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
'Children of Men' Author P.D. James Dies at 94
London – P.D. James took the classic British detective story into tough modern terrain, complete with troubled relationships and brutal violence, and never accepted that crime writing was second-class literature. James, who has died at age 94, is best known as the creator of sensitive Scotland Yard sleuth Adam Dalgliesh. But her wickedly acute imagination ranged widely, inserting a murder into the mannered world of Jane Austen in Death Comes to Pemberley and creating a bleak dystopian future in The Children of Men. See more Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 James told the Associated Press in 2006 that
- The Associated Press
Ferguson, ‘Black Male Crisis’ Documentary in the Works (Exclusive)
Berg, Parker and writer-director Matthew Cooke launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign on Wednesday — two days after the announcement of a grand jury failing to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting.
The campaign has already generated $3,125 or 12% of its $25,000 goal. Deadline for contributions is Jan. 5.
“In response to the growing problem of racial disparity due to the ongoing dehumanization of black men, actor and activist Nate Parker is setting out on a journey of investigation,” the campaign site said. “He will venture into black communities to speak to various stakeholders about the crisis facing these men. Through the examination of specific cases, Nate will create relevant and responsive discourse with the intention of mining strong »
- Dave McNary
Katy Perry, Here's a Super Bowl Halftime Performance Game Plan For You
Hey, Katy! Congrats, girl! We're so psyched that you're officially going to be performing at the Super Bowl. Not that we, like, doubted it for a second, but happy to see the confirmation today. Not sure you have service in the middle of Sydney Harbor, but we figured we'd send this on the off chance that you are checking emails. Doing the halftime show is a really, really big deal. So we took it upon ourselves to put together a little cheat sheet for you. Try to study the below in between stops on your Prismatic Tour. (Oh, and by the way, »
- Jocelyn Vena
Throwback Thursday: In the '80s, Flavor Flav Made the Clock His Signature Accessory
This story first appeared in a special Watches issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. While touring with Public Enemy in 1988, group co-founder Flavor Flav was stunned when he got onstage during a performance in New Jersey. "Everyone in the crowd was wearing a clock around their neck. They were doing it because of me," says the performer, now 55, in a phone interview. He went on to make the look his signature, wearing clocks over the years decorated with everything from a red swirl to the Eiffel Tower to the Knicks logo. Read more Flavor Flav Claims He Spent Nearly
- Ariel Adams
Vigalondo, Vermut Rip It Up in Mar del Plata
Mar Del Plata – The subject tabled by moderator Pablo Conde for Thursday’s CarlosVermut/Nacho Vigalondo Mar del Plata Masterclass was Spain’s new cineaste vanguard. Whatever the movies which “Open Windows” Vigalondo and San Sebastian Golden Seashell winner Vermut (“Magical Girl”) next make – and Vigalondo gave at least one more detail of his monster-in-a-suit project: its title, “Colossal” – one thing seems certain: Both will make a large effort to be entertaining.
The major impression taken away from the duo’s far ranging response to Conde’s question, where topics ranged for example from Vigalondo’s self-confessed prowess at barfing to his memories of making a home-movie version of “Alive!” as a kid, was that both, if they ever gave up directing, could have a second-flush career as stand-up comics.
Both also made a pretty good stab, however, at guiding a Mar del Plata audience through some hallmarks of the novíssimo cine español, »
- John Hopewell
BBC Hunts for Saturday Hit, Calls 'Voice' Coach Will.i.am a "National Treasure"
The BBC is on the hunt for a big Saturday night entertainment show that can mirror the success of such weekend hits as Strictly Come Dancing, known in the U.S. as Dancing With the Stars, and The Voice. The BBC's entertainment commissioning department has asked independent producers to pitch "great new ideas for big-scale Saturday night entertainment shows" that can "sit alongside" the existing hit shows, the U.K. public broadcaster said in confirming a report by Broadcast magazine. The report said the broadcaster was looking for a show for its flagship network BBC One that has “huge
- Georg Szalai
'Imitation Game' "Baddie" Misrepresented, Family Claims
Alastair Denniston, played by Charles Dance in The Imitation Game, was not the "baddie" and bully he is portrayed as in the movie, according to his grandchildren. In the film, Denniston, who was a commander at Bletchley Park where the Nazi Enigma code was broken, is seen as a the main adversary to Alan Turing, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, and is seen arguing against the mathematician’s methods and looking for any excuse to get rid of him. Dance himself has described his character as a “pompous prat.” But in a letter to The Daily Telegraph, seven of Denniston’s grandchildren
- Alex Ritman
Film Review: ‘Um Ghayeb: Mother of the Unborn’
Grounded in a sense of place and far richer in personality and understanding than might be expected from a brief synopsis, “Um Ghayeb: Mother of the Unborn” is a nuanced, moving portrait of a barren woman in rural Egypt. On the surface that may sound almost pathetic, but first-time documaker Nadine Salib looks beyond infertility and the deeply rooted, fascinating pre-Islamic superstitions holding sway in the region, allowing her subject a fuller and sadder character not solely tied to issues of motherhood. This beautifully lensed, insightful look at a little-known community should see significant fest traction, with possible release in doc-friendly art houses.
