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DreamWorks Animation's 'Home' Rules with $15.6 Million
DreamWorks Animation's Home (2015) got off to a fantastic start on Friday, and is shaping up to be a nice win for the struggling animation studio. Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard was no slouch either. Ultimately, both movies are poised to open north of $35 million this weekend, which is a rare occurrence at the domestic box office.Home opened to an estimated $15.6 million, which is nearly twice as much as Mr. Peabody & Sherman's $8 million debut around this same time last year. It's also well above the first How to Train Your Dragon ($12.1 million), and last year's Rio 2 ($12 million).If it follows Mr. Peabody's pace, it will wind up with over $60 million this weekend. More modestly, the How to Train Your Dragon pace translates to around $55 million.Playing at 3,175 locations, Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard opened to a strong $12.9 million on Friday. While that's a bit »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hugh Jackman Confirms ‘Wolverine’ Sequel Will Be His Last
Hugh Jackman hinted on Saturday that his days as iconic “X-Men” character Wolverine are ending, stirring up fans with an Instagram post. “Wolverine… one last time,” Jackman captioned a photo of his fists, clutching the claws of his famous mutant character. While bloggers and social media users debated the actor’s meaning, an individual familiar with the situation told TheWrap he is referring to a planned sequel of the 2013 standalone hit “The Wolverine.” The character could feasibly appear in Bryan Singer’s forthcoming ensemble “X-Men: Apocalypse,” or in Ryan Reynolds’ spinoff “Deadpool,” but the insider says Jackman is pointing to »
- Matt Donnelly
‘Daily Show': Trevor Noah Emerges on Short List to Replace Jon Stewart (Exclusive)
Noah is gaining consideration as a potential successor to Jon Stewart, the Comedy Central mainstay’s longtime host, according to a person familiar with the matter, and if successful, could get a crack at becoming one of the more influential voices in latenight.
There is no guarantee that Noah will inherit Stewart’s seat, and no final decision has been reached, this person cautioned. Comedy Central ‘s selection process has accelerated in recent days, this person said. And Noah, a South African comedian, has moved to a short list being put together by executives at the Viacom-owned cable outlet.
- Brian Steinberg
Watch: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Featurette Focuses on Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch
What sets “Avengers: Age of Ultron” apart from the first film? The introduction of “massively important new characters,” for one thing.
Aside from showing brief footage from the “Avengers” sequel, the clip, released by Marvel U.K., also explores the twins’ superpowers. Scarlet Witch has telekinetic abilities that ultimately drive that Avengers crazy, while Quicksilver moves as fast as a bullet.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” opens in theaters on May 1.
- Maane Khatchatourian
That Time the Avengers Battled Scientology
The turn of the millennium was a weird period for superhero comics; an era when financial desperation opened a path for wild experimentation. Marvel Comics was particularly hard hit, plunging into bankruptcy and emerging as a wounded giant. The company welcomed bold, weird ideas: Punisher became a zombie, Spider-Man and the X-Men got rebooted series where they were all angsty teens again, and … a Scientologist joined the Avengers. And then the Avengers teamed up with the evil super-powered leader of Scientology. And they all flew in a spaceship powered by the souls of Scientologists. And they fought a giant alien pyramid. Okay, let's take a step back. Technically, the religion in question wasn't the Church of Scientology; it was an extremely thinly veiled stand-in for it called the Triune Understanding. The story line about it was the brainchild of Avengers writer Kurt Busiek (who fully admits to the Triune »
- Abraham Riesman
'Survivor: Worlds Apart' predictions: Joe Anglim, Tyler Fredrickson battle for the win
All season long, we've been asking readers like You to predict who will win "Survivor: Worlds Apart." And according to exclusive Gold Derby odds, it's a tight race between jewelry designer Joe Anglim and ex-talent agent Tyler Fredrickson. Hurry -- make your own predictions now and you could win our weekly prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It's fun and easy! -Break- The graph to the right reveals Gold Derby's winner rankings from the beginning of the season until today. You can see that Joe and Tyler have been flip-flopping for weeks now, while Shirin Oskooi has also made strong jumps throughout the duration of the season. Currently, Joe leads our "Survivor" predictions with 10/3 odds to win. Then there's a three-way tie for second place with 6/1 odds apiece for Tyler, Mike Holloway and Jenn Brown, while Shirin is in fifth place to win with 10/1 odds. Click on the graph to »
Hurry -- It's your last chance to win $100 predicting 'The Walking Dead' season finale'
All week long, we've been asking readers like You to predict who will be killed off on "The Walking Dead" Season 5 finale. And according to exclusive Gold Derby odds, we're in for a massive bloodbath. Hurry -- make your own predictions now and you could win our prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. Time is almost up! The six characters most likely to die in the season finale are: -Break- 1.) Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) with 9/2 odds 2.) Glenn (Steven Yeun) with 11/2 odds 3.) Deanna (Tovah Feldshuh) with 11/2 odds 4.) Carol (Melissa McBride) with 6/1 odds 5.) Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) with 13/2 odds 6.) Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) with 7/1 odds These odds will keep changing throughout the day as more and more "Walking Dead" fans have their say. Disagree with those current death odds? Then cast your Own votes now. You must make your predictions before Sunday at 4 p.m. to be eligible to win o »
BBC Chief Receives Death Threat over Jeremy Clarkson Sacking
Hall, the broadcaster’s director general, received an email containing the threat on Wednesday. London’s police service, which is investigating the threat, said the email appeared to have been sent from outside the U.K.
