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Box Office: ‘Curse of La Llorona’ Wins Worst Easter Weekend in Over a Decade

Box Office: ‘Curse of La Llorona’ Wins Worst Easter Weekend in Over a Decade
Warner Bros. and New Line’s “The Curse of La Llorona” ascended to the top of domestic box office charts, conjuring $26.5 million when it opened in 3,372 North American theaters.

La Llorona” is the latest horror movie to outperform expectations, further cementing the genre as a reliable box office draw. Even so, “La Llorona” and other new releases “Breakthrough” and “Penguins” couldn’t salvage movie theaters from suffering the worst Easter weekend showing in almost 15 years. This weekend’s offerings amassed $112 million in ticket sales, the lowest haul since 2005. The decline in sales is likely because the rest of Hollywood avoided opening a big movie ahead of Disney and Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame,” which is expected to crush records when it debuts on April 26.

La Llorona,” a supernatural thriller set in the “Conjuring” universe, cost $9 million to produce. The film is based on the Mexican folklore about the Weeping Woman, a
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‘Game of Thrones’ Final Season Vegas Odds Reveal Wild Theories

‘Game of Thrones’ Final Season Vegas Odds Reveal Wild Theories
With “Game of Thrones” hype at an all-time high, Las Vegas may be raking in as much money as the Iron Bank.

HBO’s fantasy masterpiece has seized the gambling world’s attention nearly as much as the Super Bowl or Kentucky Derby. Fans spew countless theories on social media, such as which characters will be axed and who will sit on the Iron Throne, but betters put their money where their mouths are. Popular betting sites, like Bovada, have calculated the odds on Westeros’ most burning (and wildest) questions. For example, what are the odds that Arya will wear Littlefinger’s face?
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‘American Idol’ Top 10: What Disney songs will they perform on Sunday, April 21?

‘American Idol’ Top 10: What Disney songs will they perform on Sunday, April 21?
This Sunday’s episode of “American Idol” will feature the Top 10 who will sing songs from Disney movies, which is the parent company of ABC. Which of these contestants do you think will win season 17? After reviewing the list of the tunes you will see them sing on Sunday vote for your favorite at the bottom of this post.

Seven of the Top 10 finalists were the top vote-getters for their performances on Sunday, April 14: Alejandro Aranda, Laci Kaye Booth, Walker Burroughs, Wade Cota, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, Laine Hardy and Madison VanDenburg. The other three — Dimitrius Graham, Alyssa Raghu and Uche— won over judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie with their songs on the April 15 results episode.

This Sunday’s show will go out live coast-to-coast. Everyone watching across the country will get to vote for their favorite singers and then see the results at the same time.
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John Singleton Hospitalized After Suffering Stroke

John Singleton Hospitalized After Suffering Stroke
Updated with statements from John Singleton’s family and FX Networks

John Singleton, the Oscar nominated director and writer of “Boyz N’ the Hood,” has suffered a stroke.

Sources confirm to Variety that Singleton checked himself into the hospital earlier this week after experiencing pain in his leg.

The stroke has been characterized by doctors as “mild.”

Singleton’s family released a statement Saturday afternoon confirming his hospitalization.

“John is currently in the ICU and under great medical care,” the family statement said. “We ask that privacy be given to him and our family at this time and appreciate all of the prayers that have been pouring in from his fans, friends and colleagues.”

Singleton most recently has been active in television. He’s creator and exec producer of the FX drama series “Snowfall,” which heads into its third season this year. He earned an Emmy nomination in 2017 for directing
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See Will Smith Join Jaden Smith During Coachella Performance

See Will Smith Join Jaden Smith During Coachella Performance
Will Smith joined Jaden Smith onstage at week two of Coachella. The elder Smith made an appearance during “Icon,” firing off a verse himself. While the audience applauded, Will hugged his son saying, “I love this man right here.”

