THIS WEEKEND’S TOP TEN MOVIES — DECEMBER 14-16
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, $84.8 million
Rise of the Guardians, $7.4 million
Lincoln, $7.2 million
Skyfall, $7 million
Life of Pi, $5.4 million
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2, $5.2 million
Wreck-It Ralph, $3.3 million
Playing for Keeps, $3.2 million
Red Dawn, $2.4 million
Silver Linings Playbook, $2 million
‘THE MINDY PROJECT’ Brings Back Beth Grant: Beth Grant will be returning to The Mindy Project as a series regular. The actress previously appeared on an episode as a nurse who was fired by Mindy.
80’S-SET PILOT COMING TO ABC: ABC has ordered a pilot for the sitcom How the F am I Normal. It is described as a dysfunctional Wonder Years set in the 1980’s.
DANE COOK SIGNS NBC DEAL: NBC has inked a deal with Dane Cook to develop a new starring vehicle for him on the network. His previous show, Next Caller, was not picked up the network for midseason.
JENNIFER LAWRENCE TO HOST ‘SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’: Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence will host Saturday Night Live on January 19th. Lumineers will be the musical guest.
‘CASABLANCA’ PIANO AUCTIONED OFF: A piano used in Casablanca earned $600,000 at an auction. It was previously auctioned off by Sotheby’s in 1988 and sold for $154,000 to a Japanese collector.
HUGH GRANT AGREES WITH ‘DAILY SHOW’ DISS: Hugh Grant admitted to being crabby during a 2009 appearance on The Daily Show and tweeted that John Stewart was “correct to give me kicking.” Stewart named Grant his least-favorite guest at a public appearance in New Jersey earlier in this month.
SALLY STRUTHERS PLEADS NOT GUILTY: Sally Struthers has pleaded not guilty for her DUI arrest in September. The 65-year-old actress will appear in court on February 13th for a bench trial.
SAMAIRE ARMSTRONG GIVES BIRTH: The Mentalist star Samaire Armstrong has given birth to her first child. The arrival of her son Calin was announced on her Facebook page on Sunday (December 16th.)
SIMON COWELL WANTS RIHANNA ON ‘X FACTOR’: Following the announcement that L.A. Reid will be vacating his spot on the judging panel, Simon Cowell is reportedly trying to recruit Rihanna to join the show. Simon is allegedly spending the holidays trying to persuade the superstar and is letting her choose if she wants to work on the American or UK version.
JANICE DICKINSON IS ENGAGED: Self-proclaimed supermodel Janice Dickinson is reportedly ready to marry for the fourth time. She has been spotted wearing a large diamond ring on her left hand while posing with her psychologist beau, Dr. Robert Gerner.
The victims of Amanda Bynes’ alleged hit-and-runs have dropped their charges claiming they have received “full satisfaction” since the incidents earlier this year. An L.A judge granted the deal after Amanda’s attorney presented two signed civil compromise forms in the courtroom.
Friday’s edition of E! News reported that prosecutors strongly objected to the deal but were overruled by the presiding judge. Bynes’ attorney told E!, “Amanda is satisfied and grateful for this outcome of the case.”
- Amanda still has a pending DUI case and is still facing two charges of driving with a suspended license.