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Box Office: ‘Horrible Bosses 2′ Scores $1 Million in Tuesday Night Launch
Moviegoers showed some love for the art of boss-hating as New Line’s “Horrible Bosses 2″ launched with a solid $1 million in Tuesday night showings at the U.S. box office.
The R-rated comedy sequel — the first challenger to Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ — took in nearly triple the opening night number for “Horrible Bosses,” which opened with $365,000 in July 2011.
Forecasts have projected that “Horrible Bosses 2″ will take in about $35 million for the Wednesday-Sunday Thanksgiving holiday period. The original opened with $28.3 million on its way to $117 million in the U.S. and $209.6 million worldwide.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ is expected to dominate the holiday weekend. So far it’s hit $130 million after four days in the U.S. and $154 million in international markets. Trackers expect the U.S. haul to hit $80 million to $85 million for the five-day holiday period.
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- Dave McNary
Richard Linklater to Receive Visionary Award at Palm Springs Film Fest
“Boyhood” writer-director Richard Linklater will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s awards gala on Jan. 3. The festival runs from Jan. 2-12.
“Richard Linklater’s latest feature film is the critically acclaimed ‘Boyhood,’ a one-of-a-kind epic undertaking shot over the course of 12 years with the same cast,” said fest chairman Harold Matzner. “For his creative innovations in filmmaking, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present Richard Linklater with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award.”
Linklater’s past work includes “Slacker,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Before Sunrise,” “Waking Life,” “Tape,” “School of Rock,” “Before Sunset,” “A Scanner Darkly,” “Bernie,” and “Before Midnight.” “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight” nabbed Linklater Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay.
The Psiff Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees »
- Laura Prudom
Natalie Portman In Talks To Join Steve Jobs Biopic
Exclusive: Natalie Portman is in talks to join Universal’s Steve Jobs biopic. Character details were not revealed, but it is expected to be a major role. Should be a deal be done, this would mark a further positive reversal of fortunes for the Danny Boyle-helmed project. Deadline revealed last week that it had been put in turnaround by Sony Pictures, to the shock of many in the industry. Universal Pictures picked it up Monday.
Michael Fassbender recently was courted to play the Apple genius in the Aaron Sorkin-scripted film , adapted from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography Steve Jobs. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Christian Colson, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady.
Portman, repped stateside by CAA, has been particularly busy of late. The actress-turned-filmmaker has her feature directorial debut A Tale of Love and Darkness, an adaptation of celebrated Israeli writer Amos Oz’s memoir, in post. »
- Ali Jaafar
Did Alfonso Ribeiro Win Dancing With the Stars Because of Will Smith?!
Congratulations to Dancing With the Stars season 19 winner Alfonso Ribeiro! After Alfonso took home the mirror-ball trophy last night with his pro dancer partner Witney Carson, E! News caught up with the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star to find out how he it felt to be crowned champion. "We've got a mirror-ball! Wild!" Ribeiro said. "When you want something for so long, it's just unbelievable when you finally get it. You never know if you'll ever get it and there have been many times where I said to myself, 'This is never going to happen. I'm never going to do the show, they're never going to let me do it, and that's what it's going to be.' And then I got the phone call, »
As New Cosby Accusers Come Forward, Legal Options Remain Limited
The number of women accusing Bill Cosby of alleged sexual assault continues to grow, with nearly 20 women now claiming that they were drugged and assaulted by the comedian. Cosby’s attorneys have vigorously denied all allegations and Cosby himself has dismissed the claims as "innuendos."
Seventy-three-year-old Donna Motsinger says she was of the 11 "Jane Doe" victims who were prepared to give testimony in a 2005 civil rape case against the comedian, but the suit was settled out of court before any victims were called to testify.
"I asked him for an asprin and I took that pill," Motsinger told Et. "The next thing that I remember from that moment on is that I woke up in the back of that limousine, with his hands all over me. I passed out again and the next thing I remember, I woke up in my apartment, in my bed »
‘Red Band Society’ to End Production After 13 Episodes
The prognosis is mixed for Fox’s quirky dramedy “Red Band Society.”
The ABC Studios/Amblin TV series about a group of hospitalized teenagers facing serious illnesses will wrap production on its first season next month after completing 13 episodes.
“Red Band” will air tonight and next week in its Wednesday 9 p.m. time slot, taking the show through episode 10. The remaining three segs will be scheduled later. Such a move is never a good sign for a series, but Fox emphasizes that the show remains a contender for season two.
NBC is taking a similar tack with its Friday drama series “Constantine,” although that show is scheduled for a 13-episode run. The decision to cap a season at 13 episodes is another cable-like move by broadcast nets.
