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Frozen II breaks North American box office for Thanksgiving weekend

By Allen Cone
Dec. 1 (UPI) — The animated adventure Frozen II remained the No. 1 movie in North America, earning $85.3 million in receipts this weekend and a record-setting $123.7 million over the five-day holiday period, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced Sunday.The film broke the Thanksgiving weekend record set by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in 2013 with $109 million. The Hunger Games sequel also opened a week ahead of Thanksgiving.

Last weekend, Frozen II debuted with $130 million for the three-day weekend.

The film has brought in $287.6 million domestically and another $451.0 million overseas for a 12-day total of $738.6 million. Five other Disney films have topped $1 billion on their theater run.

Coming in at No. 2 with $27.0 million last weekend is Knives Out, followed by Ford v Ferrari at $13.2 million, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood at No. 4 at $11.8 million and Queen & Slim at No. 5 with $11.7 million.

Rounding out the top tier are 21 Bridges at No. 6 with $5.8 million, Playing with Fire at No. 7 with $4.2 million, Midwayat No. 8 with $3.96 million, Joker at No. 9 with $2.0 million and Last Christmas at No. 10 with $1.98 million.

The only two films to debut this weekend are Knives Out and Queen & Slim.


Alanis Morissette to launch ‘Jagged Little Pill’ anniversary tour

Dec. 2 (UPI) — Alanis Morissette is going on tour in 2020.
The 45-year-old singer announced in a press release Monday that she will celebrate her 1995 album, Jagged Little Pill, with a 25th anniversary tour featuring Garbage and Liz Phair.Morissette will perform 31 dates in North America. The North American leg begins June 2 in Portland, Ore., and ends July 25 in Nashville, Tenn.

Pre-sale tickets for those on Morissette’s mailing list begin Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. local time. General tickets go on sale Dec. 13.

Jagged Little Pill is Morissette’s third studio album and features the singles “You Oughta Know,” “Hand in My Pocket” and “Ironic.” The album inspired a new Broadway musicalwritten by Diablo Cody.

Morissette will release Such Pretty Forks in the Road, her first album since Havoc and Bright Lights (2012), on May 1. She shared the new single “Reasons I Drink” on Monday.

Local stop: July 17 — Tinley Park, Ill., at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre


Julia Ormond joins ‘Walking Dead’ spin-off ‘World Beyond’

By Karen Butler

Nov. 25 (UPI) — Temple Grandin and Sabrina star Julia Ormond has joined the cast of The Walking Dead: World Beyond.

The third installment in AMC’s Walking Dead franchise is being filmed now in and around Richmond, Va.

Starring Aliyah Royale, Alexa Mansour, Annet Mahendru, Nicolas Cantu, Hal Cumpston and Nico Tortorella, the show is about the first generation of people raised after the zombie apocalypse, It is expected to debut on the cable network next year.

Ormond will play Elizabeth, “the charismatic leader of a large, sophisticated and formidable force,” according to a press release.

“I’m so thrilled to be working with The Walking Dead team — I absolutely love how they write for women in particular; a lovely, talented cast and great to be back with AMC,” said Ormond, who also appeared in the network’s critically acclaimed drama Mad Men.

The ensemble of World Beyond will also include Natalie Gold, Al Calderon, Scott Adsit and Ted Sutherland.

The Season 10 mid-season finale of the flagship show The Walking Dead aired Sunday night.


‘SNL:’ Stars return for parody of Democratic debate

Nov. 24 (UPI) — This weekend’s edition of Saturday Night Livefeatured a star-studded parody of the most recent Democratic presidential debate.Playing candidates Andrew Yang, Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren and Tulsi Gabbard were current SNL players Bowen Yang, Colin Jost, Chris Redd, Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong.Several other celebrities popped in to play the remaining contenders.Amy Klobuchar was played by Rachel Dratch, Michael Bloomberg by Fred Armisen, Bernie Sanders by Larry David, Joe Biden by Woody Harrelson and Kamala Harris by Maya Rudolph.

The episode’s guest host and SNL alum Will Ferrell played candidate Tom Steyer.

Asked by moderator Rachel Maddow (Melissa Villasenor) who can beat incumbent Donald Trump, Warren leaped over her podium, “Me, me, me, me, me!”

“I’ve got mom-hosting-Thanksgiving energy. I’ma little overwhelmed because I thought 10 people were coming and now there’s 30 million. But I promise dinner will be ready if you just get out of the kitchen and stop asking questions,” Warren said.

Calling herself “America’s fun aunt,” Harris revealed she planned to be playful and create some “viral moments” during the debate.

“Mama needs a gif,” she said.

Buttigieg, allegedly wearing a suit from his First Holy Communion ceremony when he was a child, gestured to his appearance when asked why he thinks he is polling at zero with black voters.

Sanders claimed he was the first heart attack sufferer to go to the hospital on a city bus.

“I did have a heart attack-ack-ack-ack, but you ought to know by now, I’m doing better than ever,” Sanders said, quoting the Billy Joel song “Movin’ Out.”

