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'Crazy Rich Asians' Delivers $34M Five-Day Opening; 'Mile 22' & 'Alpha' Fall Short

'Crazy Rich Asians' Delivers $34M Five-Day Opening; 'Mile 22' & 'Alpha' Fall Short
August may be a notoriously slow month at the box office, but Warner Bros. has now delivered back-to-back strong performers. Last weekend The Meg topped all expectations and continued its strong global performance this weekend, while the new release of Crazy Rich Asians delivered an estimated $34 million in its first five days of release. Between the two films, WB secured the weekend's top two spots, and helped deliver the third straight August weekend this year to top the same weekend last year. Unfortunately, the weekend's two other new wide releases, Stx's Mile 22 and Sony's Alpha, weren't able to have such splashy debuts. With an estimated $34 million, Crazy Rich Asians topped industry expectations and came up just shy of Mojo's aggressive, pre-weekend forecast. The film is having a profound impact as the first Asian-led studio film to hit theaters since The Joy Luck Club 25 years ago and word
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Winona Ryder Thinks She and Keanu Reeves Got Married for Real While Filming ‘Dracula’

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Winona Ryder Thinks She and Keanu Reeves Got Married for Real While Filming ‘Dracula’
Twenty-six years after heating up the screen in “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” Winona Ryder wonders if she and her leading man, Keanu Reeves, accidentally got married for real while shooting their characters’ wedding.

“I swear to God I think we’re married in real life,” she told Entertainment Weekly while promoting the upcoming rom-com “Destination Wedding,” which reunites her and Reeves.

“In that scene, [director] Francis [Ford Coppola] used a real Romanian priest,” she explained. “We shot the master and he did the whole thing. So, I think we’re married.”

When they reconnected on the set of “Destination Wedding,” she reminded him that they each said “yes” to the “Do you take…?” question while filming with that ordained priest.

“Don’t you remember that? It was on Valentine’s Day,” she said, to which Reeves deduced,
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Box Office: Kevin Spacey's 'Billionaire Boys Club' Earns Abysmal $126 on Opening Day

Box Office: Kevin Spacey's 'Billionaire Boys Club' Earns Abysmal $126 on Opening Day
Disgraced actor Kevin Spacey is enduring a career low at the box office this weekend.

The ensemble crime-drama Billionaire Boys Club quietly opened Friday in 10 theaters scattered in select states across the U.S. The indie film earned an abysmal $126 for the day following its release on premium VOD last month, according to those with access to theater grosses.

Put another way, that's a per location average of $12.60, which doesn't even equal two tickets if going by the current average ticket price of $9.27. For the full weekend, Billionaire Boys Club could have trouble hitting ...
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‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Is Inspired by 1985’s ‘Fletch’ (Exclusive)

‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Is Inspired by 1985’s ‘Fletch’ (Exclusive)
When Season 3 of “Stranger Things” eventually returns, don’t expect Chief Jim Hopper to be jumping for joy at the sight of Starcourt Mall — or rushing to buy a sundae from Joe Keery’s Steve Harrington, for that matter. “I don’t know if Hopper would be caught dead at Scoops Ahoy,” David Harbour joked ahead of a spooky “Stranger Things” screening at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles on Friday night.

Harbour characterized the curmudgeonly cop with a heart of gold’s outlook towards the town’s new development as a little more than complicated. “Clearly, he’s a
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Rihanna Documentary Out Within Months, Director Says

Rihanna Documentary Out Within Months, Director Says
Over two years after a Rihanna-approved documentary was first announced, director Peter Berg revealed that the film could arrive within months.

In April 2016, Berg – whose action film Mile 22 arrived Friday – said he was at work on a Rihanna film modeled after D.A. Pennebaker’s legendary Bob Dylan documentary Don’t Look Back.

While the documentary, which reportedly captured Rihanna at work on her 2016 album Anti, was expected to arrive in 2017, Berg told Slash Film that the movie should be out within two months.

“I think she’s an
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‘Will & Grace’: Debra Messing Talks David Schwimmer’s Guest Role

‘Will & Grace’: Debra Messing Talks David Schwimmer’s Guest Role
Don’t expect to see Ross Geller on “Will & Grace.”

Debra Messing assures us that David Schwimmer’s character on the upcoming 10th season of “Will & Grace” is nothing like his iconic “Friends” persona.

“He’s as far away from Ross as he can possibly get because he’s already mastered Ross,” Messing told Variety on Saturday night in Los Angeles at Project Angel Food’s Angel Awards, where she was honored with this year’s Founder’s Award. “I think people will be excited to see him in our world playing a different part.”

NBC announced earlier
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Chris Jericho to star in Kevin Smith’s horror anthology KillRoy Was Here

Chris Jericho to star in Kevin Smith’s horror anthology KillRoy Was Here
Last summer, Kevin Smith announced that he was shooting a horror anthology movie entitled KillRoy Was Here, which originally started out as a Christmas-themed Krampus film before morphing into what the filmmaker describes as a “modern day Creepshow kinda flick.”

