‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Tops Weak Labor Day Box Office, Summer Stumbles to Close
Hollywood didn’t have much to celebrate this Labor Day. The holiday is traditionally a slow one at the box office, and this one was no exception, providing one final death rattle on a summer that was largely D.O.A.
In its fifth week of release, “Guardians of the Galaxy” prevailed over two modestly budgeted newcomers, “November Man” and “As Above, So Below,” to hold on to the top spot on domestic box office charts with $22.2 million over the four-day holiday. Its domestic total now stands at $280 million and the film will likely hit $300 million stateside by the time it ends its run.
“‘Guardians’ is just rolling right now,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “It’s unconventional, it shatters expectations and there’s a real story to it.”
For the major studios, back to school time represents a reprieve. The summer box office »
- Brent Lang
Venice: Frances McDormand Receives Visionary Award
The world's oldest film festival paid tribute to actress Frances McDormand on Monday. The Oscar-winning star of Fargo received the Venice Film Festival's Persol Tribute to Visionary honor at a gala ceremony attended by McDormand and her husband, and frequent collaborator, director Joel Coen. Also in attendance were Richard Jenkins, McDormand's co-star in the new four-part HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge, and the series' director, Lisa Cholodenko. Venice festival director Alberto Barbera noted it was exactly 30 years ago that McDormand made her feature-film debut in Coen's Blood Simple. Barbera praised the actress for her portrayal of
- Scott Roxborough
Internet grinds to halt as nude pics of Jennifer Lawrence, others surface
While the rest of the nation enjoyed a long, leisurely Labor Day weekend, basking in those fleeting final days of summer, life on the Internet ground to a halt because: Jennifer Lawrence naked. The Oscar-winning actress was the highest profile target of a massive hacking campaign, which the Telegraph reports accessed her Apple iCloud account, where pics from her phone were presumably backed up. (Somewhere, the producers of Sex Tape are shouting, “We tried to warn you! The public ignored us!”)
Various reports say nearly 60 photos of Lawrence in various stages of undress circulated after a hacker posted them to 4chan, »
- Kyle Ryan
‘Force Majeure’ to Rep Sweden in Foreign-Language Oscar Race
The fourth feature from director-writer Ostlund, “Force Majeure” will be playing at the Toronto and Chicago film festivals. Repped by Coproduction Office, pic has also been an international sales hit picked up in 40 countries. Magnolia Pictures will distribute it in the U.S. on Oct. 24.
See Also: ‘Force Majeure’ review.
As part of its Stateside release, Magnolia will orchestrate a retrospective of Ruben Ostlund’s career at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis before embarking on a three-month tour of North America.
The retrospective is produced by Comeback Co. in partnership with the Swedish Film Institute and Plattform Produktion, with additional support from the Embassy of Sweden in the U.S. and the »
- Elsa Keslassy
Hugh Jackman on The River, Zumba, and His Ice Bucket Challenge
To the world, he’s Wolverine; to New Yorkers, he may always be the singing, dancing, blindingly high-wattage musical star of The Boy From Oz and his one-man show Back on Broadway. This fall, though, he’s in a lower-key theater role, playing a character known simply as the Man in The River, a tightly coiled one-act (about fly-fishing, no less) by Jerusalem playwright Jez Butterworth. He spoke with Vulture from the set of Pan.I just watched you doing the Ice Bucket Challenge with the entire cast of Pan. It was in the middle of a barren field and very dramatic.Yes. Really cold field, let me tell you. Rooney Mara was almost blue, I think. We’re shooting in Cardington, which is in Bedford just north of London. I must start off by telling you — we have done Zumba together before.Oh, you’re kidding me. That’s right, »
- Rebecca Milzoff
11 Times Lifetime's Saved By the Bell Movie Ruined Our Childhood
It's been 25 years in the making, and it's finally here: Lifetime's Unauthorized Saved By the Bell movie aired tonight, and we spent two full hours of our Labor Day subjecting ourselves to it. Was it good? No. Was it bad? That's a harder question to answer, but only because 'yes' has more letters in it than 'no,' and typing is hard after all the cookies we've eaten today. We will say, however, that we enjoyed watching it immensely, and that enjoyment was only mostly due to the excellent music (Oh hey, Bell Biv DeVoe). The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story told the scandalous tale of everything that apparently went on behind the scenes over the course of four seasons, from »
Busan Festival Selection Puts Emphasis on Greater China
Seoul – This year’s Busan International Film Festival has set Taiwanese director Chen-Zer ‘Doze’ Niu’s “Paradise in Service” as its opening film.
Putting the emphasis strongly on Greater China, the South Korean festival (Oct. 3-11, 2014) will close with “Gangster Pay Day,” a Hong Kong comedy actioner directed by Lee Po-Cheung.
