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Jordan Peele's 'Us' Delivers a Mind-Blowing $70 Million Debut

Jordan Peele's 'Us' Delivers a Mind-Blowing $70 Million Debut
Universal's release of Jordan Peele's Us dominated the domestic box office, not only out-performing the opening weekends for several recent horror hits, but delivering the second largest opening ever for a live-action, original picture, topping the weekend box office with over $70 million. As a result, the 2019 box office continues to improve over the month of March after struggling to begin the year. Overall, this weekend was the third straight to outperform the same weekend last year. At #1, with an estimated $70.25 million (~49.6% of all tickets sold among the top 12 films), Us topped the weekend box office with the third largest opening of all-time for an R-rated horror film, blowing away 2018's The Nun ($53.8m opening) and placing behind Universal's own Halloween, which opened with $76.2 million last October. The film also decimated the opening for Peele's previous film Get Out, which was a massive hit back in 2017 following a $33.3 million debut.
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Kids' Choice Awards: Full List of Winners

Kids' Choice Awards: Full List of Winners
DJ Khaled hosted the 2019 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday evening, broadcasted live from USC's Galen Center in Los Angeles. The awards, which are voted on by fans, span a range of categories, from favorite movie to favorite butt-kicker to favorite social media star.

Although away on tour, Ariana Grande shared a video to thank her fans as she took home the awards for best song ("thank u, next") and favorite female artist. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Chris Pratt was slimed as he took home the award for favorite butt-kicker, as was favorite male ...
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'Alien' Turned Into Stage Production by New Jersey High School

'Alien' Turned Into Stage Production by New Jersey High School
A high school drama club in North Bergen, New Jersey put on a production of Alien last week — and social media users are amazed at how good it turned out.

Photos and video from the North Bergen High School Drama Club production of the 1979 horror/sci-fi classic spread like wildfire over the weekend.

The sets and costumes are incredibly detailed and appear to be almost exact replicas of those from the Ridley Scott film that spawned a massive franchise.

One of the videos posted to social media showed the climax of the play/film when Ellen Ripley (played ...
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Larry Cohen, Cult Horror Writer-Director of ‘It’s Alive,’ Dies at 77

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Larry Cohen, Cult Horror Writer-Director of ‘It’s Alive,’ Dies at 77
Larry Cohen, best known for his work as a B-movie producer and director in the ’70s and his later work in screenwriting, has died. He was 77.

Cohen’s friend, actor and publicist Shade Rupe, confirmed the news, which was announced in a post to Cohen’s official Facebook page. Rupe said Cohen died in Los Angeles Saturday night surrounded by loved ones.

“The entire #KingCohen team mourns the loss of its star, hero and King, #LarryCohen,” reads the post. “His unparalleled talents were surpassed only by his giant heart. The impact he made on television and cinema will be felt forever, and our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.”

Cohen began his career in the 1960s in television, writing scripts for episodes of well-known TV series including “The Defenders,” “Espionage,” and “The Invaders.”

In the ’70s, Cohen began to focus on filmmaking, penning and directing the
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Denise DuBarry, Producer and 'Black Sheep Squadron' Actress, Dies at 63

Denise DuBarry, Producer and 'Black Sheep Squadron' Actress, Dies at 63
Denise DuBarry, an actress and producer who founded Palm Springs Women in Film and Television, died Saturday at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles after battling a deadly fungus, her husband told the Desert Sun newspaper. She was 63.

DuBarry appeared in Hal Ashby's Being There (1979), The Devil and Max Devlin (1981) and Monster in the Closet (1986); had a recurring role as nurse Samantha Greene Moore on Robert Conrad's Black Sheep Squadron; and showed up on the soap opera Days of Our Lives, CHiPs and The Love Boat.

