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“Fifty Shades” In Control of Box Office Once Again

“Fifty Shades of Grey” – Focus Features(NEW YORK) — Fifty Shades of Grey controlled the box office again this weekend, bringing in more money than any other film for the second week in a row.

The movie, based on the best-selling erotic novel by E.L. James, stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. It brought in over $23 million this weekend, bringing its total gross through two weeks to $130,148,000.

The top three films at the box office remained the same as last weekend, with McFarland, USA; The DUFF; and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 breaking in at fourth, fifth and seventh respectively.

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

1. Fifty Shades of Grey: $23.246 million
2. Kingsman: The Secret Service: $17.525 million
3. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water: $15.5 million
4. McFarland, USA: $11.315 million
5. The DUFF: $11.025 million
6. American Sniper: $9.65 million
7. Hot Tub Time Machine 2: $5.8 million
8. Jupiter Ascending: $3.66 million
9. The Imitation Game: $2.565 million
10. Paddington: $2.289 million

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“Fifty Shades” In Control of Box Office Once Again

“Fifty Shades of Grey” – Focus Features(NEW YORK) — Fifty Shades of Grey controlled the box office again this weekend, bringing in more money than any other film for the second week in a row.

The movie, based on the best-selling erotic novel by E.L. James, stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. It brought in over $23 million this weekend, bringing its total gross through two weeks to $130,148,000.

The top three films at the box office remained the same as last weekend, with McFarland, USA; The DUFF; and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 breaking in at fourth, fifth and seventh respectively.

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

1. Fifty Shades of Grey: $23.246 million
2. Kingsman: The Secret Service: $17.525 million
3. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water: $15.5 million
4. McFarland, USA: $11.315 million
5. The DUFF: $11.025 million
6. American Sniper: $9.65 million
7. Hot Tub Time Machine 2: $5.8 million
8. Jupiter Ascending: $3.66 million
9. The Imitation Game: $2.565 million
10. Paddington: $2.289 million

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Bobby Brown Responds to Reports Nick Gordon Not Allowed to See Bobbi Kristina

Photo by Tiffany Rose/WireImage(ATLANTA) — Bobby Brown’s lawyer says that his daughter’s partner, Nick Gordon, was offered a chance to see her as she is being treated at a hospital in Georgia, despite Gordon’s reported complaints about being kept away.

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of pop icons Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, has been at the hospital surrounded by family members ever since Gordon and a friend found her unresponsive at her Roswell, Georgia, home.

“To address the continued and never ending media requests for comment about Mr. Gordon’s requests to visit Bobbi Kristina, let me be very clear, Mr. Gordon was offered an opportunity to potentially visit Bobbi Kristina and he declined to meet the terms of any possible visit,” said Christopher Brown of Brown & Rosen LLC, legal counsel for Bobby Brown.

The statement did not elaborate on what those visitation terms were, but added, “We are only concerned with individuals that can help Bobbi Kristina and bring resolution to this investigation. Obviously Mr. Gordon is not as desperate to visit Bobbi Kristina as he wants the world to believe.”

The statement Saturday night from Brown’s lawyer followed tweets from an unverified Twitter account with more than 30,000 followers claiming to be Gordon’s. The tweets purported to be Gordon begging to see his partner.

Gordon’s lawyer, Randall Kessler told ABC News last week, “Nick has been trying privately to do everything he can to see Bobbi Kristina cooperatively. He has respected the family’s wishes and for that reason alone has not returned to the hospital and risked a public confrontation. But he desperately wants to be with the one he loves and continues to hope that his request will be granted.”

Shortly after Brown, 21, was found face down in her tub, her father’s lawyer stated that she and Gordon were not married despite the couple announcing a marriage on social media and to reporters last year.

Gordon and Brown got together romantically shortly after the death of Brown’s mother, Whitney Houston, in 2012. Before that time, Gordon lived with Houston and her family for almost a decade.

After Brown was discovered by Gordon in her home on Jan. 31, she was taken to North Fulton Hospital, but then moved to Emory University Hospital days later.

“We continue to request privacy in this matter,” Brown’s statement added. “We thank everyone that supports Bobbi Kristina and God is hearing our prayers.”

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Five Things to Look Forward to Oscar Night

ABC(LOS ANGELES) — Hollywood’s biggest night is almost here.

For those of us not sitting in the audience waiting for our name to be called, there’s still plenty to get excited about.

