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'Mockingjay' Spreads Its Wings with $55 Million on Friday
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 opened to an estimated $55 million on Friday, which is easily the biggest opening day of the year so far.Unfortunately, it's a big step back from the last two Hunger Games movies: Catching Fire opened to $71 million last year, while the original Hunger Games debuted to $67.3 million back in 2012.Mockingjay also opened below the penultimate chapters of the Twilight and Harry Potter franchises ($71.2 million and $61.7 million, respectively).If Mockingjay follows the typical Hunger Games pattern, it will finish the weekend with less than $130 million.In a distant second place, Big Hero 6 was off 44 percent to an estimated $4.48 million. The Disney Animation hit is on pace to finish the weekend with around $19 million.Dumb and Dumber To added $4.3 million on Friday, which is a massive 70 percent decline from opening day. The comedy sequel is on track to earn around $14 million this weekend.Interstellar »
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Bill Cosby Gets Standing Ovations During Florida Performance
Last night, Bill Cosby performed to a sold-out crowd at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, Florida, and no member of the audience took up a local radio station's offer to disrupt the show over the sexual assault allegations dogging the comedian, reports the New York Times. Instead, they gave Cosby standing ovations when he came onto and left the stage. In an interview with Florida Today, Cosby said the radio station's offer had created a "frat house mentality." "Now suppose someone brings a weapon or decided to do more foolishness," said Cosby. "There will be announcements made and the stations made some disclaimers, but what if people don't listen to what they said and they entice violence. That's not good for anyone."Earlier that day, Renita Chaney Hill, Angela Leslie and Kristina Ruehli became the latest to women to come forward with stories of having been assaulted or raped »
- E. Alex Jung
‘Wild’ Director Jean-Marc Vallee Boarding Amy Adams’ Janis Joplin Biopic
Vallée’s producing partner Nathan Ross told Variety that the movie will shoot during the summer and fall in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where Joplin began recording songs in 1964. She broke out in 1967 as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company.
Adams has been attached to play the late rock singer for several years. Lee Daniels emerged last year as a candidate to direct.
Journal Du Quebec was the first to report on Vallée’s attachment.
Joplin died »
- Dave McNary
Stephen Hawking's 5 Most Mind-Blowing Quotes
When one of the smartest people on the planet says something, it probably pays to listen. Stephen Hawking, the physics icon and subject of the new biopic The Theory of Everything, has said a lot over the years in lectures and books. And some of them are, frankly, terrifying. Here are five of his wildest quotes that just might change the way you view the world. 1. Hawking really doesn't want us to meet aliens, because they'd probably destroy us. "We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want
- Aaron Couch
'Weekend Update' brings Bill Cosby jokes and Charles Manson to 'SNL'
Viewers expecting a full Bill Cosby-related sketch on Saturday (November 22) night's "SNL" were disappointed, but with NBC just pulling the plug on a Cosby pilot earlier this week, wounds may have been too fresh. However, with the iconic comic facing an ever-growing number of accusations of sexual misconduct, "SNL" couldn't ignore the scandal entirely, so it was left to Michael Che on "Weekend Update" to address the Cosby situation with kid gloves. "Cliff Huxtable practically raised me. I loved that dude," Che said, while mentioning TVLand pulling "Cosby Show" reruns, but ignoring the in-house reaction. Ultimately, Cosby only warranted 30 seconds on tonight's "SNL," which was significantly less time than the show gave to Taran Killam's Charles Manson and Kate McKinnon's sublime Angela Merkel. It's worth it just to hear McKinnon say "resting bitch face" in a pseudo-German accent. The Cosby bit and McKinnon's Merkel are in Part »
- HitFix Staff
'Arrow,' 'Flash' Cast, Creators Preview Epic Crossover
[Warning: Spoilers ahead for the Arrow/The Flash crossover.] Arrow and The Flash have staged mini-crossovers during the past year — Barry, Cisco and Caitlin made their debuts in the second season of Arrow, while Felicity and Oliver have appeared in The Flash's first season. But during the Dec. 2 episode of The Flash and the Dec. 3 episode of Arrow, there will be a full-fledged crossover event between the CW DC Comics shows. "If there is anybody who is watching only one of the shows, [this is an opportunity] to sort of check out the other," Arrow and The Flash executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told The Hollywood Reporter on Saturday ahead of a fan-screening of
- Marisa Roffman
The Girls of 'SNL' present 'Back Home Ballers' for Thanksgiving
You liked "(Do It On My Own) Twin Bed." You loved "Dongs Around The World" (or somebody sure seemed to). But how do you feel about "Back Home Baller"? Joined by host Cameron Diaz, The Ladies of "SNL" -- Kate, Cecily, Sasheer, Vanessa, Leslie and Lil' Baby Aidy -- are heading home for Thanksgiving and they're gonna be living large. It's a loving tribute to being treated like a queen when you return to the family abode for the holiday, including universal moments like the family trip to the movies, avoiding pushy questions from the neighbors and trying to remember ridiculously long Wifi passwords. Oh and bowls, bowls, bowls. We've all been there or are about to go there this week. Check out "Back Home Baller": »
- HitFix Staff
'SNL' Recap: Cameron Diaz Episode Weighs in on Bill Cosby Scandal
Cameron Diaz hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend for the fourth time, and the episode allowed her to rap, wear lingerie and channel her Annie character. But was this a hard-knocked episode? Keep reading to find out. After the Schoolhouse Rock! cold open took aim at the immigration bill, the subpar monologue focused on Diaz fielding questions from the audience about Shrek and the fact that she's hot. By the time Tony Danza got name-checked, it was clear this monologue was not the boss. Faring better was a pre-taped sketch in which the show's ladies rapped about being
- Ryan Gajewski
Film Review: ‘Traces of Sandalwood’
Delighting in cross-cultural contrasts, “Traces of Sandalwood” follows two separated sisters — one awash in the colorful melodrama of Bollywood, the other locked in the sterility of a biology lab in Barcelona. But this opposition proves to be far from absolute in Maria Ripoli’s hybrid English/Spanish-speaking indie: The melodrama is based on painful reality, while the lab is situated amid fantastically contorted architectural landmarks. With few pretensions to high art, this genuine crowd-pleaser (which snagged an audience award at Montreal), well crafted by an all-female crew, seems a natural for Indian diaspora distribution, with definite crossover potential.
