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Universal sees lots of


as ‘Grinch’

tops box office


Universal Pictures

saw plenty of green over the weekend

as its remake of “The Grinch” pulled

in an impressive $66 million in North

American theaters, industry tracker

Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

The three-day estimate put the ev-

er-popular Dr. Seuss tale -- with Bene-

dict Cumberbatch voicing the small-

hearted, ill-tempered, kid-hating title

character -- well ahead of last week’s

No. 1 film, “Bohemian Rhapsody,”

which slid to second place with a still-

healthy take of $30.9 million.

It also put this “Grinch” comfort-

ably ahead of the Ron Howard-direct-

ed 2000 version, “How the Grinch

Stole Christmas,” which took in $55

million in its opening weekend.

The new film also features the

voices of Rashida Jones, Kenan

Thompson and Angela Lansbury, with

Pharrell Williams narrating.

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” with Rami

Malek playing Queen lead singer

Freddie Mercury, has drawn mixed re-

views but has proved a foot-stomping

audience favorite. The Fox produc-

tion has taken $100 million domesti-

cally in its first two weeks and $110

million overseas.

In third place, at $10.1 million, was

Paramount’s new release “Overlord,”

a supernatural horror film set against

a backdrop of the D-Day invasion. It

stars Jovan Adepo and Wyatt Russell.

Another seasonal film, Dis-

ney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four

Realms,” placed fourth, at $9.6 million.

It stars Mackenzie Foy as a young girl

who travels to a magic land in search

of a key to unlock a gift from her late

mother. Keira Knightley, Helen Mir-

ren and Morgan Freeman also star.

Fifth spot went to new Sony re-

lease “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,”

which took in what analysts called a

disappointing $8 million.

Claire Foy -- a young Queen Eliza-

beth II in Netflix’s 2016-17 series “The

Crown” -- makes the not-inconsider-

able leap to portraying tough, brood-

ing, street-smart Lisbeth Salander, AKA

“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”

Rounding out the weekend’s top

10 were:

“A Star Is Born” ($8 million)

“Nobody’s Fool” ($6.5 million)

“Venom” ($4.9 million)

“Halloween” ($3.8 million)

“The Hate U Give” ($2.1 million)


In this photo taken on Nov. 3, 2018 US model Mariah Strongin attends the

premiere of “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” at Alice Tully Hall in New York City.


Avengers: Infinity War,’ BTS win big at the People’s Choice Awards 2018


Who won big

at the 2018 People’s Choice Awards?

Check out the list of winners (in bold)

and nominees to see which celebri-

ties, movies, TV shows and songs took

home a PCAs trophy.

Movie of 2018

“Black Panther”


“Avengers: Infinity War”

“Incredibles 2”

“Fifty Shades Freed”

“A Quiet Place”

Drama movie


“Fifty Shades Freed”

“12 Strong”

“Red Sparrow”

“Midnight Sun”

“A Quiet Place”

Comedy movie

“Love, Simon”



“The Spy Who Dumped Me”

“Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again”

“Crazy Rich Asians”

Action movie

“Black Panther”


“Avengers: Infinity War”

“Deadpool 2”

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”

“Ocean’s 8”

Family movie


“Incredibles 2”

“A Wrinkle in Time”

“Hotel Transylvania 3”

“I Can Only Imagine”

“Christopher Robin”

Male movie star

Chris Hemsworth, “Avengers: Infinity War”

Robert Downey Jr., “Avengers: Infinity War”


Chadwick Boseman, “Black Pan-


Chris Pratt, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”

Nick Robinson, “Love, Simon”

Female movie star


Scarlett Johansson, “Avengers: In-

finity War”

Sandra Bullock, “Ocean’s 8”

Anne Hathaway, “Ocean’s 8”

Lily James, “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again”

Bryce Dallas Howard, “Jurassic World: Fallen


Drama movie star

John Krasinski, “A Quiet Place”

Emily Blunt, “A Quiet Place”

Jennifer Lawrence, “Red Sparrow”

Chris Hemsworth, “12 Strong”


Jamie Dornan, “Fifty Shades Freed”

