Disney's 'Beauty' Delivers Beastly Second Weekend, While 'Power Rangers' Opens with $40.5M
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 »
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‘Westworld’: Stars, Producers Talk Season One Surprises at PaleyFest
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
OITNB's Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli Are Married
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
‘Walking Dead': Here’s How Dwight’s Big Move Played Out in the Comic Books
(Spoilers ahead for the March 26 episode of “The Walking Dead,” “Something They Need.”) If you’re shocked by the big reveal at the end of this week’s “The Walking Dead,” you really shouldn’t be. Dwight’s (Austin Amelio) defection has been a long time coming — Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) was, after all, the one who burned the side of his face with an iron. Let’s also not forget that Dwight’s wife, Sherry, married Negan to keep him from killing Dwight. And then when Sherry ran away, Negan ordered Dwight to chase her down and kill her. »
- Phil Owen
Korea Box Office: ‘Beauty’ Remains on Top in Second Weekend
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” remained on top of the South Korean box office for the second week. The fantasy romance earned $7.81 million from 1.03 million admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $23.3 million from 3.1 million admissions after two weekends. Showing on some 1,255 screens nationwide, “Beauty” accounted for 41% of the total weekend box office.
Local crime actioner, “Prison” opened in second on Thursday. The Showbox release earned $9.31 million over four days, including previews. “Prison” sees a troubled former police inspector sent to jail and become a crucial player in a crime syndicate.
Far behind were two other Thursday newcomers. “Ordinary Person” landed in third. The Opus Pictures release earned $1.82 million. The Korean drama features a detective who is ordered to fabricate evidence about a serial murder case. Fox’s “Hidden Figures” opened in fourth place, earning $1.03 million in four days.
“Kong: Skull Island” slipped to fifth place with »
- Sonia Kil
China’s Huayi to Continue, Expand Relations With Stx (Report)
The stance was expressed by Huayi co-chief James Wang at the Boao conference in Hainan and was reported by Bloomberg. “We’d like to renew and deepen our cooperation with Stx beyond slate financing,” said Wang (aka Wang Zhonglei.)
Huayi has a three year contract to co-produce and co-finance films with Robert Simonds’ Stx that runs until this time next year. Wang’s stance comes despite Stx patchy record of hits and misses to date, and despite possible difficulties stemming from China’s capital controls. “It’s fortunate that our overseas business plan is not acquisition-driven, nor are we financial investors, so our needs for foreign exchange are not vast,” Wang said.
He said that the companies will look at ways to expand cooperation in a broader »
- Patrick Frater
China's Huayi Brothers Looking to Expand Ties With Stx Entertainment
Chinese film studio Huayi Brothers Media is looking to expand its collaboration with Robert Simonds’ Stx Entertainment, despite the recent clampdown by Beijing regulators on China-Hollywood dealmaking.
"We'd like to renew and deepen our cooperation with Stx beyond slate financing," Huayi co-founder and CEO James Wang Zhonglei told Bloomberg in an interview published Monday. "Stx has a lot of plans in television and multimedia. They also have a lot of new ideas for the Asian market. We have had a lot of contacts in this regard."
Huayi signed a landmark three-year deal with Stx in 2015 to co-produce and co-finance most of »
- Patrick Brzeski
No, ‘Sesame Street’ Didn’t Just Introduce an Alt-Right Muppet Named Stan
Oscar the Grouch is no longer the crankiest Muppet on the friendly block known as “Sesame Street.” Introducing Stan, whose hobbies include grooming his Hitler-esque coiffe and moustache… and attacking mainstream media on the internet. That’s right, he’s the first Muppet to identify as alt-right. Not in a million years would that happen! Stan is not a product of the fine folks at “Sesame Street” but rather by those crazies at Funny or Die. Also Read: Julia is 'Sesame Street's' Newest Muppet - And She Has Autism “Sesame Street,” the 46-year-old, iconic children’s show that has won 167 Emmys and 8 Grammys, »
- Rosemary Rossi
Fox News Dragged for Claiming Trump ‘Spent Weekend’ at White House – When He Was at Golf Course
Twitter users were all over Fox News with “fake news” claims after the network sent a “news alert” on Twitter stating Donald Trump spent the weekend working at the White House when news reports suggest he traveled to his Virginia golf course on Saturday and Sunday. The tweet didn’t include a link or a story, just a photo of the White House and a tag for the official @Potus Twitter handle. Twitter users, especially journalists, were a bit befuddled by the news alert claiming “@Potus spending weekend working at the White House.” According to multiple news reports, Trump had left the White House. »
- Phil Hornshaw
‘Walking Dead': Here’s Where Every Faction Stands Ahead of Season Finale (Photos)
As season 7 of “The Walking Dead” approaches its climax, it definitely looks like the war with the Saviors is about to kick off in earnest. After a whole season of political machinations and false starts, Rick is going to lead his people into battle — hopefully with the help of some other groups the Saviors have been pushing around. But there’s a lot of division even now. Here’s where the six factions of season 7 all stand as the biggest battle in “The Walking Dead” looms. »
- Phil Owen
‘Homeland’ Recap: Carrie Learns to Say No in Episode 10, ‘The Flag House’
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not seen the March 26 episode of “Homeland.”
