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Well, this should be interesting. Not “Saturday Night Live” itself, which I imagine will rebound quite nicely from last week’s fairly disastrous show. Rather, I mean reaction to Lena Dunham, who inspires more conversation than almost anyone else on television, all of which can be accurately described as “passionate.” Dunham, and her HBO “Girls,” seems to touch a nerve unlike anything else in current popular culture, to the point where any rationale online discussion of either seems as likely as my mother waking up tomorrow and suddenly understanding the concept of cloud computing. We’ll see how much “SNL” leans into this whirlwind surrounding Dunham, and how much both the show and the actress try to move away from Hannah Horvath and into other comedic avenues. Jim Parsons declared he was “Not That Guy” in last week’s monologue, but then deployed a bunch of Sheldon Cooper-lite characters throughout the show. »
- Ryan McGee
Not even the world’s smartest time-traveling dog could beat the warriors of 300: Rise of an Empire at the box office, Friday.
The Zack Snyder-produced sequel to his 2007 blockbuster earned an impressive $17.7 million from 3,470 theaters. Thursday night the R-rated Warner Bros. and Legendary pic had brought in a decent $3.3 million from early showings. With a $108 million price tag, the Eva Green and Sullivan Stapleton-led epic should still net around $45 million this weekend — right on track with predictions.
DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody and Sherman claimed the second place spot with an $8 million Friday from 3,934 theaters. The $145 million, »
- Lindsey Bahr
"300: Rise of an Empire" rose to the top of the box office on Friday, debuting to a strong $17.7 million, and leaving fellow newcomer "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" in its wake. The "sidequel" to 2007's hit "300" will earn around $42 million this weekend, which is significantly less than its predecessor, which debuted to $70.9 million on its way to a domestic total of $210.6 million. However, "Rise" is outpacing the original "300" overseas. "Rise of an Empire" stars Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey and Rodrigo Santoro. Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation's "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" came in at No. 2 with a decent $8 million, and will likely pick up around $31 million in its debut weekend. The leggy holdover "The Lego Movie" (more on that in a bit) is likely taking some away family audiences from "Peabody." "Peabody" features the voices of Ty Burrell, Allison Janney, Stephen Colbert, Stephen Tobolowsky, Mel Brooks, and others. Universal's action thriller "Non-Stop, »
- Dave Lewis
Liam Neeson could have joined an elite group of actors, Sean Connery and Daniel Craig to name a few, who have portrayed the always dapper and iconic 007 agent James Bond. But the Northern Irish Actor chose love instead. The Non-Stop star revealed to U.K.'s Hull Daily Mail explained that he was offered the part during the early stages of his career. "I was heavily courted, let's put it that way, and I'm sure some other actors were too," the thespian said. "It was about 18 or 19 years ago and my wife-to-be said, 'If you play James Bond we're not getting married!' And I had to take that on board, because I did want to marry her," he remembered with a smile. Neeson is of »
300: Rise of An Empire ruled the box office on Friday with an impressive $17.7 million. Mr. Peabody & Sherman was a distant second, while The Grand Budapest Hotel got off to one of the best starts ever for a limited release.As expected, Rise of an Empire's $17.7 million was significantly lower than the original movie's $28.1 million first day haul. Still, it's a noticeable improvement over similar March releases like 10,000 B.C. ($12.5 million) and Olympus Has Fallen ($10 million). If Rise of an Empire plays out like the first movie, it will earn over $44 million for the three-day weekend.Mr. Peabody & Sherman took second place with an estimated $8 million. In comparison, past DreamWorks Animation movies How to Train Your Dragon and The Croods opened to $12.1 million and $11.6 million, respectively. One bright spot, at least, is that Peabody seems to be connecting with audiences: the movie received a strong "A" CinemaScore. For the three-day frame, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The “300:Rise of an Empire” roared to a $17. 7 million first day Friday, and is heading for an opening weekend at the box office that could hit $45 million. Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ R-rated sword-and-sandals saga will knock the Liam Neeson thriller “Non-Stop” out of the spot and easily beat the weekend's other wide opener, DreamWorks Animation's “Mr. Peabody and Sherman.” The family movie based on the 1960 cartoon debuted with $8 million Friday and should hit $30 million for the three days, which is at the high end of projections. “Peabody” received an “A CinemaScore” from first-night audiences, »
- Todd Cunningham
Liam Neeson has revealed he turned down the role of James Bond on the instruction of his late wife.
