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'Hidden Figures' Topples New Releases to Take MLK Weekend While 'Rogue One' Passes $500 Million

15 January 2017 9:01 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

It wasn't necessarily an exciting Martin Luther King weekend, though it is rather astonishing to see how poorly all but one of the weekend's new and expanding wide releases performed. The weekend's successes find Hidden Figures leading the way for a second weekend, followed by Golden Globe juggernaut La La Land while it was STX's The Bye Bye Man that over performed against tracking and delivered the best new opening among the weekend's new and expanding releases, more than doubling the film's production budget over the four-day weekend. At #1 for a second weekend in a row, Fox's Hidden Figures delivered an estimated $20.4 million for the three-day and is expected to finish over $25 million for the holiday weekend as its domestic cume will near $60 million by end of day Monday. Finishing in second for the three-day is Lionsgate's La La Land, delivering an impressive $14.5 million for the three-day (+43.1%) from 1,848 theaters (+333), including 148 IMAX theaters, »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Better Call Saul Season 3: Yep, Giancarlo Esposito Will Be Breaking Bad

14 January 2017 5:52 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

It’s official: Breaking Bad‘s baddest villain is back in business.

Giancarlo Esposito will reprise his role as drug kingpin Gus Fring on Season 3 of Better Call Saul, AMC confirmed Saturday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. In fact, Esposito joined the rest of the Saul cast, including stars Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks, on the show’s press panel to promote the third season, which also got a premiere date: Monday, April 10 at 10/9c.

Esposito played meth cook Walter White’s most terrifying adversary for three seasons on Breaking Bad, earning an Emmy nomination for the role in 2012. Yes, »

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Priyanka Chopra Thanks Fans for Their Support After Fall: ‘I Will Be Ok’

15 January 2017 10:16 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Priyanka Chopra‘s Quantico character has survived terrorist bombings, kidnappings, and some pretty intense battles on her hit ABC drama — and it looks like Chopra is just as tough!

The 34-year-old Indian actress is currently recovering after a scary on-set accident that sent her to the hospital on Thursday.

On Sunday, she thanked fans for their support in a tweet. “Thank you for all your warm thoughts and well wishes,” she wrote. “I will be ok, and am looking forward to getting back to work as soon as I can. Much .”

Thank you for all of your warm thoughts and well wishes. »

- Dave Quinn

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‘Portlandia’ to End With Season 8 in 2018

14 January 2017 4:48 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Portlandia” has been renewed for an eighth and final season.

Season 8 will air in 2018, marking the end of the IFC series that stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein.

The announcement of the series’ end was made by IFC president and general manager, Jennifer Caserta, on Saturday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif.

Portlandia” is currently in the midst of its seventh season, which kicked off earlier this month.

During the TCA press tour panel with stars Armisen and Brownstein, plus co-creator Jonathan Krisel, reporters asked what went into the decision to end the show. The panelists delicately answered the question, strangely seeming as if they want to keep the door open.

“I think we barely decided to do that,” said Krisel when asked why he decided to end the show. “Season 8 seemed like, ‘Okay, we’ve done a lot.’ We’re not getting to a stage where we’re not bored with »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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AMC to Adapt ‘Night Manager’ Author John le Carré’s ‘Spy Who Came in From the Cold’

14 January 2017 4:30 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

On the heels of “The Night Manager,” AMC and BBC are teaming up with Ink Factory to adapt John le Carre’s “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold,” the network announced Saturday. Simon Beaufoy will write the series. First published in 1963 and adapted into a feature film in 1965, “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold” is set in 1962 at the height of the Cold War and follows Alec Leamas, a hard-working, hard-drinking British intelligence officer who returns to London and is given a chance at revenge as long as he takes on one last mission. Also Read:. »

- Linda Ge

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Indian Romance Drama ‘Ok Jaanu’ Leads Indie Newcomers at MLK Weekend Box Office

15 January 2017 10:41 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

India’s romance drama “Ok Jaanu” lead the indie newcomers on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, grossing $244,000 from 121 locations in its first weekend at the box office. Directed by Shaad Ali, the film stars Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead roles of a young couple living together in Mumbai while trying to pursue their lifelong dreams. Other independent films that opened this weekend include Greece’s “Worlds Apart” and France’s “Reset.” Also Read: Jackie Chan's 'Railroad Tigers' Earns $127,600 at Indie Box Office “Worlds Apart” stars J.K. Simmons, Christoforos Papakaliatis and Andrea Osvart and grossed $14,000 in its first weekend. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Toni Erdmann’ Named Best Foreign Language Film at Palm Springs Film Festival

14 January 2017 1:01 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Updated: Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” was named the top foreign language film at the 28th annual Palm Springs Film Festival. This year’s winners were announced at a luncheon on Saturday during the fest, which runs through Jan. 16.

The audience awards went to “When We Rise,” the first episode of Gus van Sant and Dustin Lance Black’s ABC docudama about gay rights in the narrative category and “Take Me Home Huey” in the documentary category, directed by Alicia Brauns and Christine Steele.

