Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman took $100.5m at the US/Canada box office this weekend - the biggest domestic debut for a female director.
Jenkins beat the previous record set by Sam Taylor-Johnson for Fifty Shades of Grey, which opened with $85.1m in 2015.
Wonder Woman, starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot, has received largely positive reviews from film critics. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wonder Woman’s audience was a break from tradition for tentpole superhero movies —
52 percent of first weekend audiences were women, whereas previous DC and Marvel properties have counted on audiences with a male majority of 60 percent or more. As the first solo movie for a female superhero since Jennifer Garner’s Elektra in 2005, there was plenty of obnoxious speculation as to whether Wonder Woman would sink or swim at the box office.
Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:
1. "Wonder Woman," $100 million
2. "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie," $23.5 million
3. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," $21.6 million
4. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," $9.7 million
5. "Baywatch," $8.5 million
6. "Alien: Covenant," $4 million
7. "Everything, Everything," $3.3 million
8. "Snatched," $1,3 million
9. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul," $1.2 million
10. "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword," $1.17 million
The James Bond actor’s family confirmed he had passed away following a short battle with cancer in a statement on Tuesday, May 23. In a statement from his family, they added: “It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer. Roger Moore had already found fame as one of England’s most popular TV stars when he was handed his big screen licence to kill.
Following Sean Connery’s macho portrayal of the special agent and George Lazenby’s one-off outing, Roger Moore brought his own, far more relaxed, suave charm to the role. The star was always the first to poke fun at himself, saying his James Bond only had three expressions, “right eyebrow raised, left eyebrow raised and eyebrows crossed when grabbed by Jaws”.
His first time as Bond came in 1973, accompanied by crocodiles, playing cards and a Wings soundtrack in ‘Live and Let Die’. He followed this up with ‘The Man With the Golden Gun’, ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’, ‘Moonraker’, ‘For Your Eyes Only’, ‘Octopussy’ and ‘A View To A Kill’. To date, he remains the longest-serving actor as 007, having spent 12 years in the role.
The 1960s saw his star rise, in the lead role of Simon Templar in TV show ‘The Saint’. His era as Bond, which included other films including ’The Wild Geese’ and ‘Curse of the Pink Panther’, secured Roger Moore’s status as an international film star, with all the luxury trappings that brought. He was as often to be found in Los Angeles and the French Riveria as in the UK and, off-screen, he enjoyed longtime friendships with other luminaries, many of whom he remembered in his 2008 memoir ‘Last Man Standing’.
“Thank you Pops for being you, and for being so very special to so many people.
“Our thoughts must now turn to supporting Kristina at this difficult time, and in accordance with our father’s wishes there will be a private funeral in Monaco.”
The statement was signed off by his three children Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian Moore.
Jay Z & Beyonce
Worth $1.16 Billion, According to Forbes
May 18, 2017
Forbes puts the combined wealth of the married superstars at $1.16 billion. The magazine estimates Jay Z's fortune at $810 million. It says Beyonce has amassed $350 million.
Forbes says most of Jay Z's money is involved in Roc Nation and his other companies. Both the rapper and the singer also have a significant stake in the Tidal streaming music service.
Jay Z signed a 10-year pact with Live Nation to partner on concert events. Variety reported last week that the deal is worth $200 million. The couple has a 5-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy. Beyonce is pregnant with twins.
Jimmy Fallon Opens
Up About That Trump Hair Ruffle
May 18, 2017
While his competitors are using their shows as a platform to openly oppose President Donald Trump’s policies, Fallon has taken a back seat, and viewers seem to be taking note.
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” which was once miles ahead of its competition in ratings, has fallen behind “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” in the past few weeks. The dip could possibly be tied to Trump’s now-infamous appearance on “The Tonight Show” last September. “I didn’t do it to humanize him,” Fallon said in an interview with The New York Times. “I almost did it to minimize him. I didn’t think that would be a compliment: ‘He did the thing that we all wanted to do.'”
Fallon, a self-proclaimed people pleaser, has set an apolitical tone for his show in the wake of Trump’s presidency. While he doesn’t stray away from monologue digs and satirical sketches at the president’s expense, he just about draws the line there. However, Fallon didn’t address the backlash directly on air, an action he admits he now regrets.
