Ben Rothstein(NEW YORK) -- Bad Boys for Life exceeded expectations, delivering an estimated $59.17 million, the second largest January three-day debut, behind 2015's American Sniper with $89.26 million. It also stands to be generate the second best Martin Luther King weekend four-day performance, topping 2014's Ride Along. It also stands to become Sony's largest R-rated opening ever, topping 22 Jump Street's $57 million opening for back in 2014.
Overseas, Bad Boys for Life, the third outing for Will Smith and Martin Lawrence following 1995's Bad Boys and 2003's Bad Boys II, brought in an estimated $38.6 million.
The weekend's other new release, the Robert Downey Jr. led Dolittle, also exceeded expectations, though finishing in a distant second with an estimated $22.5 million over three days and $31 million for the long weekend.
Last week's number one film, the World War I epic 1917 dropped to third place in its second week of wide release, grabbing an estimated $22 million from Friday through Sunday and $30 million for the four-day weekend.
Jumanji: The Next Level took fourth place with an estimated $9.565 million over the three-day weekend and $12.57 for the holiday weekend.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker rounded the top five with an additional; $8.37 million over the three-day weekend, with $10.6 million expected over four-days.
Here are the top 10 movies Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:
1. Bad Boy for Life, $59.17 million 2. Dolittle, $22.5 million 3. 1917, $22 million 4. Jumanji: The Next Level, $9.565 million 5. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, $8.37 million 6. Just Mercy, $6 million 7. Little Women, $5.9 million 8. Knives Out, $4.3 million 9. Like a Boss, $3.8 million 10. Frozen 2, $3.7 million
Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Sentebale(LONDON) -- Prince Harrybroke his silence about his and Meghan Markle's decision to leave the royal family.
On the couple's official Instagram, they posted a video of Harry's speech during Sunday's dinner for "supporters of Sentebale in London." Sentebale, a charity that was formed in 2006 in memory of Princess Diana, supports HIV-positive children in southern Africa.
Harry opened his speech by addressing the elephant in the room, "Before I begin, I must say that I can only imagine what you may have heard or, perhaps, read over the past few weeks," which elicited muted chuckles from the audience.
Wanting those in attendance to "hear the truth from me," and "not as a prince, or a duke, but as Harry," the 35-year-old praised his homeland and the audience for welcoming Markle "with open arms," before explaining that "it brings me great sadness that it has come to this. The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly."
The former-royal went on to reveal their decision was a product of "so many months of talks, after so many years of challenges" before admitting, "and I know I haven't always gotten it right, but as far as this goes...there really was no other option."
After reiterating his commitments to his country and family, Harry revealed that he hopes that giving up the role he was born into will lead to "a more peaceful life."
"The media is a powerful force and my hope is one day our collective support for each other can be more powerful, because this is so much bigger than just us," Harry noted as he went on to express his profound gratitude to his country as he takes this "leap of faith."
John Shearer/Getty Images for PEOPLE(LOS ANGELES) --The 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were presented Sunday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and many recent Golden Globe winners added another trophy to their collections.
Parasite, a South Korean film about class warfare, took top honors for best ensemble performance, becoming the first foreign language film ever to win. Meanwhile, individual awards went to Joaquin Phoenix (Joker), Renée Zellweger (Judy), Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood) and Laura Dern (Marriage Story). All four earned Golden Globes for their roles and are also nominated for Academy Awards.
On the TV side, ensemble awards went to the casts of The Crown and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Individual awards went to Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show), Tony Shaloub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) and Fosse/Verdon stars Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell. Waller-Bridge and Williams also recently won Golden Globes.
Here is the complete list of winners:
FILM Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Parasite
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Renée Zellweger, Judy
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Crown
Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Tony Shaloub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- The new streaming service Apple TV Plus has scooped up another very funny woman: Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
The company, which launched with the Golden Globe-nominated The Morning Show, starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, has signed a deal with Louis-Dreyfus to develop new projects as both a producer and a star.
Saturday Night Live vet Louis-Dreyfus starred on three successful comedies, Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Veep, and won Emmys for each show. She has 11 Emmys in all, winning her sixth consecutive lead actress trophy for Veep in 2017 -- a record for any performer for the same role in the same show -- and has eight Emmys for acting, tying a record set by Cloris Leachman.
