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'Mockingjay' Spreads Its Wings with $55 Million on Friday

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 opened to an estimated $55 million on Friday, which is easily the biggest opening day of the year so far.Unfortunately, it's a big step back from the last two Hunger Games movies: Catching Fire opened to $71 million last year, while the original Hunger Games debuted to $67.3 million back in 2012.Mockingjay also opened below the penultimate chapters of the Twilight and Harry Potter franchises ($71.2 million and $61.7 million, respectively).If Mockingjay follows the typical Hunger Games pattern, it will finish the weekend with less than $130 million.In a distant second place, Big Hero 6 was off 44 percent to an estimated $4.48 million. The Disney Animation hit is on pace to finish the weekend with around $19 million.Dumb and Dumber To added $4.3 million on Friday, which is a massive 70 percent decline from opening day. The comedy sequel is on track to earn around $14 million this weekend.Interstellar »


- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Bill Cosby Gets Standing Ovations During Florida Performance

13 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Last night, Bill Cosby performed to a sold-out crowd at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, Florida, and no member of the audience took up a local radio station's offer to disrupt the show over the sexual assault allegations dogging the comedian, reports the New York Times. Instead, they gave Cosby standing ovations when he came onto and left the stage. In an interview with Florida Today, Cosby said the radio station's offer had created a "frat house mentality." "Now suppose someone brings a weapon or decided to do more foolishness," said Cosby. "There will be announcements made and the stations made some disclaimers, but what if people don't listen to what they said and they entice violence. That's not good for anyone."Earlier that day, Renita Chaney Hill, Angela Leslie and Kristina Ruehli became the latest to women to come forward with stories of having been assaulted or raped »


- E. Alex Jung

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‘Wild’ Director Jean-Marc Vallee Boarding Amy Adams’ Janis Joplin Biopic

13 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jean-Marc Vallée, director of “Wild” and “Dallas Buyers Club,” is in talks to direct Amy Adams in the long-in-development Janis Joplin biopic.

Vallée’s producing partner Nathan Ross told Variety that the movie will shoot during the summer and fall in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where Joplin began recording songs in 1964. She broke out in 1967 as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company.

Adams has been attached to play the late rock singer for several years. Lee Daniels emerged last year as a candidate to direct.

Ron Terry is producing with Ross, who has executive producer credits on “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Wild” and Vallée’s upcoming “Demolition.”

Dallas Buyers Club” screenwriters Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack have been hired to write the script. Ron Terry and Theresa Kounin-Terry wrote an earlier draft.

Journal Du Quebec was the first to report on Vallée’s attachment.

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- Dave McNary

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Stephen Hawking's 5 Most Mind-Blowing Quotes

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When one of the smartest people on the planet says something, it probably pays to listen. Stephen Hawking, the physics icon and subject of the new biopic The Theory of Everything, has said a lot over the years in lectures and books. And some of them are, frankly, terrifying. Here are five of his wildest quotes that just might change the way you view the world.  1. Hawking really doesn't want us to meet aliens, because they'd probably destroy us. "We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want

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- Aaron Couch

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'SNL' channels 'Schoolhouse Rock' to introduce Executive Order

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One of the most parodied segments from the GenX-loved classic "Schoolhouse Rock!" has been Dave Frishberg's "I'm Just a Bill," featuring vocals from Jack Sheldon as a bill trying to teach his son the steps necessary to become a law. You may recall the "Simpsons" parody "I'm an Amendment To Be," as well as a "Family Guy" homage, both featuring Sheldon doing the voice.  "Robot Chicken," "Johnny Bravo" and "MadTV" also have referenced the animated segment. While "Saturday Night Live" couldn't get Sheldon -- He's 82, but apparently still alive -- Kenan Thompson is definitely channeling his vocal stylings as an Immigration Bill chronicling the near-impossible task of gaining passage in today's Congress.  Yes, President Obama pops up, introducing Executive Order, who becomes a law through a much simpler process. Check out the music-and-animation-filled Cold Open from Saturday (November 22) night's "Saturday Night Live":  Cold Open - School House Rock (Immigration Bill. »


- HitFix Staff

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Cameron Diaz Mocks 'Annie' on 'SNL'

56 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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.  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. Read more Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx on 'Annie' Singing Lessons, 'Any Given Sunday' Reunion This meant the introduction of Black Annie (Leslie Jones), a forty-something woman who could palm a pumpkin because, as

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Maggie has 10/1 odds of dying next on 'The Walking Dead': Have You voted?

