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Box Office: ‘Frozen 2’ Earns $8.5 Million on Thursday Night

Box Office: ‘Frozen 2’ Earns $8.5 Million on Thursday Night
Disney’s “Frozen II” opened with an impressive $8.5 million at North American locations on Thursday night.

It’s the biggest preview number since “Joker” took in $13.3 million on Oct. 3.

Sony’s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” earned $900,000 from Thursday shows starting at 4:30 p.m., in 2,865 locations, while STX’s thriller “21 Bridges” scored $700,000 from Thursday previews.

“Frozen II” is expected to dominate moviegoing this weekend with forecasts in the $100 million range at 4,400 domestic sites. The original “Frozen” was a smash hit as the highest-grossing animated movie ever, raking in $400 million in North America and $1.28 billion worldwide in 2013.
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Netflix Adds Aardman’s ‘A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’ to Animation Slate — Exclusive

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Netflix Adds Aardman’s ‘A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’ to Animation Slate — Exclusive
Netflix has picked up U.S., Canadian, and Latin American rights to Aardman’s latest stop-motion feature, “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon,” the sci-fi/comedy sequel to the Oscar-nominated “Shaun the Sheep Movie.” Co-directed by Aardman animators Richard Phelan and Will Becher, and revolving around a martian toddler, “Farmageddon” will stream in early 2020; Netflix will support an Oscar-qualifying theatrical run next season.

This bolsters Netflix’s ambitious slate of nearly a dozen animated features, coming on the heels of this month’s initial two, Oscar-buzzy, releases: “Klaus,” the charming Santa origin story with innovative 2D, and “I Lost My Body,” the acclaimed French existential mystery about a severed hand that’s the most original animated feature of the season. After only two years, Netflix has quickly established itself as a viable alternative to the Hollywood studios and a direct competitor to indies GKids and Sony Pictures Classics.

Led by Melissa Cobb,
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Charlize Theron Details Shocking 'Bombshell' Financial Fallout and How She Recovered

Charlize Theron Details Shocking 'Bombshell' Financial Fallout and How She Recovered
Charlize Theron pulls double duty as producer and portraying former Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Jay Roach's Bombshell, centering on the sexual harassment scandal at the hands of Fox News founder Roger Ailes, also starring Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie. But when it was two weeks out from shooting, Theron received the news that Annapurna Studios dropped out of producing the film.

"A lot of the miracle of getting a movie made is having everybody available, and on this film, we aimed really high and had a lot of actors who are very, very busy and so ...
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Jesse Plemons Joins Benedict Cumberbatch in Jane Campion’s ‘Power of the Dog’ (Exclusive)

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Jesse Plemons Joins Benedict Cumberbatch in Jane Campion’s ‘Power of the Dog’ (Exclusive)
Jesse Plemons is set to co-star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst in Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog.”

Plemons is replacing Paul Dano, who was forced to drop out of the movie due to scheduling conflicts with “The Batman,” for which Dano was recently tapped to play the Riddler. Sources say Netflix and Dano’s team tried to work it out but in the end, the scheduling issues were too difficult to overcome.

Netflix acquired the pic this summer from See-Saw Films’ in-house sales arm, Cross City Films. Variety first reported on the project in May and Cross City Films launched sales at the Cannes Film Festival.

Netflix will release the movie in 2021 on the streaming platform and in theaters. Transmission Films will be releasing it theatrically in Australia and New Zealand. The deal excludes United Kingdom TV rights, which are retained by BBC Films.

Campion directed the movie,
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‘Uncut Gems’ & ‘The Lighthouse’ Top 2020 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

‘Uncut Gems’ & ‘The Lighthouse’ Top 2020 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations
Film Independent announced the 2020 Independent Spirit Awards nominations on Thursday morning and the bigger winner was A24 Films. The indie distributor earned two Best Feature nominees with “The Farewell” and “Uncut Gems” while the later and “The Lighthouse” took five nominations each. Amazon Studios’Honey Boy” and Music Box Films’ under the radar “Give Me Liberty” earned four nominations each.
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Carrie Coon Has Become One Helluva Voice Actor, and It Wasn’t as Easy as She Makes It Sound

Carrie Coon Has Become One Helluva Voice Actor, and It Wasn’t as Easy as She Makes It Sound
When Carrie Coon signed on to star in the scripted podcast “Motherhacker,” she didn’t know exactly what would happen next. She’d taped podcasts before, but her interests skewed toward nonfiction and political series — now, she was the lead of a Gimlet original series, and while that came with its own challenges, Coon also came down with a nasty case of strep throat right before recording.

“There was very little preparation,” Coon said in an interview with IndieWire. “I had the script. I had the dates. I have a toddler, so I did not have time to prepare — that’s just not part of my life right now, preparation. I was really just thinking, ‘Ok, I’m going to go in the studio for six hours, we’re going to record these scripts straight through, and knock them out in three days.’ It just sounded very straightforward.”

