Kate Ward
Kate Ward is the current Executive Editor for, a former editor and writer for Entertainment Weekly and, and a forever fan of pop culture. A graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Ward — whose work has also appeared in Glamour magazine — loves talking about nutgrafs and hates exclamation points, despite using them on a regular basis. Specializing in reality TV, ’90s nostalgia, and bad movies, Ward is likely the oldest person to attend "American Idols LIVE!" every year with her mom.
  • 'Dead Man Down' Trailer: Guns, Guns, and More Guns!
    By: Kate Ward Jan 03, 2013
    Turns out Dead Man Down and fellow 2013 thriller Gangster Squad have plenty in common: Both promise action-packed excitement, both follow protagonists facing off against a crime boss big bad, and both have suffered from incredibly bad timing. Back in July, following the Dark Knight Rises theater shootings in Aurora, Colo., Warner Bros. announced their Ryan Gosling-headlined shoot-'em-up gangster flick would be delayed for reshoots. (One scene in the film featured, unluckily, a movie theater massacre.) And in December, following the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy in Newtown, Conn., FilmDistrict delayed promotion of the violent Dead Man Down, which stars Colin Farrell as a hit man hired by a woman (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo's Noomi Rapace) to kill his crime lord boss (Terrence Howard). But Dead Man Down appears to have more in common with Gangster Squad than poor timing — following their respective delays, both films depended on audiences' short-term memories, releasing gun-heavy trailers. The spot for Farrell's March 8, 2013 thriller, embedded below, even makes liberal use of the weapon money shot. Still, Dead Man Down's trailer does have a softer side — anyone else catch the Opening Act poster behind Farrell's character? Oh, memories! [Image Credit: Film District] More: Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace to Star in 'Dead Man Down' Colin Farrell Talks 'Seven Psychopaths' and Exposing Movie Violence Awkward! The Most Poorly Timed Movies in History You Might Also Like: ’American Idol’ Winner Hospitalized After Head-On Car Crash 20 Hottest Bikini Bodies of 2012: Katy Perry, Miley and More!
  • Fontella Bass, "Rescue Me" Singer, Dies at 72
    By: Kate Ward Dec 27, 2012
    Fontella Bass, the R&B singer most well known for her 1965 hit "Rescue Me," died Wednesday at 72 years old, according to USA Today. Family members told the publication the singer passed away in St. Louis following complications from a heart attack. Though most renowned for "Rescue Me" — a song the singer had co-wrote — Bass parlayed her musical last name into a successful career in the industry beginning with her 1965 duet with Bobby McClure, "Don't Mess Up a Good Thing." Despite her gospel roots (Bass was the daughter of the Clara Ward Singers' Martha Bass), the singer found stardom in the R&B genre, following up "Rescue Me" with chart-friendly hits like "Recovery" and "You'll Never Know." After splitting ways with her label over royalties (beginning a feud over rights that continued with the song's increasing appearance in advertisements), Bass swam across the pond to France, where she released two albums, Les Stances a Sophie and Art Ensemble of Chicago with Fontella Bass, in 1970. In 1995, she returned to gospel with the Grammy-nominated No Ways Tired. Following her move and subsequent return to the states, Bass was never able to match the success of "Rescue Me," but regularly collaborated with artists like David Bowie. And the industry often paid tribute to the singer as well — Cher, Pat Benatar, and Linda Ronstadt are among those who have covered "Rescue Me." Watch Bass during her performance of "Rescue Me" on NBC's 1960s variety series Shindig! below: [Image Credit: Getty Images]
  • 'Game of Thrones' Is the Most Pirated Series of 2012, But What Network Show Finishes Third?
