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One More Week on Top for 'Jungle Book' Before the Summer Movie Season Begins

28 April 2016 1:58 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Three new releases hit theaters this weekend as the "official" start of the summer movie season is now just one week away. This year, however, has had more than its share of box office blockbusters ahead of the summer movie season with three films already topping $300 million domestically and a fourth well on its way to doing that same. The fourth film is, of course, Disney's The Jungle Book, which will be unfazed by this week's new offerings as it will maintain the #1 position at the box office for a third straight week in a row. Said new titles vying for a position in the top ten include Warner's comedy Keanu, Open Road's Mother's Day and Gramercy's animated release Ratchet & Clank. Meanwhile, Captain America: Civil War began its international debut just yesterday and is off to a great start, banking $14.9 million from 15 territories, just behind the performance of Avengers: Age of Ultron last year. »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ Climbs to $38.7 Million in First 2 Days at Foreign Box Office

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Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” has grossed a dominant $38.7 million in its first two days in 30 international markets, finishing first in all territories.

Disney noted that the superhero tentpole is pacing on par with last year’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in the same  markets. “Ulton” grossed $946 million internationally, which is equivalent to $893 million at current rates.

South Korea leads the pack with $7.7 million after two days, followed by France with $3.7 million in two days and Brazil, which took in $2.7 million on its opening day on Thursday.

The Brazilian haul was the second-highest opening day ever in that market, behind only “Stars Wars: The Force Awakens” and 31% ahead of “Ultron.” Its market share hit 90%.

The Philippines has generated $2.4 million in two days, followed by Taiwan with $2.4 million in the same amount of time.

Australia grossed $2.4 million on its opening day on Thursday — 3% ahead of “Ultron” — with a 76% market share. »

- Dave McNary

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Will Ferrell Pulls Out of Ronald Reagan Movie After Outcry From Family

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Days after announcing his attachment to play Ronald Reagan in the hot spec “Reagan,” Will Ferrell has parted ways with the project.

Variety first reported the news that Ferrell was attaching himself to play the President Ronald Reagan but sources now tell Variety he will no longer play former Commander and Chief.

Following the announcement that Will Ferrell would be starring and producing the pic, Reagan’s supporters, including his children Patti Davis and Michael Reagan, began sharing their distaste in the project specifically the project’s take on Reagan’s dementia.

Penned by Mike Rosolio, the story begins at the start of the then-president’s second term when he falls into dementia and an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the commander-in-chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie.

The script had already drawn attention from the industry after it was featured on the Blacklist »

- Justin Kroll

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The Punisher: Netflix to give Daredevil star his own spinoff series

5 hours ago | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Jon Bernthal will reprise his part as the vigilante character, who featured prominently in the second season of Daredevil on the streaming platform

Rumors have been swirling since last summer that Netflix was looking to give Marvel’s popular antihero the Punisher his own series. Now comes word that it’s indeed happening.

Following the character’s prominent role in the second season of the streaming platform’s popular comic-book series Daredevil, the vigilante is getting his own spinoff, titled Marvel’s The Punisher.

Related: Charlie Cox on playing Daredevil: 'My Mum sends me all my bad reviews'

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- Nigel M Smith

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‘Jungle Book’ to Haul More at Weekend Box Office Than Newcomers Combined

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The Jungle Book” remains a box office force with early Friday estimates showing a $36 million third weekend — more than the combined take of new titles “Keanu,” “Mother’s Day” and “Ratchet & Clank.”

Open Road’s romantic comedy “Mother’s Day” should gross almost $4 million Friday and finish the weekend around $11 million, with New Line’s Key and Peele action-comedy “Keanu” following closely with a $3.5 million Friday and a $10 million weekend. Gramercy’s “Ratchet & Clank” will earn about $1.8 million on Friday for a $7 million weekend.

Meanwhile, Disney’s “The Jungle Book” will decline by only 40% and finish the weekend with a 17-day domestic total in the $245 million range. If it hits $36 million this weekend, it would be the 10th-highest third weekend haul of all time, replacing “Iron Man 3” at $35.8 million.

The weekend is something of a prelude to what’s widely expected to be a massive domestic opening on May »

- Dave McNary

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‘The Good Wife’ Finale: ‘There’s No Tied Up Bows,’ Julianna Margulies Says

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All good things must come to an end, including CBS’ “The Good Wife.” After seven seasons — 156 episodes — cast members from throughout the years celebrated the series with a last hoorah Thursday night at the Museum of Modem Art in New York.

“I said to Christine [Baranski] when we shot the last scene, ‘Wow. The fans are either gonna love this or hate this, but there’s not going to be a ‘meh.’ There’s no tied up bows. And I hope that the fans can understand the trajectory it puts Alicia on,” said Julianna Margulies regarding the show’s upcoming finale.

The Good Wife” creators Robert and Michelle King said fans should expect fireworks.

