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'Hobbit' Finale Conquers Friday Box Office with $16.6 Million

17 hours ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies dominated the box office on Friday, while Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Annie essentially tied for second place.The final installment in the Hobbit trilogy added $16.58 million yesterday, which brings its three-day total to $51 million. It was up 67 percent from Thursday, which is a bigger jump than any of the Lord of the Rings movies had at the same point.For the three-day weekend, Battle of the Five Armies should earn at least $50 million. That would translate in to a five-day opening at $85-million-plus, which is a very solid result.Playing at 3,785 locations, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opened to an estimated $5.63 million on Friday. That's a fairly disappointing number for this big-budget threequel: in contrast, the first Night at the Museum earned $12.1 million on opening day back in December 2006. This opening puts Secret of »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Sony Hack: North Korea Denies Responsibility, Proposes Joint Investigation

18 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

North Korea has once again denied that it was behind the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures after the FBI announced on Friday that the country was “responsible” for the hack.

Instead, it’s offering to launch a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack, warning of “serious consequences” if the proposal is rejected, the Associated Press reports.

The message, which was carried by Pyongyang’s official state-run news service, comes on Saturday following President Barack Obama’s statement on Friday that the U.S. would retaliate for the attack, responding “in a place and manner and time that we choose.”

“The U.S. should bear in mind that it will face serious consequences in case it rejects our proposal for joint investigation and presses for what it called countermeasures while finding fault with (North Korea),” an unidentified North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

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- Maane Khatchatourian

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Dr. Evil Returns on ‘SNL’ to Talk Sony and North Korea

1 hour ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

SNL” veteran Mike Myers returned to the show on Saturday as Dr. Evil to mock North Korea’s cyber war with Sony Pictures.

The Austin Powers nemesis, appearing in the show’s opening sketch, ripped everyone from the hackers (“There’s already a Gop and they’re already an evil organization”) to Sony, who, according to Dr. Evil “hasn’t had a hit since the Walkman.”

He also poked fun of “The Interview.”

“Come on, Sony, you think it’s a joke to have James Franco assassinate Kim Jong-un,” he asked. “The man singlehandedly almost killed the Oscars.”

Or he said of his last movie, “If you really want to put a bomb in theaters, do what I did — put in The Love Guru.”


- Variety Staff

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Interview: Keith Nale talks 'Survivor: San Juan del Sur'

3 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Last night, I posted my interview with the "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" fifth place finisher, Baylor Wilson, who admitted that even though she voted for her mother at Final Tribal, she'd vote for Natalie now if she had the chance. One Jury member who voted for Natalie, but who was a question-mark in my early guesses, was Keith Nale, a 53-year-old firefighter from Louisiana. Keith, who became something of an Immunity machine post-Merge, protecting himself from several possible vote-outs, knew that Natalie had spared him at at least one Tribal, but he also arrived at Final Tribal with some frustration at the remaining Twinie, accusing her of lying to him. In the end, Keith explains that he just thought Natalie was more deserving than the other two finalists, which is a pretty legitimate reason to cast a vote, I suppose. A fan favorite for his "Awww shucks" approach to the game, »

- Daniel Fienberg

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'Saturday Night Live' Sets Kevin Hart to Host

3 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Kevin Hart is heading back to Saturday Night Live. The show announced during its latest episode that the comedic star will host Jan. 17, 2015. It will be the first new episode of the year. Read more Sony Postpones Kevin Hart 'Wedding Ringer' Press Junket Amid Hack This will mark the Ride Along star's second time hosting. He previously fronted a March 2013 episode, when Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were the musical guests. Hart, who recently defended himself after Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper referred to him as a "whore" in a leaked email, will host the show on the day

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Kim Jong Un Joins Weekend Update

4 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Saturday Night Live's cast quickly learned that Kim Jong Un just might be off-limits as a subject for parody. SNL castmember Bobby Moynihan appeared on the Dec. 20 episode's Weekend Update as the North Korean leader, who has been making headlines lately due to the Sony hacking scandal. Read more Mike Myers' Dr. Evil Mocks Sony Hack on 'SNL' Weekend Update co-host Colin Jost warned Moynihan during the segment that pretending to be Kim Jong Un might not be such a great idea, and sure enough, a number of red dots from sniper guns were promptly aiming at Moynihan's chest.  Moynihan quickly cut the bit short, and he wasn't

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Fox News Goes Dark on Dish in Carriage Standoff

