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CRANBERRIES SINGER DOLORES O’RIORDAN HAS DIED

Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries, has died.

She was 46 and is survived by three children.

O’Riordan passed away at a hotel in Westminster this morning. Police were called to the Park Lane address around 9am, where O’Riordan was pronounced dead.

They are treating the death as unexplained.

A statement from her PR agency said:

“Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries, was in London for a short recording session. No further details are available at this time.

“Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

O’Riordan became the lead singer in The Cranberries before the Limerick band would go on to gain huge success in the early to mid 90s.

The band went on to have four US Top 20 albums, with single Linger landing at number 8 in the US. Zombie, which rose to number three in the Irish charts, remains among the band’s best-known songs.

The band would release Wake Up and Smell the Coffee in 2001 before going on hiatus in 2003. They reformed in 2012 to release Roses and again last year for Something Else. The band was forced to cancel all of its dates on that tour due to O’Riordan’s back problems. The band sold around 40 million records worldwide.

Before Christmas, she posted to the band’s Facebook page saying:

“Feeling good! I did my first bit of gigging in months at the weekend, performed a few songs at the Billboard annual staff holiday party in New York with the house band. Really enjoyed it! Happy Christmas to all our fans!! Xo”

O’Riordan had also released two solo albums; 2007′s Are You Listening? and 2009′s No Baggage.

Tributes have begun pouring in to O’Riordan, with one calling her the “Queen of Limerick”.

Irish President Michael D Higgins said:

“It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of Dolores O’Riordan, musician, singer and song writer.

Dolores O’Riordan and The Cranberries had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally.

I recall with fondness the late Limerick TD Jim Kemmy’s introduction of her and The Cranberries to me, and the pride he and so many others took in their successes.

To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts her death will be a big loss.”

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone called her “an icon”, while singer Frank Turner wrote: “Oh lord. Not Dolores O’Riordan. Grew up singing Cranberries songs. Tragic news.”

Local TD Jan O’Sullivan added:

“Dolores was an iconic figure of 90s Irish music. The music Dolores made has touched many people. Her talent and that of her bandmates put Limerick on the map musically.”

Arts Minister Josepha Madigan said:

“She was an inspiration to many across the world and had a truly unique voice. Her haunting vocals on classics such as Linger and Zombie will live on forever.”

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I still want to see it.

Fogerty Irked ‘Proud Mary’ Film Borrows From His Song’s Name

John Fogerty says he’s annoyed that Taraji P. Henson’s new film, “Proud Mary,” borrows from his popular song’s name without his involvement.

Fogerty does not own the rights to his classic song. In a statement released Thursday, he says “it irks me when people seek to capitalize on the popularity of my music” for their own financial gain.

Henson plays a hit woman in “Proud Mary,” to be released on Friday. Its trailer uses Tina Turner’s version of Fogerty’s 1969 song.

Fogerty says the movie “has nothing to do with me, or my song.” The 72-year-old adds that no one ever asked him about using his song that way.

Sony Pictures declined to comment. A representative for Henson didn’t return an email seeking comment.

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There are so many newish releases that I still need to see!!

Jumanji holds off The Post, Commuter, Paddington 2 at box office

The box office might of Meryl Streep’s steadfast newspaper publisher, Liam Neeson’s train-riding hero, Taraji P. Henson’s hitwoman with a heart, and a marmalade-loving bear from “darkest Peru” won’t be enough to take down Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

In its fourth weekend of release, Sony’s adventure movie is on track to earn an estimated $27 million at 3,849 theaters in the U.S. and Canada, topping the box office for a second time while holding off newcomers such as The Post (expanding to wide release), The Commuter, Proud Mary, and Paddington 2.

That number would bring Jumanji’s domestic total to $283.2 million after 26 days in theaters. The film, which reportedly cost $90 million to make, has also added about $383 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $666.2 million.

Released 22 years after the original Jumanji movie, Welcome to the Jungle has received generally positive reviews and an A-minus CinemaScore. The Jake Kasdan-directed film updates the story of a magical board game come to life and stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and Kevin Hart.

In second place is The Post, director Steven Spielberg’s political thriller about the journalists from the Washington Post and New York Times who published the Pentagon Papers. The film, which stars Streep as Post publisher Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks as executive editor Ben Bradlee, is set to take in about $18.6 million from 2,819 theaters (up from 36 locations last week).

