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Expletives dot the weekend TV comedy, sports landscape

Expletives dotted the weekend television landscape.

On "Saturday Night Live," guest host Sam Rockwell let one slip during a skit. He was playing an increasingly frustrated TV science host trying to lead two clueless students through an experiment.

"You can't be this (expletive) stupid!" Rockwell exclaimed, immediately putting his hand to his mouth and saying "sorry" before continuing. "SNL" cast members Cecily Strong and Mikey Day, playing the kids, also reacted. Strong put her fingers in her ears and Day feigned an exaggerated look of shock.

On the late-night show's "Weekend Update" segment, anchor Colin Jost mentioned President Donald Trump's vulgar reference to African nations as "s-holes," omitting the expletive.

He explained that NBC asked him to clean up the quote. But Jost added if the president can say the full word, so can he. So he did.

Rockwell's and Jost's expletives were deleted in taped re-broadcasts of the show.

On an NBC Sports Network soccer telecast, Liverpool, England, team manager Juergen Klopp dropped a curse word in a post-match interview Sunday.

Asked if he wanted to apologize, he replied, smiling, "I thought in America that was OK? In England, it's not possible to use those words."

Offred is on the run as 'Handmaid's Tale' returns in April

The wrenching loss of an infant to a totalitarian society is explored in season two of "The Handmaid's Tale," star Elisabeth Moss and the show's producers said.

The drama series based on Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel begins with Moss' character on the run when it returns April 25 on streaming service Hulu. Offred, also known as June, is a pregnant "handmaid," one of those used to breed children in a futuristic society where many women are infertile.

Moss said she and series creator-executive producer Bruce Miller often discussed "this child growing inside her as a bit of a ticking time bomb," one destined to be born in tragic circumstances.

"When she does have the baby, the baby gets taken away from her. She can't be its mother," Moss said told TV critics Sunday. "It makes for good drama."

Season two also visits the colonies that are mentioned in Atwood's 1985 book but not depicted, executive producer Warren Littlefield said. A bigger production budget helped the series venture afield.

MGM Television and Hulu "embraced that we were ambitious. We're still in a world of television, it's a pretty controlled budget," Littlefield said. He didn't offer specific figures.

Broadening the story doesn't mean the series will desert its source material, Miller said.

"I don't think anything we do is post-Atwood," he said. "It's an expansion of that world. I certainly don't think we're going beyond the story that she was telling. She remains the mother of the series."

"The Handmaid's Tale" is a landmark program for relatively new Hulu, drawing critical acclaim, an armload of 2017 Emmys and, earlier this month, a best series Golden Globe and best-actress trophy for Moss. Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei guest stars in episode two, the producers said.

They were effusive with praise for Moss when asked why the former "Mad Men" star was right for the role of Offred.

She's talented, professional, has an "amazing work ethic" and an extraordinary relationship with the camera, the producers said.

A smiling Moss called the Television Critics Association panel discussion her favorite yet.

Sam Rockwell's vulgar ad-lib on 'SNL' has Twitter buzzing

When Golden Globe-winning actor Sam Rockwell made his “Saturday Night Live” hosting debut Jan. 13, he was probably hoping to wow viewers with his impeccable comedic timing — but they ended up being stunned by his potty mouth instead.

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That’s right, the “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” star dropped the F-bomb during his very first sketch.

The cringeworthy incident occurred during a PBS parody skit called “Science Show” that also featured regular “SNL” cast members Cecily Strong and Mikey Day. Rockwell plays a Bill Nye-esque science teacher who attempts to teach two of his more intellectually challenged students about the wonders of science using experiments.

In fact, Strong and Day played dumb so well that Rockwell couldn’t help but go off-script and dropped the vulgar expression.

Needless to say, the great minds over at Twitter had a field day:

Here is the skit, with the offending word bleeped out:

Liverpool coach swears on the air, says 'I thought in America it's OK'

To Jurgen Klopp, the expletive seemed appropriate, even during an on-air interview.

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Klopp, the German-born manager of Liverpool’s Premier League soccer team, let a vulgar word escape as he did a post-match interview with NBC Sports Soccer on Sunday, The New York Daily News reported.

Klopp was exulting after the Reds’ 4-3 victory against Manchester United when he dropped the F-bomb on the air, causing the interviewer to apologize to the viewing audience.

