Tom Cruise is "Jack Reacher!" See First Look! 

From director Christopher McQuarrie, Tom Cruise stars as in the title role as Jack Reacher. Here's the plot of the film from Yahoo:

When a gunman takes five lives with six shots, all evidence points to the suspect in custody. On interrogation, the suspect offers up a single note: "Get Jack Reacher!" So begins an extraordinary chase for the truth, pitting Jack Reacher against an unexpected enemy, with a skill for violence and a secret to keep.

Co-starring with Cruise are Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Richard Jenkins, Alexia Fast, and Robert Duvall. The Paramount film debuts on December 21st of this year.

Take a look at the teaser/trailer:

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So Long Andy Griffith! Iconic Actor Dead at 86 

Andy Griffith, the American icon who gave us The Andy Griffith Show among others, has passed away on Tuesday morning in Dare County, North Carolina. He was 86.

According to WITN, Dare County Sheriff Dough Doughtie confirmed that an ambulance went to the actor's home at 7 a.m. this morning. Griffith's friend, Bill Friday, also confirmed the sad news to the website.

Besides The Andy Griffith Show, the actor also made a mark with Elia Kazan's "A Face in the Crowd," and with the long-running whodunit, "Matlock." But we will always remember Mister Andy Griffith as we visit with him in Mayberry along with Opie (Ron Howard) and Barney Fife (Don Knotts).

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Teddy Bear Beats Male Strippers at Box-Office! "Ted" Claims Top Spot with $54.1 Million, "Magic Mike" Overperforms! 

And in the end, the magical teddy bear outstrips male strippers.

Universal's "Ted" opened at No. 1 with $54.1 million. From director Seth MacFarlane ("Family Guy"), the Mark Walhberg comedy outshone Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike." Starring Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, and Alex Pettyfer as male strippers, "Magic Mike" surprised everyone with a strong opening at No. 2 with $39.2 million.

Related Posts:

"Magic Mike" movie review
Interview with Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey
Interview with Alex Pettyfer and Cody Horn
Interview with Matt Bomer and Adam Rodriguez

Previous weekend's box-office champ, Disney/Pixar's "Brave," fell to No. 3 with $34 million. Meanwhile, "Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection" opened strongly at No. 4 with $26.4 million.

But Disney's "People Like Us" flopped at No. 10. Starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks, the DreamWorks release (distributed by Disney) debuted with a meager $4.3 million.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office Films for weekend of June 29th:

1. "Ted," $54.1 million.
2. "Magic Mike," $39.2 million.
3. "Brave," $34 million ($6.7 million international).
4. "Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection," $26.4 million.
5. "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," $11.8 million ($16.2 million international).
6. "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," $6 million ($5 million international).
7. "Prometheus," $4.93 million ($6.2 million international).
8. "Moonrise Kingdom," $4.9 million ($375,000 international).
9. "Snow White & the Huntsman," $4.4 million ($14.5 million international).
10. "People Like Us," $4.3 million.

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Watch "Magic Mike" Movie Review! Get Your Dollar Bills Ready! 
When I first heard the premise of the film, I thought director Steven Soderbergh was making his own version of "Showgirls." But to the contrary, "Magic Mike" turns out to be fun, sexy, and crazy with just the right amount of cheese. (Watch the video below)

Channing Tatum harkens back to his glory days of male stripping to come up with the story. It's interesting to note that while most actors would shy away from their semi-naked past, Tatum embraces it and even makes a movie about his experience. (Exclusive interview with Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey)

Tatum stars as Mike, a struggling entrepeneur by day, and the headliner of an all-male revue by night. The club is called Xquisite and his troop is known as the Kings of Tampa. Their owner is the Messiah of the male strippers, Dallas, played by Matthew McConaughey. (Exclusive interview with Alex Pettyfer and Cody Horn)

But there's always a young newbie in this kind of story and in "Magic Mike," he's appropriately known as The Kid aka Adam played by Alex Pettyfer ("I Am Number Four," "In Time"). He has two people taking care of him. His sister, Brooke (the memorable Cody Horn), and Mike, who takes him under his wing. (Exclusive interview with Matt Bomer and Adam Rodriguez)

So should you spend your dollar bills to see "Magic Mike?" Take a look at my review.

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So Long Nora Ephron! Thanks For All Your Iconic Films! 

Nora Ephron, the three-time Academy Award nominee for Best Original Screenplay ("Silkwood," "When Harry Met Sally," "Sleepless in Seattle"), has died for as-yet undisclosed reasons. She was 71.

Ephron, daughter of playwrights Henry and Phoebe Ephron had been suffering from leukemia according to friends and family.

The iconic scriptwriter won her first Oscar nomination with her screenplay for "Silkwood" starring Meryl Streep in a true-life story of Karen Silkwood and her mysterious death surrounding a plutonium plant. Ephron also gave us lighthearted romantic comedies such as "When Harry Met Sally," "Sleepless in Seattle," and "You've Got Mail."

Her most recent collaboration with Streep was "Julie & Julia."

Known for being a witty and acerbic writer, Ephron was deemed influential for also becoming one of the few successful female directors in Hollywood beginning with "This is My Life."

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