Since it started rolling out last month, the Fox release has garnered excellent reviews and an A CinemaScore. Its domestic tally through Sunday is an estimated $23.1 million.

Taking the No. 3 spot is Lionsgate’s thriller The Commuter, starring Liam Neeson as an ex-cop who gets mixed up in a conspiracy during his daily train ride. The film is on track to earn $13.5 million this weekend, after receiving mixed reviews and a tepid B CinemaScore.

The Commuter marks the third collaboration between Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra, following Non-Stop and Run All Night.

Further down the list, Warner Bros’. family-friendly sequel Paddington 2 is set to take in about $10.6 million from 3,702 theaters, good for seventh place, while Screen Gems’ shoot-’em-up Proud Mary is set to earn about $10 million from 2,125 theaters, putting it in eighth place.

For Paddington 2 — which Warner Bros. picked up from the Weinstein Co. in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal — its opening number is well short of the $19 million bow managed by its predecessor in 2015. But the sequel, once again starring Ben Whishaw as the voice of the mischievous bear, has garnered glowing reviews and an A CinemaScore, suggesting strong word-of-mouth potential. Paddington 2 has also earned about $125.2 million overseas in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, Proud Mary is coming in below industry projections that pegged it at least $15 million. Starring Henson as a hired gun for a Boston crime family, the film did not screen in advance for critics, which rarely bodes well. On the other hand, moviegoers gave it a decent B-plus CinemaScore, and some observers have questioned whether Screen Gems (a Sony genre division) botched the marketing and release.

According to ComScore, overall box office is up 6.1 percent year-to-date. Check out the Jan. 8-14 figures below.

1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — $27 million
2. The Post — $18.6 million
3. The Commuter — $13.5 million
4. Insidious: The Last Key — $12.1 million
5. The Greatest Showman — $11.8 million
6. Star Wars: The Last Jedi — $11.3 million
7. Paddington 2 — $10.6 million
8. Proud Mary — $10 million
9. Pitch Perfect 3 — $5.7 million
10. Darkest Hour — $4.5 million

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Eric Clapton is going deaf, struggling with nerve damage

Eric Clapton is worried about his Hyde Park show in London this summer because he’s battling crippling hearing issues.

The 72-year-old guitar great will headline the British Summer Time festival in July, and he admits he has never been more nervous about a concert.

As well as battling tinnitus, he’s struggling with painful nerve issues in his hands, which have forced him to play the guitar differently.

“I am still going to work…,” her tells BBC radio host Steve Wright. “The only thing I am concerned with now is I am going deaf. I’ve got tinnitus, my hands just about work. I mean, I am hoping people will come along and see me, me more than I am a curiosity. I know that is part of it, because it’s amazing to myself that I am still here.”

Clapton has been battling the pain of nerve damage for the past year, and admits performing has become a challenge.

“It started with lower back pain, and turned into what they call peripheral neuropathy,” the Layla hitmaker explains. “(It’s) hard work to play the guitar and I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that it will not improve.”

He now picks and chooses his concerts carefully, adding, “What I’ll allow myself to do, within reason, is carry on recording in the studio. I don’t want to go off the boil to the point where I’m embarrassing myself.”

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Not a bad lineup, but it’s not good enough to make me go back. Have fun everyone!!

Eminem, The Killers, Muse to headline Bonnaroo 2018

Eminem, The Killers and Muse are the headliners for the 17th annual Bonnaroo Festival, taking place June 7-10 as always in Manchester, Tennessee, Superfly and A.C. Entertainment announced today. More than 150 artists will perform during the festival on “The Farm” at Great Stage Park, the 700-acre event space located 60 miles southeast of Nashville. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. ET, exclusively via www.bonnaroo.com.

Other performers include Future, Bassnectar, Sturgill Simpson, Bon Iver “performing two unique sets,” Khalid, Kaskade, Paramore, Alt-J, Dua Lipa, Sheryl Crow, Anderson.Paak, Sylvan Esso, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Playboi Carti, Broken Social Scene, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Thundercat, Mavis Staples, Amadou & Miriam, T-Pain and many more — the full lineup appears below.

The three headliners are making the rounds this festival season, with Eminem performing at Coachella, New York’s Governors Ball and Boston Calling; The Killers at Boston Calling, Alabama’s Hangout Festival, California’s Bottlerock and several European festivals; and Muse at Bottlerock and other European festivals.

