15 items from 2014
DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ has lifted off on homevideo platforms, generating record sales results for 20th Century Fox, which distributed the film this summer.
The sequel has sold 2 million units on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, making it the top Digital HD family title from 20th Century Fox ever, Variety has learned. It’s also the biggest seller across all platforms for a film that was released during the summer, although those pics are just now starting to roll out.
Either way, the results are good news for DreamWorks, which is banking on “How to Train Your Dragon” to be a long-running franchise for the toon studio with multiple sequels planned.
The film is the year’s highest grossing animated film, with $619 million in worldwide box office so far.
And its results on homevideo are a bright spot for studios that are looking to encourage »
- Marc Graser
“Cake Boss” arrested for drunk driving TLC star Buddy Valastro was taken into custody early this morning for driving while intoxicated. According to TMZ, the NYPD arrested Valastro in his Corvette in Manhattan. Jennifer Lawrence takes over Letterman’s desk In her first major interview since her nude photos were leaked, Lawrence and Letterman had a weird and hilarious time last night on “The Late Show" -- at one point, they walked off the show. “Marry Me’s” Casey Wilson is pregnant Wilson is expecting her first child with her “Marry Me” creator husband David Caspe, reports Us Weekly. Click Read Full Post For More Jeff Probst: Mike White helped “Survivor” get rid of Redemption Island White, the “Amazing Race” alum who’s works include HBO’s “Enlightened” and “School of Rock,” is a huge “Survivor” fan and a friend of Probst’s. "He was over at our house »
- Norman Weiss
Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar – TV measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar – TV, scroll to the bottom of the article.
Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – TV Broadcast Monday Oct 27, 2014 – Sunday Nov 2, 2014 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 The Voice 14,595 2 2 America’s Got Talent 4,625 3 4 America’s Funniest Home Videos 4,288 4 3 Dancing With the Stars 3,098 5 5 The Simpsons 2,452 6 7 The Big Bang Theory 1,557 7 - The Vampire Diaries 1,262 8 10 The Flash 1,206 9 - Gotham 907 10 - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 883 -
Cable/Streaming Monday Oct 27, 2014 – Sunday Nov 2, 2014 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 Key and Peele 10,487 2 2 The Walking Dead 6,707 3 3 Top Gear 4,567 4 4 Pretty Little Liars 3,408 5 5 American Horror Story 2,836 6 - 19 Kids and Counting 1,611 7 6 WWE Raw 1,290 8 7 Sons of Anarchy 1,263 9 8 Impact Wrestling 1,052 10 - South Park 1,026 -
Late Night Monday Oct 27, 2014 – Sunday Nov 2, 2014 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 52,153 2 2 Jimmy Kimmel Live 14,368 3 3 Conan 7,836 4 4 Last Week Tonight »
- Jason Klein
Jon Cryer on “Two and a Half Men” gay marriage controversy: "Hopefully we haven't done something too terrible in taste” "For us it was just a fun, silly idea that some people were taking kind of seriously, so that sort of surprised us,” says Cryer of the plan for Alan to marry Ashton Kutcher’s character. "But at the same time I understand. This is a time when our nation is changing so much. And let's remember, same-sex adoption is still illegal in some states so I can see why people would be nervous about it. And as long as the fight is still being fought they have a right to be sensitive about it.” Plus: Jon Cryer recalls when Charlie Sheen began going crazy on “Men,” Sheen says "I just think it makes sense” for him to return to “Men,” Cryer recalls being labeled “The Show Killer,” and Conchata Ferrell recalls auditioning for Berta. »
- Norman Weiss
“The Bachelor” will try to spice things up with a 3-hour live premiere The Jan. 5 season premiere will mix in taped segments, such as the limo arrivals, with Chris Harrison live with a studio audience joined by "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" alums offering commentary, according to TV Line. The live premiere may be a response to concerns that "Bachelor" Chris Soules is "boring" and "as exciting as watching soybeans grow." Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's newly elected successor declines Jimmy Kimmel’s invitation John Tory, who was elected this week to replace Mayor Rob Ford, says he’s not going on the ABC talk show because “I’m not in show business.” He adds: Let’s talk (about) why I’m there. I’m there because the previous guy was the subject of jokes and all the sort of stuff and they’ll probably replay old tapes. I just don’t »
- Norman Weiss
The once-playful family from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo took a serious turn this weekend after the news that their TLC show had been cancelled was announced. Mama June's eldest daughter Anna Cardwell claimed she was molested by her mother's boyfriend Mark McDaniel when she was just 8 years old. Plus, Jim Carrey dominated on Saturday Night Live in some hilarious skits. Here's Us Weekly's top weekend stories: Mama June's relative that was allegedly molested by her boyfriend Mark McDaniel was her eldest daughter Anna Cardwell, according [...] »
Why TLC quickly ditched “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” Quick and decisive action was the only choice TLC had to make, says Josef Adalian, because it’s better to be safe than sorry. Plus, if the facts of the situation change, TLC could easily un-cancel the show. Still, “Honey Boo Boo’s” ratings have declined recently, and its loss won’t really hurt TLC. Mama June’s 20-year-old daughter Chickadee claims she was also victimized by the same child molester TMZ reports that Anna Cardwell, Aka Chickadee, who is married with a child, says she was also molested, at age 8, by the child molester whom Mama June is allegedly dating. Rainn Wilson drops the Vine star who was accused of raping his ex-girlfriend Vine star Curtis Lepore was announced earlier this week as starring in Wilson’s Vine-inspired scripted series “Hollywood and Vine.” Click Read Full Post For More Watch »
- Norman Weiss
Your Top Three is a series here at Movies.com where we choose a topic and you give us your top three picks. Four years ago, Michael Keaton made a memorable appearance in the comedy The Other Guys, playing a police captain who also works at Bed, Bath and Beyond and unintentionally quotes TLC all the time. Between that and a vocal role in Toy Story 3, it appeared he was making a comeback. Well, maybe he can try again with the acclaimed new meta drama Birdman, in which he plays an actor making a comeback of his own. Keaton is in need of a comeback after many years of such uncool gigs as playing Dad to Lindsay Lohan in Herbie: Fully Loaded and to Katie Holmes in First Daughter (in which he's also the president, at least). This is a guy who went from Batman to snowman in...
