Box Office: ‘Hunger Games’ Off to Healthy Holiday Start With $14.6 Million
“The Hunger Games” has become a veritable “Turkey Day” tradition.
Katniss Everdeen set new standards for gorging when “Catching Fire” became the highest-grossing Thanksgiving release ever. This year, “Mockingjay – Part 1″ is also feasting on the holiday box office, earning $14.6 million on Wednesday to kick off a five day bonanza, according to estimates. The film’s domestic box office to date stands at $157.6 million. Globally, the film has earned roughly $350 million.
There’s healthy competition around the Thanksgiving table. DreamWorks Animation is trying to rope in family audiences eager to get out of the house with “Penguins of Madagascar,” which drew $6.3 million Wednesday in 3,750 theaters. The spin-off of the “Madagascar” franchise cost $132 million to make and is expected to rack up between $42 million to $44 million for the five days through Sunday.
For older moviegoers eager for some R-rated laughs, New Line is fielding “Horrible Bosses 2.” The black comedy picked up $4.2 million on Wednesday, »
- Brent Lang
'Children of Men' Author P.D. James Dies at 94
London – P.D. James took the classic British detective story into tough modern terrain, complete with troubled relationships and brutal violence, and never accepted that crime writing was second-class literature. James, who has died at age 94, is best known as the creator of sensitive Scotland Yard sleuth Adam Dalgliesh. But her wickedly acute imagination ranged widely, inserting a murder into the mannered world of Jane Austen in Death Comes to Pemberley and creating a bleak dystopian future in The Children of Men. See more Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 James told the Associated Press in 2006 that
- The Associated Press
Ferguson, ‘Black Male Crisis’ Documentary in the Works (Exclusive)
Berg, Parker and writer-director Matthew Cooke launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign on Wednesday — two days after the announcement of a grand jury failing to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting.
The campaign has already generated $3,125 or 12% of its $25,000 goal. Deadline for contributions is Jan. 5.
“In response to the growing problem of racial disparity due to the ongoing dehumanization of black men, actor and activist Nate Parker is setting out on a journey of investigation,” the campaign site said. “He will venture into black communities to speak to various stakeholders about the crisis facing these men. Through the examination of specific cases, Nate will create relevant and responsive discourse with the intention of mining strong »
- Dave McNary
Katy Perry, Here's a Super Bowl Halftime Performance Game Plan For You
Hey, Katy! Congrats, girl! We're so psyched that you're officially going to be performing at the Super Bowl. Not that we, like, doubted it for a second, but happy to see the confirmation today. Not sure you have service in the middle of Sydney Harbor, but we figured we'd send this on the off chance that you are checking emails. Doing the halftime show is a really, really big deal. So we took it upon ourselves to put together a little cheat sheet for you. Try to study the below in between stops on your Prismatic Tour. (Oh, and by the way, »
- Jocelyn Vena
Throwback Thursday: In the '80s, Flavor Flav Made the Clock His Signature Accessory
This story first appeared in a special Watches issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. While touring with Public Enemy in 1988, group co-founder Flavor Flav was stunned when he got onstage during a performance in New Jersey. "Everyone in the crowd was wearing a clock around their neck. They were doing it because of me," says the performer, now 55, in a phone interview. He went on to make the look his signature, wearing clocks over the years decorated with everything from a red swirl to the Eiffel Tower to the Knicks logo. Read more Flavor Flav Claims He Spent Nearly
- Ariel Adams
'Unbroken': Last Oscars mystery will soon be solved
