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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Has The 2nd Biggest Box Office Opening Of All Time

The Force is with Rian Johnson, Lucasfilm and “Star Wars.” As you probably expected if you’ve even remotely followed a “Star Wars” related box office story, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” crushed at the box office this weekend with monster numbers. Exceeding expectations and early predictions, the Rian Johnson-written and directed “Star Wars” film opened to a whopping $220.0 million domestically, the second highest opening weekend ever domestically behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” which debuted to $247 million in 2015.

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My Favorite Film Screenings of 2017

My Ten Favorite Film Screenings of 2017 10. Loving Vincent (2017; dir. Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman; Lincoln Plaza Cinema) 9. The Red Turtle (2016; dir. Michaël Dudok de Wit; Lincoln Plaza Cinema) 8. Metropolis (1927; dir. Fritz Lang; Marble Collegiate Church) 7. La Belle et la Bête (1946; dir. Jean Cocteau; Tribeca Film Festival at Town Hall) 6. The Last Animals (2017; dir. Kate Brooks; Tribeca Film Festival at Cinépolis Chelsea) 5. City Lights (1931; dir. Charlie Chaplin; United Palace) 4. Harmony of Difference (2017; dir. Kamasi Washington; Whitney Biennial) 3. Romeo + Juliet (1996; dir. Baz Luhrmann; Little Cinema at House of Yes) 2. Imponderable (2015-16; dir. Tony […]
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Paul Thomas Anderson Knows What His ‘Star Wars’ Movie Would Be Like: ‘F----ing Over-Long and Depressing’

Paul Thomas Anderson Knows What His ‘Star Wars’ Movie Would Be Like: ‘F----ing Over-Long and Depressing’
Rian Johnson is currently earning critical acclaim for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” with many critics and fans surprised he was able to execute his own vision of what a “Star Wars” movie should be. “The Last Jedi” is nothing like “The Force Awakes,” and Johnson managed to craft a funnier, more character-focused installment of the space franchise.

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Considering Lucasfilm has been at the center of controversy for firing directors over creative and stylistic differences, it’s something of a miracle Johnson was able to do his thing on “The Last Jedi.” But would the company be ready to let other auteurs like Paul Thomas Anderson step into the director’s chair? Probably not anytime soon, but Anderson already knows what his “Star Wars” film looks like.

“It’s fucking over-long and depressing,
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Scarlett Johansson Returns As Ivanka Trump: ‘There’s A Special Place in Hell, and We’re All There’

Scarlett Johansson Returns As Ivanka Trump: ‘There’s A Special Place in Hell, and We’re All There’
Ask anyone what one of the better 2017 “Saturday Night Live” sketches was and you’re bound to hear the Ivanka Trump “Complicit” video a couple times. The advertisement parody has amassed over 8.5 million views on YouTube and even helped “complicit” become Dictionary.com’s word of the year.

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Johansson finally made her grand return to “Saturday Night Live” as Ivanka Trump during the Kevin Hart-hosted Christmas episode. The actress made a surprise appearance during the opening sketch, which featured Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump and Cecily Strong’s Melania hanging ornaments of Trump’s disgraced former staffers.

Ivanka appeared to gift her father an ornament of Roy Moore. She planned on getting another ornament with Steve Bannon on it, but his face ended up being too big. Ivanka’s reappearance on the
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Leslie Jones’ Omarosa Crashes ‘Saturday Night Live’ and Refuses to Leave Without a Fight — Watch

Leslie Jones’ Omarosa Crashes ‘Saturday Night Live’ and Refuses to Leave Without a Fight — Watch
Saturday Night Live” had its fun with Omarosa Manigault Newman during the Kevin Hart-hosted Christmas episode, having cast member Leslie Jones play the former director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison in two different appearances throughout the night. The show’s point was hilariously clear: Omarosa isn’t going to leave the public spotlight without a fight.

