Drake added another nine gongs to his Billboard Music Awards ceremony haul on Wednesday (01May19) to clean up with 12. The rapper picked up the night's biggest awards for Top Artist and Top Male Artist during the actual awards show and also dominated the Billboard chart categories, while also landing the Top Rap Artist and Top Rap Male Artist honors. Cardi B, who was a double winner during the ceremony, picked up another four awards, thanks largely to her Maroon 5 Girls Like You collaboration, which claimed a total of four gongs, including Top Hot 100 Song. There were overall triple wins for Ella Mai, who dominated the R&B categories, country star Luke Combs, Ozuna, and Christian artist Lauren Daigle, while Beyonce and JAY-Z, Ariana Grande, The Chainsmokers, Panic! At the Disco, and BTS were all double winners.
Val Kilmer will star opposite Tom Cruise in the "Top Gun: Maverick," an individual with knowledge of the production told TheWrap. Kilmer will join Cruise in the long-awaited sequel to Tony Scott's 1986 action blockbuster, in which Cruise's aviator Pete "Maverick" Mitchell is now a mentor to a new generation of U.S. Navy fighter pilots. A rep for Paramount declined to comment on the casting of Kilmer, who has been spotted around the San Diego hotel the studio has been using since production began last week. Kilmer, who played aviator Tom "Iceman" Kazansky and Cruise's chief rival in the original film, is repped by CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof and Fishman. Titled "Top Gun: Maverick," the new film is set to hit theaters July 12, 2019. Joseph Kosinski is directing from a script by Eric Warren Singer, Peter Craig and Justin Marks. (Tony Scott had been circling the sequel project before his death in 2012.) The original action movie — which also starred Anthony Edwards and Kelly McGillis — followed the exploits of a flight academy and its students. Kilmer previously teased on Facebook that he was "offered ‪#‎topgun2‬ — not often you get to say 'yes' without reading the script…" Shortly after the post, however, Kilmer updated his Facebook post and said he had been premature in making the announcement: "This is a long way off so calm down. This has been talked about for a long long time and being offered a role is very different from doing a role. I jumped the gun with my post. I jumped the topgun… An innocent mistake. It was just such a wonderful phone call with my agent…" "Top Gun: Maverick" is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer for Jerry Bruckheimer Films and David Ellison for Skydance. Cruise also serves as a producer.
As expected, “Star Wars” fever has taken the box office by storm as Lucasfilm’s latest installment, “The Last Jedi,” has posted an opening weekend of $220 million from 4,232 screens. That’s the second highest domestic opening of all-time behind the film’s 2015 predecessor, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and a 41 percent jump over the $155 million opening posted by last year’s “Star Wars” movie, “Rogue One.” The film opened with $104.8 million on Friday (including $45 million from Thursday previews), making it only the second film to earn $100 million on opening day. This was followed by $63.7 million on Saturday and a projected $52 million on Sunday. This total also pushes Disney past the $2 billion mark domestically for the third consecutive year and into the top spot among all studios for domestic revenue. In total, “The Last Jedi” has posted a global opening of $450 million excluding China, good for the fifth-highest global opening in box office history with $40.6 million coming from IMAX, good for the second-highest opening excluding China. The film opens in China on January 5. Hardcore “Star Wars” fans have been debating the film’s merits since screenings started on Thursday evening, but as a whole, critics and audiences have given the film a big thumbs up with an A on CinemaScore and a 93 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. “Star Wars”‘ big weekend comes after Lucasfilm’s parent company, Disney, turned Hollywood on its head by buying the original owner of “Star Wars”, 20th Century Fox, for $52.4 billion. As fate would have it, Fox has also released a movie this weekend, the Blue Sky animated film “Ferdinand.” Helmed by “Ice Age” director Carlos Saldanha, the film has grossed $13.3 million at 3,621 locations against projections of a $15 million opening. The film received an A on CinemaScore and a 74 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Will season 5 of “Jane The Virgin” be the last? Series star and co-executive producer Gina Rodriguez said so during the Women To Watch day of panels from Create & Cultivate and Fossil in Austin, Texas on Sunday. Rodriguez discussed directing, which she tried her hand at in a pivotal season 4 episode, saying, “When it came to directing ‘Jane,’ as the star of the show — as a woman, as Latina, I was like, ‘I need to come so correct that I cannot be denied.'” After calling it “the most incredible experience,” Rodriguez noted that her episode happened to be “the highest-rated of the season” and concluded by noting that she has plans to “do more [directing] next year — in our final season.” However, the CW has not yet made any official announcements or pick-ups for returning shows next season. “Jane The Virgin” is not Rodriguez’s only project at the CW. She is also developing a female-driven drama entitled “Femme” and a dramedy about an undocumented immigrant called “Illegal.” Back in January, CW president Mark Pedowitz told Variety that he wanted to “stay in the Gina Rodriguez business.” “Gina is a friend,” he said. “She is a special, special person. Really, she is the real frickin’ deal. That’s how much I feel about her and respect her.” Rodriguez won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Jane Villanueva on the comedic take on a telenovela in 2015. It was the first-ever Globe for the network. The latest episode of “Jane The Virgin” grabbed approximately 600,000 live+same day viewers and earned a 0.2 in the 18-49 demo. It is averaging a 0.3 in adults 18-49 and 652,000 viewers per episode in live+same day this season, down around 30% in both measures from last season. It remains one of CW’s lowest-rated originals, ranking above only “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and freshman shows “Valor,” “Dynasty” and “Life Sentence,” the last of which debuted last week.

Links