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'Bad Boys' for Life delivers box office-topping $68.1 million MLK weekend debut
Ben Rothstein (NEW YORK) -- Bad Boys for Life exceeded expectations, delivering an estimated $59.17 million, the second largest January three-day debut, behind 2015's American Sniper with $89.26 million. It also stands to be generate the second best Martin Luther King weekend four-day performance, topping 2014's Ride Along. It also stands to become Sony's largest R-rated opening ever, topping 22 Jump Street's $57 million opening for back in 2014. Overseas, Bad Boys for Life, the third outing for Will Smith and Martin Lawrence following 1995's Bad Boys and 2003's Bad Boys II, brought in an estimated $38.6 million. The weekend's...
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Prince Harry says there "was no other option" about leaving royal family
Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Sentebale (LONDON) -- Prince Harry broke his silence about his and Meghan Markle's decision to leave the royal family. On the couple's official Instagram, they posted a video of Harry's speech during Sunday's dinner for "supporters of Sentebale in London." Sentebale, a charity that was formed in 2006 in memory of Princess Diana, supports HIV-positive children in southern Africa. Harry opened his speech by addressing the elephant in the room, "Before I begin, I must say that I can only imagine what you may have heard or, perhaps, read over the past few weeks," which elicited...
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SAG Awards 2020: Complete winners list
John Shearer/Getty Images for PEOPLE (LOS ANGELES) --The 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were presented Sunday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and many recent Golden Globe winners added another trophy to their collections. Parasite, a South Korean film about class warfare, took top honors for best ensemble performance, becoming the first foreign language film ever to win. Meanwhile, individual awards went to Joaquin Phoenix (Joker), Renée Zellweger (Judy), Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood) and Laura Dern (Marriage Story). All four earned Golden Globes for their roles and are also nominated for Academy Awards....
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus inks deal with Apple TV Plus
ABC/Randy Holmes (LOS ANGELES) -- The new streaming service Apple TV Plus has scooped up another very funny woman: Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The company, which launched with the Golden Globe-nominated The Morning Show, starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, has signed a deal with Louis-Dreyfus to develop new projects as both a producer and a star. Saturday Night Live vet Louis-Dreyfus starred on three successful comedies, Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Veep, and won Emmys for each show. She has 11 Emmys in all, winning her sixth consecutive lead actress trophy for Veep in 2017 -- a record...
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Hillary Clinton gives advice to Democratic voters as she promotes upcoming Hulu doc
Barbara Kinney (LOS ANGELES) -- Hillary Clinton is gearing up for the release of her upcoming Hulu documentary, Hillary. The former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate was on hand at the Television Critics Association winter press tour Friday to discuss the four-part documentary, which covers, among other things, the contentious 2016 election. Being that 2020 is an election year, Clinton had some choice words for the Trump administration, as well as some advice for Democratic voters. “We're in a real struggle with a form of politics that is incredibly negative, exclusive, mean-spirited, and it's going to be up...
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"I love you, dad": Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson memorializes his father, Rocky
L-R Dwayne Johnson, Lauren Hashian, Ata Johnson, Rocky Johnson/Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) -- Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has broken his silence over the apparently unexpected death of his father, former wrestler Rocky Johnson. The 75-year-old WWE Hall of Famer's death was announced on Wednesday. Under a video of his father in the ring, with a much younger Rock watching from the stands, Dwayne Johnson noted on his Instagram, "You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way thru this world. I was the boy sitting in the seats, watching and adoring you, my hero...
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Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock compete to wish 'Proposal' co-star Betty White a happy 98th birthday
Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for PCA (LOS ANGELES) -- Friday is Betty White's 98th birthday, and her co-stars in the 2009 romantic comedy The Proposal, Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock, really wanted to celebrate. In a video posted on Reynolds' Twitter, the pair take turns serenading Betty with "Happy Birthday to You," but it's soon clear that they're competing for her affection. While Bullock gets the song rolling, Reynolds cuts into her verses, and the pair quickly try to out-do the other. "From Sandy, who loves you more than Ryan..." Bullock sings, to which Reynolds jabs, "From Ryan, who...
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Disney dropping the "Fox" from 20th Century, Searchlight studio names
VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) -- In an apparent effort to avoid confusion, and conflation, with entities that it doesn't own, notably the controversial Fox News Channel, Disney has dropped the Fox name from the movie studios that it does. 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are no more, according to Variety. 20th Century Fox, famous for its drum and trumpet-heavy fanfare ahead of movies, has been rebranded, with its iconic logo updated to read 20th Century Studios. Fox Searchlight, the affiliated imprint behind modestly-budgeted hits like Napoleon Dynamite and Oscar winners like Black Swan and The Shape...
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'Bad Boys' for ever? Will Smith says 'Bad Boys for Life' may not be the end of the franchise
ABC/Randy Holmes (LOS ANGELES) -- After being touted as the final chapter to the Bad Boys franchise, it appears that Will Smith and Martin Lawrence's upcoming sequel, Bad Boys for Life, may not be the official end. In an interview with E! News, Smith says that he and Lawrence are open to continuing their action-packed films. "We're going to wait for the audience," Smith said. "When the movie comes out this weekend-- and we absolutely love working together-- we would certainly be willing to do it again if the audience loves the chemistry." As previously reported, Bad Boys for Life ...
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Clock has likely run out on HBO's 'Watchmen'
Mark Hill/HBO (NEW YORK) -- Despite acclaim and a cliffhanger ending to its freshman season, it's likely that HBO's Watchmen won't get another. According to USA Today, Damon Lindelof, who adapted the Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons graphic novel-turned movie to the small screen, has stepped away from the show. The series was set in an alternate version of 2019; Emmy winner Regina King stars as a Tusla detective and secret vigilante in an America torn apart by racial strife. Although he tells the paper he's "given his blessing" his blessing for HBO to continue without him, HBO programming chief Casey Bloys...
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Wendy Williams apologizes, donates to cleft lip charities after poking fun at Joaquin Phoenix's scar
Niko Tavernise/© 2019 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved (NEW YORK) -- Wendy Williams has put her money where her mouth is as an apology to Joaquin Phoenix and others who have had cleft lips. Williams got flamed online when she appeared to make fun of the Oscar-nominated Joker actor's lip scar, while simultaneously praising his acting and his looks. She even went so far as to stick her finger in her lip and expose her teeth, to imitate the common but easily fixable birth defect. "He's got one of those -- what do you call it? -- cleft...
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'Hopelessly in Love's' Larry Birkhead explains the difficulty of raising Anna Nicole Smith's daughter
Lifetime (LOS ANGELES) -- The latest episode of the Lifetime docu-series Hopelessly in Love, premiering on Friday, tells the love story of the late model and TV personality Anna Nicole Smith and her partner Larry Birkhead, the father of Anna Nicole's now-13-year-old daughter Dannielynn. Birkhead told ABC Audio what it's like raising the teen, who's had to deal with the media attention surrounding her mother's tragic death in in a Hollywood, Florida hotel room in 2007, as a result of an overdose of prescription drugs. "I don't make it heavy on her because, you know, it's such a big responsibility...
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