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Weekend Box Office: 'Furious 7' Cruises to Top Spot

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Jake Coyle, AP Film Writer

New York (AP) - "Furious 7" had enough left in the tank to top "The Age of Adaline" and lead the box office for a fourth straight week.

The Universal action film made an estimated $18.3 million in North American theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The film has had little competition to challenge its juggernaut status throughout April.

The Blake Lively fantasy romance "The Age of Adaline" was the only new wide release of the weekend, and it came in third with $13.4 million. The Sony comedy "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" held up stronger than expected to earn $15.5 million in its second week of release.

Russell Crowe's directorial debut "The Water Diviner" opened in limited release, making $1.3 million in 320 locations.

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- The Associated Press

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9 Things We Want to See on 'Fuller House'

24 April 2015 10:30 AM, PDT

Everyone's buzzing about the announcement of Netflix's "Full House" sequel series "Fuller House," and as details continue to roll in about the upcoming show, we're getting pretty darn excited ourselves.

We don't know too much so far, but TV Line confirmed a recent interview with John Stamos that said: Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, and Andrea Barber will reprise their original roles in the spinoff. Bure is the "Danny" of the new series: D.J. is widowed, has two sons (a rebellious 12-year-old and a neurotic 7-year-old) and she's pregnant. Aspiring singer Stephanie seems to be cut from the same cloth as Uncle Jesse. And single mom Kimmy Gibbler, who has a teen daughter, is the sassy best friend, just like Joey.

The remaining cast members haven't been confirmed, although negotiations are in progress... We're curious to see how the lives of the beloved Tanner and company will play out »

- Alana Altmann

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Meet Marvel's Avengers: An 'Age of Ultron' Character Guide

24 April 2015 10:00 AM, PDT

There are roughly 10,000 characters in Marvel's superhero smorgasbord "Avengers: Age of Ultron," opening May 1st nationwide. The sequel to the $1 billion+ grossing "Avengers" sees the super team facing down the evil robot Ultron and his ever-growing army of robotic doppelgängers. But if you haven't kept up with the various superhero standalone movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we wanted to make sure you knew who was who going into "Avengers: Age of Ultron." So behold, our handy guide.

This should bring you up to speed on who is who and what they've been up to, in the events leading up to "Age of Ultron" (and in "Age of Ultron" itself). There are minor spoilers, so if you're squeamish, beware. But, ultimately, this is supposed to be a tool to educate and entertain and remind you who, exactly, is punching whom. Excelsior! »

- Drew Taylor

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'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Is Already a Big Box Office Hit Overseas

24 April 2015 9:20 AM, PDT

Who's surprised? Anyone? Bueller? Box office expectations couldn't be much higher for "Avengers: Age of Ultron," which opens in the U.S. on May 1, but has already made big money in international markets. According to Variety, the superhero sequel made $44.8 million in 26 territories in its first two days, with first-place finishes in all of them. Here are a few of the breakdowns they shared:

o. U.K.: $5.4 million -- 54 percent more than for "Iron Man 3" and 40 percent more than "Avengers."

o. South Korea: $4.9 million, with a 96% share and 173% above "Avengers."

o. France: $4.4 million

o. Russia: $3.7 million

o. Brazil: $3.4 million

o. Australia: $3.4 million

o. Philippines: $2.8 million

o. Taiwan: $2.6 million

That's just a small sample and it's just from the first two days. Meanwhile, keep an eye on the U.S. opening weekend numbers next week, because the bar is pretty high -- "Age of Ultron" is expected to earn more than $200 million. »

- Gina Carbone

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'Grey's Anatomy' Ratings Rise for Major Death, But Will They Drop Next Week?

24 April 2015 8:50 AM, PDT

It's one thing to get big numbers for a "shocking" episode, but what happens if fans are so turned off by the big event that they don't stay tuned to see what happens next? "Grey's Anatomy" may or may not find out next week. Will just as many (or even more?) fans watch to see the fallout from Dr. Derek Shepherd's (Patrick Dempsey) death or give up on the show in protest?

