After setting records each of the last two weekends, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is set to once again top the box office, though "Frozen" could pull an upset if Disney's latest animated blockbuster has a good second weekend in theaters. Meanwhile, Christian Bale-starring action-thriller "Out of the Furnace" seems likely to be the only new entry into the box office top 10.
Bill Beckwith, host of HGTV's "Curb Appeal," died when his motorcycle crashed into another vehicle in San Francisco. Beckwith, 38, suffered a head trauma and was declared dead at the hospital. "Bill was truly a beloved and respected member of our Curb Appeal family and this loss is devastating to us," the show said on its official Facebook page Tuesday.
Christian Slater and his longtime girlfriend, Brittany Lopez, have married in an impromptu ceremony. The 44-year-old Slater and Lopez (a business development consultant) were at a Coral Gables, Florida courthouse on December 2 to obtain their marriage license for their upcoming holiday-season wedding when they changed their minds and decided to marry right then.
NBC has picked up "Blacklist" for a full 22-episode second season. The drama stars James Spader as an international terrorist. Eight weeks into its first season, the program is the network's most watched new drama in 19 years. "The success of The Blacklist demonstrates that inspired storytelling is alive and well in broadcast television, and I'm impressed on a daily basis . . ."
Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson has accused her ex-husband Charles Saatchi of threatening to "destroy" her if she didn't clear his name in an ongoing fraud trial of two of her former assistants. She made the revelation while testifying at the Isleworth Crown Court in England earlier this week. Her allegation comes amidst a media firestorm in which she has been accused of routine drug abuse.
Marcia Gay Harden has been added to the cast of "Fifty Shades of Grey." The Oscar winner will star in the role of Christian Grey's (Jaime Dornan) adoptive mother, according to Entertainment Weekly. The news comes after it was announced earlier this week that Rita Ora had been cast as the adopted sister of Christian.
The planned seventh installment of the "Fast and the Furious" franchise has reportedly been called off following the death of starring actor Paul Walker. News of the film's cancellation came via director Paul Wann and producers from Universal Pictures. Walker, 40, was killed in a fiery car wreck over the Thanksgiving weekend and the studio has released an official statement on his death.
As the holiday shopping season ramps up, franchise reboot "The Wolverine" is easily the most prominent new title headed to stores, with "The Smurfs 2" and "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" also looking to find mainstream audiences starting this week. Other new releases include comedy "Drinking Buddies" and special edition sets of both "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" and "Argo."
Vin Diesel, who co-starred in several of the "Fast and the Furious" films alongside the late Paul Walker, hit his Facebook page to honor his fallen friend. Vin posted an intimate pic of the two sharing a laugh, while offering words of condolences beneath: "To live in the hearts we leave behind, is not to die," he began, offering a quote from Thomas Campbell.
Canadian actor Devon Sawa, currently starring in the CW's series "Nikita," is expecting a baby son. The actor broke news of the forthcoming addition to the family on Sunday, with a photo of the boy's new room on Instagram. Reps for the actor and his wife Dawni confirmed that the pair are, in fact, expecting a new baby boy. Word from the rep came on Monday, with a Twitter message.
Rita Ora has been added to the cast of "Fifty Shades of Grey," as the adopted sister of the titular character Christian Grey, who is played by Jamie Dornan. "It's official! I've been cast in @FiftyShades of Grey as Christian's sister Mia. #FiftyShades," she tweeted, making the news official. The film, based on the best selling novel by E.L. James, features Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele.
Diane Lane and Josh Brolin's divorce has been finalized by a Los Angeles judge, following the pair's decision to file for separation in February. They were married for more than eight years at the time. According to TMZ, Lane cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split. Documents filed in L.A. County Superior Court show that the pair have private financial arrangement.
Zach Galifianakis is in final negotiations to star alongside Owen Wilson in an upcoming heist film, which was formerly known under the working title "Loomis Fargo." Jim Carrey was originally slated for the Galifianakis role but was unable to take it due to scheduling conflicts. The plot centers on a jaded armored car driver (Galifianakis), who teams up with a co-worker to steal $20 million.
Will Ferrell donned his Ron Burgundy garb to take over the newscast on North Dakota station KXMB on Saturday, November 30. Ferrell was promoting his upcoming film "Anchorman 2: the Legend Continues." Ferrell read through some news stories, while goofing around with the regular news team. The thirty minute clip is now streaming via YouTube.
With two releases firing on all cylinders, theaters across the country were packed with moviegoers from Thanksgiving through the weekend, leading to enormous box office returns nearly across the board. Leading the way was "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," which hauled in a record $110 million over the five days surrounding Thanksgiving and pushed its 10-day total to a 2013-best $296 million.