News Nuggets: Top-grossing stars of 2014 are Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt

Jennifer Lawrence is the highest-grossing actor of 2014. Her films “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” have combined to earn $1.4 billion this past year. In the second spot is an actor who had barely done any movies before: Chris Pratt had “The Lego Movie” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” combining for $1.2 billion. The next positions are held by Scarlett Johansson ($1.18 billion), Mark Wahlberg ($1 billion), Chris Evans (“$801 million), Emma Stone ($764 million), Angelina Jolie ($758 million), James McAvoy ($747 million), Michael Fassbender ($746 million), and Hugh Jackman ($746 million). Forbes

Holding off a strong challenge at the box office, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” earns another $55 million during its second week. Angelina Jolie‘s historical “Unbroken” overachieves for $47 million in second place. The biggest opening ever for a Broadway musical adaptation is now “Into the Woods” with $46 million. Along with strong holdovers like “Annie” and “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” the box office breaks a month-long skid. The Wrap

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For the third straight year, “Game of Thrones” is the most pirated television show over the past 12 months. Another cult favorite, “The Walking Dead,” takes the second spot for illegally downloaded programs. Others in the top 10 are “The Big Bang Theory,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Gotham,” “Vikings,” and “South Park.” Deadline

The Broadway revival of “The Elephant Man” starring Bradley Cooper is now a record-breaker. The play has recouped its $3.1 million investment in just six-and-a-half weeks. The limited engagement at the Booth Theatre is now extended through February 22. Co-stars include Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola. Playbill

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Actor Idris Elba is now responding to rumors that Sony would like for him to be the next James Bond. The rumors started following the company hack that Sony chairman Amy Pascal was suggesting him. Current star Daniel Craig only has one film remaining on his contract. Elba himself says on Twitter: “Isn’t 007 supposed to handsome? Glad you think I’ve got a shot! Happy New year people.” BBC

Casting is now complete for the anticipated Andrew Davies adaptation of the Leo Tolstoy novel “War and Peace.” Directed by Tom Harper, the BBC miniseries will star Paul Dano (“Prisoners”), Lily James (“Cinderella”), James Norton, Stephen Rea, and Greta Scacchi. The project is also produced by The Weinstein Company and will begin production in January. Hollywood Reporter

A new preview of the comedy series “Galavant” compares it to “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” with “just a whiff” of “The Princess Bride” thrown in. The ABC program includes songs from Oscar winner Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast”) and Glenn Slater (“Tangled”). It is about a knight and princess who team up to rescue his true love from the evil king. The show debuts January 4 as a short-term replacement for “Once Upon a Time.” TV Line

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