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Disney's 'Aladdin' Soars Over Memorial Day Weekend at the Box Office

Disney's 'Aladdin' Soars Over Memorial Day Weekend at the Box Office
Disney's Aladdin topped the weekend with an impressive debut, delivering over $85 million for the three-day and is expected to top $100 million for the four-day, Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Meanwhile, fellow newcomers Brightburn and Booksmart finished more in line with studio expectations than Mojo's aggressive pre-weekend forecast and Avengers: Endgame will become only the second film ever to top $800 million at the domestic box office by the end of the long holiday weekend.

With an estimated $86.1 million, Disney's Aladdin topped the Memorial Day three-day weekend box office. For Disney this is something of a big win considering the studio's live action properties, outside of the Marvel Universe, have struggled for some time now.

Disney anticipates the reportedly $180+ million production will top $105 million for the four-day weekend, though rival studios expect that total to go even higher, targeting a four-day debut over $110 million, which would be enough to make it
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"A.P. Bio" Fans Light Up Twtiter In Effort To Save Canceled NBC Series

One day after A.P. Bio Creator-Executive Producer Mike O’Brien broke the news that the sophomore sitcom had been canceled, fans have taken to social media in an effort to bring it back.

The hashtag #SaveAPBio trended throughout the day Saturday on Twitter. Among the comments, viewers said they were “crushed” and the show “will be missed.”

“Maybe networks should let good quality shows grow for more than 2 seasons before axing it,” one person tweeted.

Another urged Netflix to pick up the series, writing: “C’mon Netflix!!!!!”

Someone else added: “Such an incredible cast and the show was just hitting its stride. There’s still so much potential!”

Written by SNL alum O’Brien, the high school comedy stars Glenn Howerton as disgraced Harvard philosophy scholar Jack Griffin. After losing out on his dream job, Griffin is forced to return to Toledo,
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Moby Apologizes to Natalie Portman for "Inconsiderate" Mention in Book

Moby Apologizes to Natalie Portman for
Moby has penned a public apology to Natalie Portman after she took offense to and contested comments he made about allegedly dating her.

In his memoir "Then It Fell Apart," the 53-year-old musician wrote that he met the Oscar-winning actress in 1999 when she was 20—in reality, she was 18.

He said he kissed her during a night out in New York City. Portman, 37, contested his account, telling Harper's Bazaar U.K., saying, "My recollection is a much older man being creepy with me when I just had graduated high school." Moby insisted on Instagram twice that he did date Portman and also said her fans have sent him "anonymous threats of violence." On Saturday, he wrote on Instagram,...
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Cannes: Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' Wins Palme d'Or

Cannes: Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' Wins Palme d'Or
A star-studded Cannes Film Festival came to a close Saturday night with a bang as Bong Joon-ho's Parasite took home the Palme d'Or, while Mati Diop's Atlantics landed the runner-up Grand Prix award.

The Parasite win denied Quentin Tarantino his second top prize (the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood helmer won the Palme d’Or 25 years ago for his ground breaking Pulp Fiction). Instead, the widely praised Once Upon a Time came up empty handed.

Joon-ho's dark comedy, which premiered the same night as Once Upon a Time, and drew raves. The film revolves around a man and his ...
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‘The Lovebirds’: Issa Rae-Kumail Nanjiani Paramount Comedy Moved Back By A Month

‘The Lovebirds’: Issa Rae-Kumail Nanjiani Paramount Comedy Moved Back By A Month
Paramount’s romantic comedy The Lovebirds is fleeing the nest. The film has been moved from its announced March 6 wide-release date to April 3.

Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani star as a couple on the brink of breaking up who get unintentionally embroiled in a bizarre murder mystery. As they get closer to clearing their names and solving the case, they need to figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.

Co-stars include Kelly Murtaugh, Moses Storm and Betsy Borrego. Michael Showalter — who helmed The Big Sick, which Nanjiani co-wrote and starred in — directs from a script by Aaron Abrams, Brendan Gall and Martin Gero

Moving out of a slot against Disney/Pixar’s Onward, The Lovebirds instead will battle with Fox’s The New Mutants and an untitled DC pic from Warner Bros.

Paramount didn’t give a reason for the date change, but it comes hours
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Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe’s The Lighthouse Wins Cannes Critics’ Award

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Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe’s The Lighthouse Wins Cannes Critics’ Award
Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse,” with Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, won the Cannes Film Festival critics’ award for best first or second feature in Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week, one of the first prizes for which “The Lighthouse” has been eligible at Cannes.

The award was announced Saturday in Cannes by the Intl. Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci), which also honored Elia Suleiman’s “It Must Be Heaven” as the best film in competition and Russian Kantemir Balagov’s “Beanpole” as best film in the sidebar Un Certain Regard.

At the same awards announcement, it was revealed that Terrence Malick’s Cannes competition entry, “Hidden Life,” won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.

