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'Star Wars: Force Awakens' First Ever to Cross $900 Million Domestically

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With an estimated $1.76 million yesterday, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become the only film to cross $900 million domestically and it has achieved that milestone in only fifty days. In addition to this watershed moment, by the end of today, Saturday, February 6, Star Wars is expected to become only the third film in history to cross the $2 billion mark worldwide and it will have done so in only 53 days. Considering how quickly Force Awakens has achieved these accomplishments, putting them into any kind of comparable context is nearly impossible. It took Star Wars only 20 days to beat the previous all-time domestic record of $760.5 million held by Avatar. It took Avatar not only 318 days to achieve that number, but two separate releases. As for the worldwide number, Star Wars and Avatar are the only two films to actually cross $2 billion worldwide upon their initial release while it took Titanic two separate releases to cross $2 billion. »


- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Bernie Sanders to Appear on ‘Saturday Night Live’

5 February 2016 10:33 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Bernie Sanders meet Bernie Sanders? The Democratic presidential candidate is set to make an appearance on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, according to ABC News. Larry David is hosting the new episode, and has drawn raves for his impersonation of Sanders in recent weeks. Also Read: Kanye West, Melissa McCarthy to Return to 'Saturday Night Live' Sanders becomes the third presidential candidate to appear on the show this election season. Hillary Clinton appeared during the season premiere episode, with Miley Cyrus hosting, while Donald Trump hosted an episode, with much controversy. Melissa McCarthy will host next week’s »


- Linda Ge

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Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Star in Musical Comedy for Universal

5 February 2016 10:52 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt will costar in a new musical comedy for Universal, TheWrap has learned. Marc Platt, who produced the Broadway musical “Wicked” as well as last Sunday’s “Grease: Live” on Fox, will produce alongside Adam Siegel for Marc Platt Productions. Tatum and his partners Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan are also producing for their Free Association company, and Gordon-Levitt is producing with hitRECord Films. Details of the project have not been disclosed. Gordon-Levitt came up with the original idea along with Michael Bacall, who will also write the screenplay. Bacall also wrote the screenplays for the »


- Beatrice Verhoeven and Matt Donnelly

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#RIPTwitter No. 1 Trending Topic on Twitter Over Planned Changes

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Twitterverse is going nuts over a report from BuzzFeed that Twitter is planning to introduce its algorithmic timeline as soon as next week. In other words, your Twitter feed could soon look more like Facebook. According to BuzzFeed, the timeline will reorder tweets based on what the new algorithm thinks people most want to see, no longer presenting tweets in chronological order. It is unclear whether Twitter will impose the new algorithmic feed on all users, or just offer it as an option. Also Read: Ted Cruz Sparks #Trumpertantrum Twitter Trend Following Donald Trump's Iowa Fraud Allegations But the »


- Itay Hod

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What Happens When Bernie Sanders Gets Morphed Into David Bowie: Meet 'Bernie Stardust'

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers performed at a benefit concert for Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders in Los Angeles last night, where the rockers did a 12-song set of classics, deep tracks, and even a cover of David Bowie's "Cracked Actor." But perhaps the most marvelous spectacle of them all — Anthony Kiedis's unwavering vocals notwithstanding — was the artistry on Chad Smith's drum kit, which proudly displayed Bernie Sanders' face morphed with Bowie's Aladdin Sane cover. World, say hello to Bernie Stardust. »


- Devon Ivie

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Anthony Anderson Addresses Oscars Controversy at the NAACP Image Awards

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The Academy hasn't paid much attention to people of color this year, but that doesn't mean there aren't performances to celebrate. At the NAACP Image Awards last night, host Anthony Anderson pointed to all the people who haven't gotten the attention they could have."Look at all of these beautiful shades of people in the audience," Anderson said. "Hollywood needs to know that this is what diversity is supposed to look like." In his monologue, the Black-ish actor took the time to make fun of Stacey Dash, who recently said that the NAACP awards should be abolished, saying, "She's just an Ann Coulter dipped in butterscotch. That's all she is. Baby, don't let them use you! Come back to the black people." Anderson also poked fun at Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, the sources of that whole Oscars boycott, who just happened to be in the audience. "They better be »