“I thought in America it’s OK,” Klopp joked, referencing an alleged vulgarity uttered last week by President Donald Trump during a meeting with members of Congress..

Arlo White of NBC Sports Soccer later tweeted that “the language got little ‘fruity’ at our pitch side desk. Apologies again for that.”

Dennis Rodman arrested on suspicion of DUI in California

Police say former NBA star Dennis Rodman has been arrested on suspicion of DUI in Southern California.

Lt. Rachel Johnson of the Newport Beach Police Department says Rodman was pulled over late Saturday for a traffic violation.

Johnson says officers administered a field sobriety test, which Rodman failed. She says he submitted to a Breathalyzer test and blew over the .08 legal limit.

Rodman was released from custody Sunday morning. Johnson didn't immediately know if he had an attorney.

An email seeking comment from Rodman's representatives was not immediately returned Sunday.

'Jumanji' tops 'The Post,' 'The Commuter' at MLK box office

Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Taraji P. Henson and Paddington Bear and all rushed into movie theaters over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, but "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" still roared the loudest with an estimated $27 million in ticket sales, Friday to Sunday.

"Jumanji" easily remained the no. 1 film in North America despite an onslaught of new challengers, according to studio estimates Sunday." The Sony Pictures release is now approaching $300 million domestically and, after grossing $40 million in China this weekend, a worldwide total of $667 million.

Coming closest was Steven Spielberg's Pentagon Papers drama "The Post," starring Streep as Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee. Twentieth Century Fox is forecasting $18.6 million for the weekend and $22.2 million for the four-day holiday.

It's a solid result for "The Post" in its nationwide expansion following several weeks of limited release. Made for about $50 million and fast-tracked after the election of President Donald Trump, "The Post" is considered by many a timely commentary on the power of the press, and a rebuke of Trump from some of Hollywood's biggest names.

"It resonates with an older audience because they were around and remember this particular moment in time," said Fox distribution chief Chris Aronson. "But it really resonates with a younger audience and that's the segment of the audience that will continue to discover this movie and realize how timely it is."

Fox and "The Post" will hope the strong box office results help resuscitate the film's Oscar momentum. The movie went home empty-handed at last weekend's Golden Globes and wasn't nominated by the BAFTA Awards. Oscar nominations voting ended Friday.

Landing in third was the Neeson thriller "The Commuter," a Lionsgate release in partnership with Studiocanal. The modest $13.5 million opening for the film — Neeson's fourth with director Jaume Collet-Serra ("Non-Stop," ''Unknown, "Run All Night") — suggested some of the thrill of Neeson's action-movie period, kicked off 10 years ago with the $145 million hit "Taken," may be waning.

The star's last three films — "Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House," ''Silence" and "Monster Calls" — have all disappointed at the box office.

The children's book adaptation sequel "Paddington 2" opened with $10.6 million. The film, originally to be distributed in North America over the Christmas holiday by The Weinstein Co., was sold to Warner Bros. after any association with the disgraced Weinstein Co. co-chairman Harvey Weinstein was deemed toxic for the film.

The juggled rollout of the movie — plus the breakout success of "Jumanji" as the go-to family film — may have hurt "Paddington 2." Despite rave reviews, it did about half the $19 million debut of its 2015 predecessor. It's done better overseas, where it's grossed $139.8 million thus far.

The R-rated "Proud Mary," starring Henson as a hit woman, followed close behind with $10 million. Though some accused Sony's Screen Gems of burying the film (it didn't screen for critics), the movie drew poor reviews and even criticism from John Fogerty, who accused the film of exploiting the title to his Creedence Clearwater Revival classic.

The plethora of releases, along with a host of awards contenders in limited release (led by "Darkest Hour," with $4.5 million following Gary Oldman's Golden Globe win for best actor) pushed the weekend box office to around $190 million for the four-day holiday frame, according to Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore. Albeit shy of the 2015 record MLK weekend when Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" opened, it's a strong start for Hollywood's 2018 after an up-and-down 2017.

Most surprising, though, is that the holiday season holdover powering the January box office isn't "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" but "Jumanji." The reboot, starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black, has now been the no. 1 film two weeks running after spending its initial two weeks of release trailing "The Last Jedi."

"This box office trajectory of 'Jumanji' is somewhat unprecedented and certainly unexpected," said Dergarabedian. "Right now, it's the films that have been out there for a while that are inspiring the most enthusiasm and that's been tough for the newcomers."

