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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ to Top ‘The Meg’s’ Second Weekend

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ to Top ‘The Meg’s’ Second Weekend
Crazy Rich Asians” is heading for a glamorous first weekend with $22 million from 3,384 North American locations.

The Warner Bros. film debuted August 15 and has already racked up $16 million. Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Awkwafina, and Michelle Yeoh star in the Asian-led pic, the first of its kind since 1993’s “The Joy Luck Club.”

Crazy Rich Asians” currently holds a Rotten Tomatoes score of 92% certified fresh and an A CinemaScore. Jon M. Chu directed from a screenplay by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim.

“The Meg’s” sophomore frame should come in second place with around $19 million from 4,118 domestic sites. The Jason Statham-starrer debuted to $45 million last weekend and has reeled in an additional $23 million since.

Statham stars as a scientist attempting to defend a beach from a prehistoric, 75-foot Megalodon shark. The Warner Bros. flick has also earned $154 million overseas.

STXfilms’ “Mile 22,” starring Mark Wahlberg, should bring in an estimated $14 million in its debut from 3,520 theaters.
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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Officially Confirm Engagement

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Officially Confirm Engagement
It's official: Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are engaged. The couple confirmed their engagement Saturday via Instagram posts. "Taken. With all my heart and soul..," Chopra posted to her 26.2 million followers on Instagram along with a photo with Jonas. He also posted the same photo on his Instagram account with the caption, "Future Mrs. Jonas. My heart. My love."

The couple were engaged in a traditional Hindu ceremony held on Saturday morning at the actress' Mumbai residence which was attended by close family and friends. Jonas' parents Denise Miller-Jonas and Paul Kevin Jonas Sr. also ...
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Scarlett Johansson Is Easily 2018’s Highest-Paid Actress Thanks To ‘Avengers’ Films

Scarlett Johansson Is Easily 2018’s Highest-Paid Actress Thanks To ‘Avengers’ Films
It pays good money saving (or not saving…) the universe from Thanos, apparently.

Forbes has recently come out with its list of the 10 highest-paid actresses for 2018. And vaulting into the #1 spot, after not even making the top 10 in 2017, is none other than Black Widow, aka Scarlett Johansson, with a whopping $40.5 million.

And believe it or not, if you look at her output over the last year, it’s mostly coming from her role in “Avengers: Infinity War” and the upcoming “Avengers 4.” Not too shabby at all, especially considering her very limited screentime in the aforementioned ‘Infinity War.’ Johansson has become a highly sought-after actress, commanding big paydays and spearheading productions.

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H.G. Wells’ ‘The Time Machine’ Will Be Turned Into a TV Series By Sky

H.G. Wells’ ‘The Time Machine’ Will Be Turned Into a TV Series By Sky
There’s never a bad time for time-travel, especially the mother of all time-travel stories. H.G. WellsThe Time Machine is receiving another adaptation courtesy of the European network Sky. Sky is currently developing a The Time Machine TV series with plans to air it on the Sky Atlantic channel, and potentially exporting it to premium cable channels like […]

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Aretha Franklin’s Family Set Public Viewing, Private Funeral in Detroit

Aretha Franklin’s Family Set Public Viewing, Private Funeral in Detroit
Aretha Franklin‘s family has announced a public viewing and private funeral for the singer to be held later this month in the Queen of Soul’s native Detroit.

The public viewing will take place Tuesday, August 28th and Wednesday, August 29th at the city’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, with viewing hours spanning from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on both days.

On the morning of August 31st, Franklin’s family and friends will attend a private funeral service for the singer at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple.
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Who Is Afraid of the Darkness? Bane Is (Probably) Coming to ‘Gotham’ for Final Season

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Who Is Afraid of the Darkness? Bane Is (Probably) Coming to ‘Gotham’ for Final Season
Calm down, “Gotham” fans, ’cause we are this much closer to Batman. Well, we are this much closer to one of his biggest rivals, Bane. Probably.

TheWrap has obtained the titles for the first eight episodes of the fifth and final season of the Dark Knight prequel series and the last one is — are you ready for it? — “I am Bane.”

Ok, if that isn’t a clear indication we’ll be seeing the man who was born in the dark arrive on the Fox drama next year, we don’t know what is. Especially because when the network announced in May this would be the show’s final season, it said the installment “will focus on Bruce Wayne’s transformation into the caped crusader.” So Batman v. Bane, yes?

