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Tuesday
Apr182017

Netflix about to cross 100-million subscriber mark

Netflix - 2017(NEW YORK) -- If you feel like everybody's talking about the latest thing they watched on Netflix, maybe they are.  The company announced on Monday that it expects to cross the 100-million subscriber mark this weekend.

The company made the announcement Monday in a letter to investors announcing the company's financial result for the first three months of 2017. The company said it had almost 99 million global streaming subscribers at the end of March.

It wasn't all rosy news for Netflix though. Variety reports that though the company added 1.42 million subscribers in the U.S. and 3.53 million overseas during the first three months of the year, that was a little below what was expected.

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Tuesday
Apr182017

"Dancing with the Stars 24" Recap: Normani brings the magic on “Disney Night”; Erika goes back to Beverly Hills

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- Disney Night” kicked off week five of Dancing with the Stars in spectacular fashion Monday with appearances by cherished Disney characters Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Pluto, who joined the ensemble for a splashy opening number led by DWTS Season 19 champion Alfonso Ribeiro. The men were dressed as princes and the ladies were dressed as princesses, with Simone Biles in costume as Moana and Normani Kordei in costume as Mulan, foreshadowing their routines later in the night.

Fifth Harmony stunner Kordei continued to heat up the dance floor with partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy in a paso doblé to Mulan's “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” which featured a special live performance from the ageless teen heartthrob and DWTS Season 9 winner, Donny Osmond.

The judges were rhapsodic about the performance, with Bruno Tonioli calling Kordei an “all-conquering paso princess!” She earned the highest score of the night, 39 out of 40, with perfect 10s all around but for judge Len Goodman, who gave her a 9.

Shockingly, it was announced earlier that Kordei was in jeopardy based on combined judges and last week’s viewer scores, though following her exhilarating performance, it was revealed she was safe.

Bonner Bolton impressed the judges with his tango to “When Can I See You Again?” from Wreck-It Ralph, but pulled the night’s lowest score with a 29.

Still, it was down to Nick The Bachelor Viall and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne, both in jeopardy and up for elimination at the end of the night. In spite of the fact that each turned in strong performances – notably the newly clean-shaven Nick, with his jazz turn to “I’ve Got No Strings” from Pinocchio – it was Erika Jayne who was sent home.

Jayne was gracious and smiled as she thanked everyone and said she had a wonderful time.

Next week’s show will feature the return of Maksim Chmerkovskiy and will feature team dances with a theme of Boy Bands vs. Girl Groups.

Monday night’s standout moment:

While Kordei owned the night, Simone Biles turned in a bewitching contemporary dance with partner Sasha Farber as the character Moana. The Olympic champion was radiant and moved flawlessly, accompanied by a live performance of “How Far I’ll Go” performed by the voice of the character, Auli‘i Cravalho.

Monday night’s high scorers:

Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy – (in jeopardy/safe) 39

Simone Biles and Sasha Farber – (Safe) 38

Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev – (Safe)  36

Judges’ Scores:

Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater – (Safe) 32 out of 40

Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd – (in jeopardy) 34

Erika Jayne and Gleb Savchenko – (in jeopardy) 32 Voted Off

Heather Morris and Alan Bersten, filling in for Maksim Chmerkovskiy  – (Safe) 34

Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess – (Safe) 30

Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy – (in jeopardy) 39

David Ross and Lindsay Arnold – (Safe) 29

Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev – (Safe) 36

Simone Biles and Sasha Farber – (Safe) 38

Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday on ABC.

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Tuesday
Apr182017

Chris Pratt confirms a third "Guardians of the Galaxy" film on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" 

Marvel - © 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- The cast of Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2 – Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Kurt Russell, Michael Rooker, and Dave Bautista -- appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night.

 

During the interview, host Jimmy Kimmel joked with the actors about who needs to be in make-up for hours and who doesn’t. He also tried to get them to expand on the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War storyline which is said to include all or most of the Marvel superhero universe. Kimmel was having no luck as everyone dodged the question.

What was confirmed, however, by Chris Pratt, is the appearance of actor Sylvester Stallone in the new Guardians movie, which prompted Kimmel to joke that "Tango and Cash are in the movie!"

Pratt also confirmed that GOTG series writer/director James Gunn will in fact return for Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 3.

Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2 opens nationwide May 5, released from Marvel Studios, which like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights on ABC.

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Monday
Apr172017

Sips of Corona, mentions of "family" tallied in "The Stats of the Furious"

Universal - 2017(NEW YORK) -- With The Fate of the Furious firing on all cylinders in theaters -- to the tune of well more than a half billion bucks at the box office globally -- Bloomberg news has compiled an appropriate, exhaustive set of statistics about the movies, from the first through the seventh

The Stats of the Furious is a deep dive into the data of the franchise, which began about street racing and swiping DVD players in Los Angeles and currently has Vin Diesel and his "family" tackling international arms dealers at the behest of the U.S. government.

