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DreamWorks Animation's 'Home' Rules with $15.6 Million

17 hours ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

DreamWorks Animation's Home (2015) got off to a fantastic start on Friday, and is shaping up to be a nice win for the struggling animation studio. Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard was no slouch either. Ultimately, both movies are poised to open north of $35 million this weekend, which is a rare occurrence at the domestic box office.Home opened to an estimated $15.6 million, which is nearly twice as much as Mr. Peabody & Sherman's $8 million debut around this same time last year. It's also well above the first How to Train Your Dragon ($12.1 million), and last year's Rio 2 ($12 million).If it follows Mr. Peabody's pace, it will wind up with over $60 million this weekend. More modestly, the How to Train Your Dragon pace translates to around $55 million.Playing at 3,175 locations, Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard opened to a strong $12.9 million on Friday. While that's a bit »


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Hugh Jackman Confirms ‘Wolverine’ Sequel Will Be His Last

11 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Hugh Jackman hinted on Saturday that his days as iconic “X-Men” character Wolverine are ending, stirring up fans with an Instagram post. “Wolverine… one last time,” Jackman captioned a photo of his fists, clutching the claws of his famous mutant character. While bloggers and social media users debated the actor’s meaning, an individual familiar with the situation told TheWrap he is referring to a planned sequel of the 2013 standalone hit “The Wolverine.” The character could feasibly appear in Bryan Singer’s forthcoming ensemble “X-Men: Apocalypse,” or in Ryan Reynolds’ spinoff “Deadpool,” but the insider says Jackman is pointing to »


- Matt Donnelly

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‘Daily Show': Trevor Noah Emerges on Short List to Replace Jon Stewart (Exclusive)

27 March 2015 6:03 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Trevor Noah only joined “The Daily Show” as a contributor at the end of last year, but he could soon find himself serving as an integral part of the program.

Noah is gaining consideration as a potential successor to Jon Stewart, the Comedy Central mainstay’s longtime host, according to a person familiar with the matter, and if successful, could get a crack at becoming one of the more influential voices in latenight.

There is no guarantee that Noah will inherit Stewart’s seat, and no final decision has been reached, this person cautioned.  Comedy Central ‘s selection process has accelerated in recent days, this person said. And Noah, a South African comedian, has moved to a short list being put together by executives at the Viacom-owned cable outlet.

A Comedy Central spokesman declined to comment on whether Noah was under consideration, or on efforts to identify a new host for “The Daily Show. »


- Brian Steinberg

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Watch: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Featurette Focuses on Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch

15 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

What sets “Avengers: Age of Ultron” apart from the first film? The introduction of “massively important new characters,” for one thing.

Director Joss Whedon talks about the characters, super-siblings Scarlet Witch (played by Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), in a new behind-the-scenes featurette.

Aside from showing brief footage from the “Avengers” sequel, the clip, released by Marvel U.K., also explores the twins’ superpowers. Scarlet Witch has telekinetic abilities that ultimately drive that Avengers crazy, while Quicksilver moves as fast as a bullet.

Avengers: Age of Ultron” opens in theaters on May 1.

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- Maane Khatchatourian

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'SNL's' Kate McKinnon brings 'The Jinx's' Robert Durst to an improv comedy show

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Ever wonder what would happen if a serial killer was asked to participate in a comedy improv skit? Probably not, but "Saturday Night Live" thought that was the perfect way for the world to experience Kate McKinnon's impersonation of Robert Durst, the infamous subject of HBO's critically acclaimed docu-series "The Jinx." The good news is that McKinnon's impersonation is spot on (she also looks oddly like fellow cast member Pete Davidson).  The bad news is that the entire skit feels like it was chopped in half or severely edited in rehearsals.  Still, if you wonder why McKinnon gets so much hype this is another great example of her impressive talents. Check the skit out in the embedded clip at the bottom of this post. For more on this weekend's "Saturday Night Live" check out Ryan McGee's popular recap. »


- Gregory Ellwood

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'SNL' and The Rock make Wrestlemania's promos a little too personal

42 minutes ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's still unclear if Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will appear at Wrestlemania 31 tonight, but he had a little fun with his WWE roots in a skit on "Saturday Night Live." Johnson played fictional wrestler Coco Watch Out and Bobby Moynihan appeared as Trashyard Mutt. The two wrestlers are just professionals there to film a promo, but once the camera begins filming Watch Out takes the jabs to another level. Like, he really takes them to places you nor Mutt could ever imagine. The skit also prompts the question: "Is there really 'Family Guy' porn?" (Actually, don't answer that.  Please, don't answer.) This was one of the better skits on "SNL" last night and you can watch embedded at the bottom of this post. For more on this weekend's "Saturday Night Live" check out Ryan McGee's popular recap. »


- Gregory Ellwood

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Justin Bieber Roast: Ludacris Speaks Out About "Over the Line" Paul Walker Jokes