A resident of La Quinta, DuBarry recently produced two films, Do It or Die (2017) and Walk ...
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Patti LuPone Joins FX’s ‘Pose’ as Season 2 Jumps to 1990

Patti LuPone Joins FX’s ‘Pose’ as Season 2 Jumps to 1990
Pose” co-creator Ryan Murphy revealed that Broadway legend Patti LuPone will guest star on the upcoming second season of the FX drama, and that the series will jump ahead to 1990.

Murphy made the announcement while moderating the “Pose” panel at PaleyFest on Saturday, telling lead actress Mj Rodriguez that she will share many scenes with the double Grammy and double Tony winner.

“We’ve come up with this great role for Patti LuPone. She loves the show and we wrote this part and she said, ‘Yes, I want to do it,’ so she’s coming to play with us in a couple weeks,
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Bette Midler and Judith Light Join Ryan Murphy’s "The Politician" on Netflix

Bette Midler and Judith Light Join Ryan Murphy’s
Bette Midler and Judith Light will guest star on “The Politician,” the first series Ryan Murphy will launch on Netflix after he inked a deal with the streamer last year.

Murphy made the announcement at the end of Saturday’s PaleyFest panel for his FX series “Pose,” and noted that Midler and Light will both appear in Seasons 1 and 2 of the upcoming political comedy. He also revealed that Janet Mock, a writer, director and co-executive producer on “Pose,” helmed an episode of the new show.

The Politician” is the first series to debut on Netflix after the streaming service tapped
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‘Hotel Mumbai’ Solid in Debut; ‘Gloria Bell’ Expands to $1.8M: Specialty Box Office

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‘Hotel Mumbai’ Solid in Debut; ‘Gloria Bell’ Expands to $1.8M: Specialty Box Office
Bleecker Street opened Hotel Mumbai in four theaters Friday and appears to have caught some attention from audiences not heading to Us. Overall, the specialties were mostly light. Hotel Mumbai, starring Oscar-nominee Dev Patel and Armie Hammer, grossed $86,492 in four theaters, averaging $21,623, by far the best showing among limited release titles this weekend.

Sony Pictures Classics bowed period drama Sunset by László Nemes in 3 New York and L.A. locations Friday. Its three-day estimate is $15K. Nemes’ previous feature, Son Of Saul, took the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film in 2016 and cumed over $1.77M at the box office. In its debut, Son Of Saul grossed nearly $38K in three theaters in its opening three-day, averaging $12,643.

IFC’s Toronto ’18 drama-mystery Out Of Blue went to 35 theaters. The title floundered with a $17,682 gross, averaging $505.

Focus Features’ The Mustang had the weekend’s best PTA among the specialty openers last weekend.
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‘Rocketman’ Will Be Rated R for Sex, Drugs, and Presumably Rock ‘n’ Roll

‘Rocketman’ Will Be Rated R for Sex, Drugs, and Presumably Rock ‘n’ Roll
Not only is Taron Egerton providing his own voice to the fantasy-influenced Elton John biopic Rocketman, but the Kingsman star is also giving the world the valuable gift of an on-screen Elton who definitively, demonstrably fucks. THR reports the film landed an R-rating for sex scenes and drug use. Much scuttlebutt has been made about a reported love scene between Egerton's Elton John and Richard Madden's John Reid, a former music manager. The Daily Mail reported that director …
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Norman Reedus on ‘The Walking Dead’ Without Andrew Lincoln: ‘He’s With Me Every Day’

Norman Reedus on ‘The Walking Dead’ Without Andrew Lincoln: ‘He’s With Me Every Day’
After saying goodbye to most of the original cast on “The Walking Dead,” Norman Reedus still feels his former co-stars with him during each episode.

“I’ve seen so many people come and go,” he said during a “Walking Dead” panel on Friday at PaleyFest. “Right now on the show, the ghosts of all those guys are with me through every frickin’ scene. I remember how tight Andy [Lincoln] and I are, how tight Scott [Wilson] and I were and Jon [Bernthal], too.”

