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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Delivers Second Largest Opening Ever

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Delivers Second Largest Opening Ever
Star Wars: The Last Jedi delivered on expectations, debuting with the second largest opening weekend of all-time and propelling the box office to the third largest weekend ever based on estimates. In an attempt at counter-programming, Fox's Ferdinand got off to a bit of a slow start against the might of Star Wars as well as the continued strong performance of Pixar's Coco as it fell below Mojo's expectations, though the studio is optimistic when it comes to the film's future. With an estimated $220 million, Star Wars: The Last Jedi delivered the second largest opening weekend ever behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which debuted with $247.9 million back in 2015. Last Jedi got off to a strong start on Thursday night with the second largest preview gross ever of $45 million and became only the second film to ever gross over $100 million on opening day resulting in the second largest opening day ever,
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Berlin Film Festival Unveils First Competition Titles

Berlin Film Festival Unveils First Competition Titles
The Berlin Film Festival on Monday unveiled the first competition titles for its latest edition, which takes place in February.

Gus Van Sant's latest film, Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, and Dovlatov from director Alexey German Jr., who a few years ago won the festival's Silver Bear for his Under Electric Clouds, are among the first films selected.
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‘I, Tonya’ Ices Robust Weekend; ‘Disaster Artist’, ‘Shape of Water’ & ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Expand – Specialty Box Office

‘I, Tonya’ Ices Robust Weekend; ‘Disaster Artist’, ‘Shape of Water’ & ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Expand – Specialty Box Office
Clearly it was always going to be a Star Wars weekend, but some Specialties braved going against the herd. Neon/30West's I, Tonya won gold in its second frame, grossing over $176K with an added run. James Franco's The Disaster Artist went over a thousand locations grossing $2.6M, while Fox Searchlight more than tripled outings for Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water in its third weekend, taking in over $1.73M. Searchlight's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri…
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Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Hits $230 Million at International Box Office

Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Hits $230 Million at International Box Office
Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” dominated the international box office in its opening weekend with $230 million in 54 markets.

The overseas performance — led by the U.K. with $36.7 million, Germany with $23.6 million and France with $18.1 million — was slightly above sky-high expectations, which had been around $225 million. The openings did not include China, which accounts for 12% of the international market and is scheduled for a Jan. 5 launch.

With a $220 million North American opening, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” posted a $450 million worldwide total in its opening weekend — the fifth highest of all time behind “Fate of the Furious,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Jurassic World” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.”

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opened in first place in all but four markets — Turkey, South Korea, India and Malaysia. It set records for the second biggest launch weekend of all time behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in Australia, Germany
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‘The Greatest Showman’ Live Movie Trailer Electrifies During ‘A Christmas Story Live’

‘The Greatest Showman’ Live Movie Trailer Electrifies During ‘A Christmas Story Live’
In a television first, The Greatest Showman aired a live movie trailer during Fox’s telecast of A Christmas Story Live. The live two and a half minute trailer for Michael Gracey’s movie musical based on the life of P.T. Barnum featured the film’s stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Keala Settle performing the high-energy number “Come Alive” alongside an army of 150 dancers on the stages at the Warner Bros Studios in Burbank. Academy Award-winning songwriters Benj…
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Johnny Depp’s Ex-Lawyers Suing ‘Pirates’ Star Back After He Hit Them For $30M

Johnny Depp’s Ex-Lawyers Suing ‘Pirates’ Star Back After He Hit Them For $30M
Still wrestling in the courts with his former business managers over millions, home foreclosures and claims of excess, Johnny Depp now finds himself at the legal receiving end of one of Hollywood's biggest lawyers in a $30 million sword fight that is sure to take some of the cheer out of his Christmas. Less than two months after the thrashing Pirates of the Caribbean star dragged his old attorney Jacob Bloom and his Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman…
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Ratings: ‘Sunday Night Football’ (and Everything Else) Tramples ‘A Christmas Story Live’

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Ratings: ‘Sunday Night Football’ (and Everything Else) Tramples ‘A Christmas Story Live’
Pretty much everyone and their mother (who should have warned them first) can safely say Fox’s “A Christmas Story Live” shot its eye out last night. Well, in ratings at least. The televised musical event was no match for “Sunday Night Football” or pretty much anything else on the Big 4, including all of CBS’ broadcast shows and ABC’s “Sound of Music” telecast (not that live NBC one with Carrie Underwood, the classic starring Julie Andrews). Our readers can check out the earlier-available overnight ratings for “A Christmas Story Live” and some of its chief competition here. Those numbers come from.
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Twitter Drops ‘Britain First’ Leader and Other Alt-Right Accounts

