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‘Deadpool’ Makes History With $132.7M On Valentine

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In a sea change for Hollywood’s go-to genre — comic book adaptations — Ryan Reynolds’ very R-rated and irreverent Deadpool grossed a record-breaking $132.7 million over the three-day Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day weekend, one of the best showings of all time for a superhero movie and shattering all expectations.

The Marvel-branded Deadpool is an enormous victory for Fox and Reynolds, who spent more than a decade convincing the studio to let him make the X-Men spinoff his way, i.e., with a hard R rating. Fox finally said yes but kept the budget at a relatively modest $58 million.

Every other studio superhero movie in recent times has been rated PG-13 and cost much more; Deadpool alters the game. It also catapults Reynolds to major stardom, much as Iron Man reinvigorated Robert Downey Jr.’s career.

For the four-day holiday weekend, Deadpool earned a colossal $150 million, a Presidents Day best that beats the $93 million grossed a year ago by sensation Fifty Shades of Grey (official four-day estimates will be released Monday morning, so it’s possible the final number could come in higher).

Among other North American records broken, Deadpool boasts the biggest R-rated opening of all time, the biggest opening for the month of February and the top opening in history for Fox. It’s also the biggest debut for a first-time feature director (Tim Miller).

“Deadpool is wildly creative and new, and that’s what audiences want,” said Fox domestic distribution chief Chris Aronson. “I think a lot of credit goes to [Fox CEO] Jim Gianopulos for having the courage to make this movie.”

The movie — replete with foul language, nudity, sex and graphic violence — succeeded in getting a heavy turnout among younger males, an elusive demo in recent years. At least 62 percent of ticket buyers were male, while a hefty 47 percent of ticket buyers were under the age of 25.

The studio made the well-reviewed Deadpool with Marvel Enterprises via its licensing deal for the X-Men universe of characters, and, along with Reynolds, spent months aggressively marketing the movie. Sometimes, the campaign was as irreverent and out there as the film itself, but the studio was also savvy in marketing the film as a broad offering in line with other superhero movies, which draw families. Deadpool is playing in 3,558 theaters, including Imax locations.

The tongue-in-cheek movie, which often pokes fun of the superhero genre, follows Wade Wilson (aka Deadpool), a witty mercenary nicknamed the Merc With the Mouth who is bestowed with special healing powers after undergoing an experimental treatment for cancer.

But he vows to get revenge after he’s quickly betrayed, and horribly disfigured, separating him from his girlfriend (Morena Baccarin). The actor first appeared as the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Reynolds’ film received an A CinemaScore from all age groups. And 92 percent said they would recommend it to a friend, while 76 percent checked off the excellent box, on par with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, according to ComScore’s PostTrak exit polling service. Other characters from the X-Men comic book universe who appear in the film include Colossus (Sefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand).

The crown for biggest R-rated opening previously belonged to The Matrix Reloaded ($91.8 million), set in 2003 and one of the longest held records in box-office history.

Overseas, Deadpool is also doing huge business, opening to $132.1 million from 61 markets over the three-day weekend for a global bow of $282.1 million, including scoring the biggest opening of all time in Russia with $12.4 million, besting Star Wars: The Force Awakens. On Monday, the movie is expected to cross $150 million, putting its global tally at $300 million.

Deadpool is Fox’s biggest opening of all time in 13 markets, including Australia ($10 million) and Taiwan ($8.3 million), and the top opening for a film with the equivalent of an R rating in 11 territories, including the Philippines ($2.8 million), known to be a conservative marketplace. Overall, the U.K. led with $20.1 million.

Heading into the weekend, Deadpool was tipped to earn $65 million to $75 million North America, but it quickly turned into a sensation at the multiplex, with estimates constantly being revised upward. Deadpool’s three-day number makes it the No. 7 comic book opening of all time behind the two The Avengers movies, Iron Man 3, the final two Dark Knight films and Spider-Man 3, not accounting for inflation.

Reynolds’ movie made the going tough for the other two holiday offerings, Zoolander 2 and How to Be Single as adults and teenagers largely focused on Deadpool. That left an opening for Fox and DreamWorks Animation’s family animated offering Kung Fu Panda 3 to come in No. 2 in its third weekend with $19.8 million for the four days and $26 million for the four, putting Panda’s domestic total at $100.3 million through Monday.

How to Be Single, an R-rated romantic comedy starring Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie and Leslie Mann, placed No. 3 with a three-day take of $17.9 million and four-day gross of $20.6 million. That’s in line with New Line and MGM’s hopes for the $38 million movie heading into the holiday weekend. The raunchy rom-com skewed heavily female (82 percent), with 61 percent of ticket buyers under the age of 35.

Overseas, How to Be Single opened to $8.1 million from roughly 35 percent of the marketplace for a global bow of $28.7 million.