4 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Two Fox channels have gone dark to Dish customers. The current deal between Dish and 21st Century Fox expired on Saturday at midnight, and contract negotiations between them have stalled. This means that Fox News and Fox Business are not currently available on the satellite TV provider. Read more CBS, Dish Reach Multiyear Deal, Settle AutoHop Litigation Fox News Channel executive vice president of distribution Tim Carry issued the following statement: "It is disappointing that, after nearly two decades without a blackout, Fox News Channel has been blocked by Dish Network. We care deeply about our viewers and hope that they will

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- THR Staff

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Fox News, Fox Business Removed From Dish In Carriage-Rights Spat

5 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network are not currently available on satellite-broadcaster Dish Network, the result of an impasse in carriage talks between the two companies.

Dish said in a statement early Sunday morning that 21st Century Fox had blocked access to the two networks after Dish balked when rates for other networks owned by the media conglomerate were made a part of the negotiations. Tim Carry, executive vice president of distribution at Fox News Channel, countered in a statement that  “Dish prematurely ceased distribution of Fox News in an attempt to intimidate and sway our negotiations.  It is unfortunate that the millions of Fox News viewers on Dish were used as pawns by their provider.  Hopefully they will vote with their hard earned money and seek another one of our other valued distributors immediately.”

Dish said it had offered a short-term contract extension that would have kept Fox News Channel »

- Brian Steinberg

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‘SNL’ Preempted by Dr. Evil Schooling Sony and North Korea (Video)

5 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” didn’t even get past its cold open before addressing the biggest news story in entertainment in years: The Sony Hack Attack, which led to “The Interview” being pulled from theaters.

Mike Myers returned to his old stomping grounds, reprising the role of “Austin Powers” villain Dr. Evil, who told Sony and North Korea to get ready because he’s going to “take you to school.”

Dr. Evil started in on the very premise of terrorism surrounding something as trivial as a movie. “It’s easy to kill a movie,” he said. “Just move it to January. »

- Jethro Nededog

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Mike Myers' Dr. Evil Mocks Sony Hack on 'SNL'

5 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Dr. Evil is worried that Sony Pictures and North Korea are giving evildoers a bad name.  Saturday Night Live alum Mike Myers made a surprise appearance as the character on the show this weekend, where he mocked the Sony hacking scandal.  Watch more 5 Best 'SNL' Sketches Mocking North Korea Dr. Evil claimed that the hackers should have had a loftier goal than just getting The Interview pulled from theaters. "It's easy to kill a movie — just move it to January," he said.  He also made fun of the hacking group Guardians of Peace for their poorly chosen name.

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Watch Darlene Love Perform "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" One Last Time for David Letterman

6 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

If there's one voice that sounds like Christmas, it has to be Darlene Love's. Nobody agrees with that statement more than David Letterman who has had the legendary singer perform on his late night show every year for almost three decades. On Friday evening's show, however, Love would sing "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" one last time. The reason? Letterman is set to retire in May 2015. Complete with fake snow, a full band and festive attire, Love went out big for her final performance. The tradition first began in 1986 when Letterman's program was on NBC and Love only had a small four-piece band. Between her powerful voice and memorable performances, the Rock and Roll »

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Amy Adams and One Direction

6 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I’ve covered every episode of “Saturday Night Live” for HitFix for the past five seasons, and I can’t think of a more sustained level of quality than what the show has achieved during its Fall run. We’ve had two great episodes (Martin Freeman, Cameron Diaz), one interesting misfire (Chris Rock), and then six other episodes that have all had much more positive qualities than negative ones. The current cast doesn’t have a true alpha star, but that’s worked in its favor, as the ensemble measures favorably against any in the show’s history. This season’s focus on sketches that work regardless of the current pop-culture landscape has yielded segments that provide laughs now and will stand the test of time. It hasn’t been perfect, but “perfection” isn’t the point of “SNL.” The point is to constantly innovate within its established, successful framework, »

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White House Private Party DJ Revealed: Surprise, It's President Obama

6 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Obamas open up about raising their daughters, the impact of stereotypes, and what's on the Potus dance party playlist. Subscribe now for instant access to the exclusive People interview.When it comes to impromptu dance parties in the private White House residence, President Barack Obama is the master mixer. According to him. The President and First Lady Michelle Obama were quick to recall, in a wide-ranging interview with People on Dec. 10, the last time the two of them danced. "Friday night. In the Yellow Oval," the president said, referring to the central living room in the White House's upstairs residential quarters. »

- Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, @sswestfall

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Lance Bass and Michael Turchin Are Officially Married—Find Out Which 'Nsync Member Performed at the Wedding!

