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'Deadpool 2' Launches with Over $300 Million Worldwide

'Deadpool 2' Launches with Over $300 Million Worldwide
Even though Deadpool 2 didn't deliver a record opening domestically for an R-rated movie it still captured a few record of its own as well as delivered a couple studio records en route to an impressive $301.3 million worldwide debut. Meanwhile Avengers: Infinity War continued it's impressive run becoming the fourth largest global release of all-time while Paramount's Book Club and Global Road's Show Dogs delivered on expectations in their attempts at counter-programming against the pair of superhero features. Early indications were that Deadpool 2 would deliver a record opening for an R-rated film after bringing in a pair of R-rated records with $18.6 million from Thursday previews and a $53.3 million opening day. However, it wasn't able to maintain that momentum, finishing with a still impressive $125 million estimate for the three-day, which is enough to become the second largest R-rated opening ever behind the original's $132.4 million debut two years ago and
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Billboard Music Awards 2018: Complete Winners List

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Billboard Music Awards 2018: Complete Winners List
Kendrick Lamar dominated in the early stages of Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, picking up six awards, including top rap artist.

Ed Sheeran took home four prizes, including Top Artist. Also earning four awards: Imagine Dragons, Bruno Mars and Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee for their mega-hit with Justin Bieber, “Despacito.”

Billboard Music Awards nominees and winners are based on fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners.

The awards are based on the chart period of April 8, 2017 through March 31, 2018.
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Bill Gold, Iconic Master of the Movie Poster, Dies at 97

Bill Gold, Iconic Master of the Movie Poster, Dies at 97
Bill Gold, who revolutionized the art of the movie poster over a seven-decade career that began with Casablanca and included A Clockwork Orange, The Exorcist and dozens of Clint Eastwood films, has died. He was 97.

Gold died at his home in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, on Sunday, according to family spokeswomen Christine Gillow.

The Brooklyn native began at Warner Bros. in the early 1940s and had a hand in more than 2,000 posters during his iconic career, working on films for everyone from Alfred Hitchcock (1954's Dial M for Murder), Elia Kazan (1955's East of Eden) and ...
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Cannes Winners: ‘Shoplifters’ Takes Palme D’Or; Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Is Grand Prize – Full List

Cannes Winners: ‘Shoplifters’ Takes Palme D’Or; Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Is Grand Prize – Full List
Update: Jane Campion is still the only woman to have won the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or. Although Nadine Labaki’s lauded Capernaum was a strong contender and scooped the Jury Prize tonight, it was Japanese veteran Hirokazu Kore-Eda who took the top honor with his family story Shoplifters. The Grand Prize went to Spike Lee’s triumphant return, BlacKkKlansman.
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Patricia Morison, Star of the Original ‘Kiss Me, Kate,’ Dies at 103

Patricia Morison, Star of the Original ‘Kiss Me, Kate,’ Dies at 103
Patricia Morison, the glamorous star who originated the role of the shrewish actress diva in the delightful 1948 Cole Porter musical Kiss Me, Kate, has died. She was 103.

Morison, who also appeared on stage opposite Yul Brynner in The King and I in such films as The Song of Bernadette (1943), died Sunday at her home in Los Angeles of natural causes.

With a mane of exuberant, dark hair that reached her hips, Morison often was cast as a villainess or “the other woman” on the big screen. She notably played Sherlock Holmes’ smiling adversary Mrs. Hilda Courtney, who is ...
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Peabody Awards: Issa Rae, John Oliver, Carol Burnett, Hasan Minhaj Celebrate the Power of Television

Peabody Awards: Issa Rae, John Oliver, Carol Burnett, Hasan Minhaj Celebrate the Power of Television
Comedian Hasan Minhaj set a serious-but-irreverent tone right from the start at Saturday’s 77th annual Peabody Awards in New York, where kudos were presented to a range of news, documentary, public service and entertainment programs.

