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How 'La La Land' Songwriting Duo Created Songs for P.T. Barnum Biopic 'Greatest Showman'

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La La Land's lyrics and the Tony Award for composing the Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are taking on the big top in the movie-musical P.T. Barnum biopic The Greatest Showman, out Dec. 20 from 20th Century Fox. In the songwriting contender race, the returning Oscar champs' 11 original songs in the film, from spectacular group numbers to empowering ballads, will face off against new numbers from Disney's Beauty and the Beast (by Alan Menken and Tim Rice), along with tunes from notable music industry crooners including Ryan Tedder »

- Ashley Lee

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What Disney Finally Gets Right with 'Coco'

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Over the last two decades, Pixar Animation Studios has been known for its groundbreaking advances in computer animation, as well as its filmmakers’ ability to create striking characters and worlds with which people instantly fall in love. This week, its newest film, Coco, breaks newer and similarly important ground, at least for itself if not the entire industry: Pixar is telling a story about non-white characters. Coco is not only set in Mexico, but is heavily steeped in the country’s cultural traditions, centering its story about Dia de los Muertos.

An effort to depict non-white characters shouldn’t seem so important »

- Josh Spiegel

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Brett Ratner Persona Non Grata at Regular L.A. Salon After Harassment Claims

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Serious allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct have cost Brett Ratner his luxe offices on the Warner Bros. lot as well as his producing deal on the next Wonder Woman movie (Gal Gadot reportedly threatened to pull out of the project if Ratner remained involved).

But now comes another banishment: Sources tell THR that Ratner is no longer welcome at Sally Hershberger, the hair salon on La Cienega in Beverly Hills, where the 48-year-old producer-director regularly had his locks groomed. Neither Ratner nor the salon would comment, but the good news for Ratner is that there's a Supercuts nearby on Olympic.

The Los Angeles Times has published multiple stories containing allegations from women accusing Ratner of sexual misconduct. 

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- Chris Gardner

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Box Office: 'Coco' Trots Past 'Justice League' With $13.2M Wednesday

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As the long Thanksgiving holiday got underway, Disney and Pixar's Coco danced its way past holdover Justice League on Wednesday with an opening-day gross of $13.2 million after nabbing an A+ CinemaScore.

Wednesday's haul included $2.3 million in Tuesday night previews. Coco is playing in 3,987 theaters in North America.

Justice League took in $10.5 million from 4,051 theaters for a domestic total of $122.4 million.

At this pace, Coco, about the popular Mexican holiday Day of the Dead, should have no trouble winning the turkey trot with a five-day debut north of $70 million.

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- Pamela McClintock

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The Marketing Mavens Behind Pennywise and the 'It' Red Balloon, 'Handmaid's Tale' Stunts and More

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Hollywood's marketing wars are fiercer than ever thanks to the proliferation of content. Movie studios still wage the richest campaigns — think $150 million or more for a tentpole — but television networks are stepping up their efforts to combat the likes of Netflix and Hulu, whose on-the-ground stunt for The Handmaid's Tale made global headlines. Warner Bros.' marketing machine, led by Sue Kroll, made a huge comeback in 2017 with Dunkirk and the horror blockbuster It. In regard to budgets, more is being spent on digital, but television ads remain a necessary evil. "Budgets have shifted to new platforms," »

- Pamela McClintock,Michael O'Connell

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'Maryline': Film Review

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For his 2013 feature debut, Me, Myself and Mum, actor Guillaume Gallienne crafted a clever autobiographical comedy where he starred as both himself and his domineering French mother. Best described as a “coming in” movie where, in a major third-act twist, the director revealed that he was actually hetero despite the assumptions of everyone around him, Mum made a sizeable splash at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and went on to win three Cesar awards, including Best Film.

In his follow-up effort, Maryline, Gallienne once again focuses on a sole performer: in this case fellow Comedie-Francaise thespian Adeline d’Hermy, who became »

- Jordan Mintzer

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Asia Pacific Screen Awards: Warwick Thornton's 'Sweet Country' Wins Top Prize

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Warwick Thornton's Sweet Country has won the best feature honor at the 11th annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSAs) at a ceremony in Brisbane, Australia on Thursday.

The win marks the second time that Thornton and an Australian film have won the top award at the APSAs, which cover 70 countries. Thornton’s debut feature, Samson and Delilah, won the best film award in 2009.

Sweet Country’s Apsa win also follows a special jury award for the period western at the Venice Film Festival in October and a win in the Platform section of Toronto International Film Festival in September.

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- Pip Bulbeck

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