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Box Office: ‘Unfriended’ Opens with $656,000 at Latenights, ‘Paul Blart 2′ at $450,000

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Universal’s horror thriller “Unfriended” has scared up $656,000 in 2,019 theaters in the U.S. in Thursday night shows while Sony’s comedy “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2″ has launched with $450,000 at 2,619 locations.

Unfriended,” which expands to 2,739 North American theaters Friday has been tracking to finish the frame at about $12 million — or 40% of the $30 million that Uni’s Furious 7″ will take in during its third weekend out of the gates.

The digital-age chiller was produced for just $1 million by Blumhouse Productions — marking another profitable collaboration between Universal and the horror label following  “The Purge” series and “Ouija.”

Box office forecasts have pegged “Blart 2″ on track to debut to $16 million to $17 million this weekend when it opens at 3,629 theaters — far less than the $31.8 million that the original in the Blart saga opened with in 2009.

Furious 7″ topped $262 million domestically on Wednesday — its 13th day in U.S. release.

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‘Furious 7’ Drives Past Billion-Dollar Mark to Become Universal’s Biggest Movie Ever

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Universal Pictures has announced that with Friday’s theatrical grosses “Furious 7” will cross $1 billion at the worldwide box office. The film is destined to become Universal’s highest-grossing movie ever next week. Continuing to break records at every turn, “Furious 7” marks Universal’s first film to achieve $1 billion during its initial release, with 1993’s “Jurassic Park” having reached $1.044 billion after its 3D re-release in 2013. With total global grosses estimated at $1.009 billion through Friday, “Furious 7” has earned an estimated $735.2 million overseas in 17 days and an estimated $273.7 million in North America after 15 days. “Furious »


- Jeff Sneider

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Univision Ends ‘Sabado Gigante’ After More Than 53 Years

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After more than 53 years, the popular Univision program “Sábado Gigante” will end on Sept. 19, the Spanish-language broadcaster announced Friday.

The variety show, which stars Mario Kreutzberger (known on the show as Don Francisco), launched in 1962 on Chile’s Channel 13 and has routinely been one of the most-watched show among Hispanics.

“During my 40 years in the industry I have met few people with the same energy, creativity and passion for television and the audience as Mario, and I join in celebrating him and his team at ‘Sabado Gigante’ for the great success and the milestones achieved in broadcast television,” said Randy Falco, president and CEO of Univision Communications Inc. “Mario is an important part of the Univision family, and his knowledge of the industry and commitment to innovation will help us to continue defining the future of the media industry.”

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- Whitney Friedlander

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John Ridley Developing Marvel Series at ABC

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American Crime” showrunner John Ridley is developing a new series with Marvel at ABC, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. The project will be Ridley’s second under the “12 Years a Slave” writer’s overall deal at the network and the fourth Marvel series on air or in the works at its Disney sister company. In addition to “Agents of Shield” and its spinoff “Agent Carter,” TheWrap reported earlier this month that ABC was developing a second “Shield” companion series with that series’ executive producer Jeffrey Bell and writer Paul Zbyszewski. Like that project, Ridley’s series »


- L.A. Ross

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Back in Business' and 'Moment of Truth'

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This season of "The Amazing Race" is just struggling with producing drama.  Although yes, two teams have started Legs in first and ended them in last, the more frequent result this season has been teams starting Legs in last and stumbling along for an hour without ever really coming in contact with anybody else and then going home. It happened with Libby & Cj. It happened with Harley & Jonathan. And it happened again in Friday (April 17) night's double-episode that could just as easily have been titled "You Know The First Hour Is a Non-Elimination, But At Least The Scenery Is Beautiful." Indeed, Friday's Namibia episodes were probably "The Amazing Race" at its most beautiful. There were boundless deserts, bounding wildlife and some of the best photography the show has utilized.  At no point did I ever feel like Friday's episodes were anything less than gorgeous to gaze upon and thus I »


