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'300: Rise of an Empire’ Bloodies Box Office With $45 Million
Over-the-top ancient Greek battle gore and the sultry heroine Eva Green powered “300: Rise of an Empire” to the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office with a $45 million opening weekend. The R-rated sword-and-sandals saga held off the challenge of a very different history trip, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” the DreamWorks Animation family film about a time-traveling genius dog and his young charge that debuted with a better-than-expected $32.5 million. The two wide openers dropped the Liam Neeson jetliner thriller “Non-Stop” out of the top spot and into third with $15.3 million. “The Lego Movie” was fourth with $11 »
- Todd Cunningham
Wes Anderson ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Books Huge Limited Box-Office Opening
Wes Anderson's “The Grand Budapest Hotel” posted one of the best limited openings ever this weekend. The quirky ensemble comedy brought in a stunning $800,000 from two theaters in New York and two in Los Angeles for Fox Searchlight. That's an eye-popping per-screen average of more than $200,000 per screen. Also read: ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ On Record-Breaking Box Office Tear — How Wes Anderson Pulled Off a Hit That's easily the best opening weekend ever for writer-director Anderson, whose last film “Moonrise Kingdom” became a sleeper hit in 2012 after opening in four theaters with $522,000. That one went on to take in »
- Todd Cunningham
SXSW: Zac Efron, Seth Rogen’s Neighbors’ Cracks Up Premiere Crowd
Austin — To premiere at SXSW, Universal’s “Neighbors” decided to forgo the end credits, a final mix, and the aspect ratio correction, but the sold-out crowd at the Paramount Theater didn’t seem to mind. The Seth Rogen-produced raunchy comedy starring Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco and an often-shirtless Rogen debuted to an audience content to heartily laugh.
While the weather outside was both frightful and wet, inside Rogen half joked that the only person out of the near dozen onstage that attended college was producer James Weaver, who also doubled as the sole member of a fraternity.
The film follows the Radnor family (Rogen and Byrne), who, after having their first child experience the unfortunate circumstance of having a fraternity move in next door (its president is played by Efron). In an attempt to both give their daughter a peaceful environment and yet prove to themselves that »
- Alexandra Cheney
Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez Kiss Over Breakfast, Another Baby on the Way for Christian Bale & More
It was a weekend's worth of surprises, from the on-again, off-again couple who was spotted packing on the P.D.A. to the newlyweds who packed up their bags to elope. Now that we've officially sprung ahead, here's what you missed: 5. Lena Dunham Strips Down for SNLIt's no Brooklyn warehouse party, but we have a feeling Hannah Horvath would approve of Dunham's Saturday night all the same. The Girls star hosted this weekend's edition of Saturday Night Live, which involved no shortage of nudity. Like we said - Hannah would be proud. Here are the highlights.4. Lea Michele: Let's Get Loud! »
- Alison Schwartz
'Gravity' wins top prize at Society of Camera Operators Awards
The last awards of the industry guilds for film and television were handed out Saturday night by the Society of Camera Operators. Soc 's (they kept the abbreviation from their original Society of Operating Cameramen name) awards are rarely covered by the media, perhaps due to their dubious status, if any, as Oscar precursor. Unlike the other guilds, no equivalent Oscar or Emmy exists and the Soc Awards take place after the Oscars. "Gravity" was victorious — not unusual this season — as cameraman Peter Taylor claimed the top honor for his tracking shots in the effects-driven space film. The other nominated movies were "American Hustle," "Labor Day," "Lone Survivor" and "Saving Mr. Banks." This is Taylor 's first win. His past work includes "Gladiator," "Love Actually" and two of the "Harry Potter" movies. Taylor filmed one other 2013 film: the British thriller "All Things »
Pda Alert! Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman Share a Passionate Kiss on the Beach in Miami
Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman are getting hot and heavy in Miami. The husband and wife duo were snapped canoodling and giving each other a passionate kiss on South Beach in Miami, as they soaked up the sun along the shore. During their romantic beach getaway, the 31-year-old Oscar winning actress rocked a white, long sleeved top over her black bikini and black shades, while her jewelry designer hubby opted for blue cargo shorts. According to the Daily Mail, the duo is in town for the 31st Annual Miami International Film Festival, which runs from March 7-16. Saturday, the Les Misérables star hit the carpet at the festival's premiere of Elsa & Fred, looking stunning in a black and white »
The Book of Mormon Headed to Utah in 2015
A little over four years after it opened on Broadway (only four years!), The Book of Mormon will finally head to that land of waterfalls and unicorns flying, Salt Lake City. The show will play at the Capital Theatre from July 28 to August 9, 2015, and is a must see for Utah residents who love controversy, love being enraged or can put all human emotions aside for a good song-and-dance number involving Jeffrey Dahmer and two anthropomorphic coffee cups. »
- Halle Kiefer
‘True Detective’ Season Finale: Darkness, Yeah-uh
(Spoiler alert: Don't read this if you haven't watched the Season 1 finale of “True Detective.”) The first season of “True Detective” ended as almost no one would have guessed: with both of its lead characters alive. It was the closest thing to a happy ending we could have expected from Nic Pizzolatto's moody, funereal thriller. Rust Cohle and Marty Hart caught their green-eared, spaghetti-faced monster, exposed as the lawnmower man Rust briefly encountered 17 years before. Also read: What ‘True Detective’ Creator Learned From Co-Writing That Despised ‘Killing’ Finale It was the detective's curse: He had been right in front of Rust. »
- Tim Molloy
True Detective Finale: Rust and Marty's Deadly Battle with the Killer—Plus, Find Out Who Survived!