Upper Egypt, the vast, insular region in the country’s south, has long been economically depressed and culturally distinct from the urban hubs to the north. Isolated by the inhibiting twins of poverty and government neglect, the area remains tied to traditional social patterns, including the woman »
- Jay Weissberg
'Unbroken': Last Oscars mystery will soon be solved
On Sunday and Monday, media pundits will see the last of the major Oscar contenders – "Unbroken" – and we will finally have a good sense of the race. Currently, the 26 Oscarologists at Gold Derby are thus split on what will win Best Picture: 14 for "Boyhood," 7 for "Unbroken," 3 for "Selma" and 2 for "Birdman." -Break- "Unbroken" could soon jump ahead based upon its pedigree, which makes it look like the ultimate made-for-Oscars movie. Like "12 Years a Slave" and "A Beautiful Mind," it tells the real-life story of someone who triumphs over extreme adversity – in this case, World War II hero Louie Zamperini, a former Olympic track star who survives a plane crash, gets lost at sea and then endures two and a half years locked up in Japanese Pow camps. The fact that it's directed by past Oscar champ Angelina Jolie ("Girl, Interrupted") g...' »
Water Main Break Closes Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu
The Pacific Coast Highway running through Malibu is closed after a water main break created a sinkhole, authorities said late on Thursday. At 6.50pm, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Malibu/Lost Hills Station released a statement on the situation. "Lost Hills Station units responded to assist Los Angeles County Fire Department units with a water line break. Water was spraying across all lanes of Pacific Coast Highway, downhill and across Broad Beach Road. Both roadways are closed to all traffic. A significant hole formed along the eastbound side of Pacific Coast Highway as a result of the water
- Abid Rahman
'The Real World' Star Ryan Knight Dies at 29
The Real World alum Ryan Knight has died, TMZ is reporting. He was 29. The cause of death is not yet known, but TMZ's report says that Knight was out partying on Wednesday night but was found dead by friends on Thursday morning. MTV said it had yet to independently verify Knight's death but it's main Twitter feed posted acknowledgement of the news and passed on condolences to Knight's family and friends. The Real World family has lost another member. Reactions here. http://t.co/kiZvlWejnl Our thoughts are with Ryan Knight's family and friends — MTV (@MTV) November 28, 2014
- Abid Rahman
North Korea Blasts James Franco and Seth Rogen ... Again
North Korean government-controlled website Uriminzokkiri released a statement on Friday condemning The Interview, ahead of next month's opening of the film by James Franco and Seth Rogen. A statement, published under a pen name, denounces the film that depicts a farcical mission to assassinate Kim Jong Un, as an "evil act of provocation" that deserves "stern punishment." See more Kim Jong Un Is Quite Lovable in Final Trailer for 'The Interview' "The cheekiness to show this conspiracy movie, which is comprised of utter distortions of the truth and absurd imaginations, is an evil act of provocation against our highly
- Lee Hyo-won
Chris Pratt Shares a Cute Family Photo as Anna Faris Hilariously Live-Tweets Thanksgiving
Um, can we spend Thanksgiving with Chris Pratt and Anna Faris next year?! Hollywood's cutest couple celebrated the holiday in the Aloha State, and Guardians of the Galaxy's Chris uploaded a video to Facebook Thursday. "I shot the most amazing video today! Just crazy!!!! No joke!! Hawaii has always been so wonderful to me," he wrote. "#HappyThanksgiving #SoMuchToBeThankfulFor #NotThatLizardThough #ExceptHesFamousNow #ButStillDamn #EgretLife #RainbowToo!!!!" If you listen closely, you can hear the actor's 2-year-old son, Jack Pratt, repeating the word "no" in the background. Too cute! Anna, meanwhile, hilariously live-tweeted her conversations with family. The Mom star »
Samuel L. Jackson Hams It up in New 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' Trailer
The new trailer for Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service gives us a greater glimpse at Valentine, the fiendish yet funny villain played by Samuel L. Jackson. In the clip we see Valentine tell Colin Firth's Harry Hart that his dream was to become a "gentleman spy." Clearly something went wrong with the young Valentine. And he's still not loving the sight of blood. There's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it peek at Mark Hamill playing Professor James Arnold and we also learn more about the people running the secretive super spy organization the Kingsman. Merlin (Mark Strong) and
- Abid Rahman
Derek Hough, Julianne Hough and Maria Menounos Compete in Annual Thanksgiving #DanceWars!
