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Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' Heads for $250 Million Global Launch

Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' Heads for $250 Million Global Launch
Put your wands up, muggles. The upcoming chapter in the Harry Potter universe looks to enchant moviegoers and dominate the global box office.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is expected to earn $65 million from over 3,300 domestic locations, though industry estimates show that number could be closer to $75 million. The higher part of that range would be in line with the opening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first entry in the Harry Potter spinoff series. That film debuted with $74 million on the same weekend two years ago and went on to generate $234 million in North America and $580 million overseas. The second film carries a slightly bigger budget of $200 million, while the first outing cost $175 million.

Warner Bros., the studio behind the magical movies, expects to see a similar boost from the international box office. The sequel could make as much as $250 million this weekend when including foreign markets, where it will launch day and date in nearly 48 territories.
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Hulu to Develop Shows Based on George R.R. Martin Book Series ‘Wild Cards’

Hulu to Develop Shows Based on George R.R. Martin Book Series ‘Wild Cards’
Hulu is developing multiple shows based on the “Wild Cards” book series, which is edited by “Game of Thrones” scribe George R.R. Martin.

Variety has learned from sources that the streamer is set to open a writers room for two shows set in the “Wild Cards” universe. Universal Cable Productions will produce along with Hulu, with Andrew Miller set to write and executive produce both projects. Miller, who is currently under an overall deal at UCP, recently helmed the “Tremors” pilot at Syfy that saw the return of the original film’s star Kevin Bacon.

Set in the present, the “Wild Cards” books explore the aftermath of an alien virus, released over Manhattan in 1946 that killed 90% of those it infected. In the survivors, DNA was altered, creating grotesque physical deformities, except for a tiny percentage who develop super human powers instead.
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"The Mandalorian" Has Officially Cast "Game of Thrones" and "Narcos" Star Pedro Pascal [Updated]

Update: Variety reports that Pedro Pascal is officially set to lead "The Mandalorian," confirming Making Star Wars' scoop from last month. Details remain mostly under wraps, but Pascal will play “a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.” And he’ll also wear some sweet Boba […]

The post "The Mandalorian" Has Officially Cast "Game of Thrones" and "Narcos" Star Pedro Pascal [Updated] appeared first on /Film.
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"Game Of Thrones:" HBO Confirms April Premiere For Season 8

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It’s official. The anticipated eighth and final season of "Game of Thrones" will launch in April. HBO released a promotional video Tuesday morning with no specific date, but official word that the series will return for its final go-round in April 2019. The retrospective video features recycled footage with the most iconic scenes from the series so far.

An April premiere is not a big surprise, since Season 1-Season 6 launched in April or late March; Season 7 premiered in July 2017. But until today, the only official time frame for the debut came from HBO programming president Casey Bloys, who said the series would return in the first half of 2019. Star Maisie Williams was more specific, saying in an interview with the UK’s Metro in January that the series was eyeing an April 2019 premiere.

HBO previously revealed that the final episode was shot over 55 nights in three locations.
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"Temptation Island" Reboot Officially A Go At USA; Mark L. Walberg Returns As Host

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USA Network has confirmed its upcoming reboot of the 2001 reality series "Temptation Island." The 10-episode revival, produced by Banijay Studios North America, will premiere on January 15 with Mark L. Walberg, who hosted the original, returning as host.

"Temptation Island," which had been in the works at USA for the past few months, is part of the network’s aggressive expansion into unscripted series as it is preparing for the departure of WWE Smackdown next fall.

"Temptation Island" follows four dating couples at a pivotal time in their relationship, where they must mutually decide if they are ready to commit to one another for the rest of their lives — or should go their separate ways. Together, the couples travel to the tropical paradise of Maui, Hawaii, where they join 24 eligible men and women. There, they live the “single life,” in a test that is meant to help answer their most difficult questions about their relationship.
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Netflix Greenlights "Rhythm & Flow" Music Competition Series, Sets Cardi B, Chance the Rapper & T.I. As Judges

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Netflix Greenlights
Netflix is officially throwing its hat in the singing competition reality series arena with the hip-hop-themed "Rhythm & Flow," from John Legend, Jesse Collins and Jeff Gaspin. Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and T.I. have been tapped to serve as the three main judges and executive produce the show aimed at finding the next breakout hip-hop star.

The 10-episode hourlong multi-city competition series, which had been in development at Netflix for over a year, is set to premiere in fall 2019.
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Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper Vow to Perform "Shallow" at Oscars If Nominated

Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper Vow to Perform
Could we be getting a real-life Jackson Maine and Ally concert?

Due to the massive success of “Shallow”, the duet performed by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga‘s characters in A Star is Born, many expect it to be nominated for Best Original Song at the upcoming Academy Awards.

In a new Variety cover story, Gaga confirmed she and her costar and director Cooper would perform the song live at the Oscars if it were indeed nominated: “One hundred percent,” she vowed.