At any rate, ABC seems pretty happy right now, since Thursday's big episode gave "Grey's" the biggest audience since the September 2014 Season 11 premiere. Last night's show averaged a 2.8 rating/10 share in that all-important 18-49 demographic, with 9.4 million viewers overall in the 8 p.m. hour. "Grey's" was up 33 percent in 18-49 from last week and, ABC crowed, the drama was also up "sharply" over its year-ago May sweeps telecast in the 9 p.m. hour (7.7 million and 2.3/7 on 4/24/14) in viewers »

- Gina Carbone

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See the Sexy First Photo From 'Fifty Shades Darker'

24 April 2015 8:08 AM, PDT

This is quite a hot-and-heavy week for "Fifty Shades" news. On Thursday, Universal Pictures revealed the release dates for the second and third movies in the "Fifty Shades" trilogy. The second movie, "Fifty Shades Darker," is scheduled for February 10, 2017. The third movie, "Fifty Shades Freed," is scheduled for February 9, 2018.

On Friday, Universal shared the first image from "Fifty Shades Darker" - the photo shown (via AccessHollywood.com) of Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey, preparing for more masked action. (He's an S&M superhero!)

The whole "Fifty Shades" mania started because of author E.L. James, and her own husband, Niall Leonard, was hired to write the script for "Darker." If you're interested in getting caught up, the first movie, "Fifty Shades of Grey," is coming out on DVD/Blu-ray on May 8. »

- Gina Carbone

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Netflix Defends Adam Sandler's 'Ridiculous' Script After Native American Actors Walk Out

24 April 2015 7:12 AM, PDT

Adam Sandler is making a comedy for Netflix called "The Ridiculous Six" and the streaming service is standing by their man in the wake of new controversy. According to Indian Country Today Media Network (Ictmn), about a dozen Native-American actors and actresses, plus the Native cultural adviser, left the set of "The Ridiculous Six" on Wednesday when they saw how the script appeared to insult Native women and elders. To quote the story:

The examples of disrespect included Native women's names such as Beaver's Breath and No Bra, an actress portraying an Apache woman squatting and urinating while smoking a peace pipe, and feathers inappropriately positioned on a teepee."

One of the men who walked off the set said he had initially refused to do the movie, but agreed to take the job when producers told him they had hired a cultural consultant and would make efforts to portray Natives in a tasteful way. »

- Gina Carbone

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Robert Downey Jr. Walks Out on Reporter, Throws Shade on Instagram (Video)

24 April 2015 7:07 AM, PDT

Where is the line when it comes to interviewing celebrities? Robert Downey Jr. and the cast of "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" are on the press circuit right now, going through interview after interview. On the other side, so are the reporters. Both sides may be bored with the same questions over and over. For the journalists, part of the job is to try and come up with a question or angle that isn't the same old, "What was it like working on this movie vs. the last one?" They are not working for the movie studios, so it's not their jobs to sell the product. But you also have to respect the star's privacy and recognize that they are there to promote a specific project, not open their personal lives for your headline.

A lot of fans are currently backing Rdj for walking out of an uncomfortable interview with Channel 4's Krishnan Guru-Murthy, »

- Gina Carbone

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Bruce Jenner Tells Diane Sawyer '2015 Is Gonna Be Quite a Ride'

24 April 2015 6:30 AM, PDT

Diane Sawyer is speaking out about her eagerly awaited interview with Bruce Jenner. "I think we can all agree that some stories can only be told by the person who lives them. He wants to speak directly tonight, so I'm going to let him say what he wants to say," Diane said on "Good Morning America." ABC released new clips from the interview where Bruce reveals the one question that she wants Diane to ask him. »

- Moviefone Staff

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Film Critic Richard Corliss, 71, Dies After Major Stroke

24 April 2015 6:25 AM, PDT

Richard Corliss -- Time magazine's witty, passionate, and highly influential critic for the past 35 years -- died Thursday, April 23 in New York City, after suffering a major stroke last week. He was 71. Time editor Nancy Gibbs shared a letter to staff on Friday morning, and it was further posted on the magazine's site:

It is with great sorrow that I tell you that Richard Corliss died last night, following a stroke.

It's painful to try to find words, since Richard was such a master of them. They were his tools, his toys, to the point that it felt sometimes as though he had to write, like the rest of us breathe and eat and sleep. It's not clear that Richard ever slept, for the sheer expanse of his knowledge and writing defies the normal contours of professional life.

