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Wonder Woman Crushes with $100.5M Box Office Win

Heading into its opening weekend, the Wonder Woman box office tracking was inconsistent, at best. Most box office analysts had predicted an opening weekend debut between $65 million and $80 million, although some predicting a debut as high as $105 million. As it turns out, the latter estimate was more accurate, with Wonder Woman easily taking the top spot with $100.5 million. This tally breaks a box office record held by Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Fifty Shades of Grey, as the highest opening weekend for a movie directed by a female director ($85.1 million).

There has been a huge wave of buzz building after the Wonder Woman early reactions started rolling in after the first press screening last month, with the movie scoring an impressive 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Box Office Mojo reports that Wonder Woman opened in 4,165 theaters, pulling in an impressive $24,131 per-screen average. The superhero adventure has also taken in an additional $122.5 million internationally for a global opening weekend of $223 million. However, it didn’t best the opening weekends of the DCEU’s first two movies.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice debuted with an impressive $166.1 million last March, which represented almost exactly half of its $330.3 million domestic take ($873.2 million worldwide) from a $250 million budget. Suicide Squad put up a $133.6 million opening weekend which represented 41.1% of its domestic total of $325.1 million ($745.6 million worldwide) from a $175 million budget. Wonder Woman was produced under a $149 million budget, and it has become the first DCEU movie to be certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Before Gal Gadot became Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana Prince leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny. The supporting cast is rounded out by Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Ewen Bremner, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis and Said Taghmaoui. Patty Jenkins (Monster) directs from a script by Allan Heinberg, based on a story he created by Zack Snyder and Jason Fuchs, and the Wonder Woman character created by William Moulton Marston.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie debuted in second place this weekend with a solid $23.5 million. The animated movie debuted in 3,434 theaters, pulling in a decent $6,843 per-screen average.. The story centers on two overly imaginative pranksters named George (Kevin Hart) and Harold (Thomas Middleditch), hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants. The voice cast also includes Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele, Kristen Schaal, Brian Posehn and Mel Rodriguez. The top 5 is rounded out by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales ($21.3 million), which dropped a whopping $65.7%, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($9.7 million) and Baywatch ($8.5 million).

The top 10 is rounded out by Alien: Covenant ($4 million), Everything, Everything ($3.3 million), Snatched ($1.3 million), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul ($1.2 million) and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword ($1.1 million). Also opening in limited release will be Pantelion’s comedy 3 Idiotas, which earned $600,000 from 349 theaters for a paltry $1,719 per-screen average. Also opening was CBS Films’ dramatic comedy Dean which took in $60,366 from 15 theaters for a $4,024 per-screen average. IFC’s comedy Band Aid earned $31,500 from three theaters for a $10,500 per-screen average, while Purdie Distribution’s drama Love, Kennedy took in $49,300 from 19 theaters for a $2,595 per-screen average. Samuel Goldwyn Films’ foreign film Past Life took in $16,215 from four theaters for a $4,054 per-screen average, but no box office data was released for Well Go USA’s action film God of War, Instrum Int’s comedy Opening Night, Entertainment Studios’ sci-fi movie The Recall and Vertical Entertainment’s crime drama Vincent N Roxxy. It isn’t clear if any of these films will expand into a wider release in the weeks and months ahead.

Looking forward to next weekend, Universal Pictures will unleash The Mummy remake in theaters, alongside A24′s indie thriller It Comes At Night and Bleecker Street’s drama Megan Leavey. Also opening in limited release is Roadside Attractions’ comedy Beatriz At Dinner, The Orchard’s dramatic comedy The Hero, Freestyle Releasing’s drama Miles, Fox Searchlight’s romance My Cousin Rachel and Oscilloscope Pictures’ documentary Night School. Take a look at the box office top 10 esimates below for the weekend of June 2, and check back on Tuesday for next weekend’s predictions.

1Wonder Woman
2Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
3Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
4Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
5Baywatch
6Alien: Covenant
7Everything, Everything
8Snatched
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
10King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

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Six Victims Dead, Three Attackers Killed In London Terrorism; Donald Trump Offers “Full Support”, Urges Travel Ban

Update With Scotland Yard Statement Scotland Yard has confirmed the deaths of six victims in today’s London attacks, and said three attackers were shot and killed by police.

