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‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Massive at Box Office, $84.5 Million Opening Day in U.S.
Disney and Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is heading for box office history with an $84.5 million opening day in U.S — the second biggest domestic launch ever — and enough to match the $207.4 million opening weekend record for 2012’s “The Avengers.”
Friday’s first-day number for “Age of Ultron” trails only the $91 million opening-day record set in July 2011 by Warner Bros.’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” But it is well ahead of the $80.8 million opening day of “Avengers” three years ago.
“Ultron” is looking at a range of $200 million to $210 million for its opening weekend — even with the sports distractions of the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight, the Kentucky Derby and the NBA playoffs. If it doesn’t break “The Avengers” record, it will still finish far ahead of the launch weekend for Disney-Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” currently the second-highest number with $174.1 million in May, »
- Dave McNary
Royal Baby No. 2 Is Here! Royal Navy, Lego and Others Congratulate Kate Middleton and Prince William
Members of the British Royal Navy gave a special tribute to the new royal baby, a girl, who was born on Saturday to Kate Middleton and Prince William. The child joins big brother Prince George, 1, and the little princess is now the fourth in line to the British throne. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have not yet revealed her name. Hours after they welcomed their new daughter, palace officials said William would leave the hospital to visit their son, who was home at Kensington Palace, located less than 10 minutes away from the hospital, St. Mary's. The couple was congratulated online by scores of fans and royal and other official organizations. The Royal Navy shared a photo of their tribute—members »
HBO Miniseries ‘Lewis And Clark’ Adds To Cast
The Army is growing in HBO’s miniseries Lewis And Clark. Brendan Fletcher (Gracepoint), James Cutler (Kick- Ass 2), Rob Aramayo, Devin Harjes (Daredevil, Gotham), Tim Plester, Tyson Ritter, and David Wilmot have been cast as members of the Corps of Discovery, the expeditionary group led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, played by Casey Affleck and Matthias Schoenaerts, respectively. Based on the book Undaunted Courage, by Stephen E. Ambrose, Lewis And Clark tells the… »
‘The Closer We Get’ Takes Top Award at Hot Docs
Domestic detective story “The Closer We Get,” U.K. director Karen Guthrie’s feature bow, has won the International Feature Documentary Award at the 2015 Hot Docs festival, where it had its world premiere earlier this week. The award comes with a Can $10,000 ($8,223) cash prize.
At Friday’s award ceremony, the special jury prize for international doc feature was presented to Ukrainian director Ostap Kostyuk’s “The Living Fire,” with an honorable mention going to U.S. helmer Adam Lough’s “Hot Sugar’s Cold World.”
Evangelia Kranioti’s “Exotica, Erotica, Etc.” nabbed the Emerging International Filmmaker Award.
The Canadian feature documentary award went to Charles Wilkinson’s “Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World,” which looks at the lives, work and current challenges of aboriginal right activists, newcomer ecologists and islanders living on Haida Gwaii, the stunningly beautiful archipelago on Canada’s northwest coast.
- Jennie Punter
Sorry, Nick and Rayvon: Our users predict a Clark vs. Jax 'American Idol' finale
According to Gold Derby's combined predictions, the Final 4 of "American Idol" is composed of two potential winners (Clark Beckham and Jax) and two also-rans (Nick Fradiani and Rayvon Owen). Do you disagree with those forecasts? Hurry -- make your predictions for next week's episode and you could win our prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It's fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down and predicting who will be eliminated next. -Break- Who will win 'American Idol'? See exclusive predictions Based on the predictions of our users, Clark is predicted to win the season with odds of 1/1. Jax follows behind him with 2/1 odds, followed by Nick in third place at 9/1 and Rayvon way down in last place with odds of 50/1. With overall support of 51%, is Clark going to win Season 14 in a landslide? Not so fast, according to some of our top predictors. Two of our users »
‘Ode to My Father’ Takes Top Prize at Udine Festival
Udine — “Ode to My Father,” J.K. Youn’s family drama set in the turbulent years of the Korean War and after, won the Audience Award, the top prize at the 17th Udine Far East Film Festival, which unspooled April 23 – May 2 in Udine, Italy. Coming in second in the audience vote was South Korean director Lee Won-suk’s period drama “The Royal Tailor,” while third place honors went to yet another Korean film, Ej Yong’s “My Brilliant Life,”
Winner of the Black Dragon Award decided by special pass holders was Cambodian director Sotho Kulikar’s war-themed melodrama “The Last Reel.” The My Movies Audience Award for Internet voters went to “The Royal Tailor,” rounding out a near sweep for the Korean contingent.
