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Screech Is Going to Jail

Dustin Diamond aka Screech has been sentenced to 120 days by Wisconsin Judge Paul Malloy.

Diamond was found guilty back on May 31st of two misdemeanors, carrying a concealed weapon and of disorderly conduct.

Along with the 120 days, Screech has been ordered to pay the victim $1,105 in restitution, and 15 months probation.

I don’t think Zack and Slate will be saying goodbye to Screech as he reports to jail Sunday.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Tops At Box Office… What?

Even though the latest in the Star Wars saga hasn’t even hit theaters yet, Morgan Stanley’s Benjamin Swinburne suggests that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be the 3rd highest grossing movie of all times.

Not only has he predicted the unreleased film will be 3rd all-time, he’s also giving revenue projections.  He claims that Star Wars VII will rake in $1.95 billion US with a total of $2.52 billion worldwide.

Now here’s where it gets really interesting, Swinburne is also predicting that consumers will shell out $3 billion on Star Wars related merch over the course of a year.

We need to tell you, Swinburne didn’t just make these predictions for fun.  This is part of a Morgan Stanley report on the financial impact of the new Star Wars flick on Disney.  So maybe he might just know what he’s talking about, or not.  We’ll have to wait until December 18th to even begin to see if these numbers start to come in.  My money is on Swinburne.

Photo Credit:  Lucas Films

Movies Opening This Weekend – June 26, 2015 [videos]

I hope you enjoy the movie or movies you see this weekend.  I know I will.

Ted 2 (2015)
[R] Comedy
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Stars: Liam Neeson, Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman

Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he’s a person in a court of law. [watch trailer]

Max (2015)
[PG] 111 min – Adventure | Family
Director: Boaz Yakin
Stars: Robbie Amell, Lauren Graham, Thomas Haden Church, Luke Kleintank

A dog that helped US Marines in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler’s family after suffering a traumatic experience. [watch trailer]

Big Game (2014)
[PG-13] 110 min – Action | Adventure
Director: Jalmari Helander
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Onni Tommila, Ray Stevenson, Victor Garber

A young teenager camping in the woods helps rescue the President of the United States when Air Force One is shot down near his campsite. [watch trailer]

Batkid Begins (2015)
[PG] 87 min – Documentary | Biography | Family
Director: Dana Nachman
Stars: Teresa Clovicko, Audrey Copper, Katie Cotton, Ama Daetz

On one day, in one city, the world comes together to grant one 5 year old cancer patient his wish. Batkid Begins looks at the ‘why’ of this flash phenomenon. [watch trailer]

The Little Death (2015)
96 min – Comedy
Director: Josh Lawson
Stars: Bojana Novakovic, Damon Herriman, Josh Lawson, Stephanie May

The secret lives of five suburban couples living in Sydney reveal both the fetishes and the repercussions that come with sharing them. [watch trailer]

A Murder in the Park (2015)
[PG-13] 91 min – Documentary | Crime | History | News
Directors: Christopher S. Rech | Brandon Kimber
Stars: Dexter Hammett, Kevin Adelstein, Joseph Alex, Denny Castiglione

Documentary filmmakers assert that Anthony Porter – a former death-row inmate who was spared the death penalty thanks to the efforts of a college journalism program – was actually guilty, and an innocent man was sent to prison. [watch trailer]

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Meryl Streep Appeals to Members of Congress

Meryl Streep is putting her celebrity to work in in support of the new ERA Coalition campaign.  Today five hundred thirty-five letters personally signed by Meryl Streep are being delivered to each and every Member of Congress. The letters urge lawmakers to support a constitutional amendment guaranteeing equal rights for women. “I am writing to ask you to stand up for equality – for your mother, your daughter, your sister, your wife or yourself – by actively supporting the Equal Rights Amendment,” Ms. Streep wrote. “The ERA is not just a women’s rights issue,” she noted, “it will have a meaningful benefit for the whole human family.” With each letter, Meryl Streep enclosed a copy of the book Equal Means Equal: Why the Time for the ERA is Now, by Jessica Neuwirth. The founder and President of the ERA Coalition, Ms. Neuwirth said she wrote the book “to show the urgent need for the ERA, highlighting the cases of real women who have suffered harm and were unable to get the legal protection they should have from the Constitution.”

The ERA Coalition was founded last year to build a broader base of public support for ongoing efforts to put the ERA into the Constitution. Ms. Streep joins a growing number of prominent individuals and celebrities who have publicly reaffirmed their commitment to the Equal Rights Amendment including former President Jimmy Carter, Chelsea Handler, Rashida Jones, Jane Fonda, Tavis Smiley, Taylor Schilling, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston and Gloria Steinem, who serves on the board of the ERA Coalition. In writing to Members of Congress, Streep said, “I am adding my voice to the long term efforts of others in the campaign to have the rights of the majority of Americans, who were not considered equal citizens by the framers of the Constitution, included and secured by virtue of an Amendment.”

Several bills related to the ERA have been recently introduced in Congress – by Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Jackie Speier (D-CA) in the House, and by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) in the Senate. Representative Maloney’s bill is co-sponsored by Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and Senator Cardin’s bill is co-sponsored by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL). Ms. Streep highlighted this bipartisan sponsorship in her letter, saying “It is very heartening for me and so many other Americans to see Democrats and Republicans joining together on this issue. It’s time to make this happen,” adding that the ERA “represents a fundamental human right that must be included in our Constitution as a matter of principle.” She also noted that the United States has encouraged other countries such as Afghanistan to put this provision in their constitutions, remarking “we should have it in our own.”

The Equal Rights Amendment was passed by Congress in 1972. It had been ratified by 35 states when the deadline for ratification expired in 1982, just three states short of the 38 states needed to put the ERA into the Constitution. The ERA Coalition was founded in 2014. It has more than fifty organizational members.

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Jurassic World Headed For $1-Billion

In just its second weekend out, Jurassic World is only $19M short of the elusive $1 Billion mark.

This is an exclusive club of films that have reached such a level, limited to only 21 members so far.

The Mega-Dino hit held off some stiff competition this Fathers Day weekend with Inside Out and Dope.

Here’s what this weekends top-5 numbers looked like:

  1. Jurassic World – $102,019,000
  2. Inside Out – $91,056,000
  3. Spy – 10,500,000
  4. San Andreas – 8,240,000
  5. Dope – $6,018,000

Photo Credit:  Javier Brosch /


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