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Aaron Sorkin To Congressional Newbies: “Stop Acting Like Young People”; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Fires Back

Aaron Sorkin

Aaron Sorkin finds a lot to like in the 2020 field of Democratic presidential hopefuls, but there’s one aspect of the party he is less upbeat about: newly elected members of Congress. “I really like the new crop of young people,” he told Fareed Zakaria in an interview that aired on CNN today and was excerpted on Twitter by progressive activist Jordan Uhl. “They now need to stop acting like young people. It’s time to do that.” The Democrats, Sorkin went on, have “a great… Read

Film

With Tuesday’s Oscar Nominations, Will Academy Officials Finally Leave The Bunker?

The most fascinating part of Tuesday's Oscar nominations announcement will be watching to see whether someone, anyone, pops out of the bunker to say something, anything, about the issues afflicting the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of late. In the best of circumstances, Hollywood's film Academy is about as transparent as dirty dishwater. Policy blocks the group's governors from discussing business conducted in their closed-door meetings. Membership… Read

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President Donald Trump Tweetstorm – The Sunday Edition

A boast, a warning, an analysis, a clarification, an insult, a shout-out – it’s been a busy morning already for President Donald Trump on Twitter, as the Commander-in-Tweet continues to battle for his agenda with his permanent, ephemeral and hidden foes. Coming off his address on the border issues, the President came out swinging against Nancy Pelosi in particular, calling her a “Radical Democrat” whose behavior is irrational, warning her to “be careful.” On a lighter… Read

Business

‘Who Will Write Our History’ Tops Slow Pack of Debuts; ‘Free Solo’ at $13.1M: Specialty Box Office – Update

UPDATED with more numbers and analysis. Who Will Write Our History can claim the highest opening per theater average of 2019 among the specialties, but it has been a slow month. After the current lull, next week’s Oscar nominations and start to Sundance should reinvigorate the specialty sector. Who Will Write, a documentary released by Abramorama, found an audience this weekend with its $12,719 gross. The portrait of a man who kept an archive of recollections in the… Read

Box Office

‘Glass’ Now Looking At Third-Best MLK Weekend Opening With $47M+ Despite Cracks In Tracking – Sunday Final

Glass

Final Sunday AM after 7:49AM post: Glasslike a horror movie, was front-loaded in regards to its $14.6M Saturday being down 9% from its $16M opening (which included previews). This is a different path from M. Night Shyamalan’s previous film Split which saw a 13% spike between the two days going from $14.6M to $16.5M. This puts Glass at a 4-day that’s under $50M at $47M per Universal. Some think the Blumhouse/BVI production can still hit $50M in four days which would be… Read

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Cardi B Feuds With Tomi Lahren Over Border Wall: “I’ll Dog Walk You”

Cardi B, whose video last week decrying the government shutdown has nearly 15 million views on Instagram, is going toe to toe on Twitter with Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren. A vocal proponent of the border wall insisted on by President Donald Trump, Lahren ridiculed Cardi B’s support for the Democratic lawmakers refusing to fund Trump’s wall plan. The rapper is “the latest genius political mind to endorse the Democrats,” Lahren tweeted. “HA! Keep it up, guys! #MAGA… Read

Box Office

‘Glass’ Cracks $89M 3-Day Global Bow; ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Nears $800M WW – International Box Office

Glass

Refresh for latest…: M. Night Shyamalan's Glass took the top spot at the international box office this weekend with $48.5M in 55 markets. That's right in line with pre-weekend projections and positions the Blumhouse pic at 13% ahead of its predecessor, Split. Disney, which handled the first movie in Shyamalan's Eastrail 177 trilogy, 2000's Unbreakable, has overseas on Glass via Buena Vista International. Combined with the domestic take (via Universal), the global… Read

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Slip In Return, Still Solid With Host Rachel Brosnahan

In its return on the air after a five-week holiday break, Saturday Night Live last night averaged a 4.5 Live+same day household rating in the metered markets and a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating in the markets with local people meters. The show was hosted by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan with musical guest Greta Van Fleet. That was off from the last original telecast of 2018, with host Matt Damon and musical guests Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus (4.8. 2.0) Still… Read

Film

Andy Vajna, Producer Of ‘Rambo’ Films And ‘Terminator 3,’ Dies At 74

Andy Vajna, a Hungary-born producer known for backing installments of top Hollywood franchises like Rambo and The Terminator before a later stretch working as a government commissioner, has died at age 74. A cause was not specified, but Vajna’s death reportedly followed a lengthy illness. Since 2011, Vajna had worked for Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, helping to revive the country’s film industry. In a Facebook post, Orban offered a brief tribute. “We are bidding… Read

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‘SNL’: Leslie Jones Takes The Mic In ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Parody

On the same night that The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was collecting the Producers Guild award for top comedy series, the show received a more elusive honor: a parody short on Saturday Night Live. Rachel Brosnahan hosted the show and appeared as her award-winning title character for the spoof, The Raunchiest Miss Rita, which is set at the smoke-filled Gaslight Cafe. (Watch the clip above or below.) After a custodian named Rita May Johnson congratulates her on her set, Maisel… Read

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‘American Gods’ Unleashes Extended Official Trailer For Season 2

American Gods

An almost two-minute trailer for Season 2 of American Gods is out, showcasing the ongoing squabbles between the Old Gods and New Gods. Based on the Nail Gaiman novel, the show will have its Season 2 bow on Sunday, March 10 at 8 PM ET/PT on Starz. American Gods stars Ricky Whittle (The 100Nappily Ever After) as Shadow Moon and Ian McShane (Deadwood, John Wick) as Mr. Wednesday.  The one-hour drama centers on a war brewing between Old Gods and New Gods, as the traditional… Read

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Gillian Anderson Set To Join ‘The Crown’ Season Four As Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Gillian Anderson is set to star as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of The Crown. The X-Files star has been signed up to play the Iron Lady, although viewers will likely have to wait more than a year to see her on screens as the third season of the Left Bank drama has yet to air. The third season of the Netflix drama, which will air this year, will see Olivia Colman replace Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and Tobias Menzies replacing… Read