On Sunday and Monday, media pundits will see the last of the major Oscar contenders – "Unbroken" – and we will finally have a good sense of the race. Currently, the 26 Oscarologists at Gold Derby are thus split on what will win Best Picture: 14 for "Boyhood," 7 for "Unbroken," 3 for "Selma" and 2 for "Birdman." -Break- "Unbroken" could soon jump ahead based upon its pedigree, which makes it look like the ultimate made-for-Oscars movie. Like "12 Years a Slave" and "A Beautiful Mind," it tells the real-life story of someone who triumphs over extreme adversity – in this case, World War II hero Louie Zamperini, a former Olympic track star who survives a plane crash, gets lost at sea and then endures two and a half years locked up in Japanese Pow camps. The fact that it's directed by past Oscar champ Angelina Jolie ("Girl, Interrupted") g...' »
Chris Pratt Shares a Cute Family Photo as Anna Faris Hilariously Live-Tweets Thanksgiving
Um, can we spend Thanksgiving with Chris Pratt and Anna Faris next year?! Hollywood's cutest couple celebrated the holiday in the Aloha State, and Guardians of the Galaxy's Chris uploaded a video to Facebook Thursday. "I shot the most amazing video today! Just crazy!!!! No joke!! Hawaii has always been so wonderful to me," he wrote. "#HappyThanksgiving #SoMuchToBeThankfulFor #NotThatLizardThough #ExceptHesFamousNow #ButStillDamn #EgretLife #RainbowToo!!!!" If you listen closely, you can hear the actor's 2-year-old son, Jack Pratt, repeating the word "no" in the background. Too cute! Anna, meanwhile, hilariously live-tweeted her conversations with family. The Mom star »
Derek Hough, Julianne Hough and Maria Menounos Compete in Annual Thanksgiving #DanceWars!
It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without #DanceWars! As promised, Dancing With the Stars' Derek Hough and Julianne Hough kicked off their annual challenge Thursday night. Joined by friends and family, the siblings—who wore festive turkey hats—performed a choreographed dance routine to Sheppard's "Geronimo." Derek posted the first video to his Instagram account and wrote, "#thanksgivingdancewars has begun!!! What really happens during family prayer." The second video, which Derek and Julianne both published, featured crazy camera work! "Welcome to the home of #thanksgivingdancewars #dancebattle. Turkey Man Says Bring It!!!" the Houghs wrote. Maria Menounos responded »
Shia Labeouf Says He Was Raped at #Iamsorry Installation, Sits in Silence for Hour-Long Interview
Earlier this year, Shia Labeouf sat in silence and invited people to do pretty much anything they wanted during his #Iamsorry installation. The actor told Ellen DeGeneres in October that he was surprised by how empathetic visitors were with him. "They stopped looking at me as like an object they started looking at me as like a human and they were very loving," the Fury star recalled. "It was really human." Labeouf's installation lasted five days in California. In a recent email interview with Dazed and Confused, however, Labeouf revealed that not everyone treated him with respect. In fact, he claimed that one woman took advantage of him in mid-February. "One woman who came with »
Where to Watch Six Classic Thanksgiving TV Shows (and One Movie)
Did you miss out on Thanksgiving-themed TV this year because you were busy, you know, celebrating Thanksgiving (i.e., spending time with family members, eating turkey and/or watching football)? Or do you just want to keep celebrating with small-screen feasts? Either way, you can create your own Thanksgiving marathon with holiday-themed TV episodes available for streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu or for renting or purchase on iTunes or Amazon Instant Video. See more Thanksgiving TV: 17 of the Tube's Best Turkey Day Celebrations Take a look at six of The Hollywood Reporter's picks for Thanksgiving
- Hilary Lewis
Eliza Coupe Engaged to Darin Olien
Giving Thanks. @darin_olien A photo posted by Eliza Coupe (@theelizacoupe) on Nov 11, 2014 at 4:22pm Pst Thanksgiving is ending on a happy note for Eliza Coupe. The Benched star, 33, is engaged to Darin Olien, founder of lifestyle brand SuperLife, she announced Thursday via Instagram. "Giving thanks," the actress captioned the photo, a black and white shot of the couple that showed off her ring. This will be the second marriage for Coupe, who was previously married to Randall Whittinghill. The couple split in 2013, just months after her cult hit sitcom Happy Endings was canceled. "I used every bit of my personal life, »
