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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Sets Sights on Becoming the Latest $200M+ Opener

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Sets Sights on Becoming the Latest $200M+ Opener
After a strong performance last month, the December box office is currently pacing ahead of 2016 by 3% while the overall year is still pacing just a bit behind 2016, currently by 4.2%. However, now comes what will surely be the highest grossing domestic release of the year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The latest film in the Star Wars franchise is looking to become only the fourth domestic release to ever open over $200 million, sure to assist in closing the year-to-year gap even further. Meanwhile, Fox has chosen to once again offer some counter-programming with the animated release Ferdinand. Two years ago they tried a similar tactic when they debuted the fourth installment of the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise against Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Much like 2015, we're anticipating similar results. When forecasting the opening weekend for Star Wars: The Force Awakens back in 2015 it was a rather monumental task as no
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The Best Films of 2017

The Best Films of 2017
In a year of cinematic riches, Variety chief film critics Owen Gleiberman and Peter Debruge may not agree on precisely what films rank as the year’s best (although “Get Out” scores pretty high for both), but it’s thrilling to see movies directed by women at the top of each of their lists. Click through to see the critics’ individual justifications for their choices.

Owen Gleiberman’s Top 10 Films of 2017 | Read More

1. Lady Bird

2. Get Out

3. Oklahoma City

4. The Florida Project

5. The Disaster Artist

6. Faces Places

7. Logan Lucky

8. Call Me by Your Name

9. Loveless

10. I, Tonya

Peter Debruge’s Top 10 Films of 2017 | Read More

1. The Rider

2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

3. Get Out

4. Call Me by Your Name

5. The Distinguished Citizen

6. Blade Runner 2049

7. The Shape of Water

8. The Square

9. I, Tonya

10. Lost in Paris

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Megan Mullally Savors a Surprising Career First With Return of ‘Will & Grace’ (Exclusive)

Megan Mullally Savors a Surprising Career First With Return of ‘Will & Grace’ (Exclusive)
“Sometimes I’ll see somebody and they just instantly burst into tears.”

Megan Mullally is talking about especially animated fans who recognize her as Karen Walker from Will & Grace, which returned to NBC in a roundly celebrated revival this fall. “I always just give them a big hug and I’m like, ‘I’m so boring! You don’t understand,” she adds.

But admirers old and new of Grace’s brassy assistant will agree that there’s nothing boring about Mullally’s scene-stealing character, whom audiences first met during the series’ original eight-season run from 1998 to 2006. When the sitcom’s famous foursome first reunited last September for a video to encourage viewers to vote in the 2016 presidential election, the biggest bombshell came with Karen’s choice of candidate.

“She’s a Trump supporter on paper,” Mullally tells Et over the phone from her home in Los Angeles. The political tone of the PSA, which served as a precursor
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The Shape Of Water Named Best Picture by Dallas Critics

It's that time of year when we look back and celebrate the best films and, as a proud member of the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association, I'm glad to say that Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water has named 2017's Best Picture. Our group consists of 34 broadcast, print and online journalists from North Texas. (official site"Official site.) Listed below are all our picks, in order of votes received. Best Picture Winner: The Shape Of Water Runners-up: The Post; Lady Bird; Call Me By Your Name; Get Out; Dunkirk; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; I, Tonya; The Florida Project; Darkest Hour Best Actor Winner: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour Runners-up: James Franco, The Disaster Artist; Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread; Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your...

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Alison Brie Explains Why 'Glow' Nude Scenes Were 'Freeing and Empowering' for Her

Alison Brie Explains Why 'Glow' Nude Scenes Were 'Freeing and Empowering' for Her
Alison Brie was very pleased with how her nude scenes in Glow were handled.

The 34-year-old actress is featured in Net-a-porter’s weekly digital magazine, The Edit, and says that she took no issue with stripping down for some of the steamier scenes on the Netflix show.

"Very early on in auditioning it was a case of, ‘Don’t come to any more auditions unless you’re comfortable with nudity, because it is a part of the show.’ It was a deal-breaker, for sure," Brie recalls. "At that time, I just wanted to be on the show so much that I really didn’t care. It was important that the show be a realistic portrayal of life in the way people live and the way they have sex. And also that our show be about every aspect of women’s bodies, and women not being ashamed of their bodies."

