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Thanksgiving 2019: Lionsgate To Release Rian Johnson's Murder Mystery ‘Knives Out’ With Daniel Craig & Killer Cast

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Thanksgiving 2019: Lionsgate To Release Rian Johnson's Murder Mystery ‘Knives Out’ With Daniel Craig & Killer Cast
Exclusive: Lionsgate is set to partner with MRC and distribute worldwide Knives Out, the contemporary murder mystery that Looper and Star Wars: The Last Jedi helmer Rian Johnson wrote and is directing. Daniel Craig stars as a detective trying to solve a murder and the killer ensemble cast includes Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Ana de Armas, Christopher Plummer, Katherine Langford and Don Johnson.

Lionsgate has dated the film for nationwide release on November 27, 2019 for the Thanksgiving holiday corridor.

The film became possible when director Danny Boyle exited James Bond 25. While that film regrouped — Cary Fukunaga is directing it — Craig suddenly had an open slot, and Johnson and his producing partner Ram Bergman took full advantage with an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery that Johnson wrote and was able to squeeze in before he and Bergman drill down on a new trilogy in the Star Wars universe.
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Jennifer Garner to Star in Apple Limited Series, Reunite With J.J. Abrams

Jennifer Garner to Star in Apple Limited Series, Reunite With J.J. Abrams
It’s not an Alias revival, but we’ll take it: Jennifer Garner is set to star in a limited series for Apple, reuniting her with Alias creator J.J. Abrams.

Apple has handed a straight-to-series order to the project, titled My Glory Was I Had Such Friends, based on the memoir by Amy Silverstein. The memoir follows a woman awaiting a last-minute heart transplant, and her close female friends who supported her along the way. Karen Croner (Admission) will pen the series and also serve as an executive producer.

Garner and Abrams will both also serve as EPs on the limited series.
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IMDb Orders 2 Short-Form Comedy Series With Jay Pharoah, Nick Cannon, Tig Notaro, More

IMDb Orders 2 Short-Form Comedy Series With Jay Pharoah, Nick Cannon, Tig Notaro, More
Exclusive: IMDb is moving further into original content production with two new short-form comedy series – "Special Skills" hosted by SNL alum Jay Pharoah, and "UnMade", featuring comedians including Nick Cannon, Tig Notaro, Rainn Wilson, Weird Al, Reggie Watts and others. Both are produced by Electus’ Big Breakfast and are set to launch in early 2019.

Co-created by Luke Kelly-Clyne and Steve Marovitch, UnMade will follow comedians as they share the inspirations, plots and stories behind their projects and scripts that never saw the light of day. In each five-to-eight-minute episode, a celebrity guest will reveal a pitch or screenplay for an early passion project they were never able to get off the ground. These ambitious, often misguided and always hilarious ideas are then given a second chance, brought to life via a team of actors and a professional production crew. UnMade guest stars include Nick Cannon, Rainn Wilson, Tig Notaro, “Weird Al” Yankovic,
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‘Once Upon a Deadpool’ Jingles $900K+ On Wednesday

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‘Once Upon a Deadpool’ Jingles $900K+ On Wednesday
20th Century Fox’s PG-13, holiday infused re-imagining of Deadpool 2 drew an estimated $953K in early morning industry estimates in its opening Wednesday at 1,566 theaters (including Tuesday previews). That number was good enough to make Once Upon a Deadpool second behind Universal/Illumination’s The Grinch which led all movies yesterday with $968K in its fifth Wednesday and a running total of $226.7M.

