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Box Office: ‘Horrible Bosses 2′ Scores $1 Million in Tuesday Night Launch
Moviegoers showed some love for the art of boss-hating as New Line’s “Horrible Bosses 2″ launched with a solid $1 million in Tuesday night showings at the U.S. box office.
The R-rated comedy sequel — the first challenger to Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ — took in nearly triple the opening night number for “Horrible Bosses,” which opened with $365,000 in July 2011.
Forecasts have projected that “Horrible Bosses 2″ will take in about $35 million for the Wednesday-Sunday Thanksgiving holiday period. The original opened with $28.3 million on its way to $117 million in the U.S. and $209.6 million worldwide.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ is expected to dominate the holiday weekend. So far it’s hit $130 million after four days in the U.S. and $154 million in international markets. Trackers expect the U.S. haul to hit $80 million to $85 million for the five-day holiday period.
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- Dave McNary
Richard Linklater to Receive Visionary Award at Palm Springs Film Fest
“Boyhood” writer-director Richard Linklater will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s awards gala on Jan. 3. The festival runs from Jan. 2-12.
“Richard Linklater’s latest feature film is the critically acclaimed ‘Boyhood,’ a one-of-a-kind epic undertaking shot over the course of 12 years with the same cast,” said fest chairman Harold Matzner. “For his creative innovations in filmmaking, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present Richard Linklater with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award.”
Linklater’s past work includes “Slacker,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Before Sunrise,” “Waking Life,” “Tape,” “School of Rock,” “Before Sunset,” “A Scanner Darkly,” “Bernie,” and “Before Midnight.” “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight” nabbed Linklater Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay.
The Psiff Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees »
- Laura Prudom
Natalie Portman In Talks To Join Steve Jobs Biopic
Exclusive: Natalie Portman is in talks to join Universal’s Steve Jobs biopic. Character details were not revealed, but it is expected to be a major role. Should be a deal be done, this would mark a further positive reversal of fortunes for the Danny Boyle-helmed project. Deadline revealed last week that it had been put in turnaround by Sony Pictures, to the shock of many in the industry. Universal Pictures picked it up Monday.
Michael Fassbender recently was courted to play the Apple genius in the Aaron Sorkin-scripted film , adapted from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography Steve Jobs. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Christian Colson, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady.
Portman, repped stateside by CAA, has been particularly busy of late. The actress-turned-filmmaker has her feature directorial debut A Tale of Love and Darkness, an adaptation of celebrated Israeli writer Amos Oz’s memoir, in post. »
- Ali Jaafar
Did Alfonso Ribeiro Win Dancing With the Stars Because of Will Smith?!
Congratulations to Dancing With the Stars season 19 winner Alfonso Ribeiro! After Alfonso took home the mirror-ball trophy last night with his pro dancer partner Witney Carson, E! News caught up with the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star to find out how he it felt to be crowned champion. "We've got a mirror-ball! Wild!" Ribeiro said. "When you want something for so long, it's just unbelievable when you finally get it. You never know if you'll ever get it and there have been many times where I said to myself, 'This is never going to happen. I'm never going to do the show, they're never going to let me do it, and that's what it's going to be.' And then I got the phone call, »
As New Cosby Accusers Come Forward, Legal Options Remain Limited
The number of women accusing Bill Cosby of alleged sexual assault continues to grow, with nearly 20 women now claiming that they were drugged and assaulted by the comedian. Cosby’s attorneys have vigorously denied all allegations and Cosby himself has dismissed the claims as "innuendos."
Seventy-three-year-old Donna Motsinger says she was of the 11 "Jane Doe" victims who were prepared to give testimony in a 2005 civil rape case against the comedian, but the suit was settled out of court before any victims were called to testify.
"I asked him for an asprin and I took that pill," Motsinger told Et. "The next thing that I remember from that moment on is that I woke up in the back of that limousine, with his hands all over me. I passed out again and the next thing I remember, I woke up in my apartment, in my bed »
‘Red Band Society’ to End Production After 13 Episodes
The prognosis is mixed for Fox’s quirky dramedy “Red Band Society.”
The ABC Studios/Amblin TV series about a group of hospitalized teenagers facing serious illnesses will wrap production on its first season next month after completing 13 episodes.
“Red Band” will air tonight and next week in its Wednesday 9 p.m. time slot, taking the show through episode 10. The remaining three segs will be scheduled later. Such a move is never a good sign for a series, but Fox emphasizes that the show remains a contender for season two.
NBC is taking a similar tack with its Friday drama series “Constantine,” although that show is scheduled for a 13-episode run. The decision to cap a season at 13 episodes is another cable-like move by broadcast nets.
