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The forecast is bright for a big opening for the new "Hunger Games" movie…Early tracking indicates the movie could draw anywhere between 130 and 150 million dollars by the end of the weekend despite the wild winter weather that's keeping many people indoors this weekend. "Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson. It's the third film in the franchise, which has grossed more than one-point-five-billion dollars at the box office so far.
Four women came out yesterday with new accusations against BILL COSBY. LOU FERRIGNO's wife says he tried to assault her at his house in 1967, but she got away. An actress from "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" says Bill forced himself on her in the green room of "The Tonight Show" in 1971. And a nurse from Florida and a woman from Pittsburgh say he drugged and assaulted them.
In the midst of troubling allegations of sexual assault from multiple women, Bill Cosby's live comedy shows are still on schedule. The comedy icon is set to perform a sold-out show Friday in Melbourne, Florida and shows in Las Vegas and Yakima, Washington are still on the books for next week.
AMC's "Breaking Bad" spin-off "Better Call Saul" will premiere on Sunday, February 8th, after the mid-season return of "The Walking Dead".
THIS WEEKEND ON TV:
• "Saturday Night Live" . . . on NBC. Cameron Diaz hosts and Bruno Mars performs with Mark Ronson.
Congrats to Tara Ashley from Blue Springs. She will be at the AMAs with her husband this Sunday.
• Sunday: "The American Music Awards" . . . on ABC. The performers include Iggy Azalea, Garth Brooks, Fergie, Selena Gomez, Imagine Dragons, Lorde, One Direction, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift.
ABC doesn't want Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea using the American Music Awards to re-create their raunchy music video. TMZ says the stars are set to perform their song "Booty" at the award show on Sunday -- only after agreeing to bring down the sex appeal several notches. Sources say J. Lo and Iggy have promised network executives that they'll keep their famous rear ends as covered up as possible and that they won't make physical contact while on stage. There will be a three-to-four second delay on the live broadcast, but ABC has already warned the stars that they'll be censoring whatever they deem overly sexual.
and finally...the first trailer for Pitch Perfect 2 is here!
Mike Nichols is dead. The legendary director of film, theater and television died suddenly Wednesday at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife, ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer, three children and four grandchildren. Nichols was one of the few in the entertainment industry to win all four major awards -- an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. He is probably best known for his film work, as director of such classic films as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "The Graduate," for which he won an Oscar.
Bill Cosby's NBC comeback has reportedly been shelved. The network has pulled the plug on its plans to develop a new sitcom around the comedy legend following multiple allegations of sexual assault. NBC's decision follows Netflix's postponement of the premiere of a Cosby standup special that was slated for release next week. TV Land has also pulled "The Cosby Show" out of its programming lineup and removed references to the show from its website.
Live from DC it's "Saturday Night Live's" Cecily Strong. The White House Correspondents' Association has announced the "SNL" cast player as its pick to emcee next year's White House Correspondents' dinner on April 25th.
Meanwhile…Stephen Colbert will play host at this year's Kennedy Center Honors ceremony. The soon-to-be "Late Show" host is taking on emcee duties for the 37th annual event honoring Al Green, Tom Hanks, Sting, Lily Tomlin and ballerina Patricia McBride for their contribution to the performing arts.
Bono's cycling accident is apparently more serious than first confirmed. "Rolling Stone" reports the U2 frontman underwent a five-hour surgery for multiple breaks in his shoulder blade and upper arm. Doctors in Manhattan say metal plates and 18 screws were used in some repairs. The rockstar also suffered a facial fracture around one of his eyes.
TAYLOR SWIFT made Hot 100 history this week, by beating HERSELF for the #1 song. "Blank Space" replaced "Shake It Off" at the top of the chart, making her the first woman in Hot 100 history to ever do that. On the album chart, "1989" took the #1 spot for a third straight week.
Chris Hemsworth is "People's" new "Sexiest Man Alive." The Australian actor was revealed as this year's honoree on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Tuesday night. Hemsworth appeared via Skype.
"People" magazine's"Sexiest Man Alive" issue featuring Hemsworth on the cover will arrive on newsstands Friday.
CHRIS PRATT has been named this year's "GQ" Man of the Year.
Netflix is postponing the launch of Bill Cosby's new stand up comedy special. The news comes after three women publicly accused the 77-year-old comedy veteran of sexual assault. The latest, model Janice Dickinson, claimed in a recent interview with "Entertainment Tonight" that Cosby assaulted her in 1982. Janice says she tried to write about it in her 2002 autobiography, but Cosby's lawyers pressured her publisher to scrap it.