- Sarah Michaud
Eliza Coupe Engaged to Darin Olien
Giving Thanks. @darin_olien A photo posted by Eliza Coupe (@theelizacoupe) on Nov 11, 2014 at 4:22pm Pst Thanksgiving is ending on a happy note for Eliza Coupe. The Benched star, 33, is engaged to Darin Olien, founder of lifestyle brand SuperLife, she announced Thursday via Instagram. "Giving thanks," the actress captioned the photo, a black and white shot of the couple that showed off her ring. This will be the second marriage for Coupe, who was previously married to Randall Whittinghill. The couple split in 2013, just months after cult hit sitcom Happy Endings was canceled. "I used every bit of my personal life, »
- Sarah Michaud
Jeff Robinov's Studio 8 to Remake Hong Kong Surveillance Thriller 'Overheard'
Hong Kong surveillance thriller Overheard is to get an English-language remake according to Chinese production company Bona Film Group, which will cooperate with Jeff Robinov's Studio 8 on the remake. The film is part of Studio 8's debut slate of releases. Robinov was Warner Bros. chief when the studio remade Infernal Affairs as The Departed, while Bona's chief operating officer Jeffrey Chan, who confirmed the two companies were working on the project, was with Media Asia when the original Overheard was made. Written and directed by Alan Mak and Felix Chong, two of the three writers behind the international hit Infernal
- Abid Rahman
Eliza Coupe Is Engaged to Darin Olien!
If there were ever a time to count her blessings, today would be the day! Eliza Coupe, star of the freshman USA comedy Benched, got engaged to Darin Olien on Thanksgiving. She shared an Instagram photo of her ring-less hand early Thursday morning, writing, "I am thankful to have found someone with bigger hands than my mammoth man mitts. It's a rare thing. I love you @darin_olien #thanksgiving." Hours later, she flashed her diamond engagement ring in a beautiful black and white photo. "Giving Thanks @darin_olien," Coupe wrote on Instagram. So cute! This will be the second marriage for Coupe, who also played Jane Kerkovich-Williams on ABC's Happy Endings. The star was married to acting »
Widower Says Brittany Maynard 'Gave Her Husband a Gift' with Decision to End Her Life
Six years ago, John La Grange watched as Linda, his beloved wife of 38 years, succumbed to a slow, painful death from ovarian cancer at the age of 60. He's never forgotten her agony, or his anguish over not being able to do anything about it. So when La Grange, 66, of Solana Beach, California, was listening to the radio in his car several weeks ago and the topic of Brittany Maynard was brought up on a call-in show, it stopped him in his tracks. Maynard, a 29-year-old woman who was terminally ill with brain cancer, captured the world's attention earlier this fall »
- Caitlin Keating, @caitkeating
Argentina’s Villegas, Cepa, Set ‘Villa Gesell’
Mar Del Plata, Argentina — Argentine director Juan Villegas, helmer of three features — “Saturday,” “Los suicidas” and “Idleness” — and producer of films by Celine Murga, including the Martin Scorsese exec produced “The Third Side of the River,” will return behind the cameras for “Villa Gesell.”
Esteban Lamothe, a rising star of Argentine cinema since he broke through with Santiago Mitre’s “The Student,” will topline with Griselda Siciliani, a theater and TV actress who played the Elvis impersonator’s estranged wife in Armando Bo’s Sundance hit “The Last Elvis.”
Set in the seaside resort of Villa Gesell, some 60 miles down Argentina’s Atlantic coast from Mar del Plata, Villegas’ fourth feature is set up as a co-production between Tresmilmundos Cine, the label he owns with Murga, and Cepa Audiovisual. Also based out of Buenos Aires, and headed by Andres Longares and Felicitas Raffo, Cepa has risen to prominence as a producer on “7th Floor, »
- John Hopewell
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