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Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Rules Lackluster Labor Day
“Guardians of the Galaxy” became the year’s highest grossing U.S. release this weekend, goosing an otherwise drab Labor Day box office.
The Marvel film topped the domestic charts for the third time and benefited from crowds hoping to stretch out the waning days of summer, grossing $16.3 million over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday period and pushing its U.S. total to $274.6 million. It will likely end the four-day holiday with $21.2 million in Stateside ticket sales from 3,462 locations.
That easily tops a pair of new wide releases, “November Man” and “As Above, So Below,” which brought in $7.7 million and $8.3 million respectively — modest numbers for modest to low budgeted films with much to be modest about.
It also bested a trip down memory lane, to a different time, when blockbuster films could be based on — gasp! — an original idea, instead of just comic books, toy lines and the flotsam and jetsam of “brand pre-awareness. »
- Brent Lang
‘Birdman’ and ‘Foxcatcher’ Leave Telluride Audiences Blissed Out and Bowled Over
Alejandro González Iñárritu's “Birdman” had first earned its wings with a world premiere at the Venice Film Festival a few days earlier, but the director has a particular love for the Telluride Film Festival, bringing his much-anticipated film to a fest he attends even when he doesn't have a movie to show. Introducing the American premiere of “Birdman” in Telluride on Saturday night, Iñárritu gushed that the festival “always feels like a Disneyland for adults. It's a weekend in paradise. If heaven has a form for cinephiles, it would be Telluride.” It turns out Iñárritu can give back as good as he. »
- Chris Willman
‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Rises to No. 1 in China
Caesar crossed the Rubicon and headed straight for China this weekend, as “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” topped the foreign box office.
The post-apocalyptic thriller hasn’t snagged first place on the overseas charts since the end of July, but it was able to recapture the crown on the strength of its People’s Republic debut. The film took in $51.2 million from 29 territories, with $47 million of that coming from China.
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” now commands a worldwide total of $613.4 million, roughly $130 million more than its predecessor, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” made during its entire global run. It has two more openings on the books; Japan and Venezuela in September.
Sliding in at number two was “Lucy.” The Scarlett Johansson thriller racked up $31.2 million to bring its global haul to $269.4 million. This weekend it surpassed “The Fifth Element” and its $263.9 million total »
- Brent Lang
James Brown Biopic 'Get on Up' to Open Zurich Film Fest
Get on Up, the biopic of legendary performer James Brown, will open this year's Zurich International Film Festival. The feature from The Help director Tate Taylor looks at Brown's rags-to-riches rise from extreme poverty to topping the music charts as a soul and funk superstar and proponent of black pride. Chadwick Boseman, who played another African American legend, Jackie Robinson, in Brian Helgeland's 42, is the Godfather of Soul in Get on Up. Boseman and Taylor will be in Zurich for the festival premiere on September 25. Boseman is no stranger to Zurich. His Oscar-winning hit The
- Scott Roxborough
Best Actor Oscar race heats up in Telluride
Telluride — If you asked me to pick between the three commanding, sure-fire awards-contending lead actor performances on display at this year's Telluride Film Festival, I'd have a break down. Yet that's just what Academy voters will surely be asked to do in a few months' time, with added pressure in the form of whoever fills out the rest of the competitive category. In "Birdman," Michael Keaton may well end up putting forth the most compelling case for a win. Not to get too far ahead of ourselves, but some things are just patently obvious. Keaton is resurrected by this film, a tried-and-true narrative that we just saw play out last year with Matthew McConaughey. More than that, he's revealing shades of a character that will no doubt connect with actors, presenting the very id of a soul desperate to perform but hamstrung and even quarantined by the realities of the "business" of "show business. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Telluride: Hilary Swank Enters the Oscar Race With the Western Classic 'The Homesman'
Hilary Swank proved for the second time in her career that she can go up against one of the grand old masters of the screen and more than hold her own in The Homesman, a period piece from Roadside Attractions that debuted Aug. 31 in Telluride. Last time she did this, it was opposite Clint Eastwood in Million Dollar Baby, and the movie won both of them Oscars (Swank for lead actress, Eastwood for picture and director). This time it’s opposite Tommy Lee Jones, who — like Eastwood — directed while also co-starring. The stars had some surprising
- Stephen Galloway
Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell Join Couples Therapy
First comes love, then comes Couples Therapy. Former Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis and girlfriend Nikki Ferrell have signed on for Season 5 of VH1's Couples Therapy, where they will be counseled by marriage and family therapist Dr. Jenn Berman. On the show, they'll address any issues that have come between them. Despite their involvement in the series, Galavis and Ferrell have been going strong. In July, they were all smiles as they spent a weekend in Celebration, Florida, to volunteer for Hearts of Reality, a charity that raises money for Give Kids the World. In August, they danced the night »
- Steve Helling, @stevehelling
Telluride: Mia Wasikowska Tackles France’s Most Famous Fictional Heroine