2 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Ludacris is now commenting publicly about controversial jokes that were told at Comedy Central's Roast of Justin Bieber. The Furious 7 star told HuffPost Live that certain cracks made at Paul Walker's expense went too far. A Comedy Central spokesperson previously told The Hollywood Reporter that the jokes will be edited out of the broadcast. Read More 'Furious 7' and How Peter Jackson's Weta Created Digital Paul Walker "There were some Paul Walker jokes that I didn't feel like were appropriate," Ludacris said. "I was told and promised that they would edit those out. ... Some of those were over

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Interview: Joaquin Souberbielle talks 'Survivor: Worlds Apart'

3 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Power couples rarely work out well on "Survivor" and power couplings certainly didn't work out well for Joaquin Souberbielle on "Survivor: Worlds Apart." Joaquin started the season by volunteering for a leadership position on his White Collar tribe. He and second-in-command So told a fib about a secret Immunity clue, didn't find the Idol and So was the first player voted out this season.  From there, Joaquin got to fly a bit under the radar until he formed another power couple in the shuffled Escameca tribe, forming an East Coast bond with Rodney. Unfortunately, Joaquin misjudged how much other people, particular swing-vote Sierra, distrusted Rodney and a majority alliance fell apart and Joaquin was sent packing. Fortunately, Joaquin doesn't sound bitter about what went down. He's got a pitch for a new Joaquin/Rodney reality show, he's full of mockery for Shirin and he's mighty annoyed that his tribe threw that last Immunity. »


- Daniel Fienberg

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Host Dwayne Johnson Enjoys a Standing 69 (Video)

3 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The man-on-man action hit a fever-pitch on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” this week, with wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson thrusting his face into another man’s crotch, while the other gent buried his own mug into Johnson’s man-region. The golden moment came during a segment depicting an “Indiana Jones” knockoff movie, “Escape From Jungle Island.” Johnson, playing “Dr. Bones” — get it? — plays an adventurer who finds himself on an island with a male companion, Shortlong, and a female companion, who’s desperate for Dr. Bones’ attention. As the trio attempts to retrieve a valuable crystal, they’re besieged by natives shooting poison. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Oh deer, 'SNL' and The Rock present Disney's live-action flick 'Bambi'

4 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There are some things that just should not be spoiled and the spoof trailer "Saturday Night Live" created for "Walt Disney's Bambi" is one of them. Mocking the recent news that the Mouse House is moving forward with a live-action "Dumbo" (don't get me started on that one), Dwayne Johnson plays a, well, "Rock" version of the classic animated character.  This Bambi, however, is out for revenge. Tragically, they took away his mother. And, unlike the original, they are going to pay...deerly. It's all in the style of "Fast 7," might include some of his more famous co-stars (and if this is our mandatory synergistic Comcast tie-in for Friday's blockbuster we'll take it) and is already blowing up on social media. Enjoy a live action "Bambi" we can only dare to dream for in the embedded video below. »


- Gregory Ellwood

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Dwayne Johnson Destroys Foes as "The Rock Obama" in 'SNL' Cold Open (Video)

4 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Barack Obama is once again through with being polite. Dwayne Johnson hosted Saturday Night Live for the fourth time this weekend, where he reprised his role of beefed-up presidential alter ego "The Rock Obama." Watch more 'SNL': Dwayne Johnson Becomes Bambi, Mocks Robert Durst (Video) "You like Israel?" The Rock Obama asked a political foe as he tossed him out of the window. "Why don't you go visit Israel?" The irate Obama also had a question for presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz: "I ask, please, may I crush your head?"  See more 'SNL': 14 Celebs Who Should Host for the First

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The Rock brings 'The Rock Obama' back to 'Saturday Night Live'

5 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

You don't want to get Barack Obama angry.  At least not when Dwayne Johnson is hosting "SNL."  The "Fast 7" star appeared in the opening of "Saturday Night Live" tonight reprising his role as "The Rock Obama," a character he first played on the show six years ago to demonstrate what happens when our generally kind and patient President loses his cool.  This time, however, just before Sen. Ted Cruz (Bobby Moynihan) is going to face The Rock Obama's wrath, Michelle Obama (Sasheer Zamata) intervenes.  Of course, what happens when the First Lady discovers someone's been squating in her garden? Turns out she might have a temper of her own.  Find out in the embed clip below. For more on this weekend's "Saturday Night Live" check out Ryan McGee's popular recap. »


- Gregory Ellwood

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The Weekend Read: Autism in entertainment from 'Rain Man' to 'Community'

5 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Weekend Read: Our Saturday essay on the great topics in entertainment and culture today. Last weekend, as Toshi was cruising the Blu-ray shelves for new movies to start asking about, he pulled "Rain Man" on a shelf and considered the cover for a moment before he turned to me, excited. "You didn't tell me Tom Cruise made a superhero movie!" I can only assume his eventual disappointment might be tempered by the fact that "Rain Man" is a pretty good movie. It had been a while since I'd seen it, though, and after they went back to their mom's house, I put it in to watch it. I remember when it came out being right in the midst of my first time watching a lot of classic filmographies, and more than anything, I enjoyed the film as a match-up between Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. Looking at the film, »


- Drew McWeeny

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Kids’ Choice Awards 2015: Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez & Tons of Slime

5 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Nick Jonas wowed the crowd at the 2015 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, held Saturday at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., which seats 17,500 — screaming kids.

