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Box Office: 'Croods 2' Shoots to No. 1 in 12th Outing, Beats 'Judas and the Black Messiah'

by Pamela McClintock
The Croods: A New Age
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The long Presidents Day holiday weekend is always interesting at the box office, and this year is no different even without a Hollywood blockbuster.

In a surprise twist, Universal's animated pic The Croods: A New Age appears to have narrowly won the holiday frame in its 12th weekend, beating newcomer Judas and the Black Messiah.

Universal is projecting that Croods 2 grossed an estimated $2.05 million from 1,890 locations for the three-day weekend — a 3 percent uptick — and $2.7 million for the four-day holiday frame. Croods' domestic total through Monday is an estimated $48.9 million as the DreamWorks Animation title crosses $151 million worldwide.

That's far more than anyone expected for the family pic, which opened in cinemas at Thanksgiving amid a surge in COVID-19 cases before being made available on premium VOD around Christmas. Box office analysts are hard-pressed to remember another film that shot shock back to No. 1 in its 12th outing, at least in modern times.

Shaka King's Judas and the Black Messiah — starring LaKeith Stanfield, Daniel Kaluuya and Dominique Fishback — opened to an estimated $2.07 million from 1,888 cinemas for the three days and $2.5 million for the four. Warner insiders note that continued cinema closures in many major markets and storms across the country made the situation tough for the adult drama, despite the movie's glowing reviews and a promising A CinemaScore.

There's always a chance that the order of the weekend's top films once final numbers are tallied on Tuesday.

By far the biggest box-office headline of the weekend, however, was overseas where Detective Chinatown 3 celebrated the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year by opening to a staggering $393 million at the Chinese box office. The film, shot entirely with Imax cameras, did big business in Imax theaters in the Middle Kingdom, which generated a record-breaking $23.5 million in ticket sales.

Hollywood executives took delight in the results, saying it means that people will return to the movies in the U.S. when all cinemas are able to reopen (according to Comscore, only 37 percent are currently operating).

Like all of Warner Bros.' 2021 titles, Judas is debuting day and date domestically in cinemas and on HBO Max due to the ongoing pandemic and theater closures in numerous major markets, making it difficult to gauge its performance in cinemas because of the HBO Max factor.

Numbers weren't immediately available for fellow Warners adult drama The Little Things, now in its third weekend after debuting to $4.7 million two weeks ago. The star-studded crime neo-noir film features Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto.

The Little Things earned an estimated $2.04 million for the three days and $2.47 from 2,090 cinemas — almost tying with Judas — for a 10-day domestic total of $10.7 million and $17.1 million globally. The film dropped 55 percent.

Before the pandemic began, every major studio and other films distributors allowed their grosses to be viewed by their rivals via Comscore (Netflix being a major exception). That changed when the COVID-19 crisis struck, with Warners deciding to obscure Comscore numbers and only report them to the media on Sunday.

Sony quickly followed suit, at least on a film's opening weekend. While Sony and Warners are still giving out numbers to the press on the weekends, some companies aren't even doing that. Over Presidents Day weekend, A24 didn't report opening numbers for Minari; ditto with Searchlight for Nomadland. The two films, along with Judas and The Black Messiah and The Little Things, are all competing in the awards race.

HBO Max has not revealed viewership numbers for Warner Bros.' titles, or how many new subscribers these offerings have brought in.

Elsewhere in the top 10, STX debuted Land in 1,231 locations. The drama, marking Robin Wright's feature directorial debut, opened to $1.1 million for the four days.

Feb. 15, 9:45 a.m. Updated with revised numbers.

China Box Office: 'Detective Chinatown 3' Opens With Enormous $397M Haul

by Patrick Brzeski
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'Detective Chinatown 3'

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What a difference a year makes. After a 12-month postponement caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Wanda Pictures' much anticipated comedy tentpole Detective Chinatown 3 finally opened in China Friday for the first day of the week-long Lunar New Year holiday. The film debuted with a record-setting haul of $160 million and finished the weekend with an astonishing $397.2 million three-day total, according to Artisan Gateway.

If there was any doubt, China's theatrical box office is back to booming. But DC3's huge start not only proved the health of China's film market for the most popular local titles, it also established the country as the world's single-most powerful potential theatrical territory. The movie smashed Avengers: Endgame's record for the biggest opening in a single market, eclipsing the Marvel tentpole's North American launch of $357 million in April 2019.

