BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 28 March, 2016


28 March, 2016

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Hadley Freeman: in Donald Trump's world, you're classy or a loser. Which is he? (The Guardian)
Whatever you think about his campaign, Trump has found enormous acceptance. But the people who have accepted him, in any other circumstances, he would hold in utter contempt.

Ethan Chiel: Who turned Microsoft's chatbot racist? Surprise, it was 4chan and 8chan (Fusion)
On Wednesday, after much fanfare, Microsoft put its millennial-mimicking chatbot, Tay, on Twitter. Tay learned from what people tweeted at it, and could be asked to repeat phrases verbatim. Within 24 hours, it had become viciously racist.

Nathan Rabin: WHY SUPER DESERVES ANOTHER LOOK (Rotten Tomatoes)

Mark Hill, Anonymous: "We Draw Furry Porn: 6 Things We've Learned On The Job" (Cracked)
Some of the people reading this have no idea what "furry porn" even is. Some of the people reading this have furry porn open in another browser tab and their shirt is concealing several furry porn tattoos.

Henry Rollins: Bowie at the Beeb Is a Great Way to Rediscover Bowie's Genius (LA Weekly)
Perhaps the aspect of David Bowie I admire the most was that he never made it seem easy. You can tell that the music was damn near killing him, that he knew he had to stay right at the edge to get what he knew was there. Without guts, talent is useless. Bowie had both.

Bim Adewunmi: Why I love… Neve Campbell (The Guardian)
Campbell's distinct quality is her deep sincerity: she effortlessly makes you believe she's just a normal girl, going through extraordinary things by happenstance.

Anonymous: "What I'm really thinking: the poorer friend" (The Guardian)
I've considered telling my closest friends how uncomfortable I feel when I cannot afford things, but that would mean the end of our friendship as equals.

Clive James: Lady Gaga's Star-Spangled Banner had oomph - then she added a woo-hoo-hoo (The Guardian)
To have the authentic gift of vulgarity, you need to have a talent for spoiling your own effects.

Hugh Jackman rescues swimmer and son from rip at Sydney's Bondi beach (The Guardian)
Video shows Australian actor bringing swimmer to shore before helping his 15-year-old son in the rough seas.

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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Horatio Magellan Crunch, more commonly referred to as Cap'n Crunch, was born on Crunch Island in the Sea of Milk. What is the name of his ship?

       SS Guppy                                                      Source

Cap'n Crunch is a product line of corn and oat breakfast cereals introduced in 1963 and manufactured by Quaker Oats Company, a division of PepsiCo since 2001. The cereal was developed to recall a recipe with brown sugar and butter over rice, and the cereal required innovation of a special baking process as it was one of the first cereals to use an oil coating to deliver its flavoring.

The product line is heralded by a cartoon mascot named Cap'n Crunch. The mascot is depicted as a late 18th-century naval captain, an older man with white eyebrows and a white moustache, who wears a Revolutionary-style naval uniform: a bicorne hat emblazoned with a "C" and a gold-epauletted blue coat with gold bands on the sleeves. While typically an American naval captain wears four bars on his sleeves, the mascot has been variously depicted over the years wearing only one bar (commodore), two bars (lieutenant) or three bars (commander).

According to a humorous 2013 Wall Street Journal article, the mascot, whose full name is Horatio Magellan Crunch, captains a ship called the Guppy, and was born "on Crunch Island in the Sea of Milk - a magical place with talking trees, crazy creatures and a whole mountain (Mt. Crunchmore) made out of Cap'n Crunch cereal." The article refers to the Captain's bicorne as a "Napoleon-style" hat, and claims that this has lead to speculation that he may be French.        Source

Guppy - The sea-going vessels commanded by Cap'n Crunch, the mascot of Quaker Oats Cap'n Crunch cereal, who sported a white walrus mustache, jacket with tails, shoulder epaulets and a blue Napoleonic hat bearing the initial "C."        Source

Lois Of The Sea was first and correct with:
   Cap'n Crunch be sailin' on the S.S. Guppy, a manly ship with a most manly crew! Except for the dog, but he's pretty butch.

