Donald Trump hosted SNL on the weekend, and brought in the show’s biggest ratings in years. It picked up a 6.6 share – that’s about 10 million people. Almost twice as many people as the season opener, which happened to feature an appearance by Hilary Clinton.
As expected, Spectre, The 24th film in the James Bond franchise, topped the box office with a respectable $73 million, but it failed to beat Skyfall’s opening, which took in 88.4 million years ago. You can blame the Peanuts Movie for that. The reboot of Charlie Brown and the gang took in 45 million, and looks like it might catch the interest of a generation that barely heard of Charlie and the rest. I never really got it. Charlie is clinically depressed, his friend Linus is orally fixated, Pigpenn has hygiene problems, Lucy is a sadistic bully, and the dog is possibly rabid.
If you loved Jurassic World, you’ll be glad to know that not one but two sequels are in the works. Universal Pictures and Steven Spielberg conceived the blockbuster as a trilogy, so there will be another installment in 2018, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, with another to follow after that. What is it going to take to make them realize that reproducing dinosaur DNA is a bad thing?
Finally, Phil Collins’ comeback may be hitting a glitch. Over 4000 people have signed a petition to persuade the United Nation to stop the drummer from coming out of retirement, as he had planned. The goal is 5000 signatures, although it remains to be seen if the UN can or will actually intervene. There ARE, after all, other issues… Betcha Phil didn’t see THAT coming in the air tonight.