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Friday Report: 'Prometheus,' 'Madagascar 3' in Close Race

9 June 2012 9:21 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Prometheus narrowly topped the box office on Friday, though with family-friendly days ahead Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted seems well-positioned to take the weekend prize. Both movies opened very strong, though, and are each headed to at least $50 million for the three-day frame.Prometheus opened to an estimated $21.4 million on Friday, which is the 10th-highest opening day ever for an R-rated movie. Impressively, it was about even with Inception's $21.8 million debut, and it crushed District 9 ($14.2 million) and Super 8 ($12.1 million). It also had the highest opening day tally for a movie in the Alien franchise, though it's about on par with Alien Vs. Predator adjusting for ticket price inflation. The Ridley Scott sci-fi flick should wind up with somewhere between $55 and $57 million for the weekend. Madagascar 3 scored $20.45 million from 4,258 locations yesterday. That's higher than Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa's $17.6 million debut, and it's way above the first Madagascar's $13.9 million. »

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Box Office: 'Prometheus' bursts out Friday with $21.4 Million nipping 'Madagascar 3'

9 June 2012 9:13 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Ridley Scott still has some kick left in his game.  The legendary filmmaker has been hot and cold the past decade, but he scored a huge win on Friday as "Prometheus" pulled in $21.4 million.  That's an impressive start for the R-rated thriller and even more so considering the mixed reviews.  In fact, the "Alien" semi-prequel is looking at 3-day come of $55-57 million.  That puts it right behind Scott's largest opening ever, "Hannibal," which debuted with $58 million in 2001.  The 20th Century Fox release also puts star Charlize Theron in the driver's seat for possibly her second no.1 movie »


- Gregory Ellwood

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Box Office Report: 'Prometheus,' 'Madagascar 3' Prompt Moviegoing Spike

9 June 2012 8:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

After a sluggish few weeks, moviegoing soared on Friday as Ridley Scott's sci-fi epic Prometheus and family tentpole Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted entered the domestic marketplace. Prometheus, from 20th Century Fox, edged out Madagascar 3 to win the Friday race with $21.4 million. The pic is now expected to earn a better-than-expected $52 million to $54 million for the weekend. Photos: Top 15 Grossing Threequels of All Time That won't, however, be enough to keep up with DreamWorks Animation and Paramount' s Madagascar 3, which grossed $20.5 million on Friday for a $61 million

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- Pamela McClintock

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‘Violeta Went To Heaven’ Tops Brazil's Ceara Film Fest

9 June 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Fortaleza – Andres Wood’s Violeta Went to Heaven, a biopic of Chilean songwriter and folklorist Violeta Parra, topped the Ceara Ibero American Film Fest, which closed last night at the Jose Alencar Theater in the city of Fortaleza with a screening of Halder Gomes’ Cine Hollyudi. Violeta received the Usd 10,000 Mucuripe Award for Best Film, as well as Best Editing (to Andrea Chignoli) and Best Script (to writers Eliseo Altunaga, Rodrigo Bazaes, Guillermo Calderon and Andres Wood) The film, starring Francisca Gavilan recently picked up a Grand Jury Prize in Sundance. Story: Social Struggles Take Over Brazilian Festival

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- Agustin Mango

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Review: ABC Family's 'Bunheads' a return to form for Amy Sherman-Palladino

9 June 2012 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Gilmore Girls" and "The West Wing" debuted a year apart from one another, and they've always been linked in my mind: Two shows with machine gun banter, two shows that at their best deftly balanced laughs and heartache, two shows with creators — Amy Sherman-Palladino for "Gilmore Girls," Aaron Sorkin for "West Wing" — whose voices were unmistakable from anyone else's on television.   Those two are also linked in my mind because both series continued without their creators — and were never the same without them — and because their follow-up series (Sherman-Palladino's leaden "The Return of Jezebel James" and Sorkin's self-important »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Tony Awards predictions for all 26 categories

9 June 2012 5:47 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Gold Derby has surveyed 17 Experts, 6 Editors and hundreds of Users to predict the winners of the Tony Awards Sunday. Musicals "Once" is forecast to win five of its 11 bids: Musical, Musical Book, Director (Musical), Orchestrations, Sound Design (Musical) "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" is forecast to win one of its 10 bids: Actress (Musical) "Nice Work If You Can Get It" is forecast to win one of its 10 bids: Featured Actress (Musical) "Follies" is forecast to win two of its eight bids: Musical Revival, Costume Design (Musical) "Newsies" is forecast to win three of its eight bids: Actor (Musical), Score, Choreography "Evita" is forecast to win one of its three bids: Featured Actor (Musical) "Ghost the Musical" is forecast to win one of its three bids: Lighting Design (Musical) "Spiderman Turn Off the Dark" is forecast to win one of its two bids: Scenic D »

