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'Kingsman 2' Finishes #1 as September Grosses Near Record High
The weekend's new releases fell shy of Mojo's weekend forecast, but Kingsman: The Golden Circle still managed to debut larger than the original, finishing in the #1 spot. Unfortunately, The Lego Ninjago Film fell well short of expectations as did Friend Request, which delivered a mere $2.4 million opening. There were, however, some bright spots among limited release titles as Battle of the Sexes and Victoria and Abdul delivered strong opening results as September's calendar grosses continue to pace toward record heights. Topping the box office was Fox's Kingsman: The Golden Circle, delivering an estimated $39 million from 4,003 theaters. The opening improves on the $36.2 million opening for the first film, but the film's performance over the next couple of weeks will tell the true story. The first Kingsman turned its $36 million debut into a $128 million domestic run, a 3.54x multiplier. Should Golden Circle follow suit we're talking about a $138+ million domestic run, which »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’ Sequel Adds David Sakurai
Exclusive: Danish-Japanese actor David Sakurai is set for Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them sequel, the second film in J.K. Rowling's five picture Harry Potter prequel series. David Yates is at the helm once again, along with star Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Johnny Depp as dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, and franchise newcomer Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore. The film opens in 1927, a few months after magizoologist Scamander helped to unveil… »
Meghan Markle’s Ex-Husband Trevor Engelson Developing Show About Being Left For A Royal
Meghan Markle’s ex-husband, Trevor Engelson, is apparently using his real life as inspiration. Fox gave a put pilot commitment to a new half-hour single-camera comedy written and executive produced by Danny Zuker and produced by Melvin Mar, Jake Kasdan, Christine Gernon, Dan Farah and Engelson, Et confirms. As first reported by Deadline, the show’s logline is as follows: “Divorce […] »
- Brent Furdyk
‘Orville’ Ratings Fall To Earth Without NFL Lead-In, ‘Zoo’ Finale Down From 2016
In what is the calm before the storm of fall premieres that will hit the small screen next week, Thursday saw a demo win for Fox as Gotham (1.0/4) returned and The Orville (1.1/4) debuted in its regular slot. Moving from its long-held Monday perch to Thursday, the fourth season of the Batman backstory series opened down double digits from its Season 3 opener of September 19, 2016. Declining 17% among adults 18-49 from the fast affiliates of last year's debut, Gotham was… »
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Wraps Post-Production, Says Rian Johnson
22 September 2017 11:51 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Star Wars is over. Or, at least, the latest episode is.
Accompanying a shot of the post-production team on the movie, Johnson wrote, "Aaaand that's a wrap on the hardest working post production team in the galaxy. Going to miss sitting in dark rooms with these goobers."
It's also a wrap of Johnson sharing Instagram teases of the post-production process on the movie, which have included shots of explosions, space bears »
- Graeme McMillan
Former NFL Star Matt Light Rips Players for Anthem Protests: ‘Ashamed to Be a Patriot’
Not everybody was going to agree with the decision of many NFL players to kneel during the national anthem on Sunday. After around 20 New England Patriots players took the knee, one former player for the team wasn’t happy. Matt Light, who spent 11 years as an offensive tackle for the Patriots, said that he was “disheartened” to see his former teammates take a knee while he was sitting next to the wife of a slain Seal Team 6 member. “If you think that it’s Ok to take a knee during our national anthem and disrespect openly the national anthem, you are. »
- Carli Velocci
Jan Triska, Star of ‘Ronin’ and ‘Ragtime,’ Dies at 80 After Fall From Bridge in Czech Republic
Jan Triska, a Czech actor who starred in such Hollywood movies as “Ronin” and “Ragtime,” has died after a fall on Saturday from Prague’s iconic Charles Bridge. He was 80 years old. According to the Associated Press, Prague theater director Jan Hrusinsky confirmed the death on Monday. The actor died in Prague’s military hospital overnight from his injuries after Saturday’s fall. The circumstances of the fall are still unclear. Triska moved to the United States in 1977 after he signed a human rights manifesto against Czechoslovakia’s then-Communist government, according to The Guardian. He had been inspired by his close friend, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Anthony Weiner Gets 21 Months in Prison for Sexting With a Minor
Former Us Representative Anthony Weiner has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for sexting with a minor, according to the Associated Press. The 53-year-old pleaded guilty in May to sexting a 15-year-old girl. Weiner cried Monday as he read from a written statement in Manhattan federal court, saying he hit “rock bottom” and that he was “a very sick man for a very long time.” More to come… »
- Carli Velocci
Ryan Reynolds, Ariana Grande Win at Streamy Premiere Awards
The seventh annual Streamy Awards are set to stream (obviously) live on Twitter on Tuesday night, but two dozen winners were already announced on Sunday, with Hollywood heavy hitters like Ryan Reynolds and Ariana Grande taking home top prizes. Reynolds and Honest Trailers took home the Streamy for best “Performance,” thanks to its Logan-Deadpool trailer mashup — beating out stiff competition from The Rock and Casey Neistat. Grande won for top “Cover Song” for her updated version of Judy Garland’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Hosted by YouTuber EpicLloyd, the awards were handed out at the Streamy Premiere Awards in Santa Monica. »
- Sean Burch
Will Judi Dench (‘Victoria and Abdul’) join an elite group of six actors nominated twice at the Oscars for the same role?
With “Victoria and Abdul,” Dame Judi Dench is once again squarely in the Oscar race for Best Actress. Stephen Frears‘ biographical drama focuses on Queen Victoria’s (Dench) friendship with a young Indian clerk (Ali Fazal) during the last years of her life. Interestingly enough, Dench reaped her very first Academy Award bid for portraying the monarch 20 years […] »
- Chris Beachum
Selma Vilhunen’s ‘Stupid Young Heart’ Wins Finnish Film Affair Prize
Selma Vilhunen’s ‘Stupid Young Heart’ won the Work-In-Progress prize at the Finnish Film Affair, the industry forum running alongside Helsinki International Film Festival.
