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‘The Last Jedi’ Now Opening To $219M: How Disney Continues To Win With The ‘Star Wars’ Franchise – Update

Sunday AM Writethru/following Saturday 11:41 PM post: Refresh for updates Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi had a fantastic Saturday drawing an estimated $64M per industry figures as of this morning, which ranks as the fourth best ever after Jurassic World ($69.6M), The Avengers ($69.55M), and Star Wars: Force Awakens ($68.3M). Technically speaking, Last Jedi‘s business isn’t frontloaded: If you back out the $45M out of Friday’s $104.8M, Saturday’s ticket sales are… Read


Kevin Hart Brings Holiday Cheer & Beleaguered Captain Shadow To ‘SNL’

Kevin Hart, promoting his Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, hosted Saturday Night Live last night, gifting the holiday episode with some of the quirkiest sketches of the season so far. Read quirky however you like. In the best of the lot, the digital short “Captain Shadow and the Cardinal,” Hart played a superhero who, along with youthful sidekick the Cardinal (Chris Redd), gets pulled over by a cop (Alex Moffat) for more or less driving while black. A Shadowmobile without… Read


‘SNL’ Weekend Update Shames Hollywood Gropers, Banishes Omarosa And Welcomes Sleazy Boat Guy

Saturday Night Live‘s pre-Christmas, post-Roy Moore Weekend Update sent off the would-be Alabama senator and accused mall troll with one of the faux news desk’s best lines of the night: Noting that Doug Jones will be the state’s first Democratic senator in over 20 years, co-anchor Colin Jones quoted Moore. “Gross. Over 20 years?” After the joke settled in, Weekend Update had other topical gifts to deliver, including the strong voter turnout in Alabama among black women… Read


Sam Rockwell To Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ In January

Sam Rockwell, riding high on his SAG-nominated turn in Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, will host NBC’s Saturday Night Live January 13. Musical guest will be Halsey. The booking was announced tonight during the show’s Kevin Hart-hosted show, the last episode before the comedy’s holiday break. Rockwell’s January 13 episode will be the first original episode of… Read


‘SNL’: Alec Baldwin Ends War On Christmas As Omarosa Begs Forgiveness

UPDATE with video Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump paid an early Christmas visit to NBC's Saturday Night Live tonight, overseeing holiday festivities Leslie Jones’ Omarosa begging for an invite and Scarlett Johansson’s Ivanka pondering a life in hell. Tonight’s SNL cold open had Baldwin and Cecily Strong as Melania greeting the country with an unambivalent Merry Christmas. “You can finally say it again because the War on Christmas is over,” said Baldwin’s Trump. “Soon to be… Read


Rose McGowan Slams Actresses Who Plan To Wear Black At Golden Globes: “Your Silence Is The Problem”

Actress Rose McGowan has been on the forefront for fighting against sexual harassment. This year, a number of actresses are planning on wearing all black to January’s Golden Globe Awards ceremony in silent protest against sexual harassment. This seems like a move that the former Charmed star would support, but shockingly, she’s not on board. “Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in a silent protest. YOUR… Read


Gretchen Carlson To Former Fox Colleague Bill O’Reilly: “Who Are U Fooling?”

Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox & Friends co-host whose sexual harassment lawsuit against honcho Roger Ailes set off a domino reaction of allegations and departures from the news channel, is calling out her former colleague Bill O’Reilly for portraying himself as a victim of “big money.” “Who are u fooling?”, Carlson tweeted today. “U think we believe u paid $32 million for allegations that were ‘false and politically driven’?” Yesterday O’Reilly jumped on reports from… Read


‘A Prairie Home Companion’ Renamed ‘Live From Here’ After Garrison Keillor Exits MPR

After four decades, the popular radio show A Prairie Home Companion is changing its name to Live From Here in the wake of Garrison Keillor’s departure from Minnesota Public Radio. Chris Thile, who took over hosting duties after Keillor’s retirement, announced the name change this evening during a live performance in New York City, according to the Associated Press. The name change seems to be an attempt to distance the show from Keillor, although it’s not entirely clear… Read


Harvey Weinstein Again Denies Blackballing Actresses: Says He Wanted Ashley Judd For ‘Good Will Hunting’

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Accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein is insisting again that he “had nothing to do” with casting Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, and that he did not blacklist Ashley Judd or Mira Sorvino. In a new statement released by a spokesperson on Weinstein’s behalf, the former Miramax honcho says he not only didn’t blacklist Sorvino but “was in fact working with her during the timeframe in question on Mimic, the Guillermo Del Toro film. Also during that time, she was… Read


XFL Return Rumored As WWE Head Vince McMahon Forms New Investment Venture

Wrestling mogul Vince McMahon has created Alpha Entertainment, a separate venture from his WWE kingdom that is self-funded and may be the vehicle for a revived XFL, the television-driven pro football league that lasted one season in 2001. The WWE confirmed the move in a statement and said the new venture will explore “investment opportunities across the sports and entertainment landscape, including professional football.” The story was first reported by the Deadspin… Read


‘SNL’ Cast Member Pete Davidson Shows Off Hillary Clinton Tattoo

Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson has taken his support for Hillary Clinton to a whole other level — with a tattoo of the 2016 presidential nominee. Davidson posted his brand new ink on his leg on Instagram with the caption, “Wanted to get @hillaryclinton a Christmas gift so I got a tattoo of my hero. Thanks for being such a badass and one of the strongest people in the universe.” The tattoo is a classic image of Clinton — complete with power suit and all. The… Read


‘The Room’ Filmmaker Tommy Wiseau Pitched Himself For Next ‘Star Wars’ Movie

With The Disaster Artist getting rave reviews, the star ranking for The Room director and star Tommy Wiseau is on the rise — so much that he has pitched himself to be in the next Star Wars movie. The mind behind “one of the worst movie ever made” on which James Franco’s The Disaster Artist is based, took to Twitter and point blank asked to be put in the next installment of the billion-dollar sci-fi franchise. Citing a popular quote from The Room, Wiseau retweeted a photo… Read