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Box Office Report: 'Die Hard' Wins Presidential Victory

17 February 2013 12:02 PM, PST

Winners Of The Week: Critic-Proof Movies. A Good Day to Die Hard earned some of the worst reviews in the Bruce Willis franchise's 25-year history, but that didn't stop it from debuting at Number One. According to studio estimates, it blew away moviegoers to the tune of $25.0 million from Friday to Sunday. Add to that its earnings from opening Thursday and its projected earnings on President's Day on Monday, that's an estimated $38.7 million debut. That's also below the $50 million experts had predicted for the five-day weekend, but hey, winning is winning. »

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'SNL' Host Christoph Waltz Plays 'Djesus Uncrossed' in Tarantino Spoof

17 February 2013 6:10 AM, PST

Spring Training began this week, which means Major League Baseball’s regular season is right around the corner. And while football, basketball, and hockey can get us through the cold months, nothing compares to America’s Pastime. Each baseball game is theater at its best, with the hope of greatness hung on each and every pitch. We watch for the drama and unpredictability. We suffer the losses. We celebrate the wins. But the fact is, not all wins are alike. There is another level.

Saturday Night Live is like a weekly baseball game. »

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Behind the Scenes: Lena Dunham's Rolling Stone Cover Shoot

15 February 2013 2:10 PM, PST

Lena Dunham graces the cover of this week's issue of Rolling Stone and, for her shoot, the Girls creator cuddled with fuzzy stuffed animals and a very real bunny. "When I found out I was going to be on the cover of Rolling Stone, I was incredibly excited," says Dunham. "[It's] like when you find out you're getting inducted in the Smithsonian Hall of Fame."

Cover Story Excerpt: How Lena Dunham Created the Funniest Show on TV

As the clip shows, the Golden Globe winner struck both tough and humorous poses in front of the camera, »

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'Star Wars' Spin-Off Appeals to Ewan McGregor

15 February 2013 6:45 AM, PST

The Force is strong with Ewan McGregor: The actor who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode I - III has expressed interest in a new stand-alone spin-off film about the Jedi master, MTV reports. McGregor, who played a younger Kenobi in the prequel trilogy, called the possible spin-off "a good idea" and even suggested a possible plot line.

'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back': Rolling Stone's 1980 Cover Story

"The only bit that I could get away with doing is after the last one I made, »

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'American Idol' Recap: And Then There Were 40

15 February 2013 6:15 AM, PST

It was the final day of Hollywood Week and there were 47 women angling for a spot in the top 20. In order to move from Hollywood to Las Vegas, the women had to sing for their lives (or at least for that part of their lives they wanted to spend on reality television). Contestants were given the choice of singing a song from a list of Idol-approved numbers or performing a royalty-free original song. Opting for the latter was 18-year-old Angela Miller, who easily earned herself a spot in the »

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Curtis 'Booger' Armstrong on His New Reality Show, 'King of the Nerds'

14 February 2013 2:05 PM, PST

Hardly a day goes by that someone doesn't stop Curtis Armstrong on the street and yell "Booger" – the name of the belching, nose-picking dweeb he played in all four Revenge of the Nerds movies. "This goes on all over the world," he tells Rolling Stone. "I've been called things in foreign tongues that I need help understanding. It usually translates into some word like 'mucus.'"

Rather than fight the public's love of his iconic character, Armstrong harnessed it for his latest project: the new TBS reality show King of the Nerds. »

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'Safe Haven' Is Hollywood's Latest Valentine's Day Massacre

14 February 2013 9:45 AM, PST

Peter Travers directs a big ol' "Damn you!" at Hollywood and Valentine's Day, because now February 14th marks the inevitable release of another film adaptation from the Nicholas Sparks canon. This year's offender is Safe Haven, which Travers calls "a torture to sit through." The movie stars Julianne Hough as a woman on the run from a psychopath. She ends up in a small town in North Carolina, where she meets and falls in love with a widower and father of two children played by Josh Duhamel. Travers runs down »

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Why the Og 'Die Hard' Still Rules

14 February 2013 9:00 AM, PST

Hands down, the original Die Hard is one of the greatest action movies ever made – it's relentlessly inventive, engaging and funny at the same time.

