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Fox's 'Alita' Leads Worst President's Day Weekend in 15 Years

Fox's 'Alita' Leads Worst President's Day Weekend in 15 Years
The three-day President's Day weekend last year saw the top twelve gross over $270 million, the bulk of which was due to the over $202 million three-day opening for Black Panther, accounting for nearly 74% of the combined top twelve gross. This year didn't have such a monster release, and while expectations were muted, the top twelve's combined $109.1 million makes for the worst three-day President's Day weekend since 2004. Leading the charge was Fox's Alita: Battle Angel, delivering $27.8 million for the three-day. Elsewhere, while Universal's release of Blumhouse's Happy Death Day 2U fell short of expectations, it has already grossed more than its production budget and WB's release of New Line's Isn't It Romantic took advantage of Valentine's Day leading into the weekend and delivered a third place finish. Fox's Alita: Battle Angel topped the weekend box office with ease, outperforming expectations and delivering an estimated $27.8 million over the three-day weekend
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Bette Midler to Perform on the Oscars

  • Variety
Bette Midler to Perform on the Oscars
Bette Midler will perform “The Place Where Lost Things Go” at the Oscar ceremonies on Feb. 24, Variety has learned.

Midler, a longtime friend of composer-lyricist Marc Shaiman, will sing the song originally performed by Emily Blunt in “Mary Poppins Returns.” The song, by Shaiman and his lyricist partner Scott Wittman, is one of five nominees for best original song.

The Academy teased this on Jan. 31 by tweeting, “Spoiler Alert: It will be performed by a surprise special guest.”

This was in the aftermath of a Variety report about the original plan, which was to perform only two of the five nominated songs (“Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” and “All the Stars” from “Black Panther”). The backlash resulted in the Academy’s decision to perform all five nominated songs, including the one from “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Shaiman is expected to accompany Midler on piano.

“As a child of the ’60s,
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Jussie Smollett’s Lawyers Say ‘Empire’ Star Didn’t Play “Role In His Own Attack”

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Jussie Smollett’s Lawyers Say ‘Empire’ Star Didn’t Play “Role In His Own Attack”
As Chicago police declare a significant shift in “the trajectory of the investigation” of the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett nearly three weeks ago, the attorneys for the Empire star has come out swinging tonight in his defense.

“As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with,” said defense lawyers Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson in a statement obtained by Deadline.

He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack,” the Chicago-based attorneys add of the supposed assault in the early hours of January 29. “Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.” (Read The Full Statement Below)

Earlier Saturday, a law enforcement official close to the Chicago
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Dwayne Johnson Wraps ‘Most Challenging Film’ Ever

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Dwayne Johnson Wraps ‘Most Challenging Film’ Ever
It’s a wrap on Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

Dwayne Johnson shared the news Friday on Instagram, saying production just ended on the “most challenging film” he’s ever done.

“Hobbs & Shaw is officially wrapped,” Johnson wrote. “Easily the most challenging film I’ve ever produced and starred in, however based on the fans’ insanely hyped ‘break the internet’ reactions to our first trailer — this film is also shaping up to be my most rewarding.”

The wrestler-turned-box office heavyweight went on to praise co-star Jason Statham for joining him on the adventure.

“A Huge bald and brotherly Mahalo to the man who trusted me and our chemistry and ‘pushed all his chips in’ to make something bad ass and fun for the fans. My uso @jasonstatham,” he added.

The spinoff, directed by David Leitch is set two years after the events of The Fate of the Furious,
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'Downfall' Actor Bruno Ganz Dies at 77

'Downfall' Actor Bruno Ganz Dies at 77
Bruno Ganz, one of Europe's most acclaimed film and theater actors who was best known for his towering performance as Adolf Hitler in the Oscar-nominated Downfall — a performance that earned him accolades and launched a million memes — has died. He was 77.

Ganz's management confirmed that the Swiss actor died Friday evening at his home in Zurich following a long illness.

Ganz was an iconic figure in the German-speaking world and beyond, his gravely, Swiss-accented voice as instantly recognizable as his mercurial style, which could shift from reserved and withdrawn to volcanic in an instant.

Born in ...
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Cinematographers Praise Academy Reversal: ‘We Thank You for Your Show of Respect’

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Cinematographers Praise Academy Reversal: ‘We Thank You for Your Show of Respect’
Cinematographers who fought the decision to curtail four Oscar presentations have praised the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for reversing the exclusions.

“We thank you for your show of respect for the hard-working members of the film community, whose dedication and exceptional talents deserve the public recognition this reversal now allows them to enjoy,” said American Society of Cinematographers president Kees van Osstrom, who spearheaded the opposition.

“The honor offered by the Academy Awards is vital to validating the claim that everyone contributing to the making of a motion picture is an artist,” he added.