Here are five things to keep an eye on during Sunday’s broadcast of the 87th annual Academy Awards:

Neil Patrick Harris

As previous hosts have learned, helming the Oscar telecast is one of the toughest gigs in entertainment. But if anyone can inject new life into the Oscars, it’s Neil Patrick Harris. The How I Met Your Mother alum is making his debut running the show, but he’s had good practice leading up to it: well-lauded hosting gigs for the Emmys and Tonys and kicking off the 82nd Academy Awards with the opening number, “No One Wants to Do It Alone.”

“He’s someone who’s so multitalented,” said Jordan Zakarin, a writer for Yahoo! Movies. “He can do comedy, sing and dance. It will be refreshing to see what he can do. People want to root for him.”

Harris has a team helping him, including Oscar-winning Frozen duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who’ve written a song, called “Moving Pictures.”

But besides promising that there will be musical numbers, jokes about movies and a bit of magic — Harris is also a magician — the Hedwig and the Angry Inch star wasn’t giving up much.

“They really want things that can only happen on the show, you have to watch the show to see,” Harris said of producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan in a sneak peek from the Academy. “We’re actually going to be using people in interesting ways.”

Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson and Anna Kendrick

Some of those people include Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson and Anna Kendrick. All three are confirmed for the show, but producers aren’t giving away much about what they’ll be doing.

“They are keeping it mysterious at a time when so many things are scripted,” Zakarin said. “Should be a surprising night.”

Common and John Legend

Speaking of musical numbers, Common and John Legend’s performance of the Oscar-nominated song “Glory” from the best picture nominee Selma, is sure to be one of the highlights of the night.

“I think it will be one of the more powerful moments of the entire show, while reminding Academy viewers that they snubbed the film,” Zakarin said, referring to Selma director Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo being overlooked for an Oscar nom.

John Travolta

Last year, John Travolta gave folks something to talk about long after the night was over, when he introduced singer Idina Menzel as Adele Dazeem.

Despite and, perhaps, because of his epic flub, producers have invited Travolta back. Whatever he presents, it’s sure to be one of the most anticipated moments of the evening, as millions watch to see if the Hollywood A-lister will become tongue-tied once again.

“Let’s hope he practices the name better,” Zakarin said.

The Upset

Going into Sunday night, so many categories already seem to have a clear winner. Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette and J.K. Simmons seem to be comfortable favorites for the best actress, best supporting actress and best supporting actor categories respectively.

So it’s kind of nice not to know who will win the top prize of the night: best picture.

Boyhood and Birdman have been running neck-and-neck in the final stretch of the awards season, though the latter has picked up both the producers and directors guild awards, considered two of the precursors to winning the Academy Award. Zakarin predicts that the two films will split the top prizes with best director going to Boyhood director Richard Linklater and best picture going to Birdman.

Zakarin also didn’t rule out a possible upset in the best actor category. Even though Eddie Redmayne from the Theory of Everything has the momentum going in, Birdman star Michael Keaton could pull off an upset.

“It’s the new guys versus the Hollywood veteran having a comeback,” Zakarin said. “Sometimes Hollywood likes to reward its own.”

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Vanilla Ice Says He Hasn’t Slept, Eaten Much Since Arrest

Photo by Paul Warner/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Vanilla Ice called his recent arrest for burglary and grand theft the worst day of his life, adding that he hasn’t slept or eaten much since the incident.

The former rapper, who was born Robert Van Winkle, was arrested in Lantana, Florida, on Wednesday, accused of stealing furniture from a neighbor’s home.

“I feel horrible,” he told ABC affiliate WPBF. “It’s the worst day of my life.”

The police report states that Van Winkle, 47, told investigators “he was going to purchase” the home where the goods were taken from, even though he “did not have any type of contract or down payment on the property.”

He added, according to the report, that “he found several of the items next to the curb and he thought they were trash.”

“I’m a family man, I’m married, I got kids,” Van Winkle said. “I’m sorry to everybody.”

Van Winkle, who had hit songs in the early 90s, recently reinvented himself as a renovator, fixing up houses on the DIY Network.

In a statement to ABC News, the DIY Network said it had “been made aware of this situation and is currently looking into the matter.”

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Angela Bassett Talks ‘Whitney’ Biopic, Bobbi Kristina

Florian Schneider/Lifetime(NEW YORK) — Angela Bassett starred alongside Whitney Houston in 1995’s hit Waiting to Exhale, but she also made her directorial debut this year with her film Whitney, based off the icon’s career and relationship with Bobby Brown.

