August 4, 2015 |
"MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - Rogue Nation," the fifth installment in the nearly 20-year-old film series, based on the nearly 50-year-old TV show, earned $56 million in its opening weekend to top the box office, according to studio estimates yesterday. Opening weekend audiences were 62 percent male and 81 percent over the age of 25. It's the second-highest opening for a "Mission" film since "Mission Impossible II" took in $57.8 million over Memorial Day weekend in 2000. The film from writer-director Christopher McQuarrie cost a reported $150 million to produce and should have no problem making up its budget, especially having already taken in more than $65 million in overseas earnings.
August 1, 2015 |
"All I need is good music, good choreo, and a good time," Ariana Grande told a nearly sold-out crowd via a video projection at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night during her Honeymoon Tour. The shrieking audience of mostly tween girls watched this prerecorded short on their smartphones, many taking selfies with the stage. A few moments later, when the real-life Grande sprung out of a trapdoor in the stage, the shrill squeals escalated, and the digital documentation continued. As fireworks shot up to the roof in sync with the chorus of "Bang Bang," Grande's rousing collaboration with Nicky Minaj and Jessie J, most in the crowd chose to view the spectacle on smartphones instead of immersing themselves in the live concert experience.
July 29, 2015 |
AFTER MONTHS of speculation about what killed Bobbi Kristina Brown and whether foul play was involved, medical examiners in Atlanta have found no obvious cause of death or significant injuries. The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office began its autopsy yesterday on the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown and said that there was no evidence of previously unknown medical conditions. Bobbi Kristina died Sunday in hospice care nearly six months after being found unresponsive in a bathtub inside her suburban Atlanta townhouse.
July 29, 2015 |
And the Houston millions? Celebs, including Oprah Winfrey , Wendy Williams , Dr. Phil , and Missy Elliott mourned the death Sunday of Bobbi Kristina Brown , 22, who had been in a medically induced coma since being found unresponsive in a bathtub in her Roswell, Ga., home on Jan. 31. Her illness and death are something of a mystery. An autopsy is in the works, but an official cause of death may not be available for weeks, the Fulton County Medical Examiner said on Monday.
April 22, 2015 |
Travolta: Scientology good Hollywood legend John Travolta isn't happy with the critique of Scientology made in the HBO docu Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief . The religion has been nothing but positive in his life, says the Saturday Night Fever star. "Forty years for me, I've been part - and I've loved every minute of it, and my family has done so well with it," Travolta, 61, said Monday on Good Morning America . "It's a beautiful thing for me and I've saved lives with it," he said.
January 18, 2015 |
"Remembering"? After the Whitney Houston biopic Whitney airs Saturday night on Lifetime, Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney , will air, allowing Brown, with the exquisite sense of timing that has made him a household name, to dump more garbage on the memory of his onetime wife. "There was infidelity in the marriage, yes, on both parts," he says. "Both of us cheated on each other - period. So that's hard to swallow for both of us. " Theirs was one of the most celebrated, and longest-running, troubled marriages in pop history, from 1992 to 2007.
January 16, 2015 |
Lifetime's original movies aren't exactly known for their narrative complexity or emotional subtlety. The cabler has a formula, making low-budget TV pics about women who suffer and/or overcome some sensational event or illness. The cast and the aesthetic have more in common with daytime soaps than with prime-time network dramas. Hey, if it works, we say, power to them. What is disappointing is that the channel did not make an exception for its Whitney Houston biopic. Whitney , a 90-minute flick starring Yaya DaCosta ( Tron: Legacy , The Messenger )
July 25, 2014 |
HERE'S ONE of the many things Tattle has learned over the years writing about celebrities (and just observing life): When people don't like you, they magnify your flaws, and when they like you, they overlook your flaws. This leads us to the Gary, Ind., Community School Board's plan to name a school after . . . Michael Jackson . On Tuesday, the board approved a memorandum of understanding with MJ's mother, Katherine Jackson , that says the district hopes the move will "inspire children to excel in the arts and education.
January 15, 2014 |
Beyoncé, feminist hero "Gender Equality is a Myth," writes Beyoncé in a new essay on The Shriver Report ( http://shriverreport.org ). Yes, B! B, the pop star and glamour puss. "We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality," opens the piece, which opines that true economic equality won't be attained until men demand their "wives, daughters, mothers, and sisters earn more - commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender. " Old patterns of behavior, old attitudes must be broken, says B. "We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect" until "gender equality becomes a natural way of life.
September 20, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Hanging out with author Terry McMillan is like chillin' with your worldly, slightly acerbic, super-chatty aunt. In the 1990s, she ushered in the era of black women's chick lit with her New York Times best-selling novel-turned-movie, Waiting to Exhale . The latest of the 61-year-old McMillan's eight tomes, Who Asked You? , was released Tuesday, launching her first book tour in three years. It will bring her Thursday night to the Free Library of Philadelphia, where she will join Jesmyn Ward, winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Salvage the Bones . "Now, she can write," McMillan says of Ward.