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Angelina Jolie to Scale Back Film Career?

Even Angelina Jolie can’t do it all. Between acting, directing, raising six kids and saving the world, she’s got a lot on her plate. As she gets older, the 36-year-old knows something has to give. What she’s likely to give up first is an easy call . The Oscar winner, whose directorial debut is in post-production, and who will be starring in a remake of the Elizabeth Taylor film Cleopatra , said: “As Brad and I get older we’re going to do fewer films. I’ve been working a long time, he’s been working a long time. We’ve had a nice run and don’t want to be doing this indefinitely, our whole lives. There are a lot of other things to do.” “You’re drawn to certain roles because they question something about life, about love, about freedom. You ask these questions as you grow up: am I strong enough, am I sane enough? Do I understand love, do I understand myself?” Jolie continues, “I’m older and I know who I am … and I’m less interested in the character helping me answer something … than in being able to answer it for myself, as a woman, as an adult, with my family.” For Angelina, answers that she once sought to find from her characters can now be found as she travels the world, taking her adopted children to their home countries and doing massive amounts of charity work. Of course, Jolie has said that same exact thing a number of times previously; she first mentioned it in 2006, and then again in 2008. Think she’ll really pull herself away?

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Smurfs, Cowboys & Aliens Tie for Box Office Lead

It was a strong weekend for unusual creatures this weekend: The Smurfs tied with Cowboys & Aliens for first at the box office. Both films earned $36.2 million. Cowboys & Aliens Trailer Despite the deadlock, Cowboys & Aliens comes out as a loser. Considering the star power involved and the budget ($163 million), expectations were high for the Jon Favreu-directed thriller. Instead, it barely made half of what the top superhero-based flicks of the summer took home in their first weekend. A look at the top five: The Smurfs : $36.2 million Cowboys & Aliens : $36.2 million Captain America: The First Avenger : $24.9 million Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 : $21.9 million Crazy, Stupid Love : $19.3 million

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Captain America Has $4 Million Midnight

Good news for Marvel and the team behind Captain America: The First Avenger : The summer’s latest major comics-hero tentpole also had the genre’s best midnight showing of the season with $4 million. That exceeds the previous best of X-Men: First Class ‘s $3.4 million and hints at a better-than-expected three-day total near $60 million. Drop by Movieline this weekend for more box-office dispatches as events warrant… [via THR ]

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‘Captain America: The First Avenger’: The Reviews Are In!

Film should give ‘Harry Potter’ a run for its money this weekend. By Josh Wigler Chris Evans in “Captain America: The First Avenger” Photo: Paramount Pictures The summer of superheroes rages on this weekend with the theatrical release of “Captain America: The First Avenger.” It’s the final building block audiences need before the full picture of Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” comes into focus this summer, and by all accounts, the movie does not disappoint. Sporting a fresh rating at review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes , both comic book fans and casual moviegoers alike are feeling the patriotic splendor that Cap has to offer, so “Harry Potter” better watch out: Steve Rogers’ mighty shield could very will split the Boy Who Lived’s wand in half this weekend! Read on for a selection of the “Cap” reviews currently rocking the Web, and check out our own “Captain America” review on Splash Page. And if the star-spangled superhero spirit moves you, give us your own reviews in the comments section below. The Story “It was a pleasure to realize, once ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ got under way, that hey, here is a real movie, not a noisy assembly of incomprehensible special effects. Of course it’s loaded with CGI. It goes without saying it’s preposterous. But it has the texture and takes the care to be a full-blown film. You know, like with a hero we care about and who has some dimension. And with weight to the story. As we plunge ahead into a limitless future of comic-book movies, let this be an inspiration rather than Thor or Green Lantern. ” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times The Hero “As the titular comic book character, Chris Evans has an appealing, earnest quality, whether he’s playing the digitally enhanced (reduced?) scrawny Steve Rogers or the well-muscled super-soldier dubbed Captain America. Evans provides just the right human anchor to the flash and dazzle of director Joe Johnston’s production. The movie wouldn’t work without Evans’ likability and the sense of integrity he projects, as well as his all-American good looks.” — Claudia Puig, USA Today The Villain “Then there’s Hugo Weaving as Captain America’s nemesis, Red Skull — a role that requires delivering a genuine performance from behind grotesque crimson prosthetics, which Weaving accomplishes with admirable dexterity. In fact, everyone hits their marks with energy and finesse in ‘Captain America,’ which with its clean, Art Deco lines and sprightly spirit exemplifies why comic book movies are such reliable fodder for Hollywood. They come pre-storyboarded, after all; their gadgets, dinguses and doo-dads are a production artist’s dream, just as those tights, capes and masks must provide fetishistic frissons for the most on-trend costume designer.” — Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post The Action “A chase and shoot-out in a ‘Dick Tracy’ version of New York is one of the most thrilling scenes of the summer movie season, yet this generous film keeps the popcorn popping for two full hours. It’s got musical numbers, as Rogers is costumed as Captain America and sent on a war-bonds tour; it’s got a prison break, as the touring celebrity frees some multicultural P.O.W.s from the Nazis, and it’s got a mythic smackdown, as Captain America squares off against Germanic evil genius Johann Schmidt (the hugely entertaining Hugo Weaving, mimicking documentarian Werner Herzog).” — Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch The Setting “Though it begins and ends with a scene or two in the present, as directed by Joe Johnston from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, ‘Captain America’ is first and foremost an origins story. Almost half of the film’s running time elapses before Rogers gets any kind of power at all, and though its elements are awfully familiar, it’s the most involving part of the film because it takes advantage of Evans’ performance. These early-days sections are so old-fashioned that, if you take away the copious special effects, watching ‘Captain America’ feels akin to watching the venerable 1950s television version of ‘Superman’ starring George Reeves. Buttons are pushed, dials are turned, secret passwords are uttered and lights blink, just like they did way back when.” — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Check out everything we’ve got on “Captain America: The First Avenger.” For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit MTVMoviesBlog.com . Related Videos MTV First: Captain America MTV Rough Cut: ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ Related Photos ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

