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May 06, 2019

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Superhero ensemble epic Avengers: Endgame is the No. 1 movie in North America for a second weekend, earning an additional $145.8 million in receipts, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced Sunday.

The latest installment in the Marvel film franchise set a record when it earned $1 billion globally on its opening weekend, April 27-29.

It raked in $350 million in Canada and the United States alone on its opening weekend.

Coming in at No. 2 this weekend is The Intruder with $11 million, followed by Long Shot at No. 3 with $10 million, Uglydolls at No. 4 with $8.5 million and Captain Marvel at No. 5 with $4.3 million.

Rounding out the top tier are Breakthrough at No. 6 with $4 million, The Curse of La Llorona at No. 7 with $3.5 million, Shazam! at No. 8 with $2.5 million, Little at No. 9 with $1.5 million and Dumbo at No. 10 with $1.4 million.

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Charlize Theron denies feud with Angelina Jolie: She's 'always so lovely'

Charlize Theron says there's no feud with Angelina Jolie.

The 43-year-old actress addressed her rumored beef with Jolie in a joint interview with her Long Shot co-star Seth Rogen during Thursday's episode of Watch What Happens Live.

Theron said her reported feud with Jolie was "100 percent" an instance of the media pitting two celebrities against each other.

"I don't know her very well, I know her from events, but always so lovely," the star said.

"We really don't know each other. We're not friends or hang out. But she's never been nothing but gracious and lovely and warm," she added.

Rumors of a Theron and Jolie feud surfaced in January after Theron was linked to Jolie's ex-husband Brad Pitt. Theron also addressed reports she turned down the role of Wonder Woman.

"I did not turn the role of Wonder Woman down," the actress said. "This is a great example of how Hollywood slaps you in the face when you start aging."

"So somebody had said to me, 'Oh, there's action on this thing Wonder Woman. We just want to make you aware of it,'" she recalled. "I'm like, 'I'm just not familiar with it. What does Wonder Woman do?' This person said, 'No, it's for Wonder Woman's mom.'"

Theron plays a presidential candidate in Long Shot, which opens in theaters Friday. She said in the June issue of Marie Claire she was initially nervous to take the part in the romantic comedy.

"When you do something that's outside your wheelhouse, you naturally function from a place of fear a little bit," she said.

'Tolkien' star Lily Collins recalls 'awful' audition for 'The Hobbit'

Tolkien star Lily Collins says her audition for The Hobbit didn't go as planned.

The 30-year-old actress recalled in a joint interview with Tolkien co-star Nicholas Hoult during Thursday's episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert how she tried out for Tauriel in The Hobbit.

The role of Tauriel ultimately went to Evangeline Lilly, who played the elf in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The movies were directed by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson.

"I was a huge fan of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. I love magic and fantasy," Collins told host Stephen Colbert.

"I had actually, ironically, auditioned for I think it was Evangeline Lilly's role in The Hobbit," she said. "I don't think it ever even made it to Peter Jackson. It was awful. But then years later, ironically, I end up playing the woman who inspired that character."

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films are based on the works of the same name by author J.R.R. Tolkien. Collins plays Tolkien's wife, Edith Bratt, in Tolkien, which explores Tolkien's formative years and relationship with Bratt.

"It's the buildup to him writing The Hobbit," Hoult, who portrays Tolkien, said. "He was orphaned at a young age and it's about him finding friendship, fellowship and love with Edith. And then his experiences during World War I. And his love of languages as well."

Tolkien opens in theaters May 10. The movie released a new trailer in March showing Tolkien's early romance with Bratt.

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Kitchen 2019"I am going to keep it simple: Just some skydiving ... maybe some skywriting. I am going to see if I can get one of those blimps that say something nice."
--Ryan Reynolds, joking about his low-key Mother's Day plans for expectant wife Blake Lively, to PEOPLE

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'Game of Thrones' showrunners recall failed original pilot

Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss told Jimmy Kimmel they made "every possible mistake" with the first pilot they filmed for the HBO series.

Weiss confirmed on Thursday's Jimmy Kimmel Live! that HBO did not run the episode, jokingly explaining, "Because they wanted people to watch the second episode."

"We made every possible mistake," Benioff said.

"We'd never done this before," Weiss added.

Benioff said they failed to convey a very important aspect of the pilot's ending scene with Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and Bran Stark (Ian Hempstead Wright).

"If you remember, at the end of the pilot, Cersei and Jaime Lannister, who are twins, are having sex. It's supposed to be kind of a shock, because they're twins," the producer said.

"We showed the episode to three of our good friends who are writers, very smart people. At the very end we looked them and said, 'Okay, what do you got?'" he recalled. "They didn't know they were brother and sister, so we had messed up the most, kind of obvious storytelling possibilities."

Benioff and Weiss got another chance at the pilot, but said the failed episode cost about $10 million.

"I don't know exactly, but I think about $10.6 [million]," Weiss said. "It wasn't all wasted."

Game of Thrones today is in the midst of its eighth and final season. Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, teased the remaining episodes this week, saying Episode 5 will be particularly "insane."

"Find the biggest TV you can," she advised fans.

Keira Knightley expecting second child with husband James Righton

Keira Knightley is expecting her second child with husband James Righton.

The actress displayed a baby bump while attending a Chanel cocktail party in Paris on Thursday alongside Righton.

Knightley, who wore a white gown to the event, was seen placing her hand over her new baby bump.

Knightley, 34, and Righton, 35, also have a 3-year-old daughter, Edie. The couple were married in 2013.

Knightley was last seen in Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Righton is a member of English band Klaxons, whose last album Love Frequency was released in 2014.

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Which SNL cast member plans to stay on the show because 'It's the best job in the world'?

Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson plans to stay on the long-running series.

The 40-year-old actor discussed his future with the NBC sketch comedy show during Friday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Three presidents have been in office since Thompson joined SNL in 2003. Thompson hopes to still be on the show when a potential fourth president takes office in 2020.

"Oh, would love it. I would love that," the star told host Ellen DeGeneres before joking, "Hopefully it will be in 2020, but we'll see what happens."

"It's the best job in the world," he said. "I can't see myself just walking away from it like that. Even with how busy I've been lately -- I'm doing another show on NBC called Bring the Funny."

Thompson became the longest-tenured cast member in Saturday Night Live history in 2017. He compared the cast to a "big giant family" in an interview with Deadline in August.

"If it was possible I'd stay forever and just retire as the one guy that never left, basically. I'd be totally fine with that, but at the same time I still have aspirations," the actor said.

"I've always wanted to be like a Steven Spielberg type, where I have my own DreamWorks Studios/Tyler Perry situation going on," he shared. "I'm big about trying to get other things going for other people. I think I'd be good at that."

Thompson came to fame on the Nickelodeon series All That and later starred with Kel Mitchell on Kenan & Kel.