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Black Panther Rakes In $500m In 17 Days Black Panther Rakes In $500m In 17 Days
- March 05, 2018

Deadline reports that the February box office passed the $1 billion mark for the first time and Marvel's Black Panther represented 43% of all ticket sales in the United States and Canada, according to ComScore. The second- and third-place finishers at the box offie were a pair of new releases: Red Sparrow ($17 million) and Death Wish ($13 million), both of which received generally negative reviews from critics. (more...)
Judge Orders Former Drug Exec Shkreli to Give Up $7.36 Million Judge Orders Former Drug Exec Shkreli to Give Up $7.36 Million
- March 05, 2018

Former drug company executive Martin Shkreli may have to give up a Picasso and a one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album, after a USA judge on Monday ordered him to forfeit $7.36 million following his conviction of defrauding investors. The jailed convict is scheduled to be sentenced March 9 for lying to investors in his hedge funds about his track record and performance as well as a fraud that involved Retrophin Inc., a company he founded. (more...)
ESPN names James Pitaro as new president ESPN names James Pitaro as new president
- March 05, 2018

Disney has officially announced that Pitaro will be president of ESPN and co-chair of Disney Media Networks . "Jimmy forged his career at the intersection of technology, sports and media, and his vast experience and keen perspective will be invaluable in taking ESPN into the future", Iger said in a statement . (more...)
Gun Reform Groups Say They're Seeing A Surge In Participation Gun Reform Groups Say They're Seeing A Surge In Participation
- March 05, 2018

The actors used their platform to shine a light on gun violence prevention. The pins were given out to major Hollywood agencies, with the hope that stars would wear them to the Oscars Sunday. The orange pins in question are available on Everytown's website , though they are now out of stock. According to Everytown , which boasts 4 million members, there have been nearly 300 hundred school shootings since 2013. (more...)
With COCO Win, Robert Lopez Becomes First Ever Double EGOT Winner! With COCO Win, Robert Lopez Becomes First Ever Double EGOT Winner!
- March 05, 2018

Only twelve other artists are EGOT winners (seventeen if you include recipients of honorary awards), and only Lopez has ever achieved double wins for every award. Since Lopez was the youngest person to EGOT at 39 years old, and it took him a little over four years to do it again, it's very likely he could end up with a triple EGOT in the next few years. (more...)
Canada seeks exemption to Trump's steel tariffs, vows retaliation Canada seeks exemption to Trump's steel tariffs, vows retaliation
- March 05, 2018

He also promised to enact what he called "RECIPROCAL TAXES" on any country that has a tariff against any USA good or service. Earlier in Europe and Asia, where markets were closed when Trump's tariff proposal was announced on Thursday, major equity indices fell more than 2 percent. (more...)
Emma Watson's Apostrophe Catastrophe: Misspells 'Time's Up' On Arm Emma Watson's Apostrophe Catastrophe: Misspells 'Time's Up' On Arm
- March 05, 2018

Emma Watson hit the red carpet at the Vanity Fair after-party Sunday night with a big statement on her arm, only the message wasn't what she intended. Emma, a long-time campaigner for women's rights, has been an avid supporter of Hollywood's Time's Up and #MeToo movements, which calls for an end to sexual harassment, assault, and discrimination in the workplace, and recently gave her backing to the new Justice and Equality Fund set up to combat sexual misconduct. (more...)
Kangana and Rajkumar in Ekta Kapoor's Mental Hai Kya Kangana and Rajkumar in Ekta Kapoor's Mental Hai Kya
- March 05, 2018

Kangana Ranaut also expressed her excitement on the opportunity of working with Rajkummar Rao again, "He is a star today while still being a brilliant actor, so I will have to be on my toes to ensure he doesn't steal the show from right under my nose", said the actress. (more...)
Rajinikanth's political rally marred by 'illegal' posters; Kamal takes a jibe Rajinikanth's political rally marred by 'illegal' posters; Kamal takes a jibe
- March 05, 2018

In December previous year, Rajnikanth had ended months of speculation surrounding his entry into politics and announced that he would launch a party and contest in all 234 assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu. On being asked about what his much-touted "spiritual politics" would be, Rajinikanth denied linking it to religion. He said he would follow spiritual governance that would have no discrimination based on caste or creed. (more...)
Anthology series 'Black Mirror' renewed for season 5 at Netflix Anthology series 'Black Mirror' renewed for season 5 at Netflix
- March 05, 2018

Is there a new season of Black Mirror on the way?? Netflix announced Monday that the beloved sci-fi anthology series has been renewed for a fifth season on the streaming service. Of course, as you'd probably guess, this teaser includes several nods, easter eggs, and callbacks to various Black Mirror episodes. Black Mirror's fourth season premiered on December 29, 2017 with six episodes, and featured appearances from Michaela Coel, Letitia Wright , Jesse Plemons , and more. (more...)
No. 2 spender China to boost defence spending in 2018 No. 2 spender China to boost defence spending in 2018
- March 05, 2018