She notes, "We’re not being
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Awards Spotlight: IndieWire Celebrates the Year’s Best Films With the Women of ‘Lady Bird,’ James Franco, and More

Awards Spotlight: IndieWire Celebrates the Year’s Best Films With the Women of ‘Lady Bird,’ James Franco, and More
Today, we launch Indiewire’s annual IndieWire Awards Season Spotlight series, presented by Xfinity. We’ve recognized many of the great films produced in 2017 across two dozen candid video interviews. The IndieWire team talked to a fantastic range of talent, including Golden Globes and SAG nominees Gary Oldman and Saorise Ronan, Gotham Awards winners James Franco and Timothee Chalamet, and Globes-nominated filmmakers Angelina Jolie and Guillermo Del Toro. Over the next month, we’ll unveil them all.

Read More:Sofia Coppola on the Dangerous Femininity of ‘The Beguiled’: Awards Season Spotlight Profile

In addition to our sponsors at Xfinity, major thanks to our production team who include Adrien Fulle and Holly Dillon from the Variety Content Studio, IndieWire Awards editor Anne Thompson, and Nikki Ganz and Jackson Stahl from Nik & Jax Productions.

Read More:Jason Mitchell on the Extreme Empathy of ‘Mudbound’: Awards Season Spotlight Profile

The full
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Test audiences for The Disaster Artist refused to believe the film was based on a true story

Oh hi readers. Did you know that test audiences for James Franco’s The Disaster Artist refused to believe that the film was based on a true story? In an interview with SlashFilm, The Disaster Artist co-screenwriter Scott Neustadter reveals that some test audience members thought the films story was entirely fictional:

“It’s funny, because when we were testing this movie initially with an audience of people, the one thing that they said at the end, which we couldn’t believe, was that they didn’t think any of this was true. Even though it says, ‘Based on a True Story,’ they just thought it was another Franco/Rogen [project], making something up and a funny character they were doing. The side-by-sides — some people still watch this movie and cannot believe, until the side-by-sides, that there is footage out there like what we shot. So that’s something that I think we,
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James Franco nails recreated The Room scenes in side-by-side video!

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So we reported earlier that James Franco filmed almost 30 minutes of recreated The Room footage for his film, The Disaster Artist. That's quite an impressive feat - made even more impressive when you consider most of it doesn't seem to have actually made it into the final cut. It's also really, really, eerily accurate - almost frame perfect. You can see at least some of the... Read More...
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Seth Rogen Says James Franco’s Method Acting And Directing On ‘The Disaster Artist’ Was ‘Weird’

Seth Rogen and best friend James Franco have teamed up for another film together, this time Franco starred and sat in the director’s chair for the biopic “The Disaster Artist”. But in an interview with Seth Meyers on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” Rogen, 35, revealed some of Franco’s methods of acting, and directing, were […]
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Owen Gleiberman’s 10 Best Films of 2017

Owen Gleiberman’s 10 Best Films of 2017
Earlier this year, as winter was doing its slow fade, something happened in the world of movies you don’t see too often: A film arrived out of nowhere to become a fast-break phenomenon, lionized by critics and flocked to by audiences. I’m talking about Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” (#2 on my 10 Best list), which was made on a tiny budget ($4.5 million!) but became, virtually overnight, a seismic pop-cultural event.

For a moment or two, a movie owned not just the multiplexes but the conversation. It was thrilled to, talked about, granted the hot-potato status of a sociological wake-up call. For a moment, the concept of “niche culture” felt like it was being left in the dust. Something similar happened six months later, in the middle of the summer, when Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” (which didn’t make my list — to me, it was an awesome spectacle but too remote) rode a veritable tidal wave of
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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri leads SAG nominations by Jennie Kermode - 2017-12-13 18:15:22

Front runner Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The Screen Actors' Guild (SAG) has announced its nominations for this season's awards, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has made a big impression with four nominations in three categories. Get Out and The Shape Of Water also have multiple nominations, building on their promise in the Golden Globes, despite being seen as outsiders before the season began.

The winners will be announced on 21 January.

