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Box Office: ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ Scores Year’s Biggest Opening With $123 Million
The latest installment in the futuristic franchise earned $123 million across 4,151 locations, besting “Transformers’” $100 million debut from last summer. It’s a massive number — only 14 films in history have earned more — but it’s still a low point for the blockbuster series by a significant margin.
Heading into the weekend Lionsgate, the company behind the series, said it expected an opening between $130 million to $150 million, but most analysts pegged a debut of $150 million or more. Lionsgate argued that the projections are difficult to make when dealing with a sequel with this level of expectation and name recognition.
“When you look at the massive number we’re dealing with there »
- Brent Lang
'Jurassic World' Teaser Welcomes Visitors to the Park
Universal has unveiled a 15-second teaser for the upcoming trailer to Jurassic World. Get ready to be transported back to 1993 thanks to a familiar piano tune and some shots reminiscent of the original Jurassic Park. While the concept of a teaser for a trailer has become more popular in recent years to the chagrin of some movie fans, this one hits all the right notes. See more 'Jurassic World' Star Chris Pratt Peers Through Bars in New Photo The film, from director Colin Trevorrow, stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Judy Greer, Ty Simpkins and Omar Sy. It hits theaters
- Aaron Couch
Watch Cameron Diaz Mock 'Annie' on 'SNL'
Cameron Diaz appeared in a very different version of Annie while hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend. In the sketch, the actress portrayed Miss Hannigan, her character in the upcoming film version, as she awaited the arrival of Daddy Warbucks. Read more 'SNL' Recap: Cameron Diaz Episode Weighs in on Bill Cosby Scandal When Warbucks (Jay Pharoah) showed up, he wasn't interested in meeting Annie (Vanessa Bayer). "No, no, no, no, no — I want the black Annie," he said. This meant the introduction of Black Annie (Leslie Jones), a 40-something woman who could palm a pumpkin because, as she
- Ryan Gajewski
Disney’s ‘Into the Woods’ Enters Awards Season on High Note
The panel session took place at the DGA Theater in New York and was satellite-fed to the Disney main theater in Burbank, a two-birds-with-one-stone approach as the film begins industry screenings for awards contention.
The director and his team of artisans will certainly be under Oscar consideration, as will Meryl Streep (top billed, but in a supporting role) and other performers. Variety will run its review in December; after that, there will be more opportunities to handicap the film’s awards chances in specific categories.
Disney often takes a cautious approach to the awards race, but the studio execs seem gung-ho about this one. The film also marks a subtle shift for the studio. Its “Maleficent” earlier »
- Tim Gray
Iggy Azalea Name-Checks Eminem and T.I. in Ama Acceptance Speech
Iggy Azalea picked up her first music award ever at the AMAs Sunday, for Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album. In a brief, emotional acceptance speech, Azalea thanked her mentor, T.I., after mentioning how meaningful it was for her to have her first major music award be for hip-hop. "This award is the first award I've ever won in my entire life, and means so much to me that it is for best hip-hop, because that's what inspired me to move to American and pursue my dreams," said the Aussie native. "It's what helped me when I was a teenager to »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
AMAs: 5 Seconds of Summer's performance was better than it had any right to be
5 Seconds of Summer are in it to win it - and they scored at tonight's American Music Awards. The boy band gave a rousing performance of The Romantics' oft-covered 1979 single "What I Like About You" at tonight's big show, and it was hard to deny the propulsive energy they brought to it, whether you count yourself as a fan or not. "Green Day Lite"? Sure. But you can't say it was bad. Dammit. Watch the performance below and let us know what you think in the comments. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Best bit of Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' Ama number were her dancer's terrified faces
Taylor Swift was the opening musical act for the 2014 American Music Awards. The country turned pop sensation gave an eye-popping rendition of “Blank Space,” a send-up to her public persona. But we were all so focused on the elaborate set pieces and Swift’s convincing crazy eyes, we missed out on several obvious cries for help from the back-up dancers. Gif via MTV These are men in fear for their very lives...Or fantastic actors. Either/or. #1. Poor budget Taylor Lautner is frozen with fear. He knows this is a trap, he’s just not sure how. Photo via Tumblr #2. Gothic Chad did not sign up to be shaken like a Polaroid picture. This is man in the throes of realization he’s made a terrible mistake. Photo via Tumblr #3. Tweedle Twins stare in frozen horror. Where will Swift strike next? Stage left of stage right? What can men do against such reckless method acting! »
- Donna Dickens
26 Female Artists on Lynda Benglis (Nsfw)