When We Rise (U.S.), directed by Gus Van Sant.  From Gus van Sant and Dustin Lance Black, the festival screened the first episode of this stirring seven-part docudrama that charts the progress of Gay Liberation from its early days in San Francisco in the 1960s to its 21st-century triumphs.  When We Rise will air on ABC starting February 27. The screening was a North American premiere at the Festival. »

- Seth Kelley

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China Box Office: ‘Passengers’ Deposes ‘Rogue One’ After One Week

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Space romance, “Passengers” took over the number one spot at the Chinese box office, easing aside “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” after just one week.

“Passengers” earned $17.3 million from an outing of some 60,000 screenings per day, according to data from Ent Group. That gave it a 30% market share of a lackluster weekend.

Rogue One” slipped to second place. It earned $8.97 million, down from $32.7 million in its opening weekend. After 10 days on release “Rogue One” has a cumulative total of $52.7 million million.

In third place was Chinese romantic comedy “Some Like it Hot,” in its third week in theaters. It earned $7.48 million for the weekend, giving it a 17-day cumulative total of $70.0 million.

Chinese animation “Bakkom Bear: Agent 008” was a new release that opened in fourth place. The latest in a franchise, the picture earned $5.78 million in its opening three days.

Kubo And The Two Strings” plucked an opening score of $2.98 million. »

- Patrick Frater

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Fox News Alum Monica Crowley Backs Out of Trump Administration Amid Plagiarism Accusations

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In the face of plagiarism accusations, Monica Crowley announced Monday that she will not be taking a senior position in Donald Trump’s upcoming administration.

“After much reflection I have decided to remain in New York to pursue other opportunities and will not be taking a position in the incoming administration,” she said in a statement to the Washington Post. “I greatly appreciate being asked to be part of President-elect Trump’s team and I will continue to enthusiastically support him and his agenda for American renewal.”

Crowley was Trump’s pick for senior director of strategic communications for the White House’s National Security Council. She would have reported to Michael T. Flynn, who will be Trump’s national security adviser and also released a statement on the news on Monday.

“The Nsc will miss the opportunity to have Monica Crowley as part of our team,” said Flynn in the statement.

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- Alex Stedman

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Chefs Alice Waters, Jacques Pepin Say ‘Top Chef’ Does ‘Disservice’ to Cooking

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Renowned chefs Alice Waters and Jacques Pepin say reality competition cooking shows such as “Top Chef” and “Chopped” are doing a “disservice” to the art of cooking. The famous chefs, who are the subjects of the PBS documentary series “Chefs Flight,” said at the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday that the shows are promoting the “fast food culture” of American cuisine. “It’s a disservice very often because this is not what’s cooking is all about,” Pepin said. “That kind of confrontation that you have there is not really how you learn to cook. Or how you understand food. »

- Reid Nakamura

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French-Moroccan Actor Assaad Bouab Broadens His Canvas

41 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Having playing a Muslim Azerbiijani boy in Asif Kapadia’s “Ali and Nino,” a Syrien camp commander in “Homeland” (season 5) “Homeland,” the handsome French-Moroccan actor Assaad Bouab might well be on track to follow the footsteps of Reda Kateb, another French actor of North African origins who appeared in dozens of French films and TV series and a few high-profile U.S. titles before accessing meatier roles at home.

Represented by Emmanuelle Ramade and Florence Charmasson at Adequat in Paris, Bouab has seen his career heat up in the last couple years. Since getting his first leading role in Mary Jimenez and Bénédicte Liénard’s politically-engaged “Le chant des hommes” and starring in the popular Canal Plus show “Braquo,” Bouab clinched a key role in the second season of “10 Pour Cent” (“Call My Agent”), the French comedy hit series centering on a Parisian talent agency. Bouab plays an arrogant, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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[Watch] ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ producer David Permut chats 16-year journey of Mel Gibson war film

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“I was floored,” recalls producer David Permut during our recent webcam chat (watch above) when asked about hearing the story of “Hacksaw Ridge” for the first time. “I didn’t believe it, essentially, and I said, ‘that’s impossible.’ And of course, it was true.” Directed by Mel Gibson, this Lionsgate release centers on Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), a […] »

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Rob Lowe Rips Former Employer DirecTV Over NFL Blackout

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Rob Lowe was ready for some football on Saturday, but a carriage dispute had him calling foul on his former employer DirecTV. Lowe, who starred in a series of commercials for the satellite service, bit the hand that fed him with a series of tweets after a carriage dispute left the actor pigskin-deficient. In a series of tweets that have since been deleted but were preserved by Mediaite, Lowe referenced the commercials, writing, “Hi, I’m Rob Lowe. And I’M ‘Screwed Over’ Rob Lowe, with @Directv that cuts off my ability to watch NFL games during the playoffs! @Foxtv. »

- Tim Kenneally

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‘Supernatural’ Reunion Staged on NBC’s ‘Timeless’ With Guest Star Misha Collins

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Timeless” is staging a reunion between “Supernatural” star Misha Collins and creator Eric Kripke.

