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The Film Academy’s Annual Report Shows Assets Way Up, But Bond Proceeds Going Fast

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday sent members its annual report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018, along with a video review of the year. As predicted, the big number was really big: Total assets of the nonprofit rose to $1,073,953,000, up almost 12 percent from 961,531,100 a year earlier. Liabilities fell to $411,879,000 from $418, 657,300; so the gain in net assets was a handsome 22 percent, to $662,104,000 from $542,873,800. Looking a… Read

Box Office

Presidents Day Weekend $151M+ B.O. Is The Lowest Since 2001

Talk about a terrible Presidents Day weekend at the box office. The four-day frame, which has come alive in recent years with such opening hits as Universal’s Fifty Shades of Grey ($93M), Fox’s Deadpool ($152.1M) and last year’s Disney/Marvel epic Black Pantherthe third-highest 4-day opener of all-time with $242.1M–is down a whopping 56% from a year ago with an estimated $151.1M.  A year ago at this time, Black Panther led all films to the 4-day holiday’s best result… Read

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James Dahl Dies: Filmmaker For ‘The End Of The Tour’ Was 40

James Andrews Dahl, a filmmaker whose Modern Man Films produced the critically acclaimed biopic The End of the Tour about David Foster Wallace, died Feb. 13 at age 40 in West Hollywood. A memorial service will be held Monday, Feb. 18 at 1 PM at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Mortuary, 1218 Glendon Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Dahl’s honor to the Harry Ransom Center at The University of… Read

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50 Cent Threatened By NYPD Commander: “Shoot Him On Sight”

The New York Police Dept. has started an investigation into a Brooklyn commander who told his officers to shoot rapper/actor 50 cent on sight. The New York Daily News reports Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez, the commanding officer of the 72nd Precinct in Sunset Park, is the person who made the threat. Gonzalez made the remark last June 7, a date when 50 Cent (real name: Curtis Jackson) was scheduled to attend an NYPD-sanctioned boxing match in the Bronx. The morning… Read

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Sundance’s ‘Fighting With My Family’ Slugs A Winning Open; ‘2019 Oscar Shorts’ Strong: Specialty Box Office

Just weeks after playing at last month’s Sundance Film Festival, bio-dramedy Fighting With My Family by director Stephen Merchant and starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is having a fighting round over the holiday weekend. The MGM release won the weekend, coming in with over $131K in the three-day in four theaters, averaging nearly $33K. The title's four-day estimate at over $163K brings its per theater average to $40,896. That was the weekend's best per theater average… Read

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‘Alita’ Adds $56M Overseas; ‘The Wandering Earth’ Becomes #2 Movie Ever In China – International Box Office

Refresh for latest…: After getting off to an early start in Asia last weekend, Fox/Lightstorm's Alita: Battle Angel moved into wide offshore release this session with $56.2M in 86 markets. That brings the total on the expensive James Cameron-produced pic to $94.4M at the international box office. Key releases in China and Japan are on deck for Friday. Fox had earlier taken advantage of the Chinese New Year to push Alita out in South East Asia where the source material and… Read

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SNL: Don Cheadle Tweaks Trump With A Hockey Jersey

Saturday Night Live host Don Cheadle used his clothes for political and social messaging this week as part of his duties (see the photo of his transgender support), and managed to sneak in a wry message about President Donald Trump into the closing segment. As the cast and guests lined up for the traditional farewell, Cheadle stood front and center wearing a hockey jersey from the former Soviet Union. The televised portion cut away for the west coast, but Cheadle turned… Read

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SNL: Celebrity Family Feud Goes “Gaga” For Oscar Nominees

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It’s pre-Oscars Weekend, so what better time to trot out the cast of SNL for a good, old-fashioned game of Celebrity Family Feud: Oscars Edition. Host Steve Harvey (Kenan Thompson) welcomed veteran and newbie Oscar nominees like Spike Lee (Don Cheadle), Glenn Close (Kate McKinnon), Sam Elliot (Beck Bennett), Olivia Coleman (Cecily Strong), Lady Gaga (Melissa Villaseñor), Bradley Cooper (Kyle Mooney), Rami Malek (Pete Davidson) and Mahershala Ali (Chris Redd) Thompson… Read

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Slip With Host Don Cheadle

Don Cheadle made his debut as Saturday Night Live host last night. The episode, featuring Gary Clark Jr. as musical guest and Alec Baldwin’s return as Donald Trump declaring “fake border emergency, averaged a 4.3 Live+same day household rating in the metered markets and a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating in the markets with local people meters. That was down from last week’s SNL with another first-time host, young singer Halsey, who also served as musical guest (4.7, 1.9). They… Read

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President Donald Trump Tweetstorm – The Sunday Edition

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President Donald Trump gave his review of Saturday Night Live’s cold open this morning:  “Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC!” The bit, featuring Alec Baldwin doing his Trump imitation and lampooning the border situation, always provokes the Commander-in-Tweet, who has taken shots at Baldwin and SNL before. But this is a critic who has more than the power of the pen (or keyboard) to take action, which makes some of his comments  dangerous and… Read

Box Office

‘Alita’ Battles Her Way To $41M+ 5-Day, But Remains Far From Heaven At The B.O.

Sunday AM Update: When a studio or a filmmaker builds a movie for north of $170M, the expectation is to soar to the greatest heights at the box office, and a passion project in the hands of James Cameron as producer — what studio wouldn’t double down on that, especially in an era starving for fresh franchises? His Alita: Battle Angel, directed by Robert Rodriguez, is easily winning the Presidents Day box office, with a $27.8M 3-day and $33M 4-day and a revised 5-day of $41… Read

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John Mulaney To Return As ‘Saturday Night Live’ Host

Writer-comedian John Mulaney will host NBC’s Saturday Night Live on March 2, joined by musical guest Thomas Rhett. The announcement was made during tonight’s SNL telecast hosted by Don Cheadle. This will be the second hosting stint for former SNL writer Mulaney whose first turn in April 2018 was well received, as was Mulaney’s recent appearance on Weekend Update alongside Pete Davidson (photo above). Mulaney is one of only three former SNL non-cast member writers to host… Read