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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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‘American Idol’: The Final Three and What You Didn’t See on TV

‘American Idol’: The Final Three and What You Didn’t See on TV
The top three “American Idol” finalists made their case for the last time on Sunday night’s (May 20) episode. Now, it’s up to viewers of the ABC reboot to decide who will win the 2018 edition.

The trio — Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Gabby Barrett, and Maddie Poppe — were each allotted three performances: one dedicated to their hometowns, a personal pick and an original song, which is are already available on iTunes. What didn’t you see on TV?

1. Caitlyn Jenner was among the VIPs in attendance. Also in the studio were ABC “Boy Band” winners In Real Life, who are opening the “American Idol” summer tour,
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Chinese Streaming Giant iQIYI Opens First Offline Movie Theater

Chinese video streaming giant, iQIYI has opened its first conventional movie theater in Zhongshan, southern China. The company aims to build a network of on-demand cinemas, at which viewers select the content and timing.

The Yuke cinema chain will be built out in major and larger secondary cities. Theaters will be fully equipped with modern facilities and technology, including Dolby-approved audio and Thx certification. Content can be selected from iQIYI’s online movie library.

Operating physical theaters will also allow iQIYI, which recently launched on the Nasdaq stock exchange in the U.S., to expand into retail services, merchandising and offline consumption.

“The development of on-demand movie theaters poses an exciting opportunity to increase the strength and overall scale of China’s film industry,” said Yang Xianghua, iQIYI’s senior VP in a statement. “iQIYI will take advantage of our strong brand awareness, massive user base, popular content and
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Cannes Film Review: John Travolta in ‘Gotti’

Cannes Film Review: John Travolta in ‘Gotti’
Shame on Cannes. In what appears to be a deal with the devil, or one made with a gun to the back of his head, Cannes director Thierry Frémaux inexplicably agreed to give “Gotti” — the myth-building, record-cleansing inside story of notorious Gotham mob boss John Gotti, as seen by his oldest son — a spot at the prestigious film festival … if you can call a single screening in the festival’s smallest official venue, the Salle Buñuel, which seats fewer than 300, a proper world premiere.

It’s certainly a far cry from the treatment John Travolta received 24 years earlier, when “Pulp Fiction” bowed in competition in the massive Lumière theater downstairs, but no doubt the price of convincing the actor to participate in the following day’s events, which included a master class and beachside screening of “Grease.” Though it was projected without the festival’s red-carpet trailer beforehand, Frémaux introduced the film personally,
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TV Review: Billboard Music Awards Sober Up Over Gun Violence, Suicide, #MeToo

TV Review: Billboard Music Awards Sober Up Over Gun Violence, Suicide, #MeToo
Just in case anyone was still prone at this late stage to confusing Khalid with DJ Khaled, the 2018 Billboard Music Awards telecast came along to make sure that never, ever happens again — directly juxtaposing performances by the two stars that alternately represented pop’s noblest and most ignoble impulses.

Deep into a show that had already acknowledged Friday’s mass killings in Texas, Khalid and Shawn Mendes were joined on the latter’s new song, “Youth,” by the show choir from Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Texas. Khalid wore a shirt bearing the legend “Protect Our Guns,” with the
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Murder Me, Monster’

A flock of sheep, fleeces and faces splattered with blood, mill around the camera in ovine alarm. The source of the blood is revealed: a young farmer standing among them, with an enormous spurting gash across her throat, so deep you can see tendons and perhaps even the white of bone. It’s a shocking image to see in the first minute of a film, but what makes the opening of Alejandro Fadel’s “Murder Me, Monster” truly memorable is when the woman’s hands come up into frame as she tries to fix her nearly severed head back on her neck. This unflinchingly grotesque and darkly comic opening, however, is deceptive in being so declarative. Most of the rest of this Un Certain Regard title burns much lower and slower, mountainously heavy with mood and metaphysics, and almost completely incomprehensible.

Set in the Mendoza region of Argentina, which is famous for its vineyards,
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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Season Finale Was Just ‘Toit’ Enough to Serve as Series Finale Too (Commentary)

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Season Finale Was Just ‘Toit’ Enough to Serve as Series Finale Too (Commentary)
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”s Season 5 finale, “Jake and Amy.”)

No one is happier than us that “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was picked up for a sixth season by NBC. Nobody. But if (and we do mean only if) the comedy hadn’t been revived just 24 hours after being canceled by its current network, Fox, earlier this month, we would have survived because Dan Goor & Co did such a great job with the Season 5 finale.

“Nine-Nine” aired its fifth-year closer, “Jake and Amy,” Sunday night, which centered around the titular couple’s nups — the toitest you’ve ever seen. Yes, going out with a wedding would have been a super cliche move, and Goor said in recent interviews that it was not his plan for how to end it all (as he was hoping against hope the show would be renewed). But the
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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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