TMZ says it's a "done deal" that KATHY GRIFFIN is replacing JOAN RIVERS on E!'s "Fashion Police". But the show will no longer be a weekly series. Instead, E! will use it as "event programming," during award shows and other special occasions.
All signs are pointing toward another number one album for British boy band One Direction. Early projections are suggesting that the group's fourth studio album could sell 420-thousand copies in its first week out.
Meanwhile…One Direction member Zayn is defending himself against allegations of substance abuse. The singer was absent from the boy band's "Today" show appearance Monday, leading host Matt Lauer to question Zayn's bandmates.
Zayn says he's "really angry and upset by what was said." He insists he had been "really ill" over the weekend and was unable to fly to America with the rest of the boys to kick off the album's release week. He says he'll be rejoining the promo tour as soon as he's back to good health.
Lawyers in comedian Tracy Morgan's negligence lawsuit against Walmart are due in federal court today in Trenton for a scheduling conference.
Tommy Chong is taking his final bow on Dancing with the Stars.
Only four couples will continue on to perform on finale week…Alfonso Ribeiro, "Duck Dynasty" reality star Sadie Robertson, YouTube star Bethany Mota, and Janel Parrish from Pretty Little Liars.
Reports are circulating that George and Amal Clooney may be getting ready to start a family. A source tells "Woman's Day Magazine" the two want to "highlight the plight of orphans in countries like Syria."
Matthew McConaughey now has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The "Interstellar" actor's star was unveiled along Hollywood Boulevard Monday.
In a new ABC interview, KENDALL JENNER denied that she's dating JUSTIN BIEBER.
For better or worse, "Joe Dirt 2" is happening. And DAVID SPADE posted a selfie to mark the first day of filming.
Here's what's new on DVD today:
• "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" . . . Jessica Alba returns as Nancy, Mickey Rourke's back as Marv, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt shows up as an unlucky poker player. Bruce Willis is in too, even though his character died in the first movie.
• "22 Jump Street" . . . Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill go undercover at a local college as they question their partnership. Ice Cube, Nick Offerman, Dave Franco, and Rob Riggle are all back for the sequel.
• "If I Stay" . . . Chloe Grace Moretz from "Carrie" and the "Kick Ass" movies plays a girl having an out of body experience after a car accident leaves her in a coma. Stacy Keach plays her grandfather.
• "And So It Goes" . . . Michael Douglas plays a cranky old man who's stuck taking care of his granddaughter for his son. And Diane Keaton is a neighbor who takes an interest in him, despite the fact that no one else can stand to be around him.
• "Into the Storm" . . . A principal has to save his students when their town is hit by multiple tornadoes.
BONO was injured during a bicycling accident in Central Park . . . which means that U2 will NOT be doing its five-day residency on "The Tonight Show" this week.
Another woman is coming forward with allegations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby. This one is a publicist claiming Cosby raped her twice, with the first incident taking place in 1969 when she was 19. BILL COSBY refused to answer the rape allegations against him during an NPR interview. The host asked three times if he wanted to comment, and all he did was shake his head no. Meanwhile, his appearance on "Letterman" on Wednesday has been scrapped, but we don't know if it was Cosby or the show that pulled the plug.
Johnny Depp gave an award at the Hollywood Film Awards over the weekend, and he was HAMMERED! He could barely stand up, kept stumbling over his words, and was swearing because he couldn't read the teleprompter.
Beyonce, Jay Z, and Blue Ivy all attented the wedding of Beyonce's sister, Solange in New Orleans yesterday.
"Dumb and Dumber To" is the new #1 movie in America. It made $38.1 million this weekend. The first "Dumb and Dumber" made $16.4 million when it opened 20 years ago.
Here are the top ten films at this weekend's movie box office:
1. "Dumb and Dumber To" - $38.1 million
2. "Big Hero 6" - $36 million
3. "Interstellar" - $29.1 million
4. "Beyond The Lights" - $6.5 million
5. "Gone Girl" - $4.6 million
ALFONSO RIBEIRO may be forced to withdraw from "Dancing with the Stars" after injuring his back during rehearsals last week. On Saturday, he Tweeted, quote, "I'm working really hard to be able to dance Monday. Keep the prayers coming. Love you all."