Alan J said:
   The Guppy.

Randall wrote:
   The Guppy

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   The GUPPY

Adam answered:
   The Guppy

Deborah replied:
   Cap'n Crunch's ship is the SS Guppy. Our family went through a Cap'n Crunch phase (that's the family of my youth; that stuff never darkened our cupboards as a mother) and now I wonder why he never was promoted to Admiral?
  We planted our spring/summer garden yesterday. This morning we cam back from a just-after-sunrise bike ride to find marauding robins and jays eating our little plants. We lost a tomato, pepper and squash. Feathered jerks. We scotched our plans for a picnic in Napa to construct a way to net the gardens. Phooey.
  Hope you got some chocolate, Marty. Happy Easter, for those who celebrate.

Marian said:
   S. S. Guppy

DJ Useo responded:
   I remember it was called "the Guppy"! I had a small plastic model of it once for a few moments before my brother smashed it, as he did all my stuff.
  That cereal of his used to be REALLY CRUNCHY! It would leave the roof of your mouth scraped! For real!

MAM   wrote:
   The Good Ship Guppy

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Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

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Last Night

Sunny and seasonal.

Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night with a FRESH 'Supergirl', followed by a FRESH 'Scorpion', then a FRESH 'NCIS: The Expendable One'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Tom Hiddleston, Laura Benanti, and Frightened Rabbit.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Cuba Gooding Jr., Don Cheadle, Jon Bernthal, and Troye Sivan.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'Blindspot'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Claire Danes, Sullivan Stapleton, and Bonnie Raitt.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Tim Olyphant, Michelle Monaghan, Run River North, and Stanton Moore.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are H. Jon Benjamin, Pusha T, Flatbush and Zombies.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Dancing With The Stars', followed by a RERUN 'The Catch'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Ashton Kutcher, Trailer Park Boys, and David Gilmour.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend', followed by a FRESH 'Jane The Virgin'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Gotham', followed by a FRESH 'Lucifer'.

MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.

A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'Bates Motel', then a FRESH 'Damien'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Rock', 'Better Call Saul', followed by a FRESH 'Better Call Saul'.

BBC  -   
 [8:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES REVISITED US - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 2-Revisited: Spanish Pavilion, Kingston Cafe, Capri, La Frite
 [4:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 12-Kimberley, Australia
 [5:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 13-Mexico
 [6:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 11-Urban Survivor
 [7:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 1-Baja Desert
 [8:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 2-The Deep South
 [9:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 1-Arizona
 [10:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 2-Borneo Jungle
 [11:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-Red Rock Country
 [12:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 11-Urban Survivor
 [1:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 1-Baja Desert
 [2:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 2-The Deep South
 [3:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 1-Arizona
 [4:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 2-Borneo Jungle
 [5:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-Red Rock Country    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH 'Vanderpump Rules Social', then a FRESH 'Vanderpump Rules', and 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', and 3 hours of old 'South Park'.
On a RERUN The Daily Show (from 3/17/16) is Theo James.
On a RERUN The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore (from 3/15/16) is Jussie Smollett.
On a RERUN @Midnight (from 3/7/16) are Nikki Glaser, Kyle Kinane, and Doug Benson.

FX has the movie 'That's My Boy', followed by the movie 'Just Go With It', then the movie 'Just Go With It', again.

History has 'Swamp People', followed by a FRESH 'Swamp People: Blood & Guts', then a FRESH 'Swamp People', followed by a FRESH 'Billion Dollar Wreck'.

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 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Drive-In
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Thanksgiving
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Sunday Bloody Sunday
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Buddy
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Best Christmas Ever
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Ski Trip
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Stolen Car
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-That Wrestling Show
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The First Date
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Pill
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Drive-In
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Thanksgiving
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Sunday Bloody Sunday
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Buddy
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Best Christmas Ever
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Ski Trip
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Stolen Car
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 [4:00AM]    IDIOCRACY
 [5:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Simon Helberg    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:15AM]    Deliverance
 [8:45AM]    Warrior
 [11:45AM]    Red Dawn
 [2:15PM]    Troy
 [5:45PM]    Sudden Impact
 [8:00PM]    Hard to Kill
 [10:00PM]    Out for Justice
 [12:00AM]    Deliverance
 [2:30AM]    Hap and Leonard-Trudy
 [3:30AM]    Red Dawn    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe', followed by a FRESH 'The Magicians', 'The Internet Ruined My Life', and another 'The Internet Ruined My Life'.

