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
Nick Jonas Reveals What His Dad Thought of the Sexy Crotch-Grabbing Flaunt Shoot (and It's Hilarious!)
We're all still thinking about Nick Jonas' Flaunt magazine photo shoot (because Wow), but what did the family think? That's the question that E! News' Giuliana Rancic asked the young stud tonight on the red carpet at the 2014 American Music Awards in downtown Los Angeles, and what he told us might surprise you. "I sent the pictures to my parents actually right after I did the shoot for Flaunt magazine, which is actually a tribute to Mark Wahlberg. He's iconic shoot in the '90s," Jonas, who looked handsome as ever in an Armani suit, began to tell us. "My dad responded and was like, 'You know you get that from me, right?' So he was actually really proud." Lol! »
Mockingjay Director Francis Lawrence on Reworking Philip Seymour Hoffman's Part and Getting His Star To Sing
When it came time to decide where exactly to split the third installment of The Hunger Games trilogy so that one book could be two films, director Francis Lawrence said it came down to understanding that Mockingjay had "two separate stories, and two very distinct dramatic questions." The first one involves Katniss finally understanding that "she means something to the rest of the world," and taking on the responsibility of her role in the revolution, at least as far as the propaganda war is concerned between the Capital and the rebel force that rescued her from the arena at the end of Catching Fire. ("Whereas the next one is Katniss saying, 'I'm going after President Snow,'" Lawrence said. "The quest to kill Snow is the second story.") Lawrence chatted with Vulture about his own propaganda campaign, why his leading lady cried on set, and who replaced Philip Seymour Hoffman »
- Jennifer Vineyard
One Direction Guys Get ''Sensual'' on the AMAs Red Carpet! Watch the Singers Get Handsy
The guys of One Direction are heating up the 2014 American Music Awards! While chatting with E! News on the red carpet Sunday, the hunky Brit boy-banders couldn't help gushing about their love for one another. "It's exciting to be here again, and exciting to see you again," Niall Horan told Giuliana Rancic. "Super, super excited," Louis Tomlinson added. "It's great to be here." The 1D boys will be performing again this year during tonight's AMAs show. When asked which celebs make them nervous on stage, Harry Styles dished, "Everyone. It's an intense room." Niall added, "I remember last year, Dave Grohl was in the crowd and I »
The Strand’s Stand: How It Keeps Going in the Age of Amazon
Walk into the Strand Book Store, at East 12th and Broadway, and the retail experience you’ll have is unexpectedly contemporary. The walls are white, the lighting bright; crisp red signage is visible at every turn. The main floor is bustling, and the store now employs merchandising experts to refine its traffic flow and make sure that prime display space goes to stuff that’s selling. Whereas you can leave a Barnes & Noble feeling numbed, particularly if a clerk directs you to Gardening when you ask for Leaves of Grass, the Strand is simply a warmer place for readers. In the middle of the room, though, is a big concrete column holding up the building, and it looks … wrong. It’s painted gray, and not a soft designer gray but some dead color like you’d see on a basement floor. Crudely stenciled signs reading Books Shipped Anywhere are tacked to it. »
- Christopher Bonanos
AMAs: Pitbull Pokes Fun at Hispanic-Skewing Ratings, Obama's Immigration Address
Pitbull kicked off Sunday night's American Music Awards — broadcasted on ABC from Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre L.A. Live — with a poke at Hispanic-skewing ratings and President Barack Obama's immigration address. Hosting the awards show for the second year in a row, the tuxedo-clad musician entered from an aisle among the audience and started his monologue just after Taylor Swift's performance, of which he joked, "She just sold another 68 million albums!" And since he's called "Pitbull, Mr. 305, Mr. Worldwide — with three names, they should pay me triple!" See more American Music Awards 2014: The
- Ashley Lee
American Music Awards 2014 Live-Blog
Get ready to have your hair blown back by the 2014 American Music Awards. Broadcast live on ABC from The Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, there's promise of lots of Iggy Azalea -- the night's nominations leader -- opening act Taylor Swift, singer Ariana Grande, a Lil Wayne sighting and more Follow along in our live blog below. 5:00pm Est: Did you know the American Music Awards are three hours long? That's why this intro is 15 minutes long. 5:02: Taylor Swift's "Blank Space is up first. If you're not familiar, it's the new single from her runaway hit album "1989" and is by far her Crazy-craziest-eyed song ever. How many men will she kill in this performance? »
- Katie Hasty
American Music Awards 2014: Complete Winners List (Updating Live)
On Sunday night the 2014 American Music Awards took over the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles to celebrate the very best of the music industry. Going into the evening, Iggy Azalea was leading the pack with six nominations, with expectations high for performances from Taylor Swift, Imagine Dragons, Selena Gomez and others. One Direction kicked things off with the first win of the evening. Here are the winners for the rest of the 2014 AMAs — updated live as the winners take the stage to grab their awards. See more AMAs: The Red Carpet Arrivals Favorite Band, Duo or Group
- THR Staff
Kendall Jenner Flashes Side-Boob, Lots of Leg in See-Through, Slit-to-There Dress—See the Pic!
