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China Box Office: ‘Passengers’ Deposes ‘Rogue One’ After One Week
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.
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
‘Hidden Figures’ Tops 4-Day Holiday Weekend With Stellar $26 Million
Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s “Hidden Figures” rounded out the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend with an estimated $26 million, an extraordinary weekend hold that brings its cumulative gross to $60.4 million. Over the three-day weekend, the film starring Janelle Monae, Octavia Spencer and Taraji P. Henson earned $20.8 million. That’s a modest 9 percent drop from last weekend, when it earned $22.8 million to claim No. 1. According to Huffington Post, “Hidden Figures” is also the first movie with multiple female leads to top the box office for two straight weekends since 2011’s “The Help.” That movie stayed »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Ben Affleck on Batman Questions: ‘It’s Such a Pain in the Ass’
Ben Affleck is growing tired of a constant barrage of Batman questions — ones that have overshadow his latest directorial and acting effort in “Live by Night.” In the following Entertainment Tonight, Canada clip posted on Twitter, Affleck shared how he feels about the seemingly never-ending stream of Batman inquiries. We feel for you, @BenAffleck- and that sounds absolutely perfect. Take all the time in the world you need to get the #Batman movie right! pic.twitter.com/2X33gEDi64 — Dceu Facts (@dceufacts) January 15, 2017 “Oh my God, it’s such a pain in the ass,” said Affleck. “It’s, like, every »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Fox News Alum Monica Crowley Backs Out of Trump Administration Amid Plagiarism Accusations
“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.
- Alex Stedman
Chefs Alice Waters, Jacques Pepin Say ‘Top Chef’ Does ‘Disservice’ to Cooking
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
French-Moroccan Actor Assaad Bouab Broadens His Canvas
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
[Watch] ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ producer David Permut chats 16-year journey of Mel Gibson war film
“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 […] »
- Zach Laws
Rob Lowe Rips Former Employer DirecTV Over NFL Blackout
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
‘Supernatural’ Reunion Staged on NBC’s ‘Timeless’ With Guest Star Misha Collins
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.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
How 'O.J.: Made in America's' Director Found a Fresh Angle on the Simpson Murder Saga
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, »
- Andy Lewis
Deon Cole Insists ‘Black-ish’ Is Not ‘Anti-Trump’ (Video)
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
Monica Crowley Backs Out of Donald Trump’s Administration After Plagiarism Accusations
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
TV Ratings: Packers-Cowboys, Steelers-Chiefs Draw Huge Audiences
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).
Earlier in the weekend:
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
Ratings: NBC’s Steelers-Chiefs Tackles Packers-Cowboys in Primetime
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
Pierre Lescure Is Re-Elected President of Cannes Film Festival
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
Bob Beckel to Return to Fox News’ ‘The Five’ After Stint in Rehab
Fox News announced Monday that Bob Beckel will return as co-host of “The Five” starting tonight. Beckel will reunite with co-hosts Eric Bolling, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Greg Gutfeld and Dana Perino. Juan Williams, who replaced Beckel in the summer of 2015, will continue to have guest appearances on “The Five” and other Fox News programs. “I’m thrilled for the opportunity to go home again and join my television family around the table of ‘The Five’,” said Beckel in a statement. “I have no doubt it will be a vigorous yet entertaining debate.” Also Read: Watch Fox News Defend Rival CNN Against Donald Trump's. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Donald Trump Is a Monster in Green Day’s ‘Troubled Times’ Music Video
Green Day is not shy about its disdain for Donald Trump, and it’s on full display in the band’s lyric video for new single “Troubled Times” off the new album “Revolution Radio.” The video, which was released Monday ahead of the president-elect’s inauguration ceremony on Friday, depicts Trump as some kind of monster (see picture above). The mix of historical imagery from the fight for civil rights and women’s suffrage seems to suggest that the rock band thinks Trump’s presidency will usher in another era of civil unrest in America. Also Read: Why Donald Trump »
- Greg Gilman
Barack Obama’s Reading List: 11 Books Recommended by the President (Photos)
Before leaving the White House, Barack Obama sat down with New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani to discuss the books that helped shape his presidency. Here are some of the titles he singled out. “The Underground Railroad” Obama tells the Times that the “last novel I read” was Colson Whitehead’s 2016 book: “And the reminder of the ways in which the pain of slavery transmits itself across generations, not just in overt ways, but how it changes minds and hearts.” “The Three-Body Problem” Obama cited Chinese writer Liu Cixin’s sci-fi trilogy as “the stuff I read just to escape. »
- Thom Geier
French Pay TV Giant Canal Plus Backs First Edition of Cannes’s International Series Festival
Paris – Canal Plus, the Vivendi-owned pay-tv giant, is set to partner with Cannes’ international series festival for its first edition, which will take place in 2018.
The new festival, which was initiated by Cannes Mayor David Lisnard, is also being backed by Reed Midem, the organization behind two of the world’s biggest TV showcases, both of which are set in Cannes: Mipcom and MipTV.
The new series festival will run alongside MipTV, which takes place in April, barely a month before the Cannes Film Festival. Canal Plus is also a long-time partner of the film fest.
“The Canal Plus Group is happy to form this partnership with this series festival and continue its collaboration with the city of Cannes, which it has been close to for the last 30 years with respect to cinema via Cannes Film Festival,” said Maxime Saada, managing director of Canal Plus. “With this new partnership, Canal Plus Group strengthens its position as a »
- Elsa Keslassy
Bob Beckel Will Return to Fox News’ ‘The Five’
Beckel, who offered a liberal counterpoint on the network’s late-afternoon panel show “The Five,” will return Monday evening as a co-host of the 5 p.m. program, which he left in June of 2015. “Bob was missed by many fans of ‘The Five’ and we’re happy to welcome him back to the show,” said Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of Fox News Channel and its corporate parent, 21st Century Fox, in a prepared statement.
Beckel, who in the past served as a political consultant as well as a campaign manager for Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale, was one of the original co-hosts of the program. He left in 2015 while recuperating from back surgery in a split that was seen as less an amicable. “We tried to work with Bob for months, but we couldn’t hold The Five hostage to one man’s personal issues »
- Brian Steinberg
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