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Box Office: ‘The Hobbit’ Rules Them All With $90.6 Million
The franchise finale debuted Wednesday on 3,875 locations and easily trumped tracking which had predicted a debut in the $70 million range. For its inaugural three-day weekend, the fantasy adventure earned $56.2 million.
“There have been six visits to Middle Earth and this is the final one and it became so important for people to come out to see this in a big way,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. distribution executive vice president. “The action was there and Peter made a fabulous movie.”
This “Hobbit” faced stiffer competition than the previous installments in the form of two major family releases, “Annie” and “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.” Previous Jackson films, such as “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “The Desolation of Smaug, »
- Brent Lang
Dr. Evil Returns on ‘SNL’ to Talk Sony and North Korea
The Austin Powers nemesis, appearing in the show’s opening sketch, ripped everyone from the hackers (“There’s already a Gop and they’re already an evil organization”) to Sony, who, according to Dr. Evil “hasn’t had a hit since the Walkman.”
He also poked fun of “The Interview.”
“Come on, Sony, you think it’s a joke to have James Franco assassinate Kim Jong-un,” he asked. “The man singlehandedly almost killed the Oscars.”
Or he said of his last movie, “If you really want to put a bomb in theaters, do what I did — put in The Love Guru.”
- Variety Staff
President Obama Insists Sony Hack Is ‘Cyber Vandalism,’ Not ‘Act of War’ (Video)
“I think it was an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive,” the President said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Candy Crowley. “We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionately, as I said,” he added.
Mr. Obama also repeated his criticism of Sony for deciding not to release “The Interview” in theaters.
“I was pretty sympathetic to the fact that »
- Anita Bennett
Elton John and David Furnish Get Married
Longtime partners Elton John and David Furnish have tied the knot. They got a civil partnership back in 2005, and when England changed the law in March to allow gay couples to wed, they said they would do so. "For this legislation to come through is joyous, and we should celebrate it," John told BBC News. "We shouldn't just say, 'Oh, well we have a civil partnership. We're not going to bother to get married'. We will get married." And get married they did! The couple made it official at their Windsor estate in Berkshire on Sunday with a number of celebrities in attendance including Victoria and David Beckham, Ed Sheeran, and David Walliams. Their sons, Zachary and David were there, and yes, so too was Instagram. »
- E. Alex Jung
Diane von Furstenberg Selects Official Dvf Global Brand Ambassador—Find Out Who She Hired!
It's the season finale of House of Dvf and it's down to the wire! Legendary fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg must choose her first-ever Dvf Global Brand Ambassador. But first, she has her major Nyfw runway show to plan and finalize. This will be a perfect test for the up-and-coming Ambassador candidates... It's down to the final three and Diane has no idea who to choose, so she meets with her team to discuss the girls! Everyone has their own opinion, and after the meeting Diane is still not sure... Next they have to get busy selecting seating arrangements for the fashion show, but Diane is distracted by Kier Mellour's "assets" in her wrap dress! Do you »
The Affair Boss Explains Stunning Finale and What's Ahead in Season 2 (More Narratives!)
"Do you believe me?" Gah. We think that's the best way we can sum up our immediate reaction after watching The Affair's season finale. (Warning, spoilers ahead!) We didn't get to see how Scotty's (Colin Donnell) murder went down, but an arrest was made: in the final scene, set in the present-day, Noah (Dominic West) and Alison (Ruth Wilson) are in their NYC apartment (yes, they're together!), getting ready for a night in after putting their (?) daughter to bed, when Detective Jeffries comes in and arrests Noah. "I'll get you out of this," Alison promises. "Do you believe me?" This. Freakin'. Show. But worry not, as a definitive answer to who murdered »
Season finale review: 'The Affair' - 'Episode 10'
A review of "The Affair" season finale — and a few thoughts from co-creator Sarah Treem — coming up just as soon as I'm alone and need a kidney... When I spoke with Sarah Treem before this season began, she said of the show's split-pov device, and the way details would change from one account to the other, "And the memory is tricky — that you remember things through your own prism." That, for the most part, is how I've chosen to look at the way "The Affair" depicts the two halves of the story. Noah remembers Alison being in a pristine white dress when he and Helen come to fetch Whitney, because she's his angelic savior from the life he no longer wants, while Alison remembers a less striking outfit (albeit one where the skirt was still white). And the business with the pregnancy test in the trash can last week isn't »
- Alan Sepinwall
Claire Danes Comes Home to Say Goodbye in Moving ‘Homeland’ Finale
(Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have not yet seen the Season 4 finale of Showtime’s “Homeland” entitled “Long Time Coming.”)
