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'Suge Knight and the Murders of Biggie & Tupac', Halle Berry on Black progress in Hollywood, and more

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­A new documentary about the unsolved murders of The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac is coming to Starz this month.

Last Man Standing: Suge Knight and the Murders of Biggie & Tupac, is directed by Nick Broomfield, who previously directed Tupac & Biggie in 2002. The film includes newly sourced footage taken at the time of the rap icons’ killings. Broomfield claims that Suge Knight was employing LAPD officers and that they played a direct role in the murder of Notorious B.I.G. Last Man Standing: Suge Knight and the Murders of Biggie & Tupac, airs December 23 on Starz.

In other news, Halle Berry made her directing debut with hew new film Bruised, and she says she is encouraged as she sees more men and women of color behind the camera and in executive positions.
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"There have been great strides made since the time I started 30 years ago — I looked around and I saw no Black faces. I didn’t see my story and myself reflected very much at all in television or cinema," the Oscar winner tells The Hollywood Reporter. "So as I sit here today, 30 years from the time I started, I see a huge difference. I see Black women, Black faces, Black people all around me. I see our stories being told. And so that tells me progress is happening. Is there work to be done? Yeah, but there’s always work to be done."

Finally, Ne-Yo, Keri Hilson, Terrence J, MC Lyte, Redman, TankSerayah and more star in Hip Hop Family Christmas airing Monday night at 9 p/m. ET/PT on VH1.

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Jussie Smollett testifies in his own defense in alleged fake hate crime case

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On Monday, the fifth day in his trial for allegedly staging a 2019 hate crime against himself, former Empire star Jussie Smollett testified in his own defense. 

According to Page Six, the actor said under oath that he was sexually involved with one of the Nigerian brothers who told cops Jussie paid them to pose as white supporters of President Trump and rough him up, and put a noose around his neck. 

Last week, Abimbola Osundairo denied the pair had a sexual relationship, but he did admit in court that he and Smollett visited Steamworks bathhouse in Chicago's Boystown neighborhood together. 

Smollett testified Monday that he and Osundairo did drugs together and engaged in sexual activity at the location. 

While prosecutors claim Smollett paid Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo $3,500 to "fake beat him up" to raise his profile on Empire, the defense is now claiming the attack was real, because the bodybuilding brothers were homophobic. 

Smollett has yet to be cross-examined.

Smollett was indicted for a second time in February of last year on six counts, including lying to investigators about the case. Prosecutors maintain he'd hired the brothers to stage the incident, and furnished as evidence the check the actor claimed was for "personal training."

 Dan Webb, the special prosecutor tapped to investigate the case after the charges were initially dropped, said in February of 2020 that the actor made "numerous false statements to Chicago Police Department officers on multiple occasions, reporting a heinous hate crime he, in fact, knew had not occurred."

An allegedly threatening letter to Smollett, which contained a white powder later found to be a pain reliever, is the center of a separate federal investigation. At the time, former Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson claimed the letter was also phony.

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What's the best holiday movie in your home state?

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Everyone of course has their own favorite holiday movies, but some states boast having one -- or more -- of those Christmas classics set within their borders. 

With that in mind, Fandango's streaming service Vudu surveyed thousands of film fans across the United States to discover their local favorite holiday flicks set in their states.

The result is a map of which classic films are set where, from Los Angeles' fictional Nakatomi Plaza in Die Hard to New York City-set Elf.

Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis, notes, "As fans search for the perfect holiday movies to watch this season on Vudu, this map offers a fun way to not only discover hidden gems, but to also explore the country through a host of holiday-themed movies."

Here's the list of some holiday favorites, state-by-state, in alphabetical order: 

Alaska - Fatman
Arizona - Bad Santa
California - Die Hard
Colorado - Jack Frost
Florida - Ernest Saves Christmas
Georgia - A Madea Christmas
Illinois - Home Alone
Indiana - A Christmas Story
Kansas - Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Louisiana - Last Holiday
Maryland - Home for the Holidays
Missouri - Meet Me in St. Louis
Massachusetts - Little Women
Nebraska - I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Michigan - Prancer
Minnesota - Jingle All the Way
New Jersey - Just Friends
Pennsylvania - Trading Places
New Hampshire - Eight Crazy Nights
New York - Elf
Vermont - White Christmas

 

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'Succession', HBO lead the pack for 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards

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The Critics Choice Association announced its picks for TVs best in 2021, and HBO's drama Succession led the pack with eight nominations. Another HBO series, Mare of Easttown earned five, tied with Paramount+'s drama Evil.

