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Seth Meyers Set to Host 2018 Golden Globes for the First Time

Seth Meyers Set to Host 2018 Golden Globes for the First Time
Seth Meyers is taking on hosting duties at the upcoming Golden Globes. The news was announced on Thanksgiving Day in a statement from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

"The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is excited to have Seth Meyers host the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards”, said HFPA President Meher Tatna in a statement. “With his natural comedic wit and innate ability to charm audiences, Seth will help us carry on the celebratory tradition of recognizing the best in television and film at the Party of the Year.”

The Late Night host recently signed on to emcee the star-studded awards show just a few weeks before the Hollywood Foreign Press is set to hand out the coveted statues in January.

This is Meyers' first time hosting the prestigious show, as he takes the reins from The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon, who led the proceedings this past January.

Before Meyers took on the high-profile role, there was speculation
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Box Office: 'Coco' Trots Past 'Justice League' With $13.2M Wednesday

Box Office: 'Coco' Trots Past 'Justice League' With $13.2M Wednesday
As the long Thanksgiving holiday got underway, Disney and Pixar's Coco danced its way past holdover Justice League on Wednesday with an opening-day gross of $13.2 million after nabbing an A+ CinemaScore.

Wednesday's haul included $2.3 million in Tuesday night previews. Coco is playing in 3,987 theaters in North America.

Justice League took in $10.5 million from 4,051 theaters for a domestic total of $122.4 million.

At this pace, Coco, about the popular Mexican holiday Day of the Dead, should have no trouble winning the turkey trot with a five-day debut north of $70 million.

Between them, Disney...
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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ First Footage: Watch Chris Pratt Play With A Baby Raptor

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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ First Footage: Watch Chris Pratt Play With A Baby Raptor
The first footage from “Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom” has arrived courtesy of Colin Trevorrow’s Twitter account, which has posted an adorable video of Chris Pratt playing with a baby raptor. It’s unclear whether or not the footage is from the actual movie or if it was just taken on set, nor is it confirmed if the baby raptor is CGI or an animatronic. “The Impossible” director J.A. Boyena has promised more practical effects in the sequel.

“Obviously you don’t have real dinosaurs — sometimes you have people playing dinosaurs — but we love animatronics and we’re trying to do as much with them as possible,” he said of the sequel. “I think animatronics bring soul and reality to it. We’re trying to find the balance between animatronics and CGI in order to cheat the audience so they
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Jeffrey Tambor Accused of Sexual Harassment by Third Woman

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Jeffrey Tambor Accused of Sexual Harassment by Third Woman
A third woman has come forward to accuse Jeffrey Tambor of sexual harassment. Tamara Delbridge, a celebrity makeup artist with no connection to his show, “Transparent,” told Refinery29 that Tambor forcibly kissed her on the set of the 2001 film “Never Again.” “It was really weird because I did not interact with him at all during filming,” Delbridge said. “It wasn’t like he and I had bantered back and forth or flirted. I’m very professional on set and was a really big deal for me. It was the first time that I’d worked with actors at that level.
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Luca Guadagnino Relied on a Pair of Longtime Friends for ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Decor, Costumes

Luca Guadagnino Relied on a Pair of Longtime Friends for ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Decor, Costumes
Two longtime friends of director Luca Guadagnino added their personal touch to “Call Me by Your Name,” his sensual summer romance from Sony Pictures Classics that’s set in northern Italy in 1983.

An interior decorator by trade, first-time set decorator Violante Visconti (Luchino Visconti’s grandniece) dressed the 17th-century villa where young Elio (Timothée Chalamet) lives with his scholarly parents, the Perlmans (Michael Stuhlbarg and Amira Casar) and falls for the visiting American intern Oliver (Armie Hammer).

Fashion designer and repeat Guadagnino collaborator Giulia Piersanti created the film’s understated costumes.