Mia Wasikowska top-lined the latest adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s classic 1856 novel Madame Bovary, an exquisitely shot endeavor that nonetheless drew only tepid applause from an audience gathered Aug. 30 at Telluride’s Werner Herzog Theatre. That would seem to indicate the movie’s awards chances are slim — even if it finds domestic distribution, which has yet to be announced. Director Sophie Barthes, making a follow-up to her debut feature, 2009’s Cold Souls, was present to introduce the film, and apologized for the absence of Wasikowska and costar Rhys Ifans, both of whom are filming Alice in Wonderland: Through
- Stephen Galloway
Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Sails Closer to Australia Shoot
Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is edging closer to production in Australia, after the government there approved a $20.2 million incentives package on Monday. Up until the announcement, there was still some mystery as to what Disney production was behind the request for a renewal and increase in the incentives, with previous tentpole production, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea remake falling into limbo after David Fincher left the director's seat. A spokesman for the Australian Arts Minister George Brandis said, "The government is pleased to agree to Disney's request to enable earlier funding to be repurposed for the production
- Abid Rahman
One on One with Jon Stewart: Taking the jump from 'The Daily Show' to 'Rosewater'
Telluride - Mr. Stewart, if you read this article I believe the first few paragraphs may make you chuckle. Now, it's not because I'm a master wordsmith or unheralded comedic voice waiting to be discovered. No, after saying goodbye after our memorable interview on the patio of a Telluride restaurant Sunday afternoon, I turned and walked toward the street with my iPhone in hand. I'd stopped the recording of our chat and two choices appeared before me: delete or save. And, perhaps like a crazy person, I hit delete. Then I realized I hit delete. At that point, it was a mad dash back to my accommodations to jot down as much as I remembered from our conversation. Granted, this is something that has happened to the best reporters and journalists out there. Many times readers will read stories online or in print without realizing the content came from immediate memory. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Australia Agrees to Funding for Disney’s ‘Pirates 5′
Hong Kong – Australia’s federal government has agreed to provide some Us$20.2 million( A$21.6 million) of financial incentives in order to attract Disney’s upcoming “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” to shoot in the country.
The agreement was announced by federal arts minister George Brandis.
Disney had previously received agreement for federal government funding of “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea,” but that project was shelved when director David Fincher dropped out.
Disney sought to have the funding promise re-allocated to the new film and topped up to a figure equal to 30% of its Australian budget.
“The government is pleased to agree to Disney’s request to enable earlier funding to be repurposed for the production of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’,” said Brandis in a statement. “Any decision to film productions in Australia (such as ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’ or ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’) is a commercial matter for Disney. »
- Patrick Frater
Brrr, It's Cold in Storybrooke! Check Out Frozen's Elsa On Once Upon A Time in New Teaser
It's less than a month before things are about to get real chilly up in Storybrooke, and you can now watch the first promo before it airs in primetime tomorrow night. The season 4 teaser, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, features Elsa (Georgina Haig) talking a little walk through Storybrooke as characters like Rumplestiltskin, Captain Hook, Prince Charming, and Snow White look on in disbelief at the town's latest arrival. Judging by their reactions, this climate change is not exactly welcome. Watch the promo above, and get ready for your most recent Disney dreams to start coming true. The cast and creators of Once Upon a Time headed to San Diego Comic Con last month to show off a scene that featured »
Lauren Conrad's Bridal Shower Is Even More Beautiful Than You Thought it Would Be—Take a Look!
Lauren Conrad's big wedding day is getting closer! The Hills star celebrated part of her Labor Day weekend with a stunning bridal shower. Allison Norton, who serves as the managing editor of LaurenConrad.com, was able to participate in the beautiful occasion. "Best bridal shower for the best bride," she Instagrammed with an adorable floral backdrop. According to social media, the shower was held at Lc's house and all guests were asked to bring a personal recipe on a card. Conrad also gave fans a preview of the festivities by posting table settings and even a personalized napkin online. "Thank you to @Dishwashgirl for making my shower so lovely," she Instagrammed. »
From John Oliver to Halle Berry: Winners and losers of summer TV 2014
What a strange and often wonderful summer this was in television. It was a summer where Halle Berry couldn't find viewers on CBS, while NBC built a stable schedule out of discards, imports and long- discarded reality shows. HBO introduced a show that seemed to generate equal levels of adoration and scorn, while Fxx finally found a purpose by making millions of "Simpsons" fans happy. Fall TV starts getting in gear next week with the returns of "Boardwalk Empire," "Sons of Anarchy" and more. So before we get too bogged down in fall premieres, Fienberg and I wanted to look back at the winners and losers of this unpredictable summer season. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Dorothy Wang Slowly Recovers From Her Breakup and Brendan Fitzpatrick Decides to Get Hair Plugs—See the #RichKids Recap!