From Paramount, Zoolander 2, reuniting Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell, took in $14 million for the three-day weekend, putting its four-day gross at $16 million, a disappointing start considering the studio had hoped for a four-day gross north of $25 million based on the strength of prerelease tracking. The sequel, coming in No. 4, cost just north of $50 million to produce. (On Sunday, Paramount was bullish in estimating a four-day take of $18 million.)

Even with an aggressive marketing campaign, Zoolander 2 needed better than a C+ CinemaScore to weather withering reviews. The first Zoolander (2001), debuting to $16 million, likewise got a C+, but sported far better notices. How to Be Single earned a ho-hum B CinemaScore.

Zoolander 2 also began its international rollout, opening to $8.5 million from 20 markets and coming in well ahead of the first film for a worldwide start of $24.5 million.

In North America, Fox and New Regency’s The Revenant rounded out the top five. Alejandro G. Inarritu’s awards frontrunner took in $6.6 million for the three days and $7.8 million for the four days. Through Monday, the movie’s domestic cume is $160.1 million.

Disney and Lucasfilms’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens followed with $6.2 million for the three days and $7.6 million for the four, putting its domestic total at $916.3 million and worldwide cume at $2.026 billion through Monday. Elsewhere, Disney began rolling out animated tentpoleZootopia in three foreign markets where school holidays are underway ahead of its March 4 release in North America.

From Disney Animation Studios, Zootopia grossed a total of $4.5 million, including $2.8 million in Spain and $1.7 million in Belgium, where it scored the biggest opening of all time for a Disney Animation or Pixar title.

Ethan and Joel Coen’s Hail, Caesar! held relatively well in its second weekend after a subdued opening last weekend, grossing $6.4 million for the three days and $7.2 million for the four days for a domestic total of $22 million.

Feb. 15, 7:40 a.m. Updated with estimated four-day numbers.
Feb. 14, 9:45 a.m. Updated with international numbers for Deadpool.

-MonteOz360

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2022 BET Awards: Full List Of Winners

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The BET Awards were back and bigger than ever.

Taraji P. Henson returned as host, reprising her gig from last year, to lead the celebration of talent across music, television, film, and sports at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles Sunday night.

Doja Cat led the pack with six nominations including album of the year, video of the year, and both Best Female R&B/Pop Artist and Best Female Hip Hop artist.

The human turned living frequency formerly/currently/potentially known as Sean “Diddy” Combs was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award with a starry lineup of friends paying tribute to the producer/artist, including Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, Nas, Lil’ Kim, Busta Rhymes, the Lox, Bryson Tiller, and Faith Evans.

Lizzo opened the show, flute in hand, dressed as a glamorous disco ball to perform her single “About Damn Time.” Janelle Monáe then graced the stage, giving a special shout-out to “all the gays in the house” and giving a “f— you” to the Supreme Court, before presenting the first award for the night, Best Female R&B/Pop Artist to Jazmine Sullivan.

R&B queen Brandy made a surprise appearance, lending Jack Harlow a hand and — channeling her Queens emcee character — a few bars for his performance of “First Class.” Lil Wayne had previously snuck out to duet with Harlow. Speaking of surprises, Ye (né Kanye West) came out covered from head to toe, breathing heavily through a mask as he helped Babyface present Diddy the Lifetime Achievement Award.

“I was signed to Puff without him even knowing,” Ye said of his formative years, joking, “that statement is not legally binding.” Ye, feeling schticky, also joked that Diddy has inspired both his “life” and his “wife” choices.

“And here we are,” he said. “Thanks for that Puff.”

See the list of winners for the 2022 BET Awards below:

Album of the Year

WINNER: An Evening With Silk Sonic, Silk Sonic
Back of My Mind, H.E.R.
Call Me If You Get Lost, Tyler, The Creator
Certified Lover Boy, Drake
Donda, Kanye West
Heaux Tales, Mo’ Tales: The Deluxe, Jazmine Sullivan
Planet Her, Doja Cat

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

Ari Lennox
Chlöe
Doja Cat
H.E.R.
WINNER: Jazmine Sullivan
Mary J. Blige
Summer Walker

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

Blxst
Chris Brown
Givēon
Lucky Daye
WINNER: The Weeknd
Wizkid
Yung Bleu

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

Cardi B
Doja Cat
Latto
Megan Thee Stallion
Nicki Minaj
Saweetie

Best Male Hip Hop Artist

Drake
Future
J. Cole
Jack Harlow
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar
Lil Baby

Best Group

Silk Sonic
Chlöe X Halle
City Girls
Lil Baby & Lil Durk
Migos
Young Dolph & Key Glock

