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'12 Strong' & 'Den of Thieves' Outperform Expectations as 'Jumanji' Threepeats at #1

'12 Strong' & 'Den of Thieves' Outperform Expectations as 'Jumanji' Threepeats at #1
The weekend's new releases all outperformed expectations with both 12 Strong and Den of Thieves placing in the top three. However, neither was able to topple Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which topped the weekend box office for the third straight weekend and in the process passed Skyfall to become Sony's fifth-highest grossing film ever. Sony's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle delivered a chart-topping $20 million as the film's domestic cume climbs over $315 million. The film's international cume added another $32.6 million this weekend as its worldwide total now stands at $767.8 million, moving it into the top 80 all-time. In second place Warner Bros.'s release of 12 Strong narrowly edged out its new release competition finishing ahead of the $15 million the studio anticipated heading into the weekend, grossing an estimated $16.5 million. The film received an "A" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, which was made up of 55% males vs. 45% females and of that audience,
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PGA Awards: ‘The Shape Of Water’ Wins Outstanding Producer; ‘Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Tops In TV – Full Winners List

PGA Awards: ‘The Shape Of Water’ Wins Outstanding Producer; ‘Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Tops In TV – Full Winners List
Updated with final results: Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water solidified its status as an Oscar Best Picture frontrunner in a season where there are several, taking home the top honor at the 29th annual PGA Awards tonight at the Beverly Hilton. On the TV side, a pair of streaming series rookies — Amazon’s comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Hulu’s drama The Handmaid’s Tale — came away with marquee honors. Del Toro, who won the Best Director Golden Globe already…
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Sundance Scene and Heard: Black Eyed Peas, Issa Rae, Joaquin Phoenix and More (Photos)

Sundance Scene and Heard: Black Eyed Peas, Issa Rae, Joaquin Phoenix and More (Photos)
Ethan Hawke deserved to kick back after making the rounds for two films at Sundance Friday night, “Blaze,” which he wrote and directed, and “Juliet, Naked,” which he stars in. But Lena Waithe and Issa Rae did anything but that at Showtime’s party at the IMDb Studio for Waithe’s new series “The Chi.” How is Nic Cage so cool? Remember, he is a Coppola. Before a midnight screening of “Mandy,” on Friday night (Jan. 19), Cage and Kevin Smith held the early lead for one of the top shots of the festival so far. What are the Black Eyed Peas doing...
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‘Blindspotting’ Bidding War: Neon, The Orchard, CBS Films Chase Racial Drama

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‘Blindspotting’ Bidding War: Neon, The Orchard, CBS Films Chase Racial Drama
Three distributors – Neon, The Orchard and CBS Films – are aggressively courting the buzzy, race-themed Sundance drama “Blindspotting,” multiple individuals told TheWrap. MoviePass, the moviegoing subscription service that announced plans to acquire films at the festival, is also seeking a co-release with whoever ends up buying the film, one individual close to the negotiations said. Carlos Lopez Estrada directed the buddy story starring Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, who wrote the screenplay. The film tells the story of two friends in Oakland, facing probation, police violence and the pressure of hipster tech gentrification. The film opened the festival on Thursday...
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‘Jumanji’ Leads International Box Office, Hits $768 Million Worldwide

‘Jumanji’ Leads International Box Office, Hits $768 Million Worldwide
Solidifying its status as a worldwide hit, Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” has won the international box office for the fourth consecutive weekend with $32.6 million at 14,800 screens in 93 markets.

The action-comedy has hit $450 million internationally to go along with its $317 million domestic total. The global total has reached $767.8 million, making “Jumanji” 80th on the all-time worldwide list.

China delivered the top take for “Jumanji” with $7.7 million in its second weekend for a total of $65.8 million in that crucial market after two weeks — far better than Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” with only $40.6 million in three weeks. The U.K. is the second largest with $43.7 million, followed by Australia with $31.9 million.