Van Oostrum and three other ASC members — Hoyte van Hoytema, Rachel Morrison and Emmanuel Lubezki — met Thursday night with Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy, and Academy president John Bailey to press their case. The controversy had exploded when AMPAS announced Monday that the portions of the awards for four categories — cinematography, film editing,
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Jussie Smollett Attack: Arrested Individuals Released Due to "New Evidence"

Jussie Smollett Attack: Arrested Individuals Released Due to
The individuals arrested on Friday by Chicago police in regards to the Jussie Smollett attack have been released without charging due to "new evidence."

"Empire Case Update: Due to new evidence as a result of today's interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the #Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete," Chicago Pd deputy director of news affairs and communications Tom Ahern tweeted on Friday.

Two men were arrested Friday morning in the case of the alleged assault, but were not charged with a crime. The arrests ...
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Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ Gets November 2020 Release Date

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Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ Gets November 2020 Release Date
Warner Bros. has scheduled Legendary’s science-fiction tentpole “Dune” for a Nov. 20, 2020, release in 3D and Imax.

Aquaman” star Jason Momoa is in negotiations to join the “Dune” reboot with Timothee Chalamet, Javier Bardem, Rebecca Ferguson, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, and Zendaya. Production is expected to launch in the spring in Budapest and Jordan.

Dune” centers on the battle for control of the desert planet Arrakis. Chalamet is playing the leader Paul Atreides, who is forced to escape into the wastelands, where he eventually becomes the ruler of the nomadic tribes.

Arrival” and “Blade Runner 2049” director Denis Villeneuve is helming and co-writing the script with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts. The movie will be produced by Villeneuve, Mary Parent, and Cale Boyter, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Thomas Tull, and Kim Herbert serving as executive producers.

Dune” is based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel. The
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Watch Gary Clark Jr. Channel Prince With ‘Pearl Cadillac’ on ‘SNL’

Watch Gary Clark Jr. Channel Prince With ‘Pearl Cadillac’ on ‘SNL’
Saturday Night Live musical guest Gary Clark Jr. – who was introduced by host Don Cheadle sporting a “Protect Trans Kids” t-shirt – delivered an electric performance of “Pearl Cadillac,” the third single from his forthcoming album This Land.

Clark’s first performance of the episode was light on the theatrics and heavy on the striking Prince-like guitar-work as the musician strictly relied solely on his talent.

Clark returned to the Studio 8H stage to perform the title track of his forthcoming album This Land. The politically-charged anthem was fueled by the
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Don Cheadle Makes Potent Political Statements With ‘SNL’ Wardrobe Choices

Don Cheadle Makes Potent Political Statements With ‘SNL’ Wardrobe Choices
Actor Don Cheadle hosted Saturday Night Live this week, and one of the stories to come out of the show was not from the sketches but from Cheadle’s wardrobe choices between skits, which he used to make powerful political statements. When introducing musical guest Gary Clark Jr. for the second time, Cheadle donned a black t-shirt with the words: “Protect trans kids” on the front.

Don Cheadle on Saturday Night Live.

One of the good guys.#ProtectTransKids pic.twitter.com/ZKviMarS4v

— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) February 17, 2019

Then, during the credits as the show wrapped,
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Box Office: ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Wins Dismal President’s Day Weekend

Fox’s sci-fi adventure “Alita: Battle Angel” dominated in North America, but its opening weekend win isn’t leaving the box office with much to celebrate. Tracking services estimate that this will be one of the lowest grossing President’s Day weekends in years.

“Alita,” the cyberpunk CGI spectacle, earned $27 million when it debuted in 3,790 locations and $33 million over the four-day frame. Since opening on Thursday, the movie has generated $41 million at the domestic market. It came in slightly ahead of expectations heading into the weekend, but “Alita: Battle Angel” still has a lengthy uphill battle to become profitable. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron, the Japanese manga adaptation cost over $170 million to produce — and that’s not including the tens of millions spent in marketing.

With that said, it looks like the studio made the right decision pushing back “Alita’s” release date. Fox originally intended
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‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Leads Weakest Presidents’ Day Weekend Box Office Since 2000

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Fox’s “Alita: Battle Angel” is No. 1 at the box office for this extended Presidents’ Day weekend, but the sci-fi blockbuster and other films currently in theaters are doing little to relieve the extended drought that has kicked off the 2019 moviegoing calendar.

Last year, the combined 4-day total for the extended weekend was a record $345.8 million, thanks in large part to “Black Panther,” which became the biggest pre-summer release ever with an extended opening of $242 million. No film this weekend was expected to even come close to matching that, but the industry estimated $141.3 million combined total for this weekend is on pace to become the lowest 4-day total for Presidents’ Day weekend since 2000 ($133.6 million).

Also Read: M Night Shyamalan's 'Glass' Crosses $100 Million at Domestic Box Office

As for “Alita,” it is beating box office expectations with a $32 million weekend total from 3,790 screens and a 5-day opening of $41 million
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‘SNL’: Melissa Villasenor Reprises Lady Gaga Impression for ‘Family Feud’ Sketch

‘SNL’: Melissa Villasenor Reprises Lady Gaga Impression for ‘Family Feud’ Sketch
After the success of her Lady Gaga impression on Saturday Night Live the previous week, Melissa Villaseñor brought back the role for a Family Feud sketch.

