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Nearly 17 Million People Watched ABC's Bruce Jenner Interview
Diane Sawyer’s interview with Bruce Jenner attracted a very big audience Friday night on ABC. Just under 17 million people watched the tastefully-done two-hour telecast, a big number for any TV show these days but particularly impressive because the chat aired on Fridays, when viewing levels are generally down. The Jenner interview did very well among viewers in all age demographic groups, scoring a 5.2 rating with adults under 50; it was also seen by about one in four younger women watching TV Friday. It will also likely rank as the most-watched TV broadcast this week. While news broadcasts generally don’t attract a lot of time-shifted viewing, there’s a good chance this one will add substantially to its tally once DVR ratings get calculated in the coming days. It would also be surprising if ABC doesn’t re-broadcast the special within the next few weeks, though as of it yet, »
- Joe Adalian
Jared Leto Is Terrifying as the Joker in Suicide Squad—See the New Photo That Will Haunt Your Nightmares!
Say it with us now: Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!! Jared Leto is unrecognizable as the Joker, as seen in a the first character photo for the new D.C. villains-themed film Suicide Squad that director and writer David Ayer tweeted on Friday night. The longtime heartthrob and frontman of rock group Thirty Seconds to Mars, who made our hearts melt in the '90s with his knack of leaning against walls in My So Called Life and who won an Oscar last year for a different physical transformation for Dallas Buyers Club, had weeks ago shocked his fans (the Echelon) by chopping off his long, majestic, glistening golden brown locks, bleaching his hair, dyeing it green and making his eyebrows »
Friday Box Office: 'Adaline' Bumps 'Furious' for a Day; 'Kurt Cobain' Big in 3 Theaters
Lionsgate's multi-decade age-stands-still drama "The Age of Adaline" beat out three-weekend champ "Furious 7" (Universal) Friday. The romance took in just under $5 million ($4.8 million) with "Furious 7" in second, edging it for the day due to opening day interest plus a decent Thursday night gross. "Furious" should still take its fourth and last weekend at number one, the first to do so in its initial weeks since the first "Hunger Games" three years ago. But the overall picture is more mixed. The Top Ten came in a bit under $24 million, marking the second lowest Friday of 2015 so far (and likely the lowest under September), and down sharply from $31 million the same day last year. The main reason is a lack of topline new studio product, with distributors avoiding competition a week before the juggernaut "The Avengers - Age of Ultron" opens domestically (after already scoring major initial returns its first week plus. »
- Tom Brueggemann
Wolverine news: Blade Runner 2 writer hired to pen screenplay
Wolverine 3 production is moving along as 20th Century Fox revealed the movie's writer.
He is also the writer for the sequel to Blade Runner.
Last month, Jackman suggested on Instagram he'll be playing his famous character "one last time," posting an image of his Wolverine claws. Wolverine director James Mangold also confirmed the news on Twitter.
Jackman has played Wolverine multiple times both in stand-alone versions and in the X-Men franchise.
Jackman will also appear in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, which is slated to come out in 2016. »
Christian Bale Suffers Serious Knee Injury, Postpones The Deep Blue Good-By
Filming for The Deep Blue Good-by has been postponed by a year, at the very least! The Dark Knight Rises actor recently suffered a knee injury that is so serious that Fox has decided to delay filming on his next project The Deep Blue Good-by. According to Deadline, Christian Bale was at home when he suffered the severe injury to his knee that consisted of torn knee ligaments. No further details regarding the nature of the incident that caused the injury have been released as of yet. However, what we do know is that the timing of the injury has undoubtedly caused the actor and the movie studio to make a few adjustments as a result, namely regarding the filming schedule for The Deep Blue Good-by. The Deep Blue Good-by, which is the first of 21 novels in the Travis McGee series by author John D. MacDonald, is a lot more »
‘Furious 7′ Becomes 3rd Film to Top $1 Billion at International Box Office
“Furious 7″ continues to race past box office records.
The hugely popular sequel crossed the $1 billion mark at the international box office, becoming only the third film to pull off that track. It’s in some pretty rarefied company in that regard, joining “Avatar” and “Titanic.” With a global haul of $1.3 billion, “Furious 7,” now the fifth highest-grossing film in history.
“Furious 7,” which is the last film in the series to feature actor Paul Walker, is also the highest-grossing film in China. Its $323 million gross in the People’s Republic exceeds “Transformers: Age of Extinction’s” record-breaking $319 million bounty.
Domestically, “Furious 7″ became the first film since “The Hunger Games” in 2012 to top box office charts for four weeks in a row, picking up a leading $18.3 million and driving its stateside total to $320 million.
