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'The Hangover Part III' Gets Early Start on Memorial Day Showdown
Warner Bros. kicks off what could be a record-breaking Memorial Day weekend, with “The Hangover Part III” launching Wednesday night headed toward a potential $75 million to $85 million five-day gross.
But the three-quel competes squarely against Universal’s Friday opener, “Fast and Furious 6,” which tracking suggests will win the weekend with $100 million through Monday.
“Hangover” and “Fast 6″ — along with Fox’s family film “Epic” (also bowing Friday, with tracking in the $40 million range) — should lift holiday totals to $280 million or more, beating the $276 million Memorial Day benchmark set in 2011. The second “Hangover” led the charge that year, grossing $135 million in five days, though it’s very unlikely “Hangover III” will gross that much.
Warners launches the Legendary Pictures co-production nationwide Thursday at 3,555 locations, mirroring the same early release strategy of its predecessor.
See Also: ‘The Hangover III’ Premieres in L.A. »
- Andrew Stewart
'Timecop' reboot in the works at Universal
Based on Mark Verheiden’s Dark Horse Comics title Time Cop, the original film imagined a world where time travel would be possible and where police regulate its usage. Peter Hyams’ 1994 film starred Jean-Claude Van Damme as an officer who tries to go back in time to save his wife from being killed — and stymie the endemic corruption that has emerged as a result of time-travel technology.
The original film was one of 1994′s top R-rated hits, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Billy Crystal Pilot 'The Comedians' Gets Order From FX
FX has ordered a pilot for the comedy "The Comedians," starring Billy Crystal as a superstar veteran who is paired with a younger, edgier comic on a late-night sketch show. "The Comedians" comes from showrunners Larry Charles ("Seinfeld," "Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Matt Nix ("Burn Notice"), and Ben Wexler ("Community, "Arrested Development") who are writers and executive producers, along with Crystal. Charles will direct the pilot. "It truly is an honor to be in business with Billy Crystal and Larry Charles, two of the all-time greats in comedy," said FX Networks president John »
- Tim Molloy
'Twilight,' 'Iron Man 3' Lead First Wave of Teen Choice Awards Nominations
The "Twilight Saga" can look forward to one last hoorah at Fox's Teen Choice Awards this summer. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" leads the first wave of nominees with seven nominations announced on Wednesday. The final installment of the blockbuster franchise was tapped for Choice Movie in both the sci-fi/fantasy and romance categories, while Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner all scored nominations in the acting categories. Like the film, Stewart and Pattinson were nominated for their performances in both the sci-fi/fantasy and romance categories. Also read: 'Breaking Dawn »
- Greg Gilman
Beyoncé, Angelina Jolie and Oprah Winfrey Among Forbes' Most Powerful Women
Who run the world? Girls. Beyoncé's lyrics reign true as Forbes' has unveiled their annual World's Most Powerful Women List, which features 100 of the fiercest females ranked by wealth, media momentum and social impact. Unsurprisingly Jay-z's missus landed a top spot on the list coming in at No. 17, but she was no match for Oprah Winfrey, who nabbed the No. 13 slot, falling a little from No. 11 last year. Angelina Jolie (No. 37), Shakira (No. 52) and Gisele Bündchen (No. 95) are also featured on this year's list, not for their beauty or Tinseltown success, but for their efforts with the United Nations. Sofia Vergara, who co-owns LatinWE came in at No. 38, suggesting a new kind »
'S.W.A.T.' Star Steve Forrest Dies at 87
Steve Forrest, whose starred as Lt. Dan “Hondo” Harrelson on the 1970s ABC action series S.W.A.T., died peacefully surrounded by family on May 18 in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He was 87. In a career spanning more the 60 years, Forrest frequently was cast as a leading man or “heavy.” An aficionado of the American Western, he delighted in roles that glorified the genre, including guest-starring appearances in such television classics as The Virginian, Bonanza and Gunsmoke. Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2013 But it was his role as the hard-hitting yet warmhearted Harrelson on the
- Mike Barnes
Ryan Gosling's 'Only God Forgives': Critics Really, Really Hate the Crime Drama
Ryan Gosling must be feeling pretty happy about his decision to skip the red carpet at Cannes this year. Critics at the Riviera film festival vivisected "Only God Forgives," his ultra-violent collaboration with Nicolas Winding Refn, leaving it as bruised and battered as the hunky star appears in promotional art for the film. Winding Refn, the enfant terrible of Danish film, previously teamed with Gosling on "Drive," earning a Best Director award at Cannes in 2011 for his hallucinatory crime story. Once again, the screen pulsates with all manner of blood-letting »
- Brent Lang
American Horror Story Casts Emma Roberts
