To the wonderful array of characters and names in the "Harry Potter" universe -- Ron Weasley, Dolores Umbridge, Bellatrix Lestrange, Cornelius Fudge and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named -- add yet another getting a shot at the spotlight: Celestina Warbeck.
Holdover tent-poles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy maintained the top spots at the weekend box office, while the new openers trailed behind. But, while it was expected that Let's Be Cops and The Giver would open in the teens, the biggest surprise of the weekend was The Expendables 3, a franchise pic which should have easily opened in the $20 to $25 million range, but instead floundered with an estimated $16.2 million.
There is a reason that Lois Lowry's 1993 book won the prestigious Newbery Medal and inspired millions of readersâ€”as well as other dystopian YA best-sellers like The Hunger Games: It features children asking important questions and challenging draconian authority.
High up in the Heritage Foundation's headquarters, a conservative "who's who" gathered last week to screen a movie. Conservative media critic Brent Bozell III, who once called much of Hollywood's work "clearly out of bounds, offensive and dangerous," heaped praise on the production and its producer.