The Fipresci honor for “The Lighthouse” marks another plaudit for Eggers, who is rapidly emerging as a major talent in many critics’ view, as well as for one of the best-reviewed of movies in any section at
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"A.P. Bio" Canceled After Two Seasons at NBC

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A.P. Bio” has been canceled at NBC.

Series creator Mike O’Brien shared the news with fans on Twitter, writing that “This has been the favorite project of my life.”

In the single-camera comedy, Glenn Howerton portrayed a disgraced Harvard philosophy scholar who lost out on his dream job and was forced to return to Toledo, Ohio, to work as a high school biology teacher. There, he decided to use his students for his own benefit but found himself gradually more entangled with the other staff, especially the principal (played by Patton Oswalt).
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‘Echo In The Canyon’ Charms L.A. and the Indie Box Office

Greenwich Entertainment’s music documentary “Echo In The Canyon” is off to a spectacular start with its two screen opening in Los Angeles. Opening at the Arclight Hollywood and the Landmark, the film has earned an estimated 3-day start of $103,716 for a per screen average of $51,858.

That average is the second highest of any release so far in 2019, sitting only behind the wide release record average of $76,601 scored by “Avengers: Endgame” on its opening weekend. It is also the highest average earned by a documentary since the $73,572 earned in October by the Oscar-winning “Free Solo.”

While Greenwich does not have any estimates for the 4-day weekend, industry estimates are projecting an extended weekend opening of approximately $135,000. The film will expand to New York next weekend, with release in additional cities coming in June.

Echo In The Canyon” tells the history of the 60s folk rock movement that arose in Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles,
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Scott Pelley Alleges He Lost ‘Evening News’ Anchor Job for Complaints About Work Culture

Just as CBS News is pushing to turn a corner on a more than a year of internal turmoil, veteran anchor Scott Pelley has shone a light back on to its recent past.

The anchor, a veteran of CBS News’ “60 Minutes” and “CBS Evening News” alleged Sunday that he was taken off CBS’ evening-news broadcast in 2017 after raising complaints internally about the news division’s workplace culture. ““We’ve been through a dark period of the last several years of incompetent management and sort of a hostile work environment within the news division,” Pelley said during a segment on the CNN program “Reliable Sources.
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‘Aladdin’ Dominates International Box Office With $121 Million

Disney’s “Aladdin” is showing plenty of worldwide drawing power with $121 million overseas for the weekend, opening in first place in nearly all international markets.

The reboot of the 1992 animated classic has received strong family attendance with a significant gain on Saturday and Sunday. China leads the way with an estimated $18.7 million for its three days for a first-place finish.

Disney said that in Europe, “Aladdin” is tracking ahead of “Maleficent” and “Cinderella” for the same markets. The U.K. is the top European market with $8.4 million ahead of openings of both “Rocketman” and “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” which both debuted ahead of their Us launches. The “Pets” sequel opened with $4.1 million.

Italy generated $6.6 million for “Aladdin” in its second highest opening weekend to date in 2019, behind only “Avengers: Endgame” with a 52% market share. “Aladdin” also posted the second highest opening weekend to date in 2019 in Spain, 37% ahead
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Elton John Pens Article Detailing Biopic’s Journey to Big Screen

Elton John Pens Article Detailing Biopic’s Journey to Big Screen
Elton John detailed Rocketman‘s long journey to the big screen in his own words in a lengthy article John penned for the Guardian.

“The whole experience of watching someone else pretend to be you on screen, of seeing things you remember happening again in front of your eyes, is a very weird, disconcerting one, like having an incredibly vivid dream,” John wrote of the biopic.

“And the story of how I ended up in a cinema, crying my eyes out at the sight of my family 60 years ago, is a long and convoluted one.
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Hillary Clinton Calls Doctored Pelosi Video ‘Sexist Trash’

Hillary Clinton Calls Doctored Pelosi Video ‘Sexist Trash’
Hillary Clinton weighed in on the altered video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that President Trump tweeted out on Friday, calling it “sexist trash.” Speaking to an audience at a Harris County Democratic Party event that night in Houston, Clinton said, “The president and his cronies have been running around spreading a doctored video of Nancy Pelosi. Now, it is sexist trash, but it is also a sign that Trump is running scared.”

My take on Trump and his cronies spreading that doctored video of Nancy Pelosi: It's sexist trash.
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See Kanye West Remember His Mother in Letterman Interview Preview

See Kanye West Remember His Mother in Letterman Interview Preview
Kanye West opened up about his late mother Donda West in a preview of the rapper’s appearance on David Letterman’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.

West’s mother died in 2007 from complications after cosmetic surgery and never got to meet her four grandchildren, North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm.

“This would have been the funnest time of her life to have those kids running around that house, and being able to, like, go and buy them toys…” the rapper told Letterman.