As she loses one parent, another steps back into the life of Claire Danes‘ Carrie Matheson on the fourth season finale of Showtime’s “Homeland.” After a 15-year absence, the mother (Victoria Clark) of Carrie and Ellen Mathison (Amy Hargreaves) simply strolled back into her life.
As we expected, Carrie didn’t take this very well at all, lashing out at her mother and kicking her out of the house. If only Carrie were someone who could »
- Jason Hughes
Homeland Delivers the Sleepiest Season Finale Ever, But At Least There Was Kissing
Well, that was certainly not what we were expecting. We just spent an hour with our hearts nearly jumping out of our chests in anticipation of what might happen, only to be totally let down with two minutes of a jazz-backed "Carrie drives around" montage. We could almost just tell you that Carrie took a road trip to Missouri, and that right there would sum up the episode both in terms of events and in terms of how very uninteresting it was, at least in comparison to every single other episode this season. Even when we were disgusted by Carrie sleeping with Aayan, at least something was happening. Here's what went down: Everyone was back in DC, and people kept showing up for Carrie's »
Lisa Kudrow Reveals How She Really Feels About The Comeback's Valerie Cherish
Welp, that was painful. Ammiright, Comeback fans? Tonight's episode, in which we see an all-time low for Valerie and Mark's marriage—and Valerie's morals—was perhaps The Comeback's darkest episode to date. We long-time fans of Lisa Kudrow's Valerie Cherish have always known she was a bit warped, but that was a whole new level. The restaurant scene? It was a little hard not to be fully disgusted by Valerie's actions—wearing a wire to her dinner with Mark, without him knowing, as the two tried to piece back together what's left of their marriage, just so her documentary director Jane could get the shot she needed. And then not really even apologizing when he discovered »
Season finale review: 'Homeland' - 'Long Time Coming'
A quick review of tonight's "Homeland" season finale coming up just as soon as I want lasagna at 10 at night... "I know how this goes. It ends badly." -Carrie What she said, I'm afraid. I started watching "Long Time Coming" about 20 minutes behind the live telecast, and kept seeing two sentiments on Twitter as I tried to catch up: 1)It was awfully quiet so far, and 2)Did this mean some horrible shoe was about to drop? Instead, "quiet" remained the watchword throughout the very slow, emotionally muted finale, which played less as a conclusion to the events of season 4 than an extended tribute to the late James Rebhorn, and as a biographical character on a character the show had long since snuffed my interest in for any non-professional capacity. If Carrie was someone I still cared about — and/or if I bought into the idea of Carrie and Quinn having »
- Alan Sepinwall
Sony Denies NY Post Story That It Will Release ‘The Interview’ on Crackle
While Sony Pictures Entertainment is now indicating its intention to release “The Interview” in some way after scrapping its original Dec. 25 theatrical release, that doesn’t mean it’s coming to the company’s streaming video service Crackle. The New York Post on Sunday reported that Sony intends to make it available for free there, but an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap that the Post’s story wasn’t true.
