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Box Office: ‘Office Christmas Party’ Tops ‘Moana’ on Friday With $6.6 Million

10 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

Office Christmas Party” follows a group of workers who organize an epic party in a desperate attempt to prevent the no-fun CEO — played by Jennifer Aniston — from closing the Chicago branch. »

- Seth Kelley

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming 2’ Shoots Web Around Independence Day 2019; ‘Bad Boys 4’ Moves To Memorial Day

9 December 2016 5:05 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

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… »

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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

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming 2,’ ‘Bad Boys 4’ Get Release Dates

9 December 2016 5:47 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony has dated “Spider-Man: Homecoming 2” for July 5, 2019, and moved “Bad Boys 4” off that holiday weekend and forward to the start of Memorial Day weekend, on May 24, 2019.

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

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Ida Awards: ‘O.J.: Made In America’ Runs Off With Best Feature Prize

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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… »

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Why Jennifer Lawrence’s Butt-Scratching Incident Caused a Stir with Native Hawaiians

9 December 2016 5:20 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

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 »

- m34miller

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‘An Inconvenient Truth’ Sequel to Premiere at Sundance

9 December 2016 4:22 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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 GuggenheimLawrence Bender, Laurie David, Scott Z. Burns and Lesley Chilcott as executive producers. Also Read: Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth »

- Matt Pressberg

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Film Review: Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’

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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

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Exclusive: Madonna Talks 'Wild' 'Carpool Karaoke,' Gets Brutally Honest About Struggle to Succeed as a Woman

9 December 2016 5:25 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

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!"

While she had some suggestions for the Late Late Show segment, Madonna had no complaints about being presented Billboard's Woman of the Year Award.

"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.

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Lamar Jackson Wins the 2016 Heisman Trophy

21 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Lamar Jones has been named the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner, it was announced on Saturday. The quarterback from University of Louisville was among the five finalists attending the star-filled ceremony held in New York and airing live in Espn. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson was a clear front-runner in the days leading up the the 82nd annual Heisman Trophy Presentation, with Vegas bookies giving the quarterback 1/25 odds of winning. Also Read: NFL Star Victor Cruz Knocks Donald Trump Supporters After Racist Attack on Teammate's House The award was founded by the Downtown Athletic Club in 1935 to recognize “the most valuable college football player east of the Mississippi. »

- Debbie Emery

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Watch The ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Premiere Red Carpet Live Stream (Video)

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Star Wars” fans around the world can catch up with the stars of the franchise’s latest film, Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” via a live stream from Saturday night’s red carpet premiere at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre. The red carpet event, which is expected to feature appearances and interviews with several of the film’s headliners and other Hollywood luminaries, starts at 5 p.m. Pt, prior to the world premiere of the film. Several blocks of Hollywood Boulevard were shut down — and an X-Wing fighter was parked on the street — to prepare for the premiere. »

- Matt Pressberg

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‘Rogue One’ World Premiere – Watch the Red Carpet Live Stream

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney’s hotly-anticipated premiere of the “Star Wars” prequel, “Rogue One,” unravels tonight at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.

The long red carpet, which is expected to draw “Star Wars” cast members and Hollywood stars, has shut down two blocks of Hollywood Blvd near Vine.

You can watch right here beginning at 5pm Pt/8pm Et.

Starring Felicity Jones, the film is a prequel to George Lucas’ original film in the series, “Star Wars IV: A New Hope,” and follows the band of rebels that decides to steal plans for the Death Star.

It hits theaters next Friday, Dec. 16.


Related storiesRemote Controlled: Riz Ahmed on the Challenges of Filming 'The Night Of' and 'Rogue One'Star Wars X-Wing Blocks Hollywood Boulevard Ahead of 'Rogue One' PremiereDisney Schedules 'Rogue One' Release Date in China »

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‘Teen Vogue’ Blasts Donald Trump For Gaslighting America, Internet Goes Wild

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Some critics have claimed the media hasn’t done enough to hold Donald Trump’s feet to the fire, but “Teen Vogue” just brought the flames. In a blistering Saturday op-ed, writer Lauren Duca accused the president-elect of gaslighting America — manipulating people into doubting their own lucidness and memory by playing games with actual facts. “Trump won the Presidency by gas light,” Duca wrote. “His rise to power has awakened a force of bigotry by condoning and encouraging hatred, but also by normalizing deception. Civil rights are now on trial, though before we can fight to reassert the march toward equality, »

- Matt Pressberg

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Iffam: ‘Pandora’ Director Lets Audience Take Political Approach

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Park Jung-woo, director of disaster film “Pandora” says he now accepts that South Korean audiences will view his film through a political lens.

“At first, I wanted the audience to pay attention to the film’s core material, the lack of trust and the safety issue surrounding nuclear power plants, rather than focusing on the film’s parallels with the reality. So, I deleted a few scenes and lines that could have been understood as a parallel for a certain circumstance, or a particular person,” Park told Variety.

“But now I’ve come to see that people fear the nuclear power plants, not just because the plants are dangerous, but also because they all have experienced and realized that the government would not protect them. That’s why they’re taking the film politically, and I am grateful that they’re further expanding the discourse.”

The film was released in »

- Sonia Kil

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Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Make a Surprising Confession in New ‘Sherlock’ Trailer (Video)

2 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

After his star turn in “Doctor Strange,” Benedict Cumberbatch returns to the small screen New Year’s Day, when the fourth season of “Sherlock” premieres on PBS. And if a trailer released Saturday is any indication, he’s in for an emotional rollercoaster. Narrated by Toby Jones, who plays new villain Culverton Smith, the ominous teaser begins with a warning that “the roads we walk have demons’ beneath,” as Cumberbatch’s title character, Detective Sherlock Holmes, stares at a burning house, “and yours have been waiting for a very long time.” The trailer then cuts to scenes of a heavily perspiring Cumberbatch with various intense, »

- Matt Pressberg

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'Toni Erdmann,' Politics Dominate European Film Awards

2 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Toni Erdmann, Maren Ade's German comedy about the strained relationship between a father and his grown daughter, was the big winner of this year's European Film Awards, beating out I, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach's attack on British austerity politics.

But politics dominated the 29th EFAs, as Europe's leading filmmakers used the event to call for a unified front against the rise of nationalism and xenophobia across the continent.

Polish director Agnieszka Holland, chairwoman of the European Film Academy, which presents the awards, set the tone early on with a mock video of herself sitting at the President's desk in »

- Scott Roxborough

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Dwayne Johnson and Jimmy Fallon Surprise a Military Family: Watch the Emotional Reunion

2 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jimmy Fallon and Dwayne Johnson orchestrated an emotional reunion on Friday night’s show between “Tonight Show” producer Karina Kabalan, an army veteran, and her husband who serves as a master sergeant in the U.S. air force.

“I would love to give back to a military family that’s actually here in the audience,” Johnson told Fallon.

The two walked through the audience and to the studio’s control room where Kabalan was caught off guard. Johnson proceeded to list off facts about her life: “I heard that you met your husband when you were both deployed in Iraq. Your husband’s name is Todd. And he’s a master sergeant in the U.S. air force.”

Kabalan nodded and starting tearing up as she anticipated where the segment was going, until Johnson finally commanded, “Turn around and hug your husband.”

“Feeling overwhelming loved and appreciated by the Fallon Family! I »

- Seth Kelley

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