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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Delivers Second Largest Opening Ever

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Delivers Second Largest Opening Ever
Star Wars: The Last Jedi delivered on expectations, debuting with the second largest opening weekend of all-time and propelling the box office to the third largest weekend ever based on estimates. In an attempt at counter-programming, Fox's Ferdinand got off to a bit of a slow start against the might of Star Wars as well as the continued strong performance of Pixar's Coco as it fell below Mojo's expectations, though the studio is optimistic when it comes to the film's future. With an estimated $220 million, Star Wars: The Last Jedi delivered the second largest opening weekend ever behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which debuted with $247.9 million back in 2015. Last Jedi got off to a strong start on Thursday night with the second largest preview gross ever of $45 million and became only the second film to ever gross over $100 million on opening day resulting in the second largest opening day ever,
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Sam Rockwell To Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ In January

Sam Rockwell To Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ In January
Sam Rockwell, riding high on his SAG-nominated turn in Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, will host NBC’s Saturday Night Live January 13. Musical guest will be Halsey. The booking was announced tonight during the show’s Kevin Hart-hosted show, the last episode before the comedy’s holiday break. Rockwell’s January 13 episode will be the first original episode of…
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‘I, Tonya’ Ices Robust Weekend; ‘Disaster Artist’, ‘Shape of Water’ & ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Expand – Specialty Box Office

‘I, Tonya’ Ices Robust Weekend; ‘Disaster Artist’, ‘Shape of Water’ & ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Expand – Specialty Box Office
Clearly it was always going to be a Star Wars weekend, but some Specialties braved going against the herd. Neon/30West's I, Tonya won gold in its second frame, grossing over $176K with an added run. James Franco's The Disaster Artist went over a thousand locations grossing $2.6M, while Fox Searchlight more than tripled outings for Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water in its third weekend, taking in over $1.73M. Searchlight's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri…
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Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Hits $230 Million at International Box Office

Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Hits $230 Million at International Box Office
Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” dominated the international box office in its opening weekend with $230 million in 54 markets.

The overseas performance — led by the U.K. with $36.7 million, Germany with $23.6 million and France with $18.1 million — was slightly above sky-high expectations, which had been around $225 million. The openings did not include China, which accounts for 12% of the international market and is scheduled for a Jan. 5 launch.

With a $220 million North American opening, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” posted a $450 million worldwide total in its opening weekend — the fifth highest of all time behind “Fate of the Furious,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Jurassic World” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.”

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opened in first place in all but four markets — Turkey, South Korea, India and Malaysia. It set records for the second biggest launch weekend of all time behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in Australia, Germany
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Johnny Depp’s Ex-Lawyers Suing ‘Pirates’ Star Back After He Hit Them For $30M

Johnny Depp’s Ex-Lawyers Suing ‘Pirates’ Star Back After He Hit Them For $30M
Still wrestling in the courts with his former business managers over millions, home foreclosures and claims of excess, Johnny Depp now finds himself at the legal receiving end of one of Hollywood's biggest lawyers in a $30 million sword fight that is sure to take some of the cheer out of his Christmas. Less than two months after the thrashing Pirates of the Caribbean star dragged his old attorney Jacob Bloom and his Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman…
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Carrie Fisher’s Dog Gary Recognized His Late ‘Mom’ in ‘The Last Jedi’

Carrie Fisher’s Dog Gary Recognized His Late ‘Mom’ in ‘The Last Jedi’
Carrie Fisher is gone, but not forgotten — especially by her beloved dog Gary. Fisher’s longtime canine companion was taken to see a screening of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and recognized his late “mother” when he saw her on screen as General Leia Organa, according to a tweet from Veronica Miracle, an ABC reporter. Gary reportedly watched the recently released “Star Wars” film on Fisher’s former assistant’s lap. Miracle wrote that every time Leia appeared on screen, the pup’s ears perked up. Yeah,
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Amber Tamblyn to Rose McGowan: It’s ‘Beneath’ You to Shame Women Who Try to ‘Create Change’

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Amber Tamblyn to Rose McGowan: It’s ‘Beneath’ You to Shame Women Who Try to ‘Create Change’
Amber Tamblyn called out Rose McGowan about coming down hard on Meryl Streep and other women who plan to wear black dresses at the Golden Globes as an act of silent protest against sexual harassment. “Rose McGowan is a friend and while I support her kind of movement, I do not support any woman (or man) shaming or taunting the movements of other women who are trying to create change,” Tamblyn tweeted Sunday. McGowan criticized the act as an empty gesture, accusing them on Saturday of remaining silent while they “happily worked” for disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, whom she referred to.
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China Box Office: Local Titles ‘Youth’ and ‘Dunjia’ Dominate Weekend

China Box Office: Local Titles ‘Youth’ and ‘Dunjia’ Dominate Weekend
A two-and-a-half-month delay did not harm the release of Feng Xiaogang’s “Youth.” It opened on top of the Chinese box office with a strong $43.2 million first weekend.

