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Box Office: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Repeats No. 1 on Friday

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Power Rangers” is the new superhero film on the block, but “Beauty and the Beast” still has the most guests.

The Disney live-action adaptation starring Emma Watson grabbed an additional $23.5 million on Friday night from 4,210 theaters. After conquering box office records in its first frame, the movie could capture an additional $90 million by the end of its second weekend, which would put its domestic total well above $300 million. Its global total after Friday also waltzed past the $500 million milestone.

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Lionsgate’s “Power Rangers,” meanwhile, morphed to $15 million of Friday from 3,693 theaters. The reboot of the popular ’90s TV show should land solidly in second this weekend with over $40 million.

The other two major openings — Sony’s “Life” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds, and Warner Bros.’ “Chips” from Dax Shepard — are showing moderate-to-low interest from theater-goers. On Friday, the former made $4.3 million from 3,146 spots, while »


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Robert Rodriguez in Talks to Direct 'Escape from New York' Remake

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Robert Rodriguez is in negotiations to direct Escape from New York, 20th Century Fox’s remake of the 1980s cult classic that starred Kurt Russell.

Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman of The Picture Co. are producing the feature project, which the studio is hoping to launch as a franchise in the same mold as it did with its Planet of the Apes series.

The original 1981 movie that was set in a future (then 1997) where Manhattan had been turned into an island-sized maximum security prison. When the president of the United States crashes into the decaying city, an outlaw is »


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Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Talks to Direct, Star in Musical Comedy With Channing Tatum (Exclusive)

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is eyeing a return to the director’s chair, tackling a movie musical with Channing Tatum by his side.

Sources tell Variety that Gordon-Levitt is in early negotiations to direct Universal’s R-rated musical comedy with the running title “Wingmen.” He’s already attached to star in the movie alongside Tatum.

Universal landed the pitch that Gordon-Levitt and “21 Jump Street” scribe Michael Bacall hatched last year following a competitive bidding war that saw several studios chasing the project.

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The story follows two pilots who crash-land in Las Vegas. According to sources, the film is in the vein of “Pitch Perfect” meets “Book of Mormon,” with the dup covering Top 100 hits with a touch of adult humor.

The studio courted filmmakers that included Seth Gordon, James Bobin, and “Book of Mormon” director »


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‘Sing Street’ Star Ian Kenny Joins Han Solo Movie (Exclusive)

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Ian Kenny, who broke out with his scene-stealing performance in “Sing Street,” has joined the ensemble of Lucasfilm’s Han Solo stand alone pic starring Alden Ehrenreich, Variety has learned exclusively.

Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Woody Harrelson, Michael K. Williams, and Emilia Clarke are already set to co-star in the Disney-Lucasfilm feature, directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Jon and Lawrence Kasdan are penning the script.

The untitled Han Solo movie hits theaters May 25, 2018. Production is currently underway.

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Details about Kenny’s character are unknown. Disney CEO Bob Iger said in an earnings call earlier this week that the movie would cover Solo’s life from when he was 18 to 24, revealing how he came to own the Millennium Falcon as well as how he met his Wookie sidekick, Chewbacca.

Produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Allison Shearmur, »


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Lola Albright, Sultry Actress in 'Peter Gunn' and Kirk Douglas' 'Champion,' Dies at 92

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Lola Albright, the charming actress with the smoky voice who sang and starred on TV's Peter Gunn and was spurned by the back-stabbing Kirk Douglas in the classic 1949 boxing drama Champion, has died. She was 92.

Albright died Thursday in a home in the Toluca Lake enclave of Los Angeles, her friend, Eric Anderson, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. News of her death was first reported by the Akron Beacon-Journal; she was born and raised in the Ohio city.

Albright was perhaps best known for playing the sultry singer Edie Hart, the girlfriend of private eye Craig Stevens, »


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WGA Negotiators Call for Strike Authorization

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Leaders of the Writers Guild of America have asked their 12,000 members for strike authorization, following two weeks of negotiations.

The WGA leaders have asserted that the talks with the Alliance of Motion Pictures & Television Producers, which launched March 13, have been unproductive and contain two major rollbacks in the guild’s health plan. The AMPTP accused the WGA of breaking off the talks.

