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WEEKEND MOVIE WRAP-UP
Opening in first place at the weekend box office was the sci-fi adaptation, The Maze Runner, based on James Dashner's young-adult novel about a group of teenage boys mysteriously locked inside a giant maze who are trying to find a way out. Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Sangster and Aml Ameen star.
A Walk Among the Tombstones debuted at Number Two, starring Liam Neeson as a former New York City police detective hired as a private investigator by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife. Dan Stevens, Boyd Holbrook, Mark Consuelos and David Harbour co-star.
Opening in third place was the ensemble-cast comedy This Is Where I Leave You, about four siblings sitting Shiva after their death of their father. It stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Kathryn Hahn, Rose Byrne, Abigail Spencer, Timothy Olyphant, Ben Schwartz, Connie Britton and Dax Shepard.
- Last week's top movie, No Good Deed, fell to fourth place.
THIS WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES -- SEPTEMBER 19-21
- The Maze Runner, $32.5 million
- A Walk Among the Tombstones, $13.1 million
- This Is Where I Leave You, $11.9 million
- No Good Dead, $10.2 million
- Dolphin Tale 2, $9 million
- Guardians of the Galaxy, $5.2 million
- Let's Be Cops, $2.7 million
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, $2.7 million
- The Drop, $2.1 million
- If I Stay, $1.8 million
NY TIMES CALLS SHONDA RHIMES 'ANGRY BLACK WOMAN'
NY Times TV critic Alessandra Stanley has come under fire for a recent article where she suggested that Shonda Rhimes' memoir should be called How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman. Shonda and a few Scandal cast members Scandal took to Twitter to respond.
Alessandra wrote, "When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman. On Thursday, Ms. Rhimes will introduce How to Get Away With Murder, yet another network series from her production company to showcase a powerful, intimidating black woman."
- Shonda responded on Friday (September 19th) by tweeting, "Confused why @nytimes critic doesn't know identity of CREATOR of show she's reviewing. @petenowa did u know u were "an angry black woman"? Apparently we can be "angry black women" together, because I didn't know I was one either! @petenowa #LearnSomethingNewEveryday. Final thing: (then I am gonna do some yoga): how come I am not "an angry black woman" the many times Meredith (or Addison!) rants? Wait. I'm" angry" AND a ROMANCE WRITER?!! I'm going to need to put down the internet and go dance this one out. Because ish is getting real."
- Scandal actor Joshua Malina chimed in by writing, "Wow. Did I just read a @nytimes piece that reduced my brilliant, creative, compassionate, thoughtful, badass boss to an 'angry black woman'?"
- Kerry Washington also tweeted a response pointing the NY Times to two rebuttal articles to Stanley's piece.
- Stanley has responded to the backlash with a statement saying, "The whole point of the piece -- once you read past the first 140 characters -- is to praise Shonda Rhimes for pushing back so successfully on a tiresome but insidious stereotype."
HONEY BOO BOO'S PARENTS SPLIT UP
Mama June and Sugar Bear Thompson have announced their decision to take a break. The Here Comes Honey Boo Boo stars released a statement on Friday (September 19th) explaining the split.
June said, "Sugar Bear and I have decided to take some time apart to figure out some things in our relationship. We are taking things day by day, but regardless of what happens, the girls will always be our number one priority. We want to thank y'all for your support."
- There are rumors circulating that June kicked Sugar out after finding his profile on several online dating sites. She reportedly plans to move out of their Georgia home with her four children to be closer to relatives after they finish filming the current season of the show.
KATE HUDSON CLAIMS SHE SEES DEAD PEOPLE
Kate Hudson says that she and her mother, Goldie Hawn, have the ability to communicate with the dead. She appeared on a British talk show on Friday (September 19th) to promote Wish I Was Here where she made the revelation.
The former Oscar nominee said, "Me and my mom Goldie can see dead people. It is not really seeing, it is feeling a spirit; a fifth energy. I believe in energy. I believe our brains can manifest into visual things." Kate added, "When you see something, you are supposed to tell the energy what year it is and that they don't belong there. When your brain is freaking out on you, you may have to remind it. Why is being dead funny?"