It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without #DanceWars! As promised, Dancing With the Stars' Derek Hough and Julianne Hough kicked off their annual challenge Thursday night. Joined by friends and family, the siblings—who wore festive turkey hats—performed a choreographed dance routine to Sheppard's "Geronimo." Derek posted the first video to his Instagram account and wrote, "#thanksgivingdancewars has begun!!! What really happens during family prayer." The second video, which Derek and Julianne both published, featured crazy camera work! "Welcome to the home of #thanksgivingdancewars #dancebattle. Turkey Man Says Bring It!!!" the Houghs wrote. Maria Menounos responded »
Shia Labeouf Says He Was Raped at #Iamsorry Installation, Sits in Silence for Hour-Long Interview
Earlier this year, Shia Labeouf sat in silence and invited people to do pretty much anything they wanted during his #Iamsorry installation. The actor told Ellen DeGeneres in October that he was surprised by how empathetic visitors were with him. "They stopped looking at me as like an object they started looking at me as like a human and they were very loving," the Fury star recalled. "It was really human." Labeouf's installation lasted five days in California. In a recent email interview with Dazed and Confused, however, Labeouf revealed that not everyone treated him with respect. In fact, he claimed that one woman took advantage of him in mid-February. "One woman who came with »
Where to Watch Six Classic Thanksgiving TV Shows (and One Movie)
Did you miss out on Thanksgiving-themed TV this year because you were busy, you know, celebrating Thanksgiving (i.e., spending time with family members, eating turkey and/or watching football)? Or do you just want to keep celebrating with small-screen feasts? Either way, you can create your own Thanksgiving marathon with holiday-themed TV episodes available for streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu or for renting or purchase on iTunes or Amazon Instant Video. See more Thanksgiving TV: 17 of the Tube's Best Turkey Day Celebrations Take a look at six of The Hollywood Reporter's picks for Thanksgiving
- Hilary Lewis
Eliza Coupe Engaged to Darin Olien
Giving Thanks. @darin_olien A photo posted by Eliza Coupe (@theelizacoupe) on Nov 11, 2014 at 4:22pm Pst Thanksgiving is ending on a happy note for Eliza Coupe. The Benched star, 33, is engaged to Darin Olien, founder of lifestyle brand SuperLife, she announced Thursday via Instagram. "Giving thanks," the actress captioned the photo, a black and white shot of the couple that showed off her ring. This will be the second marriage for Coupe, who was previously married to Randall Whittinghill. The couple split in 2013, just months after her cult hit sitcom Happy Endings was canceled. "I used every bit of my personal life, »
- Sarah Michaud
Eliza Coupe Engaged to Darin Olien
Giving Thanks. @darin_olien A photo posted by Eliza Coupe (@theelizacoupe) on Nov 11, 2014 at 4:22pm Pst Thanksgiving is ending on a happy note for Eliza Coupe. The Benched star, 33, is engaged to Darin Olien, founder of lifestyle brand SuperLife, she announced Thursday via Instagram. "Giving thanks," the actress captioned the photo, a black and white shot of the couple that showed off her ring. This will be the second marriage for Coupe, who was previously married to Randall Whittinghill. The couple split in 2013, just months after cult hit sitcom Happy Endings was canceled. "I used every bit of my personal life, »
- Sarah Michaud
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