Honey Boo Boo's Mama June is revealing ties to another sex offender. In an interview with "Entertainment Tonight," June Shannon shares that the biological father of two of her daughters - Pumpkin and Jessica - is a man named Michael Anthony Ford who served time after he was caught on the show "To Catch A Predator" in 2005. The revelation follows the controversy over Shannon's reported reunion with a man named Mark McDaniel, who was convicted of molesting her oldest daughter Anna, when Anna was eight years old.
TLC canceled the family's popular reality show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" last month after news of Shannon's renewed relationship with McDaniel surfaced. She says she's only seen him twice since his release from prison in March. Shannon is also set to appear on Monday's episode of "Dr. Phil."
"Duck Dynasty" is becoming a musical. The Robertson family of A&E's controversial reality series has reportedly hired a team of Broadway producers to adapt their story for the stage. Actors will reportedly be cast to play the bearded brethren and other family members. The "New York Times" says the production, titled "Duck Commander," will debut in Las Vegas at the Rio Hotel and Casino in February.
To promote their Christmas Day release, The Interview, James Franco and Seth Rogen got Naked and Afraid. The Two will appear on a special episode of the Discovery channel's reality series in which two people are tasked with surviving in the wilderness for an extended period of time without supplies.
NEW IN THEATERS:
"Dumb and Dumber To"
"Beyond the Lights"
and finally...it's here...the first full length extended trailer for 50 Shades of Grey!
CHELSEA HANDLER posted her own naked butt on Instagram in response to the KIM KARDASHIAN butt photo that's all over the Internet. And she said, quote, "Guess which one's real." She also blasted Instagram for allowing these nude butts, while continuously taking down topless pics Chelsea posts.
NAYA RIVERA and LORDE both criticized KIM KARDASHIAN's butt photo. Naya said, quote, "You're someone's mother" . . . while Lorde posted a link to the photo and wrote, "mom".
Taylor Swift is enjoying another big week on top of the album charts. Swift's latest album, "1989" sold another 402-thousand copies in its second week to keep the superstar singer at number one on the Billboard 200.
YouTube is launching a paid subscription service that will let you stream high-quality, ad-free music and music videos. It's called Music Key . . . and it goes live next week, but only in an invite-only beta version. It's officially starting sometime next year, and it'll run you $10 a month.
Al Roker is on a 34-hour quest to break the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous live weather report. The current record is 24 hours. NBC will stream their "#Rokerthon" on Today.com. Roker is using the campaign in order to raise money for the USO. There are some strict rules that Roker has to follow in order to break the record, including talking about nothing but the today's weather, last week's weather, and the weather forecast for the next week. He also gets to take a five-minute break every hour, which he will presumably use for restroom breaks.
The full Fifty Shades of Grey official movie trailer will debut Thursday night on ABC during Scandal.
Kim Kardashian's latest photo shoot has lit up social media, over her most famous "asset." The reality star's naked bottom on "Paper" magazine's cover is subtitled "Break the Internet Kim Kardashian." In another cover, the 34-year-old mom and wife of Kanye West poses in a black gown with a champagne glass balanced on her butt.
In other Kardashian news…Kim's mobile game, "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood," has earned 43-million-dollars since its launch in June. The earnings are more than all of the company's other apps combined.
"The Big Bang Theory" actress Carol Ann Susi has died after a brief battle with brain cancer. Fans of the CBS show may not be familiar with the 62-year-old's face, but they would certainly recognize her voice. She played Howard Wolowitz's mother, who was only ever heard shouting from another room.
A veteran character actress, Carol Ann Susi appeared in a variety of shows and movies including "Grey's Anatomy, "That '70s Show," "Cheers," "Seinfeld," and many more. It's unclear how her passing will be addressed on "The Big Bang Theory."
ROBIN WILLIAMS had Lewy body dementia, the second most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer's. New reports suggest Robin Williams may have suffered from hallucinations before his suicide death in August. TMZ cites unsourced documents that reportedly say the actor's wife told authorities Robin had been experiencing some issues with medications.
"New Kid" Donnie Wahlberg and his wife Jenny McCarthy are returning to television -- together. The couple will be starring in a reality show about their lives as newlyweds. Titled "Donnie Loves Jenny," the show is set to debut on the A&E network in 2015. Donnie and Jenny tied the knot in Chicago over the summer, a year after going public with their romance. The new show is expected to open with a behind-the-scenes look at their wedding.