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Disney's 'Beauty' Delivers Beastly Second Weekend, While 'Power Rangers' Opens with $40.5M

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Disney's Beauty and the Beast delivered a monster second weekend, pulling in enough to make it the fourth largest second weekend of all-time and pushing the film over $315 million in a matter of just ten days. Added to that, Lionsgate's release of Saban's Power Rangers debuted in second place and proved there was still an audience for the franchise that began in the early '90s. Meanwhile, Sony's Life didn't show much of it and WB's CHiPs finished mostly as expected, settling in the lower half of the weekend top ten. All that said it was a great weekend at the domestic box office with the top twelve delivering $192.3 million a 63% improvement over the same weekend last year. With an estimated $88.3 million, Disney's Beauty and the Beast finished atop the box office for a second weekend in a row. It's the fourth largest second weekend of all-time and pushes the »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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‘Westworld’: Stars, Producers Talk Season One Surprises at PaleyFest

26 March 2017 7:07 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fans of HBO’s “Westworld” weren’t the only ones fascinated by the show’s continuous twists and turns. During Saturday’s PaleyFest session at the Dolby Theater, stars of the fantasy drama revealed that they were kept in the dark throughout the production process on season one.

Ed Harris, who plays the mysterious Man in Black, got a big surprise early in during filming.

“I walked by my trailer and someone told me that Jimmi (Simpson) was the guy playing the younger me and I was like, ‘What?’ ” said Harris.

Evan Rachel Wood, who plays Dolores, had just as much fun as many fans guessing what potential storylines for rest of the season would be.

“One of my theories was that Arnold was at the center of the maze or that all of our human versions were going to be locked in there! I didn’t know Bernard was a host when we were doing our »

- Maria Cavassuto

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OITNB's Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli Are Married

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It's official: Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli are married. The Orange Is the New Black stars tied the knot in a small ceremony in Palm Springs on Saturday afternoon, Martha Stewart Weddings confirms. The duo wore gorgeous gowns by designer Christian Siriano, and the nuptials were planned and designed by Beth Helmstetter Events and included a confetti-themed bash as part of the couple's mutual affection for Pillsbury Funfetti cake. Samira's parents officiated the ceremony, and according to the magazine, their wedding recessional song was "This Is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan and their reception entrance jam was Justin Bieber's "Baby." The pair first got together in 2014, and Samira announced her engagement to Lauren with an adorable Instagram photo back in October. In the February issue of Out, Samira opened up about their "magical" engagement story, saying she was preparing for the couple's trip to Palm Springs when »

- Monica Sisavat

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Josh Earnest, Former Obama Press Secretary, Joins NBC News, MSNBC as Analyst

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Josh Earnest, who served as White House Press Secretary in the latter part of President Barack Obama’s tenure, will join NBC News and MSNBC as a political analyst, according to a Monday announcement.

“With his wealth of experience and insight, Josh will be a great addition to our roster of contributors and will be an asset for our two networks as we continue to cover the White House, Congress and politics beyond the Beltway,” said NBC News President Noah Oppenheim and MSNBC President Phil Griffin in a memo to staffers. Earnest served as press secretary from 2014 to 2017.

Earnest worked for the Obama White House and his campaigns for ten years, initially joining his first presidential campaign in March 2007 as its Iowa communications director. Earnest would go on to work as deputy communications director during the 2008 general election. Josh has also worked on numerous national, statewide and local campaigns over the course of his twenty years in »

- Brian Steinberg

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Patricia Arquette Calls United Leggings Ban ‘Terrible,’ Airline Defends Decision

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Hollywood took to Twitter on Sunday to decry United Airlines for preventing two 10-year-old girls from boarding a flight because they were wearing leggings. “I have flown united before with literally no pants on. Just a top as a dress. Next time I will wear only jeans and a scarf,” Chrissy Teigen tweeted. United pointed out that the girls were flying for free with employee passes, so there was a dress code because they were representing the airline, but Teigen and other industry members, including Patricia Arquette, didn’t buy it. Also Read: Chrissy Teigen Vows to Go Topless on United Airlines Flight, »

- Brian Flood

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Fathom Events Launching Bollywood Film Series (Exclusive)

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Fathom Events is bringing the “Best of Bollywood” to U.S. movie theaters beginning in July.

Fathom announced Monday — the opening day of CinemaCon — that it plans to screen at least two Bollywood films this year and as many as six next year as part of what it’s touting as the first-ever Bollywood classic film series presented in North American cinemas. The event will kick off with the 2002 romantic drama “Devdas,” and include titles from prominent Indian film studios Eros International and Yash Raj Films.

Fathom, which specializes in presenting live events for theatrical chains, is co-owned by AMC Entertainment, Cinemark Holdings, and Regal Entertainment Group. “Batman: The Killing Joke,” “TCM Big Screen Classics,” and “Met Live” are among its more prominent titles. It’s also booked more than 700 locations for the April 25 screenings of “Enough” from Christian comedian Chonda Pierce.

