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Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dead at 91

7 hours ago | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Jerry Lewis, an actor and auteur who was one of the most influential forces in American comedy, died Sunday morning at his Las Vegas. He was 91.

"Legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis passed away peacefully today of natural causes at 91 at his home with family by his side," his family said in a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal writer John Katsilometes. No cause of death was announced.

In a career that spanned vaudeville, radio, television, film and philanthropy, Lewis established the persona of a manic, juvenile jokester, which belied darker, more self-lacerating elements below the surface, »


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'Hitman's Bodyguard' Tops Weekend with $21M+ Opening as 'Logan Lucky' Falls Short

9 hours ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Lionsgate and Summit's action-comedy The Hitman's Bodyguard finished ahead of pre-weekend expectations and took the #1 spot at the weekend box office while WB and New Line's Annabelle: Creation scored a second place finish over its sophomore frame. The weekend wasn't too kind, however, to Bleecker's Logan Lucky, which did manage to finish third, but was unable to crack double digits from over 3,000 locations. As for the weekend overall, the top twelve narrowly escaped becoming the worst weekend of 2017 by less than $1 million by combining for $81.5 million. As of right now, this means the month of August is currently pacing 34% behind August last year while the summer season is pacing 12.8% behind last year. With an estimated $21.6 million, Lionsgate's release of The Hitman's Bodyguard finished #1 at the box office. This outperforms Mojo's pre-release forecast and is just a shade below historical averages for a film of this size and genre from Lionsgate. »


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Erik Poppe’s ‘The King’s Choice’ Sweeps 8 Amanda Norwegian National Film Awards

19 August 2017 12:38 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Haugesund, Norway — Norwegian director Erik Poppe’s historical epic, ”The King’s Choice” (”Kongens nei”), was the Amanda jury’s clear favorite at this year’s awards. Nominated for a record 13 Amandas — Norway’s national film prizes — it snagged eight on Saturday night at Haugesund’s Scandic Maritim Hall. The kudos ceremony unspooled one day before the opening of the 45th Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund, which runs through Aug. 25.

Norwegian actress (and singer) Pia Tjelta, who earlier on the day was honored with a stone at Haugesund’s walk of fame – the Haraldsgate – hosted the show, which was televised by Norwegian commercial broadcaster TV. A majority of Amanda winners went on stage to receive their statuettes.

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“The King’s Choice” topped Norwegian box office charts last year, earning 713,276 admissions. It was named best Norwegian feature of 2016 by the Norwegian Film Critics. It »


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Jaime King Joins Indie 'Ice Cream in the Cupboard'

18 August 2017 5:43 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Jaime King, who starred on four seasons of Hart of Dixie, has joined the cast of Ice Cream in the Cupboard, an indie drama adapted from the book by Pat Moffett.

Drew Pollins is directing the project, which hails from Serenity Media Group and is shooting in Los Angeles.

The book tells of a couple’s fractured life when the wife is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Claudia Ferri (The Killing) and Dana Ashbrook (Twin Peaks) are playing the couple. King will play a neurologist who tries to help the duo.

The part is the latest feature get for King, who »


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Warner Bros. Touts $1B ‘Conjuring’ Universe With ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Success

18 August 2017 3:46 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

So many “universes” since the Marvel Universe brand. Universal touts its Monsters universe and yes, Warner Bros. has one, too, now. It’s call The Conjuring universe. After the successful box office launch of New Line Cinema's latest horror offering Annabelle: Creation, Warner Bros. just announced that James Wan and producer Peter Safran's Conjuring “universe” of films have reached the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box  office. Annabelle: Creation opened to $35M… »


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‘Girls Trip’ Crosses $100 Million at Domestic Box Office

18 August 2017 10:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal Pictures’ “Girls Trip” has crossed the $100 million mark at the domestic box office after four weeks, to become the studio’s sixth film to reach that milestone this year.

Girls Trip” has also taken in $9.9 million internationally as it starts its foreign rollout. Australia and Romania will release the film on Aug. 31, with additional markets launching the film through the end of the year.

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Girls Trip” debuted behind “Dunkirk” with a surprisingly strong $31.2 million at the North American box office over its opening weekend on July 21 to July 23, making it the highest-grossing opening for a live-action comedy of the year. It dropped only 36% in its second weekend.

Girls Trip” broke the summer’s streak of underperforming R-rated comedies such as “Rough Night” and “The House.” Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, and Jada Pinkett Smith star as four friends attending the Essence Music »


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China Box Office: ‘Wolf Warriors II’ Wins Fourth Weekend, Extends Total to $769 Million

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Wolf Warriors II” narrowly won its fourth weekend at the top of the Chinese box office ahead of a chasing pack of new release titles. After 25 days in theaters it has grossed $769 million.

Data from local provider Ent Group, shows “Wolf Warriors II” briefly losing its top spot on Friday to “Paradox.” But on Saturday and and Sunday, the patriotic action sensation reclaimed its habitual position. Both films enjoyed some 70,000 screenings per day.

Every ticket sold pushes “Wolf Warriors II” further into the lead as the all time biggest movie ever released in China. Its total is now 50% bigger than previous claimant “The Mermaid.”

This was also another weekend in which the top Chinese film outpaced the top film at the North American box office. Stateside winner, “Hitman’s Bodyguard” earned $21.6 million.

Hong Kong-made crime actioner, “Paradox,” which opened the Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival, was released on Thursday and scored $31.4 million over the weekend. It »


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