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January 26, 2021

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Liam Neeson's action-thriller, The Marksman, is the No. 1 movie in North America for a second weekend, earning an additional $2 million in receipts, announced on Sunday.

Coming in at No. 2 is The Croods: A New Age with $1.8 million, followed by Wonder Woman 1984 at No. 3 with $1.6 million, News of the World at No. 4 with $810,000 and Monster Hunter at No. 5 with $810,000.

Rounding out the top tier are Fatale at No. 6 with $415,000, Promising Young Woman at No. 7 with $400,000, Our Friend at No. 8 with $250,000, The War with Grandpa at No. 9 with $164,000 and Pinocchio at No. 10 with $123,000.

Few new movies have been opening in theaters this past year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Many film releases have been postponed until next year or have bypassed theaters altogether in favor of premieres on streaming services or pay-per-view platforms.

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Broadcasting legend Larry King dies at 87

Broadcasting legend Larry King died Saturday at a hospital in Los Angeles, his production company announced. He was 87.

A statement from Ora Media didn't give a cause of death, but he had been receiving treatment for COVID-19.

"With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host and friend Larry King, who passed away this morning at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles," the production company said.

The famed interviewer, who had Type 2 diabetes, had been hospitalized since late December, his family said earlier this month.

His career in radio, TV, newspapers and digital media lasted more than six decades and earned him induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame, an Emmy Award, two Peabody Awards and 10 Cable ACE Awards.

The native New Yorker most notably hosted Larry King Live from 1985 to 2010 on CNN, then Larry King Now from 2012 to 2020 on Hulu and RT America. He never formally retired.

King also wrote a newspaper column for USA Today and authored the books My Remarkable Journey and My Dad & Me.

He was a prolific tweeter and appeared as himself in numerous films and TV shows, including Ghostbusters, Dave, Primary Colors, Enemy of the State, America's Sweethearts, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, Murphy Brown, Spin City, The Practice, Everybody Loves Raymond, Ugly Betty, The Closer, Big Love Law and Order: Criminal Intent, The Simpsons and 30 Rock.

"He coaxed, rather than challenged, and the result, while not always groundbreaking, was always interesting and smart," said Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute, about King's interview style.

"His dirty little secret was he was a much more intelligent guy than he let on, and a much better listener than most people in television. But he really believed that his guest was the star, and his job was to help reveal that."

King is survived by his children Larry Jr., Chance and Cannon. Two of his children, Andy and Chaia, died in 2020.

King filed for divorce from Shawn, his seventh spouse, in August 2019 after about 22 years of marriage.

King suffered several heart attacks and underwent quintuple bypass surgery in 1987.

He said in 2017 he was diagnosed with lung cancer and successfully underwent surgery to treat it.

He also had a near-fatal stroke in March 2019.

Funeral arrangements and a memorial service were being planned by the family.

Piers Mogan, Ryan Seacrest pay tribute to the late Larry King

99cent WinterPiers Morgan, Craig Ferguson, Ryan Seacrest and Yvette Nicole Brown took to social media to pay tribute to the late broadcasting legend Larry King, who died Saturday at the age of 87.

"Larry King was a hero of mine until we fell out after I replaced him at CNN & he said my show was 'like watching your mother-in-law go over a cliff in your new Bentley.' (He married 8 times so a mother-in-law expert) But he was a brilliant broadcaster & masterful TV interviewer," Morgan tweeted.

He added: "Larry hated me replacing him at CNN and never made any secret of it, which I found very sad because he was one of my heroes - but I still think he was a superb broadcaster & one of the all-time TV greats."

"Just heard the awful news about Larry King," Ferguson posted. "He taught me so much. He was a true mensch. He probably even taught me that word. So long pal, thanks for all the laughs. Say hi to Rickles."

"I lost a dear friend and mentor. Truly an American treasure. Rest in peace, Larry King," Seacrest said.

"@kingsthings was LEGEND! I grew up watching him and am so happy I achieved enough in my life to have been interviewed by this great-which shows his kindness towards even those just starting out. He made you feel worthy. We lost a curious, kind man," Brown said.

'Barney Miller' alum Gregory Sierra dead at 83

Barney Miller and Sanford and Son actor Gregory Sierra has died of cancer in Laguna Woods, Calif. He was 83.

His wife Helene Tabor disclosed Sierra's Jan. 4 death to CNN on Friday.

Deadline also confirmed the news with a family spokesman.

"He was quite wonderful, and my heart is broken into 400 million pieces," Tabor told CNN. "He was doing the best he could and just couldn't do it anymore."

Sierra's other credits included guest spots on the TV shows All in the Family, Kung Fu, The Mod Squad, The Flying Nun, Soap, Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Papillon, The Towering Inferno and Hot Shots! Part Deux.

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Tom Brokaw retires, puts trust in 'new generation of NBC News'

NBC News announced the retirement of Tom Brokaw on Friday after 55 years with the network.

The 80-year-old anchor said in a statement that he trusts the new generation of NBC News to cover current events.

"During one of the most complex and consequential eras in American history, a new generation of NBC News journalists, producers and technicians is providing America with timely, insightful and critically important information, 24/7," the statement read. "I could not be more proud of them."

Brokaw began his NBC career in the Los Angeles Bureau in 1966. He was White House correspondent from 1972-1976 and hosted Today from 1976-1983.

Brokaw anchored NBC Nightly News from 1983-2004. He recurred as a special correspondent after vacating the anchor desk.

He filled in as moderator of Meet the Press when Tim Russert died. This made him the only anchor to host Today, NBC Nightly News and Meet the Press.

Highlights of Brokaw's news career include interviewing Mikhail Gorbachev, covering the fall of the Berlin Wall and reporting on the Robert F. Kennedy assassination and Watergate.

Brokaw won Peabody, Dupont, Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards for his broadcasts. In 2014, he was awarded the Medal of Freedom for his 2000 book The Greatest Generation, a book about World War II.

The anchor joined Twitter in 2009 and has 311,000 followers, whom he updates with commentary on real-time events. He survived a multiple myeloma cancer scare, reporting in 2014 it went into remission.

According to NBC News' press release, Brokaw will continue to write books and articles after his retirement from broadcast.