Klobuchar insisted she wasn’t trembling because she is nervous.

“It’s just my spidey sense that tingles whenever we need a moderate to say, ‘Girl, we can’t pay for that!'”

Biden said: “America, I see you and I see the faces you all make. When I talk, you’re scared. You’re scared I’ll say something off-color, or worse, on color.

“What an honor it is to be on this stage with my fellow candidates. I want you to know that I smell your fear and it makes me stronger. I’m wearing the white suit of your fallen hero Hillary Clinton. Fight me, cowards,” Gabbard said.


Garth Brooks says new album is finished on ‘Kimmel’

Nov. 21 (UPI) — Garth Brooks appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to discuss his Legacy Collection coming to vinyl and how he has completed work on his new album titled Fun.”Fun was supposed to come out this fall but we were worried that these two were gonna kind of collide with each other,” the country star said about Funcompeting with The Legacy Collection.Brooks then confirmed that Fun was completed but that he is holding onto the album to release it at a different time.Fun will include Brooks’ collaboration with Blake Shelton, “Dive Bar.”The Legacy Collection, available now, spans the singer’s career and includes a number of his hit albums on vinyl for the first time including No Fences, The Chase, In Pieces, Fresh Horses and Triple Live.

“Vinyl, man if you would’ve told me that 10 years ago I would’ve said you were crazy. That’s nuts. I don’t know what’s next, 8-track tapes maybe,” Brooks said about the resurgence of vinyl.

Brooks won big at the Country Music Association Awards recently, taking home the top prize of Entertainer of the Year.

WATCH: Garth Brooks on Touring, Wearing New Hats & The Legacy Collection


Demi Lovato wears fake baby bump on ‘Will & Grace’ set

Nov. 21 (UPI) — Demi Lovato is giving fans a first glimpse of her Will & Gracecharacter.The 27-year-old singer and actress introduced her character, Jenny, in aphoto Wednesday while in costume on the show’s set.The picture shows Lovato wearing a fake baby bump and cradling her belly. Lovato also included a close-up video of her bump.”Real or fake? #WillandGrace #MeetJenny,” she wrote on Instagram.Will & Grace star Sean Hayes was among those to comment on the post.

“You look so dang cute in polka dots!” the actor wrote.

News broke in August that Lovato will guest star in Season 3 of the Will & Grace revival. Lovato will play Jenny, a guarded gal who enters Will Truman’s (Eric McCormack) life in an unexpected way, in three episodes.

NBC announced in July that Season 3 will be the revival’s last.

“In the interest of protecting the legacy of this show and the truly outstanding work that went into making every episode, we have decided now is the time to stop,” series creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan said on Twitter.

Will & Grace co-stars Debra Messing and Megan Mullally originally had an eight-season run on NBC from 1998 to 2005. The show was revived in 2017, and returned for a third and final season in October.

Lovato is known for playing Mitchie Torres in the Disney Channel Camp Rockmovies. She is working on her seventh studio album.



‘Star Wars’: New ‘Rise of Skywalker’ character posters feature Rey, Kylo Ren

Nov. 20 (UPI) — New Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker posters were released on Instagram Wednesday featuring the film’s main cast of characters including Rey and Kylo Ren.
Each poster features a space backdrop and highlights some of the changes the characters have gone through since 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi.Rey (Daisy Ridley) poses heroically as she looks off into the distance while wearing a new grey outfit. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), meanwhile, is once again sporting his signature mask that appears to have been glued back together after it was destroyed.Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) was also given a poster with the classic Star Wars character donning a blue cape and a new cane.New characters featured include the mysterious and heavily armored Zorii Bliss (Keri Russell) and Jannah (Naomi Ackie), who is seen with a quiver full of arrows.Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, from director J.J. Abrams, is set to arrive in theaters on Dec. 20.Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Ian McDiarmid (Palpatine), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico) and Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix) are also set to star.The film will finish The Skywalker saga which was first kicked off with 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope.


‘Lizzie McGuire’: Adam Lamberg to reprise Gordo in Disney+ reboot

Nov. 20 (UPI) — Adam Lamberg has joined the Lizzie McGuirereboot at Disney+.The streaming service announced Wednesday that Lamberg, 35, will reprise David “Gordo” Gordon in the upcoming series.Lamberg and Hilary Duff, who is also returning for the reboot, shared the news in a video on Twitter. Jake Thomas, Hallie Todd and Robert Carradine will reprise Lizzie’s brother, Matt, mother, Jo, and father, Sam McGuire.”I’m so excited to be back. I’m so excited for you guys to come along on this journey with Lizzie,” Duff says in the clip. “Obviously, the show would not be the same without her family. So, I’m so excited Jake Thomas is back playing Matt, and Hallie Todd is back playing Jo, and Bobby Carradine, who plays my dad, Sam.””Wait, wait, wait. Fam’s not complete without me,” Lamberg interrupts. “Gordo’s back.”Duff and Lamberg played Lizzie McGuire and Gordo, Lizzie’s best friend, in the original series. The show had a two-season run on Disney Channel from 2001 to 2004, and will return as a sequel series on Disney+.Duff called Gordo “essential” to Lizzie McGuire in astatement Wednesday.