    By: Kate Ward Dec 27, 2012
    TorrentFreak's 2012 list of most pirated TV programs proves, once again, that come hell or high cable prices, television fans will get their water cooler fodder. The site released their annual list of most illegally downloaded television material, and the result, unsurprisingly, looks quite a bit like TorrentFreak's 2011 round-up. The top three series on the list remains the same year over year, but with a new victor. Whereas Showtime's Dexter topped the most pirated series in 2011, negative critical reaction perhaps bumped it down a slot to No. 2, allowing HBO's Game of Thrones to ride to pirated victory with 4.3 million downloads per episode. Similar to last year, NBC's The Big Bang Theory — whose audience pretty much has to pirate the series out of geeky principle — is the highest network performer on the list, coming in at No. 3 with 3.2 million downloads per episode. As for new series driving illegal downloads, 2011's now-canceled Terra Nova has been replaced with blackout mystery Revolution, which clocks in at No. 10. Usual suspects How I Met Your Mother (No. 4), Breaking Bad (No. 5), and The Walking Dead (No. 6) make the list, while Friday night plans and anticipation for the final season of Fox's Fringe helps land the series in ninth place with 2.3 million downloads. Pay cable provider Showtime, however, becomes the network with the most coveted series with Homeland's new placement on the list at No. 7 with 2.4 million downloads. What does this tell us about 2013? While defunct series like House (No. 8) and Fringe will exit the list, we can expect pay cable programs like Homeland and GOT to continue rising, thanks to international delays, consumer availability, and mass critical acclaim. As for Glee and True Blood's exit from the 2012 list after finishing strong in 2011 (at No. 6 and No. 9, respectively), seems TV fans' are choosing quality over quantity of cast members. [Image Credit: HBO] More: 'Game of Thrones' Season 3 Featurette: The Game's Been Upped — VIDEO New 'Game of Thrones' Teaser Teases… Not a Lot How the 'Game of Thrones' Cast Spent Their Summer Break (Hint: Some Spent It Together) You Might Also Like: 20 Hottest Bikini Bodies of 2012: Kim Kardashian and More! Best Movie & TV Ugly Criers of 2012: PICS
  • Lindsay Lohan Reportedly Angry About 'Scary Movie 5' Joke: Why She Shouldn't Be
    By: Kate Ward Dec 24, 2012
    Turns out, Scary Movie 5's trailer was more frightening than Lindsay Lohan expected. Just one day after the spot surfaced, reports are circulating that the actress is upset the film made a cutaway joke at her expense. The rib in question? A scene in the trailer shows the actress screaming and pointing to a television that's playing fake footage of Lohan's probation was revoked. (According to reports, earlier scripts had the television playing Herbie: Fully Loaded.) But even if Lohan wasn't in on the joke, she should quickly work her way out of the outside. After all, there's no better way to escape a career-limiting scandal (or a series of career-limiting scandals that includes, most recently, an assault arrest) than to laugh with the mean girl that is Hollywood. And while history has proven that Lohan has a difficult time doing so (after all, this is the actress who complained about jokes on Saturday Night Live, Glee, and an E*TRADE ad), history has also proven that all of Hollywood's most successful actors learn to laugh along. Below, see five stars who were scary good at handling their headline-making scandals. Take notes, Lohan! Hugh Grant The British actor has become Hollywood's poster boy for how to handle a scandal: Just days after being arrested for misdemeanor lewd conduct with a prostitute in 1995 — while he was still dating Elizabeth Hurley — Grant appeared on The Tonight Show to mock his PR disaster. "What the hell were you thinking?" Leno famously asked. A few bloody charming jokes and one hit movie (Nine Months) later, and audiences realized he was just a guy, standing in front of an audience, asking them to love him. And, because of his deprecating sense of humor, we still