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Box Office Report: 'Breaking Dawn Part 2' Falls Shy of 'Twilight' Record

18 November 2012 12:22 PM, PST

Winner Of The Week: Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. Okay, Steven Spielberg's Lincoln didn't exactly take an ax to the massive grosses of Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2, but it still took a bigger-than-expected bite out of the weekend box office. After last weekend's impressive limited-release debut, the biopic expanded wide and raked in an estimated $21.0 million, good for third place. Not too shabby, considering that the Daniel Day-Lewis movie had pundits predicting a gross as low as $11 million. But his much-buzzed-about performance drew grown-up audiences who might otherwise have poked »

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'SNL' Makes Hay With Petraeus Affair

18 November 2012 5:30 AM, PST

Saturday Night Live is the perfect end-of-the-week pick-me-up for anyone who’s had a tough couple of days. Whether work’s got you down, family issues won’t go away or you feel like the whole country’s on your case, tuning in to NBC on any given Saturday night is sure to provide you with a chuckle or two.

Unless, that is, you’re General David Petraeus.

Even if he’s a huge fan of host Jeremy Renner or last night's musical guest, the monochrome-outfitted Maroon 5, the disgraced »

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J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke on Led Zeppelin and 'Revolution'

17 November 2012 7:25 AM, PST

In anticipation of this week's episode of NBC's Revolution, the show's producers, J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke, sat down to talk about using the music of Led Zeppelin in their post-apocalyptic drama.

"You have no idea what a big Zeppelin fan I am," Kripke, the show's creator, says.

"When Eric pitched the show, he was like, 'I just want to do a show that has Led Zeppelin music in it.' That was basically his pitch," Abrams adds. "That was it, and we're like, we're in."

The November 19th episode »

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Missouri Man Charged With Plotting 'Twilight' Theater Shooting

16 November 2012 2:10 PM, PST

A 20-year-old Missouri man has been arrested and charged with plotting a movie theater shooting this weekend at a screening of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part Two, which opened today, the Springfield News-Leader reports. Blaec Lammers has been charged with first-degree assault, making a terroristic threat and armed criminal action after his mother called authorities with concerns that her son had purchased firearms and was plotting a similar movie theater shooting to the Aurora, Colorado massacre in July during the opening night of The Dark Knight Rises.

Police apprehended Lammers in Bolivar, »

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Kristen Stewart Sexes Up 'On the Road' Trailer

16 November 2012 11:50 AM, PST

Jack Kerouac's On the Road is an American classic, but the trailer for Walter Salles' film adaptation is, well, something else. Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Garret Hedlund, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen all star in the slick big-screen version, and the lively look in Stewart's eyes – and the amount of skin on display – are unusual for the Twilight actress. On the Road opens December 21st. »

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Travers: 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2' Only 'Marginally Better' Than Previous Installments

16 November 2012 8:15 AM, PST

There may be other movies released this week, but the fervor around the conclusion of the Twilight series overshadows those other films. "There's something inside my heart that gladens me inside when I know it's over. I never have to see another Twilight movie," says Peter Travers. "They've been so torturous." Breaking Dawn Part 2 follows what Travers calls "the worst of the Twilight movies," but does it deliver a satisfying finale to the series?

It escapes total scorn, as Travers notes this entry is "the first one that seems even remotely alive, »

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Taylor Swift Debuts 'State of Grace' During 'X Factor' Double Elimination

16 November 2012 7:10 AM, PST

Ok, what the hell, America? You really thought Lyric 145 and Jennel Garcia deserved to go home more than CeCe Frey, Arin Ray or Paige Thomas? We'd rather assume there are some serious shenanigans going down behind the scenes of The X Factor than believe that viewers purposefully committed such a heinous crime against humanity. But, as we work through the five stages of grief, we now accept that this is why the state of music is the way it is these days. 

During a double elimination, our lady Lyric Da Queen »

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Quentin Tarantino Digs Up Extras for Retrospective Box Set

16 November 2012 6:00 AM, PST

To mark the first 20 years of his career, director and filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has chosen eight films to include in Tarantino Xx, a Blu-ray box set featuring his most definitive work. Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds are all highlighted in this 10-disc set, along with critical discussions and other extra material. In this bonus clip, Tarantino reveals some of his early inspirations. "One of the . . . things that really helped me as far as just cinematic stuff in »

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Aaron Sorkin Shares Details of Steve Jobs Biopic

16 November 2012 5:30 AM, PST

Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic will comprise three key scenes from the late entrepreneur's life, Sorkin said yesterday at "The Hero Summit" hosted by Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

Sorkin said he will focus on the creation of the Mac; NeXT, the company Jobs founded in 1985 after leaving Apple; and the creation of the iPod. He said he wants to end the movie with an early Apple ad that showed famous figures from pop culture, including Albert Einstei, John Lennon, Gandhi, Muhammad Ali and Amelia Earhart, and opened with the phrase, »

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L.A. Reid Declares Possible 'X Factor' Winner

15 November 2012 7:30 AM, PST

They kept calling it Diva Night on The X Factor, but it was more like Battle of the Sob Stories. Financial hardship, superstorm Sandy, a heroic kitten rescue and a mother who tragically died in a car crash on Christmas Eve were all contenders. Yup, a week after Jason Brock was sent back into oblivion and the surprising leaderboard rankings were revealed, the top 12 busted out the tissues before doing their best diva impressions to avoid falling victim to tonight's double elimination.

Piggybacking on reports that one of the guys »

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'Nashville' Recap: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

15 November 2012 7:30 AM, PST

Rayna got blackout drunk, Avery got dumped, Juliette got grounded and Teddy got a good 10 feet closer to the gates of personal political hell on last night's Nashville. Given three key characters we met in this episode, let's call it the good, the bad and the ugly.