- She also claims to have once seen the ghost of a woman with no face.
- THE BIG BANG THEORY kicks off its eighth season at 8 P.M. with a double episode in which Leonard and Amy make an unexpected trip to Arizona to fetch Sheldon. The show stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik.
- SCORPION begins its series at 9 P.M. The show follows a group of misfit geniuses who, after a crisis at LAX, is brought in by the government to sort things out. The show stars Eddie Kaye Thomas, Emily Robinson, Robert Patrick and Kathartine McPhee.
- THE BLACKLIST starts its second season at 10 P.M. with Red facing a new threat in the form of Lord Baltimore and Liz trying to move on after her showdown with Tom. The show stars James Spader, Megan Boone, Ryan Eggold and Diego Klattenhoff.
- GOTHAM kicks off its series at 8 P.M. The show follows Detective James Gordon who performs his work in the dangerously corrupt city of Gotham, which consistently teeters between good and evil. The show stars Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Sean Pertwee.
- SLEEPY HOLLOW, at 9 P.M., begins its second season with Abbie stuck in purgatory, Ichabod buried alive and Katrina kidnapped by the headless horseman. The show stars Tom Milson, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones, Katia Winter and Lyndie Greenwood.
- FOREVER, starring premieres at 10 P.M. The show follows New York medical examiner Dr. Henry Morgan who hides the medical secret of his immortality, even as he works to uncover its cause. The show stars Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza, Judd Hirsch and Lee Tergesen.
- NCIS starts its twelfth season at 8 P.M. with Gibbs and McGee traveling to Russia to escort a computer engineer home. The show stars Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette, Mark Harmon and David McCallum.
- NCIS: NEW ORLEANS kicks of its series at 9 P.M. with the team investigating the death of a petty officer whom Pride had mentored. The show stars Mike R. Moreau, Charles Barber, Stacie Davis and Lauren Graham.
- PERSON OF INTEREST begins its fourth season at 10 P.M. with the team trying ot adapt to their new lives after having taken new identities. The show stars James Caviezel, Michael Emerson and Taraji P. Henson.
- CHICAGO FIRE starts its third season at 10 P.M. with Boden pushing his team to pull it together in the aftermath of the explosion. The show stars Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Lauren German and Charlie Barnett.
- MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. kicks off its second season at 9 P.M. with Coulson and his team continuing to work to keep the world safe even as wanted fugitives. The show stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton and B.J. Britt.
- LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT begins its sixteenth season at 9 P.M. with Benson struggling to balance work and her new role of foster mother. The show stars Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino.
- CHICAGO P.D. kicks off its second season at 10 P.M. with Burgess meeting her new partner while Voight's vehicle is T-boned while following an armored car carrying Ruzek. The show stars Sofia Bush, Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Jesse Lee Soffer and Patrick John Flueger.
- THE MIDDLE kicks off its sixth season at 8 P.M. with Frankie discovering school started a week earlier than she thought as Brick looks for the perfect book bag. The show stars Ed Sher, Atticus Shaffer, Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott and Chris Kattan.
- THE GOLDBERGS begins its second season at 8:30 P.M. with Beverly intercepting the mix tape Adam made for Dan. The show stars Jeff Garlin, Wendi McLendon-Covey, George Segal, Sean Giambrone, Hayley Orrantia and Troy Gentile.
- MODERN FAMILY starts its sixth season at 9 P.M. with Gloria giving Jay a taste of his own medicine. The show stars Ed O'Neill, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet.
- BLACK-ISH begins its series at 9:30 P.M. with advertising executive Dre happily anticipting a promotion. The show stars Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi and Marcus Scribner.
- NASHVILLE kicks off its third season at 10 P.M. with Rayna having to choose between two men and two directions her life could take as Juliette auditions for a film role. The show stars Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Clare Bowen, Eric Close, Charles Esten, Sam Palladio and Jonathan Jackson.
