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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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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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Billboard Music Awards 2018: Complete Winners List (Updating)

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

Imagine Dragons and Bruno Mars each earned four awards, along with 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.

Kelly Clarkson hosted this year’s show, which was produced by dick clark productions. Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman, Kelly Clarkson and Robert Deaton are executive producers.

Also Read: Billboard Music Awards 2018: Red Carpet Arrivals

Below is the complete list of winners:

Top Artist:

Drake

Kendrick Lamar

Bruno Mars

Ed Sheeran

Taylor Swift

Top New Artist:

21 Savage

Camila Cabello

Cardi B
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‘Westworld’ Recap: Shogun’s Army Comes to Town

Do not read on unless you’ve seen “Akane No Mai,” the fifth episode of the second season of HBO’s “Westworld.”

“This is just the tip of Shogun world’s prick — an experience expressly designed for the guests who find Westworld too tame.”

Thus we are introduced, courtesy of Lee Sizemore, to the hotly anticipated Shogun World, first teased in the season 1 finale, then again about a million episodes ago. “Westworld” producers, sensitive to our cultural moment and to the potential trap they have set for themselves, have talked openly about their desire to create a respectful representation of Japan’s Edo period,
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Shawn Mendes, Khalid Joined by Parkland School Choir in Gun Control Statement at Billboard Awards (Watch)

Shawn Mendes, Khalid Joined by Parkland School Choir in Gun Control Statement at Billboard Awards (Watch)
The Billboard Music Awards worked a delicate balance Sunday night between serious issues like school shootings, mental health and suicide, and the usual “Let me hear you make some noise!” awards-show fare.

In the show’s second moment addressing the recent epidemic of school shootings — following Kelly Clarkson’s tearful introduction — Shawn Mendes and Khalid were joined onstage by the show choir from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where 17 people were killed by 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz in February.

Mendes, 19, and Khalid, 20, performed “Youth,” their duet from Mendes’ forthcoming self-titled album, out Friday. It includes positive yet
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‘Westworld': Thandie Newton Tells Us Why Maeve’s Superpower Went Into Overdrive in Shogun World

‘Westworld': Thandie Newton Tells Us Why Maeve’s Superpower Went Into Overdrive in Shogun World
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen Sunday’s episode of “Westworld” Season 2, “Akane No Mai.”)

Maeve (Thandie Newton), give it to us straight, are you a witch? After watching the ex-madam host turn an android Shogun army against itself on Sunday’s episode of “Westworld” — and hearing that one guy scream it — we just had to ask.

The way Newton explains Maeve’s ever-growing power is like this: “She’s really got control over other hosts in the way satellites can give us all information on our screens in our living rooms. It’s technology taken to its sort of obvious conclusion. And it’s not something she can do easily.”

Also Read: HBO: Elephants on 'Westworld' Received 'Utmost Care and Respect'

Fans finally got their long-awaited dive into Shogun World with the episode “Akane No Mai,” which began with a robbery
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‘Westworld': Rinko Kikuchi Explains How Shogun World Episode Sidesteps Cultural Appropriation

‘Westworld': Rinko Kikuchi Explains How Shogun World Episode Sidesteps Cultural Appropriation
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen Sunday’s episode of “Westworld” Season 2, “Akane No Mai.”)

Westworld” fans finally saw Shogun World on Sunday’s episode, “Akane No Mai.” And while opinions are sure to differ about how historic Japanese customs and the Samurai way of life was worked into Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan’s hit HBO series, guest star Rinko Kikuchi told TheWrap she does not believe culture appropriation was an issue for Shogun World.

And the Japanese actress should know, as she practically ran the joint. Or, at least, its most popular Geisha house.