The 2013 death of Walker in a car crash forced Universal to suspend production, but the »
- Brent Lang
Avengers 2 Dominated (Almost) Every Country This Weekend [Updated]
The reign of Furious 7 continues as The Age of Ultron looms. James Wan’s film topped the American box office again this weekend, pulling in $16-$17 million and bringing its domestic total to around $318 million. But that reign may end soon: Joss Whedon’s incalculably-hyped Avengers 2 has been dominating the foreign box office, winning all 26 of the markets in which it opened so far. Update: According to The Wrap, Avengers: Age of Ultron ended the weekend with $201 million total, earning the top spot in all 44 territories in which it opened, surpassing the already high expectations. The IMAX returns are the largest non-China international opening of all time with $10.4 million. Breaking records and taking no prisoners, the $279 million blockbuster held a 96 percent market share in Korea, 79 percent in Australia, 75 percent in Germany, and 91 percent in Russia. Collectively, it made $44.8 million »
- Greg Cwik
Sophia Bush Remembers Google Exec Killed in Mt. Everest Avalanche: ‘One of the Great Loves of My Life’
“Chicago Pd” actress Sophia Bush has written a touching tribute to Google executive Dan Fredinburg, who was among 18 people killed Saturday in an avalanche on Mount Everest. Fredinburg was the first American confirmed dead in the avalanche, which was triggered by a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal. As of Sunday morning, the quake had claimed at least 2,500 lives and left countless others injured, according to the Associated Press. Bush posted a heartfelt message about Fredinburg, a former boyfriend, on her Instagram page Saturday after learning of his death. “There are no adequate words. Today I find myself attempting to pick. »
- Anita Bennett
'Game of Thrones' recap: How do you rate 'The House of Black and White'? (Vote now)
“The House of Black and White," the second episode of season five of "Game of Thrones," was dominated by the power moves of King’s Landing as well as sidetrips to Dorne and Bravos. It built on the premiere with even more intrigue and machinations. Every week, I rank the best and worst moves made by the players and assess the episode in terms of the Emmys. After reading my recap below, be sure to cast your vote as to whether this four-time Emmy nominee for Best Drama Series will finally win this year. Currently, this HBO hit sits in second place on our Best Drama Series chart behind only "House of Cards" at 4/1. You can change your predictions as often as you like, but it's important to enter your first picks now so that they can be part of Gold Derby's racetrack odds. And make the most correct predictions »
5 Things We Learned From 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner
The annual White House Correspondents' Dinner is one of the Washington's most bizarre traditions. The event, which has been running just over a century, is nominally supposed to celebrate excellence in reporting on the White House–the use of journalism as a way of speaking truth to power. In recent years, it has been increasingly criticized for becoming a long, self-congratulatory celebration of how awesome everyone in attendance is, complete with an inexplicable red carpet that Tom Brokaw claimed was less dignified than a junior prom–a fitting comparison given »
Kylie Jenner Received a Creepy Delivery and Marriage Proposal From an Obsessed Fan—See the Package!
Too far? In the above sneak peek to this Sunday's brand new Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kris Jenner opens the door and walks into their kichen carrying "about 20 pizzas," and asks the girls if they ordered them. Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Khloé Kardashian tell her no and begin opening the pizza boxes. Kris reaches for one and soon realizes it's not a pizza at all... It's a marriage proposal to Kylie! Watch the above sneak peek to see the drama go down! Tune-in to a brand new episode of Keeping Up with The Kardashians tonight at 9/8c on E! »
Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta Reunite for ‘Goodfellas’ Anniversary at Tribeca Film Festival Closing
The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival closed Saturday night with a 25th anniversary gala screening of Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas,” held within the gold-spun rococo of the Upper West Side’s Beacon Theater. The screening was followed by a panel with stars Paul Sorvino, Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco, “Wiseguy” journalist and writer Nicholas Pileggi, and (inevitably) Tribeca co-founder Robert De Niro, moderated by “The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart. (The comedian sometimes slipped into a slightly Pesci-esque accent, conceding that if anybody from the production met him right around the time “Goodfellas” came out, he would have been annoying as hell.)
De Niro and Tribeca’s other co-founder Jane Rosenthal introduced the film, with the movie icon offering that this year’s 14th iteration of the festival marked “thirteen more than we intended, and tomorrow we start work on the fifteenth.” He then went on to read a email from Joe Pesci »
- Steve Macfarlane
‘Furious 7’ Roars Past $1 Billion at Overseas Box Office, Joining ‘Avatar’ and ‘Titanic’
“Furious 7” crossed $1 billion at the international box office this weekend, making it the third film ever to achieve the milestone along with box office juggernauts “Avatar” and “Titanic.” “Furious 7” also passed Disney’s “Frozen” to become the fifth-highest-grossing movie ever at the worldwide box office with $1.32 billion, behind “Avatar” ($2.8 billion) and”Titanic” ($2.2 billion). The 2009 sci-fi saga took in $2.02 billion at the international box office, and the ship disaster epic brought in $1.52 billion from abroad in 1997. With this weekend lifting its worldwide grosses to $1.32 billion, Universal’s “Furious 7” now trails only the two James Cameron movies and “Harry Potter and. »
- Todd Cunningham
Film Industry Reacts to Nepal Earthquake Tragedy
The huge loss of life caused by the earthquake in Nepal has sparked an outpouring of sympathy from the film industry.