In second place was Yuen Woo-ping’s “Thousand Faces of Dunjia,” which opened a day earlier on Thursday. The fantasy actioner earned $27.3 million over three days, and $31.3 million over four days.

“Youth” which takes a nostalgic look at China through the focus on a military entertainment troupe, had been scheduled to open in the October 1 holiday slot, following a premiere at the Toronto festival. But a late and unexplained government intervention – widely thought to have been related to sensitivities about the National Party Congress taking place later in October – meant that its release was abruptly cancelled.

The rescheduling, however, had the effect of propelling the film’s outing from a holiday season to another peak period. December is usually the busiest or second busiest period in Chinese theaters
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Rupert Murdoch Is ‘Liar or Delusional’ About Sexual Harassment, Says Ex-Fox News Analyst

Political commentator Tamara Holder said News Corp owner Rupert Murdoch was either “a liar or delusional” for dismissing concerns of a culture at Fox News that has allowed for rampant sexual harassment. Holder, who is a former contributor and guest host on Fox News Channel, had received a settlement after speaking out about her own encounter with sexual assault at the network. In an interview on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday, she responded to Murdoch’s comments in which he brushed off the impact that multiple harassment claims have had on Fox News and dismissed it as “all nonsense.
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‘Farinelli and the King’ Broadway Review: Handel Upstages Mark Rylance

‘Farinelli and the King’ Broadway Review: Handel Upstages Mark Rylance
Who thought that George Frideric Handel would ever get a jukebox musical on Broadway? Nine arias from seven of the composer’s early 18-century operas are featured in Claire van Kampen’s new play, “Farinelli and the King,” which opened Sunday at the Belasco Theatre after a run in London. The countertenor Iestyn Davies sings at evening performances; James Hall does the matinees. The wonderful thing about “Farinelli” is the chance to hear a great countertenor in a theater of 900 seats, rather than the much larger Carnegie Hall or the truly gargantuan Metropolitan Opera. The Belasco is much closer in size.
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Four Reasons Why ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Isn’t One for the Ages

Four Reasons Why ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Isn’t One for the Ages
At the so-thrilling-you-won’t-quite-believe-your-eyes climax of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (I mean that literally: It’s thrilling, and you won’t completely believe what you’re seeing), there’s a lightsaber duel, as there has been so many times before, even in the middle of some very mediocre “Star Wars” films. The duel is darkly balletic and whipsaw furious, and something happens at the height of it that echoes a famous death from the original 1977 “Star Wars.” It’s a “Whoa!” kind of moment — but in “The Last Jedi,” it turns out to be merely the set-up for a much bigger “Whoa!” moment.

That mega super ultra “Whoa!” is designed to blow our minds, and in one sense it does. It leaves the audience with popped eyes and dropped jaws, going “Geez, I didn’t know the Jedi could do that!”

But approximately two seconds after you’ve taken the moment in, it also leaves
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Mark Hamill and Ted Cruz Get in Net Neutrality-Related Twitter Fight

Mark Hamill and Ted Cruz Get in Net Neutrality-Related Twitter Fight
In possibly one of the least expected beefs of 2017, Mark Hamill and Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) took a few jabs at each other via Twitter after Hamill posted a scathing tweet slamming FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for the net neutrality ruling.

In his original tweet calling out Pai, Hamill included a screencap of Pai from a bizarre video he released earlier in the week attempting to reassure the public of the harmlessness of the net neutrality repeal and in which he wields a lightsaber.

“Cute video Ajit ‘Aren’t I Precious?’ Pai,” Hamill wrote Saturday, along with a vomiting emoji. “But you are profoundly unworthy to wield a lightsaber-a Jedi acts selflessly for the common man-not lie 2 enrich giant corporations.”

“Btw-did you pay John Williams his royalty? #AJediYouareNOT,” he finished — the video included the “Star Wars” main theme during the lightsaber segment.

Cute video Ajit "Aren't I Precious?" Pai -but you are profoundly unworthy 2 wield a lightsaber-a
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Radio Mogul Considers Resigning as University California Regent After Harassment Claim

Radio Mogul Considers Resigning as University California Regent After Harassment Claim
Broadcasting magnate and University of California Regent Norm Pattiz says he may consider resigning his post, but not out of pressure to do so because of sexual harassment allegations that surfaced last month. Pattiz was caught on tape last month asking comedian Heather McDonald if he could “hold her breasts,” referring to his hands as “memory foam.” In addition, Ji-Min Park, a former employee at Pattiz’s PodcastOne, told the Los Angeles Times that she left the company because he told her she looked like a “schoolgirl” and that he had watched “too many videos” with schoolgirls in them. She says Pattiz.
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'The Last Jedi': An Explanation for Some Fans' Disappointment and Ire

'The Last Jedi': An Explanation for Some Fans' Disappointment and Ire
[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi]

Some Star Wars fans are mad, furious even.

