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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12 Best New Gay Movies on Netflix Streaming: La Bare, La Mission, Priest and More.

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Netflix continues to add to the LGBT movies available on its streaming service, and giving viewers more of a variety to choose from. Today, we take a look at some of the best gay films to pop up over the past few months. If you’re a fan of Magic Mike, you’ll enjoy La Bare‘s provocative glimpse at the world of male stripping. The film offers a unique perspective on the demands male strippers have to go through to keep their bodies in shape and the dollars flowing. One of my favorites on the list, however, is Out Late, which concerns five senior citizens who come out after the age of 55. The subjects explain why it took them so long to come out and the reactions they got from their families, spouses, and friends.

There’s 10 more where that came from. Check out our list of the best new gay movies on Netflix streaming below:

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Bradley Cooper and Kevin Hart Expected to Rule the Box Office This Weekend

Bradley Cooper in American Sniper and Kevin Hart in The Wedding Ringer, both opening nationwide this weekend.

Bradley Cooper in American Sniper and Kevin Hart in The Wedding Ringer, both opening nationwide this weekend.

Philly film stars Bradley Cooper and Kevin Hart are expected to own the box office this weekend, with the release of American Sniper and The Wedding Ringer, respectively.

After a record-breaking preview over ChristmasDeadline reports that Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, which stars Cooper as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, will be No. 1, on track to pull in $50 million-plus. Writers credit a number of factors for influencing the big draw:

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Wrestler Mark Schultz Angered Over Homosexual Undertones in Foxcatcher [UPDATED]

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Wrestler Mark Schultz, the subject of Foxcatcher, which dramatizes the Newtown Square murder of his brother Dave, has taken to Facebook and Twitter to blast director Bennett Miller after film critics point out an undercurrent of homosexuality in the relationship between Schultz (played by Channing Tatum) and his coach John du Pont (Steve Carrell). On Facebook, he wrote:

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Philly Drag Queens Take Off the Wigs and Lashes in Beneath the Makeup

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A handful of film students at Temple University are set to screen a new documentary that takes a look at what it’s like to be a drag queen in Philadelphia.

The boy versions of three of the Gayborhood’s best known queens, Brittany Lynn, Pissi Myles and Ariel Versace, are the subjects of Beneath the Makeup, which will screen this weekend at Tabu. In the work, producer James Stankunas tells me, the performers “educate and expose what really happens when the makeup comes off.”

“The overarching message,” he says, “is that drag queens live normal lives despite the shaved eyebrows and nights on the town in glitz and glamour … It was rather surprising to find out how different Philadelphia is from New York and other cities when it comes to the drag scene. Bryan Neel (Ariel Versace) points out that New York has more ‘fierce fishiness’ while Philadelphia is known for being more arty, comedic and borderline avant garde.”

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The Roxy to Screen The Interview

The interviewPFS at the Roxy is one of the first theaters in Philadelphia to screen Sony’s banned-then-kind-of-released The Interview, starting on New Year’s Day.

The comedy, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, follows two TV guys who go to North Korea to try to snag an interview with Kim Jong-un. When the CIA finds out about their plans, however, they’re recruited to take out the eccentric ruler.

Rotten Tomatoes only gives the film a 52 percent rating, and critics haven’t been to favorable, some calling it more of a triumph of free speech than a smart, witty comedy. But hey, it’s worth it to see what the hype was (or wasn’t) all about.

The Interview fires up at The Roxy on Thursday, January 1st, and will run at 11 p.m. each night through January 8th. More information here.

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The Best and Worst of This Week’s New Movie Releases

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The Imitation Game: To be frank, I hovered between putting this Alan Turing bio-pic in this category or the “Wait for DVD section below it for some long minutes. It’s not that the film, which follows the fascinating story of Turing, one of the key, virtually unknown British heroes of WWII, as the man who managed to solve the once-thought-unbreakable German Enigma machine, isn’t interesting, or with the splendid Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing, poorly drawn. It’s just that the film’s breakdown spends an enormous amount of time on his WWII exploits (admittedly a suitably nerve-wracking and dramatic story), and precious little on his post-war life, in which this hero was caught with a younger man, and had to endure forced hormonal therapy in an effort to “cure” him by local authorities, eventually leading to his suicide at a relatively young age. It’s a difficult story to balance properly, to be sure, but I would have to say, as much as this has going for it, this version sides strongly with the safer material, to its ultimate detriment. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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