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China Box Office: Feng Xiaogang's 'Youth' Opens to $48M, 'Coco' Crosses $150M

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While most of planet earth was watching Star Wars: The Last Jedi this weekend, Chinese film fans were turning out in droves to catch a nostalgic period drama about a Communist Party military dance troupe.

Feng Xiaogang's Youth overcame a six-week release delay and heavy censorship scrutiny to open at the top of China's box office with a winning $48 million. The film was originally set to debut back on Oct. 1, shortly after its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival; but it was abruptly pulled from the release schedule just days prior. No official explanation was ever »

- Patrick Brzeski

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Jazz and Pop Singer Keely Smith, Frequent Louis Prima Collaborator, Dies at 89

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Keely Smith, a pop and jazz singer known for her solo recordings of jazz standards as well as her musical partnership with Louis Prima, has died of apparent heart failure in Palm Springs, Calif. She was 89.

According to a news release from her publicist Bob Merlis, Smith was under a physician’s care when she died Saturday.

Smith was born Dorothy Jacqueline Keely in Norfolk, Va., on March 9, 1928, and was still a teenager when she began singing with Louis Prima's band.

She and Prima married in 1953, and together, they won a Grammy in 1959 for their hit "That Old Black »

- the Associated Press,Billboard Staff

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'Bingo: The King of the Mornings' ('Bingo: O rei das manhas'): Film Review

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Rounding off a vintage year for scary clowns on the big screen, Bingo: The King of the Mornings is a boisterous Brazilian comic drama charting the explosive rise and fall of a blue-haired children’s television star with debauched offscreen appetites. Oscar-nominated editor Daniel Rezende, whose credits include Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life and Fernando Meirelles’s City of God, does a pretty solid job on his feature directing debut. Currently screening in U.K. theaters following a successful domestic run, the film was chosen as Brazil’s official Academy Awards contender in the foreign-language category, though it ultimately failed to make the »

- Stephen Dalton

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Did 'The Last Jedi' Treat Its Villains Right?

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[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi]

One of the biggest questions fans had after watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens was, “Who is Supreme Leader Snoke?“

Speculation and theories abounded in the aftermath of the movie’s release, and has continued until Star Wars: The Last Jedi answered the question with a resounding, “Who cares? He’s dead now.”

Well. That was one way to deal with the issue.

The death of Snoke was, at once, a highlight of The Last Jedi — because, really, who saw that coming? — and an example of one of the »

- Graeme McMillan

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