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui on Sunday said China's "moderate" defense spending rises in the past few years are less than other major countries and will not threaten anyone. Stability will be the watchword this year as President Xi Jinping pursues his vision of turning China into a "modestly prosperous" nation by 2020 and into a "strong power" on the world stage by 2050. (more...)
China Maintains 2018 GDP Growth Target China Maintains 2018 GDP Growth Target
- March 05, 2018

The amendment was presented after Premier Li Keqiang delivered a report warning that the country is fighting "three critical battles" against financial risk, poverty and pollution. "Policy wise, the report definitely has a tightening bias", said Betty Wang, senior China economist at ANZ in Hong Kong."In line with expectations, the government is pushing through their reform agenda". (more...)
''Coco'' helmer dedicates Oscar win to Mexico ''Coco'' helmer dedicates Oscar win to Mexico
- March 05, 2018

The victor of the best animated short Oscar was "Dear Basketball", a poem written by Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant after ending his 20-year career on the court in 2016. Since then, Pixar has won the trophy nine times, for Coco , Inside Out, Brave, Toy Story 3 , Up, Wall-E, Ratatouille , The Incredibles and Finding Nemo . (more...)
Chrissy Teigen Shares First Ultrasound of Her Baby Boy Chrissy Teigen Shares First Ultrasound of Her Baby Boy
- March 05, 2018

She tweeted Sunday afternoon that she had "canceled" Oscars Sunday, and she was willing to trade her dress in for food-related tips, which is where the rumor started. Model, cook and Queen over-sharer (in a good way), Teigen took to her social media platform of choice, Twitter , to share a first glimpse of her latest progeny, with husband John Legend . (more...)
Documentary About Russian Sports Doping Wins Oscar Documentary About Russian Sports Doping Wins Oscar
- March 05, 2018

US director Bryan Fogel's film was made with the assistance of Grigory Rodchenkov , the former Moscow anti-doping laboratory director who now lives in the United States. Grigory Rodchenkov , our fearless whistleblower who now lives in great danger". "We hope Icarus is a wake up call, yes about Russian Federation, but in the importance of telling the truth, now more than ever", Fogel said. (more...)
Keith Sequeira & Rochelle Rao Have A Dream Wedding, Congratulations Guys! Keith Sequeira & Rochelle Rao Have A Dream Wedding, Congratulations Guys!
- March 05, 2018

The couple, who were seen together on the reality show " Bigg Boss ", got engaged in 2017 following a courtship of two-and-half years. The beach wedding was attended by friends and family. She also shared a picture of the newlywed and captioned it: "You two are the loveliest couple!" What makes you shine is that you always have more love to give to those around you. (more...)
PriceWaterhouseCoopers gets the Razzies at Oscars 2018 PriceWaterhouseCoopers gets the Razzies at Oscars 2018
- March 05, 2018

Show producers Mike DeLuca and Jennifer Todd are sure this year's show will not have a mistake like the one from last year, but said live shows can have unexpected moments at times. Gay drama Moonlight turned down the chance to get their Oscar for Best Picture for the second time after the infamous mix-up during last years ceremony. (more...)
Ex-Hollyoaks star delivers Oscar-winning speech using sign language Ex-Hollyoaks star delivers Oscar-winning speech using sign language
- March 05, 2018

The Silent Child had a budget of just £10,000, which was raised through crowdfunding and fundraising schemes. Rachel won praise from Oscars viewers for signing her acceptance speech, saying: "I made a promise to our six-year-old lead actress that I'd sign this speech". (more...)
Allison Janney and Joanne Woodward Go Way Back Allison Janney and Joanne Woodward Go Way Back
- March 05, 2018

Janney is nominated for her first Academy Award tonight for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Tonya Harding's mother in the hit film, I, Tonya . As expected, Britain's Gary Oldman won his first Oscar for playing World War II leader Winston Churchill in Warner Bros.' Darkest Hour , while Frances McDormand's woman in a vengeful fury was a popular best actress victor for Fox Searchlight's dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri . (more...)
Italy election: Exit polls point to hung parliament Italy election: Exit polls point to hung parliament
- March 05, 2018

Scrawled across her bare chest were the words: "Berlusconi, your time has run out". Scenarios now include the creation of a more euro-sceptic coalition, which would likely challenge EU budget restrictions and be little interested in further European integration, or swift new elections to try to break the deadlock. (more...)
The Walking Dead season 8, episode 11 preview: Daryl faces imminent danger The Walking Dead season 8, episode 11 preview: Daryl faces imminent danger
- March 05, 2018

