‘American Sniper’ Breaks Super Bowl Weekend Record With $31.85M – Sunday Box Office Final
FINAL UPDATE, SUNDAY 9:45 AM (after 8 AM update): “I wish there was a universe where American Sniper wasn’t in it!” one distribution exec cried this morning after their movie came up short this weekend. “I actually like this universe we’re living in!” beamed Warner Bros’ distribution EVP Jeff Goldstein over the third wide weekend of impressive results for Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper.
The Village Roadshow co-production made a box office touchdown as the… Read
‘SpongeBob’ In Splashy Debut; Russia Opens ‘Almanac': International Box Office
HIGHLIGHTS: The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water (PAR) makes waves with $8M five-territory bow; Project Almanac (PAR) earns $1.9M in 10; Big Hero 6 (DIS) strong in UK debut; Theory Of Everything (UNI) crosses $50M; MORE…
International grosses are rolling in from the studios with Paramount's latest SpongeBob Movie and the Michael Bay-produced Project Almanac among the widest new Hollywood entries. In holdovers so far, Disney is continuing its big run with Big Hero 6… Read
Geraldine McEwan Dies At 82: ITV’s Miss Marple, UK Stage Luminary
The actress, a staple of UK modern and classic repertory who became synonymous with the Agatha Christie heroine, died January 30 in the aftermath of a stroke suffered in October, her family said in a release to the press. In addition to Miss Marple, whom she played from 2004 through 2009, she won a 1991 BAFTA TV award for best actress for her role in Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit. She was Emmeline “Lucia” Lucas in Mapp And Lucia, a TV series adapted from E.F. Benson’s… Read
Al-Jazeera Journalist Peter Greste Released By Egypt, Deported Out Of The Country
Australian journalist Peter Greste, the Al Jazeera English reporter jailed in Egypt on charges of spreading false news, has been released from prison and deported out of the country, according to state media sources.
Greste, a former BBC reporter and Peabody Award winner, along with fellow Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, spent more than a year in jail following their arrest in December 2013 on what many believe were politically motivated… Read
‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Slip With Host J.K. Simmons
Saturday Night Live, with host J.K. Simmons and musical guest D'Angelo and The Vanguard, averaged a 4.3 household rating in the metered markets and a 2.1 in adults 18-49 in the markets with Local People Meters. That was down -9% in households and -5% in the demo from last week’s show with host and musical guest Blake… Read
Netflix Picks Up Rashida Jones-Produced Docu ‘Hot Girls Wanted’ – Sundance
EXCLUSIVE: They had the opening-night documentary at this year's Sundance Film Festival with What Happened, Miss Simone? and now Netflix has added another unflinching nonfiction feature for their subscribers. Just as things come to an end this weekend in Park City, I’ve learned that Netflix has acquired the documentary Hot Girls Wanted.
Produced by Rashida Jones, the U.S. Documentary Competition pic attempts to pull back the covers on the amateur porn industry and its… Read
‘SNL': Richard Sherman, NFL Anti-Violence PSA & Anti-Women Ads Get Super Bowl Barbs
NBC’s Saturday Night Live was very good to NBC’s Sunday Night Live, AKA the Super Bowl telecast, tossing barbs of varying pointedness at the big game. The best bit was the shortest, from Weekend Update co-anchor Colin Jost, who noted that the NFL’s powerful anti-domestic violence PSA was slated to run on the one night of the year no NFL players would see it.
In other Super Bowl faux-news, the cold open featured Kenan Thompson, Jay Pharaoh and Taran Killam mimicking zip-lip… Read
‘SNL': Kate McKinnon Plays Reluctant Ilsa To J.K. Simmons’ Bogey In “Play It Again” Slam
The take-down of Casablanca featured host J.K. Simmons’ Bogart looking as though someone had stuffed cotton under his upper lip (which they probably had) and Kate McKinnon’s Ingrid Bergman as a transformed… Read
‘Whiplash’ Star J.K. Simmons Gets “Beat” By Surprise Guest on ‘SNL’
The Saturday Night Live host played off his Oscar-nominated Whiplash character last night, trashing several wannabe drummers during his opening monologue until a surprise guest came on and blew the roof off the joint.
ADG Awards: ‘Birdman’, ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’, & ‘Guardians’ Take Top Film Prizes – ‘Game Of Thrones’, ‘True Detective Among TV Winners
Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Guardians Of The Galaxy took the top film honors tonight at the Art Directors Guild’s 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Birdman took the Contemporary Film prize, The Grand Budapest Hotel won for Period Film and Guardians Of The Galaxy took the Fantasy Film trophy.
Christopher Nolan paid tribute to the artists he's worked with, in particular his longtime art director Nathan Crowley, in… Read
‘The Imitation Game’ Wins USC Scripter Award For Adapted Screenplay
Screenwriter Graham Moore and author Andrew Hodges have won the 27th annual USC Libraries Scripter Award for The Imitation Game, based on Hodges' book Alan Turing: The Enigma. The winners were announced tonight at a black-tie gala at the Edward L. Doheny Memorial Library on the USC campus.
The Scripter Award honors the writers of adapted screenplays and the authors of material on which their films are based. It has been a fairly reliable bellwether of the Oscars, with the… Read
ADG Awards Live Blog
The Art Directors Guild’s 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards is now in the history books with Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Guardians Of The Galaxy winning the top film prizes. HBO’s Game Of Thrones, True Detective, and Silicon Valley, and FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show cleaned up on the TV side. Here’s how it all went down.