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Monday
Dec172018

'SNL' shows world without Donald Trump as president in 'It's a Wonderful Life' spoof

NBC/Will Heath(NEW YORK) -- Saturday Night Live took us to a world without Donald Trump as president in a send-up of the classic Christmas film It's a Wonderful Life, with Alec Baldwin’s Trump wishing he was never president.

Kenan Thompson then appears beside him to take him to a party and show him just that reality.

"Everyone looks so different, what are those things on their faces?" Trump asked.

"Those are called smiles, Mr. Trump," Thompson replied.

As the sketch progresses, Baldwin’s Trump is visited by a number of people, including Aidy Bryant’s Sarah Sanders, now a successful PR person, and a guilt-free Kellyanne Conway, played by Kate McKinnon.

It's at this point that the faux Trump realizes Hillary Clinton must be president.

"Did they find her emails?" Trump asks.

"Yes, they did," Thompson deadpans. "They were all Bed, Bath and Beyond coupons."

Cecily Strong’s Melania Trump, sans accent and now married to Papa John, also shows up, along with Trump's new wife, Hernia.

A thrilled Michael Cohen, played by Ben Stiller as always, shows up, no longer facing years in prison.

"I'll see you tomorrow at the opening of Trump Tower Moscow," Cohen gleefully blurts out before exiting.

Brett Kavanaugh makes an appearance -- played by the week's host Matt Damon -- to say he's not on the Supreme Court: "Me on the Supreme Court? With my temper?"

"This is all so great, it's like Robert Mueller doesn't exist!" Trump exclaims.

"Oh really?" Robert De Niro, returning as Mueller, says. "Hello Mr. Trump, I've been waiting for this moment for a long time."

Mueller hands him a paper, which reveals a photo of his grandson, not a subpoena.

"I guess the world does need me to be president!" he says.

"Yeah, that was not the lesson at all," a frustrated Thompson says.

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Monday
Dec172018

'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' comes out swinging with $35.4 million opening

Credit: Sony Pictures Animation. © 2018 CTMG, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse snared the top spot at the box office with an estimated $35.4 million weekend, while recording the largest December opening ever for an animated film. Additionally, Spider-Verse -- featuring the voices of The Get Down's Shameik Moore, along with Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Nicolas Cage and Liev Schreiber -- earned an estimated $21 million.

Clint Eastwood's thriller The Mule took second place, delivering an estimated $17.2 million in its debut. That marks the the third-biggest opening for the 88-year-old as an actor, behind 2000's Space Cowboys and 2009's Gran Torino, which earned $18 million and $29 million, respectively.

The Grinch finished in third place with an estimated $11.58 million. The film has now grossed nearly $240 million stateside and $133.4 million worldwide.

Ralph Breaks the Internet, dropped to fourth place after spending its first three weeks a number one, delivering and estimated $9.58 million.The animated film's earnings stateside now stand at just under $155 million. Internationally, Ralph added $7.9 million this weekend, bringing its worldwide tally to upwards of $285 million.

Rounding out the top five was Mortal Engines. The action/adventure film from Lord of the Rings writer/producer Peter Jackson, sputtered in its opening weekend, delivering an estimated $7.5 million.

Once Upon a Deadpool, the PG-13 re-release of Deadpool 2, which opened on Wednesday, brought in an estimated $3.88 million and $2.6 million over the three-day weekend.

Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk -- starring KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Michael Beach, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Brian Tyree Henry and Regina King -- impressed in its debut weekend, earning an estimated $219,173 from four theaters.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, $35.4 million
2. The Mule, $17.2 million
3. The Grinch, $11.58 million
4. Ralph Breaks the Internet, $9.58 million
5. Mortal Engines, $7.5 million
6. Creed II, $5.398 million
7. Bohemian Rhapsody, $4.1 million
8. Instant Family, $3.7 million
9. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, $3.65 million
10. Green Book, $2.78 million

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Sunday
Dec162018

Pete Davidson hugs pal Machine Gun Kelly after "Saturday Night Live"

Rosalind O'Connor/NBC(NEW YORK) -- After Pete Davidson posted a disturbing note on Instagram Saturday saying he didn't "want to be on this earth anymore," his friend, rapper and actor Machine Gun Kelly, tweeted that he was getting on a plane headed to New York City to support Davidson.  Well, he made good on his word.

 "im in the plane now on the way to see Pete. gonna make sure he’s good, i promise. can’t have my boy in the darkness like that," Kelly tweeted.  The two men became friends this past summer after they filmed a movie together called Big Time Adolescence.

