It's St. Patrick’s Day this March 17, so here’s to the wearing of the green, hoisting a pint, and celebrating those luckiest in Hollywood. The following ten should thank St. Christopher, the patron saint of luck, for the good fortune he has bestowed upon them:
The cartoon film "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" took in 21.4 million in its second week (http://cnn.it/1dh9ADa). The movie is no dog, despite its canine lead. Looks like Spielberg, Katzenberg, Geffen and crew have a new film franchise.
He's got an Oscar and will very likely win an Emmy in the fall for his edgy turn in HBO’s series "True Detective". 2014 should continue to be "Alright, alright, alright" for this actor on a hot streak.
Los Angeles and New York
Those two cities get every movie the first weekend it opens, while the rest of the 'fly over states' wait for...what exactly? Is there a reason Chicago or Atlanta couldn't get "The Grand Budapest Hotel" the same opening weekend as the coasts? Does Hollywood think the rest of the nation is 'Rube Central'?
He’s got an Oscar, a renewed film career, and is rumored to be dating Lupita Nyong’o. Some guys have all the luck.
Jen Selter's gluteus maximus
The fitness instructor’s backside is an Instagram sensation with almost 3 million followers and now is starring in a two-page spread in this month’s Vanity Fair. Can a Hollywood career be far behind?
Many in the media and in the GOP were outraged that the President hawked ACA enrollment on the movie star's online series "Between Two Ferns". Few however are doubting whether it was indeed funny. Even fewer are doubting its effectiveness as Zach helped increase traffic to the healthcare.gov site by 40% (http://bit.ly/1gvanAm).
The "Veronica Mars" movie
The Kickstarter movie made two million bucks this weekend, and managed to squeeze into the top 10 at the box office. All this, despite the fact that Flixster had a number of download problems that prevented some paying customers from seeing it. Good thing the positive reviews and reception offset this mechanical botch. It’s proof that there’s real affection for Kristen Bell’s amateur sleuth from the cult TV show. And it shows that streaming still has a lot of bugs to work out.
"Bates Motel" on A & E
It's good news for horror fans that the A & E series continues to be as successful as it was last year in ratings and reviews (http://exm.nr/1gz3VNc). It's bad news for "Those Who Kill", the Chloe Sevigny show that followed it, as it couldn't hang onto its lead-in audience. Thus, the freshman series was pulled after just two episodes. Still, the Bates Motel should remain open for some time to come.
Her show is a huge hit, she got huge ratings as the host of this year's Oscars, and she will very likely be invited back to do the same at next year's ceremony. So maybe break out the champagne and caviar instead of delivery pizza?
The producers of "12 Years A Slave"
This smart and provocative movie not only won the Oscar for Best Picture, but it got votes from some Academy members who didn't even bother to watch it (http://bit.ly/1gyUCga). In space no one can hear you scream, eh "Gravity" fans?