- Christopher Campbell
The show must go on without one of its professional dancers. Karina Smirnoff will not be performing on Dancing With the Stars tonight after suffering an injury during rehearsals on Sunday. Smirnoff, whose celebrity partner Randy Couture was eliminated from the ABC reality hit a few weeks ago, revealed the news on Twitter. "So sad I'm not able to perform tonight on the show," she wrote, along with posting a picture taken in the hospital. "Got hurt yesterday rehearsing. Now, some TLC and I'll be back stronger then ever! �� thank u for ur support, guys. Love u! @dancingabc." We're told Smirnoff injured her knee and wrist after falling during rehearsals, »
Wednesday night saw the New York premiere of “Addicted,” director Bille Woodruff’s adaptation of the popular erotic novel and ubiquitous subway reading material. Written by the prolific novelist Zane (aka Kristina Roberts), “Addicted” is the story of Zoe, a happily married woman battling a compulsive sexual disorder that drives her to continually seek out men who are not her husband for all sorts of carnal encounters.
The selling point here, of course, is that the sex scenes are graphic and plentiful. So it was a little awkward for star Boris Kodjoe to watch the film with his wife.
“It’s tough. We talked about it, she read the script, she’s an amazing actress, she’s been with Denzel (Washington), Eddie Murphy, she knows what it’s about. But still, it’s awkward,” he told Variety at the premiere’s afterparty at the Jade Hotel.
Kodjoe’s wife is actress Nicole Ari Parker, »
- Michael Tedder
Former Saturday Night Live costars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig reunite to play suicidal estranged siblings in the new movie The Skeleton Twins—which is and isn’t a comedy, according to EW’s favorable review. What is 100 percent pure comedy: Hader taking EW’s Pop Culture Personality Test.
Watch the video and read the transcript below to hear about his first celebrity crush, his first line of dialogue in a high school production, how he could tell if a writer was new to SNL, and what music failed to impress girls when he was young.
EW: Who was your first celebrity crush? »
- Mandi Bierly
Three-day weekends are an excuse to be lazy, kick back with a glass of wine (or five), and meander around the home in a constant state of bliss. Then again, that’s the life of a Real Housewife everyday of the week.
For the plebes of the world with a few days off from toil, this Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to catch up on the marathon of shows playing on television, that range from gross (Botched) to fecund (19 Kids and Counting) to a marathon that’s finally coming to an end (The Simpsons). EW has compiled a »
- Teresa Jue
Emmy Awards Recap
In addition to winning for Outstanding Comedy Series, Modern Family saw Ty Burrell win once again in the Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category for playing hapless father and real estate agent Phil Dunphy. Allison Janney won the Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series award for Mom. Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory) and Julia Louis Dreyfuss (Veep) won the lead comedic acting awards.
Outstanding Drama winner Breaking Bad saw Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn earn trophies – for Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Supporting Actor in a Drama series and Supporting Actress in a Drama series respectively – for their performances in the critically-acclaimed show’s final season. »
It's been a few years since we've heard anything about The Meat Puppet, for which one of the most eclectic casts we'd ever seen was assembled, but now the film has landed worldwide distribution and gotten itself some new artwork.
From the Press Release:
Valenti Vision Films and Silver Phoenix Entertainment, in association with Keith Collins Media Inc., are thrilled to announce the award-winning The Meat Puppet has been picked up for worldwide distribution by TomCat Films.
The Meat Puppet is looking to take a bite out of its competition around the globe now that TomCat Films is on board as its distributor. TomCat Films is primarily known for its genre and mockbuster titles (Aliens vs. Avatars, Thunderstorm: The Return of Thor, Agent Beetle) and is headed by sales and distribution veteran Ted Chalmers.
- Debi Moore
Hulu's seven-episode series "The Hotwives of Orlando" lampoons Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchises in exactly the right ways: The catchphrases, the melodrama, the sham marriages, and the frightening fights are all parodied with very close attention to detail. Creators Dannah Phirman and Danielle Schneider have a cast of game ladies in their Florida-set series, including Schneider herself (who plays Shauna Maducci, the "bankrupt overspender"), "Happy Endings"/"SNL" vet Casey Wilson as trophy wife Tawny St. John, Tymberlee Hill as Phenomenon "Phe Phe" Reed, Andrea Savage as cougar Veronica Von Vandervon, Angela Kinsey of "The Office" as religious zealot Crystal Simmons, and "30 Rock" vet Kristen Schaal as drug-addled former child star Amanda Simmons. HitFix caught a few minutes to interview Wilson, Hill, Savage, Schneider, and Phirman. Instead of asking them to name their favorite "Housewives" franchise or terrifying dream about Andy Cohen, we asked them to pick their favorite ladies from famous pop culture groups. »
- Louis Virtel
15 items from 2014
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