Collins is set to guest star on an upcoming episode of the NBC action-adventure drama, which will air on Feb. 13 at 10 p.m. He will portray historical figure Eliot Ness.

In the episode, titled “Public Enemy No. 1,” when Flynn (Goran Višnjić) travels to 1931 Chicago to partner with history’s most infamous gangster, Al Capone (Cameron Gharaee), the central characters (played by Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter and Malcolm Barrett) follow him and ally with the only man who can bring Capone down, Eliot Ness (Collins), the leader of the famous Untouchables.

“When the Eliot Ness character first came up, I immediately thought of Misha, and I’m so thrilled to be working with him again,” said executive producer and co-creator Eric Kripke. “Misha brings his charisma, his talent — and frankly, all of his angelic qualities to the role.”

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- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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How 'O.J.: Made in America's' Director Found a Fresh Angle on the Simpson Murder Saga

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O.J.: Made in America, his $5 million documentary about the life and times of O.J. Simpson, the celebrated NFL Hall of Fame running back and celebrity pitchman who was accused and dramatically acquitted of the brutal 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman — only to become a pariah who has spent the past nine years in a Nevada prison for his role in an armed robbery. Edelman knew he was asking the group of about two dozen friends, »

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Deon Cole Insists ‘Black-ish’ Is Not ‘Anti-Trump’ (Video)

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In the wake of the first post-election “Black-ish” episode, Deon Cole told TMZ that the hit ABC show in which he stars is not “Anti-Trump” and instead aims to be bigger than the incoming president. “We’re not anti-Trump,” said the actor. “We’re just stating how people in America view it from our standpoint. We wasn’t just talking about how black people see it, too. Because they voted for him. So they had to express how they felt for even voting for him.” Also Read: Barack Obama's Reading List: 11 Books Recommended by the President (Photos) The post-election episode, »

- Jeremy Fuster

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Monica Crowley Backs Out of Donald Trump’s Administration After Plagiarism Accusations

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Monica Crowley will not be joining Donald Trump’s administration after all, she announced Monday. “After much reflection I have decided to remain in New York to pursue other opportunities and will not be taking a position in the incoming administration,” she said in a statement obtained by the Washington Post. “I greatly appreciate being asked to be part of President-elect Trump’s team and I will continue to enthusiastically support him and his agenda for American renewal.” Crowley, a former Fox News contributor, was selected to serve as senior director of strategic communications at the National Security Council, where she would have. »

- Greg Gilman

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TV Ratings: Packers-Cowboys, Steelers-Chiefs Draw Huge Audiences

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The regular season may have been a nadir for NFL ratings, but the NFL playoffs are shaping up to be big, with Fox’s afternoon Nfc game once again leading the way.

Fox’s Sunday telecast of the Green Bay Packers-Dallas Cowboys brawl, which dashed hopes of a hate-watchers’-dream Cowboys-Patriots Super Bowl when the Packers edged the Cowboys out 34-31, drew a massive 28.2 overnight household rating. For perspective, the record-shattering Game 7 of this year’s World Series, which ended up drawing 40 million viewers, had an overnight household rating of 25.2.

NBC’s nighttime Afc match-up between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Kansas City Chiefs was also a big winner, drawing a 21.9 overnight household rating, a record for primetime playoff games, for the close game that ended with a Steelers win (18-16).

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ABC’s comedies fell slightly from the week before. “Last Man Standing” brought in a preliminary 1.3 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic »

- Oriana Schwindt

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Ratings: NBC’s Steelers-Chiefs Tackles Packers-Cowboys in Primetime

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Fox’s Green Bay Packers-Dallas Cowboys nail-biter scored big in Nielsen TV ratings. Unfortunately for the Nfc Divisional Playoff game and its host network, NBC’s Pittsburgh Steelers-Kansas City Chiefs contest was huge(r) across actual primetime. NBC comfortably won the all-important day part on an average basis, although Fox’s match-up took Sunday’s non-head-to-head pigskin battle in metered-market averages. Prime runner-up Fox’s first-ever one-hour “Simpsons” had a strong showing after a quick postgame show. A special “The Mick” followed, doing well itself. CBS placed third, topping ABC and the Spanish-language broadcasters. Due to the nature of live sports, »

- Tony Maglio

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Pierre Lescure Is Re-Elected President of Cannes Film Festival

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris – Just a few months before the star-studded event’s 70th anniversary, Pierre Lescure has been re-elected president of the Cannes Film Festival until 2020.

Lescure, who took over as president from the venerable Gilles Jacob in 2007, was re-elected for a second term by the Board of Directors of the Association Française du Festival International du Film, which brings together public authorities and film industry professionals.

Lescure’s new three-year term will cover the period from 2018 to 2020. Since coming on board, Lescure launched a partnership with Kering and co-organized the Women in Motion initiative, which brings together female filmmakers and hosts panel discussions, as well as hands out two awards.

Lescure, who is well-known in France and abroad as the co-founder of Canal Plus, has also been COO at the Théâtre Marigny. Often described as a visionary, Lescure also co-created Molotov TV, a digital platform touted as the Spotify of television, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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