Louis-Dreyfus showed her comedy chops even in her reply about the good news. "I am thrilled about this new partnership with my friends at Apple," she said in a statement. "Also, many thanks and kudos to my representatives for structuring the deal in such a way that I am paid in AirPods."
Barbara Kinney(LOS ANGELES) -- Hillary Clinton is gearing up for the release of her upcoming Hulu documentary, Hillary. The former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate was on hand at the Television Critics Association winter press tour Friday to discuss the four-part documentary, which covers, among other things, the contentious 2016 election.
Being that 2020 is an election year, Clinton had some choice words for the Trump administration, as well as some advice for Democratic voters.
“We're in a real struggle with a form of politics that is incredibly negative, exclusive, mean-spirited, and it's going to be up to every voter, not only people who vote in Democratic primaries, to recognize that, you know, this is no ordinary time,” Clinton told reporters. “This is an election that will have such profound impact. So take your vote seriously.”
She advised Democratic voters to “try to vote for the person you think is most likely to win,” saying that, ultimately, that’s what will matter.
“And not just the popular vote, but the Electoral College as we’ve learned,” she added. In 2016, Clinton won the popular vote, but lost to Donald Trump in the electoral count.
“So I want people to take their vote really, really seriously because Lord knows what will happen if we don't retire the current incumbent and his henchmen, as [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi so well described them yesterday,” Clinton said.
Hillary will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, and debut on Hulu March 6.
L-R Dwayne Johnson, Lauren Hashian, Ata Johnson, Rocky Johnson/Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has broken his silence over the apparently unexpected death of his father, former wrestler Rocky Johnson. The 75-year-old WWE Hall of Famer's death was announced on Wednesday.
Under a video of his father in the ring, with a much younger Rock watching from the stands, Dwayne Johnson noted on his Instagram, "You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way thru this world. I was the boy sitting in the seats, watching and adoring you, my hero from afar."
The Rock hints that all wasn't smooth sailing, calling himself, "The boy you raised with the toughest of love. The intense work. The hard hand. The adoring boy who...grew to become a man realizing you had other deeply complicated sides that needed to be held and understood."
Johnson continues, "Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side. But you were ripped away from me so fast without warning. Gone in an instant and no coming back. Im in pain. But we both know it’s just pain and it’ll pass..."
The lengthy post ends with, "I love you dad and I’ll always be your proud and grateful son. Go rest high."
Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for PCA(LOS ANGELES) -- Friday is Betty White's 98th birthday, and her co-stars in the 2009 romantic comedy The Proposal, Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock, really wanted to celebrate.
In a video posted on Reynolds' Twitter, the pair take turns serenading Betty with "Happy Birthday to You," but it's soon clear that they're competing for her affection.
While Bullock gets the song rolling, Reynolds cuts into her verses, and the pair quickly try to out-do the other.
"From Sandy, who loves you more than Ryan..." Bullock sings, to which Reynolds jabs, "From Ryan, who loves you way more than Sandy..."
He adds, "What does Sandy do for you every year? Does she like, show up and hand-deliver flowers to you wearing nothing but black socks and a dozen gold bracelets, just like you requested? Doubt it."
"I love you," Bullock signs off, air-kissing the camera. Reynolds then breaks down in tears before, of course, the Golden Girls theme, "Thank You For Being a Friend," closes out the birthday greeting.
In The Proposal, Bullock played Reynolds' highly-strung boss, who needs him to marry her so she can get a green card. White played Reynolds' grandmother.
VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- In an apparent effort to avoid confusion, and conflation, with entities that it doesn't own, notably the controversial Fox News Channel, Disney has dropped the Fox name from the movie studios that it does.
20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are no more, according to Variety.
20th Century Fox, famous for its drum and trumpet-heavy fanfare ahead of movies, has been rebranded, with its iconic logo updated to read 20th Century Studios.
Fox Searchlight, the affiliated imprint behind modestly-budgeted hits like Napoleon Dynamite and Oscar winners like Black Swan and The Shape of Water -- and current Oscar nominee JoJo Rabbit -- will now be called Searchlight Studios.