Upgrades to the Bonnaroo fest include improved communal areas (formerly known as pods, now called Plazas) with shade, free public WiFi, showers, activities and art, charging stations, misting stations, medical, safety stations, information and portable restrooms.

According to a press release, further upgrades that will presumably be clear to previous festival attendees include “several permanent ‘Barns’ being installed in various locations onsite including VIP that are being designed to create more vibrant scenes in the campgrounds similar to the legendary ones at The Grind and The Garage. A pristine wooded hangout similar to The Grove is also being installed.”

Other highlights include “Droolworthy Food with celebrity chef Tim Love, set to be a special community-focused area based on all things culinary, as well as House of Yes, Little Cinema, The Well, Tonalism by DUBLAB and The B-Hive Under the Tower.” As in past years, “Groop Camping” in the general-admission campground is available to ensure that all fans get to camp with their friends no matter when they arrive onsite.

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Congratulations to all the nominees!!

Canadian-shot The Shape of Water leads race for British Academy Awards

Canadian-shot Cold War monster movie The Shape of Water led nominations Tuesday for the British Academy Film Awards, as organizers announced a new female host and promised to fight sexism and sexual misconduct in showbiz.

Guillermo del Toro’s fantastical thriller scored nominations in 12 categories, including best picture and best director, for the U.K. equivalent of the Oscars.

The film was also up for several Golden Globe nominations this year, including for best drama, but only took home awards for best director and best original score. It was shot in Toronto and Hamilton.

Canadian Christopher Plummer is also up for a supporting actor award for All the Money in the World. Plummer was a last-minute replacement for Kevin Spacey, who was cut from the already-completed film following allegations of sexual misconduct.

Two Canadian nominees are up for this year’s production design award: Dennis Gassner for Blade Runner 2049 and Paul Austerberry for The Shape of Water.

Three of the films nominated for best visual affects — The Shape of Water, Blade Runner 2049 and Star Wars: The Last Jedi — also made use of Canadian visual effects companies Mr. X and Rode.

Among the other Canadian BAFTA nominees this year are Quebec director Denis Villeneuve for Blade Runner 2049 and the film’s makeup artist Donald Mowat.

Scorching tragicomedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour gained nine nominations apiece, considered an indicator of likely success at Hollywood’s Academy Awards.

Three Billboards writer-director Martin McDonagh said he was thrilled by the positive response to the film and its “strong and outrageous and nuanced” central character, played by Frances McDormand. The story of a mother avenging the rape and murder of her daughter won four trophies at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles on Sunday.

“You never know if a film that is as dark as this, and has as many strange shifts in tone as this, is going to connect,” McDonagh said.

Other multiple nominees include sci-fi sequel Blade Runner 2049 and World War II drama Dunkirk, with eight each. Figure skating showdown I, Tonya is nominated in five categories.

The BAFTA nominations brought good news for two movies snubbed by the Golden Globes: Dunkirk and Jordan Peele’s comedy-horror story Get Out. The British academy embraced Christopher Nolan’s visually dazzling war picture with nominations for best film and best director, among other categories. Get Out gained nominations for its British star, Daniel Kaluuya, and for original screenplay.

Best picture nominees are The Shape of Water, Three Billboards, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk and lush romance Call Me By Your Name.

Best actress nominees are McDormand for Three Billboards, Annette Bening for Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, Margot Robbie for I, Tonya, Sally Hawkins for The Shape of Water and Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird.

Best actor contenders are Daniel Day-Lewis for Phantom Thread, Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour, Kaluuya for Get Out, Jamie Bell for Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool and Timothee Chalamet for Call Me By Your Name.

Nominees for best director are del Toro, McDonagh, Nolan, Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve for Blade Runner 2049 and Luca Guadagnino for Call Me By Your Name.

The BAFTAs differ from their U.S. counterpart in having a separate category for best British film. Nominees are Three Billboards, Darkest Hour, chilling comedy The Death of Stalin, gay rural romance God’s Own Country, period drama Lady Macbeth and ursine adventure Paddington 2.

Winners will be announced at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Feb. 18, two weeks before the Oscars.

The ceremony will be hosted by Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley, who is taking over from longtime master of ceremonies Stephen Fry.

The evening is likely to echo the political tone of the Golden Globes, where many attendees wore black as a statement against sexual misconduct and Oprah Winfrey made a rousing speech calling for change.

BAFTA chair Jane Lush said the British film academy was determined the disturbing recent revelations should be “a watershed moment to be a catalyst for real, lasting change.”