7 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

E! and People can officially announce that Lance Bass and Michael Turchin are now married!  The happy couple exchanged vows at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, CA surrounded by family and friends including Joey FatoneChris Kirkpatrick and Jc Chasez. Jc took on an extremely special role, alongside Kristin Chenoweth, by singing for Lance and Michael's first dance as a married couple. The beautiful day was officiated by close friends, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and JoAnna Garcia Swisher, which Lance referred to as "the easiest call of the whole wedding."  The E! cameras were with the happy couple from »

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All the Details on Hailee Steinfeld's 18th Birthday Party With Austin Mahone, Fifth Harmony and More!

8 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Now this is how you throw an 18th birthday party! Hailee Steinfeld went all-out Friday night when she celebrated her latest milestone with her closest family and friends. Featuring appearances by Sarah Hyland, Debby Ryan, Odeya Rush, Bailee Madison, Austin Mahone and members of Fifth Harmony, the star-studded party presented by Juicy Couture Black Label and The Coveteur featured dancing, a photo booth and food from Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails in Los Angeles. "Well That Was Fun…" Steinfeld shared on Twitter with a variety of photos from the event. "…and I've also never had balloons spell out my name before."  Birthday aside, fans may be dying to know »

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‘Henry & Me’ Director on Yankee Cameos, Cutting Alex Rodriguez

8 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Among the 20 animated films that have qualified to be considered for an Academy Award nomination is the little film “Henry & Me,” a heartwarming story about a young Yankee fan battling a serious illness with the help of a magical friend that’s hoping to make it to the big leagues against some pretty heavy hitters.

The film has scored a voice acting Annie Award nomination for Cyndi Lauper, who has a small, but key role as a nurse. The animated pic boats a treasure trove of Yankees legends, bringing back to life such greats as Babe Ruth, Lefty Gomez, Mickey, Mantle, Thurman Munson and Yankee owner George Steinbrenner, as well as living legends like Yogi Berra (still malapropping strong at 89) and Reggie Jackson, along with current members of the team.

Director Barrett Esposito talked with Variety about the making of the film, the more than 30 charities that are benefiting from it and its production challenges, »

- Terry Flores

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Laverne Cox Understandably Freaks Out After Receiving Beyoncé's Christmas Card in the Mail!

9 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Attention family and friends of Laverne Cox: Your Christmas gift likely isn't going to be as good as this one! Less than a week before the special holiday arrives, the Orange Is the New Black star got an unexpected treat in her mailbox. Turns out she was on the list to receive Beyoncé's annual Christmas card! "So when I opened this holiday card a few days ago and read Love @Beyonce I literally fell to the floor," she wrote on Instagram. "I was on the floor of my apartment. I have witnesses." Oh we totally believe her. Why? Because we obviously would have done the exact same thing! While the entire card remains a secret, Cox admitted to receiving a sweatshirt »

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Stephen Collins Tells Katie Couric He Was Sexually Harassed When He Was Young

9 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

After publicly confessing to sexually abusing children earlier this week, former 7th Heaven star Stephen Collins sat down with Katie Couric on 20/20 and told her that he had been sexually harassed by an older woman when he was an adolescent. Collins said that the woman had exposed herself to him "quite a few times" when he was between the ages of 10 and 15. "I think that that distorted my reception in such a way," Collins said. "It was a very intense experience, but I think somewhere in my brain, I got the equation of well, this isn't so terrible." He says he doesn't blame her for his behavior though. "It's not why I did it. I'm not blaming her," he said. "That's an aspect that went into my own distorted thinking as a young man." »

- E. Alex Jung

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Madonna Releases 6 New Songs From Upcoming Album ‘Rebel Heart’ in Response to Leak

9 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Christmas has come early for Madonna fans, who chose to released six new songs after early mixes of 13 tracks found their way online.

The hot songs are off Madonna‘s upcoming 13th album, “Rebel Heart,” which isn’t due until March. When the 13 unfinished songs hit the Web, Madonna moved swiftly and decisively to make six official tracks available on iTunes and other digital retailers.

Another batch of tracks will be made available on Feb. 9 before the album’s official release one month later via Interscope Records.

“I was hoping to release my new single ‘Living for Love’ on Valentine »

- Jeff Sneider

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