Box Office: ‘Paul Blart’ Sequel Opens to $22 Million; ‘Furious 7′ Still No. 1
Sony’s “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” playing in 3,633 theaters, should open to a solid $22 million domestically. That’s slightly below the 2009 original comedy, which debuted to $31 million but still, better than the $16 million projections.
Universal’s “Furious 7″ will likely cruise to its third straight win with an estimated $26 million haul.
The racing blockbuster, directed by James Wan, just crossed $1 billion worldwide to become the fastest movie to ever reach the billion-dollar club. It should hit $300 million domestically next week.
Universal’s other release, low-budget horror film “Unfriended,” is logging in with $16.5 million this weekend. Not bad for a movie that cost over $1 million to produce.
“Unfriended” tells the story of six teenagers who are terrorized by an anonymous person online. The project hails »
- Variety Staff
'Independence Day 2': Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch Returning
Bill Pullman's President Whitmore lives on. Pullman is reprising his Independence Day role for the upcoming sequel, alongside Judd Hirsch, who played Julius Levinson, father to Jeff Goldblum's computer genius character David in the original. Roland Emmerich, who is returning to direct, announced the castings on Twitter Friday. Independence Day 2 is slated for June 24, 2016, just under 20 years after the original film hit theaters July 3, 1996. Goldblum is also returning to star alongside series newcomers Liam Hemsworth and Jessie Usher, who will play the son of the cocky fighter pilot played by Will Smith in the original. Pullman's president Whitmore has remained
- Aaron Couch
Stephen Colbert Admits He Didn't Want to Host 'Daily Show'
Jon Stewart's stunning announcement that he was leaving The Daily Show left many Colbert Report fans – including Star Wars creator George Lucas – wondering whether Stephen Colbert would have taken that gig instead of David Letterman's The Late Show if Colbert had known of Stewart's impending departure. In a discussion with Lucas at the Tribeca Film Festival Friday, Colbert made it clear that hosting The Daily Show was never in his plans, Deadline reports.
"Don't you think the perfect choice to replace that Jon Stewart fella would have been you? »
Official (Not-Blurry) Batman V Superman Trailer Released
After sneaking online in a low-quality cell-phone video form, the trailer for Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice has now been officially released. In typical Snyder fashion, the trailer is dark and dour, with so much CGI, so much brooding, so much anger. It seems that the citizens of Metropolis didn’t appreciate how Superman pretty much destroyed their entire city in his Demi-God fisticuffs with Michael Shannon, likely killing millions of people in the process.In a display of anger, someone spray paints “False God” on a (CGI) Superman statue. “We’re talking about an alien,” intones one disembodied voice, “Whose very existence challenges our own sense of priority in the universe.” You can also hear Jessie Eisenberg’s Lex Luther saying, “Human beings have a horrible track record of following people with great power,” and Jeremy Irons’s Alfred Pennyworth talking about how some men »
- Greg Cwik
Interview: Joe Anglim talks 'Survivor: Worlds Apart'
For a couple "Survivor: Worlds Apart" episodes, it looked as if Joe Anglim might be able to pull off the unthinkable. Targeted for elimination at every vote -- when your nickname is "Joey Amazing," people don't like to keep you around -- Joe was spared pre-Merge elimination when the Joaquin-Rodney romance somehow made them into an alleged power couple. Then he won two consecutive Individual Immunity challenges and it seemed fair to wonder if he would ever lose. "100 percent," Joe told me regarding whether he began to believe he could run the Individual Immunity table. "I was very confident that I could possibly go all the way." And in Wednesday's episode, even though he lost Individual Immunity, it briefly looked as if the combination of an elaborately designed fake Idol and Jenn's desire to semi-quit might earn him at least one more day in the game. Joe »
- Daniel Fienberg
Acm Awards: What time does the show start?
