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Universal and 'The Grinch' Top Third Largest November of All-Time

Universal and 'The Grinch' Top Third Largest November of All-Time
For the fourth time, and for the second year in a row, November calendar grosses topped $1 billion at the domestic box office. However, while this November's grosses topped last year's, 2018 ranks as the third highest grossing November ever with $1.044 billion in domestic grosses behind the back-to-back years of 2012 and 2013. Leading the charge was Universal and Illumination's The Grinch, which in turn helped the studio take the monthly crown for the third time this year as Universal's yearly grosses are now pacing ahead of last year's with over $1.6 billion. Universal's release of Illumination's The Grinch brought in $189.7 million over the course of the month, following its November 9 release, and has since delivered over $225 million at the domestic box office. The film currently ranks as the second highest grossing film based on a Dr. Seuss property behind 2000's release of the live-action adaptation of The Grinch starring Jim Carrey. That film's $260 million in domestic grosses,
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Aaron Sorkin, Sacha Baron Cohen Film 'Trial of Chicago 7' Shuts Down (Exclusive)

Aaron Sorkin, Sacha Baron Cohen Film 'Trial of Chicago 7' Shuts Down (Exclusive)
It’s case closed for the Trial of the Chicago 7.

The Amblin Partners drama that was to be directed by Aaron Sorkin has been shut down.

Sources say that budgetary concerns forced the company to pull the plug on the feature project, which was in pre-production and heading toward a February 2019 start.

Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne and Jonathan Majors were on board to star in the drama about anti-war activists such as Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin and Tom Hayden, who were accused by the federal government of conspiracy and incitement to riot because of the protests surrounding the ...
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Sterling K. Brown to Star in Fox Searchlight’s ‘The Fence’ (Exclusive)

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Sterling K. Brown to Star in Fox Searchlight’s ‘The Fence’ (Exclusive)
Following his SAG nomination for actor in a drama series, Sterling K. Brown is in negotiations to star in Fox Searchlight’s biopic “The Fence,” sources tell Variety.

Peter Nicks is on board to direct. George Pelecanos and Dennis Lehane, who originally brought the book to HBO before it landed at Searchlight, teamed up to adapt the script.

Based on the book by award-winning Boston Globe journalist Dick Lehr (“Black Mass”), “The Fence” follows the true story of Michael Cox, an African-American undercover cop who is mistaken for a suspect and brutally beaten by his own force following one of the largest police chases in Boston history. As Cox seeks answers and justice for what happened, he finds himself on the other side of the “blue wall of silence” as the Boston Police Department aggressively covers it up.

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Pixar’s ‘Onward’ To Star Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Octavia Spencer

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Pixar’s ‘Onward’ To Star Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Octavia Spencer
Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer have been set to lead the voice cast of Onward, the next film in the works at Pixar Animation Studios. Dan Scanlon (Monsters University) is directing the pic, which is set to hit theaters on March 6, 2020.

Disney said today in announcing the film that it is set in a suburban fantasy world and centers on two teenage elf brothers who embark on a quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there.

“At Pixar we try to create stories that come from some kind of personal truth,” Scanlon said. “This film was inspired by my own relationship with my brother.”

Scanlon first tipped the film at Disney’s D23 convention last year under the working title Suburban Fantasy World. He said the plot is inspired by the story of his childhood and how his father died when
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‘Star Wars': Mark Hamill Isn’t Even Allowed to Keep a Paper ‘Episode IX’ Script

‘Star Wars': Mark Hamill Isn’t Even Allowed to Keep a Paper ‘Episode IX’ Script
The security measures for the next “Star Wars” movie are tighter and thornier than a Sarlacc pit. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Mark Hamill compared obtaining pages for the as of yet untitled “Episode IX” like being in the CIA.

Hamill said that while measures to make sure nothing leaks about the new “Star Wars” films have always been tight, they’ve been strengthened even more for this film, so much so that he isn’t allowed to hang on to a paper script of the movie.

“They’re going to fly [the rewrites] over with somebody from the company,” Hamill told EW. “They’re going to come and give it to me and wait for me to read it before I give it back. So no pressure! You can’t even keep it overnight. But that’s the way it is now.”
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'A Star Is Born,' "Mrs. Maisel," "Ozark" Lead SAG Nominations

'A Star Is Born,'
A Star Is Born” led the way with four SAG feature film nominations while “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Ozark” each scored a quartet of TV nominations.