Don't weep for "The Last Jedi." The Disney release, which added $11.3 million in its fifth weekend, has grossed $591.5 million in the U.S. and Canada, ranking it as the sixth highest grossing film of all time domestically. This weekend, it passed Disney's own "Beauty and the Beast" to make it the top global release of 2017 with $1.264 billion worldwide.

But, perhaps suffering from effects of a backlash from some fans, "The Last Jedi" hasn't inspired the kind of repeat viewing that "The Force Awakens" did. It's likely to come at least $700 million short of that 2015 release's global box office. Last weekend, "The Last Jedi" flopped in China (where "Star Wars" holds less cultural sway) with $28.7 million, or about half what "The Last Jedi" grossed in its first three days of release in China. A week later, it has already been largely pulled from Chinese theaters to make way for new Chinese releases and "Jumanji."

"Presumption is always that a 'Star Wars' movie will be the dominant force in the box office universe pretty much for the entire time it's in the marketplace," said Dergarabedian. "But there is a very strong force with Dwayne Johnson. There are other forces at play here."

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 four-day domestic figures will be released Tuesday.

1. "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," $27 million ($81 million international).

2. "The Post," $18.6 million ($1.7 million international).

3. "The Commuter," $13.5 million ($6.3 million international).

4. "Insidious: The Last Key," $12.1 million ($17.7 million international).

5. "The Greatest Showman," $11.8 million ($15.2 million international).

6. "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," $11.3 million ($19 million international).

7. "Paddington 2," $10.6 million ($1.9 million international).

8. "Proud Mary," $10 million.

9. "Pitch Perfect 3," $5.7 million ($8.3 million international).

10. "Darkest Hour," $4.5 million ($10.6 million international).

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:

1. "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," $81 million.

2. "Ex-File 3," $24.2 million.

3. "Forever Young" $20.3 million.

4. "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," $19 million.

5. "Coco," $19 million.

6. "Insidious: The Last Key, $17.7 million.

7. "The Greatest Showman," $15.2 million.

8. "Ferdinand," $13.3 million.

9. "Darkest Hour," $10.6 million.

10. "1987: When the Day Comes," $9.2 million.

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Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP

UK party suspends leader's girlfriend over Markle remarks

The U.K. Independence Party on Sunday suspended the membership of the girlfriend of the party's leader after she reportedly made racist remarks about Prince Harry's fiancee, American actress Meghan Markle.

In a statement, Jo Marney apologized for the "shocking language" she used in a series of text messages to a friend, but said her words had been "taken out of context."

The Mail on Sunday newspaper reported that the 25-year-old Marney, who describes herself as a model and actor, made offensive comments about Markle and black people, including calling them "ugly."

UKIP leader Henry Bolton said Marney's membership in the party, known for its anti-European Union stance, was suspended immediately. Marney doesn't hold an official post in the party.

Markle, who will wed Harry in May, has spoken publicly and written about being proudly biracial, and also about how it affected her acting career.

Last year, Harry criticized some media reports and online comments for drawing negative attention to Markle's African-American heritage.

The prince issued a strongly worded statement condemning the "outright sexism and racism" in some comments about Markle, and said some articles with "racial undertones" crossed the line.

Liam Neeson says sexual harassment scandals becoming 'a witch hunt'

According to Liam Neeson, the sexual harassment allegations plaguing Hollywood and other industries are turning into “a bit of a witch hunt.”

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In an interview on Ireland’s “The Late Late Show,” the 65-year-old addressed the growing slew of accusations in the industry stemming from the bombshell claims against Harvey Weinstein in October, reported The Hill.

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“There is a bit of a witch hunt happening too. There’s some people, famous people, being suddenly accused of touching some girl’s knee or something, and suddenly, they’re being dropped from their program or something,” Neeson said.

Neeson was referring to the story of NPR’s radio host and writer Garrison Keillor, who was fired from Minnesota Public radio after being accused of inappropriate behavior with a co-worker, according to the New York Post.

According to the actor, the incident regarding Keillor differed from those involving Kevin Spacey, who was disgraced after news broke of him allegedly displaying inappropriate behavior toward a then 14-year-old Anthony Rapp in 1986, and Harvey Weinstein.

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Neeson went on to describe that the allegations lobbied against Dustin Hoffman were “childhood stuff.”