All told, HBO led the pack with 20 nominations overall, followed by Netflix's 18.

Disney+'s WandaVision earned four nominations, tying with Apple TV+'s Emmy winner Ted Lasso, Hulu's Only Murders in the Building, Paramount+'s The Good Fight and NBC's This Is Us.

Succession earned nominations for Best Drama Series, as well as nods for Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong in the Best Actor in a Drama Series category. J. Smith-Cameron and Sarah Snook will similarly be competing against each other in the Best Actress category, while their co-stars Kieran CulkinNicholas Braun, and Matthew Macfadyen are all vying for the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series prize. 

Easttown was nominated for Best Limited Series, with its Oscar and Emmy-winning lead Kate Winslet nominated in the Best Actress category. Emmy winner Evan Peters was given a nod in the Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series category; Jean Smart earned that nomination in the actress category. 

Evil was hailed in the Best Drama Category, with nominations for leads Mike Colter and co-star Katja Herbers in the lead actor categories. Their co-stars Andrea Martin and Christine Lahti were nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category.

The 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards will be broadcast live on The CW and TBS on Sunday, January 9, 2022, from the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel.

Here's a list of nominations in the major categories: 

BEST DRAMA SERIES

Evil (Paramount+)

For All Mankind (Apple TV+)

The Good Fight (Paramount+)

Pose (FX)

Squid Game (Netflix)

Succession (HBO)

This Is Us (NBC)

Yellowjackets (Showtime)

 

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us (NBC)

Mike Colter – Evil (Paramount+)

Brian Cox – Succession (HBO)

Lee Jung-jae – Squid Game (Netflix)

Billy Porter – Pose (FX)

Jeremy Strong – Succession (HBO)

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Uzo Aduba – In Treatment (HBO)

Chiara Aurelia – Cruel Summer (Freeform)

Christine Baranski – The Good Fight (Paramount+)

Katja Herbers – Evil (Paramount+)

Melanie Lynskey – Yellowjackets (Showtime)

MJ Rodriguez – Pose (FX)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Nicholas Braun – Succession (HBO)

Billy Crudup – The Morning Show (Apple TV+)

Kieran Culkin – Succession (HBO)

Justin Hartley – This Is Us (NBC)

Matthew Macfadyen – Succession (HBO)

Mandy Patinkin – The Good Fight (Paramount+)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Andrea Martin – Evil (Paramount+)

Audra McDonald – The Good Fight (Paramount+)

Christine Lahti – Evil (Paramount+)

J. Smith-Cameron – Succession (HBO)

Sarah Snook – Succession (HBO)

Susan Kelechi Watson – This Is Us (NBC)

 

BEST COMEDY SERIES

The Great (Hulu)

Hacks (HBO Max)

Insecure (HBO)

Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)

The Other Two (HBO Max)

Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)

Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)

What We Do in the Shadows (FX)

 

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Iain Armitage – Young Sheldon (CBS)

Nicholas Hoult – The Great (Hulu)

Steve Martin – Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)

Kayvan Novak – What We Do in the Shadows (FX)

Martin Short – Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)

Jason Sudeikis – Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Elle Fanning – The Great (Hulu)

Renée Elise Goldsberry – Girls5eva (Peacock)

Selena Gomez – Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)

Sandra Oh – The Chair (Netflix)

Issa Rae – Insecure (HBO)

Jean Smart – Hacks (HBO Max)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Ncuti Gatwa – Sex Education (Netflix)

Brett Goldstein – Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)

Harvey Guillén – What We Do in the Shadows (FX)

Brandon Scott Jones – Ghosts (CBS)

Ray Romano – Made for Love (HBO Max)

Bowen Yang – Saturday Night Live (NBC)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Hannah Einbinder – Hacks (HBO Max)

Kristin Chenoweth – Schmigadoon! (Apple TV+)

Molly Shannon – The Other Two (HBO Max)

Cecily Strong – Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Josie Totah – Saved By the Bell (Peacock)

