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Avengers Flick Breaks Global Box Office Record

CNN Money reports: Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” made an estimated $630 million at the worldwide box office for its opening weekend, according to Disney. That shatters the record for biggest worldwide opening held by Universal’s “The Fate of the Furious,” which made $541 million for its global opening last year. “Infinity War” also brought in an estimated $250 million …

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Black Panther Breaks $1 Billion At Box Office

Variety reports: Marvel’s “Black Panther” continues its record-breaking streak, passing the $1 billion mark at the global box office in just 26 days. The Ryan Coogler tentpole is the 33rd movie to gross $1 billion. It’s the 16th Disney film to reach this milestone, and the fifth Marvel film to do so — joining the ranks of “The Avengers,” “Avengers: …

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Arrest Made In Theft Of Frances McDormand’s Oscar

The New York Post reports: The man who allegedly swiped Frances McDormand’s Oscar statue has been arrested. The LAPD confirmed to Page Six on Monday that the man has been arrested and booked on felony grand theft charges. According to TMZ, his name is Terry Bryant and he went so far as to shoot video of himself with the award. …

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LIVE THREAD: 90th Annual Academy Awards

Recode reports: The 90th Academy Awards show is tonight, Sunday, March 4, starting at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT, with comedian and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel serving as emcee. As in previous years, the Oscars won’t be the easiest show to stream online. ABC, which televises the Oscars, will offer a livestream on its website, abc.com, and via …

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Faye Dunaway And Warren Beatty To Reprise Oscars Gig

TMZ reports: After the real-life disaster at last year’s Oscars, the Academy feels the best way to make sure the proper people accept the award for Best Picture — bring back the ones who screwed it up … because TMZ has learned Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway will do the honors again!!! Our Oscar sources tell us Warren and Faye …

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Black Panther Smashes Box Office Records

From the Hollywood Reporter: Black Panther is shattering records in its box-office debut, grossing $192 million for the three-day weekend and a projected $218 million for the four-day Presidents Day weekend. The film boasts one of the top openings of all time in North America, and the second-biggest launch for a superhero pic behind only fellow Marvel title The Avengers, …

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White House Requests Screening Of The Post

From the Hollywood Reporter: This weekend, filmmaker Steven Spielberg’s The Post expands into additional theaters — including the White House. President Donald Trump’s team has requested, and been granted, access to the 20th Century Fox political drama for both 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and Camp David, where the president is scheduled to host a summit on Saturday and Sunday with top …

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The Last Jedi Hits $1B In Grosses, #1 For 2017

Variety reports: Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has cleared the $1 billion milestone in worldwide grosses in less than three weeks. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” pulled in $120.4 million globally on the New Year’s Eve weekend with $52.4 million at 4,232 domestic venues and $68 million internationally during the Friday-Sunday period. “The Last Jedi” is now the eighth …

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MoviePass Hits One Million Subscribers

The New York Times reports: MoviePass said this month that it had signed up more than one million subscribers in just four months. It took Netflix more than three years to reach that level when it started selling low-priced subscriptions for DVD rentals in 1999. Spotify was relatively quick, at five months in 2011. It took Hulu 10 months to …

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North American Movie-Going Hits 22-Year Low

The Los Angeles Times reports: Hollywood is celebrating the end of 2017 with astronomical sales from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which is on track to soon exceed $1 billion in global ticket sales and eventually become the biggest movie of the year. But that won’t be enough to write a happy storyline for the industry. Although movie ticket sales …

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TRAILER: Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again

Variety reports: A new musical spectacle opens its curtains in the sequel to Universal’s Mamma Mia!. The follow-up, Mamma Mia!, Here We Go Again, debuted its trailer on Thursday. Ten years after the original film hit theaters, the upcoming sequel welcomes the return of Amanda Seyfried as Sophie, who reveals she is pregnant but nervous to be a single mom. …

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Actress/Singer Della Reese Dies At Age 86

Variety reports: Della Reese, who segued from pop and jazz singing stardom in the ‘50s and ‘60s to a long career as a popular TV actress on “Touched by an Angel” and other shows, died Sunday night at her home in California. She was 86. “She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and pastor, as well as an award-winning …

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TRAILER: Rebels On Pointe

Film Journal reviews: Beloved by dance aficionados, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, known as The Trocks by its devoted international following, is a New York-based, all-male classical-ballet comedy troupe. Its members are doubly extraordinary. Not only are they exquisitely trained ballet dancers with top-drawer technique, including a mastery of pointe work (typically only done by females), but they are …

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Breakfast At Tiffany Is Now An Actual Thing

The New York Daily News reports: Breakfast at Tiffany’s turned into lunch for hundreds of hungry diners Friday as the famed boutique’s new café struggled to meet demand on its opening day. A crush of well-heeled customers greeted the opening of the 40-seat Blue Box Café, the first restaurant for the 180-year-old luxury jeweler on Fifth Ave. At 10 a.m., …

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TRAILER: Steven Spielberg’s The Post

Mashable reports: Well, this all feels chillingly familiar. Steven Spielberg’s The Post centers on a team of journalists working to expose the U.S. government for lying to the American people. But it’s not a story about our current situation – it’s about The Washington Post publishing the Pentagon Papers in the 1970s. Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks star as publisher …

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Mark Wahlberg: Forgive Me God For Boogie Nights

The Chicago Tribune reports: It may have been a critical and commercial hit, but actor Mark Wahlberg says he’s prayed to God for forgiveness for his role in the 1997 movie “Boogie Nights.” Standing next to Cardinal Blase Cupich on Friday night in Chicago, Wahlberg, a committed Catholic, told Chicago Inc., “I just always hope that God is a movie …

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TRAILER: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Verge recaps: There’s a lot to take in with this new trailer: there’s a new look at Rey’s training on Ahch-To with Luke Skywalker, who tells her that he’s only seen power like hers once before — and that it didn’t scare him enough. He’s presumably talking about Kylo Ren, who we see piloting his fighter, only to hesitate …

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Federal Court Orders $32M Fine For Robocalls Voiced By Mike Huckabee To Promote 2012 Christian Movie

The Associated Press reports: A federal judge in St. Louis on Thursday ordered a Virginia man and his companies to pay $32.4 million in damages for improper robocalls narrated by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee that promoted a religious-themed movie. U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber said in the ruling that Gabriel Joseph III and his companies violated the Telephone …

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Reese Witherspoon To Produce Westboro Baptist Biopic

Variety reports: Marc Webb has come on board to direct the upcoming feature film “This Above All,” based on the true-life story of Megan Phelps-Roper, former member of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church. Producers are Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler of Condé Nast Entertainment, Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea for Made Up Stories, Marc Webb and River Road Entertainment’s Bill Pohlad. …

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