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Film should give ‘Harry Potter’ a run for its money this weekend. By Josh Wigler Chris Evans in “Captain America: The First Avenger” Photo: Paramount Pictures The summer of superheroes rages on this weekend with the theatrical release of “Captain America: The First Avenger.” It’s the final building block audiences need before the full picture of Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” comes into focus this summer, and by all accounts, the movie does not disappoint. Sporting a fresh rating at review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes , both comic book fans and casual moviegoers alike are feeling the patriotic splendor that Cap has to offer, so “Harry Potter” better watch out: Steve Rogers’ mighty shield could very will split the Boy Who Lived’s wand in half this weekend! Read on for a selection of the “Cap” reviews currently rocking the Web, and check out our own “Captain America” review on Splash Page. And if the star-spangled superhero spirit moves you, give us your own reviews in the comments section below. The Story “It was a pleasure to realize, once ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ got under way, that hey, here is a real movie, not a noisy assembly of incomprehensible special effects. Of course it’s loaded with CGI. It goes without saying it’s preposterous. But it has the texture and takes the care to be a full-blown film. You know, like with a hero we care about and who has some dimension. And with weight to the story. As we plunge ahead into a limitless future of comic-book movies, let this be an inspiration rather than Thor or Green Lantern. ” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times The Hero “As the titular comic book character, Chris Evans has an appealing, earnest quality, whether he’s playing the digitally enhanced (reduced?) scrawny Steve Rogers or the well-muscled super-soldier dubbed Captain America. Evans provides just the right human anchor to the flash and dazzle of director Joe Johnston’s production. The movie wouldn’t work without Evans’ likability and the sense of integrity he projects, as well as his all-American good looks.” — Claudia Puig, USA Today The Villain “Then there’s Hugo Weaving as Captain America’s nemesis, Red Skull — a role that requires delivering a genuine performance from behind grotesque crimson prosthetics, which Weaving accomplishes with admirable dexterity. In fact, everyone hits their marks with energy and finesse in ‘Captain America,’ which with its clean, Art Deco lines and sprightly spirit exemplifies why comic book movies are such reliable fodder for Hollywood. They come pre-storyboarded, after all; their gadgets, dinguses and doo-dads are a production artist’s dream, just as those tights, capes and masks must provide fetishistic frissons for the most on-trend costume designer.” — Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post The Action “A chase and shoot-out in a ‘Dick Tracy’ version of New York is one of the most thrilling scenes of the summer movie season, yet this generous film keeps the popcorn popping for two full hours. It’s got musical numbers, as Rogers is costumed as Captain America and sent on a war-bonds tour; it’s got a prison break, as the touring celebrity frees some multicultural P.O.W.s from the Nazis, and it’s got a mythic smackdown, as Captain America squares off against Germanic evil genius Johann Schmidt (the hugely entertaining Hugo Weaving, mimicking documentarian Werner Herzog).” — Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch The Setting “Though it begins and ends with a scene or two in the present, as directed by Joe Johnston from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, ‘Captain America’ is first and foremost an origins story. Almost half of the film’s running time elapses before Rogers gets any kind of power at all, and though its elements are awfully familiar, it’s the most involving part of the film because it takes advantage of Evans’ performance. These early-days sections are so old-fashioned that, if you take away the copious special effects, watching ‘Captain America’ feels akin to watching the venerable 1950s television version of ‘Superman’ starring George Reeves. Buttons are pushed, dials are turned, secret passwords are uttered and lights blink, just like they did way back when.” — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Check out everything we’ve got on “Captain America: The First Avenger.” For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit MTVMoviesBlog.com . Related Videos MTV First: Captain America MTV Rough Cut: ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ Related Photos ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

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Neal McDonough Expecting a Girl

“We feel extremely blessed beyond belief. She’s ready, this hasn’t been the easiest pregnancy, but we’re all excited,” Neal McDonough tells us. “My son Morgan and I will be in the McDonough House of Estrogen, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.” There’s another baby on the way for Neal McDonough! The actor, 45, and his wife Ruvé proudly showed off her growing baby bump Tuesday, July 19 while attending the premiere of his new film Captain America: The First Avenger in New York City. Due mi