Comedy movie star


Melissa McCarthy, “Life of the Par-


John Cena, “Blockers”

Nick Robinson, “Love, Simon”


Mila Kunis, “The Spy Who Dumped Me”

Action movie star

Chris Hemsworth, “Avengers: Infinity Wars”

Ryan Reynolds, “Deadpool 2”

Chadwick Boseman, “Black Panther”


Danai Gurira, “Black Panther”

Chris Pratt, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”

Show of 2018

“This Is Us”

“Grey’s Anatomy”

“The Big Bang Theory”

“13 Reasons Why”






Scarlett Johansson, nominee for The

Female Movie Star of 2018, poses in

the press room at the People’s Choice

Awards 2018 at Barker Hangar in

Santa Monica, California.


Sarah Silverman at the

People’s Choice Awards 2018 at

Barker Hangar in Santa Monica,



Mila Kunis, Comedy Movie Star of

2018, at the People’s Choice Awards

2018 at Barker Hangar in Santa

Monica, California.


Hong Kong singer Coco Lee

performing during the

2018 Tmall 11:11

Global Shopping

Festival gala in



Performers sing to runners during the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Las

Vegas Marathon.


Food ads stir questions in

Nigeria about gender roles


Adverts in Nigeria depicting

career women gleefully juggling their

job with kitchen duties have sparked

a heated debate about gender

roles in the fast-changing society of

West Africa’s largest economy. The

campaign is for the seasoning brand

Maggi, which sells over 90 million

stock cubes in Nigeria each day,

according to company figures. In a

video ad, a 30-something mother and

self-described “boss lady” proudly

introduces herself as a “chief quality

inspector” in her corporate life and a

“kitchen grandmaster” at home.


Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ tour

jacket fetches $298,000


Michael Jack-

son’s iconic black “Bad” jack-

et, which he wore on his first

solo tour, sold for $298,000

late Saturday, about three

times its original asking price,

at a New York auction which

featured items from music

legends Prince, Madonna,

John Lennon and others, offi-

cials announced.

Julien’s Auctions had

an original asking price of

$100,000 for the jacket

that Jackson signed on

the back with a silver

permanent marker and

was worn through-

out the singer’s “Bad”

world concert tour

from 1987-89.

It is one of the late singer’s

most iconic costume pieces

alongside his red and black

leather “Thriller” music video

jacket that sold for $1.8 million

at auction in 2011.

Jackson has become one of

the most collectible celebri-

ties since his sudden death in

2009 in Los Angeles at age 50

from an accidental overdose

of an anesthetic he was using

as a sleep aid.

The “Bad” jacket was sold

by Texas businessman and phi-

lanthropist Milton Verret along

with almost 100 other items

from his large rock ‘n roll mem-

orabilia collection.

— Reuters

S. Korea’s ‘Garlic Girls’ curlers

create stink over alleged



The ‘Garlic Girls’ South Korean

curling team who became a media

sensation with their unlikely run to this

year’s Olympic final have accused

their coaches of exploitation and

verbal abuse as their sporting dreams

turn sour. The five women from a

small rural town famous for

farming the pungent bulb, rank

outsiders at the start of the

Pyeongchang Winter Games,

shot to fame after stunning

top teams Canada and



An Indian camel herder cutting his

camel’s hair at the Pushkar Camel Fair in

Pushkar, in the western state of Rajasthan.

Thousands of livestock traders from the

region come to the traditional camel fair

where livestock, mainly camels, are traded.

The annual five-day camel and livestock

fair is one of the world’s largest camel



A man holds a measuring tape on the bow

of the world’s longest dragon boat during

the official mesurement in a ceremony in

Prey Veng province on Monday. Cambodia

won a place in the Guinness book of World

Records for building the 87.3 meters-long

wooden dragon boat.


Female giant panda cub Xiang Xiang (R)

and her mother Shin Shin (L) eat bamboo

at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo on Monday. — AFP

Swapnil Soni, a jeweller, feeds chapati

(Indian bread) to langurs in a park on the

outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, Monday. Soni

claims he feeds around 1700 chapatis every

week to over 500 langurs whom he calls his

family, for the last nine years.

— Reuters