- GREY'S ANATOMY starts its eleventh season at 8 P.M. with Meredith struggling to find a sense of normalcy as Bailey realizes she will have to battle Alex for the board seat. The show stars Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr.
- SCANDAL begins its fourth season at 9 P.M. with Fitz and Cyrus working to make a positive impact on the country. The show stars Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Guillermo Diaz and Jeff Perry.
- HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER kicks off its series at 10 P.M. with Annalise Keating, a tough criminal law professor, presenting her students with challenging cases to solve and asking the smartest, most promosing candidates to work for her. The show stars Viola Davis, Charlie Weber, Billy Brown, Karen Cabrera and Alfred Enoch.
- PARENTHOOD kicks off its sixth season at 10 P.M. with Sarah taking Zeek on a birthday trip to Las Vegas. The show stars Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen, Sam Jaeger, Joy Bryant, Bonnie Bedelia and Craig T. Nelson.
- BONES begins its tenth season at 8 P.M. with Brennan and the team trying to absolve Booth and get him out of prison while Booth encounters criminals he was responsible for incarcerating. The show stars Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin and T.J. Thyne.
- HAWAII FIVE-0 begins its fifth season at 9 P.M. with team searching for a terrorist who is using weaponizes drones on civilians. The show stars Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park.
- BLUE BLOODS kicks off its fifth season at 10 P.M. with Danny tracking down the drug cartel that attacked a convoy transporting drugs to be incinerated. The show stars Donnie Wahlberg, Tom Selleck, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes and Len Cariou.
- SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE's fourtieth season premieres with Chris Pratt hosting and Ariana Grande performing.
- ONCE UPON A TIME kicks off its fourth season at 8 P.M. with Elsa creating a snow monster for protection as Anna discovers new information about her parents. The show stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin and Robert Carlyle.
- RESURRECTION begins its second season at 9 P.M. with Bellamy waking up alone on the outskirts of Arcadia, unable to remember the past week. The show stars Omar Epps, Matt Craven, Kurtwood Smith, Frances Fisher and Samaire Armstrong.
- REVENGE starts its fourth season at 10 P.M. with Emily planning her most surprising party yet. The show stars Emily VanCamp, Madaleine Stowe, Gabriel Mann, Nick Wechsler and Joshua Bowman.
- THE SIMPSONS begins its twenty-sixth season at 8 P.M. with Lisa trying to keep Homer from getting hurt.
- BROOKLYN NINE-NINE starts its second season at 8:30 P.M. with Jake learns one mobster got away after his undercover FBI operation ends supposedly successfully. The show stars Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero and Jo Lo Truglio.
- FAMILY GUY kicks off its thirteenth season at 9 P.M. with an hourlong episode in which The Griffins go to Springfield where they encounter a stranger named Homer Simpson.
DANIEL RADCLIFFE REPAYS OLD CAB FARE: Daniel Radcliffe kept to his word and paid back a 50 Euro loan he got from a group of Irish athletes he partied with after their championship win back in 2012. One of the guys from the group shared a photo of the money and letter he got from the Harry Potter star writing, "Two years later, Daniel Radcliffe pays us back the taxi fare from that infamous night." Daniel's letter read, "Hi guys, So, Thanks again for paying for my cab! I couldn't live with myself if I didn't honor my word and pay you back. Once again great meeting you all. Hope this covers it!"
DIRECTOR SLAMS SHARON STONE'S DIVA ANTICS: Sharon Stone's director in the film Golden Boy claims that her demands for signing onto the film were outrageous and out of control. Pupi Avati told The Hollywood Reporter, "It was a negotiation that bordered on ridiculousness, concerning embarrassing details, as if Italy was a third world country. By the way, we do have electricity in Italy." The Italian filmmaker added, "Then my brother received a phone call from Los Angeles from her manager. She wouldn't come back on the set until the photographers and especially that damned TV cameramen had gone away. Obviously we did so and she, like nothing happened, shot the scene. The thing that I found most absurd is that she had to call to the States and to close herself in a car, instead of coming to ask us directly." A rep for Sharon has denied Avati's claims and insists that she is "the consummate professional."
