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‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2’ Soars to $300 Million Worldwide
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” is crossing the $300 million mark on Wednesday.
The finale of Jennifer Lawrence’s four-film franchise has hit $122.5 million in the domestic market in its first five days while 87 international markets have delivered about $170 million. “Mockingjay 2” began opening in some foreign territories on Nov. 18.
With the five-day Thanksgiving holiday on the horizon in the U.S., “Mockingjay 2” grossed $11.3 million on Tuesday at 4,175 locations, up an impressive 33% from Monday. It debuted to $102.7 million last weekend for the fifth best opening of 2015 — and the lowest of the four movies in the franchise.
“Mockingjay — Part 2” and Disney’s “The Good Dinosaur” are expected to battle for first place over the long weekend. “Mockingjay — Part 1” opened last year on the weekend before Thanksgiving with $121.9 million and declined 32% to $82.7 million over the five days, so if “Part 2” performs similarly, it should have a five-day weekend at about $68 million.
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- Dave McNary
7 Huge Reveals From Marvel's First 'Captain America: Civil War' Trailer
On Jimmy Kimmel Tuesday, the first full trailer for Captain America: Civil War dropped, setting Marvel fans into a furious frenzy of Phase 3 analysis and speculation. Have you watched the trailer in its entirety yet? Ok, okay. Here it is again. But as soon as we hit that triple-hero battle in the final frames of this glorious Civil War trailer, we knew we needed to start pulling out all of the juicy developments that co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo decided to reveal in this 2 minute and 30 second blitz. Without further ado, here are the moments that grabbed us by the star-spangled collar. What did You see? Bucky Remembers Cap! Finally! The man who was The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) is back to being the childhood bestie of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). He even remembers how Cap used to stuff newspaper in his shoes! Adorable. The only problem is, the actions »
Ryan Gosling Orbiting Damien Chazelle's Neil Armstrong Movie at Universal?
Exclusive: Universal’s Neil Armstrong biopic First Man is still being written and still being developed, but I’m hearing that Ryan Gosling is being courted to play the famed astronaut for Whiplash helmer Damien Chazelle, who is directing a script by Spotlight scribe Josh Singer. There is a natural symmetry here, as Chazelle and Gosling are currently together making La La Land, the musical film set in contemporary Los Angeles and starring Gosling as a jazz pianist and Emma… »
Are 'The Walking Dead,' 'Leftovers' Risking Viewer Loyalty With Cliffhangers?
Forgive loyal TV viewers lately if they’re beginning to feel like Charlie Brown, with writers of their favorite series playing the role of Lucy, tantalizingly dangling a football in front of them, only to snatch it away.
Certainly, “The Walking Dead” has played a version of that game, based on recent events (and Spoiler Alert for those who aren’t caught up). Not only did the series strongly imply the death of a significant character, Glenn (Steven Yeun), on screen, but then compounded that by removing his name from the credits and issuing an extremely cryptic statement about his future via the program’s companion discussion show, “The Talking Dead.”
In that same on-air forum, guest Damon Lindelof noted that one would hope “Dead’s” producers weren’t engaging in “a shenanigan,” a rather quaint way of saying that someone has pulled a devious trick. Yet Lindelof could easily be accused of the same, »
- Brian Lowry
Box Office: 'Creed' Punches Up Record $1.4 Million on Tuesday, Edges 'The Good Dinosaur'
New Line-mgm’s “Creed” scored an industry record for previews on a pre-Thanksgiving Tuesday night. Disney-Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” is just ahead of the $1.2 million start for Disney’s mega-hit “Frozen” two years ago and just behind the “Big Hero 6” opening last year.
Fox’s “Victor Frankenstein” opened with a modest $175,000 at 2,100 locations in Tuesday night previews.
“Creed,” the seventh entry in the “Rocky” franchise stars Sylvester Stallone as the trainer of the son (Michael B. Jordan) of his opponent-turned-friend Apollo Creed. It’s forecast to bring in around $35 million over the five-day holiday at 3,350 theaters.
