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Box Office: 'Home' Evicts 'Get Hard' With $54M
Animated family film Home easily topped the North American box office with $54 million from 3,708 theaters in a much-needed win for Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation. Overseas, the music-infused title has earned $48.2 million for an early worldwide total of $102.2 million. The strong performances of Home and Warner Bros.' R-rated comedy Get Hard, coming in No. 2 with a pleasing $34.6 million debut from 3,175 locations, helped to drive revenue nearly 10 percent over a year ago. Get Hard marks the largest R-rated opening for stars Will Ferrell and
- Pamela McClintock
Sacha Baron Cohen Playing Freddie Mercury in Biopic After All? Here's What Queen Guitarist Brian May Said!
For the last time, no, Sacha Baron Cohen will not be rocking you as Freddie Mercury. The 43-year-old prank-loving British actor, best known for onscreen alter egos such as Borat, and Ali G, was in 2010 attached to a biopic about the late Queen frontman, one of the most iconic rock singers of all time, who died at age 45 in 1991. Baron Cohen left the movie project in 2013. On Thursday, the band's manager, Jim Beach, sparked excitement among fans with some curious comments while accepting the Peter Grant award for outstanding achievement in managerial skills at the 2015 Artist and Manager Awards: He said Baron Cohen had returned to the project and would even do more than just star in it. »
Dwayne Johnson Destroys Foes as "The Rock Obama" in 'SNL' Cold Open (Video)
Barack Obama is once again through with being polite. Dwayne Johnson hosted Saturday Night Live for the fourth time this weekend, where he reprised his role of beefed-up presidential alter ego "The Rock Obama." Watch more 'SNL': Dwayne Johnson Becomes Bambi, Mocks Robert Durst (Video) "You like Israel?" The Rock Obama asked John Boehner (Taran Killam) as he tossed him out of the window. "Why don't you go visit Israel?" The irate Obama also had a question for presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (Bobby Moynihan): "I ask, please, may I crush your head?" See more 'SNL': 14 Celebs Who Should Host for the
- Ryan Gajewski
‘It Follows’ on Track to Be Radius-TWC’s Highest-Grossing Release
That was a strong enough showing to crack the weekend top five, despite heavy competition from the likes of “Get Hard,” “Home” and “Insurgent.” Credit critics with lifting this one out of the arthouse and into the mainstream. The creepy story of a young girl who experiences a supernatural stalker after a bizarre sexual experience currently enjoys a 95% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a rare feat given that horror is one of the most critically derided genres.
“When you know you’ve got something big, you’ve got to get it out there,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “They’re building an audience the same way that you would with an indie platform release. They’ve got terrific buzz, »
- Brent Lang
Justin Bieber Roast: Ludacris Speaks Out About "Over the Line" Paul Walker Jokes
Ludacris is now commenting publicly about controversial jokes that were told at Comedy Central's Roast of Justin Bieber. The Furious 7 star told HuffPost Live that certain cracks made at Paul Walker's expense went too far. A Comedy Central spokesperson previously told The Hollywood Reporter that the jokes will be edited out of the broadcast. Read More 'Furious 7' and How Peter Jackson's Weta Created Digital Paul Walker "There were some Paul Walker jokes that I didn't feel like were appropriate," Ludacris said. "I was told and promised that they would edit those out. ... Some of those were over
- Ryan Gajewski
TV Review: ‘Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot’
A rare romance from the typically dark imagination of children’s book author Roald Dahl, “Esio Trot” spells more than just “tortoise” backwards, but an evening of warm-fuzzy feelings all around as Dustin Hoffman’s Mr. Hoppy devises an elaborate scheme to woo the chelonian-loving widow downstairs, as played by Judi Dench. Commissioned as a New Year’s telepic for British TV, this delightful family offering is already making its way to homevideo in several European markets, but could potentially support a more substantial treatment Stateside, if someone were to shell out for theatrical (exec producers Harvey and Bob Weinstein bought all other U.S. rights).
Judging by Hoffman and Dench’s involvement alone, this is no ordinary TV movie. Co-written by “Love Actually’s” Richard Curtis (who shares credit with Paul Mayhew-Archer) and directed by smallscreen miracle worker Dearbhla Walsh (“Little Dorrit,” “Shameless”), the film has been crafted with »
- Peter Debruge
2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards Red Carpet—See All the Stars as They Arrive!
