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May 03, 2021

Here's the Scoop...

The anime adventure Demon Slayer: Mugen Train is the No. 1 movie in North America, earning $6.4 million this weekend, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced Sunday.

Coming in at No. 2 is last week's chart topper Mortal Kombat with $6.2 million, followed by Godzilla vs. Kong at No. 3 with $2.7 million, Separation at No. 4 with $1.8 million and Raya and the Last Dragon at No. 5 with $1.3 million.

Rounding out the top tier are Nobody at No. 6 with $1.3 million, The Unholy at No. 7 with $1.1 million, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at No. 8 with $720,000, Tom and Jerry at No. 9 with $515,000 and Together Together at No. 10 with $313,000.

Many of the films are also available on streaming platforms as a studios aimed to entertain as many people as possible during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis dead at 89

Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis died Saturday in New York City, her family has announced. She was 89.

Dukakis' brother Apollo wrote on Facebook Saturday that she had passed away after "many months of failing health." Her representative, Allison Levy, confirmed her death to the Washington Post.

Born to Greek immigrants in Lowell, Mass., Dukakis grew up in the Boston suburbs of Somerville and Arlington and worked as a stage actress for decades -- playing a range of roles and running a regional theater on a shoestring budget -- before becoming a breakout movie star in the 1980s.

"I did not become an actor in order to become famous or rich. I became an actor so I could play the great parts," she said.

At 56, Dukakis won a best supporting actress Oscar for her portrayal of the tart-tongued Rose Castorini in 2987's Moonstruck. The film was also nominated for best picture, and Cher won an Oscar for her performance in the lead role; screenwriter John Shanley won an Academy Award for the script.

After Moonstruck, she became a sought-after character actress, playing a wealthy Southern belle in "Steel Magnolias," a tough high school principal in "Mr. Holland's Opus" and Kirstie Alley's wisecracking mother in "Look Who's Talking."

In "Tales of the City," a miniseries based on Armistead Maupin's books that aired in the 1990s, Dukakis played a bohemian San Francisco landlady who shares marijuana with her tenants and eventually reveals that she is transgender.

"The fun part is that people pass me on the street and yell lines from my movies: For 'Moonstruck' they say, 'Your life is going down the toilet.' Or from 'Dad,' they say, 'How much are those pork chops?' They say, 'Do you know who you are?' It's real funny," she told The L.A. Times in 1991.

She is said to have improvised the toilet line.

During her acceptance speech at the 1988 Academy Awards ceremony, Dukakis gave a shout-out to her cousin Michael, a frontrunner in the Democratic primaries who would formally secure his party's nomination a few months later.

"OK, Michael, let's go!" she shouted.

"I felt as though I had run the first leg of a very important race and it was time to hand off that baton to Michael so that he could run the second leg," she wrote in her 2003 autobiography, "Ask Me Again Tomorrow: A Life in Progress."

Michael Dukakis would lose the general election to President George H.W. Bush, but both cousins remained politically active, with Olympia acting as a patron for the arts and an advocate for liberal causes that included women's rights and the environment.

She also taught acting and continued to act into her 80s. According to IMDB, she appears in a 2021 film called Not to Forget, which is listed as being in post-production.

"I love transforming," Dukakis told the Globe and Mail in 2013. "It's the fun part of acting. It's the easy part, actually. But it's getting harder and harder for actors to do. You have to have a look, it has to be current, the body has to look this way. This is the enemy of transformation."

Taika Waititi to play Blackbeard in HBO Max's 'Our Flag Means Death'

Home Sale Actor and filmmaker Taika Waititi is set to star in HBO Max's pirate comedy, Our Flag Means Death.

Waititi will play the infamous buccaneer Blackbeard, and is also onboard to executive produce and direct the pilot.

The project will reunite him with Rhys Darby, his collaborator on the HBO series Flight of the Conchords and the movie What We Do in the Shadows.

"Our Blackbeard is a legend, a lover, a fighter, a tactical genius, a poetic soul, and quite possibly insane," series creator, writer and showrunner David Jenkins said in a statement Friday. "Only one man could play this role, and that is the great Taika Waititi. We're thrilled beyond measure he's decided to don the beard."

Waititi won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit. He also helmed Thor: Ragnarok and is working on Thor: Love and Thunder.

'NCIS: Hawaii': Vanessa Lachey to play lead role in CBS series

Vanessa Lachey has landed the lead role in NCIS: Hawaii.

CBS confirmed Friday that Lachey, 40, will star in the upcoming NCIS spinoff.

Yasmime Al-Bustami and Jason Antoon have also been cast as series regulars on the show.

Lachey's casting makes her the first female lead of a series in the NCIS franchise. The actress will play Jane Tennant, the first woman to become the special agent in charge of NCIS Pearl Harbor.

Al-Bustami will portray Lucy, a confident and eager junior member of Tennant's (Lachey) NCIS team, while Antoon will play Ernie, the NCIS cyber intelligence specialist.

NCIS: Hawai'i is created by NCIS: New Orleans showrunner Chris Silber, who will executive produce the show with fellow New Orleans executive producer Jan Nash and Matt Bosack. Larry Teng will direct and executive produce the pilot.

Lachey has appeared as an actress on CSI: NY, Hawaii Five-0 and BH 90210. She has a recurring role on the Fox series Call Me Kat.

Al-Bustami is known for playing Monique on The Originals, while Antoon portrayed Dr. Ken Brickman on Claws.

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'Green Lantern': Finn Wittrock to play Guy Gardner in HBO Max series

Finn Wittrock has joined the cast of HBO Max's Green Lantern series.

The 36-year-old actor will play Guy Gardner, a version of the DC Comics character Green Lantern, in the upcoming series, according to Deadline.

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Wittrock's casting. Wittrock's Gardner is described as "a hulking mass of masculinity, and, as rendered in the comics, an embodiment of 1980s hyper-patriotism. And yet, Guy is somehow likable."

The new series reimagines Green Lantern in "a story spanning decades and galaxies." It begins on Earth in 1941 with the very first Green Lantern, secretly gay FBI agent Alan Scott, and moves to 1984, with cocky alpha male Guy Gardner and half-alien Bree Jarta.

"They'll be joined by a multitude of other Lanterns -- from comic book favorites to never-before-seen heroes," an official description reads.

Sources said casting for Scott is expected to be announced shortly.

Greg Berlanti co-wrote the series with Marc Guggenheim and Seth Grahame-Smith. Berlanti co-wrote and produced the 2011 film Green Lantern starring Ryan Reynolds and is also known for his work on Arrow and The Flash.

Grahame-Smith will serve as showrunner and executive produce with Berlanti, Guggenheim, Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter, David Madden and David Katzenberg.

Wittrock has appeared in several Ryan Murphy series, including American Horror Story, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story and Ratched.