The Maze Runner Scores Big During Opening Weekend – Tops Box Office

The Maze Runner Scores Big During Opening Weekend – Tops Box OfficeIt seems to take a bunch of young adults and throw them into a life of death struggle is a sure-fire recipe for Hollywood success right now…The Maze Runner having once again proved the point pretty well. Scooping up an impressive $32.5 million during its opening weekend in the US and Canada, the flick comfortably topped the box office ahead of A Walk Among the Tombstones ($13.1 million) in second place.

“At Fox, they should be very pleased,” said Rentrak senior media analyst, Paul Dergarabedian.

“To have a $32.5 million opening in September is actually really good.”

Another addition to the growing arsenal of popular teen dystopia movies that seem to be ticking all the right boxes right now, The Maze Runner is a safe bet for anyone with an interest in Enders Game or The Hunger Games.

“The Maze Runner,” based on a young-adult novel by James Dashner, tells the story of a group of boys who find themselves in a glade with a dangerous maze as their only exit.

“Their decision to create a new franchise based around this very popular series of books was a smart one,” said Dergarabedian.

“For every one of these that does well, there are many that don’t. It’s very difficult to tap into that young adult audience and have success,”

“Their gamble paid off.”

Mat Franco ‘Shocked and Honored’ at Historic AGT Win

Mat Franco ‘Shocked and Honored’ at Historic AGT WinMat Franco has earned his place in the America’s Got Talent history books after becoming the only magician to every walk away with the million dollar prize. Despite having wowed the judges from his first audition, the Rhode Island native fought tooth and nail to destroy his underdog status and take his first steps toward superstardom.

“I couldn’t help but just be shocked and honored,” he told reporters from PEOPLE.

“It’s great to be an inspiration to people. … The underlying message is following your passion. Whatever it is you like to do, do it: Dreams can come true.”

Franco often stated that he’d been doing magic long before he’d even learned how to read. Since the age of 4, he’d wow his family and friends with increasingly sophisticated illusions – his grandma being his biggest life-long fan of all.

“She ran up on stage at the end of the show at the finale and told me how proud she was,” he beamed.

He also revealed during the course of his AGT journey that there were times in his life he wasn’t exactly proud of what he did. It may have been his brothers that were bringing home the girls while he was working hard on his tricks, but Franco is undoubtedly having the last laugh right now.

“It has a certain connotation to it, so you wouldn’t necessarily want to bring it up,” he said.

“Maybe that can change. Now that magic has won the biggest talent show in the world, maybe that’ll give magic a little credit.”

Franco’s transition from small-time campus magician to national big-stage megastar came quite spectacularly fast for the 26-year-old, though represents everything he always dreamed of.

“It’s night and day if you consider the college campus dining hall versus Radio City Music Hall,” he explained.

“There was this moment when we were rehearsing for the first live show, and I look up, and all these people who are the best in their field are all coming together to help me,”

“It was emotional for me having a team like that. I felt like David Copperfield for a second. It was pretty wild.”

Cute or Creepy – Chris Martin and Jennifer Lawrence Go Public…Sort Of

Cute or Creepy – Chris Martin and Jennifer Lawrence Go Public…Sort OfCute or creepy? That’s the question being asked all over Hollywood this morning following reports that Chris Martin has fallen head over heels in love with Jennifer Lawrence. Not since Chad Kroeger’s surprise coupling with Avril Lavigne…which of course just came to a rather depressing end…has a Hollywood pairing raised so many genuinely curious eyebrows.

The famed Coldplay frontman recently called it quits with Gwyneth Paltrow after over a decade of marriage, which went down as one of the most bizarre breakups in recent A-Lister history. The moment they decided to make their ‘conscious uncoupling’ public, we knew it was going to be a weird one/

Still, despite all manner of weird and wonderful rumors in the interim months, it seems Mr. Martin has fallen completely and hopelessly in love with The Hunger Games star Lawrence, who was recently the focus of the world’s media for rather more undesirable reasons.

Neither party has yet gone on-record to confirm the coupling, but tons of sources are coming forward with rather gushing reports. Lawrence has apparently had a crush on the Coldplay singer for years, while he himself has apparently ended up hopelessly smitten after heading out in LA with her.

He may be 37 and she just 24, but hey – if they’re happy than so should be the rest of us!

Finding Fanny to be Made into Novel for 2015 Release

Finding Fanny to be Made into Novel for 2015 ReleaseIf you’re bowled over by Homi Adjania’s Finding Fanny on the big screen, you might be happy to hear it’s also set to be released as a book in the near future. With a star-studded cast including Dimple Kapadia, Pankaj Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Arjun Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, the original satirical story is to be extended and expanded into a novel by Kersi Khambatta and director Adjania,

Nothing has yet been made official, but the book’s release date is expected to fall in 2015.

Here’s the official video trailer for Finding Fanny, which is to launch in theatres across India in September:

Shahid Kapoor Looks Incredible on GQ Magazine Cover

Shahid Kapoor Looks Incredible on GQ Magazine CoverShahid Kapoor has graced the cover of GQ Magazine for the first time. Dressed and styled as he’ll appear in Haider – the upcoming movie from Vishal Bharadwaj – he’s scored some serious cool points with the critics and has a pretty incredible new accolade to add to his belt.

Haider was filmed for the most part in Kashmir and represents a modern day take on Hamlet – Shakespeare’s iconic epic. Kapoor stars alongside Kay Kay Menon and Shraddha Kapoor.