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‘Saturday Night Live’ best host poll: Did Seth Rogen play it too safe? — VOTE
Perhaps Seth Rogen’s latest Saturday Night Live episode wasn’t especially inspired: it opened with the requisite weed jokes, made fun of his oft-imitated laugh, and leaned on some unnecessary celebrity cameos. But if you
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‘Game of Thrones’ stars Alfie Allen and John Bradley confess Spice Girl crushes and more — VIDEO
If you need some cheering up after this week’s Game of Thrones episode, look no further than the video below of costars Alfie Allen and John Bradley taking our EW Pop Culture Personality Test. There’s talk of the Spice
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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: ‘The Sixth Sense’
In the post-Lady in the Water era, it’s tough to remember how bonkers people once went for The Sixth Sense. But a mere millennium ago, M. Night Shyamalan’s atmospheric thriller was the toast of audiences and critics
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Pharrell Williams sheds some ‘Happy’ tears with Oprah — VIDEO
It might seem crazy what I’m about to say, but seeing Pharrell Williams cry makes me happy! On Sunday night’s episode of Oprah Prime, the Grammy-winning singer sat down with Ms. Winfrey to discuss the global success of
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‘Dancing With the Stars’: Week 5 is liiiiiive! 14 April 2014, 20.39 Entertainment
‘Dancing With the Stars’: Week 5 is liiiiiive!
The good news: Everyone is back with their rightful partner this week! The even better news: It’s Disney night! The nine remaining couples are jiving and gyrating to some of your favorite Disney tunes tonight, from the
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Broadway box office: Denzel Washington’s ‘Raisin in the Sun’ is season’s biggest hit
There are no dreams deferred for the producers of the Denzel Washington-led revival of A Raisin in the Sun. In its first full week since its April 3 opening, director Kenny Leon’s well-reviewed revival earned a remarkable
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'Lord of the Rings' Horse Shadowfax -- Gandalf's Gonna Need a New Ride
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MC Hammer -- The IRS Is Too Illegit To Quit 14 April 2014, 20.38 Entertainment
MC Hammer -- The IRS Is Too Illegit To Quit
The IRS Is Too Illegit To Quit 4/14/2014 3:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF EXCLUSIVE MC Hammer says the IRS is shamefully out to get him ... belatedly demanding penalties on taxes he fully paid 7 years ago.Hammer famously went belly
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Ice Cube -- I 'Was Robbed' Comment Wasn't a Diss to Paul Walker
I 'Was Robbed' Comment Was Not a Diss to Paul Walker 4/14/2014 6:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF Exclusive Details Ice Cube is setting the record straight ... saying he was not taking a huge shot at Paul Walker when he griped about
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Lake Bell: From indie star to undie star on Esquire 14 April 2014, 20.37 Entertainment
Lake Bell: From indie star to undie star on Esquire
Lake Bell is an indie superstar — and now she’s an undie superstar, too. The 35-year-old New York native, sizzling in lingerie for the May issue of Esquire, won acclaim last year for writing and directing “In a
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Miranda Lambert: Time for a break 14 April 2014, 20.37 Entertainment
Miranda Lambert: Time for a break
Ever since Miranda Lambert‘s debut album, ‘Kerosene,’ was released in 2005, the singer has spent much of each year on the road. But that’s about to change. Lambert has announced she is taking a break from touring, which
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Conan O’Brien’s MTV Movie Awards hair ritual is straight out of ‘American Hustle’ — VIDEO
Conan O’Brien’s hair might’ve looked like it was prepared by a team of professionals for the MTV Movie Awards — but don’t let its extra bounce fool you. Conan prepared that hairdo himself, with the use of a hot glue
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Jimmy Fallon thanks YouTube subscribers with ‘La Bamba’ performance — VIDEO
To celebrate reaching three million subscribers on The Tonight Show‘s YouTube channel, Jimmy Fallon did what anyone would do: He got his crew together to sing a rendition of “La Bamba.” Watch the whole performance,
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‘Game of Thrones’ TV Book Club: ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ readers talk Purple Wedding and more
Thought we were done with Game of Thrones articles for a few days, given yesterday’s barrage? Think again! Today EW introduces the Game of Thrones TV Book Club — a discussion space for Thrones viewers who have also
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‘Mom’: The highs and lows of season 1 14 April 2014, 19.01 Entertainment
‘Mom’: The highs and lows of season 1
Allison Janney adds a touch of greatness to anything she’s in – Masters of Sex, The West Wing, the Mandy Moore classic How to Deal. So it’s no surprise that Janney shines in CBS sitcom Mom, created by Chuck Lorre,
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Ice Cube apologizes for offending Paul Walker fans 14 April 2014, 19.01 Entertainment
Ice Cube apologizes for offending Paul Walker fans
Man, this was really a no-win situation. Ice Cube apologized on Twitter to Paul Walker fans/the world after he expressed his disappointment over losing the Best Screen Duo award at the MTV Movie Awards to Vin Diesel and the
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Late Night Highlight: Mindy Kaling isn’t a fan of staff birthdays — VIDEO
What would the Party Planning Committee say? Mindy Kaling may seem like the world’s best boss– but as the actress told Conan O’Brien last night, her employees at The Mindy Project actually refer to her as a dictator. The
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Jaguars Star -- Johnny Manziel Is 'Dope' ... I Hope We Draft Him