“Red Band” to date is averaging about 1.5 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and about 4.5 million viewers. Series is based on a format from Spain. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Mel Brooks Voicing Dracula's Father in 'Hotel Transylvania 2'
Comic legend Mel Brooks has joined the voice cast of the Sony's animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 2. Brooks will voice the role of Vlad, the ancient, undead and grumpy father to the Adam Sandler-voiced Dracula. Read more Mel Brooks Gets Street Named After Him: "People Are Going to Walk All Over Me" The follow-up to the 2012 hit involves Vlad arriving at the hotel for an impromptu family get-together. The Emmy-, Grammy-, Oscar- and Tony-winning Brooks takes on the role 40 years after helming Young Frankenstein, saying of his new role, "I’m having a wonderful time
- Hilary Lewis
Oscars: 'Let It Go' Is (Phew!) Gone as Coldplay, Glen Campbell Vie for Best Song
This story first appeared in the Dec. 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Music fans who keep an ear on the Oscars have gotten used to years in which there clearly is one song to rule them all ("Let It Go," "Skyfall") -- or years with no songs at all that anyone who doesn't work for an animation division might care about (recall the dark days of 2011, when Muppets and Rio tunes were the only nominees). This year? It's a legitimate race full of provocative choices with no clear frontrunner -- and toons definitely are not dominating the tunes.
- Chris Willman
This Is What Rachel Zoe Is Gifting Her Team This Holiday
To help us on our eternal quest to be the absolute best holiday gifter in all the land, we polled 100 of Hollywood's savviest style makers to find out just what they planned on giving to their nearest and dearest this holiday season. One of the stylists included in our inaugural list of Hollywood's Favorite 100 Gifts is Rachel Zoe, who is giving Jennifer Meyer wishbone jewelry to her team. "With and without diamonds," the stylist-turned-designer-turned media mogul says. We wonder what you have to do around that office to get the bling. See
- Erin Weinger
Red Band Society Recap: Punch Me In the Morning
Red Band Society, as a whole, mainly gets by on a) the strength of Octavia Spencer's performance, b) the likeability of the teenage performers and c) the inherent drama of having a bunch of sick kids waiting around, hoping to get better, knowing they might not. It's main drawbacks, at the moment, are a) a tendency towards gimmicks for gimmicks' sake (I don't mind coma boy as a narrative thread and I guess I'm alright with everyone visiting him in their dream state, but the idea of him as all-seeing narrator just doesn't work), b) heavy-handed writing that makes sure you always Understand What The Scene Is About (I'm sure the thinking here is that shows about teenagers tend to mostly attract teenage viewers, but it's really condescending to assume kids can't figure out subtext and themes on their own) and c) all the adult characters besides Nurse Jackson »
- Michael Tedder
Our Favorite CW Ladies Reveal What They're Thankful for This Thanksgiving—Including Viola Davis' Brave Moment
Leave it to two of the CW's hottest leading ladies to have the best taste. We already revealed what TV items we're thankful for this Thanksgiving, and now, Arrow's Emily Bett Rickards and The Flash's Candice Patton are revealing to E! News the pop culture-related goodies they're oh-so-glad happened in 2014. From a brave scene on How to Get Away With Murder to an iconic red carpet moment, it's clear these ladies have just as great of taste in pop culture as they do in fictional men! Candice's List 1. The Flash! I work with phenomenal people! It's a dream job. Besides, auditioning all the time is a special kind of torture. 2. Netflix, for being a constant »
Happy Thanksgiving! See the Best and Worst Side Dishes Ranked!
It's almost time to chow down! Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to show gratitude and appreciation to all your friends and loved ones, but it's also the occasion to savor delicious cuisine! Our mouths are already watering just thinking about the delectable sweet potato casserole, creamy mashed potatoes with gravy and super-cheesy macaroni and cheese. While the turkey is the star of most holiday dinners, we all know that it's the side dishes that make or break the meal! Before you gobble up all that grub, check out our ranking of all the traditional Thanksgiving sides from worst to best! Did your personal favorite make the cut? Happy Thanksgiving! »
Venice Biennale College Winners Announced
Three films have been selected for the prestigious Biennale College’s 2015 edition. Each project will be given a budget of $187,000 (€150,000) so the film can be produced in time for the 72nd Venice Film Festival next summer. The three winners were chosen from 12 selected projects, which all underwent an intense development workshop. They’ll next undergo two more workshops with an elite group of mentors in order to further develop the films. See more Venice Film Festival: Portraits The selections represent an international group, with participants hailing from Italy, Japan, Poland and the U.S. Each project
- Ariston Anderson
Box Office: ‘Hunger Games’ Off to Healthy Holiday Start With $14.6 Million
“The Hunger Games” has become a veritable “Turkey Day” tradition.
Katniss Everdeen set new standards for gorging when “Catching Fire” became the highest-grossing Thanksgiving release ever. This year, “Mockingjay – Part 1″ is also feasting on the holiday box office, earning $14.6 million on Wednesday to kick off a five day bonanza, according to estimates. The film’s domestic box office to date stands at $157.6 million. Globally, the film has earned roughly $350 million.