Hannah Waddingham – Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
 

BEST LIMITED SERIES

Dopesick (Hulu)

Dr. Death (Peacock)

It’s a Sin (HBO Max)

Maid (Netflix)

Mare of Easttown (HBO)

Midnight Mass (Netflix)

The Underground Railroad (Amazon Prime Video)

WandaVision (Disney+)

 

BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Come From Away (Apple TV+)

List of a Lifetime (Lifetime)

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (Amazon Prime Video)

Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia (Lifetime)

Oslo (HBO)

Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas (The Roku Channel)

 

BEST ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Olly Alexander – It’s a Sin (HBO Max)

Paul Bettany – WandaVision (Disney+)

William Jackson Harper – Love Life (HBO Max)

Joshua Jackson – Dr. Death (Peacock)

Michael Keaton – Dopesick (Hulu)

Hamish Linklater – Midnight Mass (Netflix)

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Danielle Brooks – Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia (Lifetime)

Cynthia Erivo – Genius: Aretha (National Geographic)

Thuso Mbedu – The Underground Railroad (Amazon Prime Video)

Elizabeth Olsen – WandaVision (Disney+)

Margaret Qualley – Maid (Netflix)

Kate Winslet – Mare of Easttown (HBO)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Murray Bartlett – The White Lotus (HBO)

Zach Gilford – Midnight Mass (Netflix)

William Jackson Harper – The Underground Railroad (Amazon Prime Video)

Evan Peters – Mare of Easttown (HBO)

Christian Slater – Dr. Death (Peacock)

Courtney B. Vance – Genius: Aretha (National Geographic)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Jennifer Coolidge – The White Lotus (HBO)

Kaitlyn Dever – Dopesick (Hulu)

Kathryn Hahn – WandaVision (Disney+)

Melissa McCarthy – Nine Perfect Strangers (Hulu)

Julianne Nicholson – Mare of Easttown (HBO)

Jean Smart – Mare of Easttown (HBO)

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE SERIES

Acapulco (Apple TV+)

Call My Agent! (Netflix)

Lupin (Netflix)

Money Heist (Netflix)

Narcos: Mexico (Netflix)

Squid Game (Netflix)
 

BEST ANIMATED SERIES

Big Mouth (Netflix)

Bluey (Disney+)

Bob’s Burgers (Fox)

The Great North (Fox)

Q-Force (Netflix)

Marvel Studios' What If…? (Disney+)
 

BEST TALK SHOW

The Amber Ruffin Show (Peacock)

Desus & Mero (Showtime)

The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBC)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC)

Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen (Bravo)

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Marvel movie round-up: 'Shang-Chi' getting a sequel; will Hailee Steinfeld and M.O.D.O.K. be seen in 'Ant-Man 3'?

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It's not quite that "two truths and a lie," trope, but instead, one confirmed truth, and two more rumors for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

First, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is getting a sequel. Director Destin Daniel Cretton will return for a second film, as part of a deal with ABC News' parent company Disney, and Marvel Studios and Hulu's Onyx Collective, the latter of which highlights work from creatives of color. A Shang-Chi spin-off is also reportedly in the works.

Now, for the rumors. While it's already known that Marvel Studios' Disney+ shows can cross over to the big screen, Twitter is atwitter with rumors Hailee Steinfeld's Hawkeye character Kate Bishop will appear in the July, 2023 threequel Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania.

Maybe that Pym Tech arrow in Hawkeye's third episode was a hint...

Another rumor making the rounds is that Marvel Comics baddie M.O.D.O.K. will also appear in Quantumania. The bobble-headed baddie, whose name stands for "Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing," currently appears on the small screen, in the Hulu comedy that shares his name.

What has been confirmed is that Jonathan Majors' villain Kang will be the main antagonist in that film, after first appearing in the Disney+ series Loki.

 

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"I still know kung fu" -- Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss put the pieces together in new 'Matrix Resurrections' trailer

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Warner Bros. has unveiled a new trailer for The Matrix Resurrections, and although much of the plot is still secret, it seems as if Carrie-Ann Moss' Trinity will prove as vital to the human resistance against the machines as Keanu Reeves' Neo was in the first three films. 

