Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(NEW YORK) -- Opening nationwide on Wednesday:
* Once Upon a Deadpool -- This is a kid-friendly version of 2018's R-rated box office hit, Deadpool 2, is told in storybook fashion by Ryan Reynolds' titular character.
In new scenes shot for the film, DP reads to Fred Savage as the late Peter Falk did to the then-kid actor in A Princess Bride. However, not only is Savage an adult now, this time around he's duct-taped to the mattress in a bedroom set similar to that classic movie.
Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Marvel’s blockbuster film Black Panther is the big winner at this year’s African American Film Critics Association Awards: It scored a total of three wins, including Best Film and Best Director for Ryan Coogler.
The Spike Lee-directed film, BlacKkKlansman, nabbed Best Screenplay, with its star, John David Washington, winning the Best Actor award for his performance. The AAFCA voted Regina Hall as Best Actress for her role in Support the Girls, while Regina King received Best Supporting Actress for If Beale Street Could Talk.
The BLM-inspired film TheHate U Give also received a couple of mentions, with Russell Hornsby winning Best Supporting Actor and Amandla Stenberg for Best Breakout Performance.
The organization also revealed its top ten films of 2018, which include Black Panther, Quincy, Blindspotting and Sorry to Bother You.
Here's the full list of winners:
Best Film: Black Panther Best Director: Ryan Coogler (Black Panther) Best Screenplay: Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman) Best Actor: John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman) Best Actress: Regina Hall (Support the Girls) Best Supporting Actor: Russell Hornsby (The Hate U Give) Best Supporting Actress: Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) Best Breakout Performance: Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give) Best Animated Film: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Best Independent Film: If Beale Street Could Talk Best Foreign Film: Roma Best Documentary: Quincy Best Song: “All The Stars” (Black Panther) Best New Media: Red Table Talk Best TV Drama: Queen Sugar Best TV Comedy: Insecure
AAFCA’s Top Ten List:
Black Panther (Walt Disney Studios) If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna Pictures) The Hate U Give (20th Century Fox) A Star is Born (Warner Bros. Studios) Quincy (Netflix) Roma (Netflix) Blindspotting (Lionsgate) The Favourite (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Sorry to Bother You (Annapurna Pictures) Widows (20th Century Fox)
Richard E. Aaron/Redferns(NEW YORK) -- Given its enduring popularity, it should surprise no one that rock band Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" is one of rock's most-streamed songs. But as of today, the 43-year-old magnum opus is the most-streamed song of any genre from the 20th century, according to the band's label, Universal Music Group.
Be careful to note that "from the 20th century" distinction, though, meaning the 1975 classic is the most-streamed of the songs released pre-millennium. UMG says "Bohemian Rhapsody" surpassed 1.6 billion global streams, including views of its official video, which also makes it, they say, the most-streamed classic rock song of all time.
As impressive as those streaming numbers are, however, they fall far short of the massive streaming totals for 21st century artists like rapper Drake, pop superstar Taylor Swift and others.
Even so, that makes "Bohemian Rhapsody's" achievement no less impressive, especially considering the 20th century classic rock competition it was up against. It's also no accident: The song received a massive publicity push and renewed global exposure in the run-up to the November release of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, now in theaters.
First released in 1975, "Bohemian Rhapsody" topped the U.K. singles chart for nine weeks then, and again following led singer and songwriter Freddie Mercury's death in 1991. It also charted twice in the U.S., hitting #9 in 1976 as the band's first U.S. top-10 hit, and then re-charting and peaking at #2 in 1992 after it was featured in the hit movie comedy Wayne's World.
ABC/Yolanda Perez(NEW YORK) -- Need an Oscars host? Whoopi Goldberg says she'll do it again.
The Oscar winner and four-time former host of the Academy Awards said on Tuesday's The View that she's game to take the gig once more, after comic and actor Kevin Hart withdrew last week after homophobic tweets that he had written eight years ago resurfaced online.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is now reportedly scrambling to find a replacement, and it's even considering a show without a host at all.
“If you want to go host-less, that's your prerogative,” Goldberg said Tuesday, then added, “I think it's a dumb idea. People need someone to take them through things. I think it needs to be somebody who loves the films."
Goldberg, who said she realized she "may not be anybody's first choice," also acknowledged she's not without controversy.