BlacKkKlansman” and “The Favourite” each took a trio of film nominations. “Barry,” “Glow,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Kominsky Method” all scored three TV nods.

Nominees for the feature film ensemble cast trophy were “A Star Is Born,” “Black Panther,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “BlacKkKlansman” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Lady Gaga scored an actress nomination for “A Star is Born” along with Glenn Close for “The Wife,” Olivia Colman for “The Favourite,” Melissa McCarthy for “Can You ever Forgive Me?” and Emily Blunt for “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Bradley Cooper, who also directed “A Star Is Born” nabbed a best actor nod along with Christian Bale for “Vice,” Rami Malek for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Viggo Mortensen for “Green Book” and John David Washington for “BlacKkKlansman.”

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James Wan Pitched ‘Blade’ Reboot To Marvel Studios But Is Fuzzy On The Details

Filmmaker James Wan is known by many film fans as the mastermind behind “The Conjuring” universe. In addition to ‘Conjuring,’ the director has various other quality horror films under his belt. And most recently, the director has ventured outside of the genre to focus on action “Furious 7” and his dip into superhero epics, “Aquaman.” But there was a point in time when his career could have taken a major detour, if his plan to work with Marvel Studios panned out.

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Film Review: ‘Dumplin”

Film Review: ‘Dumplin”
“I’m not the Dalai Lama, but I’ll try to offer up a few words of advice,” Dolly Parton chirped in her 2008 single “Better Get to Livin’,” before doling out exactly the brand of wholesome, no-nonsense wisdom you’d expect from the indefatigable country queen: If you keep your head up, keep moving forward and say the odd little prayer, life will more or less work out fine.

It’s no surprise that “Better Get to Livin'” features prominently in “Dumplin’,” a film as big on homespun heart as it is short on the letter ‘G,’ and one that certainly places Dolly and Dalai on more or less the same spiritual plane. The singer may not star in Anne Fletcher’s lovable self-help comedy — about a plus-size, Parton-worshipping teen who shakes up her small Texan community by entering a local beauty pageant — but from her integral narrative presence to
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2018’s Best New Animated Series for Kids

2018 has been a fantastic year for television, especially when it comes to animation. A ton of new animated series debuts arrived over the last 12 months. There was so much new content, in fact, that we have to split up our year-end list of the best of the best into two categories: One for kids and one for adults. First up, a retrospective look at the best animated series for kids, a list that shines a spotlight on the shows you might have missed and highlights new favorites that you'll be hoping to see more of in …
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Why Do People Love the Troubled Rockstar in ‘A Star is Born’ but Hate the Troubled Rockstar in ‘Vox Lux’?

Why Do People Love the Troubled Rockstar in ‘A Star is Born’ but Hate the Troubled Rockstar in ‘Vox Lux’?
(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: why have people embraced the troubled musician in A Star is Born, but not the troubled musician in Vox Lux?) The story goes like this: A world-famous musician who can’t get out from under their […]

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The Best Gifts For Marvel Fans

The Best Gifts For Marvel Fans
From the success of “Deadpool 2” to the rise of “Black Panther” 2018 was a big year for the Marvel Universe. With the holidays just around the corner, we’ve rounded up some of the best Marvel-related gifts, fit for wannabe superheroes, and casual fans alike.

1. Spider-Man Interactive App-Enabled Super Hero

This 8 1/2″ tall Spider-Man figure will respond to your voice commands with his voice and animated LCD eyes, while his built-in Ir sensor allows him to detect and react to movement. Whether you use him as your morning wake up call, alert to meetings or for in-room game play (the app comes with 25 interactive “missions” you can take with the figure), this is a whole new way to geek out to the web-slinging superhero. Purchase: $99.99 on ThinkGeek.com.

2. Marvel Encyclopedia (Updated Edition)

This beautiful hardcover, 430-page tome features an introduction from Stan Lee and details on more than 1200 Marvel characters,
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Denis Villeneuve Adores ‘A Star Is Born’: ‘It Marks the Birth of a Great Director’

Denis Villeneuve Adores ‘A Star Is Born’: ‘It Marks the Birth of a Great Director’
Denis Villeneuve might have taken the year off from releasing his own movies, but the filmmaker was actively watching films in 2018 and, like nearly everyone else around the world, he fell madly in love with Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born.” As part of Variety’s Directors on Directors series, Villeneuve wrote a love letter to the film, which has recently picked up major nominations from the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

“The North American premiere of ‘A Star Is Born’ was like nothing I’d seen before,” Villeneuve writes. “It wasn’t a normal screening. It was a rock concert. Several times during the movie, the audience cheered and erupted into loud applause. They were, or course, responding to Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s electrifying performances. But something else was at work.”