- Daniel Fienberg

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10 Stories You Might Have Missed: 'Beauty & The Beast' live action cast smiles

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In this week's edition of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Check out the big smiles on the first photo of the cast from upcoming live-action “Beauty and the Beast," featuring Josh Gad (LeFou), Dan Stevens (the Beast), Emma Watson (Belle), Luke Evans (Gaston) and Kevin Kline (Maurice). Plus, more stories including: "Chuck" star Zachary Levi will turn host Syfy's "Geeks Who Drink," a new game show based in the world of pub trivia. Rihanna drops a new music video for "American Oxygen." NBC's "Emerald City" apparently will live again. For the first time. Matthew Vaughn jumps on board to direct "Flash Gordon." Baz Luhrmann excitedly tapped an unknown to play the female lead in "The Get Down," his new Netflix original premiering in 2016. Slayer reveals a new song, their first new music since their 2009 effort. And more! What was on your radar this week? »


- Katie Hasty

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5 reasons why Joe Anglim's elimination is a Good thing for 'Survivor: Worlds Apart''

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Wednesday's elimination of Joe Anglim is the most important development in what was becoming a rather monotonously-toned second act of "Survivor: Worlds Apart" revolving around "how to beat Joe." With him out of the game, we can begin the third and final act of what I hope will live up to Jeff Probst's declaration that this is one of the best seasons ever. Hurry -- make your predictions for next week's episode and you could win our prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It's fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down and predicting who will be eliminated next. -Break-   'Survivor: Worlds Apart' recap: Did Joe Anglim and Jenn Brown survive Episode 9? As a clear fan favorite, Joe's presence will be missed, but here's why I think his exit is exactly what the audience needed: 1.) Everyone’s main target is gone. The Merica tribe was unified »


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Is Jordin Sparks Dating Rapper Sage the Gemini?

6 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It looks like Jordin Sparks is doing just fine following her messy breakup with longtime boyfriend Jason Derulo. Rumor of a possible new Hollywood couple hit the Internet after the singer began posting a number of snapshots with Hbk Gang rapper Sage the Gemini (real name Dominic Wynn Woods). Instantly, fans began to wonder: Is love in the stars for Sparks and Sage the Gemini? What began as seemingly two friends hanging out, or working out, together, quickly turned into something more with the increase of photos and more interesting captions. Especially the latest, which comes from Sparks just a few hours ago. The sweet picture shows the duo getting close while enjoying the snow, and the caption read, »


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"Just Got Paid" Singer Johnny Kemp Dead at 55

6 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Johnny Kemp leaves behind a hitmaker's legacy. The Bahamian-born R&B singer, whose 1988 tune "Just Got Paid" went to No. 1 and was later covered by 'N Sync, was found dead in Jamaica on Thursday morning, his body floating off a beach in Montego Bay, Jamaican police told reporters. Cause of death has not yet been determined; he was 55. Authorities said that he arrived in Jamaica on a cruise ship. He had been scheduled to perform on a voyage associated with the Tom Joyner Morning Show; and a rep for cruise organizer Reach Media told The Root today that the death did not occur onboard. "We have received confirmation that Johnny Kemp has passed away. We do not have any other details. We can »


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Kourtney Kardashian Reveals She's Detoxing Ahead of Her 36th Birthday

6 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

There's no word as to what Kourtney Kardashian has planned for her birthday this weekend, but we know the E! star is going to be replenished and free of toxins. The soon-to-be 36-year-old (Kourt's birthday is tomorrow!) revealed through an Instagram post earlier today that she's been detoxing, or teatoxing, lately with Lyfe Tea. Taking a selfie with a pouch of her new best friend, Kourt writes, "I'm loving the results I'm seeing from my @lyfe_tea all natural teatox! I have way more energy and it helps when I'm craving sweets. I drink the morning @lyfe_tea before my workout. Who's teatoxing with me? #LyfeTea #getfit." The 14-day Teatox, which retails at $34.95, "is a »