But Will wasn’t the only family member to show up: Willow Smith also made a guest appearance for the second week in a row and Jada Pinkett Smith was reportedly watching the show. Later on, Will shared a clip of the performance on Instagram with the caption “Done Did ‘dat!
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Cannes: Critics Week Unveils Lineup

Lorcan Finnegan’s science-fiction thriller “Vivarium” with Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots, Jérémy Clapin’s fantasy-filled animated feature “I Lost My Body” and Hlynur Pálmason’s Icelandic drama “A White, White Day” are among the 11 films set to compete at Critics’s Week, the section dedicated to first and second films which runs parallel to Cannes Film Festival.

Vivarium,” described by Critics’ Week’s artistic director Charles Tesson as reminiscent to “The Twilight Zone,” follows a young couple (Eisenberg and Poots) who have just moved into a new housing development and find themselves in a maze of identical homes and a surreal world.

“A White, White Day” marks Pálmason’s follow up to his 2017 feature debut “Winter Brothers” which won three prizes at Locarno and played at a flurry of festivals. “A White, White Day” stars Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson (“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”) as an off-duty police officer
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China Box Office: ‘Wonder Park’ Fails to Open While ‘P Storm’ Rages On

China Box Office: ‘Wonder Park’ Fails to Open While ‘P Storm’ Rages On
Even on one of the quietest weekends of the year, new-release U.S. animated feature “Wonder Park” did not inspire Chinese audiences as much as Hong Kong and Indian movies already in their third weekend in theaters.

Starring the voice talents of Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Mila Kunis, and Ken Jeong, among many others, the film tells the story of a young girl who has adventures when the amusement park she thought only existed in her imagination comes to life. It is the directorial debut of Dylan Brown, an animator who had worked on films like “Monsters Inc” but was fired by Paramount in January 2018 due to complaints over inappropriate conduct with women, and thus is uncredited.

Wonder Park” came in third with just a $3.3 million debut weekend, according to figures from consultancy Artisan Gateway. The film had already opened last month on March 15 in the U.S.

With content
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David Picker, Studio Chief Who Acquired James Bond Novels for UA, Dies at 87

David Picker, who headed United Artists, Paramount and Columbia’s motion picture divisions and was known for forging relationships with groundbreaking filmmakers and material, died Saturday in New York. He was 87 and had been suffering from colon cancer.

MGM tweeted, “We are saddened to hear that a member of the United Artists family has passed away. David Picker was a true visionary who brought iconic films to theaters such as the James Bond franchise.”

Picker brought the James Bond novels and the Beatles to United Artists; helped launch Steve Martin’s movie career and oversaw boundary-pushing movies like “Last Tango in Paris” and “Midnight Cowboy.”

Among the Hollywood figures who started out working for Picker as an assistant were Jeffrey Katzenberg, Bonnie Arnold, Tom Rothman and Jonathan Demme. His 2013, “Musts, Maybes and Nevers,” was a candid look at both his hits and flops, and he was honored with the PGA
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‘Game of Thrones’ Recap: Tonight’s the Knight

‘Game of Thrones’ Recap: Tonight’s the Knight
Brienne of Tarth hesitates. Normally she’s a woman of action. But when offered the chance to officially become what she’s truly been all along — a knight — the warrior just freezes. It’s like she’s waiting for the trap to be sprung, for one last cruel joke at her expense after a lifetime of mockery.

But Jaime Lannister is dead serious on making his brother Tyrion‘s drunken slip of the tongue—calling her “Ser Brienne” — into a reality. It means something to him, too. He’s spent
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‘Game of Thrones': Can Any Knight Really Make Anyone Else a Knight?

‘Game of Thrones': Can Any Knight Really Make Anyone Else a Knight?
(Spoilers ahead for the second episode of season 8 of “Game of Thrones”)

This week’s episode of “Game of Thrones” wasn’t “eventful” in the normal sense, but it was still jam packed with good stuff. And perhaps the best of all that good stuff was one of the scenes of Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Brienne (Gwendoline Christie), Tormund (Kristofer Hivju), Davos (Liam Cunningham) and Podrick (Daniel Portman) sitting by a fireplace and having a drink before the White Walkers and their army of the dead descend on Winterfell.

