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“Ocean’s 8” Tops The Box Office Making $41.5M On It’s Opening Weekend

Despite lackluster reviews, “Ocean’s 8,” the female-fronted reboot of the franchise, opened with an estimated $41.5 million at the box office, taking the weekend’s top spot from “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” Made for approximately $70 million, “Ocean’s 8”, featuring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway, set an opening-weekend best for the franchise. The three previous “Ocean’s” films — starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Matt Damon, based on the 1960 original “Ocean’s 11,” with Frank Sinatra — all debuted with between $36-39 million in the last decade.  ... [Read Full Story]

Val Kilmer Joining Tom Cruise Again For ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Actor Val Kilmer is all set to reprise his role of fighter pilot Iceman in “Top Gun: Maverick”, the sequel to the hit 1986 action drama. The 58-year-old actor will join Tom Cruise in the sequel which recently started production. Kilmer had previously hinted in a Facebook post that he was offered a chance to star in the sequel. The original film, directed by Tony Scott, featured Cruise as a young naval aviator Pete “Maverick” Mitchell aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. The sequel will be directed by Joseph Kosinski, and will explore Maverick and his time in the modern military, as he tries to adjust in the world of drones and modern tech. The film is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer for Jerry Bruckheimer Films and David Ellison for Skydance, and is expected to release in July next year.... [Read Full Story]

Reese Witherspoon Confirms ‘Legally Blonde 3’

Reese Witherspoon took to social media to confirm “Legally Blonde 3” is in the works. “It’s true… #LegallyBlonde3,” she captioned and posted a short clip of herself floating past the camera on a blue lounger.  The clip referenced Witherspoon’s sorority sister turned Harvard Law School student’s video application to the prestigious institution. Witherspoon, 42, first played Elle Woods in the 2001 comedy and reprised her role two years later for “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde.” The film was also made into a Broadway musical in 2007. ... [Read Full Story]

Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper Star In The First Trailer For “A Star Is Born” Remake

Four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper and award-winning music superstar Lady Gaga debuted the trailer for the upcoming remake of “A Star is Born.””  Gaga stars in her first leading role in a major motion picture, while Cooper marks his directorial debut. The cast of “A Star is Born” also includes Andrew DICE Clay, Dave Chappelle and Sam Elliott. In addition to playing the title role of Ally, Gaga performs original songs in the film, which she wrote with Cooper and a handful of artists, including Lukas Nelson, Jason Isbell and Mark Ronson. All the music is original and was recorded live. Check out the new trailer below! ... [Read Full Story]

Netflix Confirms ’13 Reasons Why’ Will Return For Season 3

Netflix’s controversial teen drama “13 Reasons Why” will return for a season 3. Production on the new season will resume later this year and is slated to premiere on Netflix in 2019. Like previous seasons, Season 3 of “13 Reasons Why” will consist of 13 episodes. However the series’ breakout star – Katherine Langford – will likely be missing the action. The 22-year-old actress shared an emotional goodbye to her character, Hannah Baker, on Instagram shortly after the Season 2 premiere.  Selena Gomez and her mom, Mandy Teefey, will return as executive producers for the series – alongside series’ creator and show-runner Brian Yorkey. ... [Read Full Story]

Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty To Rape And Sexual Assault Charges

Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, June 5, to felony rape and criminal sex act charges, the Associated Press reports. Weinstein appeared before Justice James M. Burke during a hearing at the State Supreme Court in New York City, where he answered a series of yes-no questions about his rights before entering his plea. Weinstein turned himself in to authorities on May 25 on charges involving former actress Lucia Evans and a second woman, who has not been publicly identified. Evans, 36, has claimed that the former producer forced her to perform oral sex on him at his office in 2004, while the unidentified woman alleged that he raped her in a hotel room in 2013. Weinstein is out on $1 million bail, has denied all claims of nonconsensual sex. His lawyer has claimed that the sexual encounters with Evans and the second woman were consensual.... [Read Full Story]

