Box Office: Will Smith’s ‘Focus’ Sets Sights on $20 Million Opening
A new romance is dominating the bigscreen.
Will Smith’s “Focus” has dethroned “Fifty Shades of Grey” as the No. 1 film in the country. The crime drama opened to $6.5 million on Friday in the U.S. and has set its sights on $20 million this weekend. Tracking had pegged a debut in the $21 million to $23 million range.
Although the respectable launch doesn’t prove that Smith is still one of the Hollywood’s biggest stars, the Warner Bros. film is nowhere near the disaster that the sci-fi tentpole “After Earth” wrought for Sony. “Focus” also carries a much smaller, $50 million pricetag — a third the size of “After Earth’s” budget.
Margot Robbie, who made her debut in Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Wolf of Wall Street,” co-stars as a young con artist in the romantic caper directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. Smith plays a veteran conman who takes Robbie under his wing, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
President Obama, J.J. Abrams, Zachary Quinto Pay Tribute to Leonard Nimoy
Following the death of actor Leonard Nimoy, who portrayed Mr. Spock on Star Trek, countless tributes have poured in for the man who popularized the phrase "Live long and prosper." Among those remembering Nimoy's legacy are astronauts, scientists, writers, sci-fi fans, fellow actors and directors and even President Barack Obama, who wrote in a statement from the White House, "I loved Spock."
"Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. »
‘Power/Rangers’ Bootleg Returns to Internet, Fans Rejoice
There appears to be a tentative peace in the “Power Rangers” universe between copyright holder Haim Saban and short film producer Adi Shankar, whose “Power/Rangers” bootleg film starring James Van Der Beek and Katee Sackhoff captivated franchise fans this week. Music video director Joseph Kahn posted the 14-minute “Power Rangers” take-off — his fourth “Bootleg Universe” project — on Monday night, but YouTube removed the video. The video has returned to Vimeo and YouTube for fans’ viewing enjoyment. A Nsfw version appears on Vimeo with the following warning: “The video contains graphic violence, nudity, sexual situations and drug use, and is intended for mature audiences only. »
- Deborah Day
Lupita Nyong'o's Stolen Oscars Dress Has Been Returned—and Thief Claims the Pearls Are All Fake!
Lupita Nyong'o's stolen Oscars dress has been returned to the scene of the crime. In what might become one of Hollywood's weirdest heists, E! News confirms that the custom Calvin Klein Collection dress made of over 6,000 pearls (that she just wore on Sunday) has been returned to The London Hotel in West Hollywood, where it was originally taken. The L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. stated that at approximately 3 p.m. today, West Hollywood Detectives received a call from a media representative, informing detectives they had received a call from an anonymous caller with information in regards to the stolen Calvin Klein dress. The caller advised detectives that it could be located in an abandoned »
Kanye West Announces New Album Title on Twitter
Kanye West announced his latest album's title on Twitter on Saturday evening. The rapper took to social media to share the new album title with fans in a series of two tweets, preparing followers five minutes in advance for the big reveal. Read More Grammys 2015: Kanye Crashes the Stage Again … Almost "New Album title...," West tweeted at 9:20 p.m., followed by "So Help Me God" at 9:25 p.m. with an accompanying image. The announcement follow a series of recent apologetic tweets that West sent to Beck and Bruno Mars on Feb. 26. New Album
- Natalie Stone
‘Black Sails’ Star Toby Stephens Talks Flint’s Gay Romance: ‘He Became Himself’ (Video)
Starz’s “Black Sails” has been giving fans an inside look into how Captain James Flint found himself in the Bahamas through intense flashbacks to his past life in the British Royal Navy. “It was almost like I was playing two totally different characters,” Toby Stephens, who plays Flint on the prequel to “Treasure Island,” told TheWrap during a visit to the “Black Sails” set in Cape Town, South Africa. “And that’s kind of the great kick for the audience out of Season 2,” he continued. “After Season 1, you think you know who this guy is and Season 2 totally flips. »
- Jethro Nededog
Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Dakota Johnson and Alabama Shakes
I get it: There are more than a few concerned fans worried that tonight’s “Saturday Night Live” might be a less-than-stellar edition. Most know host Dakota Johnson from her most recent film role, which isn't exactly a "Bridesmaids"-esque romp. But think of it less as one hosted by the star of “Fifty Shades Of Grey” and rather one hosted by the former lead of the late, great Fox comedy “Ben And Kate.” Dakota Johnson might be more (or near-exclusively) known for the former, but she was straight-up funny on the latter. And while we’ll probably see more references to Christian Grey than Ben Fox, I just don’t have the same hopeless feeling I did before Blake Shelton took the stage in January. (Also? I'm never going to see "Fifty Shades Of Grey," but this recap is going to be a sarcasm-free when it comes to that book/movie franchise. »