“I think Dustin Hoffman … I’m not saying I’ve done similar things like what he did, apparently, he touched a girl’s breast and stuff, but it’s childhood stuff,” Neeson said.

The accusations against Hoffman include exposing himself and groping a teenage intern on one of his movie sets.

>> On Rare.us: Liam Neeson has announced his retirement from action movies and the world is weeping

The “Taken” star continued his statements by acknowledging that the #MeToo movement has been positive for all industries.

“There is a movement happening and it’s healthy, and it’s across every industry. The focus seems to be on Hollywood, but it’s across every industry,” he said.

Tonya Harding's mother speaks out about abuse claims

Figure skater Tonya Harding’s mother LaVona “Sandy” Golden slammed her daughter in a new interview on the two-hour special “Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story,” which aired Thursday night on ABC News.

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In the rare interview, Golden accused her daughter of lying about being abused as a child, which is depicted in the new biopic, “I, Tonya.”

“I didn’t abuse any of my children,” Golden said. “Spanked? Yes, spanked. Absolutely, positively, you got to show them right from wrong.”

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Harding alleged that her mother once “dragged me into the bathroom and beat me with a hairbrush, literally” and regularly abused her, but Golden denied the allegations, saying, “I spanked her once with a hairbrush at a competition. She wouldn’t know what a beating was.”

Golden continued, “She’s lied so much she doesn’t know what isn’t a lie anymore.”

The figure skater previously claimed that her mother would drink a thermos of coffee and brandy every day when she would drive her daughter to school.

>> On Rare.us: 23 years later, Tonya Harding speaks out about the attack on Nancy Kerrigan at the Winter Olympics

“I would have coffee, and sometimes I would put brandy flavoring in it. I love brandy flavoring. You can’t get drunk on flavoring. Sorry to disappoint you,” Golden said.

Golden also denied claims that Harding made about growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in a trailer.

“We were never trailer trash,” Golden said. “We had a beautiful new trailer. We didn’t live in filth or dirt or anything that I would call unusual.”

Harding said in the interview that she does not want anything to do with Golden, and she wants her mother to stay away from her 6-year-old son, Gordon.

“I don’t want her anywhere near me. I don’t want her anywhere near my son,” Harding said. “She wants forgiveness. She wants to see me. She wants to make amends. She wants to meet and be part of the family. Hell no.”

(H/T PEOPLE)

Eliza Dushku says she was molested by 'True Lies' stunt coordinator at age 12

Actress Eliza Dushku took to Facebook on Saturday to allege that she was molested as a child by a "True Lies" stunt coordinator.

"When I was 12 years old, while filming 'True Lies,' I was sexually molested by Joel Kramer, one of Hollywood's leading stunt coordinators," wrote Dushku, now 37. 

"Ever since, I have struggled with how and when to disclose this, if ever. At the time, I shared what happened to me with my parents, two adult friends and one of my older brothers. No one seemed ready to confront this taboo subject then, nor was I."

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She alleged that Kramer, who was 36 at the time, lured her to his hotel room, put her on the bed, then "disappeared in the bathroom and emerged, naked, bearing nothing but a small hand towel held flimsy at his mid-section" before wrapping his body around her and sexually assaulting her.

Dushku also said she was, "by no small coincidence," hurt in a "stunt-gone-wrong on the Harrier jet" the same day a friend she had confided in confronted Kramer about the incident.

"With broken ribs, I spent the evening in the hospital," Dushku wrote. "To be clear, over the course of those months rehearsing and filming True Lies, it was Joel Kramer who was responsible for my safety on a film that at the time broke new ground for action films. On a daily basis he rigged wires and harnesses on my 12 year old body. My life was literally in his hands: he hung me in the open air, from a tower crane, atop an office tower, 25+ stories high. Whereas he was supposed to be my protector, he was my abuser."

Kramer has denied the allegations, Variety reported.

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According to the Los Angeles Times, "True Lies" writer and director James Cameron said Dushku "is very brave for speaking up, and I think all the women are that are speaking out and calling for a reckoning now."

“I know the other party – not well. He hasn't worked for me since then," Cameron said, according to the Times report. "The fact that this was happening under our noses and we didn’t know about it, I think going forward it’s important for all industries – certainly Hollywood – to create a safe avenue for people to speak up."

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