Jimmy Fallon Surprises Parkland Seniors At Graduation Ceremony

Jimmy Fallon brought laughter to a somber graduation ceremony on Sunday honoring the 2018 class of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In a surprise speech, Fallon addressed 748 seniors, along with their families and friends during the commencement that honored four classmates who died in the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The school gave posthumous diplomas to Nicholas Dworet, Joaquin Oliver, Meadow Pollack and Carmen Schentrup. The degrees were accepted by family members. 17 students and educators were killed in the massacre.  At the graduation ceremony, Fallon referred to the time he spent meeting some of the students at the March For Our Lives rally (the gun control rally in March that Stoneman Douglas students organized in Washington and around the country following the attack) and he thanked the whole class for their courage and bravery.  “You are not just the future ― you are the present,” he said. “Keep changing the world. Keep making us proud.”... [Read Full Story]

Janet Jackson Calls Police To Perform Welfare Check On 1-Year-Old Son Eissa While In The Care Of His Father

Janet Jackson called the police on Saturday to check on the welfare of her son Eissa Al Mana. The 17-month-old was with his father, Jackson’s estranged husband, Wissam Al Mana, at the Nobu hotel in Malibu, California, when Jackson called authorities around 10 p.m. on Saturday “Deputies were there [and] called to the scene. They decided the child was okay and they left,” according to sources. Jackson, 52, was not at the hotel at the time, authorities confirmed. Jackson was said to be worried Al Mana may have been using drugs around their son. “The concern was that his erratic behavior was tied to that,” a source said. However, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office said there “was zero suspicion of drugs being used,” and that the office was puzzled as to “why Jackson made the allegation.”... [Read Full Story]

ABC Reportedly Looking To Reboot ‘Roseanne’ With Focus On Sara Gilbert

ABC is reportedly looking into rebooting “Roseanne” – but this time without its namesake Roseanne Barr and instead focusing on Sara Gilbert’s character, Darlene. According to two sources with knowledge of the matter, talks with production company Carsey-Werner, which owns the show, are preliminary — but the idea is definitely enticing to ABC. A re-reboot could help keep many of the “Roseanne” cast and crew members employed. ... [Read Full Story]

Kim Kardashian Meets President Trump To Discuss Prison Reform

Kim Kardashian headed to Washington DC to discuss prison reform with officials, including senior adviser Jared Kushner and President Donald Trump. On Wednesday, Kim arrived at the White House with attorney Shawn Chapman Holley. It wasn’t originally clear if Kardashian would meet with the President, however, Trump tweeted out a photo of them in the Oval Office, writing, “Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing.” Kim’s visit was expected to include a conversation about the possibility of a pardon for Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old great-grandmother who has been in prison for over 20 years on a nonviolent drug-related offense. Kim has been advocating for Alice’s clemency since late last year. Earlier in the day, Kim tweeted a message to Alice, saying, “Happy Birthday Alice Marie Johnson. Today is for you.”... [Read Full Story]

Samantha Bee Apologizes For Ivanka Trump Comments After Widespread Backlash

Samantha Bee has apologized for calling Ivanka Trump a “feckless cunt” on her TBS show “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” on Wednesday night. In a statement, Bee said: “I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night. It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it.”  The apology comes after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders singled Bee out for criticism and called the host’s language “vile and vicious.” “The collective silence by the left and its media allies is appalling,” Sanders said. TBS also apologized: “Samantha Bee has taken the right action in apologizing for the vile and inappropriate language she used about Ivanka Trump last night. Those words should not have been aired. It was our mistake too, and we regret it.” TBS initially had the clip of Bee’s segment available online and has since taken it down.... [Read Full Story]

