News Nuggets: ‘The Hobbit’ finale torches American box office

The final installment of Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy torches the American box office this weekend. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” opens to a massive $90.6 million over its five-day debut. Adding in its global take, the movie has now made $355.6 million. Another sequel, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” with Ben Stiller and the late Robin Williams, has a soft opening with $17.3 million for second place. Musical “Annie” starring Quvenzhane Wallis and Jamie Foxx starts in third place with $16.3 million. Hollywood Reporter

Margaret Lyons goes to great trouble annotating every single person who appeared with Stephen Colbert for a closing song. The final episode of “The Colbert Report” aired Thursday night, with the finale being the classic song “We’ll Meet Again.” Among many politicians and pundits, others joining Colbert included his former boss Jon Stewart, Randy Newman, Bryan Cranston, Willie Nelson, Mandy Patinkin, Sam Waterston, Jeff Daniels, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric, Alan Alda, George Lucas, and more. Vulture

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The Recording Academy will honor seven more artists with lifetime achievement awards surroundin gthe 2015 Grammys. This year’s recipients are rocker George Harrison, pop/rock group the Bee Gees, bluesman Buddy Guy, country duo the Louvin Brothers, jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter, composer Pierre Boulez, and accordionist Flaco Jimenez. Trustees Awards will be given to producer Richard Perry, songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and jazz impresario George Wein. Rolling Stone

Taylor Swift has the new top single on the airplay charts with “Blank Space” moving up one spot. Falling down a notch is “Animals” from Maroon 5. The next few titles in the top 10 include songs from Calvin Harris (“Blame”), Ed Sheeran (“Don’t”), Nick Jonas (“Jealous”), Mr. Probz (“Waves”), and Ariana Grande with The Weeknd (“Love Me Harder”). USA Today

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HBO’s telefilm “The Normal Heart” will receive this year’s Stanley Kramer Award from the Producers Guild of America. The movie was directed by Ryan Murphy, who also produced with Scott Ferguson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Jason Blum, Dede Gardner, Dante Di Loreto, and Brad Pitt. The award was established in 2002 to honor those who raise awareness of social issues. The Wrap

Craig Ferguson says goodbye to the CBS “Late Late Show” with an “incredible” twist ending Friday night. He opened the finale with an all-star music video of “Bang Your Drum” featuring dozens of celebrities. After an interview with Jay Leno, he concluded with a surprise final moments with Bob Newhart in a horse’s costume and waking up in bed with his previous co-star Drew Carey. TV Line

Saturday Night Live” veteran Mike Myers returns to his former show as the character Dr. Evil. He made the surprise appearance on the episode hosted by Amy Adams this weekend. The nemesis of Austin Powers mocked South Korea’s cyber war with Sony, which he claimed hasn’t had a hit since the Walkman. He added that “you think it’s a joke to have James Franco assassinate Kim Jong-un? The man singlehandedly almost killed the Oscars.” Variety

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