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The Last Jedi Is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes

Following the world premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the first press screenings over the past few days, The Last Jedi reviews are in, and they’re overwhelmingly positive, easily earning a certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While the percentage may very well fluctuate between now and the wide release on Friday, Star Wars: The Last Jedi currently stands at 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, with 173 positive reviews and just 11 negative reviews posted thus far. That tally is currently higher than both 2015′s Star Wars: The Force Awakens (93%) and last year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (85%).

Given the extremely positive Last Jedi early reactions, the Rotten Tomatoes score isn’t entirely surprising, but it certainly is encouraging for fans who have waited two long years to see how the story continues after Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The movie has also gotten a positive seal of approval from the man who created this very franchise, George Lucas, whose rep revealed the filmmaker thought this movie was “beautifully made” by director Rian Johnson. Along with its critical acclaim, Star Wars: The Last Jedi will most likely be the highest-grossing movie of the year as well.

Early box office projections put The Last Jedi at over $200 million domestic in its opening weekend, and while those projections seemingly haven’t changed, we reported earlier this week that The Last Jedi is eyeing a $425 million worldwide debut, which would be the fifth highest worldwide debut of all time. One reason why this number isn’t higher is because it doesn’t open in the second largest box office market in the world, China, until January 5, 2018. While these projections are certainly impressive, they will still fall short of the opening weekend record of $247.9 million and the all-time domestic record of $936.6 million, both set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

While The Last Jedi is already shaping up to be both a critical and commercial hit, it could be making waves this awards season as well, with a report from earlier this week revealing that Disney is mounting an Oscar campaign for The Last Jedi. The studio is putting The Last Jedi in contention for all of the major awards including Best Picture, Best Director for Rian Johnson, Mark Hamill for Best Actor and Daisy Ridley for Best Actress. While smash-hit blockbusters like Star Wars: The Last Jedi are often shunned by the Academy and other awards, aside from the technical categories, it will be interesting to see if the Academy sparks to this Oscar campaign, although the movie received no major Golden Globe nominations.

It has also been confirmed that this will be the longest Star Wars movie ever, at two hours and 32 minutes, although the original Last Jedi cut was over three hours long. It remains to be seen if this lengthy runtime will have any affect on repeat business for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but by all accounts, it should be another huge hit for Disney and LucasFilm. You can visit Rotten Tomatoes to read all of the reviews posted thus far for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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Why You Shouldn’t Name Your Beer After Beyonce

This Brooklyn brewery learned the hard way not to use Beyoncé’s name without permission. Find out more.

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The Rock Just Announced The Coming Of A Third Child In The Cutest Way

It has been a busy year for Dwayne Johnson, but there was just enough time to squeeze in a baby announcement.

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Pat DiNizio Dies: Smithereens Songwriter-Guitarist And Soundtrack Artist Was 62


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Singer/songwriter Pat DiNizio, who sold millions of records with his New Jersey band, the Smithereens, has died. He passed away just days after indicating via Facebook that he was looking forward to returning to the road. DiNizio was 62 years old and had been recovering from a fall that he was rehabilitating.

His death was announced on the band’s official Facebook page.

DiNizio’s music appeared on numerous film soundtracks, including Bull Durham and Backdraft.

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Roy Moore Will Not Concede In Alabama Senate Race After Doug Jones Win

Alabama’s GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate Roy Moore declined to concede Tuesday night, after election results came in showing Dem Doug Jones had won, and even after President Donald Trump tweeted grudging congrats to Jones.

Hanging on for dear life, Moore’s campaign insisted the vote was too close to call, that the state required a recount if the vote was within a half a percentage point, and Alabama’s secretary of state, and god, would have to make the final call. Jones won by far more than half a percentage point, according to tallies.

And, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill told CNN late Tuesday night, any outcome other than Jones being the states next U.S. Senator would be “highly unlikely.”

“The people of Alabama have spoken tonight,” Merrill said. “They’ve made their voice heard, loud and clear.”

Moore’s camp, however insisted the outcome still was very much in question.

“We know god is still in control, and we’re going to give him the credit for how this turns out, because he has been with us every step of the way,” Moore campaign chairman Bill Armistead told disappointed Moore fans at his campaign party.

“And I have a message for the media,” Armistead continued. “I just talked to the [Alabama] secretary of state and he invites you to come to his office tonight at 11 PM so he can explain in detail the steps required.”

That point made, Moore took the stage.

“It’s not over,” Moore said. “We know god is always in control. Part of the problem with this campaign is we’ve been painted in an unfavorable and unfaithful light. We’ve been put in a hole, if you will,” Moore said, reciting an Old Testament passage he said that brought to mind. “We’ve got to wait and let this process play out. But votes are still coming in and we’re looking at that.”

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Donald Trump Tweets Grudging Congrats To Doug Jones: “A Win Is A Win”

Donald Trump tweeted begrudging congratulations Tuesday night after Doug Jones became the first Dem to win an Alabama seat in the U.S. Senate in a quarter of a century.

“Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win,” Trump tweeted.

“The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!” he added.