The actor was approached to play the famous spy but turned it down, after Natasha Richardson threatened not to marry him. The pair were married for 15 years before Richardson tragically died in a skiing accident in March 2009.
In a recent interview with the Hull Daily Mail, Neeson spoke about the Bond role proposal, saying: "I was heavily courted, let's put it that way, and I'm sure some other actors were too.
"It was about 18 or 19 years ago and my wife-to-be said, 'If you play James Bond we're not getting married'. And I had to take that on board because I did want to marry her."
The 61-year-old recently discussed his wife's death saying it still doesn't feel "real".
The couple had two children together, to which Neeson added: "There's periods now »
I’m starting up with a new weekly series here at Hollywood News, one tentatively titled “What’s up with the 2015 Awards Race”. Once or twice a week, I’ll be looking at potential 2014 awards contenders, and for the inaugural piece today, I figured I’d cover some of the films that have already come out this year, including one notable release that’s beginning its theatrical run today. Future pieces will more specifically focus on one title in particular, completely with more of an in depth look at them, but today we’ll start off with a primer. I’ve got a quartet of films to discuss, though they all have various pros and cons to their potential candidacies, obviously. Consider this a template for what’s to come during the year, including a placeholder grade of either “likely contender”, “potential contender”, or “long shot contender” for each… The Grand Budapest Hotel »
- Joey Magidson
Showing the vitality of Liam Neeson carrying a gun and a broken heart, Non-Stop recently gave the new action hero one of his biggest box office weekends so far. Involving an air marshal using a particular set of skills to hunt and kill someone threatening his plane (to paraphrase Taken), the film may seem like a generic Neeson actioner. But while his character might be a composite of previous roles, the anxiety he tackles within this film is fresh. Considering its box office success (and my mother’s intense experience in watching the movie), Non-Stop works efficiently as a thriller in 2014 because it provides viewers with imagery of in-flight chaos not seen since before 9/11. It is also the indication of a natural progression for how Hollywood films are »
- Nick Allen
Just as Liam Neeson has become an unlikely action hero through films like "Non-Stop," it appears that Ralph Fiennes has been born anew as a comedic genius, all thanks to Wes Anderson. Fiennes' funny-man chops are on full display in Anderson's new film, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," or so the reviews indicate. His work as hotelier Gustave H. has earned high praise from the critics, as has Anderson's humorous but heartfelt vision of a fictional ...
By Josh Wigler »
Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press
New York (AP) - Casting Jesus for the silver screen has always been tricky. Directors must balance the actor's ability to project a sense of both divinity and humanity. They also need to sell tickets, and thus have often cast handsome, leading-man types.
In the new movie "Son of God," Jesus is played by Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado, whose appearance has been compared to Brad Pitt and a young Marlon Brando, and who has inspired a Twitter hashtag of "Hot Jesus." Box office is booming: "Son of God," which was made from footage shot for the History channel miniseries "The Bible," came in a close second last weekend to the latest Liam Neeson action blockbuster, and beat out the popular "Lego" movie.
Here are some of the actors who have played Jesus over the decades:
[Photo by AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Casey Crafford] »
- The Associated Press
Warner Bros.-Legendary Pictures’ swords-and-sandals epic “300: Rise of an Empire,” tracking in the low-$40 millions, and Fox-DreamWorks Animation’s “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” which should gross somewhere in the $30 millions, will keep the overall box office healthy, though likely not muscular enough to compete with this time last year, when “Oz the Great and Powerful” scored a robust $79 million opening.
By mid-afternoon Thursday, “300″ continued to hold onto a notable edge over “Peabody,” based on the 1960s TV kids series. Though “Peabody” should appeal to tots, it’s not clear how many non-parents the toon will attract since the demographic that most recalls the series is mostly over 40.
Fox Searchlight gives Wes Anderson his first springtime release in many years with “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” since the director’s feature debut “Bottle Rocket” bowed around this time nearly two decades ago.
