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‘Deadpool’ Launches With Record $12.7 Million at Thursday Box Office

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Deadpool” started off the weekend with a whopping $12.7 million haul from Thursday night screenings, breaking two records of the largest February preview ever, as well as the largest R-rated Thursday preview ever. That puts Fox’s R-rated superhero flick starring Ryan Reynolds on track to open to over $70 million. The movie co-starring Morena Baccarin and Ed Skrein was initially tracking for $35 million, but Fox’s stellar marketing campaign and positive word of mouth after a surprise screening boosted its estimates, some experts saying it could reach $80 million this weekend. Also Read: Ryan Reynolds' 'Deadpool' Destroys Records in Overseas Box Office Debut “Deadpool, »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Emily Blunt Saddles Up for ‘My Little Pony’ Movie

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Emily Blunt will lend her voice to the upcoming “My Little Pony” movie, Hasbro and Lionsgate announced Friday. It is not known at this time what Blunt’s character will be exactly, but she will be a new character. She joins previously announced voice stars Kristin Chenoweth, Tara Strong, Cathy Weseluck, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain and Ashleigh Ball. The film is currently set for global theatrical release on November 3, 2017 with Jayson Theissen directing and Hasbro executives Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis as producers. It is being produced by Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures with Lionsgate distributing and marketing the film globally, »


- Joe Otterson

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Susan Sarandon Says Piers Morgan Is ‘Milking’ #CleavageGate (Video)

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Susan Sarandon thinks Piers Morgan is “milking” the #CleavageGate controversy he found himself embroiled in after criticizing the actress’ outfit at the SAG Awards The Oscar winner appeared on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on Thursday and was wondering why the former CNN host was still talking about it on Twitter. “Does have a job? A real job?” Sarandon asked. “Why does he have so much time? I don’t think his mother nursed him. I hate to say he’s milking this situation.” Also Read: Susan Sarandon Responds to Piers Morgan's Criticism of Her Cleavage With More Cleavage »


- Joe Otterson

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Watch President Obama’s Valentine’s Day Message to Michelle: ‘I Obama-care About You’ (Video)

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President Barack Obama made his first in-studio appearance to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Friday, when he swapped some sweet Valentine’s Day messages with the First Lady. “Somebody call The Situation Room, because things are about to get hot,” he began, promising health food was coming for his active wife. “Because I love you so much. I Obama-care about you more than you even know.” The Commander-in-Chief even worked in a nice plug for “Ellen’s Design Challenge” on Hgtv. It got more sincere from there. Also Read: Obamageddon Hits La as Potus Returns for Fundraisers, 'Ellen' Appearance Watch the video above. »


- Tony Maglio

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Paramount Sets Release Dates for Next 3 ‘Transformers’ Movies

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Paramount Pictures set the release dates for the next three “Transformers” movies on Friday. “Transformers 5” will open on June 23, 2017, followed by “Transformers 6” just under a year later on June 8, 2018, and “Transformers 7” will open on June 28, 2019. Michael Bay, who helped launch the franchise back in 2007 when he directed and produced the first film, will return to direct “Transformers 5.” Also Read: Michael Bay Confirms He Will Direct 'Transformers 5' But 'This Is the Last One' However, Bay recently said that the next “Transformers” movie will be his last one. “I still have a great time. It’s fun to do a movie. »


- Joe Otterson

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‘Cooper Barrett’ Star Jack Cutmore-Scott on Fox Comedy’s ‘Hangover’ Vibe (Video)

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Fox’s new midseason comedy “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life” has drawn comparisons to both “The Hangover” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and that’s not unintentional on the show’s part. Jack Cutmore-Scott, who plays the title character on the fourth wall-breaking sitcom, said in the latest episode of TheWrap’s “Drinking With the Stars” that the influence of those movies is in the show’s DNA, right down to a guest turn by “Ferris Bueller” star Alan Ruck. “He was the most fun the whole week,” Cutmore-Scott said. “He just got the vibe of the show, »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘Price Is Right’ to Air 3 Reality Show Crossover Primetime Specials