 E! Online reports that after Saturday Night Live last night, Davidson and Kelly were seen together driving in an SUV.  When Davidson dropped Kelly off, they exchanged a hug before Davidson continued on.

Police performed a "wellness check" on Davidson on Saturday before the show aired, and he was said to be "fine."  His former fiancee Ariana Grande tweeted and then deleted a message to Davidson, saying she was downstairs at the SNL studios if he needed her.

On Saturday night, a smiling Davidson was seen briefly on SNL, introducing Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson's second musical performance.  He didn't appear in any other sketches, though he had a part in a pre-taped segment.

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Saturday
Dec152018

After disturbing Instagram post, Pete Davidson is present at "SNL" and is "fine"

Rosalind O'Connor/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Following an Instagram post that suggested he wanted to harm himself, Pete Davidson is reportedly present and accounted for at Saturday Night Live, reports the New York Times.

In the now-deleted post, Davidson wrote, “I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore. I’m doing my best to stay here for you but I actually don’t know how much longer I can last. All I’ve ever tried to do was help people. Just remember I told you so.”

Alarmed friends, fans and celebrities immediately began reaching out to Davidson to offer support and encouragement. 

 According to the Times, a police officer was sent to the SNL studio to check on Davidson's well-being.  Separately, an NBC rep contacted the NYPD to say that the comedian was "fine" and at work.

TMZ reported at around 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon that Davidson's former fiancee Ariana Grande had arrived at the SNL studio and tweeted, "I’m downstairs and I’m not going anywhere if you need anyone or anything. I know u have everyone u need and that’s not me, but i’m here too."  That tweet appears to have been deleted.

Earlier this month, Davidson, who's been open about his struggles with Borderline Personality Disorder, wrote in a now-deleted post, "No matter how hard the internet or anyone tries to make me kill myself. I won’t. I’m upset I even have to say this.”  Grande responded by asking people to "be gentler with others," adding, "I care deeply about Pete and his health."

Davidson and Grande began dating in May and got engaged in June.  They broke up in October, following the death of Grande's former boyfriend, rapper Mac Miller, from a drug overdose.

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Friday
Dec142018

Shameik Moore talks 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' role 

Credit: Sony Pictures Animation. © 2018 CTMG, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hits theaters today, and with it, Shameik Moore makes history by voicing Miles Morales, the first ever bi-racial Spider-Man in the new animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

"This kid could be white, black, Asian, Hispanic. He just happens to be black and Hispanic," Moore told Popcorn with Peter Travers. "It doesn’t matter what his race is. He just happens to be black. And I love that about the movie itself. It reflects what New York looks like, what the world looks like today."

You know the story by now: A high school kid is bitten by a radioactive spider. Soon mysterious powers appear and he transforms into Spider-Man. But Inside the Spider-Verse includes a wide range of new Spideys from alternate universes -- including Miles Morales.

"What’s interesting about this movie is that they kept everything about Spider-Man that we know and love," Moore said. "They kept Peter Parker. But there’s a new Spider-Man in another dimension learning from the Spider-Man that we know that just grew old. He’s older. He’s 40 years old this time, and his life has been kind of ruined by the stress that comes with being Spider-Man."

Moore said there’s also an important message in the film.

"That thing that makes you different, that you’re insecure about or don’t like to show people, maybe you’re a kid and people made fun of you," Moore said, "That thing that makes you different, that’s something that connects us all. It’s something everybody goes through. But that thing, that unique thing about you, is what makes you Spider-Man."

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is in theaters everywhere.

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Friday
Dec142018

Actress Sondra Locke, dead at 74

Bob Riha Jr/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Actress/director Sondra Locke, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her first film role in 1968's The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and went on to co-star in six films with Clint Eastwood, has died.

The actress passed away November 3 of cardiac arrest stemming from breast and bone cancer. She was 74.

Locke's films with Eastwood -- with whom she had a contentious, 13-year romantic relationship -- include The Gauntlet, Bronco Billy, the Dirty Harry film Sudden Impact, Every Which Way but Loose and its sequel Any Which Way You Can.   Locke also guested on such 1970s hit TV series as The F.B.I., Cannon and Barnaby Jones.

After Eastwood and Locke ended their romantic relationship, she won $1.5 million in a 1989 palimony suit against Eastwood, whom she later accused of blacklisting her at Warner Bros., with whom she won a production contract as part of that suit.  She filed suit against Eastwood again in 1995 for fraud, breach of financial duty to her and interference in her work.  She settled that suit for an undisclosed sum.

Locke appeared on screen infrequently later in her life, with just three acting credits after 1986 listed on IMDB.