“Gordo was an essential piece of the puzzle to what made the original Lizzie McGuire so authentic and beloved. I couldn’t imagine the series without him,” she said. “I can’t wait for fans to see what he’s up to 15 years later and how he fits into Lizzie’s adult world.”

The Lizzie McGuire reboot will follow the personal and professional life of Lizzie, now a 30-year-old apprentice interior decorator in New York. Disney+ has yet to announce a premiere date.


Cardi B shares hopes for daughter Kulture

Nov. 20 (UPI) — Cardi B is sharing her hopes and dreams for her daughter, Kulture Kiari.The 27-year-old rapper discussed Kulture, her 16-month-old daughter with Offset, during a Vogue 73 Questions interviewpublished Tuesday.Cardi B said she hopes to teach Kulture to become an independent and confident woman.”Don’t worry what people say. And to dream big and follow it,” she said. “I wish for her to be a successful businesswoman, an independent woman, confident woman.”Cardi B said the biggest lesson she’s learned from motherhood is that “you’re never ready on time.” She also said people underestimate how hard parenthood is.”The most underrated part of motherhood is that this is hard. People think that it’s easy, but it’s hard. We deserve more Mother’s Day,” the star said.”The most challenging part of being a mother, like I said, you’re never on time,” she added.

Cardi B also explained why she once apologized for wanting to be pregnant again.

“My fans, they want they tour. I feel like there’s so many things in the world that they want, and they won’t be able to done if I’m pregnant,” she said.

Cardi B said she’s become a “different person” since welcoming Kulture in July 2018. She shared a sample of a new song in honor of Kulture’s first birthday in July.

Cardi B said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in October that she planned to wear matching costumes with Kulture for Halloween.

“I’m going to dress up as Moana because my baby’s dressing up as Moana,” she said. “So I’m trying to go trick-or-treating for me because she can’t eat candies. That’s the fun thing about being a mom.”

Cardi B last released the single “Yes” with Fat Joe and Anuel AA in September. In the Vogue interview, she described her forthcoming new album as “spicy” and “controversial.”


‘Fuller House’ stars celebrate series wrap with karaoke

Nov. 17 (UPI) — Production on the fifth and final season of the Netflix sitcom Fuller House is now complete.
“Is there any other way to wrap up the series?! #FullerHouse,” actress Candace Cameron-Bure captioned an Instagram video Sunday of her singing a karaoke version of the show’s theme song “Everywhere You Look” with her co-stars Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber.Sweetin posted a selfie from the Fuller House set on Friday, saying: “This couch. This show. This family. I will miss this with all my heart.#fullerhouse #fullhousefamily #onelasttime #goodbyesarenevereasy.” Barber also shared on Instagram a photo of the sofa wrapped in plastic with a pillow that reads, “Home.”On Thursday, she tweeted a crying emoji with the message: “One more day. @ Fuller House Stage 24.” The series is a sequel to the popular show Full House, which aired on ABC 1987-95.

Alicia Keys to host Grammy Awards in January

Nov. 14 (UPI) — Alicia Keys will return to host the 2020 Grammy Awards.The Recording Academy confirmed in a tweet Thursday that Keys, 38, will host the Grammys for a second time at the 62nd ceremony Jan. 26.”IT’S OFFICIAL! Fifteen-time GRAMMY-winning singer, songwriter, producer and global superstar @AliciaKeyes will return as host of the 62nd #GRAMMYs!” the post reads.Keys appeared in a video Thursday where she received unsolicited advice from the 2019 Grammys host — herself.”How are you going to start the show? Are you gonna rappel from a helicopter? Are you gonna have fireworks? Are you gonna come up from the smoke?” Keys asked herself. “You know what you need? A horse.”The Recording Academy had announced Keys as host in a press release Wednesday. Keys delivered an uplifting opening monologue and performed a tribute to pianist Hazel Scott during the 2019 ceremony.”At first I did think last year was a one-time thing but when the opportunity came back around there was no question about returning as host of the GRAMMY Awards,” Keys said in a statement. “Last year was such a powerful experience for me. Not only did I feel the love in the room, but I felt it from around the world and it confirmed the healing and unifying power of music.”Recording Academy president and CEO Deborah Dugan praised Keys as “a beacon of artistry within the music community.””Last year was a testament to her compelling creativity and we are thrilled that she will return to the GRAMMY stage as our host. Anything can happen, you don’t want to miss it!” Dugan said.The 62nd annual Grammy Awards will take place Jan. 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The ceremony will air live on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Keys released her sixth studio album, Here, in November 2016. She released a remix of her single “Show Me Love” featuring 21 Savage and Miguel this month.