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Taraji P. Henson in "Hidden Figures"; Hopper Stone/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(NEW YORK) -- Hidden Figures, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, grabbed the top spot at the weekend box office for the second week in a row, raking in an estimated $20.4 million on its way to a projected $25 million gross for the Martin Luther King Day weekend, according to Box Office Mojo.

Taking second place was La La Land, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, earning $14.5 million. The winner of seven Golden Globes is expected to top $17 million for the four-day weekend.

Sing, the animated musical featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth McFarlane and Scarlett Johansson, held on to third place, grabbing $13.8 million.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Bill Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed and Alan Tudyk, finished the weekend in fourth with an estimated $13.8 million. That figure should top $17 million by Monday, which would make it the only 2016 release to top $500 million domestically and just the seventh film of all-time to earn that honor. Star Wars is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

In fifth place, with an estimated $13.38 million debut, is the horror feature The Bye Bye Man, featuring Big Love's Douglas Smith, Scream Queens' Lucien Laviscount and British actress Cressida Bonas. It was the only new release to make the top five.

Mark Wahlberg's Patriots Day, expanding to wide release, had a disappointing weekend with an estimated $12 million take, as did Monster Trucks, starring MacGyver's Lucas Till, with a $10.5 million haul.  Ben Affleck's Live by Night, however, fared the worst of the new releases, finishing out of the top ten with $5.4 million.

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

1. Hidden Figures, $20.4 million
2. La La Land, $14.5 million
3. Sing, $13.8 million
4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, $13.8 million
5. The Bye Bye Man, $13.38 million
6. Patriots Day, $12 million
7. Monster Trucks, $10.5 million
8. Sleepless, $8.46 million
9. Underworld: Blood Wars, $5.8 million
10. Passengers, $5.6 million

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Will Heath/NBC(NEW YORK) -- As expected, Alec Baldwin reprised his Donald Trump impersonation on this weekend's Saturday Night Live, and as usual, Trump responded with some choice words for the show, its cast and NBC.

“@NBCNews is bad but Saturday Night Live is the worst of NBC. Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Really bad television!,” Trump tweeted Sunday.

 

.@NBCNews is bad but Saturday Night Live is the worst of NBC. Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Really bad television!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2017

 

The show's cold open lampooned Trump on everything from his transition team's apparent difficulty in securing musical acts and celebrities for inauguration day events, to his plan to divest himself from his businesses, to an unconfirmed, salacious report that Russia has compromising intelligence on him.

"Who is excited for my inauguration day?" Baldwin's Trump asked to a roar of applause. "Yes, thank you to those people over there who I definitely did not pay to do that."

When a fictitious reporter from Buzzfeed -- which Trump described earlier this week as "a failing pile of garbage" for publishing the contents of the report -- asked a question, Baldwin's Trump echoed the comment, adding, "I took your test yesterday and I'm a Joey, not a Rachel!" referring to an online "Which Character from Friends Are You?" quiz.

Asked by a reporter, played by cast member Sasheer Zamata, how he planned to repeal and replace Obamacare, Baldwin's Trump said, “I actually do have a replacement plan, okay? I just read about it this week. It’s a terrific plan. Just great. It’s called the Affordable Care Act.”  The Affordable Care Act is, of course, the legislative name for Obamacare.

When Zamata said that repealing Obamacare meant that people could die, Baldwin replied, “Listen, sweetheart, I’m about to be president, we’re all going to die.”

The cold open also poked fun at Trump's sons Donald Jr. and Eric, played by SNL's Mikey Day and Alex Moffat, respectively. "I've turned over all my businesses to my sons," joked Baldwin's Trump. "Look at those two little American Psychos," referencing Bret Easton Ellis' killer yuppie novel-turned film.

 

 

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2016 - 20th Century Fox(LOS ANGELES) -- With the Hollywood awards season upon us, the entertainment industry is getting inundated with "For Your Consideration" spots -- movie and TV studios' reminders to colleagues not to forget them when it comes to voting.

