Marvel Studios/Disney(NEW YORK) -- Need another reason to wish you still had all of your old comic books? A copy of the first issue of Marvel's The Incredible Hulk comic book just sold for over $167,000.
Published in May of 1962, the issue introduces the world to scientist Dr. Bruce Banner who, after unintentionally receiving a dose of gamma radiation, transforms into the huge, hulking green monster when he's emotionally stressed. Marvel comics legend Stan Lee -- who died a week ago today at age 95 -- wrote the story, with artwork by the equally legendary Marvel artist Jack Kirby, who passed away in 1994.
Auction house Huggins & Scott says the comic's owner purchased it new and read it once before putting it in storage, which explains the book's excellent condition. Only 1,065 graded copies of The Incredible Hulk #1 are known to exist, meaning those copies have been examined and awarded a numerical 1-10 grade based on condition. The Huggins & Scott issue, the full sale price of which was $167,280, was graded an 8.5, which puts it in the top 2% of the known issues in terms of quality, the auction house says, with only 18 others graded higher.
Adding to the book's value: The original run of The Incredible Hulk lasted only six issues, through March of 1963, before the character -- who still appeared in other Marvel comics -- was again given its own book in 1968. Since then, of course, The Incredible Hulk has become one of Marvel's legendary and most popular characters. Played by Mark Ruffalo, it most recently appeared in this year's global box office smash Avengers: Infinity War.
Huggins & Scott's pre-sale estimate for the book was for between $125,000 and $175,000. The auction was last Friday.
Michael B. Jordan and director Steven Caple Jr. on the set of "Creed II"; Barry Wetcher/Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures/ Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Michael B. Jordan was more than ready to reprise his role as heavy-weight champion Adonis Creed in the upcoming boxing drama Creed II. Although his long-time collaborator Ryan Coogler decided to pass his directing duties over toSteven Caple Jr., Jordan says the new director still made sure to respect the integrity of Coogler's work.
"Coog [and I] we started this thing," he said. "So, you know we always had that bond and relationship and he still had his fingerprints on this one as well. But, respectfully so, he wanted to just let Steven do his thing as well."
According to Jordan, Caple proved to be "an amazing director," who showed "similarities" to the Black Panther helmer.
"He's so talented," Jordan continued. "You know, from Cleveland, Ohio, from independent film, came out of Sundance as well, went to USC. You know, there's a lot of similarities there as well between him and Coogler -- in a positive way."
As Jordan gears up for the release of his highly anticipated sequel, the actor says he's thankful Caple came on board with respect and with his own vision.
"He was very respectful of what we already started, the characters that we built," he explains. "He wanted to collaborate with us to see what we thought about our characters, where do we want to go, et cetera. So it was a very collaborative process. But at the same time, Stephen had a vision."
"And he executed, what he saw," he adds. "And I think we did a good job."
Creed II, also starring Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad, hits theaters on November 21.
NBC/Will Heath(NEW YORK) -- The last Saturday Night Live episode before Thanksgiving saw the return of Kate McKinnon's Laura Ingraham -- and a number of other targets to be mocked: Jeanine Pirro, Nancy Pelosi and Mark Zuckerberg.
In the show's cold open, a spoof of Fox's The Ingraham Angle, McKinnon’s Ingraham opened with her "facts," including "Hispanics all voted twice" and "Latinos can have babies every three months."
She then tossed to Pirro, again played by Cecily Strong, who responded: "I hate them, Laura."
"Who?" she responded.
"Oh, sorry, that's my vocal warmup," Pirro responded.
The attacks turned to Zuckerberg as Facebook came under fire this week for reportedly hiring a PR firm to plant negative stories about Facebook critics.
"Hey Laura, it's great to be here, smile, one, two," a very robotic Zuckerberg, played by cast member Alex Moffat, responded.
"I can't be any more transparent," he followed up. "Have you seen my skin?"
Rep. Marcia Fudge, played by Leslie Jones, came on to discuss a possible overthrow of Pelosi as House Speaker.