1 hour ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Who will die next on "The Walking Dead"? Do You think you know? Below, search for clues in AMC's video sneak peek of Sunday's all-new episode, titled "Crossed," and then vote in our "Walking Dead" prediction contest. It's fun and easy! According to Gold Derby's exclusive racetrack odds, Maggie (Lauren Cohan) has 10/1 odds of dying next amongst the group of main characters. As for the recurring cast, Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) tops our readers' chart for who they think has the best chance of being killed off next with 9/2 odds. -Break- Psst: Here's how to predict reality TV shows and win bragging rights And prizes! Disagree with those odds? Then click here or scroll down to make your own predictions using our easy drag-and-drop menu. Your input will influence the overall standings here at Gold Derby and could save Maggie from the dreaded #1 spot on our elimination chart. You have until 4 p. »


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Maggie has 10/1 odds of dying next on 'Walking Dead': Have You voted?

1 hour ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Who will die next on "The Walking Dead"? Do You think you know? Below, search for clues in AMC's video sneak peek of Sunday's all-new episode, "Crossed," and then vote in our "Walking Dead" prediction contest. It's fun and easy! According to Gold Derby's exclusive racetrack odds, Maggie (Lauren Cohan) has 10/1 odds of dying next amongst the group of main characters. As for the recurring cast, Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) tops our readers' chart for who they think has the best chance of being killed off next with 9/2 odds. -Break- Psst: Here's how to predict reality TV shows and win bragging rights And prizes! Disagree with those odds? Then click here or scroll down to make your own predictions using our easy drag-and-drop menu. Your input will influence the overall standings here at Gold Derby and could save Maggie from the dreaded #1 spot on our elimination chart. You have until 4 p. »


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Disney Enters Awards Race With ‘Into the Woods’

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Though “Into the Woods” debuted in 1986, it’s “a fairy tale for the post-9/11 generation,” said director Rob Marshall at a Q&A in New York after a screening of the film.

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 this »


- Tim Gray

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Listen to Jennifer Lawrence Sing in the New ‘Hunger Games’

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jennifer Lawrence was reportedly so worried about singing this sorrowful tune in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1,” she cried the day of the recording.

“She’d probably tell you it was her least favorite day,” director Francis Lawrence said in an interview. “She was horrified to sing, she cried a little bit in the morning before she had to sing.”

Judging by the recording, however, the Oscar-winner sounds like a natural.

The song, called “The Hanging Tree,” was composed by James Newton and the Lumineers, and is featured in the new Lionsgate film.

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- Variety Staff

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Disney Musical 'Into the Woods' Swoops Into Awards Season — How Far Can It Go?

1 hour ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

And then there was just one unseen Oscar contender. Unbroken. On Saturday evening, Disney unveiled the second-to-last of the major Oscar hopefuls that had not yet been been seen by pundits, Rob Marshall's Into the Woods, at simultaneous screenings on both coasts, followed by a Q&A — live in New York, streamed in Los Angeles — with Marshall, screenwriter James Lapine and stars Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman and Christine Baranski. (Johnny Depp was the only notable absence.) It marked the beginning of what will be an aggressive awards push

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- Scott Feinberg

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North West's Latest Must-Have Accessory Revealed: See Kimye's Daughter Work Sunglasses

2 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Shine bright, shine far! North West is a fashion star! As Kim Kardashian continues to travel before the holidays in support of her new perfume, her adorable daughter proved to be in great hands as she modeled a fabulous fashion accessory for her auntie. Before hitting the gym, Khloé Kardashian headed to Instagram where she shared an adorable shot of baby (or maybe model) Nori posing for the camera. "Stunna shades #YouCantSitWithUs," the outspoken Keeping Up With the Kardashians star captioned as her niece worked a giant pair of sunglasses. Even though they were a few sizes too big, we couldn't help but notice Nori's denim top, growing hair and those Lorraine Schwartz earrings. »


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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Cameron Diaz And Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars

2 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In Cameron Diaz, “Saturday Night Live” has its second consecutive host making an appearance after a lengthy absence. Although Diaz has hosted the show three times before, this is her first time doing so since 2005. Will there be “Annie” sketches? Probably! Will there be a Jamie Foxx and/or Quvenzhané Wallis cameo? Possibly! Will Bruno Mars make an in-sketch appearance in addition to his musical role tonight? Likely! Will this be an exciting episode or one that puts audiences to sleep faster than Thanksgiving dinner? Who knows! As always, I’ll be liveblogging the show in real time, assigning grades to each segment. As always, I’ll remind you that comedy is subjective and the grades don’t have any more power than you allow them to have. As always, a few of you will ignore that last statement and quibble over a “B-“ versus a “B”. It’s cool. »