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Prepare for some Plinko, Jeff Probst. “The Price Is Right” is all set for three primetime specials later this year, when the daytime game show will partner with reality series “The Amazing Race,” “Survivor” and “Big Brother.” Drew Carey will host the themed evening episodes, which will feature special appearances from Phil Keoghan, Julie Chen, and the aforementioned Probst. In each primetime special, former racers, castaways and houseguests will partner with and play alongside fans of their respective reality shows. Also Read: CBS Q4 Earnings Hit All-Time High With $3.9 Billion in Revenue “The Price Is Right” is the longest-running game show in television history. »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Zoolander 2’ Is a ‘Stumble Down the Catwalk’ and 8 Other Painful Reviews

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Zoolander 2” was a highly-anticipated sequel, but it came about 15 years too late, according to critics. The comedy, in which Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson reprise their roles from the original 2001 film, is getting torn apart by reviews, which cumulatively have given the film 26 percent “Rotten” score on Rotten Tomatoes. “There are no build-ups or pay-offs here, just a lot of random moments of people saying stupid stuff, and fashion people being gently lampooned,” TheWrap’s film critic, Alonso Duralde said in his review. “For pure comedy, you’re better off with one of those online mega-mix videos of models falling down. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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It’s Time for Oscar Voting: Here’s How It Works

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Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences can now cast their ballots for the 88th Academy Awards. Oscar voting opened on Friday and runs for the next 12 days, though of course voters have already had almost a full month to catch up with and consider this year’s nominees. Here’s how it works and what happens next: How many people vote for the Oscars? According to figures compiled by the Academy in December, 6,261 members are eligible to vote for the 88th Academy Awards. Do they all vote in every category? If they want to, yes. Voters are asked not to. »

- Steve Pond

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Does #OscarsSoWhite Controversy Overlook Diversity in ‘The Revenant’?

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In a year when “The Revenant” is a leading Academy Award contender for Best Picture, its rare, authentic glimpse into Native American culture has been overshadowed by protests over the Oscars’ lack of diversity. The irony is not lost on filmmaker and comedian Sterlin Harjo, who joked this week on NPR that “our adopted brother, Leo DiCaprio, is about to get an Oscar for a film that had Native people in it, actually speaking Native languages, and now there’s a call for boycott. Come on. Just give us this one.” Native Americans are rarely portrayed in film the way they were in. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Movie Freak’ Exclusive Excerpt: Veteran Critic on Ben Affleck’s Secret Greeting, Russell Crowe’s Short Fuse

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There’s always a chance to meet celebrities at festivals, but the question is: Can you have a genuine encounter? As opposed to one of those hey-i’m-a-big-fan/what-are-you-working-on? conversations that can thrill you when you’re 25, but that you begin to realize isn’t all that different from a photo op with a star at a Golden Globes dinner. It certainly helps if the celebrity in question isn’t quite a celebrity yet. At a Miramax cocktail party at Sundance in 1997, I was besieged by the genial smart-aleck grin of an actor I’d seen in one or two middling movies but had barely. »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Kristen Wiig Poses as Super Bowl Champion Peyton Manning for Jimmy Fallon Skit (Video)

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Peyton Manning was back on “The Tonight Show” Thursday, sort of … Hot off the Super Bowl champion’s visit the night before, Kristen Wiig joined Jimmy Fallon in a number 18 jersey posing as the veteran quarterback. While she looked the part, the “Bridesmaids” star needed to study up on her Denver Bronco’s trivia before posing as the team’s leader. Also Read: Peyton Manning Makes Fun of Eli's Sad Super Bowl Face on 'Tonight Show' (Video) Not only did she get the final score of Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers wrong and didn’t know who was Mvp, »


- Debbie Emery

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Democratic Debate: 5 Key Moments From Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders’ Latest Battle

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Thursday’s “PBS NewsHour Democratic Primary Debate” marked the first battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders since the New Hampshire primary. Here are TheWrap’s Top 5 moments, in reverse order. 5. Clinton defends Madeleine Albright’s “place in hell” comment Clinton defended Albright’s recent controversial comment: “there’s a special place in Hell for women who don’t help other women.” “Well, look I think that she’s been saying that for as long as I’ve known her,” Clinton said before addressing the female moderators. “I would note, just for a historic aside, somebody told me earlier we »


- Brian Flood

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Kevin Randleman, Former Ufc Fighter, Dies at 44

