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Aug212017

"The Hitman's Bodyguard" snuffs the competition with $21.6 million box office weekend

Lionsgate/Jack English(LOS ANGELES) -- The Hitman's Bodyguard, starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, beat expectations to take the top spot at the weekend box office with an estimated $21.1 million opening weekend.

Coming in at number two was last week's box office champ Annabelle: Creation, pulling in an estimated $15.5 million stateside and another $42 million overseas. In total, the latest film in The Conjuring series is up to $161 million, bringing the franchise's total to more than $1 billion globally.

Taking third place was the weekend's other new release, Logan Lucky. The crime drama, starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Daniel Craig, fell short of expectations, earning an estimated $8 million.

Coming in fourth was Dunkirk with an estimated $6.7 million, bringing its total in the states to $165.5 million. Overseas, the World War II drama collected an additional $8.4 million, bringing its worldwide earnings to more than $372.7 million.

Rounding out the top five was the animated feature The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, raking in $5.1 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:

1. The Hitman’s Bodyguard, $21.6 million
2. Annabelle: Creation, $15.5 million
3. Logan Lucky, $8 million
4. Dunkirk, $6.7 million
5. The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, $5.1 million
6. The Emoji Movie, $4.35 million
7. Spider-Man: Homecoming, $4.25 million
8. Girls Trip, $3.8 million
9. The Dark Tower, $3.7 million
10. Wind River, $3 million

 

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Sunday
Aug202017

King of Comedy: Hollywood reacts to Jerry Lewis' passing

Danny Martindale/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Hollywood stars took to Twitter Sunday to remember legendary comedian and entertainer Jerry Lewis, who died at age 91.

Penn and Teller's Penn Jillette was one of the first to tweet the news, writing, "Jerry Lewis just died. When I met him, I [fell] apart, just sobbed. I guess it’s time for that again.”  He then tweeted a photo of himself shaking a smiling Lewis' hand, and wrote, "How did my life get good enough that Jerry Lewis would smile at me? And how sad to lose him.”

Here are some more reactions:

William Shatner: "Condolences to the family of Jerry Lewis. The world is a lot less funnier today."

George Takei:  "We have lost a great comedian and even greater heart. Thank you for the laughs and the feels, Jerry Lewis."

Gilbert Gottfried:  "The French were right about him all along. RIP Jerry Lewis."

Joan Collins: "The King of Comedy Jerry Lewis was a tremendous talent and a good friend. Rest In Peace #jerrylewis. You'll be sorely missed."

Rob Schneider: "Oh NOOOOO!!! Jerry Lewis just died! Another comic legend has left us. Martin&Lewis were the Beatles of comedy! Nobody was EVER bigger!"

Josh Gad:  "One of the greatest of all time. A legend. A showman. A comedic icon. A movie star. An activist. A one of a kind. RIP #jerrylewis."

Patton Oswalt: "Jerry Lewis has passed on. I sincerely hope his afterlife is a warm, peaceful...haven."

Jon Cryer: "Jerry Lewis was a complicated man of astonishing talent. If u are in comedy, you've been influenced by him, whether u know it or not. RIP."

Dane Cook wrote a heartfelt Instagram essay about Lewis, whom he considered his mentor.  In part, he wrote, "He knew how to breathe life into me with truisms and simultaneously take my breath away with laughter. I would sometimes not pick up the phone on purpose so he would leave me voicemails...Thank you to my friend & mentor Jerry Lewis for believing in me. The world has truly lost its most treasured clown."

Margaret Cho: "Dick Gregory [who died Saturday] and Jerry Lewis were two of the funniest, most legendary and prolific entertainers of our generation and I bow to their genius."

Jamie Lee Curtis: "Jerry Lewis loomed large in my family. Many movies with my mom [Janet Lee] & he made home movies with Janet and [my dad] Tony [Curtis]. He made me and many laugh."

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Sunday
Aug202017

Legendary comic and entertainer Jerry Lewis, dead at 91

John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Legendary comic, entertainer and humanitarian Jerry Lewis -- whose career spanned nightclubs, movies, TV and Broadway -- has died at age 91, ABC News has confirmed.

“Sadly I can confirm that today the world lost one of the most significant human beings of the twentieth century," a rep for Lewis told ABC.

Lewis first found fame in the late 1940s and 1950s, packing nightclubs as half of the comedy team Martin & Lewis, with the late crooner and actor Dean Martin.  They became wildly popular, even starring in feature films including That's My Boy, The Stooge and The Caddy.  

The duo broke up in 1956 when Lewis decided to go solo, writing, directing and starring in future classics like The Ladies Man and The Nutty Professor.  It was then that movie critics in France began hailing Lewis as an auteur and comedy genius, an idea at which many Americans scoffed.  In 2006, he received France's Légion d’Honneur, the nation's highest honor.

