The Chainsmokers, Drake Lead Billboard Music Awards Nominations

The Chainsmokers and Drake dominated the nominations for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards with 22 nods each, including Top Artist.

Twenty One Pilots earned 17 nominations when the announcement came on Monday, followed by Rihanna with 14, The Weeknd with 13 and Beyonce with 8.

The show will be broadcast on ABC on May 21.

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The nominees are based on album and digital songs sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound.

Here are all of the nominees.

Top Artist:
Adele
Beyonce
Justin Bieber
The Chainsmokers
Drake
Ariana Grande
Shawn Mendes
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots
The Weeknd

Top New Artist:
Alessia Cara
Desiigner
Lil Uzi Vert
Lukas Graham
Zayn

Billboard Chart Achievement Award Presented by Xfinity:
Luke Bryan
Nicki Minaj
The Chainsmokers
The Weeknd
Twenty One Pilots

Top Male Artist:
Justin Bieber
Drake
Future
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd

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Top Female Artist:
Adele
Beyonce
Ariana Grande
Rihanna
Sia

Top Duo/Group:
The Chainsmokers
Coldplay
Florida Georgia Line
Guns N’ Roses
Twenty One Pilots

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Beyonce
Drake
Prince
Twenty One Pilots
The Weeknd
Top Hot 100 Artist:
The Chainsmokers
Drake
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots
The Weeknd

Top Song Sales Artist:
The Chainsmokers
Drake
Prince
Justin Timberlake
Twenty One Pilots

Top Radio Songs Artist:
Justin Bieber
The Chainsmokers
Drake
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots
Top Streaming Songs Artist:
The Chainsmokers
Desiigner
Drake
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots

Top Social Artist:
Justin Bieber
BTS
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Shawn Mendes

Top Touring Artist:
Justin Bieber
Beyonce
Coldplay
Guns N’ Roses
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Top R&B Artist:
Beyonce
Bruno Mars
Frank Ocean
Rihanna
The Weeknd

Top R&B Tour:
Beyonce
Lionel Richie
Rihanna

Top Rap Artist:
J. Cole
Desiigner
Drake
Future
Rae Sremmurd

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Top Rap Tour
Drake
Future
Kanye West

Top Country Artist:
Florida Georgia Line
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban
Chris Stapleton
Jason Aldean

Top Country Tour:
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Dixie Chicks

Top Rock Artist:
Coldplay
The Lumineers
Metallica
Twenty One Pilots
X Ambassadors

Top Rock Tour:
Coldplay
Guns N’ Roses
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Top Latin Artist:
J Balvin
Juan Gabriel
Los Plebes Del Rancho De Ariel Camacho
Maluma
Nicky Jam

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
The Chainsmokers
Calvin Harris
Major Lazer
DJ Snake
Lindsey Stirling

Top Christian Artist:
Lauren Daigle
Hillsong Worship
Hillary Scott & the Family
Skillet
Chris Tomlin

Top Gospel Artist:
Jekalyn Carr
Kirk Franklin
Travis Greene
Tamela Mann
Hezekiah Walker

Top Billboard 200 Album:
Beyonce, Lemonade
Drake, Views
Rihanna, Anti
Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface
The Weeknd, Starboy

Top Soundtrack/Cast Album:
Hamilton: An American Musical
Moana
Purple Rain
Suicide Squad: The Album
Trolls

Top R&B Album:
Beyonce, Lemonade
Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
Frank Ocean, Blonde
Rihanna, Anti
The Weeknd, Starboy

Top Rap Album:
J. Cole, 4 Your Eyez Only
Drake, Views
Kevin Gates, Isla
DJ Khaled, Major Key
A Tribe Called Quest, We Got It From Here…Thank You For Your Service

Top Country Album:
Jason Aldean, They Don’t Know
Florida Georgia Line, Dig Your Roots
Blake Shelton, If I’m Honest
Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Keith Urban, Ripcord

Top Rock Album:
The Lumineers, Cleopatra
Metallica, Hardwired…To Self Destruct
Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool
Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Getaway
Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface

Top Latin Album:
J Balvin, Energia
CNCO, Primera Cita
Juan Gabriel, Los Duo 2
Juan Gabriel, Vestido De Etiqueta: Por Eduardo Magallanes
Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho, Recuerden Mi Estilo

