News Nuggets: Angelina Jolie’s ‘Maleficent’ destroys ‘X-Men,’ Seth MacFarlane at box office

The biggest box office debut in Angelina Jolie‘s career is now “Maleficent,” which scared up $70 million this weekend. The Disney film retells the “Sleepy Beauty” story from the villain’s perspective. Last weekend’s top film “X-Men: Days of Future Past” takes a somewhat steep decline into second place, down to $32.6 million. Seth MacFarlane‘s Western comedy “A Million Ways to Die in the West” opens in the third position with a tepid $17.1 million, despite a cast that also includes Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, and Charlize Theron. Huffington Post.

Multiple Oscar winning film “Gravity” wins the Best of Show prize Friday at the Golden Trailer Awards. The film promo also prevailed as Best Thriller at the ceremony hosted by comedian and actor Jay Mohr. Other winners were “Bad Words” (comedy), “The Butler” (drama), “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (action), “Frozen” (animation/family), “Dallas Buyers Club” (independent), “The Fault in Our Stars” (romance), and “Blackfish” (documentary). Hollywood Reporter.

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Glenn Whipp analyzes the Emmy race for Best Comedy Series and determines that voters “may be ready to give up” on the “Modern Family” lock. The show has won the top prize four straight years, and a fifth time would tie it with “Frasier” for the all-time record. He believes the other nominees will be “The Big Bang Theory,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Louie,” “Orange is the New Black,” and “Veep.” Last year’s nominee “Girls” and past contender “Parks and Recreation” are strong possibilities. His “For Your Consideration” grabber is for “Silicon Valley.” L.A. Times.

Just three months after being renewed for a second season, “The Arsenio Hall Show” is suddenly cancelled on Friday. CBS Television Distribution said that several station groups, including Tribune and Sinclair, were downgrading the syndicated time slot due to declining ratings. The talk show debuted last fall and was Hall’s second effort in the late night slot. His popular first incarnation aired from 1989 through 1994. TV Guide.

Oscar-nominated actress Joan Lorring dies Friday at age 88 in the New York suburb of Sleepy Hollow. Her Academy Award nomination was as Best Supporting Actress in 1945 for “The Corn is Green.” Her role was as the scheming, trampish Bessie Watty, playing opposite Bette Davis. She lost that category to Anne Revere (“National Velvet”). In her career, she also co-starred in the films “The Big Night,” “Stranger on the Prowl,” and “The Midnight Man.” Deadline.

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Tim Molloy reviews the new AMC drama series “Halt and Catch Fire,” calling the program about the early days of computers” in the 1980s a show you won’t want to ESC.” Even though the network still has the highly-rated “The Walking Dead,” he says that AMC has recently “lost some of its creative spark” with the loss of “Breaking Bad” and several other low-rated shows. He refers to it as “a throwback to the giddiness of 2007” with the debut of the “gutsy” show “Mad Men.” The Wrap.

Brent Lang interviews legendary actor James Earl Jones about his career, which has included Emmy, Tony, and Grammy Award wins as well as an honorary Oscar. He discusses his famed voiceover work as Darth Vader in the “Star Wars” films, as the doomed father in “The Lion King,” and for CNN. A filmed version of the live stage play “Driving Miss Daisy” starring Jones and Angela Lansbury will debut in 500 movie theaters on June 4. Variety.

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