- Jackson McHenry

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The Vampire Diaries Recap: Drowning Together

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Hell hath no fury like two brothers with abandonment issues. Tonight’s episode was helmed by the amazing (and adorable, especially when he cries) Paul Wesley, so without further ado, let’s watch him cry a bit more. Underwater As Damon raced from person to person trying to fix his mistake (giving Matt blood first — good call, because Elena would hate him if he let Matty Blue Blue die), all I could think about were the 9879475769 other times Damon has gotten himself into this situation. “I saw this coming,” he says, chained up for the umpteenth time. If he lives like this for the next 60 years until Elena is free, he is not going to be the man she left behind. As hallucination!Stefan asked last week: Is Damon only good when Elena forces him to be? I am honestly not sure. None of this seems to matter to Stefan, »


- Tara Sonin

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Goteborg: Nordisk Film Inks First-Look Deal With Partners in Storie

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Last year Nordisk Film opened a new Swedish production company, Avanti Sweden, with three Swedish producers: Charlotta Denward, Anna Anthony and Anna Croneman. It also closed a deal with Swedish regional film centre, Film Väst, and Swedish pubcaster Svt to invest up to €2.7 million ($3.0 million) per title in a couple of films – either art house films with a large audience potential, or audience-oriented, more commercial productions with a high quality.

It has started to pay off – Nordisk co-produced (and distributed) Swedish director Hannes Holm’s comedy-drama “A Man Called Ove,” which won three Guldbagga Awards – Sweden’s national film prizes – including best actor (Rolf Lassgård) and the Audience Award, and is now closing in on 1.5 million admissions in the local cinemas.

“Sweden has really been a problem for a couple of years – Swedish filmmakers have left the country to work on international projects, others have concentrated on television projects. Actually, »


- Jorn Rossing Jensen

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Tidal Is Donating $1.5 Million to Charities, Including Black Lives Matter

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On Trayvon Martin's 21st birthday, Tidal will donate $1.5 million to Black Lives Matter and a host of other charities, including Opportunity Agenda, Hands Up United, Sankofa, Community in California, Dream Defenders in Florida, Black Youth Project in Illinois, the Baltimore Justice Fund and Empowerment Development Corporation in Maryland, Million Hoodies and the Gathering for Justice League in New York. The money comes from the first Tidal X: 10/20 charity concert that took place in Brooklyn last year with performances by Jay Z, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and others, Mic reports. Tidal's grants will be administered through the New World Foundation, which funds several civil rights groups and social movements."The process of acquiring recommendations [for nonprofits] was collaborative and inspired by the message that speaks to racial and social inequities and injustice in our society," Roc Nation's managing director of philanthropy, Dania Diaz, told Mic. "Each year we will support »


- Greg Cwik

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‘The Choice’ Is ‘Filmed Like an Ad for Erectile-Dysfunction Medication’ and 8 More Scathing Reviews

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The Choice” is Nicholas Sparks‘ 11th book to be adapted to the screen — and critics agree that “they should have stopped at No. 10.” Currently holding a score of 7 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, “The Choice” overtook 2014’s “The Best Of Me” on Friday to become the lowest-rated Sparks movie. Critics say that the film is shallow, overlong and best watched with a “barf bag nearby.” One critic even goes so far as to say that “The Choice,” starring Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer in the leads, is “filmed like an ad for erectile-dysfunction medication.” Also Read: 'The Choice' Review: Nicholas Sparks' Latest Adaptation Won't Set Fans. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Woody Harrelson Applied for a Pot Dispensary License in Hawaii, in a Fitting Epilogue for Every Character He's Played

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At any moment, every Woody Harrelson character could turn to the camera and give a 5-minute monologue about one day opening a small pot business in Hawaii. Now, the actual Harrelson is doing just that, as the actor has applied to open one of Hawaii's first medical marijuana dispensaries. Harrelson's application, submitted through his company Simple Organic Living, is competing with 65 others for eight licenses that were made available by a 2015 law. The state will review the proposals and award dispensary permits in April. Those accepted may open their businesses in July. May the odds be ever in Woody's favor. »