Johnny Manziel Is 'Dope' ... I Hope We Draft Him 12 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF EXCLUSIVE Johnny Manziel has a fan in Jacksonville ... tight end Marcedes Lewis ... who tells TMZ Sports he hopes the Jags draft him because the guy
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B.B. King -- Sorry I Sucked in St. Louis ... I Was Off My Meds!
Sorry I Sucked in STL I Was Off My Meds! 32 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF EXCLUSIVE B.B. King is totally embarrassed by his subpar performance in St. Louis recently -- but his rep tells TMZ, he has a good excuse for sucking ...
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Dina Lohan Pleads Guilty to DWI, Speeding 14 April 2014, 19.00 Entertainment
Dina Lohan Pleads Guilty to DWI, Speeding
Pleads Guilty to DWI, Speeding 4/15/2014 8:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF EXCLUSIVE Dina Lohan has something in common with her daughter Lindsay now ... after she pled guilty this morning to aggravated DWI and speeding in a Long
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Michael Strahan debuts on 'Good Morning America' 14 April 2014, 19.00 Entertainment
Michael Strahan debuts on 'Good Morning America'
Oct. 2, 2008: Former NFL player Michael Strahan arrives at the 2008 VH1 Hip Hop Honors event in New York.Reuters Strahan with girlfriend Nicole Murphy, on whom he keeps a VERY close eye.AP Michael
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Oprah Brings Pharrell Williams to ‘Happy’ Tears 14 April 2014, 19.00 Entertainment
Oprah Brings Pharrell Williams to ‘Happy’ Tears
pharrell-williams If anyone knows how to spark waterworks on TV, it’s Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey, during an April 13 interview on OWN’s “Oprah Prime,” brought a very flattered Pharrell Williams to tears when she
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'Dancing with the Stars' recap: Disney does the two step
It's Disney night on Dancing with the Stars, and the show wastes no time in milking the tie-in for all its worth, starting with a familiar Disney castle intro. Then, the pro dancers' opening number alternates between feeling
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Todd Barry talks ‘Crowd Work’ special and getting your friends to pay for stuff
Though he has put “stand-up comedian” on his tax return for over two decades, Todd Barry did not prepare any new material for his brand new special, which was produced by Louis C.K. and distributed through his website for
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So let’s talk about Captain America and Black Widow…
So we all saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier. (Seriously, we all saw it.) And we’ve all had a good, long, thoughtful conversation about the deeper themes lingering under the surface of the paranoia-inducing,
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Jennifer Lawrence is a blushing bridesmaid on ‘Martha Stewart Weddings’ cover
The latest issue of Martha Stewart Weddings boasts a familiar face on the cover — but it isn’t a celebrity bride, it’s a celebrity bridesmaid. Jennifer Lawrence took a break from her busy film schedule to serve as one of
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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2′
Has any hit ever been more sure-fire than Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2? The eighth Harry Potter film opened just under a decade after the first one — a decade that saw Potter fandom sweep across the globe.
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MTV Movie Awards: Conan and Ice Cube attempt a death-defying stunt — VIDEO
The 2014 MTV Movie Awards promises to be “the biggest one you’ll ever see.” For this Sunday’s live broadcast, host Conan O’Brien has assembled stars, spoofs, pyrotechnics galore, and death-defying stunts to wow the
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‘Shameless’ shocker: Even the cast didn’t know about [spoiler]‘s return!
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Peaches Geldof, daughter of Bob Geldof, found dead at 25
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Human Barbie talks plastic surgery, plans for the future
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NBA Bust Royce White -- Sued By Ex-Publicist ... I Saved You, You Screwed Me
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$218 Million Lotto Winner Merle Butler -- I'm NOT Giving Away My Money ... Instagram Account's a Hoax
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Miley Cyrus Cancels 30 Mins Before Show -- Too Sick to Sing
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David Letterman retires: 10 memorable quotes from the late night legend
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David Letterman announces 2015 retirement 03 April 2014, 21.21 Entertainment
David Letterman announces 2015 retirement
"Late Show" host David Letterman announced his plans to retire in 2015.Reuters "Late Show" host David Letterman announced his plans to retire "sometime next year," he said Thursday. The 66-year-old comedian, who began his
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Paula Deen restaurant at center of discrimination suit closes
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Entertainment Geekly: ‘The Raid 2′ and the death of Hollywood action movies
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David Letterman: Obama, celebs react to retirement 03 April 2014, 21.21 Entertainment
David Letterman: Obama, celebs react to retirement
Shortly after iconic CBS late-night host David Letterman announced his plan to retire in 2015, Twitter reaction began to pour in from a wide-range of celebrities — and even President Obama — reflecting on the comedian’s
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‘How I Met Your Mother’: Bradley Cooper is disappointed by the finale too — VIDEO
Many longtime How I Met Your Mother viewers were, let’s just say, unhappy about how the show ended this past Monday night — including Bradley Cooper’s character in Silver Linings Playbook. Remember when Cooper’s
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‘Saturday Night Live’ best host poll: Did Seth Rogen play it too safe? — VOTE PDF Print E-mail

