December 8th, 2019

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Weekend Box Office: 'Frozen 2' Is Still #1

With so few new wide releases last week, it was inevitable that one of the older releases would come in at number one this weekend, and in fact, all three of the top spots were occupied by prior releases. Frozen 2 took the top spot with $34.6 million, while Knives Out came in second at $14.1 million, and Ford v Ferrari took the #3 spot with $6.5 million. Knockoff Lego Movie Playmobil didn't even hit $1 million dollars in over 2300 theaters, but Portrait of a Lady on Fire raked in $67,000 in 2. Hopefully that bodes well for its actual theatrical run in February!

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Linda Ronstadt tells Mike Pompeo to stop enabling Trump to his face

  • At the dinner for Kennedy Center honorees Mike Pompeo apparently made a joke wondering when he would be loved

  • When singer-songwriter Linda Ronstadt recieved her laurels she told Pompeo "Maybe when you stop enabling Donald Trump"

  • Ronstadt was also extremely critical of the Bush administration when GWB was in office

  • The exchange was noted by Sally Field's son who was there to support his mother who was also an honoree

  • The Kennedy Center Honors are awarded for contributions to the performing arts. Other honorees this year were the band Earth, Wind & Fire, Sesame Street, and Michael Tilson Thomas


ONTD do you call people out on their bullshit?

Whose House? Mouse House - Disney Crushes Own Box Office Record with 10$b

Disney has become  the first studio to surprass 10$b at the global box office.

Through Sunday (Frozen 2 earned 34.7$m in its third weekend), the studio has generated $3.28 billion in North America and $6.7 billion overseas for a global haul of $9.997 billion and is expected to officially cross the benchmark within the next day.

They still have one more juggernaut to release: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters next week.

Sales do not include Fox titles.


The Most Popular Christmas Cookies in Each State in the U.S.

It’s the very festive holiday season and with that bakers everywhere rejoice! House Method surveyed over 4,500 Americans and asked which Christmas cookie was their favorite. So which cookie came out on top? Sugar cookies with frosting was the overall favorite Christmas cookie with 21 states.

Chocolate chip cookies came in second with 18 states. Gingerbread was third with 6 states, snickerdoodle fourth with 3 states, gingersnaps fifth with 2 states, and shortbread was last with 1 state.

Cookies that didn’t get enough love to make the chart: 2.4% of people surveyed said their favorite Christmas cookie is a seasonal Oreo. Trader Joe’s Peppermint Joe Joe’s got 1.6% of the vote, and 5.5% said other.

Do you agree with your state’s results? What is your favorite cookie?

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Sources: Google Images and House Method
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Billboard's staff picks the best overlooked pop songs of the 2010s

The 2010s gifted us with countless major pop hits—heard of "Tik Tok," "Roar," "Shape of You?"—but as always, even more bops slipped under the public's radar.

Some of these artists are on the rise, while others are well on their way to pop superstardom. All have something in common: there’s at least one song in their catalog that deserves another shot. So, Billboard went deep and gathered the 40 pop songs that went woefully overlooked. The main rule? The track can’t have impacted the Hot 100.

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Full list at the source
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What songs would be on your version of this list?

R.I.P. Caroll Spinney (1933-2019), "Sesame Street"'s Big Bird.

Weeks shy of his 86th birthday, Caroll Spinney has passed on.

Following a stint in the US Air Force after high school, Spinney moved into the realm of children's entertainment in various capacities, eventually settling into working as a puppeteer. After a near-miss with being hired by Jim Henson in 1962, he teamed up with Henson in 1969, beginning what would be a half-century association with the characters of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street. He formally retired in 2018.

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Moon Knight, She-Hulk, and Ms. Marvel will wrap production by the end of 2020

- She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, and Moon Knight will debut on Disney+
- British-Pakistani writer Bisha K. Ali is reportedly working on Ms. Marvel
- Jeremy Slater and Jessica Gao have been attached to Moon Knight and She-Hulk respectively
- All three characters will appear in movies after their TV series airs
- Feige mentioned that these new shows would "be ready" by the end of 2020

Ron by the fire

2020 Critics' Choice Awards nominations announced, 'The Irishman' leads the pack with 14 nods

The 2020 Critics Choice Awards nominations were announced today, with 'The Irishman' leading the film side's pack. With hours before the GG nominations, I think it's a bit safe to assume the rest of the awards season will be pretty similar with the nominees below.

The Awards will take place live on CW on Sunday, January 12 at 7 p.m. ET (just 13 hours before the Oscar nominations).

“Ford v Ferrari”
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Little Women”
“Marriage Story”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
“Uncut Gems”

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Ryan Reynolds Almost Crushed By Fans Toppling Barricade at CCXP in Brazil

Ryan Reynolds, 43, was promoting his upcoming film Free Guy at the Comic Con Experience in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Saturday, December 7. During the event, he jumped down off stage and went to greet fans.

The crowd rushed toward the actor and knocked over the barricade. Reynolds jumped back on stage and managed to avoid injury. Security surrounded Ryan and he was ok. Afterwards, he went back down into the crowd to check on the fans.

No reports if anyone in the crowd was hurt.

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Star Trek, Disney legend Rene Auberjonois passes away at 79

The actor's official twitter account has confirmed a WaPo report. Auberjonois was best known as the Governor on Benson, the french chef from The Little Mermaid, and the unforgettable Odo from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.


This one hurts.