do. Craig Ferguson Sober since 1992, Late Late Show host Ferguson has dedicated plenty of airtime to poking fun at his history with alcoholism. And he managed to become a hero doing so — in 2007, the late night host announced he would not be teasing Britney Spears for her meltdown, telling viewers that he once tried to commit suicide while addicted to alcohol (but was too distracted by alcohol to do so). His comments not only encouraged addiction-plagued viewers to get much-needed help, but also helped him raise his late night profile. Slaandjivaa, indeed. Paul Reubens True, Reubens is still as well known for his 1991 arrest for indecent exposure as he is for his beloved character, Pee-Wee Herman. But his self-effacing appearance at the 1991 Video Music Awards, where he asked the audience, "Heard any jokes lately," quickly became the joke heard 'round the world. So funny, we still remember to laugh. Christian Bale In 2009, while on the set of Terminator: Salvation, Bale unleashed a rant on the film's director of photography filled with enough expletives to put David Mamet to shame. After a tape of the rant leaked and quickly went viral, Bale welcomed jokes from critics. As the actor said calling up two DJs at the L.A.-based KROQ who had spent days mocking Bale for his temper. "I have no confusion whatsoever," Bale said. "I was out of order beyond belief. I was way out of order. I acted like a punk. I regret that … Free free to make fun of me at my expense. I deserve it completely." Considering the public has all but forgotten the incident — and the Academy handed him a trophy in 2011 — we'd say Bale got the last laugh. Robert Downey, Jr. Like Ferguson, Downey has been open about his struggles with addiction during his years of recovery. So open, in fact, that an early scene in Tropic Thunder featured his movie star character drunkenly swigging alcohol while a news reporter referenced his "bad-boy image off-screen." With Downey's days as a Hollywood bad boy behind him, the actor launched the iron-strong career that transformed him into a blockbuster star. Hard to believe that the actor was once, like Lohan, uninsurable. [Image Credit: Dimension Films; DreamWorks; Warner Bros] More: See Lindsay Lohan in Scary Movie 5 — VIDEO Here We Go Again: Lindsay Lohan Arrested for Assault The Simple Answer to All of Lindsay Lohan's Problems You Might Also Like: 20 Hot (and Horrifying) Movie Sex Scenes   See 10 Celebs With Creepy Gollum Eyes
  • Kardashian Family Christmas Card: Is that the Dead Cat?! and 4 Other Questions 
    By: Kate Ward Dec 18, 2012
    This wasn't quite what we meant when we said we were dreaming of a white Christmas. Not to be outdone by Chuck Lorre, the Kardashian family has released their annual holiday card, which takes on a far more joyful tune than previous years, despite the presence of dearly departed kitten, Mercy. But since we can't ever expect any, er, mercy from the Kardashians' omnipresence, we'll accept their holiday greetings — but only if they answer the following questions: 1. Let's address the elephant in the room — or, rather, the cat: Was this picture taken prior to Mercy's passing? Or have taxidermy animals become the new Hollywood lap dog? If so, can TLC make a show about it? 2. The other elephant not in the room: We see Kris Jenner, Bruce Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Rob Kardashian, Scott Disick, Mason Disick, Penelope Disick, Lamar Odom, Kris Jenner, and Kendall Jenner, but where's André Kanye? 3. Why is Scott Disick the family focal point? And when will the Kardashians break the news to him that this is not a J. Crew ad? 4. Don't the Kardashians know that scarecrows should be saved for the family Halloween card? 5. Why can't I look away? [Image Credit: Nick Saglimbeni] More: Kim Kardashian in Bahrain and Nine Other Celebs Who Wore Out Their Welcomes Kim Kardashian Prepares for Motherhood by Freezing Her Eggs Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Skip the VMAs: Where Were They? From Our Partners: ’A Few Good Men’: Where Are They Now? Best Mother and Son Movies: ‘Forrest Gump’ and More!
