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Disney's 'Aladdin' Soars Over Memorial Day Weekend at the Box Office

Disney's 'Aladdin' Soars Over Memorial Day Weekend at the Box Office
Disney's Aladdin topped the weekend with an impressive debut, delivering over $85 million for the three-day and is expected to top $100 million for the four-day, Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Meanwhile, fellow newcomers Brightburn and Booksmart finished more in line with studio expectations than Mojo's aggressive pre-weekend forecast and Avengers: Endgame will become only the second film ever to top $800 million at the domestic box office by the end of the long holiday weekend.

With an estimated $86.1 million, Disney's Aladdin topped the Memorial Day three-day weekend box office. For Disney this is something of a big win considering the studio's live action properties, outside of the Marvel Universe, have struggled for some time now.

Disney anticipates the reportedly $180+ million production will top $105 million for the four-day weekend, though rival studios expect that total to go even higher, targeting a four-day debut over $110 million, which would be enough to make it
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"A.P. Bio" Fans Light Up Twtiter In Effort To Save Canceled NBC Series

One day after A.P. Bio Creator-Executive Producer Mike O’Brien broke the news that the sophomore sitcom had been canceled, fans have taken to social media in an effort to bring it back.

The hashtag #SaveAPBio trended throughout the day Saturday on Twitter. Among the comments, viewers said they were “crushed” and the show “will be missed.”

“Maybe networks should let good quality shows grow for more than 2 seasons before axing it,” one person tweeted.

Another urged Netflix to pick up the series, writing: “C’mon Netflix!!!!!”

Someone else added: “Such an incredible cast and the show was just hitting its stride. There’s still so much potential!”

Written by SNL alum O’Brien, the high school comedy stars Glenn Howerton as disgraced Harvard philosophy scholar Jack Griffin. After losing out on his dream job, Griffin is forced to return to Toledo,
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Moby Apologizes to Natalie Portman for "Inconsiderate" Mention in Book

Moby Apologizes to Natalie Portman for
Moby has penned a public apology to Natalie Portman after she took offense to and contested comments he made about allegedly dating her.

In his memoir "Then It Fell Apart," the 53-year-old musician wrote that he met the Oscar-winning actress in 1999 when she was 20—in reality, she was 18.

He said he kissed her during a night out in New York City. Portman, 37, contested his account, telling Harper's Bazaar U.K., saying, "My recollection is a much older man being creepy with me when I just had graduated high school." Moby insisted on Instagram twice that he did date Portman and also said her fans have sent him "anonymous threats of violence." On Saturday, he wrote on Instagram,...
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Cannes: Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' Wins Palme d'Or

Cannes: Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' Wins Palme d'Or
A star-studded Cannes Film Festival came to a close Saturday night with a bang as Bong Joon-ho's Parasite took home the Palme d'Or, while Mati Diop's Atlantics landed the runner-up Grand Prix award.

The Parasite win denied Quentin Tarantino his second top prize (the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood helmer won the Palme d’Or 25 years ago for his ground breaking Pulp Fiction). Instead, the widely praised Once Upon a Time came up empty handed.

Joon-ho's dark comedy, which premiered the same night as Once Upon a Time, and drew raves. The film revolves around a man and his ...
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‘The Lovebirds’: Issa Rae-Kumail Nanjiani Paramount Comedy Moved Back By A Month

‘The Lovebirds’: Issa Rae-Kumail Nanjiani Paramount Comedy Moved Back By A Month
Paramount’s romantic comedy The Lovebirds is fleeing the nest. The film has been moved from its announced March 6 wide-release date to April 3.

Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani star as a couple on the brink of breaking up who get unintentionally embroiled in a bizarre murder mystery. As they get closer to clearing their names and solving the case, they need to figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.

Co-stars include Kelly Murtaugh, Moses Storm and Betsy Borrego. Michael Showalter — who helmed The Big Sick, which Nanjiani co-wrote and starred in — directs from a script by Aaron Abrams, Brendan Gall and Martin Gero

Moving out of a slot against Disney/Pixar’s Onward, The Lovebirds instead will battle with Fox’s The New Mutants and an untitled DC pic from Warner Bros.

Paramount didn’t give a reason for the date change, but it comes hours
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Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe’s The Lighthouse Wins Cannes Critics’ Award

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Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe’s The Lighthouse Wins Cannes Critics’ Award
Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse,” with Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, won the Cannes Film Festival critics’ award for best first or second feature in Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week, one of the first prizes for which “The Lighthouse” has been eligible at Cannes.

The award was announced Saturday in Cannes by the Intl. Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci), which also honored Elia Suleiman’s “It Must Be Heaven” as the best film in competition and Russian Kantemir Balagov’s “Beanpole” as best film in the sidebar Un Certain Regard.

At the same awards announcement, it was revealed that Terrence Malick’s Cannes competition entry, “Hidden Life,” won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.

The Fipresci honor for “The Lighthouse” marks another plaudit for Eggers, who is rapidly emerging as a major talent in many critics’ view, as well as for one of the best-reviewed of movies in any section at
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"A.P. Bio" Canceled After Two Seasons at NBC

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A.P. Bio” has been canceled at NBC.