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Top Dance/Electronic Album:
The Chainsmokers, Bouquet
The Chainsmokers, Collage 
Flume, Skin
Kygo, Cloud Nine
Lindsey Stirling, Brave Enough

Top Christian Album:
Casting Crowns, The Very Next Thing
Lauren Daigle, How Can It Be
Joey + Rory, Hymns
Hillary Scott & The Family, Love Remains
Skillet, Unleashed

Top Gospel Album:
Tamela Mann, One Way
Kirk Franklin, Losing My Religion
Travis Greene, The Hill
Tasha Cobbs, One Place: Live
Hezekiah Walker, Better: Azusa – The Next Generation 2

Top Hot 100 Song:
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance”
Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”
Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens”

Top Selling Song:
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake Featuring, WizKid & Kyla “One Dance”
Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”
Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens”

Top Radio Song:
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance”
Sia Featuring Sean Paul, “Cheap Thrills”
Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”

Top Streaming Song (Audio):
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”
Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance”
D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty, “Broccoli”
Rihanna, “Needed Me”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk, “Starboy”

Top Streaming Song (Video):
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”
Desiigner, “Panda”
Zay Hilfigerr & Zayion McCall, “JuJu On That Beat (TZ Anthem)
Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles”
Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens”

Top Collaboration:
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance”
Sia Featuring Sean Paul, “Cheap Thrills”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk, “Starboy”

Top R&B Song:
Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance”
Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”
Rihanna, “Needed Me”
Rihanna Featuring Drake, “Work”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk, “Starboy”

Top R&B Collaboration:
Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance”
PARTYNEXTDOOR Featuring Drake, “Come And See Me”
Rihanna Featuring Drake, “Work”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “I Feel It Coming”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk, “Starboy”

Top Rap Song:
Desiigner, “Panda”
Drake, “Fake Love”
D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty, “Broccoli”
Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad And Boujee”
Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles”

Top Rap Collaboration:
D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty, “Broccoli”
Zay Hilfigerr & Zayion McCall, “JuJu On That Beat (TZ Anthem)
Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello, “Bad Things”
Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad and Boujee”
Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles”

Top Country Song:
Kenny Chesney Featuring Pink, “Setting The World On Fire”
Florida Georgia Line, “H.O.L.Y.”
Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw, “May We All”
Little Big Town, “Better Man”
Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Top Country Collaboration:
Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King, “Different For Girls”
Kenny Chesney Featuring Pink, “Setting The World On Fire”
Eric Church Featuring Rhiannon Giddens, “Kill A Word”
Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw, “May We All”
Chris Young Featuring Vince Gill, “Sober Saturday Night”

Top Rock Song:
Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons with Logic & Ty Dolla $ign Featuring X Ambassadors, “Sucker For Pain”
Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens”
Twenty One Pilots, “Ride”
Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out”
X Ambassadors, “Unsteady”

Top Latin Song:
Daddy Yankee, “Shaky Shaky”
Enrique Iglesias Featuring Wisin, “Duele El Corazon”
Nicky Jam, “Hasta El Amanecer”
Shakira Featuring Maluma, “Chantaje”
Carlos Vives & Shakira, “La Bicicleta”

Top Dance/Electronic Song:
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”
Calvin Harris Featuring Rihanna, “This Is What You Came For”
Major Lazer Featuring Justin Bieber & MO, “Cold Water”
DJ Snake Featuring Justin Bieber, “Let Me Love You”

Top Christian Song:
Lauren Daigle, “Trust In You”
Hillary Scott & The Family, “Thy Will”
Skillet, “Feel Invincible”
Ryan Stevenson Featuring GabeReal, “Eye Of The Storm”
Zach Williams, “Chain Breaker”

Top Gospel Song:
Jekalyn Carr, “You’re Bigger”
Tasha Cobbs, Featuring Kierra Sheard “Put A Praise On It”
Kirk Franklin, “Wanna Be Happy??”
Travis Greene, “Made A Way”
Hezekiah Walker, “Better”

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The Murdochs Face the Bill O’Reilly Factor – What Kind of Fox Do They Want?

It’s decision time for James and Lachlan Murdoch over their damaged star Bill O’Reilly.