- Ryan McGee
Aww! Pregnant Jessica Biel Gets a Surprise Visit from Husband Justin Timberlake While Filming in New Orleans
Surprise! Jessica Biel may have thought she was filming just another scene with co-stars Jason Sudeikis and Maisie Williams Thursday afternoon in New Orleans. But in between takes, the pregnant star got a surprise visitor on the star-studded set. Let's hear it for Justin Timberlake! The couple was all smiles as they reunited in chilly temperatures. Timberlake opted for a black hoodie to keep warm while Biel tried to conceal her growing baby bump in an oversized jacket. She completed her look with denim jeans and blue loafers. The reunion is a special treat for the 32-year-old beauty who has been working tirelessly on her latest project even though she's due to give birth as early as »
Michelle Rodriguez Apologizes After Asking Minority Actors to "Stop Stealing All the White People's Superheroes"
Michelle Rodriguez is the first to admit it: She put her foot in her mouth once again! On Friday night, the actress voiced her thoughts that minority actors deserve their own characters and shouldn't take on white ones that already exist. "Because of this whole 'minorities in Hollywood' thing...it's so stupid," Rodriguez was heard saying in a video posted on TMZ. "Stop stealing all the white people's superheroes. Make up your own." Less than 24 hours later, the 36-year-old is clarifying her remarks and explaining in more detail what she really wanted to explain. "What I really meant was that…I think there are many cultures in Hollywood that are not »
Will Forte Reflects on Saturday Night Live, Assures Fans MacGruber 2 Is Still "Absolutely" in the Works
Brace yourselves moviegoers, another dose of MacGruber may be on its way. Almost five years after the popular Saturday Night Live skit was turned into a motion picture, Will Forte is giving fans hope that a sequel could be coming sooner rather than later. "We're absolutely gonna write the s--t out of that thing as soon as we have time," Forte revealed Saturday during a Reddit Ama. "And we will start to have time in a few weeks." He added, "Thanks for your patience. Already have a great outline in the works." The action comedy centered around the world's worst bomb specialist brought Forte, Ryan Phillippe and Kristen Wiig together in hopes of preventing Val »
Ray Rice Says He Contemplated Suicide: I Almost Felt Like It ‘Wasn’t Worth Living’
The domestic abuse scandal rocked the NFL to its core last year and now Ray Rice, the player who sparked the crisis, says he contemplated suicide in the midst of it. “I almost felt like at one point that it wasn’t worth living. I see why people commit suicide,” he told the Baltimore Sun in an in-depth interview posted on Saturday. See photos: Shootings, Stabbings, Dog Fighting: 11 NFL Scandals That Rocked the League (Photos) The emotional confession came just over a year after Rice was caught on an Atlantic City casino surveillance camera dragging his then-fiancee Janay Palmer (now Rice) unconscious from an. »
- Debbie Emery
Kim Raver to Lead ABC Drama Pilot ‘The Advocate’
“24” alum Kim Raver has been set to lead ABC drama pilot “The Advocate,” TheWrap has learned. The medical drama will be spearheaded by Sheldon Turner, who wrote the pilot and will executive produce along with Jennifer Klein of Vendetta Productions and Warner Bros. Television. Also Read: 15 Apocalyptic Movies and TV Shows That Chill, Charm and Chuckle (Photos) Story follows type-a business woman Francis “Frankie” Reese (Raver), who has a medical scare, only to be dangerously misdiagnosed leading her to experience first-hand the hazards of our healthcare system. Shocking her friends and family, Frankie leaves her career behind, becoming instead a brilliant. »
- Linda Ge
Makeup-Free Kim Kardashian Pulls a Miley Cyrus as She Sticks Her Tongue Out in Revealing Selfie
Someone is not feeling the selfie game! While some may proclaim Kim Kardashian as the true selfie queen, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star appeared to be so not into taking pictures Friday night after a long day of traveling. "Ugh just got off a plane, so tired," she tweeted while wearing little to no makeup on her face. "Have a shoot tonight, need a tan, not in the mood!" Serious Kardashian problems, dolls! And if you needed more proof that she was a bit on the tired side, North West's mom stuck her tongue out—á la Miley Cyrus—for the camera. Maybe it's not a "Party in the U.S.A." tonight. After Kim presumably enjoyed at least »
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