Traditionally, all five songs nominated for Best Original Song are performed live on the Academy Awards broadcast,
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Kiersey Clemons to Produce, Star in Film About Youngest Female NY Stock Exchange Trader

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Kiersey Clemons to Produce, Star in Film About Youngest Female NY Stock Exchange Trader
AGC Studios announced on Tuesday that it’s acquired the life rights for the story of Lauren Simmons, they youngest female trader to work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

The studio has set the project up for Kiersey Clemons to produce and star in the film.

Simmons, in addition to being the youngest woman ever on the trading floor, is currently the only woman at the NYSE and only the second African American female to trade full-time on the floor of the Exchange.

Simmons moved to New York from Georgia with a degree in genetics, but ultimately decided to put that career on hold and answered a posting on LinkedIn for a job with a Wall Street company.

Despite no formal financial background and only a month of preparation,
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James Corden’s ‘Late, Late Show’ Lands in China

“The Late, Late Show With James Corden” is set to air in China. CBS Studios International has struck a deal with Chinese streaming giant iQIYI that covers current shows and makes past episodes available on demand.

Chinese regulators’ attitude towards foreign content has ebbed and flowed, though growing political control of the media appears to be the current direction. Another U.S. comedy show, “Saturday Night Live,” began airing on streaming platform in 2014. But this year the Chinese-made version of “SNL” was removed from the Alibaba-owned streaming platform Youku after just a few weeks of broadcast.

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Netflix Snaps Up Chiwetel Ejiofor’s ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’

Netflix Snaps Up Chiwetel Ejiofor’s ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’
Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” has landed at Netflix. The streaming giant has the British star’s film globally with the exception of China, where it does not have a service, Japan, and the U.K., where the free-tv rights are with the BBC.

Based on the bestselling book by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, the film follows 13-year-old boy William, played by newcomer Maxwell Simba, who finds a way to save his village in Malawi from famine. The true story was the subject of a documentary that played at SXSW in 2013, “William and the Windmill.
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Film Review: ‘The Christmas Chronicles’

Film Review: ‘The Christmas Chronicles’
Director Clay Kaytis’ “The Christmas Chronicles” isn’t going to make audiences believe in the power of Christmas, let alone stoke the spirit of the holiday season, but boy does it exhaust itself trying. The family-friendly adventure, about two kids whose Christmas Eve mission to capture Santa Claus (Kurt Russell) leads to helping him save the holiday, plays like a love letter to producer Chris Columbus’ previous works without ever distinguishing itself. With its saccharine score, saturated cinematography, and trite platitudes, the film is formulaic and forgettable except for Russell’s performance as the lovable legend.

Christmastime used to be a season filled with warmth, laughter and love in the cozy Pierce home. But since dad Doug (Oliver Hudson) died in a tragic firefighting accident, single mom Claire (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) has been scrambling to restore some normalcy to her fractured family. One member who is absolutely excited for Santa’s
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Migration Drama ‘1899’ Is New Netflix Project From Creators of ‘Dark’

Migration Drama ‘1899’ Is New Netflix Project From Creators of ‘Dark’
The creators of supernatural series “Dark,” which helped put German drama on the international TV map, have set their next Netflix project, “1899,” a drama that follows European migrants on a fright-filled journey to the U.S.

Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar inked an overall deal with Netflix in June – the first of its kind for the streamer in Europe – following the success of “Dark.” “1899” is the first fruit of that agreement. The show revolves around a migrant steamship heading from London to New York. When the passengers discover another migrant boat adrift, their journey takes an unexpected twist.

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Trevor Noah Compares Recount Drama in Florida to Accidentally Killing His Grandfather (Video)

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Trevor Noah Compares Recount Drama in Florida to Accidentally Killing His Grandfather (Video)
On Tuesday, the “Daily Show” took a look at the recount drama in Florida, or as Trevor Noah called it, “the Florida of states.” The situation is so crazy, Noah said, it’s a lot like if you accidentally killed your grandfather through neglect.

At issue are mandatory recounts in Florida’s gubernatorial and senate races, and how Republicans have pushed back against the recount through claims that the recounts, required by law, are efforts by Democrats to steal the election.

People who say this “are lying. Nobody’s stealing the election,” said Noah. “But that doesn’t mean Florida doesn’t have big issues with its voting. All over Florida, the elections have been a clusterf—.”

Also Read: Fox News Channel Beat Everyone in Viewers on Midterm Election Night

Noah then discussed Broward County, where the election supervisor approved inscrutable ballots that put the space for senate candidates underneath the instructions,
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Chiwetel Ejiofor's Directorial Debut 'Boy Who Harnessed the Wind' Goes to Netflix

Netflix has acquired global rights – with the exception of Japan, China and U.K. free TV rights – to The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, the directorial debut of Oscar nominee and BAFTA winner Chiwetel Ejiofor.

It plans to launch the film on its streaming platform and select U.S. and U.K. cinemas in 2019.

