‘The Vampire Diaries’, ‘Catching Fire’ win at People’s Choice Awards

Credits: Lionsgate
Credits: Lionsgate

‘The Vampire Diearies’, ‘Catching Fire’ win at People’s Choice Awards

Two popular franchises based on young adult novels were among the winners at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards Wednesday night.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire nabbed the award for Favorite Year-End Movie (having been released in late November).

Meanwhile, The CW’s hit TV show The Vampire Diaries won for Favorite On-Screen Chemistry for Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder, the latter of whom also won Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor. Be sure to check out the adorable acceptance speech from Dobrev and Somerhalder, who famously dated and broke up in real life, while their on-screen counterparts continue being together.

The People’s Choice Awards were chosen based on online votes from fans. Other winners included Iron Man 3 and the film’s star, Robert Downey Jr., Johnny Depp, and Sandra Bullock. See the complete list of winners here.

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New comic book releases 1/8/13

Credits: Image Comics
Credits: Image Comics

New Comic Book Releases 1/8/13

Here we are the second week of 2014 starting things off with an interesting event slatted for later in the week in the form of IMAGE EXPO 2014! Image Comics returns to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco January 9th. If you happen to be in the Bay Area, it is a must attend event for fans who want to be in the know on developments over at Image. This year creators such as Kelly Sue Deconnick, Robert Kirkman, Matt Fraction, Rick Remender and many more (with a number of surprise guest planned in the mix). So this week, to celebrate this gathering of industry talent, we’ll take a look at a few of the titles being released from Image this Wednesday. Let’s get started. First up, multi-media favorite mega hit The Walking Dead shambles to stands with issue #119 “All Out War”, part 5 (Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, Cliff Rathburn, Dave Stewart). Those seeking some Pulp/ Science Fiction storytelling, you can’t go wrong with Elephantmen #53 (Richard Starkings, Axel Medellin, Boo Cook) and part three of the “Picking Up The Pieces” storyline. If that isn’t enough to sate your craving for Pulp, Five Ghost #8 (Frank J. Barbiere, Chris Mooneyham) may just be what you need. Another genre bender that takes Noir and Horror elements in a whole new direction comes to us in the pages of Fatale #19 (Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, Elizabeth Breitweiser) and is well worth a read. Continuing with the Horror/Thriller theme, consider checking out the next two titles: Sheltered #6 (Ed Brisson, Johnnie Christmas) and the red hot Manifest Destiny #3 (Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts, Owen Gieni). Perhaps you are in more of a mood for a tale that incorporates swords and shields this week, then you should be picking up Three #4 (Kieron Gillen, Ryan Kelly, Jordie Bellaire). Last, but not least, those who just want their super hero fix should most definitely check out Invincible Universe #9 (Phil Hester, Todd Nauck, Gabe Eltaeb). That will just about wrap it up for this week, so be sure to head down to you local comic shop to pick up this week’s latest and greatest. Until the next episode, enjoy!

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‘Wolf’ howls up, ‘Anchorman 2’ drops and ‘Frozen’ ices in first

Credits: Disney Pictures
Credits: Disney Pictures

‘Wolf’ howls up, ‘Anchorman 2’ drops and ‘Frozen’ ices in first

Seven weeks out and the animated movie “Frozen” has made something of a comic book splash page out of the top rankings from first to third.

Over the first weekend of Jan., the just concluding last year carries its box office assessments across the annual border of first weekend of 2014. But 2014’s ticket-sales debut along Jan. 3 to Jan. 5 carries somethings old and others new.

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” and “Frozen” commercially jostled the ending Dec. weeks for the top positions. None being comic book blockbusters or Oscar-buzzing noteworthies, their rankings hit a new shuffle on the entering showtimes for the newest “Paranormal Activity” installment.

Second place and $18.3 million spikes the box office rankings by the horror curtain-opener “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” The prime runner-up rank has been the spectacular accumulate demesne for “Frozen”. Instead of a thawing drop, Disney’s animation feature claimed a bump up for the non-consecutive time at first place. Off the cue of drawing in family movie-goers, the all-new story and script out of Disney Pictures’ to-date punctuated 2013’s overall listing for most popular commercial films. On the international market the Kristen Bell and Josh Gad voice-starring feature took 9th, and 4th along the domestic gross.

Meanwhile “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is repositioned from its fixed position slated at top crowner, a feat held from its premiere and ensued weekend counts. The non-Holmesian teaming of Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins) and Benedict Cumberbatch (voicing Smaug) swoops with dramatic results. Two spiraling spots into third at $15.6 million.

Just a notch above the memoir adaptation “The Wolf of Wall Street” grossing at $13.2 mil, it debuted at fifth last weekend.

Drama has not spotlighted amongst the top three slates for weeks, but with the film by legendary Martin Scorsese and starring A-Lister Leonardo DiCaprio leading a slow climb upwards, quite a few dramas come in tow.