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10 stories you might have missed: Angelina Jolie may direct 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

8 June 2012 11:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's the end of the week again, and at least a few entertainment news items probably slipped right past you in the last seven days. In this edition of 10 stories you might have missed, we find out that Angelina Jolie may direct the big screen adaptation of the "Twilight"-inspired erotica book "Fifty Shades of Grey," "Harry Potter's" Emma Watson is circling Darren Aronofsky's "Noah," Stephen King's "It" has moved a step closer to the big screen, "The Misfits" is heading to Logo, "Lost's" Maggie Grace will appear on "Californication," Katy Perry premieres new video, and more. Catch up here: »


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'Thor 2' may give Zachary Levi a second shot at Fandral

8 June 2012 10:38 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Chuck" star Zachary Levi is reportedly up for a key role in "Thor 2," a role he's already won once before.   Follow the order of things, because it's nice symmetry:    Back in 2010, Levi was Marvel's choice to play Fandral, one of the Warriors Three in "Thor." He had to exit the comic adaptation because "Chuck" received an episode extension from perpetually desperate NBC.   Levi was briefly replaced by Stuart Townsend, before relative unknown Josh Dallas was cast in the role.   Dallas, of course, is now one of the stars of ABC's "One Upon a Time" and »


- HitFix Staff

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Hollywood Toasts Shirley MacLaine at AFI's 40th Annual Life Achievement Award

8 June 2012 10:34 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The American Film Institute’s 40th Life Achievement Award, presented to Shirley MacLaine Thursday night at an all-star tribute held at Sony Picture Studios, should have temporarily been renamed the Lives Achievement Award. Inevitably, given the Oscar winner’s new age writings, there were plenty of jokes about MacLaine’s past lives, although Jack Nicholson and later MacLaine herself jockingly complained that Jack Black pre-empted most of them with a video bit in which he impersonated everyone from a caveman to Moses to an alien visitor from the future, all testifying to the actress’ century-hopping accomplishments. Photos: AFI Honors Shirley

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- Gregg Kilday

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Hawk Koch, Mark Gordon Re-Elected PGA Presidents

8 June 2012 10:27 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Hawk Koch and Mark Gordon have been re-elected presidents of the Producers Guild of America, the guild announced on Friday. The election results were announced at the PGA's annual general membership meeting, which kicked off the fourth annual Produced By Conference at Sony Studios. Also re-elected were Gary Lucchesi, vice president of motion pictures, and Hayma Washington, vice president of television. Gale Anne Hurd was re-appointed recording secretary, and Lori McCreary was elected treasurer. Peter Saraf and Brandon Grande are new chairs of the PGA East and Northwest, respectively. Amy Jacobson Kurokawa remains »


- Lew Harris

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UTA Lit Agent Departs to Run Nicholas Sparks Production's TV Division

8 June 2012 9:15 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Elise Henderson has been tapped to run Nicholas Sparks Production's television division. The former UTA literary agent will oversee all development of original TV projects and series based on the best-selling author's novels. "We are absolutely thrilled by Elise's decision to shepherd our brand-new television venture. Her energy, skills and wide-ranging industry relationships are already yielding incredible opportunities for Nsp in the world of television," said Sparks, who recently launched the company with his publishing agent and creative partner Theresa Park, who serves as his president of production. Added Henderson, who worked at William Morris prior

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- Lacey Rose

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Lindsay Lohan Car Crash Details Revealed by Police

8 June 2012 8:55 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Details about  Lindsay Lohan's car accident  have been released by the Santa Monica Police Department.  The report  confirms a crash on the Pacific Coast Highway involving a black black Porsche occupied by Lohan and an unidentified adult male and a large dump truck at 11:42 a.m on Friday, June 8.   The preliminary investigation revealed that both vehicles were driving northbound on the Pacific Coast Highway when the Porsche struck the rear end of the dump truck. The police still have not determined a cause.    Photos: Lifetime's 'Liz & Dick': New Images of Lindsay Lohan, Grant

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- Andy Lewis

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Robin Gibb Honored by Brother, Family, and Friends at Funeral

8 June 2012 8:17 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Barry Gibb paid a heartfelt tribute to his brother Robin Gibb on Friday, telling mourners at the singer's funeral in Thame, Oxfordshire that his fellow Bee Gee, who died on May 20 at age 62, was taken way too early.         "Life is too short," Gibb said during his eulogy. "In Robin's case, absolutely too short. We should have had 20 years, 30 years of his magnificent mind and his beautiful heart."  Gibb remarked on the bond that Robin had with his twin, Maurice, who died in 2003, and seemed to find comfort that they