Since The Last Jedi opened Thursday night, a portion of moviegoers made it clear via social media and through audience scores that there is a deep divide over the Disney film, which stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver.

While the Rian Johnson film was overwhelming praised by critics, holding a 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, it has only a 56 percent audience score on the movie aggregator — putting it in the territory of George Lucas' controversial...
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Kiss’ Gene Simmons Defends Himself in Sexual Battery Lawsuit: ‘Evidence Will Prove My Innocence’ (Update)

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Kiss’ Gene Simmons Defends Himself in Sexual Battery Lawsuit: ‘Evidence Will Prove My Innocence’ (Update)
Update: Kiss bassist Gene Simmons defends himself against accusations in a lawsuit that says he groped and made “unwanted, unwarranted sexual advances” on an unnamed radio and television broadcaster. “Friends, I intend to defend myself against any alleged charges you may have been reading about in the media,” Simmons said in a statement given to Us Weekly. “For the record, I did not assault the person making these accusations in the manner alleged in the complaint or harm her in any way. I am conferring with my lawyers with the aim of vigorously countering these allegations. And, I look forward
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Film Review: ‘Ethel & Ernest’

Film Review: ‘Ethel & Ernest’
“There was nothing extraordinary about my mum and dad, nothing dramatic,” says Raymond Briggs during the brief live-action prologue to “Ethel & Ernest.” Truer words were never said, even if they’re among very few words not directly taken from the graphic-novel source in Roger Mainwood’s scrupulously faithful adaptation of that slender 1998 tome. This animated feature celebrates the kind of very ordinary, mostly happy shared marital life that “Up!” memorably encapsulated in its first few minutes before moving on to the more typical movie business of fantasy and adventure.

The lack of conflict proves more conspicuous over the course of 95 screen minutes than it did over 103 pages one might easily whisk through in one-quarter that time. Still, there’s considerable nostalgic charm to the low-key tale, particularly for British audiences to whom Briggs (best known internationally for the 1978 children’s picture book “The Snowman”) is a beloved institution. In the U.S., the toon
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The 'Last Jedi' Moment That Defined Luke Skywalker

The 'Last Jedi' Moment That Defined Luke Skywalker
[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi]

The Last Jedi is already being heralded as one of the best Star Wars movies ever made, and it’s no mind trick. Thanks to director Rian Johnson, the action, acting, and stakes are some of the best the series has ever had. However, he gets some help in establishing the film’s complex, exciting tone from a few characters appearing early in the series’ history.

Before diving into any specifics, please be warned once again: these are spoilers. Perhaps as spoilery as spoilers get. See the movie before you read this. Please.

Now that...
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‘I, Tonya,’ Other Awards Contenders Keep Indie Box Office Alive Against ‘Star Wars’

‘I, Tonya,’ Other Awards Contenders Keep Indie Box Office Alive Against ‘Star Wars’
Obviously, this box office weekend belong to “Star Wars,” accounting for a whopping 80 percent of all revenue. But despite that, several Oscar contenders continued to put up solid numbers at the indie box office. Neon/30West’s “I, Tonya” posted a strong second weekend on five screens, making $176,189 for a per screen average of $35,238 — second only to the $52,000 posted by “Star Wars” — bringing its total to $553,554. The film will expand in January after earning three Golden Globe nominations for Best Musical or Comedy, Best Actress for Margot Robbie, and Best Supporting Actress for Allison Janney. Also Read: 'Star...
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Film Review: ‘The Thousand Faces of Dunjia’

Film Review: ‘The Thousand Faces of Dunjia’
Bloated with visual effects, martial artists combat and amorous shenanigans, the one thing missing in “The Thousand Faces of Dunjia” is a comedic touch, which might have made this elaborate blockbuster more appealing. Written and produced by Tsui Hark, and directed by Yuen Woo-ping, this action fantasy about a secret society of fighters with magic powers seems to lend itself to the cheeky tone of American blockbusters like “Guardians of the Galaxy” or “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” albeit with a Chinese makeover. However, as Yuen’s soulless sequel “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny” made clear, he may be a top martial arts choreographer, but he’s a strictly mechanical director.

Tsui’s script, though not without entertaining elements, lacks the intellectual grounding or cinematic oomph that made better works like “The Taking of Tiger Mountain” more than mere spectacles. Nor does his contribution to the editing and music significantly heighten his personal
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