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A Pennsylvania high school student was suspended this week for having the balls to pursue the American dream of securing a prom date with Miss America herself, Nina Davuluri.
18-year-old Patrick Farves was cheered on by the student body at Central York High School in York, PA when he approached Davuluri with a plastic flower in hand in the middle of an assembly. School officials, however, were not pleased, and he was immediately taken to the principals office, where he received a three-day in-school suspension.
The exchange — which the administration warned Farves against beforehand after getting wind of his plan, according to the York Dispatch — has gained national attention, and inspired students to protest the punishment under a #FreePatty Twitter hashtag.
In response, the school released a statement explaining the decision to punish Farves for following his dream.
“It is not our practice to discipline a student for asking someone – even Miss America – to a school dance. However, it is our practice to set expectations for student behavior, to communicate those expectations and rules to students and families and to ensure those rules are followed within our schools,” the statement reads. ”Yesterday's event was a wonderful experience for our students and a once in a lifetime opportunity for our district, and it is a shame that the media wants to frame this story to sell papers and make headlines using a distortion of what actually occurred.”
Miss America released a statement, as well. Farves will still have to search for a prom date, but at least she was “flattered” and is on board with the #FreePatty movement.
“On Thursday, a student invited me to prom and gave me a flower while I was giving a presentation in York, Pennsylvania. I was flattered by the gesture although I am unfortunately unable to attend due to my travel schedule,” Davuluri wrote on Facebook. ”I later learned of the disciplinary action taken and reached out to the school in hopes that they will reconsider their decision.”
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The student — who will likely down in his high school class’ history book as “the man, the myth, the legend” — has accepted his fate, and understands why he was punished by the school.
“I don't want to be the type of person to do something like that and then justify myself,” Farves told the York Dispatch. “All the people who were in [the assembly], they did a lot of hard work and probably spent a lot of time getting Miss American to our school, so I completely understand why they were frustrated.”
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Prince released a new single called “Breakdown,” and you can listen to it for free.
The music icon dropped the new tune (below) just short of midnight on Friday, the same day he announced he's working on a new studio album.
The “Purple Rain” singer told late-night host Arsenio Hall in March that the song was coming, but didn't say when.
“There's a song we've just written called, ‘The Breakdown,'” he said. “One of the things that we try to do, though, is wait until we have other songs that go together with our favorites. That's why it takes a long time to come out with albums these days. You know, not being under contract, there's no rush.”
Under a new partnership with Warner Bros. Records, the label will release will release previously unheard material from the artist and a digitally remastered, deluxe 30th anniversary edition of his 1984 soundtrack to the film “Purple Rain.”
Prince didn't say when it would drop, but he did promise “a brand-new studio album is on the way.”
Listen to the first track, below:
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A severe allergic reaction to antibiotics has forced Miley Cyrus to postpone the remaining U.S. dates on her Bangerz tour until August.
According to a statement on the 21-year-old pop star's website, Cyrus “is continuing to recover from the severe allergic reaction she suffered on April 15.”
“Existing tickets will be honored on the new dates, which include previously cancelled and postponed dates,” the statement promises. “Additionally, two tour dates have been added in Pittsburgh and Chicago. The European leg of the tour will proceed as planned.”
Cyrus was forced to cancel a show in Kansas City on Tuesday after she was hospitalized due to the allergic reaction, and subsequently cancelled concerts in St. Louis, Louisville and Nashville this week.
sux seeing everyone havin fun in Nashville. My home town & the place I was looking the most forward to. Pissed off @ everything/everyone rn.
- Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) April 19, 2014
Cyrus took to Twitter again on Saturday to reassure her fans that she was on the road to recovery.
my 1st night sleeping all the way thru by myself. no nurses needed ðŸ' now up for breathinggg treatments. PLZ say Im on the
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August 1 Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum
August 2 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
August 4 Pittsburgh, PA – Venue TBD
August 6 Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
August 7 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
August 9 Louisville, KY – KFC YUM! Center
August 10 St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
August 12 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
August 14 Chicago, IL – United Center
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White House Responds to ‘Deport Justin Bieber’ Petition: Is This the End for Our Famous Canadian Friend?
The White House has responded to 273, 968 Americans demanding the deportation of Justin Bieber, and unfortunately for concerned citizens hoping the pop star's green card would be revoked, the U.S. government Beliebs it would be an “improper” issue to address.