Even “Saturday Night Live” poked fun at the exchange when Fallon and Tina Fey came on “Weekend Update” before the November election to play two undecided voters from Pennsylvania.
Jimmy Kimmel Explains
Trump’s Frequent Lies to Youngsters
May 17, 2017
Jimmy Kimmel, the host introduced an animated video in the style of Schoolhouse Rock!, parodying the famous song "I'm Just a Bill" in order to explain President Donald Trump's rhetoric and what he called "the new American way."
"We are now living in a world of alternative facts. The president makes statements every day that aren't necessarily based in truth, which is frustrating to some people and confusing to others, especially young people," explained Kimmel.
In the video, an animated boy meets a Lie sitting on the steps of the White House. Breaking into song, of course, the Lie explains, "I'm just a lie, yes I'm only a lie. I'm so untrue, I just want to cry."
"I just popped out of the president's brain, and the very idea of me is completely insane."
When the boy worries he'll get sick, the Lie winks: "Don't worry, Trumpcare is gonna be great!"
Pointing to climate change, he adds: “Not everybody has to believe a lie — only enough to make me a debate…I’m too believable to deny. Pretty soon I’m being debated all over town. Kellyanne [Conway] is spinning me, [Sean] Spicer’s my clown. Everybody here’s taking a side, then the truth will lay down a die ‘cause you can’t tell a fact from a lie. And that’s how it works.”
Nicki Minaj Paying
Student Loans For Twitter Fans
May 09, 2017
After a fan asked the hip-hop star if she would pay his college tuition on Twitter on Saturday night, May 6, Minaj agreed to pay fans' school costs -- on the condition that they show her perfect marks. She wrote, "Show me straight A's that I can verify with ur school and I'll pay it."
A few dozen fans took Minaj up on the offer, posting screenshots of their grades. Minaj, whose net worth has been estimated at $70 million, replied individually to some throughout the night and agreed to pay other things like book costs and student loans.
Some people asked for help with student loans costing thousands of dollars ... others asked for less in tuition fees, books and other school supplies. Nicki was pretty thorough in her questioning why these folks really needed the money.
We checked in with some of the lucky beneficiaries who told us Nicki has already started to send the money. She asked for bank info through the DMs, and one person we spoke with said he already got $500 from Minaj.
Minaj wrapped up the contest after a few hours, but she promised to renew the offer soon. "Ok u guys. It's been fun," she tweeted. "Let me make those payments tomorrow then see if I have any money left."
Minaj isn't the only musical artist to pledge money to help fund people's education. In April, Beyonce announced a program to sponsor four scholarship for women studying the arts, music, literature or African-American studies at one of four schools -- Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design and Speman College.
Tearfully Reveals Son's Health Crisis
May 02, 2017
Jimmy Kimmel used his monologue Monday night to get both personal and political.
The late night host got emotional as he revealed that his son William John Kimmel was born on April 21 with a serious heart issue.
During the 13-minute long monologue, Kimmel said his wife, Molly McNearney, had an easy delivery with their second child whom they call "Billy." Then "a very attentive nurse" discovered the baby had a heart murmur and appeared to be a bit purple in color.
Tests showed the baby wasn't getting enough oxygen into his blood. An X-ray ruled out an issue with Billy's lungs, which meant there was a problem with the newborn's heart, Kimmel said.
Immediately the room was flooded with doctors and machines, he recalled.
"It's a terrifying thing," Kimmel said, his voice breaking. "You know, my wife is back in the recovery room, she has no idea what's going on and I'm standing in the middle of a lot of worried looking people -- kind of like right now -- who were trying to figure out what the problem is."
Kimmel said a sonogram of the heart revealed the baby had been born with a heart disease in which a pulmonary valve was completely blocked and there was a hole in the wall between the left and right sides of his heart.
The proud dad then showed a photo of his son all hooked up to monitors with IVs after the procedure and a picture of his son smiling a few days later.
Kimmel joked, "Poor kid. Not only did he get a bad heart, he got my face."
Kimmel also brought up President Donald Trump's proposed $6 billion budget cut to the National Institutes of Health, and the former Oscars host praised Congress for deciding "to not go along with that."
"They actually increased funding by $2 billion and I applaud them for doing that," Kimmel said. Such cuts would have adversely affected children, he said.