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Britt McHenry Invited to Give Anti-Bullying Speech as Tow Truck Company Says Espn Reporter Should Not be Fired

6 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

As the saying goes, "there's no such thing as bad publicity," but we bet Britt McHenry may beg to differ. By now, it seems like everyone has seen the viral video of the 28-year-old Espn reporter berating an Arlington tow truck employee. The footage, which includes audio, shows McHenry lashing out at the female attendant, criticizing her looks and education. The video was first posted on the website Live Leaks before it quickly made waves across the web. Following the backlash, McHenry apologized on Twitter for her actions, and the network subsequently suspended her for one week.  Since the fallout, McHenry has been invited by minor league baseball team the Brevard County »

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Oprah Winfrey Network Sues Alleged Imposter for Pretending to Be Media Mogul's Nephew

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The Oprah Winfrey Network has filed a lawsuit in Florida alleging that a man named Justin Jackson pretended to be Oprah's nephew and even impersonated network employees to get lavish gifts and benefits. Additionally, per the specifics of the suit obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, the complaint alleges that Jackson has a history of impersonation and once claimed to be President Barack Obama's aide as well as Madonna's manager. Reggie Love, a former personal aide to Obama, and Scott Garner, Own's Senior Vice President of Scheduling and Acquisitions, were both listed as co-plaintiffs. An Own spokesperson released the following statement to E! News: "A lawsuit was filed today against Justin »


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Towing Company Releases Statement Following Espn Reporter Britt McHenry's Suspension

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The towing company whose female employee was berated by Espn reporter Britt McHenry issued a statement on Friday following her suspension. A video of McHenry directing negative comments at tow yard clerk Gina recorded the sports reporter saying, "I'm in the news, sweetheart. I will f—ing sue this place" and "Yep, that's all you care about, is just taking people's money. With no education, no skillset. Just wanted to clarify that."  Read More Espn Reporter Britt McHenry Suspended Following Parking Garage Rant (Video) Advanced Towing said in the statement, obtained by the Washington Post, that McHenry "is our neighbor"

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George Lucas Doesn’t Know Anything About the New ‘Star Wars,’ And That’s ‘Thrilling’

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George Lucas hasn’t seen the new trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — he’s waiting until he can see the it on a bigscreen.

That’s one of the takeaways from the April 17 Tribeca Talk at the Tribeca Film Festival, which paired Lucas with fanboy extraordinaire Stephen Colbert. Among the tidbits: Lucas made “American Graffiti” on a dare, Steven Spielberg was one of the only early believers in “Star Wars” and — in a table-turning moment that saw Lucas doing the interviewing — Colbert doesn’t want to be the guy to take over from Jon Stewart.

Because Lucas is a bigscreen guy, he said he’s holding off on watching the new trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” until he can watch on it on something other than a phone or a computer. He mentioned the possibility of streaming it to his own bigscreen.

“I hope it’s successful. »


- Gordon Cox

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Sony Attorney to Media: Don't Spread WikiLeaks Documents

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Sony Pictures Entertainment lawyer David Boies sent a letter to news organizations Friday, asking them to ignore documents WikiLeaks published a day earlier. WikiLeaks published more than 30,000 documents and 170,000 emails from Sony Pictures, which were obtained during a hack attributed to North Korea in retaliation for the studio's The Interview. WikiLeaks published the in a searchable format, something that had not been done before. In his letter, Boies urges media outlets to prevent employees from publishing or otherwise spreading the hacked documents. He also takes issue with WikiLeaks' assertion that the information in these documents "belongs in

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First 'Batman v Superman' trailer goes dark and moody in a big way

