Review Category : Entertainment

“Ben-Hur” Flops at the Weekend Box Office

Paramount(NEW YORK) — The new Ben-Hur movie received plenty of negative reviews last week, and its box office performance since it opened on Friday hasn’t been positive, either.

Ben-Hur, starring Jack Huston in the titular role, earned an estimated 11.4 million dollars over the weekend to debut in fifth place. Of course, the film had a lot to live up to, given that it was a remake of the 1959 classic that won 11 Oscars and was headlined by legendary actor Charlton Heston.

Two other movies also had subpar openings over the weekend. War Dogs, a comedic drama starring Jonah Hill, Miles Teller and Bradley Cooper, landed in third place after making 14.3 million dollars.

The animated story Kubo and the Two Strings, featuring a voice cast that includes Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey, finished in fourth place, with 12.6 million bucks.

For the third weekend in a row, Suicide Squad was the top movie. The DC supervillain flick collected 20.7 million dollars from Friday through Sunday, and has now made more than $262 million at the domestic box office to date.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to comScore:

1. Suicide Squad, $20.7 million.
2. Sausage Party, $15.3 million.
3. War Dogs, $14.3 million.
4. Kubo and the Two Strings, $12.6 million.
5. Ben-Hur, $11.4 million.
6. Pete’s Dragon, $11.3 million.
7. Bad Moms, $8.1 million.
8. Jason Bourne, $8 million.
9. The Secret Life of Pets, $5.8 million.
10. Florence Foster Jenkins, $4.3 million.

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Report: Pills Seized from Prince’s Paisley Park Compound Contained Fentanyl

Neil Lupin/Redferns(MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) — Pills that investigators seized from Prince’s Paisley Park compound that were labeled as hydrocodone contained the powerful opioid fentanyl, a source familiar with the investigation told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

It was fentanyl that killed Prince, according to autopsy results. He did not have a prescription for the drug, the source said.

Investigators do not know at this point how Prince ingested the fentanyl. However, they believe he may have taken the pills marked as hydrocodone not knowing they contained fentanyl, according to the Star Tribune.

Prince weighed only 112 pounds when he died, but he had so much fentanyl in his system that no one would have survived it, the source revealed.

Sources with knowledge of the investigation have told the newspaper that autopsy results also revealed the presence of lidocaine, alprazolam and Percocet.

Prince was found dead at his Paisley Park compound April 21. He was 57.

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“The Voice”: New Coaches Alicia Keys & Miley Cyrus Pick Up Artists

Trae Patton/NBC(NEW YORK) — Following the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympics on Sunday, NBC aired a special half-hour The Voice blind auditions Olympic preview. Joining Adam Levine and Blake Shelton in the coaches’ chairs for the show’s 11th season are pop star Miley Cyrus and singer-songwriter Alicia Keys.

Sunday’s show featured two blind auditions, with Cyrus and Keys each picking up an artist.

After the closing credits, a picture of The Voice season-six finalist Christina Grimmie — who was shot to death by a crazed fan in June – was shown with the message, “In loving memory of our friend Christina Grimmie.”

Sunday’s highlights included:

We McDonald, 17, got all four judges to turn their chairs around with her version of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good.” A battle for McDonald ensued, with the new judges wasted no time showing they were in it to win it. Miley noted We’s voice was “so strong,” declaring the teen is a “total star.” Alicia began her pitch by insisting McDonald “came to this show to meet me,” explaining that she too started her career as a teen and therefore was the best coach to guide her through the show. McDonald agreed and chose Keys as her coach.

Next, another 17-year-old, Darby Walker, tackled Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me.” Once again, it was Keys and Cyrus leading the fight for the singer, along with Shelton. Miley noted their voices had a similar vibe and joined Darby onstage for an impromptu version of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.” But Miley’s bubble was temporarily burst when Darby recalled that when she was 10 years old, Keys’ “No One” was “my song.” Alicia then showed up Miley by dueting with Darby on that song. However, Miley prevailed this time, convincing Walker to join her team.

The evening also included the coaches teaming up for a version of Aerosmith’s “Dream On.”

The Voice returns for its 11th season on September 19 on NBC.

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T.J. Miller to Host Critics’ Choice Awards

T.J. Miller in HBO’s “Silicon Valley”; John P. Fleenor/HBO(NEW YORK) — Comedian and Silicon Valley actor T.J. Miller will host the Critics’ Choice Awards for the second year in a row.

Miller, who also starred in this year’s box office smash Deadpool, will emcee the ceremony again from Santa Monica, California, on December 11. It will air on A&E.

This Critics’ Choice Awards broadcast will be held earlier than usual; the show has traditionally been held in January.

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“Comedy Bang Bang!” Going Bye-Bye

L-R: Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts; Kyle Christy/IFC(NEW YORK) — The IFC comedy series Comedy Bang! Bang! will sign off after five seasons.

“We’ve had a great run, and I couldn’t be more proud of the show,” creator and co-host Scott Aukerman tweeted. “We have 10 final episodes premiering in October, and a great 2-part finale.”

We’ve had a great run, and I couldn’t be more proud of the show. We have 10 final episodes premiering in October, and a great 2-part finale.