If you are a young or emergent artist working today, there’s a pretty good chance you hadn’t even been born when Lynda Benglis published her infamously naughty ad in Artforum in November 1974. The legendary work turns 40 this month, and we reached out to 26 female artists — some working in 1974, some born since — to ask what they made of it then, what it means to them now, and how, if at all, they thought the state of gender politics in the art world has changed in the years since.Originally, Benglis wanted the image to accompany an article written about her solo exhibition at Paula Cooper, but then-editor John Coplans refused, allowing only that the photograph appear as a paid advertisement. Several of the associate editors at the time considered the ad pornographic and unsuitable for the art magazine, which eventually resulted in art critics Rosalind Krauss »
- Katy Diamond Hamer
Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'Uspis'
A review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I imagine a letter had unprotected sex with a phone... "Uspis" is a classical type of sitcom episode, one that's built around a beloved guest star coming in to do his schtick while all the regular characters react to him doing it. But what happens when the guest and/or his schtick aren't so beloved anymore? Once upon a time, I found Ed Helms funny. I'm sure that I did. I liked him as a "Daily Show" correspondent, liked him as the new irritant when Jim transferred to the Stamford branch on "The Office," even liked him to an extent after Andy became part of the main "Office" ensemble. But "The Office" ran Andy and his oblivious douchery into the ground long before that show ended (really, even before Helms was chosen to succeed Steve Carell as the »
- Alan Sepinwall
'A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations)': Theater Review
It might be wise to reread Oedipus the King before seeing A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations), now receiving its American premiere courtesy of the Signature Theatre. Sam Shepard's aptly titled theatrical meditation on Sophocles' Greek tragedy is like a series of jazzy riffs on its inspiration, plumbing the existential emotions of the work while loosely adapting it to modern-day times. This oblique intellectual exercise is likely to prove off-putting to all but the most adventurous audiences, although Shepard completists will no doubt want to catch the latest offering from the playwright's ever-restless imagination. Originally presented by
- Frank Scheck
Vulture's 2014 Pop-Culture Gift Guide
Find something for every art and culture obsessive on your list with this selection of books, Blu-Rays, albums, and a couple of big-ticket oddballs we couldn't help but throw in. Click into the gallery ahead to find a toaster for a hardcore Star Wars fanatic, an affordable Raymond Pettibon, and more.*This article appears in the November 24, 2014 issue of New York Magazine. »
- Vulture Editors
Jennifer Lopez Flashes Her Incredible Abs at the 2014 AMAs—See Her Eight-Pack!
Six-pack abs? Pfft. Jennifer Lopez will raise you her eight-pack. The singer officially nabbed the titled for "Best Abs in Hollywood" tonight when she flaunted her entire super tight tummy in a pale pink silk dress that exposed her midriff at the 2014 American Music Awards. And despite being one of the last stars to arrive on the red carpet—also known as fashionably late—we're pretty sure her dress is going to be one of the most-talked about moments of the preshow. J.Lo hasn't been shy about showing off her amazing abs lately (and why should she be? Just look at that middle!). Last week, the singer physique was on display in her new BodyLab ads and in October the actress made »
Iggy Azalea Beats Eminem and Wins Her First Award Ever, Gives Touching Acceptance Speech
This may be the best comeback to Eminem's diss. Iggy Azalea beat Slim Shady and Drake for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album at the 2014 American Music Awards for The New Classic, so not only did she get her zinger moment with Eminem, but she also represented for the ladies! Yet, both of those things, while amazing in all ways, still took a backseat to the real magical moment here—this was Iggy's first win ever. Taking the stage with T.I., Iggy gave a sweet and touching acceptance speech that touched on her struggle to make it in the music industry. "This award is the first award I've ever won in my entire life and it means so much to me that it is for Best Hip-Hop, because that's »
AMAs: Iggy Azalea Wins First-Ever Award With Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album Trophy
Iggy Azalea won the first of the six American Music Awards she's nominated for on Sunday night, taking home the trophy for best rap/hip-hop album. But the award wasn't just her first Ama or her first award of the night, it was her first award ever, she announced when she accepted the prize. The 24-year-old Australian hip-hop artist won for her debut album The New Classic, beating out veterans Eminem and Drake. See more American Music Awards 2014: The Red Carpet Arrivals In her acceptance speech, Azalea said she was particularly honored to be nominated with
- Hilary Lewis
Euros of Hollywood Star Bleona Qereti Copies Rose McGowan's Infamous Naked Dress—See the Pic!