The host pulled double duty, kicking off the live show with a medley performance of his hits “Chains” and “Jealous.” Welcomed by a video montage of A-listers chanting his name — Taylor Swift, Heidi Klum and, of course, SpongeBob SquarePants’ Patrick Star — Jonas took the stage, in front of the star-studded audience, including Chris Pratt, Jamie Foxx and Angelina Jolie who was joined by two of her kids, Shiloh and Zahara.

“A lot of girls in the house are still struggling after One Direction became two directions,” Jonas greeted the crowd, alluding to this week’s news of the boyband losing member Zayn Malik. Poking fun at himself, he quipped, “What’s next, the Jonas Brother?”

Emma Stone won the first award of the night for Favorite Movie Actress. »


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Angelina Jolie Delivers Inspiring Kids' Choice Awards Speech: "Smile and Hold Your Head Up High"

6 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The 2015 Kids' Choice Awards brought about a lot of screams, laughs, pies and of course, slime! But it was Angelina Jolie's moving speech that brought inspiration to the audience at Saturday's awards show. The 39-year-old actress, who made her first post-surgery appearance with kids Zahara and Shiloh at the show, reminded fans of all ages to never be afraid of being "different" after accepting her award for Favorite Villain. The Maleficent star shared with the audience that growing up, she was never one to fit in with the crowd. As a result, she learned to embrace being different from the rest. "Different is good. So, don't fit," the mother of six said. "Don't »


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Destiny's Child Reunites at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards for Their First Performance Since the Super Bowl

6 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Try not to lose your breath with this bit of exciting news! After going roughly two years without performing together on the same stage, the members of Destiny's Child came together Saturday night for the Stellar Gospel Music Awards. That's right, Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé reunited in Las Vegas to sing "Say Yes" together as a group. And if that wasn't exciting enough, the girl group matched in white attire. It's just like the good ole days, guys! Die-hard fans speculated that a reunion may be coming sooner rather than later when Williams posted a cryptic tweet Friday evening. "I thank all of you guys who voted! Man this is incredible!!!!" she »


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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Dwayne Johnson and George Ezra

6 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The questions isn’t whether Dwayne Johnson will be a good host (since he excelled during his first two times in Studio 8H), but whether or not “Saturday Night Live” can finally start regaining some of the momentum that propelled it through its Fall run. That was possibly the strongest stretch during my five years covering the show here at HitFix, but 2015 has been marked by less-than-stellar episodes and a less-than-ideal production schedule. As such, “SNL” has been spotty both in terms of quality and production. But maybe tonight will be a turning point as the show heads into this season’s home stretch. As always, I’ll be liveblogging each segment in real time. I’ll give that segment a grade. I highly encourage you to not stress too much about the grades. The Rock Obama will get angry if you stress about the grades. See you at 11: »


- Ryan McGee

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2015 Kids' Choice Awards: Nick Jonas Pokes Fun at One Direction, Angelina Jolie Inspires and More Big Moments

7 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Let's hear it for the slime! Nickelodeon gave the youngest Hollywood fans everything they wanted and so much more at this year's 2015 Kids' Choice Awards. Held at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., the annual awards show delivered both surprises and suspense all while dozens of A-list stars prepared to get slimed at a moment's notice. If you missed out on the big show, we've got you covered with the best and worst moments from beginning to end. From Angelina Jolie's inspiring speech to Nick Jonas' hosting abilities, we're ready to break it down.  Best Opener: After walking the orange carpet with girlfriend Olivia Culpo, Jonas kicked off the show with a performance »


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Katy Perry's Prismatic World Tour Premieres: 5 Things You Didn't See in the Concert Movie That May Surprise You

7 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Now this is how you put on a great show! If you've been wondering where Katy Perry has been in recent months, chances are she's been a little busy performing in sold-out arenas around the world. Lucky for Katy Cats, Epix captured an entire performance in Australia that ultimately became the concert movie Katy Perry: Prismatic World Tour, which premiered Saturday night in the states. While the countless hits and various costume changes may have kept fans of all ages glued to the TV, we were intrigued to hear what went down behind-the-scenes. From a daily acupuncture routine to more than few museum visits, check out some surprising facts we learned at the world premiere screening this past »


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Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Winners: The Complete List

7 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sliming season is upon us again, as Nickelodeon presented the 2015 Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday live from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Host Nick Jonas serenaded the crowd at the top of the show, which  saw additional performances from Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Hudson and teen sensation 5 Seconds of Summer. Top honors went to “Hunger Games” star Liam Hemsworth, Emma Stone for “The Amazing Spiderman” and Angelina Jolie, who brought daughters Zahara and Shiloh, to claim Favorite Villain for “Maleficent.” Read the complete list of 2015 Kids’ Choice Awards Winners: Favorite Talent Competition Show* “America’s Got Talent” “American Idol” “America »


- Matt Donnelly

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