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Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ to Snag More Than $100 Million in Second Weekend

Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ to Snag More Than $100 Million in Second Weekend
Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” is set to score about $102 million from 4,020 North American locations in its second weekend, for the fourth-highest second weekend gross in history.

The Ryan Coogler-directed film will come in behind the second frames of only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with $149 million, “Jurassic World” with $106.6 million, and “The Avengers” with $103 million.

The second frame total will mark a 49% decline from the previous weekend, a smaller decline than most other Marvel titles, which Disney noted Friday slow by an average of roughly 53% from their first to second weekends. “The Avengers” declined by 45% into its second weekend.

Black Panther” has earned the highest day total for a Marvel film each day for the past week, including $14.2 million on Thursday. It’s earned over $520 million globally in its first seven days and $320 million domestically. With the addition of this weekend’s number, “Black Panther” will have earned more domestically in its first two weekends
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The Dark Tower: Stephen King Series Coming to Amazon

The Dark Tower: Stephen King Series Coming to Amazon
The Dark Tower is coming to the small screen. Deadline reports Amazon is developing a TV show based on the Stephen King book series.

First released in 1982, the fantasy series follows Roland Deschain, a descendent from a long line of gunslingers who is tasked with finding the mysterious Dark Tower. The books were previously adapted as a 2017 film starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey.
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All the Details on Emily Ratajkowski's $200 Bridal Pantsuit From Zara

All the Details on Emily Ratajkowski's $200 Bridal Pantsuit From Zara
Emily Ratajkowski is a bride on a budget!  The 26-year-old model shocked fans when she revealed her and boyfriend Sebastian Bear-McClard tied the knot on Friday, heading to a New York City courthouse with a few pals after a whirlwind courtship of only a few weeks.  Like many City Hall "I Do's," Emily opted for an unconventional wedding day ensemble that would fit almost any fellow bride's price point. Ratajkowski's mustard yellow pantsuit is currently available at Zara, with the double breasted jacket ringing in at $129 and matching flared trousers at $69.90.  Something tells us EmRata's chic look is flying off the shelves right about now.  The...
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Emma Chambers, The Vicar of Dibley actor, dies aged 53

Emma Chambers, The Vicar of Dibley actor, dies aged 53
The actor played Alice Tinker in the BBC comedy, and also starred in the 1999 film Notting Hill

Emma Chambers, best known for playing Alice Tinker in The Vicar of Dibley, has died aged 53.

Her agent said Chambers died of natural causes on Wednesday evening, and said the actor “brought laughter and joy to many, and will be greatly missed”. She is survived by her husband Ian Dunn, who is also an actor.

Emma Chambers was a hilarious and very warm person and of course a brilliant actress. Very sad news.

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David Mamet Plans To Write A Harvey Weinstein Play

David Mamet Plans To Write A Harvey Weinstein Play
David Mamet is courting controversy with a new play about Harvey Weinstein. Related: Meryl Streep Calls Harvey Weinstein ‘Pathetic And Exploitive’ In an interview this week with the Chicago Tribune, the “Glengarry Glen Ross” writer revealed he’s working on a play about the Hollywood producer accused of sexual harassment and assault by dozens of women. “I
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Judge Dismisses Coal Magnate's Lawsuit Against John Oliver, HBO

Judge Dismisses Coal Magnate's Lawsuit Against John Oliver, HBO
A West Virginia judge dismissed a coal magnate's defamation lawsuit against Last Week Tonight that followed a June 2017 segment where host John Oliver called Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray a "geriatric Dr. Evil."

Judge Jeffrey Cramer of West Virginia's second judicial circuit granted HBO's motion to dismiss Murray's lawsuit, Deadline reports, with Cramer agreeing that the First Amendment protected the Last Week Tonight segment.

