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Why Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ Is a Serious Oscar Contender

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Why Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ Is a Serious Oscar Contender
Count on the Telluride Film Festival to deliver a surprise or two. Going in, buzz on Joe Wright’s Winston Churchill drama “Darkest Hour” had already reached a dull roar — and folks were prepared to be impressed by Annette Bening in “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” and Angelina Jolie’s Cambodia movie, “First They Killed My Father.”

But the movie that is building momentum as it hits Toronto, the one that A24 yet again will take all the way to Best Picture contention that could win a few Oscars (as “Moonlight” did last year), is Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird.”

Read More:6 Things We Learned at Telluride, Including Oscar Chances for Greta Gerwig, Angelina Jolie, and Gary Oldman

Some people who like the movie well enough are saying it’s a small coming-of-age movie in an all-too-familiar high school setting.
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The Top 25 Box Office Blockbusters of the 21st Century

The Top 25 Box Office Blockbusters of the 21st Century
No subjective “best” list here, this one is based on stats. As the 21st century turns 16, we’ve got the 25 biggest-grossing domestic blockbusters to date.

Check the stunning list below, which is unlike any previous period in movie business history. (We’re using adjusted totals to account for changing ticket prices. Box Office Mojo’s top 200 all-time adjusted list is here.) Here’s what we learned by doing the numbers:

The 21st Century Has Delivered Many of the Biggest Hits in History

25 of the 100 all-time biggest-grossing films have come from the first 16 years of this century. 1984 to 2000, the era that perfected the modern blockbuster and mass release of movies, brought 17. So the 21st century has been an era of major hits.

But oddly, the first current-century films on the all-time-grossers list places #11: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” And “Avatar” is #14. (This is where adjusting becomes essential — unadjusted, the ten
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Star Trek: Discovery Recasts Klingon Amid Flurry of New Additions

Star Trek: Discovery Recasts Klingon Amid Flurry of New Additions
Kenneth Mitchell will soon go where… well, where plenty of men have gone before.

The Astronaut Wives Club survivor will return to outer space in the long-awaited Star Trek: Discovery as part of a recast announced by CBS All Access.

RelatedStar Trek: Discovery: Rainn Wilson to Play Intergalactic Criminal Harry Mudd

Mitchell, whose TV credits also include Jericho and Frequency, is set to play Kol, a commanding officer in the Klingon Empire. He thus replaces Shazad Latif (Penny Dreadful), who will now fill the role of Starfleet Lieutenant Tyler.

In addition, Discovery has added three more actors to
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Why Are We Compelled to Rank Movies in a Series with Each New Release?

It’s not enough to love films, we now must enumerate that love or hate relative to any similar films.

It has become a familiar ritual — the latest release in a franchise or a noted director’s canon spawns more than one site to run a “The Films of ___________, Ranked” article. We’ve done this dance with the Marvel movies since At Least 2012 when The Avengers came out, and no doubt someone is at this very moment preparing a ranking of the 14 previous films in the McU to accompany the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. Wonder Woman will likely spur on a ranking of all the DC Films, and we saw just in the past week where everyone stood on the existing Fast & Furious movies.

And yes, I got into the act with my own “The Films of Assistant Director Frank Capra III, Ranked.” Hopefully the point was made.

However
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Tyra Banks Replacing Nick Cannon as Host of America's Got Talent

Tyra Banks Replacing Nick Cannon as Host of America's Got Talent
Instead of looking for America’s Next Top Model, Tyra Banks will now be on the lookout for America’s next big Talent.

The former Antm host has been tapped to succeed Nick Cannon as host of America’s Got Talent. The announcement was made on Sunday by judge Howie Mandel, who took to Twitter to welcome Banks to the Agt family.

RelatedAmerican Idol Revival Eyed at… NBC!