“Red Band” to date is averaging about 1.5 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and about 4.5 million viewers. Series is based on a format from Spain. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Mel Brooks Voicing Dracula's Father in 'Hotel Transylvania 2'
Comic legend Mel Brooks has joined the voice cast of the Sony's animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 2. Brooks will voice the role of Vlad, the ancient, undead and grumpy father to the Adam Sandler-voiced Dracula. Read more Mel Brooks Gets Street Named After Him: "People Are Going to Walk All Over Me" The follow-up to the 2012 hit involves Vlad arriving at the hotel for an impromptu family get-together. The Emmy-, Grammy-, Oscar- and Tony-winning Brooks takes on the role 40 years after helming Young Frankenstein, saying of his new role, "I’m having a wonderful time
- Hilary Lewis
What Movie Have You Watched the Most? The Hitfix Staff Answers
Everybody has that one movie that they've watched so many times, "knowing it by heart" doesn't even begin to describe the relationship. It's the film that you drop everything to watch when it comes on TV, or that you bought and wore out the VHS copy, and then the DVD and the Blu-Ray... and you're still happy to watch it again on Netflix. Maybe it all started with what your family liked to watch (or what they hated) or what ended up in your stocking at holiday time, or what you fell in love with at the theater. Below, the HitFix editorial staff shares its most-watched movies of all time. What is yours? Tell us in the comments! Donna Dickens "Titanic" I was that fourteen year old girl. The one that saw “Titanic” in theaters multiple times (my personal tally was seven.) I bought the VHS two-pack. I recorded the »
- HitFix Staff
BBC Plans to Cut Extra $630 Million from Budget
London — The BBC needs to cut a further £400 million ($630 million) a year from its budget by 2017, a report released Thursday stated, which is likely to hit programs and services.
The saving will be in addition to the £1.1 billion ($1.73 billion) a year the BBC has already sliced from its costs.
The previous cuts resulted in a decision to take youth TV channel BBC Three off air and move it online. The latest savings could lead to a similar fate being inflicted on high-brow channel BBC Four, but the BBC’s director of strategy, James Purnell, would not confirm this when interviewed on the BBC’s news show “Today.”
“We don’t want to close BBC Four,” he said, the BBC website reported. “What we’re doing is making efficiency savings, and what we’ve published today is a document that shows that over the last few years we’ve saved about £1.1 billion of our costs. »
- Leo Barraclough
European Parliament Votes to Break Up Google
The European Parliament on Thursday approved a controversial motion calling for the break-up of Google in response to the Internet giant's dominant market position. A Google representative contacted by THR declined to comment. The motion is largely symbolic as the EU parliament has no direct power to force Google to change its business practices. However, the vote, which saw 384 members of the European Parliament support the motion, compared to 174 people opposing it, will put pressure on the European Commission, the EU's executive body, to act against Google as Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and others have suggested. The
- Scott Roxborough
Watch Jake Gyllenhaal Pull a "Salmon" Prank on David Letterman's Legs
The next time someone flaps their hand around in between your legs, it just might be Jake Gyllenhaal. The Nightcrawler actor appeared as a guest on the Late Show on Wednesday, and David Letterman learned that Gyllenhaal does not keep his hands to himself. Read more Jake Gyllenhaal, Director Dan Gilroy Explain Why 'Nightcrawler' Doesn't Have Any Sex Scenes "That's the nicest thing anybody's done to me," Letterman joked about the prank Gyllenhaal pulled on him. The Donnie Darko actor deemed it a "visceral experience," and Letterman seemed to agree. Watch Gyllenhaal's behavior and Letterman's surprising reaction in the video below.
- Ryan Gajewski
Ventana Sur’s Blood Window Focuses Rapid Ramp-up of Latin American Genre
Mar Del Plata – A cohort of Latin America’s young high priests of horror – Uruguay’s Gustavo Hernandez, Argentina’s Adrian and Ramiro Garcia Bogliano and Daniel de la Vega, Mexico/L.A.’s Lemon Films, Colombia’s Rhayuela, Cuba’s 5th Avenue – will congregate for Ventana Sur’s Blood Window, which ranks, besides Austin’s Fantastic Market as one of Latin America’s two big Latin America genre jamborees.
Notably, Latin America’s modern genre build is an almost entirely 21st century phenomenon. None of the 21 directors featured at Blood Window in either its six-title Work in Progress or much larger Beyond the Window helmed a feature before 2000.
“There’s always been a sensation, not only in Argentina but also over Latin America, that genre couldn’t really belong to us: It was the almost exclusive preserve of Americans,” said Incaa’s Javier Fernandez, Blood Window organizer.
“Just a few years back, »
- John Hopewell
The Snap: Why We're Thankful for Beyonce, Nph, and More
Sure, we've had our disappointments in movies, TV, and music this year, but we also have plenty to be thankful for. In this episode of The Snap, I remind you what to cherish about pop culture just in time for your big tryptophan binge. Check out the abbreviated episode above or the full episode right here. Be sure to check out past episodes of The Snap: Ep. #35: A Salute to the Classic Women of Video Games Ep. #34: Here's Why the '90s Sucked Ep. #33: Why Anne Hathaway Rules Ep. #32: The Sexiest Psychos in Movie History Ep. #31: Why Horror Classics are Still Scary Ep. #30: Everything You Don't Know About Taylor Swift Ep. #29: 5 Unanswered Questions About 'Gone Girl' Ep. #28: 19 Beautiful Things That Look Like Donald Trump Ep. #27: 20 Reasons Fall is the Worst Season Ep. #26: Everything Wrong with Urban Outfitters Ep. »
- Louis Virtel
‘American Friend’ to Lead Berlin’s Wim Wenders Homage
London — The Berlin Intl. Film Festival has revealed the 10-strong lineup of Wim Wenders movies that will screen as part of its Homage to the German filmmaker. Seven of the films will be shown in newly digitally restored versions.