"She believed in me," Reeves' Thomas Anderson/Neo says in the trailer. "It's my turn to believe in her."

Like Neo was in the original films, Trinity seems to be in God mode once she snaps into the virtual reality of the Matrix; this time around, we see her character having an awakening similar to Anderson's, realizing the world she occupies isn't real. 

We also get a peek at Jonathan Groff's take on the machines' enforcer Agent Smith; the Mindhunters veteran replaces Hugo Weaving as the fearsome, suited baddie. 

The trailer also gives some peeks of some set piece action scenes, from rooftops, to a speeding bullet train. And of course, there's some reality-bending martial arts action, including a scene where Reeves blasts a bad guy through the air with a wave of energy.

"I still know kung fu," he huffs.

The Matrix Resurrections opens December 22. 

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Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige confirms Charlie Cox will return as Daredevil

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With just weeks to go until the opening of the Marvel Studios co-production Spider-Man: No Way Home, studio head Kevin Feige may have confirmed a long-held rumor about the return of a hero.

"If you were to see Daredevil in upcoming things, Charlie Cox, yes, would be the actor playing Daredevil," Feige told Cinemablend.

He added a slight disclaimer: "Where we see that...when we see that, remains to be seen."

Daredevil was on Netflix for three seasons, ending in 2018. The show turned Cox into a fan favorite as blind lawyer Matt Murdock by day, and New York City vigilante Daredevil by night. 

With Tom Holland's Peter Parker unmasked as Spider-Man and on the run in No Way Home, fans have been speculating he's going to need a good lawyer, and who better than the Man Without Fear? Analyzing the trailer like the JFK Zapruder film, some feel they've even spotted him.

Cox has denied those mysterious forearms in the shot in question are his. However, he allowed, "I love the idea of...Matt as a lawyer advising Peter Parker. That'd be really, really cool."

Whether Feige's revelation is trying to get ahead of persistent leaks, or just red meat for fans of the red-suited hero remains to be seen. 

Another persistent rumor states the Multiverse-shredding No Way Home will see previous Spider-Men Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield joining Tom Holland onscreen, to help him best the baddies from previous films who appear in No Way Home. In fact, a recent press screening was only 40 minutes long, reportedly to keep spoilers at bay.

Spider-Man: No Way Home debuts December 17 from Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures.

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Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, John Mulaney and more headline the massive Netflix Is a Joke lineup in 2022

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Netflix is boasting a line-up of more than 130 comedians -- including John MulaneyChris RockAmy Schumer and Dave Chappelle -- as part of this spring's Netflix Is a Joke: The Festival event. 

The festival will take place from April 28th to May 8th, across more than 25 Los Angeles venues including Dodger Stadium, the Hollywood Bowl, The Greek Theatre, The Forum, Crypto.com Arena (formerly STAPLES Center), Hollywood Palladium, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, The Improv, and more.

The headliner line-up also includes stand-up performances and/or comedy events from names including Jerry SeinfeldLarry DavidAli Wong, Pete Davidson, Ray Romano, Ken Jeong, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari, Bert Kreischer, Bill Burr, Chelsea HandlerConan O’Brien, Cristela Alonzo, David Letterman, Deon Cole, Eddie Izzard, Ellen DeGeneres, Felipe Esparza, Fortune Feimster, Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias, Hasan Minhaj and Ronny Chieng, Iliza Shlesinger, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, Jonathan Van Ness, Kevin Smith, Margaret Cho, Maya Rudolph and Gretchen LieberumMichael McIntyre, Mike Birbiglia, Mike Myers and David O. Russell, Nick Kroll, Nicole Byer, Patton Oswalt, Sandra Bernhard, Seth Rogen, Theo Von, Tig NotaroTim Robinson, Tina Fey, and Wanda Sykes

The stand-up content from various performers will also make up future specials for the streaming service.

Robbie Praw, the director of Netflix's comedy content, said in a statement, "It's absolutely thrilling for Netflix to be hosting a comedy festival of this magnitude in Los Angeles. We were so disappointed to postpone the event last spring and our line-up of comedians can't wait to bring much needed laughs to audiences in LA and around the world on Netflix."

