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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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Exclusive: Steven Yeun to Star in Episode of Jordan Peele’s ‘The Twilight Zone’

Exclusive: Steven Yeun to Star in Episode of Jordan Peele’s ‘The Twilight Zone’
Hot off a win for Best Supporting Actor at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, Burning star Steven Yeun has been tapped to star in an episode of Jordan Peele's revival of The Twilight Zone at CBS All Access, Collider has exclusively learned. Sources say that Yeun will play the title character in the series' fourth episode "The Traveler," which follows two cops and a mysterious traveler. Peele will serve as host and narrator of the series, which his Monkeypaw Productions is producing with Simon Kinberg's Genre Films and CBS Television Studios. Peele and Kinberg will serve …
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"The Mandalorian" Adds Giancarlo Esposito, Werner Herzog, Carl Weathers to Cast

  • Variety
The Mandalorian” cast has taken shape.

The upcoming live-action “Star Wars” streaming series has revealed that the cast now includes Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, and Werner Herzog. They join previously announced cast members Pedro Pascal, Nick Nolte, and Gina Carano. As with all things “Star Wars,” the exact nature of each actor’s role is being kept under wraps, though it has been officially confirmed that Pascal will play the title role in the series.

The Mandalorian” is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. It follows the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic. It will air on Disney+.

“We’re having a great time working with this incredibly talented group and excited for everyone to see what we’re up to,” said series
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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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"Swamp Thing": Ian Ziering To Play Daniel Cassidy In DC Universe Series

  • Deadline
Sharknado star Ian Ziering is set for a key recurring role opposite Crystal Reed in Swamp Thing, the upcoming streaming drama series based on the DC characters created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. The project, which hails from James Wan’s Atomic Monster in association with Warner Bros. Television, is set to premiere in 2019 on the DC Universe digital subscription service.

Ziering will play stuntman turned movie star Daniel Cassidy, who became semi-famous after playing the demonic Blue Devil. But now, eight years later, Cassidy finds himself living out his days in frustration, pining for his former fame while on a collision course with destiny.

Written by Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman, Swamp Thing follows Abby Arcane (Reed) as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and
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Sterling K. Brown to Star in Fox Searchlight’s ‘The Fence’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
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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'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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"One Dollar" Canceled by CBS All Access After One Season

  • Variety
One Dollar” has the ignominious distinction of being the first CBS All Access original series to be canceled.

Variety has confirmed that the streaming service will not be bringing the drama series back for a second season. The series was set in a small rust belt town in post-recession America, where a one-dollar bill changing hands connects a group of characters involved in a shocking multiple murder. It starred John Carroll Lynch, Nathaniel Martello-White, Christopher Denham, Philip Ettinger, Kirrilee Berger, Gracie Lawrence, Joshua Bitton, Nike Uche Kadri, and Hamilton Clancy.

The series was created by Jason Mosberg, who executive produced along with Craig Zobel, Matt DeRoss, Alexandre Dauman, and Graham Gordy. CBS Television Studios produced in association with Anonymous Content

“While ‘One Dollar’ won’t be coming back for another season, we’re incredibly proud of its artistically presented 10-episode story, which will continue to be available for streaming on
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"DWTS" Shocker: ABC Forgoes Spring Cycle After Controversial Season 27

Bobby Bones will have to keep that Mirrorball trophy well-polished for a full year.

Dancing With the Stars, which has long aired two seasons per calendar year, is skipping a Spring 2019 cycle, TVLine has confirmed.

Though it’s not yet clear what prompted the competition series to sit out a midseason run, Dancing is coming off a controversial 27th season. After multiple well-scored frontrunners were eliminated prematurely (including R&B singer Tinashe and Fuller House actor Juan Pablo Di Pace), the Mirrorball was ultimately awarded to country radio DJ — and very dark horse — Bobby Bones, who had scored much lower than his three fellow finalists.
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Netflix Orders "I Am Not Okay With This" From Producers of "Stranger Things"

Netflix Orders
The producers of “Stranger Things” and creator and director of “The End of the F***ing World” series are making “I Am Not Okay With This” for Netflix, a coming-of-age tale about a girl with mysterious powers.

21 Laps will make the series, which was co-created by Jonathan Entwistle, who was behind Channel 4 and Netflix show “The End of the F***ing World.” As with that project, the series is an adaptation of a Charles Forsman graphic novel.

In the novel, the main character, a regular suburban 15-year-old freshman called Sydney, has telekinetic powers that kick in at inopportune moments.
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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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‘Blurred Lines’ Copyright Suit Against Robin Thicke, Pharrell Ends in $5M Judgment

‘Blurred Lines’ Copyright Suit Against Robin Thicke, Pharrell Ends in $5M Judgment
A judge has entered a nearly $5 million judgment against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams in favor of Marvin Gaye’s family in the long-running lawsuit involving copyright infringement surrounding Thicke and Williams’ song “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up,” Billboard reports.