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Jones’ Omarosa first appeared in the opening night sketch, which featured Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump and Cecily Strong’s Melania hanging ornaments of Trump’s disgraced former staffers. Something was banging on the window outside the White House, and it turned out to be a very pissed off Omarosa.

Omarosa announced her resignation from the White House on December 13, but it’s been speculated that Trump had her “forcibly removed.” Later in the show,
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Rose McGowan Puts Meryl Streep and Golden Globes Protest on Blast: ‘I Despise Your Hypocrisy’

Rose McGowan Puts Meryl Streep and Golden Globes Protest on Blast: ‘I Despise Your Hypocrisy’
Rose McGowan is criticizing Meryl Streep and other Golden Globe-nominated actresses who are set to wear black at this year’s ceremony in protest of Hollywood’s sexual harassment and abuse problem. People reported the plan on December 14, noting that stars such as Streep, Emma Stone, and Jessica Chastain were all expected to take part in the protest.
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Brit Marling is ‘Excited and Terrified’ By ‘The OA’ Season 2, Confirms Filming Begins in January

Brit Marling is ‘Excited and Terrified’ By ‘The OA’ Season 2, Confirms Filming Begins in January
The road to “The OA” Season 2 just got a little smaller. The series’ co-creator and star Brit Marling has confirmed that the scripts for the new batch of episodes are finally finished after a lengthy screenwriting period that lasted through the summer and fall seasons. Marling confirms production begins in January.

The actress announced the news on Twitter, accompanied by a photo of herself in front of the eight scripts. It appears the first episode of the new season will be titled “Angel of Death” and the script cover includes an illustration of the Golden Gate Bridge, which more or less confirms the rumor that new episodes will be set in San Francisco. Marling says she’s “excited and terrified” by the “road map” of the new scripts.
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: The Show Limps out of 2017 With Kevin Hart at the Helm

‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: The Show Limps out of 2017 With Kevin Hart at the Helm
It’s the last “Saturday Night Live” of 2017, and you’d think NBC’s perennial sketch show would go out with the bang. Getting Kevin Hart to host and the Foo Fighters as the musical guest is pretty much a case of busting out the big guns, after all.

Unfortunately, this episode of “Saturday Night Live” can barely be considered an extravaganza, and the holiday aspects of it aren’t even memorable or strong enough to use “it’s a holiday episode!” as an excuse.

So, what happened?

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Let’s start with the monologue. Kevin Hart goes with the standup routine monologue, which is obviously a good idea for a standup comedian — in theory. Boy, is this monologue a good idea in theory. (His execution is good too, but…
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Divides Fans: an ‘A’ CinemaScore, and a Negative Rotten Tomatoes User Grade

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Divides Fans: an ‘A’ CinemaScore, and a Negative Rotten Tomatoes User Grade
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” may be one of the most critically acclaimed entries in the franchise (IndieWire gave it an A- and called it it the most satisfying “Star Wars” film in decades), but it’s passionately dividing fans in a way most “Star Wars” films don’t. Unlike the universally beloved reception to “The Force Awakens,” “The Last Jedi” isn’t every fan’s up of tea.

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“The Last Jedi” currently holds a negative 57% Rotten Tomatoes user score after over 83,000 responses, which pales in comparison to the 88% “The Force Awakens” ended up with after over 200,000 user scores. But while the Rotten Tomatoes user score indicates a more-negative fan response, the IMDb score is currently at 8.0 (even with “The Force Awakens”) and received an ‘A’ CinemaScore (also
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Carrie Fisher is Responsible For Writing These Emotional Final Leia Quotes

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Carrie Fisher is Responsible For Writing These Emotional Final Leia Quotes
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is now playing in theaters around the world, and with it comes Carrie Fisher’s final turn as Princess-turned-General Leia Organa. Director Rian Johnson previously revealed back at Star Wars Celebration in April that Fisher had helped with the script, calling the actress a “brilliant writer and an incredible mind.”

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“I would go to her house. We would sit on her bed for hours and go through the scripts,” he said. “We would have these stream of consciousness jazz poetry kinda ad lib sessions. I would just scribble on my script everything she said, and at the end of six hours, there would be like a four-word line of dialogue that was the distillation of all of that that was brilliant.”

