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Box Office: ‘Office Christmas Party’ Tops ‘Moana’ on Friday With $6.6 Million
“Office Christmas Party” is a winner on Friday during a sleepy box office weekend after earning $6.6 million at 3,210 locations, on its way to a $17 million opening weekend.
“Moana,” now in its third week for Disney, took in $4.1 million at 3,875 locations. Despite coming in second to “Christmas Party” on Friday, the film could still end up on top for the third straight weekend as estimates are set at around $19 million for the weekend.
No other new faces surfaced at the top of the box office as “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” grossed an additional $2.9 million at 3,626 locations on Friday, while “Arrival” earned $5.8 million at 1,615 theaters. “Doctor Strange” made $1.2 million at 2,763 locations, rounding out the top five.
Film Review: ‘Office Christmas Party’
- Seth Kelley
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming 2’ Shoots Web Around Independence Day 2019; ‘Bad Boys 4’ Moves To Memorial Day
Exclusive: Based on the success of the global trailer launch yesterday for Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, the Culver City studio has announced that its sequel Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 will open on Friday, July 5, 2019. Spidey essentially pushes Sony’s Bad Boys 4 off that Independence Day stretch. The Will Smith-Martin Lawrence fourquel, which was scheduled to open on July 3 of that year, isn’t falling back, rather zooming forward to Memorial Day weekend on May 24… »
Oscars: Academy Deems Gender-Fluid Performer Eligible in Both Male and Female Categories
9 December 2016 12:12 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Kelly Mantle, a performer who identifies as "gender fluid," has made Oscar history.
The 40-year-old, who was born a male and is best known as a contestant on the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, plays the supporting part of a transgender prostitute in Miguel Ali's Confessions of a Womanizer, an indie starring Gary Busey that is in the midst of its Oscar-qualifying run this week.
The film's backers, when filling out the paperwork required by the Academy to confirm Oscar eligibility, arrived at the acting submissions section and faced a conundrum: The organization asks for performers to be listed »
- Scott Feinberg
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming 2,’ ‘Bad Boys 4’ Get Release Dates
Sony made the announcements on Friday. “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” starring Tom Holland, opens on July 7, 2017; and “Bad Boys for Life” — the third film in the “Bad Boys” franchise — starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence — debuts on Jan. 12, 2018.
The studio released the first trailer for “Spider-Man: Homecoming” late Thursday night. Marvel’s reboot of the franchise is the sixth “Spider-Man” film. Holland first appeared as the character in a cameo in this year’s “Captain America: Civil War.”
Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man co-stars in the film as a superhero mentor to the web-slinger in what appears to be a new storyline in the Spider-Man world. Michael Keaton also stars in the movie, along with Donald Glover, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Hannibal Buress, Michael Mando, »
- Dave McNary
Earth Will Feel The Power Of The Force Again: Disney’s ‘Rogue One’ On Course For $280M-$350M Global Opening – Preview
Exclusive: Three years. At the bare minimum, that’s the shortest amount of time moviegoers have had to wait for a new Star Wars movie, and that’s during a trilogy cycle. Then, after 1983’s Return Of The Jedi, fans sat on their hands for 16 years waiting for George Lucas to awaken the franchise again with The Phantom Menace, which kicked off the early trio of early-aught episodes. Finally, a decade after 2005’s Revenge Of The Sith, moviegoers finally got to see the… »
Ida Awards: ‘O.J.: Made In America’ Runs Off With Best Feature Prize
O.J.: Made in America continued its early awards run tonight, scoring the Best Feature prize at the 32nd annual IDA Documentary Awards. It picked up a total of four trophies including Best Limited Series (Making a Murder), Best Episodic Series (Last Chance U), Best Short (The White Helmet) and the ABC News VideoSource Award for Ava Duvernay’s 13th. The win was just the latest for Ezra Edleman’s 7 1/2-hour O.J.: Made in America, from Laylow Films and ESPN Films. It also has… »
Why Jennifer Lawrence’s Butt-Scratching Incident Caused a Stir with Native Hawaiians
Now that Jennifer Lawrence has apologized for causing a flap by joking about scratching her rear with sacred Hawaiian stones during the filming of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the mini scandal has left many wondering about those sacred rocks.
