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April 15, 2019

Here's the Scoop...

Lightning strikes twice! 'Shazam!' is number one again!

The superhero adventure Shazam! is the No. 1 movie in North America for a second, consecutive weekend, earning $25.1 million in receipts, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced Sunday.

Coming in at No. 2 is Little with $15.5 million, followed by Hellboy at No. 3 with $12 million, Pet Sematary at No. 4 with $10 million and Dumbo at No. 5 with $9.2 million.

Rounding out the top tier are Captain Marvel at No. 6 with $8.6 million, Us at No. 7 with $6.9 million, After at No. 8 with $6.2 million, Missing Link at No. 9 with $5.8 million and The Best of Enemies at No. 10 with $2 million.

I did not watch any movies at the theater this weekend, but I did watch Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron and Hellboy (Director's Cut) from the comfort and safety of my own home. They were pretty good. Click the titles to checkout my reviews.

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'Star Wars IX' title revealed: 'The Rise of Skywalker'

'Star Wars IX' title revealed: 'The Rise of Skywalker'The cast and crew of Star Wars: Episode IX offered some clues about the secretive film including a teaser trailer and a title: The Rise of Skywalker.

The Stephen Colbert-moderated panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago featured director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy and cast members including Daisy Ridley, Billy Dee Williams, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Kelly Marie Tran dropping hints about the latest entry in the Star Wars saga, due out Dec. 20.

The participants dropped some new information about the secretive saga, including a name for newcomer Naomi Ackie's character, Jannah.

"The original group are going on this epic, epic adventure together and I'm so excited about where Jannah crosses paths with them," Ackie said.

Ackie was tight-lipped about speculation that her character could be the daughter of Lando, played by returning original trilogy star Williams.

Other revelations included a confirmation that Ridley's Rey is still in possession of the lightsaber she inherited from Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).

The panel concluded with the first showing of the teaser trailer, which ended with the film's full title: Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker.

The trailer featured newly minted Jedi Rey preparing for battle against a Tie Fighter on a desert planet, as well as brief shots of the rest of the film's stars and a voice-over by Hamill. The trailer closes with the sound of Emperor Palpatine, thought dead at the end of 1983's Return of the Jedi, laughing cryptically.

Actor Ian McDiarmid, who played Palpatine -- aka Sith Lord Darth Sidious -- in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, then made a brief appearance on stage before the trailer played for a second time, ending the panel discussion.

Wendy Williams files for divorce after 21 years of marriage

New GadgetsWendy Williams is headed for divorce after more than 21 years of marriage.

NBC News confirmed Thursday the 54-year-old television personality filed for divorce from husband Kevin Fisher Wednesday in New Jersey Superior Court in Essex County.

Williams cited irreconcilable differences for the split. She said her differences with Hunter have "caused the breakdown of the marriage for a period of six months" with "no reasonable prospect" of reconciliation.

"Thank you to everyone for respecting the family's privacy during this time. Kevin is supportive of Wendy and they are working through this process together," Williams' rep said.

The Washington Post confirmed attorney Mary Vidas will represent Williams in her divorce from Hunter, her longtime manager and an executive producer on The Wendy Williams Show. A rep for the show said they respect the couple's privacy.

"Wendy and her family have been a part of Debmar-Mercury for over 10 years," the rep said. "We respect their privacy regarding personal matters. As always, we remain committed to bringing an entertaining and topical show to our viewers."

Williams had addressed her marriage during her return to her show in early March.

"I'm still wearing my ring," the star told the audience. "I am still very much in love with my husband."

"Anybody who's been married for 5 minutes or 500 years, you know marriages have ebbs and flows. Marriages are not easy," she said. "Don't ask me about mine until you see this [ring] gone and it ain't going anywhere -- not in this lifetime."

Williams later announced she is living in a sober house due to her past struggle with a cocaine addiction. She said Hunter and their son, Kevin Hunter, Jr., were the only ones aware she was seeking help.

