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The Waltons Actor Joe Conley Dies

Waltons actor Joe Conley has died after a battle with dementia. According to his wife Louise, Conley passed away Sunday at a nursing home in Newbury Park, California. He was 85-years-old. No other details were available.

Conley appeared on popular shows like “Green Acres” and “The Beverly Hillbillies,” but it is his longtime role on The Waltons for which he is best known. Conley starred as Virginia general store owner Ike Godsey from the show’s debut in 1972 until its end in 1981. He then appeared as Ike in Waltons TV movies.

The Waltons was based on the book Spencer’s Mountain by Earl Hamner, Jr. It followed the Waltons family as they lived through the Great Depression and World War II. The Waltons also starred Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby and Will Geer.

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‘Iron Man 3’ Earns $175M in Second-Biggest Debut Ever

Iron Man is a bigger golden boy than ever with a $175.3 million opening weekend at the domestic box office for the superhero’s latest sequel.

According to studio estimates Sunday, “Iron Man 3” had the second-biggest debut ever, behind the $207.4 million start last year for “The Avengers,” which teamed him with other Marvel Comics heroes.

Opening a week earlier overseas, “Iron Man 3” has hauled in $504.8 million internationally, giving the blockbuster a worldwide total of $680.1 million.

The film shot past the $312 million international total for “Iron Man 2” in its entire theatrical run.

“Iron Man 3” far outpaced the franchise’s first two movies. “Iron Man” launched the series with a $98.6 million domestic debut in 2008, while 2010’s “Iron Man 2” opened with $128.1 million.

Iron Man 3" Takes Off with 93% of Today’s Ticket Sales on Fandango

Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoer destination, reported today that Iron Man 3 is the first film this year to score 100 on the company’s Fanticipation scale (above), which charts movie fan buzz and excitement around the weekend box office line-up. Numerical scores (on a 1-100 scale) are calculated based a proprietary analysis of Fandango’s advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement. To date, Iron Man 3 is flying away with 93% of Fandango’s ticket sales today as of 10 am PT.

Voted in a springtime Fandango moviegoer survey as the most anticipated film of the summer season, Iron Man 3 is currently Fandango’s top-selling advance ticket-seller of the year, and its advance sales are outperforming Iron Man 2, at the same point in that film’s sales cycle.

According to a Fandango survey of more than 1,000 Iron Man 3 ticket-buyers:

88% of survey respondents said The Avengers influenced their decision to see Iron Man 3.

62% said Gwyneth Paltrow’s more dynamic role in Iron Man 3 increased their interest in seeing the movie.

57% picked Sir Ben Kingsley as the most anticipated newcomer to the Iron Man franchise.

Iron Man is Biggest Blockbuster of 2013 in UK So Far

Robert Downey, Jr.’s superhero spectacular Iron Man 3 has crushed the competition at the British box office to land the biggest opening weekend of the year.

The third installment of the Iron Man franchise, starring Downey, Jr. as playboy industrialist-turned-crime fighter Tony Stark, has broken the 2013 record set by movie musical Les Miserables back in January following its release last week.

The blockbuster raked in $22 million over the weekend, making it the biggest movie event of the year so far after Les Miserables scored $13 million in its first few days on sale.

The figures dwarf U.K. ticket sales for the first two movies in the franchise – 2008’s Iron Man and 2010’s Iron Man 2, which brought in opening weekend sales of approximately $7.7 million and $10.9 million respectively.

Iron Man 3’s huge opening has pushed Gerard Butler’s thriller Olympus Has Fallen into second place with weekend takings of $1.5 million.

The Iron Man sequel, which opens in America on Friday, is enjoying massive box office success around the world and became Italy’s biggest opener for the month of April earlier this week.

Robert Downey, Jr. Predicts at Least One Oscar Win

Actor Robert Downey, Jr. is convinced that it’s only a matter of time before he is on stage collecting an Oscar for Best Actor.

The Iron Man star has twice been nominated for an Academy Award, once for 1992’s Chaplin and again in 2008 for his comedic turn in Tropic Thunder.

However, Downey, Jr. has no problems about missing out on Hollywood’s biggest prize to Al Pacino and Heath Ledger respectively, because he knows he will eventually hold the fabled golden statuette in his hand.

He tells GQ, “I know it’s going to happen. That’s just a fact. I, personally, would be shocked if we went to the end of the tape now and I didn’t have at least one. Because it just doesn’t make sense. That’s why I don’t mind showing up and watching everybody else get them.”

Despite his self-confidence, the actor insists he doesn’t strive for critical acclaim, adding, “I don’t care. I used to think I cared, and I couldn’t care less. Now, I’m not saying I wouldn’t get a little choked up, but it is amazing to see how people are literally hyperventilating when they get up there, because they have such an attachment to this outcome. I mean, it’s not like we’re at the Olympics or something.”

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Marvel’s The Avengers" Trailer Sets New Record With Over 13.7 Million Views in First 24 Hours on iTunes

Marvel Studios announced today that its new trailer for this summer’s most highly anticipated movie, “Marvel’s The Avengers,” has been viewed over 13.7 million times in the first 24 hours of its debut, setting a new record for the most-viewed trailer on iTunes (http://www.apple.com/trailers) and the iTunes Trailers app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The new trailer, unveiled Wednesday, February 29, exclusively on iTunes, gives fans another quick look at “Marvel’s The Avengers”—the ultimate Super Hero team up—based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since.

In “Marvel’s The Avengers” the world’s greatest Super Heroes assemble when Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) join S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to protect the world from the dangerous and powerful villain, Loki (Tom Hiddleston).

An exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is from Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures, produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Joss Whedon from a screenplay by Joss Whedon.

“Marvel’s The Avengers” will be released on May 4, 2012.

American Idol Judges Bumped off Wish List

Harry  Connick, Jr., Chris Isaak and Shania Twain are no longer in the run ning to take over the judging chairs vacated by Ellen DeGreneres and Simon Cowell on TV talent show American Idol, according to new reports.
The trio has been mentioned as contenders in recent weeks, alongside Je nnifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Jessica Simpson and Justin Timberlake.
A source tells EW.com that Lopez and Tyler are still very much possibil ities to sit alongside existing judge Randy Jackson, but all the other ce lebrities are no longer on the wish list.
Former producer Nigel Lythgoe, who favours a three-person panel, has re turned to the show.