Warning: We're about to review the most jaw-dropping moments from Sunday night's season finale of True Detective. If you don't want to be spoiled, turn around and run away! For everyone else, let's discuss that action-packed episode: Holy hell! We're still trying to catch our breath because that was one of the most adrenaline-pumping, heart-racing, hours in TV's history. The highly anticipated season finale of HBO's smash series, True Detective, aired Sunday night and, as always, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson were Emmy-worthy perfection. We had an overwhelming amount of information thrown at us in Rust and Marty's final hour together, so let's review the key points and »
Season Finale Review: 'Looking Glass' or 'We officially have a love triangle'
You've got to have some sympathy for the minds behind HBO's "Looking." It's not easy to create three-dimensional characters with less than 30 minutes of story over eight episodes. Especially, when you have - in theory - three "main" characters whose stories you are trying to tell. Patrick, the centerpiece of the show, has been expertly crafted by co-creators Michael Lannan and Andrew Haigh as well as star Jonathan Groff. As we reach the conclusion of the first season, his Bff's Dom and Agustin finally beginning to feel almost as real. Having had the opportunity to watch "Looking Glass" twice, the series leaves us (for the moment) with our heroes trying to pick up a broken puzzle of misread signals. After Patrick (Groff) and Richie (Raúl Castillo) plans to attend a family wedding together went up in smoke last episode, Patrick visits him at work to see why he hasn't been returning his calls. »
- Gregory Ellwood
President Obama wants you to tune in for 'Cosmos' tonight: Watch his intro message
Uncle Sam wants You...to watch "Cosmos." President Obama talks a lot about new frontiers and opening imaginations and other such things in the intro message for tonight's premiere of the rebooted educational series, which sees astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson stepping in for the late, great Carl Sagan to guide viewers through the wonders and mysteries of the universe. Check out Obama's full intro message below. "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" is slated to air Sundays at 9 Pm Et/Pt for a total of 13 episodes on Fox and its affiliated networks. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Tell us what you thought of 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'
Wes Anderson is on fire lately, what with "Moonrise Kingdom" (for my money his best film to date) finding welcome waters in the 2012-2013 film awards season and with "The Grand Budapest Hotel" lighting up critics upon its Berlinale arrival. Our own Greg Ellwood pondered whether it might just be the first serious awards season player of this year, while Guy Lodge found it to be "dizzy but unexpectedly touching" (and had high marks to offer star Ralph Fiennes besides). The film opened in limited release this weekend, so many of you will have had a chance to see it. If so, tell us what you thought in the comments section below and feel free to vote in our poll. »
- Kristopher Tapley
True Detective Finale GIFs: Middle Finger Forever
So there you go, everyone. After weeks of wild speculation and theorizing, the first season of HBO's True Detective has drawn to a close. Td recapper Kenny Herzog will weigh in tomorrow morning with a full look at the episode, but until then, head on over to our spoiler space to talk amongst yourselves. Or just mainline the secret truths of the universe, like Rust.Do you think Rust has read Man and Superman? Because he's more the latter than the former here — despite getting stabbed in the stomach, he still has the strength to headbutt Tuttle. Several times. One last "fuck you" for the road. Love you, Rust. »
- Gilbert Cruz
Review: 'Girls' - 'Role-Play'
A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I organize my newspapers, eat muffins and go to the bathroom in a coat... "What drama? This is just me." -Hannah "Exactly." -Adam Things had been going so well for Hannah over the last few episodes that an inevitable fall was coming. Because we know how this show works, and how its main character operates, it was only a matter of time before Hannah would find a way to screw things up. As a result, much of "Role-Play" felt like watching an accident-prone cartoon character stumble through a minefield, holding our breath until the moment she blew everything up. The episode was littered with deadly Hannah Horvath traps. Would she sleep with Joe from advertorial? Even if she didn't, would Adam be unhappy about her spending the night in some guy's apartment? Would Hannah in some way embarrass »
- Alan Sepinwall
Let’s Talk About the True Detective Finale