- Ryan McGee

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Jessica Simpson's Little Black Dress Won't Overshadow Her Kids' Cuteness—See the Family Photos

2 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

If there's one family guaranteed to put a smile on your face, it has to be Jessica Simpson's. The genius mind behind the Jessica Simpson Collection received a whole lot of love from her family when she visited Belk, a popular department store in Dallas, to launch her new bedding collection. Wearing a little black dress from her own line, Simpson was all smiles Saturday afternoon as daughter Maxwell and son Ace posed for pictures with mom and dad before the event. Ace sported denim jeans with a blue button-down and tie. In comparison, Maxwell rocked her popular red shoes with black leggings and a matching shirt. Even Ashlee Simpson and her son Bronx made the trip to support the »


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Town Bans Winnie the Pooh for Being Half-Naked, Sexually "Dubious"

2 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Here's some news that would definitely lead Winnie the Pooh to exclaim, "Oh, bother." Lawmakers in the small town of Tuszyn, Poland, have voted to ban the honey-loving character from representing a playground, due to the anthropomorphic bear's lack of a clear gender identity and a propensity for going pants-less.  See more 10 Inappropriately Sexy Cartoon Characters Officials at a council meeting claimed that Winnie the Pooh is of "dubious sexuality" and is "inappropriately dressed" to be around children, given that the bear is "half-naked," according to the Croatian Times. "The problem with that bear is

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Original 'Wizard of Oz' Cowardly Lion Costume Up for Sale

3 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume from the classic film The Wizard of Oz is up for sale. The costume will be auctioned with other Hollywood items Monday in New York by Bonhams, according to a spokesman for costume owner James Comisar. See more Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films The big cat outfit has been authenticated as the one Lahr wore in the 1939 film, according to a Bonhams' sales catalog. It is topped by a sculpted likeness of the late actor. A secondary costume used in the film was sold at auction in recent years for close to $1 million, the owner's

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Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones Sell New York Home

4 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have parted ways with their home in Bedford, New York. The couple have sold the idyllic estate for $7.5 million, the Los Angeles Times reports. See more Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones Through the Years The couple purchased the home in 2010 for $5.075 million and had put it on the market earlier this year for $8.1 million, according to the Times. The pad includes six bedrooms and six bathrooms and sits on 5.7 acres. There is also a guesthouse, gardens, a greenhouse, a spa and a pool. Read more Universal Picks

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Pda Alert! Robert Pattinson Grabs Fka Twigs' Butt After Holding Her Hand During Romantic Stroll

4 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Somebody just can't keep his hands to himself! Robert Pattinson and Fka Twigs got fans talking (and maybe chuckling) as they stepped out in Los Angeles together Friday afternoon. While venturing out to a local café for lunch, Twihards might have become a bit jealous when photographers spotted the Twilight hunk playfully grabbing his girlfriend's butt. Keeping things casual with a gray sweatshirt with Nike athletic shorts, the actor also held hands with his girlfriend as they enjoyed some food and a tasty coffee drink.  He also sported a beanie making it impossible to see that wacky shaved haircut. Eyewitnesses would later catch the couple at Chateau Marmont Friday night after the »


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Francis Lawrence: Directing 'Mockingjay' was like 'wrangling puppies'

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When director Francis Lawrence signed on to join "The Hunger Games" franchise, he probably didn't realize what he was getting himself into, what with the pressure, the jokes and the...puppies?  HitFix's Katie Hasty sat down with the director to discuss the newest installment "Mockingjay - Part I," its Oscar-winning star, and its musical influences. Lawrence (no relation to Jennifer Lawrence, of course) joined the series on "Catching Fire," after "Hunger Games" director Gary Ross exited, and helped develop the franchise into a serious  pop culture juggernaut. Despite working on "Fire," Lawrence still felt some pressure when it came to calling the shots on "Mockingjay," which expands the franchise's world significantly and is noticeably darker than its predecessors.  "I felt a different kind of pressure," he explains. "[On 'Catching Fire'], I had to prove myself a little bit as the new guy in the game. It was a relief that it was received well by the fans. »


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Chris Pine: I Learned to Sing in the Shower

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Chris Pine shows off his vocal chops as a singing Prince Charming in the upcoming film adaption of Into the Woods, but the actor notes that his singing ability comes a bit naturally. "I've sung in the shower for years," Pine told reporters at the L.A. premiere of Horrible Bosses 2. "I thought I was my own best teacher." Despite his self-taught shower sessions, the actor, 34, revealed that he received some formal training for his role in the Stephen Sondheim musical fairytale, opening Christmas Day. "I went to a singing coach and worked on it," he said, calling the »


- Samantha McIntyre

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