With an all-star cast of superhero film alums – Christian Bale (“The Dark Knight Rises”), Amy Adams (“Man of Steel”), Jennifer Lawrence (“X-Men: First Class”), Jeremy Renner (“The Avengers”) – the ’70s period film “American Hustle” is the Top 5 embanker at the 5th ranking. The round out of the Top 10 includes 7th placing “Saving Mr. Banks” (Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks) and 8th rank “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (Ben Stiler, Kristen Wiig).

Horror diversifies the genre line-up at the box office, and comedy isn’t absent at 2014’s initial Top 10. A few slots beneath the Will Ferrell-driven return of Ron Burgundy, one-time Oscar-winners in boxing roles team-up for a comedy making the 10th spot. Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro co-star in “Grudge Match”, a Warner Bros. production that aggregates at $5.4 million on a second week’s showing.

With a Hobbit versus dragon flick leading the fantasy pack and “47 Ronin” a still not breaching above tenth place of eleventh with $5.mil that tails after the big name dystopian scifi-er leader “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” that warrants 9th with this weekend’s $7.0 million grosser.

A second box office weekend into 2014 opens up the film genre patchwork display further with action-fantasy “The Legend of Hercules” over Jan. 10 to Jan. 12.

(BoxOfficeMojo)

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Readers Vote: Nominate your favorite movie of 2013

Credits: Various
Credits: Various

Readers Vote: Nominate your favorite movie of 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, we ask readers to nominate the best movie of 2013. Simply go to the comment box and put in the title of the movie that you think was the best of 2013, then put a reason and you may be chosen to be featured in the follow up article titled, ” The Best of 2013″

The voting is open until Jan. 1 at midnight CST and the announcement will follow the next week.

So, what was your favorite movie? Here is a list of the top ten box office movies, but don’t limit yourself to this list.

  1. Iron Man 3
  2. Hunger Games; Catching Fire
  3. Despicable Me 2
  4. Man of Steel
  5. Monsters University
  6. Gravity
  7. Frozen
  8. Fast and Furious 6
  9. Oz the Great and Powerful
  10. Star Trek Into Darkness

Would your favorite possibly be “The Conjuring”, “The Hangover 3”, or “The Great Gatsby”?

In 2013, it looks as if fantasy and action were the winners in the box office category. Whether it was comic book based movies such as “Thor: The Dark World”, ” The Wolverine” or “Iron Man 3“, it appears that many people are using movies to connect with their famous comic book heroes especially those from the Marvel Universe.

Other box office hits include movies based on books. “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” broke the top opening weekend sales of all movies in 2013 with $158,074,286 opening and $391,124,000 overall. And “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” made approximately $190,304,000.

So, what was your favorite movie of 2013? Please comment below and see if your favorite was the winner.

If you would like to read more then visit my website at Midnight Musings with Bertena.

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You can already pre-order ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ on DVD and Blueray

Credits: Lionsgate
Credits: Lionsgate

You can already pre-order ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ on DVD and Blueray

It’s the sequel that’s still blazing a record at the box office, but fans can already pre-order The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on DVD and Bluray.

Of course, there is no word yet on when the DVD/Bluray will actually be released. But hey, you can fork out about $40 now to make sure you’re one of the first to get it.

Amazon is now offering pre-orders on the combo set (at a discounted price of $27.99), which is expected to include over two hours of bonus footage, including deleted scenes — which were notably absent from The Hunger Games home release. (Fans are still begging Lionsgate to release the deleted scenes director Gary Ross mentioned in interviews.)

Catching Fire debuted at number one in theaters earlier this month, and set a box office record for the long Thanksgiving weekend.

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‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ blazes a November box office record

Credits: Lionsgate
Credits: Lionsgate

‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ blazes a November box office record

It’s no surprise that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire blazed a trail to the top of the box office for its opening weekend. The movie earned an estimated $161.1 million for its first weekend in theaters, the best ever opening for the month of November.

It could also mean the fourth-highest opening weekend ever, trailing behind only The Avengers, Iron Man 3, and Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 — some impressive competition, and all of which had boosted sales from 3D ticket pricing. (Catching Fire was not released in 3D, although it did have playings in IMAX theaters, which generally cost more than traditional screenings.)Catching Fire has already outperformed the first movie in the series, The Hunger Games, compared to its first weekend at the box office, which opened with more than $152 million in March 2012.

And yes, Catching Fire also bested the three Twilight Saga sequels that also opened the same the weekend in November, which each earned between $138.1 million and $142.8 million during their opening weekends.

Worldwide, Catching Fire has also been a huge success. The film opened in 63 international markets, bringing in $138.4 million in global box office sales. Lionsgate claims Catching Fire doubled the opening of The Hunger Games in most international markets.

Catching Fire is expected to continue pulling in strong numbers over the next few weeks, much like The Hunger Games did during its release last year. It will likely see a boost thanks to holiday movie-goers this coming week due to the long Thanksgiving weekend.

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‘Catching Fire'(storm): Panem breach-breaks ‘Dark World’ and November records

Credits: Lionsgate
Credits: Lionsgate

‘Catching Fire'(storm): Panem breach-breaks ‘Dark World’ and November records

For the insiders’ tolling the demising inevitable that forebodes over the blockbuster, if fade out comes it will descend from a sequential pinnacle of fan-hungry sequels.