The film community in India, which is geographically and culturally closest to Nepal, was quick to react. Many took to Twitter to express their hopes and fears.
“Praying for the people of Nepal who must have been affected by this terrible earthquake – very worrying images on the news,” said Soha Ali Khan. “My prayers are with the people whose lives have been disrupted by the massive #earthquake,” said Madhuri Dixit.
Many Bollywood names felt tremors from the 7.9 degree quake, which struck on Saturday morning local time.
“Freaky! Felt the tremors of an earthquake here in Delhi. The whole room shook. My experience of a first earthquake. Hopefully the last one,” said Arjun Rampal. Others felt it in Agra, Gurgaon and Chandigarh.
Shah Rukh Khan, India’s biggest star, gave »
- Patrick Frater
‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Explodes for $201 Million at Overseas Box Office
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” exploded for a massive $201 million in its first weekend of release overseas, exceeding the original’s haul in its first weekend by 44 percent and breaking records along the way. Disney’s Marvel sequel, which opens Friday in the U.S., debuted at No. 1 in all 44 territories in which it rolled out this weekend, roughly 55 percent of its overall international run. South Korea was the leading market with $28.2 million, followed by the U.K. with $27.3 million. The IMAX returns set a record for the largest non-China international opening of all-time with $10.4 million, an eye-popping $60,000 per-screen average. IMAX also. »
- Todd Cunningham
‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Opens to Massive $201.2 Million at Foreign Box Office
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” debuted to a massive $201.2 million across 44 territories this weekend.
Disney and Marvel’s super team adventure was the highest-grossing film in everywhere it opened, and has now rolled out in 55% of the international marketplace, including such major locales as France, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, Korea and Australia.
Going into the weekend, Disney was projecting a foreign debut of between $160 million to $175 million.
“The bar was high, but this is a sign of unbelievable momentum in the marketplace,” said Dave Hollis, Disney’s distribution chief. “It all goes back to the strength of the brand and the incredible work the Marvel team does in telling stories in such a consistent way and creating these worlds.”
The hotly anticipated superhero sequel opens next week in the U.S., where it is expected to earn north of $200 million and could top the first “Avengers'” record-breaking $207.4 million bow. »
- Brent Lang
Macklemore & Pregnant Fiancée Tricia Davis Are All Smiles, Assemble Team Before 1st Baby's Birth—See Pic
Macklemore and pregnant fiancée Tricia Davis are set to become parents soon and their delivery team has been assembled! Davis Instagrammed on Saturday a sweet pic of her and her rapper beau, standing with two of her midwives and her doula inside a room containing a dream catcher and several stuffed animals. The couple announced her pregnancy in January with a heartwarming, emotional video. They have not revealed the sex of their child, who is due in May. "My amazing doula April and midwives Tina and Wendy.... So grateful," Davis wrote. The dream catcher is handmade and is for the baby, she had said on Instagram last week. Their midwife Tina had worked with the couple before. »
Lil Wayne's Tour Bus Shot at in Atlanta
Gunshots were fired at Lil Wayne's tour bus early Sunday morning (April 26) following his concert in Atlanta the previous night. Shots were fired just minutes after Weezy's two tour buses pulled away from Compound nightclub in Atlanta at around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to TMZ. In addition to Wayne, Young Money money rappers Lil' Twist and Hood were said to be on board one of the buses. Read More Police: Lil Wayne "Shots Fired" Emergency Appears to Be Prank No injuries have been reported. Billboard has reached out to Lil Wayne's representative for comment on the shooting. This story first appeared
- Mitchell Peters, Billboard
Let's You and Him Fight: A Superhero vs. Superhero Slugfest Primer
If Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice can claim anything this far ahead of its release, it's sparking a new trend: that of cinematic superheroes following their comic book brethren and beating the hell out of each other. Following on from next year's Zack Snyder-directed follow-up to 2013's Man of Steel, Marvel has Captain America: Civil War also primed for 2016, centering around an ideological disagreement between Cap and Iron Man, and this week's Sony/Valiant movie deal made mention of plans for Harbinger Wars, which will pit nanotech-fueled soldier Bloodshot against the superpowered teens of Harbinger. If
- Graeme McMillan
Joss Whedon "Can't Try to Replicate the Success" of The Avengers With Avengers: Age of Ultron—Watch Now!
Avengers: Age of Ultron will be "darker" and "weirder" than its predecessor. So said Joss Whedon, who returned to direct the sequel to 2012's The Avengers. During an exclusive set visit last summer, E! News' Alicia Quarles spoke to the filmmaker about the Marvel Studios sequel and its ever-growing cast of characters. "We've increased the number of characters," Whedon said, "not because we want to throw more stuff against the wall, but because we want to be able to look tour characters in a different light and sort of increase or palate and do different things in different places and get more perspectives." The sequel brings back 2012's star-studded cast, »
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