Don’t have plans with your mom for Mother’s Day yet? Go take her to see The Great Gatsby— you’ll have plenty of company. The glossy literary adaptation is exceeding nearly all box office expectations this weekend, making a whopping $19 million between midnight Thursday and Friday showings, and on track for a $53 million opening. As we noted yesterday, that’s more than director Baz Luhrmann’s last film Australia made during its entire theatrical run in the United States.
But it still won’t be enough to beat last weekend’s big champion Iron Man 3, which Deadline reports is down 62% from its opening weekend and will make $67 million for the weekend. If you compare it to what The Avengers made in its second weekend that’s nothing, of course, but we’ve known for a while that Iron Man 3 is huge, but not Avengers huge. Meanwhile there’s also Peeples, the weekend’s other new release that’s barely making an impact, netting just $1.1 million on Friday.
You don’t have to look far to find us discussing both The Great Gatsby and Iron Man 3 all over the place, but we’ve particularly enjoyed debating DiCaprio’s performance in The Great Gatsby and arguing pretty much constantly about whether or not Iron Man 3‘s treatment of The Mandarin was the right thing to do. You can also read our reviews of Gatsby, Iron Man 3 and even poor, underloved Peeples. Join any of those conversations at the links, or jump in the comments below to let us know what you’re seeing this weekend.
Lovatics couldn’t seem to wait to hear new music, so on Monday, they unlocked the entirety of Demi Lovato‘s self-titled May 14 album for themselves.
The singer kicked it all off with the tweet, “Who wants to hear my album RIGHT NOW???,” directing fans to a special website where the locked songs were waiting to be uncovered. Once the Lovatics made the song title a Twitter trend, the song was made available for streaming. It only took about three hours for fans to get a hold on all 13 songs on Demi.
Demi is a blend of power ballads, feel-good dance tracks and upbeat anthems. And while Lovato mostly goes at it on her own, she invites one-time “X Factor” U.K. contestant Cher Lloyd along for some fun on “Really Don’t Care.” The release certainly recalls the emotional and musical ups and downs of her 2011 release, Unbroken.
Tom Cruise will fly into Beijing this week to attend the premiere of Oblivion, according to reports in the Chinese media.
Representatives of Universal Pictures, the film’s producers, said the actor will be arriving in China to attend the gala screening alongside director Joseph Kosinski, according to a report on the online entertainment news portal of state-backed Xinhua News Agency.
The actor’s presence will certainly give the film a crucial boost at the box office, with the Universal Pictures release forced to compete with Django Unchained after seeing its opening date pushed back from April to May 10. Quentin Tarantino‘s film opens May 12, a month after it was yanked from cinemas on the morning of its April 10 release and re-edited to remove any nudity.
Gleeks unite! Regionals are right around the corner on Glee, and the New Directions have never been more determined to get to Nationals. The season finale should be full of drama: from Ryder finally getting a lead on his mysterious chat buddy to Brittany copping a new attitude from her M.I.T. trip, plenty will distract the singing students from their work onstage.
Here, get an exclusive first listen to a moment from the finale: the group’s cover of Icona Pop’s “I Love It.” The cover maintains the original track’s hard electro beat and dance-pop vocals, then throws in the show’s signature harmonies and some impressive solos. We can only hope it serves them well on their road to Nationals.
Catch the season finale of Glee on Thursday, May 9th at 9 p.m. EST on Fox.
It was The Top 4: Part Deux on “American Idol”Wednesday (May 1), but the real fireworks were at the judges’ table, not with the contestants.
Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, who despite sitting a few feet apart all season long only recently started acknowledging each other’s existence, got in a pair of minor verbal skirmishes, one of which ended with Minaj trying to hand Carey a cotton swab “so you can clean them ears out!” And guest mentor Harry Connick Jr. got into it with Randy Jackson, telling the Dawg “Randy, Randy, stop!” — something viewers have wanted to tell Jackson for 12 seasons — after Jackson was caught giving bizarre mixed messages to Kree Harrison.
