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‘Aquaman’ Amazon Prime Previews Hook $2M Besting ‘Jumanji 2’

One Saturday 7PM show at roughly 1,225 theaters last night of Warner Bros./DC’s Aquaman made a huge $2M in paid sneaks, a figure that beats the $1.86M earned by Amazon Prime’s previous collaboration with Sony a year ago on Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. If we were to rank Aquaman on this weekend’s B.O. chart it would file in 13th place behind Fox Searchlight’s The Favourite ($2.5M weekend at 439 theaters) and ahead of Fox/New Regency’s Widows ($1.2M at 1,228). Already, Aq… Read

Box Office

‘Mortal Engines’ Conks Out At The B.O. And Is Poised To Lose At Least $100M+: Here’s Why

There is nothing more daunting right now in the current franchise-obsessed box office marketplace than launching an original piece of sci-fi/fantasy. This weekend, we're seeing the Peter Jackson-produced, $110M+ Mortal Engines a casualty of its own ambition to create a brand new world on screen, with a disastrous opening of $7.5M and a running worldwide total of $42.3M. Rival film finance sources project that should Mortal Engines chug its way to a global gross of… Read

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Colin Kroll Dies: CEO Of HQ Trivia And Co-Founder Of Vine Was 35

Colin Kroll, the former co-founder of social media sensation Vine and CEO of HQ Trivia, was found dead early Sunday morning from what news reports quoting police sources claim was an apparent drug overdose. The 35-year-old Kroll's body was discovered by police after his girlfriend told them she could not reach him. The police and the girlfriend went to his SoHo apartment on Spring Street in New York City just after midnight and found Kroll in his bedroom. Kroll was the… Read

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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Opens Solid as Others Bow Slowly; ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Expands with Fine: Specialty Box Office

The weekend opening of Annapurna's If Beale Street Could Talk provided some box office zest in an awards season that has had its share of doldrums. Directed by Barry Jenkins, the film, which is his follow- up to the 2016 Oscar Best Picture winner Moonlight, did not roll out with the apex numbers of the latter's opening frame. But Beale Street nevertheless showed solid zeal. If Beale Street Could Talk had a $219,173 take in four locations Friday to Sunday, averaging… Read

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Rudy Giuliani: President Trump Will Meet With Mueller “Over My Dead Body”

President Donald Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said today that Trump will sit down with special counsel Robert Mueller “over my dead body.” Speaking on Fox News Sunday to Chris Wallace, the former New York City mayor said that ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was “railroaded” and “framed” into making some recent bombshell revelations. Giuliani also claimed that Trump initially “didn’t know about” alleged hush-money payments made by former Trump attorney Michael… Read

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‘Aquaman’ Reels In $261M Overseas Cume As China Powers To $189M; ‘Spider-Verse’ Swings To $21M Bow – International Box Office

Aquaman

Refresh for latest…: Propelled by a super strong hold in its second China frame, Warner Bros/DC's Aquaman has splashed to a running cume of $261.3M at the international box office. Adding 42 markets this session, the full weekend was $126.4M to lead all overseas play. The James Wan-directed standalone is swimming faster than Justice League by 65% and is more than double the DCEU's previous origin story, Wonder Woman, in like-for-like markets. The China performance has… Read

TV

‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Rise To Tie A Season High With Host Matt Damon

Saturday Night Live‘s last original telecast of 2018, with host Matt Damon, musical guests Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus, and appearances by Robert de Niro, Ben Stiller and Alec Baldwin, averaged a 4.8 Live+same day household rating in the metered markets and a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating in the markets with local people meters. That was up sharply from last week’s show, hosted by Jason Momoa with musical guest Mumford & Sons (4.3, 1.7) to tie the the Sept. 29 SNL season… Read

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Donald Trump Rips ‘Saturday Night Live’ In Tweetstorm – The Sunday Edition

Continuing his recent media jihad on Twitter, President Donald Trump today attacked NBC and its comedy program Saturday Night Live as a “Democrat spin machine” in his morning online broadsides, and issued a call for a court test of the limits of free speech. The tweet followed SNL‘s Christmas episode last night, which opened with It's a Wonderful Trump, an It’s a Wonderful Life spoof imagining America in which Trump was never president and where everyone is happier. “A… Read

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‘SNL’: Matt Damon’s Christmas As The Weinstein Co. Holiday Ornament Isn’t The Same At The Back Of The Tree

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – except if you’re a Christmas ornament banished to the back of the tree. The premise: A drunk Santa ornament (Beck Bennett) is hung on the back of the Christmas tree alongside an old Good Will Hunting ornament (Matt Damon) and other tacky ornaments (Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Cecily Strong, Mikey Day) only seen by the wall. Their sad and hilarious stories tell Santa of how they arrived at this particularly… Read

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‘Spider-Verse’ Raises $35M+ As ‘The Mule’ Kicks Up $17M+ In Pre-Christmas Period, But ‘Mortal Engines’ Breaks Down With $7M+

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

6th Update/Writethru, Sunday AM, after Friday night and Saturday AM postsWith chart. Holiday distractions prevented Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse from getting any higher this weekend to what some were expecting would be a possible $40M start. That anticipation was fueled by the fact that this was a Marvel title coming off of stellar exits polls, with an A+ CinemaScore, 5-Star PostTrak. But we need to remember, it’s still the pre-Christmas period and business… Read

Film

Stephen Woolley & Elizabeth Karlsen To Receive BAFTA For Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema

Carol and Colette producers Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, co-founders of Number 9 Films, are to receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the 72nd BAFTAs on Sunday 10 February in London. Previous recipients of the prestigious BAFTA award include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title, John Hurt and BBC Films. Producing duo Woolley and Karlsen are among the most prolific indie film producers working in the UK today… Read

TV

Pete Davidson Shows Christmas Spirit In Brief ‘SNL’ Appearance After Disturbing Post

Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson raised a lot of concern on Saturday with an unsettling Instagram post that reportedly triggered a welfare check by NYPD. Hours later, he made a brief appearance on SNL, showing everyone that he was alive and well, and even donned a Christmas-colored outfit to fit in with the show’s Christmas theme and the song that followed him. Davidson introduced musical guest Miley Cyrus’ performance of John Lennon and Yoke Ono’s classic (Ha… Read