The opening ceremony has officially kicked off at Sochi's Fisht Olympic Stadium, marking the start of the 2014 Olympic Games. Athletes representing countries across the globe have gathered for the big night, and although Sochi's had its problems over the past couple weeks, the world is now watching as the festivities begin. For the ceremony, opera singer Anna Netrebko performed the Olympic anthem, and Russian pop duo tATu hit the stage for the pre-ceremony before a slight snowflake malfunction.
Philip Seymour Hoffman's private funeral was held in Manhattan on Friday, with stars Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Ethan Hawke, Brian Dennehey, Amy Adams and Ellen Burstyn paying their respects to an actor widely considered among the best of his generation. The coffin holding Hoffman's body was brought out of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola by pallbearers and put it a hearse as family and guests began to stream out Friday afternoon. A larger memorial service is being planned for later this month. More tests are needed to determine what exactly killed Hoffman, who was found with a syringe in his arm and what authorities said were dozens of packets of heroin in his apartment. Autopsy results were inconclusive, authorities said this week.
George Clooney 's Monuments Men earned $550,000 Thursday night after rolling into North American theaters. The World War II comedy-drama, co-financed by Sony and 20th Century Fox, opened in 2,494 theaters Thursday night. For comparison, Monuments Men is trailing slightly behind Sony's Captain Phillips, which earned $600,000 Thursday night with 8 p.m. shows in October, and went on to have a solid $25.7 million debut. Monuments is likely to open in the $15 million to $20 million range in North America for the weekend.
Jay Leno's last Tonight Show was one for the ratings record books. The host's last episode brought in 14.6 million viewers, the show's biggest audience since the 15 million that tuned in the night Seinfeld ended in May 1998. Leno's farewell is the fourth biggest Tonight Show with Jay Leno telecast, only bested by the episode following the 1993 Cheers finale of 22.4 million viewers, Leno's debut in May 1992 which pulled 16.1 million viewers and the aforementioned post-Seinfeld finale episode.