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‘Jungle Book’ Tide Rises & Drowns ‘Keanu’, ‘Mother’s Day’ & ‘Ratchet & Clank’ – Saturday Night Update

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5th UPDATE, Saturday, 11:05 PM: The Jungle Book is swinging high after a full day of moviegoing with a big 90% jump from last night, according to the latest estimates. That could push the Disney adventure film to around $43M in its third weekend and over the $250M mark. Newcomer Keanu performed about $600K under holdover The Huntsman: Winter's War today and the two films are neck-and-neck as both are expected in around $9.6M this weekend. Of the two other weekend… Read


Larry Wilmore Savages Media, Ignites Controversy During White House Correspondents Dinner Skewering


Don Lemon gave Larry Wilmore’s performance the middle finger tonight at the White House Correspondents Dinner while the other 2,699 attendees appeared to wish they’d had the nerve. But, after lambasting the media jammed into Washington’s Hinkley Hilton, Wilmore capped his set with a head snapping pivot, paying tribute to Obama’s White House legacy that ended with a gasp inducing, “You did it, my n*gga!” “Welcome to Negro Night here, or as they say at Fox, ‘two thugs… Read


Watch Obama Blast Trump, Clinton & CNN At Final White House Correspondents’ Dinner – Update

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[UPDATED 9:32 PM with video of President Obama’s full remarks.] “I'm sorry I was a little late tonight, I was running on CP time,” said President Barack Obama tonight kicking off his remarks at his final White House Correspondents’ Dinner. "Which stands for jokes white people should not make," he added in what was the first clear blast of the night in reference to the ill considered and racially themed routine Hillary Clinton and NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio did onstage in… Read


Geno Havens Dies; ‘The Jerk,’ ‘Switchblade Sisters’ Casting Director Was 75


Veteran casting director Patrick “Geno” Havens, whose credits include the Steve Martin classic The Jerk but who might most fondly be remembered for such ’70s cult classics as Switchblade Sisters, The Swinging Cheerleaders and Brian de Palma’s The Phantom of the Paradise, died Thursday at USC Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 75 and had recently suffered a stroke. Though he had a few acting and producing credits, it was as a casting director that Havens left his mark… Read

Obama’s Final White House Correspondents’ Dinner Kicks Off With Will Smith, Priyanka Chopra, Bryan Cranston, WME & UTA Brass

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With Hollywood A-listers from WME's Ari Emanuel, UTA's Jay Sures, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Quantico's Priyanka Chopra, Shonda Rhimes and cast members of Scandal and House of Cards in attendance, President Barack Obama's final White House Correspondents Dinner is kicking off in D.C right now. POTUS and the First Lady aren't expected to show up at the Washington Hilton for the 2,700 guest strong Larry Wilmore hosted nerd prom about another hour, but the red carpet… Read


‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Finale Ratings Steady With 2015, ‘Shark Tank’ & ‘Originals’ Rise

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There were NBA Playoffs on ESPN and Day 2 of the 2016 NFL Draft on the NFL Network last night but neither seemed to score much over the Big 4 and the CW. Though on another level, things will be simmering a bit less on Friday nights with the Season 15 finale of Hell's Kitchen (1.0/4). Up a tenth from last week among 18-49, the Gordon Ramsay cooking competition picked a winner but also held pretty steady with its last ender too. Usually dropping a show onto Fridays is the… Read

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‘The Jungle Book’ Swings Past $600M Global; Crossing $400M Overseas Today

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Safe to say there’s more than the bare necessities coming to Disney this weekend. Swinging along with the international debut of Captain America: Civil War, the Mouse’s The Jungle Book is crossing $400M today overseas. That’s after the Jon Favreau-helmed Jungle-naut passed $600M globally yesterday. The Jungle Book is winning the domestic weekend with an expected $38.8M 3rd frame. The overall totals through yesterday are $219.9M for North America, $386M for international… Read

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ Shoots To $84M In 3 Days At Offshore Box Office – Saturday Update

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UPDATE Saturday, 8:38 AM: With another eight international territories opening Friday, Captain America: Civil War‘s launch frame is still running on par with the performance of Avengers: Age of Ultron last year and has now taken in $84M in three days of release. Team Cap and Team Iron Man are currently busting it up in 38 offshore markets. In Mexico yesterday, they beat Ultron‘s start to log the best industry opening of all time, according to Disney, with a haul of $7.3M… Read


Daytime Emmys Creative Arts Winners: PBS & CBS Dominate

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Winners were named tonight in 66 categories at the Creative Arts portion of the two-night Daytime Emmy Awards, with CBS and PBS dominating with a total of 26 wins between them. CBS came in with 11 wins, among them 5 for The Young and the Restless, and a win for This Morning in the talk show/morning program directing category. The Creative Arts ceremony was held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The second night of Emmy bestowing, which will not be… Read


Politics, Legends, Lassie And Lollobrigida Share The Spotlight As TCM Classic Film Festival Gets Rolling In Hollywood

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It is TCM Classic Film Festival time again in Hollywood as the film-centric cable channel throws its 7th Annual fest devoted to all things good about old movies. Actually I hate to use the term “old movies,” because if you’ve never seen it, it’s brand new in a way, and “classic” never goes out of style. Last night at the TCL Chinese Theatre the fest got political with its main opening attraction, a 40th anniversary screening of All The President’s Men. And although… Read


Labor Department: Art Directors Guild Exec Director Is “Officer” & Must Stand For Election

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In a move that could send shock waves throughout the leadership of every major Hollywood union and guild, the U.S. Department of Labor has ordered Scott Roth, executive director of the Art Directors Guild, to stand for election for the first time since he was brought in to lead the union in 1997. For nearly two decades, he has been re-upped every three years by the guild's board of directors — and served at its pleasure. But now the DOL has ruled that Roth is an "officer"… Read


USA To Redevelop ‘Brooklyn Animal Control’ Pilot, Passes On ‘Poor Richard’s Almanack’


USA Network has made decisions on its two outstanding drama pilots, Brooklyn Animal Control, based on the IDW Publishing comic created by JT Petty, and Poor Richard’s Almanack. According to sources, none of the two is going forward. I hear Brooklyn Animal Control, from Universal Cable Prods., will be redeveloped with Petty, who also wrote the original pilot and executive produced it with David S. Goyer, Circle of Confusion's Rick Jacobs & David Alpert, and IDW… Read