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Johnny Depp is a happy Oscar warrior - and still a winking devil
When it comes to winning an Oscar, campaigning often matters, as Eddie Redmayne proved last year, and now it looks like Johnny Depp is having fun on the hustings while chatting up "Black Mass." Through the years, Hollywooders have accepted the superstar being shy – or slyly elusive, take your pick – but now they're amazed at his sudden, welcome accessibility. Recently, Depp participated cheerfully in lots of Q&A screenings, media interviews (video and print), photo shoots and more. At a recent lunch bash at Craig's restaurant in West Hollywood, I got a chance to ask him some cheeky questions. Since this guy loves to portray winking devils, what's behind the jaunty wink of his Whitey Bulger in "Black Mass"? -Break- "Whitey is a guy who always knows he's got the upper hand -- either through intellect or gesture, aggressive body language or violence," he said. "He can always fuck with people, »
Thanksgiving TV Marathons: Binge on ‘Walking Dead,’ ‘Friends’ and More
Thanksgiving weekend is most notably a holiday reserved for amazing food, quality family time and, for some, manic Black Friday shopping, but it’s also an extended weekend during which many cherish the opportunity to relax. Indulge in our Thanksgiving TV marathon suggestions to maximize your holiday enjoyment this weekend.
“That ’70s Show”
IFC (Thursday, Nov. 26, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
Join Kelso, Fez, Donna and the rest of the eclectic gang in Red’s basement for a (literally) all-day marathon of “That 70’s Show.”
Syfy (Thursday, Nov. 26, 6:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
We all know that the secret recipe to a memorable Thanksgiving is delicious food, undercover agents, top-secret missions and sexy decoys.
TV Land (Thursday, Nov. 26, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
This Thanksgiving weekend you can count on the wisdom of motherly Mrs. Garrett to commemorate the trials and tribulations of your adolescence. »
- Alyssa Sage
Bona Film Group Profits Dip in Third Quarter
Revenues from its chain of theaters helped Chinese film studio Bona Film Group weather a weak quarter for its distribution activities.
The Nasdaq-listed Bona reported a 21% drop in revenues in the July-September quarter to $79 million. Net income dropped from $5.9 million in the equivalent period last year to $0.8 million.
The company’s top films in the quarter were “Bride Wars,” which earned $27.2 million (RMB173 million) at the box office, and “The Dead End,” which took $48 million (RMB305 million). Over the first nine months of the year, Bona claimed healthier box office revenues of RMB2.86 billion, for an 8.5% share of nationwide grosses.
The theaters business enjoyed a 55% increase in revenues – slightly ahead of nationwide box office growth – reaching $33.8 million in the period. The company owns and operates 30 theaters with 250 screens. In a conference call with financial analysts, Bona chairman and CEO Yu Dong said that it aims to expand to 100 theaters with »
- Patrick Frater
13 Black Friday Deals for the Entertainment Junkie
Movies The Criterion Collection 50% Off (Barnes & Noble) For the serious film buff, there is nothing better than a Criterion Collection DVD or Blu-Ray of modern and classic films, from Charlie Chaplin‘s “The Kid” to the Coens’ “Inside Llewyn Davis.” Barnes & Noble and Bn.com have their entire Criterion selection on sale for 50% off, and the sale should continue through Thanksgiving weekend. Amazon Deals Calendar $1.96+ (Amazon) As usual, Amazon will be rolling out deals on DVDs and Blu-Rays throughout the Thanksgiving weekend. From $1.96 for “The Goonies” to under $10 on everything from “Mad Max: Fury Road” and the entire first season. »
- Wrap Staff
‘Chi-Raq’ Star Angela Bassett on Chicago Gun Violence: ‘It’s Shameful’ (Video)
Spike Lee‘s controversial film “Chi-Raq” is set to arrive in theaters just as Chicago makes headlines for another horrifying shooting. “Chi-Raq,” a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes, is set against the backdrop of soaring gang violence in Chicago. The Amazon Studios release debuts on Dec. 4 in select theaters, and will then be available on Amazon Instant Video shortly thereafter. Lee’s satirical take on gun violence stars John Cusack, Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Samuel L. Jackson, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson and Angela Bassett. Also Read: 'Chi-Raq' Review: Spike Lee Spins Sexual »
- Anita Bennett
Disney Suffers Severe Cable Subscriber Losses
The Walt Disney Company has lost 7 million subscribers to its cable networks in the last two years, according to a regulatory filing posted by the company Wednesday. Among the networks posting losses is Espn, which at 92 million subscribers is down from the 95 million reported in 2013. Disney Channel, Disney Xd and ABC Family, all Disney-owned, each had 4-5 million lost subscribers over the two year period, according to the company’s annual 10K report. Also Read: Will Pixar's 'The Good Dinosaur' Gobble Up Thanksgiving Box Office? The revelation of subscriber loss comes months after Disney CEO Bob Iger inadvertently sparked a. »