OBSESSIVE FAN THREATENS TO HARM HIMSELF OVER MIRANDA COSGROVE: Former I-Carly star Miranda Cosgrove was contacted by an obsessive fan earlier this month who was threatening self-harm because she didn't love him. Joshua Stockton had allegedly been sending gifts to her which were all returned unopened. He tweeted photos to her claiming he would kill himself because of his unrequited feelings. A California judge has granted protection to Miranda and ordered Joshua to keep away.
JENNIFER GARNER EXPLAINS WHY SHE ISN'T INTO SOCIAL MEDIA: Jennifer Garner isn't interested in getting Twitter or Instagram followers. The Men, Women & Children star recently chatted with People about being anti-social media saying, "I have an official Facebook page. I'm not on Twitter, Instagram. I have a couple of reasons. One, I don't want any more guilt coming from my phone or computer. I have the hardest time answering emails, anyway, so the last thing I want to feel is indebted to my phone or computer. So it's time. And the other is, what would I Instagram that people would want to see. There is nothing I would put out that people would want to see. It's probably best to stay away. They don't want to see me and my mom friends after kindergarten drop-off."
PRINCE WILLIAM GOES ON KATE MIDDLETON'S TRIP TO MALTA: Prince William stepped in to go on Kate Middleton's scheduled tour of Malta. Kate had to back out as a result of her severe morning sickness from her second pregnancy. William delivered a speech from his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II and met with Malta president Marie Louise Coleiro Preca. He also told the people, "I'm sorry Catherine couldn't be here. She's doing a little bit better, thanks. George has grown up a lot. He's a strong boy!"
COLIN FARRELL JOINS SEASON TWO OF 'TRUE DETECTIVE': Colin Farrell has officially joined the cast of the second season of True Detective. He told The Sunday World, "I know it will be eight episodes and take around four or five months to shoot. I know very little about it, but we’re shooting in the environs of Los Angeles which is great. It means I get to stay at home and see the kids." There rumors that Elisabeth Moss, Rachel McAdams, and Jessica Biel are in the running for the female lead.
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT MAY PLAY EDWARD SNOWDEN: Deadline is reporting that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is negotiating a deal to star in a movie about CIA leaker Edward Snowden. He is reportedly the top choice for director Oliver Stone to take on the role for the project which is scheduled to begin shooting in December. The project will be based on Snowden's lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, called Time of the Octopus.
CHARLES MANSON STORY TO BE ADAPTED FOR THE BIG SCREEN: The story of Charles Manson may be heading to the big screen. Roxwell Films has picked up the rights to The Family -- the 1971 book by Ed Sanders about Manson's life before his role in the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders. The script will be written by American Psycho co-writer Guinevere Turner.
'MAZE RUNNER' SEQUEL IN THE WORKS: Following a successful opening weekend, Fox has announced that Maze Runner sequel, The Scorch Trials, will be released on September 18th, 2015. Director Wes Ball will be returning for the second installment. Concept art for the film was shown to fans at San Diego Comic Con back in July.
POLLY BERGEN HAS DIED: Actress/singer Polly Bergen passed away on Saturday (September 20th) at the age of 84. She was known for roles in the original Cape Fear and Kisses For My President as well as recent roles on Desperate Housewives and The Sopranos. Polly also earned a Tony nomination in 2001 for her work in Stephen Sondheim's revival of Follies.
MELISSA RIVERS REVEALS 'FASHION POLICE' WILL CONTINUE
Fashion Police will continue without Joan Rivers. Melissa Rivers revealed the news during E!'s special, Fashion Police: Remembering Joan, which aired on Friday (September 19th.)
Melissa told the audience, "Yes, Fashion Police will continue. We're going to hit pause for a little while, but Fashion Police will be back in January. I really want to thank all of the Joan Rangers for the outpouring of love and support, it has meant so much to Cooper and me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you."
- The show's first new episode in 2015 will be a fashion recap of the Golden Globes.