Series creator Mike O’Brien shared the news with fans on Twitter, writing that “This has been the favorite project of my life.”

In the single-camera comedy, Glenn Howerton portrayed a disgraced Harvard philosophy scholar who lost out on his dream job and was forced to return to Toledo, Ohio, to work as a high school biology teacher. There, he decided to use his students for his own benefit but found himself gradually more entangled with the other staff, especially the principal (played by Patton Oswalt).
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Bill Yoast, Played By Will Patton in ‘Remember the Titans,’ Dies at 94

Bill Yoast, one of the coaches who inspired the Disney film “Remember the Titans,” died Thursday at the age of 94 in Springfield, Virginia, according to Alexandria City Public Schools.

Yoast initially served as a head coach for the football team at the all-white Francis C. Hammond High School, leading them to a regional championship in 1969. But his claim to fame was as defensive coordinator and assistant coach at T.C. Williams High School, a school formed from the merger of three high schools in Alexandria, Virginia.

In 1971, the T.C. Williams’ racially integrated football team, the Titans, became one of the most dominant high school teams in state history, going on an undefeated 13-0 run with nine shutouts. The team, along with Yoast and black head coach Herman Boone, served as the loose inspiration for “Remember the Titans,” which starred Will Patton as Yoast and Denzel Washington as Boone. Released in 2000, the
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Rep. Duncan Hunter Admits Taking Photos of Dead Combatants While in Marines

Rep. Duncan S. Hunter (R-ca) told a crowd at a border event this weekend that while he served as a Marine, he took photos of the bodies of dead combatants. Hunter, who appeared at the event with his former congressman father, admitted to this while defending Special Warfare Operator Chief Edward Gallagher, a Navy Seal who is accused of taking photos with the body of a slain combatant, but also of killing innocent, unarmed people. Hunter served in the United States Marine Corps in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Eddie did
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Hugh Jackman Leads Massive One-Man Show Crowd in ‘Happy Birthday’ for Ian McKellen

Hugh Jackman Leads Massive One-Man Show Crowd in ‘Happy Birthday’ for Ian McKellen
Hugh Jackman may have had to skip Ian McKellen’s birthday party to perform his one-man show, “The Man, The Music, The Show,” but that didn’t mean he couldn’t celebrate his “X-Men” co-star’s 80th.

Jackman took a moment at the Manchester Arena Saturday to lead the sold-out audience — some 50,000 strong — in a rendition of “Happy Birthday.”

“I’m sorry I can’t make your party, Ian,” Jackman said in an Instagram video of the moment. “But I think I might annoy about 50,000 people,” he said, as the audience broke into cheers and the camera panned around the arena. The crowd then proceeded to sing “Happy Birthday,” with Jackman vocals distinguishable through the mic.

He ended the video by blowing a kiss into the camera and saying, “Love you, man. Happy birthday!”

Watch the video below.

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Happy 80th Sir @ianmckellen .. and many more!
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib Says House Is ‘Moving Toward’ Impeachment

Rep. Rashida Tlaib Says House Is ‘Moving Toward’ Impeachment
On Sunday morning, Meet the Press host Chuck Todd started his conversation with Representative Rashida Tlaib saying that she is “easily, one of louder voices when it comes to impeachment” of President Trump. During the interview, the freshman congresswoman from Michigan proved that assessment accurate.

Todd asked the congresswoman if she believed the Democratic leadership in the House are being methodical or stalling for time so they can remove the issue of impeachment off the table and then use the ‘We’re too close to the presidential election’ excuse to move forward.
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Netflix, Shmetflix: At Cannes 2019, the Movies Needed Every Inch of the Big Screen (Column)

Netflix, Shmetflix: At Cannes 2019, the Movies Needed Every Inch of the Big Screen (Column)
In the May 24 edition of The New York Times, there was a column by Timothy Egan, entitled “The Comeback of the Century: Why the Book Endures, Even in an Era of Disposable Digital Culture,” that celebrated those things that come between two hard covers as a larger phenomenon than mere nostalgia. The column keyed off the surprising strength of books in the marketplace: the hours that people still devote to them, the proliferation of the independent bookstores that were supposed to be going the way of the dodo bird, the falling off of electronic reading devices like the Kindle. In the middle of the column, there was a shockingly extreme and revealing quote from the late Steve Jobs, who in 2008 said, “It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore.”

The reason that quote is so revealing is that 1) it was never really true,
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Moby Apologizes to Natalie Portman Over Dating Debate: I Should’ve Been Respectful When We Met

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Moby Apologizes to Natalie Portman Over Dating Debate: I Should’ve Been Respectful When We Met
Moby apologized to Natalie Portman for saying in his memoir without her permission that they had a brief romantic relationship, writing Saturday, “given the dynamic of our almost 14 year [sic] age difference I absolutely should’ve acted more responsibly and respectfully when Natalie and I first met.”