Perhaps Seth Rogen’s latest Saturday Night Live episode wasn’t especially inspired: it opened with the requisite weed jokes, made fun of his oft-imitated laugh, and leaned on some unnecessary celebrity cameos. But if you love Rogen’s slacker comedy, maybe that was exactly what you tuned in for. At least he didn’t tap dance or juggle torches to prove that he’s not just a funny guy.

Voters in our ongoing third annual Mr. Saturday Night contest will have to decide whether Rogen played it too safe for a guy who was hosting for the third time, or if he delivered exactly what the audience wanted.

Last week’s host, Anna Kendrick, sang her way to the top of the poll, scoring 47.8 percent, nearly twice as much as her nearest competitor, Jimmy Fallon, who looks slightly vulnerable for the first time with 24.8 percent. But who knows if Kendrick’s impressive debut will last: Louis C.K. scored 33.1 percent in his first week, but he sank to fourth in his second frame, with only 8.72 percent. Some of Josh Hutcherson‘s fans took the week off, apparently, as he went from 22.9 to 10.0 percent, still enough to hold third place. Sadly, Melissa McCarthy‘s luck finally ran out after narrowly skirting elimination for three straight weeks; she barely trailed Louis C.K. with 8.70 percent.

A quick rundown on our objective: To crown the season’s funniest, most memorable SNL host, the person who best fit in with the cast and put on a performance that you, your mom, and your co-worker were all chuckling about on Monday. It’s subjective, of course, but let’s reward the guest hosts who brought something special to the table. My own personal litmus test: Do you want to see this host invited back next season?

So far, Bruce Willis, Miley Cyrus, Edward Norton, Lady Gaga, Tina Fey (Blerg), John Goodman, Paul Rudd, Kerry Washington, Jonah Hill, Drake, Jim Parsons, Lena Dunham, and Melissa McCarthy have been eliminated.