Visconti conceptually married the Perlmans’ worldliness with the villa’s nostalgic past to attain the eclectic, lived-in feel of a deeply loved home. “[Much] of the furniture belonged to my father,” she says. “That made it cozy and personal. The Perl-mans are open-minded. They love books, music, history. … Their house is easygoing and non-structured, with flowers from the garden, furniture from their travels. It was there
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Mar del Plata: Argentina on the Rise — Demián Rugna

Mar Del Plata — “Is there any way of stopping this?” police commissioner Funes asks paranormal expert Albreck as the body count and unearthly beings proliferate at three common-or-garden Argentine suburban chalets in Demián Rugna’s “Aterrados” (Terrified). “No,” answers Albreck, a venerable bluestocking, just before a twig-lick arm snaps out of a crack in a chalet wall aiming for her head.

Shot in widescreen, “Terrified,” which sales agent Aura Films will screen at Ventana Sur, marks a move towards the mainstream for Rugna, being made with the aim of scaring the hell out of audiences, he explained. “People just want to be scared these days,” he said. Yet “Terrified” still bears the hallmarks of the Rugna style: an art film refusal to show human-beings conquering the supernatural; a smorgasbord of fantastic sub-genres — from chiller to shockfest to cop investigation and gothic baroque — and a darkly-knowing humor that pushes the movie, in a very Argentine style,
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How 'La La Land' Songwriting Duo Created Songs for P.T. Barnum Biopic 'Greatest Showman'

How 'La La Land' Songwriting Duo Created Songs for P.T. Barnum Biopic 'Greatest Showman'
La La Land's lyrics and the Tony Award for composing the Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are taking on the big top in the movie-musical P.T. Barnum biopic The Greatest Showman, out Dec. 20 from 20th Century Fox. In the songwriting contender race, the returning Oscar champs' 11 original songs in the film, from spectacular group numbers to empowering ballads, will face off against new numbers from Disney's Beauty and the Beast (by Alan Menken and Tim Rice), along with tunes from notable music industry crooners including Ryan Tedder...
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Stephen Colbert Mocks Ivanka Trump’s $3,000 Thanksgiving Clam Centerpiece (Video)

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Stephen Colbert Mocks Ivanka Trump’s $3,000 Thanksgiving Clam Centerpiece (Video)
If you have family coming over for Thanksgiving this year and your house isn’t decorated yet, as Stephen Colbert says: “Don’t worry, there’s still time to worry.” The “Late Show” host used his Thanksgiving Eve broadcast to highlight that Ivanka Trump’s website has plenty of tips and tricks to help you prepare for the big turkey day — including a centerpiece made of a giant clam shell that costs as much as $3,000. Ivanka Trump’s website claims the shells “are everywhere in home decor right now,” Colbert noted. Also Read: Gayle King Says She 'Came This Close
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Sweet Mother-of-Pearl! ‘SpongeBob Squarepants’ Is a Broadway Musical but Twitter’s Not Happy

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Sweet Mother-of-Pearl! ‘SpongeBob Squarepants’ Is a Broadway Musical but Twitter’s Not Happy
Broadway’s new “SpongeBob Squarepants Musical” made a special appearance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, with a performance by SpongeBob, Patrick and Sandy the Squirrel in human form — causing the internet to give one collective groan. The consensus on Twitter was not to mess with the Nickelodeon cartoon, but a lot of users also expressed relief for the reason the cartoon sponge was trending on the holiday. “After seeing Spongebob Squarepants is trending, I’m just happy he hasn’t groped anyone. Thank goodness!!” one Twitter user said. Also Read: Thanksgiving Football Streaming Guide, From the Lions-Vikings NFL Matchup to the.
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What Disney Finally Gets Right with 'Coco'

Over the last two decades, Pixar Animation Studios has been known for its groundbreaking advances in computer animation, as well as its filmmakers’ ability to create striking characters and worlds with which people instantly fall in love. This week, its newest film, Coco, breaks newer and similarly important ground, at least for itself if not the entire industry: Pixar is telling a story about non-white characters. Coco is not only set in Mexico, but is heavily steeped in the country’s cultural traditions, centering its story about Dia de los Muertos.