In Moby’s upcoming memoir “Then It Fell Apart,” he wrote that he dated Portman when she was 20 and he was 33. Portman has disputed that, saying, “I was surprised to hear that he characterized the very short time that I knew him as dating because my recollection is a much older man being creepy with me when I just had graduated high school.”

Saturday, Moby took to Instagram to offer a mea culpa:

As some time has passed I’ve realized that many of the criticisms leveled at me regarding my inclusion of Natalie in Then It Fell Apart are very valid. I also
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‘Echo In The Canyon’ Charms L.A. and the Indie Box Office

Greenwich Entertainment’s music documentary “Echo In The Canyon” is off to a spectacular start with its two screen opening in Los Angeles. Opening at the Arclight Hollywood and the Landmark, the film has earned an estimated 3-day start of $103,716 for a per screen average of $51,858.

That average is the second highest of any release so far in 2019, sitting only behind the wide release record average of $76,601 scored by “Avengers: Endgame” on its opening weekend. It is also the highest average earned by a documentary since the $73,572 earned in October by the Oscar-winning “Free Solo.”

While Greenwich does not have any estimates for the 4-day weekend, industry estimates are projecting an extended weekend opening of approximately $135,000. The film will expand to New York next weekend, with release in additional cities coming in June.

Echo In The Canyon” tells the history of the 60s folk rock movement that arose in Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles,
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Scott Pelley Alleges He Lost ‘Evening News’ Anchor Job for Complaints About Work Culture

Just as CBS News is pushing to turn a corner on a more than a year of internal turmoil, veteran anchor Scott Pelley shone a light back on to its recent past.

The anchor, a veteran of CBS News’ “60 Minutes” and “CBS Evening News” alleged Sunday that he was taken off CBS’ evening-news broadcast in 2017 after raising complaints internally about the news division’s workplace culture. “We’ve been through a dark period of the last several years of incompetent management and sort of a hostile work environment within the news division,” Pelley said during a segment on the CNN program “Reliable Sources.
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‘Aladdin’ Dominates International Box Office With $121 Million

Disney’s “Aladdin” is showing plenty of worldwide drawing power with $121 million overseas for the weekend, opening in first place in nearly all international markets.

The reboot of the 1992 animated classic has received strong family attendance with a significant gain on Saturday and Sunday. China leads the way with an estimated $18.7 million for its three days for a first-place finish.

Disney said that in Europe, “Aladdin” is tracking ahead of “Maleficent” and “Cinderella” for the same markets. The U.K. is the top European market with $8.4 million ahead of openings of both “Rocketman” and “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” which both debuted ahead of their Us launches. The “Pets” sequel opened with $4.1 million.

Italy generated $6.6 million for “Aladdin” in its second highest opening weekend to date in 2019, behind only “Avengers: Endgame” with a 52% market share. “Aladdin” also posted the second highest opening weekend to date in 2019 in Spain, 37% ahead
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Elton John Pens Article Detailing Biopic’s Journey to Big Screen

Elton John Pens Article Detailing Biopic’s Journey to Big Screen
Elton John detailed Rocketman‘s long journey to the big screen in his own words in a lengthy article John penned for the Guardian.

“The whole experience of watching someone else pretend to be you on screen, of seeing things you remember happening again in front of your eyes, is a very weird, disconcerting one, like having an incredibly vivid dream,” John wrote of the biopic.

“And the story of how I ended up in a cinema, crying my eyes out at the sight of my family 60 years ago, is a long and convoluted one.
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Hillary Clinton Calls Doctored Pelosi Video ‘Sexist Trash’

Hillary Clinton Calls Doctored Pelosi Video ‘Sexist Trash’
Hillary Clinton weighed in on the altered video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that President Trump tweeted out on Friday, calling it “sexist trash.” Speaking to an audience at a Harris County Democratic Party event that night in Houston, Clinton said, “The president and his cronies have been running around spreading a doctored video of Nancy Pelosi. Now, it is sexist trash, but it is also a sign that Trump is running scared.”

My take on Trump and his cronies spreading that doctored video of Nancy Pelosi: It's sexist trash.
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See Kanye West Remember His Mother in Letterman Interview Preview

See Kanye West Remember His Mother in Letterman Interview Preview
Kanye West opened up about his late mother Donda West in a preview of the rapper’s appearance on David Letterman’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.

West’s mother died in 2007 from complications after cosmetic surgery and never got to meet her four grandchildren, North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm.

“This would have been the funnest time of her life to have those kids running around that house, and being able to, like, go and buy them toys…” the rapper told Letterman.

West also recalled a story about one
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Trump Stands With North Korean Dictator Over Americans

On the Saturday before Memorial Day, American President Donald Trump, in one tweet, expressed “confidence” in the brutal dictator of North Korea and excused his recent aggressive behavior. At the same time, Trump ripped a lifelong public servant, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

I didn't realize Joe Bidan was running for presidant. pic.twitter.com/cLgVQIWrcR

Frank Lesser (@sadmonsters) May 25, 2019

Trump, in the original tweet, called Biden “low Iq” while misspelling his name. That tweet has since been deleted and reposted with the correct spelling.

On Sunday, Meet the Press
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