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‘Mockingjay’, ‘Interstellar’ Fly High At International Box Office: Update

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4TH UPDATE, 6:46 PM PT: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I was the clear winner this weekend, targeting $152M in 85 markets and contributing largely to the $259.6M grossed across the Top 10 studio releases. That total — helped by Interstellar's $70M 3rd frame, the continued China run of Penguins Of Madagascar, and Fury's entry to that market — put this session up about $100M compared to last week's Top 10. When positioned against the same frame last year, the take was… Read

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Oscar Watch: From Aniston To Bening To Rowlands Best Actress Dark Horses Make Their Move In “Thin” Field

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While the Oscar race for Best Actor has heated up to a frenzy with, as previously reported here, at least 30 viable candidates and only five slots, most observers have labeled this year's Best Actress crop from weak to thin with not even enough sure things at this point to make a list of five. That's a bit of an overstatement as pundits generally agree there are at least three, possibly four near-certainties for nominations: Julianne Moore for the still-unreleased Still Al… Read

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Bart & Fleming: On ‘Birdman,’ Sony PR Tsuris, Mike Nichols And Bill Cosby

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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.  BART: Critics don't like to admit it, but the conditions under which you see a film strongly influence your opinion. Birdman is a good example: If you see a film like this with a pack of cinephiles like at Telluride, everyone gets every inside joke, and you instinctively go along… Read

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Lenora Crichlow & Spencer Grammer Join ‘Mr. Robinson’ On NBC

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A to Z's Lenora Crichlow and Spencer Grammer have been cast as regulars in Mr. Robinson, NBC's midseason comedy series starring The Office alum Craig Robinson as part of the creative revamp of the project under executive producers/showrunners Mark Cullen and Rob Cullen. Mr. Robinson stars Robinson as a journeyman musician who gets a job as a music teacher at a middle school. Crichlow, who just became available after wrapping NBC's just cancelled A to Z, will play Victoria… Read

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‘Foxcatcher,’ ‘Theory Of Everything’ Expand Strongly; Newcomers Solid

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Heavy-hitting holdovers Foxcatcher, The Theory Of Everything and Birdman were robust in expansion in the specialty release side of the box office this weekend. Meanwhile, a pair of limited-release newcomers, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night and doc Monk With A Camera - both Kino Lorber releases - bowed with solid numbers. A Girl, Ana Lily Amirpour's self-described “Iranian vampire Western” that debuted at Sundance, opened in two theaters in New York and L.A., grossing… Read

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings On Par In Households, Slip In Demo With Host Cameron Diaz

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Last night's Saturday Night Live with host Cameron Diaz and musical guests Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars drew a 4.1 household rating in the metered markets and a 2.0 among adults 18-49 in the markets with Local People Meters. That was even in households with last Saturday's show hosted by Woody Harrelson and down 13% in 18-49. The household number was solid - tied for the second-highest this season - but the demo delivery was on the soft… Read

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‘Jurassic World’: The Park Is Open In Hot Teaser To Trailer

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The official trailer for Jurassic World drops next Thursday at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT, 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… Read

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Ex-NBC ‘Fixer’ Says He Funneled Money, More To Cosby Women: Report

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Was NBC's 1980s regime aware of any inappropriate off-stage behavior by their biggest comedy star Bill Cosby? 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 Cosby during The Cosby Show run on the network between 1984 to 1992. This is the first time NBC has been implicated in the ongoing controversy that has included a number of women coming forward… Read

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‘Hunger Games’ Sunday Box Office: ‘Mockingjay’ Nests Atop Charts

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While it didn't quite catch fire, Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part I had enough of an appetite to eat up the weekend box office, providing an anemic year with its biggest debut yet at about $124m, though the pic may have left 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, last summer's Tra… Read

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Black ‘Annie’ Spoof On ‘SNL’ Stirs Its Own Hard Knocks

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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

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Michael Che To Bill Cosby – “Pull YOUR Pants Up:” ‘SNL’

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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

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