Everyone who had the pleasure of working with him has stories of his kindness, »

- Gina Carbone

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10 Ways YouTube Has Changed the Way We Watch TV

24 April 2015 6:00 AM, PDT

It's hard to believe that YouTube is just 10 years old. It seems like it's been around forever, and it's difficult to recall how we ever lived without it.

Nonetheless, it was only 10 years ago this week, on April 23, 2005, that YouTube posted its first user-uploaded video. (It was a 19-second clip called "Me at the Zoo," uploaded by site co-creator Jawed Karim, showing him commenting on his own visit to the elephant exhibit at the San Diego Zoo. It's been viewed 19 million times.)

Today, YouTube seems a ubiquitous part of our lives. But whether you post your own videos or simply watch those made by others, you're adding to the growth of a platform that has forever altered the formerly passive way we used to watch television. Here are 10 ways YouTube has changed what we watch and how we watch it.

Streaming. There was streaming video before YouTube, but it was »

- Gary Susman

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Michiel Huisman Facts: 11 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the 'Game of Thrones' Star

24 April 2015 4:30 AM, PDT

From the Netherlands to the U.S. to Meereen, Michiel Huisman is capturing audiences one continent at a time.

While Huisman is best known as Daario Naharis on "Game of Thrones," the Dutch actor began his career in local TV and film before traveling stateside and becoming a mainstay in HBO's "Treme." Today, Huisman continues to win hearts in "Game of Thrones," and now he's starring opposite Blake Lively in the fantasy romance "The Age of Adaline."

From his early roles to his naughty proposition, here are 11 things you probably don't know about Michiel Huisman.

[Sources: IMDb, Wikipedia] »

- Jonny Black

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Watch Terry Crews Own Vanessa Carlton's 'A Thousand Miles' on 'Lip Sync Battle'

24 April 2015 4:05 AM, PDT

Is there nothing Terry Crews can't do? Pec flexing, cheeky comedy, high kicks, rhythmic gymnastics, faux piano playing; his "Lip Sync Battle" performance has everything. Watch Crews's heartwarming, ribbon twirling rendition of "A Thousand Miles" by Vanessa Carlton, then let your jaw hit the floor as Mike Tyson (!) pulls out all the stops for "Push It" By Salt-n-Pepa. Who wins? You'll have to watch -- and giggle uncontrollably -- to find out. »

- Tim Hayne

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Sawyer Sweeten of 'Everybody Loves Raymond' Dead at 19

24 April 2015 3:46 AM, PDT

New York (AP) - Sawyer Sweeten (L), who played one of Ray Romano's twin sons in the CBS comedy "Everybody Loves Raymond," has died. He was 19.

Sweeten committed suicide, his sister Madylin Sweeten, said in a statement. There were no other details. Madylin, and Sawyer's twin brother Sullivan, all played the children in the sitcom's fictional Barone family.

The hit comedy aired for nine seasons before ending in 2005. Sawyer Sweeten was a toddler when the series began.

In a statement Madylin, who is four years older than Sawyer, said the family was requesting privacy.

"We beg of you to reach out to the ones that you love," she said. "Let them have no doubt of what they mean to you."

The comedy tended to focus on the fractured family dynamics of the sportswriter character Romano played, his parents and younger brother. The children were rarely more than an afterthought in the plots. »

- The Associated Press

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The 21 Most Un-Fur-Gettable Disney Movie Cats

24 April 2015 2:00 AM, PDT

Is it already Hairball Awareness Day again? April 25th always rolls around so fast. It hardly seems like a year has gone by since the last time we were urged to groom our cats carefully and monitor their diets so that they'll be less likely to choke on hairballs. This year, however, Moviefone feels inspired to celebrate in a different way, via the Walt Disney Pictures studio.

For 75 years, the movie studio usually associated with mice has nonetheless been at the forefront of introducing memorable cats into pop culture. Some are heroic, some villainous. Some are animated, some are live-action. Some are house pets, some are big jungle cats, and some are both. Some speak, and some are as eloquently silent as real-life cats. And none of them seems to worry much about hairballs.

Here, then, is a history of Disney movie cats extensive enough to scratch the itch of any Disney cat fancier. »

- Gary Susman

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Best of Late Night TV: Chris Evans Plays Flip Cup and Robert Downey Jr. Shares First Photo of His New Baby (Video)

23 April 2015 11:48 PM, PDT

If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.