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Friday
Dec142018

Liam Neeson reflects on impact of 'Schindler's List,' 25 years later

L-R: Embeth Davidtz, Steven Spielberg, Liam Neeson, Sir Ben Kingsley and Caroline Goodall attend the "Schindler's List" 25th anniversary cast reunion at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival; Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival(NEW YORK) -- Steven Spielberg's groundbreaking film Schindler’s List marks its 25th anniversary Saturday.

The movie, which first hit select U.S. theaters on December 15, 1994, stars Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who saved the lives of more than one thousand Jewish people during the Holocaust.

"I’m glad I was part of it, very definitely so," Neeson tells ABC Radio, reflecting on the film's impact 25 years later. "It was great to work with Steven Spielberg who’s one of the master storytellers in cinema. The horror of what happened still is within me. I find myself still reading books on Holocaust literature."

He adds, "I can’t believe it’s 25 years." 

Ben Kingsley co-starred in the film as Schindler’s Jewish accountant Itzhak Stern and Ralph Fiennes played the Nazi S.S. officer, Amon Göth.

Schindler’s List took home seven Oscars in 1994, including best picture and best director for Spielberg.

On December 7, a digitally re-mastered version of the film was re-released in theaters for a limited engagement in honor of the 25th anniversary milestone.

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Friday
Dec142018

Watch now: 'Downton Abbey' teaser trailer welcomes fans back to the Crawleys’ estate

Courtesy of © Carnival Film and Television Limited for MASTERPIECE(LONDON) -- A new teaser trailer for the Downton Abbey movie is here, cordially inviting fans back into the world of the Crawleys and their servants.

The clip teases some sort of arrival at the lavish English estate, showing maids removing sheets off the furniture, a crowd of people waving British flags, a procession of horses and someone riding a motorbike up to the mansion.

It ends with the message that a full trailer will be coming soon and that the film is slated for a 2019 release. It’ll hit theaters on September 20, 2019, to be exact.

While producers are still mum about plot details, most of the original cast is set to return, including Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith and Joanne Froggatt.

The series ended in 2015 with six successful seasons broadcast to over 160 countries.

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Friday
Dec142018

'Beale Street' star Regina King says she's ready for rest & relaxation during holidays

ABC/Paula Lobo(NEW YORK) -- Regina King has been on a roll. After winning her third Emmy this year for her role in Seven Seconds, the talented actress is now nominated for two Golden Globes, including one for her work in the upcoming James Baldwin novel adaptation, If Beale Street Could Talk.

But with the holiday season upon us, King tells ABC Radio she's ready to put award season on hold and focus on two simple things: rest and relaxation.

"I am T-I- tired," she laughs. "So when we wrap for our holiday break in Atlanta, when I tell you it's gonna be socks, nothing but socks to my... Well, something else maybe, but...  Nah, I'm just kidding, ya'll. Socks up to my knees, cooking and drinking and relaxing. I'm going to be watching screeners. I will have a plate of food on my belly."

All jokes aside, King admits the holidays are very important to her. It's the one time of the year that she really can connect with all her loved ones.

"I really plan to just relax and enjoy family and friends and kind of have the house be an open house and visit with people I haven't gotten a chance to see in a while because I've been in Atlanta," she says. "The holidays are really about fellowship and celebrating the gift of loving on each other."


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Friday
Dec142018

'Dancing with the Stars' tour will have justice for Juan Pablo, a fresh start for 'Grocery Store Joe'

ABC(NEW YORK) -- Dancing with the Stars won’t be back until next fall, so if you want to see all your dancing favorites before then, you'll have to catch them on tour.

The Dancing with the Stars tour kicks off Saturday, featuring pros including real-life couple Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson, as well as some contestants from last season like winner Bobby Bones, Juan Pablo Di Pace and 'Grocery Store Joe' Amabile.

If you’ll remember, Juan Pablo was prematurely cut from the competition even though he was arguably the best performer. So will there be justice for Juan Pablo on tour?

“I think he'll be able to really shine on tour and show the audience that he got a little bit robbed,” Johnson tells ABC Radio. “I think the people that were really rooting for him will get to see him live and that will be great for them.”

In contrast, 'Grocery Store Joe' was probably one of the worst dancers, but somehow managed to make it to the semi-finals. Johnson, who was his partner on the show, thinks he’ll fair better on tour, where the pressure is off.

The tour will have them dancing through the holidays and into the beginning of next year, wrapping up on March 9.

“Our fans are our family so every night is a holiday celebration with them,” Chmerkovskiy says. “I think we have Christmas off so we'll get to hang out with family but other than that yeah, this is it.”

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