— Scott Aukerman (@ScottAukerman) August 18, 2016

Comedy Bang! Bang! was a podcast before it became a late-night TV spoof, featuring oddball interviews with celebrity guests, all of whom were in on the joke. It’s also featured “bandleader” Reggie Watts.

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Jared Leto Joins “Blade Runner” Cast

Rune Hellestad — Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Jared Leto’s jumping from the Joker to a role in the sequel to a sci-fi classic.

The Suicide Squad actor has joined the cast of the Blade Runner sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. There’s no word yet on what role Leto will play.

Harrison Ford will reprise his role of Rick Deckard in the film, which will be set several decades after the original, which premiered in 1982. The cast will also feature Ryan Gosling and Robin Wright.

Suicide Squad recently broke the $500 million earnings mark after two weeks in theaters, and is expected to again top the box office this weekend, for the third consecutive week, despite largely negative reviews.

The new Blade Runner is due out in October of next year.

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Natalie Portman Believes She’s “Done” with the “Thor” Franchise

ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) — Natalie Portman’s days in the Marvel Cinematic Universe may be behind her.

She starred in the first two Thor movies as a love interest to Chris Hemsworth’s titular character. But she won’t appear in the third film in the series, Thor: Ragnarok, and she’s not expecting to appear in any subsequent Marvel projects, either.

“As far as I know, I’m done,” she tells The Wall Street Journal. “I don’t know if maybe one day they’ll ask for an ‘Avengers 7′ or whatever I have no idea. But as far as I know, I’m done.”

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige had said in an interview with the Empire Film Podcast in May that Portman would not reprise her role of Jane Foster in Thor: Ragnarok — due out in November of 2017 — for “many reasons.”

“There are only a couple of scenes on Earth in this movie. The majority, 95 percent of the movie, takes place in the cosmos,” he explained.

Portman spoke to The Wall Street Journal to discuss her feature film directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, which hits select theaters Friday.

Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Report: Burglars Break into “Brady Bunch” House

ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — All together now: “Here’s the story of the House of Brady…”

The famous house used in the popular 1970s sitcom The Brady Bunch went from tourist attraction to crime scene on Wednesday after a couple thieves allegedly broke into it.

Two men reportedly entered the North Hollywood home — used for exterior shots during the show — through a sliding glass door around 10:30 PM and ransacked the main floor, law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

Police say the homeowner — an elderly woman — was upstairs and could hear the buglers, so she turned on a light and saw the two guys dart away.

The homeowner reportedly hasn’t noticed anything of significance missing yet and police don’t have suspects.

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Amy Schumer Addresses “Really Upsetting” Writer/Rape Comment Controversy on “Charlie Rose”

Justin Stephens/Comedy Central(NEW YORK) — Most of us would stand up for a friend, but when that friend has done something even you feel is indefensible, it’s a tough dance to do. Ask Amy Schumer.

Thursday night on Charlie Rose, the comic and actress did more than a little tap-dancing while discussing Kurt Metzger, a writer on her hit Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer. Metzger recently made now-deleted controversial social media statements regarding the Upright Citizen Brigade comedy troupe’s banning of comedian Aaron Glaser, who’d been accused of sexual assault. Metzger criticized the ban, and seemed as well to criticize alleged sex assault victims who don’t go to the police.

“We butt heads, we get in fights because he infuriates us,” Schumer said of working with Metzger on her show, while noting his contributions are valued because they’re from “the most male, the most out-there perspective possible.”

After saying she loved him and he was a friend, Schumer said of Metzger, “He gets something from going after people, making them mad, that is not representative of me at all.” She added she’s tried to get him to stop, and to realize anything he says “comes back to me.”

Schumer also again insisted Metzger wasn’t currently a writer for her, because the show isn’t currently in production: “Nobody’s on my staff, there are no writers.”

Ultimately, said Schumer, “Whatever tangent he’s gone off on, I have not agreed with, and it’s been really upsetting to me seeing someone I care about hurt themselves like this.”

Schumer said what saddens her most is the issue has directed attention away from the real issue: “I would love to refocus the energy and attention on the real problem, which is…about rape.”

Schumer herself tweeted the clip on Charlie Rose in which she addresses the Metzger issue.

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Amber Heard Donating $7M Divorce Settlement to Charity

John Phillips/Getty Images for BF(LOS ANGELES) — Amber Heard on Thursday announced that she will donate the seven-million-dollar divorce settlement received from Johnny Depp to two charities.

The 30-year-old actress said in a statement obtained by ABC News that the donation will be divided equally between the American Civil Liberties Union — with a particular focus to stop violence against women — and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, for whom she volunteers.

“I know these organizations will put the funds to good use and look forward to continuing to support them in the future. Hopefully, this experience results in a positive change in the lives of people who need it the most,” she said in the statement.

The ex-couple confirmed Tuesday that they’d settled their divorce case.

“Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm,” they said in a joint statement on Tuesday.

It was a contentious split. Heard filed for divorce from Depp in May, and then obtained a temporary restraining order against the actor a few days later, claiming he’d abused her. He denied the allegations.

Heard and Depp were married for 15 months before she filed for divorce.

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