Tonight’s long-awaited dive into Delos Destinations’ Samurai-centric location came with a packed plot that began with a robbery that’s almost a shot-for-shot remake of the Mariposa Saloon heist from Season 1, and ended with Geisha host Akane (Kikuchi) and Maeve (Thandie Newton) joining forces in a large-scale fight
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‘Westworld': Thandie Newton, Rinko Kikuchi on the ‘Fun’ of All That Shogun World Doppleganging

‘Westworld': Thandie Newton, Rinko Kikuchi on the ‘Fun’ of All That Shogun World Doppleganging
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen Sunday’s episode of “Westworld” Season 2, “Akane No Mai.”)

Did Sunday’s “Westworld” feel a little too familiar to you? Ok, so Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan’s hit HBO series may have cribbed a bit from itself for “Akane No Mai” — the fifth episode of Season 2 aka “the Shogun World one.” But the self-plagiarism was all in good fun, series regular Thandie Newton and guest star Rinko Kikuchi told TheWrap.

Tonight’s long-awaited dive into Delos Destinations’ Samurai-centric location delivered a plot that — thanks to the laziness of head story writer Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman) — was very similar to what we’ve seen in the titular theme park, beginning with a Geisha house robbery that’s almost a shot-for-shot remake of the Mariposa Saloon heist from Season 1.

Except this one focuses on a standoff between new host characters Akane (Kikuchi), the head Geisha,
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'Westworld' Recap: This Shogun For Hire

'Westworld' Recap: This Shogun For Hire
What's true of Grand Theft Auto or The Legend of Zelda is true for the occasional blockbuster TV series too: Sometimes, a side quest can be the best part of a game. For proof, look no further than tonight's sword-slinging episode – "Akane No Mai" – in which Westworld officially goes East. Set in a simulacrum of feudal Japan, it revolves around Maeve's quest to help a local madam named Akane (whose gig and personality are based on the former saloon-dwelling alpha female's own template) rescue her adoptive daughter Sakura from the clutches of an evil shogun.
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Mario Batali Faces Sexual Misconduct Investigation by NYPD

Mario Batali Faces Sexual Misconduct Investigation by NYPD
New York police have opened a criminal investigation into sexual misconduct allegations made against celebrity chef Mario Batali, “60 Minutes” reported Sunday.

The investigation was first reported on CBS’ newsmagazine show in a piece on Batali’s accusers. The story included interviews from four women who say Batali sexually assaulted them, including one anonymous woman who accused the chef of drugging and molesting her when she was unconscious.

The woman also says that she declined to file a police report after the incident — which she says happened while she worked for Batali in 2005 — despite requests from detectives to do so.

Also Read: Mario Batali Issues Sexual Misconduct Apology... Along With a Tasty Holiday Recipe

“They tried getting me to file a report. They tried, they tried,” she told “60 Minutes” correspondent Anderson Cooper. “But I ― you know, a young actress, no resources, no money ― I couldn’t. I― I couldn’t do it.
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Kelly Clarkson Calls for Gun Control at Billboard Music Awards: ‘I’m So Sick of Moments of Silence!’ (Watch)

Kelly Clarkson Calls for Gun Control at Billboard Music Awards: ‘I’m So Sick of Moments of Silence!’ (Watch)
“They asked me to start with a moment of silence,” Kelly Clarkson said in reference to Friday’s school shooting in the cold open of the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday. “But I’m so sick of moments of silence — why don’t we do a moment of change? Why don’t we change what’s happening?”

These are legitimate questions in a year when we’ve lost count of the vast number of school shootings and innocent people killed in the 20 years since Columbine.

“Before we start tonight’s show, there’s something I’d like to say — this is gonna be so hard,
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‘Roseanne’ Boss Talks Season 2, Whitney Cummings’ Exit: ‘When We Write, We Try and Inspire People to Think’

‘Roseanne’ Boss Talks Season 2, Whitney Cummings’ Exit: ‘When We Write, We Try and Inspire People to Think’
After a polarizing first revival season, “Roseanne” has once again established itself, much like its eponymous leading lady and executive producer, as the brashest and most cage-rattling voice in the broadcast sitcom conversation in its revived tenth season.

