Disney's next installment in the "Star Wars" saga has become Fandango's top advance ticket-seller of the year, the online ticket site reported on Tuesday. The film, which doesn't officially open in North America until Friday with previews beginning Thursday night, toppled another Disney production, "Beauty and the Beast," which came out in March, for the top spot. "The Last Jedi" is the biggest ticket pre-seller for Fandango since the series' last film, 2015's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which went on to become the biggest opening in film history. "The Last Jedi" debuts in more than 4,100 theaters domestically and is on track for an opening weekend in the $200 million range. However, some
(CNN)Once considered an Oscar bellwether, the Golden Globe nominations announced Monday have done more to muddy than clarify an Academy Award race that appears extremely wide open, while highlighting the lingering tension between recognizing small films and the sort of popular blockbusters that would bring name recognition and possibly more viewers to the broadcast. Presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, an organization with just 89 members, the Globes have long exhibited a preference for big-name stars and projects with European talent, and that has persisted. A few smaller movies, including the coming-of-age tales "Lady Bird" and "Call Me By Your Name," have enjoyed acceptance from an array of groups, and both secured Globe bids.
To possibly combat any confusion over the selection of race car driver Arie Luyendyk Jr., who last vied for the heart of Emily Maynard on "The Bachelorette" Season 8 in 2012, the audience was treated to plenty of info about him. Without romantic sagas, how could Harrison claim we were in store for "the most dramatic rose ceremony ever"?
Apprentice winner Alana Spencer's cake company has had to recall almost all of its range because of health risks. Food Standards Agency investigators said Ridiculously Rich by Alana inaccurately labelled its products. Some allergens were not listed and others were "not correctly declared", the agency said. A spokesman for the Aberystwyth company insisted only products sold online - less than 10% of its business - had been inaccurately labelled. But the FSA's advice to the public does not distinguish between products the company sells online or through retail and wholesale outlets. It warned that people with an allergy to soya, egg, peanuts, wheat, barley, oats or sulphites were at risk. The FSA
In January 1973, George Lucas wrote his first treatment for "Star Wars." Words did not come easily to the director, who always considered himself more a filmmaker than a screenwriter, but the universe in his mind was already bulging at the seams. Having failed to secure the rights to science fiction serial "Flash Gordon," Lucas set out to create his own galaxy, far, far away. Even then, it featured a spacefaring princess, dog fights, warrior monks, and a Manichean battle between good and evil. But movie bosses were skeptical. "How could he realize this universe?" was the question asked by financers. The answer lay close to home. "From the beginning, George and production illustrator Ralph McQuarrie
Harry Potter author JK Rowling has been made a Companion of Honour by the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace. The 52-year-old said she felt "deeply honoured and proud" to get the award. "To be included in the distinguished and diversely talented company of the other Companions of Honour, especially as a female writer, is a particular privilege," she said in a statement. Membership of the Order of the Companions of Honour is a special award held by only 65 people at any one time. Established in 1917 by George V, it recognises services of national importance. Rowling, whose first name is Joanne, was awarded an OBE in 2001. The best-selling writer was accompanied by her doctor husband Neil Murray
Katie Price had to leave the set of ITV's Loose Women after getting upset about her mother, who has the same lung disease that killed Keith Chegwin. Price said she went on the show to raise awareness of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), but was overcome with emotion when discussing her mum Amy. Chegwin had been giving her mother advice before his death, she said. "Keith got in touch and we've been speaking to him a lot and he was trying to help my mum," the star said. "I knew all along about Keith. I never said it to anyone, and I can't believe that within six months he's gone. "The thing is, my mum's going to die and I just don't want her to die. She's getting worse. She's having to sell