The pressure is rising to cut loose Fox News’ most lucrative on-air talent as advertisers flee in droves and reports are seeping out of unrest inside the company over the news that the network and host have paid $13 million to make five harassment lawsuits go away.

It’s a defining moment for James and Lachlan: Keep him or cut him loose?

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To let O’Reilly go means slicing out the heart of the Fox News body politic: Opinionated, unabashedly right-wing, populist and bearing the paternal air of authority, O’Reilly is the brand. His massive fan base generates a stunning $440 million for the network. He’s also the friendliest friend to the President in Foxland (sorry, Sean Hannity).

But to keep him suggests that Fox will tolerate sexual harassment within its highest ranks, a message that the company sought to counter last year when the Murdochs made the painful decision to dismiss the network’s powerful founder and CEO, Roger Ailes. Indeed, the company said at the time that it was committed to changing the culture of Fox News.

The arrival of James and Lachlan to the corporate suites at 21st Century Fox in 2014 was expected to herald a new day, culturally speaking. Rupert’s two sons are believed to be far more liberal politically than their father, who took over leading Fox News when Ailes was dismissed.

No one doubts that they are their father’s sons, devoted to sustaining a sprawling modern media conglomerate and all that entails. But the dismissal of Ailes after paying out $20 million to settle Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit was meant to send a clear message: It’s a different era.

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Tolerating Bill O’Reilly despite his record — unproven in court, but grounds for action within the company — fundamentally undermines that claim. As NPR’s David Folkenflik reported last week, the women inside Fox News now have little reason to take that corporate promise seriously. Folkenflik reported that female Fox News employees have expressed “anguish, distress and concern” at the way O’Reilly has continued despite the ongoing complaints.

He wrote: “Some of O’Reilly’s co-workers are upset that the host ‘has been allowed to continue almost un-rebuked’ by the network despite having been accused of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior by five different women.

“There’s sort of a contempt for O’Reilly from some of his colleagues, particularly female colleagues,” Folkenflik reported on “Morning Edition” Friday. “And there’s a cynicism about the degree of sincerity with which the Murdoch family and the top executives are operating.”

More than 60 companies have pulled advertising from the show since the story broke in the New York Times a week ago Saturday. Among the big-name sponsors dropping the show are Advil, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, BMW, Jenny Craig, Bristol Myers Squibb and Reddi-wip/Con Agra.

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The loss of the advertisers from the flagship show is bad, but that is not the real issue at stake, especially since many of those advertisers have simply moved to other programming on the network. And cable fees are more important financially. The problem is one of brand and culture.

The network’s rising star Megyn Kelly already left the building. Lawsuits against Ailes continue to pile up, including the latest by on-air contributor Julie Roginsky.

And Fox News is part of a larger corporation that employs many women leaders. As I noted in writing from CinemaCon last month, the Fox movie studio is run primarily by women, led by Stacey Snider. Dana Walden sits atop Fox Television with Gary Newman.

What message does the impression of rampant old-school sexism at Fox send within the larger company?

That’s the hard part. The choice cuts to the heart of what the younger Murdochs want the company to be. Or more significantly, what they want it to become under their leadership.

Their call. Either way, not an easy one.

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‘The Fate of the Furious’ Review: Vin Diesel and the Rest Go Through the Motions, At Full Speed

“The Fast and the Furious” series, which is now up to eight movies with new entry “The Fate of the Furious,” has become a commercial institution. Arguments have been offered that the multi-racial cast of these films have made them particularly appealing to a new generation of moviegoer, but the main thing that people are going to see again and again is cars racing and cars flying through the air.

Star Vin Diesel refers to them as a “saga,” and he emphasizes that they are about family, a ham-handed theme that is hit home many times in between those cars flying through the air.

These pictures have gotten increasingly overblown and overlong, and they have worked their way through four separate directors, so that this eighth “Furious” film is entrusted to “Straight Outta Compton” director F. Gary Gray. Kurt Russell joined up on “Furious 7” and returns for this installment, which adds some bona fide female star names to the cast: Charlize Theron and even Dame Helen Mirren, who turns up in just about anything nowadays.

