“Jason Bourne” Returns To Win Weekend Box Office

Jason Bourne Box Office

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Jason Bourne is officially back with a vengeance! The film will easily defeat the competition to win the box office this weekend.

Matt Damon has returned to his iconic character for the first new movie in the Bourne franchise since 2007. This time around, he’s joined by Alicia Vikander, and audiences seem to approve. With a projected $60 million debut, Jason Bourne would be the second-highest Bourne opening and second-highest opening for Damon in general.

With the action flick in the number one spot this weekend, the new comedy Bad Moms will have to settle for second place with a debut of $26.5 million. And those openings are pushing last week’s chart-topper, Star Trek Beyond, down to third with about $22.9 million.

Box office receipts of $18.5 million would put The Secret Life Of Pets in fourth. $10.8 million in ticket sales could mean a fifth-place finish for the horror flick Lights Out. But Ice Age: Collision Course is right behind with $10.7 million, possibly landing in the number six spot.

Nabbing seventh may be Ghostbusters, if it brings in a $9.8 million haul. Probably rounding out the Top 10 are Nerve ($9.5 million), Finding Dory ($4.2 million), and The Legend Of Tarzan ($2.4 million). All figures are currently estimates. Gossip Cop will have updates.

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Ian Somerhalder, Nikki Reed “Divorce” Report False

Ian Somerhalder Divorce Nikki Reed

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Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed are not headed for divorce because Nina Dobrev may return to “The Vampire Diaries,” despite a baseless report. Gossip Cop can bust the ridiculous story.

“Ian Somerhalder Divorce: Nina Dobrev Season 8 The Vampire Diaries Return Strains Marriage To Nikki Reed?” asks Celeb Dirty Laundry in a headline. While it remains to be seen if Dobrev will make an appearance on the show’s upcoming final season, the site claims, “The only one who doesn’t want a steamy reunion of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ co-stars” is Reed.

The story continues, “Nikki and Ian are having marital problems, according to recent reports. If Nina does return for the final season of TVD, and there is a lot of conflicting information about whether she will or not, it could signal the end of Nikki and Ian’s marriage.” But rather than citing any actual sources, the outlet points to the above photo, which Somerhalder posted on Instagram a few days ago after Comic-Con.

The actor included a sweet caption, in which he wrote, “Thanks brother man for snapping this awesome symbolic shot of my better half and me. Wow, 3rd comic con with this human! My ‘Wifey’ aka my badass-life partner. Thanks for starting our production company with me and making all of my crazy dreams a reality. I can’t wait to produce some powerful and beautiful art with you which will one day be debuted right here.”

It’s an adoring message that actually goes to show how strong Somerhalder and Reed’s marriage is. But not according to CDL, which, in a massive reach, argues, “What Ian wrote with the photo should be a dead giveaway the actor’s marriage to Nikki is nearing an end… Why put wifey in quotations marks and call Nikki a bada**-life partner? Ian could have written wife and life partner, but that’s a bit redundant. Why not just write amazing wife?”

The webloid also adds, “Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder building a production company is no guarantee the couple won’t divorce. Nina Dobrev returning for season 8 of ‘The Vampire Diaries’? That just might be a deal breaker.” But this is all silly speculation.

It’s Celeb Dirty Laundry that has been spreading the aforementioned “marital problem” reports. In fact, Gossip Cop called out the blog earlier this month for falsely claiming Reed was worried about potential Somerhalder-Dobrev love scenes. That, too, was a speculative and source-less story.

There is no love triangle. There is no potential divorce. And this manufactured drama is more befitting of a TV plot line than real life.

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‘Vice Principals’ Star Refutes Racism Accusations: “This Is Actually What Equality Looks Like”

July 30, 2016 11:45am PT by Kate Stanhope

The series has received criticism from depicting two white men (Danny McBride and Walton Goggins) trying to overthrow their African-American female superior. Courtesy of SXSW

The series has received criticism from depicting two white men (Danny McBride and Walton Goggins) trying to overthrow their African-American female superior.

HBO’s freshman comedy Vice Principals faced some tough questions from critics Saturday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

The half-hour series centers on two rival vice principals (Danny McBride and Walton Goggins) who join forces when they are both passed over for the head job in favor of a newcomer to the school, Dr. Belinda Brown (Kimberly Herbert Gregory). Only two episodes of the series have aired so far, and already there have been questions about racism because of the depiction of two white men fighting against an African-American woman in power.

“This is actually what equality looks like,” Gregory told reporters. “I just feel really strongly that we have to look at what it is; its about power and its not about race and it not’s necessarily about gender. … I think if Melissa McCarthy played the role, they would do the same.”

McBride, who also co-created and co-wrote the series with writing partner Jody Hill, said they were “well aware of what the optics of that look like” from the beginning.

Gregory stressed that she would not have signed on for the role if there was any merit to those accusations. “That’s not the choice that I would make if it was about that. We have to be open. I want to be in a space where I can fight two white men,” she said. “And I want us as an industry, I want us as people who are auditors of the work, to get past [it] and be open and really reach for that idea of equality … because these questions almost keep me from working most of the time.”

Goggins also dismissed the criticism as superficial. “I see that criticism and I’m like, ‘Wow, OK, you’re just seeing something at first glance,'” he said. “It’s really about so much more.”

That criticism will likely have minimal impact on the storytelling simply because since production has already wrapped on the series’ 18-episode order. Hill said he preferred having already completed work on the series before it aired publicly. “In my experience and I think I speak for Danny, whenever we’ve made stuff and we’ve had to test it… it hasn’t been good and it hasn’t helped the product,” Hill said.

Instead, Hill said they looked to friends in the industry for thoughts and opinions on the series. “There’s not too many cooks in the kitchen,” Hill said. ‘You’re not trying to make everyone happy.”

McBride and Hill originally thought of the idea as a film in 2006, but felt a two-hour film wasn’t enough time to dig into the characters and the story properly. Eventually, “as the landscape of television has changed,” McBride and Hill begin to re-imagine it as a TV show instead. HBO then picked up straight-to-series back in 2014 , ordering 18 episodes of the half-hour comedy.

Shortly before the series’ July 17 premiere, McBride stated that the no additional episodes would be produced. The series’ short run is not surprising given that McBride and Hill’s previous comedy series on HBO, Eastbound & Down, ran for just 29 episodes over four seasons.

“We always told them that,” McBride said of his and Hill’s conversations with HBO about the show’s short run. “To us, having that rule and working this to a finale as opposed to trying to think of a backdoor escape, it just made us be a little more honest with the storytelling.”

Vice Principals airs at 10:30 p.m. on HBO.

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