- Daniel Holloway
The scariest movie on Netflix is this terrifying documentary
Have you watched "The Nightmare" on Netflix yet? As in, all of it? If the answer is "yes," you are a hardier mortal than I. Maybe it's because I live alone. Maybe it's because I've only tried watching it at night, with the lights out. Maybe it's because I've experienced the utter horror of sleep paralysis on more than one occasion and fear that watching the movie all the way through will somehow trigger it again. But whatever the reason, I haven't been able to finish "The Nightmare" yet. I have tried four times. I'm writing as someone who yawned through all three "Insidious" movies. I'm writing as someone who watched the excruciating "Martyrs" in a single sitting, no breaks. I'm writing as someone who has seen a lot -- a lot -- of horror films, and felt gripped by the hand of fear only a handful of times. But "The Nightmare" is different. »
- Chris Eggertsen
How the big ‘Jessica Jones’ Easter eggs will impact the Marvel Universe
To Night Nurse or not to Night Nurse, and other gems from the series. Eric Eisenberg and Roth Cornet look at the biggest “Jessica Jones” Easter eggs and how they will impact the larger Marvel Universe both on television and in the films. Take a look in the player above or the full show below and chat with us here or on Twitter. Roth: @RothCornet Eric: @EricEisenberg »
- Roth Cornet
Oscar predictions smackdown: Sasha Stone vs Tom O'Neil (podcast)'
Now that we've seen "The Revenant" and all other top Oscar contenders except "Joy" and "The Hateful Eight," Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily) and I are ready to make some bold early picks. Leo DiCaprio seems to be out front for Best Actor, but beware: this derby is crazy and the horses are wild. Michael Fassbender ("Steve Jobs"), Johnny Depp ("Black Mass"), Eddie Redmayne ("The Danish Girl") and others are still in the chase. Or at least I think so. Sasha feels more strongly about her Leo pick. See Sasha's latest updated predix here. See mine here. See our predictions stacked side by side with 20 other Oscarologists here, then check out the rankings and odds generated with our experts' predix are combined. Below: Listen to Sasha and I schmooze the state of the top races. You can also check out the chat at Gold Derby's channel at Libsyn and at iTunes. Hit the "subscribe" button ther. »
‘The Danish Girl’ Star Alicia Vikander on Women’s Roles in Hollywood: ‘There Is a Change Happening’ (Video)
While plenty of women have chimed in on the issue of inequality in Hollywood and the gender pay gap, “The Danish Girl” star Alicia Vikander believes things are improving. “It is the reality; I’ve been extremely lucky,” Vikander told the audience at TheWrap’s screening of the film at the Landmark theater on Tuesday night. “I’ve played some really extraordinary, strong, female-layered roles. I think there is a change happening, I’ve seen it.” The first time she was made aware of the problem was when someone reminded her of the fact that she had done four films in which she was the. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Disney's Cable Channels See Steep Subscriber Losses
It was in August that Disney CEO Bob Iger warned that Espn suffered "some subscriber losses," but a regulatory filing late Wednesday indicates a fairly hefty number: 7 million subscribers in two years. Disney disclosed that its most profitable TV asset has 92 million subscribers, down from 95 million a year ago and down from 99 million the year before that. In fact, as Iger acknowledged in August — a revelation that sunk the stocks of the entire industry — Disney's cable TV channels in general have been losing subscribers for two years running, presumably as consumers cord-cut or
- Paul Bond
What We Want Out of 'Legends of Tomorrow'
“Legends of Tomorrow” finally has a trailer and we're getting a lead-up with the “Arrow”/”Flash” crossover event. Here, Eric Eisenberg and Roth Cornet talk about how “Legends of Tomorrow” can distinguish itself from its parent series’ and be a great show. Also, why hasn’t the “Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” lived up to box office expectations? Take a look in the player above or below and chat with us here or on Twitter. Roth: @RothCornet Eric: @EricEisenberg »
- Roth Cornet
NFL Commissioner Defends League After Frank Gifford Brain Disease Revelation
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell defended the league’s health and safety efforts Wednesday following the revelation that Hall of Famer Frank Gifford suffered from concussion-related brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (Cte). Gifford died earlier this year and his family announced the results earlier Wednesday of a test conducted on his brain after his death, which confirmed their suspicion that he suffered from Cte — a progressive degenerative brain disease often linked to concussions suffered by football players. “We appreciate the Gifford family’s desire to help the medical community understand more about Cte, and we are grateful for their support of the league’s efforts. »
- Daniel Holloway
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