Best Collaboration

WINNER: “Essence,” Wizkid Feat. Justin Bieber & Tems
“Every Chance I Get,” DJ Khaled Feat. Lil Baby & Lil Durk
“Family Ties,” Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar
“Kiss Me More,” Doja Cat Feat. SZA
“Way 2 Sexy,” Drake Feat. Future & Young Thug
“Whole Lotta Money” (Remix), Bia Feat. Nicki Minaj

Best New Artist

Baby Keem
Benny the Butcher
WINNER: Latto
Muni Long
Tems
Yung Bleu

Video of the Year

“Family Ties,” Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar
“Have Mercy,” Chlöe
“Kiss Me More,” Doja Cat Feat. SZA
“Pressure,” Ari Lennox
“Smokin Out the Window,” Silk Sonic
“Way 2 Sexy,” Drake Feat. Future & Young Thug

Video Director of the Year

Anderson .Paak a.k.a. Director .Paak
Benny Boom
Beyoncé & Dikayl Rimmasch
Director X
Hype Williams
Missy Elliott

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

“All in Your Hands,” Marvin Sapp
“Come to Life,” Kanye West
“Grace,” Kelly Price
“Hallelujah,” Fred Hammond
“Hold Us Together (Hope Mix),” H.E.R. & Tauren Wells
Jireh, Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music
WINNER: “We Win,” Lil Baby X Kirk Franklin

BET Her

“Best of Me (Originals),” Alicia Keys
WINNER: “Good Morning Gorgeous,” Mary J. Blige
“Have Mercy,” Chlöe
“Pressure,” Ari Lennox
“Roster,” Jazmine Sullivan
“Unloyal,” Summer Walker & Ari Lennox
“Woman,” Doja Cat

Best International Act

Dave (U.K.)
Dinos (France)
Fally Ipupa (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Fireboy Dml (Nigeria)
Little Simz (U.K.)
Ludmilla (Brazil)
Major League Djz (South Africa)
Tayc (France)
WINNER: Tems (Nigeria)

Best Movie

Candyman
King Richard
Respect
Space Jam: A New Legacy
Summer of Soul
The Harder They Fall

Best Actor

Adrian Holmes, Bel Air
Anthony Anderson, Black-Ish
Damson Idris, Snowfall
Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth
Forest Whitaker, Respect | Godfather of Harlem
Jabari Banks, Bel Air
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Will Smith, King Richard

Best Actress

Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard
Coco Jones, Bel Air
Issa Rae, Insecure
Jennifer Hudson, Respect
Mary J. Blige, Power Book II: Ghost
Queen Latifah, The Equalizer
Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary
Regina King, The Harder They Fall
WINNER: Zendaya, Euphoria Spider-Man: No Way Home

YoungStars Award

Akira Akbar
Demi Singleton
WINNER: Marsai Martin
Miles Brown
Saniyya Sidney
Storm Reid

Sportswoman of the Year Award

Brittney Griner
Candace Parker
Naomi Osaka
Serena Williams
Sha’carri Richardson
Simone Biles

Sportsman of the Year Award

Aaron Donald
Bubba Wallace
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Ja Morant
LeBron James
Stephen Curry

Lifetime Achievement Award

Sean “Diddy” Combs

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Tems Wins Best International Act At BET Awards 2022

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Nigerian singer, Temilade Openiyi popularly known as , Tems, won the Best International Act at the BET Awards 2022 last night.

The singer and songwriter beat Fireboy, Dave from the UK, Dinos from France, Fally Ipupa from Congo, Little Simz from the UK, Ludmilla from Brazil, Major League Djz from South Africa, and Tayc from France to win the award.

Receiving the award, Tems dedicated the award to every single woman who may not believe they could chase their dreams.

She said: “Thank you so much for this, thank you so much. It’s an honour… I mean, this is my first award show that I’m winning something and I just want to use this as an opportunity to speak to every single young, old, whatever, every single woman watching this, every single girl watching this at home. Where I’m from, things like this don’t happen.”

The annual award ceremony honoring Black excellence in music, entertainment, and sports took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, on Sunday night, June 26.

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Full Look Inside Jackie Appiah’s Luxurious Mansion

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Although fans were given just snippets of the home from Luchy’s videos, Jackie Appiah has released a full video giving fans a thorough look at her mansion.

The house features a VIP area, a state of the art swimming pool, a walk-in closet, modern kitchen, an office space, a smart toilet, and many other smart devices.

Jackie dines in an area fit for kings and her staircase leads to a mini sitting room with cushions, chandeliers and a thin glass barrier separating it from the rest of the house.

Jackie also has a small well-decorated home office, and her large bedroom boasts of a beautiful huge bed, dazzling lights, and paintings fit for a queen.

The actress’ several bags, shoes and perfumes were displayed on different shelves as Luchy continued to exclaim in amazement.

Jackie Appiah also does not do regular ‘toileting’, she decided to go for a smart one that opens on sensing motion.

Check out Jackie Appiah mansion video below:

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