Rival distributors didn’t know what to expect from Once Upon a Deadpool; the film flew under the radar of tracking, and for Fox, it’s all gravy for the Deadpool brand. Not to comp because the movie catered to a completely different crowd, but the Weinstein Co.’s The King’s Speech changed its rating from R to PG-13 following its Oscar best picture win in 2011 earning $1.1M over three-days in its April re-release for a final tally of $3.3M. The whole thought process behind
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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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"Grey's Anatomy" Adds Jennifer Grey for Season 15 Arc

How has this not happened sooner? Jennifer Grey has joined the cast of Grey's Anatomy, E! News can confirm. Grey will appear in a multi-episode arc during the hit medical drama's current season 15. Details about her arc, and whether or not she'll have some connection to the titular character, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) are being kept under wraps. It's unlikely she's playing herself at a Grey family reunion, but we can dream… Perhaps she's a patient at the hospital? Or a relative of a cast member? Camilla Luddington's mom, anybody?. Grey's father, Joel Grey, appeared in a season six episode of Grey's Anatomy. Other guest stars during season 15 include Josh Radnor, Debra...
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Lou Ferrigno Jr. cast as Hourman for DC Universe's "Stargirl" series

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Lou Ferrigno Jr. cast as Hourman for DC Universe's
One day after pulling back the curtain on Joel McHale's casting as Sylvester Pemberton aka Starman for DC Universe's upcoming Stargirl series, TVLine has exclusively announced that Lou Ferrigno Jr. will be joining the cast of the upcoming superhero show as the Golden Age Hourman, founding member of the JSA (Justice Society of America). As per DC Comics
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Post-Credits Scene Explained

The live-action version of Spider-Man may be contained within the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the foreseeable future, but Sony can still do what it wants with animated “Spider-Man” flicks — and thank goodness for that, because “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” totally owns with the way it embraces all corners of the Spider-Canon.

But if you thought the seven Spider-People who participate in the plot in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” — Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), Peter Parker (Chris Pine), Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson), Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn), Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage) and Spider-Ham (John Mulaney) — represented the full breadth of the Spider-Verse, well, you are sorely mistaken.

The post-credits scene for “Into the Spider-Verse” introduces us to another important Spider-Man from the comics, and also visits a past small screen incarnation of Peter Parker. And it feels pretty likely that should “Spider-Verse” get a sequel, that one of
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Universal to Release Sam Mendes’ ‘1917’ on Christmas 2019

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Universal will release Sam Mendes’ World War I film “1917” on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 in limited screens, the company announced Thursday.

The film will go wide on January 10, 2020.

Mendes, who wrote the original script with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, will direct and produce the film, while Pippa Harris–his partner at Neal Street Productions–will also produce along with Jayne-Ann Tenggren and Callum McDougall. George McKay (“Captain Fantastic”) and Dean-Charles Chapman (“Game of Thrones”) are set to star.

More to come…

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La Times Staffers ‘Disgusted’ by Reports of 7-Figure Settlement and Ex-Chair’s ‘Jewish Cabal’ Talk

The Los Angeles Times was restive on Thursday after a bombshell NPR story on Wednesday reporting that former Times editor and publisher Davan Maharaj had secretly recorded Michael Ferro — then chairman of tronc, the paper’s parent company — calling L.A. billionaire Eli Broad a member of a “Jewish cabal” that controlled Los Angeles.

In addition, Maharaj’s attorney confirmed that he had reached a substantial financial settlement after he was fired earlier this year in a deal that NPR said was worth $2.5 million.

In response to the reports about its own operations, many employees on Thursday were quick to disparage Ferro, Maharaj and Tribune Publishing.

“Obviously everyone was disgusted with the story — every part of it,” Matt Pearce, a national correspondent for the Times and officer of the L.A. Times Guild, told TheWrap on Thursday. “The story describes anti-Semitism by our old chairman, millions wasted on yet another
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How Natalie Portman’s Toxic Diva in ‘Vox Lux’ Hit Home

How Natalie Portman’s Toxic Diva in ‘Vox Lux’ Hit Home
This article about Natalie Portman first appeared in the Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

As tortured artists go, Natalie Portman’s Celeste in “Vox Lux” is about as tortured as you can get. Brady Corbet’s bold and twisted drama focuses on two periods in the life of a young pop idol: her teenage years, when she survives a school shooting and becomes a star after writing a song to mourn her lost classmates, and a tumultuous day some 18 years later, when she prepares for a hometown concert but is a drunken wreck in a stormy relationship with her teenage daughter.