“Stupid Young Heart” was presented in post-production at the Finnish Film Affair where it was awarded a grant of 300 euros. The grant is meant to be used for marketing expenses.
Vilhunen’s previous film, “Little Wing,” screened at the Finnish Film Affair last year and is nominated for a Nordic Council Film Prize. Toivoniemi’s documentary feature “Once I Was a Dragonfly” won the Ffa award in 2015.
A coming of age drama, “Stupid Young Heart” was one of the 10 features presented at the Finnish Film Affair.
The jury, which included Jenny Cooney, member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Zsuzsi Bankuti of The Match Factory and Marge Liiske of Baltic »
- Elsa Keslassy
Tom Brady Calls Trump’s NFL Player Protest Remarks ‘Divisive’ (Audio)
Even Tom Brady is turning his back on Donald Trump. Sort of. The President’s favorite quarterback did his weekly interview with Boston radio station Weei’s “Kirk & Callahan Show” on Monday morning, when there was no avoiding talking about Trump’s NFL player protest tweets. Try as he might, that is. “I certainly disagree with what he said,” Brady said. “I thought it was just divisive.” Also Read: 'Fox & Friends' Host Brian Kilmeade Slams Trump's NFL Attacks: 'Made Things So Much Worse' “I just want to support my teammates,” he continued an expert navigation of the multiple follow-up questions. »
- Tony Maglio
‘Fox & Friends’ Host Brian Kilmeade Slams Trump’s NFL Attacks: ‘Made Things So Much Worse’
The backlash against Donald Trump’s weekend attack on the NFL continues, this time from a source the president can usually rely on for support. The president’s comments blasting NFL players who choose to protest during the national anthem “made things so much worse,” said “Fox and Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade on Monday. “Even if you’re outspoken in sports, it’s no problem,” Kilmeade said, pointing to several famous athletes known for being open about their political beliefs including Mohammed Ali, Charles Barkley and Curt Schilling. Your thoughts on the national anthem protests? pic.twitter.com/gcg7bXcuos »
- Ashley Boucher
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Is Bloated, Campy, and Thoroughly Stupid
A sequel was de rigueur, of course, but what a mess it is. »
- David Edelstein
TV Ratings: Sunday Night Football Down in Week 3
The “Sunday Night Football” matchup between the Washington and Oakland delivered a one-sided game for viewers and a weakened ratings return for NBC.
With Washington dominating throughout and ultimately winning 27-10, “Sunday Night Football” averaged an 11.6 rating in Nielsen’s metered-market household numbers. That’s down 11% from early numbers for the third week of the season last year.
Earlier in the day, ratings for CBS’ NFL doubleheader were up 4% from the same week last year. The early regional game drew an 10.0 in overnights, up 11% from last year. CBS’ later game drew a 13.8, down 1% from last year. Fox’s afternoon game did a 10.3, down 16% from last year.
Earlier in the week, “Thursday Night Football” saw a ratings surge with Los Angeles Rams-San Fransisco 49ers on NFL Network drawing a 4.4 final household rating, up 38% from week three, and 7.4 million total viewers, up 47% from last week.
More to come … »
- Daniel Holloway
Bob Costas Says Trump’s ‘Insulting’ NFL Comments Prompted ‘Near Universal Disgust’ (Video)
Veteran sports broadcaster Bob Costas said President Donald Trump’s “insulting remarks” about the NFL and its players had prompted “near universal disgust.” Speaking Monday on CNN’s “New Day,” Costas pointed out that even known Trump supporters within the NFL — including Robert Kraft, the CEO and Chairman of the New England Patriots — have voiced opposition to Trump’s comments over the weekend blasting NFL players who protested during the national anthem. “You have not heard a single person within te NFL raise a voice in support of what Trump said,” Costas said, adding that former Buffalo bills coach Rex Ryan said. »
- Ashley Boucher
‘So You Think You Can Dance’ finale predictions: Lex Ishimoto gets leading odds of 1/2 to win season 14
“So You Think You Can Dance” season 14 is down to its last episode, and Lex Ishimoto is the frontrunner to win, as he has been since the start of the live shows in August. As of this writing he gets leading odds of 1/2, which translates to a 68% chance of prevailing. Do you […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
Chris Pratt Got His Hollywood Chrises Crossed
“Dude I suck at quizzes.” »
- Hunter Harris
Battle of the Sexes Is a Buoyant Piece of Propaganda — But It’s Very Entertaining
If Battle of the Sexes is unsurprising to a fault, it’s by no means a double fault. »
- David Edelstein
Megyn Kelly Turns Away from Politics and Toward Morning TV In New Launch
Megyn Kelly isn’t playing politics anymore – at least not on camera.
The former Fox News anchor vowed to put aside the hard-edged interviewing style that made her famous and turned her energy Monday full-bore into the launch of a new morning program, in one of the bigger bets NBC has made on a single talent since, perhaps, it named an unknown Conan O’Brien in 1993 to succeed David Letterman at the helm of its wee-hours “Late Night” franchise.
Kelly told a live studio audience in the opening moments of her new “Megyn Kelly Today” that “I’m kind of done with politics for now,” and said she hoped instead to help viewers “get yourself through the day, to have a laugh with us, a smile, sometimes a tear – and maybe a little hope to start your day. Some fun! That’s what we want to be doing.”
The mission represents a marked change for the popular »
- Brian Steinberg
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