The N.E.R.D. Entertainment Report for the week of Dec. 21
J.K. Simmons Casting News:
It was announced this week that veteran actor, J.K. Simmons (Spiderman) will be joining the cast of the upcoming King Kong spinoff film, Kong: Skull Island, originally titled only Skull Island.
Per a Legendary Pictures rep, Kong: Skull island "will fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island. Legendary’s story honors the foundations of existing King Kong lore, but places it in an entirely new, distinct timeline."
Little else is known about the film other than Simmons will be joined by geek favorite, Tom Hiddleston as one of the film's human leads. Recently, the release date was pushed back a full year and now fans will need to wait until 2017 to see the film which is written by Max Borenstein and John Gatins and directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts.
These are the most fascinating people of the year:
Barbara Walters has released her personal list of the ten most fascinating people of 2014. The list includes many individuals that viewers would expected to see, such as famous names including Taylor Swift and Oprah Winfrey, but the number one most fascinating person of the year may surprise some. It is none other than actor George Clooney’s wife, Amal Clooney.
She may have married one of the most famous actors in Hollywood, but Amal Clooney is much more than just a piece of arm candy. Much, much more. She has amassed a large amount of accomplishments during her life, as she has become an author, activist and most significantly, a very successful lawyer who specializes in criminal law, human rights and extradition as well as in international law.
As a lawyer, Mrs. Clooney has had incredible success and has created quite a title for herself, representing big name clients including the former prime minister of Ukraine and WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. As an author, she has produced many articles pertaining to the law, in publications ranging from the Huffington Post to The Lawyer magazine. In addition to all that, she also speaks English, Arabic and French.
When interviewed by Walters, the journalist spoke about Amal’s professional successes as well as her life and marriage to George Clooney. The actor was known for most of his life as the most eligible bachelors before Amal finally took him off the market. When discussing their famous wedding, Walters described it as perfect and particularly enjoyed Amal’s fashionable wedding dress and hat, which was designed by Oscar De La Renta.
Which of these individuals do you find most fascinating?
Also featured on the list is popular singer and multiple Grammy award winner, Taylor Swift. The artist, who is only twenty-four years old, admitted to Barbara that even though she has an almost perfect image, she can be a bad girl sometimes, even indulging in alcohol from time to time.
This year, Swift released her new album, 1989, to incredible praise, both critically as well as financially. In its first week of release, the album managed to sell over one million copies and found the number one spot on the Billboard 200. This accomplish made her the first performer ever to have three albums sell over one million copies in a week long period.
As far as actors and actresses that made the list, the names included comedian, Chelsea Handler, film and stage actor, Neil Patrick Harris, starlet Scarlett Johansson and Oprah Winfrey, who will be making an appearance in this month’s civil rights drama, Selma.
Novelist George R. R. Martin also made this list. His books, the Game of Thrones series, have produced great numbers as well as being the basis for the wildly popular HBO series. Athlete turned talk show host, Michael Strahan also took a place on the list for his many accomplishments including his football announcing duties as well as his place on Live with Kelly and Michael.
The final two individuals on her list included business man and Tesla Motors architect Elon Musk and activist David Koch.
Box Office Predictions*:
- The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - $50 Million+
- Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb - $20 Million+
- Annie - $10 Million+
- Exodus: Gods and Kings - $8 Million+
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 - $5 Million+
It was a battle of the colon'ed movie titles during this weekend's box office with two sequels and a musical remake hitting theaters.
Battle of the Five Armies, the third and final film of the Hobbit trilogy will very likely dominate the box office this weekend. Although each Hobbit film has just about made less than the film proceeding it, the big, dramatic, special effects-laden spectacle should bring in decent audiences and win the weekend.
Two other new releases, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Annie also hit theaters and will fight for second and third place, respectfully. Museum will likely take the second spot due to audience recognition and the reliable box office draw of actor Ben Stiller. Annie on the other hand will take third place due to its subject matter as well as its dreadful critic reviews.
Finally, two holdovers, Exodus: Gods and Kings and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 will likely battle it out for the last two spots in the top five. Both films should only bring in around $20 million combined.
*predictions based off of Saturday's numbers
Rock and Roll News...
Rock and roll fans can officially rejoice, the official 2015 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced. The groups and individuals added into the famous museum include The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Bill Withers and punk rock band, Green Day.
Many might be surprised that Green Day is even eligible to be an inductee in the hall of fame, however, one of the few requirements needed is that an artist’s first album must have been released up to or at least twenty-five years prior to their induction. However, it just so happens that the band’s debut release, “1,000 Hours” was released almost exactly twenty-five years ago, in 1989.
Green Day, originally known as Sweet Children, formed in 1987 and first began their meteoric rise to fame back in 1994 when their hit album, Dookie, gained mass radio play and managed to sell over ten million copies in the United States alone. Since that time, the band has had almost continued success to this day. They had their second wind with the release of their concept album, American Idiot, back in 2004 where it ended up selling millions of copies while winning the Grammy in 2005 for Best Rock Album. The band continues to perform and released albums to this day and the sky continues to be the limit for the band.
The inclusion of a band like Green Day may be a surprise to some who believe that only classic rock bands or older musicians should be included. However, this mind frame was shattered last year when alternative grunge band, Nirvana was inducted into the hall of fame. As years go by, artists who had released music in the nineteen-nineties will be meeting the minimum requirements of admission. Other bands inducted last year include Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Kiss, and Cat Stevens among other nominated artists.
2014 Inductees Included...
2013 Inductees Included...
2012 Inductees Included...
Guns N' Roses
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Joan Jett has had a long history of snubs from the hall of fame over the last several years. She was nominated for induction in 2011 and 2012 but was ultimately passed over. Jett is a clear choice when it comes to induction. She has had a long ranging career full of hit records and awards including being inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, being voted one of Rolling Stone’s greatest guitarists of all time as well as receiving awards for her work on behalf of animals.
The other nominees that didn’t make it into the Hall of Fame this year include bands ranging from alternative group Nine Inch Nails to rap group N.W.A. Other well-known nominees include The Smiths, Sting, The Spinners, Kraftwerk, War, The Marvelettes and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
The ceremony will take place at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this upcoming April and is open to the public. During the ceremony, other awards will be given, including the Musical Excellence award for former Beatle, Ringo Starr, and the Early Influence in the Industry Award to R&B group, The “5” Royales.