“The Good Dinosaur,” which opens at about 3,600 locations, focuses on the friendship between a dinosaur and a caveboy in an alternate universe. With “Inside Out” having opened in June, “Dinosaur” represents the first time two Pixar movies »
- Dave McNary
Fox News Contributor Katherine Timpf Receives Death Threats for Mocking ‘Star Wars’ Fans
Hopefully the force is with Katherine Timpf — because a lot of people appear to have it out for her. Fox News contributor Timpf claims that she has received death threats after making fun of “Star Wars” fans on Fox’s late-night offering “Red Eye.” In an essay for the National Review, Timpf says she cracked wise about “Star Wars” fans, joking, “I have never had any interest in watching space nerds poke each other with their little space nerd sticks, and I’m not going to start now,” as well as,”Yesterday I tweeted something, and all I said was that I wasn’t familiar. »
- Tim Kenneally
Adam Sandler Unveils New ‘Chanukah Song’ (Video)
Adam Sandler has released a new version of his comedy classic “Chanukah Song.” First debuting the tune on “Saturday Night Live” in 1994, Sandler uses the song as a way to praise prominent Jewish celebrities. This time around, he gives shout-outs to Scarlett Johansson, Shia Labeouf, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Seth Rogen. He also honored the founders of Google and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. See video: Adam Sandler's 'Ridiculous Six' First Trailer Introduces a Goofy Gang of Multicultural Brothers “Jared from Subway: f–k, a Jew/But guess who’s Jewish and can fix him? Loveline’s Dr. Drew,” Sandler sang, »
- Joe Otterson
‘Empire’ Teases Rosie O’Donnell’s Role as Cookie’s Former Cell Mate (Video)
Rosie O’Donnell will appear on this week’s episode of “Empire” as Cookie’s former cellmate, Pepper. In a clip from the episode, Pepper leads Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) and her sister Candace (guest star Vivica A. Fox) through a rough neighborhood as they search for their missing sister, Carol. Pepper also tells Cookie that all the other women from their prison days miss Cookie and speak of her often when they write. Cookie refers to her former prison mates as “true sisters,” throwing some definite shade at Candace because of their strained relationship. Also Read: 'Empire's' Adam Rodriguez »
- Joe Otterson
Alicia Vikander on ‘The Danish Girl’ Audition: ‘I Don’t Think I’ve Ever Felt So Safe as I Felt in That Room’
Alicia Vikander‘s auditioning process for “The Danish Girl” was emotional and scary, but she eventually felt comfortable after initial trepidation. “I walked in and I was quite terrified,” Vikander told TheWrap’s editor-in-chief Sharon Waxman after the film previewed as part of TheWrap’s Screening Series at the Landmark Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday. “I don’t think I’ve ever felt so safe as I felt in that room and in an audition before. Eddie and Tom were already there, and they just said, ‘Lets just sit down and talk for half an hour.’ So that’s actually what we did. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Cold hard cash: The greediest ladies of film and TV
Greedy men in cinema are always the same: They're reprehensible, sure, but they're always so cocky and self-important in their "Wall Street" slickness that they become humorless antiheroes. Plenty of the most towering characters in TV and film are greedy dudes who excuse their bad behavior with financial success. It's so pervasive a character type that there's no use revisiting its past. Meanwhile, greedy women are much harder to find in movies and television. They're often relegated to supporting roles, but they are typically much funnier than the average Gordon Gekko. Thus, before we celebrate another Black Friday, let's take a look back at a slew of the most deliciously greedy female characters in entertainment. These are dames who want money, jewels, and snozberries, and they'll fly first-class to get them all. »
- Louis Virtel, Chris Eggertsen
Jerzy Sladkowski’s ‘Don Juan’ Takes Top Prize at Idfa
Polish director Jerzy Sladkowski won the Vpro Idfa Award for best feature-length documentary (€12,500) for his film “Don Juan.” Described by the festival programmers as raising questions “about the distinction between introversion and autism,” the Swedish-Finnish co-production offers a seriocomic portrait of a 22-year-old student and his mother’s attempts, via therapy and psychiatry, to cure him of his slacker tendencies.
The Special Jury Award (€2,500), meanwhile, went to “Ukrainian Sheriffs” by Roman Bondarchuk. The Ukrainian/Latvian/German co-production puts the spotlight on a small Ukrainian village that hires two local men to be their police force, dealing with drunkenness, petty turf wars and stolen ducks as they patrol the area in their customized yellow Lada.
Idfa Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary (€10,000): Andreas Koefoed for “At Home in the World” (Denmark).
Idfa Special Jury Award for Mid-Length Documentary (€2,500): Samir Mehanovic for “The Fog of Srebrenica” (Scotland/Bosnia and »
- Damon Wise
What’s Next for Bindi Irwin After ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Win?
After her crowd-pleasing win of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” Bindi Irwin was in a hurry to get back to her normal life. The daughter of the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin flew back to her native Australia Wednesday, mere hours after her reality show victory. While she will most certainly return for the annual “Dancing With the Stars” national dance tour, which kicks off Dec. 15, the new star apparently has no other projects in the pipeline — at least for now. Irwin was crowned the winner of “Dancing With the Stars” Season 21 on Tuesday. Also Read: 'Dancing With the Stars'. »
- Linda Ge
Why 'Men in Black 4' should be called 'Men and Women in Black 4'
"Men in Black" has always been a boys club, as the title suggests, but the film's producer promises the next film will feature a woman in a leading role. Vulture is reporting that "Men in Black" producer Laurie Macdonald has plans to introduce a female lead into the forth installment of the franchise. While the film is still in early development, Macdonald said the new film will start to shift the focus off of Agent J and Agent K's story line, to a new, possibly female agent. I'm surprised the studio didn't just reboot the "Men in Black" universe with all women and call it "Women in Black". It would have been a very on trend move, in light of both the new female-led "Ghostbusters" and "Oceans 11" films. With this news, and the fact that "Men in Black" now shares a universe with the "21 Jumpstreet" franchise, the future of the »
- Lauren Gallaway
Alejandro G. Inarritu ('The Revenant'): Will he be first director since 1950 to win back-to-back Oscars?
