April 22, 2014

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“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” – Worldwide weekend box office estimates

Rentrak Corporation (NASDAQ: RENT), today announced the worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of April 13, 2014 as compiled by the company’s Box Office Essentials™ and International Box Office Essentials™ theatrical measurement services.
As the trusted standard for all studio box office reporting, Rentrak provides intelligence into overnight theatre-level reporting across the global theatrical market. Coupled with the official reported data, studios are able to analyze admissions and gross results in over 50 territories using Rentrak’s suite of products.
Rentrak’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “Fox’s animated “Rio 2″ flaps its wings to an international chart topping performance of $62.3 million in 62 territories while Disney/Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” makes its two worldwide weekends in a row at over $100 million and nearly half a billion to date as it continues to draw audiences internationally and in North America. Impressively, Paramount’s biblical-epic “Noah” is approaching the $250 million global threshold.”
The top-12 domestic weekend box office estimates listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, April 13, 2014, are below.
Estimated Box Office Numbers for Weekend of Apr. 13:
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Disney – $41.4M
2. Rio 2 – 20th Century Fox – $39.0M
3. Oculus – Relativity Media – $12.0M
4. Draft Day – Lionsgate – $9.8M
5. Divergent – Lionsgate – $7.5M
6. Noah – Paramount – $7.5M
7. God’s Not Dead – Freestyle Releasing – $5.5M
8. Grand Budapest Hotel, The – Fox Searchlight – $4.0M
9. Muppets Most Wanted – Disney – $2.2M
10. Mr. Peabody And Sherman – 20th Century Fox – $1.8M
11. Raid 2, The – Sony Pictures Classics – $1.0M
12. Non-Stop – Universal – $0.7M.
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Dustin Hoffman Dishes on His Directorial Debut Quartet

Dustin Hoffman, one of the most celebrated actors of our time, opens up in the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine about stepping out of his comfort zone for his directorial debut Quartet, redefining retirement in Hollywood and how his latest film drove him to ponder how far he’s come and how little he’s changed.
The Academy Award® winner is also being recognized for his Breakthrough Achievement in directing by AARP The Magazine with a 2012 Movies for Grownups® award.

The following are excerpts from the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine cover story, available in homes today and online NOW at www.aarp.org/magazine.
On his directorial film debut, Quartet:
“An honest answer: I directed a play on Broadway. I blamed my own demons for waiting 35 years to do it again. Why did I fight it? Because it’s a thrilling opportunity to be the one who holds the paintbrush.”
“As we were working on the film, I asked Billy Connolly [one of its stars], ‘What’s the movie about?’ And he said, ‘Don’t die until you’re dead.’ I thought that nailed it.”
On what drew him to Quartet:
“It’s an affirmative movie but still reality. There’s this cloud of mortality hovering over the characters and blinding them.”
On using real musicians ages 70-plus in Quartet:
“Brilliant artists—and no one had rung their phone for 30 or more years. They showed up at 6 every morning and worked sometimes 14 hours a day without a whimper, with such dedication and joy. It infected all of us.”
On retiring:
“I think ‘retirement’ goes hand in hand with people who make a living by having a ‘job.’ I don’t think we—the .00001 percent of the population who are so fortunate to love passionately what we do—consider it a ‘job.’”
On his ideal age and growing older:
“I wouldn’t trade now for anything.”
“What we all want is to continually grow and expand. I’ve discovered that as the body becomes more limited, the soul expands.”
On the differences between men and women:
“I think men are the weaker of the genders and live a more limited life than women. For whatever reasons, men run from intimacy. If you run from intimacy, you’re running from what life can give you.”
On mortality:
“My wife says I’ve been worrying about it since we started going out. But at a certain point your icons change. There’s Manoel de Oliveira, who’s still directing at 104. And I recently read about a 94-year-old guy who had just [...]