As film tastes changed in the beginning of the '70s, Lewis' popularity plummeted.  He struggled both with drug addiction and with his art, unable to score a box office success, prompting him to stop directing.  However, he later won acclaim for his acting roles in movies like Martin Scorsese's 1982 satire The King of Comedy, and TV shows like Wiseguy.  He also starred on Broadway in Damn Yankees and performed one-man shows, the most recent in 2016.

Around the time he went solo, Lewis also hosted a 19-hour telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Assocation, a role that would become as iconic for him as any of his movie or TV appearances. In 1966, he started hosting the MDA's annual Labor Day telethon an served as the MDA chairman for more than 50 years, raising more than $2 billion in the process.  He hosted his last telethon in 2010, after which the MDA board forced him to step down, discontinuing the telethon in 2015.

Lewis was plagued with health issues throughout his life.  He suffered several heart attacks and fought prostate cancer, diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis. 

Lewis was also the father of a pop star: his son Gary Lewis fronted Gary Lewis & the Playboys, which scored '60s hits like "This Diamond Ring."

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Friday
Aug182017

"Game of Thrones" star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau goes from dodging dragons to surviving prison in "Shot Caller"

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- When he’s not busy dodging dragons as Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is making movies.

The Danish actor's latest film, Shot Caller, comes out in select theaters on Friday. Coster-Waldau stars as Jacob, a family man-turned-prison gang leader. After a fatal car accident gets him sentenced for involuntary manslaughter, Jacob is forced to do things he never imagined.

“It’s not just about serving the time, it's about surviving, the actor says, noting that his character shakes hands with the devil and once you do that, the devil won’t let go”

But back to that dragon-dodging. Game of Thrones has put Jaime through the wringer this season: episode four featured him nearly getting burnt to a crisp by one of Daenerys' dragons, and then getting knocked into the water, where he appeared to drown.

“To be honest, I don’t really think people thought Jaime had died, because you saw Bronn throw himself at him,” Coster-Waldau says. “There was a lot of people going, ‘Oh, he’s never gonna survive. He’s gonna drown because of the armor.’ Which is true in a real world."

Not true in Game of Thrones world, though. Jaime is alive and well, and as we learned last week, about to be a father again with his twin sister-slash-lover Cersei. So how will Jaime deal with impending fatherhood?

“He’s working on the nursery,” Coster-Waldau jokes. “He wants a daughter but he wants to keep the options open so I think he’s going with green.”

A new episode of Game of Thrones airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO.

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Friday
Aug182017

"Designated Survivor" star Kal Penn, others, resign from presidential arts committee amid Charlottesville backlash

ABC/Bob D'Amico(WASHINGTON D.C.) -- Actor Kal Penn has resigned from the President's Committee on the Arts & Humanities following President Trump's response to the deadly Charlottesville attack.

The actor tweeted the announcement, attaching a formal statement from himself and the other members of the committee, who had been appointed by President Obama. 

A few hours later, he tweeted an update, declaring, "All members have now resigned. Per @politico, PCAH is an official agency, that makes this the 1st White House department to resign."

First lady Melania Trump is the honorary chair of the PCAH.

"The Administration’s refusal to quickly and unequivocally condemn the cancer of hatred only further emboldens those who wish America ill," the statement reads in part, adding, "We cannot sit idly by...without speaking out against your words and actions.... "Elevating any group that threatens and discriminates on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, disability, orientation, background, or identity is un-American."

President Trump has been widely criticized for his response after white supremacists and counter-protesters clashed in Virginia last Saturday. Thirty-two-year-old counter-protester Heather Heyer [HIGH-yer] was killed when James Alex Fields Jr., allegedly allied with the white supremacists, drove his car into a crowd.

While Trump called Fields "disgrace" and condemned "those who cause violence...including the [Ku Klux Klan], neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups," as, "repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans," he caught flak for blaming "both sides" for the violence that took place.

Penn starred on TV's House when Barack Obama took office.  His character was killed off so he could take a job in Obama's White House, where he worked for a year in the Office of Public Engagement.  He remained a member of the PCAH after he returned to acting.

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Friday
Aug182017

In new video, Arnold Schwarzenegger slams hate groups, admonishes Trump

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(LOS ANGELES) -- Saying "there are not two sides to bigotry and there are not two sides to hatred," Terminator star and former Republican Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, takes aim at neo-Nazis, white supremacists and President Donald Trump in a new video for ATTN.

Schwarzenegger addresses Trump directly in the Facebook video saying, "As president of this great country, you have a moral responsibility to send an unequivocal message that you won't stand for hate and racism."

The former governor also offers an alternative response to the ones Trump gave after a woman was killed at a rally of neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, responses in which Trump blamed "many sides," and for which he earned praise from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

"As president of the United States, and as a Republican, I reject the support of white supremacists. The country that defeated Hitler's armies is no place for Nazi flags.  The party of Lincoln won't stand with those who care the battle flag of the failed Confederacy," Schwarzenegger offers as a response, turning to a bobblehead figurine of Trump and asking, "Was that that difficult?"