Review: A Good Day to Die Hard

Bruce Willis' John McClane is in the tradition of Sean Connery as James Bond and Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones – a hero who shows fear. He's a guy who is continually petrified by what's happening to him, but that doesn't keep him from pushing through it. And instead of making the hero smaller for the audience, it »

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'Nashville' Recap: Hot Mess

14 February 2013 8:30 AM, PST

"My husband asked me for a divorce and I have to go home and tell my children, which is really gonna ruin their lives; Deacon kissed me in an elevator; and I'm on tour with Juliette Barnes. So, cheers! My life is a hot mess right now," Rayna drunkenly lamented midway through last night's Nashville, which itself was a bit of a mess.

After a stellar pair of episodes chock-full of fistfights, affairs, divorce announcements and other shocking revelations, last night was an expository-laden disappointment. Not unlike the relationships that plague the show's characters, »

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'American Idol' Recap: Hollywood Week Begins for Women

14 February 2013 6:50 AM, PST

The most valuable lesson we learned from last night's Girls Only competition on American Idol was that Gotye is no one's friend. The evening's competition consisted of a sudden-death a cappella performance, followed by the dreaded group round. In short, it was just like boys week, but slightly higher pitched. However, Ryan Seacrest warned that there would be "massive cuts," because there were more girls than guys. 

'American Idol': Rolling Stone's Complete Coverage

After 72 contestants made it through the sudden-death solo rounds, we saw group after group felled »

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Nicki Minaj's Excellent Judgment

14 February 2013 6:00 AM, PST

Why is Nicki Minaj the best judge American Idol has ever had? It's deceptively simple: She is the only judge in Idol history who ever had the chance to see the show before she got famous. So she knows what it's like to watch Idol as a fan. Minaj comes off as sincere and devoid of bullshit, zeroing in on the right contestants. She seems like the smartest person in the room, even though she's a nonstop cartoon montage of candy-colored wigs, space-hooker costumes and ridiculous accents.

Minaj is the »

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Judd Apatow on Chasing Bruce Springsteen and Pete Townshend

13 February 2013 10:25 AM, PST

Judd Apatow may be one of the biggest and funniest producers in Hollywood, but the man behind Freaks and Geeks, Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and so many more hits is no different than many in that he still is harboring his rock star dreams.

"The best part of making movies for me is it gives me an excuse to talk to Fiona Apple or Lindsey Buckingham, or Norah Jones," he told Rolling Stone. "It's really, really the biggest treat for me."

Taking advantage of that access, Apatow worked with Jackson Browne, »

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'Revenge' Recap: Imperfect Unions

11 February 2013 7:00 AM, PST

Congratulations Jack and Amanda! You have a baby, you just got married, you're free from debt and, despite the fact that your entire relationship is built on a massive lie, you established a loving and honest relationship. It's a shame that all this happiness means that one of you is doomed to die soon. Everything is in place: you're on a honeymoon boat trip, you took an adorable picture of yourselves before setting sail and we already know that the Amanda sinks over Labor Day weekend. Sorry kids. If there »

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'Girls' Recap: The Moment You Drop It in, The Moment You Run

11 February 2013 5:20 AM, PST

I guess you might call this week's installment of Girls something of a bottle episode. You also might call it the worst episode of Girls ever. No, no, I take that back. It wasn't the worst. It was just the worst compared to the show’s previous two baller episodes. To go from Girls' fantastic coke ep to these airless erotic monkeyshines seems like a step back. On the other hand, looks like we found out why Ray is homeless! Turns out, he has an anger problem and terrible social skills, »

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'Walking Dead' Premiere Recap: Blood Is Thicker Than Water

11 February 2013 4:00 AM, PST

Where we left off: Michonne led Rick and his gang to Woodbury to rescue Glenn and Maggie. We barely got to know Oscar but then he bit the big one while Rick was busy hallucinating his former bestie Shane. Michonne shoved a shard of broken glass into The Governor's eye and killed his zombie daughter, Penny. We met a new bunch of survivors when their leader Tyrese brought them to the prison, which apparently never had a back wall. (What?) The Governor captured Daryl and set him up for a »

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'Downton Abbey' Recap: You're Out

10 February 2013 8:05 PM, PST

All you really need to know about this week's double-sized episode of Downton Abbey you can learn from Cousin Rose – or, as I like to call her, "Cousin Oliver: Downton Edition." Less a character than a human mash-up of the Roaring Twenties and Taylor Swift in the "I Knew You Were Trouble" video, she's an obvious attempt to fill the gap of youth and beauty opened by the demise of Sybil and the departure of Jessica Brown Findlay. (Good luck with that!) Yet without her, we wouldn't have gotten that »

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