‘Jay And Silent Bob Reboot’ Set To Start Filming This Summer

We last saw filmmaker Kevin Smith’s iconic characters, Jay and Silent Bob, in 2001’s “Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back” – a film in which they drive across country to stop Hollywood from making a film about them. Now a reboot is in the works, with the next film entitled “Jay And Silent Bob Reboot.” Smith said the new film will again follow Jay and Silent Bob across country as they try to stop Hollywood from making a reboot of the film they originally made in “Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back.”  “It’s a movie that makes fun of sequels and remakes and reboots while being all three at the same time.” Smith said. “Jay And Silent Bob Reboot” starts shooting in August, and will hopefully be out sometime in 2019.... [Read Full Story]

“Deadliest Catch” Alum Blake Painter Dies At Age 38

Deadliest Catch star Blake Painter has died at only 38 years old. Painter’s body was found in his home on Friday, May 25, in Oregon, after a friend of the fisherman notified police when he did not hear from him for days and became concerned.  Police officers obtained entry to Painter’s house and determined that he had been dead for several days. Painter was best known for his role during the second and third season of the Discovery Channel show. He was captain of the F/V Maverick and was featured on multiple episodes before he voluntarily quit following season 3 in 2007. A cause of death has not yet been revealed, but no foul play is suspected. Police are testing substances — including prescription pills — that were found in Painter’s home at the time of his death. An autopsy and toxicology test will be done in the coming days to determine Painter’s official cause of death.... [Read Full Story]

ABC Cancels ‘Roseanne’ After Racist Tweets By Roseanne Barr

ABC has canceled “Roseanne” after Roseanne Barr’s racially charged tweet about Valerie Jarrett Monday morning. ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement that “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.” Barr said earlier on Tuesday in response to a Twitter thread about Jarrett, a former adviser to Barack Obama, that “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,”  Barr apologized before ABC decided to cancel the show on Tuesday, saying that her statement suggesting that former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett is a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the “Planet of the Apes” was a “joke” that was “in bad taste. However the “Roseanne” star’s tweet caused swift backlash on Twitter: consulting producer Wanda Sykes said she would not be returning to the sitcom, and executive producer and co-star Sara Gilbert said that Barr’s comments were “abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show.” ... [Read Full Story]

Melissa McCarthy’s Puppet Comedy, “The Happytime Murders” Is Sued By Sesame Street

The company behind “Sesame Street” is suing the makers of Melissa McCarthy’s upcoming raunchy comedy, “The Happytime Murders,” for referencing Sesame Street in its marketing campaign. The R-rated film follows “two clashing detectives” (Melissa McCarthy and her partner, a puppet named Phil Phillips) in Los Angeles as they work together “to solve the brutal murders of the former cast of a beloved classic puppet television show,” according to its website. The Happytime Murders uses the tagline “No Sesame. All Street” in the movie’s trailer. In the lawsuit Sesame Workshop argues that STX Entertainment does not have the right to use “Sesame Street” in its tagline. They argue that the tagline “deliberately confuses consumers into mistakenly believing that Sesame is associated with, has allowed, or has even endorsed or produced the movie and tarnishes Sesame’s brand.” The film is directed by Brian Henson, son of late puppeteer Jim Henson, who helped develop characters for “Sesame Street” and created the Muppets. The lawsuit asks for a jury trial, punitive damages and that “The Happytime Murders” change its advertising. The Happytime Murders” is schedule to be released on August 17.... [Read Full Story]

The Duchess Of Sussex (Meghan Markle) Coat Of Arms Unveiled

Kensington Palace announced that The Duchess of Sussex has been bestowed with a coat of arms, days after her royal wedding to Prince Harry. The coat of arms was designed by the College of Arms and approved by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, and is emblazoned with personal touches like the golden poppies from her home state, California, and wintersweet, which grows at her new residence, Kensington Palace. The blue background of the shield itself signifies the Pacific Ocean off the California coast, while the two golden rays across the shield are symbolic of the Golden State. In a statement, Kensington Palace said: “It is customary for Supporters of the shield to be assigned to Members of the Royal Family, and for wives of Members of the Royal Family to have one of their husband’s Supporters and one relating to themselves. The Supporter relating to The Duchess of Sussex is a songbird with wings elevated as if flying and an open beak, which with the quill represents the power of communication.”... [Read Full Story]