Maoyan currently projects Detective Chinatown 3 to conclude its run at $750 million (RMB 4.84 billion), which would make it China's second-biggest blockbuster ever, behind all-time champion Wolf Warrior 2 (2017) at $874 million (RMB 5.68 billion).

DC3 was shot in its entirety on Imax cameras and it did predictably big business on the giant screen, notching an Imax weekend total of $23.5 million (RMB 152 million), the biggest opening weekend ever for a Chinese film in the format, surpassing sci-fi spectacle The Wandering Earth. Overall, the first three days of the 2020 Lunar New Year gave Imax is best weekend ever in China, with total earnings at $25 million (RMB 162 million), which is up 45 percent from the 2019 holiday.

"We suspected our fans would turn out for Chinese New Year in a big way, but these early returns have blown away even our most optimistic projections," said Imax CEO Rich Gelfond in a statement.

Like the first two films in the Detective Chinatown series, the new installment is written and directed by Chen Sicheng. It reunites franchise favorites Wang Baoqiang and Liu Haoran as a pair of bumbling detectives caught up in a crime-fighting caper overseas. The original Detective Chinatown, set in Bangkok, Thailand, earned $126 million in 2016. The sequel relocated the action to New York City and built considerably on its predecessor, pulling in $563 million during Chinese New Year in 2018. The latest installment is set in Tokyo and features Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano (SilenceThor: Ragnarok) and Thai action star Tony Jaa.

Opening-day projections initially suggested that Detective Chinatown 3 might eventually topple Wolf Warrior 2, but that outcome began to look increasingly unlikely as word of mouth for the comedy turned tepid and the second-place release, time travel rom-com Hi, Mom, began making gains.

By Sunday, Detective Chinatown 3 had an average audience rating of 8.8 on Maoyan and just 5.5 from movie buff site Douban, while Hi, Mom scored 9.5 and 8.3, respectively. Hi, Mom's share of daily earnings also grew from just 17.2 percent on Friday to 31 percent on Sunday, while DC3's slipped from 60 percent to 50 percent.

Total sales for Hi, Mom, which is distributed by Lian Ray Pictures, finished the weekend at a strong $161.7 million.

Huace Pictures' fantasy action film A Writer's Odyssey scored third with $48.3 million (RMB 312 million), followed by family animation Boonie Bears: The Wild Life with $38.5 million (RMB 211 million). Huayi Brothers video game adaptation The Ying Yang Master, just acquired by Netflix, came next in line at $24.9 million (RMB 160.9 million), with Light Chaser Animation's higher-end 3D animated feature New Gods: Nezha Reborn not far behind with $21.2 (RMB 132 million). Comedy drama Endgame, starring Andy Lau, was weakest of the new releases with $12.1 million (RMB 77.7 million).

Zack Snyder Unveils New 'Justice League' Trailer

by Aaron Couch
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Warner Bros.

Zack Snyder's Justice League is celebrating Valentine's Day with a new trailer. And while the heroes are front and center, it's Jared Leto's Joker that steals the show.

The four-hour cut re-vamps the maligned 2017 film to restore filmmaker Snyder's original vision. The filmmaker left the project before release due to a family tragedy, and Joss Whedon stepped in to oversee reshoots. The theatrical release earned a disappointing $657.9 million.

It seemed the door was shut on Snyder's time in the DC Extended Universe, but fans kept alive hope that he would some day share his cut of Justice League.  They launched a campaign that resulted in WarnerMedia eventually asking Snyder to complete his film for HBO Max.

Snyder filmed several minutes of new footage and assembled castmembers Ben Affleck (Batman), Ray Fisher (Cyborg) and Amber Heard (Mera) for the new shots. He also enlisted Suicide Squad star Leto to play Joker, though he wasn't involved in the original version of the movie. Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Henry Cavill (Superman) and Ezra Miller (Flash) also star in Justice League.

"It will be an entirely new thing, and, especially talking to those who have seen the released movie, a new experience apart from that movie," Snyder told The Hollywood Reporter on May 20, the date he announced the Snyder Cut was becoming a reality.

Zack Snyder's Justice League, which is rated R, hits HBO Max on March 18.

This new trailer follows a Justice League teaser Snyder previously released.