Because whom else would the government trust to combat unending teams of mercenaries and quell international threats than a bunch of street racers from Southern California?

"The Stats of the Furious" takes a microscope to the series, to determine things like how many Corona sips do the stars take -- three in the first movie, none in 2, 3, or 5, eight sips in the fourth film, seven in episode 6, and 1 in 7.

The graphs also tally Gratuitious Female Rear-End Time, how many curses were uttered in each film -- the most in the second film, the least in the third --  and how many time "family" or "team" is mentioned.  There's explosive growth for that one in movies 6 and 7.

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Monday
Apr172017

The boss has spoken: Jeff Varner eliminated by employer for outing trans "Survivor" contestant

CBS Entertainment/Jeffrey Neira(NORTH CAROLINA) -- Jeff Varner, who outed his fellow contestant Zeke Smith during an emotional tribal council on Survivor: Game Changers last week, was fired from his job at the Allen Tate real estate company in North Carolina.

Varner, a former news anchor, told Entertainment Tonight online that he was let go last Thursday in an, "ugly, knee-jerk reaction kind of way."

"As I'm spending hours doing press [on Thursday], I discover I can't access my email. Then the MLS [multiple listing service] association emails to say, 'You've been terminated.' I didn't even find out from my company," he said. "Suddenly my real estate license was inactive and my current clients [were] left in the dark.... It was an ugly day. My former boss told me that I was in a news story they wanted nothing to with."

In a statement to ABC News, Pat Riley, Allen Tate's president and CEO, wrote, "The Allen Tate companies were built on core values of honesty, integrity and respect. Those fundamental beliefs led us to end our relationship with Mr. Varner, a real estate agent who had become affiliated with our firm just 17 days earlier."

On the episode — which was taped 10 months earlier — Varner, who is gay, asked Smith, "Why haven't you told anyone you're transgender?"

Varner claimed hiding this was proof Zeke was being deceptive.

In the end, Varner apologized but was voted off anyway. He apologized again on Twitter after the episode aired.

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Monday
Apr172017

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper filming "A Star Is Born" scenes at Coachella 

ABC Image Group LA(INDIO, CA) -- Lady Gaga is making the most of her Coachella appearances. The "Million Reasons" singer will also be shooting scenes for her upcoming A Star Is Born remake, along with co-star/director Bradley Cooper. 

On Sunday, Warner Brothers tweeted a message inviting fans to "Be there when @ladygaga films for A #StarIsBorn on the #Coachella grounds nxt wk!used," and a link with all the details. The singer also used Coachella’s mobile app to relay the offer.

Shooting will take place Tuesday and Wednesday on the festival grounds, and participants are instructed to wear Denim and boots for the scene that will depict a country concert, according to the announcement. Attendees also are ordered to “Leave those pink Joanne hats at home” -- a reference to the bright pink cowboy hat Gaga sports on her Joanne album.

Participants must be at least 18 years of age and admission to the filming costs $10, with all proceeds going to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation.

This will mark the third remake of A Star Is Born, which originally came out in 1937. The first remake, in 1954, starred Judy Garland. A second, featuring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, was released in 1976.

A Star Is Born, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, is slated for a 2018 release.

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Monday
Apr172017

"Fast and Furious" series Tyrese apologies for comments about women: "I'm far from a misogynist"

Image Group LA/ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Tyrese Gibson took to Instagram on on Friday to post a lengthy apology for comments he last week in a BET interview about "Sluts, skeezers, hoes, tramps and overly aggressive promiscuous women."

"I have never experienced what I am experiencing right now. - I've been getting dragged and feel the heat from my poor choice of words and approach to my messages, trust me.....," he wrote, acknowledging "my own wife giving me the side eye and coming at me, even she's not happy with the way I've conducted myself."

Insisting that, "For the record I'm far from a misogynist, a male chauvinist or flat out mean....," he wrote,  " I want to truly say that I'm sorry, I'm not APOLOGIZING in an effort to be politically correct, I apologize as a man first for the things that I've recently said about choices women have the right to make, for the terms that I've used and the way I've come across."

"I've learned things through experience which I share, and through these last couple of weeks, I've learned a lot through this well deserved internet dragging...... This is about a man owning up to his actions, taking responsibility, recognizing how to do better, and actually doing better. Ladies you deserve better...," he concluded.

In the BET interview, Tyrese said, among other things, "Sluts, skeezers, hoes, tramps and overly aggressive promiscuous women, they are never without a man because they don’t have no standards. They ready to have sex with any and everything that want to have sex with them."