Launched in 1999 with a program of Hong Kong action films, the festival has maintained a constant focus on East and South East Asian films with a popular bent. »
- Mark Schilling
'SNL': Scarlett Johansson Mocks 'Avengers,' Baltimore Riots Reactions (Video)
Scarlett Johansson neared the five-timers club, hosting Saturday Night Live for the fourth time this weekend. The episode featured her as a sports reporter, a flight attendant and, of course, her Avengers character. Read on to see how she fared. The cold open focused on the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquaio, as the show acknowledged that the highly anticipated bout would make for fierce ratings competition. Read More Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight: Denzel Washington, Bradley Cooper, Justin Bieber Enjoy the Big Match (Photos) Johansson's monologue involved her singing "Love to Love You Baby," but not
- Ryan Gajewski
Michael Blake, ‘Dances With Wolves’ Screenwriter, Dies at 69
According to Ostroff, Blake died peacefully in Tucson, Ariz., after battling a long illness.
Blake wrote the novel “Dances With Wolves” in 1988, before it was turned into an Oscar-winning feature. The book would go on to sell more than 3.5 million copies and be translated into 15 different languages.
The film came out in 1990, directed by and starring Kevin Costner, and was both a commercial and critical smash. Along with best screenplay, it won six other Oscars, including best picture. The script also won the prize at the WGA Awards and the Golden Globes.
Blake most recently »
- Alex Stedman
‘Saturday Night Live': ‘Avengers’ Star Scarlett Johansson Gives Fans a Dose of Black Widow
Returning to host “Saturday Night Live” for a fourth time, Scarlett Johansson noted that she’s changed since she was last on the show and said she’s now a “Milf” — “Mom in lots of films.” Taran Killam and Kenan Thompson found her lullaby version of Donna Summer’s “Love to Love You Baby” a little too sexy for babies, but the “SNL” audience approved. Before Johansson’s monologue, the show opened with a crawl from NBC saying that since they’d already telecast “the whitest day in sports” with the Kentucky Derby then golf, they were just going to »
- Diane Gordon
‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Heads for $195 Million Opening in U.S.
Disney and Marvel Studio’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is headed for a projected $195 million U.S. opening weekend — a formidable figure but not enough to match the $207.4 million opening weekend record for 2012’s “The Avengers.”
Saturday’s total appeared to be in the $57 million to $60 million range — slightly below earlier expectations, which gave “Ultron” a decent chance at matching the record following an impressive $84. 6 million opening day on Friday.
The Sunday forecast calls for $50 million to $53 million, which will leave “Ultron” short of the $200 million mark — but well above the $174.1 million launch weekend for Marvel’s “Iron Man 3″ in 2013.
The international total had hit $340 million on Friday in the wake of launching in 55% of the overseas markets last weekend. The tentpole took in $53 million on Friday. »
- Dave McNary
Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight's Biggest Bashes: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, Diddy Party in Las Vegas
Fight weekend in Las Vegas was an epic show of hype and celebrity, befitting what has been deemed among the most significant sporting events of this or any other time. The crush of crowds, the multitude of private jets on the ground (reportedly 720 of Net Jet's 750 flights were in Vegas) and an influx of A-listers from film and television created a scene the defied description. Read more Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight Plagued by Piracy on Periscope, Meerkat The energy was bubbling over starting on Friday, with the pre-fight parties that took over every major venue on the Strip.
- Melinda Sheckells
Interview: Shirin Oskooi talks 'Survivor: Worlds Apart'
On last week's "Survivor: Worlds Apart," several castaways talked about talking much-maligned underdog Shirin Oskooi to the end because of the assumption that nobody would vote for her. This was crazy-talk and I figured Shirin would have been a lock for at least four votes. "Five, bro! I had five Jury votes bro, five," Shirin was quick to tell me when we spoke after Wednesday's "Survivor." Of course, the fact that we were speaking on Thursday meant that Shirin would actually be receiving zero Jury votes, because she was sent to join the Jury herself in a vote that at least had drama thanks to an Idol bluff from Mike. Sensing an inevitable vote against Shirin, Mike feigned like he was going to give the former White Collar member his Hidden Immunity Idol and suggested the ruling alliance would be wise to cannibalize itself. Mike's move caused a couple surprise votes to go against Dan, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Mayweather vs. Pacquiao's Fight Night: 9 Star-Studded Moments We Were Obsessed With
Now that was fight night done right! Millions of viewers crowded around their TVs Saturday evening to watch Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao face-off inside the ring at the MGM Grand Resort in Las Vegas. After plenty of punches, hugs and jaw-dropping moments, we had a winner! Yes, Mayweather came out on top to the delight of some fans including Justin Bieber. More on that later, Beliebers. While the matches itself could have made anyone get on the edge of their seats, perhaps it was the star sightings, random guest stars (Hello Burger King mascots) and the fashion that kept some intrigued. Yes Beyoncé, that dress was red hot...literally! If you missed a moment, we've got you covered »
Michael Blake, Oscar-Winning Screenwriter of 'Dances With Wolves,' Dies at 69
Michael Blake, who won an Academy Award for adapting the screenplay for Dances With Wolves from his own novel, has died. He was 69. Blake died peacefully after a lengthy illness on Saturday in Tuscon, Ariz., Blake's manager and producing partner Daniel Ostroff told The Hollywood Reporter. In 1988, Blake wrote the novel Dances With Wolves, which has sold more than 3.5 million copies and has been translated into 15 different languages. Producer Matt Murphy is currently developing it for the stage. Read more Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2015 The 1990 film version won eight Oscars, including best picture, and landed
- THR Staff
IMDbTV Pick: Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful”
The atmosphere hanging over London as season two of Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful” begins is not heavy with horror, or despair; rather, it’s loneliness that clouds the air. Loneliness haunts its streets and parks. It drags down Miss Vanessa Ives’ beautiful face as she comes to realize, in the aftermath of season one’s lost battle to save her best friend, that instead of ridding herself of the darkness, she’s somehow been pulled closer to its center.
