This week saw the debut of three movies looking to do well at the box office, but it was only one film that made a big splash. The Meg, an action/horror film featuring a 70 foot shark, took the top spot in it's first week, topping the charts with a $44.5 million debut.
Coming in second was last weeks top movie, Mission: Impossible - Fallout, which added another $20 million to bring it's total for three weeks to $162 million. In third was Disney's live-action Winnie the Pooh flick, Christopher Robin. The fourth and fifth spots were snatched up by debuting films Slender Man and BlacKkKlansman, respectfully.
As for the rest of the top ten, The Spy Who Dumped Me took sixth while Mama Mia! Here We Go Again dropped to seventh. The Equalizer 2, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, and Antman and Wasp finished off the top ten.
Box Office Top Ten: Weekend of August 10 - 12, 2018
Next weekend sees the debut of Mile 22, a Mark Wahlberg led action/thriller. Ronda Rousey and Lauren Conrad also star. Also out is the Constance Wu romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, which also features just about every recognizable Asian name in Hollywood. The biggest family film hitting the theaters next week is Alpha, a post Ice Age story bout a boy and his wolf.
When Talking Dead, the after show for AMC's Walking Dead series, premieres tonight it will be missing something important. A large chunk of their staff. The Wrap is reporting that several staffers, including one executive producer, have left the show because of AMC’s decision to allow host Chris Hardwick back on the network.
AMC put Hardwick’s gigs on hold in June after his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra said in a June Medium post that he had sexually assaulted her numerous times while they were dating.
Hardwick denied any abuse took place but said the relationship wasn’t perfect. Other sources told The Wrap that Hardwick could be demanding and temperamental. AMC decided to bring Hardwick back after investigating Dykstra’s claims with the help of a law firm.
“Following a comprehensive assessment by AMC, working with Ivy Kagan Bierman of the firm Loeb & Loeb, who has considerable experience in this area, Chris Hardwick will return to AMC as the host of Talking Dead and Talking with Chris Hardwick,” the company stated Wednesday via The Hollywood Reporter. “We take these matters very seriously and given the information available to us after a very careful review, including interviews with numerous individuals, we believe returning Chris to work is the appropriate step.”
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
The release of Nicki Minaj’s fourth studio album, Queen is creeping up on us. In preparation for the new project, Nicki announced on Wednesday (Aug. 8) that she is launching her own Queen Radio show on Beat 1 .
“#QueenRadio begins tomorrow @applemusic! The new dynasty begins on @beats1official tomorrow,” she revealed on Twitter. She also announced that she would be conducting a live Q&A on the show’s first episode. “AND I might have something special for you too,” she teased. “Use the hashtag #QueenRadio between now & then.”
The “Fefe” artist shared additional information about what fans could expect from the radio show on Instagram. She suggested the show would follow the same format as other Beats 1 programs that have been created by Drake, The Weeknd, and Frank Ocean.
In addition to the Q&A, Nicki confirmed that she would be awarding a select few of her die-hard fans with autographed Queen albums as well as other secret perks. “Prizes for the best comments & questions include signed albums, signed merch, tour tkts, AND plane tickets to discuss #QUEEN w|ME & other members of the magical KINGDOM,” she wrote.
Nicki Minaj’s Queen Radio started on Beats 1 on Thursday (Aug. 9) at 10 p.m. EST.
After two separate acts of vandalism led to the destruction of President Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the West Hollywood city council has voted to remove the star from the landmark.
The announcement was made via Twitter on Monday (August 6) by John Duran, the mayor of West Hollywood.
According to the resolution, Trump’s “disturbing treatment of women,” hand behind family separations and denial of climate change unequivocally demand his removal. While the city council was unanimous in the decision, it does not mean the the star will definitely be removed.
Leron Gubler, the president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, has agreed to discuss the resolution, he’s also emphasized West Hollywood’s lack of “jurisdiction over the Hollywood Walk of Fame” since it does not actually reside in their city.
This isn't the first time a star removal was demanded by the public or otherwise. In 2015, there were widespread calls to remove Bill Cosby’s star. Gulber refused to entertain the notion, stating, “The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a registered historic landmark. Once a star has been added to the Walk, it is considered a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Because of this, we have never removed a star from the Walk.”
For now the star stays, but don't be surprised to see another pickaxe crusader attack the star in the future.
One of the modeling world's most iconic figures will be honored during New York's Fashion Week.
During Essence magazine’s Street Style Day Party in Brooklyn, the publication will be saluting model Naomi Campbell. Campbell, has been modeling for the better part of the last three decades after being discover at the age of 15. Outside of her modeling career, she has also been featured in movies, TV shows, music videos and more.
Comedienne and Insecure star Amanda Seales will host the event, which will be held on Saturday, September 9 at the Duggal Greenhouse. Teyana Taylor and “Queen of Afrobeat” Yemi Alade will be among the performers for the day’s event.
The event will also honor rapper/singer Kelis and YouTuber Kellie Brown.