In this special election to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Jones term will run through January 3 of 2021.

Tuesday’s results in in the ruby red state was a stunning rebuke of Trump, who had campaigned for GOP candidate Roy Moore right up until a final tweet on election day, urging Alabamians that keeping a Republican in the seat was more important than any qualms they had about Roy Moore the man.  Voters picked the Dem, ending their perfect quarter of a century record, when presented with a GOP candidate who faced allegations of preying on teenage girls decades ago, had expressed dubiousness about pretty much everything else added to the Constitution since the 10th Amendment, including women’s right to vote and ending slavery.

“The people of Alabama will do the right thing. Doug Jones is Pro-Abortion, weak on Crime, Military and Illegal Immigration, Bad for Gun Owners and Veterans and against the WALL,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.

“Jones is a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet. Roy Moore will always vote with us. VOTE ROY MOORE!” he added.

Trump’s Tuesday night tweet:

Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2017

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Doug Jones Alabama Senate Victory Wildly Celebrated On Social Media


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The upset victory by Democrat Doug Jones over Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race drew online huzzahs from a mix of celebrities, politicians and Hollywood. President Donald Trump, who backed Moore, was even-handed in his Twitter response:

Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2017

Some Twitter reactions:

The margin of victory was 10,000ish votes out of 1.2 million+ cast. Alabama landed on the right side of history, but my enthusiasm is tempered by the persistent reality. I’m glad Doug Jones won, but it’s a horror that Moore did so well & now may force a recount. https://t.co/GvPPJ8XaLl

— Sean Astin (@SeanAstin) December 13, 2017

“The moral arc of the universe is long but it bends towards justice”
Dr Martin Luther King quoted by SENATOR Doug Jones of Alabama!
It’s a Chanukah night miracle!

— Andrew Zimmern (@andrewzimmern) December 13, 2017

I’m literally in tears writing this. I couldn’t be more proud of my home state. PROUD to be from Alabama. PROUD of our people for CARING about MOVING FORWARD and LOVING HUMAN BEINGS. GO BAMA GO. ROLL TIDE TO DOUG JONES. And ROLL TIDE to AMERICA.

— Jordan Fisher (@Jordan_Fisher) December 13, 2017

We have a president who acknowledged on tape that he assaulted women. I would hope that he pays attention to what’s going on and think about resigning.

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 7, 2017

Thank you for restoring my faith in humanity, Alabama. And thank you for fighting for what’s right, @GDouglasJones.

And thank you to every volunteer who knocked on doors, made phone calls, and that worked tirelessly to make this happen.

— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 13, 2017

bringing justice to Klansmen who bombed 16th Street Baptist Church and winning Senate race as a Democrat in AL is a pretty impressive pair for career bookends for Doug Jones

— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) December 13, 2017

Doug Jones. Thank you, Alabama. You’ve elected a man of incredible integrity, grit, and character. A fighter for working class and middle class Alabamians. He is going to make you proud in the Senate.

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) December 13, 2017

Thankfully, today enough Republicans chose country over party. Tomorrow we must redouble our efforts to support candidates worthy of the office they seek.#TwoPaths

— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) December 13, 2017

Chuck Schumer: “Roy Moore was an awful candidate and never should have gotten to the Senate. But make no mistake about it … Democrats are energized, focused on the middle class and those struggling to get there, and things are looking better and better for 2018.”

— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) December 13, 2017

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Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations: How To Watch Via TV, Online

The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees will be announced on Wednesday at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood at 10 AM ET/7 AM Pacific. Actresses Olivia Munn (X-Men: ApocalypseThe Predator) and Niecy Nash (Claws, The Soul Man) will announce the nominees after an introduction by SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris.

Shortly before that announcement, this year’s stunt ensemble action performance nominees will be announced by SAG Awards Committee Chair JoBeth Williams and SAG Awards Committee Member Elizabeth McLaughlin.

WHERE TO WATCH:

9:50 a.m. ET / 6:50 a.m. PT – SAG Awards nominations for the outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles.

Livestream:

10:00 a.m. ET/7:00 a.m. PT – Actor nominations for outstanding performances in five film and eight television categories. The nominations announcement will last approximately 6-10 minutes.

Linear: Live on TNT, TBS, truTV

Livestream:

 SOCIAL HANDLES:

Olivia Munn
Twitter: @oliviamunn
Instagram: @oliviamunn

Niecy Nash
Twitter:  @NiecyNash
Instagram:  @niecynash1
Official site: http://www.niecynash.com
Official app: smarturl.it/NiecyNash

Gabrielle Carteris
Twitter:  @TheGabrielle_C

JoBeth Williams
Twitter:  @jbwilliams8

Elizabeth McLaughlin
Twitter:  @ElizabethMcL

Kathy Connell
Twitter:  @kathyca1

Actors Guild Awards hosted by Kristen Bell will be produced by Avalon Harbor Entertainment. Inc. and will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.  TBS and TNT subscribers can also watch the SAG Awards live through the networks’ websites and mobile apps. In addition, TNT will present a special encore of the ceremony at 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT.

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