Well, Smith has now taken to Facebook to provide another update, revealing that wrestling icon Chris Jericho is set to feature in the movie as “a nasty-ass South Florida streamer”.

Despite suffering a major heart attack earlier this year, Smith is showing no signs of slowing down. He’s gearing up to begin production on his return to the View Askewniverse, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, has another episode of The CW’s Supergirl in the pipeline, and recently teased that he’s working on what could become his biggest-budgeted project of his entire career.

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Boots Riley Criticizes Spike Lee’s Portrayal of Cops in ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ Calls the Real Ron Stallworth a ‘Villain’

Boots Riley Criticizes Spike Lee’s Portrayal of Cops in ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ Calls the Real Ron Stallworth a ‘Villain’
For the second time this week, “Sorry to Bother You” director Boots Riley has taken issue with “BlacKkKlansman.” Spike Lee’s latest is among the most well-received films of the year, even winning the Grand Prix at Cannes in May, and though Riley praises the “masterful craftwork” he nevertheless felt compelled to write what he calls a “political critique of the content and timing” of the film.

At the center of that critique is the fact that “BlacKkKlansman” is “being pushed as a true story and it is precisely its untrue elements that make a cop a hero against racism.” The film tells the story of Ron Stallworth, a black police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan.

“It’s a made up story in which the false parts of it to try to make a cop the protagonist in the fight against racist oppression,” Riley argues. “It’s being
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Boots Riley Pens Essay on Problems With ‘BlacKkKlansman’

Boots Riley Pens Essay on Problems With ‘BlacKkKlansman’
Sorry To Bother You director Boots Riley had some choice words about BlacKkKlansman. On Friday, the filmmaker and Coup rapper posted a three-page essay to Twitter citing his problems with the Spike Lee film. While Riley explains how much Lee has influenced him, he explained, “I’m not gonna hold my tongue.”

In his post, Riley recalled the actual history behind BlacKkKlansman, explaining that while he realizes directors in Hollywood take creative liberties in films that are based-on-a-true-story, he was disappointed with the director’s decision to portray the police in a more positive manner.
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How ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Director Kari Skogland ‘Got Lucky’ With Her Key Season 2 Episode

How ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Director Kari Skogland ‘Got Lucky’ With Her Key Season 2 Episode
A version of this story on Kari Skogland first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” had a tough, dramatic second season, and director Kari Skogland was in the thick of it. After directing the finale of Season 1, she oversaw four of the 10 episodes in Season 2, including the literally explosive episode in which 26 commanders from the repressive Gilead regime are killed by a bomb, along with 31 of their handmaids.

But the episode for which Skogland received her Emmy nomination is the one that followed that bombing episode and opened with a stark, beautiful memorial ceremony held in a snowy forest clearing.

The installment also featured Samira Wiley’s character, Moira, finally learning the fate of her lover, Odette, and Offred, the handmaid who was once known as June (Elisabeth Moss), reaching a cautious peace with Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski), for
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Toots & the Maytals Return to Virginia

When Toots Hibbert plays with the Maytals next Friday night at Virginia’s Lockn’ Festival, it will be the first time the reggae legend has performed in the state since 2013, since he was hit in the head with a vodka bottle during a concert in Richmond, and suffered serious physical and emotional damage. “It was a horrible thing,” Toots tells Rolling Stone. “I suffered a lot.”

Toots retreated from touring for three full years — the longest break he’s ever taken from performing — to recover as the lawsuit winded through court.
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Rolls Up No. 1 at Box Office With $34 Million Five-Day Opening

With the help of excited Asian-American audiences, Warner Bros.’ “Crazy Rich Asians” has posted the biggest opening for a romantic comedy in three years with a $25 million weekend total and a $34 million five-day opening from 3,384 screens, beating tracker expectations.

With a 92 percent Rotten Tomatoes score and an A on CinemaScore, Jon M. Chu’s adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-seller has earned acclaim both as a fun rom-com and as a rallying cry for Asian-Americans looking for more representation in media.

While the MPAA reports that Asian audiences account on average for about six percent of total domestic grosses last year, they accounted for 40 percent of this film’s opening weekend audience, according to comScore’s PostTrak, a demographic share unheard of for a Hollywood film.

Also Read: 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' Proves Power of Women at Box Office

And with a $30 million budget, “Crazy Rich Asians
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Box Office: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Dazzles With $34 Million Five-Day Opening

Box Office: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Dazzles With $34 Million Five-Day Opening
Crazy Rich Asians” has something to party about.

Warner Bros.’ highly anticipated romantic comedy launched above expectations with a five-day tally of $34 million when it opened in 3,384 locations. With a three-day weekend total of $25.3 million, “Crazy Rich Asians” swam by fellow Warner Bros. title “The Meg,” which earned $21.5 million in its sophomore frame. The shark thriller has amassed over $84 million in North America.