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Monday
Apr172017

Alec Baldwin returns to 'SNL' as Donald Trump; Melissa McCarthy reprises Sean Spicer

Will Heath/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Alec Baldwin and Melissa McCarthy returned to Saturday Night Live this weekend to reprise their impressions of President Donald Trump and White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

The show's cold open -- which poked fun at the president's frequent visits to Mar-a-Lago, his achievements so far, in-fighting in the White House and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un -- featured Baldwin's Trump speaking with Vice President Mike Pence, played by SNL cast member Beck Bennett, in the Oval Office.

"So many memories in this room," Baldwin's Trump says during the cold open. "This is where I met with the Chinese president."

Bennett's Pence corrects the president: "That was at Mar-a-Lago, sir."

Baldwin's Trump continues, "This was where I ordered the Syrian strike."

Bennett: "That was also at Mar-a-Lago, sir."

The cold open also mocked the president's knowledge of foreign affairs, with Baldwin referring to Germany's Chancellor as "that little German boy."

"You mean, Angela Merkel?" says Bennett's Pence.

"Whatever his name is," responds the commander in chief.

As the show has in the past, the cold open portrayed White House chief strategist Steve Bannon as the Grim Reaper. Guest host, Jimmy Fallon also appeared in the sketch as Trump's senior advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Later, Melissa McCarthy's easily agitated Spicer held one of his infamous press briefings, dressed as the Easter Bunny. The sketch poked fun at Spicer's controversial comments last week, comparing Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad to Adolf Hitler and suggesting Hitler, who ordered the slaughter of millions in gas chambers, hadn't used chemical weapons.

"Everybody shut up so I can apologize," McCarthy's Spicer says. "You all got your wish this week, didn't you? Spicey finally made a mistake."

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Monday
Apr172017

"The Fate of the Furious" races to record opening; "Beauty and the Beast" tops $1 billion

Universal - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- The Fate of the Furious sped to number one at the box office with an estimated $100.2 million opening weekend, to become the second Fast and Furious film to open above the century mark in the U.S., according to Box Office MojoBeauty and the Beast also had a big weekend, topping the $1 billion threshold cumulatively, making it the 22nd largest worldwide release of all time.

The Fate of the Furious, starring Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, also broke an international box office record previously held by Jurassic World, bringing in a whopping $432.3 million overseas. Combined with its domestic take, the film has raked in $532.5 million worldwide, breaking the previous record of $529 million, held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The Boss Baby took second place with an estimated $15.5 million, followed by Disney's Beauty and the Beast, in third place with $13.6 million. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

Rounding out the top five was Smurfs: The Lost Village, bowing in fourth place, earning an estimated $6.5 million, and Going in Style, right behind in fifth place with $6.35.

Also of note, Kong: Skull Island brought in an estimated $2.6 million, bringing its domestic totals to more than $160 million. Logan, with its $1.9 million haul, has surpassed $220 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:

1. The Fate of the Furious, $100.2 Million
2. The Boss Baby, $15.5 million
3. Beauty and the Beast, $13.6 million
4. Smurfs: The Lost Village, $6.5 million
5. Going in Style, $6.35
6. Gifted, $3 million
7. Get Out, $2.9 million
8. Power Rangers, $2.85 million
9. The Case for Christ, 2.7 million
10. Kong: Skull Island, $2.6 million

 

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Sunday
Apr162017

Girls rule in Starz’s new “feminist costume drama” "The White Princess"

Starz(NEW YORK) -- Bow down to TV's latest royal drama. The White Princess, an eight-part miniseries about the union between Elizabeth of York and King Henry VII, debuts tonight on Starz.
 
The show stars Jodie Comer as the titular princess, known as Lizzie, who's forced into a tumultuous marriage with King Henry VII, played by Australian newcomer Jacob Collins-Levy. Henry may rule England but the women rule the show. The series even has an all-female writing staff, something Collins-Levy says helps make the show unique.

“You’re going to see a historical story told by the perspective of 50 percent of the population that haven’t been explored in historical drama at this stage," he tells ABC Radio, adding, "It is a feminist costume drama.”

Comer agrees, calling her role as the self-assured monarch “empowering.”

“In history women are kind of misrepresented and I feel like the women are a huge part in their husband’s success,” Comer says. “I feel like they’re expected to take a back seat and the men do all the work...So it was exciting for these women to be kind of leading the show.”

If that’s not enough to make you watch, the show has more than one Game of Thrones connection. It's set in the same historical time period that inspired George R.R. Martin's Games of Thrones book series. And Michelle Fairley, who played Catelyn Stark on Game of Thrones, plays the king’s manipulative mother, Lady Margaret.

“I think it will offer something that Game of Thrones fans will enjoy,” Collins-Levy says. “But I think it’s entirely its own show as well.”

The White Princess premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT and is available for same-day streaming and download on the Starz app.

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