"I love Nancy Pelosi, but her baby sister is a redwood tree," she said. "She just calls the Old Testament, the testament."
The biggest criticism was reserved for Ingraham herself, though, who sprinkled in ads for the few companies who hadn't abandoned her -- including a personal-sized turkey. "Have you alienated everyone in your family? Then have your very own Teeny Tiny Turkey," the ad urged.
"If I was there in person, I would knock the fudge out of you," Jones told Strong.
The episode was hosted by Steve Carell, marking his third time on the show, and featured musical guest Ella Mai. Carell’s fellow The Office alums, Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms and Ellie Kemper all appeared during his monologue, calling for a reboot of the show.
(LOS ANGELES) -- Warner Brothers' Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald delivered an estimated $62 million in its opening weekend -- a little shy of the $65 million the studio had anticipated, but more than enough to top the weekend box office.
Overseas, the latest chapter in the Fantastic Beasts franchise -- starring Jude Law, Johnny Depp and Eddie Redmayne -- earned an estimated $191 million, including record openings in a number of countries, including Russia and Brazil. Worldwide, the film's weekend tally is expected to reach $253 million.
The Grinch slipped to number two in its second week, raking in an estimated $38.2 million. Bohemian Rhapsody landed in third place, delivering an estimated $25.7 million.
The second of this week's news releases, Instant Family, starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne, had a disappointing opening weekend, earning an estimated $14.7 million. Likewise, Steve McQueen's heist drama, Widows, led by Viola Davis, came in below expectations with an estimated $12.3 million debut, to round out the top five.
The docudrama A Private War, also struggled, earning an estimated $725,000 after expanding to 865 theaters. However, the Willem Dafoe lead At Eternity's Gate opened strong in limited release, delivering $92,000 from just four locations. Green Book, the dramedy starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali -- delivered an estimated $313,000 from 25 theaters.
Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:
1. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, $62 million 2. The Grinch, $38.2 million 3. Bohemian Rhapsody, $15.7 million 4. Instant Family, $14.7 million 5. Widows, $12.3 million 6. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, $4.678 million 7. A Star Is Born, $4.35 million 8. Overlord, $3.85 million 9. The Girl in the Spider’s Web, $2.5 million 10. Nobody's Fool, $2.26 million
Courtesy of Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Ready for another royal wedding?
The follow-up to your favorite holiday guilty pleasure movie, A Christmas Prince, has released its first trailer. The Netflix sequel, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, takes place a year after the first film, as journalist Amber plans her nuptials to the now-king of the fictional Aldovia, Richard.
The trailer shows Amber, played by iZombie’s Rose McIver, feeling overwhelmed by her new royal duties and the prospect of having to give up her blog in order to be a queen.
The first film debuted last year and was a surprise success. A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding premieres on Netflix November 20.
Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Marie Claire(NEW YORK) -- Sex and the City actress Kristin Davis has revealed that acting quite literally saved her life.
In an episode of the podcastOrigins with James Andrew Miller about the hit HBO series, she credits her early acting jobs with helping her overcome an alcohol addiction.
“I don’t think I would be alive,” she says. “I’m an addict. I’m a recovering alcoholic. If I hadn’t found acting…acting is the only thing that made me want to ever get sober. I didn’t have anything that was that important to me other than trying to dull my senses.”
Davis, who played Charlotte on SATC, admits that she once feared she would die young.
“I didn’t think I would live to be 30,” the now-53-year-old says. “I started drinking very young and luckily I quit very young, before any success happened, thank goodness.”
She adds, “Because my love for acting was so big when I was very young, I had something that was more important to me than just drinking.”
Nominees for Best Feature include Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade and Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk, and nominees for Best First Feature include the horror film Hereditary, Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You and Paul Dano’s Wildlife.
Glenn Close, Toni Colette, Regina Hall and Carey Mulligan are among the Best Female Lead nominees, while John Cho, Ethan Hawke, Joaquin Phoenix and Daveed Diggs nabbed nominations in the Best Male Lead category.
Suspiria will receive the Robert Altman Award, which is given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast.