  • 'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Alec Baldwin Joins Martin Short, Samuel L. Jackson Curses
    By: Kate Ward Dec 15, 2012
    UPDATE: Samuel L. Jackson denied dropping an f-bomb (but does admit to cursing) on Twitter: I only said FUH not FUCK!K was sposed to cut off da BULLSHIT, blew it!!… — Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) December 16, 2012 EARLIER: We're used to cheering like a Spartan whenever Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon or another recently departed Saturday Night Live alum returns to Studio 8H. But SNL fans found themselves disappointed when a former SNL legend returned to glory on the sketch comedy show's stage. Dana Carvey — also known as one of the main reasons (save Chris Farley) the early 1990s is still held up on an SNL pedestal — seemed a promising host for fans in 2011, but, sadly, the actor's revival of popular characters like Wayne's World's Wayne, Ross Perot, and Church Lady seemed more unoriginal than nostalgic. So, considering Carvey's stint, Martin Short's hosting gig Saturday seemed worrisome — would we be forced to sit through Ed Grimley and Jerry Lewis sketches years after we already grew sick of them watching best of SNL VHS tapes? As it turned out, absolutely not. Short proved to be a delightful host who was just as hilarious as he was current. We were subjected to a split second of Ed Grimley, but only during Short's jolly monologue, which brought us even more exciting SNL characters of seasons past. Well, rather, cast members — Fey, Fallon, Kristen Wiig (complete with Junice baby hand), and honorary cast member Tom Hanks (making his second SNL cameo this year) all joined in Short's Christmas-centric musical number, which marked the seventh this season. This week, however, the musical monologue was worth it — it's hard to say what sight was better: Abe Lincoln with a llama or Short planting a smooch on the predictably stoic Lorne Michaels. Still, each paled in comparison to Short's astute ad lib, "How does a man sit on a piano, I wonder?" The SNL cameos continued with "A Tony Bennett Christmas," headed up by Alec Baldwin's fan-favorite impression of the crooner. The sketch veered into ESPN Classic territory with its ad-shilling bathroom humor ("It's sure easy to get down in the dumps when you can't take one"), but, then again, anything that reminds us of Will Forte's Greg Stink picks us out of the dumps. But, following the sketch, we hardly said "Cheerio!" to bathroom humor. The next sketch — about a royal OBGYN being trained to treat the Duchess of Cambridge — mainly centered on euphemisms for female genitalia: "The King-Maker," "Thomas' English Muffin," and, of course, "Her Downton Abbey" among them. Anyone else in the role of the consultant tasked with prepping Bill Hader's OBGYN would have been groan-worthy, but Short even managed to make a dated Camilla Parker-Bowles funnier than the prospect of her Downton Abbey being guarded by a troll that asks you a riddle. Just ask Hader, who couldn't keep a straight face while Short revealed euphemisms for the anal cavity. (In case you were wondering, "The Church of Taint Andrews" is one.) More impressive, though, was Short's impeccable impression of Larry David as Linus in an adult-themed, star-studded Charlie Brown special, You're a Rat Bastard, Charlie Brown. Typically, Hader's impersonations steal SNL sketches, but his Al Pacino paled in comparison to Short's David. The actor even looked like the Curb Your Enthusiasm star. Other highlights included Taran Killam's Michael Keaton and Jason Sudeikis' Philip Seymour Hoffman — though I can't be the only one wishing Nasim Pedrad's celebrity impressions all didn't sound like Nasim Pedrad. Kristin Chenoweth deserves better — and no, this time around, I'm not talking about Jake Pavelka. Speaking of zingers, Seth Meyers' one-liners were the highlight of Weekend Update, attracting more laughs than Vanessa Bayer's adorably funny roasting Bar Mitzvah boy and Cecily Strong's ho-hum revival of Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation With at a Party. Jokes about Jersey Shore's finale and criticism of Barbara Walters for asking Hillary Clinton about her hair over her policies were astute enough, but the funniest one-liner of the night was also the bluest: “An Ohio woman who gave birth to her daughter at 12:12 p.m. on 12-12-12 has named her 'Forever.'  