An effort to depict non-white characters shouldn’t seem so important...
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‘Coco’ Stuffing ‘Justice League’ at Thanksgiving Box Office

‘Coco’ Stuffing ‘Justice League’ at Thanksgiving Box Office
Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” is heading for a clear victory over “Justice League” at the Thanksgiving holiday box office, estimates showed Thursday morning.

Coco” should finish above $70 million at 3,958 North American locations in its first five days while “Justice League” will wind up around $60 million at 4,051 sites. “Coco” is performing significantly above pre-release forecasts, which had been in the $55 million to $60 million range.

Wednesday’s figures showed “Coco” with a first-day total of $13.2 million, which included $2.3 million from Tuesday night previews. The animated musical received an A+ CinemaScore from moviegoers, indicating that the film could be lifted by strong word of mouth during the rest of the holidays.

On the same holiday weekend a year ago, Disney-Pixar’s “Moana” scored $15.5 million on its first day and went on to earn $82 million in five days. That was the second-highest opening for the period, trailing only Disney’s “Frozen” at $93 million in 2013.

Coco” is already a blockbuster in Mexico with $48.8 million
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Playback: Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan on ‘Lady Bird’ and Coming of Age

Playback: Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan on ‘Lady Bird’ and Coming of Age
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.

This week, on a special Thanksgiving episode, we have “Lady Bird” writer-director Greta Gerwig and star Saoirse Ronan. It’s an apt day for the conversation, which you’ll gather if you’ve seen the film. “Lady Bird” marks Gerwig’s solo directorial debut and is sitting pretty as one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year, if not the most. After all, 100% on Rotten Tomatoes with 150 reviews counted is hard to argue with.

Listen to this week’s episode of “Playback” below. New episodes air every Thursday.

Click here for more episodes of “Playback.”

For Gerwig, hammering out a script isn’t about knowing the core of it and where it’s going from the outset. She’s found it more rewarding to explore casually and let her characters guide her through the process
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Gal Gadot and Kumail Nanjiani Riff on Their Parents’ Expectations and Name Mispronunciations

Gal Gadot and Kumail Nanjiani Riff on Their Parents’ Expectations and Name Mispronunciations
Gal Gadot (“Wonder Woman”) and Kumail Nanjiani (“The Big Sick”) sat down for a chat for Variety’s “Actors on Actors,” which airs Jan. 2 to Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. on PBS SoCal Koce.

Kumail Nanjiani: So how did you end up playing “Wonder Woman”? How did that happen?

Gal Gadot: It’s kind of one thing led to the other. I never planned on becoming an actress, and then I had this opportunity where this casting director flew to Israel; she was looking for a new Bond girl. I did the audition, didn’t get the part, but through this experience I was like, “This is so much more interesting than going to law school.”

Nanjiani: You were in law school?

Gadot: Yeah, I know. Thank goodness life interrupts and comes in the way. It was weird because I didn’t know they were auditioning me for “Wonder Woman.” I knew I
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Brett Ratner Persona Non Grata at Regular L.A. Salon After Harassment Claims

Serious allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct have cost Brett Ratner his luxe offices on the Warner Bros. lot as well as his producing deal on the next Wonder Woman movie (Gal Gadot reportedly threatened to pull out of the project if Ratner remained involved).

But now comes another banishment: Sources tell THR that Ratner is no longer welcome at Sally Hershberger, the hair salon on La Cienega in Beverly Hills, where the 48-year-old producer-director regularly had his locks groomed. Neither Ratner nor the salon would comment, but the good news for Ratner is that there's a Supercuts nearby on Olympic.

The Los Angeles Times has published multiple stories containing allegations from women accusing Ratner of sexual misconduct. 

A version...
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Singapore Festival Launches in Understated Style

Shopping-mall glamour and a red carpet flanked by designer stores greeted Singapore’s film community and visiting celebrities for Thursday night’s opening of the 28th Singapore International Film Festival (Sgiff).