Check out a FRESH Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are J.B. Smoove, Jake Tapper, and Disturbed.

 [6:00 AM]      Cast a Dark Shadow (1955)
 [7:30 AM]      Libel (1959)
 [9:15 AM]      The Angel Wore Red (1960)
 [11:00 AM]      Victim (1961)
 [12:45 PM]      The Password Is Courage (1962)
 [2:45 PM]      Our Mother's House (1967)
 [4:45 PM]      Death In Venice (1971)
 [7:15 PM]      MGM Parade Show #19 (1955)
 [8:00 PM]      The Art Of Love (1965)
 [9:45 PM]      F for Fake (1973)
 [11:30 PM]      Scarlet Street (1945)
 [1:30 AM]      The Light Touch (1952)
 [3:15 AM]      An American in Paris (1951)
 [5:30 AM]      Van Gogh: Darkness Into Light (1956)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Tuesday   -  03/29/16

TCM spends most of the night with Peter Fonda
 [6:00 AM]      West of Zanzibar (1928)    SILENT 
 [7:15 AM]      The Squaw Man (1931)
 [9:15 AM]      Penthouse (1933)
 [11:00 AM]      The Robin Hood of El Dorado (1936)
 [12:30 PM]      42nd Street (1933)
 [2:15 PM]      Stage Mother (1933)
 [4:00 PM]      Hard, Fast, and Beautiful (1951)
 [5:30 PM]      Gypsy (1962)
 [8:00 PM]      Lilith (1964)
 [10:00 PM]      Ulee's Gold (1997)
 [12:00 AM]      Easy Rider (1969)
 [1:45 AM]      Wanda Nevada (1979)
 [3:45 AM]      The Young Lovers (1964)

 [5:30 AM]      MGM Parade Show #19 (1955)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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US singer Miley Cyrus (R) and her sister Brandi (L) are seen court side during the NBA basketball game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York, USA, 26 March 2016.
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Pulls Anti-Vaccination Film

Tribeca Festival

Robert De Niro is removing the anti-vaccination documentary "Vaxxed" from the lineup of his Tribeca Film Festival, after initially defending its inclusion.

"Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Conspiracy," was set to be part of the film festival when it opened next month. The decision to include the film by anti-vaccination activist Andrew Wakefield came under fire, particularly since Wakefield's contention that the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine have a link to autism have been discredited.

While De Niro on Friday defended the decision to include the film, he released a statement Saturday saying he had reversed his decision.

De Niro, who has a child with autism, said he had hoped to provide an opportunity for conversation around an issue "that is deeply personal to me and my family."

However, he said after he and Tribeca organizers reviewed it, "We do not believe it contributes to or furthers the discussion I had hoped for." He said members of the scientific community also had reviewed it with him.

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Actor Willem Dafoe, left, watches play between the New York Knicks and the Cleveland Cavaliers during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 26, 2016, in New York.
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Mexicans Torch Trump Effigies

Easter Tradition

People throughout Mexico City burned papier-mache figures of GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump (R-Pinche Pendejo) over Easter weekend in a ritual known in Spanish as the "burning of Judas."

Mexicans usually torch figures from their own political or social class, both past and present, but ever since Trump launched his candidacy in June and referred to some Mexican immigrants entering the U.S. as rapists and drug dealers, he has become a regular target of scorn and ridicule in Mexico

It's not the first time that Mexicans have expressed their outrage over Trump by venting their anger against papier-mache objects. Shortly after the Donald made his controversial anti-immigrant remarks, Trump pinatas became all the rage.

Some Trump effigies on Saturday were emblazoned with swastikas and the letters KKK, according to the Mexican daily El Universal.