For the sketch, Kenan Thompson as Steve Harvey hosted an Academy Awards-themed Family Feud featuring guests including Villaseñor’s Gaga, Spike Lee (Don Cheadle), Glenn Close (Kate McKinnon), Sam Elliott (Beck Bennett), Rami Malek (Pete Davidson), Mahershala Ali (Chris Redd) and Olivia Colman (Cecily Strong).

“It’s such an honor to be on the Feud,” Gaga said to Harvey. “If 99 people are surveyed, you
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Don Cheadle on ‘SNL’: 3 Sketches You Have to See

Don Cheadle on ‘SNL’: 3 Sketches You Have to See
It’s probably not a good sign when the highlight of an episode of Saturday Night Live is learning John Mulaney will be hosting the next one in March. Host Don Cheadle hoisted this show on his back and made most of it passable through sheer force of will, but it wasn’t enough to make the majority of the episode memorable. Cheadle played twitchy, off-putting, and sometimes upsetting characters all night long, bringing an off-kilter rhythm that made him engaging even in sketches that never got out of first gear.
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See Alec Baldwin’s Trump Explain ‘Fake’ National Emergency on ‘SNL’

See Alec Baldwin’s Trump Explain ‘Fake’ National Emergency on ‘SNL’
Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump returned to Saturday Night Live for a press conference cold open where the president delivered a rambling speech that centered on declaring a “fake” national emergency in order to build his border wall.

“I’m here to declare a very urgent, important national emergency. This is a big one so I don’t want to waste any time. That’s why first I want to blow my own horn,” Baldwin’s Trump said before gloating about how “shredded” he is and an upcoming summit with North Korea.
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Robert Rodriguez: How We Made ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

Robert Rodriguez: How We Made ‘Alita: Battle Angel’
When Robert Rodriguez first saw James Cameron’s “art reel” for a live-action version of Yukito Kishiro’s comic Battle Angel Alita in 2005, he recalls his jaw hitting the floor. “I’ve known Jim since before Desperado,” the director says over the phone, referencing his 1995 postmodern-Western/action movie. “I remember visiting him on the set of when he was shooting that Terminator 2 ride, trading all these ideas about how to use 3-D. So we go way back, and I’ve seen him do a lot of crazy, innovative things. But
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Phoebe Bridgers Issues New Statement Addressing Ryan Adams Allegations

Phoebe Bridgers Issues New Statement Addressing Ryan Adams Allegations
Phoebe Bridgers, one of seven women who came forward with allegations of emotional abuse and sexual misconduct against Ryan Adams in a New York Times report, has issued a new statement addressing the situation.

“It’s been a weird week and I wanted to say a couple things. Thank you from my whole fucking heart to my friends, my bands, my mom,” Bridgers wrote in the caption of a photo of her and her Boygenius band mates. “They all supported and validated me. They told me that what had happened was fucked up and wrong,
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5 Key Takeaways From the 2019 Berlin Film Festival

5 Key Takeaways From the 2019 Berlin Film Festival
The 69th Berlin International Film Festival ended this weekend not with a bang, nor a whimper, but with something like an indifferent shrug.

The last festival under the reign of director Dieter Kosslick — who will now step down to be replaced by the two-person team of artistic director Carlo Chatrian and managing director Mariette Rissenbeek — had the feel of a placeholder, with few shocks, surprises or scandals. The Golden Bear for Nadav Lapid's Synonyms — a tale of a former Idf soldier trying to escape his past by immersing himself in the Paris nightlife — was a consensus ...
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Richard E. Grant ('Can You Ever Forgive Me?')

'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Richard E. Grant ('Can You Ever Forgive Me?')
"I'm about to be 62 years old," the veteran character actor Richard E. Grant, a best supporting actor Oscar nominee this year for his portrayal of substance-abusing hustler Jack Hock in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, tells me during our sitdown at The Hollywood Reporter to record an episode of THR's 'Awards Chatter' podast. "I've never been nominated for or awarded things before. So to have this happen at my age is so extraordinary I can't be blasé about it. I am absolutely made up. I'm incredibly grateful for it."

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Movie Trailers This Week: 'Frozen 2,' Will Smith in 'Aladdin,' Octavia Spencer in 'Ma'

The Frozen 2 teaser became the most watch animated trailer of all time after its debut this week, while Disney's live-action Aladdin released its first special look, including a blue Will Smith as the genie, and Octavia Spencer stars in new Blumhouse horror Ma.

Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam and Oscar Isaac come up with a plan to supplement their meager military incomes in Triple Frontier, and Charlize Theron runs for president with Seth Rogen by her side in Long Shot. Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson lead the Five Feet Apart adaptation and Elle Fanning stars in Max Minghella's directorial debut, Teen Spirit.

Watch all ...
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