"I find the arguments set forth in the Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim and Reply well-founded, appropriate in this matter and will grant the same,
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‘Celebrity Big Brother’ spoiler: Round 6 nominees for eviction on Sunday, February 25 are …

‘Celebrity Big Brother’ spoiler: Round 6 nominees for eviction on Sunday, February 25 are …
The final live eviction on “Celebrity Big Brother” is set for Sunday (February 25). At the conclusion of Friday’s episode, we saw two of the remaining seven houseguests exit the house: “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Brandi Granville and singer James Maslow. Since then, we have been watching the “CBB” live feeds constantly. The house has been a hub of activity, with a new Head of Household who has made the fateful decision as to which of the others in the final 5 will be up for eviction. Spoilers ahead.

TV personality Ross Mathews won the Round 6 HoH competition. He had narrowly escaped elimination on Friday by winning the Power of Veto after being nominated by the second HofH of the evening, “The Apprentice” star Omarosa. She swapped out Maslow who met his demise. Not surprisingly, Mathews has named his nemesis, Omarosa, as one of the two nominees for eviction.
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Berlin Double Silver Bear Winner ‘The Heiresses’ Sells Major Territories (Exclusive)

Winner of best actress (Ana Brun) and Alfred Bauer Silver Bears at this year’s Berlinale competition, Paraguayan Marcelo Martinessi’s “Las Herederas” (The Heiresses”) has been sold by Luxbox to major distributors across the globe.

The female-centric drama revolves around a middle-aged, once cosseted Paraguayan woman, Chela (Brun), who is forced to live on her own and falls on financial hard times after her longtime partner, Chiquita (Margarita Irun), gets convicted on fraud charges. “The Heiresses” received glowing reviews at the Berlinale, where it also won the Fipresci award for a film in competition.

Martinessi’s feature debut, “The Heiresses” was described by Variety’s Jay Weissberg as a “character study with shrewd commentary on class, desire, and the lingering privileges of Paraguay’s elite.”

The film was acquired in Italy (Lucky Red), France (Rouge International), the U.K. (Thunderbird Releasing), Benelux (Contact) and Scandinavia/Baltics (Edge).

In previously announced deals, Luxbox sold “The
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Emma Chambers, ‘Notting Hill’ Actress, Dies at 53

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Emma Chambers, ‘Notting Hill’ Actress, Dies at 53
Emma Chambers, who played Honey in the 1999 Hugh Grant-Julia Roberts film “Notting Hill,” has died, the BBC reports. She was 53. Chambers’ agent, John Grant, told the BBC that the actress died of natural causes on Wednesday, and would be “greatly missed.” “Emma created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work. She brought laughter and joy to many,” Grant added. Also Read: 17 Beloved Rom-Coms for Valentine's Day, From 'Notting Hill' to 'Silver Linings Playbook' (Photos) Chambers’ other roles included Alice Tinker on the BBC’s “The Vicar of Dibley.” Actress Dawn French posted a tribute to her “Vicar of Dibley”...
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Neil Young Goes on Epic Vent About Google

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Neil Young Goes on Epic Vent About Google
As far as Neil Young is concerned, Google has anything but a heart of gold when it comes to compensating artists. “Harvest” musician Young vented at Google and other tech companies in a post published by Neil Young Archives on Friday, accusing them of “building their wealth on music’s back and paying nothing to the artists.” “Today, in the age of Facebook, Google and Amazon, it’s hard to tell how a new and growing musical artist could make it in the way we did,” Young wrote. “The Tech Giants have figured out a way to use all the great music of...
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‘Touch Me Not’ Wins Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival

‘Touch Me Not’ Wins Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival
Director Adina Pintilie’s “Touch Me Not,” a daring and highly personal exploration of intimacy, has won the Golden Bear award as the best film at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival. Silver Bear acting awards went to Anthony Bajon for “The Prayer” and Ana Brun for “The Heiresses,” while the prize for the festival’s best director went to Wes Anderson for his animated film “Isle of Dogs.” Accepting on behalf of Anderson, Bill Murray said, “I never thought I would go to work as a dog and come home with a Bear.” “Mug” and “The Heiresses” also won Silver Bear awards. The awards were...
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Cpac Comms Chief: Former Rnc Chairman Michael Steele Got Job Because He Was ‘A Black Guy’