The Bollywood series will be shown at several »

- Dave McNary

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CinemaCon: 3 Major Issues Facing the Movie Business

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Hollywood is taking the party to Sin City, hoping that theater owners will feel like there’s a lot to celebrate.

CinemaCon, the annual exhibition industry trade show, kicks off on Monday at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Over four days, in between trips to the slot machines and blackjack tables, movie theater owners and executives will get a sneak peek at the blockbuster hopefuls that will be hitting theaters over the next 12 months. Every major studio will be on hand, a group that includes Warner Bros., Universal, and Fox, as well as Focus and Amazon, ambassadors from the indie world. Disney, which commanded more than a quarter of the domestic market share last year and just scored a massive hit with “Beauty and the Beast,” will also make an appearance. The studio, however, tends to save most of its footage for D23, its fan expo, and usually offers »

- Brent Lang

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Snoop Dogg to Induct Tupac Shakur Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Snoop Dogg has been set to induct fellow California rapper and collaborator Tupac Shakur into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, according to media reports. TMZ first reported the news of Snoop’s involvement; the Hollywood gossip website also said Dr. Dre was “likely” to join his former Death Row teammates. Harvey Levin’s newsroom said the performance will feature a mix of at least three songs, and “California Love” comes with Dre. Snoop and ‘Pac teamed up on hit song “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted,” so probably pencil that one in too. TheWrap’s requests for confirmation from the Cleveland museum were not. »

- Tony Maglio

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Japan Box Office: ‘Sing’ Still Solid in Second Session

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Illumination Entertainment’s animated feature, “Sing” soloed for the second straight weekend atop the Japanese box office. For the March 25-26 frame the film earned $4.1 million on 351,000 admissions.

In the ten days since its release by Toho-Towa, it has driven its cumulative total to $16.3. The score is better than the ten-day figure for Illumination hit “Minions,” which finished with $47 million in Japan.

Warner’s “Kong: Skull Island” made $3.6 million, good enough for second place by gross. Though with 257,000 admissions, Japanese charts show it in fourth place. Holdover, “Moana” took $3.4 million, while “Doraemon the Movie 2017” took $2.75 million. After 23 days in theaters “Moana”’s cumulative total was $23.5 million.

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- Mark Schilling

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‘American Horror Story’: Sarah Paulson Wants to Reprise Her ‘Coven’ Character

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PaleyFest La wrapped its week of TV panels with FX’s “American Horror Story: Roanoke.”

Executive producer Brad Falchuk revisited his original interest in the concept of “Roanoke” during a Q&A on Sunday at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.

“Even before the show, we were always fascinated by it. It’s one of the few American mysteries so it was always in the back of our head. It was nice to have something that had just a kernel of truth in it and we could fill in whatever we want,” said Falchuk.

“Every season we’ve always tried to do something different. We really wanted to be as scary as possible. I wanted to beat the hell out of the cast in a different way,” he added.

Sarah Paulson, who played three characters during “Roanoke,” including reprising “Asylum’s” Lana Winters, compared this season to her previous ones on show.

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- Maria Cavassuto

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Abner Benaim Prepares 13-part TV Series ‘El Presidente’

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Abner Benaim, one of Panama’s leading helmers, whose 2014 doc “Invasion,” about the 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama, was the country’s 2016 Academy Award entry, is currently preparing a 13-part TV series “El Presidente,” as well as new fiction feature “Plaza Catedral”, while completing his 90-minute music docu “Ruben Blades Is Not My Name,” which he plans to release at the end of 2017.

All three projects are aimed at the international market: “I don’t believe in making films just for Panama,” says Benaim. “It’s not feasible economically. It’s too small a market. You need to aim at least for Latin America.”

Benaim is particularly interested by the contrast between rich and poor in Latin America, and explores this question from multiple perspectives, including crime drama in “El Presidente,” a thriller-drama in “Plaza,” and music in the “Ruben Blades” documentary.

“El Presidente” is co-penned by Benaim and Papus Von Saenger, »

- Martin Dale

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Obama White House Press Secretary Joins NBC News, MSNBC as Political Analyst (Video)

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Obama administration White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has joined NBC News and MSNBC as a political analyst. Earnest made his debut in the new role this morning on the “Today” show and “Morning Joe.” Watch a video from Earnest’s initial segment with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie above, where the trio discussed President Trump’s troubles pushing a health care bill through the system. Below, read the internal memo sent to staff this morning by Noah Oppenheim and Phil Griffin announcing Earnest’s hiring. Also Read: Fox News Dragged for Claiming Trump 'Spent Weekend' at White House - »

- Tony Maglio

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'Life': How Sci-Fi Horror Gives Scientists a Bad Name

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[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Life]

Many have noted that Daniel Espinosa’s Life bares a strong resemblance to 1979's Alien, but there's actually a much earlier work that's surprisingly relevant to the new film: Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein.

