The past year in entertainment has been an eventful one, with box office records broken, exciting movies (and equally exciting movie casting) announced, and much more that made us happy to be film fans. It wasn't all good news, though; there were box office flops, and heartbreakingly, we lost a few beloved members of the movie industry too soon. As we look back on 2013, let's retread the biggest movie headlines of the year now.
Veronica Mars Gets a Movie, Thanks to Kickstarter
Marshmallows, rejoice! The fans of cult TV series Veronica Mars don't just love the show fervently — they're the reason a movie is getting made. In March, Kristen Bell and other cast members pitched the idea on Kickstarter with creator Rob Thomas, asking people to contribute any amount toward the production cost. The $2 million goal was met within the first day, and the Veronica Mars movie was off and running. Cameras rolled soon after, and we already have some juicy footage and a release date: March 14, 2014.
Roger Ebert Passes Away
The movie community lost an important figure this year when legendary film critic Roger Ebert passed away in April at the age of 70 after a prolonged battle with cancer. Even if you didn't always agree with his opinions, Ebert was an icon; a vocal champion of movies, he was someone who didn't just judge them, but loved them.
Iron Man 3 Has the No. 2 Opening of All Time
More like Money Man! Avenger Tony Stark proved he doesn't need a gang when Iron Man 3 smashed the box office this Summer. The May release made $175.3 million in its opening weekend alone, earning the No. 2 box office opening of all time. The movie in the No. 1 spot? The Avengers. Way to keep it in the family, Marvel.
World War Z is Brad Pitt's Biggest Movie Ever
World War Z may not have debuted at No. 1 at the box office in June, but Brad Pitt's zombie thriller still fought its way to victory. The film's worldwide gross hit $500 million by August, making it Pitt's biggest box office earner to date. We knew you could do it, Brad!
James Gandolfini Dies
We were heartbroken to say goodbye to James Gandolfini, who passed away suddenly in June at 51 after suffering a heart attack. The legendary TV star and actor had unforgettable roles like Tony Soprano, and he continues to make an impression; sweet romantic comedy Enough Said made its debut a few months after Gandolfini's death, and his performance is being recognized this award season.
The Lone Ranger Bombs
Johnny Depp's name is usually equivalent to box office gold, but when he and his Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski tried something new with The Lone Ranger, the results did not lead to box office treasure. The TV-show-turned movie suffered from mixed reviews, most notably the complaint that it was way too long. It opened at No. 2 over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, which isn't a bad spot, but winner Despicable Me beat it by almost $60 million. Ouch, kemosabe.
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