Harvey Weinstein Expected To Turn Himself In On Sex Assault Charges

Harvey Weinstein plans to turn himself in to New York City law enforcement on Friday morning. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has been conducting a criminal probe into accusations against the disgraced former Hollywood producer. Dozens of women began coming forward late last year with stories about the alleged sexual abuse and harassment they sustained at his hands. After exposes were published in The New York Times and The New Yorker, New York Times and New Yorker reporters Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey and Ronan Farrow received the Pulitzer Prize for public service earlier this year for their effort to expose a culture of abuse in Hollywood. Their work is also credited with inspiring the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements against sexual misconduct. Weinstein had been reportedly spending much of his time at a rehabilitation facility in Scottsdale, Arizona.  ... [Read Full Story]

Morgan Freeman Accused Of Sexual Harassment And Inappropriate Conduct By 8 Women

On Thursday, CNN published an investigation into a number of allegations of sexual harassment and “inappropriate behavior” against Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman. The 80-year-old actor has had a long career that includes films like Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption, Million Dollar Baby, and the Dark Knight trilogy, and is also the co-founder of Revelations Entertainment, a production company that the report alleges fostered a “toxic work environment” for female staffers. According to CNN, neither Freeman nor his spokesperson has yet responded to multiple requests for comment. The report presents a long and detailed account of a pattern of alleged harassment and inappropriate behavior by Freeman. You can read the full report at: CNN.com.... [Read Full Story]

Idris Elba To Direct And Star In ‘The Hunchback Of Notre Dame’ Musical For Netflix

Idris Elba will star, direct and produce a modern retelling of The Hunchback of Notre Dame for the streaming service Netflix, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Based on a script by Michael Mitnick, the film is being described as “sonic and musical experience” and will feature an original score. Victor Hugo’s classic French novel has seen many screen adaptations, including Disney’s 1996 animated film.  Elba has worked with Netflix before, earning critical acclaim and a Golden Globe nomination for his role in “Beasts of No Nation.” He’s also set to star and executive produce the upcoming comedy “Turn Up Charlie” about a struggling DJ.... [Read Full Story]

Julia Louis-Dreyfus To Receive Mark Twain Prize For American Humor At The Kennedy Center

“Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is set to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center this fall. Louis-Dreyfus is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious award. Last year, David Letterman received the award, and comedy luminaries such as Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Tina Fey have won the award in past years. Louis-Dreyfus wrote on Twitter that the honor is “insanely exciting.” The President of the Kennedy Center, Deborah F. Rutter, said in a statement, “Like Mark Twain, Julia has enriched American culture with her iconic, unforgettable, and outright hilarious brand of humor. Over four decades, her wildly original characters and her gift for physical comedy have left us in stitches.”... [Read Full Story]

Celebrity Chef Mario Batali Under Police Investigation For Sexual Misconduct

The New York Police Department is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against celebrity chef Mario Batali, confirming a 60 Minutes television report that aired this weekend. Batali “vehemently” denied the new allegations in a statement to CBS, which airs the program. An NYPD public information officer said in an email on Monday the department was investigating the allegations, however they did not respond to a question about whether the 2005 incident was too old to face prosecution. Batali, who owns numerous restaurants, is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting an employee at one of his restaurants in 2005 in the new criminal investigation, according to the report. Batali was fired in December 2017 by ABC as co-host of The Chew, a daytime food and talk show, and also stepped away from his restaurant company after the accusations by the four women first surfaced.... [Read Full Story]

“Show Dogs” Filmmakers Respond To Critics Implying Movie Sends Message About Sexual Abuse