“Sorry to disappoint, but we won't be commenting on this one,” the White House's official response states. “The We the People terms of participation state that, ‘to avoid the appearance of improper influence, the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government in its response to a petition.' So we'll leave it to others to comment on Mr. Bieber's case.”
The petition that was launched in January described Bieber as a “dangerous, reckless, destructive” presence in American pop culture.
“He is not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nations youth,” the petition reads. “We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society.”
Since the petition attracted over 100,000 electronic signatures, the Obama administration was required to respond. While it wouldn't weigh in on Bieber's positive or negative impact on American culture, it did use the opportunity to push the President's 4-step immigration reform plan.
“We're glad you care about immigration issues. Because our current system is broken. Too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers, and 11 million people are living in the shadows,” the response reads. “That status quo isn't good for our economy or our country. We need common-sense immigration reform to make sure everyone plays by the same set of rules. Not only is it the right thing to do morally, it's the right thing for our country.”
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I Don't Know What Bryan Singer Did, and Neither Do You
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WonderCon: Warner Bros Still Earns Cheers With Largely Star-Less Presentation & Jaw-Dropping ‘Godzilla’ Tsunami ClipNext to the all-star fireworks Warner Bros unleashed at CinemaCon last month with Adam Sandler, Johnny Depp and Clint Eastwood, the studio kicked off WonderCon’s Saturday movie schedule on a sleepy note with a low wattage of stars. Comparisons to Disney’s previous D23s are inevitable, especially due to the fact that the Mouse House has trotted out such megastars at this same venue — the Anaheim Convention Center Arena — in its previous confabs, i.e. Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman, and Robert Downey Jr. First up for Warner Bros today was a fresh Edge of Tomorrow trailer, spotlighting co-star Bill Paxton as a Kentucky sergeant; Paxton later took the stage. Though Edge of Tomorrow star Tom Cruise didn’t show, the crowd didn’t seem to mind, rolling their cheers in appreciation for the Aliens thespian, but still — Cruise isn’t here. Nor was Godzilla castmember Bryan Cranston, a fave for his panels appearances at ComicCon for Breaking Bad. Related: CinemaCon: Warner Bros. Brings Out Star Power to Court Theater Owners Thank God for the Godzilla clip toward the end of the panel. Introduced by director Gareth Edwards, it showed a mesmerizing in-your-face tsunami scene that floods a tropical city, in addition to Godzilla battling a three-legged moth monster at an airport. The crowd stamped their feet. “I thought it was going to be the easiest thing in the world ... Read More »
Could Apple Maps finally have discovered the existence of the Loch Ness monster? And, as a result, could the world finally recognize the existence of Apple Maps?
A satellite image (above) from Apple's version of Google Maps shows a mysterious white blob, with what appear to be a pair of flippers at its side, underneath the waters of Loch Ness in Scottish Highlands.
According to the totally-non-biased “experts” at the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club, a six month study has concluded the image is “likely” proof of the fabled monster's existence.
‘We've been looking at it for a long time trying to work out exactly what it is. It looks like a boat wake, but the boat is missing. You can see some boats moored at the shore, but there isn't one here. We've shown it to boat experts and they don't know what it is,” club president Gary Campbell told the Daily Mail. “Whatever this is, it is under the water and heading south, so unless there have been secret submarine trials going on in the loch, the size of the object would make it likely to be Nessie.”
Deep-sea biologist Andrew David Thaler said otherwise on Friday after taking a few minutes out of his day on Friday to study the image. Ironically, he used Google Earth to discredit the fan club's months of hard, analytical work.
“The accompanying image is a low-resolution satellite image of a boat wake, available, apparently, only on Apple Maps. There's really not deconstruction needed, it's a boat wake,” Thaler wrote on his blog.
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He even found a handy-dandy GIF made from higher-resolution satellite images of what he believes is the very boat that created the wake in question.
While proving his point about the monster-sized boat wake, he also proved that Google is far better resource for monster hunters hunting monsters on their smartphone.
“Apple doesn't have it's own imaging satellites. The fact that the image only shows up in Apple Maps, not Google, is due to Apple either using a slightly different image set to stitch together a picture of the loch, or has a less robust algorithm for dealing with artifacts,” Thaler explained.