Below, I’ve embedded one representative clip for each of the five hosts currently in the race. After the poll closes, the host with the least support will be eliminated, and the surviving four will face off against Seth Rogen on April 12.

Watch the clips, refresh your memories, and vote.

Josh Hutcherson

Jimmy Fallon

Louis C.K.

Anna Kendrick

Seth Rogen

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‘Game of Thrones’ stars Alfie Allen and John Bradley confess Spice Girl crushes and more — VIDEO PDF Print E-mail

If you need some cheering up after this week’s Game of Thrones episode, look no further than the video below of costars Alfie Allen and John Bradley taking our EW Pop Culture Personality Test. There’s talk of the Spice Girls, The Sound of Music, and Showgirls

Check out more Game of Thrones stars taking our Personality Test: Pedro Pascal, Natalie Dormer, and because we’re still not over it, Richard Madden.

Bonus confessions!

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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: ‘The Sixth Sense’ PDF Print E-mail

In the post-Lady in the Water era, it’s tough to remember how bonkers people once went for The Sixth Sense. But a mere millennium ago, M. Night Shyamalan’s atmospheric thriller was the toast of audiences and critics alike — a box office smash, a cultural touchstone, a freakin’ Best Picture nominee. Not only at the MTV Movie Awards, but also at the Oscars!

How did a simple, potentially gimmicky ghost story capture our hearts and minds so fully? Easy: because despite the shadow hindsight casts upon it, The Sixth Sense is a great movie. Its brief 107-minute run time means not a scene is wasted; its creepy visuals are arresting and inventive; its performances are perfectly calibrated, from Bruce Willis’s tortured psychologist to Mischa Barton’s unearthly shade. (Though really, Night — did you need to name Haley Joel Osment’s character Cole Sear? Even in his early days, the guy couldn’t help himself.)

And most importantly, its game-changing twist manages to be both surprising and inevitable — making a viewer who doesn’t see it coming feel in awe of the film’s craft, not like the victim of a cheap trick. Even if you do see the whole ghost thing coming, you can still admire the subtlety of Shyamalan’s work. The movie has layers, people — and I mean that sincerely. Let’s peel them back for the latest installment of EW’s Best Summer Blockbusters countdown.

Rank: 12

Release Date: August 6, 1999

Box Office: $293.5 million domestic ($26.7 million opening weekend, $379 million worldwide)

The Sixth Sense started strong out of the gate, wresting box office glory away from another buzzy scarefest – The Blair Witch Project — and keeping its number one spot for over a month. (It was eventually knocked out by another supernatural story, the generally panned Stigmata.) On Labor Day Weekend, it became the second movie in history to earn more than $20 million for five consecutive weekends. (Blame that ending, which had moviegoers returning again and again to search for clues.) And though M. Night Shyamalan’s breakout success didn’t break any box office records, it did finish 1999 as the year’s second-highest grossing movie, behind only a buzz machine that not even Jar Jar Binks could stop: Star Wars: Episode I — the Phantom Menace. Given the massive difference in the two films’ budgets – Phantom Menace cost $115 million, not counting marketing, while Sixth Sense was made for a modest $40 million — Shyamalan’s flick may have had the last laugh. Also, Episode 1 spent four weeks at no. 1; Sixth Sense managed that feat for five in a row.

The Competition: As previously mentioned, The Sixth Sense opened the same weekend Blair Witch went wide, giving those who would be spooked a tough decision to make. Ultimately, Sixth Sense came out on top — also beating out John McTiernan’s remake of The Thomas Crown Affair, which was generally well-received but not quite as buzzy as Shyamalan’s work. Clearly, though, the film benefited from a summer release, when it was surrounded mostly by lighthearted confections (Runaway BrideBowfingerMickey Blue Eyes) and unapologetic B-movies (Teaching Mrs. TingleDeep Blue Sea). In a sea of cotton candy, a rich, deep chocolate bar stands out.