Jon M. Chu’s acclaimed movie — the first studio film in over 25 years since 1993’s “Joy Luck Club” to feature a nearly all Asian-American cast — carries a modest $30 million budget. Enthusiasm has been strong for “Crazy Rich Asians,” which arrives as Hollywood is being pressured to feature greater diversity on screen. It holds a strong 93% certified fresh rating on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, along with an A CinemaScore.

“Word of mouth is everything,” Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ head of domestic distribution, said of the film’s better-than-expected launch.
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Lil Peep and XXXTentacion Collaboration in the Works

Lil Peep and XXXTentacion Collaboration in the Works
New music from Lil Peep and XXXTentacion is coming, according to ILoveMakonnen. The rapper broke the news about the posthumous collaboration on Instagram in what appears to be a studio session from XXXTentacion where he’s reflecting on Lil Peep’s death in 2017.

“When I heard X’s recording, talking about my dear friend Peep I could not wait any longer to share this,” ILoveMakonnen wrote in the post. “@lilpeep @xxxtentacion coming Asap!!!!”

ILoveMakonnen added that he had co-written the track, likely titled “Falling Down,” before XXXTentacion’s death.

In the post’s audio,
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Watch Pearl Jam Cover David Bowie’s ‘Rebel Rebel’ at Chicago’s Wrigley Field

Watch Pearl Jam Cover David Bowie’s ‘Rebel Rebel’ at Chicago’s Wrigley Field
Pearl Jam covered David Bowie‘s “Rebel Rebel” for the first time during the band’s concert Saturday at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, a gig that also featured a cameo by Dennis Rodman.

Vedder, a diehard Chicago Cubs fan, prefaced the Bowie rendition with a long remembrance about attending the team’s World Series drought-ending win in 2016.

The band then welcomed Cubs co-owner Tom Ricketts and the World Series trophy onstage before the video screens segued to the recent heroics of Cubs rookie infielder David Bote, who hit a historic,
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Lady Gaga’s ‘The Fame’ at 10: How Her Debut Was a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Lady Gaga’s ‘The Fame’ at 10: How Her Debut Was a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
“I used to walk down the street like I was a fucking star,” Lady Gaga told Rolling Stone for her first cover story in 2009. She was talking about her state of mind before her big breakthrough the year prior, but by the time she spoke to Rs, Gaga didn’t need to pretend. She had become a bona fide megastar and an heir to the pop throne, just like the Madonnas, Janets and Britneys before her. And it was all thanks to the self-fulfilling prophecy of her debut album, boldly titled The Fame.
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Constance Wu Takes on Hollywood: ‘Asians Have Stopped Asking for Permission’

Constance Wu Takes on Hollywood: ‘Asians Have Stopped Asking for Permission’
Is Hollywood ready for Asians to fall in love? Constance Wu, who charmed television audiences as the lion-hearted matriarch Jessica Huang in ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat and now stars as the female lead in Jon M. Chu’s big-screen rom-com Crazy Rich Asians, feels it’s about time people stopped asking that question in the first place.

Wu plays Rachel Chu, an Asian-American economics professor who travels from New York City to Singapore to meet her boyfriend Nick Young’s family — which turns out to own the most
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Backstreet Boys Cancel Oklahoma Concert After Storm Injures at Least 14 People

Backstreet Boys canceled their sold-out Thackerville, Oklahoma concert Saturday after a storm swept through the outdoor venue, resulting in the hospitalization of at least 14 people after an entrance truss was knocked over by wind.

Prior to the boy band’s performance at the Colosseum at WinStar World Casino and Resort, the venue’s staff began clearing out the amphitheater when lightning was spotted in the area. However, 150 people “did not heed staff’s warnings,” a WinStar spokesperson told CNN, and soon faced heavy rains and 80 mph winds.

The sustained winds
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Taibbi: Corey Stewart, Donald Trump’s Favorite Nut Job

Taibbi: Corey Stewart, Donald Trump’s Favorite Nut Job
The first thing to understand about Corey Stewart, Virginia’s long-shot Republican Senate candidate and perhaps America’s purest political distillation of Donald Trump, is that he’s crazy. I found out when I sent a routine e-mail to his press office, in hopes of obtaining an event schedule. In the campaign version of dialing 411 and having the Verizon CEO pick up, an angry Stewart himself answered:

Rolling Stone has been the most misleading left-leaning publication we’ve worked with. Is there any good reason for us to cooperate with you?
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’: Read the Letter That Convinced Coldplay to Allow "Yellow" in the Movie

This post contains spoilers for Warner Bros.’ Crazy Rich Asians.

The song that plays over the final scenes of Crazy Rich Asians had to hit several important notes: It had to strike the right emotional tone for Rachel (Constance Wu)’s departure from Singapore, wistful yet strong; it had to work as an emotional throughline as the film checks in with the other key relationships in the movie — Nick (Henry Golding) and Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh), Astrid (Gemma Chan) and Michael (Pierre Png) — and it had to serve as a thematic closing statement for the film, the first studio product ...
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