Now
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Ian McKellen Wants to Play Gandalf on Amazon’s TV Series: ‘He’s Over 7000 Years Old, So I’m Not Too Old’

Ian McKellen Wants to Play Gandalf on Amazon’s TV Series: ‘He’s Over 7000 Years Old, So I’m Not Too Old’
Amazon’s upcoming “Lord of the Rings” television series is one of the most highly anticipated projects currently in development, with the streaming giant already signing off on a multi-season commitment. While the story for the series has not been confirmed, Ian McKellen is more than eager to step back into the wizardly shoes of Gandalf.

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British television personality Graham Norton recently brought up the new “Lord of the Rings” series to McKellen during an interview on his BBC Radio 2 talk show (via Digital Spy). When asked if it would be annoying to see another actor take on his iconic role, McKellen responded, “What do you mean, another Gandalf?”

“I haven’t said yes because I haven’t been asked. But are you suggesting that someone else is going to play it?
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‘The Ranch’ Review: One Last Season with Danny Masterson is Too Many, So Here’s What Happens and What’s Next

‘The Ranch’ Review: One Last Season with Danny Masterson is Too Many, So Here’s What Happens and What’s Next
In case there’s any confusion over the matter, Danny Masterson is in every episode of “The Ranch” Season 4. Despite a highly-publicized controversy that ended in the series regular being fired from Netflix’s Emmy-winning sitcom, that decision took place after filming had been completed on “Part 4.” The new episodes that were released Friday, December 15 are just like the first three seasons: Masterson, as the older brother, Jameson “Rooster” Bennett, is heavily integrated into every half-hour installment.

So fans have a choice to make: Watch “The Ranch” and try to overcome the building rage of watching an alleged rapist goof around or skip 10 episodes and pick the show back up once Masterson is gone for real.

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For many, this isn’t much of a choice. With so many truly excellent TV shows out there, “The Ranch” isn’t exactly at the top of many Netflix subscribers’ must-see list.
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Jodie Foster Reprises Her Oscar-Winning ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Role to Take Down Donald Trump — Watch

Jodie Foster Reprises Her Oscar-Winning ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Role to Take Down Donald Trump — Watch
Jodie Foster finally returned to acting for the first time since 2013’s “Elysium” by making a surprise appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” in which she stepped back into the shoe’s of her most iconic character: Clarice Starling.

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Colbert debuted a Donald Trump-themed parody of Jonathan Demme’s “The Silence of the Lambs” during the December 15 episode, and Foster actually appeared as Clarice. The FBI agent needed Hannibal Lecter’s help to figure out how deep Donald Trump’s ties go with Russia. It only makes sense Hannibal and Trump are old friends.

Foster has stopped taking screen roles in recent years in favor of the director’s chair. Her last directorial effort, “Money Monster,” played the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, and she’s directed episodes of Netflix series
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HBO Documentary President Sheila Nevins Steps Down After 38 Years, 32 Emmys, and Over 1,000 Films

Sheila Nevins has announced she is stepping down from her role as president of HBO Documentary Films, a position she has held for the last 38 years. The 78-year-old has produced over 1,000 non-fiction films during her time at HBO, earning a record 32 Emmy Awards. Her projects have also earned 26 Oscars and 42 Peabody Awards. She was the recipient of the TV Academy’s lifetime achievement award in 2005.

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“There’s something exciting about leaving a job,” Nevins told The New York Times about her departure. “I can’t explain it. I have deprived my life of a life. All I did was work. I was, like, born at HBO and I don’t have to die there. If I stayed any longer, I probably would have died at my desk. I just regret that there’s so little time left.
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill Break Their Silence on Luke’s Storyline

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill Break Their Silence on Luke’s Storyline
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is already making a killing at the box office as it heads to an opening weekend north of $200 million, which means thousands of “Star Wars” fans are finally learning more about what happened to Luke Skywalker. Mark Hamill reprises his iconic role in “The Last Jedi” and has one of the film’s most essential storylines. The actor joined director Rian Johnson to talk about Luke’s fate in a Q&A with Entertainment Weekly.

