‘Foxcatcher,’ ‘Theory Of Everything’ Expand Strongly; Newcomers Solid
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
‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings On Par In Households, Slip In Demo With Host Cameron Diaz
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
‘Mockingjay’ Soars In $152M Debut + More International Box Office: Update
UPDATE, 10:26 AM PT: Although we are still waiting on numbers from a couple of studios - including Warner Bros with Interstellar - Mockingjay will be the weekend winner internationally after spreading its wings to take in $152M in 85 markets. I'll update again with Interstellar numbers, but for now, see below the original Mockingjay post for figures from most of the other studios, including the continued run of Penguins Of Madagascar in China.
PREVIOUS, 9:06 AM PT… Read
‘Jurassic World’: The Park Is Open In Hot Teaser To Trailer
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
Ex-NBC ‘Fixer’ Says He Funneled Money, More To Cosby Women: Report
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
‘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 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
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 of the night to say she had battled chronic pain and applauded Aniston's turn… 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