The film award nominations in full:-

Best Ensemble Performance

The Big Sick Get Out Lady Bird Mudbound Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Actress

Judi Dench, Victoria And Abdul Sally Hawkins, The Shape Of Water Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Margot Robbie, I, Tonya Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Best Actor

Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name James Franco, The Disaster Artist Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour Denzel Washington, Roman J Israel, Esq

Best Supporting Actor

Steve Carell,
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'Three Billboards' & 'Lady Bird' Lead the 2018 SAG Awards Nominations

The nominees for the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards have been announced today, putting awards season in full swing before along with the Global Globe nominations earlier this week. The Screen Actors Guild Awards are unique in that it's the actors themselves choose the best performances from amongst their peers. Last year's big winners were Mahershala Ali for Moonlight and Emma Stone for La La Land, both of whom deserved the glory. This year they've selected another exceptional set of notable performers - from films including Get Out, The Disaster Artist, Darkest Hour, The Florida Project, Call Me by Your Name, and I Tonya. Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri and Lady Bird are the top nominees. I'm very happy with all this, especially Sally Hawkins and Timothee Chalamet, the two best performances of the year. Here's the full list of film nominees for the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards
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Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2017: ‘Lady Bird’ Wins Big, but ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Has Strong Showing as Well

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2017: ‘Lady Bird’ Wins Big, but ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Has Strong Showing as Well
Lady Bird” won big at the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards last night, taking home Best Picture, Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan), Best Supporting Actress (Laurie Metcalf), and Most Promising Filmmaker (Greta Gerwig) from the Windy City. “Call Me by Your Name” had a strong showing as well, picking up prizes for Best Actor (Timothée Chalamet, who also won Most Promising Performer) and Best Supporting Screenplay.

Christopher Dunkirk was named Best Director for his work on “Dunkirk,” with Willem Dafoe of “The Florida Project” winning yet another Best Supporting Actor laurel and Jordan Peele being honored with Best Original Screenplay for “Get Out.” Full list of winners below.

Read More:2017 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards: ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Wins Both Best Picture and Best Actor

Best Picture

Call Me By Your Name

Dunkirk

Lady Bird

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director

Guillermo Del Toro
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SAG Film Nominations Snubs and Surprises: ‘The Big Sick’ Gets Its Due, but What Happened to ‘The Post’?

SAG Film Nominations Snubs and Surprises: ‘The Big Sick’ Gets Its Due, but What Happened to ‘The Post’?
On Monday night, “The Big Sick” team might have thought all those months of relentless awards campaigning were a waste. A Norman Lear-hosted post-screening party became an inadvertent wake for a disappointed Holly Hunter, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily B. Gordon, and filmmaker Michael Showalter after the morning’s total snub by the Golden Globes.

Little more than 24 hours later, they have real reason to celebrate. The Amazon/Lionsgate comedy landed Film Ensemble and Supporting Actress nods from the SAG nominating committee — and that’s way more significant and predictive of ultimate Oscar support.

However, the shocker of the morning was Steven Spielberg’s supposedly powerful journalism valentine “The Post” was not only missing in action for Ensemble, but missing altogether: no Meryl Streep, no Tom Hanks. One explanation is that by breaking after Thanksgiving, both “The Post” and also-shunned “Phantom Thread” (no Daniel Day-Lewis!) weren’t seen by enough of the 2,500-member SAG nominating committee,
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SAG Film Nominations Snubs and Surprises: ‘The Big Sick’ Gets Its Due, but What Happened to ‘The Post’?

SAG Film Nominations Snubs and Surprises: ‘The Big Sick’ Gets Its Due, but What Happened to ‘The Post’?
On Monday night, “The Big Sick” team might have thought all those months of relentless awards campaigning were a waste. A Norman Lear-hosted post-screening party became an inadvertent wake for a disappointed Holly Hunter, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily B. Gordon, and filmmaker Michael Showalter after the morning’s total snub by the Golden Globes.

Little more than 24 hours later, they have real reason to celebrate. The Amazon/Lionsgate comedy landed Film Ensemble and Supporting Actress nods from the SAG nominating committee — and that’s way more significant and predictive of ultimate Oscar support.

