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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Is No 1. At Box Office This Weekend With $50M Debut

The Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” starring Rami Malek as the late Queen frontman, defied mediocre reviews to debut with $50 million in weekend ticket sales in the United States and Canada, and another $72.5 million internationally, according to studio estimates Sunday. These numbers were well beyond expectations, which were expected to be closer to $35-40 million in its opening weekend. The movie directed by Dexter Fletcher has a concert-like feel, including a lengthy re-creation of the band’s 1985 Live Aid performance.   ...Read more

Julianne Hough To Play Jolene In Dolly Parton Anthology Show For Netflix

Julianne Hough of Dancing With the Stars fame has been cast as Jolene, the infamous man-stealer from Parton’s song of the same name, in the new anthology show from Netflix, called Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings. The eight-part anthology show is set to adapt the stories and inspirations behind Parton’s most iconic hits. According to press releases, Jolene is described as “a flirtatious free-spirit with aspirations of escaping her small hometown of Coventry, GA to follow her dreams of becoming a successful singer-songwriter.” Parton will play Babe, a “sparkly force of nature” who runs the local honky-tonk bar where Jolene works as a waitress and acts as a mother-figure. In addition to Hough and Parton, Kimberly Williams-Paisley will play local wife and mother Emily, whose life changes when she becomes president of the Coventry Women’s League, and Dallas Roberts will play Aaron, a husband in the midst of a midlife crisis. Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings is set to debut on Netflix in 2019. ...Read more

Naomi Watts Cast In HBO ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Show

The next chapter of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” will star Naomi Watts. The pilot for the network’s prequel has cast Watts to star in the project, from creators Jane Goldman and George R.R. Martin. According to HBO, Watts will play “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret in the drama pilot.” The pilot (and hopefully potential series) will be set thousands of years before the events seen in the current series, and chronicle the world’s “descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour,” according to a description of the show. Goldman will also serve as showrunner on the series. HBO ordered the pilot for the prequel back in June. Meanwhile, the final season of “Game of Thrones” is scheduled to air sometime in 2019. ...Read more

Barbra Streisand Sings With James Corden In Teaser Of Her Appearance On “Carpool Karaoke”

Barbra Streisand and Late Late Show host James Corden will take a musical car ride, as seen in a new teaser trailer for Thursday’s installment of Carpool Karaoke. Streisand said on Twitter Tuesday alongside the trailer, “They say there’s a first time for everything… can you believe this was my first time singing out loud in a car? Had so much fun with @jkcorden – tune in to @latelateshow Thursday night! #BarbraWalls.”  In the clip, Corden is then shocked to discover that Streisand doesn’t play music in her car. “I don’t usually put the radio on to hear music. Do you really have to hear music?” Streisand says before the duo launch into a rendition of “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from Funny Girl. Streisand recently released a new single titled “Don’t Lie to Me” that will appear on her upcoming 36th album, Walls. The project is set for release on Nov. 2. ...Read more

Director Tyler Perry Planning To End His “Madea” Character In 2019

Filmmaker Tyler Perry says he’s retiring the character of Madea, the grandmother he first featured on screen in “I Can Do Bad All By Myself back in 1999,” and has since appeared in 10 installments, along with numerous stage shows and TV appearances. Perry says he also plans to stage a farewell tour in 2019, along with the character’s final film, “Tyler Perry’s a Madea Family Funeral.” Perry said that the film was shot more than two years ago, but Perry wanted to delay the release in light of the two Madea Halloween films he made from 2016 and 2017, respectively. He’s also looking forward to working on different kinds of projects, including Acrimony, out earlier this year, and Nobody’s Fool, due out in November, both of which Perry wrote and produced. ...Read more

“A Wrinkle In Time” Director Ava DuVernay Partnering With Netflix On Prince Documentary

A Wrinkle in Time and 13th director Ava DuVernay is partnering with Netflix for a feature-length documentary on the late musical icon Prince. The documentary will chronicle Prince’s entire life and career. DuVernay tweeted about the project, saying “Prince was a genius, a joy, and a jolt to the senses. He was like no other. He shattered preconceived notions, smashed boundaries, and shared his heart through his music. The only way I know how to make this film is with love and great care. I’m honored to do so and grateful.” DuVernay has been working on the project for several months and she has the full cooperation of Prince’s estate. Prince died on April 21st, 2016, due to an overdose of fentanyl. As of press time, there was no estimated release date for the Prince documentary. ...Read more

Actress Hilary Duff And Boyfriend Matthew Koma Welcome A Baby Girl

Actress Hilary Duff and boyfriend Matthew Koma shared on Instagram that their new baby girl had officially arrived. Duff shared the baby’s name, posting “Banks Violet Bair, this little bit has fully stolen our hearts! She joined our world at home on Thursday afternoon and is absolute magic” alongside a photo of the couple cradling their new addition. Duff posted several more photos of baby Banks in her Instagram Stories, sharing a snapshot showing Koma had dyed his hair pink in anticipation of the baby’s arrival. Duff is also mama to 6-1/2-year-old son Luca with ex-husband Mike Comrie.   ...Read more

FOX Announces Cast For Live Musical Production Of ‘Rent’

Fox has announced the lineup for its live musical version of Rent.  Vanessa Hudgens, who starred as Rizzo in Fox’s Grease Live, will play Maureen Johnson, a performance artist protesting a real estate development plan to evict the homeless. Maureen’s girlfriend, Joanne, will be played by Kiersey Clemons. Dancing With the Stars winner Jordan Fisher will appear as aspiring filmmaker Mark Cohen while Brennin Hunt and singer Tinashe will play star-crossed lovers Roger Davis and Mimi Marquez, a musician and a dancer respectively who are both HIV positive.  RuPaul’s Drag Race favorite Valentina will take on the role of Angel and Brandon Victor Dixon, who played Judas in last spring’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, will play Tom Collins. Finally Mario rounds out the cast as Benjamin Coffin III. Jonathan Larson’s Tony- and Pulitzer-winning rock musical follows a group of New York City artists dealing with the HIV/AIDS crisis in 1989.  Rent will air live Jan. 27, 2019 at 7 p.m. on Fox. ...Read more

Venom Breaks $500 Million At The Worldwide Box Office

Sony’s Venom just grossed an additional $17.3 million in 65 international markets this past weekend, which now brings the film’s global total to $500 million. Venom follows Eddie Brock as he attempts to revive his journalism career by investigating the Life Foundation only to come into contact with an alien symbiote which grants him powers, transforming him into the anti-hero Venom. Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Venom stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, Ron Cephas Jones, and Woody Harrelson. ...Read more

Michael Bublé Appears On ‘Carpool Karaoke’ With James Corden For An Important Cause

Michael Bublé appeared with “Late Late Show” host James Corden for a worthwhile cause.  Bublé’s appearance on “Carpool Karaoke” was part of the “Stand Up To Cancer” telethon that aired in the United Kingdom on Friday. Bublé opened up to Corden about his son’s cancer battle, and the mood turned somber after when speaking about Bublé’s now 5-year-old son Noah, who was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2016 at the age of three. Corden said, “you’ve had an extremely tough couple of years, what you’ve gone through in the last few years … is every parent’s worst nightmare.” Michael explained that he and his wife actress Luisana Lopilato were told that Noah’s diagnosis “was not good” and told James that “it’s too hard to talk about.” The episode ended with Michael’s plea to everyone at home to make a donation to Stand Up to Cancer, an organization that raises funds for cancer research.  ...Read more