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Robert Downey, Jr. Named Hollywood’s Most Valuable Star

Actor Robert Downey, Jr. has been crowned as Hollywood’s Most Valuable Star for the second consecutive year in a new magazine poll.

The Iron Man actor retained his place at number one on the Vulture.com top 100 list, earning him the title of ‘The King’ by website editors, who took into account factors including film box office takings, studio value, and likability with fans and critics alike for the countdown.

He beat out Leonardo DiCaprio, who ranked second, followed by The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence in third.

Sandra Bullock and Brad Pitt rounded out the top five, while Will Smith, Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks all ranked in the top 10.

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Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth End Engagement

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have called off their engagement.

The former Hannah Montana star’s representative has confirmed the sad news to E!, explaining the couple has ended its almost four-year relationship.

Hemsworth and Cyrus met and fell in love while filming The Last Song in 2009. After briefly splitting in 2010, the couple reunited and became engaged in 2012.

Last week, rumors resurfaced about a romance between Hemsworth and January Jones, but his representative denied the reports calling  them “tabloid fiction.”

On Saturday, Cyrus stopped following The Hunger Games star on Twitter.com.

The couple was last spotted together last month at the Los Angeles premiere of Hemsworth’s movie Paranoia.

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Miley Cyrus Opens Up About Engagement To ELLE UK

In the June issue of ELLE UK, Miley Cyrus dishes on her much talked about relationship with fiancé Liam Hemsworth. It remains unclear if the interview was done before rumors surfaced of a split and a postponed wedding.

“We have a house together and dogs. It just seems right to be wearing this ring and to be committed,” the 20-year-old tells ELLE of her life with Hemsworth. “But, we keep our relationship low-key and don’t talk about it anymore.”

Another thing that “seems right” for the couple is shielding their everyday life from the spotlight that came with being open on social media. “We were too nice to the world and gave them too much insight — into my life and my puppies and my house — and I just don’t feel they get that privilege anymore,” Cyrus explains. “Like on my Twitter, I’m much more… not conservative, but you don’t see a picture of my dogs. You don’t get that personal stuff anymore.”

Rumors that the couple’s engagement had been called off first surfaced in March. “I am so sick of La. And sick of the lies that come with it. I didn’t call off my wedding. Taking a break from social media. #draining,” Cyrus tweeted at the time.

Earlier this month, insiders claimed Cyrus and the Hunger Games actor had put plans for a summer wedding on hold to “figure out their life together.” “They’re still engaged and living together. They just realized that there is no rush with the wedding and that it’s better that they wait a bit,” a source told People magazine.

The June issue of ELLE UK will hit newsstands on May 1. Up next for Cyrus is the release of the first single from her upcoming album. The song will feature Snoop Lion.

People’s Choice Awards Winners List 2013

Wednesday’s 2013 People’s Choice Awards honors the best in television, music and movies — as chosen by the fans themselves.

Hosted by Kaley Cuoco, the show is airing LIVE from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Winners:

Movie: The Hunger Games

Movie actor: Robert Downey, Jr.

Movie actress: Jennifer Lawrence

Action movie: The Hunger Games

Action movie star: Chris Hemsworth

Face of heroism: Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games

Comedic movie: Ted

Comedic movie actor: Adam Sandler

Comedic movie actress: Jennifer Aniston

Dramatic movie: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Dramatic movie actor: Zac Efron

Dramatic movie actress: Emma Watson

Movie franchise: The Hunger Games

Movie superhero: Robert Downey, Jr., Iron Man

On-screen chemistry: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, The Hunger Games

Movie icon: Meryl Streep

Network TV comedy: The Big Bang Theory

Network TV drama: Grey’s Anatomy

Cable TV comedy: Awkward

Cable TV drama: Leverage

Premium cable TV show: True Blood

TV crime drama: Castle

Sci-fi/fantasy TV show: Supernatural

Comedic TV actor: Chris Colfer

Comedic TV actress: Lea Michele

Dramatic TV actor: Nathan Fillion

Dramatic TV actress: Ellen Pompeo

Daytime TV host: Ellen DeGeneres

Late-night talk show host: Jimmy Fallon

New talk show host: Steve Harvey

Competition TV show: The X Factor

Celebrity judge: Demi Lovato

Male artist: Jason Mraz

Female artist: Katy Perry

Pop artist: Katy Perry

Hip-hop artist: Nicki Minaj

R&B artist: Rihanna

Band: Maroon 5

Country artist: Taylor Swift

Breakout artists: The Wanted

Song: One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”

Album: One Direction, “Up All Night”

Music video: Katy Perry, “Part of Me”

People’s voice: Christina Aguilera

Humanitarian: Sandra Bullock

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Begins Filming In Atlanta

According to film distributor Lionsgate (September 10), the second installment of the “Hunger Games” franchise, “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” has begun filming in Atlanta, Georgia.

The film is helmed by Francis Lawrence (“I Am Legend”) and will also shoot in Hawaii before wrapping in December.

“We are so excited to be embarking on this adventure with Francis Lawrence, who has already exhibited immense creative vision and resourcefulness in casting the film and planning its look and feel,” Lionsgate’s President of Production Eric Feig said.

“The stakes are raised in every way in this second story, and we are thrilled to get the production underway in these perfect locations, with our excellent returning cast and some world class actors in new roles.”

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is due in theaters November 22, 2013.

Philip Seymour Hoffman To Play Plutarch Heavensbee In Hunger Games Movies

Philip Seymour Hoffman has reportedly joined the cast of Catching Fire. E! News reports the Oscar winning actor has signed a deal with Lionsgate to play Plutarch Heavensbee, the new Head Gamemaker.

