With this week’s opening of “Star Trek Into Darkness" holds somewhat of a monopoly over the box office this weekend. It’s playing in 37-hundred regular theatres and another 336 IMAX locations. Deadline.com reports over 400 showings are already sold out for the weekend, and estimates are the movie will open with over $80-million bucks. (It cost $190 million to make, but will most likely break even by next weekend when you add in the overseas markets.) And, adding in that overseas market, after just 23 days in theaters, "Iron Man 3" crossed the $1-billion mark yesterday.
The sci-fi flick's only notable competition aside from "Great Gatsby" and "Iron Man 3." Is the limited release drama/comedy "The English Teacher" stars Julianne Moore, Nathan Lane, and Lily Collins. Moore plays a 40-year-old, single high-school english teacher whose life takes an unexpected turn when a former student, now in his 20s, comes back into her life.
NBC says SHAKIRA and USHER will be returning to "The Voice" -- but just not next season. The pair are taking some time off but will be back for season six in the Spring of 2014, replacing CEE LO GREEN and CHRISTINA AGUILERA so they can take some time off, too. However, ADAM LEVINE and BLAKE SHELTON apparently have signed and will stay on for both Season Five and Season Six as well. This means Adam, Blake, Cee Lo and Christina will be on hand for the blind auditions which begin again Jul 08 just three weeks after the current season’s finale on Jun 18.
Last night’s American Idol wrapped up season 12 with a finale that included performances by judges KEITH URBAN and MARIAH CAREY, former judge Jennifer Lopez, ARETHA FRANKLIN, PITBULL and yes, Psy, doing his new single, "Gentleman." And when it was all over 23-year-old CANDICE GLOVER was named the winner of Season 12 – becoming the first female singer to win since JORDIN SPARKS in 2007.
The world’s most famous Korean rapper also set to perform this weekend at the Billboard Music Awards – that will be handed out this weekend in Vegas. Madonna will be there to pick up her Top Touring Artist honor and a rare appearance by Prince who will accept the Billboard Icon award and perform as will Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Selena Gomez and Nicki Minaj. Presenters include Cee-Lo Green, Carly Rae Jepsen, Alanis Morisette, Shania Twain, Kesha, Miley Cyrus, Celine Dion and Psy. The Billboard Music Awards will air live Sunday at 8 on ABC.
With Glee’s Jane Lynch joined the cast of Annie the Musical as Miss Hannigan this week…., it’s time for a ticket discount. We’ve got the link to save some cash on tickets for performances now through July 14th. Use code BOX4 at http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/1740456?wt.mc_id=aff_BUYAT_54530&camefrom=CFC_BOX4&REFERRAL_ID=tmfeedbuyat54530&wt.mc_id=aff_BUYAT_54530&camefrom=CFC_BUYAT_54530
The New Broadway Cast Recording of the musical "Pippin" will be released digitally on June 4th, followed by a CD on July 9th. You get all 16 songs from the show, including ANDREA MARTIN's show stopper, "No Time At All," which features a 700-member amateur chorus. The album also features four songs from the show without vocals, so you can do your own "Pippin" karaoke.
The last episode of "The Office" was on last night --and STEVE CARRELL paid a surprise visit for the final episode, and Steve's character, Michael Scott, was the best man when Dwight married Angela. And while the show's over, there's still collectibles and t-shirts available from NBC, so you can get your boss that "Dunder Mifflin" coffee mug....
Also Sunday night- this could be interesting -- Oprah and Dr. Phil talk about how to play big and become the star in your life by defining success, spotting obstacles and harnessing the right tools to get what you want. on Oprah's Lifeclass Sunday at 9
It’s the number-one most-downloaded app of all time, so you gotta wonder how the Angry Birds movie will do… all we know so far is that Sony Pictures is working with Rovio, the company behind the game, it’ll be a 3-D film, and should hit theaters July Fourth weekend in 2016. No word yet on any voice talent, although Daily Variety says it’s being produced by the same guy who did "Despicable Me"
The Hollywood Reporter says HBO has ordered seven episodes of JAMES GANDALFINI's series, "Criminal Justice." --which originated on the BBC, but will run as a limited series. On the show, Gandalfini plays a jailhouse attorney who get involved in a case where a guy wakes up after a night of partying with a stranger to find her stabbed to death and is charged with her murder.
CW network’s "Sex and the City" prequel, "The Carrie Diaries" will be adding a young Samantha Jones. The Hollywood Reporter says, producers are casting for the younger Samantha, originally played by KIM CATTRELL on the HBO series. for the upcoming second season of the show. Viewers will get to see how the pair met on the new show, and eventually, if the show keeps getting renewed, how all the characters met.
Most of us hit up Groupon for a bargain on pizza or carpet cleaning, but the discount site has much more to offer --like a chance to meet a real-life superstar! The UK's Daily Mail reports 60 fans of GWYNETH PALTROW's Goop website were offered the chance to fly to New York for a VIP event with the actress where they would get two nights lodging, spa treatments, dinner at a French restaurant and an autographed cookbook for just $2-thousand dollars. Sorry, but the offer sold out in record time.