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World Cup: Celebrating France Victory Cuts Across Politics And Other Differences

For one day, at least, the world managed to put aside its differences and celebrate a game beloved across the planet, honoring the two teams that made it to the final championship with thanks and gratitude. The 2018 World Cup final brought moments of drama, political protests, celebration, controversy on at least one call, and ultimately, a celebration of human spirit and national unity that is rarely achieved outside of sports. Here are some reactions. Deadline will… Read


BBC Unveils First Look At Drama Slate Featuring John Malkovich’s ‘The ABC Murders’ & HBO Co-Pro ‘Gentleman Jack’

The BBC has unveiled the first clip of its forthcoming slate of dramas – many of which will air on Netflix, Amazon, HBO, PBS and AMC in the U.S. The British public broadcaster launched the trailer on BBC One following its coverage of the World Cup final and has also put it online above. It features shows including John Malkovich-fronted Agatha Christie adaptation The ABC Murders, which will air on Amazon, PBS co-pro Les Misérables, which stars Dominic West and David… Read


Pussy Riot Disrupts World Cup With On-Field Protest

Russia’s Pussy Riot anarchists briefly disrupted the World Cup game between France and Croatia , sending four people dressed as police onto the field and stopping the game. The group claimed responsibility via Twitter and said the protest was a message to free political prisoners. The group managed to evade the numerous stewards on the sidelines to get onto the pitch, where one made it to midfield and high-fived France forward Kylian Mbappe. Another protester was detained… Read


World Cup: France Tops Croatia, 4-2, Returns To Glory 20 Years After Last FIFA Triumph

France decisively beat Croatia 4-2 today to win the World Cup in Moscow, a triumph 20 years in the making. The Croatian team battled hard and actually dominated play at times, but France managed to find the holes in the smaller country’s defense and never trailed. Croatia captain Luka Modric won the Golden Ball, awarded to the best player at the tournament, and assured that his name will be in the debates to come over who is the planet’s best player. The game had its… Read


Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship – ESPN Saturday Ratings Up

Saturday's Wimbledon Ladies' Championship on ESPN was the network’s highest since 2015, earning a 2.1 overnight rating from Nielsen, up 27% from a 1.7 in 2017 (Garbine Muguruza vs. Venus Williams).  The 2015 match garnered a 2.2 for Serena Williams vs. Muguruza. The rating for Saturday’s 75-minute match peaked at 2.4 in the final quarter hour (12:15-30 p.m. ET). The full ESPN telecast – starting at 8 a.m. ET with the continuation of the Rafael Nadal – Novak Djokovic… Read

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‘Eighth Grade’ Graduates to Best Opening Per Theater Average of 2018 at $63K; ’Sorry To Bother You’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office

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Bo Burnham's Sundance debut Eighth Grade opened with the best debut weekend per theater average of the year. Released via A24, the feature grossed over $252K in four locations, giving it a robust $63,071 PTA. The figure tops Searchlight's Isle Of Dogs, which now holds the second-highest opening weekend average of 2018 at $60,011. Amazon Studios launched Gus Van Sant's latest, Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot, starring Joaquin Phoenix, also in four theaters Friday… Read

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‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ Registers $100M+ WW; ‘Skyscraper’ Jumps In Low With $40M Offshore – International Box Office

Refresh for latest: After starting early offshore rollout Down Under two weeks ago, Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation checked into another 42 markets this frame, and topped the studio charts with $46.4M in 44 total hubs. The overseas tally is now $54.8M for a global total of $100.12M. The Genndy Tartakovsky-helmed threequel set a new record as Sony's biggest animated opening for the same group of 42 new markets and was No. 1 in 33. Similar… Read

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Why Dwayne Johnson Pic ‘Skyscraper’ Went Up In Flames At The B.O. With $25M+

4th Update with Sunday AM Analysis: This weekend The Rock is getting squashed by a horde of bloodsucking vampires, as Sony Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is the prime destination for families, with a studio-reported $44.1. That knocks down Dwayne Johnson’s Skyscraper to third place, with a Universal-reported $25.4M, a low result for the action star in his recent solo PG-13 credits. The opening for HT3 currently ranks behind Hotel Transylvania 2‘s… Read

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‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ At $44M+ Knocks Down Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Skyscraper’ – Sunday Update

Sunday Update: Sony, the studio responsible for delivering Dwayne Johnson’s biggest movie of all-time at the domestic box office earlier this year, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ($404.5M), beat the family action star’s Skyscraper this weekend with their family-animated film, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$44.1M to $25.4M. The animated feature, efficiently budgeted at reportedly $80M before P&A, contributes to summer’s franchise momentum, fueled by Incredibles 2… Read


How To Watch France Vs. Croatia In The World Cup Final

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup final pitting France against Croatia is Sunday at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, with kickoff set for 11 AM ET/8 AM PT. The game to wrap a wild monthlong tournament full of twists and turns, upsets and upstarts will feature one young team built for the long haul that finds itself a win away from the country’s second World Cup versus a golden generation team trying become the smallest nation ever to hoist the trophy. All with more than 1 billion… Read


Bruce Willis Roast Gets Surprise Visit From Demi Moore; Edward Norton Praises Him As A “Global D*ckhead Powerhouse”

The stars came out on Saturday night to the Comedy Central Roast of Die Hard institution and American treasure Bruce Willis — and it was a celebratory festival of reading the non-Oscar nominated actor to filth. But one of the best roasts of the evening came from surprise guest — and Willis' ex-wife — Demi Moore. In the middle of the ceremony, roast master Joseph Gordon-Levitt, out of nowhere, announced that it was Moore’s turn take the dais, surprising Willis, roasters… Read


‘Who Is America?’ Review: Sacha Baron Cohen Plays Dumb In Stupid Spoof Series

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When David Nevins called Sacha Baron Cohen "the premier provocateur of our time" in announcing the new Who Is America? series, the Showtime boss was certainly honest to a fault. Full of mild shock, zero awe and a lot of recycled scenarios, the flabby, seven-episode dupe-the-dimwits endeavor from the once blighting satirist certainly provokes a great inducement to change the cable channel. Or to paraphrase a true great provocateur, Johnny Rotten: Boring, Sasha… Read