Review Category : Entertainment

Newest “Hunger Games” Film Dominates Box Office

Lionsgate(NEW YORK) — The odds were ever in favor of Katniss Everdeen this weekend, as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opened atop the box office, dominating the weekend while bringing in over $100 million.

While the third film in the series didn’t quite match the opening weekend success of the first two, it did shoot straight to the top. Grossing $123 million, it topped second place Big Hero 6 by over $100 million.

Last week’s box office winner, Dumb and Dumber To, fell to fourth, while Big Hero 6 and Interstellar each remained in the same spots as last week — second and third, respectively.

Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to boxofficemojo.com:

1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1: $123 million
2. Big Hero 6: $20.086 million
3. Interstellar: $15.1 million
4. Dumb and Dumber To: $13.82 million
5. Gone Girl: $2.815 million
6. Beyond the Lights: $2.63 million
7. St. Vincent: $2.354 million
8. Fury (2014): $1.9 million
9. Birdman: $1.855 million
10. The Theory of Everything: $1.5 million

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Newest “Hunger Games” Film Dominates Box Office

Lionsgate(NEW YORK) — The odds were ever in favor of Katniss Everdeen this weekend, as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opened atop the box office, dominating the weekend while bringing in over $100 million.

While the third film in the series didn’t quite match the opening weekend success of the first two, it did shoot straight to the top. Grossing $123 million, it topped second place Big Hero 6 by over $100 million.

Last week’s box office winner, Dumb and Dumber To, fell to fourth, while Big Hero 6 and Interstellar each remained in the same spots as last week — second and third, respectively.

Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to boxofficemojo.com:

1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1: $123 million
2. Big Hero 6: $20.086 million
3. Interstellar: $15.1 million
4. Dumb and Dumber To: $13.82 million
5. Gone Girl: $2.815 million
6. Beyond the Lights: $2.63 million
7. St. Vincent: $2.354 million
8. Fury (2014): $1.9 million
9. Birdman: $1.855 million
10. The Theory of Everything: $1.5 million

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Newest “Hunger Games” Film Dominates Box Office

Lionsgate(NEW YORK) — The odds were ever in favor of Katniss Everdeen this weekend, as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opened atop the box office, dominating the weekend while bringing in over $100 million.

While the third film in the series didn’t quite match the opening weekend success of the first two, it did shoot straight to the top. Grossing $123 million, it topped second place Big Hero 6 by over $100 million.

Last week’s box office winner, Dumb and Dumber To, fell to fourth, while Big Hero 6 and Interstellar each remained in the same spots as last week — second and third, respectively.

Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to boxofficemojo.com:

1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1: $123 million
2. Big Hero 6: $20.086 million
3. Interstellar: $15.1 million
4. Dumb and Dumber To: $13.82 million
5. Gone Girl: $2.815 million
6. Beyond the Lights: $2.63 million
7. St. Vincent: $2.354 million
8. Fury (2014): $1.9 million
9. Birdman: $1.855 million
10. The Theory of Everything: $1.5 million

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“Lord of the Rings” Actor Sings Farewell to Series

Photo by Phillip Chin/WireImage(NEW YORK) — A new video is causing an emotional reaction among Lord of the Rings fans, and it’s not a new trailer for the upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Billy Boyd, who plays Pippin in the series and fronts the band Beecake, collaborated with director Peter Jackson to write “The Last Goodbye” and Entertainment Weekly released the music video this week. The song will play over the credits when The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens next month.

The video of the ballad offers plenty of goosebumps, including classic scenes and behind-the-scenes footage of major characters.

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“Lord of the Rings” Actor Sings Farewell to Series

Photo by Phillip Chin/WireImage(NEW YORK) — A new video is causing an emotional reaction among Lord of the Rings fans, and it’s not a new trailer for the upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Billy Boyd, who plays Pippin in the series and fronts the band Beecake, collaborated with director Peter Jackson to write “The Last Goodbye” and Entertainment Weekly released the music video this week. The song will play over the credits when The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens next month.

The video of the ballad offers plenty of goosebumps, including classic scenes and behind-the-scenes footage of major characters.

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“Lord of the Rings” Actor Sings Farewell to Series

Photo by Phillip Chin/WireImage(NEW YORK) — A new video is causing an emotional reaction among Lord of the Rings fans, and it’s not a new trailer for the upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Billy Boyd, who plays Pippin in the series and fronts the band Beecake, collaborated with director Peter Jackson to write “The Last Goodbye” and Entertainment Weekly released the music video this week. The song will play over the credits when The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens next month.

The video of the ballad offers plenty of goosebumps, including classic scenes and behind-the-scenes footage of major characters.

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Bill Cosby, Lawyer React to ‘Innuendos’

Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images(MELBOURNE, Fla.) — Bill Cosby briefly addressed the “innuendos” about him before a performance in Melbourne, Florida, on Friday evening, and his lawyer released a statement denouncing what he described as the media’s focus on “fantastical stories” in which women have accused the comedian of sexual abuse.