“Both the boat in the northern picture and the ‘ghost boat’ in the monster picture are about 20 meters long. There are no 20-meter long catfish. There are no whale sharks in Loch Ness (how would they survive in freshwater?). It's a boat,” Thaler continued. “If something looks exactly like a boat wake, in a place where there are plenty of boats, when a similar boat can actually be seen in the same region, it's a boat.”
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Tila Tequila is pregnant, or so she alleged/threatened in a Twitter post Friday. If it's true, prepare yourselves for the apocalypse, 'cause that may be next.
The controversial reality star told her followers:
“Surprise!! I’m 10 weeks pregnant! I just couldn’t hold it in any longer as this brings me so much joy and happiness to know that there is a baby Tila on the way."
“Yayy! I’m gonna be a Mommy!”
"May God bless my little bundle of joy on this Good Friday! I love you sooooo much little baby!" she added, one day after teasing us with the following:
"Hi Everyone! I have missed you all so very much, but I had to disappear for a while to get my act together and enjoy my newfound happiness with sober living!"
"I have more exciting news to follow up shortly! I love you all so much and thank you so much for having been there for me throughout all of these years!
"I am happy, healthy, glowing & growing these days! Things are only about to get better from this point forward. That's a promise! hehe - Miss Tila because I missed you!"
Who's the man who put a baby inside Tila Tequila? Is there actually a baby inside Tila Tequila? No one can answer either question with certainty now.
Why would any part of us question whether this is legitimate? Because her penchant for lies and PR stunts makes Farrah Abraham look honest.
She's also certifiable. Just a few short months ago, this is a woman who was ranting about being Adolf Hitler reborn ... and claiming Paul Walker was murdered.
On the flip side, she's supposedly sober now and having gone off the grid for a few months, maybe Tila Tequila has finally turned over a new leaf.
What better way to celebrate than a baby by an unnamed gentleman (just go with it, we need to try to end this story on a positive note somehow) ... right?
1. Tila Tequila on Her Back
Tila Tequila is ready to take it. She lies back here in a still image from her second sex tape.
2. Tila Tequila Sex Tape Pics
Brace yourselves. These are photos from the new Tila Tequila sex tape.
3. Tila Tequila on All Fours
Come hither, Tila Tequila. The reality star is on all fours in this sex tape still.
4. Tila Tequila Sex Tape Still
This is a photo from the second Tila Tequila sex tape. Look at it at your own risk.
7. Take the Kiss Back!
Darn it. We're gonna have to clean off our computer screens now. Tila Tequila has just blown a kiss and possibly given them a STD.
8. So Not Hot
It's not shocking that Tila Tequila would wear this outfit. But we are surprised over why she'd be invited to the Maxim Hot 100 party. She isn't hot.
9. Legs Wide Open
Pop quiz: has Tila Tequila ever posed for a photo with her legs closed? The answer is no.
10. Scarcely Clothed
This is a typical photo of Tila Tequila: barely clothed and surrounded by all her friends.
11. Red Carpet Mess
Tila Tequila hosted a launch party for her CD in May 2010. Very few people showed up for it.
12. More Breasts
We get it, Tila Tequila: you have breasts! This really isn't something you need to show off so often.
13. Classic Tila
At a launch party for her CD, Tila Tequila wore... well, this. Should we even ask what readers think of it?
14. Tila in NYC
Tila Tequila is now a celebrity blogger. Call us crazy, but we don't fear this competition.
15. Failing to Sing
Tila Tequila is singing in this photo. Correction: she is trying to sing, and failing.
16. (Don't) Leave
Note to Tila Tequila: if you want the paparazzi to leave you alone, just go inside your house.
17. Tila Tequila Cleavage Picture
Tila Tequila shows off her cleavage. Surprisingly this is a very unrevealing image for her.
Tila Tequila isn't afraid to show off her body. In fact, it's pretty much the only way she ever makes any money.
19. Your Hook Up
Tila Tequila sends a smooch to her fans. This photo was taken at a book signing by the reality TV star, as she has penned "Hooking Up with Tila Tequila."
20. Tila Tequila and Courtenay Semel
It's all good in the girl-on-girl 'hood for Tila Tequila and Courtenay Semel, who appear to be pawing at each other again here at the AMAs. Way to go, classy ladies.
21. She Kissed a Girl!
And we bet Tila Tequila liked it. The self-proclaimed bisexual gets her lesbian on in this photo.