Paramount's Romantic Adventure Comedy 'The Lost City of D' Gets 2022 Release Date

by Trilby Beresford
Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum
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Paramount has wasted to no time in setting a release date for the romantic action adventure comedy The Lost City of D.

The Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum starrer will hit theaters on April 15 of next year. The film is a major priority for newly installed motion picture group president Emma Watts, who hired in 2021 by Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos. (The duo had worked together for years at 20th Century Fox.)

Directed by Adam and Aaron Nee, the film follows a successful romance author (Bullock) who is kidnapped by a villainous treasure hunter and forced to team up with her cover model (Tatum) as they are "swept into a cutthroat jungle adventure that proves stranger than fiction," according to a description from the studio.

The Nee brothers are known for their 2015 movie Band of Robbers, as well as for directing He-Man and the Masters of the Universe for Netflix.

The script for The Lost City of D is written by Dana Fox (Isn't it Romantic, How to be Single) from a treatment by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief), who is also producing via his company, Exhibit A.

Bullock is also a producer on the project under her Fortis Films banner, alongside Liza Chasin for 3dot Productions and Seth Gordon for Exhibit A.

Pamela McClintock contributed to this report.

This Week in TV: 'American Idol,' 'To All the Boys 3,' 'Young Rock'

by Rick Porter
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The coming week in TV includes the premieres of NBC comedies featuring Dwayne Johnson and Kenan Thompson, the third To All the Boys movie on Netflix, a new season of Queen Sugar and the return of American Idol.

Below is The Hollywood Reporter's rundown of premieres, returns and specials over the next seven days. It would be next to impossible to watch everything, but let THR point the way to worthy options for the coming week. All times are ET/PT unless noted.

The Big Show

The fourth run of American Idol on ABC has already attracted some attention because Claudia Conway — the daughter of former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway and anti-Trump activist George Conway who has a level of social media notoriety in her own right — would be among the auditioners in the season premiere (8 p.m. Sunday).

Whether she makes it through the audition round will be revealed during the premiere. Otherwise, expect the usual Idol mix of hopefuls looking to be awarded a golden ticket from judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. Ryan Seacrest returns as host.

Also on broadcast …

Dwayne Johnson narrates and appears in Young Rock (8 p.m. Tuesday, NBC), a comedy based on his childhood and extended family. It's part of a new comedy block with Kenan (8:30 p.m.), starring Saturday Night Live fixture Kenan Thompson. Fox debuts game show Cherries Wild at 7 p.m. Sunday, and Bless the Harts returns from hiatus at 7:30. Henry Louis Gates hosts PBS' two-part documentary The Black Church (9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday), tracing the essential role of the church in the lives of Black Americans.

On streaming …

New: To All the Boys: Always and Forever (Friday, Netflix) completes the trilogy of YA romances based on Jenny Han's novels. Lara Jean (Lana Condor) is readying for graduation and imagines what her life with her family, friends and Peter (Noah Centineo) might be like after high school ends.

Also new: Buried by the Bernards (Friday, Netflix) centers on a family-run funeral home in Memphis. Amazon's movie The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (Friday) is based on a short story by Lev Grossman. Kevin James stars as the head mechanic for a racing team in The Crew (Monday, Netflix). Will Smith hosts docuseries Amend: The Fight for America (Wednesday, Netflix), about the impact of the 14th Amendment.

On cable …

Returning: When production on Queen Sugar paused last spring and summer, creator Ava DuVernay, showrunner Anthony Sparks and supervising producer Norman Vance overhauled the show's fifth season overhauled the show's stories to incorporate politics, COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter protests. The reconceived season premieres at 8 p.m. Tuesday on OWN.

Also returning: New seasons of Last Week Tonight (11 p.m. Sunday, HBO), Temptation Island (10 p.m. Tuesday, USA), The Real Housewives of New Jersey (9 p.m. Wednesday, Bravo) and Good Trouble (10 p.m. Wednesday, Freeform).

New: FX's docuseries Hip Hop Uncovered (10 p.m. Friday) tells the story of the music via five power brokers whose names might not as well known but who have been essential to the survival and growth of both the music and culture of hip hop.