Usher talks about his stepson’s death to Oprah

HollywoodNews.com: Usher’s ex-wife, Tameka, lost her son recently after he was involved in a jet ski accident, and now the singer is opening up about the tragedy.
Usher sat down with Oprah on ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’ to discuss the recent passing of his stepson, Kile, states UsMagazine.com. “I miss Kile. We cooked together, we laughed, we sang. He loved to sing and dance. He loved to tell jokes,” Usher commented.
He also cleared up some rumors surrounding the matter: “It hurts me to hear people speculating that I wasn’t at the funeral. I absolutely was at the funeral. I was at the burial as well.”
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Uma Thurman reportedly gave birth to a baby girl

HollywoodNews.com: Uma Thurman is reportedly a mother for a third time as it is rumored that she has given birth to her baby girl.
Thurman was expecting the child with her on and off boyfriend since 2007, Arpad Busson, states RadarOnline. She reportedly gave birth to the healthy child on Sunday.
She already has a son and daughter with her ex, Ethan Hawke.
Details like the name have not yet been released.
Do you think they will choose a unique name?
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‘Dancing with the Stars’: Who went home last night?

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Dancing with the Stars’ has cut another competitor from the show as the weeks are moving on.
And this week, while Jaleel White and Gavin DeGraw had to compete in a dance-off to stay, DeGraw ended up being sent home, states RadarOnline.com. “It’s been amazing to be part of the show,” DeGraw said about the experience.
Donald Driver, Roshon Fegan, Melissa Gilbert, Katherine Jenkins, Gladys Knight, William Levy, Maria Menounos and Jaleel White are still in the competition.
Who do you want to win it all?
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Brad Pitt: Will he be the winner at the Golden Globe Awards?

HollywoodNews.com: Brad Pitt: Will he be the winner at the Golden Globe Awards?
Brad Pitt’ performances have established him as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after and respected actors earning him two Academy Award® nominations.
Last fall, Brad starred in Moneyball, the story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.
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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie New Photos

HollywoodNews.com: Brad Pitt’ performances have established him as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after and respected actors earning him two Academy Award® nominations.
This fall, Brad starred in Moneyball, the story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.
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“Being Chaz” documentary will premiere on OWN

HollywoodNews.com: Becoming Chaz was only the beginning.
The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has announced the Nov. 27 premiere of Being Chaz, a follow-up documentary special chronicling Chaz Bono and his girlfriend Jennifer Elia as they navigate their lives together post Chaz’s gender transformation surgery.
The special will air from 8-9 p.m. ET/PT and be preceded by an encore showing of Becoming Chaz about Bono’s transition from a woman to a man.
Viewers will also see the trials and tribulations of the couple’s relationship as Chaz prepares for his debut on Dancing with the Stars amidst controversy and threats to his life over his decision to participate in the show.
Being Chaz is executive produced by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. Elise Duran serves as director and co-executive producer.
Following the premiere of Being Chaz will be documentary special I Am Jazz: A Family in Transition. It is about the life of an extraordinary family and their transgendered daughter and will air from 9-10 p.m. ET/PT.
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Avengers cast assembles for new magazine cover

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It’s the photo equivalent of the movie poster with all of the floating heads jockeying for space on a small field. Only this time, it’s the various heroes for Joss Whedon’s “Avengers” film, and they’re staring at you from the glossy cover of a mainstream entertainment magazine.
EW has an in-depth feature on Whedon’s upcoming blockbuster, which will be in theaters on May 4, 2012. And this morning, the mag teases the cover shot, which assembles Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Scarlett Johannson (Black Widow), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Chris Evans (Captain America) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) in yet another gathered photo of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
We have it below, and you can check it out here:

The issue will be on stands on Friday, Sept. 30. No doubt, there will be more action shots from the anticipated blockbuster. But for now, we’ve got a “Brady Bunch” inspired photoshop. Does it whet your whistle?
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Brad Pitt makes cover of Sports Illustrated

HollywoodNews.com: Hey, I’m not complaining but I’d imagine there are plenty of pro athletes – really great ones – who have never made the cover of Sports Illustrated.
So to feature an actor, even one starring in a new baseball movie, might raise some eyebrows.
But hey, it’s Brad Pitt!
I say we just enjoy the eye candy!
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