The Oscar winner, 26, got into hot water when she appeared on The Graham Norton Show Friday, and told a story about trying to relieve an itchy posterior during the shooting of the blockbuster on the island of Oahu.
The anecdote was meant to be funny, but it was no laughing matter to many native Hawaiians, who consider some of the »
‘An Inconvenient Truth’ Sequel to Premiere at Sundance
Paramount Pictures will debut a sequel to Al Gore’s Oscar-winning climate change documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” on the opening night of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The film follows the former vice president as he travels the world and tells a more optimistic story about how the earth is adapting to climate change. The film, from Participant Media, was directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk. Richard Berge and Diane Weyermann produced the film, with Jeff Skoll, Davis Guggenheim, Lawrence Bender, Laurie David, Scott Z. Burns and Lesley Chilcott as executive producers. Also Read: Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth »
- Matt Pressberg
Film Review: Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’
Only in the real world do humans possess free will, whereas any film about the nature of belief effectively requires the director to play God, forcing them to answer the very questions they often set out to raise. Despite this paradox, in the history of cinema, there have been many great films about Christian faith — though not nearly enough: Carl Theodor Dreyer’s “Ordet,” Robert Bresson’s “The Diary of a Country Priest,” Jean-Pierre Melville’s “Léon Morin, Priest.” Now, add to that Martin Scorsese’s “Silence,” which marks the culmination of a nearly 30-year journey to adapt Japanese novelist Shūsaku Endō’s tale of a 17th-century Jesuit missionary faced with the dilemma of whether to apostatize.
And yet, judged in broadly cinematic terms, “Silence” is not a great movie, despite having been directed by one of the medium’s greatest masters at a point of great maturity (this is »
- Peter Debruge
Exclusive: Madonna Talks 'Wild' 'Carpool Karaoke,' Gets Brutally Honest About Struggle to Succeed as a Woman
Madonna isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
Et's Jennifer Peros caught up with the 58-year-old singer on the red carpet at Billboard's Women in Music event on Friday, where she opened up about being honored as the magazine's Woman of the Year, and her amazing Carpool Karaoke segment with James Corden.
Watch: Madonna Vogues And Twerks in 'Carpool Karaoke' Teaser
"I had so much fun!" she gushed of jamming out with Corden for the episode. "I'm mad that they cut it down to 13 minutes. It was crazy, it was wild! My body was hanging out that window!"
"It is an honor, obviously great, to come here and receive this award, but more important to speak about women in music and women in general in the world today," she said.
20 Animated Classics to Stream on Netflix and Amazon (Photos)
The best thing about animation is that, more than any other genre, it has a massive range of visual possibilities. With any given movie or TV show, you’ll get a story with a completely unique display of color, mood, and artistry. We’ve assembled a list of 20 classic animated movies and TV shows on Netflix to expand your knowledge of the medium, starting with worldwide hits from the major studios and then moving on to lesser known indie gems and avant-garde masterpieces. Zootopia (Netflix) — Let’s start with some selections by the animation kings at Disney, beginning with their Oscar-contending, »
- Jeremy Fuster
Kylie Jenner’s First Pop-Up Shop Opens in SoCal, Chaos Ensues (Video)
Never underestimate the star power of the Kardashian clan, and that includes the youngest of the tribe, Kylie Jenner. The 19-year-old model launched her first pop up shop featuring her coveted Kylie Cosmetics products and exclusive merchandise, which had only been available online until Friday, when The Kylie Shop opened its doors at Westfield Topanga in Canoga Park, Calif. Anticipation of her appearance caused a fan frenzy, with lines weaving around the mall hours before the shop opened, with many lining up the night before to meet Jenner. She, of course, was there to capture the craziness on Snapchat, along with. »
- Rosemary Rossi
‘Toni Erdmann’ Takes Top European Film Awards
“Toni Erdmann,” a German comedy-drama that’s picking up Oscar buzz, swept every major category at Saturday’s European Film Awards in Wroclaw, Poland. The movie won Best Film and Best Screenplay, while Maren Ade was named Best Director and stars Sandra Huller and Peter Simonischek were presented with trophies for Best Actress and Best Actor. “Toni Erdmann” beat out Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake,” which took home the Palme D’Or at this summer’s Cannes Film Festival. But, on Saturday, Ade’s movie won in every category in which it was nominated. The movie is Germany’s »
- Matt Pressberg
‘The Preacher’ (‘Mawlana’): Film Review | Dubai 2016
Few Arab films have dared to confront the sinister interplay between government and Islam as boldly as The Preacher (Mawlana). Capturing the dark atmosphere of the times, director Magdi Ahmed Ali brings Ibrahim Issa’s 2012 novel Mawlana/Our Master to the screen with verve, emotion and a welcome dose of humor. Its focused critique of the way politics manipulates religion for its own ends rings painfully true, and its topicality should offer some breakout potential after festival exposure starts it on its way. Its gala premiere in Dubai in an uncut version was a feather in the film festival’s liberal hat.