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There are around 3 ½ separate movies that happen here, the first of which is a short jaunt to Cuba where Dom (Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are taking a honeymoon. After a quick and uninspiring speed race, Dom is waylaid by the villainous Cipher (Theron), a blank-eyed sociopath with long blond hair who blackmails Dom into doing her dastardly bidding. Theron really does seem to be taking this evil role very seriously and provides a certain center of gravity to a film that badly needs it.

The old gang is rounded up yet again, and Mirren makes a brief appearance as the mother of Jason Statham’s character Deckard. Between Statham, Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and Tyrese Gibson, a case could be made that this movie is not about family but about a quartet of bald men who feel the need to act as macho as possible.

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There is only one inventive action sequence here, a car destruction derby in Manhattan where Theron’s Cipher manages to make cars “rain” out of buildings, but these impressive visuals founder due to a basic lack of plausibility. There are some pedestrians on the streets during this lengthy chase, yet none of them ever seem like they are truly in the way of all these cars zooming past them or falling out of the sky. This sequence would have been improved if Gray had moved it more swiftly to the outskirts of the island, near the water.

A jaunt through Russia and a chase over ice are far less interesting, and the plot twists in “The Fate of the Furious” suggest the kind of games that 11-year-old boys put together on the playground during recess, with women in peril and so many different parts for everyone to play that you begin to lose track of who everybody is and who they are supposed to be to each other. When this gets to be too much, of course, another car will soon be sailing through the air to distract us.

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The title of this new entry is faintly ridiculous. (Could “The Flame and the Flesh of the Furious” be next?) And it begs the question: is the fate of the “Furious” series inexorably tied to bigger productions, longer running times, and larger stars? The plots of these films have never been too strong or too urgent, and the sometimes-soapy plotlines have a way of disappearing into action scenes that are more or less coherent, depending on who is directing the picture. There aren’t too many modern movies that have used amnesia as a plot device, but the “Furious” series has no shame about things like that.

When a series of films goes on for as long as this one has, an inevitable part of the experience centers on the way that the characters and the actors age, and also on more serious losses. Paul Walker, who starred in most of the earlier movies, died in a car crash in 2013, and his role in “Furious 7” was completed by using doubles and some CGI. This brush with mortality has affected this current picture enough that they have decided to name a new character after Walker’s character Brian.

And so the “Furious” series tries to have its heart in the right place, but only so that the pedal can be put to the metal for many more years and films to come.

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Staff Picks: A witchy webseries, a kickass trailer, and a TV show everyone should watch

Brujos webseries

I’ve talked up Open TV in this space before, but I can’t help that its programming has been great and so relevant to my interests. Samantha Bailey’s You’re So Talented offered a previously unseen Chicago, and she followed that up with Brown Girls, which has become one of my favorite series about female friendships. Then I heard about Brujos, which is a new webseries about queer Latinx witches who are basically fighting white supremacy. Um, sí! please. Its undeniable queerness and brownness will serve as a high bar for entry for some, but for others—namely, queer and brown folks—it will feel like a Buffy The Vampire Slayer that was made for them. Creator-writer (and MacArthur fellow) Ricardo Gamboa stars as Panfilo in the series, which offers a bold new portrayal of marginalized, radicalized people on the small screen. Reshmi Hazra Rustebakke co-directs …

Karin Gist Tapped as Showrunner On Fox’s ‘Star’ Under Overall Deal With 20th TV

Grey’s Anatomy co-executive producer Karin Gist has signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Under the two-year pact, she is joining the studio’s Fox music drama Star as executive producer and new showrunner. She will executive produce alongside creators Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy.
This marks the first overall deal, first showrunner job and first executive producer credit for Gist who is joining the ranks of only a handful of African American female showrunners…

Caitlyn Jenner Opens Up About ‘Regrets,’ ‘Mistakes’ in Diane Sawyer ’20/20’ Interview (Video)

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The follow-up to Diane Sawyer’s now famous interview with Caitlyn Jenner as she announced her transition is set to air this month, with the former Olympian talking about her “regrets” and “mistakes” made over the past two years.

“Do you ever have doubts that you did the right thing?” Sawyer asks in the “20/20” special, “Caitlyn Jenner: The Secrets of My Life,” to which Jenner answers, “Have I made mistakes? Certainly.”

Sawyer sat down with Jenner in 2015 for an exclusive interview after longtime speculation that the newly-referred to Caitlyn was transitioning to female, saying at the time, “For all intents and purposes, I am a woman.”