- Jackson McHenry

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John Krasinski on His Successful Sundance Doubleheader

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A trip to the Sundance Film Festival would be nerve-racking for most filmmakers, but John Krasinski had double the concerns going into this year's edition: In addition to producing Kenneth Lonergan's tragic drama Manchester by the Sea, he also starred and directed in The Hollars, a family dramedy about a man who returns to his hometown to take care of his sick mother (Margo Martindale). Fortunately, Krasinski's time in Park City went about as well as he could have hoped, since Manchester earned rave reviews and sold to Amazon for eye-popping numbers, while The Hollars was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics near the tail end of the festival. Back in Park City, he sat down with Vulture to let us know how it was all going.This isn’t your first time at the Sundance rodeo, but when you’re coming here with two very intimate movies …... Do you get nervous? »


- Kyle Buchanan

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Goteborg: Zentropa Sweden Preps ‘Hashtag,’ ’12 Dares,’ ‘Milf,’ ‘My Saga,’ Adapts‘Iceburn’

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Goteborg– When seven years ago Swedish producer Madeleine Ekman was offered the opportunity to lead the Swedish outpost of Denmark’s Zentropa Entertainment, her main task was to co-produce Peter Aalbæk Jensen-Lars von Trier-Zentropa projects, eventually adding some local talent.

“But you can’t develop a production company without its own original profile,” said Ekman, who brought in her first Swedish director in 2011 – Björn Runge and his award-winning “Happy End.”

With Swedish regional film centre Film Väst and Poland’s Lava Films, Zentropa Sweden produced Swedish director Magnus von Horn’s “The Here After,” which was selected for Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, and recently won a Guldbagga Award, Sweden’s national film prize, for best film. It has just wrapped principal photography on Swedish director Izer Aliu’s feature debut, while shooting a mini-series for Swedish pubcaster Svt-Play, “Hashtag.” TV drama is based on the 2012 instagram. »


- Jorn Rossing Jensen

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Film Review: ‘Life, Animated’

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The busy subgenre of documentaries featuring autistic subjects gets a strong new entry in “Life, Animated,” a captivating portrait of a young man for whom Disney animated movies have provided a powerful lifeline to progress, language and understanding. Interweaving clips from “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “Peter Pan” and any number of toon classics whose words and images the 23-year-old Owen Suskind has long committed to memory, this latest film from Roger Ross Williams (“God Loves Uganda”) teems with insights into how children’s fantasy can and can’t bridge a developmental gap, but works on an even more basic, emotional level as a warm testament to a family’s love and resilience. Acquired for North American distribution by the Orchard, this winner of a Sundance directing prize could benefit from its accessible hook and generous sampling of Disney clips to reach a wider-than-usual audience for nonfiction titles of its type. »


- Justin Chang

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‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Out-Kicks George Clooney’s ‘Hail, Caesar!’ at Friday Box Office

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Kung Fu Panda 3” kicked up another $5.3 million on Friday, solidly securing a second No. 1 weekend despite the distraction of Sunday’s Super Bowl and a bunch of new wide-release challengers. The DreamWorks Animation sequel is projected to ring up $22 million for the weekend as Saturday draws on and families are venturing to the movies theaters. Its current domestic total stands at $48 million. Universal’s “Hail, Caesar!” starring George Clooney, earned $4.3 million on Friday night. It is currently tracking at $11.6 million for the entire weekend, based on a $22 million budget for the Coen brothers’ sendup of »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Yanic Truesdale Is a Lot More Excited to Work With Lauren Graham Again Than Michel Gerard Ever Would Be

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If you were betting that Netflix's Gilmore Girls revival would go forward without Stars Hollow's favorite ambiguously gay snark machine, you're probably really bad at betting. Yanic Truesdale, who played the French concierge Michel Gerard in Gilmore Girls, shared a photo of himself on set with Lauren Graham for the revival. The news is particularly exciting as Truesdale moved back to Montreal, where he opened a spinning studio called Spin Énergie and appeared in a few French-language shows, after Gilmore Girls ended. Truesdale joins a cast that includes Graham, Alexis Bledel (Rory), Kelly Bishop (Emily), Scott Patterson (Luke), Matt Czurchy (ugh, Logan), and pointedly not Melissa McCarthy. So if the Dragonfly Inn is back in business, who exactly is doing the cooking? »


- Jackson McHenry

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Box Office: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Pummels ‘The Choice,’ ‘Hail, Caesar!’

