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The box office has finally rebounded after a brief slump in October with the release of Spectre last weekend, which took in $73 million, higher than the entire top 10 in the last week of October, and The Peanuts Movie ($45 million). As expected, both of those hit movies retained the top two spots this weekend, with Spectre taking in $35.4 million and The Peanuts Movie staying put in second place with $24.2 million. As expected, new releases such as Warner Bros.' The 33, CBS Films' Love the Coopers and Clarius Entertainment's My All American, along with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's By the Sea opening in limited release, didn't provide any serious competition.
Both Spectre and The Peanuts Movie have been faring well with critics, with Spectre earning a 63% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and The Peanuts Movie pulling in an 86% "Fresh" rating. While The Peanuts Movie did come in a distant second place last weekend, »
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, November 13. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise. Wide The 33 Director: Patricia Riggen Cast: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin, Lou Diamond Phillips, Mario Casas, Adriana Barraza, Kate Del Castillo, Cote de Pablo, Bob Gunton, Gabriel Byrne, Naomi Scott, Jacob Vargas, Oscar Nunez, Juan Pablo Raba Synopsis: "Based on a true story about the collapse at the mine in San Jose, Chile that left 33 miners isolated underground for 69 days." Love the Coopers Director: Jessie Nelson Cast: Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Jake Lacy, Olivia Wilde, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei, Alex Borstein, Jon Tenney, June Squibb, Michelle Veintimilla Synopsis: "When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night »
- Steve Greene
Social media is filled with complaints about retailers jumping the gun on Christmas. Hey the jack-o-lantern’s not yet ripe when the tinsel and wreaths go on sale. Well at least this inspired one of the great double holiday flicks, The Nightmare Before Christmas. So, if the mall starts early, why not the attached (usually) multiplex theatres. Hollywood loves sending out movies at the end of the year set around the staples of the season. So, before you even think about grabbing the turkey (let’s not get ahead of this piece) for Thanksgiving, here’s a flick about a big, big family getting things set for the big Christmas Eve shindig. Now Mom’s a perfectionist, so everything has to be plotted out and just right. Of course, like most families, things are far from perfect. Doesn’t mean they can’t try their darndest in the new star-packed cinema stocking, »
- Jim Batts
What kind of title is Love The Coopers, anyway? Does it represent the bland sentimentalities of a Hallmark card hastily signed on the way to your parents’ house? Is it meant as a plea to audiences, a last-ditch effort to get you to care about its disparate collection of thinly constructed personalities? This overwrought family Christmas comedy is as devoid of nuance as its plain title suggests. Worse than that, Love The Coopers is overly familiar and exceedingly dull despite its warm, genial cast.
In the snowy suburbs around Pittsburgh, four generations of the Cooper family prepare for their annual Christmas gathering. Charlotte (Diane Keaton) and Sam (John Goodman) hope to keep their rocky marriage and impending divorce a secret long enough to host one last, happy family holiday dinner. Their son Hank (Ed Helms), meanwhile, contends with his own marital and parenting issues while keeping his unemployment a secret »
- Zachary Shevich
Fittingly given that its title sounds like a demand, “Love the Coopers” peddles holiday sorrow, cheer and uplift with off-putting insistence. Director Jessie Nelson’s dramedy follows a familiar family-reunion template in detailing the Yuletide get-together of the Coopers, a clan fracturing under the weight of divorces, unemployment, unrealized dreams and loneliness — as well as past joys that all its members desperately want to reclaim. Decked out in the usual tinsel-and-mistletoe trappings, the film lurches awkwardly between gloominess and giddiness, never hitting the boisterously bittersweet groove it seeks. Failing to carve out an identity distinct from its many subgenre predecessors, this slushy feel-good saga faces a stormy theatrical forecast at best.
Ten years after “The Family Stone,” Diane Keaton again takes the lead of a contrived getting-the-relatives-back-together film that eventually employs the threat of tragedy as a device for familial reconciliation. Before “Love the Coopers” ventures down that misbegotten path, »
- Nick Schager
After slipping into a horrendous slump during the last two weeks of October, the box office finally rebounded in a huge way with the release of Spectre ($73 million) and The Peanuts Movie ($45 million) last weekend. As we head into the second frame of November, both movies should have no trouble retaining the top two spots this weekend, going up against three new wide releases. Opening on November 13 is Warner Bros.' The 33, CBS Films' Love the Coopers and Clarius Entertainment's My All American, along with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's By the Sea opening in limited release, none of which will provide any serious competition. While Spectre will likely suffer a significant drop, it should retain the top spot with a predicted $42.4 million, with The Peanuts Movie staying put in second place with $28.9 million.