“First, they have demanded that we make cuts to the plan – $10 million in the first year alone,” the WGA negotiating team said in a letter to members. “In return, they will allow us to fund the plan with money diverted from our own salaries. More, they’ve demanded the adoption of a draconian measure in which any future shortfalls to the plan would be made up by automatic cuts in benefits – and never by increases in employer contributions.”

“This, too, is unacceptable. The package, taken as a whole, »


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'Power Rangers' Cast Lobbying for a Female Green Ranger in Sequel

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[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Power Rangers.] 

Want to know if a film might be having a sequel? Then stay seated! Just because the movie's over and your popcorn is finished doesn't mean that's all that's in store for you. 

Power Rangers, which hit theaters Friday, is following the Marvel Studios trend by featuring a little something extra.

"There's a post-credits scene, so people should stay," the film's director Dean Israelite tells The Hollywood Reporter, adding, "It teased up the direction of what the next movie could be for people that know the brand it’s super exciting. There are so »


- Brian Porreca

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‘Justice League’ Trailer: Zack Snyder Gets Another Chance to Save the Dceu, And It Looks Crazy Epic

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The gang is all here! The new trailer for “Justice League” has arrived, and it features some pretty badass new footage of Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash teaming up to stop the latest CGI threat bent on destroying the world.

Read More: ‘Justice League’ Behind the Scenes Video: Zack Snyder Celebrates Wrap With 90-Second Clip

Justice League” follows the events of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” with Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Diana Prince (“Gal Gadot”) rallying up a crew of metahumans to fight Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds) in the wake of Superman’s death. Of course Superman won’t be gone for too long, but just how he returns and factors into the plot remains to be seen.

While fans are no doubt curious about how the Dceu will progress in the first big meet-up of its many heroes, the industry is watching “Justice League” even »


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‘SNL': Is There a New Episode Airing This Week?

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With Donald Trump’s health care bill pulled from a vote in the House of Representatives Friday, you’d think “SNL” would have plenty of hilarious fodder for politically themed sketches and “Weekend Update” monologues this weekend. But, unfortunately, fans hoping to watch Alec Baldwin’s Trump, Kate McKinnon’s Kellyanne Conway and Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer try desperately to spin the failure into a win will have to wait. “Saturday Night Live” is on hiatus for Saturday, March 25. In fact, the three-week break extends for another week, so don’t expect a new episode on Saturday, April 1, either — likely a wise move. »


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Homeless in Brentwood as Obamacare Wins

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I saw them on my way into a restaurant in Brentwood and thought they looked odd. A 40ish woman sleeping beneath an outdoor heater at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at 7:30 p.m. on a Friday night. Beside her were her two teenage daughters, young women slumped against one another in a huddle. They were still there in the exact same position when I left the restaurant at about 8:45. This time I paused. A family asleep outside a Coffee Bean on Friday night? In Brentwood? I doubled back and asked if they needed help. The mother had her eyes. »

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'Justice League' Trailer: The Moments That Deserve a Closer Look

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The long -awaited new trailer for Justice League has arrived.

There are quite a few new reveals in the trailer — including the first footage of Lois Lane, The Flash's father Henry, and Aquaman solo movie love interest Hera in the film. One big question: where's Superman? (More on that here.) 

Now, let's take a closer look at what the trailer:

There's no Superman … but there's Lois.

Henry Cavill's Man of Steel is still missing in action after dying at the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. But Lois Lane (Amy Adams) makes a brief »


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How to Watch Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds Memorial Service

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Fans who want one last chance to say goodbye to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds can do so today, as a joint memorial service for the mother-and-daughter Hollywood royalty will be live-streamed starting at 1 p.m. Pt on debbiereynolds.com. “Star Wars” composer John Williams and singer James Blunt are scheduled to perform at the service, where Hollywood memorabilia collected by Reynolds throughout her life will also be on display, according to the Associated Press. Fisher’s brother Todd organized Saturday’s service to give fans the chance to honor his mother and sister. There was a private memorial in »


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Ron Reagan Calls Ivanka Trump Donald’s ‘Security Blanket’ (Video)

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The children of presidents are part of an exclusive and usually genteel club — but that hasn’t stopped one of them from speaking out against the highest-profile latest occupant of that role. On Saturday’s episode of “Am Joy” on MSNBC, Ron Reagan, the son of President Ronald Reagan, called Ivanka Trump her father’s “security blanket” and blasted the president for having Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner in prominent advisory roles. During a panel discussion that also included attorney Lisa Bloom and Politico’s Annie Karni, host Joy-Ann Reid turned to Reagan, saying he’s the only person »


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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’: Three New Posters Revealed

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While some DC Comics fans flock to watch the new “Justice League” trailer, the Marvel crowd can sneak a peek at three new posters for “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

In one photo, the webbed hero is seen lounging on a riverbank wearing headphones. “Homework can wait,” the caption reads. “The city can’t.” In the second, the foreground shows the hero hanging onto Avengers Tower, while the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center linger in the background. “Straight A superhero,” the caption says. Finally, Spidey is seen latched onto a sign for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The “Spider-Man: Homecoming” Twitter account sent out the caption, “Quickest way to get home.”