Host Minhaj opened the evening by noting the odd contrast of handing out awards for excellence in TV and digital media at a venue in the heart of the financial district, Cipriani Wall Street.

“This is the wokest award show in the least woke location,” Minhaj joked. “Are the Pulitzers being handed out at Mar-a-Lago?” Later in the ceremony, Minhaj had a zinger for Vice President Mike Pence. He noted that most people were unsettled by the themes in one of 2017’s honorees, Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “unless of course you’re the Vice President, and then this show is the breakout comedy of the year.”
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Ratings: Once Ends With 8-Week Audience High, Blindspot Finale Up

Ratings: Once Ends With 8-Week Audience High, Blindspot Finale Up
The series finale of ABC’s Once Upon a Time on Friday night drew 2.3 million total viewers and a 0.5 rating, marking its largest audience in two months while flat in the demo. TVLine readers gave the grand finale an average grade of “A-.”

Leading out of that, Agents of Shield‘s season finale (1.9 mil/0.5, TVLine reader grade “B+”) dipped in audience while flat in the demo. (S.H.I.E.L.D. returns in Summer 2019, with a shortened Season 6.)

ABC notes that 20/20’s royal wedding-themed outing drew a two-month audience high (of 2.6 million). Which is nice.
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TV’s Most Interesting Ads Could Be Served by CBS, Hulu – and Samantha Bee

TV is heading for a commercial breakdown.

TV networks are set to broadcast many of the same old ads viewers have grown accustomed to seeing for dozens of years. And yet, executives hope they can make those spots more interesting, more timely and harder to ignore by finding new ways to distribute them and measure their effectiveness.

What the industry is realizing is this: what a commercial says may not be as important as how it’s introduced to the viewer Madison Avenue needs to see it. Come the fall, couch potatoes are likely to experience everything from ad breaks
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Watch John Oliver Reveal Scams of America's $35 Billion Rehab Industry

Watch John Oliver Reveal Scams of America's $35 Billion Rehab Industry
Rehab centers are cripplingly expensive, are often unscientific – most frightening – are "dangerously unregulated," John Oliver said on Sunday's Last Week Tonight. The comedian exposed a frequently obscured dark side of the $35 billion industry, which encompasses over 14,500 drug treatment facilities across the United States.

While many rehab centers boast impressive success rates hovering around 80 percent, Oliver argued that these statistics are based on self-reporting from former clients who often lie about their progress out of shame. Rehab, the host said, "should never be seen as a quick fix – it's often just
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Howard Stern Says Trump Rated Women, Called Angelina Jolie a ‘Seven’

Howard Stern Says Trump Rated Women, Called Angelina Jolie a ‘Seven’
Before he became President, Donald Trump made frequent appearances on Howard Stern’s radio show — and Stern says he was a great guest because he would “say anything on his mind.”

On an upcoming segment of David Letterman’s Netflix interview series “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction,” Stern recalled conversations with Trump in which he judged the physical attractiveness of women, including Angelina Jolie and his daughter Ivanka.

“I’d say, ‘Mr. Trump, tell me, who are the great beauties? If I ask you some names, can you tell me who the great beauties are?,'” Stern said.

“First of all,
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John Oliver Calls ‘Bulls—‘ on Rehab Industry — Especially Those Passages Malibu Guys (Video)

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John Oliver Calls ‘Bulls—‘ on Rehab Industry — Especially Those Passages Malibu Guys (Video)
John Oliver just called “bulls—” on America’s high-priced drug and alcohol rehab industry.

On Sunday, the HBO “Last Week Tonight” host particularly shredded those father and son goofs (pictured above) from Passages Malibu — who, let’s be honest, definitely had it coming. Come to think of it, the Cliffside Malibu founder, who Oliver described as “if Matt Lauer f—ed a pair of Oakley sunglasses,” got it even worse.

And yes, that guy from the incessant Addiction Network commercials felt Oliver’s wrath too. He totally had it coming — and take that stethoscope off, you’re no doctor.