One of the big topic of conversations among TV-watchers this fall: Why do the major networks keep refusing to cancel their crummy, unwatched new shows? Either there's nothing in the pipeline to replace these duds, or we're reached a stage where studios and producers are thinking more about Netflix, Hulu et al. than winning a Nielsen night. Since nobody knows what might eventually become prime binge-watching fodder, why scrap a series after only three weeks? So as long as the sets are already built and the actors are under contract, »
Getting On is ending. What's Getting On you ask? Well, that's probably why it's ending. But don't cry for Getting On, it's done great things with only 18 episodes. In fact, the HBO comedy's legacy will be—mark my words—revered. The stripped down comedy revolves around the doctors and nurses in the geriatric extended care facility at the fictional Mount Palms hospital and stars Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, Mel Rodriguez and Niecy Nash. They're dysfunctional, a bit strange, but totally human. There's not one character you can look at that you can't identify with in some way. The show is really special, it's different than anything else you've ever seen—in the best »
At the beginning of (and throughout) every month, HBO adds new movies and TV shows to HBO Go and HBO Now. Here is a quick list of several titles you might be interested in. Some of these may have been on HBO previously, only to have been removed and then added back. Feel free to note anything we've left out in the comments below.What HBO wants you to watch: Getting On (Season 3 premiere) Now entering its third and final season, HBO’s Getting On focuses on a group of doctors and nurses working in a women’s geriatric ward. With complex performances from Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash, and Mel Rodriguez, Getting On moves between cringe comedy, bureaucratic satire, and somber reflection on life and death, often within the space of a single bit. Available November 8. Embrace your inner goddess: Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) If you missed the »
- Jackson McHenry
Fox will present a two-hour Paley Center special celebrating television’s most iconic animated stars in December, the network announced Thursday.
The two-hour program, “TV’s Funniest Animated Stars: A Paley Center for Media Special,” will count down the 40 greatest and groundbreaking animated characters. It will include interviews with the creators who conceived the characters and the actors who brought them to life for animation fans worldwide.
The special will profile Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Homer Simpson, Bart Simpson, Stewie Griffin, Donald Duck, SponeBob SquarePants, Scooby-Doo and many more. Additionally, the following talent will be interviewed during the special: Pamela Adlon (voice of Bobby Hill), Tony Anselmo (voice of Donald Duck), Todd Barbee (voice of Charlie Brown), H. Jon Benjamin (voice of Bob Belcher and Sterling Archer), Alex Borstein (voice of Lois Griffin), Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart Simpson), John Dimaggio (voice of Bender), Seth Green (voice of Christ Griffin »
- Rick Kissell
In February, HBO effectively cancelled Getting On, when it announced that the upcoming season would be the show's third and final one. Season three of Getting On premieres on HBO, Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 10:00pm Et/Pt. Getting On's season two ratings average was dismal, with 0.08 in the 18-49 demographic and only 250,000 total viewers. As with the first two seasons, this season consists of only six one-hour episodes.
Based on a British comedy of the same name, Getting On is set in Long Beach, California, at the Billy Barnes Extended Care Unit of Mt. Palms Hospital. The staff attends to the needs of female patients who are often “getting on” in years — while also dealing with the challenges of a health-care bureaucracy in need of an overhaul. The Getting On cast includes: Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash, Mel Rodriguez, »
Attention: There is a lot of TV on these days, that's a known fact. However, another known fact is this: HBO's Getting On deserves your attention. The lovably dark comedy starring Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash and Mel Rodriguez is returning for a third and final (sob!) season of six episodes and E! News has your exclusive first look at the show you Must be watching. Getting On hails from the co-creators of Big Love, Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer, and follows the lives of the doctors and nurses in the Billy Barnes Extended Care Facility. They're caring for the elderly, even if the healthcare system fails them and the bureaucracy kills them. Don't you want to see the show that finally got »
Last season, the ratings for Family Guy came down again but the Fox series continues to be a top ratings-earner for the network. Will it ever be cancelled (for the second time)? Will it return for the 2016-17 season? Stay tuned.
On Family Guy, Peter Griffin and his family and friends continue to have crazy mishaps in the Rhode Island town of Quahog. The voice cast includes Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis, and Mike Henry.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the next day, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest.Read More… »
We saw a trailer during the San Diego Comic-Con International [watch it here], and now DC Entertainment and Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim have announced that Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 3: Magical Friendship is set to air on midnight on Sunday, October 18th.
The Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 3: Magical Friendship surrenders DC Comics’ multitude of Super Heroes and Super-Villains to the demented whims of the award-winning Robot Chicken for a triumphant third time. This time around, Batman and Superman’s bromance takes a competitive turn and the fate of the universe somehow hangs in the balance!
The Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 3: Magical Friendship features a cast that includes Seth Green, Matt Senreich, Breckin Meyer, Alfred Molina, Nathan Fillion, Weird Al Yankovic, Alex Borstein, Giovanni Ribisi, Jonathan Banks, Mae Whitman, Hugh Davidson, Dee Bradley Baker, Zeb Wells, Kevin Shinick, plus Adam West and Burt Ward.
- Gary Collinson
Three months before its January premiere, “The X-Files” is heading to New York Comic Con for the nationwide debut of the hotly anticipated Fox revival series.
Following the advanced screening of the premiere episode, titled “My Struggle,” Nycc will host a Q&A session with star David Duchovny and creator Chris Carter. The panel will be moderated by “Silicon Valley” star Kumail Nanjiani, who will guest star in Fox’s “X-Files” revival series.
The screening and panel will occur Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Javits Center in Manhattan.
“Bordertown:” Fox’s animated laffer from Seth MacFarlane will be at Nycc on Oct. 11 for an advanced screening of the series and Q&A with voice actors Hank Azaria, Alex Borstein and Nicholas Gonzalez, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
An annual Christmas celebration gets turned upside down in the trailer for Love the Coopers, which gives us our first look at the immense and talented ensemble cast in this holiday movie. Diane Keaton and John Goodman star as the Cooper parents, with Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei and Ed Helms portraying their children. As with many holiday gatherings, the Coopers' doesn't quite go according to plan.
When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday. The trailer reveals that this large family only gets together once per year over the Christmas holiday, giving us insight into their wildly different lives. Diane Keaton's Charlotte Cooper just wants their family to have wonderful Christmas memories, »
Each year, pop culture fans from around the world make their way to San Diego Comic-Con to bask in the glow of the largest convention of its kind, a singular experience that brings well over 100,000 people together to celebrate comics, film, TV, gaming, and much more. Most attendees differ in their primary interests, but one doesn’t make the trek to Sdcc without being a fan of something, and that shared enthusiasm is a big part of what brings people back again and again. This year, SoS’s Elizabeth Rico and Whitney McIntosh joined TV Editor Kate Kulzick at the Con.
Kate Kulzick: Another Sdcc has come and gone and finally, a week after it ended, I’ve recovered. It was an exhausting experience for me this year, and this was my fourth year attending—how was it for you guys? This was your first times, right?
Elizabeth Rico: Oh good, »
- Kate Kulzick
Sneak Peek the new trailer from DC Entertainment's "Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 3: Magical Friendship", featuring a horde of DC Comics' superheroes and supervillains, premiering Fall 2015 on "Adult Swim":
Cast includes Seth Green, Matt Senreich, Breckin Meyer, Alfred Molina, Nathan Fillion, Weird Al Yankovic, Alex Borstein, Giovanni Ribisi, Jonathan Banks, Mae Whitman, Hugh Davidson, Dee Bradley Baker, Zeb Wells, Kevin Shinick, Adam West and Burt Ward.
- Michael Stevens
Comic-Con 2015 has kicked off in San Diego, and below you'll find Digital Spy's mega-guide, listing all of the major movies and TV panels for each day.
Note: All timings are in California's Pacific Standard Time (Pst), for GMT (UK time) add 8 hours. So 12 noon in San Diego will be 8pm in London.
13 things we're most excited about at Comic-Con 2015
Browse our ultimate guide day-by-day:
Thursday, July 9
Friday, July 10
Saturday, July 11
Sunday, July 12
Thursday, July 9
Open Road (10.45am local time/6.45pm UK time, Hall H)
The Autobiography of James T Kirk (10.45am local time, 6.45pm UK time, Ballroom 20)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 / The Last Witch Hunter (12pm local time, 8pm UK time, Hall H)
New footage presentation, plus cast and filmmaker »
Below is Digital Spy's daily guide to the major movies and TV panels happening in San Diego this Saturday, July 11.
Once Upon a Time (10am local time, 6pm UK time, Ballroom 20)
Cast members Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O'Donoghue, Sean Maguire and Rebecca Mader appear for a Q&A alongside co-creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. The session will be moderated by Community's Yvette Nicole Brown, and also features a sneak peak at season five.
Footage presentations and Q&As.
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