In 2016, Williams and Thicke appealed a verdict that awarded $5.3 million in damages (the initial March 2015 jury verdict resulted in a $7.3 million award, but the judge agreed to cut that to $5.3 million), seeking to overturn the ruling, but a federal appeals court upheld the verdict
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12 Worst Movies of 2018, From ‘Happytime Murders’ to ‘Life Itself’ (Photos)

  • The Wrap
A producer on Twitter recently entreated critics not to craft Worst-of lists this year, and I couldn’t disagree more: Observers of film should absolutely be praising the best of cinema, but it’s only by remembering the shortcomings of the art form by which, ideally, artists can learn from their mistakes. And mistakes were definitely made this year:

10. (tie) “Peppermint”/”Proud Mary” /”Red Sparrow”: Can we have some strong screenplays to go with our strong female leads, please? This trashy trio of action sagas put guns in the hands of some of our most talented actresses but then forgot to supply them with things like character, motivation, or logic.

9. “Christopher Robin”: After dumping the last great “Winnie the Pooh” animated feature on a Harry Potter opening weekend, Disney added insult to injury by crafting this glum and tedious look at a grown-up Christopher (Ewan McGregor) in the throes of a midlife crisis.
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Ex-Judas Priest Guitarist K.K. Downing’s Guitar Auctions for $189,000

Ex-Judas Priest Guitarist K.K. Downing’s Guitar Auctions for $189,000
Former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing’s 1967 Flying V has sold in a London auction for approximately $189,000, as Blabbermouth notes. It was on of 11 of Downing’s guitars the International auction house Bonhams sold in their Entertainment Memorabilia auction, which concluded on December 11th. The guitar was used on a number of classic albums, including Sad Wings of Destiny and Point of Entry.

Another of Downing’s guitars fetched equally impressive coin: His 1971 Flying V Medallion was sold for approximately $102,000. The entertainment-themed lot also included a 1970s Heliocentric Helios Console
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‘CBS This Morning’ Executive Producer in Potential Exit Talks

Ryan Kadro, the executive producer of “CBS This Morning” and one of the architects of the A.M. program, is currently in contract discussions that could lead to his exit from the show, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Kadro’s contract is slated to run out at the end of the year, and he and CBS are in talks regarding a number of options, but these people believe Kadro is unlikely to remain at the network.

The program has, since launching in 2012, been a success story for CBS, placing more emphasis on harder news than its two broadcast rivals,
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Watch Usher Reflect on Former Escapades in New ‘Peace Sign’ Video

Usher traverses Atlanta, Georgia and Los Angeles, California haunts while contemplating memories of previous racy escapades in the new video for “Peace Sign.” The track appears on his collaborative project with producer Zaytoven, A.

In the visual, memories of previous carnal encounters pervade his thoughts as he sits alone in a diner, drives around deserted streets and reflects on the past around the two city’s various haunts. He hits falsettos at sunset above the Los Angeles skyline and sings outside the Orpheum Theatre and there’s also a nod
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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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11 Best Narrative Movies of 2018, from ‘Paddington 2’ to ‘Eighth Grade’ (Photos)

  • The Wrap
How good a movie year was 2018? Netflix got snubbed from the Cannes Film Festival and still managed to give the world “Roma,” “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” “Happy as Lazzaro” and a reconstruction of Orson Welles’ final film (plus two captivating documentaries about its production and restoration). The ubiquitous superhero genre gave us instant classics like “Black Panther” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse,” and even embraced its sillier side with “Teen Titans Go! to the Movies,” “Aquaman” and “Deadpool 2.” This was a year so great that it gave us not one but two juicy lead roles for John C. Reilly.

Paring the year’s highlights down to 25, let alone 10, was no easy feat, but here goes:

#11-25 (alphabetically): “1985,” “Annihilation,” “A Bread Factory,” “Burning,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”, “The Favourite,” “First Reformed,” “Lizzie,” “Private Life,” “Shoplifters,” “Skate Kitchen,” “Stan & Ollie,” “A Star Is Born,” “Tully,” “Zama
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'Mandy' Director Panos Cosmatos on Unleashing Nicolas Cage as a "Demigod of Wrath"

'Mandy' Director Panos Cosmatos on Unleashing Nicolas Cage as a
After premiering in Sundance in January, the action-horror movie Mandy has been a critical and fan favorite on the festival circuit this year, playing to packed houses everywhere from Mumbai to Sitges. This week, Mandy landed at the International Film Festival and Awards Macao (Iffam) and director Panos Cosmatos and the film's irrepressible star Nicolas Cage were in the city to support the film. 

Cage was the center of attention at the third edition of Iffam, both at the opening ceremony and a packed masterclass the Oscar-winning actor gave on Sunday, but it was Cosmatos who introduced Mandy to the ...
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