A pair of international titles took the next two slots with “Secret Superstar,” the latest film vehicle for Indian superstar Aamir Khan, opening with $25.6 million in China. The film — a coming of age story about a teenage girl who wants to be a
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Bob Smith Dies: First Openly Gay Comic To Appear On ‘The Tonight Show’ Was 59

Bob Smith Dies: First Openly Gay Comic To Appear On ‘The Tonight Show’ Was 59
Bob Smith, the first openly gay comedian to score an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, has died after a long struggle with Als. His partner, Michael Zam, confirmed the death via a Facebook post. Smith also was the first openly gay man to star in his own HBO Comedy half-hour, which bowed in 1994, and he and made numerous other TV appearances. His collection of essays, Openly Bob, won the Lambda Literary Award for humor. His second collection,Way To Go…
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‘Get Out’ Producers Wanted Jordan Peele to Play TSA Agent Rod

‘Get Out’ Producers Wanted Jordan Peele to Play TSA Agent Rod
“Get Out” producer Sean McKittrick says he failed to convince writer-director Jordan Peele to take a pivotal role in his $250 million-grossing debut. “We tried to force him — not force him, but we tried to encourage him to play the part of Rod that was ultimately played by Lil Rel [Howery],” said McKittrick during a panel at the Producers Guild of America Nominees Breakfast on January 20.

Read More:Producers Guild Nominations Snubs and Surprises: ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘I, Tonya’ Make the Grade, ‘Phantom Thread’ Doesn’t

Peele, then best-known for his work on the Comedy Central series “Key and Peele,” declined, stipulating, “‘The moment the audience sees my face, they’re not going to take [the film] seriously,'” said McKittrick, a partner at QC Entertainment. “He knew from the get-go how to keep the tone, which was very thin-ice throughout, it could veer off at any moment.”

In the film, Tsa agent Rob rescues his
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Peter Dinklage on Why It’s ‘the Perfect Time’ to End ‘Game of Thrones’

Peter Dinklage on Why It’s ‘the Perfect Time’ to End ‘Game of Thrones’
Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage thinks the show is coming to an end at the perfect time.

“It’s time,” the actor said at Variety’s Sundance Film Festival studio. “Storywise, not just for all our lives. It’s the perfect time to end it. Sometimes shows stay on a little too long, the jumping-the-shark thing.”

Dinklage plays fan-favorite character Tyrion Lannister in the HBO mega-hit. Over the course of the show’s run, Tyrion has gone from simple Lannister royalty, to the Hand of the King for the reviled Joffrey Baratheon, to a patricidal fugitive, and now stands as the Hand of the Queen to Daenerys Targaryen. Dinklage added in the interview that it’s never easy saying goodbye to such a beloved character.

“It’s bittersweet when it’s time to move on with everything,” he said. “It’s always the sad part of our business, because you get pockets of great people for short
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Ben Stiller to Direct Jonah Hill in Adaptation of Sundance-Winning Documentary ‘We Live in Public’ — Sundance 2018

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Ben Stiller to Direct Jonah Hill in Adaptation of Sundance-Winning Documentary ‘We Live in Public’ — Sundance 2018
Ondi Timoner’s 2009 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary, “We Live in Public,” will become a feature film directed by Ben Stiller and starring Jonah Hill as Josh Harris, the dot-com millionaire who carried out a surveillance experiment with 150 residents at a Manhattan hotel amid Y2K panic.

Bold Films will finance the project, which Timoner will produce with Stiller’s Red Hour Films. Timoner announced the project during an interview at a January 20, Dell-sponsored panel, “Life After Sundance — Building a Career in Indie Filmmaking.”

Timoner also briefly discussed “Mapplethorpe,” her just-completed biopic of Robert Mapplethorpe with “The Crown” star Matt Smith in the lead. She said Sundance accepted the film for the 2018 festival, but it hit “a bump” that prevented its screening.