Also Read: Sony Hit With Fifth Class-Action Lawsuit Following Cyberattack
- Jason Hughes
The Wildest Moments From Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian's Trip to Fire Island on Kourtney & Khloé Take The Hamptons
On Sunday's all-new episode of Kourtney & Khloé Take The Hamptons, things in the Hamptons reached a new level of wild! Usually it's all about the Kardashian ladies, but on this episode, Scott Disick stole the show! It's been a tough year for him with the loss of his parents, and Kourtney Kardashian made it a priority to allow him to take them to some of his favorite childhood spots in the Hamptons and things got wild! Here are the wildest moments from this episode: Disick Home Ordeal While Kourtney has the best of intentions, Scott doesn't respond well when she again asks him when he's going to move things from his parent's home in the »
Rhoa: Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida Share the Iciest Hug of All Time
Two penguins couldn't have shared an icier hug than the one that Phaedra Parks and husband Apollo Nida shared on Sunday's The Real Housewives of Atlanta. "Phaedra looks like she's seen a ghost," Cynthia Bailey said upon the unexpected arrival of Nida at a music video release party for new housewife Demetria McKinney. "Aren't you happy to see your husband, Miss Southern Belle?" She wasn't. "Are you surprised to see me or something?" asked Nida, who was on the verge of starting an eight year term in prison for bank fraud. She was, evident by the cringe-worthy reaction to the »
- Wade Rouse, @waderouse
Theater Review: Sting Joins The Last Ship
It would not ordinarily be newsworthy that a performer named Gordon Sumner took over a secondary role in a struggling Broadway musical. You do not hear much about cast changes at On the Town, for instance. But the circumstances under which Mr. Sumner, better known as Sting, joined The Last Ship last week are far from ordinary. For one thing, Sting wrote the show’s songs and conceived its story, which concerns the decimated shipbuilding industry in his own hometown of Wallsend, England. The musical is thus, for him, a labor of love, which is not to say it isn’t also a commercial venture. (His longtime manager is one of the lead producers.) After ten weeks of middling box office, with some theater mavens saying audiences were disappointed to find that the new Sting musical did not feature Sting, the unusual though perhaps inevitable idea of his stepping in »
- Jesse Green
Kelly Clarkson and Baby River Rose Look So Happy Before Celebrating First Christmas Together
Excuse us, but we're just catching our breath after this adorable post. One week before Kelly Clarkson celebrates her first Christmas with baby River Rose, the American Idol winner shared another beautiful picture of her daughter before a very special concert. "This is how River and I feel about our first annual Miracle On Broadway show!" Clarkson shared on Instagram. "It was beyond incredible thanks to all of you! More pics to come!" We don't know what's cuter: River's festive outfit, Kelly's loving face or what about that stunning wedding ring? Nicely done, Brandon Blackstock! For the past several weeks, Clarkson has been hard at work planning her inaugural »
The Other Wonder Woman: Michelle MacLaren Is the Best Director on TV
Michelle Maxwell MacLaren has a vivid imagination. During a lunch last month at the Soho House in West Hollywood, I ask the director for details about the DC Comics epic Wonder Woman, which she was picked to direct after a lengthy, widely publicized search. She stirs her tea. Then she warns that at the moment there is no script, no release date. There’s not even an official green light from the film’s releasing studio, Warner Bros.—and even if there were, nondisclosure agreements and her paranoia about jinxing things would keep her mum. “I really, really, really can’t talk about this,” she says, then gestures toward the restaurant’s picture windows, with their action-film-worthy Hollywood panoramas. “I just picture a drone coming in over the hills and crashing through the glass and flying over here and putting duct tape over my mouth, you know?” The scenario is »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
Sony Lawyer Says Consumers Will Be Able to Watch The Interview Soon: "It Will Be Distributed"
For those still curious to see what The Interview is all about, there is hope! After Sony Pictures pulled the plug on the film's theatrical release on Wednesday due to threats of some sort of major disruption at the hands of hackers, one of the studio's lawyers is assuring consumers that the movie will be available somehow, someway in the future. "Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed," Sony lawyer David Boises said Sunday morning on Meet the Press. "It will be distributed. How it's going to be distributed, I don't think anybody knows quite yet. But it's going to be distributed." Reports have indicated that the movie will be shown online for free on »
‘The Interview’ Fallout: Theater Owners Angry at Sony for Shifting Blame
Theater owners are incensed that Sony Pictures Entertainment has insisted in public statements that they are the major reason the studio canceled the release of “The Interview.”
Exhibitors believe that they are being made the scapegoat for the cancellation when many of them only wanted the film’s premiere to be delayed or modified, three theater industry executives tell Variety.
After hackers threatened theaters that screened “The Interview” and moviegoers who bought tickets to the film while evoking the memory of 9/11, Sony said in a statement last week that the majority of exhibitors cancelled their bookings. That characterization has been disputed in exhibition circles. The exhibition executives said that several chains asked only to delay playing the movie until the authorities could discover who was behind the message or had apprehended the criminals who hacked the studio.
Authorities have since said that North Korea is behind the hackings as punishment for Sony backing “The Interview, »
- Brent Lang
Dish Drops Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network as Talks Break Down
Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network remained dark on the Dish Network Sunday, as their deadlock over a new distribution deal continued.
The satellite TV provider pulled both channels from its lineup Saturday, claiming that Fox had instituted fee increases for other sports and information channels that were not part of the current contract.
“It’s like we’re about to close on a house and the realtor is trying to make us buy a new car as well,” Warren Schlichting, Dish’s senior vice president of programming, said in a statement. “Fox blacked out two of its news channels, »
- Todd Cunningham
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