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Globes Behind the Scenes: What you WON'T see on television

All night EW reporters are on the scene at the Golden Globes —  in the ballroom, in the press room, on the red carpet and at the after parties — and we will be giving you inside dish on everything happening behind the scenes that you can’t see on TV. Check back often for updates as the night continues.

BEFORE THE SHOW
“Excuse me,” says the young woman in the striking red dress. Sarah Paulson, busy fixing her eyebrows in the bathroom mirror slowing turns her head to see her 12 Years a Slave co-star Lupita Nyong’o standing at the sink next to her. They may have played slave owner’s wife and slave on screen, but these two proved to be thick as thieves in the bathroom, where they began screaming like two young school girls when they saw each other.

DURING THE SHOW

Not every Hollywood star loves their time hobnobbing with other celebs. Spotted: actor Mark Ruffalo hiding in the corner behind the table dominated by press. The actor and activist with a healthy Twitter account was hiding on his phone. “I’ve got to admit I’m a little out of my body tonight,” he told EW. Paula Patton fixed that. Moments later Ruffalo was being chatted up by the vivacious actress Paula Patton, and was clearly entertained by her company.

In the smokers’ lounge: Kate Beckinsdale entertained a gaggle of ladies fawning over her dress. Elizabeth Moss kissed her Globe for a photo, and Joaquin Phoenix chatted up a journalist with a mouth full of crackers that he had carried in his pocket from the buffet table. He said he was considering  using the crackers in a bit should he get called up on stage for his work in Her, but he didn’t return to to the buffet to grab more. Instead he tipped the bartender $20 and wandered off with his director, Golden Globe original screenplay winner Spike Jonze.

Melissa McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone, plus Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann, the cast of Modern Family all made a beeline for the exit before the Best Picture winner was announced.

Producer/fiancier Ryan Kavanaugh was holding hands all night with Minnie Driver. Beau Bridges walked out, thanking the security guards as he left.

Spirits were low at the 20th Century Fox/Fox Searchlight viewing party for the Golden Globes most of the night. 12 Years a Slave had lost in every category, and things looked bleak for the movie. When Johnny Depp came out to announce Best Drama, many who had worked on the film, or fought for months campaigning on its behalf, we’re only half-listening. Then, the ultimate shock: Depp read the envelope, and 12 Years a Slave had won. There was a moment, a gasp, had everyone heard that right? Then — pandemonium. It was impossible to hear any of director Steve McQueen’s speech over the cheers.

Meanwhile, the Fox TV network viewing party, with a Brooklyn loft theme under a tent on top of the Beverly Hilton parking garage, was very upbeat. Normally the studio wins awards but the network does not. Tonight there were screams of shock and delight for the Andy Samberg and Brooklyn Nine-Nine wins. EW asked Fox Chairman Kevin Reilly if he feels vindicated for his faith in Brooklyn, which was given a full-season order and a Super Bowl slot, despite the show’s low ratings. “It’s not vindication,” Reilly says. “I’m just really happy. It’s the right timing for a show on the rise. And it’s great when you love a group both personally and creatively.”

Check back for more behind-the-scenes reports and follow us on Twitter at #EWGlobes. (Reporting by Nicole Sperling, Lindsey Bahr and Anthony Breznican)

Box office report: 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2' rolls past 'Rush', 'Don Jon' with $35 million debut

Four years after the original Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs stormed theaters, Sony’s $78 million sequel Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 topped the chart once again, earning $35 million in its first weekend. The film opened in an ultra-wide 4,001 theaters, and it notched a strong $8,748 location average.

The first Cloudy scored $30.3 million in its debut frame on the way to a $124.9 million finish. Most prognosticators were expecting Cloudy 2 to finish above the $40 million mark — in the same range as Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania, which opened last September with $42.5 million, the best September debut in history. Cloudy 2 finished a bit below that, but it still notched the fourth best September bow of all time behind Transylvania, Insidious Chapter 2 ($40.3 million), and Sweet Home Alabama ($35.6 million).

The film benefited from a lack of animated competition in the marketplace. Planes, the last animated title to hit theaters, debuted nearly two months ago, and moving ahead, Cloudy should endure quite well due to a dearth of family films in October. The next kiddie flick entering theaters is the Thanksgiving-themed Free Birds on Nov. 1. Thus, Cloudy, with its “A-” CinemaScore grade, should have no trouble playing to parents and children for weeks to come.

Last weekend’s champion, Prisoners, locked up another $11.3 million in its second frame, with a 46 percent drop from its $20.8 million debut last weekend. Warner Bros.’ $46 million revenge thriller, which stars Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, has now earned $39 million. Despite great reviews, though, the drama is facing serious competition from other well-reviewed adult fare such as Rush and Don Jon (and next weekend’s Gravity), which could limit its final box office potential.

That said, Ron Howard’s Formula One racing drama Rush raced off with a rather lackluster $10.3 million in its expansion from five theaters into 2,297 locations. The Universal-distributed film, which stars Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl, marks a major decrease from Howard’s last sports drama, Cinderella Man, which punched up $18.3 million in its 2005 debut. For Hemsworth, Rush (obviously) started off slower than both Thor and The Avengers, but it also under-performed compared to his non-superhero vehicles The Cabin in the Woods ($14.7 million) and Red Dawn ($14.3 million). The film will need great word of mouth to drive it to profitability, and given its strong “A-” CinemaScore, it may achieve that. Also working in Rush‘s favor? Its relatively low $38 million budget.