The particular scene I’m talking abut is the one in which Tyrion slips up and refers to Brienne as “Ser Brienne,” before correcting himself because she hasn’t been knighted. This is a concept Tormund finds absurd, especially after Brienne explains that she isn’t a knight just because she’s, well, a she. Women don’t get to be knights,
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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8: ‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’ Stares Down the End of the World

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8: ‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’ Stares Down the End of the World
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you haven’t seen “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” the second episode of “Game of Thrones” season 8.

What would you do if it were your last night on Earth?

That existentially stressful parlor game question — which Tyrion Lannister has had a cheeky answer for since we first met him — haunts “A Knight of the Seven Kingdom,” an episode as tense as it is intimate. With the Night King and his fearsome army lurking somewhere nearby in the frozen woods, everyone in Winterfell finds themselves steeling for the midnight battle ahead with dread, resignation,
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‘Game of Thrones': We Got a Dang Ghost Sighting This Week!

‘Game of Thrones': We Got a Dang Ghost Sighting This Week!
(Some very minor spoilers ahead for the second episode of season 8 of “Game of Thrones”)

Every time we get another episode with Jon Snow (Kit Harington) in it that doesn’t also feature his direwolf, Ghost, it hurts a little bit. We know that it’s a whole ordeal for the tech folks who work on “Game of Thrones” to make use of the gigantic dog, but it’s still painful because he’s such a good boy and we love watching him rip the throats out of Jon’s enemies like he’s some kind of canine MacGruber.

And frankly it’s been a little bit obnoxious how long it’s been since we last saw Ghost. He’s been out of the picture for almost a couple seasons now, just kinda hanging out at Winterfell doing nothing with Jon traipses around Westeros. You’d think Ghost would have
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Florence & the Machine Premiere New Song on ‘Game of Thrones’

Florence & the Machine Premiere New Song on ‘Game of Thrones’
[pmc=related] If the voice singing the song during the end credits of “Game of Thrones” tonight sounded familiar — or unmistakable — yes, it was Florence + the Machine. The group’s version of the original “Game of Thrones” song “Jenny of Oldstones” debuted during the closing credits of this season’s second episode, following a rendition sung by Podrick Payne earlier in the episode.

Florence, the only artist to be featured in the final season of the hit HBO series, recorded the song after being personally approached by the show’s creators, longtime Florence fans David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

“We’ve always
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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 3 Preview: The Dead Have Arrived and the Living Won’t Back Down (Video)

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 3 Preview: The Dead Have Arrived and the Living Won’t Back Down (Video)
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Episode 802)

The preview for the third episode of the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” was released following Sunday’s installment, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.”

And though the video isn’t even a minute long, the short clip gives us just enough snippets of chaos from Episode 803 to confirm that the Battle of Winterfell is going to be a bloodbath.

“The most heroic thing we can do now, is look the truth in the face,” Sansa Stark says in a voiceover at the start of the the 42-second teaser, as we pan over the armies (both living and dead) in position outside Winterfell.

Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Episode 2: 7 Biggest Questions Answered and 17 We Have Left

Then we get quick shots of where everyone will be positioned when the battle begins — either in the flanks,
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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Death Watch: Who’s Dead and How Bloody Was It?

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Death Watch: Who’s Dead and How Bloody Was It?
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 8 through Episode 2)

The eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” premiered last Sunday, revealing the first major-ish death of the HBO series’ closing chapter to be young Northern lord Ned Umber. While the preteen was the inaugural death of a significant character in the show’s Season 8 run, his demise will surely not be the last throughout the remaining episodes.

Luckily, no one died on tonight’s episode, titled “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” but we’re sure the death toll will continue to climb through the coming weeks — especially with the Battle of Winterfell set for next week.

And as people start dropping like flies, TheWrap will keep track of everyone who bites the dust for you. Do not worry, we shall not miss a name until our watch is ended when the series finale airs May
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‘Game of Thrones': Did Bran Just Hint That the White Walkers Will Win the War?

