LOS ANGELES — Superhero sequel “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” soared in its opening weekend to a record-breaking $96.2 million in North America and a worldwide total to date of $303.3 million. The $170 million 3-D film, starring Chris Evans as the shield-bearing superhero and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, is the top April opening of all time and more successful than its 2011 predecessor, “Captain America: The First Avenger,” which made $65 million in its first three days. The sequel, directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, generated just over $207 million in its first 10 days overseas. “The response has been fantastic,” said Dave Hollis, Disney’s head of distribution. “Coming out in April and setting a record is truly a great thing.” The film, which opened in 3,938 locations in the U.S., had an A on the polling firm CinemaScore and 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The audience consisted mostly of men (64 … [Read more...] about ‘Captain America’ sequel shatters records with $96.2 million debut
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By Reuters In 51 shootings by police in drug busts, 100 suspects were killed and just 3 wounded. The 97-percent kill ratio, eyewitness testimony and other evidence amassed by Reuters suggest officers are summarily gunning down suspects in President Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown. Norberto Maderal and George Avanceña made a fatal choice on the afternoon of October 19, the Philippine National Police say. The two pedicab drivers drew their guns in a slum in northern Manila and “tried to open fire” at plainclothes officers posing as drug buyers, according to the police report into their killings. The officers defended themselves, resulting in what the report called “the instantaneous death of the suspects.” Dante Novicio, the police chief of Navotas City, told Reuters his men shot the pair “almost simultaneously.” Maderal, 42, and Avanceña, 33, are casualties in President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs.” Police say … [Read more...] about Police rack up an almost perfectly deadly record in PH drug war
Just in case you have been wondering what makes Guardians of the Galaxy bigger or should I say, more entertaining than all of these summer’s big-budgeted action/adventure releases, I can now tell you to wonder no more. With star power, special effects, memorable characters and quotable dialogue being more or less equal to X-Men, Lucy or Expendables 3, what gives Guardians the edge that accounts for its over $500M worldwide gross, is its super-duper tape deck soundtrack. The songs in the soundtrack of the action/adventure about a new batch of Marvel superheroes keeping the galaxy safe, do not only enhance the mood or farther the action. It is a vital part of the story. Hero Starford Quill carries a Walkman around while going about his business. For younger readers, the Walkman, one of Sony’s most successful and most revolutionary products, was a handy audio cassette player that one can carry around. The Walkman led to the fad for jogging or working out with sounds from your … [Read more...] about Guardians of the Galaxy has awesome retro soundtrack
Curtain-raisers: When a young actress got married (date not specified to avoid identification) to her model-boyfriend, she “banned” her own mother from attending…for a good reason: her mom left for abroad a few years ago and never came back. It turned out that she divorced the actress’ father so she could marry another man. The actress was hurting for her father. Which brings to mind another showbiz wedding (date also not specified for the same reason) to which the father of the bride was not invited. Of course, the father (based abroad) was hurt. It was “un-Christian” for the couple to have done that, wasn’t it? (Hopefully, time shall have healed whatever wounds there were between the father and his daughter and son-in-law.) Airport authorities both here and abroad are puzzled why a bold actor sets off the alarm every time he passes through the x-ray machine, even if he has taken off his belt, jewelry and whatever it is that should be … [Read more...] about Reminder from Matteo: Don’t shoot!