Music lovers, rejoice: The 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards are about to begin! (And with some of the biggest stars in music set to attend, you know something awesome is about to go down.) Just look at this year's lineup: Stars slated to appear include Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake (who will be accepting the Innovator Award), while Rihanna (debuting her new single "Bitch Better Have My Money"), Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor, Jason Derulo, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson (among others!) will take to the stage for what we imagine will be can't-miss performances. And there's bound to be some major surprises (who knows, maybe Angelina Jolie will make it a two-show »
Roger Moore, '70s and '80s James Bond Star, Denies Saying "Something Racist About Idris Elba"
Sir Roger Moore apparently did not pull a Rush Limbaugh in a recent interview that referenced Idris Elba, who was months ago named as a possible future James Bond star. Moore, 87, who played the British super spy in seven movies in the '70s and '80s, was asked about the rumors in an interview with French magazine Paris Match. According to the U.K. newspaper The Telegraph, the outlet quoted him as saying, "Although James may have been played by a Scot, a Welshman and an Irishman, I think he should be 'English-English.' Nevertheless, it's an interesting idea, but unrealistic." Following online criticism, the actor took to Twitter to clarify his comments. "An interview »
Justin Bieber Surprises Ariana Grande on Stage, But Just Can't Seem to Remember Her Lyrics—Watch Now!
Even the biggest pop stars can have a brain fart! Justin Bieber delivered quite the surprise Saturday night in Miami when he joined Ariana Grande on her Honeymoon Tour to perform a duet of "Love Me Harder." As he sang the parts originally performed by The Weeknd, Bieber accidently messed up a few of the lyrics because he didn't remember them completely. "So I feel bad, I forgot the words Ariana," he told Grande while performing inside the American Airlines arena. "I've been trying to memorize them backstage for like an hour!" But don't worry music lovers. Grande wasn't upset at all about the mistake. In fact, the duo continued to perform two songs »
Bloodline Recap: Viva Rayburn
The end feels closer than it should. In this bear of a ninth episode, written by Jonathan Glatzer, Danny slithered through the Rayburn's garden of paradise like a serpent, continuing to tempt and toy with everyone in his reach. A few people snapped back as a result. But never mind that the DEA began building a case against his bait boss's trafficking ring. Never mind that John dug into his past. Never mind that Kevin flew off the handle, or that Meg shut big brother's threats down. It was Danny's most inactive victim who finally made an episode her own: Sally."Part 9" opens with Sally on a bus, looking distraught or anxious (or both) about something. Her hair's a mess, and her eyes look like they've recorded something awful that they can't stop rewinding. She reaches into her bag and pulls out a picture. She stares and her eyes pause, »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Film Review: ‘All Things Must Pass’
While focusing on the rise and demise of Tower Records, the fallen retail giant that once billed its flagship location as “The Largest Record-Tape Store in the Known World,” actor-turned-documentarian Colin Hanks also offers glances at the bigger picture of 21st-century recording industry upheavals in “All Things Must Pass.” The movie’s primary audience likely will be baby boomers and Gen Xers who fondly recall the joys of discovery during shopping sprees in brick-and-mortar music stores. But even viewers who have never owned, or even played, a vinyl record may be fascinated by the cautionary tale that Hanks spins beneath the surface of his sentimental celebration.
Hanks and writer Steven Leckart are incalculably fortunate to have at their disposal the colorful commentary of Russ Solomon, the loquacious octogenarian who started selling records in the back of his father’s Sacramento drugstore in 1960, and steadily built a global chain of Tower »
- Joe Leydon
Rihanna Hits High Note, Helps Draw Diverse Crowd to ‘Home’
The combination of superstar singers Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez in “Home” proved a big draw for the kiddie crowd. The DreamWorks Animation film debuted at No. 1 and took in $54 million this weekend with Rihanna, or rather her voice, featured in the key role of Gratuity “Tip” Tucci. That’s the daughter of Lucy (Jennifer Lopez) who befriends the purple alien Oh (Jim Parsons), and encounters Captain Smek (Steve Martin). The audience reflected the diverse voice cast of “Home,” with African-Americans making up 22 percent of the audience, Hispanics 15 percent and Asians and other people of color 15 percent. The first-weekend haul for “Home” was not far. »
- Todd Cunningham
Box Office Top Ten Takeaways: Why 'Home' and 'Get Hard' Scored with Spring Audiences
That's $19 million better than last year (led by "Noah"), boosting the year-to-date overall domestic gross to 4 per cent ahead. This comes ahead of the opening of the expected first big early summer hit "Furious 7" (Universal) next week, which could easily see results considerably over $100 million and show that there is still a potential male audience out there. The rest of the lineup was uneven, with last weekend's two top performers both dropping by half or more. Big openers are great, but although "American Sniper" and "Kingsman" have both thrived with long runs, most of this year's best openers have lacked staying power. The Top Ten 1. Home (20th Century Fox) New - Cinemascore: A; Criticwire: B-; Metacritic: 55; Est. budget: $130 million $54,000,000 in 3,708 theaters; PSA (per screen average): $14,563; Cumulative: $54,000,000 2. Get Hard (Warner Bros.) New - Cinemascore: B; Criticwire: C-; Metacritic: 34; Est. budget: $40 »