Read More: Portraying Chaos: Ondi Timoner’s “We Live In Public” (Sundance ’09)

Red Hour Films CEO Nicky Weinstock told IndieWire that “We Live In Public” will be penned
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Marc Munden To Helm ‘The Secret Garden’ For David Heyman & Studiocanal

Marc Munden To Helm ‘The Secret Garden’ For David Heyman & Studiocanal
Exclusive: Heyday Films and Studiocanal’s new take on the classic children’s novel The Secret Garden has found its director. Marc Munden will helm from a script penned by Jack Thorne. Shooting starts in the spring with Studiocanal fully financing. David Heyman will produce via his Heyday banner with the company’s Rosie Alison producing alongside him. The picture will be out to cast soon. Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 book, the story centers on Mary Lennox, a…
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Sundance: Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Nabs Debra Granik's 'Leave No Trace' (Exclusive)

Sundance: Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Nabs Debra Granik's 'Leave No Trace' (Exclusive)
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired all international rights to Debra Granik's Leave No Trace.

The film is a haunting father-daughter story featuring Ben Foster and newcomer Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, presented by Bron Creative and Topic Studios.

Based on Peter Rock's novel My Abandonment, the film revolves around a teenage girl (Harcourt McKenzie) and her father (Foster) who have lived undetected for years in Forest Park, a vast woods on the edge of Portland, Oregon. A chance encounter leads to their discovery and removal from the park and into the charge of a social service agency. They try to adapt...
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Puppy Movie ‘Pick of the Litter’ Sells to IFC’s Sundance Selects

Puppy Movie ‘Pick of the Litter’ Sells to IFC’s Sundance Selects
IFC FilmsSundance Selects label has acquired North American rights to Slamdance’s resident adorable film “Pick of the Litter.” The documentary was directed by Dana Nachman and Don Hardy, and follows a litter of puppies from birth as they train to become seeing eye dogs for the blind. “Everyone at IFC Films/Sundance Selects understands how dogs can change one’s life and this film epitomizes this,” Arianna Bocco, the unit’s head of acquisitions and production, said in a statement. “We are so excited to introduce these amazing animals to audiences.” Also Read: 'Tyrel': Race, Class and Bad Manners Collide in Showcase for Jason Mitchell Nachman’s...
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Charlize Theron, Jason Reitman & Diablo Cody Reteam ‘Tully’ Is Sundance Secret Screening

Charlize Theron, Jason Reitman & Diablo Cody Reteam ‘Tully’ Is Sundance Secret Screening
Exclusive: This year’s secret screening is director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody's Tully, a comedy which is their second collaboration with Charlize Theron after 2011’s Young Adult. The Focus Features release opens on April 20. In Tully, Theron plays Marlo, a mother of three including a newborn, who is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Hesitant to accept the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and…
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Jason Blum’s Advice To Burgeoning Producers At Sundance: ‘Don’t Worry About Your Movie Getting A Theatrical Release’

Jason Blum’s Advice To Burgeoning Producers At Sundance: ‘Don’t Worry About Your Movie Getting A Theatrical Release’
What a year it’s been for producer and Blumhouse boss Jason Blum. A year ago during Sundance, he had the top grossing title at the weekend box office, M. Night Shyamalan’s Split which with $40M marked the fifth best ever opening for January. And Blum also sneaked the world premiere of Get Out here at Sundance, which off $4.5M production cost reaped close to $255M and stands on the precipice of potential Oscar noms this Tuesday. This morning Blum was the keynote speaker at…
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Behind the Scenes at Sundance: a Star-Filled Women's Rally, Fun Sightings and More

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Behind the Scenes at Sundance: a Star-Filled Women's Rally, Fun Sightings and More
Another year, another fun-filled 10 days are happening at the Sundance Film Festival in snowy Park City, Utah — and People is there to capture all the behind-the-scenes action.

Celebrities like Dakota Fanning, Jane Fonda, Nicholas Cage and more are braving the frigid weather and flocking to the small town this weekend to interact with their biggest fans and hit up some of the festival’s hottest parties.

Thursday, Jan. 18

2:35 p.m.: Blythe Danner arrives in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she is greeted by a swarm of photographers and fans asking for autographs. “Why do I deserve all this attention?
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Denis Villeneuve (‘Blade Runner 2049’) and Luca Guadagnino (‘Call Me by Your Name’): Does BAFTA nom – DGA snub = Oscar nomination?