Leave it to Ryan Reynolds and his alter-ego Deadpool to shake things up.

The "For Your Consideration" for the unlikely box office smash notes it took "42 rejection letters from Fox," and "783 million fans" of a leaked test video of the movie to get it to the big screen.

It's not entirely a joke, however: the movie has ended up on major nominations list including the Golden Globes, the Directors Guild Awards, and -- producers hope -- possibly the Oscars.

 

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— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) January 13, 2017

 

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Comedian, actor, writer, producer -- Kevin Hart does it all, and now the actor is gearing to explain it all in a new two-hour special on the History Channel.

Deadline has learned that Hart will star in and executive produce Kevin Hart Presents: The Black Man's Guide to History, that centers around the comedian explaining the lesser-known but important stories from black history. The special comes from Kevin's Hearbeat Productions and Comedy Dynamics.

According to the site, the show begins with Hart finding his daughter upset after watching 12 Years a Slave and believing that black history is only about slavery and struggle. In an effort to show her a different reality, Hart begins to educate his daughter through scripted re-enactments about black historical figures that may not be widely known. Those figures included: Robert Smalls, a former slave who led a revolt on a Confederate warship and pretended to be the captain to evade capture; Mae Jemison, the first black female astronaut; and Henry “Box” Brown, a slave who courageously mailed himself to a free state in a box.

“I’m very excited to be working with History on this show because not only is it entertaining, and it’s hysterical, but it also is an important program for our country right now,” Hart said. “We hope to make people laugh and learn a bit too.”

No word on an air date for  the project yet. 

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ABC/Phillippe Bosse(NEW YORK) -- Quantico star Priyanka Chopra had to be examined by a doctor after a mishap took place on the New York City set of the ABC drama.

While TMZ reported the actress was rushed to the ER, a rep for the spy show confirmed only that a "minor incident" had taken place Thursday evening.

"We can confirm that there was a minor incident on the NY set of Quantico last night," the rep tells ABC Radio, adding, "It would be premature to comment further until we have all the information. Priyanka was examined by a doctor, released and is home resting comfortably."  

ABC Radio has also learned that Chopra was a no-show for shooting today, which required some schedule shifting by her co-stars. 

She was also absent from a press event held Friday morning in New York City, where reporters were informed she was home on doctor's orders.

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C. Flanigan/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Hours after Michael Jackson's daughter Paris said that seeing British actor Joseph Fiennes portraying her late father in the TV show Urban Myths made her "want to vomit," the show  has pulled the episode.

Urban Myths: A Brand New Collection of Comedies is what the British network Sky Arts describes as dramatizations of "true...ish" pop culture stories. One of the episodes was to feature Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, and Marlon Brando; fleeing New York City by car after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

A trailer, which has now been removed, dropped earlier this week.  It showed Fiennes as Jackson, wearing what appears to be a prosthetic nose.

Sky Arts issued an official statement this morning explaining its decision to pull the episode.

"We have taken the decision not to broadcast Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon, a 30min episode from the Sky Arts Urban Myths series," the message begins. "This decision was taken in light of the concerns expressed by Michael Jackson’s immediate family."

The statement continues, "We set out to take a light-hearted look at reportedly true events & never intended to cause any offense. Joseph Fiennes fully supports our decision."

Paris Jackson, Michael's daughter, wrote Wednesday on Twitter, "i'm so incredibly offended by it, as i'm sure plenty of people are as well, and it honestly makes me want to vomit."

As previously reported, Paris wasn't the only Jackson family member to speak out about the portrayal.

"Unfortunately this is what my family has to deal with. No words could express the blatant disrespect," MJ's nephew Taj Jackson wrote on Wednesday.

The show's director, Ben Palmer, previously told the British paper The Guardian, "we really think Joe Fiennes...[has] given a really sweet, nuanced, characterful performance."

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ABC/Tyler Golden(LOS ANGELES) -- In an interview with in Marie Claire UK, Natalie Portman revealed she earned three times less than Ashton Kutcher did on their bomb of a romantic comedy called No Strings Attached

Now Kutcher is speaking out -- but he's applauding the Oscar winner.