Alex Trebek, the longtime host of the weekday quiz show Jeopardy, recently announced that he plans to retire from the show when his contract ends. Trebek's departure wouldn't happen until 2020, but he already has a replacement in mind, CNN legal analyst Laura Coates.
Trebek, recently talked with TMZ and mentioned his support for two people to replace him. One person was Alex Faust, the current announcer for the Los Angeles Kings hockey team. The other, the person that has everyone talking, is Laura Coates. Coates is a former prosecutor, who’s a professor at George Washington University, a CNN legal analyst, and a SiriusXM host. She recently tweeted her excitement about being on Trebek's short list.
Coates, the self-professed “edutainer”, is a graduate of University of Minnesota’s law school and a lecturer at George Washington University. She received her undergrad degree from Princeton University and eventually became a federal prosecutor. The Minnesota native also published a book on knowing your privileges when it comes to the law titled “You Have The Right: A Constitutional Guide To Policing The Police.”
Chris Pratt and his fellow Guardians Of The Galaxy stars have released an open letter in support of ousted director James Gunn.
“Although I don’t support James Gunn’s inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man,” Chris Pratt wrote Monday. “I’d personally love to see him reinstated as director of Volume 3. If you please, read the following statement- signed by our entire cast.”
The statement is signed by Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Sean Gunn, Pom Klementieff, Michael Rooker and Karen Gillan. Disney fired Gunn after a series of offensive tweets were unearthed from years ago, where the writer and director appeared to make light of subjects such as pedophilia and rape.
The Walt Disney Company, which controls the Guardians series through its Marvel Studios unit, swiftly fired Gunn, calling the old tweets “indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values.” Gunn also apologized. But Disney was quickly condemned in some quarters for reacting to a social media shaming that appeared to have been undertaken as political payback.
The creative mind behind the shows black-ish and grown-ish, Kenya Barris, is leaving ABC. Despite having more than two years left on his contract, Barris will be taking his talents to Netflix as the streaming giant continues to acquire major talent for future projects. He will remain executive producer of his hit shows as his co-showrunners take the reins. Barris will be leaving ABC in August.
One reason for Barris' early exit from ABC may stem from already existing controversy between Barris and his former studio over some of the show's story lines. This is especially true of an episode about the current state of the country that the network pulled over “creative differences.”
Barris isn't the first major creator to leave ABC for Netflix. Last year, Shonda Rhimes, the mind behind Scandal, Grey's Anatomy, How To Get Away with Murder among others, announced her departure from ABC to join the land of streaming.
Ving Rhames is a huge movie star. He has starred in all kinds of big time movies from Pulp Fiction to the recently released Mission: Impossible - Fallout. He is even famous for his voice, doing voice-overs for countless video games and of course the Arby's commercials. You would think that with all this fame and notoriety the 59 year old actor could enter his house in a nice neighborhood with having the cops called on him. Sadly that just isn't the case.
Rhames shared a racial profiling experience that falls in the category of “relaxing at home while black.” The actor was asked about dealing with racism during an interview with Sirius XM’s Clay Cane show on Friday (July 27) where he revealed that police held him at gunpoint after a neighbor called 911 to accuse him of breaking into his own home.
Rhames said that the police encounter took place at his house in Santa Monica, Calif. sometime this year. The Mission: Impossible – Fallout star was kicking back in his boxers one afternoon when he heard commotion around the house.
Rhames assumed that the noise came from his puppies running around the backyard, until he heard a knock on the door. “I opened the door [and] it’s a red dot pointed on my face from a 9 mm,” he recalled of the cops storming the house.
“My hands are up and they have me outside, ” said Rhames. “It was a police officer with a 9 mm pointed at me, one officer behind him and two…to the left of me was the captain of police [department], and another officer with a police dog. I get out and [one of the officers] recognized me.”
The officer who recognized Rhames has a son who plays sports with Rhames' son.
After a little investigating, Rhames found out that his neighbor called 911 to report a “large black man” breaking into the house. Not surprisingly, the neighbor denied calling cops when confronted by Rhames and the officers.
Listen to Rhames recount his experience below.
Cardi B has decided to withdraw from the upcoming Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour. The first time mom is saying that she isn't quite ready to tour because she is still recovering from the mental and physical exhaustion of giving birth to her daughter Kulture.
“I thought that after giving birth to my daughter that 6 weeks would be enough time for me to recover mentally and physically,” wrote the Be Careful rapper. “I also thought that I’d be able to bring her with me on tour, but I think I underestimated this whole mommy thing. Not only am I just not ready physically, I’m not ready to leave my baby behind since the doctors explained it’s not healthy for her to be on the road.”
Bruno Mars addressed the situation on his social media account. “I know the fans will understand. You are absolutely doing the right thing,” he wrote. “I also know we’ll share the stage when the time is right. We love you Cardi and we will play ‘Bodak Yellow’ every night in your honor.”
The 24K Magic World Tour kicks off on Sept. 7, in Denver, and is expected to conclude in Oct. 2018. It is unclear if Cardi will be replaced with another act at this time.