As for the contestants, the judges did their best to make this week interesting in terms of votes. Since no one went home on last week’s show, votes from last week carry over to this week, with the two getting added together to determine who will be going home (for good) and who will be going home (for their “Idol” hometown visit) after Thursday’s show. Amber Holcomb and Candice Glover were in the bottom two last week, and on Wednesday they wound up with the best reviews from the judges, while Angie Miller and Kree Harrison were given a tougher time from the panel.
Canadian singer Michael Buble went straight to the top of the weekly Billboard 200 album chart, scoring his fourth No. 1 album.
“To Be Loved” – a mix of standards and original songs – sold 195,000 copies in its first week, beating out its nearest competitor by more than 100,000 according to figures on Wednesday from Nielsen SoundScan.
The 37-year-old singer’s follow-up to his 2011 “Christmas” album had already topped the charts in the U.K. following its April 15 release there.
R&B singer Fantasia, a former winner of the “American Idol” singing competition, grabbed the second spot on the chart with her fourth album, “Side Effects of You,” which sold some 91,000 units in its first week.
Justin Timberlake’s album, “The 20/20 Experience,” held onto the third spot on the chart for the third consecutive week, selling 74,000 copies.
One Direction fans should make some room under the tree, because the boys are planning to deliver their third album by Christmas.
That’s according to member Louis Tomlinson, who told England’s Daily Star that they’ve already been hard at work on the follow-up to last year’s Take Me Home.
“We’ve already started recording the album, we started about a month ago,” Tomlinson said. “We’ve been writing and recording it while on tour. We are really happy with it.
We don’t want to rush it but it will be out for Christmas.”
Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sande scored a new chart record on Sunday with her debut album after a stellar year in Britain that has paved the way for her next challenge – the U.S. market.
Sande smashed a record held for nearly 50 years by The Beatles when her debut album, “Our Version of Events”, hit its 63rd week in the top 10 of the UK album charts, according to the Official Charts Company.
The Beatles previously held the record for the debut album spending the most consecutive weeks in the top 10 with “Please Please Me” racking up 62 weeks in 1963 and 1964.
“It feels quite surreal to even have your name mentioned in the same sentence as The Beatles,” Sande, 26, told Reuters television.
“For a record to stay there for so long it means that people have connected with it so that’s how I’m enjoying celebrating this record.”
The release of “Our Version Of Events” in February 2012 kicked off a year of successes for Sande who sang at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics and won best British female artist and best album at the BRIT Awards.
While Taylor Swift, Fun. and Maroon 5 are all the top nominees at the upcoming Billboard Awards with 11 nods each, music lovers might be surprised by the staying power of Adele and her February 2011 album release 21.
Two years after dropping her unstoppable sophomore album, the singer finds herself up for a handful of awards at the May 19 broadcast, including Top Billboard 200 album. Swift’s Red, Mumford & Sons’ Babel and One Direction‘s two 2012 album releases Take Me Home and Up All Night are all vying for that prize as well.
Adele will face off against more high-rollers in the Top Pop Album category. Maroon 5’s Overexposed, 1D’s two albums once again and Justin Bieber‘s Believe are all hoping to win. Read more
Carly Rae Jepsen proved Sunday night that her 2012 breakthrough single “Call Me Maybe” is still getting dialed up. The singer snatched up three prizes at the Juno Awards, even beating out fellow School Boy Records artist Justin Bieber in one category.
The 27-year-old’s inescapable hit won for Single of the Year and her 2012 album, Kiss, won for Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year at the Canadian music awards show. But Bieber hardly went home empty-handed. He was voted by his Beliebers to victory in the Juno Fan Choice Award category.
Shortly after her win, Jepsen wrote, “Wow- Pop Album of the YEAR! thejunoawards #JUNOawards I’m beaming! Thank you so much #KISS.”