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Kevin Randleman, a former Ufc Heavyweight Champion, died Thursday. He was 44. Born in Sandusky, Ohio, Randleman was one of the pioneers of ultimate fighting and mixed martial arts before fading from the sport’s spotlight in the mid-2000s. According to Bleacher Report writer Jeremy Botter, Randleman, who had been living in Las Vegas, was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia and later passed away from heart failure. Also Read: 'Iron' Mike Sharpe, Former WWE Superstar, Dies at 64 He attended the eighth annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards at The Palazzo Las Vegas (pictured above) on Feb. 5 and »


- Debbie Emery

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‘Ex Machina,’ ‘The Martian’ Top Final Draft Award Winners

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It was good night for sci-fi and fantasy at Thursday’s 11th Annual Final Draft Awards, honoring the year’s best screenwriting in film and television. Alex Garland‘s “Ex Machina,” about a seductive robot played by Alicia Vikander, edged out “Bridge of Spies” and “Inside Out” for Best Original Screenplay. Drew Goddard‘s big screen take on Andy Weir’s “The Martian” survived as Best Adapted Screenplay over “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “The Big Short.” Also Read: Alejandro Inarritu Wins for 'The Revenant' at Directors Guild Awards In television categories, Best Drama went to HBO’s “Game of Thrones. »


- Matt Donnelly

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Longtime Democrat Richard Dreyfuss Explains Why He Went to Ted Cruz Rally

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While he is known for being a staunch Democrat, actor Richard Dreyfuss has been playing the role of political tourist of late, soaking up all the sights and sounds that this election season has to offer. However, his appearance at a recent Ted Cruz rally sparked sparked an angry response from some liberals, so the star of ABC’s recent miniseries “Madoff” appeared on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” Thursday night to explain why he attended the Republican candidate’s event in Iowa on Jan. 30. “I went to hear whether or not there’d be a difference between what I »


- Debbie Emery

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LL Cool J Defends Beyonce Super Bowl Performance, Compares Her to Bob Dylan (Video)

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Beyonce’s politically charged Super Bowl performance wasn’t lost on rap legend LL Cool J — who told TheWrap that social issues and music have long had a relationship. “Ever since Bob Dylan … there’s always been some element of counterculture that has existed in music. That’s always going to be there. They didn’t show Elvis from the waist down — really think about that,” said Cool J, who will host the Grammy Awards on Monday. A surprise single from Queen Bey, “Formation,” was released one day before she graced the halftime stage with Coldplay and Bruno Mars. The »


- Matt Donnelly

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‘Smart People’ Theater Review: Joshua Jackson, Tessa Thomson Gets Caught in Racial Crossfire

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Lydia R. Diamond’s characters are walking on egg shells in her new play, “Smart People,” which opened Thursday at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre Off Broadway. As it turns out, these people don’t want to leave any shell uncracked, if not smashed to smithereens. “Smart People” is about racism in the way that Jules Feiffer’s screenplay for “Carnal Knowledge” is about sexism. Nothing else is open for discussion. It’s why all those eggshells keep getting broken. There’s no talking about one subject when a character is thinking something else. In other words, where’s the subtext? »


- Robert Hofler

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‘The 100’ Stars Alycia Debnam-Carey, Zach McGowan Weigh in on Shocking Death

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(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you have not watched Thursday’s episode of “The 100.”) Four episodes into the third season of The CW’s “The 100,” and one pivotal character has bitten the dust. The Ice Nation queen Nia (Brenda Strong) challenged the authority of the Grounder commander Lexa (ALycia Debnam-Carey), resulting in a head-to-head combat. Lexa chooses to fight for herself, while Nia sends her son, the banished prince Roan (Zach McGowan). It’s supposed to be a battle to the death, but Lexa changes course when victory is imminent, sending her spear through Nia »


- Linda Ge

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‘Switched at Birth’ Star Vanessa Marano to Return for ‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival

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Vanessa Marano will reprise her role as April Nardini in the Netflix revival of “Gilmore Girls,” TheWrap has learned. The actress, who played Luke’s daughter beginning in Season 6, has starred on Freeform’s “Switched at Birth” since 2011. The streaming platform’s revival of the WB series, which is currently untitled, will be produced by Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Also read: 'Empire's' Danny Strong Joins 'Gilmore Girls' Revival at Netflix Amy Sherman-Palladino and husband Daniel Palladino serve as executive producers on the revival after departing the series before its final season. Stars Alexis Bledel, »


- Reid Nakamura

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