In post, U2 singer says his recent bicycle accident may have rendered his guitar days over
If you're happy 2014 is over, odds are you're not nearly as happy it's over as Hollywood is. Attendance at movie theaters was the lowest it has been since 1995, according to the Hollywood Reporter, which based its figures on preliminary estimates. (Final numbers are due out soon from the National Association of Theater Owners.) That figure is down 6 percent from 2013, when attendance topped 1.34 billion; the last time attendance dipped below 1.3 billion was 2011. Grosses, meanwhile, were around $10.36 billion, down 5 percent from 2013, marking the largest year-to-year decline Hollywood has seen in nine years. What was to blame? Under-performing sequels such as summer's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," "Transformers: The Age of Extinction (we should call it "Who Even Cares Anymore") and the latest "Hunger Games" movie, says THR. But with the new "Star Wars" movie and the "Avengers" sequel on deck, there is hope the trend will be reversed in 2015. Because what is Tinsel Town without a little hope?
Bono addresses arm, lots of other things
U2 lead singer Bono is down and out after a bicycle accident left him laid up in recovery, which he addressed — among many other topics — in a gargantuan 6,000 word New Year's Day post on U2's website. Organized by topics from A-Z, he talked about Kanye West ("a real innovator"), Jimmy Fallon ("the second coming of the late show") and his own future as a musician following his accident. "Recovery has been more difficult than I thought," he said. "As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again. The band have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this ... But then does the Edge, or Jimmy Page, or any guitarist you know have a titanium elbow, as I do now? I'm all elbows, I am." U2's 2015 tour (no Detroit date, grrr) will, however, continue as planned: "Live is where we live or die," he said. "We have some extraordinary ideas up our sleeve for this tour, I've just got to be rebuilt by 14th May."
Stallone: New Rambo, Rocky entries in works
Speaking of sequels, Sylvester Stallone is set to once again return to playing his two most famous characters. The 68-year-old actor will soon begin filming "Creed," which will star Michael B. Jordan ("Fruitvale Station") as Apollo Creed's grandson, who will be trained by Stallone's Rocky Balboa for an upcoming fight. The movie is due out in 2016. Stallone also announced on Twitter he will soon star in "Rambo 5: Last Blood," which will find his John Rambo character going up against a Mexican drug cartel in a story he has described as his version of "No Country for Old Men" — ironically, a phrase he continues to defy.
Actress Donna Douglas, who played Elly May Campbell on "The Beverly Hillbillies," died Thursday, according to reports. She was 81.
Robert Loggia, 85
Mel Gibson, 59
Dan Harmon, 42