“I think [fans can expect] some surprises. We didn’t want to be that show that kind of took a breath and kind of sat back like, ‘Ok, let’s all say goodbye,’” Robert King said. “We wanted it to »

- Mannie Holmes

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Hulu Orders Elizabeth Moss’ ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Straight to Series

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Hulu has ordered “The Handmaid’s Tale,” starring “Mad Men” alum Elizabeth Moss, straight to series, TheWrap has learned. The series, which is based on the novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood, follows Offred (Moss), a servant in the household of a high-ranking official in a totalitarian society called Gilead. Being one of the few remaining fertile women in Gilead, she is forced into sexual servitude. “I am thrilled that MGM and Hulu are developing ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ as a series, and extra thrilled that the very talented Elisabeth Moss will be playing the central character,” Atwood said. »

- Joe Otterson

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Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes’ Pay Dips a Bit to $31.5 Million in 2015

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Jeff Bewkes earned $31.5 million in 2015, down four percent from 2014’s $32.9 million take. The Time Warner Inc. chairman and chief executive officer’s salary stayed stagnant year over year, at $2 million annually. His stock awards totaled $7.9 million last year, and options hit an even $8 million. The first was down a bit, while the latter was up a hair. Bewkes’ non-equity incentive plan compensation clocked in at $13.4 million, down more than a million bucks from the prior year. A $245,000 decrease in pension value made up the rest of the decline. Also Read: Starz CEO Chris Albrecht's 2015 »

- Tony Maglio

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Game of Thrones: This is the one character who is truly unkillable

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Warning: Spoilers for the Game of Thrones season 6 premiere follow... Game of Thrones heads back this Sunday, and the lion's share of viewers are wondering if this will be the week where we will see Jon Snow's triumphant return. Many were hoping and imagining that the mystery of his (we believe still inevitable) return to life would have been solved during the premiere. The fact that Snow's fate remains a question got us wondering: Who on this show truly is unkillable? In the video above or below, Roth Cornet and Donna Dickens talk about the one person who actually is safe from death in the world of Game of Thrones.  Take a look and let us know what you think here or on Twitter. Roth: @RothCornet Donna: @MildlyAmused »

- Roth Cornet

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‘Party Over Here’ Stars Get Ghosted by Actual Ghost (Exclusive Video)

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Party Over Here” is taking ghosting to a whole new level. In an exclusive clip of this week’s episode obtained by TheWrap, Nicole Byer is upset when a guy she went out with is ghosting her. But then he calls to tell her that he is in fact ghosting her. All of that would be no big deal on its own, except for when Jessica McKenna tells her that the guy calling her died last night, per the latest issue of “Recent Deaths” magazine. See video: 'Party Over Here' Uses Terminator Tactics on First Date (Exclusive) Andy Samberg »

- Joe Otterson

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10 Times the National Enquirer Has Been Right: From Michael Jackson to Oj Simpson (Photos)

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The National Enquirer’s report that Prince had AIDS has been derided as distasteful and unethical. Lawyers say the tabloid can’t be sued for libel if it’s wrong, since Prince is dead. Mainstream media outlets have been staying away from the story, but in fairness, the Enquirer has been right on several major stories over the years. To give the Enquirer its due, here are Tk of its biggest scoops. In 1994 the gossip magazine published photos of O.J. Simpson wearing the infamous Bruno Magli shoes after he denied owning a pair. In 2001 the Enquirer claimed that Jesse Jackson fathered a. »

- Brian Flood

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Joy Reid Gets Weekend Slot on MSNBC

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Joy Reid will return to hosting duties on MSNBC when she gets a new weekend perch on the NBCUniversal-owned cable-news outlet.

Reid, who had hosted an hour Monday through Friday for parts of 2014 and 2015, will host a new show that airs between 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday and Sunday on MSNBC. This show fills the time slot formerly held by Melissa Harris Perry, who parted ways with the network in a very public fashion over disagreements about being pre-empted for breaking news.

Reid will tackle the important  topics of the week and tap a rotating panel of journalists to explore how the issues shape the national discourse.  The program will premiere next Saturday, May 7 .

“MSNBC viewers crave not only the facts, but also in-depth discussion and analysis from a range of perspectives,” said MSNBC President Phil Griffin, in a prepared statement.  “There is no one better equipped than Joy to lead this new project, »

- Brian Steinberg

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‘Containment’ Star Joins Natalie Portman in ‘Annihilation’ (Exclusive)

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David Gyasi has joined Natalie Portman in Alex Garland’s “Annihilation” at Paramount Pictures.

Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Oscar Isaac will also star with Garland directing and adapting the script based on the Jeff VanderMeer novel.

The story follows a biologist, to be played by Portman, as she embarks on a four-person expedition into Area X, a territory cut off from civilization. While there, she must deal with a mysterious contamination, disappearing colleagues, a deadly animal and a being known as the Crawler, all while searching for clues regarding her husband’s disappearance.

Scott Rudin is producing “Annihilation.” While no release date has been set yet, production is under way.

Gyasi currently stars on the CW sci-fi show “Containment,” which premiered early this month and has already shown ratings growth in its second week.

