Entertainment buzz: Facebook's top 10 moments of the week

Hollywood A-listers and movie lovers alike mourned the death of actor Eli Wallach this week, known for movies like "The Magnificent Seven" and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."

Others turned their attentions to a new teaser for the next "Hunger Games" film, a controversial new interview from Gary Oldman and a somber anniversary for Michael Jackson fans.

Facebook has tallied the top 10 buzziest stories in entertainment this week, and all of those topics made the most-talked-about list. What had you talking? See what you missed in this exclusive list on CBSNews.com.

1. Death of actor Eli Wallach

The veteran character actor, whose career spanned six decades, died on Tuesday at his New York City home, his agent confirmed to CBS News. He was 98.

Many stars paid tribute upon hearing the news, including his "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" co-star Clint Eastwood.

2. CW's "The Flash" pilot leaks

Comic book fans took notice this week when the pilot for the new TV series "The Flash" leaked online, three months before it's scheduled to premiere on the CW network. Starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen (aka the superhero of the show's title), it's gotten positive buzz -- the U.K.'s Mirror has a roundup of Twitter reactions from those who watched.


3. Mary Lambert of "Same Love" fame gives performances for Pride Week

She sings on the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis hit "Same Love," performed alongside them (and Madonna) at that mass wedding at the Grammy Awards earlier this year, and now Mary Lambert is lending her voice to performances at Gay Pride events around the country, including one in Florida on Friday evening:

4. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" trailer, posters released

The next film in "The Hunger Games" franchise doesn't hit theaters until November, but fans were treated to two different sneak peeks this week. First, a series of "District Heroes" propaganda posters highlighting citizens of the fictional country of Panem.

Then came a teaser, styled as an address to the nation from President Snow -- with Peeta Mellark standing beside him (those who've read the books will know why).

5. "Game of Thrones" played by pugs ad from Blinkbox goes viral

If you've ever watched "Game of Thrones" and thought the only thing missing was some adorable puppies (because direwolves and Ser Pounce just aren't enough), you're in luck -- the folks at Blinkbox made a video featuring a trio of pugs dressed up as characters from the HBO hit. In this "Game of Thrones," you win...or you bark.

6. "Iron Man 3" director Shane Black rebooting "Predator" series

The '80s classic "Predator" is getting the reboot treatment at 20th Century Fox, and the studio has enlisted Shane Black -- the screenwriter behind "Lethal Weapon" and the writer-director of "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" and "Iron Man 3" to work on the project. He'll write the treatment for the new film and is also attached to direct.

7. Sam Smith covers Whitney's Houston's "How Will I Know"

Music lovers are buzzing over the 22-year-old British singer's rendition of Whitney Houston's 1985 hit, "How Will I Know." Part of Smith's slowed-down version made an appearance this past season on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," but now a full-length one is available from his studio visit to SiriusXM.

8. Gary Oldman makes controversial comments in Playboy interview

The "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" actor got people talking after he defended Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin from critics of their controversial remarks about Jews and gays and called political correctness "crap" in an interview with Playboy magazine.

After the comments caught fire, Oldman apologized -- first in an open letter, and again during an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" where he admitted, "I am 56. I should know better."

9. Megan Fox stars in new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie

Kowabunga, dudes. A new trailer for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" arrived this week, and it reveals more of the movie's storyline, plus Megan Fox as April O'Neil, Splinter, Shredder and, of course, those (ninja) turtles. The film hits theaters on Aug. 8.

10. The five-year anniversary of Micheal Jackson's death

It's now been five years since the King of Pop died on June 25, 2009, but his legacy still lives on. A posthumous album, "Xscape," was released in May -- the same month a hologram of Jackson danced across the stage at the Billboard Music Awards. And a traveling Cirque du Soleil show based on his songs has logged nearly 500 performances worldwide.

*Buzz rankings reflect the top entertainment topics being discussed on Facebook, June 22-25, in the United States. Rankings are based on both frequency and momentum: the Facebook conversations that not only got a lot of buzz during the week, but also saw a notable increase compared with the previous week.

  • Jessica Derschowitz

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