First, the good: Sean Butler, a lackluster NFL rookie quarterback with a Tebow-esque heart of gold. Juliette meets the wholesome jock at a fundraiser he's hosting for zoo animals. Juliette, off-and-on ice queen that she is, hates animals – "If any of these adorable »

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Liz Lemon Getting Married on '30 Rock'

15 November 2012 7:20 AM, PST

Save the date, because Liz Lemon is finally tying the knot: NBC announced that 30 Rock's heroine/bumbling bachelorette, played by creator Tina Fey, will wed in an upcoming episode set to air on November 29th, The Associated Press reports.

After trail of boyfriends stretching over seven seasons and ranging from bad (Dean Winters' self proclaimed Beeper King, Dennis Duffy) to just plain weird (Jon Hamm's hook-handed Dr. Drew Baird), Lemon will join in holy matrimony with Crisstopher Rick Chross (James Marsden), an aspiring entrepreneur with an organic gourmet hot dog truck. »

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James Franco Is the Wonderful Wizard in New 'Oz' Trailer

15 November 2012 6:55 AM, PST

In Sam Raimi's upcoming movie Oz the Great and Powerful, James Franco stars as Oscar Diggs, a Kansas magician/hustler, who gets whisked away to a strange land familiar to most movie watchers: Oz. In this new trailer for the Wizard of Oz prequel, you can get a fresh look at the flying monkeys, magic and, of course, munchkins that await Diggs on his journey to becoming the Wonderful Wizard himself. The film also stars Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams as the three witches who send Diggs »

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'American Horror Story: Asylum' Recap: Instincts Are Everything

14 November 2012 8:05 PM, PST

So it wasn't Anne Frank after all. Or Was It? No, I don't believe it was. And Yet. Before we learn the "true" identity of Anne, however, Sister Jude pays a visit to Mr. Goodman, a kindly Jewish gentleman who I believe is a trained assassin. He explains Operation Paper Clip, a great plan that involved bringing Nazi scientists to America to mutilate our nation's Chloe Sevignys in a windowless room. Or to build rockets or something, I don't know.

"Instincts are everything. We ignore them at our peril," Goodman tells Jude, »

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Team Cee Lo Is 'Stayin' Alive' on 'The Voice'

14 November 2012 6:50 AM, PST

Last night, as host Carson Daly doled out somber pronouncements about which contestants America saved and which, as a nation, they eliminated, viewers of The Voice were treated to some upbeat musical revues pairing teams with their coaches. Cee Lo Green, trading on the easy falsettos of his all-male team, gunned for pure camp with the Bee Gee's "Stayin' Alive," which he anchored in Elvis-inspired western wear in the form of a satin sweatsuit. Flanked by cowboy Cody Belew in a butterfly collar, Trevin Hunte in an afro wig and »

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Tarantino, Spielberg, Del Toro Deflect 'Star Wars' Director Rumors

13 November 2012 9:25 AM, PST

Guillermo del Toro is the latest director to deflect rumors that he was in line to direct the upcoming Star Wars sequels, joining Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino and others who say they're not involved.

"You know, I saw it on the Internet, but I haven’t approached them, they haven’t formally approached me," del Toro told Fanhattan (he reportedly emphasized the "formally"). "I mean, I heard some rumblings, but to me it's really – I have so many projects to discuss or think about. [For] something that is not a possibility yet, »

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'Sons of Anarchy' Is Hamlet in Black Leather

13 November 2012 8:00 AM, PST

The most spectacularly violent moment on Sons of Anarchy all year has no bikes, no guns, not even blood – just a conversation between a boy and his mother. Jax, the blond baby-face biker-gang leader, is plotting revenge against his stepdad, Clay. So he sends matriarch Gemma as a honey trap to get the dirt on her estranged husband, slipping back into his bed until "the dirty secrets start to flow." He doesn't pull a gun on his mama; he doesn't have to. (She doesn't exactly have the leverage to complain, »

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Trevin Hunte Leads 'The Voice' Top 12 With Second Michael Bolton Cover

13 November 2012 6:40 AM, PST

After several weeks of showstoppers from Trevin Hunte and Amanda Brown on The Voice, last night's run up to the semi-finals elimination round put a few more maybes into play. Of the dozen performances, there were some surprises, but hardly a standout. Post-teen eye candy Dez Duron, Hunte and Brown were the only performers that trended on Twitter by name, rather than by song title, which confirms that people remember who they are – and could be an indication of whom America will vote off the island. Hunte might have eked out a lead, »

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'Revolution' to Feature Two Led Zeppelin Songs

12 November 2012 2:55 PM, PST

NBC's post-apocalyptic drama Revolution will feature two Led Zeppelin tracks in an upcoming episode to mark the release of the band's live album/DVD Celebration Day, the Associated Press reports. "Kashmir," which Rolling Stone readers recently voted the fourth best Led Zeppelin song of all time, and "Since I've Been Loving You" will be included in the November 19th episode. Revolution is produced in association with Warner Bros. Television, while Led Zeppelin is signed with Warner Music Group's publishing arm, making the licensing an easier deal for the normally reticent rockers. »

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Johnny Depp: The Last Buccaneer

12 November 2012 2:25 PM, PST

On a recent summer afternoon, Johnny Depp walks into a luxury suite at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. Oddly, he is dressed like a pirate. A faded paisley do-rag is tied around his head. Smaller strips of cloth are braided into his hair, and he has gold caps on several teeth. His loose white T-shirt, with its blue horizontal stripes, maybe more sailor than pirate, but it's definitely in the nautical family.

We should note that Depp has not come directly from the set of his latest film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest »

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