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As I sit here this afternoon, my kids are playing Disney Infinity with some of the newer figures they've picked up, so I am being treated to one ridiculous battle after another. At the moment, Stitch and Green Goblin are fighting, which is one of those images that is so silly that you have to love that this game can create those absurdities. This seems appropriate as people are losing their minds, both good and bad, over the now-officially-released "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" trailer. There's also been a good deal of indifference, which doesn't shock me. People had pretty strong reactions to "Man Of Steel," and it seems to me at this point that people are drawing battle lines over Zack Snyder in general. Right now is a pivotal moment for DC and Warner's plan for the next few years. Honestly, I can't imagine having to deliver a »


- Drew McWeeny

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Adderall Diaries’

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James Franco works so prolifically these days that he’s bound to repeat himself now and again: In “The Adderall Diaries,” for example, he chalks up his second performance this year as an emotionally and creatively blocked writer processing profound reserves of trauma. Sadly, Pamela Romanowsky’s jumbled, affected adaptation of Stephen Elliott’s autobiographical 2009 book is no more enticing a showcase for its producer-star’s wounded-intellectual side than Wim Wenders’s inert “Every Thing Will Be Fine.” As in that film, Franco’s cultivated impenetrability makes for a pain-ridden but peculiarly passionless experience, with multiple clashing subplots — on such insufficiently explored themes as parental abuse, uxoricide and masochism — obstructing an already opaque character study. A name-filled ensemble might attract boutique distributor attention to Romanowsky’s debut feature, though theatrical exposure will be minimal.

Via his production imprint Rabbit Bandini, Franco deserves credit for enabling and championing young female voices on the U. »


- Guy Lodge

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‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Promotions Invade Target (Exclusive)

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With the May 1 release of Marvel-Disney’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” only two weeks away, dozens of promotional programs are kicking into high gear.

Products and promo campaigns tied to “Age of Ultron” and the superhero team — Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye — are ramping up at Acura, Dr. Pepper, Visa, Wyndham hotels, Harley-Davidson, Land O’Frost lunchmeats, Farmers Insurance, Hershey and the 1,800-store Target retail chain.

Target is selling 150 “Avengers” products, including 20 that are exclusive to the chain, including a voice-changer mask. Stores will have a giant Hulk on display — with eyes that follow shoppers.

“We are aiming these for fans, but as much for parents as kids,” noted Rick Gomez, senior VP of marketing. “We pride ourselves on doing original rather than cookie-cutter products.”

It’s a familiar path for Target, which has annual revenues of over $70 billion and has racked up more than 100 licensing partnerships, »


- Dave McNary

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Watch: HBO’s Teaser for ‘The Brink’ Lands Jack Black in Pakistan

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Jack Black and Tim Robbins find humor in geopolitical calamity in the teaser for HBO’s new show “The Brink.”

The black comedy is set to bow June 21 following the season two premiere of “True Detective” and fellow HBO newcomer, “Ballers.”

Robbins plays womanizing Secretary of State Walter Larson, who is counting on foreign service officer Alex Talbot (Black) and ace Navy fighter pilot Zeke Tilson (Pablo Schreiber) to solve a conflict in Pakistan that could potentially result in global turmoil. (No, really — the show is a comedy.)

Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Eric Ladin, Esai Morales and Geoff Pierson round out the cast. Roberto and Kim Benabib created the 10-episode series with Jerry Weintraub and Jay Roach serving as exec producers. Roach will also direct the pilot.

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Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ Set for Veterans Day 2016

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TriStar Pictures has slated Ang Lee’s military drama “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” for release on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2016.

The “Life of Pi” director has tapped newcomer Joe Alwyn to star in the title role in the film, which is based on the Ben Fountain novel. Kristen Stewart, Steve Martin, Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker and Garrett Hedlund round out the cast.

Billy Lynn” will be co-financed by Jeff Robinov’s Fosun-backed Studio 8, together with Chinese distribution company Bona Film Group and Film 4.

The story centers on 19-year-old private Billy Lynn and his company, who survive a harrowing battle that’s captured by news cameras. They are brought home by the U.S. administration for a promotional tour, culminating at the halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game — while facing an imminent return to the war.

The film is the first to be dated for Nov. 11, 2016.

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- Dave McNary

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