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So, to be clear, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association thinks that the two best films released in 2017 are LADY BIRD and THREE BILLBOARDS?! That’s laughable. LAUGHABLE!!

Golden Globes triumphs for Big Little Lies, Three Billboards Outside Ebbings, Missouri

With a red carpet dyed black by actresses dressed in a colour-co-ordinated statement, the Golden Globes were transformed into an A-list expression of female empowerment in the post-Harvey Weinstein era.

“For too long women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men,” declared Oprah Winfrey, accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.

“But their time is up. Their time is up!”

Hollywood’s awards season is seen as wide open, but the early returns Sunday were good for one of the leading nominees: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The fierce revenge tale won for best film drama, Frances McDormand won best dramatic actress for her role as a raging mother seeking answers, Sam Rockwell won for best supporting actor and writer-director Martin McDonagh won for best screenplay.

More than any award handed out Sunday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., Winfrey’s moment — one greeted by a rousing, long-lasting standing ovation, one that left many attendees in tears — encapsulated the mood at an unusually powerful Golden Globes. The night served as Hollywood’s fullest response yet to the sexual harassment scandals that have roiled the film industry and laid bare its gender inequalities.

“A new day is on the horizon!” promised Winfrey, who noted she was the first black woman to be given the honour.

With a cutting stare, presenter Natalie Portman followed Winfrey’s speech by introducing, as she said, “the all-male” nominees for best director.

Host Seth Meyers opened the night by diving straight into material about the sex scandals. “Good evening ladies and remaining gentlemen,” he began. In punchlines on Weinstein — “the elephant not in the room” — Kevin Spacey and Hollywood’s deeper gender biases, Meyers scored laughs throughout the ballroom, and maybe a sense of release.

“For the male nominees in the room tonight, this is the first time in three months it won’t be terrifying to hear your name read out loud,” said Meyers.

The first award of the night, perhaps fittingly, went to one of Hollywood’s most powerful women: Nicole Kidman, for her performance in HBO’s The Big Little Lies, directed by Canadian Jean-Marc Vallée and a series she and Reese Witherspoon produced. She chalked the win up to “the power of women.”

Big Little Lies, which came in the leading TV nominee, won three acting awards, including supporting actress for Laura Dern. Like seven other female stars, Dern walked the red carpet with a women’s rights activist as part of an effort to keep the Globes spotlight trained on sexual harassment. Dern was joined by farmworker advocate Monica Ramirez, Michelle Williams with Me Too founder Tarana Burke, and Meryl Streep with domestic worker advocate Ai-jen Poo.

“May we teach all of our children that speaking out without fear of retribution is our new North Star,” said Dern, accepting her Globe.

Other winners continued the theme. Amazon’s recently debuted The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, about a 1950s housewife who takes up stand-up comedy, won best TV series comedy, and best actress for Rachel Brosnahan. Elisabeth Moss, accepting an award for her performance in Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, movingly dedicated her award to Margaret Atwood, whose book the show is based on, and the women who came before her and after her. The Handmaid’s Tale later added the award for best TV series, drama.

“‘We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edge of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.’ Margaret Atwood, this is for you and all of the women who came before you and after you, who were brave enough to speak out against intolerance and injustice and to fight for equality and freedom in this world,” Moss said in her speech, referencing Atwood’s prose.

“We no longer live in the blank white spaces at the edge of print. We no longer live in the gaps between the stories. We are the story in print and we are writing the story ourselves. Thank you.”

Also successful was Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War-era fantasy The Shape of Water, which won for its score and del Toro’s directing. The emotional Mexican-born filmmaker wiped back tears and managed to quiet the music that urged him off.

Best actor in a comedy or musical went to James Franco for his performance as the infamous The Room filmmaker Tommy Wiseau. Franco dragged his co-star and brother, Dave, to the stage and called up Wiseau. When the Wiseau, wearing his trademark sunglasses, got to the stage, he moved for the microphone before Franco turned him back. “Whoa, whoa, whoa,” said Franco as the audience chuckled.

The Globes had long been the stomping grounds of disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein, whose downfall precipitated allegations against James Toback, Kevin Spacey and many others. Weinstein presided over two decades of Globes winners and was well-known for his manipulation of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the 89-member group that puts on the Globes.

Though it bills itself as Hollywood’s biggest party, the Golden Globes stroke a slightly more formal, Oscar-like tone, complete with moments of appreciation for movie legends. Kirk Douglas, 101, appearing with his daughter-in-law, Catherine Zeta-Jones, received a warm standing ovation.