22. Tila Tequila in Playboy
Tila Tequila is everywhere. Here she is from a Playboy pictorial. The model and MySpace vixen has also appeared in Penthouse.
Bryan Singer was not in Hawaii in when a lawsuit claims he sexually abused a 17-year-old boy in 1999, and his lawyer says he's got credit card receipts, telephone records and production schedules to prove it.
Defense attorney Marty Singer told the Associated Press that his client was busy working on “X-Men” in Toronto from August through October that year.
“This was Bryan's first studio film,” defense attorney Marty Singer told the Associated Press. “Clearly, he's not going to take a break in the middle of this movie while you're shooting and prepping it to go to Hawaii.”
The lawyer has yet to respond to TheWrap‘s request for comment, and did not release any of the records to AP, citing privacy for his client.
Michael Egan, the plaintiff in a lawsuit attorney Jeff Herman filed in Hawaii earlier this week, claims Singer forcibly sodomized him on multiple occasions — first at a pool party at an estate in Encino, Calif., then in Hawaii.
During the first of several Hawaii trips, Singer allegedly “put a handful of cocaine against Plaintiff's nose and forced him to inhale it” and “provided Plaintiff with a beverage which he drank which significantly impacted his consciousness and his motor skills” before anally raping him twice.
Singer's attorney has said the lawsuit was “completely without merit.”
Egan claims he was not the only underage boy who was abused, and his attorney stated at a press conference in Beverly Hills on Thursday that he has other clients who will allege being abused in future lawsuits, as well.
“I've been contacted by other victims who were alleging they were abused by other Hollywood industry people, completely unrelated to Mike's case,” Herman said.
Herman has yet to respond to TheWrap's request for additional comment.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ Falls, ‘Hannibal’ Surges, ’20/20′ Up As ABC Wins Demo For FridayThere was a lot cooking on primetime last night and Friday’s menu was a mix of the undercooked and the more-than-just-right. The second week of Season 6 of Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares traveled to the troubled Old Neighborhood Restaurant in Arvada, CO and to a Greek joint in Queens, NY, where the owner couple were in almost as much trouble as their establishment. Unfortunately for the two-hour reality show, the trouble didn’t stop there: the Gordon Ramsay series took a 17% dive from its 8 PM (1.0/4) premiere April 11 and an 18% drop from its 9 PM (0.9/3) broadcast last week. On the gastrological flipside, NBC’s resident cannibal was served a much-appreciated meal. The sometimes unsteady Hannibal (0.9/3) took a big bite of the ratings to garner a 29% rise over last week. With less competition in its 10 PM time slot, that’s best that the thriller series has done in three weeks among adults 18-49. Additionally, last night’s episode was also up 30% among total viewers from its April 11 show to 2.930 million. Part of Hannibal’s surge has to be credited to the rise of its lead-in: Dateline (1.2/4) was up 9% from its last original April 3. Through ABC won the night among the key demo again with a 1.5/5, its primetime was a jambalaya with some ingredients tasting better than ... Read More »
If one thing's for sure after looking through this slideshow it's that Joan Rivers' plastic surgeon needs to start handing out his business card on the red carpet.
Or we could just let people age like they're supposed to so they don't end up looking like Joan Rivers one day. Yeah, there's that option.
Here, so you can see and believe, are 18 stars who are the same age. You can Google if you want, but you might be too busy picking your jaw up off the floor to do that.
1. Kate Upton and Selena Gomez
Starting life as a Disney star might have done Selena Gomez good. She and Kate Upton are the same age but one looks far older than the other.
2. Jon Hamm and Jared Leto
Mad Men's Jon Hamm and Dallas Buyer's Club's Jared Leto are the same age. Maybe it's the long hair that keeps Leto looking so Jordan Catalono-like.
3. Robin Wright and Halle Berry
Robin Wright and Halle Berry are both 47 years old. Halle just gave birth to her second child while Robin's are grown and flown.
4. Andrew Lincoln and Jim Parsons
Also joining the 40 club are Andrew Lincoln and The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons. Looks like killing zombies has added some years to Lincoln.
5. Leonardo DiCaprio and Seth Green
It's hard to believe it, but Leonardi DiCaprio and Seth Green are both 40 years old. Does Seth Green look 40 to you?
6. Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson
Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson were born in 1990. In addition to a birth year, they share a love of Dior.