“Roseanne and I, when we first met way — back when in ’92 — it was, ‘We’ve got to be brave,’” show runner Bruce Helford tells Variety. “We both agreed that was really important to go places where other shows wouldn’t go, find humor in things other people would have difficulty in finding humor in, and find the honesty within the family.”

Despite
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‘Deadpool 2’ Secret Weapon: Ryan Reynolds and His 2-Year Social Media Campaign

‘Deadpool 2’ Secret Weapon: Ryan Reynolds and His 2-Year Social Media Campaign
Deadpool 2” scored $125 million in its opening weekend, a rarity fro an R-rated film.

The Fox sequel’s early success is in large part due to the two years-plus worth of promotion by the man behind the mask and layers of scar tissue prosthetics: Ryan Reynolds.

Following on the $786 million success of 2016’s raunchy send-up of superhero movies, “Deadpool 2” has posted an opening weekend higher than the starts for “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” or any of the films featuring those goody-two-shoes X-Men that Wade Wilson can’t stand.

Comic book movie fans are clearly excited to see Deadpool come back. But the truth is, he never really left. Reynolds, who shares a writing credit on the sequel, has kept him in the public consciousness on social media.

Also Read: 'Deadpool 2' Dives Into Box Office With $125 Million Opening

“There are some actors that have become so well-known
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China Box Office: 'Infinity War' Marches Past $300M, 'A Quiet Place' Opens to $18M

China Box Office: 'Infinity War' Marches Past $300M, 'A Quiet Place' Opens to $18M
Marvel Disney's Avengers: Infinity War again dominated all challengers at the Chinese box office.

The mega-tentpole added $53.7 million in its second weekend, holding off some respectable competition from local romantic comedy How Long Will I Love U, which debuted to $36.7 million, and Paramount's horror hit A Quiet Place, which opened to $17.7 million.

After just 10 days on Middle Kingdom screens, Infinity War has earned approximately $302 million. That makes it Hollywood's biggest release of 2018 so far, well ahead of Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One at $220 million. It's also the fourth biggest ...
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Bhad Bhabie: From ‘Cash Me Outside’ to Cashing In on a Legit Rap Career

Bhad Bhabie: From ‘Cash Me Outside’ to Cashing In on a Legit Rap Career
At tonight’s Billboard Music Awards, which recognizes artists who’ve made the biggest impact on the charts, as tabulated by Nielsen Music, several newcomers find themselves in major categories. They include country singer Kane Brown, who notched a No. 1 in his format with “American Idol” graduate Lauren Alaina, and is nominated three times; R&B wunderkind Khalid, whose undeniable “Location” and “Young Dumb & Broke” was the soundtrack to much of 2017; and Bhad Bhabie, aka Danielle Bregoli, aka the “Cash Me Outside” girl, who is up against Nicki Minaj and Cardi B for best female rap artist.

This morning, it
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Royal Wedding: NBC Edges ABC to Win Viewer Crown

NBC narrowly claimed the crown after Nielsen ratings for the Royal Wedding were reported Sunday, with an average of 6.4 million viewers tuning in to see the “Today” live broadcast of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchanging vows from Windsor.

ABC News came in a very close second with 6.3 million viewers, followed by CBS in third with 4.8 million viewers for the 6-9 a.m. Et slot. Fox News led the cable networks with 2 million viewers for the 6-10 a.m. slot, followed by CNN with 1.8 million and MSNBC with 1 million.

Also Read: Royal Wedding: 15 Most Ridiculous 'Cord and Tish' Moments

NBC also held the top spot with all key demos, averaging 2.3 million in the 25-54 demographic and 1.7 million in the 18-49 demo. That’s a 17 percent lead over ABC and 66 percent lead over CBS.

“Today” also had the top Friday broadcast for the wedding, averaging 4.25 million viewers for the lead-up special
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