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I guess audiences like that 'Jumanji' quite a bit.

The Dwayne Johnson-Kevi Hart adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is the No. 1 movie in North America for a second weekend, earning an additional $27 million in receipts, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced Sunday.

Coming in at No. 2 is The Post with $18.6 million, followed by The Commuter at No. 3 with $13.5 million, Insidious: The Last Key at No. 4 with $12.1 million and The Greatest Showman at No. 5 with $11.8 million.

Rounding out the Top 10 are Star Wars: The Last Jedi at No. 6 with $11.3 million, Paddington 2 at No. 7 with $10.6 million, Proud Mary at No. 8 with $10 million, Pitch Perfect 3 at No. 9 with $5.7 million and Darkest Hour at No. 10 with $4.5 million.

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Steve


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Eliza Dushku accuses 'True Lies' stunt coordinator Joel Kramer of abuse
Eliza Dushku said Joel Kramer, stunt coordinator of her 1994 blockbuster True Lies, sexually abused her when she was 12.

Dushku wrote in a lengthy Facebook post Saturday that Kramer, then 36, acted kindly to her on the film's set, then took her to a hotel, supposedly to swim in its pool, where he assaulted her.

"I remember how he laid me down on the bed, wrapped me with his gigantic writhing body, and rubbed all over me," she recalled. "When he was 'finished', he suggested, 'I think we should be careful...,' [about telling anyone] he meant. I was 12, he was 36."

Kramer spoke to Variety about the 37-year-old actress' allegations and said they are "absolutely not true."

In her post, Dushku went on to say she told an older friend about the incident and she "came out to the set to visit and face him, later that very same day, by no small coincidence, I was injured from a stunt-gone-wrong on the Harrier jet.

"With broken ribs, I spent the evening in the hospital," the actress said. "To be clear, over the course of those months rehearsing and filming True Lies, it was Joel Kramer who was responsible for my safety on a film that at the time broke new ground for action films. On a daily basis he rigged wires and harnesses on my 12-year-old body. My life was literally in his hands: he hung me in the open air, from a tower crane, atop an office tower, 25+ stories high. Whereas he was supposed to be my protector, he was my abuser."

Dushku said she also told her parents and other people about the incident, but "no one seemed ready to confront this taboo subject then, nor was I."

She was inspired to come forward after seeing other women share stories in recent months about how they were sexually abused or harassed.

"With every person that speaks out, every banner that drops down onto my iPhone screen disclosing similar stories/truths, my resolve strengthens. Sharing these words, finally calling my abuser out publicly by name, brings the start of a new calm," she wrote.

Kramer -- who recently worked on Blade Runner 2049 and Furious 7 -- told Variety he took Dushku swimming and out for a sushi dinner, but "never molested her" and was "never nude in front of her."

"This whole talk of luring her to my room, on top of her, getting off, holding her in the car and calling her jailbait is just outright hyperbole and lies," he said.

"I did kiss her on the cheek once to say goodnight to her, gave her a hug," he said. "We treated her like family, she was part of our crew."

But Sue Booth-Forbes, who was Dushku's legal guardian on the set of the film, told Deadline, "Eliza Dushku is telling the truth."

Booth-Forbes said she reported Kramer's alleged misconduct at the time "to a person in authority," but nothing happened as far as she knew.

"Joel Kramer did what Eliza said he did," Booth-Forbes said in her statement to Deadline. "He is a pedophile, and he must face the consequences."

The film's director, James Cameron, said he hadn't been aware of the allegations until he was promoting a new project Saturday.

"It's just heartbreaking that it happened to her," Cameron said during a panel discussion at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour.

"I know the other party, not well, he hasn't worked for me since then," Cameron said, "but the fact that this was happening under our noses, and we didn't know about it. I think going forward it's important for all industries, and certainly Hollywood, to create a safe avenue for people to speak up, that they feel safe and that anybody that might be a predator or an abuser knows that that mechanism is there, that it's encouraged and there's no shame around it and there will be consequences."

True Lies starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bill Paxton and Tom Arnold. Dushku is also known for her roles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse and Tru Calling.


Moby says 'active and former CIA agents' gave him information about Trump, Russia
Electronic music artist Moby said in an interview this month that "active and former CIA agents" told him President Donald Trump is a Russian agent.

"Years of touring and spending time in D.C. and New York, I've managed to make a few friends in the intelligence community," Moby told WFPK radio in Louisville, Ky. "And about a year ago, we were having dinner, and they were really concerned...They were like, 'This is the Manchurian Candidate, like [Russian President Vladimir Putin] has a Russian agent as the President of the United States,'" "So they passed on some information to me and they said, like, 'Look, you have more of a social media following than any of us do. Can you please post some of these things?'"