Which I suspect is how long she’ll be a stripper.” Samuel L. Jackson, who made a cameo alongside SNL's stars in Short's monologue, returned to appear in Kenan Thompson's recurring — but long dormant — "What's Up With That?" sketch. The premise remains the same, and so does Sudeikis' jaunty tracksuit dancing — but this week, the sketch came with a NSFW twist. Pulling a Jenny Slate, Jackson dropped an f-bomb at the end of "What's Up With That?" and followed it up with a "bulls--t." "Come on now, that costs money," Thompson ad-libbed. Your move, FCC. SNL rounded out its episode with a sketch about two old friends (Fred Armisen and Short) with bizarre hobbies (acting for EMT training) and habits (eating 25 bagels a day) that was sorely lacking a Stefon, and a Christmas pageant audition sketch with Short and musical guest Paul McCartney that quickly turned into a Christmas-themed performance from the former Beatle. But while McCartney turned in two other lovely performances — including a reprise of his "Valentine" single — the rock legend was overshadowed by SNL's touching cold open, which featured the New York Childrens Chorus singing "Silent Night" as a quiet tribute to the Sandy Hook tragedy. The moment echoed Paul Simon's post-9/11 performance of "The Boxer" on the sketch comedy series, and proved, once again, SNL can be as heartfelt as it is funny. We might not be able to sleep in heavenly peace for some time, but dammit if SNL didn't help us try. [Image Credit: NBC] More: Saturday Night Live: Should Series Address Sandy Hook Tragedy? Saturday Night Live Recap: Fast Forwarding With Jamie Foxx Saturday Night Live Promo: Martin Short Keeps A Comedy Tradition Going
  • Kelly Clarkson Gets Engaged, Tweets Ring Photo: Cue "Moment Like This" Jokes! — PIC
    By: Kate Ward Dec 15, 2012
    American Idol fans have waited a life time to make a joke like this: Kelly Clarkson, who has undoubtedly been waiting a lifetime for a moment like this, is engaged. The singer announced she'd be wedding talent manager Brandon Blackstock on Twitter: I'M ENGAGED!!!!! I wanted y'all to know!! Happiest night of my life last night! I am so lucky and am with the greatest man ever :) — Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) December 15, 2012 Shortly after announcing her engagement, Clarkson also tweeted a picture of her unconventional engagement ring: This will be the second marriage for Blackstock, who has strong ties to the music industry — Blackstock, a single father of two, is the stepson of Clarkson's frequent mentor and duet partner, Reba McEntire. Clarkson and Blackstock have been dating 10 months. Even prior to getting engaged, Clarkson was talking wedding bells. The singer, who appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this year, told DeGeneres about Blackstone, "We are totally going to get married. We love each other." But paparazzi and tabloids looking for a splashy affair might be disappointed — Clarkson also told DeGeneres the couple would be likely to elope. "If we did [have a wedding], it would probably be low-key, but I don't know. Eloping sounds good." [Image Credit: Todd Williamson/Getty Images for InStyle; Kelly Clarkson/WhoSay] More:
  • 'The Hobbit': 6 Biggest Changes From J.R.R. Tolkien's Novel
    By: Kate Ward Dec 15, 2012
    In the late '90s, Peter Jackson was given an unenviable task. The director needed to recreate J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth as realistically and lovingly as possible to appease the fantasy author's fervent fans while still delivering a blockbuster that would please studio heads more focused on profits as green as Hobbiton's lush fields. And, shockingly, with 2001's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Jackson did just that. With the exception of a few omissions (sorry, Tom Bombadil — we skipped over you while reading the book anyway), the director managed to deliver a remarkably faithful adaptation to the big screen, complete with Tolkien's voice, vision, and most beloved characters. But, following two successful follow-ups, one of which — The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King — bagged the Academy Award for Best Picture, Jackson was faced with a more interesting dilemma. After taking on The Hobbit adaptation, the director was tasked with bringing a book to life that even Tolkien fans have trouble mustering up excitement for. After delivering the epic Lord of the Rings franchise, Jackson could hardly offer fans the floppy, juvenile treatment the book asked for. So, to no one's surprise and the benefit of adventure-seeking audiences, Jackson took several liberties with The Hobbit, bringing to screen a less faithful, but