The trade notes both companies' logos will retain the familiar 'spotlight' design features.
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- After being touted as the final chapter to the Bad Boys franchise, it appears that Will Smith and Martin Lawrence's upcoming sequel, Bad Boys for Life, may not be the official end.
In an interview with E! News, Smith says that he and Lawrence are open to continuing their action-packed films.
"We're going to wait for the audience," Smith said. "When the movie comes out this weekend-- and we absolutely love working together-- we would certainly be willing to do it again if the audience loves the chemistry."
As previously reported, Bad Boys for Life centers on a new, "highly specialized police unit" that butts heads with Smith and Lawrence's old-school ways when "a new threat emerges in Miami."
The new installment, directed by Moroccan-born directing duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, reunites Smith and Lawrence after the last Bad Boys film, 2003's Bad Boys II. In that movie, the two played Miami narcotics detectives on the trail of a Cuban drug smuggler.
Mark Hill/HBO(NEW YORK) -- Despite acclaim and a cliffhanger ending to its freshman season, it's likely that HBO's Watchmen won't get another. According to USA Today, Damon Lindelof, who adapted the Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons graphic novel-turned movie to the small screen, has stepped away from the show.
The series was set in an alternate version of 2019; Emmy winner Regina King stars as a Tusla detective and secret vigilante in an America torn apart by racial strife.
Although he tells the paper he's "given his blessing" his blessing for HBO to continue without him, HBO programming chief Casey Bloys tells USA Today that the network reportedly won't. "It would be hard to imagine doing it without Damon involved in some way," noted Bloys.
Watchmen's ninth and final episode aired December 15.
Williams got flamed online when she appeared to make fun of the Oscar-nominated Joker actor's lip scar, while simultaneously praising his acting and his looks. She even went so far as to stick her finger in her lip and expose her teeth, to imitate the common but easily fixable birth defect.
"He's got one of those -- what do you call it? -- cleft lip, cleft palate. He’s got this," she said while holding her lip. "I find it to be very attractive."
Adam Bighill, a Canadian football player whose son, Beau, had his lip repaired this week, flamed the talk show host online, and asked her to apologize.
The outcry led Williams to say sorry -- and open her wallet as well as her heart. She posted to the athlete, "We’re thinking about Beau today as he is in surgery. I want to apologize to the cleft community and in Beau’s honor, our show is donating to @operationsmile and @AmerCleftPalate and encourage our Wendy Watchers to learn more and help support the cleft community."
In response, Bighill noted, "Thank you @WendyWilliams for your apology, your donation, and for thinking of Beau today for his surgery. I forgive you, and I encourage others to as well. I wish you all the best."
Lifetime(LOS ANGELES) -- The latest episode of the Lifetime docu-series Hopelessly in Love, premiering on Friday, tells the love story of the late model and TV personality Anna Nicole Smith and her partner Larry Birkhead, the father of Anna Nicole's now-13-year-old daughter Dannielynn.
Birkhead told ABC Audio what it's like raising the teen, who's had to deal with the media attention surrounding her mother's tragic death in in a Hollywood, Florida hotel room in 2007, as a result of an overdose of prescription drugs.
"I don't make it heavy on her because, you know, it's such a big responsibility raising a teenager already and trying to be positive in a world that's crazy and social media and how people can be," he explains. "She's done a good job of kind of guiding herself a little bit. And then I'm there for support and to answer anything that she might need."
Birkhead described how it felt to see footage of the first time he met Anna Nicole
"I was excited to share that, only not just with the viewers, but also with my daughter and to have her see that," he says.
However, Dannielynn didn't share in Larry's excitement.
"I will tell you she wasn't as excited to see her mom and dad kissing as I thought she would be, you know, she said, 'Oh, ew, that's yucky, Dad,' he jokes. "But then, you know, she knows all the work that I went through, so she, I caught her peaking from time to time of me doing the editing process and things like that."