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- Marc Schneider, Billboard

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Hawk Koch, Mark Gordon Re-Elected Presidents of the Producers Guild of America

8 June 2012 7:49 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Hawk Koch and Mark Gordon were re-elected presidents of the Producers Guild of America today in elections held at the general membership meeting prior to this weekend's Produced By conference.  Other PGA national board officers include re-elected Vice President of Motion Pictures Gary Lucchesi, Vice President of Television Hayma “Screech” Washington, Recording Secretary Gale Anne Hurd (an appointed post), and the newly elected Treasurer Lori McCreary.     “We’re extremely honored that the Guild has confidence in us to continue to build upon its 60-year history of serving and empowering the producing community,” said Koch

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ABC's Attempt to Delay CBS' 'Glass House' Restraining Order Shot Down by Judge

8 June 2012 6:19 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

It's crunch time for ABC and its upcoming "Big Brother"-like reality show "Glass House." Federal judge Gary Feess shot down ABC's effort to delay CBS' temporary restraining order against "Glass House" on Friday, ruling that ABC has until 5 p.m. Monday to file any opposition to the restraining order. Also read: CBS Asks Judge to Stop ABC's "Big Brother"-Like "Glass House" From Airing CBS filed for its restraining order to block ABC from airing the series on Friday. ABC responded with an application to reschedule the briefing schedule and hearing on CBS's Tro »

- Tim Kenneally

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'Thor 2' Eyes 'Chuck' Star Zachary Levi (Exclusive)

8 June 2012 5:49 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Marvel Studios is targeting Zachary Levi to join the cast of Thor 2. He would replace Josh Dallas in the film. Dallas played Fandral, one of the Warriors Three in Thor, but is bowing out of the sequel to the 2011 hit movie due to his commitments to the ABC show Once Upon a Time. Levi’s involvement may blessed by the gods, however. He was in talks to originally play the role in 2010 but had to bow out when his cult NBC show Chuck got a last-minute reprieve from cancellation and an episode extension. Levi’s talks are in at

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Listen: Ben Wheatley discusses 'Sightseers' in Cannes edition of the podcast

8 June 2012 5:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

You've got not one but two episodes of the podcast due to you, and so you'll get one today and one tomorrow. This first one was recorded not long after I walked in the door from the Cannes Film Festival this year, and one of the last films I saw there was Mark Wheatley's "Sightseers."  Wheatley was the director of "Kill List," which many critics embraced, and which helped cement my opinion of Wheatley as a fascinating director who is willing to take big creative risks as he builds his films.  His new one is a comedy, something I wouldn't have »


- Drew McWeeny

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Scene and Heard at Shirley MacLaine's Party of a Lifetime

8 June 2012 5:31 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

When the top guest at a Hollywood event not only shows up to the after-party but shuts it down, that's a sure sign that the smiles and good cheer are genuine. At 12:45 A.M. Friday morning, AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Shirley MacLaine was still holding court and picking at fruit and cheese with a small circle of six, including brother Warren Beatty, in an entry foyer couch of the Harry Cohn Building on the Sony lot. After several hours seated at a dais-style dinner table on-camera without touching the food, there »


- Mikey Glazer

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'Modern Family' Producer Abraham Higginbotham Strikes Overall Deal With 20th TV

8 June 2012 5:20 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Abraham Higginbotham, co-executive producer of "Modern Family," has struck a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, TheWrap has confirmed. Under the pact, Higginbotham will be elevated to executive producer and will develop projects for 20th Century Fox TV, which produces the ABC hit. Also read: "Modern Family" Producer Jeff Richman Lands Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox Earlier this week, "Modern Family's" Jeff Richman received a similar deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Higginbotham has been with "Modern Family" since 2010. His resume includes a stint as a co-executive producer on the »


- Tim Kenneally

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'Ultimate Spider-Man' Renewed for Second Season on Disney Xd (Exclusive)

8 June 2012 5:19 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Disney Xd wants more of their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. The cable network has renewed animated hit Ultimate Spider-Man for a second season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. The series, which was used to launch the network's Marvel Universe programming block, has been a constant performer for the youth-skewing cabler, posting gains in total viewers and across boys ages 6-14, 6-11 and 2-11. Story: Adrian Pasdar Previews His Turn as Iron Man on 'Ultimate Spider-Man' The creative team behind the animated series, which includes co-executive producers Man of Action Studios as well

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- Lesley Goldberg

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