“I'm also problematic!” Goldberg said. “Half of the country is really mad at me, the other half is OK until tomorrow, and then they're pissed at me!”
“We've all over-corrected,” she said of the sensitivity to comedy many people have shown recently.
When co-host Joy Behar quipped that a host-less show could help shorten the broadcast, Goldberg responded: “I don't ever think there's anything you can do, really, to not make the show long. People come up and they make their speeches. This is the one shot that they get to do this! They've done something they've been trying to do their whole life! It's a huge deal to win an Oscar.”
Goldberg hosted the Academy Awards in 1994, 1996, 1999 and 2002. She's also one of a handful of so-called EGOT entertainers who've won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award.
Regardless of who hosts, the 91st Academy Awards will air Sunday, February 24, live on ABC.
Leah Remini and Jennifer Lopez in "Second Act"; Barry Wetcher/STX(NEW YORK) -- Actress Leah Remini can't stop talking about her Second Act co-star and best friend, Jennifer Lopez.
The former King of Queens star told ABC's Good Morning America on Tuesday how annoyingly perfect the singer, actress and businesswoman is in real-life. She says the two became fast friends when Lopez was married to Marc Anthony. They met at a film premiere years ago.
"I was hoping she's not as pretty in real life," Remini joked, then added: "Perfection."
Remini continued: "Then my husband says ... 'she really does have flawless skin,'" Remini said with a laugh, joking that her husband's been in the dog house ever since that comment.
Remini said she was hoping maybe Lopez would be mean.
"She said, 'Oh my God, you're beautiful' and I was like 'Ugh,'" she added. "She's so nice!"
The duo have been besties ever since. Remini, who's been featured in hit movies like Old School, said it was a joy to work with Lopez on their new film comedy, Second Act.
"She was so loving and supportive," said Remini. "We had a great time making this movie."
Lopez let Remini dish out her own brand of slapstick comedy while filming, and actually slapped Lopez in a scene to get a real, genuine reaction.
"I was just being me and they allowed me to do my thing," she said.
Second Act, also starring Milo Ventimiglia and Vanessa Hudgens, hits theaters on Dec. 21.
Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- What's even better than receiving a special achievement award? Having the award named after you.
TV legend Carol Burnett will receive the first-ever Carol Burnett Award for television achievement at the upcoming Golden Globe awards.
The award will be the equivalent of its film counterpart, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and will be presented annually to someone who has made outstanding contributions to television on or off the screen. Recipients will be chosen based on their body of work and the lasting impact they’ve had on audiences and the industry.
Burnett, 85, is already a five-time Golden Globe winner and the most decorated person of all time in the television category. She'll accept the special achievement honor when the 76th annual Golden Globes air live coast to coast on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. PT/8-11 p.m. ET on NBC.
Anne Marie Fox/HBO(NEW YORK) -- Could Sharp Objects season two be on the way?
Amy Adams has renewed hope for another installment of the HBO limited series, saying she's open to the possibility of returning for more episodes.
“We’ll see, we’ll see,” Adams tells ABC Radio. “You know it's a funny thing because I was never signed on to a second season. But it would have to make sense story wise.”
If season two happened, it would have to go beyond the events of Gillian Flynn’s novel of the same name. Adams, who played emotionally damaged reporter Camille Preaker in the series, says the timing would also have to be right.
“It's been 11-12 years and now we're talking an Enchanted sequel?” she says, referencing the 2007 Disney flick. “So I'm somebody who really like, it has to be the right time…but I'd be open to a conversation.”
Plus, she adds, she’d really love to see Patricia Clarkson -- who played Camille’s seriously twisted mom Adora in the show – back in action.
Adams’ interest marks a big change from what HBO president of programmingCasey Bloys previously told Deadline about a second season.
“Unlike Big Little Lies where all of the stars wanted to come back, Sharp Objects, it’s a very dark character, very dark material. Amy doesn’t want to live in this character again and I can’t blame her, it’s a lot to take on for an actress,” Bloys said back in July.
Sharp Objects has since been nominated for multiple Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice awards, including nods for Adams and Clarkson.
Adams can next be seen in the movie Vice, in theaters December 25.