In a tweet linking to the article, Kutcher said he is, "so proud  of Natalie and all women who stand up for closing the gender pay gap!"

"I wasn’t as pi**** as I should have been," said the 35-year-old Jackie star to the magazine about the salary difference. "I mean, we get paid a lot, so it’s hard to complain, but the disparity is crazy."

"We just have a clear issue with women not having opportunities," Portman said. "We need to be part of the solution, not perpetuating the problem."

She and Kutcher join a host of other stars, including fellow Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence, Patricia Arquette, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Bradley Cooper, who have spoken out about the wage gap in Hollywood.

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Getty Images Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- When Andrew Garfield gave his ex-girlfriend Emma Stone a standing ovation at the Golden Globes after she won the best actress award for La La Land, it became one of the night's most talked about moments.

Now, the 33-year-old English actor is opening up about that moment.

"We care about each other so much, and that’s a given, that’s kind of this unconditional thing. There’s so much love between us and so much respect," he told Vanity Fair's "Little Gold Men" podcast. "I’m her biggest fan as an artist. So for me, it’s been bliss to be able to watch her success and watch her bloom into the actress that she is. And it’s also been wonderful to have that kind of support for each other. It’s nothing but a beautiful thing."

In fact, Garfield counts Stone among his closest friends, who, he said, keep him grounded in Hollywood. Many of those friends were with him Sunday night at the Globes.

"I was overwhelmed that I had such sincere, authentic Hollywood friends," he said about the way he felt during the Globes telecast. "Which I don't think is a common occurrence. I had about seven or eight real, true anchors in that room and in the parties following. Emma, of course, is one, Claire Foy is another, Laura Dern. Eddie Redmayne, Jonah Hill ... these are people that I actually love in a real, sincere way, and I believe they love me back. I was just struck with this deep gratitude."

Garfield also had kind words for his Hacksaw Ridge director Mel Gibson, saying he has, "done that work, that very difficult, internal, transformative work" to improve himself after the scandals that threatened to eclipse his career.

Garfield also made headlines at the Globes for his public smooch with fellow actor Ryan Reynolds after Reynolds lost the Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy to Ryan Gosling.

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From "Atlanta," (L-R) Brian Tyree Henry, Donald Glover, Zazie Beetz - Courtesy Robin Lori for FX Networks(LOS ANGELES) -- FX Networks unveiled its upcoming premiere dates on Thursday, and there's good news and bad news regarding its two biggest hits, American Horror Story and Atlanta.

The good news is that FX has given AHS a multi-year pickup, renewing the award-winning franchise for an eighth and ninth season. AHS regulars Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters are back for season seven, which kicked off Thursday.

Atlanta will also be back for a second season, along with its Golden Globe-winning creator and star Donald Glover, which is also good news.  The bad news: the show about up-and-coming rappers in Georgia's capital city won't return until 2018, due to Glover’s busy schedule. He'll be playing Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Star Wars spinoff, also due out in 2018. 

FX also announced Thursday that Glover inked a production deal to develop television series for FX and other networks and streaming services, in addition to executive producing, writing, directing and starring in Atlanta.

In other news: the new anthology FX series, Feud: Bette and Joan, documenting the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford -- played by Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange, respectively -- will debut March 5. Alfred Molina and Stanley Tucci also star, along with guest appearances by Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sara Paulson and Kathy Bates.

Elsewhere on FX, The Americans returns on a new night, moving to Tuesdays, starting March 7, and Archer will move to FXX for its eighth season, beginning April 5.

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ABC/Image Group LA(NEW YORK) -- Gabrielle Union promises that her new action thriller movie, Sleepless, not only will  leave you breathless, but also "warmed up" in the face of the winter cold.

Union, who plays Dena, the estranged wife of Jamie Foxx's character, Vincent Downs, says she and Foxx already had a working relationship prior to the film, which included playing a "cute little couple."