West also recalled a story about one
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Trump Stands With North Korean Dictator Over Americans

On the Saturday before Memorial Day, American President Donald Trump, in one tweet, expressed “confidence” in the brutal dictator of North Korea and excused his recent aggressive behavior. At the same time, Trump ripped a lifelong public servant, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

I didn't realize Joe Bidan was running for presidant.

Frank Lesser (@sadmonsters) May 25, 2019

Trump, in the original tweet, called Biden “low Iq” while misspelling his name. That tweet has since been deleted and reposted with the correct spelling.

On Sunday, Meet the Press
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Box Office: ‘Aladdin’ Taking Flight With $105 Million in North America

Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” is flying high with an estimated $105 million in North America during the four-day Memorial Day holiday weekend.

It’s the sixth-highest Memorial Day weekend total ever, topping the 2011 mark of $103.4 million for “The Hangover Part II.” The top total came in 2007, when “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” took in $139 million in its first four days. “Aladdin” is also dominating moviegoing internationally with $121 million in 56 markets.

Aladdin” has outperformed Disney’s pre-opening domestic projections, which were in the $75 million to $85 million range, taking in $86.1 million in its first three days. The reboot of the original 1992 animated movie — which generated $502 million in worldwide box office — stars Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Will Smith as the Genie, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. Guy Ritchie directed “Aladdin,” produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich.

Comscore’s PostTrak general audience survey found that 67% of patrons
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See Anderson .Paak Perform Three Songs on ‘CBS This Morning’

While in the midst of his Best Teef In The Game Tour, Anderson .Paak stopped by CBS This Morning‘s Saturday Sessions for a three-song performance.

.Paak and his band shared a funk-tinged trio of tracks including “Make It Better” and “King James” from his 2019 LP Ventura.

The drummer also delivered a groove-filled rendition of “Tints” from his 2018 album Oxnard.

.Paak also sat down for an interview with Anthony Mason during his appearance on CBS This Morning to discuss his difficult childhood.

“My pops, you know, battled with drug abuse.
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Miley Cyrus Debuts Three Songs, Teases New Release at Big Weekend Fest

Miley Cyrus Debuts Three Songs, Teases New Release at Big Weekend Fest
Miley Cyrus debuted a trio of new songs during a performance Saturday at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in the U.K., tracks reportedly titled “Cattitude,” “Dream” and “Mother’s Daughter.”

On “Cattitude,” Cyrus returns to the rapping of her Bangerz era with lyrics like, “Turn up your gratitude / Turn down your attitude / I love my—I mean I got cattitude!”

I Didnt Even Know It Was Possible For ((((Miley))))) To Snap But Thse Did And I Love Everything About It #cattitude

— rach (@cevansdodger) May 25, 2019

With “Dream,
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Meek Mill Blasts ‘Racist as Hell’ Las Vegas Hotel for Banning Him ‘Without Incident’

Meek Mill Blasts ‘Racist as Hell’ Las Vegas Hotel for Banning Him ‘Without Incident’
Meek Mill accused a Las Vegas hotel of being “racist as hell” for barring the rapper from the property and threatening to have him arrested for trespassing.

In a series of tweets and videos, Meek Mill documented his encounter with the security team at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. According to TMZ, the rapper visited the hotel Saturday afternoon in order to attend a DJ Mustard day concert there, but security staff would not allow him the building.

“If you come from our culture you should never step foot in
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Box Office: 'Aladdin' Earns $86M in First 3 Days, Eyes $100M Holiday Bow

While the box office's holiday weekend is not yet over, Aladdin is already posting big earnings in its three-day weekend run.

The Disney live-action title has grossed $86.1 million in its release so far, already out-pacing earlier estimates that it would gross $80 million for the entire Memorial Day holiday. Aladdin is now on pace for a $100 million plus four-day bow.

Guy Ritchie directed Aladdin, which stars Will Smith as the Genie and Mena Massoud as the titular hero, a charming street rat who masquerades as a prince to win the affections of Princess Jasmine, played by Naomi Scott. The movie ...
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Agustina San Martin Talks Cannes Special Mention Winner ‘Monster God’

Cannes – An exploration of the ramifications of God, “Monster God,” from Argentina’s Agustina San Martín, took a Special Mention – an effective runner’s up prize – on Saturday night at this year’s Cannes Film Festival short film competition.

It’s not difficult to see why, especially when jury president Claire Denis own films’ power resists reduction to easy explanation.San Martin’s movie builds atmosphere by its association of disparate scenes: Foreboding grey clouds; the thrum of an electricity power plant; its fog-shrouded outline, huge cables like tentacles reaching down from on high; a distant siren’s wail; cows fleeing, jumping a fence; a dark culture girl relete with chain collar, nose pin looks through shrubbery at the window of a gothic house, home to a religious sect.

Also written by San Martín, “Monster God” could be seen to deconstruct the facets of religious domination – fear-inspiring myth, the intoxication of song,
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