American Sniper Blamed For Increase in Violence Against Muslims, Bradley Cooper Asked to Help

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American Sniper, starring Jenkintown native Bradley Cooper as real-life Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, takes the number one spot over the weekend once again, giving it a box office grand total of $200 million. Insiders say the film is on course to becoming the highest-earning war movie in history. The current record-holder is Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, which took in $216.5 million in 1998.

While the film continues to rack up dollars, it’s also racking up some controversy. Deadline reports that a civil rights group has seen a rise in violence against Muslims since the film’s release, and they have contacted Cooper and director Clint Eastwood for help. More:

Washington, D.C.-based civil rights organization, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, has written to Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper outlining an escalation in threats made against Arab and Muslim Americans since the release of American Sniper, and asking for their help to “reduce the hateful rhetoric.” In a letter dated January 21, ADC President Samer Khalaf wrote, “A majority of the violent threats we have seen over the past few days are (the) result of how Arabs and Muslims are depicted” in the film. Khalaf says the group is in receipt of “hundreds of violent messages” from moviegoers, many of which have been made on social media. …

Despite the box office heat and critical accolades, there has also been criticism in the international media of the film’s perceived whitewashing of Kyle’s actions.

The ADC said it believes Eastwood and Cooper could “play a significant role in assisting us in alleviating the danger we are facing.” Wrote Khalaf, “Your visibility, influence and connection to the film would be a tremendous force in drawing attention to and lessening the serious dangers facing the respective communities.”

Khalaf also noted that the ADC is working with the FBI and police to address the threats. He told Reuters this weekend that there was no sense in calling for a boycott of the film. “People are going to see the movie. If we boycott it, it will only cause people to want to see it more.”

5 Hottest Male Movie Villains

This weekend, the new Jennifer Lopez thriller The Boy Next Door is set to stalk theaters worldwide. The film plays like an erotic Lifetime movie, but with lots of violence and sex. In any case, the biggest selling points are the two gorgeous stars—especially Ryan Guzman, even though he plays a character on the brink.

This got me thinking, who are some of the sexiest male psycho killers that have terrorized the movie screens in recent years. These characters are supposed to make your blood run cold, but instead you need to call an ambulance from the hot flashes. Let’s take a look at five of the sexiest psychopaths that have headlined the silver screen in recent years.

Ryan Guzman, The Boy Next Door

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In honor of The Boy Next Door, which opens in theaters this weekend, we kick off the list with its star Ryan Guzman. If you’ve seen the trailers for the movie, you know Guzman—a former dancer—and J.Lo get hot and heavy during a scandalous sex scene. Sadly, the boy goes psycho soon after, but those abs still glisten and the ass shots are aplenty. The movie may never reach the heights of Fatal Attraction (or Swimfan), but at least it’s giving women and gay men what we all came to see: sweaty Ryan Guzman fixing a carburetor in a dirty white t-shirt.

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Oscar Face-Off: Marion Cotillard vs. Julianne Moore

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Oscar nominees Julianne Moore and Marion Cotillard have films opening in Philly this weekend. Who deserves the golden statue for Best Actress?

Every year, Academy Award nominations produce at least one “group of death” involving a hyper-competitive category with many worthy candidates. Arguably, one of the toughest this year is in the Best Actress tilt, which offers up perennial populist fave Reese Witherspoon (Wild), audacious Brit Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), and relative newcomer Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl). But the two early frontrunners are clearly French actress extraordinaire Marion Cotillard, for her role as a wounded, suffering wife and mother in the Dardenne Brothers brilliant Two Days, One Night; and longtime indie darling Julianne Moore, who plays the titular character battling early-onset Alzheimer’s in Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s Still Alice. The two women give absolutely scintillating performances the films, both of which open in Philly this weekend. They’re so good in their respective roles, it’s difficult to imagine either of them losing out on a statue, so how do we break it down? Let’s go to the tale of the tape!