The film begins in high drama as 6-year-old Mina (Vaibhavi Hankare) saves her newborn sister, Sita, from being drowned as an unwanted female, thereupon taking full aquel Fer
esponsibility for her care. But when their mother dies a few years later, their father hands them over to a woman from the city. »
- Ronnie Scheib
Interview: Jeremy Collins talks 'Survivor: San Juan del Sur'
Two weeks ago, it looks like "Survivor: San Juan Del Sur" was coming down to a pair of solid alliances, one masterminded by Josh Canfield and the other led by Jeremy Collins. While "Survivor" history has taught us that we should never expect alliance leaders to run the table, we've only occasionally seen two post-Merge alliances so swiftly stripped of their leaders. First, Jeremy seemed like he was heading toward elimination, but he won Individual Immunity and was able to steer power duo Jon & Jaclyn against Josh, seemingly leaving that alliance in a weak minority position. But the following week, after Jeremy pushed Jon a bit too hard to reveal his Hidden Immunity Idol, the former college football player decided that the need to get rid of Jeremy had gone from "eventually" to "immediately." Viewers saw Jon make his pitch to Jeremy's ally Missy and saw her hesitation. We »
- Daniel Fienberg
'SNL' channels 'Schoolhouse Rock' to introduce Executive Order
One of the most parodied segments from the GenX-loved classic "Schoolhouse Rock!" has been Dave Frishberg's "I'm Just a Bill," featuring vocals from Jack Sheldon as a bill trying to teach his son the steps necessary to become a law. You may recall the "Simpsons" parody "I'm an Amendment To Be," as well as a "Family Guy" homage, both featuring Sheldon doing the voice. "Robot Chicken," "Johnny Bravo" and "MadTV" also have referenced the animated segment. While "Saturday Night Live" couldn't get Sheldon -- He's 82, but apparently still alive -- Kenan Thompson is definitely channeling his vocal stylings as an Immigration Bill chronicling the near-impossible task of gaining passage in today's Congress. Yes, President Obama pops up, introducing Executive Order, who becomes a law through a much simpler process. Check out the music-and-animation-filled Cold Open from Saturday (November 22) night's "Saturday Night Live": »
- HitFix Staff
Watch Cameron Diaz Mock 'Annie' on 'SNL'
Cameron Diaz appeared in a very different version of Annie while hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend. In the sketch, the actress portrayed Miss Hannigan, her character in the upcoming film version, as she awaited the arrival of Daddy Warbucks. Read more 'SNL' Recap: Cameron Diaz Episode Weighs in on Bill Cosby Scandal When Warbucks (Jay Pharoah) showed up, he wasn't interested in meeting Annie (Vanessa Bayer). "No, no, no, no, no — I want the black Annie," he said. This meant the introduction of Black Annie (Leslie Jones), a forty-something woman who could palm a pumpkin because, as she
- Ryan Gajewski
Maggie has 10/1 odds of dying next on 'The Walking Dead': Have You voted?
Who will die next on "The Walking Dead"? Do You think you know? Below, search for clues in AMC's video sneak peek of Sunday's all-new episode, titled "Crossed," and then vote in our "Walking Dead" prediction contest. It's fun and easy! According to Gold Derby's exclusive racetrack odds, Maggie (Lauren Cohan) has 10/1 odds of dying next amongst the group of main characters. As for the recurring cast, Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) tops our readers' chart for who they think has the best chance of being killed off next with 9/2 odds. -Break- Psst: Here's how to predict reality TV shows and win bragging rights And prizes! Disagree with those odds? Then click here or scroll down to make your own predictions using our easy drag-and-drop menu. Your input will influence the overall standings here at Gold Derby and could save Maggie from the dreaded #1 spot on our elimination chart. You have until 4 p. »
Maggie has 10/1 odds of dying next on 'Walking Dead': Have You voted?