According to the Mail on Sunday, the BBC sought to hire an eight-man security team on Wednesday. A vehicle from a security company, London Protection Services, was stationed overnight at Hall’s home in Oxfordshire. The company’s bodyguards are all former members of the military or police.
Hall decided on Wednesday not to renew Clarkson’s contract, after the “Top Gear” host allegedly attacked the show’s producer Oisin Tymon while they were on location in Yorkshire, Northern England. According to Hall, Tymon had to »
- Leo Barraclough
'SNL's' Kate McKinnon brings 'The Jinx's' Robert Durst to an improv comedy show
Ever wonder what would happen if a serial killer was asked to participate in a comedy improv skit? Probably not, but "Saturday Night Live" thought that was the perfect way for the world to experience Kate McKinnon's impersonation of Robert Durst, the infamous subject of HBO's critically acclaimed docu-series "The Jinx." The good news is that McKinnon's impersonation is spot on (she also looks oddly like fellow cast member Pete Davidson). The bad news is that the entire skit feels like it was chopped in half or severely edited in rehearsals. Still, if you wonder why McKinnon gets so much hype this is another great example of her impressive talents. Check the skit out in the embedded clip at the bottom of this post. For more on this weekend's "Saturday Night Live" check out Ryan McGee's popular recap. »
- Gregory Ellwood
'SNL' and The Rock make Wrestlemania's promos a little too personal
It's still unclear if Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will appear at Wrestlemania 31 tonight, but he had a little fun with his WWE roots in a skit on "Saturday Night Live." Johnson played fictional wrestler Coco Watch Out and Bobby Moynihan appeared as Trashyard Mutt. The two wrestlers are just professionals there to film a promo, but once the camera begins filming Watch Out takes the jabs to another level. Like, he really takes them to places you nor Mutt could ever imagine. The skit also prompts the question: "Is there really 'Family Guy' porn?" (Actually, don't answer that. Please, don't answer.) This was one of the better skits on "SNL" last night and you can watch embedded at the bottom of this post. For more on this weekend's "Saturday Night Live" check out Ryan McGee's popular recap. »
- Gregory Ellwood
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
Interview: Joaquin Souberbielle talks 'Survivor: Worlds Apart'
Power couples rarely work out well on "Survivor" and power couplings certainly didn't work out well for Joaquin Souberbielle on "Survivor: Worlds Apart." Joaquin started the season by volunteering for a leadership position on his White Collar tribe. He and second-in-command So told a fib about a secret Immunity clue, didn't find the Idol and So was the first player voted out this season. From there, Joaquin got to fly a bit under the radar until he formed another power couple in the shuffled Escameca tribe, forming an East Coast bond with Rodney. Unfortunately, Joaquin misjudged how much other people, particular swing-vote Sierra, distrusted Rodney and a majority alliance fell apart and Joaquin was sent packing. Fortunately, Joaquin doesn't sound bitter about what went down. He's got a pitch for a new Joaquin/Rodney reality show, he's full of mockery for Shirin and he's mighty annoyed that his tribe threw that last Immunity. »
- Daniel Fienberg
‘Saturday Night Live’ Host Dwayne Johnson Enjoys a Standing 69 (Video)
The man-on-man action hit a fever-pitch on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” this week, with wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson thrusting his face into another man’s crotch, while the other gent buried his own mug into Johnson’s man-region. The golden moment came during a segment depicting an “Indiana Jones” knockoff movie, “Escape From Jungle Island.” Johnson, playing “Dr. Bones” — get it? — plays an adventurer who finds himself on an island with a male companion, Shortlong, and a female companion, who’s desperate for Dr. Bones’ attention. As the trio attempts to retrieve a valuable crystal, they’re besieged by natives shooting poison. »
- Tim Kenneally
Oh deer, 'SNL' and The Rock present Disney's live-action flick 'Bambi'
There are some things that just should not be spoiled and the spoof trailer "Saturday Night Live" created for "Walt Disney's Bambi" is one of them. Mocking the recent news that the Mouse House is moving forward with a live-action "Dumbo" (don't get me started on that one), Dwayne Johnson plays a, well, "Rock" version of the classic animated character. This Bambi, however, is out for revenge. Tragically, they took away his mother. And, unlike the original, they are going to pay...deerly. It's all in the style of "Fast 7," might include some of his more famous co-stars (and if this is our mandatory synergistic Comcast tie-in for Friday's blockbuster we'll take it) and is already blowing up on social media. Enjoy a live action "Bambi" we can only dare to dream for in the embedded video below. »