Gyasi’s past credits include the Wachowskis’ “Cloud Atlas” opposite Tom Hanks, »

- Justin Kroll

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Michael J. Fox Wins Apology From American Media for ‘Total B.S.’ Health Story

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Michael J. Fox has scored an apology from American Media Inc. for a story published in its tabloid Globe about the “Back to the Future” star’s health. The mea culpa was posted on Globe’s website on Friday, as a “clarification.” Apparently, contrary to the Globe report, the actor “continues to live a fulfilling successful life.” “Ami apologizes to Michael J. Fox for an article about his health published in the April 4, 2016 issue of Globe,” the company’s apology reads. “Mr. Fox continues to live a fulfilling, successful life and to be an optimistic beacon of unflagging hope and inspiration for people living. »

- Tim Kenneally

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Alzheimer’s Association Blasts ‘Offensive’ Reagan Dementia Comedy

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Activists and supporters of the late Ronald Reagan continue to rage over a planned satire of the late president, which depicts him as suffering from dementia while in the White House. While actor Will Ferrell announced he would no longer produce or star in the comedy, a Black List 2015 script,  the Chicago-based Alzheimer’s Association is not appeased. “The Alzheimer’s Association is appalled that anyone would plan to develop a film that satirizes an individual living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Would filmmakers consider using a fatal form of cancer or another deadly disease for comedy? It’s time to stop this forever, »

- Matt Donnelly

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Sega's 'Shinobi' to come to the big screen

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Just a day after Alicia Vikander was revealed as the next Lara Croft, another big screen version of a video game looks to be going forward. Oscar-nominated producer Marc Platt and Stories International today announced their plans for a movie based on the Sega video game Shinobi. “We love the Shinobi games and believe that the world of ninjas has never been properly explored onscreen,” Platt said in a statement. “We now have the opportunity to do just that. With Shinobi, we hope to make a film that honors the essence of the games.” Shinobi is actually a 30-year-old title. Since launching, the game makers have produced 12 Shinobi titles for a variety of gaming platforms including Wii, PlayStation and Xbox. »

- David Eckstein

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‘Dido & Aeneas’ Theater Review: From Broadway to Opera, Kelli O’Hara Does It All

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Ethel Merman and Mary Martin never tried this. Tony winners Kelli O’Hara and Victoria Clark put aside their usual show tunes to sing Henry Purcell’s 17th Century opera, “Dido & Aeneas,” presented Thursday and Friday by Master Voices at the New York City Center. Anyone who saw O’Hara and Clark together in Adam Guettel’s great musical “The Light in the Piazza” in 2005 won’t be surprised that they can sing opera. How well O’Hara sings baroque arias, however, is astounding. All the singers here are mic’d for the cavernous City Center, but it’s doubtful »

- Robert Hofler

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Patrick Stewart Plays ‘F—, Marry, Kill’ with Thomas Middleditch Using Star Trek Characters (Video)

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Thomas Middleditch and Patrick Stewart engaged in a friendly game of “Star Trek”-themed “F—, Marry, Kill” at Variety‘s fourth edition of “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.”

“Who would you want to have sexual intercourse with, who would you want to marry, and then who would you want to kill out of the following three: Will Riker, Deanna Troi and Data?” Middleditch, who stars in HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” asks Stewart.

“Lord, this is a complicated question,” responds Stewart, a “F—, Marry, Kill” newbie.

“The kill would have to be Riker because he’s big and scary and very dominating,” says Stewart of his on-screen comrade. “For a wife I would choose Deanna, but just as a kind of one-night stand…I would choose Data because, well think about it.”

“There was an episode where he had to present his sexual equipment for discussion,” says Stewart, who played Captain »

- Alyssa Sage

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Original ‘Ghostbusters’ to Return to Theaters

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As if the quadruple threat of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, plus a side dish of Chris Hemsworth, wasn’t enough to get you excited for the new “Ghostbusters,” Sony Pictures is reviving the original film to get fans revved up for the reboot.

Fathom Events, which is shared by AMC, Regal and Cinemark Theaters, will be re-releasing the film in over 750 theaters across the nation on June 8 for the film’s 34th anniversary, with an encore date set for June 12.

Beginning June 8, BBQ Films will also be hosting a three-night extravaganza in Brooklyn, where they’ll be turning a giant warehouse into the “Ghostbusters” headquarters. Fans will be able to wear proton packs, slurp on an ecto-beverage, watch the original film and maybe fight off a ghost or two. First released in 1984, the comedy starred Bill MurrayDan AykroydHarold Ramis and Ernie Hudson.

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- Maria Cavassuto

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Allison Janney Reprises ‘West Wing’ Character for White House Press Briefing (Video)

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Allison Janney briefly reprised her “West Wing” character during a real press briefing at the actual White House Friday. Janney channeled C.J. Cregg as she took the podium in the White House briefing room, informing real-life White House correspondents that Barack Obama’s press secretary, Josh Earnest, was out getting a root canal. “Let’s be honest, I’m better than he is at this anyway,” she said. Also Read: 'West Wing' Star Bradley Whitford Joins Showtime's 'Happyish' The actress, who is at the White House Friday for a “Mom” even along with Chuck Lorre and Anna Faris, »

- Linda Ge

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