But on Saturday, Moby denied CIA agents asked him to post anything about Trump.

"Ha, no, the CIA didn't ask me to post about Trump & Russia, as much fun as that would be," Moby said on Facebook.

Moby, who was a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election and wrote an essay after the election assailing the U.S. electorate for voting for Trump, went on in the WFPK interview to accuse the president and his family of being involved in international criminal activity.

"It's really disturbing and it's going to get quite a lot darker," Moby said. "Like the depths of the Trump family in business and their involvement with organized crime, sponsors of terrorism, Russian oligarchs, it's really dark. So, I guess we should all, like, fasten our seat belts and hold on."

Despite Moby's belief that Trump is a Russian agent with ties to organized crime and terrorism, he said he is thankful the president is "incompetent."

"Just imagine how much more dangerous he'd be if he were intelligent and had emotional impulse control," Moby said.


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"I see myself stopping and not working almost every morning. I never want to go to a party, I want to stay at home and watch TV."
--Helen Mirren, on whether or not she sees herself slowing down, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show



??? Guess Who ???

Which British actor said that Robert Downey Jr. 'hated' him?


'Late Show with Stephen Colbert' to air live after State of the Union address
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert will broadcast live following U.S. President Donald Trump's State of the Union address Jan. 30, CBS announced.

Guests for the episode will include Tommy Vietor, Jon Favreau and Jon Lovett; the hosts of Pod Save America; and Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson of 2 Dope Queens.

Chris Stapleton will be the night's musical guest.

The last live broadcast of the program aired Feb. 28, 2017, after Trump's address to a joint session of Congress.


AMC renews 'Walking Dead' for Season 9
AMC says it has ordered a ninth season of its zombie-apocalypse drama The Walking Dead to premiere in late 2018.

Current showrunner Scott M. Gimple is being elevated as the franchise's chief content officer and will oversee the Dead television universe, including The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead and potential spinoffs.

Angela Kang, who has been a writer on TWD since 2011 and co-executive producer since 2013, is being promoted to executive producer and showrunner of the flagship series, starting with Season 9.

"This is an enormously important day for the entire The Walking Dead television universe. We are proud to acknowledge Angela's significant contribution to the series and to set a clear path forward for a ninth season under her direction. Further, with gratitude and admiration, we also recognize Scott's broad impact on, and leadership of, the content that fuels our TWD universe. Together, we will dream bigger and more broadly than ever before," Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, said in a statement Saturday. "I know I speak for Angela, Scott and everyone at AMC when I say thanks most of all to the fans and the many talented people who have helped AMC play Dead."

"The Walking Dead is a special show which started in an entirely different era of TV, and continues, in this new era, to confidently take chances to tell compelling stories that excite audiences and make them deeply connect with its characters, adapting Robert Kirkman's brilliant comic book," Gimple added. "As the show closes in on its 10th year, I'm honored to keep working with the talented, dedicated people behind and in front of the camera to make it all it can be, while expanding the world of The Walking Dead with new narratives like Fear the Walking Dead and a whole host of truly cool stories ahead. Angela is a big part of the heart and soul of The Walking Dead, and I'm thrilled to help facilitate her vision of the show's next era."

"I am beyond thrilled to be stepping into this new role with The Walking Dead. Working on this series and having the opportunity to adapt Robert Kirkman's amazing comic has been a fan-girl dream come true for me," remarked Kang. "I'm excited to continue working with Scott and the wonderfully supportive folks at AMC, and can't wait to share the next chapter of the story with our fans next fall."

The second half of TWD Season 8 is to debut Feb. 25.


??? Guess Who ???

Which British actor said that Robert Downey Jr. 'hated' him?

Hugh Grant says his former co-star Robert Downey, Jr., "hated" him.

The 57-year-old British actor said in a new episode of The Jess Cagle Interview that Downey "wanted to kill" him on the set of the 1995 movie Restoration.

"[He] hated me. Hated me. We did a thing called Restoration and he took one look at me and wanted to kill me," Grant told host Jess Cagle, also People magazine's editor-in-chief.

"I don't know [why]," he added. "I was so hurt."

Grant and Downey starred with Sam Neill, David Thewlis, Meg Ryan and Ian McKellen in Restoration, which is based on the Rose Tremaine novel of the same name. Downey responded to Grant's comments in a tweet Thursday.

"A lot has happened over two decades! I respect how Mr. Grant has matured as an artist & voice against violations of privacy. Let's break bread together soon @HackedOffHugh! #burythehatchet2018," the 52-year-old actor wrote.

Grant also said his Music and Lyrics co-star Drew Barrymore hated him "a bit," explaining, "She was very L.A. and I was a grumpy old Londoner." The actor most recently starred as the voice of Phoenix Buchanan in Paddington 2, which opened Friday.

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