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Since then, Jenner has been through a lot – and not all of her time in the spotlight has been positive. She was the subject of a lawsuit following a fatal crash on the Pacific Coast Highway (the two parties settled) and has received a considerable amount of flack for being a member of the Republican Party and for supporting Trump during the 2016 election.

Jenner’s career the past two years has been laced with criticism from the trans community, who didn’t see her as an ally or an advocate because she supported anti-LGBTQ GOP candidates like Ted Cruz and because she didn’t seem to know the basics.

“Someone needs to tell Ms. Jenner she’s transgender,” activist Zoey Tur told TheWrap. “There’s great disappointment among people in the community.”

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The interview coincides with the release of Jenner’s memoir, “The Secrets of My Life,” which will be released on April 25 by Grand Central Publishing.

The special edition of “20/20” airs Friday, April 21 at 10 p.m. EST on ABC.

Watch the teaser above for a quick first look.

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Women at Fox News in ‘Anguish’ as Bill O’Reilly Remains ‘Un-Rebuked’ (Report)

Some female Fox News employees have expressed “anguish, distress and concern” over the way the Bill O’Reilly sexual harassment scandal has been handled by the company, according to according to a report from NPR’s media correspondent David Folkenflik.

The reporter said some of O’Reilly’s co-workers are upset that the host “has been allowed to continue almost un-rebuked” by the network despite having been accused of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior by five different women.

“There’s sort of a contempt for O’Reilly from some of his colleagues, particularly female colleagues,” Folkenflik reported on “Morning Edition” Friday. “And there’s a cynicism about the degree of sincerity with which the Murdoch family and the top executives are operating.”

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Folkenflik also pointed out that Fox News and parent company 21st Century Fox have only responded to the New York Times report by saying that O’Reilly is “fully committed” to creating a positive work environment for all employees.

“I wonder why women at the network would take that particularly seriously,” he said. “And in fact, the women at the network say they don’t — that they’re not convinced of it.”

Dozens of advertisers have removed their ads from airing during “The O’Reilly Factor” following a New York Times report over the weekend which revealed that Fox News and O’Reilly have settled lawsuits with five women accusing the host of sexual harassment or other misconduct, totaling $13 million.

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More than 60 companies have pulled out from the show since Saturday. Among the big-name sponsors dropping the show are Advil, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, BMW, Jenny Craig, Bristol Myers Squibb and Reddi-wip/Con Agra.

TheWrap reported on Thursday that two companies — Crowne Plaza hotels and MyPillow — had their ads played on “The O’Reilly Factor” on Wednesday night despite their explicit requests to the contrary.

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‘Going in Style’ Trumps ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ at Thursday Box Office

New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow’s “Going in Style” trumped “Smurfs: The Lost Village” at the Thursday box office, the former earning almost double of what the latter made at previews.

“Going in Style” raked in a solid $600,000, while “Smurfs” earned $375,000 with showings starting at 5 p.m. Over the weekend, however, “Smurfs” is expected to upset the comedy starring Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Arkin, with Sony projecting a $17 million opening — “Going in Style” is looking at a weekend in the $8 million to $11 million range.

“Smurfs” sees the titular blue creatures return to an all-animated format after being featured in two CGI-live action hybrids in 2011 and 2013. This time around, Smurfette (Demi Lovato) goes on a quest against the wishes of Papa Smurf (Mandy Patinkin) when she discovers a map that she believes could lead to another village of Smurfs. Of course, the map accidentally winds up in the hands of Gargamel (Rainn Wilson), who hatches a scheme to capture both Smurf Villages.

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Directed by Kelly Asbury and written by Stacey Harmon and Pamela Ribon, the cast also features Danny Pudi, Joe Manganiello, and Jack McBrayer as Smurfette’s companions, with Julia Roberts, Michelle Rodriguez, Ellie Kemper, Ariel Winter, and Meghan Trainor playing the inhabitants of the new, all-female band of Smurfs. Early critics’ reviews have been mostly negative, with the film currently scoring 36 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Independent trackers estimate the animated movie to earn $22 million this weekend. This weekend, there will be a top three sweep between “Smurfs,” “The Boss Baby,” which came in over expectations last weekend and took the number one spot — and of course, “Beauty and the Beast.”