Cpac Communications Director Ian Walters raised eyebrows at this year’s conference after telling an audience Friday evening that former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele only got the job because he was “black.” “We elected Mike Steele to be the Rnc chair because he’s a black guy; that was the wrong thing to do,” Walters said at the event’s exclusive Ronald Reagan dinner. Many dinner attendees greeted the comments with gasps. The remarks were first reported by Jon Levine at TheWrap on Twitter. Also Read: Facebook Pulls Vr Shooting Game From Cpac Demo After Criticism Cpac communication director Ian Walters at Reagan dinner “We...
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Regina King Talks Heaviness of Role in ‘Seven Seconds’

Regina King Talks Heaviness of Role in ‘Seven Seconds’
The cast of “Seven Seconds” shared the difficulties that accompany tackling a story about the killing of a young, black man.

At the premiere in Beverly Hills, Calif., star Regina King said the heavy emotions she displays in each of the 10 episodes was a challenge. “As an actor, having to carry that much grief every day was a lot,” she said. In the series, King plays the mother of a boy who is killed by a police officer during a hit-and-run accident.

King said she met with a mother whose son had been murdered by police to understand the role. “It’s hard for me still to even wrap my mind around how she could still speak with joy,” King said. “She definitely shared the rollercoaster that your emotions take you through. All I could do is hopefully honor her with my performance.”

While the interaction gave King a starting point for her role, she said it
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Berlin Festival Awards: ‘Touch Me Not’ Wins Golden Bear for Best Film

Of the 24 films that screened in the 68th Berlin Film Festival’s competition section, 19 vied for the Golden Bear, among them such international productions as Gus Van Sant’s “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” starring Joaquin Phoenix; and David and Nathan Zellner’s Western comedy “Damsel,” starring Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska.

A six-person jury, headed by German director Tom Tykwer, selected the winners.

A total of 396 films unspooled in all of the festival’s various sections. With approximately half a million admissions and more than 300,000 tickets sold, the Berlinale is considered the largest publicly attended film festival in the world.

Winners of the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival

Golden Bear for Best Film: “Touch Me Not,” Adina Pintilie

Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize: “Twarz” (“Mug”), Małgorzata Szumowska

Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize: “The Heiress,” Marcelo Martinessi

Silver Bear for Best Director: Wes Anderson, “Isle of Dogs

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John Oliver Victorious: Coal CEO’s Defamation Suit Dismissed

John Oliver Victorious: Coal CEO’s Defamation Suit Dismissed
John Oliver and HBO were vindicated Wednesday when the judge presiding over a lawsuit brought by coal company CEO Robert Murray against the host and premium cabler dismissed the case.

“I find the arguments set forth in the Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim and Reply well-founded, appropriate in this matter and will grant the same,” Judge Jeffrey Cramer wrote in a letter to attorneys for both sides. “The Court adopts, with little exception, Defendants’ argument in support of their Motion regarding all issues addressed in the same.”

Murray brought the suit in June of last year after Oliver ran a segment on “Last Week Tonight” criticizing the coal industry and referring to Murray at the “geriatric Dr. Evil,” as well as alleging that a mining accident that killed nine people and that Murray’s company claims was caused by an earthquake was partially the result of improper mining practices. Murray filed the
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Meryl Streep movies: 25 greatest films ranked from worst to best include ‘The Post,’ ‘Sophie’s Choice,’ ‘Adaptation’