Also new: Starz debuts travel series Men in Kilts, starring Outlander's Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish, at 9 p.m. Sunday, followed by period drama The Luminaries at 9:30 p.m. CNN has two docuseries premiering Sunday: Stanley Tucci: In Search of Italy at 9 p.m. and Lincoln: Divided We Stand at 10 p.m.

In case you missed it …

Framing Britney Spears has captured the pop culture zeitgeist in the past week, as its critical reassessment of media coverage of the pop star in the early 2000s and the ongoing story of the controversial conservatorship partly controlled by her father, Jamie. The documentary, the latest installment of The New York Times Presents series, is streaming on Hulu.

 

'Last Week Tonight': John Oliver Takes a Close Look at the Odds of Another Pandemic and How to Prevent It

by Kimberly Nordyke
John Oliver
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John Oliver returned with the season premiere Last Week Tonight on Sunday, noting that a lot had happened since his last show aired in November. That included the beginning of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, Wall Street being "thrown into a frenzy" about GameStop and the second Trump impeachment trial ending in acquittal.

But he spent the main segment of his show talking about the possibility of another pandemic and how to prevent it.

"Now might be the most important time talk about this because scientists attempted to warn us about the 'next' pandemic long before the current one hit, and we didn't really listen," he said.

He showed a 60 Minutes clip from 2004 — "just after the SARS epidemic was contained" — in which a disease ecologist was he said that what should be "keeping [people] awake at night" was that another disease, more lethal than SARS, would surface, "wiping out people as it moves along."

In fact, since that interview, there have been several infectious disease outbreaks, including H1N1 in 2009, Ebola in 2014, MERS and Zika in 2015 and the current novel coronavirus pandemic.

"If we're not very careful, the next pandemic could be even worse," Oliver said, showing a clip of another disease expert interviewed last year by Vice explaining that there are several "viruses currently circulating in wildlife [that] kill 60 to 70 percent of the people they infect. … This is not by any stretch of the imagination the worst Mother Nature has to offer us."

Oliver cited research estimating that up to 75 percent of new or emerging infectious diseases come from animals and another study estimating that there are 1.7 million currently undiscovered viruses in mammals and birds, up to half of which could infect humans.

Bats, especially, are ideal hosts for viruses. But as Oliver noted, getting rid of bats would seriously disrupt the world's ecosystem. Not to mention that it's not bats' fault humans likely caught the coronavirus from the animal.

Oliver noted that deforestation, urbanization and mining has changed the Earth's landscape so much that species that tend to carry viruses have been able to multiply as the population of their natural predators decreases. In fact, "31 percent of outbreaks of new and emerging diseases … are linked to deforestation," Oliver read from a report.

For example, the first victim of the Ebola outbreak in 2014 was a boy who was playing near a tree infested with bats in a village that had been impacted by deforestation. In addition, Lyme disease also was likely caused by urbanization, which allowed the white-footed mice population to grow; those animals are the primary transmitters of disease.

In addition, humans actually bring wild animals into their lives, increasing the risk of spreading disease. Oliver showed a video of a British man who owned a crocodile and recalled Paris Hilton's circa-2000s pet, a kinkajou, which bit her.

Another high-risk area are so-called "wet markets," where food including meat and seafood is sold. Some of those markets sell wild animals like bats and snakes and keep several species of animals from different parts of the world in cages close to each other, which also increases the risk of spreading disease to each other and then to humans.

Another place experts have identified as a big source of concern are agricultural state fairs, which have led to multiple disease outbreaks, and factory farms, where livestock is kept so packed together that viruses can spread easily.

"When you put all this together, it does begin to seem like we're actively trying to start pandemics," Oliver said.

So how to stop doing that? "The most effective way would be to close down all wildlife markets, ban factory farming, stop eating meat altogether, halt deforestation, shut down all state fairs and definitely take away Paris Hilton's kinkajou. But obviously, none of those are going to happen," he said. "Draconian measures are just not going to work."

For example, a "wet market" ban could mean some people would not have access to food and may lead to a "black market" — as happened in 2003 when China tried such a measure.

Oliver suggested following Thailand's lead, with an app in which farmers take photos of potential health hazards and submit them online for authorities to investigate.

Oliver warned viewers that people should not get "complacent" as the current pandemic begins to abate. He noted that many experts are concerned that once the pandemic ends, people will likely go back to "business as usual," as one put it, based on past behavior from previous pandemics.