The Academy of Country Music Awards take place on Sunday, April 19, at the At&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and airs live on CBS at 8:00 pm Et. Country stars Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will preside over the landmark 50th annual edition of this kudofest. This is their third straight year hosting together. Looking for a handy cheat sheet before entering our contest to predict Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards for a chance to win $100 and a place of honor on our leaderboard? Then take a look at our racetrack odds below. The predicted winners are indicated in gold (be sure to click on each category title for an in-depth look at that race). -Break- Acm Awards: Can Luke Bryan muscle past Blake Shelton for Male Vocalist? These official odds are based on a combination of three sets of forecasts at Gold Derby: Editors, the Top 24 Users (at »
Outlander’s Lotte Verbeek on Geillis’s Reveal, Feminism, and Dancing Naked
The Fault in Our Stars fans might recognize Lotte Verbeek as Willem Dafoe's Amsterdam assistant, but for Outlander's audience, she's the mysterious Geillis, who, in Saturday night’s episode, declared that she was indeed a witch. But the real twist was that her "proof" was a mark of the devil — her scar from a smallpox vaccination, which wasn't widely available in 1743. That, plus her saying "1968!", reveal that, like our heroine, Geillis is a modern woman in a not-so-modern place. Unlike Claire, however, Geillis meant to be there. And if she could choose when and where to travel in time, perhaps Claire could as well? Verbeek chatted with Vulture about her character's reveal, feminism, witchcraft, and dancing naked. I know it's hard to dance around some of the spoilers...It is. I mean, it's harder than dancing in a forest naked! [Laughs] And how was that?That is very freeing. »
- Jennifer Vineyard
Miley Cyrus Can't Stop Changing Her Look at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony, Admits She ''Wanted to Have Sex" With Joan Jett
Kicking things off with a bang! When Miley Cyrus appeared on stage for Saturday night's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, nobody knew exactly what to expect. As it turns out, the singer decided to just be Miley in more ways than one when welcoming Joan Jett into the prestigious music club. "I'm going to start off this induction with the first time I wanted to have sex with Joan Jett," the "We Can't Stop" singer proclaimed in front of a packed house at Public Hall in Cleveland. "We were in her bathroom, and we were smoking and just talking, and this was one of the moments in my life where I wanted to be as present and absorb everything that she said to »
MTV Cancels ‘Eye Candy’ After One Season
MTV has canceled “Eye Candy” after one season.
Victoria Justice, star of the freshman drama, made the announcement Saturday on Twitter.
“Eye Candy will not be returning for season 2,” she wrote in a lengthy message to fans. “Even though a lot of you are going to feel sad/angry, please know that playing Lindy Sampson, is something that I loved and I will hold dear to my heart.”
The cyber thriller, based on R.L. Stine’s best-selling novel and executive produced by “Twilight’s” Catherine Hardwicke and Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions, centered on a tech genius who tried to capture a serial killer who preyed on dating websites in New York.
The 10 episode series premiered in January 2015.
- Variety Staff
MTV's 'Eye Candy' Canceled
MTV's freshman drama Eye Candy is one and done. Leading lady Victoria Justice made the announcement Saturday via Twitter that the freshman drama has been canceled. An MTV representative also confirmed that Eye Candy will not be returning. "Eye Candy will not be returning for season two," she wrote in an extended post. "Even though a lot of you are going to feel sad/angry, please know that playing Lindy Sampson, is something that I loved and I will hold dear to my heart." The Viacom-owned cable network picked up the 10-episode drama in February 2014. The
- Lesley Goldberg
Garrett Hedlund and Oscar Isaac Play a Hollywood Star and the Devil in Tribeca’s ‘Mojave’ – But Who’s Worse?
Garrett Hedlund plays a rich, spoiled Hollywood star. Oscar Isaac plays a drifter who might be the devil himself. And in William Monahan‘s seriously twisted “Mojave,” which had its world premiere on Saturday night at the Tribeca Film Festival, it’s sometimes hard to tell which of them is worse. The directorial debut of the man who won an Oscar for writing Martin Scorsese‘s blood crime drama “The Departed,” “Mojave” takes noir to another level, mixing biblical and Shakespearean allusions, philosophical discussions and Hollywood satire with beatings, shootings, car wrecks and lots of thoroughly unpleasant behavior. It’s sometimes messy and overwrought and. »
- Steve Pond
‘Outlander’ Stars Talk Claire’s Choice in ‘The Devil’s Mark’ (Spoilers)
In the April 18 episode of “Outlander,” titled “The Devil’s Mark,” Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Geillis (Lotte Verbeek) found themselves accused of witchcraft, with the suspicions and superstitions of their eighteenth century captors leading to the pair being declared guilty and sentenced to burn at the stake.
“It’s great to watch these two women. There’s so much tension and animosity between them in the beginning and then they slowly have to learn [to understand each other],” Balfe said of the pair’s tumultuous journey over the course of the episode. “Claire can be very judgmental and very ‘this is black and white,’ and I think she has to learn with Geillis that no, it’s not black and white. There are reasons behind her actions and there are reasons bigger than herself, and she really has to learn to empathize with her.”