In a statement released by Scotland Yard, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said police shot and killed three suspects “within eight minutes of the first call.” The suspects, he said, “were wearing what looked like explosive vests but these were later established to be hoaxes.”

“At this stage,” said Rowley, “we believe that six people have died in addition to the three attackers shot dead by police. And at least 20 casualties have been taken to six hospitals across London.”

Meanwhile, the White House says President Donald Trump spoke with Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May and offered his condolences for today’s “brutal terror attacks.”

“He praised the heroic response of police and other first responders and offered the full support of the United States Government in investigating and bringing those responsible for these heinous acts to justice,” according to the White House statement.

Earlier tonight, London police declared the two incidents involving three suspects at London Bridge and Borough Market as acts of terrorism, and Trump tweeted a plea for his “Travel Ban” in the wake of the violence. Trump then tweeted his support for London: “WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!” (See tweets below).

“We must be smart, vigilant and tough,” Trump wrote. “We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!” See the tweets below. Trump also retweeted a Drudge Report story on the London attacks.

The Prime Minister had said the London incident was being treated as a “potential act of terrorism,” while the police department’s marine unit was using lifeboats to evacuate the public in the bridge area. The London Ambulance Service confirm earlier confirmed that at least 20 people were taken to six hospitals and others were treated for less serious injuries at the scene.

London mayor Sadiq Khan called the situation “a deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners and visitors to our city enjoying their Saturday night. I condemn it in the strongest possible terms. There is no justification whatsoever for such barbaric acts.”

It was unclear from the Scotland Yard statement whether the victims died on the Bridge or in the Borough Market restaurant where the attackers wielded weapons described variously as swords or machetes.

Police said a third incident – a stabbing in the Vauxhall area – was unrelated to the other two attacks.

Previous London Metropolitan Police are dealing with multiple incidents in at least three locations in the city that are ongoing, including at the famed London Bridge, the nearby Borough Market and another incident in Vauxhall.

Police have confirmed that shots were fired in Borough Market after a reported multiple stabbing, an incident that quickly followed reports of a van crashing into pedestrians on the London Bridge. Some reports suggested that men armed with knives exited the vehicle and attacked people nearby.

Just before midnight London time, CNN’s Nic Robertson, on the scene near the bridge, reported that police in riot gear instructed reporters and others to leave the area immediately. The BBC is reporting that police are looking for armed suspects in the ongoing situation.

The police also tweeted a “Run. Hide. Tell” message:

Earlier, CNN broke into regular programming with reports that a white van had plowed into pedestrians, and a nearby restaurant was the site of the multiple stabbing. An eyewitness told the network he saw at least several people struck by the swerving van.

Police then reported another incident in nearby Borough Market, with news reports of possible gunshots in the area.

The initial police response occurred around 10:08 pm London time.

The news arrives just a day before tomorrow night’s big One Love Manchester concert starring Ariana Grande in Manchester, about a three-hour drive from London. The benefit concert will be seen live in more than 50 countries, with all proceeds from the international distribution of TV rights going towards the “We Love Manchester Emergency Fund,” set up by Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross in honor of the victims and families affected by the May 22 suicide bombing at Grande’s Manchester Arena concert.

The story is developing, with police just tweeting that they “will release facts when we can.”

Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U. K., we will be there – WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2017

We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2017

Officers are now responding to an incident in the #Vauxhall area. 3/3

— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) June 3, 2017

Officers have then responded to reports of stabbings in #BoroughMarket. Armed officers responded and shots have been fired. 2/3

— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) June 3, 2017

We are aware of reports on social media. We will release facts when we can – our info must be accurate #LondonBridge

— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) June 3, 2017

We are dealing with an incident on #LondonBridge, when we have more information we will update this twitter feed.

— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) June 3, 2017

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Ariana Grande Tweets London Support, Bette Midler Decries “Madmen”: Hollywood Reactions

Ariana Grande, still set to perform at tomorrow night’s One Love Manchester benefit concert, tweeted her support for London in response to today’s pair of terror attacks there. “Praying for London,” she writes, while an angry Bette Midler tweets the much sharper “Men and religion are worthless.”

Also reacting to today’s attacks are Game of Thrones‘ Iwan Rheon (“Stay strong together London”), former Once Upon a Time star Rebecca Mader, and chef Gordon Ramsay.