The film – which was first announced by The Hollywood Reporter and shot in Malawi last year – is based on the bestselling book of the same name by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, and follows 13-year-old Kamkwamba (played by newcomer Maxwell Samba) ...
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Hear Mike Will Made-It Tap Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell for New Song ‘The Mantra’

Hear Mike Will Made-It Tap Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell for New Song ‘The Mantra’
Kendrick Lamar unleashes a torrent of jabs, hooks and knock-out blows on Mike Will Made-It’s new song, “The Mantra,” which also features Pharrell Williams. The track will appear on the Creed II soundtrack, which arrives alongside the film November 21st

“The Mantra” is an understated cut with soft synths bubbling around spit-fire drums. Pharrell delivers a hypnotic verse and the song’s infectious hook before Lamar jumps in with a characteristically sprawling performance filled with an array of flows, vocal quirks and clever rhyme schemes.

Mike Will Made-It served
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Hear Superchunk Team With Fucked Up for New Charity Single ‘Our Work Is Done’

North Carolina punk stalwarts Superchunk teamed with Fucked Up singer Damian Abraham for a new song, “Our Work Is Done.” The track was released via Merge Records as a limited edition seven-inch single with proceeds benefitting Bill McKibben’s climate change organization, The b-side boasts a cover of Klaus Nomi’s “Total Eclipse.”

“Our Work Is Done” is a blistering ripper packed with angular guitar riffs that spark around a rush of drums and Mac McCaughan’s urgent vocals. “Time flies when you’re on the run,” McCaughan belts
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Netflix’s ‘Roma’ Adds Korea Theatrical Date

“Roma,” Alfonso’ Cuaron’s loving recreated portrayal of family life in 1970s Mexico, is to get a theatrical release in South Korea. The film was originally commissioned for online streaming giant Netflix.

Pan Cinema will handle the release in Korea from Dec. 12. It is currently unclear how many screens the film will obtain, or how long it will play. It is scheduled to debut online from Dec. 14.

The additional big screen outing in Korea, comes after Netflix earlier agreed to limited theatrical outings for ‘Roma’ in the U.S. and U.K. In the U.S., the film will be in cinemas for roughly three weeks, beginning on Nov. 21.

Roma” debuted to great acclaim at the Venice and Toronto festivals in September and is considered a front-runner for the Oscars. Unlike the U.S. and U.K. which are both home to large numbers of Academy members, Korea has little
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Man Arrested in Alleged Tekashi 6ix9ine Robbery Incident

A 31-year-old man, Anthony Jamel Ellison, has been arrested and charged for allegedly attempting to rob rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine in July, The New York Post reports.

The alleged incident took place July 22nd, with Tekashi 6ixNine claiming he was kidnapped and robbed of $750,000 in jewelry and $20,000 in cash after a video shoot. Ellison was indicted by a grand jury at the end of October, while he was officially arrested and charged November 6th.

A representative for Tekashi 6ix9ine did not immediately return Rolling Stone‘s request for comment.
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Every WWE Champion Ever, Ranked by Number of Reigns (Photos)

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Pro-wrestling title belts change hands (or waists) like grapplers change trunks these days, though it wasn’t always that way. With “Survivor Series” just around the corner featuring a card of Champion vs. Champion matches, TheWrap decided to grace the Internet with a little history lesson. Scroll through our gallery to see every WWE Champion ever, ranked by their numbers of title reigns.

Remember: this is a list of those who won the Wwwf Championship, the WWF Championship or the WWE Championship. So don’t come after us, Universal Champions, et al.

Below is a random sample from our full stable.

Also Read: Alberto Del Rio: 90 Percent of WWE Wrestlers Have Never Been in a Real Fight

Rank: 30 (tie)

Wrestler: Jinder Mahal

# of Reigns: 1

Rank: 17 (tie)

Wrestler: Batista

# of Reigns: 2

Rank: 8 (tie)

Wrestler: Daniel Bryan

# of Reigns: 4

Also Read: WWE Star Ric Flair on the One Thing He Does
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Korea’s Cj Entertainment Picks up Starry ‘Garden of Evening Mists’

South Korea’s Cj Entertainment has picked up international sales rights to ambitious Malaysian drama “The Garden of Evening Mists.” The film’s cast mixes high profile Asian and Western stars.

The picture is an adaptation of a novel of the same title by Tan Twan Eng, which was nominated for the Man Booker Prize in 2012. It tells a tale of cultural complexity shortly after World War II in British-controlled Malaya. The story features a female law graduate who seeks a quiet life in the idyllic Cameron Highlands, but finds love and a common interest in gardening in the arms of a mysterious Japanese man.

Production is by Astro Shaw, part of the Astro part of pay-tv giant, and HBO, with financial support from the National Film Development Corporation of Malaysia (Finas). Shooting wrapped in August, and delivery is set for 2019.

“Garden” is directed by Taiwan’s Tom Lin and
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