The celebrities who walked the red carpet through the high-end Marina Bay Sands mall mostly left the highest couture in the store windows. Many instead went for sedate touches of lace, minimal glitz, and daytime outfits.

The evening’s glamour moments went to Sgiff vice chair Soo Wei Shaw, who swept the red carpet in a floor-length black gown, and Indian actress, Waheeda Rehman (“The Song of Scorpions”), in a red and pink brocade sari and traditional jewelry.

Introducing the opening film, Vivian Qu’s “Angels Wear White,” Sgiff chairman Mike Wiluan told theater-goers gathered in the lower levels of the 2,000-plus seat theater that the festival was a “torchlight” for aspiring storytellers, himself included. After decades in the film industry as a producer, financier and facilitator
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Idfa Film Review: ‘The Dead Nation’

Idfa Film Review: ‘The Dead Nation’
For anyone who’s ever riffled through a stack of old photos in a flea market and realized with absent melancholy that it’s likely many of the vividly smiling, posing subjects have since passed away, Romanian director Radu Jude’s hypnotic “The Dead Nation” is a gently uncanny, feature-length version of that experience. Not so much a film in the classical sense as an art project built at the crossroads of 20th-century history and personal testimony, this photo-montage traces the fate of Romania’s Jewish population through the turbulent years immediately prior to and during World War 2.

Using no visual pyrotechnics other than a scintillatingly well-chosen series of static, black-and-white images, unearthed recently as part of a trove belonging to ‘Foto Splendid’ (a Romanian photo studio set up in the 1930s by photographer Costica Acsinte), Jude lets the contrast between image and sound create its own tensions and provocations. On the soundtrack,
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The Marketing Mavens Behind Pennywise and the 'It' Red Balloon, 'Handmaid's Tale' Stunts and More

Hollywood's marketing wars are fiercer than ever thanks to the proliferation of content. Movie studios still wage the richest campaigns — think $150 million or more for a tentpole — but television networks are stepping up their efforts to combat the likes of Netflix and Hulu, whose on-the-ground stunt for The Handmaid's Tale made global headlines. Warner Bros.' marketing machine, led by Sue Kroll, made a huge comeback in 2017 with Dunkirk and the horror blockbuster It. In regard to budgets, more is being spent on digital, but television ads remain a necessary evil. "Budgets have shifted to new platforms,"...
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Roland Emmerich’s Centropolis, Flimmer Team Up on Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ (Exclusive)

Roland Emmerich’s Centropolis, Flimmer Team Up on Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ (Exclusive)
Roland Emmerich’s Centropolis Entertainment is teaming up with Berlin-based Flimmer to co-produce a modern-day screen adaptation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”

The film follows 15-year-old Tim Walker, who is sent from London to the Austrian Alps to attend the renowned Mozart boarding school, where he discovers a centuries-old forgotten passageway into the fantastic world of Mozart’s most famous opera.

The creative team behind the project includes German writer-director Florian Sigl and Flimmer CEO Christopher Zwickler, who produced Dustin Loose’s “The Last Will,” which received the Student Academy Award in silver in 2015. Sigl and Zwickler are aiming to have the international family entertainment event ready for a Christmas 2018 release.

The duo is developing the project as a multi-part movie, according to Zwickler, who describes the story as a new adaptation of “The Magic Flute” framed by a modern-day narrative. Andrew Lowery is attached to write the screenplay.

“The contemporary
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'Maryline': Film Review

'Maryline': Film Review
For his 2013 feature debut, Me, Myself and Mum, actor Guillaume Gallienne crafted a clever autobiographical comedy where he starred as both himself and his domineering French mother. Best described as a “coming in” movie where, in a major third-act twist, the director revealed that he was actually hetero despite the assumptions of everyone around him, Mum made a sizeable splash at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and went on to win three Cesar awards, including Best Film.

In his follow-up effort, Maryline, Gallienne once again focuses on a sole performer: in this case fellow Comedie-Francaise thespian Adeline d’Hermy, who became...
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