What EW saidCinema literates know when to expect the unexpected in a thriller. Without giving the slightest bit away, then, let me say that the coolest thing about The Sixth Sense is how this twisty ghost story, about a child who sees dead people all around him, circumvents all such instincts. It’s a psychological thriller that actually thrills. B+” — Lisa Schwarzbaum

Cultural Impact Then: Shyamalanamania swept the country like a ghost with a broom, launching Osment as the era’s premiere kid actor and creating a thirst for both twisty narratives and gut-punching endings. Jeff Gordinier said as much in a November 1999 EW cover story, crediting The Sixth Sense among a new generation of creative, exquisitely crafted blockbusters that didn’t just entertain audiences, but also made them think. And Shyamalan’s innovation was rewarded, to the tune of six Oscar nominations (including, yes, one for Best Picture), countless other accolades, and “I see dead people”‘s entrance into the cultural lexicon. Bruce Willis came out of the movie looking pretty good, too.

Cultural Staying Power: People still say “I see dead people,” right?

Maybe not. And like Haley Joel Osment’s visible breath, The Sixth Sense‘s reputation has largely faded away into the ether. Its artistry has been forgotten; its ending has been reduced to a punchline in countless jokes about twist endings. (You can bet “Bruce Willis was dead the whole time!) is coming right after anyone points out that Rosebud was a sled.) Blame Shyamalan’s disappointing follow-up films, which read like a list culled from “Ruining a Film Career for Dummies” (excepting Unbreakable and the first hour or so of Signs): The Village. Lady in the Water. The Happening. The Last Airbender. After Earth. Oof!

Why did all those films fail so spectacularly? Because for the most part, they took the wrong lesson from The Sixth Sense: Instead of imitating its understated grace, they focused on trying to pull the rug out from underneath audiences. Most of Shyamalan’s post-Sixth Sense projects aren’t movies; they’re elaborate, pompous setups built solely for the sake of disappointing payoffs. Which is why, 11 years after the filmmaker’s greatest triumph, the mere appearance of Shyamalan’s name in a trailer was enough to make moviegoers burst into gleeful laughter.

And that’s a shame — because the man who made The Sixth Sense clearly still has something to offer the world of filmmaking. Maybe at this point, the backlash has lasted long enough that we can start rooting for a Night comeback; an upcoming movie that reunites the auteur with Bruce Willis certainly sounds promising. And at the very least, this one probably won’t feature any killer trees.

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Pharrell Williams sheds some ‘Happy’ tears with Oprah — VIDEO PDF Print E-mail

It might seem crazy what I’m about to say, but seeing Pharrell Williams cry makes me happy!

On Sunday night’s episode of Oprah Prime, the Grammy-winning singer sat down with Ms. Winfrey to discuss the global success of his Oscar-nominated hit song “Happy” from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. Williams got emotional after watching a compilation of fan videos from around the world of people singing and celebrating with his song. Obviously, they were tears of happiness, but it’s hard not to get a little choked up yourself watching Pharrell. Oprah did! Watch part of the interview below:

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‘Dancing With the Stars’: Week 5 is liiiiiive! PDF Print E-mail

The good news: Everyone is back with their rightful partner this week! The even better news: It’s Disney night!

The nine remaining couples are jiving and gyrating to some of your favorite Disney tunes tonight, from the classic songs of The Lion King to the more recent Disney hit Frozen. And with season 9 winner Donny Osmond as the night’s guest judge, things are sure to be more than a little interesting.

You all know the drill: Talk about the show here while it’s on, and I’ll update this post with the results later tonight. Then afterward, head on over for my full recap.

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Broadway box office: Denzel Washington’s ‘Raisin in the Sun’ is season’s biggest hit PDF Print E-mail

There are no dreams deferred for the producers of the Denzel Washington-led revival of A Raisin in the Sun. In its first full week since its April 3 opening, director Kenny Leon’s well-reviewed revival earned a remarkable $1.18 million, according to figures from the Broadway League covering ticket sales for the week ending April 13. That makes it the fifth highest-grossing show of the week and the only non-musical to cross the seven-figure threshold. And thanks to premium ticket prices as high as $348, Raisin actually exceeded the estimated gross potential of the Ethel Barrymore Theatre by 16 percent.

