‘Jurassic World’: The Park Is Open In Hot UK Teaser
The official trailer for Jurassic World drops next Thursday*, but Universal is teasing the Thanksgiving treat with a 15-second preview.
Directed by Colin Trevorrow from a screenplay he penned with Derek Connolly, there's been much kept under wraps about the new film's plot. But we do know that it involves a theme park, and, natch, dinosaurs (some of them genetically modified).
The last new Jurassic Park movie was in 2001, although Universal in 2013 released Jurassic Park 3… Read
Ex-NBC ‘Fixer’ Says He Funneled Money, More To Cosby Women: Report
A 90-year-old former NBC employee, Frank Scotti, says he arranged meetings, cash payments, apartments and more with a string of models and other women on behalf of Bill Cosby during The Cosby Show run on the network between 1984 to 1992.
Scotti, now retired and living in New Jersey, had been a facilities manager for the NBC studio in Brooklyn where The Cosby Show was filmed. He spoke with the New York Daily News, and provided copies of money orders totaling thousands of… Read
‘Mockingjay’ Overtakes ‘Catching Fire’ In $152M Overseas Debut: Int’l Box Office
International estimates are rolling in from the studios today with Lionsgate roaring over Mockingjay's $152M overseas weekend. That number beats 2013's Catching Fire by 4%, on a dollar basis. Domestically, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I earned an estimated $123M, giving the first finale installment a worldwide cume of $275M after five days in release. The Francis Lawrence-helmed actioner started its offshore career in nine markets on Wednesday, expanding to 85 over… Read
‘Hunger Games’ Sunday Box Office: ‘Mockingjay’ Nests Atop Charts
While it didn't quite catch fire, Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part I had enough of an appetite to win the weekend box office and provide an anemic year with its biggest debut yet of $124m+, though the pic may have left some scraps on the table.
By almost any measure, the penultimate installment of the Y.A. Juggernaut was a solid victor in the derby; the Jennifer Lawrence behemoth claimed the year's biggest opening by more than 20% over its closest rival, Transformers 4… Read
Black ‘Annie’ Spoof On ‘SNL’ Stirs Its Own Hard Knocks
Lorne Michaels' writers' room handed veteran Saturday Night Live host Cameron Diaz a mixed bag of gags for last night's gig, her fourth in the slot.
After a pointless opening monologue -- featuring stupid questions from cast members planted in the audience -- she scored a semi-solid B- with the inevitable riff on her upcoming Annie remake with the Daddy Warbucks of Jamie Foxx, here including a pretty funny, carrot-topped Leslie Jones as a not-so-Little Orphan Annie. Quvenz… Read
Michael Che To Bill Cosby – “Pull YOUR Pants Up:” ‘SNL’
Last night's Cameron Diaz-hosted edition of Saturday Night Live scored points off the ever-expanding tribulations of Bill Cosby in a Weekend Update blast from co-anchor Michael Che.
“Hey Bill Cosby, pull your damn pants up,” Che opened, before admitting, “I've always wanted to say that.”
It was a pointed reference to Cosby's frequent lecturing of African-American men on their responsibilities as husbands and fathers -- a harrumphing posture that's taken it on the chin… Read
‘Mockingjay’, Similar To Previous ‘Hunger Games’, Relaxes Saturday: Weekend B.O.
Sunday, 1:10AM: Similar to its first two installments, Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 eased Saturday from its opening day Friday. This time, however, the third title dipped 23%, a bit better than the 25% slide registered by both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. After a $55M Friday opening (including previews), Mockingjay's Saturday looks to croon an estimated $42.1M on its way to a low $120Ms weekend. Saturday sophomore slump is a typical phenomenon… Read
‘Into The Woods’ Sings Its Way Straight Into The Oscar Race
Dinsey unveiled another piece of the Oscar season puzzle Saturday night with an innovative bi-coastal screening of their big holiday release, the musical adaptation of Into The Woods, which screened simultaneously in New York City and at Disney Studios in Burbank (where I saw it).
Post-screening, a satellite-transmitted Q&A featured director Rob Marshall, screenwriter James Lapine and key cast members. Full disclosure: I have been in love with this Stephen Sondheim… Read
Jennifer Aniston’s ‘Cake’ Impresses Auds, Bateman: “I Never Knew You Could Do This”
During the Q&A following Thursday's American Cinematheque screening of the new Jennifer Aniston drama Cake, a woman in the audience exclaimed to the former Friends star, “I've been dealing with chronic pain for over several years and you nailed every mannerism, every emotion as well as the experience of living with it: People often think we're faking it, and we're not.” The woman was the second in the crowd who battled chronic pain, to applaud Aniston's turn as Claire… Read
Christopher Walken On Playing Captain Hook In ‘Peter Pan Live!’: “It’s Intimidating”
NBC has a making-of featurette for its upcoming December 4 musical Peter Pan Live! and for any Christopher Walken fan out there who gets giddy whenever the serious actor hams it up and breaks out in song, this one's for you. Talking about his role as Captain Hook, Walken says in his signature cadence, “I dance a little, I sing a little -- ya know, that's what I do,” adding that the notion of performing a musical on live network TV is “frankly, intimidating.” While… Read
‘Constantine’ Ratings Rise, ‘Last Man Standing’ Down, ‘Shark Tank’ Up, ‘Blue Bloods’ Even; ABC Wins Night In Demo
There were no Hollywood Film Awards or other disruptions to the Big 4 primetime schedule last night. Which meant everything clocked back into its regular Friday pattern with ABC (1.6/5) winning the night among adults 18-49 while CBS took the viewership top spot (9.19 million) on the final Friday of the November sweep.
The surprise of the night was actually over on NBC with sometimes flailing freshman Constantine (1.1/4). After taking a big dive last week on a night of… Read
Bill Cosby Defends Silence Amid Sex Scandal: “People Shouldn’t Answer To Innuendos”
Sex scandal or no sex scandal, Florida loves Bill Cosby. Despite snowballing allegations of rape that prompted Netflix to delay the comedian's Thanksgiving Day special and NBC to drop his family comedy pilot, the comedian received two standing ovations at the beginning and end of his Melbourne, Florida set as well as screams of encouragement from a packed house, CNN reports.
Addressing reports of the assertions by several women that they had been drugged and sexually… Read