Bassett, 56, says Houston — who died in 2012 — meant a lot to her and that the current situation with Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, is “tragic.”

“I do try to keep my ear open to what some of the developments are,” she told ABC News Friday.

Brown, 21, has been in the hospital since being discovered three weeks ago unresponsive in her Georgia home.

“I pray for it to work out the way God will have it to,” Bassett added.

She also said she can only hope Brown’s family is able to “find a measure of peace with what is really a heart-wrenching situation.”

Bassett was happy with the way her film about Houston turned out when it was released last month.

“For me as an artist, as a woman, I had to step out of my comfort zone. It was a story I was intent on telling correctly because of what Whitney meant to the world, what she meant to me and because we are all Whitney. We all make our choices and we all have our dreams and our aspirations,” she said. “I was very happy with how it turned out.”

Conversations about losing or sick loved ones are difficult, but Bassett stressed “they can be had” as long as they have compassion.

In fact, she spoke to ABC News for an initiative close to her heart called “Let’s Talk Now,” created by Genworth. The idea is to not be afraid to have that conversation now with loved ones about long term care and planning.

Bassett had to deal with different long-term care situations involving both her mother Betty Jane, who died last year, and mother-in-law, who was diagnosed with ALS and is now living with her family.

“I know the importance of it,” she said of having that talk with your kids or other loved ones. “It’s absolutely something we are each going to deal with, our parents as well as ourselves, one day.”

Bassett, who has two children with her husband Courtney B. Vance, said the important thing when having this serious talk is only bringing up what they can handle for their ages.

“We have their grandmother living with us, they get to see that up close and it’s just another part of life,” she said. “It’s unfortunate, but what we need to do is put a plan in place. … So that she can continue to live in comfort to the best of her ability and to what her desires would be. It’s something I wasn’t able to do with my mother, but fortunately I had the resources to care for her.”

The American Horror Story star said while caring for her mother and mother-in-law, she found out nursing homes and assisted living can cost upwards of $100,000 a year.

“Start the conversation early before you’re in a desperate situation,” she said. “The truth is my mother wanted to go to assisted living. My mother-in-law, she did not want to do that … These are your loved ones, this will eventually be you in this situation. You have to think about this.”

As for Bassett herself, the general consensus in Hollywood is that this beauty just simply does not age. She cites staying away from processed foods and sugars and just learning more about what serves her body as she grows and learns over the years.

“More and more water,” she said. “And exercise is good for you. A positive mental outlook is good for you, having a spiritual base and being grateful is good for you. Having a purpose in life, that’s good for you.”

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Bravo’s “Fashion Queens” Dish on Oscar Red Carpet Looks They’re Anticipating

Alex Martinez/Michael Lavine/Bravo(NEW YORK) — When actresses and actors walk the red carpet at the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday, the world will be watching — and analyzing — every detail of their glamorous looks. While there will be dozens and dozens of celebrities showing off their finery, the co-hosts of Bravo’s talk show Fashion Queens say there are certain stars who they can’t wait to see strut their stuff this weekend.

Miss Lawrence Washington said he’s looking forward to what Meryl Streep, who is a presenter as well as an Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actress, will have on.

“She’s always in some type of organza or some type of silk gown, or something like that. And she always gives you epic make-up. Like she really, really does. Like, they pull and snatch her face to the god,” he tells ABC News Radio.

Meanwhile, his co-host Bevy Smith is looking forward to nominee Reese Witherspoon.

“Reese Witherspoon is going to be amazing,” she says. “She wears vintage. When she won for Walk the Line I think she wore vintage. So I hope that she brings out some vintage garments because she’s got that petite little body that works with vintage really well. And that’s one way of guaranteeing that you won’t be amongst the crowd of everyone else that’s just gonna borrow this season’s couture look for the Oscars.”

But who needs to make sure they’ve hired a stylist before the big day? Smith says Best Supporting Actress nominee Patricia Arquette needs major help.

“Hopefully, she’ll wear a dress that actually fits because at the Golden Globes, it was a little baggy,” Smith says with a laugh. “It looked very haphazard. I know she’s not a fashion girl, but maybe she’ll like rise to the occasion. Because it’s a big deal that a Patricia Arquette is nominated for an Oscar. Like, whoa!”