- Gregory Ellwood
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 a political foe 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: "I ask, please, may I crush your head?" See more 'SNL': 14 Celebs Who Should Host for the First
- Ryan Gajewski
The Rock brings 'The Rock Obama' back to 'Saturday Night Live'
You don't want to get Barack Obama angry. At least not when Dwayne Johnson is hosting "SNL." The "Fast 7" star appeared in the opening of "Saturday Night Live" tonight reprising his role as "The Rock Obama," a character he first played on the show six years ago to demonstrate what happens when our generally kind and patient President loses his cool. This time, however, just before Sen. Ted Cruz (Bobby Moynihan) is going to face The Rock Obama's wrath, Michelle Obama (Sasheer Zamata) intervenes. Of course, what happens when the First Lady discovers someone's been squating in her garden? Turns out she might have a temper of her own. Find out in the embed clip below. For more on this weekend's "Saturday Night Live" check out Ryan McGee's popular recap. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Weekend Read: Autism in entertainment from 'Rain Man' to 'Community'
The Weekend Read: Our Saturday essay on the great topics in entertainment and culture today. Last weekend, as Toshi was cruising the Blu-ray shelves for new movies to start asking about, he pulled "Rain Man" on a shelf and considered the cover for a moment before he turned to me, excited. "You didn't tell me Tom Cruise made a superhero movie!" I can only assume his eventual disappointment might be tempered by the fact that "Rain Man" is a pretty good movie. It had been a while since I'd seen it, though, and after they went back to their mom's house, I put it in to watch it. I remember when it came out being right in the midst of my first time watching a lot of classic filmographies, and more than anything, I enjoyed the film as a match-up between Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. Looking at the film, »
- Drew McWeeny
Kids’ Choice Awards 2015: Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez & Tons of Slime
Nick Jonas wowed the crowd at the 2015 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, held Saturday at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., which seats 17,500 — screaming kids.
The host pulled double duty, kicking off the live show with a medley performance of his hits “Chains” and “Jealous.” Welcomed by a video montage of A-listers chanting his name — Taylor Swift, Heidi Klum and, of course, SpongeBob SquarePants’ Patrick Star — Jonas took the stage, in front of the star-studded audience, including Chris Pratt, Jamie Foxx and Angelina Jolie who was joined by two of her kids, Shiloh and Zahara.
“A lot of girls in the house are still struggling after One Direction became two directions,” Jonas greeted the crowd, alluding to this week’s news of the boyband losing member Zayn Malik. Poking fun at himself, he quipped, “What’s next, the Jonas Brother?”
Emma Stone won the first award of the night for Favorite Movie Actress. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Angelina Jolie Delivers Inspiring Kids' Choice Awards Speech: "Smile and Hold Your Head Up High"
The 2015 Kids' Choice Awards brought about a lot of screams, laughs, pies and of course, slime! But it was Angelina Jolie's moving speech that brought inspiration to the audience at Saturday's awards show. The 39-year-old actress, who made her first post-surgery appearance with kids Zahara and Shiloh at the show, reminded fans of all ages to never be afraid of being "different" after accepting her award for Favorite Villain. The Maleficent star shared with the audience that growing up, she was never one to fit in with the crowd. As a result, she learned to embrace being different from the rest. "Different is good. So, don't fit," the mother of six said. "Don't »
Destiny's Child Reunites at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards for Their First Performance Since the Super Bowl
Try not to lose your breath with this bit of exciting news! After going roughly two years without performing together on the same stage, the members of Destiny's Child came together Saturday night for the Stellar Gospel Music Awards. That's right, Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé reunited in Las Vegas to sing "Say Yes" together as a group. And if that wasn't exciting enough, the girl group matched in white attire. It's just like the good ole days, guys! Die-hard fans speculated that a reunion may be coming sooner rather than later when Williams posted a cryptic tweet Friday evening. "I thank all of you guys who voted! Man this is incredible!!!!" she »
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