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Tom Holland stars as the titular hero in the film directed by Jon Watts based on a script the helmer co-wrote with Jonathan M. Goldstein, John Francis Daley, »


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Bill Maher Tells ‘Conned’ Trump Supporters to ‘Stop Being Stupid’ (Video)

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Bill Maher’s tolerance for Donald Trump is, let’s just say, not great. But now the comedian and host of HBO’s “Real Time” is taking aim at the new president’s supporters. “America needs more Republicans like this guy,” Maher said, referring to a photo of a man holding a “I’ve made a huge mistake” sign. Although the guy could have been on a tear about his choice of apartments, wardrobe or barbers, Maher assumed it was politically motivate. “This man should be commended, and not just for being the first Trump voter to get all the spelling right on a sign, »


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Watch DC Superheroes Come Together in First 'Justice League' Trailer

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The DC Cinematic Universe comes together – minus one major superhero – in the new trailer for Justice League, which pits Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg against an alien race.

"We have to be ready. You, me, the others. There's an attack coming from far away," Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne warns in the preview, which introduces the cast of superheroes, showcases their powers and reveals how they formed the Justice League to fight "Parademons."

The trailer from the Zack Snyder-directed blockbuster is also soundtracked by the White »


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New ‘Justice League’ Trailer Brings the Superhero Team Together (Watch)

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Several character teasers later, a new “Justice League” trailer was finally released Saturday morning that unites the team.

“We have to be ready,” Ben Affleck’s Batman says in a voiceover. “You, me, the others — there’s an attack coming from far way.”

Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman replies, “Not coming, Bruce, it’s already here. The others … where are they?”

What follows is an epic montage of the heroes teaming up to battle enemies while a cover of the Beatles’ “Come Together” blares in the background.

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Affleck, Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, and Ray Fisher star in the Warner Bros. tentpole. Amy Adams, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, and Willem Dafoe will also appear in the film. While Henry Cavill’s Superman is expected to appear in the movie as well, he has been missing from recent promotions, including the latest trailer. »


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‘Justice League’ First Trailer Shows DC Heroes ‘Come Together’ (Video)

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Warner Bros. dropped the trailer for “Justice League,” its much-anticipated DC Comics ensemble film, early Saturday morning. The trailer features Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg in action for the first time, as they team up with Batman and Wonder Woman to the tune of The Beatles’ “Come Together.” The trailer also features Bruce Wayne, who seems to be wittier than he was in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” noting with deadpan snark that his superpower is that he’s “rich.” Also Read: 'Justice League:' J.K. Simmons says his role as Commissioner Gordon is 'Very Small' “It’s good »


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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Soars Past $500 Million Global Mark at Friday Box Office

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Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” will easily hold on to the No. 1 spot at the box office in its second weekend in theaters, making $23.6 million on Friday to reach $252 million domestic and soar past the $500 million global milestone in just a week, reaching $541 million worldwide. Disney now estimates that the film will pass the $300 million domestic mark by the end of the weekend, which would make “Beauty” the sixth film to pass that mark in just ten days. Coming in second is Lionsgate’s “Power Rangers,” the highest among newcomers this week, with $15 million »


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See Bill Maher Tease Paul Ryan, Gop Over Trumpcare Failure

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Bill Maher opened Friday's Real Time by mocking Donald Trump, Paul Ryan and Republicans for their inability to generate enough support to pass the American Health Care Act.

"Isn't this amazing? For seven years, this is all Republicans lived to do, was to repeal and replace Obamacare," Maher said. "Oh, this looks bad for Trump. You know how Putin feels about failure."

Republican faction the Freedom Caucus – or "the artist formerly known as the Tea Party," Maher said – were responsible for Trumpcare not obtaining enough votes, as they worried that »


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