Two newcomers rounded out the Top 5, though both finished the weekend with rather lackluster totals. The Paula Patton-starring romantic comedy Baggage Claim flew away with $9.3 million from 2,027 theaters, while Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s porn-addiction comedy Don Jon pulled in a more tepid $9 million from 2,422 theaters. Baggage Claim‘s  “A-” CinemaScore grade suggests it could find an audience in the weeks to come, though Don Jon’s weak “C+” grade may signify challenging word of mouth (despite strong reviews) down the road. Fortunately, Don Jon cost only $6 million to produce, so it should turn  a nice profit for Relativity. Fox Searchlight did not disclose the budget for Baggage Claim.

1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 – $35 million
2. Prisoners – $11.3 million
3. Rush – $10.3 million
4. Baggage Claim – $9.3 million
5. Don Jon – $9 million

Further down the chart, Eugenio Derbez’s Spanish-language comedy Instructions Not Included scored another $3.4 million from 948 theaters, for a remarkable $38.6 million cumulative total. The film surpassed Pan’s Labyrinth ($37.6 million) this weekend to become the highest-grossing Spanish-language film in U.S. box office history. It’s a major winner for young distributor Pantelion, a joint venture of Lionsgate and Mexican media company Televisa.

This weekend, Sandra Bullock’s ultra buzzy sci-fi thriller Gravity floats into theaters — as does the rather unbuzzy Justin Timberlake-Ben Affleck thriller Runner Runner. Check back to EW to see how both films fare at the box office.

Box office update: 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2' wins Friday with $9.3 million; 'Rush' races into second place

Sony’s $78 million sequel Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 pulled in $9.3 million on its Friday debut, putting it at the top of the box office. The film will easily outgross the original Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs‘ $30.2 million debut, though it will likely miss the $40 million mark that most prognosticators assumed it would reach this weekend. Cloudy 2 should make it rain to the tune of about $35 million.

In second place, Ron Howard’s Formula One racing drama Rush drove away with $3.7 million on Friday after expanding from five theaters into 2,297 locations. The film, which stars Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl, should score about $11 million this weekend — a big step down form Howard’s last sports drama, Cinderella Man, which punched up $18.3 million in 2005. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Colin Farrell in talks for 'World of Warcraft' adaptation, more

• Colin Farrell has reportedly been offered the lead in Warcraft, the Legendary Pictures adaptation of the popular video game World of Warcraft. Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) is also in talks to star in the film, which is set to go into production in January with Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) in the director’s chair. Paul Dano (Prisoners), Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Travis Fimmel (Vikings) are all on the short list as well. Blood Diamond scribe Charles Leavitt penned the script. [Deadline]

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'2 Guns' red band trailer: Bad guys, big explosions, and money everywhere -- VIDEO

You know what’s better than one gun? 2 Guns. And you know what’s better than Mark Wahlberg starring in a big-budget action flick? Mark Wahlberg starring in a big-budget action flick with Denzel Washington. In case you’ve been craving an adrenaline-pumping buddy cop romp with guns, babes, money and bad guys galore, you have no reason to worry anymore: 2 Guns is finally coming to theaters this Friday, August 2. Wahlberg and Washington play two cops who have to work together to save their lives (and Paula Patton’s) when their covers are blown and some very bad people want to take them down.

You’ve probably already seen the trailer, but if you want something a bit naughtier (they say the “s” word!) and bloodier, then check out the new red band trailer below. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Rebecca Hall in talks for 'Iron Man 3.' Plus: Nina Dobrev, Nicole Kidman, Vince Vaughn, Nicolas Cage, Sean Bean, Paula Patton

• Nina Dobrev and Twilight‘s Kellan Lutz are in talks to join Project X‘s Jonathan Daniel Brown in Kid Cannabis, based on the Rolling Stone article about a group of Idaho teenagers who smuggled marijuana across the Canadian border. (So: No vampires!) John Stockwell (Into the Blue) is directing. [THR]

• Nicole Kidman is teaming up again with Rabbit Hole writer David Lindsay-Abaire on The Family Fang, based on the Kevin Wilson novel about a clan of performance artists. Kidman will star and produce; Lindsay-Abaire will adapted the book. [Deadline]

• Vince Vaughn is in negotiations to star in Starbuck, a comedy about a man who learns the sperm he once donated fathered 533 children. (The Duggars have nothing on this guy.) The DreamWorks film is a remake of a French-Canadian crowd-pleaser of the same title. [Variety]

Check out project news for SUSAN SARANDON, NICOLAS CAGE, JUNO TEMPLE, JOHNNY KNOXVILLE, SEAN BEAN, COLE HAUSER, and PAULA PATTON below:  READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: 'Iron Man 3' gets its villain, and Steve Carell may have a 'Very Bad Day.' Plus: Selena Gomez, Jennifer Aniston, Tom Hanks

• Call it Pulling a Timberlake: Selena Gomez will set her recording career aside for a spell, and will star in the action film The Getaway with Ethan Hawke. [MTV News]

• Some wonderful, incredible, all good, very great news: Steve Carell is in preliminary talks to headline a live-action adaptation of the beloved children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right) is directing, from a script she wrote with Rob Lieber. [Deadline]

• Tom Hanks is circling the role of Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks, the story of how the legendary mogul cajoled author P.L. Travers for the rights to her books about magical nanny Mary Poppins. Emma Thompson may take on the role of Travers. [Deadline]

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• Horrible Bosses co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis are in talks for the road comedy We’re the Millers, about a made-up family concocted to help a drug dealer (Sudeikis) smuggle a motherlode of pot over the Mexico border. Dodgeball helmer Rawson Marshall Thurber would direct. [Deadline]

Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol‘s Paula Patton is in talks to join Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in the graphic novel adaptation 2 Guns. Baltasar  Kormakur (Contraband) is set to direct. [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Taylor Lautner to get his funny on in ‘Grown Ups 2.’ Plus: Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Alexander Skarsgard

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