7. Kim Novak and Joan Rivers
Kim Novak and Joan Rivers were both born in 1933. One of them clearly aged more gracefully...with the help of a better plastic surgeon.
8. Rob Lowe and Russell Crowe
Rob Lowe and Russell Crowe are 1) poetic and 2) the same age. But you couldn't tell it by these photos.
From booze, to drugs, to just plain ol' genetics, everybody ages. Even Hollywood's rich and famous and attention-seeking reality TV stars.
Some just do it better than others.
And Hollywood's women do it better than the men, even counting Joan Rivers among the lot.
Or maybe it's just that the men don't care as much and it's yet another comment on the inherent sexism of Hollywood running through the celebrity gossip blogs that women have to stay young looking to be beautiful while men can rock the gray and nobody cares.
Except for Jared Leto of course, who might be a never-aging vampire like Pharrell Williams. And Halle Berry, who just birthed her second child at 47 years old. It's probably the kids who are keeping her young while for most of us the opposite is true.
Excuse me while I go slather on ever anti-aging serum in Sephora.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Rio 2” are neck-and-neck for the top box-office spot again this weekend, while the faith-based drama “Heaven Is for Real” surged past the dismal debut of Johnny Depp's sci-fi tale “Transcendence” on Friday.
Disney's Marvel superhero sequel has the inside track on its third straight No. 1 finish after a $9.5 million Friday put it on course for a $24 million Easter weekend total. Fox's animated musical brought $9.2 million and is on a $23 million pace, but the family crowd will determine who finishes on top. Last weekend, “The Winter Soldier” outperformed the singing parrots of “Rio 2” on Saturday and Sunday to keep the crown. The Blue Sky Studios animated film is in more theaters than “Captain America,” 3,975 to 3,825, and that could make a difference.
“The Winter Soldier” raised its domestic total to $184.4 million on Friday, topping the $176 million haul of “Captain America: The First Avenger” in just 15 days. It's up to more than $520 million globally.
Sony Tristar's “Heaven Is for Real,” starring Greg Kinnear as a small-town pastor whose son claims to have seen heaven after a near-death experience, brought in a strong $7.8 million Friday. Its $3,248 per-screen average in 2,417 theaters that was better than any film in wide release. Since its Wednesday opening, the $12 million film's estimated total is $14.8 million, and Sony is projecting it will take in $27 million for the five-day holiday weekend.
“Transcendence” brought in $4.8 million Friday, which puts it on pace for a $12 million three-day total. That's well below the $20 million pre-release projections for the thriller, which was financed to the tune of $100 million by Alcon Entertainment and China's DMG Entertainment, and marks Depp's fourth box-office bomb in a row.
His last major score was “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” back in the summer of 2011. His turns as Jack Sparrow in Disney's series of swashbucklers have taken in more than $3.7 billion, but it's been three years since the last one. “Alice in Wonderland” topped a billion dollars globally, but Disney's 3D extravaganza was back in 2010.
First night audiences gave “Transcendence” a crummy “C+” CinemaScore, in line with the critics, who have it at 19 percent positive on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.
The low-budget horror spoof “A Haunted House 2” was fifth after taking in $4 million on its first day from 2,310 theaters. Distributor Open Road was projecting a $10 million weekend for Marlon Wayans-Jaime Pressley comedy, well below the $18 million that the original film debuted with in January of 2013, before going on to take in $60 million worldwide.
Summit Entertainment's Kevin Costner football drama “Draft Day” held well. Its $2.1 million Friday was off just 40 percent from last week and puts it on pace for a $6 million second week that would lift its domestic total to nearly $20 million.
Summit's teen sci-fi adventure “Divergent” and Relativity Media's horror film “Oculus” followed, and both should finish the weekend with $5 million-$6 million. That would bring “Divergent” up to $133 million domestically after five weeks.
The Disneynature documentary “Bears” brought in $2.3 million in its first day in 1,720 theaters, and is on pace for a $5 million opening weekend.
Two other faith-based movies, “Noah” and “God's Not Dead,” came next.
Paramount's Darren Aronofsky-directed Biblical epic brought in $1.6 million Friday and should end the weekend at $4.7 million. That would up its domestic total to nearly $93 million after our weeks.
The $1.6 million Friday take for “God's Not Dead” was actually up four percent from last week, even though it dropped 102 theaters. It should wind up Easter weekend with around $3.8 million, which would lift the domestic total for the $5 million indie from Pure Flix Entertainment over $47 million after five weeks.