Ben Rothstein(NEW YORK) -- Opening nationwide on Friday:
* Bad Boys for Life -- Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back for a third ride in the action comedy franchise, following 1995's Bad Boys and 2003's Bad Boys II. The latest installment finds the two detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett reuniting once again when someone starts murdering people involved in an old case. Also starring Vanessa Hudgens, and returning cast member Joe Pantoliano. Rated R.
* Dolittle -- The latest reboot of the Doctor Dolittle films stars Robert Downey Jr. as the titular character -- a Victorian-era physician who discovers he can talk to animals. A recluse since the death of his wife seven years earlier, he -- along with his animal friends -- reluctantly sets sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure for a gravely ill Queen Victoria, played by Jessie Buckley. The voice cast includes Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, John Cena, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, Tom Holland, Craig Robinson, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, and Marion Cotillard. Rated PG.
Mecum Auctions(NEW YORK) -- Last week, an otherwise-unassuming 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback sold for $3.4 million at auction - making it the most expensive Mustang to ever go up for sale. That's a far cry from the $29,600 figure that Mustangs from that era normally go for according to insurance company Hagerty, and an even further cry from the $2,712 the car originally retailed for in 1968.
Why did this Mustang go for more than one hundred times more than usual? The answer involves the king of cool himself: Steve McQueen.
Bullitt is a 1968 crime thriller that stars McQueen as Frank Bullitt, a grizzled San Francisco police lieutenant charged with protecting a witness in a high-profile mob case. His ride of choice: a beat-up Mustang. The filmmakers chose the car to reflect the life of an undercover police officer, with a dark green paint job and a selection of dents, scratches, and rust spots for good measure. But it wasn't just the car's looks that captured the attention of moviegoers - it was also the chase it was featured in.
Jack Gill was the stunt director on the last four Fast and Furious movies, as well as the chase scenes in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Death Race. He got his start doing some of the stunt driving for The Dukes of Hazzard and Knight Rider, where the influence of Bullitt loomed large.
"The reason that film holds up over all this time is because every time you see it," Gill said. "You feel like you're in the chase with them."
He says the filmmakers were able to pull that off by mounting cameras inside the cars with the actors, which was a new technique at the time.
"All of these camera angles nobody had ever seen before, they used on Bullitt" says Gill, "no one had ever seen a camera in the backseat over an actor, or a camera in the passenger seat looking over at the driver. "
Gill says those techniques were so influential, in fact, that he continues to incorporate them into the movies he works on today.
"We still do mounts all over the cars, all over the bumpers, all inside the cars. The only difference we have now is that our mounts move." He adds, "we take the entire roof off of cars, and move the camera around the inside of the car as if you feel like you're inside the car but can't understand how the camera got there. But Bullitt set the stage for all of that."
And it wasn't just the visuals that made the Bullitt chase a classic. Gill says the sound design played a role as well.
"To hear the tires screeching and the shifting and the engine revving up - those kind of things are what's really needed in a car chase today, and we still do it. We still use those little techniques in today's world."
The chase isn't perfect, however. Eight hubcaps fly off the same car at various points throughout the sequence, and the same Volkswagen Beetle shows up in the background of several different shots. But Gill says that's all part of the charm.
"There's no doubt that this chase holds up in today's world."
L-R: McAllany, Groff -- Patrick Harbron/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Netflix has reportedly released the cast of its acclaimed serial killer drama Mindhunter, which could portend an end of the David Fincher-produced series, according to Deadline.
The trade reports that the network's options for Holt McCallany, Jonathan Groff and their co-star, Anna Torv, were allowed to expire. Actors' options are Hollywood-speak for contracts that exclusively hold them to a particular project for a set time.
At issue, the streaming giant tells the trade, is Fincher's schedule. "David is focused on directing his first Netflix film Mank and on producing the second season of Love, Death and Robots."
The statement continued, "He may revisit Mindhunter again in the future, but in the meantime felt it wasn't fair to the actors to hold them from seeking other work while he was exploring new work of his own."
Fincher has been nominated for an Academy Award twice, for calling the shots on The Social Network and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the latter of which starred his Fight Club star, Brad Pitt.
Mank, for the record, is a drama about screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, who fought with director Orson Welles over credit for the screenplay for Welles' legendary film Citizen Kane.