Magazine’s foul shot
Dennis Rodman is at the top of a list no one wants to be on. He’s been named GQ’s No. 1 least influential celebrity of 2013.
The 52-year-old former basketball player who has visited Kim Jong Un in North Korea was selected as the top pick in the magazine’s third annual list of the least influential celebrities, which also includes twerking pop star Miley Cyrus, President Obama, and celebrity chef Paula Deen.
GQ called Rodman a “Q-list celebrity willing to commit borderline treason just to hang out with a dictator who himself aspires to be a Q-list celebrity.”
Rodman said last week he’s preparing to return to North Korea late next month for an exhibition basketball tour.
Satisfied by ‘Hunger Games’
Moviegoers satiated their appetite for the “Hunger Games” franchise by making the sequel “Catching Fire” one of the year’s biggest hits.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” opened with $161.1 million at the domestic weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.
It became the biggest November debut ever, as well as Lionsgate’s most lucrative opening.
The only other new wide release, Disney’s Vince Vaughn comedy “Delivery Man,” sputtered to an $8.2 million opening.
After two weeks atop the box office, “Thor: The Dark World,” released by Disney, slid to second with $14.1 million.
These are the estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included.
1. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” $161.1 million ($146.6 million international).
2. “Thor: The Dark World,” $14.1 million ($24.8 million).
3. “The Best Man Holiday,” $12.5 million.
4. “Delivery Man,” $8.2 million ($1.2 million).
5. “Free Birds,” $5.3 million ($575,000).
6. “Last Vegas,” $4.4 million ($2.4 million).
7. “Bad Grandpa,” $3.5 million ($2.4 million).
8. “Gravity,” $3.3 million ($46.6 million).
9. “12 Years a Slave,” $2.8 million.
10. “Dallas Buyers Club,” $2.8 million.
At peace with her role
Ellen DeGeneres has high aspirations for her second time around hosting the Oscars. “It reached the world,” the talk show host said of her well-received 2007 Oscarcast. “And I’m trying to get world peace. So, that’s my goal. My hope is by hosting the Academy Awards, right afterward, we have world peace.”
DeGeneres may have been exaggerating, but there’s no overstating her enthusiasm for the March 2 gig.
“I know a lot of those people,” she said of the Oscar audience. “They’re on my show a lot. I love the whole business. … I get to play with all those people in the audience and make people happy, and, hopefully, relax them.”
DeGeneres made her comments Friday while attending a Toys for Tots charity event in Los Angeles.