Today’s attacks at the London Bridge and a nearby restaurant in Borough Market have been declared by London police as acts of terrorism. Earlier tonight, President Donald Trump pledged support while also calling for passage of what he called his “travel ban.”

Here’s a sampling of the celebrity reactions.

Praying for London ?

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) June 4, 2017

More sorrow and grief at the hands of madmen in London. Men and religion are worthless.

— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) June 3, 2017

Oh London..Another nightmare. Sending my love to everyone there. No words. So upsetting..

— Rebecca Mader (@bexmader) June 4, 2017

Praying for the people of London. We stand in solidarity with our friends from the U.K. You are in our thoughts and prayers.?? #londonbridge

— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 4, 2017

Praying for London.. ????????????

— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) June 3, 2017

Stay safe tonight London ????????. Thinking of you Gx

— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) June 3, 2017

London we love you. You are in our prayers.

— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) June 3, 2017

As London unfolds, may we hold these families & the police who are risking their lives to keep others safe in our hearts.

— Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) June 4, 2017

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‘Kevin Can Wait’ Shakeup: Co-Star Erinn Hayes Confirms Exit From CBS Sitcom

UPDATE with Hayes reaction: Erinn Hayes, who plays Kevin James’ wife Donna on CBS’ Kevin Can Wait, will not return to the series for Season 2. The news comes after word that James’ former King Of Queens co-star Leah Remini would join the series as a regular next season.

We’re hearing that the decision is not about Hayes, but that the show is headed in a new direction for the new season. That will include the full-time addition of Remini, who will reprise her role as the tough, wise-cracking undercover police woman Vanessa Cellucci. She first appeared as a guest star in the two-part Season 1 finale.

True, I’ve been let go from the show. Very sad, I had a great experience season 1. Thank you for all the support from our wonderful fans. https://t.co/HfYKzVuSnT

— erinn hayes (@hayeslady) June 3, 2017

Kevin Can Wait ranked as this past season’s No. 1 new comedy in total viewers (9.19 million) and adults 18-49 (2.1 rating). It returns to the air September 25 in the 9 PM Monday slot.

The Hayes news was first reported by Deadline’s sister site TVLine.

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Hollywood Weighs In On Bill Maher Controversy; D.L. Hughley Rebukes HBO

Refresh For Updates Bill Maher’s use of the N-word on Real Time With Bill Maher last night has drawn condemnation from HBO, an apology from the host, comparisons to Kathy Griffin’s bloody Trump photo, and even a “what I should have said” response from Maher’s guest last night, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse. Chance the Rapper (tweeting as “Lil Chano from 79th”) has called for HBO to cancel the show.

Here is a selection of the responses from actors, comedians, musicians, pundits and the congressman. We’ll update as additional reactions come in.

I Love the @billmaher show and watch it “religiously”. Bill, please see the error of your glib quip. Not remotely funny or cool, mate.

— Duncan Sheik (@TheDuncanSheik) June 4, 2017

I’ve been a friend of @billmaher’s for years and there’s not a racist bone in his body. Let’s accept his apology and move on.

— Larry King (@kingsthings) June 3, 2017

Now that #HBO apologized for #BillMahrer saying nigga, how about they hire a few?”I ain’t seen black people on HBO since the wire! #TeamDl

— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) June 3, 2017

3. Here’s what I wish I’d been quick enough to say in the moment: “Hold up, why would you think it’s OK to use that word?…
(3of4?) https://t.co/mQL6wMEd7W

— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) June 3, 2017

Please @HBO Do Not Air Another Episode Of Real Time With Bill Maher.

— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) June 3, 2017

Bill Maher what the hell were you thinking? That word has been on teeth and tongue of whites as they committed atrocities. Never funny.

— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) June 3, 2017

I think if Bill Maher said it to a black comedian guest, wit a mostly black audience it woulda been Celebrated as “genius” and “edgy”

— Reggie Watkins (@ReggieWatkinsJr) June 3, 2017

Hey @HBO, hit me up on the celly and whatnot.