Twitter has banned several far-right hate groups and personalities on Monday, including Jayda Fransen, whose Anti-Muslim video tweets were infamously retweeted by President Trump last month, as part of its increased measures to crack down on “hateful and abusive content” on its platform. Britain First, an anti-immigrant group where Fransen is deputy leader, also had its account suspended on Monday. Fransen’s three videos retweeted by President Trump claimed to show a Muslim migrant attacking a Dutch boy on crutches, along with an “Islamist mob” pushing a boy off a roof and a Muslim wrecking a statue of the Virgin Mary.
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Mark Hamill, Ted Cruz Get Into Nasty Spat: ‘Maybe You’re Just Distracted From Watching Porn’

Mark Hamill, Ted Cruz Get Into Nasty Spat: ‘Maybe You’re Just Distracted From Watching Porn’
Sen. Ted Cruz dug his heels in the ground in a Net Neutrality-focused battle with Jedi Master Mark Hamill over the weekend. The two got into a nasty and extended spat on Twitter. At one point Hamill even made a cutting reference to that time Ted Cruz’s account liked a pornographic video on Twitter. “Maybe you’re just distracted from watching porn at the office again.” Let’s just say the Force was strong — on both sides. Also Read: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Posts Second-Largest Opening Ever With $220 Million Things got going when Hamill posted a tweet on
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‘All the Money in the World’ Cast Discusses How Ridley Scott Pulled Off Reshoots With Christopher Plummer

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‘All the Money in the World’ Cast Discusses How Ridley Scott Pulled Off Reshoots With Christopher Plummer
When allegations of sexual harassment against Kevin Spacey came to light, Ridley Scott made a shocking decision to cut the actor out of his upcoming movie, “All the Money in the World,” and replace him with Christopher Plummer. Scott and the cast, which includes Plummer, Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg, spoke with Entertainment Tonight about the experience. “I knew as soon as they hit Kevin it was going to blow wide open and I contacted my partners and said, ‘We should recast this right now. We shoot right now, we’ll be out the same day,'” Scott said. “Within 26 hours,
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Even Without ‘Bpm,’ the Academy Compiles a Rich, Diverse Foreign Oscar Shortlist

Even Without ‘Bpm,’ the Academy Compiles a Rich, Diverse Foreign Oscar Shortlist
It’s now an Oscar-season tradition as time-honored and near-annual as nomination buzz for Meryl Streep: the critical outcry that greets the pre-Christmas announcement of the nine-film shortlist for best foreign language film. Almost every year, at least one hotly fancied favorite for the award is left off the list, overriding the ecstatic reviews, festival hype and precursor honors that — in the eyes of Oscar pundits, at least — appeared to guarantee it a place.

Since the pre-nomination shortlist was instated in 2006, shock omissions have included “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” “Gomorrah,” “Of Gods and Men,” “Le Havre,” “Gloria” and “Two Days, One Night.” last year, France’s much-touted “Elle” failed to make the grade, despite later earning a best actress nod for Isabelle Huppert.

The French have hit an unlucky streak, it seems. Once again, the media conversation surrounding last week’s shortlist announcement centered on the absence of the Gallic submission, as [link=nm
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John Skipper Resigns as Espn President, Cites ‘Substance Addiction’ Problem

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John Skipper has resigned as Espn president and co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks, citing struggles with “substance addiction.” George Bodenheimer, who was Espn’s president from 1998-2011 and its executive chairman until May 2014, will take over on an interim basis. “I have struggled for many years with a substance addiction,” Skipper said Monday in a statement. “I have decided that the most important thing I can do right now is to take care of my problem.” “I come to this public disclosure with embarrassment, trepidation and a feeling of having let others I care about down,” the 61-year-old executive added.
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Athena Film Festival: J.J. Abrams to Receive Leading Man Award

Athena Film Festival: J.J. Abrams to Receive Leading Man Award
Writer/director/producer J.J. Abrams will be recognized for his ongoing support and advocacy of women in the entertainment industry with the 2018 leading man award at the female-focused Athena Film Festival, it was announced Monday.

The Star Wars and Star Trek director, who will write and direct the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX, broke through when he created female-focused TV series Felicity and Alias.

Abrams "has been championing women in the industry throughout his entire career, and through his leadership has continued to push the gender equality conversation,” Athena co-founder Melissa Silverstein said in a statement.

Co-founder Kathryn Kolbert added, “At...
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Espn’s Suzy Kolber on Why ‘Monday Night Football’ Is ‘More Than a Game’

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Espn’s Suzy Kolber on Why ‘Monday Night Football’ Is ‘More Than a Game’
Last week’s “Monday Night Football” game between the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins may not have ended how Tom Brady and co. planned (the defending Super Bowl champs lost 27-20), but it was business as usual for Espn’s Suzy Kolber. Now the host of the “Monday Night Countdown” pregame show along with her “Mnf” halftime and postgame duties, the Espn veteran pulls an 18-hour plus work day every Monday but still found time to talk to TheWrap about the biggest night in sports. “It has always been more than a football game, it’s been a night of entertainment,
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‘Mortal Engines’ to Receive 5% Bonus From New Zealand (Exclusive)

‘Mortal Engines’ to Receive 5% Bonus From New Zealand (Exclusive)
Universal Pictures’ “Mortal Engines” is to be given a 5% financial bonus by the New Zealand government.

