Grace Lee Whitney Dies; Janice Rand Of ‘Star Trek’ Was 85
Grace Lee Whitney, known to legions of Star Trek fans as Yeoman Janice Rand, died Friday in her Coarsegold, California home at 85, her son announced today.
It was through Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future that she would make her mark on popular culture. A mainstay of the Trekverse from the beginning, Whitney first appeared as Captain Kirk’s personal assistant during the first season of the original Star Trek. Appearing only in eight of the first thirteen episodes… Read
Nigel Terry Dies; ‘Excalibur’ Actor Was 69
Actor Nigel Terry, best known for playing King Arthur in Excalibur, has died from emphysema. He was 69.
Born Peter Nigel Terry in Bristol, England on August 15, 1945, Terry trained as a stage actor with repertory companies including the Oxford Meadow Players and Bristol Old Vic. He then embarked on a prolific stage career with many appearances in productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Round House Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre. His film career was less… Read
‘Last Man On Earth’ Finale: EPs Phil Lord & Christopher Miller Tease “Awesome” Season 2 & Post-Apocalyptic Fun
SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight's Last Man On Earth Season 1 finale.
Except in very deft hands, the end of the world and comedy don't really go together. Let's be honest, with a few exceptions, the jokes just doesn't have much staying power as the harsh realities sink in. Luckily for FOX, the nimble Christopher Miller and Phil Lord have proved they have exactly the skills to pull off melding the two divergent genres with the Will Forte series The Last… Read
Another ‘Suicide Squad’ Photo Shows Will Smith’s Deadshot In Battle Mode
UPDATE, 6:22 PM: Well, David Ayer didn’t wait long to give the world another look at the upcoming Suicide Squad today. After posting an almost full cast in costume pic earlier Sunday, the director of the Warner Bros supervillians movie has now put up a solo shot of Will Smith as Deadshot – and yes, that is Will under that mask mirroring the one the antihero assaisin wears in comicland
Deadshot #SuicideSquad pic.twitter.com/HEF0jFeMsO
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) May… Read
Disney Crosses $1B At International Box Office; Propelled By ‘Ultron’, ‘Cinderella’
With Avengers: Age Of Ultron now at $439M overseas, Disney is sitting comfortably above the $1B international box office mark for 2015. The milestone was actually achieved on Thursday when the studio quiety passed $1B in the second shortest amount of time in its history. With weekend estimates tallied, the studio’s offshore cume is $1.171B as of today. Last year, the Mouse cruised over the $1B threshold on April 20 — a record for speed.
Ultron and Cinderella, whose overse… Read
#MayPac A Goldmine For HBO/Showtime, But Pirate Feeds Made Out Like Bandits
Yes, the Mayweather-Pacquiao championship fight was a huge cash cow for HBO and Showtime, bringing in a positively mind-blowing $400+ million in pay-per-view revenues last night. That’s potentially the largest haul ever for PPV, and even if the fight ultimately turned out to be something of a snoozer, it’s vindication for the networks’ massive promotion.
But that impressive success may still have come at a steep price, as cable companies turned out to be somewhat – to put… Read
Bart & Fleming Returns Next Sunday
Peter Bart has just gotten back from assignment. Column will resume next Sunday.
‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Slip In Return With Host Scarlett Johansson
Saturday Night Live‘s ratings are often rusty coming back from hiatus. Last night, SNL also had to compete with the hoopla surrounding the big boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao and the opening of the second Avengers movie. The SNL show hosted by Avengers co-star Scarlett Johansson with musical guest Wiz Khalifa drew a 3.4 household rating in the Nielsen 56 metered markets and a 1.6 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters. That was… Read
‘Far From The Madding Crowd,’ ‘Welcome To Me’ Vigorous At Specialty Box Office
New special titles this weekend seduced moviegoers beyond the hoards heading en masse to Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Alchemy had a surprisingly robust start with Kristen Wiig starrer Welcome To Me, which has the highest per theater average among limited releases while Fox Searchlight’s debut Far From The Madding Crowd was on its heels with a very solid launch. Oscilloscope’s Québécois drama Félix And Meira showed some legs, expanding in its third frame, while RADiUS’ Adult Be… Read
‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Flies To 2nd Highest Bow Of All-Time With $187.7M- Final Sunday Update
Final Sunday Update after 8:28 AM post: If you think about it for a minute, The Avengers really did beat Ultron — at the box office, that is. Walt Disney Pictures is calling the opening weekend for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron at $187.7M this morning, making it the second-highest opening weekend of all-time at the domestic B.O., behind 2012’s Avengers $207.4M.
Even more awesome: Disney Marvel films own the top three openings at the all-time domestic box office with Ave… Read
Scarjo’s Black Widow Falls For Ultron In Marvelous Parody: ‘SNL’
In a generally weak SNL outing, the expected plug for host Scarlett Johansson’s latest romp as Black Widow in Avengers: Age Of Ultron was delivered in the evening’s best video spoof, a promo for 2016’s Black Widow: Age Of Me. The upcoming film from Marvel will answer the question, “Does Marvel not know how to make a girl superhero movie? Chill.” This movie comes “from Marvel Studios — and the writers of 27 Dresses. Black Widow’s intern at “Fashion Week” magazine meets… Read
‘Pirated’ Pacquiao-Mayweather Bout Opens ‘SNL’ Return
Hat-tipping anticipated competition from the championship fight, Saturday Night Live returned after a brief hiatus and cold-opened with a screen-roll touting a “pirated” feed of the championship boxing match (featuring Jay Pharaoh and Aidy Bryant) — until everyone left to “watch” the real thing. Sports figured later in the broadcast as well, with Kenan Thompson and Colin Jost letting the malaprops tumble in awkward as he commented on a Chicago White Sox-versus-Baltimore Or… Read