 

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Yo, Adrian! We did it! 'Rocky' memorabilia knocks 'em out at auction

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Items from Sylvester Stallone's personal collection went on the auction block online and at Julien's in Beverly Hills on Sunday, and his original, handwritten script for the 1976 Oscar-winner Rocky knocked them out with a winning $437,500 bid. 

But that's not all: The Italian Stallion's American Flag boxing trunks as seen in Rocky III went for $200,000 -- twenty times its original estimate.

Other items from Sly's time on the big screen also had fans spending: The #1 knife from 1982's First Blood -- one of only 13 made for the film -- sold for $128,000, while a Stallone-signed piece of original Rocky artwork flew out the door for $112,500, some 56 times its original estimate. 

However, treasures from the iconic boxing series weren't the only big winner at the event. A stunt lightsaber made for Liam Neeson's Qui-Gon Jinn for 1999's Star Wars: Episode 1 -- The Phantom Menace sold for $38,400; Arnold Schwarzengger's Terminator 2 biker outfit sold for $38,400; and John Travolta's Perry Ellis suit from Pulp Fiction fetched $25,600. 

Gal Gadot's gold Wonder Woman lasso of truth, made of rubber for the big screen, sold for $12,800, and a copy of Grays Sports Almanac -- Complete Sports Statistics: 1950-2000 produced for Back to the Future Part II went for $28,800 -- seven times its original estimate of $4,000, according to Julien's. 

And just in time for Christmas, somebody shelled out $25,600 for the rubber replica Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine gun used by Bruce Willis as John McClane in the action film classic Die Hard. 

Now the buyer has a machine gun. Ho-Ho-Ho.

 

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HBO Max conjures up teaser to January's 'Harry Potter' retrospective, 'Return to Hogwarts' 

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HBO Max dropped a first-look teaser trailer for Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts on Sunday night, featuring appearances from Robbie ColtraneMatthew Lewis and Mark Williams

The streaming service says the project "will tell an enchanting making-of story through all-new in-depth interviews and cast conversations, inviting fans on a magical first-person journey through one of the most beloved film franchises of all time."

Besides Coltrane, Lewis and Williams, the special will feature interviews with cast principal cast members Daniel RadcliffeEmma Watson and Rupert Grint, as well as Ralph FiennesHelena Bonham CarterGary OldmanImelda StauntonTom Felton and director Chris Columbus, among others. Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts premieres January 1 on HBO Max.

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Check out the brand-new teaser to 'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse: Part 1'

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If your Spidey senses were tingling on Saturday, it was for a good reason: We got us our first peek at Sony Pictures Animation's follow-up to the Oscar-winning animated hit Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. 

Along with more eye-popping visuals came an official title: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse -- and a surprise subtitle: “Part One,” hinting at more Spider-Verse sequels on the way.

The clip shows Miles Morales -- again voiced by Shameik Moore -- listening to Post Malone and Swae Lee’s “Sunflower,” before Hailee Steinfeld's Gwen Stacy, a.k.a. Spider-Gwen, drops in on him from an alternate dimension and the two swing through cities and dimensional portals. At one point, Miles is helped through the air by Spider-Man 2099, a future version of the web-slinger whose alter-ego is the Irish-Mexican hero Miguel O'Hara.

 Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse swoops into theaters October 7, 2022.

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'Encanto' enchants $12.7 million, tops slow post-Thanksgiving weekend box office

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Disney's Encanto topped the box office for a second weekend, earning an estimated $12.7 million at the typically slow weekend-after-Thanksgiving box office. It was enough, however, to lift Encanto's stateside tallies to just under $58 million, and upward of $116 million overseas.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife held onto second place with an estimated $10.4 million to push its total box office take past the 100-million-dollar mark domestically in three weeks of release. It tacked on an estimated $42.9 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $145.1 million.

House of Gucci landed in third place, delivering an estimated $6.8 million in its second week of release. The Ridley Scott-directed film about the downfall of the renowned Italian fashion dynasty pulled in $33.6 million in the U.S. and another $33.6 million abroad, putting its global box-office take at $67.2 million.

Christmas with the Chosen: The Messengers, the musical based on the life of Jesus, earned an estimated $4.1 million in its debut weekend. The film, which opened on Wednesday, has racked up a total of $8.8 million stateside.