The new film “Show Dogs” stars Will Arnett and Ludacris, who is the voice of a talking police dog named Max who has to infiltrate a prestigious dog show, is causing concern among parents for a subplot which involves Max becoming comfortable with strangers touching his genitals. In the PG-rated film, Max must learn how to perform well as a show dog, which includes behaving during the “inspection” of his genitals by the show judges. Critics have likened that plot line to sexual predators “grooming” children to become comfortable with inappropriate touching. The filmmakers responded to the concerns with a statement: “It has come to our attention that there have been online discussion and concern about a particular scene in Show Dogs, a family comedy that is rated PG. The dog show judging in this film is depicted completely accurately as done at shows around the world; and was performed by professional and highly respected dog show judges. Global Road Entertainment and the filmmakers are saddened and apologize to any parent who feels the scene sends a message other than a comedic moment in the film, with no hidden or ulterior meaning, but respect their right to react to any piece of content.” The movie debuted in theaters on May 18. ... [Read Full Story]

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle’s Official Wedding Portrait Released

Kensington Palace released three official wedding photographs taken of Prince Harry and the former Meghan Markle shortly after their wedding this past weekend. Photographer Alexi Lubomirski’s images include a family portrait of the couple with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William and their spouses, as well as Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, and the children who served as bridesmaids and page boys.  A second image shows the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as they now are known, just with the children. The newlyweds also posed for a less formal black and white photo. The palace said Monday that the pair “feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and also all those who watched the wedding on television across the U.K., Commonwealth, and around the world.”  Click on the linked article below to see the portraits.... [Read Full Story]

Barack And Michelle Obama Sign Production Deal With Netflix

Netflix confirmed a deal with President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama on Monday, two months after rumors first started swirling that the former first couple was interested in producing content for the streaming service. Netflix tweeted that “President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features” through their new entity Higher Ground Productions.  Former President Obama said in a statement: “One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience. That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix — we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”... [Read Full Story]

2018 Billboard Music Awards: Ed Sheeran Wins Top Artist And Complete Winners List

The Billboard Music Awards took place Sunday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Kelly Clarkson hosted the show which aired live on NBC.  Ed Sheeran took home the top artist prize, and other big winners included Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars. The show also featured performances from Janet Jackson, who accepted the 2018 Billboard Music Awards ICON Award and performed for the first time on television in nine years, as well as BTS, Kelly Clarkson, Ariana Grande, Christina Aguilera featuring Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello and Pharrell Williams, Khalid & Normani, Jennifer Lopez featuring DJ Khaled, Macklemore and Kesha, Salt-N-Pepa featuring En Vogue, Shawn Mendes & Khalid and Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey. ... [Read Full Story]

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Celebrate Their Royal Wedding

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were officially married on Saturday, May 19 after exchanging their vows in front of the world at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.  The Royal Wedding 2018 has attracted huge global interest, with people tuning in from as far afield as Australia, New Zealand and Canada. In the UK, over 18 million people watched the big day yesterday across a number of channels. BBC One, which covered the Windsor wedding between 9am and 2pm, averaged 8.7m viewers over the five hours, hitting a peak audience of 13.1m around 12:30pm during the middle of the ceremony. It was considerably the most watched television event of the year in the UK.  You can view highlights of the royal wedding in the linked article below. ... [Read Full Story]

First Look At ‘Murphy Brown’ Reboot Coming This Fall To CBS

CBS released the first trailer for the revival of the long-running hit comedy “Murphy Brown.” The trailer shows Candice Bergen as award-winning journalist Murphy Brown tackling the “state of cable news, clickbait, and a very different political and cultural climate.” Bergen’s character says. “The problem was I didn’t know what to do with myself – and then we had an election.” Original cast members Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto, and Grant Shaud will reprise their roles as Corky Sherwood, Frank Fontana and Miles Silverberg. Tyne Daly also joins the cast as Phyllis, the sister of beloved bar owner Phil. Murphy Brown premiered in November of 1988 and ran for 10 seasons on CBS, winning 18 Emmys and three Golden Globes. The Murphy Brown reboot will air Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. on CBS.... [Read Full Story]