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There's no place like "Home" at the box office for families

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It was home, sweet “Home” this weekend at the box office. 
 
The animated comedy, about an alien race called the Boov and featuring the voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna and Steve Martin, did better than anyone predicted and was No. 1 with an estimated $54 million. 
 
That was almost $20 million more than the R-rated “Get Hard” (which received largely harsh and negative reviews) starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. 
 
Here are the early figures, courtesy of Rentrak: 
 
1. “Home” — $54,000,000.
2. “Get Hard” — $34,610,000.
3. “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” — $22,075,000, bringing its North American gross to $86,393,823 so far. 
4. “Cinderella” — $17,515,000, for $150,022,529 to date. 
5. “It Follows” — $4,021,000, or $4,755,463 since very limited release. 
6. “Kingsman: The Secret Service” — $3,050,000, or $119,423,759.
7. “Run All Night” — $2,205,000, for $23,822,518 so far. 
8. “Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” — $2,185,000, for $28,134,803. 
9. “Do You Believe?” — $2,150,000, or $7,051,559. 
10. “The Gunman” —$2,044,746, for $8,809,611.
 
This weekend, expect it to be all about “Furious 7” starring Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker. 
 

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Watch Southpaw preview here with Jake Gyllenhaal as boxer

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The first trailer for “Southpaw,” shot in Pittsburgh by native Antoine Fuqua and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker and others, is out. The movie will arrive in theaters July 31.

This is not Pittsburgh as Pittsburgh although you might recognize some of the locations.

Here is a link to my interview with Fuqua as he was wrapping up production here. 

http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/movies/2014/08/17/city-native-antoine-fuqua-filmed-his-movie-here/201408170027

 

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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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