LOS ANGELES (AP) -- First place is -- "Taken." The action sequel "Taken 2" opens at number-one -- with a $50 million haul. That's double the opening weekend of the original in early 2009, which also starred Liam Neeson. That big opening also helped to give Hollywood a more than 45 percent boost over the same weekend last year. The animated "Hotel Transylvania" drops to second this weekend, with a little over 26 mil. "Pitch Perfect" breaks into third place, as it goes into nationwide release. "Looper" is fourth, followed by the opening of "Frankenweenie."
MARTIN LANDAU SAYS HIS "FRANKENWEENIE" CHARACTER WOULD MAKE A GOOD PRESIDENT
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Martin Landau thinks the science teacher he speaks for in "Frankenweenie" would make a good president. Landau likes that he has "very fast brain-to-mouth coordination." He's also very honest. Landau says we need people like that in Washington. The only trouble is, his character wasn't born in the U.S.
"PITCH PERFECT" - BRITTANY SNOW
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Brittany Snow didn't have to learn the words to "No Diggity" before singing it in "Pitch Perfect." She says she's loved that song "since long ago." It's her go-to karaoke song. Snow's only complaint is that her co-star Anna Kendrick got to do the rap part.
"AMERICAN IDOL" PRODUCERS SAY EVERYTHING IS FINE
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Feud? What feud? "American Idol" is doing damage control after word that Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey got into during a taping. "Idol" producers issued a statement saying they are "one of the best, most passionate, dynamic and invested judging panels we've ever had." They say there has been much media speculation and accusations and much of it is inaccurate.
"DANCING WITH THE STARS: ALL STARS" - CELEBS DO THEIR OWN CHOREOGRAPHY TONIGHT
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The pros don't get to choreograph the dances tonight on "Dancing With the Stars: All Stars." The celebrities do. They'll be judged on their choreography as well as their dancing. Tomorrow night two stars will be sent home.
DUETS TONIGHT ON "THE VOICE"
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Things start getting serious tonight on "The Voice." The blind auditions are over and the contestants have been paired for duets. They'll perform tonight. Tomorrow, someone will be sent home.
"THE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON" TO AIR AFTER SUPER BOWL
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- CBS isn't airing an episode of a new show it wants to promote or a current show with a special episode after the Super Bowl. "The Late Show With Craig Ferguson" gets the coveted slot. It's the second time it's gone on after the Super Bowl. The big game will be played in New Orleans on February 3.
CASTING CALLS FOR DWAYNE JOHNSON REALITY SHOW "THE HERO"
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Casting calls will be held in seven cities for Dwayne Johnson's new reality show "The Hero." Ten people will be picked to live in a house and do various missions that will test their brains, their brawn and their morality. Johnson will be their mentor. Viewers will be able to use social media to vote on who's the most heroic. The first casting call will be this Saturday in Los Angeles. The others will be in Boston, Dallas, Chicago, New York, Nashville and Minneapolis.
DOUBLE EPISODE OF "MODERN FAMILY"
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Back-to-back episodes of "Modern Family" air this Wednesday. In the first half hour, Phil and Claire drop Haley off at college, Manny forces Jay and Gloria to take a baby class, and Mitch and Cam meet the lesbian parents of the child who gets into a fight with Lily. In the second episode, Phil goes in for a vasectomy, Jay and Gloria disagree on whether they should learn the sex of their baby and Mitchell tries to persuade Cameron to get a part-time job.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Live from New York it's -- Big Bird on "Saturday Night Live." The "Sesame Street" character joined Seth Meyers at the "Weekend Update" anchor desk. But Big Bird declined to comment on presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's vow to cut federal funding for PBS. Big Bird said he didn't want to "ruffle any feathers." But Big Bird says he'd gotten "a million tweets" on the issue. From real birds, that is.
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