Raffey Cassidy plays the young Celeste, and also the older Celeste’s daughter, while Portman delivers a fierce, assaultive performance as a woman whose childhood wounds and toxic experience with fame have made her a dysfunctional diva for the ages.

“I was blown away by
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‘On Happiness Road’ Director Defines Her Own Happiness as ‘Doing What I Want’

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Growing up in Taiwan, Hsin Yin Sung always dreamed of pursuing a medical career in America. But after landing a journalism job and getting an education in film, the Taiwanese director now has her own stake in the 2019 Oscars race.

A candidate for Best Animated Feature, “On Happiness Road” tells the story of Lin Shu-Chi, or “Chi,” as she goes back home to Taiwan following her grandmother’s death. With a pending divorce and familial pressures, Chi recounts her childhood in the hopes of answering the ever-lingering question: What is happiness?

On Wednesday night, Sung joined TheWrap’s Brian Welk for a Q&A after a screening of her film, where she discussed her inspiration, life in America and happiness.

Also Read: The Scene at TheWrap's Oscars Best Original Song Contenders Panel (Photos)

“Actually, I always wanted to be a storyteller, so when I was little I used to write
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Congressional Harassers Will be Named, Shamed and Forced to Pay Settlements Under New Law

After almost a year of wrangling, both chambers of Congress on Thursday finally passed a bill transforming the way workplace harassment accusations are handled in the capitol. Under the new law, not only will lawmakers will be forced to reimburse the government for harassment or retaliation settlements rather than allow taxpayers to absorb those costs, those lawmakers will be identified publicly as will the details of the settlements.

The bill comes at the tail end of a legislative session in which accusations forced the resignations of a number legislators, including former Rep.
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‘Riverdale': ‘Bizarrodale’ and Noir Episodes Set for This Season, ‘Sabrina’ Crossover Talks to Come

‘Riverdale': ‘Bizarrodale’ and Noir Episodes Set for This Season, ‘Sabrina’ Crossover Talks to Come
Welp, we’re sure you could use a milkshake from Pop’s after that lockdown shocker on the fall finale of “Riverdale” — but since we can’t order you up a frosty one of those, allow us to give you these treat: a preview of the next batch of themed episodes coming to The CW’s dark take on the Archie Comics and a status update on when you’ll (hopefully) get that crossover with Netflix’s “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.”

“One episode we’re doing is an episode called ‘Bizarrodale,’ which treats- instead of Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead being the core four, it treats Kevin, Cheryl, Reggie and Josie as the core four,” “Riverdale” showrunner and chief creative officer at Archie Comics, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, told TheWrap, when discussing Wednesday’s midseason closer and what’s to come when the show returns in January.

“And it’s a really fun episode.
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11 Best Documentaries of 2018, From ‘Minding the Gap’ to ‘Monrovia, Indiana’ (Photos)

Documentaries managed to find an even broader audience this year, with streaming services like Netflix and Hulu doubling down on non-fiction, both as producers and distributors of new unscripted films and TV shows. But whether they screened in theaters, at home or at film festivals, these documentaries were the best of the best:

10. “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood”: Matt Tyrnauer’s portrait of legendary Tinseltown “procurer” Scotty Bowers had plenty of vintage show-biz dish, but it also raised interesting questions about who decides when and how Lgbtq history is “appropriate” to share with the masses.

9. “Hale County This Morning, This Evening”: Equal parts visual poem and ethnographic documentary, RaMell Ross’ debut film examines a handful of residents of the titular Alabama county as his camera turns quotidian moments into something breathtaking and magical.

