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Box office bomb: Kevin Spacey's new film takes in $126 on opening day

Kevin Spacey’s latest film was a box office dud on its opening day in theaters, taking in just $126, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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The crime-drama “Billionaire Boys” opened in eight theaters in several states and earned an estimated $500 for the weekend after it was released via video on demand last month, Entertainment Weekly reported.

The movie is not being shown in large cities such as New York or Los Angeles, but it can be seen in Miami, New Orleans and Phoenix, Entertainment Weekly reported.

It was Spacey’s first film release since a series of sexual allegations were made last year against the Academy Award-winning actor, Newsweek reported. The $126 boils down to about 13 tickets, the magazine reported.

Spacey portrays real-life con artist Ron Levin in the film, which stars Ansel Elgort, Emma Roberts and Taron Egerton.

Spacey, 59, was fired from the Netflix series “House of Cards” last November.

Actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of trying to force himself on Rapp during the 1980s, when Rapp was 14 and Spacey 26.

Soon afterward, a former television anchor accused Spacey of sexually assaulting her son. Twenty people who worked with Spacey at London’s Old Vic story also accused him of inappropriate behavior.

Danny, Sandy back together again as John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John reunite

“Grease” is the word! To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the rock ‘n’ roll movie musical that took us to the halls of the ‘50s Rydell High, Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta show they still go together like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong.

The actor and actress who played Danny and Sandy reunited Wednesday at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills Wednesday, People magazine reported.

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They weren’t the only Pink Ladies and T-Birds who were there. Didi Conn, who was bubble gum pink-haired Frenchie, and Barry Pearl, who was Doody, in the 1978 film were also on the red carpet. 

The on-screen couple also showed they still have their dance moves made famous on the big screen, Entertainment Tonight reported.

Oscars adds ‘Popular Film’ category, won’t broadcast entire awards show

Changes are coming to the Academy Awards -- including a new awards category.

The Academy’s board of governors announced plans for a “Popular Films” category. 

Details are limited and eligibility requirements will be announced at a later date, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Future awards broadcasts will also be cut down to three hours for a ‘global audience,’ the Academy tweeted.

“To honor all 24 award categories, we will present select categories live, in the Dolby Theatre, during commercial breaks (categories to be determined),” the board of governors said in a statement. “The winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast.”

The board also announced a new date for the 92nd Oscars -- Feb. 9, 2020.

The 2019 Oscars will remain as scheduled, on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019.

MoviePass limits customers to 3 films per month

The popular movie theater subscription service MoviePass has changed its pricing plan for the second time in one week.

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Last week, the company announced it would change its $10-per-month subscription that let customers see one movie each day, any movie at any time. To become sustainable, the cost would increase to $14.99 a month and limit the availability of blockbuster movies during their first week.

>> MoviePass users say they’re getting surcharge prices even when movie theaters are empty

But on Monday, the company announced its new plan of limiting subscribers to three movies each month to keep prices at $9.99.

>> MoviePass surge pricing: What it means for subscribers

The new plan, which will take effect Aug. 15, will offer discounts up to $5 on movie tickets that exceed the three included in the subscription cost. The company will no longer limit first-run films and will suspend peak pricing and ticket verification, two additions that frustrated customers.

About 15 percent of MoviePass’s 3 million subscribers who see four or more movies each month will be affected, according to a company release.

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“We are well aware that during our journey to innovate moviegoing — a form of entertainment that over time has become unaffordable and broken — we’ve encountered many challenges,” said Mitch Lowe, CEO of MoviePass. “We discovered over several months of research that our customers value a low monthly price above nearly everything else, so we came together to create a plan that delivers what most of our loyal MoviePass fans want, and one that, we believe, will also help to stabilize our business model."

‘Harry Potter’ movies returning to theaters for $5; tickets on sale now

“Harry Potter” fans can relive all of the best moments of the series on the big screen starting at the end of this month -- for only $5.

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Cinemark will host special screenings of all eight of the “Harry Potter” movies to honor the 20th anniversary of the U.S. release of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” by J.K. Rowling, according to a press release.

There will also be screenings of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” based on Rowling’s latest book.

The movies will be shown from Aug. 31 through Sept. 6. Tickets went on sale Friday and are $5 per film.

Fans can also purchase a limited-quantity festival pass for $25 to have access to all nine movies, all week long.

The festival pass also includes a collectible keychain, special refillable cup and commemorative festival badge.

A complete list of participating locations can be found here.

Ludacris bought a woman’s groceries, not knowing the struggles she’s had

Actor, restaurateur and rapper Chris “Ludacris” Bridges is a community-minded guy who’s one to get personally involved.

When his Ludacris Foundation pitched in during a campaign called Hunger Action Month, for example, he didn’t merely stroke a check to the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Feeding America. He rolled up his sleeves and taught kids at the Carrie Steele Pitts Home how to prepare healthy snacks. Then they all played games. In November he and then Mayor Kasim Reed teamed up to hand out turkeys at the Rosel Fann Recreation Center in south Atlanta.

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"We need to be the change we so often talk about," Ludacris said at the time. "We need to reflect more, share more, and love more.”

He did all three this week, and his hands-on approach changed a woman’s life for the better. She happened to be behind him in line at the grocery store when her things mingled with his.