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City Offering 3,000 More Tickets for Youth to See Selma

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Last week, a campaign called #SelmaForStudents offered thousands of tickets for young people in Philadelphia to see Selma, the Ava DuVernay-helmed film that chronicles Martin Luther King Jr.’s efforts to organize a march from Selma to Montgomery in order to secure civil rights for African Americans. The project was such a success that the City of Philadelphia—with the help of corporate and individual sponsors—has come up with additional funding to provide 3,000 more tickets for students this weekend.

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Philly Ring Girls, Fire-Breathers and Spanish-Speakers Sought for Rocky Spinoff Creed

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Sylvester Stallone is back in the City of Brotherly Love (see!) and he’s calling for backup. Heery Casting, a local casting agency, is seeking locals from all walks of the life to join the cast of the latest Rocky spinoff, Creed. Over 5,500 extras will be featured in the film, which finds Rocky playing mentor to the grandson of his nemesis Apollo Creed.

“Philadelphia will be a prominent character featured within the movie,” says Jason Loftus, casting director and partner at Heery. In efforts to bring the city’s diverse and unique personality to life, the agency is seeking background performers from all corners of the city. Last week on CBS Philly, casting director Diane Heery explained, “We’re going to show parts (of Philadelphia) that haven’t been shown before. We want to see people from the neighborhoods … because that helps tell the story and helps paint the picture.”

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Sarah Palin Loves American Sniper, Thanks Bradley Cooper for His Performance

I imagine Bradley Cooper’s over the moon about right now. His latest film, American Sniper, eviscerated the box office over the weekend, opening with a record-breaking $90.2 million in sales. His talents were recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with an Oscar nomination for Best Actor (and 5  more for the film). And celebrities, like Michael Moore, are calling his performance “one of the best of the year.” The latest to come out in support of his role is none other than Sarah Palin, who took to her Facebook page to applaud the film and take a little jab at Hollywood while she was at it:

Kevin Hart: I Won’t Play a Gay Role

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Kevin Hart is everywhere these days promoting his latest flick, The Wedding Ringer, which opened in theaters this weekend with an impressive $20.6 million box office. The film finds the Philly native in his first “hard R-rated comedy,” which he has said gives him the ability to explore new avenues as an actor by incorporating some of his earlier, more-risqué standup material. An interview he gave on 105.1’s The Breakfast Club last week, however, reveals that, no matter how rewarding it is for him to explore new territories as a performer, there’s one that he’ll likely never navigate: playing gay.

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Dan Savage Bringing Amateur Porn Film Festival to Philly in February

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Since QFest went kaput, we’ve had little opportunity to sit in a movie theater with hundreds of strangers to watch films with titles like Beethoven’s Stiff and Anal Alley, but your luck is about to change, my dirty-movie-loving friend.

“Savage Love” columnist and outspoken LGBT advocate Dan Savage is bringing his dirty movie tour, HUMP!, to Philadelphia for the very first time in February. The film series includes 17 risqué flicks made by everyday folks from the Northwest who were challenged to “become temporary, weekend porn stars by making their very own five-minute dirty movies.”

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American Sniper Earned $90.2 Million at the Box Office This Weekend

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Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, starring Jenkintown native Bradley Cooper as prolific Navy SEAL sharp-shooter Chris Kyle, earned a whopping $90.2 million at the weekend box office, and it’s expected to hit $105 million by the end of day on Monday. That blows past insider predictions, who estimated it would bring in $50 million-plus.

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4 Movies to Watch If You Love American Sniper, and an Alternative If You Don’t

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Academy Award Best Picture nominee American Sniper, starring Jenkintown native (and Best Actor nominee) Bradley Cooper, officially opens nationwide this weekend. The film is projected to rake in a record $50 million-plus at the box office and create legions of fans of the Clint Eastwood-directed flick about Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. If you love it and find yourself wanting more, you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up four films that contain similar elements to Sniper, and an alternative if it wasn’t quite your cup of tea.

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