“Smurfs 2” opened in August 2013 and debuted to $17.5 million, while the original film, “The Smurfs,grossed a stellar $35.6 million when it opened domestically in 2011.

The Thursday number for “Going in Style” is in line with what similar films have earned in the past. 2015’s “The Intern” made $650,000 on Thursday when it opened, while “Dirty Grandpa” grossed $660,000 in 2016.

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New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow’s comedy stars Caine, Freeman, and Arkin as a trio of retirees who hatch a revenge heist against the bank that made off with their pension fund. Directed by Zach Braff, produced by Donald De Line and written by “Hidden Figures” director Theodore Melfi, the film is projected by trackers to make around $11 million while studio projections have it at $8 million.

Chris Evan’s “Gifted” is opening in limited release this weekend alongside Anne Hathaway’s “Colossal” and Sam Claflin’s “Their Finest.” Faith-based film, “The Case for Christ,” is debuting in 1,174 screens including Canada and Puerto Rico this weekend.

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‘War Paint’ Broadway Review: Patti LuPone, Christine Ebersole Never Makeup

Ryan Murphy had it easy with his new FX series “Feud.” Bette Davis and Joan Crawford actually met face to face and, hating every minute of it, made a movie together, “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?”

Broadway’s Doug Wright, Scott Frankel, and Michael Korie have given themselves a much tougher task with their new feud musical, “War Paint,” which opened Thursday at the Nederlander Theatre.

Cosmetics titans Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden set up shops near each other in Manhattan during the Depression, but never met during their long reign over the world of lipstick, facials, and nail polish. It’s easy to develop conflict when Bette Davis is kicking Joan Crawford around on the floor of a soundstage in Hollywood. What the men behind “War Paint” rely on instead is Patti LuPone as the imperious Rubinstein duking it out vocally with Christine Ebersole as the polished Arden, and they deliver. These ladies who wear hats but do much more than lunch are knockouts. How rare it is to see two great female performances in one season, much less one musical.

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The “War Paint” book is also a marvel. Taking a page from the classic drama “Mary Stuart,” Wright fabricates a scene where Arden and Rubinstein meet, although his writing owes less to Friedrich Schiller than it does Clare Booth Luce. While there are glimmers here of “The Women,” as well as “The Devil Wears Prada,” “War Paint” succeeds in finding its own thoughtful, often amusing, voice as it travels the shaky ground upon which women wield power.

Not forgotten are the two talented men behind the women, Arden’s estranged husband and Rubinstein’s estranged gay assistant. John Dossett and Douglas Sills, respectively, know how to take a back seat, even though the employees they play sometimes don’t.

Director Michael Greif not only juggles with aplomb these four lead characters and a featured one, the upstart Charles Revson (Erik Liberman being delightfully slimy) but the Depression, World War II, the advent of TV, and the counterculture. It’s quite a story, and one well told.

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Frankel and Korie wrote the haunting “Another Winter in a Summer Town” for their last Broadway musical together, “Grey Gardens.” Remorse and loneliness are also explored in “War Paint,” to equally poignant effect with two duets for Rubinstein and Arden: “My American Moment” and “If I’d Been a Man.”

“War Paint” is never better than when it puts its two heroines in the same space and mind set. Also exquisite is “Pink,” which is Arden’s “Is that all there is?” moment. These songwriters are good at the reflective; they know how to get under a character’s skin and make us feel her pain, as well as her fierce determination.

If only they could be a little brassier now and then. When it comes to crafting standard Broadway fare, like the patter song and the big dance-driven showstopper, Frankel and Korie are merely workmanlike.

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Fortunately, the sophisticated orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin compensate and do much to evoke the changes in musical styles, from the 1930s to the ’60s. David Korins’ set and Catherine Zuber’s costumes are flamboyantly colorful without every slipping into parody. Kudos also to Brian Ronan; his sound design eschews those ugly around-the-jaw mics and, better yet, he makes the orchestra sound live, not pumped in from another theater.

When Frankel and Korie are good, they’re great. When the needed pizzazz escapes them, there’s always a Wright zinger waiting in the wings when the actors stop singing. LuPone and Ebersole know precisely how to throw every dagger he hands them, and still remain standing at the end.

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