"Jamie and I did a movie a thousand years ago called The Break-Up Handbook," Union tells ABC Radio. "Yeah, we did a rom-com. In that movie we were kissing, we were a cute little couple, we would break up and get back together. Now we're estranged former spouses in a bit of a custody situation when our child goes missing. And we go full-tilt to get our child back."

Sleepless, which is a remake of the French thriller Sleepless Night, follows Foxx and his partner, played by T.I., as a pair of corrupt Las Vegas cops who become the target of a powerful drug lord.  

According to Union, the movie will keep you on the edges of your seat. 

"It's like action, crime thriller popcorn movie," Union explains. "It's just one those great escapist sort of guilty pleasures. So, definitely your cold, terrible weather -- go see Sleepless, you're going to leave feeling warmed up for sure."  

Sleepless hits theaters today. 

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Ben Affleck in "Live by Night"; Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Plenty of new films are opening this weekend.  Opening in wide release:

* Live by Night -- Ben Affleck wrote and directed this prohibition-era drama about the son of a Boston police superintendent who ditches the straight life to become an outlaw, but runs into trouble after crossing a powerful mob boss. Elle Fanning and Sienna Miller co-star. Rated R.

 * The Bye Bye Man -- Big Love's Douglas Smith, Scream Queens' Lucien Laviscount and British actress Cressida Bonas star in this horror flick about three college kids who stumble upon the origins of the Bye Bye Man, played by Doug Jones. Once possessed by him, people are driven to commit evil acts. The only way out is by not thinking or mentioning his name. Faye Dunaway also stars. Rated PG-13.

* Sleepless -- Jamie Foxx stars as an undercover cop in Las Vegas investigating corrupt cops and the mob, who finds himself with one night to rescue his kidnapped son from the bad guys, and bring them to justice.  Gabrielle Union and Michelle Monaghan also star.  Rated R.

* Monster Trucks -- This live-action/CGI adventure stars MacGyver's Lucas Till as a high school senior whose ticket out of the life and town he was born into is through a strange creature displaced by an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site. Rated PG.

Opening in limited release:

* The Book of Love -- Jason Sudeikis plays a widowed architect who befriends a homeless teen -- played by Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams -- in search of her long-lost father. The two become friends and set out on an exciting adventure after he helps her build a raft so she can cross the Atlantic. Jessica Beil, Orlando Jones, Mary Steenburgen and Paul Reiser also star. Rated PG-13.

Expanding to wide release:

* Patriots Day -- Mark Wahlberg stars as police Sgt. Tommy Saunders in this thriller about first-responders racing against time to in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings to locate the terrorists behind it. John Goodman, Kevin Bacon and J. K. Simmons also star. Rated R.

* Silence -- Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield play couple of 17th century Portuguese priests who embark on a dangerous mission to Japan to locate their mentor, played by Liam Neeson, and spread Christianity in this film from director Martin Scorsese. Rated R.

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CBS Films/Lionsgate(NEW YORK) -- At some point, Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg are going to have a cable channel devoted to recreating actual events. Berg, who’s also an actor, excels at capturing and conveying raw human emotion. Wahlberg excels at earnestness and subtle humor, balancing Berg’s emotionally fueled dramas, leading the two of them to deliver, within the last 12 months, two formidable fictionalized accounts of major tragic events.

Last year, we had Deepwater Horizon, which was good.  Here we have Patriot’s Day, about the Boston Marathon bombing. And this film is terrific.

Wahlberg is an officer named Tommy Saunders, a high-ranking cop suffering through a temporary demotion. Part of his “punishment” is wearing a uniform and greeting VIPs at the finish line of the marathon. Berg introduces us to several of the surviving victims before their lives were turned upside down. We also meet the Tsarnaev brothers, the terrorists who planted the two bombs on Patriot’s Day 2013 and who would later shoot and kill an MIT police officer.

Berg turns a shot of lovers’ intertwined legs into a subtle harbinger of doom, focusing on the minutiae of life to establish a beauty and humanity in the mundane. And yet he also moves at a brisk and, I hate to say it, entertaining pace, keeping us on the edge of our seats while simultaneously breaking our hearts and, every so often, even making us laugh.