American Horror Story has cast Emma Roberts in the upcoming witch-centric, New Orleans–set third season. According to TVLine, Roberts — whose Fox pilot didn't get picked up — will play a "self-involved party girl." She joins Ahs returning cast members Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Francis Conroy, and Jessica Lange, as well as fellow new members of the fold Gabourey Sidibe, Kathy Bates, Angela Basset, and Patti Lupone. Ahs: Coven doesn't start up until October, but baffling horrors and disfiguring surprises surround us at all times. »
- Margaret Lyons
Cannes Review: In 'Nebraska,' Alexander Payne Paints an American Life
"Nebraska" is a name that stands alone. It's the name of one of Bruce Springsteen's best albums, and it's now the name of one of Alexander Payne's best films. Across the wide, bleak expanse of his "Nebraska," Payne gives us two charcoal figures: Will Forte and Bruce Dern. As Woody Grant (Dern) prepares to check out for good, he is driven by the singular goal of cashing in on a promised Publisher's Clearing House letter: "You have won $1,000,000!" His wife (the shrill and effective June Squibb) can't handle him »
- Sasha Stone
Box Office: 'Hangover Part III' Grosses $3.1M at Late Night Showings
Debauchery paid off in a big way for "The Hangover Part III," as the latest installment in the black-out franchise generated $3.1 million in late night screenings on Wednesday, according to studio estimates. That's a strong number for midnight shows on a hump day, though it can't compete with the $10.4 million "The Hangover Part II" generated in late night screenings when it hit theaters two years ago. That figure stands as a record number for an R-rated release. The latest "Hangover" sequel will expand to 3,555 theaters nationwide on Thursday in »
- Brent Lang
Baja Fest Amps Up Industry Heft (Exclusive)
Cannes — Founded last year to forge stronger links between Mexico and Hollywood, and attended by Edward Norton, Matt Dillon, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, the Baja Intl. Film Festival has seen an extensive makeover in top execs, industry events and geographic scope.
The 2nd Baja Festival runs Nov. 13-16.
Alonso Aguilar, previously Baja head of development, was appointed fest’s new director late February. Alonso has tapped two of Mexico’s most experienced international film execs, former Guadalajara market head Alejandra Paulin and Maru Garzon, ex-deputy director of international projects at Mexico’s Imcine film board, as general coordinator and head of programming respectively.
Paulin already worked on Baja’s inaugural event, where Jorge Sanchez, now head of Mexico’s Imcine film board, served as co-artistic director.
Fest will launch a call for applications June 1 for subsidies from a new Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund, named after the great Mexican cinematographer. »
- John Hopewell
J.J. Abrams Shows Deleted 'Star Trek' Benedict Cumberbatch Shower Scene on 'Conan' (Video)
J.J. Abrams said on "Conan" that he didn't intend to be sexist with a scene in "Star Trek: Into Darkness" in which Alice Eve appears in her underwear -- then showed a deleted shower scene of Benedict Cumberbatch to illustrate that he's equal opportunity when it comes to showing off his actors. One of the film's writers, Damon Lindelof, said on Twitter this week that we "should have done a better job of not being gratuitous in our representation of a barely clothed actress" in the scene with Eve. But he »
- Tim Molloy
Disney’s Kevin Brockman Elected Chairman of Lgbt Org
Kevin Brockman, head of Disney/ABC Television Group communications, has been elected board chairman of the non-profit Lgbt advocacy org Glsen.
The New York-based Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network works with schools to ensure the safety of Lgbt students. Brockman has been active with the org for nearly 20 years and a board member for the past six years.
“His leadership, enthusiasm and drive make him not only perfectly suited for this responsibility, but also the best possible partner as we further the efficacy and reach of our important efforts,” said Eliza Byard, Glsen’s exec director.
“I’ve had the great pleasure to hear directly from many of the incredible students that they’ve helped over the years, and when you are faced with that kind of courage, and that kind of compassion, it’s easy to agree to become a bigger part of the process,” Brockman said. »
- Variety Staff
Review: “Ring of Fire”
For those who didn’t find “Walk the Line” a sufficient exploration of the Johnny Cash-June Carter made-in-country-heaven romance, Lifetime putties in the gaps with “Ring of Fire,” a handsome-looking TV movie that hits the relationship’s high notes without really carrying a tune. Jewel stars (and does her own singing, admirably) as June, but the source material — a biography written by the country star’s son, John Carter Cash — constrains the movie’s focus largely to mom telling drug-abusing dad, “I won’t watch you die.” Nevertheless, sibling History scored with “Hatfields & McCoys” over Memorial Day 2012, and “Fire” should ignite its own lesser spark.