- Laura Prudom
Outlander Recap: The Witch of Blackbird Loch
“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there,” said British novelist L.P. Hartley. For instance, they try people as witches. (Usually women, but not always!) Rural Scotland in the mid 1700s was still, for all intents and purposes, the Dark Ages. And the Dark Ages looked very dark indeed from the bottom of a thieves’ hole.Claire and her frenemy Geillis begin the episode tossed into that squalid pit. They fight about who’s to blame. Sure, Geillis has danced naked in the moonlight, praying to spirits; she has killed one woman with a spell (maybe) and one man with poison (definitely). But Claire has that superior English thing going on that annoys the hell out of people. Plus, the long hand of the law only reached in once Claire arrived to warn Geillis to run. Geillis should have taken Intro to Statistics: Correlation does not equal causation. »
- Ester Bloom
'Orphan Black' Postmortem: Tatiana Maslany Talks "Kill Switches," Break-Ups
[Warning: This post contains spoilers for Orphan Black's season three premiere.] As Orphan Black's third season kicked off Saturday, the stakes for the female clones became rapidly apparent. Although on paper, a kidnapped — and hallucinating — Helena (Tatiana Maslany) was the one in most immediate danger, Sarah (Maslany) was asked to impersonate an injured Rachel (Maslany) at Dyad. Meanwhile, Alison (Maslany) was asked to try her hand at impersonating Sarah — in case anyone became suspicious and wanted to see the "captured" clone. While playing Rachel, Sarah learned the truth of the situation: all of her "sisters" were at
- Marisa Roffman
'Outlander' Writer on Claire's Shocking Decision, Geillis' Daring Move
[Warning: Spoilers ahead from Saturday's episode of Outlander, "The Devil's Mark."] For fans of Outlander, Saturday’s episode was a one-two punch of major plot development and character reveals. After being accused of witchcraft alongside Geillis Duncan (Lotte Verbeek), Claire (Caitriona Balfe) is put on trial, where her good deeds were used against her to prove the case. It is only when Geillis cops to being a witch to save her that Claire realizes she was not the only time traveler in town. But she’s not given much time to process it all before she and Jamie (Sam Heughan)
- Alicia Lutes
Recap: 'Outlander' - 'The Devil's Mark' has saved countless lives, you fools!
By the end of last week’s episode of “Outlander,” it had become clear that sexual frustration ruins lives. Scottish Santa’s need to ‘get jolly’ might have gotten his wife killed. Colum’s inability to perform got Dougal and Jamie banished because if the Laird ain’t getting laid, nobody is. And Leery’s teen angst got Claire arrested for witchcraft. Nunneries are looking better all the time. Will Geillis and Claire survive 18th century justice? Since the show doesn’t end here, I’ll assume so. Time to find out how! ***** Without preamble, Claire and Gilly are tossed into a Thieve’s Hole. The locals could’ve at Least asked the Goblin King to install some Helping Hands™ to cushion the fall. It takes approximately two seconds for the women to turn on each other out of fear. Gilly accuses Claire of selling her out and I’m »
- Donna Dickens
Mumford & Sons, Deathcab for Cutie Singer Rip Jay Z’s Tidal: ‘This Thing Is Going to Fail Miserably’
British folk band Mumford & Sons and Deathcab for Cutie singer Ben Gibbard had some harsh words for Tidal, the music streaming service recently relaunched by Jay Z. “I think they totally blew it by bringing out a bunch of millionaires and billionaires and propping them up onstage and then having them all complain about not being paid,” Gibbard said in an interview for The Daily Beast. “That’s why this thing is going to fail miserably.” Gibbard was apparently unimpressed with Tidal’s star-studded launch in March which featured music artists Madonna, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Usher and Deadmau5, as well as Mrs. »
- Joe Otterson
Reggie Bush and Lilit Avagyan Are Expecting a Baby Boy! Get the Latest on the "Overjoyed and Happy" Couple
Looks like we are all tied up! Almost two years after Reggie Bush and wife Lilit Avagyan welcomed a baby girl, E! News can reveal the happy couple is now welcoming their first boy into the family! "Reggie and his wife Lilit are so excited for their second child and they can't wait to welcome a baby boy," a source shared exclusively with E! News. "They seemed so overjoyed and happy when they talk about it." The insider added, "Reggie is extremely supportive and helpful. They both always wanted a big family." Earlier this month, Lilit couldn't hide the news anymore. While participating in an intensive boxing workout, the proud mom's growing stomach revealed the »
'Good Times' Actor Ben Powers Dies at 64
Ben Powers, who played Thelma's (Bern Nadette Stanis) husband Keith Anderson on the final season of the classic CBS sitcom Good Times, has died. He was 64. Powers died April 6 in Providence, R.I., his family announced. He joined the cast of Good Times for its sixth and final season, playing Keith, a professional football player. "My condolences goes out to the family of Ben Powers, who past a few days ago," Stanis wrote on Facebook. "He was a great actor and great friend who is gone too soon. He will be missed by many. Until next lifetime, my
- Mike Barnes, Ryan Gajewski
Who Does the Outlander Cast "Ship"? Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe and More Reveal the Couples They Love
True fact: Outlander fans just might be the most passionate fanbase around, especially when it comes to the core romance of Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe)! We have known lots of "shippers" in our time (fans who root for a particular relationship), and trust when we say, the loyalty with the kilt-lovers is Fierce. So, this got us thinking. Now that the Outlander actors are the recipients of such raging shipperdom (that's not a word), were the tables ever turned? Have they ever shipped a TV couple of their own? Of course they have. But some were hard-pressed to come up with their favorite TV ship. The ones that did, well, their answers are equal parts amazing, funny and »
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