Year-End: Top International Box Office Draws Of 2013 – Robert Downey Jr And Dwayne Johnson Battle For Supremecy
Which superstar outdrew their peers to top the international box office in 2013? The answer might surprise you. Here are the Top 10 Hollywood heavyweights of this year’s global live-action hits whose star power played a significant role in international returns (Sandra Bullock just missed making the cut). Click on a photo to launch the slideshow countdown:
*Based on current estimates
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‘Wolf Of Wall Street’s Leonardo DiCaprio On Creating Fact-Based Black Comedy Without Glorifying Crooks
When I emerged from watching The Wolf Of Wall Street, I came away thinking the movie had done for stock brokers what Marathon Man did for dentists. The Martin Scorsese-directed film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as hedonistic drug-addicted stockbroker conman Jordan Belfort, who with dimwitted cohorts plunders his way to such decadence and immorality it’s a wonder he survived long enough to be arrested and sent to prison. The three hours of darkly comic debauchery has in some… Read
Luke Grimes Exits HBO’s ‘True Blood’; Role Will Be Recast
Brooding vampire James will be back on True Blood next season, but the actor who plays him, Luke Grimes, won’t. The role will be recast. Ever since production on Fifty Shades Of Grey was pushed by a month to December 2, there had been concern whether Grimes — who was cast as Christian Grey’s brother Eliott in the movie — would be able to do True Blood, which starts production on its seventh and final season in January. True Blood showrunner Brian Buckner had big plans… Read
Christmas Box Office Update: Last Weekend Of 2013 Up 8.1% On More Movies In Marketplace, ‘Hobbit,’ ‘Frozen,’ Together Take 34% Out Of Weekend, ‘Anchorman 2,’ ‘Hustle,’ ‘Wolf’ Follow
CHRISTMAS DAY OPENERS: The Wolf Of Wall Street (Paramount, wide) sliding down to No. 5 in 3-day, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (Fox, wide), 47 Ronin (Universal, wide) bomb, Grudge Match (Warner Bros, wide), Justin Bieber's Believe (Open Road, moderate), The Invisible Woman (Sony Pictures Classics, ltd), Lone Survivor (Universal, 2 runs), August: Osage County (The Weinstein Co, ltd on Friday) $35,000 per screen wknd.
UPDATE: MONDAY, 2:42 PM: Year-to-date industry box offi… Read
Year-End: Biggest TV Controversies Of 2013
The year 2013 was so jam-packed with TV controversies that, after Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson this month left A&E looking more or less like the spot marked with chalk where the accident had occurred, exhausted Reporters Who Cover Television slumped over in a surfeited sort of coma.
Here’s a look at some of the bigger… Read
Did Visit To Vatican Cost ‘GMA’ A News Demo Win For Week Of December 16?
Today finished first among 25- to 54-year-olds for the week – its first demo win in nearly six months. The NBC morning infotainment show edged out ABC’s Good Morning America by 18,000 viewers in the age bracket, while also snagging its closest total-viewer position relative to front-runner GMA in nearly a year.
Related: Bryant Gumbel And Jane Pauley To Reunite On 'Today'
Today actually outstripped GMA in the news demo on every morning of the week except Friday, when GMA… Read
Year-End Late-Night TV: ‘Tonight’s Move To NY May Give NBC More Clout With Talent, But Digital May Make Booking War Obsolete
The year 2013 will go down as a big one for late-night TV, and not because Saturday Night Live was shamed into hiring a black woman for its cast – though that was pretty big. Decades from now, in Theory and Practice of Post-11 PM Programming classes at USC and NYU, aspiring network execs will study 2013 as the year NBC decided to move The Tonight Show back to New York. After months of speculation, a slew of news stories, a handful of NBC denials, a ton of late-night… Read
Tim Tebow Finds Work As ESPN Analyst
It’s been an interesting few years for Tim Tebow: two college football championships, a Heisman Trophy, a first-round pick in the NFL Draft, an unlikely winning streak as a starting quarterback, a surprise overtime playoff victory, a trade, a release, backing up Tom Brady, another release and, ultimately, unemployment. Now he has found a home in the broadcast booth. ESPN said today that the 26-year-old has inked a multiyear deal as an analyst for its new SEC Network… Read
MPTF And Healthcare Workers Union Agree To 3-Year Contract
Members of Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare West voted on Friday to ratify a three-year agreement with the Motion Picture and Television Fund, ending a year-long dispute at the MPTF’s Wasserman Campus and other facilities. 80% of union members voted to approve the deal, which includes 1% annual pay increases and bonuses for some 500 staff members at the facilities, SEIU-UHW spokesman Sean Wherley said today. The agreement also addresses the issue of… Read
NY Radio Veteran Philip V. Pilato Set For WGA East’s Richard B. Jablow Award
The WGA East said today that Philip V. Pilato, an editor and service aide at WINS-AM New York, will receive its Richard B. Jablow Award. The honor for dedicated and enthusiastic service to the guild will be presented February 1 during the 66th annual Writers Guild Awards New York.
‘Frozen’s’ Arctic Box Office Blast: Disney’s Animated Family Film Crosses $500M Worldwide
Frozen, the Walt Disney Animation Studios release that set the record for the largest Thanksgiving debut in history with $93.6 (five-day) is crossing the $500M worldwide box office mark today. This is the fourth release from the studio to pass the $500 mark this year following Marvel’s Iron Man 3, Disney-Pixar's Monsters University, and Marvel's Thor: The Dark World. Both Frozen and The Dark World are still playing domestically and internationally. The Thor sequel has… Read
Will ‘American Hustle’ Continue David O. Russell’s Hot Streak At The Oscars? (Video)
EXCLUSIVE: If ever there was a director who is on a roll there can be no doubt it is David O. Russell whose hot streak started in 2010 with The Fighter, continued last year with Silver Linings Playbook and now has gained more steam with the current American Hustle which won the New York Film Critics Circle award for Best Picture and has been nominated for two SAG awards including Best Cast, 7 Golden Globes and 13 Critics Choice Movie Awards. Russell is up for Best… Read