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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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China Box Office: Feng Xiaogang's 'Youth' Opens to $48M, 'Coco' Crosses $150M

While most of planet earth was watching Star Wars: The Last Jedi this weekend, Chinese film fans were turning out in droves to catch a nostalgic period drama about a Communist Party military dance troupe.

Feng Xiaogang's Youth overcame a six-week release delay and heavy censorship scrutiny to open at the top of China's box office with a winning $48 million. The film was originally set to debut back on Oct. 1, shortly after its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival; but it was abruptly pulled from the release schedule just days prior. No official explanation was ever...
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8 Unforgettable Hollywood Party Moments of 2017: From Fergie to Katy to Weinstein’s Last Oscar Bash

8 Unforgettable Hollywood Party Moments of 2017: From Fergie to Katy to Weinstein’s Last Oscar Bash
The first surreal one-off industry gathering of 2017 was not a party, but a protest: the Women’s March at the Sundance Film Festival. In between that Saturday morning in Park City, Utah, and the year ending with a less-merry-than-usual awards season marching through the industry sexual assault reckoning, there were standout moments on the Hollywood party circuit. Here are eight of the best bashes, moments and debuts. Chris Martin Serenades Julia Roberts With “Pretty WomanChris Martin singing Pretty Woman for Julia Roberts who was honoured at #amfARLosAngeles! | via @desireegruber #coldplay #chrismartin A post shared by Coldplaying (Official Account) (@coldplayinghq) on.
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Jerry Richardson to Sell Carolina Panthers Amid Sexual, Racial Misconduct Investigation

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Jerry Richardson will sell his Carolina Panthers at the end of the season in the wake of an investigation into allegations of his “workplace misconduct,” the NFL confirms. At least four former Panthers staffers have received monetary settlements due to Richardson’s inappropriate workplace comments, including sexually suggestive language and behavior, and the use of a racial slur toward an African-American scout, Sports Illustrated reports. In a letter released Sunday, Richardson wrote, “I believe it is time to turn the franchise to new ownership. Therefore, I will put the team up for sale at the conclusion of this NFL season.
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Korea’s Gang Dong-won to Star in Simon West’s ‘Tsunami La’

Top Korean actor, Gang Dong-won will star in “Tsunami La,” a disaster action movie to be directed by Simon West (“Tomb Raider,” “Con Air”).

The film, featuring a massive tidal wave that hits Los Angeles, is to be produced on a budget of $55 million through Hannibal Classics and Foresight Unlimited. It is now in pre-production in the U.K. and will begin lensing in March, 2018. Release is set for 2019. Hannibal Classics and Foresight handle international sales.

Production is by Richard Rionda Del Castro (“USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage,” “Rage”), Moshe Diamant (“The Black Dahlia”), Michael Tadross, Jr. (“Gangster Squad”) and Mark Damon (“Lone Survivor”).

Gang starred in two of Korea’s top-grossing films of 2016: “Violent Prosecutor” and “Master” as well as 2015 hit “The Priests.” His acting awards include the Star of Asia prize at New York Asian Film Festival for his role in “Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned.”

“I found the
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Korea Box Office: ‘Steel Rain’ Defeats ‘Star Wars’ to Dominate Weekend

Korea Box Office: ‘Steel Rain’ Defeats ‘Star Wars’ to Dominate Weekend
Korean action thriller, “Steel Rain” opened on top of the South Korean box office. It comfortably beat global blockbuster “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

“Steel Rain” is directed by “The Attorney” director Yang Woo-suk. It focuses on the nuclear threats after a coup in North Korea forces its leader and his elite guard to come South.

The film was released on Thursday by Next Entertainment World release and earned $12.1 million from 1.63 million admissions over four days. As a measure of its success, the film accounted for 55% of total weekend box office.

Opening on the same day, “Star Wars” debuted in second and earned $5.17 million between Thursday and Sunday. That is lower than the opening four-day score of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which was $8.62 million in 2015.

Korean animation “Pororo Dinosaur Island Adventure” earned $1.26 million between Friday and Sunday in third place, for a total of $3.89 million after two weekends. Japanese animation, “Witch’s Flower
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11 Best Theater Productions of 2017, From Oscar Isaac to ‘A Doll’s House Part 2’ (Photos)

10 “Harry Clarke,” by David Cale, at Off Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre. Patricia Highsmith didn’t write plays, but fortunately Cale does. Playing a charismatic anti-hero, Billy Crudup gives the year’s best non-musical performance. What with his awful father, Harry Clarke is a victim. The wonderful thing about Cale’s play and Crudup’s performance is that Harry never sees himself that way. 9 “Werther,” by Jules Massenet, at the Metropolitan Opera. Opera is theater too, and by far the best performance on the musical stage in New York City came from Vittorio Grigolo in Richard Eyre’s staging of “Werther.
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Jazz and Pop Singer Keely Smith, Frequent Louis Prima Collaborator, Dies at 89

Jazz and Pop Singer Keely Smith, Frequent Louis Prima Collaborator, Dies at 89
Keely Smith, a pop and jazz singer known for her solo recordings of jazz standards as well as her musical partnership with Louis Prima, has died of apparent heart failure in Palm Springs, Calif. She was 89.

