Derek Hough Talks ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 20: Will He Be Back?

Season 19 of Dancing with the Stars has wrapped, and a winner has been declared. That means that many DWTS fans are already turning their attention to Season 20 set to debut in the spring, wondering if Derek Hough and other popular pros will be returning. What does Derek say about his plans regarding the show?

 Derek Hough’s fans know that he tends not to make solid decisions regarding future seasons with Dancing with the Stars too far ahead of time. He’s taken a couple of seasons off, but he has surprised DWTS fans several times in the past year or two by returning again and again. Will he be back for Season 20, one already getting a lot of hype due to it being a big anniversary season?

Hough writes in his TV Guide blog that at this point, it’s simply too early to say for certain. He admits, though, that he can’t imagine not being a part of the 10-year anniversary of the show that he’s been with for so long. Derek adds that he feels lucky and thankful to be a part of it, and DWTS fans have long seen that the show holds a special place in his heart.

Weekend Box Office: ‘Interstellar’ Hits $449M Worldwide

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I created a wholly separate weekend box office report for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part I. As such, thought I’d try something different this weekend. I’ll be offering a separate weekend box office report for the various holdover news. This post is that separate report. Let me know if you approve of this potentially new format, which will allow me to give more context to both the new release films and the various holdovers.

The big holdover news was the apparent crashing-and-burning of Dumb and Dumber To on its second weekend. The Universal (Comcast CMCSA +1.73%) release earned just $13.8 million on its second weekend, a drop of 62% from last weekend’s $36m opening weekend. Now the film is not expensive, so a $57.5m ten-day total for the $40m Jim Carrey/Jeff Daniels comedy is nothing to be sneezed at, especially as the film may-well level out over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend since there isn’t too much coming out next weekend. Last weekend’s $36m debut means that there was an audience for a sequel to the 1994 comedy, but either it was an audience mostly limited to the die-hards who showed up already or it was a case of the fans and general audiences not approving of what they saw. The reviews are terrible and the word-of-mouth was mixed at best. Quite frankly, this was not a surprise.

American Music Awards: 8 stars who stole the show

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At the American Music Awards on Sunday, there was plenty of love for international artists.

British boy band One Direction was a big winner at the 2014 ceremony, taking home both the artist of the year award and the trophy for favorite pop/rock band, duo or group.

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, who walked into the ceremony as the lead nominee with six nods, also won two awards on Sunday, including the favorite rap/hip-hop album honor.

“This award is the first award I’ve ever won in my entire life, and it means so much to me that it is for best hip-hop because that’s what inspired me to move to America and pursue my dreams, and it’s what helped me when I was a teenager to escape and to get through my life and to better times,” Azalea told the audience while accepting her trophy.

Meanwhile, soulful British singer Sam Smith, who showcased his pipes during Sunday’s ceremony, was awarded the favorite pop/rock male artist trophy. Read more

Faith-Based Moviegoers Flock to Kirk Cameron’s ‘Saving Christmas’

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Kirk Cameron‘s “Saving Christmas” may not be a hit with the critics, but that didn’t seem to crimp its box-office opening.

The faith-based family film starring Cameron opened in 410 theaters this weekend and took in a little over $1 million for distributor Samuel Goldwyn Films. That’s not a breakout by any means, but its $2,486 per-screen average is pretty good, when you consider its “fresh” or positive rating” on Rotten Tomatoes is a dismal 10 percent.

Darren Doane wrote and directed “Saving Christmas,” which follows Cameron enjoying his sister’s holiday party until he realizes his brother-in-law (Doane) needs to keep Christ at the center of the Christmas celebration. Bridgette Ridenour and David Shannon co-star in the indie movie from Camfam Studios and Provident Films.

Goldwyn said Sunday that the plan is to gradually expand “Saving Christmas” through the holidays.

New singer brings new acclaim to Christian group Newsboys

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The Newsboys might be the Van Halen of Christian music.

Van Halen famously is one of the few bands ever to replace one singer (David Lee Roth) with another of similar stature (Sammy Hagar) and not only survive the change, but also go on to match, if not exceed, the success of the original edition.

In 2009, the Newsboys’ singer (and main songwriter) Peter Furler left the band, leaving the remaining trio of keyboardist/bassist Jeff Frankenstein, drummer Duncan Phillips and guitarist Jody Davis to pick up the pieces.

Like Van Halen, the Newsboys found a new vocalist in Michael Tait, whose credentials matched those the Newsboys amassed during its initial 24 years. Over that span, the group from Queensland, Australia, won five Dove Awards, the Christian music industry’s equivalent of a Grammy, and released nine albums that all went Top 5 on the Christian music chart, with four hitting No. 1.

Tait began his career in the Christian rap/pop trio DC Talk, which had three albums that topped 1 million copies sold — “Free At Last” (1992), “Jesus Freak” (1995) and “Supernatural” (1998). Those albums won DC Talk three Grammy Awards and more than a dozen Dove Awards. Read more

EXCLUSIVE: Sony’s Now Working on a Spider-Man-Less Aunt May Movie

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Here comes Trouble, and I might mean that literally.

It’s been obvious from the various and absolutely crazy rumors about upcoming Spider-Man movies that Sony is struggling to find a direction for the franchise and the crazier the rumors get the more it seems like they’d rather milk the property from every single angle rather than give the main character back to Marvel. What started as rumors of villain-centric series, The Sinister Six and Venom, has been transformed by the increasing chorus of disappointed sighs from Amazing Spider-Man 2 to Venom: Carnage and “a female lead Spider-Man movie” that might be a crazy movie codenamed Glass Ceiling that features female Spider-Man Universe characters that have never been team-up before in history, let alone on screen.

Now, it’s my solemn duty to put another wild Sony thrashing Spider-Movie on the pile of rumored Spider-Man movies. I was told by the Latino Review editorial brain-trust that this is completely true: Sony is pursuing an Aunt May movie. Read more…

Taylor Swift Celebrates 1.287 Million 1989 Album Sales in First Week With Kendrick Lamar

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T-Swift celebrating with some K-Dot! Taylor Swift‘s 1989 sold a whopping 1.287 million copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and damn, she feels amazing.

The “Blank Space” singer, 24, celebrated her chart-topping feat by posting a message for fans on her Instagram late Tuesday, Nov. 4. “Industry experts predicted 1989 would sell 650k first week,” Swift wrote. “You went and bought 1.287 million albums. AND IT’S GOT ME LIKE.”

Debut of ‘Interstellar,’ ‘Big Hero 6’ could mean box-office magic

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Hollywood rolls out two big movies this week that could debut with more than $50 million apiece at the box office, a feat that’s only happened three other times in history.

The release of Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” and Disney’s “Big Hero 6” couldn’t come at a better time for the film industry as it gears up for the crucial holiday season. They could help the movie business make up for lost ground after it experienced one of the worst summer domestic box-office seasons in recent memory.

Studios and movie chains are still holding out hope that ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada might come close to matching last year’s record of $10.9 billion. The current box office is down almost 4% year to date. Read full article..

Miranda Lambert, Meghan Trainor Sing Flawless Duet of “All About That Bass” at 2014 CMA Awards

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Every inch of this performance was perfect! Miranda Lambert and Meghan Trainor delivered a flawless duet of the smash single, “All About That Bass,” at the 2014 Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

Lambert, 30, and Trainor, 20, took to the stage before their country crooning cohorts wearing flirty A-line frocks. The duo harmonized in unison as they sang the platinum-selling hit and playfully stared each other down. The song, though not a country hit, gave the singers a chance to showcase their impressive soulful vocal chops.