Directed by Allison Anders and adapted by Richard Friedenberg, “Ring of Fire” opens with June’s childhood stardom as part of a singing family led by her uncle (X’s John Doe) and mom (Frances Conroy). She’s already moved on to a »
- Brian Lowry
Stephen Colbert Channels His Inner John Boehner Channeling His Inner Chris Rock
Stephen Colbert opened up Wednesday's "Colbert Report" by comparing his difficulty in selecting which Obama administration scandal to report on as akin to trying to pick which of your children to impeach. Congress and Colbert chose to focus on the IRS' admission to targeting Tea Party groups -- who may or may not have eaten chips in Colbert's den -- apparently a big no-no in his household. House Speaker John Boehner's press conference calling for someone to go to jail over the scandal provided perfect fodder for Colbert to pull a Chris »
- Tony Maglio
Cannes Review: Alexander Payne goes home, but doesn't hit home, in 'Nebraska'
Cannes - "Nebraska," Alexander Payne's latest dramedy of American ennui and mislaid family relationships, opens with a vintage monochrome Paramount Pictures ident standing in for the flashier, CGI-enhanced mountain peak of recent years. It's a detail that may strike you either as a cute throwaway (hey, the film's in old-timey black-and-white!) or something rather more calculated. Like so many of his peers, Payne is deeply indebted to the American new wave of the 1970s, and with its Bogdanovich-esque lensing and revival of Bruce Dern, "Nebraska" cops to that debt pretty openly with this badge of cinematic classicism. That's all well and »
- Guy Lodge
The Hangover 3 Reviews Are In—Critics Are Drunk With Scorn for Sequel
Based on the overwhelmingly negative critical reaction to their latest bro-tastic adventure, it seems the Wolfpack have lost their comedic bite. The Hangover Part III is now in theaters, reuniting Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis in Las Vegas for another day of mayhem and debauchery. But alas, like lukewarm beer that's lost its fizz, the comedy has left a bad taste with most critics, who—like they did with its predecessor, The Hangover Part II—offered scathing appraisals. E! News rounds up some of the most damning reviews. Read on! • "These superannuated party animals try vainly to stir up some enthusiasm during a return visit to Las Vegas, the »
Cannes: Before You Ask, Here’s Why Alexander Payne Shot Nebraska in Black and White
With Instagram more popular than ever, it should be no surprise that indie movies are embracing the Inkwell filter, too. Newly in theaters is Noah Baumbach’s comedy Frances Ha, which sets Greta Gerwig in contemporary Manhattan but films her in retro black-and-white. And today at Cannes, Alexander Payne premiered his follow-up to The Descendants, another modern-day movie shot in monochrome. Titled Nebraska, it stars Will Forte as a Midwestern man who indulges his elderly father (Bruce Dern) when the latter wants to take a road trip to pick up the sham magazine jackpot he’s positive that he just won. (Think Publisher’s Clearing House.) At the press conference afterward, you’d better believe that the first question to Payne is the one that wary marketing executives must have asked him, too: “Why black and white?” “I wasn’t expecting that question at all,” Payne replied dryly.But the »
- Kyle Buchanan
Catherine Zeta-Jones Returns Home from Treatment
Catherine Zeta-Jones is home from treatment for her Bipolar II disorder, after having checked herself into a facility last month for what her husband described as a "10,000 mile check-up." The Oscar-winning actress was spotted out driving in New York on Tuesday. Zeta-Jones, 43, bravely revealed her diagnosis in 2011, telling People at the time, "This is a disorder that affects millions of people and I am one of them." She continued, "If my revelation of having Bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it. There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help. »
- Sharon Cotliar
Helen Mirren Plays the Queen to Grant Dying Boy's Wish
Helen Mirren has treated a 10-year-old boy like royalty. Oliver Burton, who was born with Down's syndrome and has been diagnosed with cancer, had a wish to meet Queen Elizabeth II. However, when a visit with her proved unattainable, the Oscar winner was more than happy to help make that wish come true. Mirren, who earned an Academy Award for playing the royal matriarch in The Queen, invited Oliver and his family to see a West End performance of the play The Audience, in which the actress portrays, yep, the queen. After the show Oliver was brought backstage, where Mirren remained dressed in character. The two proceeded to have tea together, and Oliver got to play with the two corgis used in the »
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