News Nuggets: ‘Gone Girl’ holds off Dracula for even bigger box office returns

Potential Oscar contender “Gone Girl” holds on in the top spot at the box office for a second straight week. The Ben AffleckRosamund Pike adaptation only falls 30% from its debut weekend with an estimated $26.8 million. Horror film “Dracula Untold” premieres with $23.5 million for second place. Family comedy “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” with Steve Carell starts in third place with $19.1 million. The film “Annabelle” continues for another $16 million in fourth place. The Robert Downey, Jr. movie “The Judge” opens in fifth place with $13.3 million. Entertainment Weekly

With “The Walking Dead” returning Sunday for a fifth season, the cast and creative team join together for a PaleyFest panel session in New York. Watch the entire event from Saturday, whee star Andrew Lincoln says of his character Rick Grimes: “He’s very dangerous, powerful, pragmatic and probably the most impressive leader he’s ever been. He’s letting go of the past and embracing the new world.” The new season promises new characters, but several will be familiar to fans of the comic books. USA Today

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The Film Society of Lincoln Center selects Robert Redford as their Chaplin Award honoree for 2015. The Oscar-winning director is also an actor, producer, and founder of the Sundance Institute. The gala will be held in New York on April 27. Previous recipients have included Alfred Hitchcock, Bette Davis, James Stewart, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Michael Douglas, Sidney Poitier, and Barbra Streisand. Deadline

Taylor Swift is the 2014 Billboard Woman of the Year. The magazine calls her “one of the most influential artists of her generation” and an artist who “has shaped and inspired the music industry with her success, leadership and innovation.” She has charted 60 entries on the Billboard Hot 100, the most of any female artist since 2006. The seven-time Grammy winner will receive the award in New York on December 12. E! Online

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Now that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot is available, Mark Carpowich makes his case for the five most deserving to be inducted. He wants Chic, mainly because of the career efforts of key member Nile Rodgers (who won a Grammy with Daft Punk this year). He selects The Smiths because of the “one-of-a-kind” vocals of Morrissey. If there is only one postumous induction, he prefers guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan over Lou Reed. He wants N.W.A. to follow other rappers like Beastie Boys and Public Enemy. And primarily because of “American Idiot,” he likes the idea of first-ballot inductees Green Day. Huffington Post

Cult TV show classic “Freaks and Geeks” is preparing for a mini-reunion. Actor John Francis Daley recently left “Bones” to helm a reboot of the “Vacation” movie franchise. He started his career on the Judd Apatow NBC comedy and has asked his old co-stars Martin Starr and Samm Levine to appear in “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” The new plot has Ed Helms as the grown-up son of Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, now taking his own family on vacation. Other cast members will include Christina Applegate, Charlie Day, and Chris Hemsworth. The Wrap

NBC announces that comedy kingpin Jim Carrey will return to host “Saturday Night Live” for a third time. He last appeared on the variety series in 2001. His gig will be on October 25 with first-time musical guest Iggy Azalea. This is the 40th season of the program, which last week welcomed back past cast member Bill Hader. TV Line

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