The Film Independent Spirit Awards will air on IFC Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 2 pm PT/5 pm ET.
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(LONDON) -- Actor Tom Hardy has been bestowed with a prestigious honor by the British royal family.
A tweet from the royal family’s Twitter page confirms that Hardy was made a CBE – Commander of the Order of the British Empire – on Friday, for his contributions to drama. Prince Charles gave him the award at Buckingham Palace.
The Venom actor is a friend of Princes William and Harry and was one of the guests at Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle. He has also been an ambassador to the Prince’s Trust, a charity founded by Prince Charles to help struggling young people get their lives back on track.
Deborah Lopez(NEW YORK) -- Brian Tyree Henry is digging deep in his latest role. In Steve McQueen's heist-thriller Widows, Henry plays Jamal, a local crime boss turned Chicago politician who's on a mission to get his money back.
While Henry's character is obviously flawed, the Atlanta actor tells ABC Radio that he surprisingly understands Jamal's perspective.
"I have a lot of heart for Jamal," Henry says. "I don't want to say I felt bad for him. But, in an eerie way I really truly understood him. I understood exactly what he wanted, what he saw. And I just wanted to make sure that it was enacted the way it needed to be."
He continues, "Now, I may do some sketchy stuff... It may not be couth... But like, I think that that's the fun of discovering characters like that."
In the film, Jamal is determined to get the $2 million dollars that was stolen from him by Davis' husband who was killed in a heist-gone-wrong. Henry says because of it, Jamal must now navigate between two very different worlds.
"Because here you have Viola Davis character, who's a sister... but living in the penthouse over here. But you ain't thinking about me, down here," he explains. "However, your husband stole from me. So now I've got to come to your penthouse and get what I want."
Henry continues, "So now our worlds are colliding when you didn't even want them to, or even know if they could. So, I think that that's a constant thing that Jamal is going through in this movie is, like trying to find a way to dip in and out of these worlds and make them his."
Widows, also starring Liam Neeson and Daniel Kaluuya, is now in theaters.
Mike Coppola/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Prolific Hollywood screenwriter and two-time Oscar winner William Goldman has died, The Washington Postconfirms. He was 87.
Goldman’s daughter, Jenny Goldman, tells the Washington Post her father passed away Friday at his Manhattan home, of complications from colon cancer and pneumonia.
Goldman won his first Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1970 for the film Butch Cassidy and the SundanceKid, starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman. He nabbed his second trophy in 1977 for Best Adapted Screenplay for All the President’s Men, also starring Redford and Dustin Hoffman.
Over the course of his more than five-decades in the business, Goldman was screenwriter for such legendary films as Marathon Man, The Princess Bride, The Stepford Wives, The Great Waldo Pepper, A Bridge Too Far, Chaplin and Misery.
Goldman was married to photographerIlene Jones from 1961 until 1991. He is survived by their two daughters, Jenny and Susanna.
Mike Yarish/Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin play an acting teacher having trouble finding acting gigs and his agent, respectively, in the new Netflix comedy The Kominsky Method, from The Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre, debuting Friday.
Douglas tells ABC Radio that the veteran actors have great chemistry, despite the fact that they'd "never been in the same room" together before.
"I never even seen any of his movies, says Douglas. "I haven't either," adds Arkin. "I said yeah, he's the guy that did [the 2017 dirt bike drama] Champion. I'd like to work with him."
The Kominsky Method marks Douglas' first regular TV role since the 1970s cop drama, The Streets of San Francisco, but he thinks this one's a completely different animal.
"It's streaming, there's no commercials," he explains. "I mean what separated TV or always made it seem secondary to doing movies was you had commercials every three or four minutes. This, first of all, you can be 25 minutes long, 35 minutes long, any subject matter, any language you want to say and there's no commercials. So it's like a mini movie."
While many older actors find it harder to get work, Arkin -- who celebrated his 84th birthday back in March -- is busier than ever.
"It's hard to believe, if anybody told me this was happening I'd say you were lying. I'm getting more offers now than I've gotten in years and years," he says.
* Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald -- The sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them finds Jude Law, as Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore, hunting down his longtime rival, Gellert Grindelwald -- played by Johnny Depp -- after the wizard escapes custody. He enlists his former student and magizoologist Newt Scamander -- portrayed by Eddie Redmayne -- to assist. Ezra Miller and Zoë Kravitz also star. Rated PG-13.
* Widows -- Viola Davis stars in this film from 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen about a grieving widow who recruits a group of women -- played by Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Carrie Coon -- to pull off a heist her late husband was planning. Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Robert Duvall, and Liam Neeson also star. Rated R.
* Instant Family -- Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne play a couple that finds themselves in over their heads when they decide to adopt three young children. Also starring Tig Notaro and Octavia Spencer. Rated PG-13.
* A Private War -- This drama, based on a true story stars Rosamund Pike as celebrated war correspondent Marie Colvin, who risked her life to give voice to the voiceless. Jamie Dornan and Stanley Tucci also star. Rated R.
Opening in limited release on Friday:
* Green Book -- Viggo Mortensen stars in this dramedy about a working-class Italian-American bouncer who becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist -- played by Mahershala Ali -- on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. Rated PG-13.
* At Eternity's Gate -- This biographical drama takes a look at the final days of painter Vincent van Gogh -- played by Willem Dafoe. Rated PG-13.
(Widows and Green Book trailers contain mild, uncensored profanity.)
Disney(NEW YORK) -- Get ready to grab a tissue. The first live-action Dumbo trailer has arrived.
Tim Burton directs this remake on the 1941 animated Disney classic film, and we don’t have to wait long to get our first glimpse of the little elephant using his huge ears to fly.
"Dumbo expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight," the official description from Disney reads.
The trailer appears to follow the original’s main story -- including the heartbreaking separation of Dumbo and his mother. But then the circus owner leads Dumbo and his child friends on a mission to reunite Dumbo and his mom.
Dumbo stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Eva Green, Danny DeVito and Alan Arkin. It opens March 29 of next year from Disney, parent company of ABC News.
ABC/Heidi Gutman(DALLAS, TX) -- Amy Schumer had to cancel her Texas tour dates Thursday after pregnancy complications put her in the hospital.
The pregnant comedian revealed in an Instagram post that both she and her baby are fine, but she’s been suffering from severe morning sickness, otherwise known as hyperemesis gravidarum.
“I am in the hospital,” she posted, along with photo of herself in a hospital bed with her dog laying at her feet. “I’m fine. Baby’s fine but everyone who says the 2nd trimester is better is not telling the full story. I’ve been even more ill this trimester.”
She continued, “I have hyperemesis and it blows. Very lucky to be pregnant but this is some bullsh**! Sending so much love to the doctors and nurses taking great care of me and [my dog] Tati! They are cool as hell!”
She apologized to her Texas fans for cancelling and promised to reschedule. She had been scheduled to perform her stand-up in Dallas tonight and in Austin Friday night.
Schumer announced last month that she is expecting her first child with husband Chris Fischer.
ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(LOS ANGELES) -- Armie Hammer is apologizing after criticizing celebrities who posted selfies in tribute to the late Marvel Comics visionary Stan Lee.
“While attempting to provide some unnecessary social commentary about the current selfie culture, I (in true a**hat form – thank you Jeffrey Dean Morgan) inadvertently offended many who were genuinely grieving the loss of a true icon,” he wrote.
Hammer continued, “I want to apologize from the bottom of my heart and will be working on my Twitter impulse control.”
On Monday, Hammer wrote in a now-deleted tweet, “So touched by all of the celebrities posting pictures of themselves with Stan Lee… no better way to commemorate an absolute legend than putting up a picture of yourself.”
He added, “If Stan impacted your life (ie. All of our lives) with his work, post his work that touched you the most. Posting a selfie makes his death about you and how cool you felt taking a picture with him.”
His comments quickly sparked backlash, including from Morgan, who posted and then deleted, “Looks like you found a way to use others' ways of mourning and their memories to draw some attention to yourself. You sound like a real a**hat.”