Box Office: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Repeats No. 1 on Friday
The Disney live-action adaptation starring Emma Watson grabbed an additional $23.5 million on Friday night from 4,210 theaters. After conquering box office records in its first frame, the movie could capture an additional $90 million by the end of its second weekend, which would put its domestic total well above $300 million. Its global total after Friday also waltzed past the $500 million milestone.
Film Review: ‘Power Rangers’
Lionsgate’s “Power Rangers,” meanwhile, morphed to $15 million of Friday from 3,693 theaters. The reboot of the popular ’90s TV show should land solidly in second this weekend with over $40 million.
The other two major openings — Sony’s “Life” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds, and Warner Bros.’ “Chips” from Dax Shepard — are showing moderate-to-low interest from theater-goers. On Friday, the former made $4.3 million from 3,146 spots, while »
- Seth Kelley
Jean Rouverol, Blacklisted Screenwriter, Dies at 100
Jean Rouverol, who played W.C. Fields' daughter in It's a Gift and then became a screenwriter who was blacklisted in Hollywood and driven with her husband to self-exile in Mexico, has died. She was 100.
Rouverol died Friday at a nursing home in Wingdale, N.Y., Rick Lertzman, co-author of the 2015 book The Life and Times of Mickey Rooney, told The Hollywood Reporter.
In recent years, Rouverol had been living with actor Cliff Carpenter, who also had been blacklisted, in Pawling, N.Y. He died in 2014 at age 98.
- Mike Barnes
Watch Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds' Public Memorial
Following Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds' private joint funeral in January, fans will pay tribute to the actresses Saturday afternoon as part of a family-sponsored public memorial in Los Angeles. That memorial will be available to live-stream via Debbie Reynolds' site starting at 1 p.m. Pst.
The public ceremony will be held at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills, where Fisher and Reynolds were laid to rest; Fisher's ashes were placed in a giant Prozac pill-shaped urn.
WGA Negotiators Call for Strike Authorization
Leaders of the Writers Guild of America have asked their 12,000 members for strike authorization, following two weeks of negotiations.
The WGA leaders have asserted that the talks with the Alliance of Motion Pictures & Television Producers, which launched March 13, have been unproductive and contain two major rollbacks in the guild’s health plan. The AMPTP accused the WGA of breaking off the talks.
“First, they have demanded that we make cuts to the plan – $10 million in the first year alone,” the WGA negotiating team said in a letter to members. “In return, they will allow us to fund the plan with money diverted from our own salaries. More, they’ve demanded the adoption of a draconian measure in which any future shortfalls to the plan would be made up by automatic cuts in benefits – and never by increases in employer contributions.”
“This, too, is unacceptable. The package, taken as a whole, »
- Dave McNary
'Power Rangers' Cast Lobbying for a Female Green Ranger in Sequel
[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Power Rangers.]
Want to know if a film might be having a sequel? Then stay seated! Just because the movie's over and your popcorn is finished doesn't mean that's all that's in store for you.
"There's a post-credits scene, so people should stay," the film's director Dean Israelite tells The Hollywood Reporter, adding, "It teased up the direction of what the next movie could be for people that know the brand it’s super exciting. There are so »
- Brian Porreca
‘Justice League’ Trailer: Zack Snyder Gets Another Chance to Save the Dceu, And It Looks Crazy Epic
The gang is all here! The new trailer for “Justice League” has arrived, and it features some pretty badass new footage of Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash teaming up to stop the latest CGI threat bent on destroying the world.
“Justice League” follows the events of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” with Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Diana Prince (“Gal Gadot”) rallying up a crew of metahumans to fight Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds) in the wake of Superman’s death. Of course Superman won’t be gone for too long, but just how he returns and factors into the plot remains to be seen.
While fans are no doubt curious about how the Dceu will progress in the first big meet-up of its many heroes, the industry is watching “Justice League” even »
- Zack Sharf
Pro-Trump Rally in Huntington Beach Leads to Violence, Arrests
A rally in support of President Donald Trump in the Los Angeles suburb of Huntington Beach turned violent Saturday, as fans of the president fought with protesters after one allegedly attacked one of the event’s female organizers with pepper spray. The Los Angeles Times reported that a group of Trump supporters waving flags tackled and started punching and kicking a masked protester after organizer Jennifer Sterling was pepper sprayed. A Times reporter on the scene provided video of the brawl, which was one of several that broke out among demonstrators at the Make America Great Again rally. Capt. Kevin Pearsall of the California State. »
- Matt Pressberg
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