It's the year of the slit-to-there dress! Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian made their appearance on the 2014 American Music Awards red carpet, and it seems like the youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan are flaunting the most skin on the red carpet. Kendall looked particularly sexy in a sheer, high-slit Yigal Azrouël halter dress, which she paired with high-waist black undies and simple black pumps. Meanwhile, younger sis Kylie went for slit-to-there (and cut-to-there) in a burgundy Alexandre Vauthier number. Khloe Kardashian kept it simple in all black, wearing a clingy Versace frock that hugged her famous curves. News: The 2014 AMAs red carpet arrivals Both Kendall and »
Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting Gets the Ultimate Surprise Birthday Party From Husband Ryan Sweeting—All the Details!
And the best husband award goes to Ryan Sweeting! Almost a week before Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting celebrates her 29th birthday, The Big Bang Theory star got the surprise of a lifetime when her husband treated her to an unannounced birthday party. "Just when I thought no one could Ever surprise me, Mr Sweeting goes and does it," she wrote on Instagram. "best birthday of my life / thank you to everyone involved- you know who you are." With a little help from Lauren Tatum Events, Ryan gathered his wife's closest friends together for a special event at Nobu restaurant in Malibu. "Kaley had no idea about the party and said it's the first time she'd ever been »
Watch: First Trailer for Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’
We may have heard Jennifer Lawrence sing this week for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” but another actress is showing off her singing chops in the first trailer for Thomas Vinterberg’s “Far From the Madding Crowd.”
Carey Mulligan provides the soundtrack for the trailer, singing traditional folk song “Let No Man Steal Your Thyme,” backed up by co-star Michael Sheen near the end. Mulligan stars as Bathsheba Everdene in Vinterberg’s adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s book.
The film marks Danish filmmaker Vinterberg’s follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2012 movie “The Hunt.” “Far From the Madding Crowd” also stars Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge and Juno Temple and follows three men courting Mulligan’s character.
“Far From the Madding Crowd” is set to debut May 1, 2015.
- Alex Stedman
'SNL's' spoof of 'Annie' looks way better than 'Annie'
I've said it before and I'll say it again: this new "Annie" movie looks terrible. I don't know because I haven't seen it, but still. Come on. Really. You guys. Speaking of "Annie," Cameron Diaz hosted "SNL" this week, meaning a sketch about America's favorite orphan was all but assured - and while what they turned out wasn't nearly as funny as I would have wanted (check out Michelle Wolf's "Grown Up Annie" for a superior parody), I suspect it's still better than the film it's spoofing. But okay, here we go: Leslie Jones as "Black Annie." She's big, she's brazen, she's 43, and she is still wearing that damn dress. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Meghan Trainor Says Kim Kardashian ''Has an Amazing Butt!'' Plus, ''All About That Bass'' Singer Talks Looking for a Boyfriend
Meghan Trainor is single and ready to mingle! At Sunday's 2014 American Music Awards in L.A., the 20-year-old "All About That Bass" singer opened up to E! News about looking for a hot guy to romance her. "Come on guys! Look how good I'm looking today," the blond beauty told Giuliana Rancic and Terrence Jenkins on the red carpet. "What's going on?" As for what she looks for in a boyfriend, the pop star says she loves to "cuddle [and] make music." "You can make music or not, that's fine, whatever," Trainor dished, adding, "But also be real cool and make me laugh. That's it. That's all you gotta do." And Trainor says she would »
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