Marvel Studios(NEW YORK) -- Ryan Coolger is on the shortlist of nominees for Time magazine's Person of the Year, but the Black Panther director has some stiff competition, including President Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin.
In addition to Trump and Putin, Robert Mueller, Meghan Markle and the March for Our Lives activists join the Black Panther director on the list of the 10 finalists
Other notables picks are Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, and murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Time magazine's Person of the Year will be revealed Tuesday morning. Here's the complete shortlist:
President Donald Trump Separated Families Vladimir Putin Robert Mueller Ryan Coogler Christine Blasey Ford Jamal Khashoggi March for Our Lives Activists South Korean president Moon Jae-in Meghan Markle
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(NEW YORK) -- You know who's tired of your Nickelback jokes? Deadpool, that's who.
The Merc with a Mouth demands that you "Respect the Back" in a new trailer for Once Upon a Deadpool, the upcoming PG-13 version of the very R-rated Deadpool 2. The clip starsRyan Reynolds' profane anti-hero and actor Fred Savage, who's sitting in bed Princess Bride style when he lays down some harsh words for the much-maligned Canadian rock band.
Savage opens by comparing Deadpool being a Marvel property licensed by Fox to "The Beatles being produced by Nickelback." "It's music, but it sucks," he says. "They're over-produced, formulaic ear-garbage."
Luckily for Nickelback, Deadpool is here to defend their honor. "I've had it all this Nickelback hating," he declares, before ticking off a litany of the band's career accomplishments, including 50 million albums sold worldwide, six Grammy nominations, 12 Canadian Juno Awards -- "Those count," Deadpool says -- and six Billboard Music Awards.
After an ashamed Savage apologizes, he and Deadpool start singing an impassioned rendition of Nickelback's "How You Remind Me."
In response, Nickelback tweeted at Reynolds, "It’s not like @VancityReynolds to say sorry, we’ve been waiting on a different @deadpoolmovie story."
Once Upon a Deadpool opens in theaters December 12.
L-R: Nick Cannon and Kevin Hart; Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- When Kevin Hart stepped down from his Oscar-hosting gig after he refused to apologize for almost decade-old homophobic tweets, Nick Cannon was one of the celebrities who came to Hart's immediate defense.
Now, Cannon tells ABC Radio what prompted him to speak up for Hart, whom he considers a close friend.
"If you know anything about Kevin Hart, you know that he's a great guy," Cannon says. "Not just a good guy, but somebody who has a really great spirit. Somebody that has no hate in his heart for any community or any group of people."
Hart explained his decision to bow out of hosting the Oscars by saying he didn't want to empower "trolls" by apologizing, or "be a distraction" from the night's celebration. "I've addressed this," Hart said at the time. "I've said who I am now versus who I was then. I've done it. I've moved on. I'm in a completely different space in my life..."
In Hart's defense, Cannon also brought up past homophobic tweets from other comedians, including Amy Schumer, Chelsea Handler and Sarah Silverman. The actor says that if the Academy is "bringing up old things" and "requesting apologies, then I feel like everyone needs to apologize."
Cannon feels that one of those apologizes also should go to Hattie McDaniel, the first black Academy Award winner, for her role in the 1940 film Gone with the Wind.
"She had to sit in the back in a corner by herself," Cannon noted. "She was segregated from the rest of the Gone with the Wind cast. Do we get an apology for that?"
Cannon says his reason for defending Hart is simple.
"What I was trying to say, 'Look we all make mistakes," he said. "'We all grow. We all learn.' And now it's just like, 'Now off with everyone's head.' And like, we're going to be headless soon."
Olivia Colman in "The Favorite"; Atsushi Nishijima/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(NEW YORK) -- The Favourite is clearly that with critics. The comedy-drama set in the 18th century world of the British monarchy scored a leading 14 nominations for the 24th annual Critics' Choice Awards.
TheFavourite earned nominations in all the major categories including best picture, best director and best original screenplay, as well as acting nominations for stars Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz.
Not far behind is the superhero blockbuster Black Panther, which earned 12 nominations including best picture, best adapted screenplay, and best supporting actor for Michael B. Jordan. FirstMan has ten nominations, while MaryPoppinsReturns, A Star Is Born and Vice each have nine and Green Book and Roma have seven.
