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China Box Office: ‘xXx’ Holds Off Newcomers ‘Sing’ and ‘La La Land’

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“xXx: Revenge of Xander Cage” held off new releases “Sing” and “La La Land” to win its second successive weekend at the Chinese box office. Starring Vin Diesel and giving prominence to Donnie Yen in local marketing, the film clocked up $26.6 million in mainland Chinese theaters according to data from Ent Group. After 10… Read more »

‘Toni Erdmann’ Wins Five Awards From International Cinephile Society

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Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” won five awards from the International Cinephile Society Sunday, including best picture, best director, best actor, best original screenplay, and best foreign film. The film’s star, Peter Simonischek, was joined by Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”), Andre Holland (“Moonlight”), and Lily Gladstone (“Certain Women”) for acting honors, while “Elle” also claimed the adapted… Read more »

‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Stays Hot at International Box Office With $43.7 Million

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Universal’s erotic sequel “Fifty Shades Darker” has scored its second consecutive win at the international box office with $43.7 million in 59 territories. “Fifty Shades Darker” declined 52 percent from its opening weekend for a foreign total of $187.2 million and a worldwide gross of $276.9 million. The film is holding in first place in Germany,… Read more »

Week in Review & This Week in Entertainment: Feb. 13

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Shepard Smith Calls President Trump’s Press Conference ‘Crazy’ Shepard Smith, the Fox News anchor, on Thursday afternoon seemed to have had enough of Donald Trump’s slams at the media as peddlers of “fake news” — or, when it comes to CNN, “very fake news.” Jeff Zucker: President Trump’s Attacks Haven’t Hurt CNN’s Brand President Trump’s… Read more »

Box Office: ‘Lego Batman’ Flies High Over ‘Great Wall,’ ‘Fist Fight’

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“The Lego Batman Movie” is dominating the North American box office with an estimated $44 million this President’s Day weekend — nearly matching the combined haul of “Fifty Shades Darker” and “The Great Wall.” Universal’s second weekend of “Fifty Shades” is heading for $24 million at 3,714 sites and its action-fantasy “The Great Wall” was projected… Read more »

‘La La Land,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Cinema Audio Society Awards

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“La La Land” and “Game of Thrones” walked away with top film and television honors at the 53rd Cinema Audio Society Awards Saturday night. “Finding Nemo” won the theatrical animated prize, while “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble” took the documentary award. Other television winners included “Modern Family” and “The… Read more »

BET Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors Celebrates Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah, ‘Love Jones’

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Now in its second year, the BET Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors was a full-blown, star-studded affair that celebrated Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard, F. Gary Gray, and others on Friday at the Beverly Hilton. “I’ve been in here on different days and it never looked like this. This is beautiful,” said Latifah as she accepted the entertainment… Read more »

Shia LaBeouf’s Anti-Trump Live Stream Relocated

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Shia LaBeouf and his artistic collaborators Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner released a statement Saturday that announced that their planned four-year-long live stream has been relocated from New York to Albuquerque, N.M. The strongly-worded announcement disparaged the Museum of the Moving Image, where the installation was originally set up. The project, launched on the day of President Donald… Read more »

Berlinale Chief Dieter Kosslick on Bringing Down Walls

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As the Berlinale draws to a close, the film festival’s chief Dieter Kosslick observes with satisfaction that the event, once again, served as both a showcase for outstanding movies and a soapbox for political views, including opposition to the policies of President Donald Trump. “It was a classic Berlinale,” he told Variety. Referring to Trump,… Read more »