The fest also revealed that the Museum of Modern Art in New York is set to honor Wenders in March with a comprehensive retrospective, which will include many of the films shown in Berlin’s Homage program.
As announced in August, the director will also receive an honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement, which will be awarded on Feb. 12 in the Berlinale Palast. The ceremony will include the premiere screening of the digitally restored print of “Der amerikanische Freund” (The American Friend, 1977).
The thriller, based on a book by Patricia Highsmith, is set in Hamburg, Paris and New York, and tells the story of a fatal friendship between two highly dissimilar men, »
- Leo Barraclough
Roseanne: I Was Joking About Bill Cosby Attacking Me
Roseanne continues making strong statements about the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby. Roseanne posted a Twitter photo on Wednesday of herself with a bloody face and claimed in the caption that Cosby was responsible for her appearance. The tweet was later deleted, but multiple sources report it as reading: "tussle w bill cosby." Read more Bill Cosby Biographer Apologizes for Omitting Abuse Claims Later that day, she posted the photo again but added a new explanation. "Got a chemical peel to look more sexier. Joked about tussling cosby," she wrote. This is certainly not the first time that Roseanne
- Ryan Gajewski
Berlin: Wim Wenders Homage to Trace Director's Legacy
The Berlin Film Festival has unveiled details of its previously announced homage to Wim Wenders, with 10 titles set to screen at next year's festival as part of its lifetime achievement tribute to the groundbreaking German director. Wenders will receive an honorary Berlinale Golden Bear for his work on Feb.12 in Berlin. The homage will trace Wenders' work from his New German Cinema days of the 1970s through his acclaimed American films to his return to Germany with the Oscar-nominated 3D dance film Pina. Among the early work on display will be 1972 feature The Goalie’s Anxiety at
- Scott Roxborough
Oscars news: Chris Rock ranks his 'Top Five,' Richard Linklater ('Boyhood') feted
. Jeff Labrecuqe chats with Chris Rock about "Top Five," in which "he plays a movie star whose already-fading career is about to crumble on the day he’s being interviewed by a savvy New York Times reporter (Rosario Dawson) about his comedy career, his ambitious new Oscar-bait movie about the Haitian revolution, and his imminent nuptials to a reality star. She accompanies him to his old neighborhood, where he and his friends kill time arguing about their top five rappers. 'What are the normal conversations—not the contrived romantic-comedy conversations—that happen when you get a bunch of old friends together?' Rock says, describing the scene." EW -Break- Oscar experts: Eddie Redmayne narrows Michael Keaton lead, 'Selma' cracks top five Richard Linklater, our frontrunner for Best Director at the Oscars, is to be feted at the Palm Springs filmfest. The director of "Boyhood," which we tip to »
BBC Targets $630 Million in Further Cost Cuts
The BBC plans to cut its annual costs by another $630 million (£400 million) in the next two years to bring overall savings per year to $2.36 billion (£1.50 billion) by fiscal year 2016/2017, according to a new report it is publishing on Thursday. Programming spending is expected to be hit as part of the latest savings efforts, BBC News reported. But it wasn't immediately clear if the BBC would cut channels after the recent decision to end BBC Three's existence as a linear TV channel or other services, cut certain shows or reduce the budgets of shows.
- Georg Szalai
‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Star on Working With Stanley Kubrick, Otto Preminger
Ahead of 2001: A Space Odyssey’s release on Friday across U.K. cinemas, Keir Dullea, who played the film's iconic astronaut David "Dave" Bowman, answered questions via a Reddit Ama, hosted by the BFI, discussing what it was like to work on the film. Although much of the focus was on Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece, the 78-year-old Dullea was also asked about his time on the 1965 drama Bunny Lake Is Missing and wasn't shy about describing his issues with the director. "[I have] very few good memories due to the fact that Otto Preminger was a horror
- Alex Ritman
‘Under The Skin’ Director Jonathan Glazer Awarded U.K. Screenwriting Fellowship
Under The Skin and Sexy Beast director Jonathan Glazer has been named the 2014 Wellcome Trust and British Film Institute Screenwriting Fellow. The second such award from the global health charity foundation and the BFI, in association with Channel 4’s film unit Film4, was presented at an event held at the Trust’s London headquarters on Wednesday night. As a fellow, U.K. filmmaker Glazer has been awarded a grant worth $47,000 and will have access to the Trust’s scientists and research until Dec. 2015. The fellowship is designed to help immerse the fellow in information on science and medicine
- Alex Ritman
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