Weekend News Roundup! Madonna at Halftime; Denby Fever



Happy Monday! Here’s our compendium of pop-culture news you may have missed while you were doing more important things over the weekend.

• Madonna will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show—which, auspiciously, will occur two days after the release of her directorial debut, W.E. [Vulture/NYM]

• Everybody’s mad at David Denby! The New Yorker critic broke an embargo on reviews of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by a week—publications had been asked to hold their reviews until December 13, but Denby’s review is available today. Megaproducer Scott Rudin e-mailed Denby that he won’t be invited to any more of Rudin’s films, which, whoa. [IndieWIRE]

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and The Muppets stayed at #1 and #2, respectively, in the weekend box office, with $16.9M and $11.2M, respectively. Hugo jumped a couple of spots to #3, with $7.6M, and Arthur Christmas and Happy Feet Two rounded out the top five with $7.4M and $6M. Kids like movies, huh? [BOM]

• Roger Ebert’s At the Movies is going on hiatus at the end of December, while Ebert and his wife/co-producer Chaz Ebert look for more funding. Say it with us: Te-le-thon! Te-le-thon! [/Film]

• Here’s where some of the top fashion and lifestyle magazines are having their yearly holiday parties. And ours? We’re keeping that on the DL. [WWD]

• So how long will it take before Bret Easton Ellis is forced to publicly apologize for this insensitive tweet about how bullying victims should just “man up”? We predict it’ll happen by Wednesday. [Gawker]

• Legendary Bollywood actor Dev Anand has died of cardiac arrest at age 88. [NYT]