far more exciting, adaptation. GALLERY: 13 Adaptations That Threw Out the Books So where did The Hobbit depart from its original source material? See below for a few of the biggest changes! Radagast Bunny Hops on Screen Strangely enough, the most kid-friendly scene from The Hobbit didn't actually appear in the book. Though Radagast (Sylvester McCoy) was mentioned in Tolkien's novel, the nature-loving wizard — and his ridiculous ridiculously cute bunny sled — didn't make an appearance. Radagast does, however, play a role in Tolkien's notes — sources being used for the third Hobbitfilm. Azog Comes Out of the Fog What's a Lord of the Rings movie without an Orc? While The Hobbit primarily focuses on goblins and trolls — nary even mentioning an Orc — Jackson's film adaptation centers on Thorin's battle with Azog (Manu Bennett). In Tolkien mythology, Azog did indeed kill King Thrór, Thorin's grandfather, but Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and his dwarf companions merely stumble upon danger in The Hobbit— they largely move untracked. Of course, the best way to amp up Bilbo's unexpected journey was to add a few more unexpected villains. Seeing Saruman Radagast wasn't the only wizard who magically appeared out of nowhere. Saruman (Christopher Lee) also had no role in Tolkien's The Hobbit, but made an appearance in the film as part of a mini White Council. Credit nostalgia — who didn't smile their pearly whites seeing the soon-to-be-evil white wizard? GALLERY: 10 Celebrities With Gollum Eyes Glad to See Galadriel? Similarly, Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) was never mentioned in The Hobbitnovel, despite her large role in Jackson's adaptation. But, let's face it, much like Galadriel's advice, you weren't able to get her out of your head anyway. Frodo's in the Frame! Proof that great things come in the shortest of scenes: The Hobbit's biggest geek-out moment happened at the beginning of the film, when Frodo (Elijah Wood) recreated a Fellowship of the Ring conversation with an elderly Bilbo (Ian Holm) awaiting his birthday party. Precious, indeed — but not in the book. Prancing Ponies Prance Away I couldn't have been the only child horrified at the prospect of goblins under the Misty Mountains eating the dwarves' poor ponies. So it's no surprise Jackson dismissed them from the script with one dwarf's claim that the small horses had simply run away in fear. Now, if only The Hobbit had managed to avoid real-life heartbreaking pony stories… [Image Credit: Warner Bros] More: Hobbit Inspires 10 Celebrities Gollum-ized with Gollum Eyes The Hobbit Inspires Trolls Vs. Dwarves — The Pop Culture Journey The Hobbit: What the Heck is a 'Warg'? Middle Earth Vocabulary for Non-Nerds From Our Partners: ’The Hobbit’ Cast: A Who’s Who New Character Guide (Moviefone) Movie Mistakes: Biggest Flubs in Sports Films (Moviefone) 
  • 'Saturday Night Live': Should Series Address Sandy Hook Tragedy?
    By: Kate Ward Dec 15, 2012
    Saturday Night Live, sadly, has become accustomed with confronting tragedy. Terrorist attacks, shootings, anthrax scares in their own office — the sketch comedy show has lived through the same horror as Americans who sit in front of their television sets every Saturday night at 11:30 ET. Tragedy has even worked its way into the fabric of the show itself — SNL, along with Mayor Rudy Giuliani, famously became the first outlet to tell audiences in September 2001 that it was okay to laugh following the 9/11 attacks. "Can we be funny?" Executive Producer Lorne Michaels asked the mayor. "Why start now?" Giuliani answered. But, following the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. — where 27 people, including 20 children, were gunned down by a shooter — it's a question SNL must be asking itself again: Can it be funny? The entertainment industry, like it did following The Dark Knight Rises shootings in July, has reconsidered its programming and schedules following the tragedy: Paramount postponed its Jack Reacher premiere in Pittsburgh, Penn., while Fox replaced new Family Guy and American Dad episodes with reruns out of sensitivity. But SNL, with host Martin Short, is still holding strong — its holiday episode is still scheduled to run Saturday night. So can they be funny? And, more importantly, should they? SNL, particularly since its widely praised lampooning of the 2008 election, has transformed itself into an outlet just as associated with current events and national discourse as any CNN, Fox News, or MSNBC news program. Viewers tune