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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

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‘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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Netflix India executive Swati Shetty resigns from her post

Los Angeles-based content executive will not be relocating to Mumbai.

Netflix India’s director of international originals and acquisitions, Swati Shetty, has resigned from her position.

Shetty is based in Los Angeles, from where she makes frequent trips to India, but it’s understood that her post is being relocated to Mumbai. She has made the decision to remain in Los Angeles.

Netflix is understood to be expanding its office in Mumbai as it ramps up its activities across content production and marketing.

Shetty joined Netflix in 2016 after holding positions as president of Balaji Telefilms and executive director at Walt Disney International Productions India.
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China’s Bona Film Boards Brad Pitt’s ‘Ad Astra,’ ‘A Dog’s Way Home’ (Exclusive)

China’s Bona Film Group is co-financing Brad Pitt space adventure “Ad Astra,” one of several films in a strong slate of international movies the company plans to release in the Middle Kingdom over the next year.

Bona has also acquired Roland Emmerich’s war spectacular “Midway” and is investing in “A Dog’s Way Home,” the sequel to “A Dog’s Purpose.”

Sourced from New Regency, James Gray’s “Ad Astra” stars Pitt as an astronaut who travels to the edge of the universe to be reunited with his father, played by Tommy Lee Jones.

New Regency previously produced Leonardo DiCaprio-starring “The Revenant,” which it partially financed by selling off the China rights. This time, Bona is co-financing “Ad Astra” and holding on to the rights in Greater China, meaning mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.

“A Dog’s Way Home” follows “A Dog’s Purpose,” whose
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Superhero Bits: ‘Black Panther’ Is Most Googled Movie of 2018, ‘Spider-Verse’ Box Office Projections & More

Superhero Bits: ‘Black Panther’ Is Most Googled Movie of 2018, ‘Spider-Verse’ Box Office Projections & More
Want to see what’s in store for Arrow, Supergirl and The Flash when all the shows return in January? What is Aquaman‘s Rotten Tomatoes score? How much might Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse make this weekend? What is one fan trying to accomplish with the address AvengersEndgame.com? Want to hear a track from Spider-Man: Into the […]

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Movie Talk: ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Score SAG Nominations

On this episode of Movie Talk, Mark Ellis, Perri Nemiroff and Haleigh Foutch discuss the following: Variety reports that Rami Malek was being eyed to play a villain in Bond 25 before scheduling issues got in the way. SAG Nominations reveal that the casts of Black Panther, Crazy Rich Asians, A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody are up for Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture. Disney sent out a press release announcing the voice cast for Pixar’s upcoming Onward movie and it includes Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and more. Focus Features and Participant Media released a new …
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Daily Podcast: How To Decide What To Watch On Streaming, Does Netflix Need An Instant Replay Feature? Star Wars, Stargirl, Onward, Doctor Strange & More

Daily Podcast: How To Decide What To Watch On Streaming, Does Netflix Need An Instant Replay Feature? Star Wars, Stargirl, Onward, Doctor Strange & More
On the December 12, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film senior writer Ben Pearson and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to talk about the latest movie and tv news, including Netflix, Stargirl, Onward, Female-Led movies, Doctor Strange, Deadpool and in Advice Corner with Chris Evangelista […]

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M. Night Shyamalan’s First Cut of ‘Glass’ Was 3 Hours and 20 Minutes Long

M. Night Shyamalan’s First Cut of ‘Glass’ Was 3 Hours and 20 Minutes Long
When Glass, director M. Night Shyamalan‘s long-awaited sequel to both 2000’s Unbreakable and 2017’s Split, arrives in theaters next year, it will clock in at just over two hours. But Shyamalan has revealed in an interview that his original cut came in at three hours and twenty minutes – more than an hour and a half longer […]

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Movies New to Netflix in January: ‘Pulp Fiction,’ ‘Pan’s Labyrinth,’ and More

As Netflix heads into its first legitimate Oscar season, the streaming giant is hoping to pull out nominations and wins for “Roma,” “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” and “Girl.” Lest Netflix lose sight of its one true purpose, the platform will be streaming the entire “Indiana Jones” franchise beginning in January. The streamer announced today its full list of titles for the new year, and it’s the expected mix of cult hit indies and little-known original films.