Fear not, our trusty True Detective recapper Kenny Herzog is organizing his thoughts about the final episode and furiously typing away — we’ll run his recap first thing in the morning. Also coming tomorrow is an analysis of True Detective’s first season by our television critic Matt Zoller Seitz as well as a big interview with ... well, check back tomorrow to find out. But for now, here’s a [obviously spoiler-heavy] place where we can discuss the events that just occurred in the finale. And clearly, there is a lot to discuss, including:1. Errol’s British accent. So bizarre, yet as creepy as the millions of dolls lying around the house and his idea of foreplay. (What movie was he watching, by the way?) But he was an effectively menacing villain— a mix of Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs and the Peacock boys from the "Home" episode of The X-Files. »
- John Sellers
Rihanna and Drake Grab Dinner in London After Wining and Dining in Amsterdam
Well, this isn't going to do much to stop those Rihanna and Drake romance rumors. After stepping out for a dinner date in Amsterdam Thursday, the "Take Care" collaborators were back together again Saturday, grabbing dinner in London. For this particular occasion, Rihanna was dressed casually in a Dead Boys Clubhouse hooded sweatshirt, a black coat, and ripped jeans, while Drake was suited up in a dark grey coat and jeans. This is the second time in just days that the duo was spotted out together, after they wined and dined at a sushi restaurant in Amsterdam. Before that, they headed to Soixante Dix Neuf nightclub in Paris, where Drake was on hand to help the venue celebrate its first »
'Game of Thrones': Get your fill of dragons with this brand-new Season 4 trailer
As Tom Petty once sang, "the waiting is the hardest part" - and if you're a "Game of Thrones" fan right now you certainly know the feeling. But never fear! There's only a month left to go before the HBO series' Season 4 premiere, and to tide you over until then the network has released yet another tantalizingly brief glimpse of the forthcoming batch of episodes. Check out the full promo below, while I go and figure out how to shoehorn "I will answer injustice with justice" into a conversation this week. "Game of Thrones" Season 4 premieres April 6 on HBO. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Recap: 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars' - 'Welcome to the Jungle'
I suppose that certain factors on "The Amazing Race" are out of the control of the producers. If your teams are in China and you're determined to get them to Malaysian Borneo, if there are only two evening flights, there are only two evening flights. And if there's a three-hour gap between the arrival of the two flights, then there's a three-hour gap between the arrival of the two flights. And if there are only six tickets available on the first flight or perhaps only three tickets available on the second, then that's just what it is. But if you then design a Leg in which the Roadblock is a straight-forward one-at-a-time task and the Detour includes at least one option that requires basically no effort at all, you've constructed a Leg in which six teams have almost limitless margins-for-error and the other three teams have no margin-for-error at all »
- Daniel Fienberg
‘The Walking Dead’s’ ‘Lost’ Season
In practical terms, that’s meant shifting from everyone banded together in a communal (if usually fractious) home environment – seeking strength and safety in numbers – to what amounts to breaking up into condominiums.
Granted, AMC’s zombie hit and ABC’s island-bound drama have some key differences. Both deal with forging societies under harrowing circumstances, but the first is essentially a battle for survival without end, while the latter, imbued with some of those qualities, pivoted on a central mystery that both initially propelled the show and, eventually, consumed it.
Still, with “Dead” characters scattered in every direction – and the producers using this season to delve into individual back stories – the show has taken on a “Lost”-like feel, which has become possible thanks »
- Brian Lowry
Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Alone'
A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I offer you a serious piggyback... Last week, I suggested that Scott Gimple would do well to follow a Keep It Simple, Stupid mantra whenever possible. "Alone," unfortunately, suggests that approach is not infallible, as it was only slightly more complicated than "Still" — following the Maggie, Bob and Sasha trio in addition to more adventures of Daryl and Beth — without being nearly as effective. I appreciate what the Bob and Sasha end of the episode was trying to do in taking two relatively new and largely underserved (Sasha more than Bob) characters and let us get to know them better in the same way we did with Beth last week. And Larry Gilliard Jr. continues to work wonders with what little he's given at Bob; there's an ease and self-assurance to his performance that the show very »
- Alan Sepinwall
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