— George Wallace (@MrGeorgeWallace) June 3, 2017

Bill Maher’s remark was impulsive & ill-chosen but not premeditated: Poe’s “Imp of the Perverse.” comic compulsion to shock audiences. https://t.co/oI4McFAykn

— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) June 3, 2017

On an historical note, Bill Maher is the first person ever to think being a ‘house nigger’ is hip.

— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) June 3, 2017

Today is the day Bill Maher became president.

— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) June 3, 2017

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Josh Brolin Teases Thanos in New Infinity War Set Photo

Josh Brolin has shared a photo from the set of Avengers: Infinity War. The battle is raging on and Brolin’s portrayal of the super villain Thanos, the Mad Titan, are being filmed right now. Thanos has only been seen on screen three brief times now, 2 of which were post-credit scenes and a small part in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1. But now it’s time for Thanos to show the world what he’s got. News broke yesterday that Man-Ape will be joining the already incredibly huge cast of Avengers: Infinity War and now we’re getting some behind the scenes info from Brolin.

Brolin took to his Instagram page to share a picture of himself in a makeup chair with the simple caption of “Dot day” and a hashtag of Thanos. The dots on Brolin’s face are there because he is doing motion-capture footage for Thanos who is completely a CGI character. The motion-capture will allow for more of Brolin’s performance to shine through the CGI and give Thanos a more realistic, life-like feel. We’ve already seen tiny pieces of what Thanos looks like and it’s pretty amazing.

It is not clear what the major plot points will be for Infinity War, but it is clear that we’ll be seeing a lot of Thanos, the Mad Titan and his quest for all six Infinity Stones to make the Infinity Gauntlet work. Once Thanos has the Infinity Gauntlet he’ll literally be able to do anything that he wants because it is the most powerful item in the Marvel Universe. The Infinity Gauntlet is so powerful that it can be dangerous in the hands of the good guys. The Gauntlet is fueled by the 6 Infinity Stones: Space Stone, Mind Stone, Soul Stone, Time Stone, Reality Stone, and the Power Stone.

As previously stated, Josh Brolin’s portrayal of Thanos has been teased since the first Avengers movie and he’s a had small part in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1, but was left out of the sequel. Guardian’s director James Gunn has said that Thanos was left out of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 because the plot is focused more on the two sisters, Gamora and Nebula, not their father. But while Thanos is not in the movie, his sense of evil and depravity are firmly placed into the story, revealing just how ruthless Thanos can be. Thanos easily destroys his family, what kind of evil can he unleash into the universe?

Infinity War is said to be a culmination of everything that the MCU has worked towards starting with 2008′s Iron Man. It’s hard to believe that it has been that long. The excitement for the movie that has been kept under wraps is starting to get out of control. But like everything, as the release date gets closer, so do the spoilers. Expect a lot of new details to roll in in the coming months regarding the story line and specific plot points.

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Leaked Last Jedi Footage Shows Luke Levitating on a Rock?

It’s almost time for The Last Jedi trailer to hit screens; did some of it already leak? Apparently Disney is preparing the digital trailer for shipment to all theaters starting next week, which means that the actual physical reels of trailers will be hand delivered. Leaks from the standalone Han Solo: A Star Wars Story have been abundant, there seems to be a new leak from that movie set every other day. But Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the complete opposite. Excitement is out of control amongst fans for any footage of The Last Jedi and now finally it looks like we may have a first look at Luke Skywalker’s meditation rock, which has been discussed a lot over the past few months.

The alleged Last Jedi footage comes to us courtesy of Youtube creator Mike Zeroh and it’s very interesting once you get past Zeroh’s introduction to the video. The trailer footage appears to show Luke Skywalker levitating on his meditation rock in Ahch-To. Luke’s use of the Force also appears to be lifting the rock as well while he is in a state of deep thought, maybe a nod to The Empire Strikes Back when Luke is learning to use and harness his powers. The actual footage was reportedly shot in Ireland by a sneaky fan and Zeroh’s information is reportedly from a source at Pinewood Studios, where most of the upcoming movie is being shot.

The official trailer is apparently is 2 minutes and 48 seconds and will show Luke Skywalker talking as opposed to the teaser where you only hear his voice. Elsewhere in the trailer Zeroh explains that we will see new Resistance bombers fighting with TIE Fighters while some Resistance bombers get blown to smithereens over an unknown planet. If this is true, it could mean a pretty dark movie, which is not at all a bad thing, but might lead fans to speculate about similarities between The Last Jedi and The Empire Strikes Back. Both movies have “the” in the title! They’re both dark!