Loneliness threatens the very life of Victor Frankenstein as his creation grows more desperate for some connection to another soul, or lacking that, some body. It offers Ethan Chandler a solution against the danger he harbors inside his own skin, and creates a vulnerability in Sir Malcolm Murray’s armor.
That’s the subtle trick of this horror series, as loyal viewers of the first season soon discovered. “Penny Dreadful” is »
- Melanie McFarland
'Dancing with the Stars' predictions: Could Noah Galloway surprise with top score?
Have you been predicting "Dancing With the Stars" for a chance to win $100 every week? To prevail in our contest, you just have to have the best score when forecasting who will get the high score, who will get the low score, and who will be eliminated each week. When it comes to the high score, your best bet may be to predict one of the three most dominant dancers still in contention: gymnast Nastia Liukin, musician Riker Lynch and actress Rumer Willis. But it would be wise not to underestimate military veteran Noah Galloway. -Break- During the last seven weeks of competition, four stars have taken turns at the top of the judges' scores: Liukin, Lynch, Willis and "Hunger Games" actress Willow Shields. On "Eras Night," Liukin was the judges' favorite for the third time this season, while Lynch and Willis have both come out on top twice. Poor »
Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight Plagued by Piracy on Periscope, Meerkat
The broadcast of the highly anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao has been hit with piracy, despite television execs' best efforts to prevent illegal viewing. Users of live-streaming sites Periscope and Meerkat began posting footage of the fight shortly after the starting bell on Saturday. Tweets of users' experiences with the sites can be seen below. Read more Big Price, Big Expectations for Mayweather-Pacquiao Pay TV It's likely that piracy was worsened due to many cable providers, including Time Warner and Charter, suffering service outages prior to the start of the fight. The start of the
- Ryan Gajewski
Spice Girls Reunion! Victoria Beckham Brings the Group Together to Spice Up David Beckham's 40th Birthday
David Beckham's birthday is the gift that just keeps on giving! First, there was the soccer stud's decision to finally join Instagram after all of these years. Then, there was the handsome selfie that proved turning 40 never looked so good. Now, Victoria Beckham has managed to pull off what many have thought was impossible: She was able to reunite the Spice Girls! While in Marrakesha, Morocco, Geri Halliwell, Melanie Chisholm and Emma Bunton joined Victoria for a special dinner in honor of David's big day. Heck, even Eva Longoria tagged along to become an honorary member. "I'm the new Spice Girl!" she wrote on WhoSay while posing with the girls. "@victoriabeckham »
Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Scarlett Johansson and Wiz Khalifa
Scarlett Johansson has hosted “Saturday Night Live” three times before, and each time she’s proven an excellent fit for the show. She hasn’t hosted in four years, so there are a lot of new Not Ready For Primetime Players that have yet to interact with her on Studio 8H. Expect parodies of “The Avengers.” You should probably Not expect parodies of “Under The Skin.” As always, I’ll be grading each sketch in real time. As always, you should comment in real time in the comments. We only have three more episodes in an overall excellent season for the show, so here’s hoping “SNL” goes out on a high note. Come back at 11:30 pm Est when the liveblog officially kicks off. (Note: I'll be referring to the host all night as ScarJo, not because I think it's a good way to refer to her, but it's »
- Ryan McGee
Mayweather-Pacquiao: Time Warner, Charter Field Customer Complaints Over Fight Access
With television execs fearing piracy heading into Saturday's highly anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, this is probably not the kind of news they were hoping for. A number of cable viewers have taken to Twitter to complain about outages heading into the bout, with customers reporting service problems on Saturday by such providers as Time Warner, DirecTV, Charter, Cox, At&T and Optimum. Read more Showtime, HBO Have Already Sued Over Streaming of Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight Charter and Time Warner addressed the concerns on Twitter, informing customers that the companies were focused on fixing the problem. "We are
- Ryan Gajewski
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