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March 26 Rated PG movie podcast: Home, Get Hard

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Michael Keaton on SNL April 4

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87 BS 0039Pittsburgh native Michael Keaton will host “Saturday Night Live” for the third time on April 4. 
 
Keaton received his first Oscar nomination — along with many prizes from his peers and critics — for best picture “Birdman.” 
 
He next will be seen in “Spotlight,” the story of The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2003 series on the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal, He portrays reporter-editor Walter V. Robinson in the film from director and co-writer Thomas McCarthy. 
 
Keaton also provides a voice in the “Minions” animated movie coming out in July, and he also will star in “The Founder,” the story of Ray Kroc who revolutionized the fast-food industry with McDonalds. 
 
(Photo of Michael Keaton arriving at Oscars by Anacleto Rapping / A.M.P.A.S. Photo of Keaton and his musician son, Sean Douglas, by Matt Petit, A.M.P.A.S.) 
 
Multi-platinum, Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen will make her “SNL” musical guest debut on Easter Saturday. Jepsen’s new single “I Really Like You” is climbing the charts.  
 
Jepsen’s debut album, Kiss featured her breakout single “Call Me Maybe,” which hit No. 1 on the iTunes Singles charts in over 47 countries and has sold more than 17 million singles worldwide to date.
 
On April 11, Academy Award-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson will make her “SNL” hosting debut.  Henson stars as “Cookie” on the megahit television series, “Empire,” which just aired its season finale.
 
Mumford & Sons will perform as “SNL” musical guest for the second time. Their third studio album, “Wilder Mind,” will be released on May 4, and the band will headline "Gentlemen of the Road Stopover" events in the U.S. and U.K. this summer.

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Fifty Shades of Grey on DVD in May with extras, unrated version

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fifty-shades-of-grey-blu-ray-dvd-US-BOX-ART-2D rgbIf you were too embarrassed or time-crunched to see “Fifty Shades of Grey” in the theater, it will arrive on digital HD May 1 and Blu-ray, DVD and on demand on Friday, May 8. In other words, just in time for Mother's Day.
 
The Blu-ray and digital HD will include an unrated version with an alternate ending along with two hours of bonus features. The movie stars Dakota Johnson as a shy literature student who interviews the enigmatic Christian Grey, portrayed by Jamie Dornan, and is ushered into his secretive sexual world.
 
Bonus features on the Blu-ray include looks at Grey, his world, the actor who plays the character, his apartment and wardrobe, rich man’s toys (cars, plane, helicopter), along with similar treatment for Johnson’s character Ana and an interview with novelist E.L. James, a consultant for Grey’s particular sexual tastes and music videos 
  
 

 

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Mission: Impossible buzz begins

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Talk about planning ahead. 
 
Paramount Pictures announced today that tickets for the first showings of “Mission Impossible — Rogue Nation” are available now that the trailer for the Tom Cruise movie is out. 
 
The advance tickets are available for Thursday, July 30 showings at 7 p.m. in IMAX and premium large-format theaters and 8 p.m. at additional participating locations nationwide. The tickets are available online at Fandango, Movietickets.com and participating theater box offices.
 
Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24, and through Friday, March 27,  fans purchasing advance tickets at Fandango and Movietickets.com will receive a code for a free HD digital copy of any previous installment in the blockbuster “Mission: Impossible” franchise.
 
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.MissionImpossible.com
 
The movie reunites Cruise with Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames and also stars Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris and Alec Baldwin. Christopher McQuarrie directed the film. 
 
 

 

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Insurgent No. 1 with $54 million

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“The Divergent Series: Insurgent” opened with an estimated $54 million, a little under what the first movie made. Above photo shows (left to right) Theo James, Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller, going through the breakfast line at the Amity farm where they are holed up. 
 
“Cinderella” proved she has staying power, picking up another nearly $35 million for $122 million to date. It is already over the $250 million mark globally, Rentrak reports. 
 
Here are early estimates from Rentrak: 
 
1. “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” — $54,025,000.
2. “Cinderella” — $34,492,000, for $122,041,134 to date. 
3. “Run All Night” — $5,115,000, or $19,721,888 since release. 
4. “The Gunman” — $5,008,707.
5. “Kingsman: The Secret Service” — $4,600,000, for $114,570,443. 
6. “Do You Believe?” — $4,000,000.
7. “Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” — $3,450,000, bumping its total to 
$24,125,100.
8. “Focus” — $3,300,000, or $49,403,477.
9. “Chappie” — $2,650,000, for $28,304,439.
10. “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” — $2,350,000, or $158,793,851 so far. 
 
Insurgent6Here is part of the weekend commentary by Rentrak’s Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst:
 
“Lionsgate’s ‘Insurgent’ leads the weekend, posting a solid $54.025 million debut.  This comes exactly one year after the first film in the franchise, ‘Divergent’ enjoyed a similarly strong $54.6M opening weekend.  
 
“The YA category seems to have a very enthusiastic audience with females (and younger fans in general), able to propel these films to big box office results. The star power of Shailene Woodley and an impressive cast along with a great marketing campaign and an effective release date made this one a winner.
 
"Notably, ‘Insurgent’ has grossed an estimated $101 million worldwide through Sunday.”
 
Kate Winslet and Ansel Elgort in above "Insurgent" photo.
 
 

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