Box Office: Mockingjay (Part 1) takes flight!

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 came out this weekend, so it shouldn't really surprise anyone that it was number one at the box office with $123 Million. What people are freaking out about, however, is the fact that it apparently earned 20% less than Catching Fire, according to BoxOfficeMojo. That sounds bad, until you take into consideration a few things: First, Catching Fire was still piggy backing off the success/word of mouth of the MORE

Review: The Rebirth of Broadway’s ‘Side Show’

Side Show

In 1997, a musical called Side Show based on the true story of Depression-era vaudeville stars and conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton opened on Broadway. While the show would go on to receive four Tony Award nominations (including an unprecedented shared Leading Actress nomination for co-stars Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner), its lukewarm critical reception and poor ticket sales caused it to close after only three months and 91 MORE

Beyoncé blesses us with two new tracks … “7/11″ & “Ring Off”

beyonce

Like all massively selling albums, Beyoncé's self-titled fifth studio album (released by surprise last December without any promotion or announcement) is getting its own box set platinum edition tomorrow (iTunes), which can only mean one thing: new bonus tracks–yay! So take a listen to the two new songs that will be included on the box set, "7/11" (now with a music video) and "Ring Off". I have absolutely no idea what "7/11" is about ... MORE

Good Grief! The trailer for ‘Peanuts’ (The Movie!)

Peanuts

Every once in a while, I like to pop in here and remind you about the weird little differences between Canada and the US. One of the most notable being that our Thanksgiving is in October rather than November, so once Halloween is out of the way, it's pretty much one big luge towards the holiday season. Which is why I'm sure most of you are probably already exhausted about Christmas, but not us! Especially when Peanuts releases a trailer MORE

Review: Joan Didion & Vanessa Redgrave Collaborate for ‘Blue Nights’

Joan Didion & Vanessa Redgrave

“When we talk about mortality we are talking about our children.” This powerful sentence appears frequently in Joan Didion’s haunting 2011 memoir, Blue Nights, and was repeated a number of times at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC on Monday evening during a special one-night-only reading from the book by renowned actress Vanessa Redgrave. Blue Nights is the acclaimed and characteristically evocative follow-up to MORE

Trailer: Disney’s (live-action) ‘Cinderella’

Cinderella

You have to give Disney credit where credit is due: They have a great understanding of their own image, and a keen awareness of how ... dated, shall we say, some of their earlier fare was. I mean yes, the Disney princess films are classics, but they're still very much aware of how much times have changed, and they're doing a lot to try and rework their formula to create better female characters. (Frozen in particular did this well, though you MORE

Kathy Griffin: Officially stepping up to the ‘Fashion Police’ plate

Kathy Griffin Fashion Police

For the past few weeks, rumors have been going around that Kathy Griffin would be stepping in to take the lead on Fashion Police. It didn't hurt that Griffin herself had gone on the record to say that she had been asked, and also that Melissa Rivers had given the show her blessing to keep on keeping on (she also produces Fashion Police). Well, as of yesterday, it's official: Kathy has been named the new lead on Fashion Police–I do believe that MORE

Take a look at NBC’s ‘Peter Pan LIVE!’

Peter Pan Live

Last year's live performance of The Sound of Music (with Carrie Underwood) may not have been everyone's cup of soup, but I personally liked it a lot. I never actually saw the original or the Broadway version, so I didn't come into it with any expectations, but more than anything, I appreciated the pure spectacle of it. It's not often we get to see live specials on TV anymore, so the fact that they went all out for a show is something to be MORE

Azealia Banks is a ‘Broke “Ice Princess” with Expensive Taste’

Azealia Banks

It's been a while since we talked about Azealia Banks, mostly because her musical output (fantastic though it is) kind of got eclipsed by her feuding with everyone. Thankfully, her album Broke with Expensive Taste (iTunes) has finally seen its long overdue and highly anticipated release–SHE'S BACK! THANK HEAVENS SHE'S BACK! It's like a Christmas miracle! (I'm fully aware that Xmas is still over a month away, let me have this.) Anyway, here's MORE

Official Full Trailer: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Fifty Shades of Grey

I'll be the first to admit, I haven't exactly been subtle in my disdain for Fifty Shades of Grey (in theaters Valentine's Day–how romantic). In fact, anyone with even a rudimentary knowledge of BDSM knows enough to veer as far away from this stuff as possible. But I also know that regardless, this is (and will continue to be) very popular, so allow me to put in a companion piece for the below trailer. Because if we're going to put warning MORE

Giveaway: Aretha Franklin singing ‘Great Diva Classics’

Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics

Enter to win Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics Three lucky winners will receive Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics on CD! To be entered for a chance to win ... 1. Like PopBytes on Facebook 2. Like Aretha Franklin on Facebook 3. Follow @PopBytes on Twitter Follow @PopBytes 4. Tweet the entire following message to your followers–include the bit.ly link: I want to win @arethafranklin's MORE

Guardians of the Galaxy’s James Gunn reveals alternate ending

James Gunn

Have you seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet? The answer is YES, YES YOU HAVE because it's the biggest movie of the year in North America, so mathematically speaking, you probably have. And also it's a Marvel movie, and everyone knows that you are required by law to watch all Marvel Universe movies. Anyway, since you already know how the movie ends, let's take a look at some of the alternate endings to the movie that you can soon watch on the MORE

Kathy Griffin might really be heading to ‘Fashion Police’

Kathy Griffin and Joan Rivers / Fashion Police

It's always super awkward when a show loses a main star–for the sake of the rest of the cast and crew, the show must go on (if the ratings are good), but the absence will remain. Such is the case with Fashion Police, which must now soldier on without the presence of the legendary Joan Rivers. Thankfully, they're doing the smart thing by continuing with the blessing from Joan's daughter Melissa Rivers, and attempting to get Kathy Griffin to MORE

#AMAZING: Jinkx Monsoon covers Radiohead’s “Creep”

Jinkx Monsoon "Creep"

While the rest of the web talks about Kim Kardashian balancing a champagne flute on her ass (which, despite her protestations, doesn't require any talent. I should know: I can balance a champagne flute on my ass too, and lord knows I have zero talent), let's talk about something far less depressing: Jinkx Monsoon covered Radiohead's "Creep" on her record, The Inevitable Album, and she just released the music video–it's AMAZING. I don't mean MORE

Giveaway: Calvin Harris’ ‘Motion’

Calvin Harris

Enter to win Motion from Calvin Harris! Three lucky winners will receive Motion on CD! To be entered for a chance to win ... 1. Like PopBytes on Facebook 2. Like Calvin Harris on Facebook 3. Follow @PopBytes on Twitter Follow @PopBytes 4. Tweet the entire following message to your followers–include the bit.ly link: I want to win @CalvinHarris' new album #Motion from @PopBytes! http://bit.ly/1xehsmP Enter MORE