Who will die next on "The Walking Dead"? Do You think you know? Below, search for clues in AMC's video sneak peek of Sunday's all-new episode, "Crossed," and then vote in our "Walking Dead" prediction contest. It's fun and easy! According to Gold Derby's exclusive racetrack odds, Maggie (Lauren Cohan) has 10/1 odds of dying next amongst the group of main characters. As for the recurring cast, Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) tops our readers' chart for who they think has the best chance of being killed off next with 9/2 odds. -Break- Psst: Here's how to predict reality TV shows and win bragging rights And prizes! Disagree with those odds? Then click here or scroll down to make your own predictions using our easy drag-and-drop menu. Your input will influence the overall standings here at Gold Derby and could save Maggie from the dreaded #1 spot on our elimination chart. You have until 4 p. »
Disney Enters Awards Race With ‘Into the Woods’
The panel session took place at the DGA Theater in New York and was satellite-fed to the Disney main theater in Burbank, a two-birds-with-one-stone approach as the film begins industry screenings for awards contention.
The director and his team of artisans will certainly be under Oscar consideration, as will Meryl Streep (top billed, but in a supporting role) and other performers. Variety will run its review in December; after that, there will be more opportunities to handicap the film’s awards chances in specific categories.
Disney often takes a cautious approach to the awards race, but the studio execs seem gung-ho about this one. The film also marks a subtle shift for the studio. Its “Maleficent” earlier »
- Tim Gray
Listen to Jennifer Lawrence Sing in the New ‘Hunger Games’
“She’d probably tell you it was her least favorite day,” director Francis Lawrence said in an interview. “She was horrified to sing, she cried a little bit in the morning before she had to sing.”
Judging by the recording, however, the Oscar-winner sounds like a natural.
- Variety Staff
Disney Musical 'Into the Woods' Swoops Into Awards Season — How Far Can It Go?
And then there was just one unseen Oscar contender. Unbroken. On Saturday evening, Disney unveiled the second-to-last of the major Oscar hopefuls that had not yet been been seen by pundits, Rob Marshall's Into the Woods, at simultaneous screenings on both coasts, followed by a Q&A — live in New York, streamed in Los Angeles — with Marshall, screenwriter James Lapine and stars Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman and Christine Baranski. (Johnny Depp was the only notable absence.) It marked the beginning of what will be an aggressive awards push
- Scott Feinberg
North West's Latest Must-Have Accessory Revealed: See Kimye's Daughter Work Sunglasses
Shine bright, shine far! North West is a fashion star! As Kim Kardashian continues to travel before the holidays in support of her new perfume, her adorable daughter proved to be in great hands as she modeled a fabulous fashion accessory for her auntie. Before hitting the gym, Khloé Kardashian headed to Instagram where she shared an adorable shot of baby (or maybe model) Nori posing for the camera. "Stunna shades #YouCantSitWithUs," the outspoken Keeping Up With the Kardashians star captioned as her niece worked a giant pair of sunglasses. Even though they were a few sizes too big, we couldn't help but notice Nori's denim top, growing hair and those Lorraine Schwartz earrings. »
Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Cameron Diaz And Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars
In Cameron Diaz, “Saturday Night Live” has its second consecutive host making an appearance after a lengthy absence. Although Diaz has hosted the show three times before, this is her first time doing so since 2005. Will there be “Annie” sketches? Probably! Will there be a Jamie Foxx and/or Quvenzhané Wallis cameo? Possibly! Will Bruno Mars make an in-sketch appearance in addition to his musical role tonight? Likely! Will this be an exciting episode or one that puts audiences to sleep faster than Thanksgiving dinner? Who knows! As always, I’ll be liveblogging the show in real time, assigning grades to each segment. As always, I’ll remind you that comedy is subjective and the grades don’t have any more power than you allow them to have. As always, a few of you will ignore that last statement and quibble over a “B-“ versus a “B”. It’s cool. »
- Ryan McGee
Jessica Simpson's Little Black Dress Won't Overshadow Her Kids' Cuteness—See the Family Photos
If there's one family guaranteed to put a smile on your face, it has to be Jessica Simpson's. The genius mind behind the Jessica Simpson Collection received a whole lot of love from her family when she visited Belk, a popular department store in Dallas, to launch her new bedding collection. Wearing a little black dress from her own line, Simpson was all smiles Saturday afternoon as daughter Maxwell and son Ace posed for pictures with mom and dad before the event. Ace sported denim jeans with a blue button-down and tie. In comparison, Maxwell rocked her popular red shoes with black leggings and a matching shirt. Even Ashlee Simpson and her son Bronx made the trip to support the »
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