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Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer's NASA-themed drama Hidden Figures is the No. 1 movie in North America, earning $20.5 million in receipts this weekend, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced Sunday.

Coming in at No. 2 is La La Land with $14.5 million, followed by Sing at No. 3 with $13.81 million, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at No. 4 with $13.76 million and The Bye Bye Man at No. 5 with $13.38 million.

Rounding out the top tier are Patriots Day at No. 6 with $12 million, Monster Trucks at No. 7 with $10.5 million, Sleepless at No. 8 with $8.5 million, Underworld: Blood Wars at No. 9 with $5.8 million and Passengers at No. 10 with $5.6 million.

Did you go to the movies this weekend?

Be Well,
Steve


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'The Exorcist' author William Peter Blatty dead at 89
William Peter Blatty, whose 1970 blockbuster novel The Exorcist was the basis for a terrifying film and television franchise, has died at the age of 89.

"William Peter Blatty, dear friend and brother who created The Exorcist passed away yesterday," the 1973 film's director William Friedkin tweeted Friday.

Variety confirmed the death of the New York native and Air Force veteran who won an Oscar in 1973 for the adaptation of his own 1971 novel.

Blatty's other screenwriting credits include John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!, Promise Her Anything, The Great Bank Robbery, A Shot in the Dark, What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? and Darling Lili. He also wrote and directed the 1980 film adaptation of his book The Ninth Configuration, as well as 1990's The Exorcist III, which was based on his novel Legion.

Among his additional volumes are the fictional Which Way to Mecca, Jack?, and autobiographical I'll Tell Them I Remember You.

Fox aired a critically acclaimed, sequel series in 2016 called The Exorcist, featuring characters from Blatty's original work. There is an active online fan campaign to bring it back for a second season.


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Priyanka Chopra thanks fans for support after she is hurt on 'Quantico' set
Actress Priyanka Chopra took to Twitter to express her gratitude to fans who wished her well after she was injured on the set of Quantico last week.

Chopra was briefly hospitalized after she suffered a concussion Thursday, reportedly while performing a stunt. Her representatives said she was released and at home resting.

"Thank you for all of your warm thoughts and well wishes. I will be ok, and am looking forward to getting back to work as soon as I can," Chopra tweeted, signing off with "much [heart emoji.]"


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Who was named the 2017 Hasty Pudding Man of the Year?

Ryan Reynolds has been named Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals Man of the Year.

"And for the first time ever, we're going to Facebook Live the press conference after the roast," the famed drama troupe said in a social-media post Friday.

"We're thrilled to present Mr. Reynolds with our Man of the Year award, especially after he proved his ability to simultaneously break box-office records and the fourth wall in 2015," Guan Chen, president of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, said in a statement. "And if his headline-stealing kiss with Andrew Garfield at the Golden Globes is any indication, it looks like he's getting ready for his roast."

The group honored Kerry Washington and Joseph Gordon Levitt as its 2016 Woman and Man of the Year.

Reynolds was at the Golden Globes this week where his film Deadpool and he were nominated in the Best Comedy or Musical and Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical categories. The picture lost out to La La Land and that movie's star Ryan Gosling beat out Reynolds for the performance prize. A "For Your Consideration" trailer for Deadpool was released this week in the hopes of generating Oscar buzz.

Reynolds recently was presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as well.

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