Carrie Mathison learns an important lesson in “The Flag House,” as Season 6 of “Homeland” heads into its final two hours.
Peter Quinn, Dar Adal, and President-elect Elizabeth Keane have flashier moments in the 10th episode of the season, but there are two big Carrie moments that are revealing about this most complicated character, limned to near perfection by Claire Danes.
For one, we get the extraordinary sight of Carrie Mathison telling the next president of the United States: “I can’t.” With her daughter Franny already a pawn of the larger conspiracy, Carrie can’t risk charging ahead with her plan to go on the record about CIA honcho Dar Adal’s past shortcomings as a way to stop his maniacal campaign against President-elect Keane. This tells us that Carrie took the words of her court-appointed counselor seriously two episodes back when »
- Cynthia Littleton
‘Walking Dead': Where Is Gregory Going, and What’s He Up To?
(Spoilers ahead for the March 26 episode of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” “Something They Need.”) As season 7 of “The Walking Dead” nears its conclusion and war between Alexandria and the Saviors feels imminent, we’ve been spending more time than usual lately with a character who hasn’t had a lot to do this year but will no doubt be a major player in next week’s season 7 finale: Gregory (Xander Berkeley), the leader of the Hilltop. Gregory is experiencing a lot of personal turmoil these days, what with his desire to stay in power, his fear of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and. »
- Phil Owen
‘Walking Dead’ Recap: Everyone’s Allegiances Are Tested in ‘Something They Need’
Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched the penultimate episode of season 7 of “The Walking Dead,” titled “Something They Need.”
If there’s one place where “The Walking Dead” consistently delivers, it’s raids. Rick and co. are so damn good at running up into other settlements and taking what they want, as much a testament to their apocalyptic skills as the show’s directors. In this case, the credit goes to Michael Slovis, who previously directed the infamous “Thank You” episode and worked as cinematographer on the unimpeachable “Breaking Bad.”
But before we get into the great action of “Something They Need,” let’s take a step back and recap what’s going on in the rest of this crazy world. Sasha, unsurprisingly, has gone and gotten herself captured by the Saviors. Some creep named David visits her cell and immediately starts throwing out rape vibes when she asks for water. It »
- Ian Servantes
‘Feud’ Brutally Explains How Early Hollywood Killed the Female Director
“Feud: Bette and Joan” is a long meditation on misogyny, fame and the ways we hurt each other in show business — but Sunday’s episode, set in 1962, delivers a brutal hypothesis on how women got booted from the directors chair as the studios came to power. In a scene between Jessica Lange’s Joan Crawford and an assistant to “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” director Robert Aldirch, Lange delivers a blistering and concise monologue on how the studio system turned women filmmakers into glorified homemakers. The assistant Pauline (Alison Wright) is pitching Crawford a movie she’s written and wants to direct. »
- Matt Donnelly
'The Walking Dead' Recap: Knives Out
Let's begin with the ending, both of this latest The Walking Dead and the one before it. As it turns out, that Daryl-shaped figure who showed up in the closing seconds of last week's installment was in fact the show's other scraggly-haired, crossbow-wielding badass: Dwight. And in the final minutes of this week's episode – "Something They Need" – Rosita reveals that Negan's reluctant lieutenant saved her from the shootout at the Sanctuary at some point after the closing credits. He then apparently volunteered to be imprisoned in Alexandria, just to prove »
Antonio Banderas Reveals Heart Surgery That’s Given Him New Perspective of Life
During a press conference to promote the 20th annual Málaga Film Festival in his hometown in Spain on Saturday, Antonio Banderas revealed Saturday that he had a heart attack in January which resulted in surgery and, ultimately, a new lease on life. “I put a major punch to the potato in the last 37 years,” the 56-year-old actor joked, according to the Spanish news outlet El Pais. “I had a heart attack on January 26, but I was very lucky, it was benign and it did not leave any damage. … I underwent an intervention in which three stents were »
- Rosemary Rossi
China Box Office: ‘Kong’ Roars to $70 Million Opening Weekend Win
“Kong” scored $68.5 million according to local data service Ent Group. Overseas distributor, Warner Bros. reported the figure as $72.1 million.
Those numbers were achieved on some 18,000 screens, according to Warner. They delivered more than 115,000 screenings per day, according to Ent Group. They included $6.5 million from 387 IMAX Screens.
The gross was the second largest opening for an international film this year. And it accounted for some 70% of the nationwide weekend total.
Holdover, “Beauty” took a big 71% tumble falling to $12.1 million from $42.8 million in its opening weekend. After 10 days it stands on $73.2 million.
Chinese new release, “Top Funny Man: The Movie” debuted in third place with $6.99 million. But, with declining scores on Saturday and Sunday, it looks set to sink quickly.
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- Patrick Frater
‘Sweat’ Theater Review: An Extraordinary Drama Set in a Grungy Rust Belt Bar
This review of Lynn Nottage’s “Sweat,” which opened on Broadway Sunday with the same cast, first appeared in November with the opening of the original Public Theater production. If you go to the theater a lot, you’ve spent many nights in one of those grungy neighborhood taverns populated with colorful, often very loud, and usually drunk characters. People who go the theater a lot may never have actually stepped into such a joint — the word “bar” is far too upscale to describe the place — but we know the scene well since playwrights feel compelled to keep taking us. »
- Robert Hofler
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