ENTERTAINMENT NEWSLast Update on Monday, April 21, 2014 3:05 AM EDT
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Captain America Wins 3rd Straight Box Office Title
The guy in red, white and blue continues to rake in the green. The latest Captain America movie has scored its third straight box office victory. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" took in another $26 million over the weekend to dominate the ticket sales list. The comic book character kicks around a new movie by Johnny Depp. His science-fiction thriller, "Transcendence" opened fourth with $11 million. It's the third straight box office disappointment for Depp — and another sign that moviegoers these days tend to prefer spending money on familiar franchises than on original movie ideas.
Johnny Depp rather liked the way his role was filmed for "Transcendence." He pretty much stayed in a little dark room the whole time. He says sometimes he couldn't find the rest of the people involved and everything was done through videotape and sound. He says it made him feel like Max Headroom.
Idris Elba Welcomes A Son
There's a new co-star in Idris Elba's life. The actor has welcomed his first son. The baby, named Winston, was born this past Thursday. In a tweet announcing the birth, the actor posted a photo of the baby's tiny hand gripping his finger. The mother is Elba's girlfriend, Naiyana Garth. It's the second child for Elba, who starred in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." He also has an 11-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.
Defense Attorney Points To Alibi For X-Men Director In Sex Abuse Case
An attorney for "X-Men" director Bryan Singer says he has information that can help clear his client of allegations that he sexually abused a teenage boy. The attorney says there are credit card receipts, telephone records and other details that can show Singer wasn't in Hawaii when a lawsuit claims some of the abuse took place. A suit filed by former child model Michael Egan III says Singer abused him several times over a three month period in Hawaii and earlier in California. The suit claims the young men were caught up in a Hollywood sex ring. Egan says he told authorities about the case — but doesn't know why charges weren't pursued.
Joss Whedon Releasing Movie As A $5 Download
You can't get into a movie for $5 any more — much less buy one, except from those bargain bins at department stores or the dollar store. But Joss Whedon is releasing a film he wrote as a $5 digital download — and in the process, is bypassing the normal channels of independent film distribution. "In Your Eyes" will be released on Vimeo On Demand and InYourEyesMovie.com. Whedon made the announcement after his movie made its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
Liam Neeson Targeted By Animal Rights Protesters
Liam Neeson had some unwelcome visitors at his home the other day: animal rights activists protesting his position on New York City's carriage horses. Neeson feels the horses should keep working. But on Saturday, about 50 demonstrators filled the sidewalk in front of his Manhattan apartment to disagree. Some held signs with slogans like: "Liam Neeson: Stop Supporting Cruelty." The actor, who's 61, is a vocal supporter of the city's carriage horse industry. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has promised to ban the horse-drawn carriages and replace them with electric vintage-style cars. Animal rights activists feel it's wrong for the horses to be subjected to traffic, pollution and possible accidents.
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter Dies; Boxer Was Subject Of Film Starring Denzel Washington
His struggle for freedom was the inspiration for both a Hollywood film starring Denzel Washington and a hit song by Bob Dylan. But in the end, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter lost his fight against prostate cancer. He died yesterday at age 76, but not before becoming a symbol of racial injustice in America. He spent 19 years in prison after being convicted of a triple murder he didn't commit. When finally exonerated, the ex-boxer showed little bitterness. His ordeal was popularized by Dylan's 1975 song "Hurricane" and a 1999 movie starring Washington, who got an Oscar nod for his portrayal of Carter. In a statement issued yesterday, Washington praised Hurricane Carter's "tireless fight to ensure justice for all."
Boondocks Returns For Fourth And Final Season
It's creator isn't there anymore. But "The Boondocks" is back on Adult Swim for its fourth and final season. The episodes air Mondays at 10:30 p.m., Eastern time. The animated series is known for its often brash takes on the black experience in U.S. Aaron McGruder has left the series — this, after Adult Swim says the two sides couldn't agree on a production schedule.
Lara Spencer Gets Co-Host Status On Gma
A promotion for Lara Spencer. ABC says she's now being billed as co-host on "Good Morning America," along with Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos. Spencer was the show's national correspondent from 1999 to 2004. She returned in 2011 as the show's lifestyle anchor. "GMA" continues to beat NBC's "Today" show in the ratings. But it now has to retool after recently losing team members Sam Champion and Josh Elliott. Last week, GMA added Michael Strahan as a contributor. He's currently the co-host of "Live with Kelly and Michael."
Ailing Craig Sager's Son Fills In On NBA Sideline Gig
Even people who don't know a three-pointer from a triple-double know Craig Sager — even if they only know him as the guy who wears those crazy outfits when he does his sideline reports on TNT telecasts of NBA games. Sager is missing the NBA playoffs this year as he undergoes treatment for leukemia. Yesterday son Craig Junior filled in for dad as the San Antonio Spurs hosted the Dallas Mavericks. Sager and Spurs coach Greg Popovich have often had terse exchanges during interviews. But Popovich was at ease with the younger Sager, even joking that the son had "great questions." Popovich wished the elder Sager well — and promised to "be nice" when he returns to work.
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