Hollywood Playbook: Today's Top 5 News Items

1. Jack Ryan Flops A disastrous opening for “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” could mean that the franchise will lay dormant for another dozen years, or more. “The Sum of All Fears” (2002) was itself an attempted reboot of the franchise

Hollywood Playbook: Today's Top 5 News Items

Oprah Winfrey to Co-Produce MLK Drama 'Selma'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 19 (UPI)–Oprah Winfrey is joining the crew of the Martin Luther King Jr. Drama, “Selma,” as a producer, director Ava DuVernay said. Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are already on board as producers as part

Oprah Winfrey to Co-Produce MLK Drama 'Selma'

'World War Z' Review: Brad Pitt's Zombie Epic Hits Homerun

The back story of director Marc Forster’s “World War Z” should have been the recipe for a calamity of the kind that would replace “Heaven’s Gate” as the shorthand for bloated, way-over-budget, star-driven box office disaster. But moviegoers didn’t watch

Brad Pitt's 'World War Z' Earned $500M at Global Box Office

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12 (UPI)–Hollywood’s Paramount Pictures says Brad Pitt’s zombie apocalypse film “World War Z” has passed the $500 million worldwide gross milestone. The figure surpasses the $497.3 million of “Troy” to become Pitt’s highest grossing film ever, Deadline.com

Brad Pitt's 'World War Z' Earned $500M at Global Box Office

Family Values Trump Brad Pitt, Zombies at Box Office

Much is being made this weekend about the respectable box office performance of World War Z, and rightly so. The Brad Pitt zombie thriller cost more than $200 million, required reshoots and rewrites, and could have become the summer’s ghastliest

Family Values Trump Brad Pitt, Zombies at Box Office

Box Office: Brad Pitt's 'World War Z' Scores Big

This weekend’ summer box office race has an unprecedented three films securing over $50 million in a single weekend. Pixar’s “Monster University” is expected to come in first, with $73 million. “Man of Steel,” already a hit after its monstrous

Box Office: Brad Pitt's 'World War Z' Scores Big

Movie review: 'World War Z'

For a movie with a famously troubled production history, out-of-control budget, and hastily re-shot ending, “World War Z” didn’t turn out half bad.  It’s more like 20% bad.  The other 80% is a unique, at times awe-inspiring take on the

North West Joins Unorthodox Celebrity Baby Name Club

(AP) – Was Kanye West inspired by One Direction? Kim Kardashian and Kanye West named their daughter North West, according to their Los Angeles County birth certificate. The baby was born at 5:34 a.m. Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in

North West Joins Unorthodox Celebrity Baby Name Club

Early 'World War Z' Screening to Cost $50

Can’t wait to see World War Z, the new zombie film starring mega-star Brad Pitt? Better open up your wallet. Paramount will be screening the undead thriller two days before its June 21 release in select cities for a very

Early 'World War Z' Screening to Cost $50

Chinese Censors Reject Brad Pitt's 'World War Z'

Cynical industry watchers have already moved on from the disappointing box office returns for After Earth to the summer’s next potential dud–World War Z. The Brad Pitt zombie movie has been plagued by costly reshoots and other production woes, all

Chinese Censors Reject Brad Pitt's 'World War Z'

Angelina Jolie Says She Had Double Mastectomy

(AP) LOS ANGELES –Angelina Jolie says that she has had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer. The Oscar-winning actress and partner to Brad Pitt made the

Angelina Jolie Says She Had Double Mastectomy

Brad Pitt May Play Pontius Pilate in Biblical Epic

Hollywood’s sudden embrace of Biblical stories may include Brad Pitt playing a religious figure some see as a classic film villain. Deadline.com reports Brad Pitt is considering the title role in the upcoming Warner Bros. epic “Pontius Pilate.’ It is

Brad Pitt May Play Pontius Pilate in Biblical Epic

Brad Pitt to Visit China Despite Decade-Old Ban

Brad Pitt has a message for China – here I come. Not if a long-standing ban on the actor gracing the Communist country’s shores has anything to do with it. The actor’s verified Sina Weibo account sent the message Monday:

Brad Pitt to Visit China Despite Decade-Old Ban

Mike Tyson to Take One-Man Show Nationwide

By MARK KENNEDYAP Drama WriterNEW YORKLock up your ears _ Mike Tyson’s coming to a theater near you. The former champion boxer and convicted rapist will take his one-man show “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” on a three-month tour to more

Mike Tyson to Take One-Man Show Nationwide

Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux Engaged

(AP) NEW YORK – After years of breathless anticipation _ at least on the part of the tabloids _ Jennifer Aniston is finally ready to wed again. Her representative, Stephen Huvane, confirmed Sunday night that the actress is engaged to

Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux Engaged

Ex-Cameron Aide Charged with Hacking; Jolie Charge Emerges

British prosecutors on Tuesday charged the prime minister’s former spokesman Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks with phone-hacking. The Crown Prosecution Service said it was charging a total of eight people in relation to the scandal at

Ex-Cameron Aide Charged with Hacking; Jolie Charge Emerges