in to see what SNL has to say about the election, about Obama's cabinet, about the fiscal cliff. But when the biggest news story of the week centers on the massacre of 20 children, how can SNL respond? A cold open about gun control would seem just as jarring as a cold open ignoring the event completely. It's unchartered territory for the sketch comedy show. While SNL did provide necessary laughs following Hurricane Sandy's destruction via a silly sketch surrounding Mayor Michael Bloomberg, SNL has never aired an episode so quickly after a tragedy like Sandy Hook. The sketch comedy show was on break following the 1999 Columbine tragedy, and, while SNL did air an episode after the Virginia Tech shootings that ignored the massacre, the series had breathing room between the tragedy, which took place on a Monday, and their new episode. (SNL, however, did have to pull a gun-centric digital short from reruns that unluckily aired the weekend before.) But, if SNL's treatment of tragedy in the past has proven anything, it's that we should trust the sketch comedy show. It's likely we'll see a moment of silence, a call for donations, or some hat tip that shows the series' sensitive nature. Can SNL be funny? It's a safe bet it will be — but it will also be appropriate. What do you think? Should SNL address Sandy Hook? Let us know below. <a href="">Should 'SNL' address the Sandy Hook tragedy?</a> [Image Credit: NBC] More: Tom Cruise Premiere Postponed Due to School Shooting Syfy Pulls 'Haven' Episode That Deals with School Violence From Our Partners: Bar Refaeli Strips Down for New Underwear Campaign (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) Kim Kardashians Best Bikini Moments (PHOTOS)
  • 'Hobbit' at Midnight Breaks Record: Did the Film Beat 'Breaking Dawn'?
    By: Kate Ward Dec 14, 2012
    Bilbo Baggins might only be three feet tall, but the hobbit can rake in a tall stack of money. The Hobbit, which opened at midnight Thursday, broke a December record, bringing in $13 million at midnight screenings, according to's Paul Dergarabedian. Considering the film was screened in 3,100 locations, that accounts for a $4,193 per theater average. IMAX, meanwhile, tells the film grossed $1.6 million on 326 of their screens and that theaters were "at virtual capacity." But how did the record-breaking latest in Peter Jackson's Middle-earth franchise fare compared to other highly anticipated projects? Unfortunately, The Hobbit fell short of making the list of Top 10 midnight grossers of all time, which is still dominated by teen-friendly franchises like Harry Potter (which occupies the top spot with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2's $43.5 million) and Twilight (which comes in at No. 3 with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2's $30.4 million, a number that includes Thursday previews of the film). Of course, the Top 10 list proves Hobbit has plenty to look forward to — The Dark Knight Rises's spot at No. 2 with $30.6 surely indicates that franchise enders inspire more expected journeys to midnight screenings. And Jackson's Lord of the Rings franchise certainly ended on a high note — while Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring opened with a three-day total of just $47.2 million, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King steadily grew to $62 million and $72.6 million, respectively. Here's guessing Warner Bros wishes it could use 48 FPS to speed to 2014's The Hobbit: There and Back Again. See the Top 10 highest-grossing midnight screenings below! 1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2: $43.5 million 2. The Dark Knight Rises: $30.6 million 3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2: $30.4 million (includes Thursday previews) 4. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1: $30.4 million 5. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: $30 million 6. The Twilight Saga: New Moon: $26.3 million 7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1: $24 million 8. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: $22.2 million 9. The Hunger Games: $19.7 million 10. The Avengers: $18.7 million [Image Credit: Warner Bros] More: Hobbit Midnighters Who Accidentally Saw the Movie in 48 FPS: We're Here for You Beards, Quests, and Wizards, Oh My! Why Most Fantasy Looks like Middle-eart How Much Does The Hobbit Have to Make This Weekend to Be a Success? From Our Partners: ’The Hobbit’ Cast: A Who’s Who New Character Guide (Moviefone) Movie Mistakes: Biggest Flubs in Sports Films (Moviefone)