Kevin Bacon is perfectly cast as Special Agent Richard DesLauriers, the FBI agent in charge of the investigation, and John Goodman is a force of nature as Police Commissioner Ed Davis. For good measure, we get Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons as the down-to-earth, cigarette-smoking Watertown Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese.

Patriot’s Day is a profound and moving film about a city, ripped apart by hate, that quickly comes together to heal through love, heroism and patriotism.

Four out of five stars.

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Douglas Smith in "The Bye Bye Man"; Courtesy of STX Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Movies debuting in January are bad news. The month is Hollywood’s dumping ground for films that didn’t turn out as hoped -- kind of like a boulevard of broken dreams. On the flip side, it’s also not a bad time to release a mediocre, low-budget horror film.

Allow me to introduce you to The Bye Bye Man.

It starts out with a bang -- several bangs, actually. It’s 1969 and a middle-aged man in slacks, a buttoned-down shirt and tie pulls into the driveway of a suburban home, seemingly upset about something. When the woman who lives in the house answers the door, the man demands to know whether she told anybody “his name.” When she answer yes, he retreats to his car, grabs a rifle and starts shooting everybody.

Cut to present day, where me meet college students Elliot (Douglas Smith), his girlfriend, Sasha (Cressida Bonas), and Elliot’s best friend, John (Lucien Laviscount). They’re taking the big step of renting a house off campus and, of course, the house is super creepy. Predictably, weird things start happening the night they move in.

At first, Elliot’s skeptical of the paranormal overtones but after a housewarming party, he lets Sasha talk him into participating in a séance with her clairvoyant friend, Kim (Jenna Kanell).  That séance really sets the story in motion, inviting the title character into their lives by saying and thinking his name.

The question is whether you, as an audience member, will find the story creepy and/or scary. The answer is yes -- at least, at the beginning.

As far as bogeymen go, the Bye Bye Man is decent. He wears a menacing cloak, is tall, has long fingers, gray skin and is accompanied by a demonic hound. He manipulates his victims through hallucinations, causing them to unknowingly murder their friends and family.  But the story soon loses steam. The scarier it’s supposed to be, the sillier it gets.   It’s as if director Stacy Title wasn’t sure whether a scene should plays as scary or funny.  But to her credit, The Bye Bye Man is creepy enough for most fans of the genre to enjoy.

Three out of five stars.

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- On Thursday, Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2016, as well as the five nominees for the organization's First-Time Feature Film Director Award.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film

Damien Chazelle - La La Land

Garth Davis - Lion

Barry Jenkins - Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan - Manchester by the Sea

Denis Villeneuve - Arrival

First-Time Feature Director Award

Garth Davis - Lion

Kelly Fremon Craig - The Edge of Seventeen

Tim Miller - Deadpool

Nate Parker - The Birth of a Nation

Dan Trachtenberg - 10 Cloverfield Lane

The winners in all categories, as well as those previously announced from commercials and TV, will be announced at the 69th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

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Marc Piasecki/Getty Images(PARIS) -- Four people have been charged in France in last fall's robbery of Kim Kardashian-West, according to the Paris prosecutor’s office.

Three of those people were charged with "complicity with an armed robbery by an organized gang, sequestration and association with criminals," while the fourth was slapped with "concealment/fencing by an organized gang and association with criminals."

Six people are still being questioned; prosecutors have until Friday to decide whether or not to charge them.   

The French newspaper Le Monde first reported, and Us Weekly has confirmed, a report claiming that one of the 17 suspects arrested in connection with the October 3, 2016 robbery works for the limo company that the Kardashian-Jenner family regularly used during their trips to the French capital.

According to Le Monde, the chauffeur was the last person to drive Kardashian West before the robbery, during which she was bound and held at gunpoint by five masked assailants who made off with an estimated $10 million worth of jewelry. Police are reportedly trying to determine whether the driver passed information to the thieves.

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