Let's be honest, if you have stuck with the show this long, you deserve something nice from AMC. In the end, Rick still wants to kill Negan against Carl's wishes. But this is Simon we're talking about, so when Jadis is insufficiently contrite, he shoots her number two, then her number three, and when she strikes him in anger, he has his men massacre all her people. (more...)
Oscars red carpet: white-hot, red-hot and bronze (medalists) Oscars red carpet: white-hot, red-hot and bronze (medalists)
- March 05, 2018

Margot Robbie's star has risen so high that she could choose pretty much anyone to be be her date to the Oscars - if not her husband Tom Ackerley, that is. I, Tonya saw Margot exploring the life of disgraced American figure skater Harding. "The embroidery", Kate Young told us over the phone, "I like it because it's futurist". (more...)
Rapper at Academy Awards: NRA Is 'In God's Way' Rapper at Academy Awards: NRA Is 'In God's Way'
- March 05, 2018

Common returned later in the song to spit a verse with a thinly veiled message to President Donald Trump, ending with, "When they go low, we stay in the heights". "My prayer is that seeing these people and what they do is that catalyst to find the courage to stand up and to serve". Common and Diane Warren are nominated for Best Original Song for writing the song for the movie Marshall . (more...)
Legendary lensman Roger Deakins finally wins Oscar Legendary lensman Roger Deakins finally wins Oscar
- March 05, 2018

In the lead-up to tonight's Oscars, Deakins maintained that his lack of wins "doesn't really bother me", telling the Los Angeles Times , "I'm just proud to still be doing the job, really, and happy doing it". Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner , LAPD officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. (more...)
Nicole Kidman & Sandra Bullock Reunite At Oscars - 20 Years After 'Practical Magic' Nicole Kidman & Sandra Bullock Reunite At Oscars - 20 Years After 'Practical Magic'
- March 05, 2018

Leave it to Nicole Kidman to steal the show on the 2018 Oscars red carpet. "I showed that movie to my kids". Kidman's strapless gown featured a curvaceous lingerie-style neckline and an unapologetically romantic bow detail at the waist, a flawless take on modern femininity, which of course, she wasn't afraid to emphasize by pulling some major poses-another signature move that we've come to know her for. (more...)
Where to watch the 2018 Oscars Where to watch the 2018 Oscars
- March 05, 2018

The Oscars will pay respect to Time's Up, the movement started two months ago in Hollywood to advocate for gender equality in the workplace, reports usatoday.com. This is the second year Facebook has hosted " The Oscars: All Access ". Call Me By Your Name , Get Out , Lady Bird , Phantom Thread , Darkest Hour , and The Post round up the Best Picture nominees and are also expected to put up strong showings tonight. (more...)
Gary Oldman wins best actor for Darkest Hour at Oscars 2018 Gary Oldman wins best actor for Darkest Hour at Oscars 2018
- March 05, 2018

Gary Oldman , for essaying former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour , and Frances McDormand for her role as a grieving mother in "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri", won the best actor and best actress in leading role categories at the 90th Academy Awards here. (more...)
Timothee Chalamet & Armie Hammer Look So Handsome at Oscars 2018! Timothee Chalamet & Armie Hammer Look So Handsome at Oscars 2018!
- March 05, 2018

Ivory then praised the film itself for its depiction of first love. Sadly, Timothee's co-star Armie Hammer may miss out on the Oscars this year after coming down with a nasty stomach bug. Kimmel then turned his attention to politics, encouraging the actors to use their speeches to bring attention to the March for Our Lives on March 24 and quipping, "We don't make films like Call Me By Your Name to make money, we make them to upset Mike Pence". (more...)
Brexit: a three course meal or a packet of crisps? Brexit: a three course meal or a packet of crisps?
- March 05, 2018

It takes leadership. And now is when we need it'. "Any deviation from that is a betrayal of the British people and that's why I think Mr Corbyn's conduct is irresponsible". "For us and the Union, that is an unacceptable way of trying to establish a new relationship", he told the committee hearing in Brussels . European Council President Donald Tusk on Friday dismissed as "pure illusion" the ideas floated by Britain so far on what sort of future relationship it wanted with the European ... (more...)
Frances McDormand's Oscars speech was a rallying cry for women in Hollywood Frances McDormand's Oscars speech was a rallying cry for women in Hollywood
- March 05, 2018

As Stacy Smith, who researches gender equality in film and television at the University of Southern California, has put it, it's the idea that A-list actors have the ability to stipulate in their contracts that diversity be reflected both onscreen and in "below the line" positions, where women, people of color, and members of L.G.B.T. (more...)