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Opening Weekend Seem To Start On A High Note

It seems the hitherto love-hate relationship between the director and his audience might take a turn for the better. His recent horror flick “Split” has earned M. Night Shyamalan critical approval. With the opening weekend grossing $40.2 million and many theatres observing a very mixed demographic attending the shows, movie experts say that this psychological thriller is a movie for all audiences. The movie follows the story of James McAvoy playing Kevin Crumb, who has 24 different personalities and not all of them are nice. When the more malevolent characters start to control his actions, he sets off on a path of destruction to rid the world of the undeserving.

With a loyal fan base, domestic distribution experts believe that the movie will do well in theatres in the coming weeks. Viewers are forced to remember why M. Night Shyamalan is the master of plot twists. Following the success of Split closely is Vin Diesel’s “xXx: Return of Xander Cage”. With $20 million in revenue on the opening weekend at more than 3600 locations, the movie is heading for a very respectable second-place. The movie stars Diesel in his reprising role as Xander Cage, a skilled government maverick. The film has old character and new gracing the screen including stars Samuel L. Jackson, Deepika Padukone, Donnie Yen, Tony Jaa, Kris Wu, Ruby Rose and Nina Dobrev.

“Hidden Figures”, Fox’s historical drama, retained its delightful performance into third place revenue-wise, grossing $16.3 million. The multi-ethnic backgrounds of the cast proved to be a major selling point for the movie. The animation “Sing” sat in fourth with $9 million, “La La Land” finished with$8.4 million at a close fifth. Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” generated very little traction with the audience with the religious drama grossing just $1.2 million. The movie “Silence” has silently grossed $5.2 million in the past month.

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Carrie Fisher Dies At 60 After Heart Attack

Many people called 2016 “the year of dead celebrities”. With the end of the year so close, it seemed as if we would be spared the loss of another beloved actor. For a while, it looked like we were about to make it, but then the clincher came. After being hospitalized for suffering from a heart attack on a UK to LA flight on Christmas Eve, actress Carrie Fisher of Star Wars’ Princess Leia fame was state to be in a critical yet stable condition. However, tragedy struck after the day after Christmas, when the actress suddenly passed away, with daughter, Billie Lourd, confirming the news. The actress was 60 when she died.

Carrie Fisher was born in 1956, as the daughter of a singer and an actress. It became apparent from an early age that she was born to act, despite being bookish. She debuted in the Hal Ashby film, Shampoo, when she was 17. Fisher never finished high school because of her acting career but was slated to join Sarah Lawrence College in 1978 when the casting call for Star Wars placed her in the role of Princess Leia Organa. She played the female rebel twice in the saga, and recently returned as a high ranking General in The Force Awakens.

While Leia placed her in the public eye, it was not the only role she played. From movies Postcards From The Edge, which she herself later adapted for screenplay, Wishful Drinking and The Princess Diarist which has just hit the shelves, Carrie Fisher was a woman of many talents. Her life was as bold and colourful as her personality with her romantic partners including co-stars and other artists. Though she was known to disappear once in awhile from public eye, her battles with drugs, alcoholism and bipolar disorder were not things she shied away from talking about. The world loved her beautiful personality and will forever miss her mark in the film industry.

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