In many ways, fictional scientists have been paying for the sins of Victor Frankenstein ever since the 1812 novel was released — with scientists portrayed as meddlers who bring disaster upon the world. The scientists of Life, in many ways, are no different. 

Sci-fi horror films tap specifically into fears related to science, with worries rooted in real-world current events. »

- Ciara Wardlow

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The Roman Polanski Case That Won't Go Away

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In March 1977, Roman Polanski committed the most abominable of acts: He raped a 13-year-old girl.

There’s no way around it. No matter how much his friends and supporters might have created excuses to mitigate his dark deed — spreading reports that the girl was already sexually experienced and casting aspersions on the mother who’d left her alone with the director — the facts were incontrovertible. According to the director himself, he was guilty.

Let’s start with his version, not even factoring in the victim’s somewhat different account.

Polanski, then 43 years and famed as the helmer of Rosemary’s Baby »

- Stephen Galloway

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'Beauty and the Beast': How Dan Stevens and the Sound Team Gave Beast His Roar

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As Disney’s Beauty and the Beast won its second weekend atop the North American box office, for a cume of $317 million, the sound team is spilling the secrets behind the sounds of the Beast, Cogsworth and the other magical characters.

“There’s a lot of Dan Stevens in the Beast,” confirmed the film’s supervising sound editor and designer Warren Shaw. “We did as much as we could with his work. He performed that part in a motion capture suit for months on set. But while it’s a classic Hollywood trick to take a voice and lower the pitch to make it »

- Carolyn Giardina

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Take That's Gary Barlow Reveals 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Cameo

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Christopher Nolan's upcoming WWII epic Dunkirk may have landed One Direction star Harry Styles, but producers of the next Star Wars installation have seemingly looked elsewhere to tick the boy band boxes.

Gary Barlow, frontman of Take That and host of BBC talent show Let it Shine, has revealed that he has a cameo in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

"I'm not a stormtrooper, but I am in it," he said, speaking to U.K. channel ITV's chat show Lorraine on Monday.

"Now I’ve said that, I’ll probably be out," he added. "I think the Star Wars people are so »

- Alex Ritman

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New Hollywood Panic and Pressure Over Rival Premium VOD Plans

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This year's edition of CinemaCon could hold plenty of intrigue.

The annual gathering of theater owners, which gets underway Monday in Las Vegas, will once again see the major Hollywood studios touting their slates with elaborate, star-studded presentations and lots of new footage inside the cavernous Colosseum Theater at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

But beyond the usual ballyhoo, there are bigger issues in play. Studios and theater owners are having serious discussions about shortening theatrical windows, the amount of time films play exclusively in theaters before they are made available for home viewing. And some of the studios themselves are in »

- Pamela McClintock

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Rep Sheet Roundup: Lorde Signs With Pmk*Bnc

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Who got signed, promoted, hired or fired? The Hollywood Reporter’s Rep Sheet rounds up the week in representation news. To submit announcements for consideration, contact rebecca.sun@thr.com.

Making her comeback

Lorde has signed with publicity firm Pmk*Bnc’s music department. Earlier this month the Grammy winner released “Green Light,” the lead single for her much-anticipated sophomore album, which is due this summer. Lorde’s seven-times platinum 2013 debut single “Royals” made her, at 16, the youngest solo artist (and only New Zealander) since 1987 to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. This summer she will perform at major festivals »

- Rebecca Sun

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'Power Rangers' Gets a Surprise Box-Office Boost From Millennial-Age Fans

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Millennials saved the day for Power Rangers, Lionsgate's big-screen adaptation of the classic kids TV show about a group of morphin' superheroes.

The movie, produced by Saban Entertainment, exceeded expectations over the weekend with a $40.5 million debut in North America, despite monstrous competition from Beauty and the Beast.

Heading into the weekend, tracking suggested Power Rangers would bow in the $30 million range, prompting rival studio executives to question whether it was wise to make the movie more grown-up than the original television series, which began airing in 1993. (The new film is rated PG-13, »

- Pamela McClintock

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Jeonju Festival Stands up for Freedom of Expression in Post-Park Era

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“Mis-President,” a film that picks at the myth of South Korea’s recently impeached president Park Geun-hye, is a clear example of the independent editorial line being championed by the Jeonju International Film Festival. The film will play in the festival’s Korea Cinemascape section, it was announced today.

“This year’s festival slogan, a haven for cinematic expression, shows filmmakers as defending freedom of expression against all (political) pressure,” said Jeonju mayor Kim Seung-su. “Last year, we learned of the existence of a blacklist. The matter still remains unresolved,” said festival director Lee Chung-jik. “The Jeonju festival has never yielded to political pressures in the past 17 years. […] It’ll be the same this year,” said executive programmer Kim Young-jin.

This year’s edition (April 27 to May 6) includes a new section, Front Line, for innovative films with controversial subjects. Matthew Heineman’s documentary about Islamic State (Isis), “City of Ghosts” is among the selection. »

- Sonia Kil

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