Also Read: 'Gotham' Renewed by Fox for Fifth and Final Season

Executive produced by Bruno Heller, Danny Cannon and John Stephens,
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Rihanna Documentary Out Within Months, Director Says

Rihanna Documentary Out Within Months, Director Says
Over two years after a Rihanna-approved documentary was first announced, director Peter Berg revealed that the film could arrive within months.

In April 2016, Berg – whose action film Mile 22 arrived Friday – said he was at work on a Rihanna film modeled after D.A. Pennebaker’s legendary Bob Dylan documentary Don’t Look Back.

While the documentary, which reportedly captured Rihanna at work on her 2016 album Anti, was expected to arrive in 2017, Berg told Slash Film that the movie should be out within two months.

“I think she’s an
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‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Is Inspired by 1985’s ‘Fletch’ (Exclusive)

‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Is Inspired by 1985’s ‘Fletch’ (Exclusive)
When Season 3 of “Stranger Things” eventually returns, don’t expect Chief Jim Hopper to be jumping for joy at the sight of Starcourt Mall — or rushing to buy a sundae from Joe Keery’s Steve Harrington, for that matter. “I don’t know if Hopper would be caught dead at Scoops Ahoy,” David Harbour joked ahead of a spooky “Stranger Things” screening at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles on Friday night.

Harbour characterized the curmudgeonly cop with a heart of gold’s outlook towards the town’s new development as a little more than complicated. “Clearly, he’s a
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See Ariana Grande Break Down Over Manchester Bombing During Beats 1 Interview

See Ariana Grande Break Down Over Manchester Bombing During Beats 1 Interview
Ariana Grande became emotional discussing the Manchester bombing in 2017 during her Beats 1 Radio interview Friday with Ebro Darden. The pop singer appeared on the show to promote her new album, Sweetener, which was released earlier in the day.

After playing the final track on her album “Get Well Soon,” Darden gave the singer a chance to open up about the song and the aftermath of what happened in Manchester.

“Obviously [if you see it] on the news it affects you but not in the same way,” Grande says of tragedies. “You feel bad, you tweet it,
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Rosamund Pike: I Was Told to Strip Down for ‘Die Another Day’ Audition

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Rosamund Pike: I Was Told to Strip Down for ‘Die Another Day’ Audition
Rosamund Pike says she was told to strip down to her underwear during an audition for “Die Another Day,” a role she eventually got.

“My first audition was for a Bond film and I remember them saying I was to drop my dress and appear in my underwear,” Pike said in an “Audible Session” to promote an audio book of Jane Austen’s “Sense & Sensibility,” which Pike narrated.

“On the day, I don’t know how I got the resolve and strength of mind, but I just thought, ‘Actually sod that, if they’re gonna see me in my underwear, they better give me the job,'” she said. “So, I thought, ‘There’s no way I’m going to take off a dress in the audition for this tape to be sent around Los Angeles and to be judged on that.'”

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Post Malone Broke a 34-Year-Old Michael Jackson Record. How?

Post Malone Broke a 34-Year-Old Michael Jackson Record. How?
Michael Jackson had to give up a little bit of space on his throne this week, when Post Malone broke a record that The King of Pop held for 34 years. The 23-year-old rapper whose name has crept slowly and then very rapidly into the mainstream in recent years just saw his album Stoney spend its 77th week in the top 10 of Billboard‘s Top R&B and Hip-Hop Albums chart — beating out the 76 triumphant weeks that Michael Jackson’s Thriller spent up there in the Eighties.

It’s not a one-off.
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Mavis Staples Pens Tribute to Aretha Franklin: ‘She Was Just Special’

Mavis Staples Pens Tribute to Aretha Franklin: ‘She Was Just Special’
Mavis Staples paid tribute to longtime friend Aretha Franklin in her own words to the Los Angeles Times, following Franklin’s death from pancreatic cancer Thursday at the age of 76.

Staples, who was an important voice for civil rights in the Chicago-based family band the Staple Singers, refers to Franklin as “Ree” as she remembers the Queen of Soul’s musical legacy. Staples and Franklin initially met in 1960 in Los Angeles, where they became friends.

“She was really a young girl. I didn’t think it was that amazing that
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Why ‘Steven Universe’ Waves the Flag for Lgbt Representation in Children’s TV

This story about “Steven Universe” first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

It’s a single, three-second shot in a montage, but for fans of “Steven Universe,” it’s one of the most meaningful in the history of the Cartoon Network’s hit animated show.

In the episode “Jungle Moon,” which has earned creator Rebecca Sugar and her team their fourth Emmy nomination, the half-alien boy Steven inhabits the body of Stevonnie, a fusion of himself and his best friend, Connie.

