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Warner Bros. Becomes First Major Studio To Cross $2 Billion This Year At Domestic B.O. Propelled By ‘Wonder Woman’, ‘It’

During a sleepy December weekend for the industry at the box office, Warner Bros. became the first major studio to cross $2 billion this year. It will ultimately end up as their second-best year ever, after 2009’s $2.13 billion. The Burbank, CA studio also set an industry record for exceeding $1 billion at the domestic B.O. during 18 of the last 19 years. Responsible for amassing those figures are seven titles that have crossed $100M, more than any studio year-to-date so… Read

TV

‘SNL’: James Franco Gets Help From Seth Rogen & Jonah Hill, Bleeds Comedy

James Franco kicked off his fourth turn as host of Saturday Night Live – an unspecial milestone that doesn’t come with a commemorative jacket – with a little help from friends Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and, best of all, an embittered Steve Martin, who whined angrily from his spot in the audience, “I used to be the center of attention.” Aside from the cameos, and as SNL monologues go, Franco’s opener was otherwise unmemorable. His contributions to the show’s later sketches… Read

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Tackles Sexual Harassment: Lots Of Jokes, Fewer Laughs

Remember all those minutes ago when Saturday Night Live stood accused of ignoring Hollywood’s sexual harassment scandals and crimes? Now the phrase “making up for lost time” seems to be hovering over the NBC comedy like so many groping Christmas spirits. Last night’s episode, hosted by James Franco, hit the subject often, though rarely with the fresh, gleeful mix of blunt force trauma and expert precision that’s powered the best of the show’s Trump-era political sketches… Read

Film

Hugh Grant: “In My Fantasy World, I’m In A Scorsese Film”; Actor Talks Career At BAFTA Event

"The films I like best really involve a lot of violence and death, so in my fantasy world, I'm in a Martin Scorsese film,” said Hugh Grant at a Saturday night BAFTA Life In Pictures event when asked about folks with whom he’d like to work. He mused, “I can't really imagine why I haven't been cast in one when you think of the natural menace I bring to the screen.” Yet, the actor who last year came out of semi-retirement to critical praise for his turn opposite Meryl Streep… Read

Awards News

‘Dina’, ‘The Defiant Ones’ Top IDA Docu Awards – Complete Winners List

The 33rd annual IDA Documentary Awards named Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini's Dina Best Feature, with HBO's The Defiant Ones nabbing the honor forBest Limited Series. Laura Checkoway’s Edith+Eddie was named best short. The awards ceremony, hosted by actor/comedian Maz Jobrani, was held tonight at Los Angeles’ Paramount Theatre. Other winners included Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin's LA 92, PBS' Independent Lens, BBC's Planet Earth II, The New York Times Op-Docs, and Joel… Read

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‘SNL’: Al Franken, Roy Moore On Santa’s Naughty List In Cold Open

UPDATE, with video No political impressions or surprise guests to kick off tonight’s Saturday Night Live cold open – instead, the NBC comedy went with a Christmas bit that had a bunch of wised-up kids asking Kenan Thompson’s shopping mall Santa questions like, “Can you tell me, what did Al Franken do?” Asked the little boy in a reindeer sweater, “And what kinda list is Roy Moore on?” “It’s more of a registry,” replied Kate McKinnon’s helpful elf, asking Santa to refrain… Read

Film

John Boyega Arrives At ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Premiere After Snowy Journey

After an arduous journey from the snowy south, John Boyega has finally made it to Hollywood for the world premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The Twitterverse has been following Boyega, who plays Finn in Star Wars, as he has tweeted about being grounded in Atlanta after five to 12 inches of snow fell on the city and possibly missing the big red carpet premiere at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. “Wow ATL. Looks like no one's leaving!” he said. He kept fans updated… Read

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Gets Heightened Security At Hollywood Premiere

Disney pulled out all the stops tonight in making sure that everyone was safe at the Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiere going to extremes that the SAG awards and other Hollywood premieres haven’t executed in the past at events in the Shrine Auditorium. Cars entering the parking garage from 32nd street in downtown L.A.went through two checkpoints in order to get in: one with bomb-sniffing dogs and another with mirrors. Oscar-nominated actress Minnie Driver had no problem… Read

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Red Carpet World Premiere: Watch The Live Stream

The wait is over. The world premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is finally here. The highly-anticipated eighth installment and follow-up to The Force Awakens is taking Hollywood’s Shrine Auditorium to a galaxy far, far away tonight as the cast and crew celebrate the blockbuster. The premiere is well under way and you can watch all the action as if you were there in the live stream above. The premiere is well on its way and will end when the screening starts (which won’t… Read

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‘Sense8’ Finale Special First Look: Cast Hopes To Give Fans An “End That Will Satisfy Them”

Netflix has released a new video giving audiences a first look at the forthcoming Sense8 finale special. The sci-fi series will take its final bow in 2018. After being canceled on June 1 after two seasons,there were rumblings of a series finale that would wrap up the series with a feature-length finale about the cluster of 8 people across the globe who are connected by thoughts and actions. This was confirmed when Lana Wachowski, on behalf of co-creators Lilly Wachowski… Read

Business

LA Weekly New Owners Apologize For Transition Snafus, Name Interim Editor

Amid threats of a boycott and anger over their secretive and awkward transition, the new owners of the LA Weekly have sent out an apology statement to the readership. “We have made numerous missteps in the transition of new leadership at L.A. Weekly,” said the letter from Semanal Media’s Brian Calle and David Welch, who have spearheaded what can only be described as a ham-handed first few weeks of owning the alternative publication. “We acknowledge it. We own it. We… Read

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‘Marvel’s Jessica Jones’: Season 2 Premiere Date Set For Netflix Superhero Series

Marvel’s favorite super-strong, smart-mouthed, whiskey-loving private investigator is coming back. Netflix’s acclaimed Marvel’s Jessica Jones has set a premiere date for the second season on March 8, 2018. The Peabody-winning series made a video announcement of the premiere date on social media (which can be seen below). All 13 episodes will drop on the streaming giant at 12:01 AM on March 8, 2018. The 55-second video tease hangs itself on the fact that the titular… Read