Fashion aside, actresses will also be studied for their hair and makeup choices. Smith predicts that actresses will have understated makeup this year.

“We saw a lot of muted face and a lot of muted glamour on the red carpet for the Golden Globes. And I think they got a lot of good feedback, so maybe we’ll see more of that,” she explains.

Fashion Queens co-host and celebrity hairstylist Derek J. says he’s ready for actresses to switch it up when it comes to hair on the carpet. “It’s been very messy, very kind of bed-headish. But then, like, at the Golden Globes, everybody had a chignon. Everything was pulled back,” he says. “So, I just want to see different in general.”

The Academy Awards will be telecast from the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. Neil Patrick Harris will host the ceremony, which will air live from coast to coast on ABC. The network’s coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT with a red carpet special.

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Mo’Nique Says Director Lee Daniels Told Her She Was ‘Blackballed’ After Winning Oscar

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Many thought that after Mo’Nique won the Oscar for her role in Precious her career would skyrocket, but in fact the opposite happened. The comedian says she finally figured out why when she spoke with the film’s director, Lee Daniels.

“I got a phone call from Lee Daniels maybe six or seven months ago. And he said to me, ‘Mo’Nique, you’ve been blackballed,'” she tells The Hollywood Reporter. “And I said, ‘I’ve been blackballed? Why have I been blackballed?’ And he said, ‘Because you didn’t play the game.’ And I said, ‘Well, what game is that?’ And he gave me no response.”

Mo’Nique also recalled that she received “a lot of criticism [during the 2010 awards season] because people felt like I wasn’t campaigning. …The things people were writing and saying, it was mind-blowing. But what I was saying was, ‘You want me to campaign for an award — and I say this with all the humility in the world — but you want me to campaign for an award that I didn’t ask for.'”

Mo’Nique also noted that she had a reputation of being “difficult” and “tacky.”

“One of the networks said to [Lee] that I was ‘really difficult to work with.’ And I said, ‘Well, that’s funny, because I’ve never even worked with them, but OK.'”

Still, Mo’Nique said winning the coveted trophy did change her life in other ways.

“What it did was that it gave me a new reality. And it let me know that an award wasn’t going to change my life — that I had to be in control of changing my life,” she explained. “…It should come with more respect, more choices and more money. It should, and it normally does. Hattie [McDaniel] said, ‘After I won that award, it was as if I had done something wrong.’ It was the same with me. I thought, once you won the award, that’s the top prize — and so you’re supposed to be treated as if you got the top prize.”

“I respect everyone — but we over-respect no one,” she added.

In response, Daniels, who is now gaining new attention thanks to his hit TV show, Empire, issued a statement. “Mo’nique is a creative force to be reckoned with. Her demands through Precious were not always in line with the campaign. This soured her relationship with the Hollywood community,” he said. “I consider her a friend. I have and will always think of her for parts that we can collaborate on. However, the consensus among the creative teams and powers thus far were to go another way with these roles.”

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“Two and a Half Men” Ends Without an Appearance from Charlie Sheen

Michael Yarish/CBS(NEW YORK) — Fans of Two and a Half Men who were expecting to see Charlie Sheen on the series finale of the CBS sitcom on Thursday night were left disappointed.

The episode’s plot had built up to a potential cameo from Sheen, who was famously fired from the show in 2011. It turned out that his character, Charlie Harper, previously thought dead, was actually alive, and was issuing threats against Jon Cryer’s Alan and Ashton Kutcher’s Walden.

In the final moments, a helicopter approached Alan and Walden’s home, with a piano attached to it. Though it was teased that the piano might be dropped on the duo, it instead fell on a man who rang the front doorbell and looked suspiciously like Sheen from behind. Viewers never saw his face.

The camera then zoomed out, revealing series creator Chuck Lorre — one of the targets of Sheen’s heated rants prior to his firing — in a director’s chair. He uttered Sheen’s famous catchphrase, “Winning,” before a piano was dropped on him, too.

Lorre explained Sheen’s absence in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it vanity card at the end of the episode. He explained, “I know a lot of you might be disappointed that you didn’t get to see Charlie Sheen in tonight’s finale. For the record, he was offered a role. Our idea was to have him walk up to the front door in the last scene, ring the doorbell, then turn, look directly into the camera and go off on a maniacal rant about the dangers of drug abuse. He would then explain that these dangers only applied to average people. That he was far from average. He was a ninja warrior from Mars. He was invincible. And then we would drop a piano on him. We thought it was funny. He didn’t.”