Forget best and worst dressed, guys—we're filing this one in our least dressed category. Euros of Hollywood star Bleona Qereti took to the 2014 American Music Awards red carpet wearing, well, not much at all. In fact, her sheer-net frock was so body-baring, we could not help but think back to Rose McGowan's naked dress at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards. (Ah, the nineties: A simple time before bare butts became instant Internet memes.) Bleona, an Albanian singer who stars in the Bravo reality series, showed off her bod in a completely see-through frock and jewel-encrusted thong. And she took a note from Miley Cyrus and Rihanna, of course: Where there are nipples, there must be pasties. As for »
Taylor Swift performs 'Blank Space' on the AMAs, terrifies us all
Taylor Swift's world domination continues. The "1989" superstar performed her latest single "Blank Space" at tonight's American Music Awards, and it was a literally explosive performance that had Taylor giving off some serious eye of the tiger fierceness while controlling fire and also murdering somebody. I don't know about you, but I am officially living in fear now. Check out the full performance below, then let us know what you think in the comments. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Nicki Minaj Admits She Feels "Shy a Lot," Tells Fans She Isn't Done With Music Just Yet
Nicki Minaj isn't exactly a stranger to wearing revealing clothing. She also isn't afraid to get a little sexy during her award show appearances. But while on the red carpet at the 2014 American Music Awards, the "Super Bass" rapper couldn't help but admit to feeling shy at some points in her career. "Yes and people don't know that," she told E! News exclusively. "I feel shy a lot of times actually. I just push myself to go for it." Pretty surprising answer, right? Giuliana Rancic followed up by asking the 31-year-old what scares her. "Being away from my family and people who love me and love me the most," she shared. "So I'm going to »
American Music Awards 2014 red carpet arrivals
Tonight's American Music Awards featured, as awards shows do, a red carpet arrival. That means that fashion was on display, and yes, there was the good, the bad, and the ugly. Unlike something like the Academy Awards, the American Music Awards are one of those events where you will see folks at various levels of dressiness. So, on the one end of things, you have someone like Frankie J. Grande who showed up in body paint, whereas on the other you have a Selena Gomez who wore a formal black dress. Scroll through the gallery below and you'll see that gamut, from the body paint and a couple of t-shirt and pants combos to far more formal wear. Don't be shy, tell us your favorites. »
- Josh Lasser
Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" Performance at the 2014 AMAs Was on Fire! See the Sexy Pics
Taylor Swift was on fire during tonight's 2014 American Music Awards with her first-time-ever performance of "Blank Space"! The 24-year-old singer opened Sunday's show by performing her new hit song for the first time ever in public. Swift looked gorgeous in a bronze dress that featured beaded detailing on the bust and a red lip. Swift's performance was clearly inspired by her "Blank Space" music video and began with her sitting across from a male suitor at a long formal dinner table framed by a giant picture frame. "Nice to meet you, where you been/ I could show you incredible things," Swift sang. "Magic, madness, heaven, sin/ Saw you there and I thought/ Oh my God, »
The Strange Intimacy of ‘Serial’
My wife Heather and I are both avid listeners of "Serial," the NPR podcast that reinvestigates a 1999 murder in Woodlawn, Maryland — just a few miles from Baltimore, where, as it happens, we live. A couple of weeks ago Heather had to take a medical licensing exam at an office park in Woodlawn itself, and as we drove out we realized we were passing through the show's geography. Our car suddenly became very grave. "So this is it," I said as we went through Leakin Park, where the victim's body had been discovered, and I realized my voice sounded solemn, a little church-y. We had our eyes out — everything seemed like it could be tinged with significance — the basic sociocultural advertising of the place, the size of the high school, and the dimensions of its roads (which figure in the murder). How shady was it, how safe, »
- Benjamin Wallace-Wells
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