8. “Bathtubs Over Broadway”: Besides providing a fascinating glimpse into the industrial musical
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Route 91 Harvest Festival Eyes 2019 Return to Las Vegas

The Route 91 Harvest festival is reportedly on the verge of returning to Las Vegas, albeit at a different site than where 58 people were murdered during a mass shooting on October 1st, 2017.

The future of the festival, which wasn’t held in 2018, has been very much in limbo, as hundreds of the shooting’s survivors filed lawsuits, alleging negligence by Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and its owner MGM Resorts International and Live Nation, the organizer of the festival. However, on Wednesday, Julie Matway, Chief Operating Officer of Country Nation, which
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‘Aquaman’ Star Jason Momoa Says Henry Cavill Isn’t Done Playing Superman: ‘Absolutely Not’ (Video)

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‘Aquaman’ Star Jason Momoa Says Henry Cavill Isn’t Done Playing Superman: ‘Absolutely Not’ (Video)
Aquaman” star Jason Momoa says fellow “Justice League” member Henry Cavill is “absolutely not” done playing Superman.

The actor spoke to Et Live at the Los Angeles premiere of James Wan’s “Aquaman” on Wednesday night.

“I just talked to Henry… He’s absolutely not [leaving the character],” he said. “He loves the character, he’s not. 100 percent.”

Also Read: Henry Cavill Trolls Instagram With Weird (and Hilarious) Superman-Themed Video

In September, TheWrap reported that Cavill would not be reprising his role as Superman in any upcoming DC films as Warner Bros. is shifting its focus to a standalone “Supergirl” movie.

An insider told TheWrap that the studio wasn’t rushing to make another installment in the “Man of Steel” franchise. In 2019, Warner Bros. has “Shazam!” and “Wonder Woman 2” being released, while 2020 will see “Birds of Prey” and “The Flash” — so the studio has a full slate for now with no room for another “Superman” film.
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‘xXx: The Return of Xander Cage’ Director in Talks for ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ Movie

Paramount is in talks with “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” director D.J. Caruso to take the reins of its movie adaptation of the Nickelodeon horror series “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”

The project was unveiled last year with “It” writer Gary Dauberman hired to write the script. Matt Kaplan is producing along with Dauberman, who’s a co-writer on both “It” movies, and “The Conjuring” and “Annabelle” franchises.

“Are You Afraid of the Dark?” was created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel and ran as an anthology series on Nickelodeon between 1992 and 1996. It followed a group of teenagers who called themselves the Midnight Society and would meet weekly at a secret location in the woods to tell a scary story. The show was revived in 1999 for two more seasons.

Each episode was introduced with the storyteller saying “Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society,” who then would
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‘Capernaum’ Review: A Devastating Tale of A Boy Adrift in Beirut

‘Capernaum’ Review: A Devastating Tale of A Boy Adrift in Beirut
In a year of exceptionally fine foreign-language films (Roma, Burning, Cold War, Shoplifters), Capernaum has a way to go to earn a spot in that major league. But the film has an undeniable emotional pull. Leabnese filmmaker Nadine Labaki takes to the slums of Beirut to follow the plight of Zain (Zain Al Rafeea), a 12-year-old boy doing five years in jail for stabbing a so-called “son of a bitch.” Zain has another agenda now: He wants to sue his parents for bringing him into the world in the first place.
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‘The Mule’ Review: Clint Eastwood’s Latest Is No ‘Dirty Harry: The Emeritus Years’

‘The Mule’ Review: Clint Eastwood’s Latest Is No ‘Dirty Harry: The Emeritus Years’
At 88, Clint Eastwood — the keeper of the classic-moviemaking flame, the now-and-forever Dirty Harry — looks bent but never broken in The Mule, the true story of 90-year-old Earl Stone. He’s a divorced horticulturist from Peoria, Illinois, someone who grew tired of making little things grow, except maybe his wallet. So, almost by accident, Earl takes a job driving illegal cargo for a Mexican drug cartel from Chicago to El Paso. It’s not a job recommended by Aarp, but the old man figures he can make a few bucks to help his estranged family,
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