Lorre continued, “Instead, he wanted us to write a heart-warming scene that would set up his return to primetime TV in a new sitcom called The Harpers starring him and Jon Cryer. We thought that was funny too.”

For his part, Sheen tweeted earlier on Thursday, “Attention World: If you’re looking for my much anticipated cameo on network TV, you’ll have to check out ‘The Goldbergs’ Wed Feb. 25th on ABC! I go where the love is.”

So, what had Charlie Harper been up to the past four years? His stalker/wife, Rose, had kept him captive, Silence of the Lambs-style, in a pit in the basement of her home. He managed to escape in the finale, setting up the events that followed. We saw an animated version of Sheen as Rose recounted what happened after they tied the knot and then honeymooned in France.

The self-referential episode included many jokes about Sheen’s destructive past, including his sexual escapades and use of the phrase “tiger blood.”

Though Sheen was nowhere to be found in the episode, it did feature the brief return of another original cast member, Angus T. Jones, who sported shoulder-length hair and a beard. His character Jake is now living in Japan with a wife and kids.

There were a handful of guest stars in the episode. Arnold Schwarzenegger played a police lieutenant who attempted to track down Charlie, but instead took into custody Christian Slater.

John Stamos — who was rumored to be a potential replacement for Sheen on the show before Kutcher was brought in — also made a cameo in the episode, which marked the end of Two and a Half Men’s 12-season run.

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“Two and a Half Men” Ends Without an Appearance from Charlie Sheen

Michael Yarish/CBS(NEW YORK) — Fans of Two and a Half Men who were expecting to see Charlie Sheen on the series finale of the CBS sitcom on Thursday night were left disappointed.

The episode’s plot had built up to a potential cameo from Sheen, who was famously fired from the show in 2011. It turned out that his character, Charlie Harper, previously thought dead, was actually alive, and was issuing threats against Jon Cryer’s Alan and Ashton Kutcher’s Walden.

In the final moments, a helicopter approached Alan and Walden’s home, with a piano attached to it. Though it was teased that the piano might be dropped on the duo, it instead fell on a man who rang the front doorbell and looked suspiciously like Sheen from behind. Viewers never saw his face.

The camera then zoomed out, revealing series creator Chuck Lorre — one of the targets of Sheen’s heated rants prior to his firing — in a director’s chair. He uttered Sheen’s famous catchphrase, “Winning,” before a piano was dropped on him, too.

Lorre explained Sheen’s absence in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it vanity card at the end of the episode. He explained, “I know a lot of you might be disappointed that you didn’t get to see Charlie Sheen in tonight’s finale. For the record, he was offered a role. Our idea was to have him walk up to the front door in the last scene, ring the doorbell, then turn, look directly into the camera and go off on a maniacal rant about the dangers of drug abuse. He would then explain that these dangers only applied to average people. That he was far from average. He was a ninja warrior from Mars. He was invincible. And then we would drop a piano on him. We thought it was funny. He didn’t.”

Lorre continued, “Instead, he wanted us to write a heart-warming scene that would set up his return to primetime TV in a new sitcom called The Harpers starring him and Jon Cryer. We thought that was funny too.”

For his part, Sheen tweeted earlier on Thursday, “Attention World: If you’re looking for my much anticipated cameo on network TV, you’ll have to check out ‘The Goldbergs’ Wed Feb. 25th on ABC! I go where the love is.”

So, what had Charlie Harper been up to the past four years? His stalker/wife, Rose, had kept him captive, Silence of the Lambs-style, in a pit in the basement of her home. He managed to escape in the finale, setting up the events that followed. We saw an animated version of Sheen as Rose recounted what happened after they tied the knot and then honeymooned in France.

The self-referential episode included many jokes about Sheen’s destructive past, including his sexual escapades and use of the phrase “tiger blood.”

Though Sheen was nowhere to be found in the episode, it did feature the brief return of another original cast member, Angus T. Jones, who sported shoulder-length hair and a beard. His character Jake is now living in Japan with a wife and kids.

There were a handful of guest stars in the episode. Arnold Schwarzenegger played a police lieutenant who attempted to track down Charlie, but instead took into custody Christian Slater.

John Stamos — who was rumored to be a potential replacement for Sheen on the show before Kutcher was brought in — also made a cameo in the episode, which marked the end of Two and a Half Men’s 12-season run.

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