"So for the good of future generations — and in all likelihood, us in a few years' time — we really need to remember how we feel right now and invest accordingly, because the truth is you never know where the next pandemic is going to come from," Oliver said.

Watch the segment below.

'SNL' Tackles Trump's Acquittal on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight,' Plus QAnon and Infused Gummy Bears

by Trilby Beresford
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Saturday Night Live kicked off its latest episode with a cold open that tackled Trump’s impeachment acquittal in a Tucker Carlson Tonight-themed sketch.

Alex Moffat played the "human White Claw," Carlson. In place of his usual monologue, he rattled off a slew of non-sequiturs such as "Is AOC hiding in your house right now?” and "Pronouns for dogs? Everybody knows they’re boys."

Kate McKinnon played "65-year-old teacher's pet" Sen. Lindsey Graham. "We all agree the attack on the Capitol was a horrible thing," she declared, but "the trial is over, and now we can move past this and focus on serious issues such as locking up Hillary [Clinton] and freeing beautiful Britney Spears."

"Good guys won again, and we couldn’t have done it without this bastard, Ted Cruz," said McKinnon as Graham, introducing Aidy Bryant as Cruz. "Like any impartial juror, we took it upon ourselves to meet with the defense lawyers to give them advice: stop and don’t," Bryant said, as Cruz.

Mikey Day played Trump's attorney Bruce Castor. Beck Bennett played Mitch McConnell, who said, "Everyone knows you cannot impeach a former president." He went on to say, “I think he’s guilty as hell, and the worst person I ever met."

In Regina King's monologue, she said, "I remember watching Eddie Murphy on the show when I was a little kid and thinking, 'Wow. Some day, I'm gonna be on that stage.' Then he left and I was like, 'Hmm, I'm good.'" The One Night in Miami director clarified, "I'm kidding, it really is an honor to be here."

She later said, "I've had a pretty wild career. If you're Black, you probably know me from being in like, some of your favorite movies. If you're white, you probably know me from Watchmen. Or this monologue, right now."

In a Peloton-themed sketch, new upgrades of the exercise bike were explored, such as "gaslighting you about how far you’ve gone" and "live video of your own ass from behind." Finally, a humiliating soundcheck "that will make you feel stupid."

A birthday sketch saw Bryant receive a series of unusual gifts with bold statements. "I like you better when I’m effed up," said one of them. "Hey barkeep, I want to die tonight," said another. As Bryant kept opening the gifts and becoming concerned, she opened a gift that declared, "I drink too much" and "I’m sexually promiscuous and my house is dirty." Toward the end of the sketch, one of the gifts stated, "I’m outdoorsy and I drink outside."

Another sketch featured an armed man holding a hostage on a roof, with King playing a cop who ate weed-infused gummy bears. As she starts hallucinating while trying to talk the guy off the roof, Davidson appears as a "weed gummy."

"Weekend Update" also explored Trump's impeachment trial, which "took place at the scene of the crime," said Colin Jost. Noting that Sen. Mitt Romney and former Vice President Mike Pence had close calls with rioters, Jost declared, "You're a white supremacist mob and you go after these guys. The whitest guys I can think of."

The segment also examined Ted Cruz's hair, which Jost said "looks like he's selling fireworks out the back of an El Camino." He later commented that Andrew Cuomo will soon allow sporting venues to open at 10 percent capacity, "better known as Jets level," he said.

McKinnon played Stephanie Green, a member of QAnon who was dressed like a wicked witch. "We try to get to the bottom of things," she said. "It sounds like you're pretty focused on the eating children part of QAnon," said Jost.

Next week's host will be Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page, with musical guest Bad Bunny.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Expecting Second Child

by Hilary Lewis
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their second child, a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed on Sunday.

"We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child," the spokesperson's statement reads.

The couple, who made the shocking move to step back as senior members of Britain's royal family last year and have since moved to the U.S., welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in May 2019.

Just a few months ago, Markle opened up about suffering a miscarriage over the summer, in an op-ed for the New York Times.

"I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second," Markle wrote in the essay.

Since relocating to California, the couple have inked multiyear deals with Netflix and Spotify, with their path to Hollywood mirroring that of former President and first lady Barack and Michelle Obama, who also have multiyear deals at Netflix and Spotify.

