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Did you get to the theater over the weekend? I wanted to see The Accountant, but I was just too busy. Well, without me getting a ticket for the Ben Affleck's new flick, it still made it to number one at the box office.

Ben Affleck's The Accountant was the No. 1 movie in North America, earning $24.7 million in receipts this weekend, announced Sunday.

Coming in at No. 2 is Kevin Hart: What Now? with $11.98 million, followed by The Girl on the Train at No. 3 with $11.97 million, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children at No. 4 with $8.9 million and Deepwater Horizon at No. 5 with $6.4 million.

Rounding out the top tier are Storks at No. 6 with $5.6 million, The Magnificent Seven at No. 7 with $5.2 million, Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life at No. 8 with $4.3 million, Sully at No. 9 with $3 million and The Birth of a Nation at No. 10 with $2.7 million.

I've really got to get out there and see that The Accountant movie. Maybe I'll take Dan, my accountant.

Be Well,

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Chris Rock to headline two comedy specials for Netflix
Actor, filmmaker and 2016 Oscars emcee Chris Rock has signed a deal to headline two original, stand-up comedy specials for Netflix.

The first show will be taped in 2017, following Rock's first tour in eight years, which he is planning now.

"Chris Rock is a beloved actor and director, and his remarkable stand-up makes him comic royalty. There is no one like him, and Netflix offers the global platform and creative freedom that will serve as a perfect home for someone with his incredible talent," Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, said in a statement Thursday.

"I'm very excited to be working with Ted and Lisa and all the good people at Netflix. I can't wait to get back on stage," added Rock.

"Increasingly, Netflix is becoming the preeminent destination for stand-up comedy, partnering with top-tier talent across a wide variety of styles and humor, enabling them to bring their fresh, distinctive and hilarious voices to our members in 190 countries around the world. Our members discover every day that we truly offer something for every comedy fan, and the comedians we partner with understand the power of having a direct line to our ever-growing global audience. Coming on the heels of our first Emmy win in the category [Patton Oswalt for Talking for Clapping,] now is the perfect time to take things to the next level with Chris Rock," remarked Lisa Nishimura, vice president of original documentary and comedy.

Randy Travis surprises crowd at Country Music Hall of Fame with performance
Doctors questioned how much Randy Travis would recover after a stroke in 2013, but he shocked the crowd at the Country Music Hall of Fame induction Sunday by doing something nobody expected -- sing.

Country music legend Randy Travis is still working to regain the ability to speak but he sang the first verse of "Amazing Grace" Sunday night after fellow legend Garth Brooks introduced him at the Country Music Hall of Fame ceremony.

Travis had a debilitating stroke in 2013 connected to a viral infection in his heart. He nearly died, and doctors did not expect him to recover, however he has regained the ability to walk and is working to improve his speech.

After Brooks' introduction, Travis's wife, Mary, told the story of his rise through the country music ranks in the 1980s to become one of the genre's biggest stars. After telling the story, Mary asked the crowd to stand and sing with Travis, an emotional moment many in the crowd did not expect to witness.

In addition to Travis, Charlie Daniels and Fred Foxter were also inducted into the Hall of Fame during the Country Music Association's 2016 Medallion Ceremony.

"You literally just like wake up and look in the mirror and go, 'I have no idea what I'm doing.' It's humiliating and it's humbling at the same time."
--Justin Timberlake, on fatherhood, to Today

??? Guess Who ???

Which singer, songwriter, activist and actress was named Billboard's 2016 Woman of the Year?

Patricia Barry, soap opera star dead at 93
Veteran actress and soap opera star Patricia Barry star has died at the age of 93.

Barry is said to have died peacefully inside her home Tuesday in Los Angeles according to her publicist. An exact cause of death has not been revealed.

Having made hundreds of appearances across television, film and theater, Barry is best known for her time spent on various daytime soap operas including Days of Our Lives as Bill Hayes' wife Addie Horton Williams, as drug lord Peg English on All My Children, as Southern belle Miss Sally Gleason on Guiding Light and as matriarch Isabelle Alden on Loving.

Barry's other notable television credits include roles on Rawhide, Gunsmoke, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Route 66, Dallas, Perry Mason among others.

Barry was also one of the earliest members and former president of Women in Film, a nonprofit that promoted equal opportunities for women in the industry.

She is survived by her two daughters, Miranda Barry and Stephanie Barry along with two granchildern. Her husband, producer Philip Barry died in 1998.

??? Guess Who ???

Which singer, songwriter, activist and actress was named Billboard's 2016 Woman of the Year?

Madonna has been named Billboard magazine's 2016 Woman of the Year.

The 58-year-old entertainer is scheduled to collect the honor at the 11th annual Women in Music event on Dec. 9 in New York City. The star-studded ceremony will air on Lifetime on Dec. 12.

"Madonna is one of a miniscule number of super-artists whose influence and career transcend music," Janice Min -- president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group -- said in a statement. "With her creative vision, relentless innovation, and dedication to philanthropic causes, she is an inspiration to hundreds of millions of people around the world, all while shattering every career record out there. She is an important feminist on top of that, a one-of-a-kind artist who's used her influence to change the conversation around women, sexuality and equal rights."

"Madonna is an extraordinary artist, emblematic of the strength, courage and resilience that Lifetime celebrates, and we are thrilled to offer our platform to recognize her in every way she deserves," added Liz Gateley, executive vice president and head of programing for Lifetime. "We're delighted to continue our partnership with Billboard and bring this powerful event directly to our viewers."

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