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‘Gentleman Jack’: First-Look At HBO & BBC One’s Suranne Jones-Fronted Period Drama

HBO and BBC One have unveiled the first-look at its forthcoming period drama Gentleman Jack. The two broadcasters have unveiled an image of Suranne Jones as Anne Lister and Sophie Rundle as Ann Walker in Sally Wainwright’s eight-part drama, which has just begun filming in West Yorkshire, UK. Set in 1832 Halifax, West Yorkshire, Gentleman Jack focuses on landowner Anne Lister, played by Doctor Foster star Jones and her determination to transform the fate of her faded… Read

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America’s Mad About Harry & Meghan; Nearly 30M Watch Royal Wedding Live

It was very early in the morning on this side of the Atlantic but 29.2 million Americans tuned in to watch live the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle yesterday. Seen on 15 networks stateside in the early morning, Saturday’s royal nuptials with the American born bride from St. George’s Chapel was up solidly from the 23 million who watched televised ceremony of Prince William and Kate Middleton back in 2011, according to Nielsen. That April royal wedding… Read

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‘Deadpool 2’ Sets Fox Record With $176M Overseas Bow; ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Tops $1.81B WW – International Box Office

UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Deadpool 2 strutted his stuff into 81 markets this weekend, grossing $176.3M at the international box office. That sets a new benchmark for Fox International as its biggest opening of all time, topping the previous record-holder, X-Men: Days Of Future Past. The offshore opening is also the biggest ever for an R-rated title, clawing away last year's Logan. In all launch markets this session, Ryan Reynolds' Merc with a mouth scored the No. 1 spot and… Read

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LeBron James-Led Rout By Cleveland Draws ESPN’s Second-Best NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 3 Rating Ever

The NBA Playoffs are heating up, an auspicious sign for advertisers, movie studios and basketball stakeholders alike. The Eastern Conference Finals, which tilted toward Boston after the first two games, rode a decisive LeBron James-led comeback win by Cleveland on Saturday to tally the second-highest rating in ESPN’s years of airing conference finals series. The 30-point shellacking of the Celtics by the Cavaliers drew a 5.1 metered market rating, up 11% from the… Read

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Patricia Morison Dies: Glamourous Movie Star Of The 1940s Was 103

Actress Patricia Morison, who brought a touch of grace and style to even her anti-heroine film roles, has died at age 103.  She passed at her Los Angeles home of natural causes. Morison had a huge presence in films of the 1940s, and appeared in such classics as Song of Bernadette and Dressed To Kill opposite such stars as Basil Rathbone, Ray Milland, Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, among many others. Sporting long, flowing hair down to her hips, Morison often was… Read

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‘First Reformed’ Nabs Top Spot; ‘Pope Francis’ Mixed: Specialty Box Office

UPDATED at 11:30AM PT with more numbers and analysis. Paul Schrader's dramatic thriller First Reformed, starring Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried, handily outpaced all new limited release titles over the weekend with a per-theater average of $25,067. The A24 newcomer played four locations Friday to Sunday, grossing $100,270, the second highest gross of any limited-release title reporting numbers this weekend. The top grosser overall was Focus Features doc Pope Francis – A M… Read

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Guns On The Playbill? Every Major Studio Has Them This Season

Down at the beach, every other trash can is wrapped in what suddenly seems an unnerving image, given the recent school shootings, including last week's in Texas. There's baby-faced Alden Ehrenreich, as Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story from Lucsfilm and Disney, aiming squarely at the viewer with an outsized handgun (and it is exactly that, whatever fantasy blast it is presumed to emit in the latest installment of the sci-fi epic). Just below, a smiling Emilia Clark, as… Read

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Billboard Music Awards Reveals Non-Televised Award Winners

Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with six awards already won in the non-televised award categories for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, taking place today in Las Vegas and set to be broadcast live on both coasts via NBC-TV. Lamar is tied with Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran this year for most nominations (15). His already secured awards include Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Male Artist, Top Rap Album, Top Streaming Songs Artist and Top Streaming Song… Read

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President Trump Tweetstorm: Back On The Attack After Quiet Period

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After a relatively quiet period, the Commander-in-Tweet was at it again Sunday morning, railing against the New York Times, Hillary Clinton, the Mueller “Witch Hunt” and Tony Podesta. Trump’s ire was back in form after Armed Forces Day, his wife’s illness, and the Texas high school shootings caused a lull in his usual output. Today, he was in attack mode once again, no doubt sparked by the Times story that detailed efforts by foreign governments to help the Trump… Read

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Tick Up In Season Finale With Host Tina Fey

The May 19 season finale of Saturday Night Live, with host Tina Fey and musical guest Nicki Minaj, averaged a 4.5 Live+Same day household rating in the metered markets and a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating in the markets with local people meters. That was up notch from last week’s episode hosted by Amy Schumer (4.3, 1.8) and SNL‘s best overnights since the April 7 telecast, with host Chadwick Boseman and musical guest Cardi B (4.6, 2.0). Still, last night’s show, which included… Read

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‘Deadpool 2’ Swinging In As Second-Best Opening For R-Rated Pic With $125M

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UPDATED, Sunday 7:33 AM: 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool 2 has slowed, but not in the worst way, and certainly not because moviegoers lost interest. While many yesterday morning predicted a weekend north of $130M for the sequel, Saturday turned out to be not so high, coming in at $40.5M instead of the $45M+ that many were seeing, and that puts the sequel’s weekend estimates at $125M, per Fox (some see it lower at $122M-$123M). Still, at this level, Deadpool 2 is the… Read

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‘SNL’ Finale Highlights: Tina Fey Dusts Off Sarah Palin Impersonation, Takes Celebs’ Questions, Yes-Ands In ‘Chicago Improv’

Tina Fey, who confessed to joining Saturday Night Live as a writer 20 years ago (in case you were feeling young), returned to host the finale to the show’s 43rd season. (Watch select clips below.) The night didn’t prove to be a comedic peak for the show, which has had its ups and downs this year. Even so, Fey gave her fans reason to tune in, dusting off her Sarah Palin impression, taking questions from a number of A-list celebrities during her monologue, and tapping her… Read