On Sunday's brand new #RichKids of Beverly Hills, Brendan Fitzpatrick and Morgan Stewart make a very special trip to the doctor, Dorothy Wang continues to recover from her breakup and Roxy Sowlaty plans a three-way birthday party with two of the other #RichKids. It was a jam-packed episode! Brendan has always been self-conscious about his receding hair and early balding. While Morgan thinks he looks great, she admits they both have similar flaws. Brendan doesn't deny that Morgan has a big nose, but on top of a big nose, he will soon have no hair too! Morgan insists he would look like a toucan, not an eagle. Duh. He's tired of the backlash on social media, is ready to »
Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Mirror, Mirror'
A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as I try a special tonic straight from India... "You think it's enough to fix the outside. That's the easy part." -Frank Last week's episode squeezed the passage of three years into a single hour. "Mirror, Mirror" takes place over only a week or so, yet in some ways feels like it's taking just as big a leap forward — if not always gracefully. Over the course of the episode, Virginia not only convinces Bill to start examining sexual dysfunction, but to find ways to treat it. And when Barbara proves beyond Virginia's ability to treat — and when Bill points out that her dream of becoming a trained psychologist will take her years to fulfill — Ginny comes up with the unorthodox (and guaranteed to blow up in her face) plan to impersonate Barbara while meeting with a local shrink »
- Alan Sepinwall
Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 12 - HitFix Picks
[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, Fxx is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.] It's all over! Day 12 of Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever takes us from "A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again" through "The Yellow Badge of Cowardge" and that's the end of the road for "The Simpsons," at least so far. To close things out, we have five Day 12 recommendations and only one to skip. And I'm probably going to be using this day to catch up on a few episodes I missed from last season when there was just too much TV on Sunday nights to catch "The Simpsons" every week. [I'd also add that "Bob's Burgers" has, for me, usurped "The Simpsons" as Fox's funniest Sunday comedy and the one I seek out first on Hulu or OnDemand. "Bob's Burgers" earned that Emmy this year. But let's see what "Bob's Burgers" looks like in Season 25.] We've had a lot of fun going on this 12-day journey and I hope that these »
- Daniel Fienberg, Alan Sepinwall and Katie Hasty
Meryl Streep and Susan Sarandon Wanted for Some Sex
Susan Sarandon and Meryl Streep on Masters of Sex? Sounds good to us! "I think Meryl Streep and I should play a pair of sex therapists," says Allison Janney, who won an Emmy this year for her work on the Showtime series. "We can be like Helen Hunt's character in The Sessions. We can help people who can't have orgasms have orgasms. That would be pretty cool." (The Oscar-nominated The Sessions chronicled the real-life story of a poet paralyzed from polio who hired a sex surrogate to lose his virginity.) Lizzy Caplan, who stars on Masters of Sex as Virginia Johnson, wants to book Susan Sarandon to play her mother. "Susan, be my mom!" Caplan said at BAFTA's Emmys »
George Clooney Visits Hospital as Back Injury Continues to Act Up Years After Filming Syriana—Get the Details!
Almost ten years after filming the Oscar-nominated movie, Syriana, George Clooney is still feeling the effects of his on-set injury. E! News has learned the actor traveled to Duke University earlier this month and then to a hospital in Dusseldorf, Germany to get his back injury looked at. After hurting his spinal cord while filming a particularly violent torture scene, the 53-year-old actor periodically loses spinal fluid. As a result, it's routine for the actor to tend to the injury when it's warranted. Clooney's rep could not be reached for comment. Clooney has had to cope with lingering effects since the accident occurred in 2004. The back injury turned out to be a torn »
Jennifer Lawrence's Rep Responds to Leaked Nude Photos
Jennifer Lawrence's name can be added to the list of stars who have had nude pics of themselves leaked. The 24-year-old Hunger Games star's phone was apparently hacked, and the photos appeared online over the weekend. A spokesperson for Lawrence has issued the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter: "This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence." Lawrence, who next appears in November's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, is certainly not the first high-profile star to deal with such
- Ryan Gajewski
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