Armed with the sword and shield once wielded by Steven’s mother, they are stuck on an alien planet light years from Earth. After building their shelter, Stevonnie takes the time to shave with the sword.

Also Read: 'Steven Universe' Showrunner Says Fans Are 'Astonishingly On Point' About White Diamond

It’s one of many moments where “Steven Universe,” with quiet effortlessness,
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Inside SiriusXM’s 24/7 Beatles Channel

“Beatlemania is a temporary state of mind that can only be accurately described by the state of one under its influence.”

This snippet from an old news report was re-broadcast earlier this summer on SiriusXM’s “The Beatles Channel.” Once the phrase “temporary” is removed, it serves as a mission statement of sorts for this 24/7 bastion of Fab Four–focused programming. The maniacs have the wheel, and their madness is contagious.

The Beatles Channel, which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, has an expansive mission. First and foremost, it hopes to
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New Service Promises to Manipulate Your Wife Into Having Sex With You

Relationships, the saying goes, are hard. Many couples find their sex drives are mismatched over time, a problem that sex therapists often suggest fixing by working on communication. The Spinner, launched in April of this year, offers a different route to marital bliss — the online service encourages dissatisfied husbands to skip all that messy relationship effort and instead try to manipulate their wives on a subconscious level, in a way only possible in the age of the Internet.

For the bargain price of $29, husbands are sent an innocuous link that they,
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Meet Deb Haaland, Likely to Be the First Native Woman Elected to Congress

Deb Haaland moved around a lot as a kid. Her dad was in the Army, her mom was in the Navy, and she says she attended 13 schools before graduating in Albuquerque. But she has deep roots in New Mexico — really deep. The Pueblo of Laguna tribe, of which she’s a member, have lived in the area since at least 1300 A.D. Her grandfather worked for the railroad in Winslow; her grandmother told her stories of watching the road that would become Route 66 as it was paved for the first time.
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Kodak Black Released From Prison After Serving Seven Months

Kodak Black Released From Prison After Serving Seven Months
Kodak Black, the emerging Florida rapper whose rise in hip-hop was put on hold due to a prison sentence, is now a free man after being released from Broward County jail early Saturday morning.

The 21-year-old rapper, born Dieuson Octave, served seven months in a Florida jail after authorities raided his home in January, Wplg Local 10 reports.

Police were prompted to search his Pembroke Pines residence after an Instagram video revealed marijuana near his son. Black was subsequently arrested and charged with marijuana possession, child neglect, grand theft of a
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ on Track to Top ‘The Meg’ at Box Office

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ on Track to Top ‘The Meg’ at Box Office
Warner Bros. will have a 1-2 finish at the box office this weekend as their acclaimed romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians” is estimated to hold off their monster movie “The Meg.”

Both films are looking at weekend totals in the low $20 million range, with “Crazy Rich Asians” projected by industry estimates to take the top spot with $22 million in its opening weekend.

Released on 3,384 screens on Wednesday, Jon M. Chu’s acclaimed romantic comedy made $8.7 million in its first two days in theaters and added $7.2 million on Friday for a $16 million three-day total and an estimated $31 million five-day opening against a $30 million budget.

Also Read: Ballin' on a Budget: How 'Crazy Rich Asians' Made Mega-Rich World for $30 Million

While independent trackers expected a $25 million five-day start, analysts told TheWrap early this past week that $30+ million was very likely, making this the best opening for a romantic comedy since the three-day,
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Netflix Cancels Michelle Wolf’s Late-Night Series ‘The Break’

Netflix revealed Friday that it has canceled comedian Michelle Wolf‘s late-night series The Break, just three months and 10 episodes into the talk show’s run.

The streaming service did not elaborate on why The Break was canceled, but The Hollywood Reporter cited a low viewership that did not warrant a second season. Netflix also canceled The Soup-like Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale as part of Friday’s changes.

The Break arrived this May in the aftermath of Wolf’s breakout and controversial performance at the White House Correspondents Dinner in April,
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Aretha Franklin on Beyonce, Women’s Rights, the Future: Her Last Rolling Stone Interview

Aretha Franklin on Beyonce, Women’s Rights, the Future: Her Last Rolling Stone Interview
You were instructed to call her “Ms. Franklin.” In 2014, Aretha Franklin sat for her last extensive Rolling Stone interview to promote 2014’s Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, her first project in years with her former Arista Records boss Clive Davis. The timing of the interview was unfortunate: it happened during the same week as the release of David Ritz’s Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin. Ritz, Franklin’s former ghostwriter, wrote a follow-up book to her memoir sharing shocking details about Franklin’s tragic childhood and more.
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