The move, known as an uplift, is a discretionary grant, made only when a production can demonstrate significant and lasting economic benefit for the New Zealand industry. “Mortal Engines,” directed by local director Christian Rivers, was entirely shot in the country. Producers include Zane Weiner, Amanda Walker, Deborah Forte, Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson.

The “Mortal Engines” story takes place thousands of years after civilization was destroyed and in their place gigantic moving cities roam the earth. It features Robert Sheehan and Hera Hilmar as two opposites who form an unlikely alliance.

The decision to give the film a 5% uplift follows the signing of a contract between the New Zealand Film Commission (Nzfc), Education New Zealand (Enz) and film producers and financiers Universal Pictures, Mrc and Hungry City. It entails a detailed marketing partnership with Nzfc and Enz to promote New Zealand
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Evan Peters (‘American Horror Story’) teases new series ‘Pose’: ‘It’s so good for the transgender community’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Evan Peters (‘American Horror Story’) teases new series ‘Pose’: ‘It’s so good for the transgender community’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
During our recent webchat with Evan Peters, the Critics’ Choice nominee for “American Horror Story” teased FX’s upcoming program “Pose,” his latest venture with producer Ryan Murphy. “It’s so good for the transgender community,” Peters announces. “It’s such a great story and it’s very complex. It’s New York City, 1987, with the ballroom culture. It’s […]
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Jonghyun, Member of K-Pop Group SHINee, Dies at 27

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Jonghyun, also known as Kim Jong-hyun, a member of the K-pop group SHINee, has died. He was 27 years old. According to the Associated Press, Jonghyun was found unconscious in a residence hotel in Seoul and was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. According to local police, the singer’s sister said he sent her text messages such as “Final farewell” and “I’ve had difficulties” before his death. Also Read: Pat Dinizio, The Smithereens Lead Singer, Dies at 62 While his death is being investigated as a possible suicide, authorities have not yet determined whether he killed himself, according to the AP.
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Mark Cuban's Landmark Theatres Demands Dismissal of Antitrust Lawsuit

Mark Cuban's Landmark Theatres Demands Dismissal of Antitrust Lawsuit
In new court papers, Mark Cuban-owned Landmark Theatres insists there's no antitrust conspiracy from seeking the exclusive rights to exhibit a movie in a geographic region as long as the theater chain is not using its nationwide footprint to coerce distributors.

Landmark is facing a lawsuit from a group of independent community movie theaters who complain about being deprived of art films. According to the complaint in D.C. federal court, Landmark demanded and obtained clearances from those distributing such films as Moonlight, Birdman and The Illusionist. The plaintiffs, operating movie theaters in Washington, D.C., Denver and Detroit, suggest Landmark accomplished this by exploiting...
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25 Celebrity Wines Ranked Worst to Best: Drew Barrymore’s Pinot to Brad and Angelina’s Rosé (Photos)

25 Celebrity Wines Ranked Worst to Best: Drew Barrymore’s Pinot to Brad and Angelina’s Rosé (Photos)
The latest status symbol for many stars is launching (or buying) their own winery. But how do the wines actually stack up? We looked at the latest reviews of celeb-owned vintages by Wine Enthusiast magazine. Ciccone 2005 Madonna Chardonnay (Leelanau Peninsula, Michigan) Wine Enthusiast Rating: 82 points “This wine is as intense as its namesake, the singer Madonna,” Wine Enthusiast wrote in 2009. “Not coincidentally, it is made by her father.” Dave Matthews’ Dreaming Tree 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (North Coast, California) Wine Enthusiast Rating: 82 points “This is a dry red wine exuding bell pepper and oak that was made in large quantities in partnership.
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‘A Christmas Story Live’ Delivers Lump of Coal to Fox in Early TV Ratings

‘A Christmas Story Live’ Delivers Lump of Coal to Fox in Early TV Ratings
Bah humbug: Fox’s “A Christmas Story Live!” just got blindsided by NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” in early TV ratings. Oh, and every other broadcast TV show beat it as well. The latest live television musical managed a 2.8 overnight rating/5 share in the 56 metered-markets monitored by Nielsen. Compare that with NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” which posted a massive 12.3/21 last night. To be fair, that latter live telecast had the Dallas Cowboys. Plus, football is still football and no one expected “A Christmas Story” to compete — it certainly could have done much better than it did, however. ABC’s “Sound of.
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