Monday's Top Entertainment News Stories (9/16)

Bridget Reed Morawski ’16 / Emertainment Monthly Writer

Cyrus Blows Up The Billboard Top 100

Though the actress/musician has had several smash hits, including last summer’s anthem, Party in the U.S.A., Miley Cyrus could well be on her way to her first number one hit on the Billboard Charts. Cyrus has already hit 107,418,067 views as of press time through the Vevo Channel on Youtube, and many point to her steadily rising numbers across the boards as proof that she will earn her first number one hit for next week’s Billboard Top 100.  Cyrus’ latest album, Bangerz, is due for release on Oct. 4.

The National Book Foundation Releases Longlist for 2013 National Book Awards

The National Book Foundation released on Monday the Longlist Nominees for the Young People’s Literature category. The finalists for this category are:

  1. The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Scout, by Kathi Appelt
  2. Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, by Kate DiCamillo
  3. A Tangle of Knots, by Lisa Graff
  4. The Summer Prince, by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  5. The Thing About Luck, by Cynthia Kadohata
  6. Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
  7. Far Far Away, by Tom McNeal
  8. Picture Me Gone, by Meg Rosoff
  9. The Real Boy, written by Anne Ursu and illustrated by Erin McGuire
  10. Boxers and Saints, by Gene Luen Yang

The National Book Awards consist of four categories, including poetry, nonfiction and fiction. The Longlists for poetry, nonfiction and fiction will be announced in subsequent weeks exclusively to The Daily Beast. The finalists will be announced Oct. 16, with the awards presented in New York City on Nov. 20.

Insidious: Chapter Two Tops National Box Office with Record Breaking September Release

September is notoriously slow at the box office, but Insidious: Chapter Two doesn’t seem to have gotten the message. The smash sequel of 2010’s Insidious, the movie took in $41 million in ticket sales on its opening weekend, which coincidentally began Friday, Sept. 13. The horror film beat out The Family, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro, which both opened on the same night, and knocked Riddick down to third place and The Butler to fourth.

Disney Studios Announces Star Wars Spinoff “Origins” Series

Disney has announced that they will produce a number of spin-off movies based on the origins of popular Star Wars characters. The studio purchased Lucas Films, the original producers of the Star Wars Saga, for a neat sum of $4.05 billion. The studio plans to start releasing these films in 2015, with a new movie released every year.

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