5 items from 2014
Despite a drop of over 50% between weekend box office grosses, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1, the latest entry in the young adult dystopia film series, once again took the top spot at the domestic weekend box office, repeating its opening weekend feat. While making only $56.8 million over the three days, the film benefitted from an overall dip in box office revenue, which is down about 20% from the same weekend in 2013. With two weekends in theatres under its belt, forecasters are also beginning to get a clearer picture of how well the movie might do by the end of the year, and while it is going to leave a mark, the film seems unlikely to dethrone this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy as the top grossing domestic film. With the latter film sitting at $331 million, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 has a ways to go to catch up, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
As if Chris Pine wasn't handsome and charming enough, he's now showing off his impressive singing skills on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Friday.
"It's the acoustics, right?" he explains. "You just sound better in the shower. It's like your own music video, you know? You feel tremendous."
"I auditioned for [director] Rob Marshall in his living room, and he was very kind, noticed that I was very nervous and he and John -- his partner -- joined me in singing the song and made me feel more comfortable," he remembers »
Mono No Aware continues its hardcore commitment to keeping the practice of expanded cinema alive with their 8th annual edition that will run on December 5-6 in Brooklyn, NY at LightSpace Studios.
This is two nights of creative, live cinematic performances utilizing only analog equipment and materials that will never be repeated again in the universe.
Some of the performances include returning champion Joel Schlemowitz, who will be creating a 3-D experience using overhead projectors; and the wonderful Winnipeg underground film scene is represented by Scott Fitzpatrick, who will be turning the book Victorian Frames, Borders and Cuts into a 16mm triple projection.
For all of Mono No Aware’s amazing performances, they are so unique that we are listing them copied and pasted directly from the festival’s website below. But, for even more information, such as screening venues, please visit their official website.
Starts 9:00 p.m. »
- Mike Everleth
Though his TV work outshone his big screen roles, James Garner was a legend no matter the size of the screen. So it’s sad to report that he has died at the age of 86.Boasting an easy charm, rugged good looks and a flexible ability to inhabit comedy and drama, Garner delivered masculinity while merrily able to undercut it to supreme effect. Born James Scott Baumgarner in Oklahoma in 1928, he lost his mother when he was just four. Dropping out of high school at 16, Garner joined the merchant marine navy, only to suffer from chronic sea sickness, forcing him to quit and move to Los Angeles to live with his father. He briefly went back to school at Hollywood High and scored a swimsuit-modelling job. But further work in front of a camera would have to wait, as he spent a period drifting through odd jobs, and was then »
There's a bit of a rap theme to this week's selection, kicking off with Justin Timberlake joining Jimmy Fallon for the latest instalment of his history of rap. Meanwhile, NBC Nightly News managing editor and anchor Brian Williams raps The Sugar Hill Gang's classic Rapper's Delight – with a little help from a few friends. And if you thought that blend of words and music was impressive, you will love our amazing tongue twister rap – the video features the 67th take apparently!
Michelle Obama appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Will Ferrell in drag to promote her Let's Move! campaign. In a sketch for a fake Nickelodeon show called Ew!, she popped in to show "Stacy" and "Sarah" why eating right and exercising are not "ew!" things to do.
- Janette Owen
5 items from 2014
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