Quentin Tarantino fans can rejoice in January: “Pulp Fiction” heads to Netflix in the beginning of the month, and the classic continues to be endlessly re-watchable. Guillermo del Toro fans can also peruse “Pan’s Labyrinth,” and relive a simpler time before the Mexican filmmaker’s polarizing “The Shape of Water” Oscar win. David Mackenzie and Taylor Sheridan’s 2016 crime drama “Hell or High Water” also becomes available on the same day.
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Film News Roundup: ‘Aquaman’ Sets Pre-Sales Record

Film News Roundup: ‘Aquaman’ Sets Pre-Sales Record
In today’s film news roundup, “Aquaman” sets a pre-sales record, “Bohemian Rhapsody” hits a milestone, and SAG-AFTRA promotes four executives.

Pre-sales Record

Aquaman” has set a pre-sales record for Atom Tickets, topping “Deadpool 2,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Black Panther.”

“Clearly, ‘Aquaman’ has captured the attention of movie fans with its larger-than-life adventure that must be seen on the big screen,” Atom Tickets co-founder and chairman Matthew Bakal said.

Atom Tickets is the exclusive ticketing platform for Amazon Prime’s advance screening of “Aquaman” on Dec. 15, in addition to selling tickets for the wide release six days later amid expectations of a $65 million opening weekend in North America. Prime members can purchase up to 10 tickets through Atom Tickets for the showing at more than 1,000 Regal, AMC, ArcLight Cinemas, and National Amusements theaters.

Box Office Milestone

Twentieth Century Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” has crossed $600 million at the worldwide box office,
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Ventana Sur: German co-pro ace Peter Nadermann talks Scandi success

’It makes no sense to do a co-production if you don’t have the product that fits your market and your partner.’

Peter Nadermann, the champion of high-end Scandinavian content who served as executive producer the original Millennium film series and launched Nadcon with Constantin Films six years ago, used a Ventana Sur keynote to emphasise the potential benefits of co-productions under the right circumstances.

Speaking at the Buenos Aires market’s new Fiction Factory programme on Wednesday (12), the former Zdf Enterprises executive who now plies his trade at Cologne-based producer Nadcon wasted no time disabusing attendees of the notion
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Ventana Sur: German co-pro ace Peter Nadermann talks Scandi success,

’It makes no send to do a co-production if you don’t have the product that fits your market and your partner.’

Peter Nadermann, the champion of high-end Scandinavian content who served as executive producer the original Millennium film series and launched Nadcon with Constantin Films six years ago, used a Ventana Sur keynote to emphasise the benefits of co-productions under the right circumstances.

Speaking at the Buenos Aires market’s new Fiction Factory programme on Wednesday (12), the former Zdf Enterprises executive who now plies his trade at Cologne-based producer Nadcon did not waste time disabusing attendees of the notion
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‘I Am Not Okay With This’ is a New Series About a Super-powered Girl From ‘Stranger Things’ Producers Coming To Netflix

Years ago, Netflix admitted that they use analytics to determine which shows to greenlight, and it seems as if their algorithms were working overtime to find the best fit between producers and subject matter for their newest announcement. The producers of Stranger Things are returning to the streaming service with a show called I Am […]

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Exclusive: Netflix Acquires Horror Movie ‘Eli’ From Paramount

Netflix has acquired the global rights to Ciarán Foy's horror movie Eli from Paramount Pictures and will release the film in 2019, Collider has exclusively learned. Trevor Macy produced the film via his Intrepid Pictures banner along with John Zaozirny, while Matt Alvarez executive produced Eli alongside Melinda Nishioka and Jenny Hinkey. The script is credited to David Chirchirillo, Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing. Charlie Shotwell (Captain Fantastic) stars as the title character, a young boy who's plagued by an unknown, debilitating illness that requires him to live completely sealed off from the outside world. After exhausting …
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‘Champaign Ill’ Review: Adam Pally and Sam Richardson Pop in Sharp YouTube Comedy

When the universe closes a door, it opens a window. On December 12, Comedy Central confirmed the cancellation of “Detroiters,” a joyous comedy co-starring and co-created by Sam Richardson. On December 13, YouTube Premium released the first season of “Champaign, Ill,” co-starring Richardson and co-created with David Caspe (“Happy Endings”) and a slew of his former writers.

“Champaign, Ill” isn’t quite the second coming of “Detroiters” — its black comic elements stemmed from characters more jaded than Sam (Richardson) and Tim (Tim Robinson) ever were — but the two shows share more than Richardson’s increasingly bankable charms. They both rely on chemistry and creativity, track two best friends who rely on their artistic prowess to succeed in life, and take their show titles from the Midwest.

Most significantly, the new buddy comedy is an absurd, fun, and fresh spin on adults stuck in arrested development. Kicking off in 2003, “Champaign Ill” introduces Ronnie
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