“Budapest Hotel,” which just premiered at the Berlin Film Festival garnering solid reviews, »
- Andrew Stewart
Matthew McConaughey’s journey from rom-com stud muffin to Oscar-winning actor is officially complete. Six years ago, he starred in Fool’s Gold and Surfer, Dude. At Sunday night’s Oscars, he took home the Best Actor prize for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club, the culmination of a string of career-rehabilitating roles that included Magic Mike and Mud. McConaughey was always a popular star, and his frivolous, formulaic romantic comedies likely served as golden handcuffs for several years of his career that left him in a creative rut. Give him credit for recognizing that and then actually doing something about it. »
- Jeff Labrecque
After a modest February, things should start picking up across the board at the box office as we enter March. This weekend, Warner Bros. and Legendary’s macho sequel 300: Rise of an Empire debuts against DreamWorks’ animated family pic Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Clearly neither are going after the same audience, and both are primed to hit decent $30 plus million debuts, but the Greeks versus Persians sword-and-sandals epic is going to win the weekend and redeem the genre from Pompeii’s and Hercules’ poor 2014 box office showings.
Here’s how things might play out:
1. 300: Rise of an Empire — $45 million »
- Lindsey Bahr
“60 Minutes” has brought CBS News veteran Bill Whitaker aboard as a correspondent, executive producer and CBS News chairman Jeff Fager said Thursday. Whitaker, who is moving from Los Angeles to the New York area for the new assignment, will begin his “60 Minutes” tenure in the fall. See video: Liam Neeson on '60 Minutes': Why The ‘Non-Stop’ Star Makes All Those Action Movies (Video) Whitaker, who was posted to Los Angeles in 1992, received an Emmy for his coverage of the collapse of Jim and Tammy Bakker's television ministry. He has reported regularly for “CBS Evening News” and other CBS News broadcasts. »
- Tim Kenneally
Just when you thought the awards season was over. Yes, that’s right, we’re not done just yet as today MTV announced the nominees for their 2014 movie awards, which as we reported yesterday, will be presented by Conan O’Brien. The nominees were announced earlier today by O2L (Our Second Life – pictured above).
American Hustle and the superb Wolf Of Wall Street lead the way eight nominees each.
Check out the rest of the nominees below.
Movie Of The Year
12 Years a Slave
Best Female Performance
Jennifer Aniston – We’re the Millers
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
Best Male Performance
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a »
- Paul Heath
Moviegoers can take two very different history trips — “300: Rise of an Empire” and the animated “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” — at the box office this weekend. Most will go with the ancient Greek warriors over the time-traveling cartoon dog and his young master, say the analysts. Warner Bros.’ and Legendary Pictures’ sequel to their breakout 2007 hit “300″ will take the top spot with an opening of around $40 million and DreamWorks’ “Peabody” should debut with north of $25 million, they project. That would knock Universal's Liam Neeson thriller “Non-Stop” out of the top spot and beat last »
- Todd Cunningham
New films starring Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Aubrey Plaza, Olivia Wilde, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson —and not one, but two movies featuring James Franco — round out the lineup of 2014's Tribeca Film Festival, which runs from April 16th to the 27th in New York City.
Marquee names dot this year's Spotlight section, with Jon Favreau's Chef, a comedy about a beleaguered chef who has a public meltdown and decides to take his cuisine on the road, featuring a cast that includes Downey Jr. »
The 13th Tribeca Film Festival has announced its complete lineup for next month’s New York celebration, which runs April 16-27. Culled from more than 6,000 submissions, Tribeca 2014 includes 55 world premieres, 37 first-time filmmakers, and 22 female directors. Half the slate had been announced on Tuesday, with Spotlight, Midnight, and Storyscapes films unveiled today, as well as special screenings. “Spotlight and special screenings are an especially dynamic aspect of this year’s program, both in range of styles and stories,” said Genna Terranova, Tribeca’s director of programming. “Many films feature real-life personalities who’ve accomplished extraordinary feats, while in other films we »
- Jeff Labrecque
Stars: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Lupita Nyong’o, Scoot McNairy, Anson Mount, Corey Stoll, Linus Roache | Written by John W. Richardson, Chris Roach | Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
From Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) comes Non-Stop, a new action thriller starring Liam Neeson as Bill Marks, a burned-out veteran of the Air Marshals service who views his assignments not as a life-saving duty, but as a desk job in the sky. However, today’s flight will be no routine trip – shortly into the transatlantic journey from New York to London, he receives a series of mysterious text messages ordering him to have the government transfer $150 million into a secret account, or a passenger will die every 20 minutes…
Given Liam Neeson’s current status as action-star extraordinaire, it’s not to hard to determine just what to expect from Non-Stop: plenty of action, Liam Neeson waxing lyrical about the situation and »
- Phil Wheat
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