Please welcome @TyraBanks to the @Nbcagt family! She's our new host. #TyraBanks #Agt pic.twitter.com/JFebSVqUqC

Howie Mandel (@howiemandel) March 12, 2017

Departing host Cannon had been with Agt since 2009. He previously
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The Voice Recap: Red-Hot and 'Blue'

The Voice Recap: Red-Hot and 'Blue'
In the odd Thursday episode of The Voice, Adam Levine decided to give himself a little time-out rather than risk getting his heart broken once again by a contestant rejecting his offer to join his team. And it was around that time that I started wondering if I didn’t need a time-out, too, since it seemed like, every singer or two, I had a new favorite. I mean, how fickle can one person be? Or does that happen to everybody who watches? (Reassurances welcome.)

RelatedMarch TV Premieres, Finales, Returns, Series Enders and More: Save the Dates

As for the
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The Voice Recap: Five Alive

The Voice Recap: Five Alive
We’re only on night two of The Voice’s Blind Auditions, and already, we’ve I’ve learned so much: You guys love Lauren Duski a lot, you love Michael Slezak even more (then again, he is not only a god but an impossible act to follow), and it’s unwise to play any drinking game that involves doing a shot every time Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s relationship is referenced and/or the couple canoodles.

RelatedMarch TV Premieres, Finales, Returns, Series Enders and More: Save the Dates

During Tuesday’s episode, we also learned the identities of
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Exclusive Lrm Interview: Keanu Reeves for John Wick: Chapter 2

Beware of the Baba Yaga.

The myth, the man and the legend of The Boogeyman returns in John Wick: Chapter 2.

Keanu Reeves return to play the legendary hitman from the surprise hit of 2014. He is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rom where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.

Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, John Leguizamo and Bridget Moynahan return for this sequel. The newcomers are Common, Riccardo Scamarcio and Ruby Rose. The movie is directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad.

Lrm had a sit-down interview with actor Keanu Reeves late last month to discuss the action, weapons training and working with his co-stars for the film.

John Wick: Chapter 2 is out in theaters today.

Read the interview transcript below.
See full article at LRM Online »

Alan Parker: 'Bugsy Malone' financier Rank was a "disgrace"

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Alan Parker: 'Bugsy Malone' financier Rank was a
Bugsy Malone and Evita director discussed his career during a Brussels European Film Forum masterclass.

Acclaimed UK director Alan Parker discussed his career during a masterclass at the European Film Forum in Brussels last Friday [Dec 2].

Parker was in typically lively form as he looked back over a career that saw him direct 14 features, many of which were box office hits. The veteran filmmaker confirmed that he is now fully retired, with no intention to direct any further films.

“It is really the most difficult thing in the world to get a film financed and it is a very debilitating thing to do it,” Parker said. “One of the reasons I stopped making films was because of that. I used to love the camaraderie of the film set, I used to love writing films but trying to get the money…”

Parker likened himself to the man near his home who sits by the cash machine begging. “He always
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Alan Parker: 'Bugsy Malone' financier Rank were a "disgrace"

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Alan Parker: 'Bugsy Malone' financier Rank were a
Bugsy Malone and Evita director discussed his career during a Brussels European Film Forum masterclass.

Acclaimed UK director Alan Parker discussed his career during a masterclass at the European Film Forum in Brussels last Friday [Dec 2].

Parker was in typically belligerent form as he looked back over a career that saw him direct 14 features, many of which were box office hits. The veteran filmmaker confirmed that he is now fully retired, with no intention to direct any further films.

“It is really the most difficult thing in the world to get a film financed and it is a very debilitating thing to do it,” Parker said. “One of the reasons I stopped making films was because of that. I used to love the camaraderie of the film set, I used to love writing films but trying to get the money…”

Parker likened himself to the man near his home who sits by the cash machine begging. “He always
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The 17 Most Original, Wild and Creative Celebrity Baby Names of 2016

The 17 Most Original, Wild and Creative Celebrity Baby Names of 2016
2016 was anything but normal, which actually makes the usual roundup of unique celebrity baby names somewhat comforting!

While Hollywood's affinity for "Reign" and "River" endured, there was no shortage of adorably unusual additions to the A-list baby name catalog.