Lincoln, who played main character Rick Grimes from the beginning of the hit AMC zombie series, departed halfway through the
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‘Shazam!’ Film Review: DC Comics Gets a Bouncy Burst of Big-Screen Ebullience

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‘Shazam!’ Film Review: DC Comics Gets a Bouncy Burst of Big-Screen Ebullience
If the “Wonder Woman” and “Aquaman” movies represented DC Comics’ first big-screen steps away from the austere color palette of the Zach Snyder movies, “Shazam!” takes us deeply into primary colors in a single bound. There’s still a touch of urban decay and kitchen-table warmth on display — this is by no means Warren Beatty’s “Dick Tracy” or a candy-colored Cartoon Network production — but this new DC entry has a lovely lightness, both in the visuals and in its tone.

Before the 1940s serials and the 1970s Saturday-morning TV show, “Shazam!” was born in a magazine called Whiz Comics, published by Fawcett and later acquired by the company that would be known as DC Comics. And to use a 1940s expression, there’s a gee-whiz ebullience to the movie that makes it stand out among the last several decades’ worth of caped crusaders.

Young Billy Batson has spent most
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Hollywood Stars Downplay Barr’s Summary of Mueller Russia Probe: ‘Only the Full Report Matters’

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Hollywood Stars Downplay Barr’s Summary of Mueller Russia Probe: ‘Only the Full Report Matters’
While many of Donald Trump’s biggest critics in Hollywood have yet to respond to Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the Robert Mueller investigation, Rosie O’Donnell best summarized the early reaction: demand for the full report’s release.

“The summary is irrelevant,” O’Donnell wrote in a brief tweet. “Only the full report matters.”

In Barr’s official summary sent to Congress, it was reported that Mueller’s investigation found no evidence that Donald Trump or his presidential campaign conspired with Russia to sway the 2016 presidential election. But on the matter of obstruction of justice charges, Barr wrote that “while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

Despite this, Barr wrote that the Department of Justice concluded that the evidence Mueller found was “not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.” That decision not
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All Those ‘Us’ Michael Jackson Shout-Outs Explained, From ‘Thriller’ T-Shirt to a Single Glove

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All Those ‘Us’ Michael Jackson Shout-Outs Explained, From ‘Thriller’ T-Shirt to a Single Glove
(Major spoiler alert: Do not read on if you haven’t seen Jordan Peele’s “Us.”)

Jordan Peele’s “Us” is chock full of references to Michael Jackson, starting when Lupita Nyongo’s younger self wins a “Thriller” t-shirt at the Santa Cruz boardwalk in the 1980s.

But Peele and his costume designer Kym Barrett threw several more nods to the late King of Pop, who is back in the news given the documentary “Leaving Neverland,” in which two men accuse Jackson of sexual abuse (accusations that his estate has disputed).

The doppelgängers in the film, or The Tethered, wear red jumpsuits and one single glove — just as Jackson wore a red jumpsuit during his famed 1983 music video “Thriller,” and Jackson’s single white glove covered in silver sequins made its TV debut during his performance of “Billy Jean” at Motown’s 25th anniversary in 1983. The single glove would become
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Dubai Government Denies R. Kelly’s Claim of Booked Concerts

Dubai Government Denies R. Kelly’s Claim of Booked Concerts
The Dubai government issued a statement Sunday denying that R. Kelly had booked concerts in the United Arab Emirates city, as his legal team claimed.

“Authorities in Dubai have not received any request for a performance by singer R. Kelly nor are there any venues that have been booked,” the government’s Dubai Media Office said, adding that Kelly “has not been invited by the Dubai royal family for a performance.”

The rare statement from the Dubai Media Office comes days after Kelly’s lawyers filed a motion seeking permission
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‘The Dirt’ Review: Too Fast for Love — and Facts, Fans, Fun

‘The Dirt’ Review: Too Fast for Love — and Facts, Fans, Fun
Are you fucking kidding me?!