Also Read: John Oliver 'Quits' 'Last Week Tonight' and It's Because of Australian Koalas (Video)

If you think Malibu corners the rehab market, you should visit South Florida. The situation down there is so dire that the awful cycle of drug, addict, and insurance abuse has been nicknamed “The Florida Shuffle.
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New Mario Batali Accuser Says He Drugged, Then Sexually Assaulted Her in NYC Restaurant

New Mario Batali Accuser Says He Drugged, Then Sexually Assaulted Her in NYC Restaurant
Another woman is accusing celebrity chef Mario Batali of sexual misconduct, detailing an incident where the chef sexually assaulted her at a New York City restaurant in 2005.

“I woke up by myself on the floor. I don’t know where I am, of an empty room, wooden floor, I see broken bottles. The first thing I think is I’ve been drugged. That was the first thing I thought. I’ve been assaulted,” the unnamed woman told Anderson Cooper during an interview on “60 Minutes” Sunday.

“I also did find — I looked on my skirt — there were two areas it looked like DNA. Semen.”

Also Read: Mario Batali Faces Sexual Misconduct Investigation by NYPD

The woman, who worked at Batali’s New York City restaurant Babbo, said Batali invited her to another party at The Spotted Pig restaurant, owned by his friend Ken Friedman, and that things quickly escalated between them.
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UK Government Doesn’t Plan to Block Proposed Comcast-Sky Deal

The U.K. government doesn’t believe that Comcast’s proposed $31 billion acquisition of Sky raises the same regulatory concerns as 21st Century Fox’s attempted takeover of the British pay-tv giant.

“The proposed merger does not raise concerns in relation to public interest considerations which would meet the threshold for intervention,” wrote the U.K.’s Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Matt Hancock.

Comcast, Sky and Fox did not immediately respond for comment.

Also Read: Comcast Plans Bid for Fox Assets to Undercut Disney Deal (Report)

This is in stark contrast to 21st Century Fox’s attempt at buying the British broadcaster, which was met with heavy regulatory scrutiny over concerns that Rupert Murdoch’s company have a monopoly on media in the U.K. Last month, Comcast made a bid for Sky that was higher than Fox’s, and this could clear the way for Comcast to upend Fox.
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Will ‘Deadpool 2’ Make Disney Open to Releasing R-Rated Movies Again?

Disney’s top films of 2018 featured the king of a mythical African nation, a young tesseract- traveling girl, and an onslaught of heroes on hand to save planet Earth. For the most part, these movies were fun for the whole family. So, the question is, can a foul-mouthed, sardonic, and raunchy “merc with a mouth” fit in with that kind of company?

It’s been six months since Disney bought the assets of 21st Century Fox, including its 20th Century Fox film studio. While the deal has not gone through yet, the industry and audiences alike are still wondering how it will affect the future of movies. One concern in particular questioned what will Disney do with Fox’s beloved R-rated “Deadpool” franchise.

News of the merger in December 2017 almost immediately sparked concerns about what would become of Ryan Reynold’s Wade Wilson/Deadpool. The pansexual anti-hero is a different kind of spandex protagonist,
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Giancarlo Giannini Joins George Clooney’s ‘Catch-22’

Giancarlo Giannini Joins George Clooney’s ‘Catch-22’
Oscar-nominated Italian actor Giancarlo Giannini (“Swept Away”) has joined the cast of George Clooney’s “Catch-22” TV series, which is set to start shooting in Sardinia this week.

Giannini will play Marcello, the owner of a Rome brothel who is “weathered and once handsome but still debonair,” according to a statement issued by producers of the six-part adaptation of Joseph Heller’s anti-war classic. The series is scheduled to air in 2019 on Hulu in the U.S.