Best foreign language film went to Germany’s In the Fade. Allison Janney took best supporting actress in a comedy for the Tonya Harding tale I, Tonya. Aziz Ansari took best actor in a comedy series for his Netflix show Master of None.

Best animated film went to the Pixar release Coco. Pixar co-founder John Lasseter is taking a “six-month sabbatical” after acknowledging “missteps” in his workplace behaviour. Backstage Sunday, Coco director Lee Unkrich was asked about changes at Pixar. “We can all be better,” he said. “We have been taking steps and continue to move forward to create art.”

Sunday night’s black-clad demonstration was promoted by the recently formed Time’s Up, an initiative of hundreds of women in the entertainment industry — including Streep, Williams, Dern and Winfrey — who have banded together to advocate for gender parity in executive ranks and legal defence aid for sexual harassment victims.

Ashley Judd, the first big name to go on record with her Weinstein experience, and Salma Hayek, who last month penned an op-ed about her nightmare with Weinstein, arrived together.

“We feel sort of emboldened in this particular moment to stand together in a thick black line,” Streep said.

“It’s not a fashion statement. It’s a solidarity statement,” said The Crown actress Claire Foy.

Just about everyone, woman and man, celebrity and red-carpet reporters, was dressed in black Sunday, many of them wearing a Time’s Up pin. This Is Us star Chris Sullivan even sported black fingernails. Later, his co-star Sterling K. Brown won for best drama actor. Brown thanked This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman.

“You wrote a role for a black man that can only be played by a black man,” said Brown. “I’m being seen for who I am.”

Though the atmosphere was still buoyant and positive, the usually superficial red carpet had unusual exchanges. While being interviewed live on E!, Debra Messing called out the network for allegedly not paying its female hosts the same as its male hosts. E!’s Catt Sadler recently departed after she said she learned she was making about half the pay of her male counterpart, Jason Kennedy.

The exchange was just another illustration of how the #MeToo reckoning that has plowed through Hollywood has upended awards season.

Winners of the 75th annual Golden Globes
FILM

Musical or comedy film: Lady Bird.
Drama film: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Actress, musical or comedy: Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird.
Actor, musical or comedy: James Franco, The Disaster Artist.
Actress, drama: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Actor, drama: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour.
Supporting actor: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Supporting actress: Allison Janney, I, Tonya.
Director: Guillermo Del Toro, The Shape of Water.
Original score: Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water.
Original song: This is Me (from The Greatest Showman).
Animated film: Coco.
Screenplay: Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Foreign-language film: In the Fade (Germany/France).
TELEVISION

Series, drama: The Handmaid’s Tale.
Series, musical or comedy: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Limited series or TV film: Big Little Lies
Actor, drama: Sterling K. Brown, This is Us.
Actress, drama: Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale.
Actress, musical or comedy: Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Actor, musical or comedy: Aziz Ansari, Master of None.
Actress, limited series or TV movie: Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies.
Actor, limited series or TV movie: Ewan McGregor, Fargo.
Supporting actor: Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies.
Supporting actress: Laura Dern, Big Little Lies.

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I saw STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI again this week and loved it just as much as the first time. Haters gonna hate.

’Star Wars’ loses out to ’Jumanji,’ ’Insidious’ in its fourth weekend at box office

LOS ANGELES — Move over, “Star Wars,” there are some new box office champs this weekend. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” has topped the charts after three weekends in theatres, and newcomer “Insidious: The Last Key” opened in second, pushing “The Last Jedi” into third place.

Columbia Pictures says Sunday that the Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart-led “Jumanji” is estimated to have earned an additional $36 million this weekend, bringing its total to $244.4 million.

“This is all about ‘Jumanji’s’ staying power,” said Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for box office tracker comScore. “This is a movie that was overshadowed by all the excitement around ‘The Last Jedi,’ and yet ‘Jumanji’ just kept plugging away and drawing audiences throughout the holiday … This is kind of unheard of for a movie this size.”

In second place is the horror film “Insidious: The Last Key,” the fourth in the franchise, which earned $29.3 million. The Universal and Blumhouse Pictures film even outperformed the third chapter in the series. That film launched to $22.7 million in June of 2015.