“Paradise” is a romantic drama about a group of people trapped on an island in the 1960s preparing for a war that may never happen. While location scouting for the picture, Niu was formally indicted for breaking Taiwan’s military laws by bringing his mainland Chinese cinematographer Cao Yu into a restricted naval area.
Two of the festival’s four gala presentations also hail from the Chinese-speaking world: Zhang Yimou’s “Coming Home,” which had its debut in Cannes in May, and the previously announced “The Golden Era” by Ann Hui.
Other galas go to veteran Korean helmer Im Kwon-taek’s “Revivre, »
- Nemo Kim
The FBI and Apple Are Investigating the Jennifer Lawrence Nude Photo Hack
Jennifer Lawrence has been in contact with authorities after nude photos of her and a number of other female celebrities, including Ariana Grande, Kate Upton and Victoria Justice, were leaked on 4chan yesterday. The authenticity of all the images could not be verified, although Lawrence's rep has confirmed that it is her featured in the photos. "This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence,” said Lawrence’s spokeswoman Liz Mahoney on Monday. Likewise, Kate Upton's lawyer said in a statement: “This is obviously an outrageous violation of our client Kate Upton’s privacy. We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible.” Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead spoke out against the hacking on Twitter (and has since announced that she was going on an "Internet break »
- Anna Silman
Newly Single Britney Spears Ready for a "Hot Guy," Supports Jamie Lynn Spears at Los Angeles County Fair
Britney Spears is newly single and ready to mingle! The "Womanizer" singer got another sold-out crowd dancing and singing Sunday night in Las Vegas. But it wasn't before she opened up about her recent breakup with boyfriend David Lucado. "Well, by now everyone knows my boyfriend cheated on me," she reportedly said during her show. "But the best part of breaking up is going on first dates." She added, "Omg, Omg, I need a hot guy. Where are the hot guys here tonight?" That's the spirit, Brit! Just last week, Spears announced that she broke up with Lucado. They were first romantically linked in February 2013. "Ahhhh the single »
Carrie Underwood Is Pregnant
Carrie Underwood announced on Monday that she is expecting her first child along with her husband, NHL player Mike Fisher. The American Idol alum shared the news via Twitter, posting a photo of her two dogs with the caption “In honor of ‘Labor’ Day…Ace & Penny would like to make an announcement. Their parents couldn’t be happier!” Congrats Carrie! »
- Anna Silman
China Box Office: ‘Apes’ Demonstrates Natural Selection
Hong Kong – “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” swung straight to the top of the Chinese box office this weekend, taking more than a 50% market share.
With a wide release of over 7,000 screens it amassed $45.1 million over the weekend from Friday to Sunday (Aug. 29-31), according to data from local researcher Entgroup.
“How To Train Your Dragon 2,” last week’s winner, saw earnings plummet 50% to $11.9 million and the picture drop to third place, on an 18 day cumulative score of $63.2 million.
That left Hong Kong-China martial arts epic “The Four 3” unchanged in second place with a strong hold. Weekend takings were $113.3 million, down just 19%. That gives it a 10 day cumulative of $30.1 million.
Hong Kong real estate comedy “Temporary Family” also held up well, also shedding only 19% as it dropped from third to fourth place. Weekend takings were $6.91 million, for an 11 day cumulative of $15.7 million.
Franco-Belgian animation, “Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants »
- Patrick Frater
Cronenberg's Cannes Winner 'Maps to the Stars' Takes Focus World Route, Skips Oscars
Julianne Moore can kiss goodbye to any hopes she was nursing for an Oscar campaign for David Cronenberg's Cannes Best Actress winner "Maps to the Stars," which is set to play Toronto and New York festivals. Canadian distributor eOne was going to distribute the film stateside, but it has now sold U.S. rights not to Universal specialty distributor Focus Features--the arm that would handle an Oscar effort--but Focus World, their digital distribution arm, which plans an early 2015 release. The entertaining satire of Hollywood boasts a strong cast including Cronenberg fave Rob Pattinson, who canoodles on screen with both an anxiety-ridden movie star (Moore) and the troubled daughter (Mia Wasikowska) of psychotherapist/coach to the stars (John Cusack) and his wife (Olivia Williams), who manages his son's career. Ordinarily you would expect this to have a strong theatrical release, but this kind of movie does well on VOD, »
- Anne Thompson
Morgan Stewart and Brendan Fitzpatrick Face Major Baby Drama—See the #RichKids of Beverly Hills Recap!