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Meet the New Nude Cast of Game of Thrones [PICS]

Casting has begun for the second season of HBO’s ever-expanding fantasy epic Game of Thrones , and speaking of ever-expanding, among the actresses joining the series there are some HARDened nude veterans. Dutch dish Carice Van Houten , who bared some excellent Van Hootage in Black Book (2006), is the nudest, followed by Captain America: The First Avenger’ s Natalie Dormer, who got some practice baring royal rackage on The Tudors . Also joining the cast is gorgeous 6’3″ giantess Gwendolyne Christie . Gwendolyne has yet to get nude on screen, but she has posed for some totally off-the-wall nude portraits for British photographer Polly Borland and already has her own Facebook group, Gwendolyne Christie is a Goddess . See the newest cast members of Game of Thrones nude after the jump!

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‘Captain America’ Is For The Ladies Too, Stars Say

‘We do a really good job establishing a romance,’ Chris Evans offers as a reason female moviegoers should check out ‘The First Avenger.’ By Kara Warner Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell in “Captain America: The First Avenger” Photo: Paramount Pictures Generally speaking, a superhero or comic book-based movie can almost guarantee that its fervent fanboy following will show up at the box office come opening day. A more elusive audience to capture with these big, flashy blockbusters are female moviegoers. Not that women don’t love superhero movies or read comic books, of course, but they aren’t often a studio’s target audience. When MTV News caught up with the stars of “Captain America: The First Avenger” recently, we asked what their film has to offer the lady moviegoers who might not necessarily be as interested in the action and explosions as others. “I gotta be honest, [compared with] the majority of superhero movies that I’ve seen, I think we do a really good job establishing a romance,” Chris Evans, a.k.a. Cap himself, said. “It’s a budding romance, it’s early. Steve Rogers hasn’t had much experience with women, so the romance they establish is new and fresh, and it doesn’t really have a chance to develop,” he explained. “I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say everything else in the movie aside, the one thing I think they really did right was the romance.” Hayley Atwell, who plays Steve Rogers/ Captain America’s love interest Peggy Carter and is one of the only women in the film, agreed with Evans. “It’s got a strong, sincere love story running through it,” she said. “Captain America has a sincerity. He’s earnest, and there is a vulnerability about him. He’s not your typical testosterone-fueled man.” In addition to all the sincere romantic stuff, Sebastian Stan pointed out that there are some superficial reasons for ladies to like the film as well. “I feel like you can drive a car on Chris’ chest, so maybe that?” he said, speaking to Evans’ muscle-bound physique, post-superserum. “That might help.” Check out everything we’ve got on “Captain America: The First Avenger.” For breaking news and previews of the latest comic book movies — updated around the clock — visit SplashPage.MTV.com . Related Videos MTV First: Captain America MTV Rough Cut: ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ Related Photos ‘Captain America’

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Chris Evans ‘Put The Gloves On’ For ‘Captain America’ Stunts

‘He’s not flying, he’s not shooting fire,’ actor tells MTV News of Cap’s real-man abilities. By Kara Warner, with reporting by Josh Horowitz Chris Evans in “Captain America: The First Avenger” Photo: Paramount Pictures Chris Evans has been honest about the fact that taking on the role of comic book hero Captain America wasn’t an easy decision for him. However, once things got rolling, the reluctant superhero fully embraced the celebrated character and put all of the necessary hard work into his performance, especially the stunt work. “The good thing about Cap is that most of his abilities are rooted in what a human being is capable of — he’s not flying, he’s not shooting fire,” Evans explained to MTV News. “For the most part, the stunts involved were hand-to-hand combat, so any time I can put the gloves on and get in the ring, I’ll do it.” So which stunt sequences in “Captain America: The First Avenger” were his favorites? “There are a couple scenes, but I’m not going to tell ya,” he teased. “We’ve got some good fight sequences. There are some big … you’ll have to go see [the movie],” he said, stopping before he could be tempted to reveal anything else. “You’ll have to go see it.” In addition to stunts, being an actor involved in bringing a Marvel character to the big screen also means having tons of merchandise, including action figures, with your face plastered all over the packaging. Evans didn’t admit to collecting any yet for himself but predicted his mom will try to grab anything she can get her hands on. “These are all things my mother will collect and will fill our entire basement with,” he mused while looking at a Cap toy that, when a button is pushed, spouts pre-recorded patriotic and motivational phrases like “I am Captain America!” “Rise and shine soldiers!” and “Courage makes a hero!” “Courage does make a hero,” Evans said with a smile. “He speaks the truth.” Check out everything we’ve got on “Captain America: The First Avenger.” For breaking news and previews of the latest comic book movies — updated around the clock — visit SplashPage.MTV.com . Related Videos MTV First: Captain America Related Photos Five Cool Moments From The ‘Captain America’ Trailer ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

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