Best known for his exuberant roles in 1970s Lina Wertmüller films, Giannini has since been active in prominent Italian and international productions such
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Hillary Clinton Tells Yale Graduates to Fight Fake News by ‘Subscribing to a Newspaper’

Hillary Clinton Tells Yale Graduates to Fight Fake News by ‘Subscribing to a Newspaper’
Hillary Clinton spoke at Yale University’s commencement ceremony this weekend to offer her support for the media, telling students that the best way to fight fake news would be to buy a newspaper.

“How do we build democratic resilience? I think it starts by standing up for truth, facts and reason,” said Clinton on Sunday. “It means calling out actual fake news when we see it and supporting brave journalists and their reporting maybe even by subscribing to a newspaper.”

The line earned a few cheers from the crowd.

Also Read: 'Fox & Friends' Says Hillary Clinton 'Shouldn't Be Immune From Prosecution': 'Evidence of Guilt is Overwhelming'

The former 2016 presidential candidate also quoted Timothy Snyder’s book, “On Tyranny,” to warn that the dissolution of fact-based discourse was a stepping stone to authoritarianism.

“To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power
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Comcast Bid for Sky Unlikely to Face Same Regulatory Scrutiny as Fox Offer

Britain’s government secretary for media said Monday that Comcast’s bid to buy pay-tv giant Sky does not raise the same kinds of concerns as 21st Century Fox’s proposed takeover and that he is therefore not inclined to order the same level of regulatory review of the Comcast offer that Fox’s bid is still undergoing.

Comcast’s $31 billion takeover bid does not “raise concerns in relation to public-interest considerations which would meet the threshold for intervention,” the U.K.’s culture secretary, Matt Hancock, said, adding that he is “not minded to” probe the proposed deal on public-interest grounds.
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Cannes Film Market ‘Healthy’ as New Players Fill Streaming Giant Void

Predictions of the Marche du Film’s death were greatly exaggerated. While indie film prices have come back to earth after big-spending streaming giants rattled the ecosystem a few years back, industry players told TheWrap, the market at Cannes was buzzing this year from start to finish.

“A lot of times, people associate activity with the big players spending a lot of money and buying movies for big price tags,” Saban Films President Bill Bromiley told TheWrap from France on Friday.

“That can be a little misleading,” said the executive, whose company brought home five films — more than any other distributor to visit the festival this year.

Also Read: The Cannes - Oscar Connection: How Strong Will It Be This Year?

It was a polarizing year at Cannes, with no shortage of hemming and hawing about the state of affairs in the coastal haven. The headlines and soundbites came in
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Balaji Telefilms Sets Sunil Lulla as CEO

Prolific Indian studio Balaji Telefilms has hired industry veteran Sunil Lulla as group chief executive. He succeeds another industry veteran Sameer Nair, who is now the CEO of production house Applause Entertainment.

Lulla brings with him some three decades of media industry experience, including heading the launches of MTV India and the Times Television Network, and stints at Saregama and Sony. His most recent role was chairman and managing director of leading advertising agency Grey Group India.

Founded in 1994, Balaji is headed by Ekta Kapoor, one of the pioneers of the Indian television production space. The company had revenues of $46 million in 2017. Its portfolio includes popular soaps “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi”, “Parichay” and “Naagin.” Balaji’s Ott arm ALTBalaji, which this week announced over 1 million paying subscribers, has several originals including “Gandi Baat,” “Haq Se,” and “Bose: Dead/Alive.”

Balaji Telefilms has a great combination of engaging and compelling
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'War for the Planet of the Apes' Sound Editor Joins Sony Pictures Post Production

Supervising sound editor, sound designer and rerecording mixer Will Files — who earned a Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award earlier this year for War for the Planet of the Apes — has joined Sony Pictures Post Production Services.

Files' string of credits includes Passengers, Deadpool, Star Trek: Into Darkness and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He's currently working on Columbia's Venom, which is slated to open Oct. 5.

“Will is a brilliant sound artist with an impressive résumé and an uncanny ability to enhance stories through sound,” says Sony Pictures Post Production executive ...
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