There’s no doubt about it. The girl is still on fire. Lionsgate’s highly-anticipated sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire dominated the box office this weekend. Katniss Everdeen and her crew raked in an estimated $161.1 million, besting its predecessor’s take of $152.5 million. The number represents the best November opening of all time, edging out The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which bowed with $142.9 million in 2009.
Overall, only three films debuted better than Catching Fire- The Avengers ($207.4 million), Iron Man 3 ($174.1 million), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($169.2 million). Had Jennifer Lawrence’s film been available in 3D, it probably would’ve generated more and passed one if not all those films. With an encouraging “A” CinemaScore grade and bringing in a wide demo of moviegoers, The Hunger Games sequel should continue its hot streak next Thanksgiving weekend and for weeks to follow.
Not doing nearly as well was Vince Vaughn’s latest flop. Disney attempted to counter-program with Delivery Man. Sadly, it failed to deliver and garnered just $8.2 million worth of ticket sales. After Vaughn’s hot streak of Wedding Crashers and The Break Up last decade, it’s been nothing but flops since. The Internship, The Dilemma and The Watch, did you watch any of them? Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
It wasn’t the best episode of the season but it was definitely better than Jennifer Lawrence’s stint earlier this year. The Saturday Night Live writers reallly let her down big time. Also factoring in the disappointment was the extremely high expectations everyone had. Luckily for Josh Hutcherson’s sake there were at least a couple of gems.
Not surprisingly, the show kicked things off with Hunger Games references during Hutcherson’s monologue. Thankfully, it was just limited to that and didn’t dominate the show. The highlights for me include the sketch about the worst subway performers and an amazing 80s tribute which included Josh wearing a mullet wig and lip syncing to “Your Love” by The Outfield. Even though he wasn’t a part of it, Aidy Bryant’s worst lady on an airplane bit was also worth noting.
I should probably mention HAIM killed it as the musical guests. My only complaint is that the sisters didn’t perform “Falling.” That’s my favorite track from them. Check out the skits and performances below.
Nope, they’re both not on the rag. Rather the two are teaming up for a new show on HBO. Yup, you read that correctly. HBO and not OWN. Weird that Oprah Winfrey isn’t developing it for her own network. Strange, right?
The yet-untitled comedy will be based on Dr. Julie Holland’s upcoming book, Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, the Sex You’re Not Having, The Sleep You’re Missing and What’s Really Making You Crazy. Holy long title Batman. The book examines “the pros and cons of the drugs people are being offered as well as some surprising and highly effective natural therapies.”
Diablo Cody who burst onto the scene with Juno will pen the script and executive produce alongside Winfrey and her Harpo Films banner. There are no specified details on when the series will enter production, but with Oprah at the helm, I would assume it’s on the top of the list for HBO.
What do you think of this collaboration? Sound off below. For more details about the project, head over to Hollywood Reporter.
Kelly Clarkson isn’t the only reality show winner to release her first Christmas album this year. Leona Lewis is also getting in the Yuletide spirit. Christmas, With Love consists of holiday classics along with original compositions including “One More Sleep,” “Your Hallelujah” and “Mr Right” which were all co-written by Lewis.
The surprise and standout on the album is her rendition of “Ave Maria.” The X Factor winner goes into full operatic mode. Apparently, before becoming a pop superstar, she trained in opera initially. Her past training is definitely evident on her cover. She impresses tremendously. Christmas, With Love is out on December 2nd in the UK and December 3rd in the US. Check out the album sampler below.
Technically, Girls is a comedy. Based on last season though, if you tuned in looking for laughs, you would’ve been sadly disappointed. The comedic moments were few and far in between. Am I alone in thinking Lena Dunham took it too dark and depressing? Hopefully, Dunham and her writers were in a better mood this year. Otherwise, I’m permanently breaking up with the HBO show.
In the newly-released trailer, Hannah (Dunham) is shacking up with Adam (Adam Driver) once again. Given the fact Christopher Abbott left the show, poor Marnie (Allison Williams) is toughing it out alone. Jessa (Jemima Kirke) is still being Jessa, while Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) and Ray (Alex Karpovsky) are still driving each other crazy. If that wasn’t enough, Shosanna takes a page from Miley’s book and twerks her little heart out on some poor dead person’s tombstone. Classic Shos ;)
This year, we get a temporary change of scenery. As with most NYC-based shows like Gossip Girl and Sex and the City, the requisite trip to the Hamptons takes place. Check out the trailer below.
Being that it was British Invasion week, naturally Simon Cowell coerced his biggest discovery to perform on the results show. Perhaps having One Direction on The X Factor might stop the ratings bleeding. After all, they have already sold 35 million copies in their relatively young career.
I have to say Liam, Harry and Zayn are looking pretty fine these days, especially the latter. The beard really suits him. Louis on the other hand needs to ditch his lame attempt to grow facial hair. He looks like a Three Musketeers reject from some high school production. Check out their performance below, along with the double elimination results.
Side note: The highlight for me on tonight’s episode was Mario dishing out “por favor” to Paulina. The Latina popstar was taking her sweet ass time deciding on who to send home. In all fairness, maybe she didn’t understand the gravity of situation until Lopez served up some espanol ;)
Based on the picture above, I’d say he has what it takes to be a bottom ;)
On America’s Next Top Model, Tyra Banks plays the dotting supportive mentor. On tonight’s Glee, Banks gets to channel her inner bitch by playing a tough modeling agent. Fittingly enough, her character’s name is Bichette. She reveals in the behind-the-scenes clip, her experiences as a young model with bitchy agents serves as inspiration for her portrayal.
If Banks isn’t enough to make you tune in to tonight’s episode, perhaps a shirtless Chord Overstreet will do the trick. Contrary to Bichette’s advice, I think Sam needs to gain ten pounds instead of losing it. More muscle preferably. He heads to New York with Blaine to visit Rachel, Kurt and Santana. Also on Glee tonight, the Gleeks pay homage to Billy Joel. Check out both Tyra’s BTS clip and “Movin’ Out” promo below.
Following the success of the first season of The Amazing Race Canada, CTV has just announced that the casting for Season 2 of the reality competition series is now open!
Fans and adventure-seekers now have their chance to take part in what would undoubtedly be an unforgettable experience where they can win big in the process. If you’re familiar with the series, you already know that they like to put together a very diverse cast and there’s usually a gay/lesbian team among the mix as well – wink wink;) If you and your boyfriend or best friend think you have what it takes and think Canada will be entertained by watching you both be pushed to your limits, don’t miss out on this opportunity! Now’s your time to shine and show the country who you are and the bond you and your challenge partner have together. A sexy and successful couple (who maybe like to take their shirts of during challenges? Yes please! Gay besties that bicker like an old married couple? I’m speaking from personal experience here – ahem… Adam). Or perhaps it’s you and a family member and whatever crazy dynamic you may have between you (good or bad). Anything goes so don’t be shy! If you procrastinated for Season 1 video applications and didn’t get around to submitting one, make a plan today and get ‘er done!
The deadline for submissions is Thursday, Dec. 26 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Those interested can go online now at www.CTV.ca/TheAmazingRaceCanada and submit an audition video and application for their chance to join host Jon Montgomery on road, on the race-of-a-lifetime adventure.