter that the idea for Mrs.
Universal (NEW YORK) — Identity Thief stole the box office crown during what was a slow weekend at theaters across the country. The Melissa McCarthy-Jason Bateman comedy earned an estimated $14.1 million to finish in first place. The film debuted in the top spot two weeks ago, then relinquished it to A Good Day to Die Hard last week. The Dwayne Johnson drama Snitch opened in the second spot, raising $13 million. A Good Day to Die Hard , Bruce Willis’ fifth film in the series, plummeted to fifth place, with $10 million
Fox Searchlight (LOS ANGELES) — Just hours before she attended the Oscars, 9-year-old Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhane Wallis had reason to celebrate. Sony Pictures Entertainment announced on Sunday afternoon that Wallis has been cast in the title role of a new adaptation of Annie . The president of production for the studio said in a statement, “Quvenzhane Wallis is a true star and we believe her portrayal as Annie will make her a true worldwide star. She is an extraordinary young talent with an amazing range, not only as an actress but as a singer and dancer, and we can’t wait for audiences to further discover her.” Wallis made history this awards season by becoming the Oscars’ youngest-ever actress nominee. Annie will be produced by Will Smith, his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, and rapper Jay-Z.