Joker laughs its way to record $93.5 million opening weekend

Entertainment News  Joker laughs its way to record $93.5 million opening weekend


Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) — The weekend box office had a record setting weekend.  Joker, who dominated the box office, earned an estimated $93.5 million on its opening weekend.  The film, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the titular Batman villain, was the top movie both domestically and overseas, kicking things off with a $234 million global launch.

The film delivered the largest October domestic opening weekend of all-time and is now the fourth largest opening ever for an R-rated feature. 

Last week’s number one film, the CGI-animated Abominable, dropped to second place in its second week of release, grabbing an estimated $12 million.

Downton Abbey took third place with an estimated 8 million. It’s domestic total after three weeks is just shy of $74 million. Right behind it was Hustlers, raking in an estimated $6.3 million stateside.

Rounding out the top five was It: Chapter Two with an estimated $5.35 million. After five weeks in theaters, it’s become only the third R-rated film to top $200 million domestically.

In limited release, the Natalie Portman-led drama, Lucy in the Sky disappointed, collecting an estimated $55,000 from 37 theaters.

The Judy Garland biopic, Judy, which expanded nationwide this weekend, pocketed an estimated $4.4 million for a seventh place finish.

Here are the top 10 movies Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

1. Joker, $93.5 million
2. Abominable, $12 million
3. Downton Abbey, $8 million
4. Hustlers, $6.3 million
5. It: Chapter Two, $5.35 million
6. Ad Astra, $4.6 million
7. Judy, $4.4 million
8. Rambo: Last Blood, $3.55 million
9. War, $1.58 million
10. Good Boys, $900,000

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Posted On 06 Oct 2019

Campy comedian Rip Taylor dead at 84

Entertainment News  Campy comedian Rip Taylor dead at 84


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(NEW YORK) — Rip Taylor, the flamboyant comedian known as “The King of Camp and Confetti” and “The Crying Comedian,” died Sunday in Beverly Hills, California, ABC News has confirmed. He was 84.  A cause of death was not revealed. 

Taylor, born Charles Elmer Taylor in Washington, D.C. on January 13, 1935, was one of TV’s most recognizable personalities, with over 2,000 appearances on PasswordThe Merv Griffin ShowThe Mike Douglas ShowThe Tonight ShowLate Night with David LettermanHollywood Squares and Chuck Barris’ The Gong Show, among others.  He was later chosen by Barris to host The $1.98 Beauty Show, a parody of beauty contests whose big prize was a bouquet of rotten vegetables.

His over 50-year career also included appearances in a number of campy films, such as The Gong Show Movie, the Exorcist send-up, Repossessed alongside Linda Blair and Leslie Nielen and The Silence of the Hams.

Taylor was also a Las Vegas mainstay, where he shared the stage with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Debbie Reynolds, Ann-Margret and Judy Garland, and spent decades as a top headliner himself.  He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Live Theatre.

He also donated a large part of his time to AIDS causes, and various other charities.

In a 2016 interview with Anderson Valley Advertiser, Taylor said he would like to be remembered as “Someone who is funny and kept people happy.” 

Taylor is survived by longtime partner, Robert Fortney.

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Posted On 06 Oct 2019

DNA technology solves decades-long unsolved mystery of serial murder in South Korea

WORLD NEWS DNA technology solves decades-long unsolved mystery of serial murder in South Korea

iStock/dusanpetkovic(SEOUL, South Korea) — Advancement in DNA technology has helped police catch a murderer, solving a series of mystery cases that took place between 1986 to 1991.

The killer, Lee Chun-jae, confessed to the murder of 14 victims after detectives extracted DNA from the evidence left at the crime scene using recently developed DNA restoration technology.

Based on the identified DNA, police compared it with the DNA database of inmates at the penitentiary. The prisoner DNA database was put together in 2010, according to police.

It turned out Lee, who is in his 50s, has been in prison with a life sentence for the past 20 years for the rape and murder of his sister-in-law.

In September, South Korean police pegged Lee with at least three killings of the notorious serial murder case in Hwaseong, a rural town South of Seoul. Since then, police have carried out a daily face-to-face investigation. Veteran profilers talked to him and police pressured him with the DNA test results pointing to him as the real criminal.

Last Friday, Lee not only admitted to the accused murder but also confessed to having committed 5 more murders and 30 other rapes and attempted rapes. Police are trying to confirm the facts based on his confession.

“Suspect claims that he is responsible for the incident that the police concluded as a copycat crime in 1988, the police are investigating on the reliability of his statement,” an official from Gyeonggi South Provincial Agency told ABC News.

When the verification process ends, it will put an end to some of the most heinous unsolved crimes in South Korea. The serial murder case is known to have mobilized the largest manpower in South Korea’s investigation history, as over two million (2,050,000) police officers were committed to solving the case. Experts say that the absence of scientific investigation left the case unsolved for decades.

“This case signals a victory of scientific investigation and proves that there is no perfect crime,” Lee Soo Jung, forensic psychology professor at Seoul-based Kyonggi University told ABC News.

The statute of limitations on the serial murder case ran out in April 2006, so even if the suspect is determined to have the criminal, the justice department cannot convict him guilty of the serial killing.

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Posted On 06 Oct 2019