Zeroh is definitely pumped on the magical aspect of Luke Skywalker, he points this out a few times in the video how excited he is at the chance of seeing a fully magical Skywalker. In addition to the trailer information, Zeroh also offered ideas about how the shot of Skywalker levitating might be handled in the post-production process. Again, this is all speculation, so take it with a grain of salt. Zeroh says that “Close-up shots of the rock levitating will be practical but long distance shots will feature CGI overlaying” and that it will utilize a modified version of John Williams’ Binary Sunset Theme from A New Hope. This could suggest that Luke may be up on that rock reflecting on his past.

While this footage is exciting, nothing official has come out about Luke Skywalker levitating and his motivations for doing so. It should also be reiterated that we do not know for certain if the trailer will arrive in theaters next week, but we will find out soon enough. You can check out the videos of the footage below and come up with your own conclusions.

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Blomkamp’s Alien 5 Is Totally Dead, District 9 Sequel May Happen Instead

As the Faith No More and Boo-Ya Tribe song goes, ‘It’s just another body murdered!’ As it appears that Neill Blomkamp’s much talked about sequel Alien 5 is officially dead with no signs of resuscitation. And we can pretty much blame Ridley Scott’s lackluster Alien: Covenant for the cancelation of this particular franchise installment.

Speaking with The Verge, director Neill Blomkamp hammered the final nail into the coffin of his once anticipated sequel. He says this.

“I think it’s totally dead, yes. That would be an accurate assumption at this point. It’s sad. I spent a long time working on that, and I feel like it was really pretty awesome. But politically, the way it’s gone now, and the way that it all is, it’s just not going to live.”

The true story behind what happened may never come out. But as it were, Ridley Scott decided he wanted to make a true Alien prequel since fans were disappointed with Prometheus. Blomkamp’s Alien 5 was supposed to happen first, but Scott apparently said no way. As Alien: Covenant got closer and closer to its release date, it became more apparent that the other movie was doomed.

Then Alien Covenant opened to less than thrilled reviews. And the fans felt nothing more than bored. The movie only made $36 million on opening weekend, and in its first 15 days, has thus far only pulled in a disappointing $64.3 million. Its worldwide take currently sits at $165.3 million. Ridley Scott was planning two more Alien: Covenant sequels to bridge the gap between them and the original Alien from 1979, but now the movie, with an estimated $97 million, is sitting on the edge of being a flop. In turn, Blomkamp’s Alien 5 has becoming the unwilling victim in this scenario. And it’s unclear if those other Alien movies Ridley Scott has planned will ever really happen.

Asked to clarify his comments, Blomkamp went onto say this.

“Ridley [Scott] was one of my idols growing up. He’s so talented and he’s made this film that really set me off in a direction. I want to just be as respectful and not go stamping around in this world that he created. I think that if the circumstances were different, and I didn’t feel like I was getting too close to something that he obviously feels a massive personal connection to, that things that may have played out differently. But I did want to be as respectful as possible.”

Who knows if Alien 5 will be resurrected once the lingering stink drifts from Alien: Covenant’s reception and box office take. But Neill Blomkamp fans shouldn’t feel too slighted. The untimely death of Alien 5 may mean we’ll see the long discussed District 10 sooner as opposed to never.

Neill Blomkamp recently announced his new project Oats Studio Volume One, which will be a collection of thrilling new sci-fi shorts from his own studio. Asked if District 10 would land at Oats Studio, Blomkamp had some, at first, discouraging words. But then revealed that a District 9 sequel is still very much being planned. About doing it at Oat Studios, he said this.

“Probably not, no. In order to do that you would have to interact with the studios that own those films. The whole point here is to just be autonomous and just do whatever we want. With District 9, I plan on making another film in that world. To go back and work with WETA, and make the film would be cool, but anything that pre-exists like that may not be the best fit for whatever we’re trying here.”

Ok. So, sci-fi fans. We’ll probably never see the return of Ripley in an Alien movie. But we may soon get a sequel to one of the greatest Aught sci-fi masterpieces made. Sometimes you have to take the good with the bad.

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