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Netflix numbers show 'The Irishman' was well-viewed…but it's no 'Birdbox'

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Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos claims Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman was viewed by 26.4 million households in its first week on Netflix, according to The Hollywood Reporter

That figure, while impressive, especially for a three-hour movie, is far below the 45 million viewers who tuned in to watch Birdbox a year ago. 

It should also be noted that Netflix defines a view as a member account that has watched 70 percent of one episode of a series, or 70 percent of a film. 

Also, unlike Nielsen viewer numbers, Netflix’s audience measurements and their methods aren’t available for independent verification.  The Irishman, starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino, also had a limited theatrical release, but Netflix hasn’t disclosed box office revenue.

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'Platoon', 'She's Gotta Have It', 'Purple Rain' among 2019's class of National Film Registry entrants

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Photo by Roland Neveu/LightRocket via Getty Images(WASHINGTON D.C.) — Writer/director Oliver Stone’s Vietnam War drama Platoon, Prince’s Purple Rain, Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It and Disney’s Cinderella are among the 25 films just added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.

As always, the additions represent a diverse collection.  Also on the list of films added to the registry are the Academy Award-winning music-themed films Amadeus and Coal Miner’s Daughter, as well as director Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz.  Prince’s 1984 film Purple Rain joins the movie’s soundtrack in the Library of Congress, the latter added to the National Recording Registry in 2012.

“The National Film Registry has become an important record of American history, culture and creativity,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden.  “[W]we are ensuring that the nation’s cinematic history will be around for generations to come.”

Diversity, including attention to LGBTQ themes were paramount this year, with inductees including Boys Don’t Cry, in which Hilary Swank played a trans person who was murdered over her identity, and the gay rights documentary Beyond Stonewall.

“With this year’s National Film Registry selections, Dr. Hayden recognizes the importance of amplifying cinematic voices and stories that have been marginalized for far too long,” said Jacqueline Stewart, chair of the National Film Preservation Board’s task force on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Other noteworthy additions: Kevin Smith’s potty-mouthed slacker working comedy Clerks; the documentary I Am Somebody, about striking African-American hospital workers in Charleston, SC; and the 1903 short silent film Emigrants Landing at Ellis Island, the oldest addition this year to the Registry.

Here’s the 2019 class in alphabetical order:

Amadeus (1984)
Becky Sharp (1935)
Before Stonewall (1984)
Body and Soul (1925)
Boys Don’t Cry (1999)
Clerks (1994)
Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)
Emigrants Landing at Ellis Island (1903)
Employees Entrance (1933)
Fog of War (2003)
Gaslight (1944)
George Washington Carver at Tuskegee Institute (1937)
Girlfriends (1978)
I Am Somebody (1970)
Last Waltz, The (1978)
My Name Is Oona (1969)
A New Leaf (1971)
Old Yeller (1957)
The Phenix City Story (1955)
Platoon (1986)
Purple Rain (1984)
Real Women Have Curves (2002)
She’s Gotta Have It (1986)
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Zoot Suit (1981)

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'Jojo Rabbit's' Roman Griffin Davis can't wait to meet Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes

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Kimberley French(NEW YORK) — Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit received a bunch of nominations on Monday, including a best actor nod for star Roman Griffin Davis, but the highlight of the evening for the 12-year-old actor will be meeting the host of the Golden Globes, Ricky Gervais.

Roman, who made his acting debut in the film, tells ABC Audio that Gervais is a favorite of his because, “He doesn’t care what he says. He just says what he wants to say, and it would be a privilege for him to take the p*** out of me.”

So how did Griffin Davis, who lives with his parents and twin brothers in Sussex, England, find out about the nomination?

“I was in bed and then we got up and then as soon as we got up my mom went, went the Golden Globes and I went oh, and then we watched the live stream,” he recalls. “And we heard the R and we went oh my god! We started just running across the corridor screaming. And the dog was excited, just like, running around, uh you know, like biting his tail.”

Roman is proud of the film, and hopes the nominations will encourage more people to see the film. “I hope they see that kids’ minds, their minds are fragile and they’re still learning,” he says.

“Every piece of hate that you put in the world a kid can really be traumatized from that and they, and their minds are still growing and developing and they can easily be changed and manipulated by that and we need to be careful in preparing them for the world,” he adds.

Ricky Gervais hosts the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards, airing live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel, January 5 on NBC.

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'The Voice' recap: The four finalists are revealed

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Trae Patton/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — On Tuesday’s episode of The Voice, the eight artists who performed Monday learned that Team Blake Shelton’s Kat Hammock Team John Legend’s Will Breman and Marybeth Byrd; and Hello Sunday, from Team Kelly Clarkson were sent home.

Hello Sunday and Hammock were eliminated at the end of the one-hour results show.  They lost an “Instant Save” vote to Team Gwen Stefani’s Rose Short.

Prior to the vote, Hello Sunday, Hammock and Short sang for an opportunity to be saved by the viewers. Hello Sunday performed Sia’s “Chandelier”; Hammock covered “You’ve Got a Friend” by James Taylor and Short tackled Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”

For the first time in the show’s 17-year history, all four coaches will each have artist going into the finals: Ricky Duran for Team Blake; Rose Short for Team Gwen; Jake Hoot for Team Kelly; and Katie Kadan for Team Legend.

The results show also featured Shelton and Trace Atkins performing their latest collaboration, “Hell Right”; Australian singer Tones and I, singing “Dance Monkey”; and Clarkson joining American Idol season 16 runner-up Caleb Lee for their collaboration, “I Dream in Southern.”

The Voice returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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William Shatner splits with wife of 18 years

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Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — After spending 18 years as husband and wife, Elizabeth and William Shatner are calling it quits.  The actor was reportedly the one to file for divorce.

TMZ reports that this will be the fourth divorce for the Star Trek actor, while it will be his soon-to-be ex wife’s second.  However, this particular break is rumored to be relatively smooth as the couple reportedly have a prenup in place that mandates no spousal support for either party.

Sources to TMZ also claim that William is in the middle of negotiating financial details.

The couple wed in 2001 but share no children together.

Shatner was previously married to Nerine Kidd, Marcy Lafferty, and Gloria Rand, the latter in which produced Shatner’s three kids Melanie, Lisabeth, and Leslie Carol.

The 88-year-old actor is reportedly worth $100 million.

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