The last time someone won back-to-back Oscars for Best Director was Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who prevailed for "A Letter to Three Wives" (1949) and "All About Eve" (1950). Prior to that, John Ford had won two of his record four Oscars consecutively for helming "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940) and "How Green Was My Valley" (1941). Now, Oscar's reigning directing champ, Alejandro G. Inarritu ("Birdman"), has a heck of a chance of pulling off a repeat victory this year thanks to his visual masterpiece "The Revenant." Will Inarritu be the first helmer in 65 years to pull off a double-director Oscar whammy? -Break- Photo Gallery: Best Picture Oscar Contenders 2015 Due out on Christmas day, "The Revenant" is the true story of frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) who hunts down the man (Tom Hardy) who left him for dead after a bear attack in the Dakota Territory of 1823. Inar...' »
Will ‘Captain America: Civil War’ introduce secret identities to the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Stay with us on this one...The Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn't have secret identities, but what if the film version of “Captain America: Civil War” flips the script on the comics, an introduces the desire for them? Donna Dickens and Roth Cornet discuss. Take a look in the player above or below and talk to us here or on Twitter. Roth: @RothCornet Donna: @DonnaDickens »
- Roth Cornet
Hulu launches major award drives for 'Difficult People,' 'Casual,' 'The Mindy Project'
Following up on the recent award success of Netflix and Amazon, rival streaming service Hulu is staging its first major assault on the Golden Globes, SAG and Critics' Choice Awards. Thanks to high-profile new comedies "Difficult People" and "Casual," as well as its continuation of Fox's cancelled "The Mindy Project," Hulu is seriously in the hunt. -Break- Kevin Spacey ('House of Cards') vs. Sam Heughan ('Outlander'): Golden Globes watch Sure, Hulu has been producing original content for a few years now -- my personal fave, western laffer "Quick Draw," streamed two seasons in 2013 and 2014 -- but this is the first time the online network has launched such a massive awards push. Bold Fyc ads are splattered on billboards and on the sides of buses across Hollywood. Veteran award consultants have been hired to assist with strategy and outreach. Thousands of industry insiders are rec »
La Times Reels From Latest Rounds of Buyouts
The Los Angeles Times has gone through painful staff cuts before, but the year-end buyout of up to 50 staffers this week could result in a staggering loss to its editorial brain trust. The departures include five bureau chiefs, from New York to San Diego, along with longtime fashion critic Booth Moore, columnist Sandy Banks, veteran food critic S. Irene Viribla and writers in medical, environmental and Op-Ed sections. “I don’t see how coverage could remain exactly the same,” an insider at the Tribune-owned newspaper told TheWrap. “But the L.A. Times will continue to cover the same beats, topics, »
- Matt Donnelly
Former Sony Employee Files Negligence, Defamation Suit Against Studio
Exactly one year after the infamous Sony hack, former Sony VP, Global Commercial Planning and Innovation Amy Heller has sued the studio and other defendants for defamation, negligence and invasion of privacy. In the complaint, Heller is seeking multiple damages and unspecified compensation for loss of income, as well as claiming that Sony’s lack of secure systems caused her emotional distress. Heller, who was laid off in the spring of 2014, says the studio acted in a “deliberate, cold, callous, fraudulent, and intentional manner in order to injure and damage” her. Also Read: Sony Hack Class Action Settlement Approved by »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Superman is finally coming to 'Supergirl'
Superman fans have been wondering for quite some time if the Man of Steel will be making a guest appearance on his cousin's show, "Supergirl". Turns out, he will be! While Henry Cavill is off battling the Dark Knight in cinemas next spring, a younger version of his character will be appearing in episode 13, according to TV Line. Superman has made a few cameos on "Supergirl," he has been more of an off-screen presence, a legend, with whom the titular heroine, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), shares a familial bond. This young version of Kal-El is currently being cast. The lucky actor will first appear in a flashback in episode 13. While the article doesn't say if he will be a recurring character, it's possible he and his adoptive family, the Kents, will appear in a few flashbacks throughout the series. "Supergirl" currently airs on CBS Mondays at 8/9C. »
- Lauren Gallaway
‘Empire’s’ Adam Rodriguez on How Laz Fell for Cookie’s ‘Tough Charm’
“Empire” guest star Adam Rodriguez believes his character, Laz Delgado, became a good person thanks to the power of love. “His relationship with Cookie starts out as one thing and then becomes something else,” Rodriguez told TheWrap. “He finds himself changing in the process because of the thing that changes everybody, and that’s love.” On the hit Fox drama, Delgado plays the love interest to Cookie (Taraji P. Henson). But in a shocking twist we learn he is a member of the very gang that is extorting her and kidnapped Hakeem. Also Read: The 'Empire' Effect: Fox's Fall Is »
- Joe Otterson
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