According to a news release from her publicist Bob Merlis, Smith was under a physician’s care when she died Saturday.

Smith was born Dorothy Jacqueline Keely in Norfolk, Va., on March 9, 1928, and was still a teenager when she began singing with Louis Prima's band.

She and Prima married in 1953, and together, they won a Grammy in 1959 for their hit "That Old Black...
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10 Worst Theater Productions of 2017: From Michael Moore to ‘Amelie’ (Photos)

10 Worst Theater Productions of 2017: From Michael Moore to ‘Amelie’ (Photos)
10 “The Whirligig,” by Hamish Linklater, at Off Broadway’s New Group. Who’s to blame for a young woman’s impending death from drug addiction? Bigger question: who talked such talented actors (Norbert Leo Butz, Zosia Mamet, Dolly Wells) into performing this script? 9 “Amelie,” by Craig Lucas, Daniel Messe and Nathan Tysen, on Broadway. The movie’s whimsical heroine turns into an insufferable annoyance on stage. 8 “Gently Down the Stream,” by Martin Sherman, at Off Broadway’s Public Theater. An old gay man (Harvey Fierstein) not only talks and talks about every atrocity suffered by the Lgbt community. He has somehow been witness.
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'Bingo: The King of the Mornings' ('Bingo: O rei das manhas'): Film Review

'Bingo: The King of the Mornings' ('Bingo: O rei das manhas'): Film Review
Rounding off a vintage year for scary clowns on the big screen, Bingo: The King of the Mornings is a boisterous Brazilian comic drama charting the explosive rise and fall of a blue-haired children’s television star with debauched off-screen appetites. Oscar-nominated editor Daniel Rezende, whose credits include Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life and Fernando Meirelles’s City of God, does a pretty solid job on his feature directing debut. Currently screening in U.K. theaters following a successful domestic run, the film was chosen as Brazil’s official Academy Awards contender in the foreign-language category, though it ultimately did not make the...
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Did 'The Last Jedi' Treat Its Villains Right?

Did 'The Last Jedi' Treat Its Villains Right?
[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi]

One of the biggest questions fans had after watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens was, “Who is Supreme Leader Snoke?“

Speculation and theories abounded in the aftermath of the movie’s release, and has continued until Star Wars: The Last Jedi answered the question with a resounding, “Who cares? He’s dead now.”

Well. That was one way to deal with the issue.

The death of Snoke was, at once, a highlight of The Last Jedi — because, really, who saw that coming? — and an example of one of the...
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Did You Catch This Fan Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Character’s Death in ‘The Last Jedi’?

Did You Catch This Fan Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Character’s Death in ‘The Last Jedi’?
(Note: This post contains some pretty major spoilers for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”) Lucasfilm’s new “Star Wars” movies haven’t shied away from major character deaths. The passing of the torch to a new cast has created moments in which the old crew gave up some of the mantel in “The Force Awakens.” And although Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) factors highly in “The Last Jedi,” the movie definitely belongs to its new crop of heroes. During one key moment in “The Last Jedi,” though, there’s a loss of a fan favorite character that’s easy to miss.
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Amber Tamblyn to Rose McGowan: It’s ‘Beneath’ You to Shame Women Who Try to ‘Create Change’

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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Mediawan Closes In on Acquisition of Dimitri Rassam’s On Kids & Family

Mediawan, a special-purpose acquisition company headed by media industry veterans Xavier Niel, Matthieu Pigasse and Pierre-Antoine Capton, is in exclusive talks to acquire a majority stake in Aton Soumache and Dimitri Rassam’s On Kids & Family.

Under the deal, which is estimated in the €100 million ($117.4 million) range, Mediawan would inject €15 million in equity capital into On Kids & Family, France’s No. 1 producer of animated series and one of Europe’s leading producers of big-budget independent animated features.

The indie banner has a track record in producing franchise-based films and series, notably Mark Osborne’s “The Little Prince,” the Cesar- and BAFTA-winning feature which was released in more than 120 countries and grossed $120 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing French-made animated film overseas. On Kids & Family’s “Playmobil” movie, budgeted at $80 million, is being directed by Lino Di Salvo (“Frozen,” “Raiponce”) and will be released in April 2019.

Mediawan would own 51% to 54% of On Kids & Family. Soumache, who is
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