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Michelle Obama Makes Surprise BET Awards Cameo Honoring Chance The Rapper

“Barack and I are so sorry that we can’t be there tonight in person,” said Michelle Obama tonight to a surprised and roaring BET Awards via pre-tape video as Chance The Rapper was honored with the Humanitarian Award for his philanthropic efforts in his and the former First Lady’s hometown of Chicago. “But please know we are there with you in spirit and we are so incredibly proud of you Chance.” Called “our forever First Lady” by BET CEO Debra Lee from the stage tonight at… Read

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Review: ‘Hamilton’s Revolution Still Shoots Fireworks Over Broadway

It’s rare enough to experience the shiver of revelation that comes in the first few minutes of a great show; rarer still to be blasted above the ordinary the second time around. That’s something great plays and musicals do: They expand with our consciousness. So it is with Hamilton, which turns two on July 13. The original cast members, led in the title role by the show’s author, composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, have long since departed on a wave of recognition… Read

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‘Power’ Season 4 Review: ‘Fast & Furious’ Sung Kang Brings More Pedal To Metal

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Premiering on June 25 on Starz, the fourth season of Power is a sobering tale of truth and interconnected consequences. Intoxicated simultaneously by new castmembers and higher stakes than before, the Courtney Kemp-created series executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson sees the looming threats that have always hung over the New York City-set drama come crashing down to reveal a world of the worst possible situations – which makes for pretty great television. Power… Read

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‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Dawns With $196M Overseas; $265M Global – International Box Office

UPDATE, writethru: Launching in 41 offshore markets, Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight opened to $196.2M at the international box office. That's a big number and is towards the higher end of the pre-weekend range. But it’s also a swing from where we saw this coming in yesterday — partially the result of an unexpected 31% drop in China from Saturday to Sunday. The debut FSS cume there is $123.4M (63% of the full offshore bow). Factoring in domestic, the global… Read

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Bill Cosby Publicist Says Upcoming Tour Not About Sexual Assault; Tells CNN That Media Is To Blame

Bill Cosby’s publicity team is now saying that the comedian’s upcoming town hall tour most definitely is not about sexual assault, but rather about “the restoration of his legacy.” And they’re blaming the media for getting it wrong in the first place. On this morning’s CNN New Day Weekend, Cosby publicist Ebonee Benson told New Day co-host Christi Paul, “The town hall meetings are not about sexual assault. I will repeat. These town hall meetings are not about sexual… Read

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‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Trailer: First Look At Final Sing-Off With Rebel Wilson, Anna Kendrick

“We don’t do anything with dignity, okay?” Rebel Wilson’s “Fat Amy” (her ball cap reads “Make America Eat Again”) says in this first trailer for Pitch Perfect 3, and fans wouldn’t expect otherwise. Having graduated from college and finding the non-singing world a depressing place – service jobs and bull-tending apparently not being all they’re cracked up to be – the a cappella Bellas reunite for a USO competition in Europe, where they’ll once again sing off against snooty… Read

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‘The Big Sick’ Nabs Year’s Highest Theater Average; ‘The Beguiled’ is Sofia Coppola’s Best Debut Average – Specialty Box Office

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Amazon Studios/Lionsgate's The Big Sick went into the weekend with momentum and cashed in. The 2017 Sundance Fest title grabbed the year's highest opening weekend per-theater-average from a five-theater gross of $435K. But there was more box office wealth among the Specialties, especially for Sofia Coppola's Cannes debut The Beguiled with Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. The feature had a PTA of over $60K, the director's highest for an… Read

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CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ Calls ‘Fox & Friends’ A Trump “Infomercial”

Two days after Fox & Friends‘ Ainsley Earhardt complimented President Donald Trump over his public bluff about non-existent secret tape-recordings, CNN’s Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter is calling the Fox morning show “an informercial” for the president. In a critical if light-hearted piece on this morning’s Reliable Sources, Stelter called Fox & Friends a “celebration of the Administration each and every single day.” After first making a Barney the Dinosaur analogy… Read

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Why ‘Transformers’ Is Screaming For Reboot After $69M Start; ‘Wonder Woman’ & ‘Cars 3’ Fight Over 2nd Place – Sunday AM

Sunday AM 7:45AM: Transformers: The Last Knight looks to be nearing close to its original tracking projection of $70M with an estimated $69.1M per industry sources. Paramount is also seeing the opening at the same figure. This is after a good Saturday of $17.5M, which turned out to be the pic’s highest day in its five-day opening, that was also +28% over Friday. Three day is now at $45.3M. Despite the rebound, Last Knight remains the lowest grossing opening for the Transfo… Read

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‘Girlboss’ Comedy Series Canceled By Netflix After One Season

Netflix has opted not to renew freshman comedy series Girlboss for a second season. The show, inspired by Sophia Amoruso's popular autobiography, starred Britt Robertson and Ellie Reed. Its 13-episode first season debuted on April 21. Written/executive produced by Pitch Perfect scribe Kay Cannon and directed by Christian Ditter, Girlboss hailed from Charlize Theron's Denver & Delilah production company. It centered on Sophia (Robertson), a rebellious, broke anarchist who… Read

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CNN Retracts Russian Investment Fund Story; Trump Ally Accepts Apology

CNN has retracted its story about a Russian investment fund and possible ties to associates of Donald Trump, and apologized to entrepreneur and Trump transition team member Anthony Scaramucci. “Classy move,” tweeted Scaramucci in response. “Apology accepted.” The CNN report by Thomas Frank, posted to the network’s website Thursday, alleged that Senate investigators were tracking down ties between Scaramucci, founder of investment firm SkyBridge Capital, and a Russian… Read

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Thomas Schlamme Elected Directors Guild President – Complete Election Results

Thomas Schlamme has been elected president of the Directors Guild of America. The Emmy-winning West Wing director had been the guild's 3rd vice president, and co-chaired the DGA's last two film and TV contract negotiating committees. "It is a tremendous honor to be chosen by my peers to lead our guild, and I greatly look forward to taking on the challenges facing our membership and industry,"  Schlamme said after being elected by the delegates to the DGA's biennial… Read