April 19, 2014

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Audiences are flocking to ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ at the Box Office

Happy Sunday everyone (my birthday weekend, if you haven’t heard too), here’s the weekly box office report for you fine ladies and gentlemen! Leading the way in a somewhat close race on this kind of quiet weekend was the holdover Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which rose from number two to number one with an estimated $12.2 million, taking advantage of a lack of particularly enticing new releases at the multiplex. At number two we had last week’s top grosser 300: Rise of an Empire, which hauled in an estimated $19.1 million this time around. Number three was the new release Need for Speed, which stole $17.8 million from paying customers, while Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club was number five with $8.3 million, and we also had one other new release in the top ten, which was Veronica Mars, transitioning from Kickstarter to theaters with about $2 million. I’ll have something to say about the great expansion for The Grand Budapest Hotel in a moment, but among the limited release openings, there was a nice mix. The best of the bunch was Bad Words, but also taking in a few bucks we had indies like Enemy and Le Week-End, though neither were hits.
I didn’t care one bit for Need for Speed, as it’s lacking even for video game adaptations, but it was notable that it didn’t do better. You’d think that with the popularity of the Fast and Furious franchise that this would have been like printing money, but no. It also likely won’t have legs either, which could make this a bit of a failure in the end. This weekend also saw audiences begin to send a message to Tyler Perry that he needs to try a little harder, as Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club made a fraction of what Perry’s movies usually do. Finally, Veronica Mars was aimed just at hardcore fans and that’s who showed up, so I can’t really say it did anything other than what was expected.
Among the notable holdovers in theaters, we have to discuss Wes Anderson’s flick. The Grand Budapest Hotel. Still playing in well under 100 theaters, it cracked the top ten, hitting number eight with $3.6 million. The big number though is the per theater average of over $55,000. Any which way that you slice it, Anderson has another hit on his hands, so we’ll be talking plenty more about [...]

Jessica Chastain on Bigelow, Boal and the ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ ending – OSCARS

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: You could say that Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” has encountered choppy waters since experimenting with a limited release at the tail end of last year (so as to be eligible for Oscar consideration).
Not from critics, mind you. Bigelow’s taut, tense depiction of the CIA and U.A. military’s hunt for Osama Bin Laden has been recognized and lauded by virtually every major guild. Just this morning, Bigelow’s name was one of five nominated for the Directors Guild of America’s top prize … a well-deserved nod, in my humble opinion.
But Bigelow has been knocked in the court of public opinion for the film’s depiction of waterboarding, and was even marginally criticized by the government agencies she tried to credit in press releases that aren’t worth the time spent to assemble them. Note to the CIA: Intelligent moviegoers understand “Zero Dark Thirty” isn’t a documentary. Your confirmation is unnecessary.
Jessica Chastain understands why the film’s realism might confuse, though. The actress who plays Maya, the lead investigator on Bin Laden’s trail, spoke with me about the devil in the details of “Zero Dark Thirty” when we sat down for an intimate interview in New York City. We very well may hear Chastain’s name called on Thursday when the Academy announces its Oscar nominations. Here’s my conversation with Chastain, which might help to explain why I think she’s worthy of a Best Actress nomination:
HollywoodNews: When you have a character like Maya, where there’s a lot of information that you can go back and research on your own and dig into to try and better formulate the character, is that something you’re interested in, or do you prefer to keep it to what’s on the page?
I love to do it. You know, if I wasn’t an actor, I would love to be an investigative journalist. Or a spy! I wouldn’t want to kill anyone, but the research and all the details …I find that with a role like this, or any part, doing the research to find out who the character is and what their motivations are – for me, that’s the most fun.
And with this, I’m playing a woman who is trained to be unemotional, and analytically precise. When playing that, I’ve still got to find the humanity inside of her, inside of that arc of where she begins the movie and where she ends. And at that [...]

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ co-star Jason Clarke Speaks!

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ co-star Jason Clarke speaks: I had the pleasure of speaking in person with him a few weeks back at a luncheon in New York City, and Jason was kind enough to schedule a longer talk over the phone shortly thereafter. He’s a lot of fun to just shoot the breeze with, but he also has plenty to say about the Oscar hopeful film he has out now, as well as what’s coming up next for him.