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Coming 'Home' To Montana


Descendants of a bison herd captured and sent to Canada more than 140 years ago will be relocated to a Montana American Indian reservation next month, in what tribal leaders bill as a homecoming for a species emblematic of their traditions.

The shipment of animals from Alberta's Elk Island National Park to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation follows a 2014 treaty among tribes in the United States and Canada. That agreement aims to restore bison to areas of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains where millions once roamed.

The 89 plains bison, also known as buffalo, will form the nucleus of a herd that tribal leaders envision will soon roam freely across a vast landscape: the Blackfeet reservation, nearby Glacier National Park and the Badger-Two Medicine wilderness - more than 4,000 square miles combined.

Bison were hunted to near-extinction in the late 1800s as European settlers advanced across the once-open American West.

The lineage of Elk Island's bison, which experts say are free of cattle genes, traces back to a small group of animals captured by several American Indians on Blackfeet land just south of Canada.



Liz Phair performs during her opening set for Smashing Pumpkins at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Saturday, March 26, 2016, in Los Angeles.
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TV Telephone Interviews


In television news, a telephone interview is typically frowned upon. Donald Trump's (R-Wichser) fondness for them is changing habits and causing consternation in newsrooms, while challenging political traditions.

Two organizations are circulating petitions to encourage Sunday morning political shows to hang up on Trump. Some prominent holdouts, like Fox's Chris Wallace, refuse to do on-air phoners. Others argue that a phone interview is better than no interview at all.

Except in news emergencies, producers usually avoid phoners because television is a visual medium - a face-to-face discussion between a newsmaker and questioner is preferable to a picture of an anchor listening to a disembodied voice.

It's easy to see why Trump likes them. There's no travel or TV makeup involved; if he wishes to, Trump can talk to Matt Lauer without changing out of his pajamas. They often put an interviewer at a disadvantage, since it's harder to interrupt or ask follow-up questions, and impossible to tell if a subject is being coached.

Trump tends to take over phone interviews and can get his message out with little challenge, Wallace said.



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Easter Egg Hunt 'Chaos'


The Pez candy company has apologized for an Easter egg hunt that descended into chaos at its factory over the weekend when overzealous parents ignored the start time and rushed the field.

According to the company, the Easter egg hunt drew hundreds of people to the fields outside its Orange, Conn., facility.

Organizers said they placed more than 9,000 eggs on three separate fields for the children and intended on having staggered start times for different age groups.

"Unfortunately people chose to enter the first field prior to anyone from Pez staff starting the activity," the statement said. "The crowd moved to the 2nd field, waited for only a couple of minutes and proceeded to rush the field without being directed to do so and before the posted start time. The crowd then immediately moved to the 3rd field and took over and removed everything well before the activity was to even start."

"[They] rushed the field and took everything," Pez general manager Shawn Peterson told WFSB-TV, "kind of like locusts."



Musician Huey Lewis greets Chicago Cubs shortstop Munenori Kawasaki before a spring training baseball game between the Cubs and the San Francisco Giants in Mesa, Ariz., Saturday, March 26, 2016.
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Team To Research Impact In Japan

Los Alamos

A group from Los Alamos, once the building site for an atomic bomb, is making an unprecedented trip this month to a country that was devastated by the weapon.

Los Alamos Historical Museum representatives are traveling throughout Japan to gain that country's perspective on the impact of nuclear warfare. Museum director Judith Stauber, along with a museum registrar and a student intern, flew to Japan Thursday. The team will visit Tokyo, Kyoto and the two cities that were targeted with the bomb - Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

They will meet with a bomb survivor, researchers and leaders from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Stauber said.

The trip has been in the works for two years. It is partially funded by a $10,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported. It also has gotten support from the New Mexico Japanese Citizens League.

The planned exhibit will open in December. Aside from visiting Japan, Stauber plans to collaborate with Japanese-Americans on a display on World War II internment camps in New Mexico.