- Tom Brueggemann
Dreamworks' Home Beats the Kevin Hart-Will Ferrell Comedy Get Hard At the Weekend Box Office
Dreamworks's cartoon aliens in Home took the top spot at the box office this weekend with a solid debut of $54 million. The Kevin Hart-Will Ferrell comedy Get Hard also had a respectable debut, bringing in $34.6 million. Meanwhile last week's big winner Insurgent got bumped to third with $22 million. Cinderella continued its dreamy run, adding $17.5 million in its third weekend and bringing its total domestic haul to $150 million. It Follows also expanded into over 1,200 theaters this weekend to bring in $4 million after a strong word of mouth campaign that it's absolutely terrifying. »
- E. Alex Jung
J. Lo Slowly Backs Away as Nick Jonas Gets Slimed
Nick Jonas honored his tween roots Saturday night by hosting and performing at the Nickelodeon's Kid's Choice Awards. For his services, he took the blimp for Favorite Male Singer and also got slimed. You can watch Jonas getting hit with the green sludge better, but what is perhaps more amusing is the longer clip on Nick.com where you can see J. Lo slowly inching away from the impending sludge knowing she doesn't have to play to tween sensibilities anymore. »
- E. Alex Jung
Michelle Obama Offers Inspirational Words at 2015 Black Girls Rock!—Find Out What She Said!
Michelle Obama received a standing ovation on Saturday at Bet's 2015 Black Girls Rock! event, where she gave a powerful, inspirational speech. Looking chic, as usual, in a white, off-the-shoulder, knee-length dress, the First Lady declared into the mic, "to all the young women here tonight, and all across the country, let me say those words again: Black girls rock!" "We rock! We rock!" she said. "No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful, you are powerful, you are brilliant, you are funny!" "Let me tell you, I'm so proud of you," she said. "My husband, your president, is so proud of you. And we have such big hopes and dreams for every »
Destiny's Child Reunited to Perform Michelle's Gospel Song
Destiny's Child made a brief reunion on Saturday night at the Stellar Awards, which recognizes the best gospel music. Michelle Williams, who is up for multiple awards for her album Journey to Freedom, performed her song "Say Yes" with her former band mates Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland. Don't think that this means that there's a reunion tour in the works: Queen Bey's rep says that there is "no truth" to that. Sorry kids, no jumpin' jumpin' — yet.. »
- E. Alex Jung
Miroslav Ondricek, Oscar-Nominated Cinematographer, Dies at 80
Miroslav Ondricek, the Czech director of photography who earned two Academy Award nominations, has died. He was 80. Czech public television announced Ondricek's death Sunday, citing his son David, also a filmmaker. No cause was given. Ondricek was behind the camera in some 40 movies but was best known abroad for his collaborations with his friend, director Milos Forman, who settled in the United States after the 1968 Soviet-led invasion crushed the Prague Spring's liberal reforms in Czechoslovakia. Read More Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2015 His work on Forman's Ragtime and Amadeus, which examined the relationship between Mozart and rival composer Antonio Salieri,
- The Associated Press
'The Walking Dead' predictions: Will Maggie die? Who'll be kissed?'
Expect Maggie and more than 10 walkers to be snuffed out in the final episode of "The Walking Dead" TV season, but not before Maggie kisses Glenn. Those are the predictions of the guy who had the best picks forecasting last week's episode. However, his new forecast clashes with the opinion of our Users, who say no main character will die tonight. See latest racetrack odds based upon their views on major cliffhangers. -Break- Have you made your predictions yet? Click here -- Hurry! You must post them by 4 p.m. Pt today in order to be eligible to win our contest prizes. We're bestowing $100 Amazon gift certificate to whoever has the best score for the whole TV season. Read our contest rules. Join the live 'The Walking Dead' chat going on right now in our bitchy forums Last week the best score predicting the "Try" episode was achieved »
Khloé Kardashian & French Montana Get Cozy at Nightclub—See the Butt-Tastic Photo and Check Out Details!
Ok, seriously, what is going on between Khloé Kardashian and French Montana?! The on-again, off-again couple continue to fuel reconciliation rumors, as they continue to spend time together, most recently on Saturday night, when they got cozy at a Hennesy V.S. party at the Dream nightclub in Miami. In fact, very cozy: French was seen escorting the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star to the back entrance of the venue while placing his hand on her butt. The two have not commented about the status of their relationship. Kardashian, who wore a black pantsuit with a plunging neckline, and French were accompanied by security, who ushered them to a section of the club, and were joined at the party by Sean »
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