Rounding out the top five was Marvel's Eternals, with an estimated $3.9 million in its fifth week of release. Eternals has earned a total of $156.5 million domestically and another $227.8 million overseas, bringing its current worldwide haul to $384.3 million.

Elsewhere, Paul Thomas Anderson's critically acclaimed film, Licorice Pizza, grabbed an estimated $223,000 from just four theaters, for a cumulative total of $761,000.

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Colton Underwood reveals the one person he still talks to in Bachelor Nation

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After appearing on three seasons of Bachelor-related shows, Colton Underwood only maintains contact with one person from the series -- former host Chris Harrison

"I don’t watch the show. I mean, the only person that I really talked to is Chris [Harrison] still," the 29-year-old told Us Weekly. "Chris and I stay in touch."

Colton, whose reality show Coming Out Colton -- a show that chronicles his journey of self-discovery and coming out as a gay man -- just premiered on Netflix, added that "Chris was about the only one from the franchise who really reached out and sort of let me know that he was there for me, [asking] if there’s anything he can do.”

“Unfortunately, I don’t have really any relationships in the franchise anymore," the former NFL player admitted.

Colton first was introduced to audiences when he vied for Becca Kufrin's heart on season 14 of The Bachelorette.He then earned a spot on season five of Bachelor in Paradise, before going on to become the lead on season 23 of The Bachelor, where he handed his final rose to Cassie Randolph. The two dated for a year-and-a-half before breaking up in May 2020.

Almost a year later, in April, Underwood publicly came out as gay on Good Morning America, and just this past weekend introduced fans to his new boyfriend, 39-year-old Jordan C. Brown

Alongside photos of the couple, E! Online reports that in a series of Instagram Stories on Saturday, Colton gushed, "Happy birthday to my dog loving...family man. Corn fed...love."

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Halle Berry praises H.E.R.; 'Harlem' debuts starring Megan Good; and more

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Bruised director and star Halle Berry recruited H.E.R. for the film's all-female soundtrack, and the Oscar- and Grammy-winning music artist delivered the powerful track "Automatic Woman," inspired by Halle's character, Jackie Justice, who stops at nothing until she emerges victorious.

Berry says in a new episode of the Netlifx Playlist Showcase video feature that the 24-year-old singer's 2016 song "Focus" changed her life and helped her ask for the focus she needed in a relationship.

"If this song, 'Automatic Woman,' could hit others like 'Focus' hit me, I feel like I’ve been part of creating something that’s really magical.”

H.E.R. comments that she was inspired by Halle’s gritty performance in Bruised. “I was so moved by ‘No matter what happens, I’m going to make it through,’” she says. “The idea of perseverance and, like, pushing through, fighting through … all those things you have to tell yourself to be able to fight through.”

In other news, Meagan Good stars as a Columbia University anthropology professor who is an expert on dating cultures around the world, yet has trouble navigating her own love life, in the 10-episode Harlem TV series that debuts Friday on Amazon Prime Video.

She told Ebony she's never related more to a character in her 30-year career. "This is the first time I was like, ‘Oh, I know her. I understand her.’ So much of that is exactly me. I am very quirky and goofy, and nerdy. And as an actress, I haven’t had a chance to show that side of myself, and I didn’t know what might come out—and I was excited to explore that. ”

Finally, a 16-time Grammy winner stars with Demetria McKinney in the original holiday film, Kirk Franklin's A Gospel Christmas, airing Saturday, December 4 at 8 p.m / 7 p.m. Central on Lifetime.

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"Hello, Sidney..." Paramount releases new promo pics starring the 'Scream' series' original survivors

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Neve CampbellDavid Arquette, and Courteney Cox are featured in a trio of new posters for the upcoming fifth film in the Scream series.

The faces of Campbell's Sidney Prescott, Arquette's Dewey Riley, and Cox's Gale Weathers are shown posing with the creepy mask of the Ghostface killer they've all managed to survive through multiple films. Below them is the movie's tagline, "It’s Always Someone You Know." 

As previously reported, the anticipated new film also stars some new blood: The BoysJack Quaid, 13 Reason Why's Dylan MinnetteMikey Madison from Once Upon a Time...In HollywoodYes Day's Jenna Ortega, and In The HeightsMelissa Barrera.

Scream debuts January 14.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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