‘Game of Thrones': Did Bran Just Hint That the White Walkers Will Win the War?
(Spoilers ahead for the second episode of season 8 of “Game of Thrones”)

We had to wait a little bit, but about ten minutes into the second episode of this final season of “Game of Thrones” we finally saw Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) have a one-on-one conversation. The conversation only happened because Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) spoke on Jaime’s behalf when Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) seemed intent on murdering him. Brienne’s endorsement swayed Sansa (Sophie Turner), and that in turn swayed Dany.

And so we finally got the confrontation we’d been waiting on since Jaime shoved Bran out a window at the end of the very first episode of “Game of Thrones.”

Also Read: 'Game of Thrones': What Was That Song Podrick Sang?

It wasn’t actually really a confrontation though, since Bran is different now than he was back then.
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‘Game of Thrones': What Was That Song Podrick Sang?

‘Game of Thrones': What Was That Song Podrick Sang?
(Spoilers ahead for the second episode of season 8 of “Game of Thrones”)

The latest “Game of Thrones” episode was a little bit morose, with everyone in Winterfell emotionally preparing for the fact that a huge army of zombies is about to nail them. There’s a lot of scenes of people talking about how they’re gonna die in the morning, and the mood is just not very happy since they now know the Lannister army isn’t going to have their back.

Eventually, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Tormund (Kristofer Hivju), Brienne (Gwendoline Christie), Davos (Liam Cunningham) and Podrick (Daniel Portman) all gather by a fire and have a drink while they wait for the Night King and his army of the dead to arrive. Tyrion, near the end of the episode, suggests they sing some songs. And so young Podrick Payne starts singing as the episode shifts
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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 2: 7 Biggest Questions Answered and 17 We Have Left

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 2: 7 Biggest Questions Answered and 17 We Have Left
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for the second episode of “Game of Thrones” Season 8, titled “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”)

Welcome back to Winterfell and all of its political turmoil and familial problems.

HBO presented fans with Seven Kingdoms’ worth of drama Sunday night via the second episode of the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones.” And while Episode 802 revealed a handful of answers, it definitely offered up more in the way of questions. But you didn’t actually think everything would be resolved tonight, would you? No, of course not.

So let’s start with what loose ends were tied up (or at least tightened pretty securely) by the end of the second of “GoT’s” six remaining episodes.

1. What will Jon do now that he knows he’s Aegon Targaryen?

After Sam broke the news to him at the end of the Season 8 premiere last week,
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Abigail Disney Calls Bob Iger’s Compensation ‘Insane’

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Abigail Disney Calls Bob Iger’s Compensation ‘Insane’
Abigail Disney, the granddaughter of Disney co-founder Roy O. Disney and daughter of longtime Disney executive Roy E. Disney, believes that the compensation of Disney CEO Bob Iger is “insane,” according to a report from Fast Company.

Disney made the assessment at the inaugural Fast Company Impact Council on Thursday, noting, “I like Bob Iger. Let me be very clear. I think he’s a good man.” Nonetheless, she noted, “I think he’s allowing himself to go down a road that is the road everyone is going down.”

According to Fast Company, Iger’s compensation grew by 80% in 2018 to $65.6 million. Citing an Equilar study, the outlet said that Iger’s compensation was 1,424 times that of the median Disney employee.

Also Read: Bob Iger on Disney-Fox Deal Close: 'I Wish I Could Tell You That the Hardest Part Is Behind Us'

In a statement to Fast Company, a Disney spokesperson said,
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‘Killing Eve’ Recap: A Cut Above

‘Killing Eve’ Recap: A Cut Above
A review of “The Hungry Caterpillar,” this week’s Killing Eve, coming up just as soon as I put on something really slutty…

In some ways, “The Hungry Caterpillar” feels like the real start to Season Two. Villanelle is healed from the knife wound and back in action, albeit still under the thumb of Raymond and The Twelve. Her presence in London — which she signals to Eve by sending her the Love In An Elevator lipstick — coupled with Eve’s discovery that Konstantin is alive and staying with Carolyn, pushes
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