MINA — Muslims around the world celebrated the start of Islam's biggest holiday on yesterday as more than 2 million pilgrims took part in one of the final rites of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, commemorates what Muslims believe was Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail — the Biblical Ishmael, though Christians and Jews believe his other son Isaac was the near-sacrifice — as a test of his faith from God. In the end, he is provided with a sheep to sacrifice instead. In remembrance, Muslims around the world slaughtered sheep and other livestock on yesterday, giving some meat to the poor. Because Eid follows the Muslim lunar calendar that depends on sightings of the moon, some Muslims will be celebrating the first day of Eid on Sunday, including Iraqi Shiites and the majority of Indonesians in the world's most populous Muslim nation of 240 million. Pakistan will celebrate on Monday. In Mina, a … [Read more...] about Muslims celebrate Eid as hajj pilgrimage nears end
GAZA CITY — The first major ground battle in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price Sunday: It killed 65 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers and forced thousands of terrified Palestinian civilians to flee their neighborhood, reportedly used to launch rockets at Israel and now devastated by the fighting. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the offensive would continue "as long as necessary" to end attacks from Gaza on Israeli civilians. But Hamas seems defiant, international cease-fire efforts are stalled, and international criticism is becoming more vocal as the death toll among Palestinian civilians rises. UN chief Ban Ki-moon called Israel's latest incursion "atrocious," and said it must do far more to protect civilians. The UN Security Council was holding an emergency session Sunday night at the request of council member Jordan on the situation in Gaza. In Israel, public opinion will struggle to tolerate rising military losses in an open-ended … [Read more...] about Scores dead in first major ground battle in Gaza
Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar earned the most 2018 Grammy nominations with eight and seven nods, respectively. The two rap greats will compete in top categories, including album of the year and record of the year. The 60th Grammy Awards show airs live on CBS on January 28. Find the complete list of nominees below. Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar lead the pack with the most nominations for the 2018 Grammy Awards, with eight and seven nominations, respectively. The two rap greats will compete in a number of top categories, including album of the year and record of the year. The album of the year nominees include Jay-Z’s “4:44,” Lamar’s “Damn.,” Childish Gambino’s “Awaken, My Love!,”Lorde’s “Melodrama,” and Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic.”Mars earned the third most nominations with six, while Gambino, the music alter-ego of Donald … [Read more...] about Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar lead with the most 2018 Grammy nominations — here’s the complete list of nominees
In 2000, Colin Farrell came out of nowhere to become one of Hollywood’s new heartthrobs. The Dublin-born actor caught everyone off-guard when he was cast as the lead in Joel Schumacher’s Vietnam movie “Tigerland” and followed that up by playing opposite Tom Cruise in the Steven Spielberg blockbuster “Minority Report” two years later. After that came two more leading roles in studio movies, highly publicized flings (like with Britney Spears), and rehab. For most stars in that position, the next, unfortunate stop would be direct-to-video fame. But Colin Farrell has rebounded in a big way. In the last year alone, we’ve seen him do incredible work in the polarizing second season of “True Detective” and in the surprise indie hit “The Lobster.” The latter – with Farrell packing on pounds and delivering a performance some believe should receive awards recognition – is a defining moment in the … [Read more...] about Why Colin Farrell says he’s enjoying acting now ‘more than I ever have’
More than 40 new shows are premiering this winter and spring. Most people don’t have the time to watch everything that’s coming out, no matter how good the TV show. The problem now is that we have to become really selective. Some of the stuff that made it to our TV screens a year or two ago just doesn’t hold up any longer compared with the competition. Cable, the streaming companies, and even broadcast are taking viewers to bold new places – from HBO’s “The Young Pope” to FX’s “Legion” and Netflix’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” But where should you start? Metacritic keeps track of a curated group of critics, assigns each review a number according to how positive or negative it was, and then creates a weighted average score for each show. Here are the 20 most critically acclaimed new TV shows of winter and spring 2017 so far, according to Metacritic: 20. “Training … [Read more...] about RANKED: The 20 best new TV shows right now, according to critics
The first primaries in the nation have wrapped up. Democratic presidential candidate and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Republican business mogul Donald Trump have been declared the respective winners of the each party’s New Hampshire primary – the first of the 2016 election season. With more than 75% of precincts reporting, Sanders is ahead of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by a 60% – 39% margin in the Democratic primary, per the Associated Press. On the Republican side, Trump has roughly 34% of the vote while the second-place finisher, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), had more than 16%. The Republicans are bunched up between third and fifth, with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) running in that order, all with roughly 11% of the vote with more than 75% of precincts reporting, according to the AP. 11:16 p.m. ET – Here are the Republican and Democratic standings with more than … [Read more...] about RECAP: The New Hampshire primary results!