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‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Heading Toward $60M Franchise Record Opening

3RD UPDATE, FRIDAY PM Writethru following midday update: It’s always great when your threequel doesn’t play like one at the box office, rather significantly better. While DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3 repped the lowest opening in its trilogy at $41.2M (down from its original’s $60.2M), the studio’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World via Universal is heading toward the best debut out of three with $60M at 4,259 theaters coming off its 2014 part 2 ($49.4M)… Read

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Bill Maher Slams Jussie Smollett As A Gift To Fox News (And A Lousy Actor)

Update, with video added Bill Maher figures there’s at least one beneficiary of Jussie Smollett’s alleged hoax attack: Fox News. “Fox News will dine out on this,” Maher said during the panel discussion on tonight’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Earlier in the show, during the opening monologue, Maher said, “Of course Fox News loves this story because it proves their stupid theory that racism is a hoax.” Smollett, Maher said, “wanted to be a victim without going through all… Read

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R. Kelly Indicted On 10 Felony Counts Of Aggravated Sexual Abuse With Minors

UPDATE, 8:45 PM: R. Kelly has voluntarily surrendered and is confirmed to be in policy custody in Cook County, Ill, according to a police spokesman. A bond hearing will be held on Saturday afternoon. Kelly faces several counts, all Class 2 felonies in Illinois, and a probational offense that carries a potential sentence of three to seven years. UPDATED with details from news conference, 1: 33 PM: Rumors about R. Kelly and underage girls have swirled since the 1990s… Read

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Venezuela ‘Live Aid’ Concert Blocked As Tensions Rise On Colombia Border

Tensions are high along the border between Colombia and Venezuela, as a major push to deliver humanitarian aid could descend into violence on Saturday. On Friday, musicians held a Live Aid Venezuela concert in border town Cucuta, Colombia to pressure Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro to let humanitarian aid into Venezuela, ending the show with a rendition of John Lennon's "Imagine." Concert organizer Richard Branson also took the concert stage, exhorting the crowd in a… Read

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Precious Harris Dies: Sister Of VH1 Reality Star/Rapper T.I. Was 66

Precious Harris, older sister of rapper and VH1 reality show star T.I. of T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle, died today of injuries sustained in a car accident last week.  She was 66. Harris had three children, including Kayama Chapman, Avis Chapman-Reese and Kareem "Plug" Chapman. Harris's daughter, Kamaya, wrote on Instagram that she was "heartbroken." T.I. (real name Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.) also posted on Instagram on his sister's death. The day before he… Read

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Talent Agents Fire Back At WGA’s “Attempt To Divide” With “Misinformation And Myths”; Guild Responds – Update

UPDATED with WGA statement: The Association of Talents Agents has fired back at the Writers Guild, claiming that the WGA's attempts to "divide" the agency business to kill off packaging deals and force them out of the production business is filled with "misinformation and myths." WGA West president David A. Goodman issued a statement to Deadline in response this evening. Read it below. In an email today to her members, ATA executive director Karen Stuart blasted the… Read

Awardsline

Notes On The Season: New Jersey Bookies Betting On Oscar; ‘Roma’ Stars Bid Farewell To The Circuit; Tarantino Saves Film Projection

A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit. And now it all comes down to this. On Sunday at the Dolby Theatre, the long, often bruising movie awards season comes to an end. And not a moment too soon. The predictions will end and the real winners will emerge as the 91st Annual Academy Awards gets underway at 5pm PT. On Tuesday and Wednesday nights of this week, I took a truly unscientific survey of the film savvy audience who each week attend my… Read

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KTLA Anchor Chris Burrous Death Ruled Accidental By County Coroner

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UPDATED with cause of death: KTLA anchor Chris Burrous’s death has been ruled accidental, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office. Burrous died on Dec. 27 from what the coroner called methamphetamine toxicity, authorities said today. Other contributing factors in Burrous' death included hypertension and heart disease. Burrous is survived by his wife Mai and 9-year-old daughter Isabella. EARLIER: KTLA Morning News reporter and weekend anchor Chris Burrous died… Read

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Brody Stevens Dies: Stand-Up Comedian And Film/TV Actor Was 48

Brody Stevens, a regular at Los Angeles comedy clubs and a character actor in numerous film and television productions, died today. No cause of death or location was provided by his representatives. Born in Los Angeles as Steven James Brody, he briefly lived in Sacramento before returning to the Valley, where he developed into a standout baseball pitcher at Reseda High School. He won a scholarship to Arizona State and pitched for the Sun Devils, recording three saves in… Read

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‘Wrecked’s Will Greenberg Joins NBC’s Bradley Whitford Musical Pilot As TBS Comedy Series Faces Uncertain Future

EXCLUSIVE: Wrecked co-star Will Greenberg has been cast as one of the leads opposite Bradley Whitford and Anna Camp in NBC's church choir comedy pilot (fka All Together Now) starring and executive produced by Whitford, from Lesley Wake Webster, Jason Winer and 20th Century Fox TV. Greenberg plays Todd Hinkle on TBS Wrecked, whose third season ended its run in early October. According to TBS, no final decision has been made on the castaway comedy, though I hear the… Read

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Oscars Pregame Warmup: Watch Deadline’s Reviews Of All Eight Best Picture Nominees

Oscar Best Picture 2019

Over the past year, beginning in February with Black Panther and ending in December with ViceI did video reviews of all of what eventually became the eight nominees for Best Picture at the 91st annual Academy Awards. Check them all out and see which one you think will take the Oscars’ big prize Sunday night. Black Panther Disney/A Marvel Studios Production Kevin Feige, Producer Release Date: February 16, 2018 Hammond’s Takeaway: A dazzling film that not only thrills at… Read

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‘New York Undercover’ Star Malik Yoba To Reprise Role In ABC Reboot Pilot

Malik Yoba, star of Dick Wolf's 1990s series New York Undercover, has been tapped to star in the contemporary reboot of the cop drama, which has a pilot order at ABC. The project hails from Wolf, Hand of God creator Ben Watkins and director Anthony Hemingway. Yoba will reprise his role as J.C. Williams from the original series. In the followup, Williams is now overseeing the unit and the next generation of detectives. Yoba was at the heart of the original series. In… Read