Los Alamos


A man with a Donald Trump puppet attends the Easter Sunday Parade outside St. Patrick's Cathedral on Easter Sunday in New York City, New York, USA, 27 March 2016. Easter Sunday is the day Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ around the world.
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Spoiled Dreams Of Fame

Celebrity Surgeon

Dreams of fame and fortune turned into a nightmare for a once-renowned Italian surgeon who compared himself to Doctor Frankenstein and now stands accused of using patients as guinea pigs.

Sweden's Karolinska Institute (KI), which awards the Nobel Prize for Medicine, fired Paolo Macchiarini this week after years of controversy.

A pioneer in regenerative medicine, Paolo Macchiarini was born in Switzerland in 1958 and won international renown in 2008 after undertaking a grafted windpipe transplant using stem cells.

In medical circles, his star was rising, and he was invited to Stockholm's KI as a visiting professor in 2010. He attained world fame for completing the first synthetic trachea transplant using stem cells in 2011.

Six of his eight patients reportedly died, and allegations ensued that the risky procedure had been carried out on at least one individual who had not, at the time, been critically ill.

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A woman takes part in the annual Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival along 5th Avenue in New York City March 27, 2016.
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Ice Field


A Rhode Island-size ice field in the mountains behind Alaska's capital could disappear by 2200 if climate-warming trends continue, according to a University of Alaska Fairbanks study.

The study published this week by the Journal of Glaciology predicts 60 percent of the ice in the Juneau Ice Field could be gone by 2099.

The Juneau Ice Field is the source for a major Alaska tourist attraction, the Mendenhall Glacier, visited last year by 450,000 people at a U.S. Forest Service center. By 2099, the study authors said, the glacier's ice will be harder to find.

"By the end of this century, people will most likely not be able to see the Mendenhall Glacier anymore from the visitor's center," said Regine Hock, a UAF glaciologist and one of the authors of the study.

The Juneau Ice Field, one of the largest ice fields in the Western Hemisphere, covers 1,500 square miles in the steep Coast Mountains, the range that lines Alaska's Panhandle and much of British Columbia.



The traditional 'Scoppio del Carro' (Explosion of the Cart) ceremony in Duomo's Square in Florence, Italy, 27 March 2016.
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Weekend Box Office

'Batman v Superman'

Faster than a speeding bullet and impervious to lousy reviews, the superhero faceoff "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" rebounded from a smack down from critics to debut with a massive $170.1 million in North America, the sixth best opening of all-time.

The stakes were high for the Warner Bros. release, which cost $250 million to make and about $150 million to market. But the studio's bid to launch a DC Comics universe to rival Marvel's empire was met with persistent PR pains and numerous changes in the release date.

"Batman v Superman" dominated Easter weekend with the kind of blockbuster performance usually reserved for Memorial Day or July 4th. In second was the Disney Animation hit "Zootopia," with $23.1 million in its fourth week of domestic release. The go-to family release of the season, it has earned nearly $700 million globally. Universal's "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2," a sequel to the 2002 hit romantic comedy, debuted with $18.1 million - effective counterprogramming to the male-centric "Batman v Superman."

Opening well above the $116.6 million debut of Snyder's Superman reboot "Man of Steel," ''Batman v Superman" again proved that among comic-book heroes, Batman (who took first billing from Superman, naturally) is second to none. The opening surpasses previous Batman installments "The Dark Knight Rises" ($160.9 million) and "The Dark Knight" ($158.4 million).

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

    1. "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," $170.1 million ($254 million international).
    2. "Zootopia," $23.1 million ($42.5 million international).
    3. "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2," $18.1 million ($8 million international).
    4. "Miracles From Heaven," $9.5 million.
    5. "The Divergent Series: Allegiant," $9.5 million ($9.5 million international).
    6. "10 Cloverfield Lane," $6 million ($2.5 million international).
    7. "Deadpool," $5 million ($3 million international).
    8. "London Has Fallen," $2.9 million ($4 million international).
    9. "Hello, My Name Is Doris," $1.7 million.
   10. "Eye in the Sky," $1 million.

'Batman v Superman'


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Bjorn, aged 5, smiles as he poses with a Owl butterfly during an event to launch the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London, Britain March 23, 2016.
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