The new season is yielding many other hits as well, particularly on the musical front. Disney’s Aladdin conjured $1.18 million; the new revival of Les Misérables brought home $1.15 million at the end of the day; the Idina Menzel-topped musical If/Then took in $964,759; and the Carole King bio-musical Beautiful drummed up <$917,392. Virtually all earned more than three-quarters of the maximum potential earnings for their venues.

Neil Patrick Harris' Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which has played to full capacity since its first performance, earned $884,092 from just seven shows (most Broadway productions have eight performances a week). Meanwhile, Michelle Williams’ Cabaret willkommened $667,721, or about 69 percent of its gross potential. Both shows are still in previews and due to officially open next week.

Among non-musicals, the biggest new box office titans are all star-driven vehicles: All the Way, with Bryan Cranston as LBJ, grossed a strong $893,167 for the week, nearly two-thirds of its maximum earnings, while the soon-to-open Of Mice and Men, featuring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd, collected $796,078, or about 85 percent of its potential gross. The Realistic Joneses, a comedy starring Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, and Marisa Tomei, pulled in $518,159, about 71 percent of its potential. Another starry drama, The Cripple of Inishmaan, starring Daniel Radcliffe, earned a strong $155,234 from its first two preview performances.

Several of the season’s new productions are on the bubble. Some, like the musical revival Violet or the new dramas Casa Valentina and The Velocity of Autumn, are awaiting strong reviews from their official opening next week. Others are holding out for presents from the Tony nominating committee, which announces its finalists April 29. The new musicals The Bridges of Madison County, After Midnight, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and even Rocky could use the box office adrenalin shot that would come from ads touting multiple Tony nominations.

The top grossers of the week included a lot of familiar standbys from previous seasons: Wicked ($1.93 million); The Lion King ($1.91 million); The Book of Mormon ($1.59 million); and Kinky Boots ($1.42 million).

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'Lord of the Rings' Horse Shadowfax -- Gandalf's Gonna Need a New Ride PDF Print E-mail

Gandalf's Gonna Need a New Ride

4/14/2014 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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"Lord of the Rings" star ... and loyal steed to Gandalf ... Shadowfax is fighting off evil Orcs in a better place now after kicking the ole bucket.

The good news is she'll be grazing with plenty of famous company now. Treat her right, Mr. Ed!

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MC Hammer -- The IRS Is Too Illegit To Quit PDF Print E-mail

The IRS Is Too Illegit To Quit

4/14/2014 3:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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says the IRS is shamefully out to get him ... belatedly demanding penalties on taxes he fully paid 7 years ago.

Hammer famously went belly up in 1996 -- declaring bankruptcy and in the process losing everything, including his master recordings and most worldly possession.

Hammer got out from under his debt by anteing up more than $7 mil in 2007, and that amount included more than $1.4 million to the IRS.

Now -- 7 years later -- hammer says Uncle Sam has just demanded another $1.4 mil -- this time for penalties and interest on the delinquent 1996 taxes.

Hammer thinks it's a travesty, and has filed legal docs asking a judge to block the IRS from collecting because of basic principles of fairness.

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Ice Cube -- I 'Was Robbed' Comment Wasn't a Diss to Paul Walker PDF Print E-mail

I 'Was Robbed' Comment Was Not a Diss to Paul Walker

4/14/2014 6:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Ice Cube is setting the record straight ... saying he was not taking a huge shot at Paul Walker when he griped about losing to him at the MTV Movie Awards -- and claims his words were misinterpreted.

Cube raised eyebrows when, according to USA Today, he said ... "We was robbed" in the Best Onscreen Duo category. He and Kevin Hart's "Ride Along" lost to Paul Walker and Vin Diesel's "Fast & Furious 6."

He added, "We had the best chemistry of everybody nominated, for us not to win was crazy." 

Sounds like Cube was getting some heat ... because he's now saying, "I wasn't really mad we didn't win. So I would never diss the actors who won. Not even Paul Walker."

Ice Cube also tweeted, "Ice Cube is not a sore loser. I was born losing. This winning s*** is what I gotta get use to."

Sources close to the actor/rapper tell us he had a joking tone during the USA Today interview ... and was just busting on award shows since he doesn't take them seriously.

We feel you on that, Cube.

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