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'Aladdin' tops Memorial Day weekend box office with $86.1 million three-day opening

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Disney(LOS ANGELES) — Disney’s live-action remake of its classic 1992 animated feature Aladdin topped the Memorial Day weekend box office, grabbing an estimated $86.1 million between Friday and Sunday and passing the three-day opening for last year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story. That figure is expected to soar past $100 million for the four-day weekend, making it one of the top five Memorial Day openings ever.

Overseas, the film, starring Will Smith as the Genie, a role made famous by Robin Williams in the original, delivered an estimated $121 million, bringing it’s worldwide total past $207 million for the three-day weekend.

John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum dropped to second place in its second week of release, earning an estimated $24.35 million for the three-day and bringing its tally to over $100 million after just 10 days of release — the highest-grossing film of the franchise. It’s expected to pull in another $6 million-plus when Monday’s figures are counted.

Internationally, the film added another $24.8 million, raising its global total to upwards of $175 million.

Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame finished in third place for the three-day with an estimated $16.8 million, and should rake in about $22 million for the long holiday weekend. Internationally, Endgame delivered an estimated $15.3 million, for a worldwide total of $236 million — still second behind Avatar‘s all-time record of $353 million.

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Fourth place belonged to the motion capture/live-action feature Pokémon Detective Pikachu, collecting an estimated $13.3 million from Friday-Sunday, with a good shot of hitting over $17 million through Monday.

Rounding out the top five was the second of the weekend’s new releases, the superhero sci-fi flick Brightburn, starring Elizabeth Banks, David Denman and Jackson A. Dunn. It finished a little shy of expectations with an estimated $7.5 million for the three-day-weekend. That number should rise another half-million for the four-day.

Booksmart, the Olivia Wilde directed R-rated coming-of-age comedy starring Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever finished just outside the top five in sixth place, with an estimated $6.6 million.

The Tomorrow Man, starring John Lithgow and Blythe Danner, which opened in limited release on Wednesday, grabbed $19,327 from four theaters.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

  1. Aladdin, $86.1 million
  2. John Wick: Chapter Three–Parabellum, $24.35 million

  3. Avengers: Endgame, $16.8 million

  4. Pokémon Detective Pikachu, $13.3 million

  5. Brightburn, $7.5 million

  6. Booksmart, $6.5 million

  7. A Dog’s Journey, $4.15 million

  8. The Hustle, $3.8 million

  9. The Intruder, $2.3 million

  10. Long Shot, $1.6 million

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'The Bachelorette' recap: Hannah lays down the law and sends one guy packing

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Peter and Hannah Brown; ABC/John Fleenor(NEW YORK) — On Monday night’s episode of The Bachelorette, Hannah was back in “beast mode,” putting one man in his place and sending another one home.

In the first group date, Jonathan, Mattao, John Paul Jones, Kevin, Jedd, Tyler C., Mike and Cam‘s knowledge of childbirth is tested by husband and wife actors Jason Biggs from the American Pie movies, and Orange Is the New Black’s Jenny Mollen, from the TV series Angel and Crash. The guys are put through a series of tests aimed at seeing how well they would hold up to the experience of giving birth, including a labor simulator that has them walking away with new respect for the pain women go through during childbirth.

At the cocktail party afterwards, Mike shared a heart-breaking story with Hannah about him and his ex-girlfriend getting pregnant, then losing the child in the second trimester. Meanwhile Cam, a villain last week for crashing a group date, played the bad guy again, this time by trying to interrupt Mike’s conversation with Hannah several times over.

Jonathan decided to give Cam a taste of his own medicine, cutting short his time with Hannah and leading to a brief confrontation between the two. At the end of the night, it was Mike picking up the date rose.

Monday’s one-on-one date went to Connor S. However, there was good and bad news waiting for him. The bad: a health scare sent Hannah to the emergency room and forced her to cancel the date. The good: She invited Connor up to her hotel room to keep her company. After a brief getting-to know-you session, Hannah said she needed to get some rest, and Connor politely headed back to the mansion, but not before leaving little love notes scattered throughout her hotel room.

Hannah ate it up, and later, when she was feeling better, summoned Connor back to finish their date, where he was given the date rose and treated to a private performance from Danish pop and soul band Lukas Graham, performing their hit, “Love Someone.”

The second group date included Luke P., Dylan, Garrett, Luke S., Devin, Joey, Grant and Peter, who all went on a photo shoot with professional models — who turned out to be adorable animals. Unbeknownst to the guys, Bachelor season 23 contestant Demi was once again spying on them, while actors, hired to play a makeup artist and animal handler, asked them questions about Hannah. To Hannah’s relief and Demi’s disappointment, the guys all passed with flying colors.

However, the pressure of competing with so any eligible bachelors was clearly getting to last week’s other villain Luke, who tried to have Hannah all to himself. The guys were clearly upset with his performance, as was Hannah, who took him aside at the cocktail party to tell him he was getting a little too “cocky” about how their relationship was progressing, and needed to give the other guys a chance. Later, after his attempts to break into other conversations were denied, he told the men he was ready to leave the competition.

When the party was over, Peter went home with the coveted date rose.

Back at the mansion, host Chris Harrison informed the men that Hannah was ditching the traditional pre-rose cocktail party, in favor of a tailgate party. Cam once again irritated the guys by saying he needed time with Hannah to tell her a personal story, which they saw as an attempt to earn a “pity rose.” While alone with her, he recited a laundry list of personal tragedies in his life that seemed to gain her sympathy.