Jason Clarke: Hi Joey, how are you mate?
Joey Magidson: I’m doing well, how about you?
Jason: Good, where are you?
Joey: I’m actually back in New York…
Jason: Nice!
Joey: Indeed, since I saw you last at that lunch…
Jason: Oh fuck, now I know who you are! Yea yea, good good good. How’s your dog?
Joey: He’s doing much better. We were at the emergency room actually right after that, but he’s fine now. He’s apparently much younger than we thought too, so it’s really like having a newborn in the apartment.
Jason: Oh my god.
Joey: It’s rough, but he’s super smart, so that’s good.
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Lindsay Lohan allegedly hoping to avoid jail with rehab

HollywoodNews.com: Lindsay Lohan could be facing some serious jail time as a result of her recent legal issues, but now she might be making a last ditch effort to avoid jail.
It is rumored that Lindsay is hoping to avoid jail time by checking into rehab, states RadarOnline. Her legal team is allegedly encouraging her to go to rehab for at least six months in order to save her life.
Lindsay has reportedly been reluctant, but now that she is facing jail time, she might be checking into rehab instead.
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Rihanna, Chris Brown show off matching Rolexes

HollywoodNews.com: Despite the denials, it seems that something might be going on between Rihanna and Chris Brown as the two are now sporting matching jewelry.
Rihanna took to Twitter and Brown took to Instagram to show off some new Rolexes that seem to match, states UsMagazine.com. “Don’t believe me just watch #newtoy #justcusimnumber1 #roleylife #dopedealer,” Rihanna said about her new watch.
“Ball game!” Brown commented about his own watch.
Rihanna has denied a rekindled romance despite her posting a shirtless picture of Brown as they also spent Thanksgiving together.
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Lady Gaga shows support for Lindsay Lohan’s ‘Liz & Dick’

HollywoodNews.com: Lindsay Lohan might have gotten a lot of poor reviews for ‘Liz & Dick,’ but one person who has her back is Lady Gaga.
Gaga took to Twitter to recently show her support to the struggling actress, states E! News. “@lindsaylohan you did a beautiful job on Liz & Dick, Let no one bring u down, Liz didnt, they always try to knock the greats down a few pegs,” Gaga tweeted.
And Lindsay was sure to write her supporter back: “@ladygaga thank you so much!”
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Rihanna allegedly spent Thanksgiving with Chris Brown

HollywoodNews.com: Rihanna and Chris Brown apparently got together for the holidays as it is rumored they spent Thanksgiving together.
It is rumored that Rihanna headed to Berlin, Germany where Brown was performing a concert, states UsMagazine.com. “All alone in my big ole jet!!! See u soon lover,” Rihanna posted on Twitter.
To further confirm the rumors, Rihanna then tweeted, “#Berlin #CarpeDiem.” Brown’s concert is called Carpe Diem.
It is also reported that after his concert, Brown was photographed with Rihanna at Berlin’s Adagio nightclub.
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Megan Fox steps out for first time since giving birth

HollywoodNews.com: Considering Megan Fox hid the birth of her first child for almost a month, it’s surprising that she even allowed paparazzi to catch her out publicly for the first time since giving birth.
Fox headed out with Brian Austin Green for dinner in West Hollywood, states E! News. The two haven’t been spotted out together since she gave birth in September to their first son together.
Both appeared casual as they dined at Jar restaurant. Their newborn son, Noah, was not with them for the meal.
Do you like how they are handling all this?
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Taylor Swift reveals what she wants in a relationship

HollywoodNews.com: Taylor Swift has dated a few people, but she has still not found the exact thing she wants in a relationship.
Swift recently opened up to ‘Harper’s Bazaar’ about what she thinks makes a relationship right, states People. “It needs to be equal. If I feel too much like I’m wearing the pants, I start to feel uncomfortable and then we break up,” Swift revealed.
And it seems she is very ready for her next boyfriend to take charge from time to time: “It’s wonderful to hand over the reins to your boyfriend when you control so much of these big, high-pressure decisions, you know? That is a huge defining factor in who you choose to be with.”
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Lady Gaga donates $1 million for Hurricane Sandy relief

HollywoodNews.com: Lady Gaga is doing what she can to help out with the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy as she has donated $1 million for relief efforts.
Gaga donated the money to the Red Cross as she wants to help out her home state of New York, states TooFab. “To New York and The American Red Cross. Today I pledge 1 million dollars to New York & The American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy Relief,” Gaga revealed.
She went on to comment that she is grateful for all that New York has done for her as a person and an artist.
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