On Sunday's brand new #RichKids of Beverly Hills, Brendan Fitzpatrick and Morgan Stewart faced some major baby drama, Dorothy Wang continued to launch her new career, while Roxy Sowlaty and Jonny Drubel went on a double blind date! The first thing on the agenda? Shopping with the queen diva himself, Ej Johnson. Dorothy isn't a fan of the hats, she thinks they're a little over the top. However, in unison both Ej and Dorothy clarify: Ej actually thinks he was royalty since he was in the womb! While tiaras are wonderful, Morgan was not a fan of his The Color Purple inspired hat. The trio comes across some »
Melissa Rivers Remains Focused on Joan Rivers' Road to Recovery, Is "Keeping Everyone Together"
Joan Rivers is a fighter. As the E! Fashion Police host remains hospitalized at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, a source reveals the comedian is making small, but positive, steps. "It's a slow process, but she's on the road to recovery," a source close to the situation tells E! News exclusively. "She's getting better. Don't believe all this ridiculous speculation." Joan stopped breathing while undergoing a minor throat procedure Aug. 28 in New York City. She was then rushed to the hospital where she was placed in a medically induced coma. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, flew across the country the same day with her son, Cooper, to be by the comic »
Survivor Singer Jimi Jamison Dies at 63
Survivor frontman Jimi Jamison has died, the band announced Monday. He was 63. "The entire Survivor family is very shocked and saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison. Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to his family and friends," read a post on the Survivor Facebook page. He died in his home in Memphis, Tenn. Sunday, of an apparent heart attack, TMZ reports. Jamison joined the rock band in 1983 after they had released their hit "Eye of the Tiger," and went on to contribute vocals on songs such as “High On You," “I
- Aaron Couch
Kim Kardashian Gives Kanye West a Book of Selfies as a Wedding Gift—See the Kuwtk Season Finale Recap!
On Sunday's season finale of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, we finally got to experience the amazing moment we've all been waiting for: Kim Kardashian marries Kanye West! But getting there isn't so easy... After a long flight, the family is finally in Paris! And with only five days to the wedding, there is still much to be done... Kris Jenner and the other members of the household meet up at Kanye's Paris apartment for the dress fitting. Unfortunately, none of the ladies are completely feeling their dresses and Kim can see that, but with such little time left before the wedding, there is little that can be done. Once Scott Disick shows up, the gang heads on over to see the Eiffel »
Focus World Acquires Julianne Moore's 'Maps to the Stars'
Focus World has picked up U.S. distribution rights to Maps to the Stars. The film, directed by David Cronenberg, stars Julianne Moore as an aging leading lady and Mia Wasikowska as a mysterious young woman who becomes her assistant. The film also stars Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, Olivia Williams, Evan Bird, and Sarah Gadon. Focus World is eyeing an early 2015 release for Maps to the Stars, which earned Moore best actress honors at the Cannes International Film Festival in May. Entertainment One and Prospero Pictures co-financed the film, with producers including Prospero’s Martin Katz, Sbs Productions’ Said
- Aaron Couch
Kim Kardashian Posts Stunning New Wedding Picture With Kanye West—Take a Look!
It's time to witness all the magic from Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's beautiful wedding! Just in time for tonight's Keeping Up With the Kardashians season finale, the E! star headed to Instagram to share a brand new photo from her memorable ceremony. "#Love #Tonight #Finale," she captioned the photo as she looks into the sunset with her husband. The photo shows off her white Givenchy Haute Couture lace gown and long silk veil. West also looks quite handsome in a custom Givenchy tuxedo. Based on past photos, it's clear the duo was absolutely glowing and beaming with love after saying "I Do" at the Forte di Belvedere in front of »
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's First Wedding Photos Revealed—See the Bride's Gorgeous Dress
Absolutely stunning! That will likely be everyone's reaction as they witness Angelina Jolie and her family grace the cover of People magazine's upcoming issue. The cover, appropriately titled "Dream Day," features the first official photos of the bride's stunning wedding gown that incorporates her children's original artwork. Luigi Massi, the master tailor at Atelier Versace, was able to sew dozens of designs from the children into the dress and veil. "Luigi is like family to me and I couldn't imagine anyone else making this dress," Jolie tells the magazine. "He knows and cares for the children and it was great fun putting it together." A »
Britney Spears Addresses Cheating Rumors During Las Vegas Show
Britney Spears just outed her ex David Lucado as nothin' but a womanizer. The pop star directly addressed the alleged infidelity for the first time Sunday night. "So I know you know my boyfriend cheated on me," she told the crowd during her Piece of Me show in Las Vegas, People confirms. "But the best thing about being cheated on is I get to go on more first dates." Then, according to MTV, she said, "I need a hot guy. Where are the hot guys here tonight?" Spears, 32, has been in good spirits since becoming single. A source told People »
- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston
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