“Fading Gigolo,” the R-rated comedy written, directed and starring John Turturro and co-starring Woody Allen, got off to a good start for Millennium Entertainment with $58,000 from five theaters. If it stays on that pace, it will bring in roughly $177,000 for the weekend, which would be a roughly $35,000 per-screen average.
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So much for Johnny Depp breaking his box-office slump with “Transcendence.”
His sci-fi thriller got off to terrible start on Friday and looks like it will end Easter weekend with just $12 million, about $10 million under expectations that were modest to begin with for a film with a $100 million budget. On Saturday the film was running fourth behind reigning No. 1 “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” the family film “Rio 2” and “Heaven Is for Real,” the faith-based family drama that has just opened.
The box-office belly flop for “Transcendence” makes it four straight misfires for Depp, coming on the heels of last year's “The Lone Ranger,” 2012's “Dark Shadows” and 2011's “The Rum Diaries.”
His last major score was “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” back in the summer of 2011. Depp's turns as Jack Sparrow in Disney's series of swashbucklers have taken in more than $3.7 billion, but it's been three years since the last one. “Alice in Wonderland” topped a billion dollars globally, but Disney's 3D extravaganza was back in 2010.
The weak showing by “Transcendence” isn't all Depp's doing. In the PG-13-rated thriller scripted by Jack Paglan, Depp plays a cutting edge scientist whose brain is uploaded to a computer after he's shot by anti-tech radicals. It's the directing debut of Christopher Nolan's longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister, and co-stars Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany and Kate Mara.
The critics don't like it either — it's at 19 percent on Rotten Tomatoes — and first-night audiences gave it a lousy “C+” CinemaScore.
“I think he's become over-exposed in the U.S., not just in the movies, but because of all the celebrity coverage that he has no control over,” BoxOffice.com vice-president and senior analyst Phil Contrino said.
“He's made some questionable decision in terms of his movie choices, and you string a few of those together and you can hurt your good will.”
Warner Bros. is distributing “Transcendence,” which was financed by Alcon Entertainment and China's DMG Entertainment and could do better overseas. It will be out in a handful of markets this weekend, including China, where Depp spent several days promoting it.
Contrino said the damage to Depp is not irreversible.
“He's such a big movie star that all it will take is one big role and he'll be back,” Contrino said.
Depp has two major Disney projects in the works: “Through the Looking Glass,” a sequel to “Alice in Wonderland,” and the fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean” film — “Dead Men Tell No Tales” — set for 2016.
His immediate follow-ups will roll out much sooner. Kevin Smith's horror film “Tusk,” the mystery thriller “London Fields” (with Amber Heard), Lionsgate's crime drama “Mortdecai” and the comedy fantasy, “Into the Woods,” are all set for this fall. Depp is also set to play Whitey Bulger in the mob drama “Black Mass,” which is set for 2015.
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Box Office: ‘Heaven Is For Real’ Surprises; ‘Captain America’ May Pass $200M And Flips The Bird As ‘Rio 2′ Perched at No. 2; ‘Transcendence’ Soft
OPENING: Heaven Is For Real (SONY) best opener est. $18.9M to $20.1M (3-day) and $26.8M to $27M+ (5-day); Transcendence (WB) No. 4 with $11.5M to $11.8M; A Haunted House 2 (OPRD) $9M to $9.4M in top five; Bears (DIS) hibernating with $5M at No. 9.UPDATED, SATURDAY, 7:17 AM: Positions have not changed this morning — Captain America: The Winter Soldier is No. 1 three weekends in a row for Disney/Marvel and Rio 2 is in the second spot for Fox, but estimates have been revised slightly. Captain America is now expected to gross $24.5M to $25.4M compared to $23M for the animated sequel Rio 2, which is now lower at $23M+ for the 3-day. It looks like Captain America will cross $200M this weekend or come very close to it at least. And next weekend, the franchise has a strong possibility of holding on to No. 1 for the fourth weekend in a row. If it does so, it will be the first picture since Hunger Games to do so in 2012 and before that The Dark Knight in 2008. There is nothing of circumstance opening next weekend to put the whoa’s on it (competition is the female comedy The Other Woman, the late Paul Walker starrer Brick Mansions, and the horror film The Quiet Ones). Read More »