Spoiler Warning Ahead

“The Last Jedi” ends with a major bit of misdirection on Luke’s part. During the epic battle between the Resistance and the First Order on the mineral planet of Crait, Luke finally makes his grand return and engages in a lightsaber fight with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). Luke and Kylo’s duel ends up being just the distraction the Resistance needs in order to safely
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‘Star Wars’: Rian Johnson Says There Will Be “Extensive” Deleted Scenes On ‘The Last Jedi’ DVD

Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi“ has been released into the world and the bold, daring, and sometimes divisive ‘Star Wars’ movie, is just destroying at the box office. And while there was the surprise element of the film charting low on the Rotten Tomatoes audience score—some of which may have been trolling—the film earned a glowing A on Cinemascore, so there’s pretty much nothing to worry about if you’re an invested fan.

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Paul Thomas Anderson Has Never Paid for Netflix A Day in His Life and Is Using His Friend’s Password

Paul Thomas Anderson Has Never Paid for Netflix A Day in His Life and Is Using His Friend’s Password
You may not be able to make a movie like Paul Thomas Anderson can, but chances are very likely you are using streaming platforms just like the “Phantom Thread” and “There Will Be Blood” director. Anderson admitted in an interview with The Playlist that he’s never paid for Netflix a day in his life. Like so many others, Anderson streams by using a friend’s password.

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“The thing I like about Netflix is I’ve never paid for a day of Netflix in my life, I just have someone else’s account and their password. It’s free! Which is great,” Anderson said. “Which makes me wonder, how they hell are they paying for all these expensive movies? I’ve never paid them once.”

Anderson has long been a proponent of
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11 Famous Directors Explain Why They Turned Down ‘Star Wars’

11 Famous Directors Explain Why They Turned Down ‘Star Wars’
David Lynch, Steven Spielberg, and Guillermo del Toro all got very close to putting their own spin on the “Star Wars” universe.

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Cannes’ Historic First Television Festival Opens in April 2018 With ‘The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair’

Cannes’ Historic First Television Festival Opens in April 2018 With ‘The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair’
The first-ever Cannes International Series Festival has revealed its opening premiere: “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair,” starring Patrick Dempsey, Kristine Froseth, and rising indie star Ben Schnetzer.

The TV festival, also known as Canneseries, is set to launch on April 4, 2018 at the Palais des Festivals. “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair” pilot is directed by “Black and White in Color” helmer Jean-Jacques Annaud.

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“The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair” tells the story of Harry Quebert (Dempsey), a literary icon who suddenly finds himself indicted in the cold-case murder of a girl who has been missing for many years. The MGM Television-backed series is based on the bestselling European novel by Joël Dicker and consists of 10 episodes. “Harry Quebert” will premiere in the U.S. on Epix and in
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‘Bad Santa’ Director Terry Zwigoff Says the Weinsteins Also Blacklisted Mira Sorvino From the Christmas Comedy

‘Bad Santa’ Director Terry Zwigoff Says the Weinsteins Also Blacklisted Mira Sorvino From the Christmas Comedy
In the over 90 sexual harassment and abuse accusations made against Harvey Weinstein, one of the most consistent claims alleged that Weinstein would threaten the careers of the actresses who refused his advances. Mira Sorvino is one of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers, and according to directors such as Peter Jackson and Terry Zwigoff, Weinstein and his brother did just that.

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Zwigoff worked with Miramax on the Billy Bob Thornton-starring Christmas comedy “Bad Santa,” which was produced by Bob Weinstein under the Miramax-owned Dimension Films. The director said in a tweet that he was interested in casting Sorvino for an unspecified role in the comedy, but that every time he brought up her name to Bob and Harvey Weinstein they would immediately hang up on him. Zwigoff alleges this happened numerous
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