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Meryl Streep movies: 25 greatest films ranked from worst to best include ‘The Post,’ ‘Sophie’s Choice,’ ‘Adaptation’
Is Meryl Streep the greatest film actor of all time? That might just be the case judging from her record 21 Oscar nominations. Then again, with three wins she trails Katharine Hepburn, who still holds the record with four acting victories, so Streep still has a big brass ring to reach for if she wants to be the undisputed queen of screen actors. She earned her latest bid this year for her leading role as Washington Post publisher Kay Graham in Steven Spielberg‘s “The Post.” Where does her latest entry rank in her filmography? Even though it seems like she’s nominated for just about every performance she gives it’s not just those Oscar-anointed roles that count among her strongest achievements. Tour through our photo gallery above of Streep’s 25 greatest performances ranked from worst to best.

See Meryl Streep joins ‘Big Little Lies’ season 2 – will she win her fourth Emmy?
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Oscars: Meet the Real People Behind the Nominated Films

As manager of high-stakes celebrity poker games, Molly Bloom never wore the same dress twice. To play Bloom in Molly's Game, Jessica Chastain donned more than 70 different dresses, including a particularly memorable pink sequined outfit. "[Chastain] was kind of concerned about always looking a little bit businesslike — even if she had a plunging neckline, she’d throw on a blazer, just some element to suggest no-nonsense," costume designer Susan Lyall told Vulture.

While Chastain slipped in and out of expensive dresses in Molly's Game, Margot Robbie had her eyelashes pulled down with adhesive to play figure skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya, and...
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How Lebanon's Oscar Nominee 'The Insult' Was Nearly Blocked From Theaters

How Lebanon's Oscar Nominee 'The Insult' Was Nearly Blocked From Theaters
Of all the movies vying for an Oscar at the Dolby Theatre this year, Ziad Doueiri's The Insult ­­— a courtroom thriller chronicling an argument that erupts between a Muslim and Christian in Beirut and explodes into a broader rift highlighting sectarian fault lines in Lebanese society ­— may well have experienced the most fraught journey getting there.

This troublesome voyage has nothing to do with the production of the film itself — elaborate prosthetic facemasks didn't have to be crafted; functioning WWII fighter planes didn't need to be procured; frantic last-minute reshoots involving replacement actors didn't have to be...
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Berlin: Netflix, Multiple Foreign Distributors Take Alpha Violet’s ‘Dovlatov’

In the run-up to Saturday evening’s prize ceremony at the 2018 Berlinale, Alpha Violet has secured multiple major territory sales at Berlin on Alexey German Jr.’s Russian dissident drama “Dovlatov,” led by a Netflix deal for English-speaking territories (U.S., Canada, Australia, U.K. and Ireland) and Scandinavia, as well as a slew of foreign distributor deals.

One of this year’s Berlin competition front-runners and a Disney release in Russia. the Alpha Violet-sold “Dovlatov” entered Berlin with three pre-sales: China (Times Vision), Greece (Ama Films) and the Baltic states (Estin Films). It looks set to leave with 23 territory sales, according to Alpha Violet’s calculations, playing off an upbeat critical reaction.

“Six days in the life of Soviet dissident writer Sergei Dovlatov are evocatively conjured in this visually enthralling tribute to one artist’s refusal to conform,” Variety wrote in its review.

With “Dovlatov” punching the second highest score of any Berlin competition entry, many distributors
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Jimmy Kimmel Gets People to Speak Out About the Crisis in Wakanda (Video)

Jimmy Kimmel Gets People to Speak Out About the Crisis in Wakanda (Video)
As improbable as it may seem, apparently there are still some people out there who haven’t seen “Black Panther” yet. “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” took it to the street on Friday’s episode for a Lie Witness News segment that asked the public to weigh in on the crisis in Wakanda — the fictional African country that serves as the setting for the film. Perhaps not surprisingly, people had strong feelings about the entirely nonexistent crisis. Also Read: 'Black Panther': Activist Group Launches Black Voter Registration Effort at Film Screenings “I think we need a strong presence there,” one man responded, when asked if U.S....
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