Mike retaliated by telling Hannah that Cam had written letters to the other guys, about his fear of being sent home, as well as his scheme to get the rose. When she confronted Cam with the accusations, he fessed up to writing the letters, but vehemently denied playing the pity card. Hannah was skeptical though and said the timing of his story felt “manipulative,” and that the whole thing felt “really schemy and slimy” to her.

When the roses were handed out, Cam — along with Joey and Jonathan — were odd men out.

Earlier, it was revealed that, for an undisclosed reason, Tyler G., the 28-year-old psychology graduate student from Boca Raton, Florida, was forced to leave the competition.

The 15 remaining men are:

Connor S., 24, an investment analyst from Dallas, TX 
Devin, 27, a talent manager from Sherman Oaks, CA 
Dustin, 30, a real estate broker from Chicago, IL 
Dylan, 24, a tech entrepreneur from San Diego, CA 
Garrett, 27, a golf pro from Birmingham, AL 
Grant, 30, unemployed from San Clemente, CA 
Jed, 25, a singer/songwriter from Nashville, TN 
John Paul Jones, 24, John Paul Jones from Lanham, MD 
Kevin, 27, a behavioral health specialist from Manteno, IL 
Luke P., 24, an import/export manager from Gainesville, GA 
Luke S., 29, a political consultant from Washington, DC 
Matteo, 25, a management consultant from Atlanta, GA 
Mike, 31, a portfolio manager from San Antonio, TX 
Peter, 27, a pilot from Westlake Village, CA 
Tyler C., 26, a general contractor from Jupiter, FL

The Bachlorette returns Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Grab your chest — 'Alien' turns 40 Saturday

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Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of the release of director Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi film classic, Alien.

The film, about a blue-collar crew aboard a deep space mining vessel who answer a distress call on a derelict planet and inadvertently bring aboard a killer alien, was a box office smash. It earned $80.9 million domestically — that’s nearly $285 million in 2019 dollars — against a budget of $11 million, and was the fifth-highest-grossing film of the year. 

Alien also made an unlikely action star out of 29-year-old actress Sigourney Weaver.  Her portrayal of the steely, resourceful Ellen Ripley proved a woman could be an action hero, and set the stage for subsequent films featuring strong female leads, most recently Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel

Weaver starred in Alien alongside Tom Skerritt, Harry Dean Stanton, Yaphet Kotto, Veronica Cartwright, Ian Holm and John Hurt — the latter of whom who unwillingly and fatally “birthed” the alien as it burst out of his chest in a shower of blood.  The surprise on the cast’s faces was real: they intentionally hadn’t been told specifically what to expect in the scene, which remains one of cinema’s most memorable.

The acid-bleeding alien quickly grows and eliminates the entire crew, save for Ripley.  In the end, she alone is left to kill the nearly indestructible beast.

Alien spawned three sequels, including director James Cameron’s Aliens in 1986, as well as two spinoffs and two prequels, the most recent 2017’s Alien: Covenant.  Earlier this year, New Jersey’s North Bergen High School staged a charming DIY stage adaptation that drew praise from Ridley Scott and Sigourney Weaver herself, who even attended a performance.

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A Whole New World: Disney’s live-action 'Aladdin' hits theaters today

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Disney(NEW YORK) — Disney’s live action Aladdin hits theaters today and its star, Mena Massoud, hopes it opens up “A Whole New World” for a new generation of viewers.

Massoud, who was born in Egypt and raised in Canada, says the 1992 animated version of Aladdin was one of the only movies he and his family could relate to at the time. He says it was “incredibly important” for him to have ethnic representation in this film.

“Growing up as a young North African, Middle Eastern man, I rarely saw people who looked like me and that affected me,” he tells ABC Radio. “So I want to change that for the younger generation. I want them to grow up…and see people that look like them so they can feel empowered.”

The film also stars Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Will Smith as the Genie. Massoud says it was particularly fun getting to improvise with Smith.

“[Director] Guy Ritchie kinda let us play a little bit in this one scene in this film and we kind of just started riffing and it was a really fun day,” he says. “It’s become the infamous ‘jam scene,’ that’s what we call it, so you’ll know it when you see it in the film.”

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After fan backlash, Paramount delays 'Sonic The Hedgehog' to give character a makeover

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Courtesy Paramount Pictures and Sega of America(LOS ANGELES) — After disastrous fan reaction to its first trailer, Paramount Pictures has bumped back the release date of its Sonic The Hedgehog movie.

Set to open November 8, the movie, which stars Jim Carrey and James Marsden, has now been moved to February 14, 2020.

Voiced by Ben Schwartz, the first appearance of the computer-created character launched a thousand memes — and none of them flattering. Fans of the SEGA videogame star lamented how little Sonic the Hedgehog actually looked like Sonic the Hedgehog.

The word “creepy” was a common descriptive, particularly relating to the little blue character’s human-looking legs and teeth.

As the AV Club put it plainly, “…the anthropomorphism of this blue cartoon hedgehog suggests things that only the darkest reaches of Tumblr might consider, like ‘Does Sonic also have…junk?'”

Director Jeff Fowler took to Twitter earlier this month to hit the pause button: “Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear… you aren’t happy with the design & you want changes. It’s going to happen.”

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