Villeneuve continued, “You can’t cheat when you sing. You are either
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The 25 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 2000s

The science-fiction feature film genre has been around for decades, but it went through a curious evolution in the 2000s that gave us some of the best sci-fi films ever made. Coming right on the heels of the internet’s ascension and the rise of the digital age, new technologies opened up a world of possibilities for filmmakers venturing into the sci-fi genre throughout the 2000s. From 2000 through 2009, audiences were glimpsing effects that were growing more realistic on an exponential level, fittingly climaxing with the groundbreaking Avatar to close out the decade. But while technology …
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Ventana Sur: Focus On Sustainability session shines light on climate protection

’There is no Planet B like there is a Plan B’

Against the backdrop of the COP24 Un climate summit in Poland, Latin American festival directors in Ventana Sur discussed environmentally friendly best practices at a Focus on Sustainability session this week.

The session, presented by Connect4Climate, a climate change communications initiative based at the World Bank Group, and its Film4Climate campaign to effect social change and environmental protection through cinema, also unveiled actor and activist Calu Rivero as the global Film4Climate ambassador for Argentina.

“There is no Planet B like there is a Plan B,” said Rivero,
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‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ Movie Submits ‘Disturbia’ Director D.J. Caruso for the Approval of the Midnight Society

Believe it or not, there’s an Are You Afraid of the Dark? movie coming from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon next year. It’s slated to arrive in theaters in October 2019, but the film has only just now landed a director. A new report says Disturbia and Eagle Eye director D.J. Caruso is currently in talks […]

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Peter Jackson Talks ‘Mortal Engines,’ His New Wwi Doc, ‘Lord Of The Rings’ & More [Interview]

It’s not often you get to meet the director of one of your favorite films of all time, and it’s equally as gratifying to discover that they are exactly as you imagined.

Peter Jackson is a man who needs little to no introduction being the master world builder that he is and the visionary filmmaker behind the “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. He also has managed to place himself at the forefront of cutting-edge technological filmmaking innovations such as his founding of special and visual effects company Weta, his work with performance capture, and his recent plunge into Augmented Reality Storytelling to name a few.

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Oscar Beat: Best Actor Predictions – Bale and Cooper Still on Top After SAG Nominations

Last Updated: December 12th You never quite know what you’re going to get from the Best Actor category each year. Sometimes it’s sewn up pretty early by an undeniably transformative performance, and it’s mostly just a walk towards inevitability (see: Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour). Other times, it’s neck-and-neck all the way up through Oscar night, as with the battle between Sean Penn (Milk) and Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler). What makes 2018 exciting is that we kind of thought the race was going one way, but then a late arrival truly shook things up. …
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Berlin Film Festival 2019 Announces Fatih Akin, François Ozon & More Added To Line-Up

Even though we still are dealing with the post-fall film festival hangover, it’s time to start looking ahead to 2019. We’ve already seen the year’s first major festival, Sundance, reveal most of its lineup, and now, the Berlin International Film Festival has followed suit. However, instead of releasing its full selection of films, we’re only getting a taste of what’s to come. But judging by what the festival is revealing already, 2019 is sure to be another strong year for Berlin.

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‘Bird Box’ Review: Frequently Terrifying, but Frustratingly Derivative

‘Bird Box’ Review: Frequently Terrifying, but Frustratingly Derivative
“It’s going to be rough,” Malorie says at the start of Bird Box. She’s looking right into the camera when she says this, and it’s as if she’s speaking directly to us – warning us that what we’re about to see is particularly unpleasant. It immediately sets the stage for Susanne Bier‘s frequently terrifying horror film, but it […]

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Tom Hooper’s ‘Cats’ Movie Starts Filming; Full Cast Revealed

It’s officially official: Tom Hooper’s Cats movie is real, folks. The Oscar-winning The King’s Speech director has been taking his time in finding his follow-up project to The Danish Girl, which hit theaters back in 2015, but he eventually settled on a big-budget film adaptation of the iconic Broadway musical Cats—and he’s assembled an A-list cast to bring it to life. The film is an adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical and the poems from T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, as it tells …
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