Denis Villeneuve (‘Blade Runner 2049’) and Luca Guadagnino (‘Call Me by Your Name’): Does BAFTA nom – DGA snub = Oscar nomination?
Filmmakers Denis Villeneuve (“Blade Runner 2049”) and Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me by Your Name”) were snubbed by the Directors Guild Awards, but both scored BAFTA bids. Since the British academy moved up its awards to precede the Oscars starting in 2000, five of its nominees for Best Director have made it in at the Academy Awards despite being left off the DGA roster. Can Villeneuve and Guadagnino do the same?

Back in 2000, Stephen Daldry was on the hunt for an Oscar for “Billy Elliot.” Things started out badly when he was snubbed by both the Golden Globes and the DGA. That year three directors contended at the Golden Globes, DGA Awards, and BAFTAs on their way to Oscar nominations: Ang Lee for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Ridley Scott for “Gladiator” and Steven Soderbergh for both “Erin Brockovich” and “Traffic.” With the fifth slot still up for grabs, English filmmaker Daldry scored
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2018 SAG Awards: Complete winners list in the 6 film and 9 TV categories

2018 SAG Awards: Complete winners list in the 6 film and 9 TV categories
The SAG Awards were handed out on Jan. 21, 2018, during a two-hour ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California hosted by Kristen Bell that airs live on both TBS and TNT beginning at 5:00 p.m. Pt/8:00 p.m. Et. This marked the 24th year that the Screen Actors Guild has awarded prizes in six film categories and nine TV races. Scroll down to see the full list of winners and contenders in every category.

The SAG Awards nominations for film and television were decided by two randomly selected panels of 2,500 members apiece drawn from the rolls of the merged Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists unions. The winners were decided by all 121,000 members of SAG-AFTRA.

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” leads among films with four nominations while “Lady Bird” has three. “The Big Sick,” “Get Out,” “Mudbound,” “I, Tonya,” and
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'Fake Tattoos' ('Les faux tatouages'): Film Review | Slamdance 2018

'Fake Tattoos' ('Les faux tatouages'): Film Review | Slamdance 2018
Punk rock boy meets punk rock girl in the pleasingly rough-around-the-edges Montreal indie Fake Tattoos (Les faux tatouages). The fiction feature from up-and-coming Quebec director Pascal Plante strings together largely familiar notes that hit their target without fail and is, on the surface, a sweet summer-fling-type romance, though there’s a darker undertow churning just underneath that the talented director slowly teases out and that acts as an amplifier of the film’s already quite significant emotional resonance.

The writer-director-editor, who earlier made the docu-fiction hybridThe Porn Generation, here shows a deft hand with his young professional actors and a straightforward but...
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PGA Award Winners Continue Call for Gender Equality, Diversity in Hollywood

PGA Award Winners Continue Call for Gender Equality, Diversity in Hollywood
Ryan Murphy admits that getting started in Hollywood in the late 1990s wasn’t easy.

“I was told not to follow my instinct--to be someone else,” he said at last night’s PGA Awards, where he was honored with the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.

“I was too weird. I was too odd. I was too unusual. My mannerisms and my voice were mocked by executives in notes meetings. It was painful to be discriminated against and not liked because of who I was and what I wanted to do, which was very simple. The only thing I wanted to do...
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Does CNN Have a Woman Problem? Network Lags Behind Fox News, MSNBC in On-Air Talent

CNN has significantly fewer women serving in visible on-air roles than either Fox News or MSNBC, according to an analysis of weekday programming by TheWrap. In fact, the Time Warner-owned network has half as many female solo anchors on weekdays as its cable news competitors — three compared to six each for Fox News and MSNBC — and none during the highly visible primetime hours from 8 p.m to 11 p.m. This contrasts sharply with MSNBC, which boasts primetime powerhouse Rachel Maddow, and Fox News, where conservative fire-breather Laura Ingraham basically replaced Megyn Kelly in Fox News’ lineup last fall. In total...
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