However, the shocker of the morning was Steven Spielberg’s supposedly powerful journalism valentine “The Post” was not only missing in action for Ensemble, but missing altogether: no Meryl Streep, no Tom Hanks. One explanation is that by breaking after Thanksgiving, both “The Post” and also-shunned “Phantom Thread” (no Daniel Day-Lewis!) weren’t seen by enough of the 2,500-member SAG nominating committee,
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Watch Judd Apatow Talk Meeting Bruce Springsteen on 'Fallon'

Watch Judd Apatow Talk Meeting Bruce Springsteen on 'Fallon'
Longtime Bruce Springsteen fan Judd Apatow talked about his one interaction with the rock legend on Tuesday's Tonight Show.

Apatow, in New York to promote his new Netflix comedy special as well as catch Springsteen's Broadway residency, told Jimmy Fallon, "I've only met him once before, which was in 1991, Garry Shandling hosted the Grammys and I was writing for him, and I said to Garry, 'We're taking a picture with Bruce Springsteen because you're the host and you're allowed to do that.'"

Apatow previously posted the photo with Springsteen
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Watch Judd Apatow Talk Meeting Bruce Springsteen on 'Fallon'

Watch Judd Apatow Talk Meeting Bruce Springsteen on 'Fallon'
Longtime Bruce Springsteen fan Judd Apatow talked about his one interaction with the rock legend on Tuesday's Tonight Show.

Apatow, in New York to promote his new Netflix comedy special as well as catch Springsteen's Broadway residency, told Jimmy Fallon, "I've only met him once before, which was in 1991, Garry Shandling hosted the Grammys and I was writing for him, and I said to Garry, 'We're taking a picture with Bruce Springsteen because you're the host and you're allowed to do that.'"

Apatow previously posted the photo with Springsteen
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Training Margot Robbie to Be ‘I, Tonya’: Skating Choreographer Sarah Kawahara Tells All

Training Margot Robbie to Be ‘I, Tonya’: Skating Choreographer Sarah Kawahara Tells All
Portraying Tonya Harding required Margot Robbie to find empathy for a villianized woman, to balance comedy and pathos — and, to believably land a triple axel, the move that made Harding famous before she was infamous. However, Robbie was raised in Dalby, Australia, a coastal town where temperatures rarely go below freezing.

Now the Neon/30 West release is a specialty hit, and Robbie has become a Golden Globe and SAG Award nominee with a litany of gravity-defying onscreen spins. Credit for that transformation goes to choreographer and former Ice Capades skater Sarah Kawahara, who also served as onetime choreographer for Harding’s nemesis, Nancy Kerrigan.

Kawahara’s choreography subjects include Peggy Fleming, the 2002 Olympics opening ceremony, and Will Ferrell in “Blades of Glory.” She said the 1994 attack on Kerrigan had a huge impact on her career. “It changed the face of skating,” she told IndieWire in a recent phone interview. “All
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Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations: ‘Three Billboards’ Dominates, ‘The Post’ Shut Out

Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations: ‘Three Billboards’ Dominates, ‘The Post’ Shut Out
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh’s blood-soaked revenge thriller, dominated the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations on Wednesday, picking up a leading four nods. The film was recognized for its ensemble acting, while the performances of stars Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, and Woody Harrelson were all singled out. “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig’s tender coming-of-age comedy, was close behind with three nods, including nominations for best ensemble, and a best actress and best supporting actress nomination for Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf, respectively.

Both of those films have been major forces in this fall’s awards race. However, Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” thought to be a contender, was shut out, with stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks failing to make the cut.

In addition to “Lady Bird” and “Three Billboards,” the other films recognized for their ensemble were “The Big Sick,” “Get Out,” and “Mudbound.” “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro’s monster
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Surprises highlight the Screen Actors Guild nominations

Moments ago, the Screen Actors Guild nominations for 2017 were announced, and boy did they contain some surprises. SAG hit on a fair number of the expected contenders, but they went in notably different directions as well, including a few huge snubs. Being the first of the Guilds to announce, that’s important. Their tastes will be what to watch. So, seeing Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri do so well is worth paying attention to, along with how Get Out was embraced. SAG is just one Guild, but they’ve now set the tone. It’s going to be fascinating to see where the race goes from here. Things are getting really exciting… Below, you’ll be able to see all of the nominees, but just know that things were led at SAG by Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Also doing very well was Lady Bird, potentially setting up a big fight to the finish there,
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