“We could not be more thrilled with that debut. It’s a fantastic result,” said Jim Orr, Universal’s president of domestic distribution. “The release date worked in our favour. There hasn’t been a similar film in a couple of months. ”

Young audiences drove the “Insidious” box office with 59% under the age of 25. Whether or not they enjoyed the film is another question: It got a scary B- CinemaScore.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” fell to third place with $23.6 million in its fourth weekend in theatres. The space blockbuster has grossed $572.5 million to date.

“The Greatest Showman” took fourth place with $13.8 million and “Pitch Perfect 3” rounded out the top five with $10.2 million.

Awards seasons films continue to expand throughout January, too, like Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut “Molly’s Game,” which added over 1,300 theatres this weekend and took in $7 million. The Jessica Chastain-starrer about the real life “poker princess” Molly Bloom is up for two Golden Globe awards Sunday evening — best actress and best screenplay.

The Winston Churchill film “Darkest Hour” starring Gary Oldman (who is up for a best actor Golden Globe) also added 790 theatres and took in $6.4 million.

The weekend is up around 18% from the same weekend last year, which Dergarabedian sees as a sign that perhaps the 2018 box office will be stronger and more steady than 2017.

“2017 was not consistent. It was volatile, it was a rollercoaster,” Dergarabedian said. “This sets the tone for what we’re hoping is a consistent and strong 2018 box office.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1.”Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” $36 million.

2.”Insidious: The Last Key,” $29.3 million.

3.”Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” $23.6 million.

4.”The Greatest Showman,” $13.8 million.

5.”Pitch Perfect 3,” $10.2 million.

6.”Ferdinand,” $7.7 million.

7.”Molly’s Game,” $7 million.

8.”Darkest Hour,” $6.4 million.

9.”Coco,” $5.5 million.

10.”All the Money in the World,” $3.6 million.

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So excited! Can’t wait for this!! Welcome back, Dave!!

David Letterman’s new Netflix talk show will first feature Barack Obama

Veteran former U.S. talk show host David Letterman will return to television on Jan. 12 in a new Netflix show where his first guest will be former U.S. President Barack Obama, Netflix Inc said on Friday.

The company’s shares rose as much as 1.5 per cent to a record of $208.30 US.

Called My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, the six-episode series will also feature interviews with actor George Clooney, rapper Jay-Z, radio shock jock Howard Stern, comedian Tina Fey and Pakistani education activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, the streaming service said.

Netflix has been spending heavily to produce and acquire content as it races to dominate streaming television and beat competition from traditional media and other streaming players, such as Hulu and Amazon.com Inc’s Prime Video.

Letterman’s interview with Obama will mark the former president’s first television talk show appearance since he left office in January 2017.

Letterman, 70, left his job as host of The Late Show in May 2015, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family after more than 30 years on late night television.

His return to television for Netflix was announced in August 2017, when the quick-witted host said that Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump would be top of his wish-list for the series.

Netflix said the new series would consist of 60-minute episodes centred around “one extraordinary figure whom Dave finds fascinating” and that the interviews would take place both inside and outside a studio setting.

The company, home to shows such as House of Cards and Stranger Things, streams to most countries in the world and has a customer base of about 115.6 million. The company’s shares have kept pace with its user growth and have risen nearly 60 per cent in the past one year.

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Nope. Not going. Hope all who do have a blast!!

Beyoncé, The Weeknd and Eminem to headline Coachella

Toronto singer The Weeknd will join superstar Beyoncé and veteran rapper Eminem to headline this year’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival.

Organizers announced the forthcoming lineup for this year’s festival on Tuesday. The event, held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif., takes place across two consecutive weekends in April, featuring the same lineup over each weekend.

The high-profile gig was an expected one for Beyoncé, who was set to make her debut as a solo headliner in 2017 after having previously made guest appearances with her husband, rapper Jay-Z, and her sister, Solange. However, she withdrew and postponed after becoming pregnant with twins and was replaced by Lady Gaga.

The festival’s recent pivot toward a hip hop and R&B-heavy offering continues with Eminem, who released his latest album Revival in December, and The Weeknd, whose most recent release was 2016’s acclaimed Starboy.

Other notable acts on the bill include SZA, HAIM, Tyler the Creator, Migos, Cardi B, St. Vincent, Jamiroquai, David Byrne formerly of the Talking Heads and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers.

Rising R&B singer Daniel Caesar, rapper Belly and electro-funk duo Chromeo are among the Canadians headed down to the festival.

The 2018 Coachella festival takes place April 13-15 and April 20-22.