With the intensive to feed enthusiastic movie-goers an awaited sophomore installment, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” upends its own premiere weekend potential with a staggering bottom-line of $186. million. 2012s catalyzing devotee-snagger and Jennifer Lawrence theatrical greeter took in $152.5 mil at its opening three-day.

The Nov. 22 to Nov. 24 take-in insets for Lionsgate’s adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ novels an upgrading enrollment within the industry’s all-time weekend openers. Where this best-of category assembles “The Avengers”, imbeds a criminal-warring “The Dark Knight” and turbos “Iron Man 3”, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” encroaches joining the Golden Snitch finalizer “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” in diversifying the listing from comic book movies’ dominance.

“Thor: The Dark World” didn’t come totally asunder with its drop from a two weeks-running first place. Marvel’s second Phase 2 film in 2013 joins the regular box office ranks with a mortal-maker $14.1 million aggregate for the Asgardian deity.

It does place the second Chris Hemsworth-starring film at a particular rung for best box office debuts within films opening in Nov. throughout film history. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” ousts “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” from the top seat, while the co-starring return of Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence successive additionally exceeds the 8th placing Thor sequel.

For all the record makings, Nov. continues to story itself on respectable runners-up from considered underdog productions. “The Best Man Holiday” held its dramedy-premised ground by only dropping one ranking into a $12.4 million third-placing accumulate. The so-far one animation salient this Nov. in “Free Birds” doesn’t flop down from last weekend’s Top 5. The film featuring the voices of Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson coops up right at ranking on
fifth with $5.3 million.

New comedy “Delivery Man” claims a $7.9 million debut three-day.

Upcoming, a feast of movie-going newcomers sets up the cinematic course on Thanksgiving’s timeline of days for the ranking top five. En mass ticket-sales opens up new fluctuations for the current top rankings even as action-hitters “Homefront” and “Oldboy” mixes with Disney’s animation flick “Frozen” and holiday signifier “Black Nativity” as all of these bring their opening weekend possibilities.

(BoxOfficeMojo)

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NBC releases promo video for Josh Hutcherson’s ‘SNL’ episode

Credtis: Lionsgate
Credtis: Lionsgate

NBC releases promo video for Josh Hutcherson’s ‘SNL’ episode

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire star Josh Hutcherson will host “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, and NBC has now released his promo reel for the upcoming episode.

In the video clips, Hutcherson and “SNL” comedian Bobby Moynihan run through a series of jokes and light gags, teasing this weekend’s episode. Hutcherson will be joined on “SNL” on November 23rd by musical guest HAIM.

Hutcherson’s appearance is timed nicely to Friday’s theatrical release of Catching Fire, the second movie in the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise. His hosting gig on “SNL” follows a busy couple of weeks promoting Catching Fire for media appearances, as well as multiple red carpet premieres.

It’s expected Hutcherson’s episode will feature at least one spoof of The Hunger Games series, which is referenced throughout the promo reel. Last year when co-star Jennifer Lawrence hosted “SNL,” she recreated her role of Katniss Everdeen in a “press conference” about winning the Hunger Games.

“SNL” also previously spoofed The Hunger Games in an episode hosted by Sofia Vergara.

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‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ debuts with $25.5 million on first night

Credits: Lionsgate
Credits: Lionsgate

‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ debuts with $25.5 million on first night

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is off to a blazing start to its opening box office weekend. The film pulled in an estimated $25.25 million for screenings that began at 8 p.m. Thursday night — 28% higher than the midnight-only opening for The Hunger Games last year.

However, Catching Fire ranks 7th in all-time midnight openings, behind the final Harry Potter movie, the last four Twilight Saga movies, and The Dark Knight Rises.

For the entire weekend, Catching Fire is expected to earn at least $140 million — if not more — and is expected to set new records, even possibly beating out Iron Man 3′s record $174 million from earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Catching Fire has already earned an estimated $32 million in 43 overseas markets. The movie is now playing nationwide

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Stars hit the red carpet for world premiere of ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

Credits: Lionsgate
Credits: Lionsgate

Stars hit the red carpet for world premiere of ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth were among the stars hitting the red carpet in London on Monday for the world premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Co-stars Sam Claflin, Willow Shields, Jena Malone, Donald Sutherland, and Elizabeth Banks — to name a few — also joined them on the rainy red carpet in Leicester Square, as did director Francis Lawrence. Lionsgate made the bold move to hold the world premiere of Catching Fire overseas, kicking off a series of global premieres. Next week, Los Angeles will play host to the U.S. premiere of Catching Fire, where hundreds of fans are expected to camp out for a glimpse of the festivities — and the chance to see the film along with the stars. Catching Fire is the second film in the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise. Two more films will be released consecutively in 2014 and 2015, the two-part Mockingjay finale. Filming has already begun on the Mockingjay films, although cast and crew have taken a break to promote the release of Catching Fire.

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