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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.”

Washington
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‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘My Fair Lady’ Added to National Film Registry

‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘My Fair Lady’ Added to National Film Registry
Brokeback Mountain,” “Jurassic Park,” “My Fair Lady,” “The Shining,” “Hud” and “Monterey Pop” are among the best known titles among this year’s additions to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

A place on the list — always made up of 25 films — guarantees the film will be preserved under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act. The criteria for selection is that the movies are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant.

“The National Film Registry turns 30 this year and for those three decades, we have been recognizing, celebrating and preserving this distinctive medium,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “These cinematic treasures must be protected because they document our history, culture, hopes and dreams.”

The 2018 selections bring the total number of films in the registry to 750. Hayden will discuss the 25 new films with Leonard Maltin on Turner Classic Movies at 8 p.m. E.T. Wednesday.

The new titles
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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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Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet on drugs, disillusionment and playing father and son

In Beautiful Boy, Chalamet plays a teenager hooked on crystal meth, Carell his father. They talk about the challenges of their roles – and missing out on best actor Oscars

Beautiful Boy is based on a brace of memoirs that together provide a father-and-son, “he said, he said” account of the same story. The books in question are Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff, and Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by Nic’s journalist father, David. Timothée Chalamet – currently Hollywood’s hottest young actor after his Oscar nomination for Call Me By Your Name and love interest in the also Oscar-nominated Lady Bird – plays the teenager hooked on crystal meth. Steve Carell is the father trying to understand what has happened to his apparently perfect, happy-go-lucky son. The film displays an unusual commitment to the cyclical nature of addiction, where promises are followed
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The House That Jack Built: in defence of the serial killer movie

Lars von Trier’s latest film leads us once again into the abyss. But can watching graphic cruelty and violence teach us anything about the darkest corners of human nature?

Lars von Trier’s searing portrait of a serial killer The House That Jack Built arrived to instant controversy. Graphic scenes showing the murder of women and children, their bodies mutilated, prompted over a hundred walkouts at its Cannes premiere. As it goes on theatrical release, it is agood moment to reflect on the worth and appeal of serial killer movies. Serial killing is one of the most disturbing and brutal of real-world crimes, so what is the value of audiences putting themselves through witnessing it at the cinema?

On one level, the extreme violence of The House That Jack Built – in which Matt Dillon’s Jack murders and mutilates his victims – is near identical to that of slasher cinema,
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Taylor Swift Concert Movie Coming to Netflix New Year’s Eve

Taylor Swift Concert Movie Coming to Netflix New Year’s Eve
Someone tell Paul Schrader: Taylor Swift is helping everyone close out 2018.

A concert movie, filmed during the pop megastar’s most recent tour, will be available on Netflix December 31 as the streaming service rounds out its most ambitious music year yet.

Swift’s tour, which spanned six months earlier this year, came on the heels of “Reputation,” one of the artist’s most divisive albums yet. Thursday’s announcement explained that the special, titled “Taylor Swift reputation Stadium Tour” was filmed at the sold-out final concert of the singer’s American leg of the tour at At&T Stadium in Arlington.

Read More: Paul Schrader Bows Down to Taylor Swift, Says She ‘Gives Meaning to Our Lives’ and ‘Makes Existence Possible’

To celebrate the news, Netflix also released a trailer for the upcoming event, showing that the concert features Swift in a number of different modes: solo acoustic, flanked
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EuropaCorp in Advanced Talks to Sell Off Its Post-Production Facility (Exclusive)

EuropaCorp in Advanced Talks to Sell Off Its Post-Production Facility (Exclusive)
Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp is in advanced discussions to sell its vast post-production facility, Digital Factory, to Chinese research and engineering studio Southbay, Variety has learned.

Southbay specializes in 3D conversion, VFX and post-production for film and TV, and has offices in Los Angeles and in Hangzhou and Shaoxing in China. EuropaCorp is one of Southbay’s clients, along with The Walt Disney Company, Marvel, Warner Bros., Paramount and Dreamworks, among others.

Southbay has worked on various films directed and/or produced by Besson, notably “Valerian: City of a Thousand Planets,” “Lucy,” “Transporter Refueled,” “Taken 3” and “The Warrior’s Gate.” The company’s recent credits also include “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2,” “King Arthur,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.”

The move to sell off Digital Factory comes as EuropaCorp tries to recover from a series of disappointing performances at the box office and to ease its massive debt burden,
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The Best TV Shows & Movies Coming to Netflix in January 2019

It’s hard to believe 2018 is almost over – the year just flew by! Just kidding, it was an endless slog. But the end is here, which means it’s time for a new year, and new titles on Netflix. As is par for the course now, Netflix is more interested in bringing you their own […]

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Phil Lord Was Adamant ‘Spider-Verse’ Not Use Subtitles for Spanish-Language Scenes

Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is full of eye-popping animation and lovable variations of the titular superhero, but one thing it’s lacking is subtitles. During scenes in which Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) converses with his mother, Rio Morales (Luna Lauren Velez), the film features the Spanish language but does not subtitle the conversations. The choice was a purposeful one made by “Spider-Verse” producer and co-writer Phil Lord.

“I grew up in a bilingual household in the bilingual city of Miami where you hear Spanish all over the place, and it’s not particularly remarkable,” Lord told Remezcla at the “Spider-Verse” premiere. “It was important for us to hear Spanish and not necessarily have it subtitled. It’s just part of the fabric of Miles’ community and family life.”

Lord, whose mother is from Cuba and father from the United States, said he related to Miles in the movie
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First Trailer for Netflix’s Taylor Swift Concert Film ‘Reputation’

Netflix has dipped its toe into a number of genres over the past couple of years, from comedy specials to Oscar-contending original films, but one area that could see some improvement is the concert documentary. That may be changing soon, as Netflix just dropped the first trailer for Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour, a concert documentary that chronicles the last show of the bestselling artist’s U.S. leg of her reputation album tour. Oh, and it’s dropping on New Year’s Eve. It’s unclear who directed this thing, but fans will no doubt be thrilled to …
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SAG Awards Prove ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Has Oscar Momentum, But It’s Not the Only Surprise

Among the many awards season updates throughout the end of the year, the SAG awards carry more authority than most of the others leading up to them. Unlike the various critics awards and the Golden Globes, many SAG voters are also Academy members, which means that the nominations actually provide some clear indications of which Oscar contenders have real momentum.

While “A Star Is Born” continues its popularity streak, the 2019 SAG nominees have plenty of intriguing surprises in them — including significant support for “BlacKkKlansman.” But it’s not the only major title worth digging into from these results. In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson talk through this year’s SAG nominations and what they mean for the weeks ahead.

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Cool Stuff: Grab Neca’s New Michael Myers Figure from ‘Halloween’ 2018, You Know, For Christmas

Cool Stuff: Grab Neca’s New Michael Myers Figure from ‘Halloween’ 2018, You Know, For Christmas
It’s not exactly in the spirit of Christmas to get excited about an action figure of one of the most notorious slashers from the big screen. But this new action figure of Michael Myers from the recent Halloween revival directed by David Gordon Green is just too perfect not to highlight as a potential Christmas […]

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