Cosby spoke briefly to Florida Today before Friday’s show, denouncing an alleged call by a radio station to heckle his performance and explaining his recent silence on the accusations against him.

“I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos,” he said. “People should fact check. People shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos.”

In addition, Cosby’s lawyer, Martin D. Singer, made the following statement to ABC News:

“The new, never-before-heard claims from women who have come forward in the past two weeks with unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40, or even 50 years ago have escalated far past the point of absurdity.”

“These brand new claims about alleged decades-old events are becoming increasingly ridiculous, and it is completely illogical that so many people would have said nothing, done nothing, and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years.”

“Lawsuits are filed against people in the public eye every day. There has never been a shortage of lawyers willing to represent people with claims against rich, powerful men, so it makes no sense that not one of these new women who just came forward for the first time now ever asserted a legal claim back at the time they allege they had been sexually assaulted.”

“This situation is an unprecedented example of the media’s breakneck rush to run stories without any corroboration or adherence to traditional journalistic standards. Over and over again, we have refuted these new unsubstantiated stories with documentary evidence, only to have a new uncorroborated story crop up out of the woodwork. When will it end?”

“It is long past time for this media vilification of Mr. Cosby to stop.”

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Bill Cosby, Lawyer React to ‘Innuendos’

Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images(MELBOURNE, Fla.) — Bill Cosby briefly addressed the “innuendos” about him before a performance in Melbourne, Florida, on Friday evening, and his lawyer released a statement denouncing what he described as the media’s focus on “fantastical stories” in which women have accused the comedian of sexual abuse.

Cosby spoke briefly to Florida Today before Friday’s show, denouncing an alleged call by a radio station to heckle his performance and explaining his recent silence on the accusations against him.

“I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos,” he said. “People should fact check. People shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos.”

In addition, Cosby’s lawyer, Martin D. Singer, made the following statement to ABC News:

“The new, never-before-heard claims from women who have come forward in the past two weeks with unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40, or even 50 years ago have escalated far past the point of absurdity.”

“These brand new claims about alleged decades-old events are becoming increasingly ridiculous, and it is completely illogical that so many people would have said nothing, done nothing, and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years.”

“Lawsuits are filed against people in the public eye every day. There has never been a shortage of lawyers willing to represent people with claims against rich, powerful men, so it makes no sense that not one of these new women who just came forward for the first time now ever asserted a legal claim back at the time they allege they had been sexually assaulted.”

“This situation is an unprecedented example of the media’s breakneck rush to run stories without any corroboration or adherence to traditional journalistic standards. Over and over again, we have refuted these new unsubstantiated stories with documentary evidence, only to have a new uncorroborated story crop up out of the woodwork. When will it end?”

“It is long past time for this media vilification of Mr. Cosby to stop.”

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Country Singers Billy Gilman and Ty Herndon Come Out as Gay

Beth Gwinn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Two country stars, Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman, made personal announcements on Thursday: They’re gay.

Herndon, 52, went first, telling People magazine that he realized he was gay when he was about 10 years old and told his loved ones ten years later.

Now, in a happy relationship with his longtime partner, Matt, Herndon is looking forward to one day marrying and starting a family. He’s also hoping that his announcement will help others.

“During an Anthony Robbins seminar, I realized I had an incredible story that could possibly help someone’s son or daughter or grandchild’s life not be as difficult as mine has been,” he told the magazine. “Maybe they wouldn’t have to go through as much pain and suffering. It’s time to tell my truth.”

One person he inspired was Gilman, 26, who made his own announcement via a YouTube post.

“It’s taken me a good many weeks to figure out how I was to approach this video that you’re watching right now,” Gilman began. “But today, actually, a fellow country artist and friend made it easier for me to make this video. And I wanted my fans, who have stuck by me for many, many years, to know.”

Gilman went on to explain that he decided to come out after he was spotted with his partner, “who I am happily now sharing my life with,” by a local reporter. As a result, he felt it was important to tell his fans the truth behind the photo before it hit the press.

“I know some people won’t agree with this. And that’s OK. To each his own,” he said. “But I felt it was time for me to be honest and to be truthful. I love you all and from the bottom of my heart, I thank you.”

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Cher Cancels the Rest of Her Tour

Beth Gwinn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Back in September, Cher became ill and and had to reschedule all her concert dates. Now, she’s been forced to cancel all those rescheduled dates because she still hasn’t made a full recovery.

“I am totally devastated. Nothing like this has ever happened to me,” Cher said in a statement. “I cannot apologize enough to all the fans who bought tickets. I’m so proud of this show. It is my best ever. I sincerely hope that we can come back again next year and finish what we started.”

The singer, 68, wrapped up the first leg of her “Dressed to Kill” tour in March, but before she embarked on a second leg, she contracted an infection that affected her kidney function, leading the postponement and rescheduling of the dates. Now, her doctors have advised her that she needs even more time to ensure a “complete and total recovery.”

Ticket holders can get refunds at the point of purchase.

The dates were to have run through January, and included two shows at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

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