Well, it wasn’t.
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Rian Johnson Says ‘It’s a Tragedy’ That ‘Knives Out’ Has a Wider Release Than ‘The Irishman’

On November 27, Lionsgate will release writer-director Rian Johnson’s timely whodunit crowdpleaser “Knives Out” with a wide theatrical release, just in time for Thanksgiving. With his first project after the hulking blockbuster of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Johnson remains a fierce proponent of the theatrical experience.

“This movie is manufactured to be seen with a big crowd — everyone laughing and involved with it,” he said during an interview with IndieWire in New York this week. “It’s going to be totally different than seeing it home alone.”

And as cinephile, Johnson bemoaned the contrast between the scale of his movie’s release and significantly smaller one for Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” which is currently playing several hundred theaters — those willing to play ball with a shorter theatrical window — around the country before Netflix puts the movie on its platform on November 27, the same day that “Knives Out” opens nationwide.
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All the New and Returning 2019-2020 Midseason TV Shows

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The television season never really ends, it merely pivots to the nearest oncoming wave of brand new content. With that in mind, here’s a look ahead at the new and returning shows scheduled to debut during midseason 2019-2020. (This list will be updated as more networks announce their lineups.)

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Box Office: ‘Frozen 2’ Nabs $18.6 Million in Early International Launches

Disney’s “Frozen 2” is starting to generate heat internationally with $18.6 million in 26 markets.

The sequel opened on Wednesday in first place in all overseas markets and posted the highest animated opening day of all time in South Korea, Indonesia, Turkey, Philippines, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and UAE.

The debut day in France was the biggest ever for a Disney Animation title. “Frozen 2” posted the second-highest opening day for an animated title in Belgium and the third-highest for an animated pic in Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore and Thailand.

“Frozen 2” opens in 10 more markets on Friday, including China, Japan, Mexico, U.K. and Spain. Disney said “early reads” for China indicate an opening day of $11.4 million, which will represent the highest Disney Animation/Pixar opening day ever.

“Frozen 2″ opened with an impressive $8.5 million at North American locations on Thursday night and is expected to dominate moviegoing this weekend, with forecasts in the $100 million range at 4,400 domestic sites.
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‘Black Adam’ Will Introduce the Justice Society of America, According to Dwayne Johnson

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‘Black Adam’ Will Introduce the Justice Society of America, According to Dwayne Johnson
After years in development, Black Adam is finally happening, with Dwayne Johnson set to play the supervillain/anti-hero and enemy to Shazam. Jaume Collet-Serra is directing the film, which is due out in 2021. And while filming hasn’t begun yet – Johnson recently said he hasn’t even done a costume fitting yet – we now have a new piece […]

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‘Apollo 11’ Returning to Imax Theaters (Exclusive)

‘Apollo 11’ Returning to Imax Theaters (Exclusive)
Apollo 11” will return to Imax theaters for a one-week engagement, Variety has learned.

The move comes as the documentary about the 1969 Nasa mission to put the first men on the moon is gearing up for a heated awards season. “Apollo 11” is seen as one of the major contenders for the best documentary prize at this year’s Academy Awards, but it faces competition from the likes of “The Cave,” a gripping look at the war in Syria, and “American Factory,” the story of the culture clashes that ensue when a Chinese company sets up operations in Middle America.

Neon, the indie studio that partnered with CNN Films on “Apollo 11,” will re-release the movie on Dec. 6. It originally opened in Imax on March 1 and went on to gross $16.3 million globally, to become the top-earning non-fiction film of the year. Neon has another documentary in the awards hunt in “The Biggest Little Farm,
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Filmmaker Michael Mann Raves About ‘Joker,’ Calling It “Brilliant” & “Authentic”

As we approach the end of the year, and awards season becomes the only thing that Hollywood is concerned about, films that are on the verge of getting a ton of nominations begin having special screenings with superstar Q&A’s. And Warner Bros. seems to be pulling out all the stops to promote “Joker,” with recent screenings hosted by Michael Moore and now, filmmaker Scott Cooper.

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Charlie Kaufman Releasing Debut Novel About a Failed Film Critic – First Details

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Charlie Kaufman Releasing Debut Novel About a Failed Film Critic – First Details
It seemed inevitable Charlie Kaufman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” would publish a novel, and as announced by Entertainment Weekly, it’s aptly about a failed film critic. Kaufman’s latest sad sack is the protagonist of “Antkind,” which Random House acquired in 2012 and will release in May 2020. According to the publisher, it’s 720 pages, and described as a “mind-bending opus” — and why would you expect anything less from the man who penned “Being John Malkovich,” and wrote and directed “Synecdoche, New York”?