The Netflix deal, announced in September, covers scripted and unscripted TV series, documentaries, feature films and kids' programming, through which the couple said they hope to inspire and create "impactful content that unlocks action." Prior to the announcement of the overall partnership, they already had projects in development at the streamer including a nature docuseries and animated series that celebrates inspiring women.

"Our lives, both independent of each other, and as a couple, have allowed us to understand the power of the human spirit: of courage, resilience and the need for connection," said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in a statement announcing their Netflix deal. "Through our work with diverse communities and their environments, to shining a light on people and causes around the world, our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope. As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us, as is powerful storytelling through a truthful and relatable lens. We are pleased to work with Ted and the team at Netflix whose unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action."

For Spotify, through their Archewell Audio production company, the pair are set to host and produce podcasts that uplift and entertain audiences.

Markle — who was an actress, including on USA's long-running legal drama Suits, when she met Harry — and her husband have settled in Montecito and after keeping a low-profile in the months after they announced that they would seek financial independence as they withdrew from official royal duties, began to speak out publicly in the second half of last year.

The pair shared the news of Markle's pregnancy with the below black-and-white photograph taken remotely by longtime friend and photographer Misan Harriman.

Nicki Minaj's Father Killed in Hit-and-Run

by Hilary Lewis
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Nicki Minaj's father, Robert Maraj, was killed in a hit-and-run, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Maraj, 64, was hit by a car that kept going in Mineola, Long Island at 6:15 p.m. ET on Friday night, according to a spokesperson for the Nassau County Police Department. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead on Saturday.

While a rep for Minaj confirmed her father's death, she has yet to comment on the incident.

Minaj was born Onika Tanya Maraj in Trinidad and raised in Queens.

Minaj has previously spoken about how her father was abusive towards her mother, once setting fire to their house while her mother was inside.

"I remember when my mother would let my father be violent with her and she always brings up this story about when I was a little girl and I would stand in front of my mother [with my arms out to protect her]," Minaj said in a clip from her Queen documentary that she posted on Instagram in 2018.

"That’s why maybe some people would describe me as abrasive or bitchy or whatever because I vowed from that age no man would ever abuse me, call me out my name, treat me like that," she added. "Then all of a sudden, that was my life."

'Jersey Shore' Alum Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi Details COVID-19 Symptoms on "Different" Valentine's Day

by Hilary Lewis
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi
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Jersey Shore alum Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is the latest star to reveal that they've tested positive for COVID-19.

Polizzi posted on Instagram on Sunday that she has the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, making for a Valentine's Day that's "a bit different."

She detailed that she initially experienced what felt like "a bad sinus cold," including a "headache, Stuffy nose & mild cough."

She added, "Then I felt super tired and ended up napping all day which made me go get tested. Today i just feel groggy. I ended up losing my taste and smell last night. It’s fricken weird. I had a greasy cheese pizza & couldn’t taste a damn thing. WHAT A SIN."

Polizzi, who shares three kids with husband Jionni LaValle, said the rest of her family tested negative, and she's isolating from them in her bedroom.

On her Instagram story, she elaborated that when it felt like a "bad sinus infection, … My ears hurt, my head felt heavy, I was coughing — it was a scratchy cough — my nose was stuffy."

"I feel like I ran a marathon," she added, after revealing her extreme exhaustion and continuing to "feel crappy" prompted her to get tested, and said she feels like the "worst," "annoying" symptom is "not being able to taste."

Nevertheless, her loved ones still showered her with Valentine's Day gifts — from a distance.

"I woke up to roses and chocolates thrown on my floor from my family," she captioned a picture of both on the floor as she also posed in a mask while holding a bouquet of roses. "Still showing my quarantine ass Love on Valentine’s Day!"

In closing, she wrote, "Appreciate all of your concerns, but I am ok! Please stay safe everyone!"

While the Jersey Shore phenomenon has continued with MTV's Family Vacation spinoff, Polizzi revealed in December 2019 that she would be retiring from the franchise that made her a star.

"I just can't do it anymore," she said on her It's Happening With Snooki & Joey podcast. "Literally, leaving my kids to film it is really, really hard on me. I try and quit every single day … I just hate being away from the kids. I don’t like partying like three days in a row. It’s just not my life anymore. I want to be home with the kids.”

She added that Family Vacation's "dramatic" turn and "cattiness" made her feel like participating was no longer worth it.