There’s healthy competition around the Thanksgiving table. DreamWorks Animation is trying to rope in family audiences eager to get out of the house with “Penguins of Madagascar,” which drew $6.3 million Wednesday in 3,750 theaters. The spin-off of the “Madagascar” franchise cost $132 million to make and is expected to rack up between $42 million to $44 million for the five days through Sunday.
For older moviegoers eager for some R-rated laughs, New Line is fielding “Horrible Bosses 2.” The black comedy picked up $4.2 million on Wednesday, »
- Brent Lang
Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Lightning Misses Twice for Broadway Beaux
Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for People since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach."I think there's a direct correlation between opening your big fat mouth and the idol having to get played." - Reynold Toeppfer, Survivor: CaramoanPoor Josh and Reed. Have there ever been two such near-misses in Survivor history? At the merge, Josh had been set to lead his majority alliance to victory. He had orchestrated the perfect blindside of Jeremy - until Julie quit the game and the Meat Brothers alienated Jaclyn. Within three days, Josh »
- Stephen Fishbach, @stephenfishbach
Miike Takashi Snares Osawa Takao for ‘Lion’ Drama
Tokyo – Satomi Ishihara, Yoko Maki and Takao Osawa will star in the new Takashi Miike film “Kaze ni Tatsu Lion” (The Lion Who Stands in the Wind), a drama about a Japanese doctor, Koichiro Shimada, working in Kenya, it was announced today.
Osawa will play the lead role of Shimada, while Ishihara will play his nurse and Maki a physician who is Shimada’s fiancee.
Based on a 1987 song by singer/songwriter Masashi Sada that was later novelized, the film depicts Shimada’s journey from a university hospital in Nagoya, Japan to a research center in Kenya and finally a hospital treating war wounded in that country, including a boy soldier Shimada befriends.
The pic is currently being shot on location in Kenya, after filming in Nagoya last month. Japan release is set for March 14, 2015 with Toho distributing.
- Mark Schilling
Carson Daly, Ashlee Simpson, Josh Duhamel and More Stars Reveal How They're Spending Thanksgiving!
Didn't score an invite to your favorite celebrity's Thanksgiving dinner? No worries! In the weeks leading up the holiday, stars including Carson Daly, Ashlee Simpson and Josh Duhamel revealed to E! News how the were planning to spend Turkey Day. Before taping an episode of NBC's The Voice, Daly told Ali Fedotowsky that he'll be preparing his main dish two different ways. "I'm doing a 16-lb. turkey in the oven and I'm going to deep-fry a 19-lb. turkey," Today's Orange Room anchor said. Because his jobs require him to travel cross-country, the engaged father of three was looking forward to family time. "I'm so displaced these days between New York and L.A. All my family's in L.A. »
Suarez, Moreno Team For ‘Ocean Blue’
Mar Del Plata – Having produced Ines Barrionuevo’s “Atlantida,” which world premiered in the Berlinale’s 2014 Generation Plus, Paola Suarez’s Germina Films is backing another feature debut from a Cordoba-based distaff director: “Azul el mar” (Ocean Blue,) helmed by Sabrina Moreno, and introduced at Mar del Plata Festival.
“Azul” is set up as a co-production between Germina and Moreno’s label, Sabrina Jaune Producciones, also based out of Cordoba.
Like “Atlantida” before it, “Ocean Blue” is one of the six winners of an annual Raymundo Gleyzer Prize. Part of Incaa’s drive into regional film financing in Argentina, one of the passions of Incaa president Lucrecia Cardoso, the Raymundo Gleyzner prizes are allotted by Argentina’s Incaa state film-tv agency to six regions in Argentina. They were announced this week at Mar del Plata.
“The prize gives some development money. Even more important, however, it allows Sabrina Moreno to apply for Incaa production funding. »
- John Hopewell
Russian Parliament Won't Consider Restrictions on Hollywood Films
The State Duma, the lower chamber of Russian Parliament, won't consider legislation introducing restrictions on Hollywood releases in Russia. The moves comes just days after President Vladimir Putin spoke against the idea of restrictions on Hollywood fare. "Today, regulating film exhibition by introducing quotas on Russian or foreign films would be superfluous," Leonid Levin, head of the Duma's committee on information policy, which is in charge of film industry issues, was quoted as saying by the Russian News Service. Read more Oscars: Here Are the 83 Foreign-Language Movies Vying for a Nomination "If a good Russian film is
- Vladimir Kozlov
Oscars: How 'Imitation Game' Team Re-Created the Turing Machine
This story first appeared in the Dec. 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Long before Steve Jobs and Bill Gates changed the world of computing, Alan Turing designed a machine to crack Germany's Enigma code during World War II and became a computing pioneer himself. The Weinstein Co.'s period thriller The Imitation Game, which opens Nov. 28, tells the story of Turing, and one of the film's biggest challenges was re-creating Turing's machine. See more The Making of 'The Imitation Game' Production designer Maria Djurkovic and her team conducted extensive archival research and photographed and measured a
- Carolyn Giardina
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