Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 Is Box Office Champ With $35 Million Debut

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 was the runaway winner this weekend, as it took the #1 spot at the box office with a $35 million debut. The Hugh Jackman/Jake Gyllenhaal thriller Prisoners was a distant second with $11.2 million, with Rush placing a disappointing third with just $10.3 million. Here’s the top 10:

1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 – $35 million

2. PrisonersFor an adult thriller, Prisoners is doing well. $11 million

3. RushPerforms below expectations with $10.3 million

4. Baggage Claim$9.3 million

5. Don John – Considering it cost $6 million, a $9 million outing is decent for the film.

6. Insidious Chapter 2 – $6.75 million. Worldwide: $78.84 million

7. The Family – $3.67 million

8. Instructions Not Included – $3.4 million

9. We’re The Millers – $2.86 million and Jennifer Aniston’s biggest hit in years.

10. Lee Daniels’ The Butler – $2.41 million


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Justin Timberlake Aims To “Move The Needle” With ’20/20 Experience – 2 of 2′

Runner, Runner (Twentieth Century Fox, Scott Garfield)Next week is pretty big for Justin Timberlake, thanks to the impending release of his new album The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 and the October 4th debut of the thriller Runner,Runner.

With Runner, Runner, Timberlake stars as a student who believes he’s been financially bamboozled by an online gaming site and he travels to Costa Rica to confront the site’s seemingly corrupt owner (Ben Affleck). What ensues is a cat and mouse game in which Timberlake’s character gets seduced into an opulent world filled with money, women, and crime.

Co-starring Gemma Arterton and Anthony Mackie, the film was directed by The Lincoln Lawyer filmmaker Brad Furman.

On the music end, Justin Timberlake doesn’t want to be simply lumped into the “pop” category. “I don’t really consider myself a pop artist,” said Timberlake. “You just go in and make music. You just go in and try to make music that you don’t hear on the radio, because I that’s the only way to move the needle, so to speak.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Timberlake talk about some of his favorite albums of 2013:

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Simon Cowell Wants Steeliness From ‘The X Factor’ Singers

THE X FACTOR (FOX, CR: Ray Mickshaw)Auditions end tonight on The X Factor (Fox, 8 pm et/pt), with the top 40 acts revealed on tomorrow’s installment. No matter how many singers or judges sit on those chairs, the show has one constant – Simon Cowell.

During his career, the former American Idol member has shaped his share of talent, and now he’s used those skills to help shape the creative direction of The X Factor. For Cowell, one of the most important facets of being a successful singer is the ability to make a lasting impression on the audience.

“Being unique,” said Cowell.  “Being remembered. Being focused. Having steel in their eyes. It’s why we called the show The X Factor because (it) can be anything from One Direction to Susan Boyle. I mean, they’re completely different artists but you remember them for different reasons. So it’s very difficult to put into worlds until you actually see it, but you know it when you see it.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Cowell talk about the challenges of being in the music industry:


Have you been checking out the audition rounds of The X Factor? If so, who are your favorite singers? Tell us what you think!


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New Girl Chemistry Originates a ‘Group Effort’ From Cast Members

New Girl (FOX, CR: Jennifer Clasen)One of the true high points of New Girl’s success, aside from its rapid fire one liners and hilariously inane plot lines, originates in the innate chemistry shared by the cast members. Now in its third season, the Fox sitcom continues to retain its high level of comedy. A great writing staff can take a show only so far; what’s truly needed are a group of actors who actually could pass off as friends.

“We’re a very tight knit cast,” said Zooey Deschanel. “I completely rely on these people, we all support each other, and it’s so much a group effort. So I’m very lucky to be working with all these people that I work with.”

Click on the media bar to hear fellow cast member Hannah Simone (she plays CeCe on the show) talk about the chemistry she has with her New Girl colleagues.



A new episode of New Girl, which features guest stars Dreama Walker, Angela Kinsey, and Mark Proksch, airs tonight (Fox, 9 pm et/pt).


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‘The Voice’ Season Premiere: Will Team Blake Win Another Singing Crown?

The Voice (NBC, CR: Trae Patton)

Tonight (NBC, 8 pm et/pt) marks the fifth season of The Voice, and although the last cycle featured a successful run from Usher and Shakira, show regulars  Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green are back as coaches.

Blake Shelton’s devoted country fan base as well as his diverse roster of talent has led to three straight wins, as Team Blake vets Jermaine Paul, Cassadee Pope, and Danielle Bradbery are all winners of The Voice (Blake’s season one frontrunner Dia Frampton was a finalist, as Javier Colon from Adam Levine’s team took home the coveted crown).

With a total Shelton domination, can the three judges step it up and give Team Blake a run for its money, or will the winning continue for the amiable singer and his new crew?

Sunday night’s Emmy win was a surprise for The Voice, as it beat out awards stalwart The Amazing Race and received the honor for Outstanding reality competition. The Voice executive producer Mark Burnett gave his thoughts during last night’s backstage interviews when asked about the success, as he described the program as a “kind show.” “There’s no humiliation in The Voice,” said Burnett. “People said these types of shows would never work without humiliation, but not true. America loves kindness and freshness and brilliant music.”

With ratings flagging for The X Factor and American Idol at an all time popularity low, The Voice’s momentum is at an all time high. Winning an Emmy also doesn’t hurt.


So who is your favorite coach on The Voice, and do you think Blake Shelton’s dominating run on the show will continue? Tell us what you think!!

In the following clip, Christina Aguilera explains why The Voice can serve as an “amazing school” for singers.


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