“I might as well get it,” he said.

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Then he ended up springing for her entire order, not knowing what a huge gesture it was. The shopper’s mom died during Hurricane Katrina and her husband died of brain cancer. She can’t usually afford to shop at Whole Foods - a friend gave her a gift card - and she was mostly buying food for her rescue animals.

After they shook hands and hugged, she asked the name of her benefactor. With all she’s been through, she didn’t recognize him right away.

“Just a guy,” he told her.

’M*A*S*H’ actor, Alan Alda, reveals Parkinson’s disease diagnosis

Alan Alda has announced he has Parkinson’s disease.

The “M*A*S*H” actor made the announcement on “CBS This Morning” on Tuesday.

In the announcement, Alda said he received the diagnosis three and a half years ago.

“I’ve had a full life since then,” Alda said during the interview. “I’ve acted. I’ve given talks. I help at the Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook. I’ve started this new podcast. And I noticed that -- I had been on television a lot in the last couple of weeks talking about the new podcast - and I could see my thumb twitch in some shots and I thought, it’s probably only a matter of time before somebody does a story about this from a sad point of view, but that’s not where I am.”

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Alda, 82, has had a long career on the small and big screen, but most notably for his role as combat doctor Hawkeye Pierce in “M*A*S*H,” a role that he had won Emmy awards, ABC News reported.

He also appeared in television series like “The West Wing,” “ER,” “The Blacklist” and “The Good Fight.” He also starred in films like “The Aviator.”

The Parkinson’s Foundation describes the condition as “a neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominately dopamine-producing (”dopaminergic”) neurons in a specific area of the brain called substantia nigra.”

Symptoms can appear slowly over years, and each patient’s condition progresses differently. 

Many patients may see tremors, mainly at rest in the hands, Bradykinesia, rigid limbs and gait and balance problems. 

The cause of Parkinson’s is unknown, and there is no cure. There are treatments including medication and surgery. The disease itself is not fatal, but the complications from it are dangerous. 

For more on Parkinson’s disease, click here.

Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton to team up for ‘9 to 5’ sequel

They’re going to be working for a living from 9 to 5 again.

Jane Fonda has confirmed that a sequel to the ‘80s working class woman’s film is in development, according to multiple media reports. 

Fonda, who was speaking with reporters about a new HBO biographical documentary, said that she is the executive producer on the project that is in development and that she’s working with writers and costar Lily Tomlin to bring the sequel to the big screen, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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She also said that not only will she and Tomlin be in the new film, but so will Dolly Parton.

Rashida Jones and Pat Rosnick already signed with 20th Century Fox to write the screenplay. 

Deadline reported that the sequel will be the story of three younger women who ask the original characters for help dealing, and getting even, with their male bosses, Deadline reported.

The original film, which brought in $103.3 million in 1980, or $356 million in today’s market, took the plight of working women who dealt with the challenges, like sexism and misogyny, in the office world of the ‘80s. The sequel is coming on the heels of the MeToo movement. 

The times, and working conditions, however could be changing. 

“I’m sorry to say the situation is worse today,” Fonda said, according to People. “Today a lot of the work force is hired by an outside company. Who do you talk to if you have a problem?”

Tomlin brought up the challenges women faced and continue to face in the workplace during last year’s Emmy Awards ceremony when the three women reunited on stage to present the best supporting actor in a limited series or movie award, People reported.

“Back in 1980 in 9 to 5, we refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying hypocritical bigot. And in 2017, we still refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot,” Tomlin said during the ceremony.

But Fonda says the world is changing since the first film’s premiere. 

“I do think sexual harassment will tend to drop. Guys are scared,” Fonda said.

So if it isn’t the same issues as the first film, what will the women be dealing with 40 years later and will they be working for the same company? Fonda said that it could be a story of technology and corporations watching their employees a little too close and it will take place at the same business, Consolidated Companies.

“With social media, the internet, you can be spied on very easily,” Fonda said.

New Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix gets title, release date

You’ve had Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Jared Leto, but now Joaquin Phoenix is throwing his card on the pile and will portray the “Clown Prince of Crime”- The Joker.

Warner Bros confirmed the standalone project and has announced the film’s title and release date.

“Joker” is now scheduled to hit the big screen on Oct. 4, 2019, Variety reported.

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The crime boss’ origin story has a budget of $55 million and is expected to not have the traditional of huge action sequences. Instead it will show how the Joker became Batman’s nemesis, NME reported

Warner Bros. said it will be an “exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”

The idea of a low-budget superhero movie came from Phoenix himself, NME reported.

“Joker” will be directed by Todd Phillips.

New trailer for Queen biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ released

Fans of Queen are getting another look at the upcoming biopic of the band that created the iconic songs “We are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You.”

The second trailer released features not only those two hits, but also gives a peek into the movie version of how the band came up with the operatic sections of the film’s namesake “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

It also shows why Brian May came up with the clap and stomp motif from “We Will Rock You.”

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The film’s storyline spans the band’s early years from when frontman Freddie Mercury joined through their performance at Live Aid, the BBC reported.

The film will also deal with Mercury’s private life, and his diagnosis with AIDS, which he announced to the public the day before he died in 1991 at the age of 45, CBS News reported.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” hits theaters in November.

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