You probably uttered this statement in awe at least a few times, dear readers of The Dirt, when you picked up Motley Crue’s 2001 memoir about their life and times as world-class degenerates. Less a biography than a police rap sheet in book form, it’s the sort of glorious backstage tell-all that makes you feel like you can’t turn the pages fast enough; only Hammer of the Gods can compete with it as the ultimate tale of rock stars outdoing Roman emperors in terms of debauchery.
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Mueller Report Summary: No Collusion, No Exoneration

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Mueller Report Summary: No Collusion, No Exoneration
Two days after Special Counsel Robert Mueller finished his nearly two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and any ties between the Russian government and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Attorney General William Barr delivered a four-page letter to Congress summarizing Mueller’s final report.

Barr’s letter claims that Mueller offers no evidence of conspiracy or collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russia.

According to Barr — whose letter outlines the “principal conclusions” of the special counsel’s probe — Mueller finds that “[T]he investigation did not establish
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Requiem for 4,000 Fox Jobs Lost – Welcome to the New Hollywood

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How do you take the measure of 4,000 jobs lost in an industry with the size and scope of Hollywood?

That’s the number of pink slips being handed by Disney to Fox employees now that the merged mega-studio won’t need them anymore. Four. Thousand. Jobs. It’s undoubtedly the largest layoff from a single entertainment company in a generation — maybe ever — a fact that has not been widely discussed in an industry that has no context for this kind of consolidation.

Myself I’ve been trying to think about what it means. I grew up in Ohio, where these were the kind of statistics you used to read when General Motors shut an automotive plant. Or when a tire manufacturer moved overseas and left Youngstown. The kind of thing when Boeing moved its headquarters from Seattle to Chicago. But not previously in an industry of movie and television creators.
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‘Hotel Mumbai’ Earns Solid Opening at Indie Box Office

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‘Hotel Mumbai’ Earns Solid Opening at Indie Box Office
While Jordan Peele’s “Us” had the new release slat mostly to itself this weekend, the limited release front did see the release of Bleecker Street’s “Hotel Mumbai,” the true story thriller about the 2008 attack on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai.

Released on four screens in New York and Los Angeles, the film grossed $86,492 for a solid per screen average of $21,623, the best average for any release this weekend. Directed by Anthony Armas and starring Dev Patel and Armie Hammer, the movie was filmed two years ago and was originally set to be released by The Weinstein Company, but was picked up by Bleecker Street after TWC declared bankruptcy. It has a 73 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Also Read: Jordan Peele's 'Us' Breaks Original Horror Film Record With $70 Million Opening

Also releasing this weekend was “Sunset,” László Nemes’ follow-up to his 2016 Best Foreign Language Oscar winner “Son of Saul.
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Sycophant Congressman Hits the Morning News Shows, Touts Trump’s ‘Amazing Two Years’

Congressman Jim Jordan (R-oh) hit the morning news shows on Sunday to make it clear that President Donald Trump can do no wrong because some people like him. Every time Jordan was asked about the morality or just simply the right or wrong of anything Trump has been accused of doing or being involved in, like a programmed robot, Jordan spoke about the president’s popularity among his base or folks who have come out to his rallies.

Jordan visited CBS News’ Face the Nation and host Margaret Brennan tried
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Ethan Hawke Celebrates Closing of ‘True West’ With Ben Dickey Album Release Party

Ethan Hawke Celebrates Closing of ‘True West’ With Ben Dickey Album Release Party
“We wanted to celebrate the closing of True West with something beginning,” Ethan Hawke said Saturday night at a New York City party celebrating both the closing of Hawke and Paul Dano’s performance of Sam Shepard’s drama True West and the album release party of singer-songwriter Ben Dickey.

Dickey, a longtime friend of Hawke who came to prominence in his lead role in last year’s Hawke-directed biopic Blaze and is now signed to Hawke’s label, led his five-piece band at the “Departures and Arrivals”-themed album release party through a blistering,
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