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Animated Jack Black romp “Kung Fu Panda 3” is ruling the box office for a second straight weekend, steamrolling new releases “Hail, Caesar!,” “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and “The Choice” on its way to a three-day haul of $22 million.

Unspooling in 3,987 locations, DreamWorks Animation’s “Panda” should finish the weekend with a total domestic gross of up to $70 million. It generated $5.3 million in Friday receipts. The original “Kung Fu Panda” took in a U.S. total of $215 million when it hit theaters in 2008, and its sequel tallied $165 million in 2011. This chapter of Po the Panda’s story, rated PG and distributed by Fox, also stars Kate Hudson and Bryan Cranston.

Behind “Panda” is the latest from the Coen brothers, “Hail, Caesar!,” which took in $4.3 million Friday from 2,232 locations. The Universal release should finish the weekend with up to $12 million for its opening frame. George Clooney, Channing Tatum and Scarlett Johansson »


- Marianne Zumberge

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NAACP Image Awards: Taraji P. Henson Says ‘We Don’t Need to Ask for Acceptance from Anyone’

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Hollywood’s elite celebrated the year’s efforts to diversify entertainment at the NAACP Image Awards Friday night, where awards season diversity reigned as a hot topic in the wake of the controversy surrounding 2016’s Oscar nominations.

“We don’t need to ask for acceptance from anyone. We are enough, we’ve been enough and we always will be enough,” said “Empire’s” Taraji P. Henson while accepting her award for outstanding actress in a drama series. “Empire” and “black-ish” topped the television category, both winning three awards.

Creed’s” Michael B. Jordan also won big, grabbing the awards for outstanding actor in a motion picture and entertainer of the year.  “Straight Outta Compton” was honored with the award for outstanding motion picture.

“We need to do away with the myth that black film doesn’t have a foreign market, because it does,” “Scandal’s” Joe Morton told Variety before the show, »


- Alyssa Sage

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NAACP Image Awards: Taraji P. Henson Says ‘We Don’t Need to Ask for Acceptance from Anyone’

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Hollywood’s elite celebrated the year’s efforts to diversify entertainment at the NAACP Image Awards Friday night, where awards season diversity reigned as a hot topic in the wake of the controversy surrounding 2016’s Oscar nominations.

“We don’t need to ask for acceptance from anyone. We are enough, we’ve been enough and we always will be enough,” said “Empire’s” Taraji P. Henson while accepting her award for outstanding actress in a drama series. “Empire” and “black-ish” topped the television category, both winning three awards.

Creed’s” Michael B. Jordan also won big, grabbing the awards for outstanding actor in a motion picture and entertainer of the year.  “Straight Outta Compton” was honored with the award for outstanding motion picture.

“We need to do away with the myth that black film doesn’t have a foreign market, because it does,” “Scandal’s” Joe Morton told Variety before the show, »


- Alyssa Sage

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Oscar Parties 2016: The Best Invites (Updating)

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This guide to Oscar parties will be updated on an ongoing basis until the week of the big event. It is a good thing 2016 is a leap year. The bleary morning after the Oscars, the quadrennial February 29, will be a recovery day after nominees, their teams, partners, and co-celebrants dry out after a week spent celebrating the Academy Awards. Before and after the Chris Rock-hosted telecast on February 28, industry festivities will spread from Hollywood to the beach. Here is TheWrap’s navigational guide. Wednesday, February 24 Stevie Wonder Performs at Global Green Mr. C Beverly Hills Wednesday, February 24 Two guys who will both. »


- Mikey Glazer

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