Deelishis of Flavor of Love and Raymond Santana of the Central Park Five Are Engaged!


Chandra Davis, also known as London Charles, also known as Deelishis, is engaged to Raymond Santana Jr., known as one of the Central Park Five Exonerated Five. The pair met during an event for Ava DuVernay's Netflix series When They See Us, which is about how the Central Park Five were wrongfully convicted of murder in 1990.

Santana surprised Davis with a diamond ring and they shared the moment on Instagram.

Ron by the fire

'Parasite' named best picture of 2019 by LA Film Critics, full list of winners

The LA Film Critics were the latest to name their best of, where 'Parasite' came on top with best film, as well as best director (I believe it was ineligible for foreign language as a result). Full list of winners and runners-up below.

Best Picture: “Parasite” (Runner-up: “The Irishman”)
Best Director: Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite” (Runner-up: Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”)
Best Actress: Mary Kay Place, “Diane” (Runner-up: Lupita Nyong’o, “Us”)
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lopez, “Hustlers” (Runner-up: Zhao Shuzhen, “The Farewell”)
Best Actor: Antonio Banderas, “Pain & Glory” (Runner-up: Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”)
Best Supporting Actor: Song Kang Ho, “Parasite” (Runner-up: Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”)

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What Were the Most Popular Names of the Decade?

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Data is out for the most popular baby names of the decade (well, of 2010-2018, at least). What were the trends in the United States?

  • Some of the biggest pop-culture names included Khaleesi, Daenarys, Hermione, Dexter, Arya, Leia, Elsa, and Adele.
  • Celebrity baby names also had an influence on some parents. Names like Harper, Hazel, Flynn, Sunday, Violet, George, Louis, and North increased in popularity.
  • Parents want unique names. Less than 10 percent of baby boys now have a top 10 name, and less than 8 percent of girls do.
  • Unisex and gender-neutral names became more popular, like Cameron, Riley, Jordan, and Avery.

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    What were the most popular names of the decade in your country, ONTD?

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Miss Universe 2019 Viewing Post

The show starts at 7:00 PM ET on Fox.

If you're interested in this year's national costumes, that post is here.


Mods: We have one of these every year, but I understand if it's rejected.

OG 90 Day Fiancé 7.6 "White Future, Sr. Touches Down to Planet Fitness" Recap

The Sleazy and Perpetually Sweaty Sommelier and A Young Woman Who Desperately Needs to Get Away from Him: He wants to throw her an extravagant wedding when realizing he only has a month left to plan it. Get ha a cute dress and go to the courthouse. We also learn sis is a divorcee – she was very young and pressured into it. Hey Little Prince George you don’t need to divulge all tis to the wedding planners, all that white woman asked was how many guests from each side. His ex-wife offers to ordain the wedding and then asks about pre-nups! Loving the continuity in the editing TLC keep it up!

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Billie Eilish " Sunday Morning,"

- Singer Billie Eilish was interviewed by Gayle King for " Sunday Morning"

- The show opens with a home video of Eilish at 7 singing and trying to play a guitar :18 mark.

- Eilish and her brother take King into the room where Eilish's hit album was made. Eilish's parents say she was singing before she could talk.

-Eilish says that radio stations told her her music was to dark to play on mainstream radio. She says that anybody that knows her, knows she's not a dark person and laughs at everything.

- Eilish says last year she was extremely unhappy and that unhappiness followed her into the new year. She says there were many reasons why, but mainly she has clinical depression and she gained fame that she didn't want at the time. She says she just wanted to hang out with her friends. Her parents said they kept a close watch and asked her frequently if what she was doing was what she wanted. Eilish says she loved touring,and with the help of therapy and family support she is much better.

- When asked if she feels pressure to top or maintain her success, Ellish says definitely,but it's not bumming her out or making her super stressed or worried.


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Eilish sings while brother finneas plays the piano.


The sibling's briefly talk about the making of " Bad Guy" and how many times Duh was recorded in the song.


Eilish talks about how dressing in baggy clothes helped her with her toxic relationship with her body, that started around 14.


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Spotify removes Brand New from 2019 Wrapped playlists

Spotify Allegedly Removed Brand New from Its "Wrapped" Lists

Most of us who are on social media know Spotify just released their 2019 Wrapped data to Premium users, allowing everybody and they mama to share pink infographics detailing their Top Artists + Songs, Total Listening Times, Countries, etc. Notably missing from Wrapped playlists is the alt-rock emo band Brand New, due to frontman Jesse Lacey facing several complaints of sexual misconduct in 2017 which have since gone unaddressed. Though fans on social media are mad, the streaming platform has not addressed the bands removal (yet).

Spotify made a similar move in 2018 with R.Kelly's music and in a statement issued to Billboard, explained they were "removing R.Kelly's music from all Spotify owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations. [...] We don't censor content because of an artist's or creator's behaviour, but we want our editorial decisions - what we choose to program - to reflect our values."

OP finds it interesting that Chris Brown is still alive, thriving (questionable) and included in Wrapped playlists.

ONTD: What were your Spotify Wrapped stats like? Music post?

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Rising star Juice Wrld died at 21

- Rising star Juice Wrld suffered a seizure in Chicago's Midway airport.

- He was bleeding through his mouth while walking through the airport after his flight from California landed.

- He turned 21 last Monday. His first hit was the smash song "Lucid Dreams" which hit #2 in the Hot 100 charts.


Rest in peace.