Here’s the synopsis from Random House: “B. Rosenberger Rosenberg, neurotic and under-appreciated film critic, stumbles upon a hitherto unseen film by an enigmatic outsider — a film he’s convinced will change his career trajectory and rock the world of cinema to its core. His hands on what is possibly the greatest movie ever made, a three-month-long stop-motion masterpiece that took its
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‘Cats’ Is Reportedly One Of The Most Expensive Films Of The Year

Say what you will about “Cats,” there’s no denying that Universal is really swinging for the fences with its upcoming holiday release. The musical about singing, dancing, anthropomorphic felines looks very…unique, and it has generated a ton of headlines (not all great) thanks to its two recent trailers. And if a new report is to be believed, it appears that Universal is hoping that all the hard work that has gone into the production is going to pay off with big box office totals.

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The Most Memorable Live TV Moments of the Decade

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On-demand viewing went from being an option at the dawn of 2010 to becoming the norm. With so many potential viewers going by their own personal schedules, that’s meant fewer chances to experience moments on TV that can galvanize those watching. But even with those dwindling numbers of instantaneous, must-watch events, there were still plenty of moments where live TV offered the possibility that anything could happen.

Many of these moments fall into the triple silos of sports, award shows, and politics. What’s maybe more interesting to track is how the lines between those blurred more than ever over the last 10 years, and how one live moment can represent a turning point in our culture.

Here are the 10 most memorable live TV moments of the decade, ranked:

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Randy Newman on Hitting the Romantic Notes of ‘Marriage Story’ (Exclusive Featurette)

Randy Newman on Hitting the Romantic Notes of ‘Marriage Story’ (Exclusive Featurette)
Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” opens with a seven-minute montage.

“I wanted a big, warm romantic score for the movie,” Baumbach says, of the music for his film about a couple whose marriage starts to unravel and their struggle through divorce.

“The picture begins with a seven-minute montage. It introduces themes that are such used throughout the picture and introduces each of the principal characters,” composer Randy Newman says. For the sound of Charlie (Adam Driver)’s theme, Newman says he uses a French horn. For Nicole (Scarlett Johansson), “hers was a piano because she was walking.”

The veteran composer explained that the music doesn’t change too much throughout the film: “It keeps playing variations on the love story.”

Baumbach, for his part, calls Newman an “incredible orchestrator.”

Marriage Story” has emerged as a leading awards contender, with predictions slotting it into the best picture, best director, best actor for Driver,
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‘Harley Quinn’ Review: DC Universe’s New Animated Series is Funny, Violent, and Very R-Rated

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Finally, here’s a good reason to watch DC Universe. The DC streaming service hasn’t exactly set the world on fire with its quality, and it made the most headlines when it canceled Swamp Thing almost immediately, even before the entire first season had streamed in full. On top of all that, rumors abound that the service’s […]

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Danny DeVito Approves of Colin Farrell Taking Over the Penguin for ‘The Batman’

Warner Bros. surprised comic book movie fans November 5 with the announcement Colin Farrell was joining the cast of Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” as the villainous Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin. The character was made famous on the big screen by Danny DeVito in Tim Burton’s 1992 superhero film “Batman Returns.” Robin Lord Taylor also memorably played the Penguin on Fox’s television drama “Gotham.” DeVito starred opposite Farrell in Burton’s live-action “Dumbo” earlier this year, so it’s not surprising the former Penguin is giving his enthusiastic blessing to the new Penguin.

“Colin’s a great actor,” DeVito recently told ScreenRant while promoting “Jumanji: The Next Level.” “He’s a good friend of mine. I’ve known him for many years and I think he’s going to do a great job as the Penguin. It’s going to be really interesting to see his take on it.”

Farrell was on
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Emperor Palpatine Was Not in Colin Trevorrow’s Version of ‘Rise of Skywalker’

One of the big questions regarding Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker—aside from “will it be good?”—is certainly how J.J. Abrams’ take on this story differs from Colin Trevorrow’s take on the same movie. Indeed, Trevorrow was the first filmmaker hired to tackle Star Wars 9, coming onboard way back in 2015 on the heels of launching Jurassic World. Trevorrow worked with his frequent collaborator Derek Connolly to write the script, but after a couple of years on the project, word surfaced that the script was in trouble in 2017, at which point Lucasfilm brought on …
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‘Titans’ Season 2 Finale Trailer Teases the Reveal of Brenton Thwaites as Nightwing

Season 2 of Titans comes to a close next Friday, and with it comes a big superhero reveal that fans have been waiting for: Brenton Thwaites stepping into the role of Nightwing in earnest! The season finale's trailer teases a big face-off between the newly arrived Nightwing and the imposing threat that is Deathstroke. It also features a great look at the super-team's costumes, but we've got even better shots of the supersuits thanks to a behind-the-scenes event put on by the creative team at DC Universe. The Season 2 finale of Titans
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