There's nothing better than a game of Flip Cup on "The Tonight Show," and this week was sibling-themed. Yep, Jimmy Fallon and his sister teamed up against Chris and Scott Evans! We won't tell you who won, but please -- this is Captain America we're talking about.

Robert Downey Jr. is a new dad, and get this -- he shared the first public photo of his daughter, Avri, on "Late Night with David Letterman." So. Cute! (All babies should be required to wear yellow bonnets.)

Time for another edition of Lie Witness News! This time, Jimmy Kimmel sent his crew to the streets of L.A. and asked people »

- Mehera Bonner

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Recap of 'The Blacklist' Season 2 Episode 19: Leonard Caul

23 April 2015 4:47 PM, PDT

Last time "The Blacklist" gifted us with its presence, Red was shot full of bullets and left to die on the streets of Washington D.C., which -- by the way -- is clearly the least safe city ever. Obviously, Red isn't dead (don't be crazy), but he does spend most of this episode unconscious and totally fedora-less -- giving Elizabeth Keen a chance to find his attempted-killer and finally discover what The Fulcrum is. In other words: this is a great episode full of huge reveals!

Reddington Gets The Star Treatment From Liz's Ex-Boyfriends (That's Boyfriends, Plural)

Red can't be whisked to the nearest ER (might have something to do with the fact that he's a wanted criminal), but he has a contingency plan in effect for near death situations -- which brings us to Mr. Kaplan. This well-dressed crime scene cleaner springs into action with a crew of doctors, »

- Mehera Bonner

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9 Things You Need to Know About the 'Entourage' Movie

23 April 2015 1:00 PM, PDT

The gang is back in the "Entourage" movie, which picks up about seven months after the series finale and finds everyone living a whole lot larger with Ari (Jeremy Piven) running a studio and Vince (Adrian Grenier) directing his first movie. That's Hollywood.

Last year, we were invited to "Turtle's Malibu beach house" set, where we chatted with stars Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, and director Doug Ellin. Here's the vital info we learned about the big-screen baller reunion, which hits theaters June 3rd.

1. Vince is now a director.

The movie is called "Hyde," a modern-day version of "Jekyll and Hyde," where Dr. Hyde is a Tony Stark-style genius chemist "with a dark side," according to production designer Chase Harlan. E is producing, Vince is directing, and Drama's got a small role. "The guys have a lot riding on this new movie, and because it's Ari's first movie at the studio, »

- Sharon Knolle

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Tyler Perry Joins 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2'

23 April 2015 10:15 AM, PDT

Tyler Perry is adding yet another eclectic role to his idiosyncratic acting career, joining the cast of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2."

Perry, creator of the wacky "Madea" series and recent co-star in "Gone Girl," is set to play Baxter Stockman, who, as The Hollywood Reporter explains, is one of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"'s "major villains" and "a scientist who first creates the Mousers, a line of rat-destroying machines. Later he becomes a cyborg." He takes over the role from actor K. Todd Freeman, who made a brief appearance as Stockman in the 2014 flick.

Perry joins fellow new addition Stephen Amell, who's playing classic "Turtles" character Casey Jones in the follow-up. Will Arnett and Megan Fox are reprising their roles from the reboot.

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2" is due out on June 3, 2016.

[via: The Hollywood Reporter]

Photo credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez via Getty Images »

- Katie Roberts

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Syfy Announces the Full 'Sharknado 3' Cast and Premiere Info

23 April 2015 9:45 AM, PDT

The third installment in the so-silly-it's-awesome "Sharknado" series now has its final lineup and is getting a special premiere week slate of programming, which Syfy announced on Thursday.

"Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!" (love the subtitle) reunites viewers with original stars Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, who are reprising their roles as estranged spouses/sharknado survivors Fin and April. Joining them this time around is original "Sharknado" star Cassie Scerbo (who sat out last summer's "Sharknado 2: The Second One"), along with some new faces: David Hasselhoff (playing Fin's father, Gil), Bo Derek (April's mother, May), Ryan Newman (taking over the part of April and Fin's daughter, Claudia Shepard, from original star and current "Nashville" cast member Aubrey Peeples), and Jack Griffo (Claudia's friend, Billy).

Those main characters join previously-announced cameos from a random assortment of "stars" (we use that term lightly), including Mark Cuban (President of the United »

- Katie Roberts

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