- Deborah Young
European Film Awards winners: Oscar contender ‘Toni Erdmann’ sweeps
“Toni Erdmann” swept the European Film Academy Awards on Saturday (Dec. 10), winning Best Film, both writing and directing for Maren Ade and both acting trophies (Peter Simonischek, Sandra Huller) during a ceremony in Wroclaw, Poland, the European Capital of Culture 2016. It has been submitted by Germany in this year’s Oscar race for Foreign-Language Film. Join the live Oscars debate going on […] »
- Paul Sheehan
Pamela Anderson Brands Julian Assange ‘A Hero,’ Calls For His Release (Report)
Pamela Anderson continues to stand by another, much different blond bombshell, Julian Assange, calling him “a hero” and urging his release. “It’s crazy that Julian is still being held as a political prisoner — after the Un has stated (and recently for a second time) that there is no reason for his detention and has ordered that the UK and Sweden release him,” the former “Baywatch” beauty said of the WikiLeaks editor-in-chief in a statement provided to People. “He is a hero,” Anderson says of Assange. “One day everyone will realize. But until now, this man has missed 7 Christmases with his children. »
- Matt Pressberg
‘Sherlock’ Season 4 Teaser: Benedict Cumberbatch’s Character Has a Dark Secret (Watch)
“The roads we walk have demons beneath and yours have been waiting for a very long time,” the preview begins with a voiceover.
Toby Jones will play the villain in this season, and in the teaser he seems to exert power over Cumberbatch’s Holmes. “What’s the very worst thing you can do to your very best friends?” the evil man asks. “Tell them your darkest secret.”
After several quick glimpses showing many of Holmes’ dearest friends, the camera cuts to a scene of the main character staring straight into the camera: “I love you,” Holmes says.
In an interview with British GQ, Cumberbatch hinted that this time around might be the last for the hit program. “It »
- Seth Kelley
Marrakech Film Fest: Chinese Directors Take Top Two Honors
Chinese directors took the two top awards Saturday at the closing of the 16th Marrakech International Film Festival in Morocco.
The Donor, the debut film from Zang Qiwu about a poor father who agrees to sell his kidney to a wealthy man, took the festival's Grand Prix, presented onstage at Marrakech's Palais Des Congres by jury president, Hungarian director Bela Tarr.
Best director went to another Chinese filmmaker, Wang Xuebo for Knife in the Clear Water, the story of a farmer who does not want to make the customary sacrifice of his only bull after the death of his wife.
A jury prize »
- Nick Holdsworth
Pharrell Williams Surprises NYC Students During 'Hidden Figures' Presentation
A wave of children stormed through the doors of George Washington Educational Campus in New York City on Friday to watch artist/producer Pharrell Williams partner up with Amp Up NYC’s music initiative to deliver a captivating performance for its local community.
Unaware that the “Happy” singer would show face at their concert, a bevy of sixth graders from The Equity Project Charter School’s music band skated through two new songs both written by Williams for the upcoming film Hidden Figures. After gliding through “I See a Victory,” they dived right into his second song, “Runnin’” -- a song Williams released »
- Carl Lamarre, Billboard
Samuel L Jackson Throws Shade at ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ‘Oscar Bait’ Movies
Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea” is picking up plenty of early Oscar buzz, but Samuel L. Jackson isn’t impressed. In remarks at Dubai International Film Festival on Thursday, where he was being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, Jackson took aim at the politics of Oscar season, and wondered aloud about the hype surrounding “Manchester by the Sea.” After a riff about wanting to let the audience get away from their lives for a couple hours and “come in here and escape that in a big dark room,” Jackson called out what he saw as the overly political — and. »
- Matt Pressberg
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