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‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Sends Universal Past $1B Mark At Domestic B.O.

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Even though Universal’s original ABBA sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again was unexpectedly beat by Sony’s Equalizer 2 for the No. 1 spot at the North American’s weekend box office, $35.8 million to $34.4 million, the Universal City studio can celebrate that its clicked past the $1 billion mark at the domestic box office today. It marks the lot’s eighth time in a row to eclipse the milestone. Universal currently ranks second for the year behind Disney, which has amassed… Read

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‘McQueen’ Stylish And ‘Blindspotting’ Solid In Debuts, ‘Eighth Grade’ Gets High Marks In Week 2 – Specialty Box Office

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Bleecker Street was looking to capture the nonfiction zeitgeist of this spring and summer's robust runs of popular documentaries like Won't You Be My Neighbor?, RBG and Three Identical Strangers, and it appears to have dazzled with its Tribeca premiere McQueen. Directed by Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui, the title about late British fashion sage Alexander McQueen grossed $96,928 in four theaters this weekend in its debut, an average of $24,232 per screen, a number that… Read

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Jeanine Pirro Thanks Whoopi Goldberg For Making Her Book No. 1 On Bestseller List

As expected, Judge Jeanine Pirro wasted no time responding to her heated showdown with Whoopi Goldberg on The View Thursday. At the top of her Fox News show Justice on Saturday, Pirro sarcastically thanked Goldberg for helping her book make it to No. 1 on the bestseller list. “I much preferred you (Goldberg) in the movie Ghost than on The View,” Pirro snarked. (It was a reply to Goldberg’s earlier statement to Pirro, in which Goldberg said "Jeanine, good luck with your… Read

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Elmarie Wendel Dies: ‘3rd Rock From The Sun’ Actress Was 89

Actress Elmarie Wendel, best known for her role as the eccentric Mrs. Dubcek on NBC’s long-running sitcom 3rd Rock From The Sun, has died. Her daughter, actress J.C. Wendel, confirmed her mother’s death on Instagram (see below).  No cause of death was given. Wendel was 89. Wendel began her career on the stage in New York City in both Broadway and off-Broadway productions. She joined the national touring company of Annie, which brought her to Los Angeles, and a successful… Read

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Shocker: ‘Mamma Mia 2’ Meets B.O. Waterloo As ‘Equalizer 2’ Is The No. 1 Winner That Takes It All With $35M+

6th Update, Sunday AM: With chart In a box office defeat that no one anticipated, Denzel Washington’s first sequel ever, Equalizer 2, stole most of the No. 1 money away from Universal’s Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, $35.8M to $34.4M. Even more for Sony to relish is that Equalizer 2 beat its first chapter’s $34.1M opening plus it’s the second back-to-back No. 1 opening for Sony this summer after last weekend’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. Mamma Mia 2 also improved… Read

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Judy Craymer Rides High On ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Success And Explains How Meryl Streep Did Surrender

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The cynics are defeated; Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again has won the war. On track for a near-$40m opening weekend, critics couldn't escape if they wanted to, and audiences have promised to love ABBA jukebox musicals forevermore. It's another remarkable achievement for Littlestar chief Judy Craymer, who produced both films in the expanding Mamma Mia! Cinematic Universe (with Gary Goetzman) and has been the architect of bringing ABBA's music to the stage and screen for more… Read

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SAG-AFTRA Board Approves Two Contracts Including Network Code Worth $200 Million Annually, Not $400 Million

The SAG-AFTRA national board has overwhelmingly approved terms of a new contract called the Network Code – which covers a wide range of non-primetime programs aired on the Big Four broadcast networks including soap operas, game shows, talk shows and quiz shows, as well as sports and variety shows. The pact now goes to the union's members for final ratification. The national board Saturday also unanimously approved a first-ever tentative agreement with Telemundo Television… Read

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One Dead In Hostage Standoff At Trader Joe’s In Los Angeles; Suspect In Custody – Update

2ND WRITETHRU, 8:20 PM: A woman was killed during a three-hour standoff at the Trader Joe's in Silver Lake that played out on live TV and ended with a suspect taken into custody. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said at a news conference that the woman was shot inside the store but did not provide further details. "Our officers rescued that woman from inside and attempted to render aid with the assistance of LA Fire, but unfortunately were unable to revive her,” LAPD Chief… Read

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‘Wynonna Earp’ Renewed For Fourth Season By Syfy – Comic-Con

Just days after its Season 3 premiere, Syfy has ordered a fourth season of cult favorite supernatural Western series Wynonna Earp, Deadline has confirmed. Keeping up its tradition, the news was to be announced during the show’s panel Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con. Adapted from the IDW Publishing comic book created by Beau Smith, the show follows Wyatt Earp's great-granddaughter (Melanie Scrofano) as she battles demons and other supernatural beings and uses her unique… Read

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‘Deadly Class’ Schools SDCC With Punk-Fueled Trailer – Comic-Con

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EXCLUSIVE: Smothered in the last years of the Reagan Era, Deadly Class made its Comic-Con debut Saturday with a new trailer for the upcoming Syfy series based on Rick Remender and Wes Craig's comic. "We've been huge fans of the book and huge fans of Rick Remender and we've put a lot of time and thought and energy and passion into bringing that book to the screen as authentically as possible," executive producer Joe Russo told the crowd packed into the Indigo Ballroom at… Read

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Ryan Reynolds Shares His Real Thoughts About ‘Green Lantern’ & ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ – Comic-Con

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If you were expecting the Deadpool 2 panel at San Diego Comic-Con to reveal some news about a third installment or an X-Force movie, consider your expectations not met. Instead, the panel shared deleted scenes from the upcoming “Super Duper $@%!#& Cut” of the movie which will be released August 21 on Blu-ray and DVD. Still, that doesn’t mean there was juicy news from the Deadpool team. Moderated by Karan Soni (who played Deadpool’s unofficial partner Dopinder), the panel… Read

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‘The Flash’ Casts Chris Klein As Season 5 Villain Cicada – Comic-Con

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There’s a new bad guy headed for Central City. During The Flash’s portion of the Warner Bros Television/DCTV panel at Comic-Con on Saturday, the series’ cast and creators announced that Chris Klein has been cast as super-villain Cicada for the show’s upcoming Season 5. In the DC mythology, Cicada was a mysterious cult leader who aimed to murder anybody that The Flash had ever saved, using trademark lightning bolt daggers. WBTV and DC describe him as “a grizzled… Read