“The deal was made right before the Fourth of July holiday,” an insider says.

Neither Lionsgate nor Hoffman, 44, has commented. Catching Fire will begin filming in the fall with Jennifer Lawrence returning to play Katniss Everdeen. Josh Hutcherson will reprise his role as Peeta Mellark and Liam Hemsworth will return to play Gale Hawthorne. Francis Lawrence will replace Gary Ross as director.

Catching Fire is set to hit theaters in November 2013.

Robert Pattinson Tipped For Hunger Games Sequel As Finnick Odair

Robert Pattinson set tongues wagging, not for the photo call of his latest movie Cosmopolis, but because he’s been linked with a surprise role in the new Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire.

Think McFly Think say they’ve got the skinny on casting for the next two Hunger Games movies and that RPattz is up there to play the super handsome Finnick Odair, who won the games aged just 14.

Finnick encounters Katniss Everdeen played by Jennifer Lawrence during some hairy scenes in the second installment and is a key character.

Should he accept the role he’ll be back under the helm of Water For Elephants director Francis Lawrence.

But for now Robert will be focusing on his time at the Canne Film festival and Cosmopolis, the movie about a millionaire who’s Manhattan trip to get a haircut leads to a life changing sequence of events.

Other actors on the sequel wish list are Zac Efron, Chace Crawford and Twilight co-star Kellan Lutz.

Fandango Sets New Records with "The Avengers"

Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoer destination, announced today that it set a new record with “The Avengers” for the most tickets sold for any opening weekend in the company’s 12-year history. On top of that, Fandango also set records for the largest percentage of tickets sold via mobile on the weekend (42% of Sunday sales), as well as the top hourly sales record – selling as much as 68,000 tickets per hour during peak sales times (Friday, May 4 from 3-4 pm PT).

The previous record-holder was “The Hunger Games,” which sold 60,000 tickets during a peak ticket-selling period. The company also saw its top-selling single day (May 4, 2012) for a movie, beating “The Hunger Games” opening day on March 23, 2012.


“Fandango continues to see millions of fans taking advantage of our many conveniences and innovations to guarantee their seats, particularly with movies in hot demand like ’The Avengers,’” said Rick Butler, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Fandango. “Our record-setting mobile sales affirm that mobile has clearly transitioned from just an alternative way to buy tickets to a primary choice for many weekend moviegoers. As of Monday, the film is still going strong, with all signs pointing to staggering ticket sales in the weeks to come.”

According to a Fandango online survey of thousands of moviegoers, 66% of “Avengers” fans plan to see the movie more than once in the theater, indicating repeat viewings throughout the week. As of Monday, the film still accounts for 94% of all daily tickets sold on Fandango.

For full coverage on “The Avengers,” fans can check out Fandango’s “Avengers Movie Guide” (http://www.fandango.com/theavengers/movieguide), featuring exclusive on set reports as well as one-on-one interviews with all the film’s stars including Robert Downey, Jr. and Scarlett Johansson. The guide also includes a detailed look at all of the film’s characters, and a comprehensive list of the greatest and lamest comic book movies in Hollywood history, and much more.

The Hunger Games Tops The Box Office

The action movie slayed the competition in its debut weekend, grossing $155 million.

The Hunger Games, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, became the most popular midnight opener ever for a non-sequel when it debuted in the U.S. with a stunning $19.7 million in the early hours of Friday, and its winning streak continued throughout the weekend.

The whopping opening weekend takings have catapulted The Hunger Games in to the record books once again, making it the biggest non-sequel film to ever open at number one.

It is now also the third best opener of all time, only falling behind last year’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and 2008 Batman film The Dark Knight, which raked in $169.2 million and $158.4 million respectively.

Cop comedy 21 Jump Street and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax round out the top three spots on the new U.S. box office chart.

Meanwhile, The Hunger Games, the first movie adaptation of author Suzanne Collins’ books, also struck gold at the global box office, grossing $214.25 million outside the U.S.

‘The Hunger Games’ Should Become First Mega Blockbuster Of 2012


With the widest release in March history, “The Hunger Games” reaches theaters this weekend with a huge prospective audience that should help turn it into a major hit. As “The Hunger Games” scoops up a huge sector of mainstream audiences this weekend, “21 Jump Street” is still in good position to appeal to adults and “The Lorax” will likely continue its success with families this weekend. It won’t get much easier for “John Carter,” however, as its already depleting target demographic could jump ship for “The Hunger Games.”

Launching at an eye-popping 4,137 total theaters, Lionsgate isn’t being shy about pushing “The Hunger Games” into the vision of moviegoers everywhere. “The Hunger Games” also has a tremendous built-in audience due to the popularity of the book series it’s based on, which should combine with positive critical buzz so far to make for a very big opening. With midnight screenings likely to be sold out, the only question right now is just how big its opening totals will be.

While March was formerly a difficult month to launch a potential blockbuster, the last six years have seen a slew of major hits that have put up mid-summer opening numbers. “Alice in Wonderland” still holds the record at $116 million domestically during its opening weekend in 2010, though it’s a record that Lionsgate would love to smash this weekend with “The Hunger Games.”

The only real downside for “The Hunger Games” is its PG-13 rating. Though it has a big enough fan base to potentially make this mostly a non-factor, “The Hunger Games” doesn’t have the advantage of a family-friendly PG rating, which “Alice in Wonderland” had when it hit theaters in 2010. Still, “The Hunger Games” is launching at roughly 400 theaters more than “Alice,” potentially giving it enough of a boost to surpass the March record.