On the TV side, the FX drama The Americans, which ended its six-season run in May, shares a leading five nominations with another FX drama, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, and Showtime's Escapeat Dannemora. Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and HBO's SharpObjects are the next-most nominated series, with four nods apiece.
Overall, HBO and Netflix have the most nominations among TV outlets, each with 20. FX is next with 16, while Amazon has 12 and NBC, 11.
The Critics' Choice Awards nominees are selected annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Winners will be announced Sunday, January 13 during a live broadcast on The CW beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET.
L-R: Danny Masterson and Sam Elliot; Greg Gayne/Netflix(SPOILERS AHEAD) In the wake of his departure from The Ranch, actor Danny Masterson is urging fans of the Netflix comedy to keep supporting the show.
In an Instagram post, Masterson asked fans to keep watching the show, to honor his "family," the crew. "They work 10-14 hour shoot days to make you smile in 30 minute increments," he noted, adding, "Support comedy. Support Art. Support the Iron River ranch and the Bennett Family."
Masterson, who also co-executive-produced The Ranch, was fired from the show a year ago this month after sexual misconduct allegations against him from the early 2000s resurfaced. Masterson has denied any wrongdoing.
In the part-six finale of The Ranch’s just-released second half of season three, it was revealed that Masterson’s character, Rooster, was apparently killed in a motorcycle accident.
Netflix has already announced that The Ranch -- also starring Debra Winger, Sam Elliot, Elisha Cuthbert and Ashton Kutcher -- will return for a fourth season.
Disney(LOS ANGELES) -- The domestic weekend was the second lowest grossing of the year so far with the top twelve films earning a combined $77.8 million.
However, overseas it was quite a different story thanks to Jason Momoa and friends. Aquaman opened in China this weekend earning a whopping $93.6 million, and becoming the top film globally from the one market alone. It also marked the biggest start ever in China for any Warner Bros. title. Aquaman will make a splash in North America on December 21st.
As for the domestic box office, Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet took the top spot with $16 million and The Grinch wasn't far behind at $15.2 million. Ralph has now earned a domestic cume of just over $140 million. Meanwhile, the holiday season has been good for The Grinch, which is now approaching $225 million domestically.
In third, Creed II brought in an estimated $10.3 million, and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald took in an estimated $6.8 million over the weekend.
Rounding out the top five is Bohemian Rhapsody with an estimated $6 million as the biographical film about the British rock band Queen is now just shy of earning $175 million domestically as it enters its sixth week of release.
Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:
1. Ralph Breaks the Internet, $16 million 2. The Grinch, $15.2 million 3. Creed II, $10.3 million 4. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, $6.8 million 5. Bohemian Rhapsody, $6 million 6. Instant Family, $5.6 million 7. Green Brook, $3.9 million 8. Robin Hood, $3.6 million 9. The Possession of Hannah Grace, $3.2 million 10. Widows, $3.1 million
NBC//Will Heath(NEW YORK) -- The special counsel paid a special visit to the president's sons on this week's episode of Saturday Night Live.
Eric Trump, played again by Alex Moffat, was being tucked into bed by Mikey Day's Donald Trump Jr. when he started to have some fears about he and his brother's future.
"There's no boogeyman in your closet," Trump Jr. said. "Have you been watching the news again?"
Day's Trump Jr. decided to read his younger brother a bedtime story to help calm him down. Eric struggled a bit with the meaning of words in 'Twas the Night Before Christmas -- starting with the very first word.
But it was a large creaking noise that brought out the real boogeyman.
"That's the cheap steel dad uses to build his towers," Trump Jr. said, walking over to open the closet. "See, nothing in the closet."
Of course, as he opened the door, Robert Mueller -- played as usual by a stammering Robert De Niro -- was standing inside.
"Robert Mueller is in there!" Eric exclaimed.
"Eric, nobody likes a fibber," Trump Jr. said, before leaving to take a phone call from his lawyer.
Mueller sat down with Eric to say, "No matter what happens, America is gonna be just fine," because of the good people in it.
"Good people like my dad?" he asked.
"Let's put a pin in that," Mueller responded.
"Mr. Mueller, people say you're the worst thing that's ever happened to my dad," Eric said.
De Niro, who continues to be befuddled by cue cards, then replied, "No, getting elected president is the worst thing to ever happen to your dad."