Williams' split from Hunter follows rumors Hunter was unfaithful and fathered an illegitimate child. Hunter's alleged mistress, Sharina Hudson, gave birth in late March, according to Page Six.

LOOSE LIPS:

"Bring a box of Kleenex and a diaper."
--Mark Ruffalo, on how fans should prepare for the three-hour runtime of Avengers: Endgame, on Good Morning America

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Which 'Mad Men' actress has joined the 'Invisible Man' remake?

'When Harry Met Sally': Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal reunite at screening

When Harry Met Sally... stars Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal reunited at a special screening of the romantic comedy.

The 57-year-old actress and 71-year-old actor attended an event Thursday at the TCM Classic Film Festival in honor of the film's 30th anniversary.

Ryan and Crystal, who played Sally Albright and Harry Burns in the movie, were all smiles as they posed for photos together. Ryan wore a tailored black tuxedo, while Crystal sported a navy jacket and black shirt.

Ryan and Crystal were joined by Rob Reiner, who directed the beloved film. The movie follows Harry and Sally, two friends who fall in love over the course of 12 years.

When Harry Met Sally... opened in theaters in July 1989. Reiner told reporters he was surprised by the film's commercial success but not by its lasting resonation with fans.

"You never know. You make a movie and hopefully you like it, and hopefully other people [do too]," the director said, according to People. "You have no idea if it will stand the test of time, and it's kind of cool that it did."

"I think that there are some basic truths about men and women that people connect with, and those kind of things, that dance, that weird dance that men and women do with one another kind of is basic and kind of there all the time," he added.

When Harry Met Sally... co-starred Carrie Fisher and Bruno Kirby. The film grossed over $92 million on a $16 million budget.

Ryan's last film role was in the 2015 movie Ithaca. Crystal will star in the upcoming movie Standing Up, Falling Down with Ben Schwartz and will have a voice role in the animated film Which Witch?

CBS renews 'Blue Bloods' for Season 10

CBS has renewed its cop drama Blue Bloods for a 10th season.

"First a goodbye to DelGado ... Then a goodbye to Linda. On to season 10! #BlueBloods," series lead Donnie Wahlberg tweeted Friday, referring to the departures of guest star Lou Diamond Phillips and longtime cast member Amy Carlson.

Co-starring Tom Selleck and Bridget Moynahan, the show is scheduled to return with fresh episodes during the 2019-20 television season. It will mark its 200th episode milestone in the fall.

"Blue Bloods has been a Top 10 drama and Friday's top-rated show every year it's been on the air," Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment, said in a statement Friday.

"On a night that many have claimed is quiet for broadcast television, its quality writing, superb acting and familial warmth have attracted an average of over 13 million passionate viewers each week for nine years. We are delighted that Tom will return and that the show will continue to be a vital component of the CBS schedule next season."

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Which 'Mad Men' actress has joined the 'Invisible Man' remake?

Elisabeth Moss has joined the cast of Dark Universal's remake of The Invisible Man.

Entertainment Weekly reported Friday the 36-year-old actress will star in a new version of the classic monster movie.

Deadline confirmed Moss' casting in the film. The movie will shoot in Australia.

The Invisible Man re-teams Moss with producer Jason Blum, who served as a producer on the new Jordan Peele movie Us. Moss plays Kitty Tyler in Us, which opened in theaters in March.

The Invisible Man is based on the H.G. Wells novel of the same name. The original film opened in 1933 and starred Claude Rains and Gloria Stuart.

The Invisible Man is part of Universal Pictures' Universal Classic Monsters lineup, which includes such titles as Dracula and The Mummy. The studio previously shared plans to reboot the franchise as Dark Universe and released a remake of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella in May 2017.

Moss is known for playing Peggy Olson on the AMC series Mad Men and Offred in the Hulu adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale. The Handmaid's Tale will return for a third season June 5.