Schwarzenegger also has strong words for neo-Nazis and white supremacists: "Let me be just as blunt as possible: Your heroes are losers. You're supporting a lost cause."

The actor added that he had made a donation to the Jewish human rights organization the Simon Wiesenthal Center in the wake of the events in Charlottesville, and called on others to become active in combating hate groups.

"I hope that you will join me by supporting your favorite anti-hate organization," he said.

The video, posted Thursday evening, had already received nearly 6 million views by midnight.

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Friday
Aug182017

Report: Obi-Wan Kenobi origin film to follow Han Solo "Star Wars" tale

Lucasfilm(LOS ANGELES) -- A long-rumored "stand-alone" film about Jedi Master-turned-General-turned-self-exiled guardian of Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, looks like it's actually happening.

The character was played by Alec Guinness in the original Star Wars films, and as a young man in the prequels by Ewan McGregor.

McGregor had expressed interest in wearing the robes again if the long-rumored project ever happened, but he's not yet attached to the project, which Variety is now reporting.

The trade notes that Billy Elliot and director Stephen Daldry is in "early talks" with Disney about the project, which will follow next year's standalone Han Solo film.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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Friday
Aug182017

Start your binging: Marvel's "The Defenders" now streaming on Netflix

Netflix/Sarah Shatz(NEW YORK) -- Charlie Cox's blind attorney/ninja Daredevil;Mike Colter's unbreakable Luke Cage; Krysten Ritter's hard-hitting, hard-drinking Jessica Jones; and Finn Jones' indestructible Iron Fist team up in Netflix's The Defenders, which is now available for streaming.

The show unites all of Marvel's "Hell's Kitchen Heroes" for the first time. The unlikely is team forced together when a series of clues they individually follow lead them to discover that New York City is in the crosshairs of a mysterious figure played with chilling ease by Sigourney Weaver. "She has a very formidable presence," Jones tells ABC Radio about the Alien series veteran. "...[I]t just elevates the show by having her on it."

Much of the fun of the show is in watching these jagged puzzle pieces of characters trying to fit together. When they're not busting through walls, they're often busting each other's chops: Ritter's ever eye-rolling Jessica Jones pokes fun at Daredevil's costume, and she refers to "hero" as "the H-word." Colter's Cage has at "skinny white boy" Iron Fist's glowing mitt and his alter-ego Danny Rand's vast bank account.

"We almost felt like fanboys by the time we got to The Defenders," Cox admitted, "and we were real excited to see ... what the relationships would be like...I think...what the fans are really going to respond to is the scenes where the four of us are in the same room, kinda just shooting the s***, you know?"

Jones is also a veteran of Game of Thrones, though he already met his end as Loras Tyrell, The Knight of Flowers. He noted, "The difference between Thrones and something like this is the Marvel fanbase is incredibly loyal...people are incredibly...enthusiastic about the show...It's wonderful to be a part of it." 

Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Friday
Aug182017

"The Hitman's Bodyguard" and "Logan Lucky" among this week's new releases

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Opening nationwide on Friday:

The Hitman's Bodyguard -- Ryan Reynolds plays a bodyguard tasked with protecting his mortal enemy, a notorius hitman -- played by Samuel L. Jackson -- so he could testify at the International Court of Justice. Rated R.

Logan Lucky -- Channing Tatum and Adam Driver star in this comedy about siblings who attempt to pull off an elaborate heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina. Also starring Riley Keough, Katie Holmes and Daniel Craig. PG-13.

 

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Thursday
Aug172017

Yara Shahidi dishes on her upcoming spin-off "Grown-ish"

ABC/Bob D'Amico(LOS ANGELES) -- On Black-ish, Yara Shahidi plays a very astute and confident young woman, dealing with the issues any teenager faces growing up today, including social media, getting into college and, of course, dating.

Her sense of self is something she will bring into her Black-ish spin-off Grown-ish, which will focus on her character's move out of the house and into college.

"What's exciting about Grown-ish is it's very specifically focused on the Generation Z experience," she said in an interview with ABC News. "I feel like college campuses are highly politicized right now. And to be in that kind of environment, especially when Zoey has grown up in her perfect socioeconomic, liberal bubble ... those are kind of going to be shattered and she has to figure out who she is in the larger context of the world around her."

She said fans should expect to see a different side to Zoey.

"To have a moment where Zoey is actually unsure of herself is really big, because she is this confident character," she added. "While every other character may be spazzing out, she's the one person who is really calm and seems like she has everything together."

Production for the Grown-ish starts next month, with the premiere to arrive in early 2018 on Freeform and the Freeform App.

In real life, meanwhile, Shahidi was accepted to Harvard University.

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