Exclusive: Ciara Reveals She and Husband Russell Wilson Have Already Picked a Baby Name!

So as we say goodbye to another year, let's "Journey" back to remember just 17 of the most unique names that celebrities gave to their newborns in '16.

1. Dream Renée Kardashian - Blac Chyna & Rob Kardashian

The Kardashian-Jenner family already has a formidable roster of interesting baby names, so it's a little surprising that Rob & Chyna were able to top them all, even after bucking the "K" name trend. Still, we love the name Dream Renée, a perfect mix of interesting and classic -- with a middle name she shares with her mama!

2. York Banks Asla - Tyra Banks & Erik Asla

Simple and sophisticated, the supermodel's
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Let’s Rank Friends’ Best and Worst Thanksgiving Episodes

Thanksgiving is a time to spend with your family watching football and stuffing your face with turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. It could also be a time that you watch classic television shows focused on the holiday. One of the series that depicted Thanksgiving the greatest is the NBC sitcom Friends, which ran for ten glorious seasons from 1994-2004. Each year, the series would air a Thanksgiving episode with the entire gang feasting on anything from Funyuns to trifle accidentally made with beef. Sometimes, the gang would have a special guest, like in Season 8, when Brad Pitt guest starred as

Let’s Rank Friends’ Best and Worst Thanksgiving Episodes
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Miles Jupp webchat – your questions answered on comedy, class and Balamory

The comedian, actor and News Quiz host discussed bias at the BBC, his well-loved children’s television show, and the geography of Mozambique

2.19pm BST

Thanks very much for your questions. I think it's good that people throw in the odd snarky one - it makes it a bit more like real conversation! I'm sorry that I'm not Doctor Who or someone, but you know, there we are. Back to work everybody!

2.16pm BST

Gretsch83 asks:

You’re a fellow Edinburgh University alumnus of Gordon Brown, Pippa Middleton and Julius Nyerere. Out of these three, who would you say you are most similar to and why?

I've always thought of myself of a cross between Gordon Brown and Pippa Middleton, for reasons that are, I hope, extremely obvious.

2.14pm BST

ID6440291 asks:

What was the programme you were recording near Teddington Lock about three years ago? Did it ever see the light of day?
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Comic-Con 2016: Data Shows Which Films Got the Biggest Buzz

Comic-Con 2016: Data Shows Which Films Got the Biggest Buzz
According to the numbers, ensemble power catapulted DC’s “Suicide Squad” and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” past the usual assortment of films and television shows that stormed Comic-Con this year.

Each genre property invaded the San Diego Convention Center’s famed Hall H with its respective cast in tow, as names like Will Smith, Sophie Turner and Margot Robbie graced the stage to preview things to come on the big and small screen.

Other films that sparked included “Star Trek Beyond,” which kicked off the convention with a grand outdoor IMAX premiere punctuated with a dazzling light show and fireworks display; “Wonder Woman,” which debuted an exciting first trailer for screaming fans; and “Justice League,” presenting the full superhero lineup and a sizzle reel unique to the event.

On the television side, other series that drew online attention included USA’s “Mr. Robot,” currently in its second season; “American Gods,” as
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Comic-Con 2016: Data Shows Which Films Got the Biggest Buzz

Comic-Con 2016: Data Shows Which Films Got the Biggest Buzz
According to the numbers, ensemble power catapulted DC’s “Suicide Squad” and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” past the usual assortment of films and television shows that stormed Comic-Con this year.

Each genre property invaded the San Diego Convention Center’s famed Hall H with its respective cast in tow, as names like Will Smith, Sophie Turner and Margot Robbie graced the stage to preview things to come on the big and small screen.

Other films that sparked included “Star Trek Beyond,” which kicked off the convention with a grand outdoor IMAX premiere punctuated with a dazzling light show and fireworks display; “Wonder Woman,” which debuted an exciting first trailer for screaming fans; and “Justice League,” presenting the full superhero lineup and a sizzle reel unique to the event.

On the television side, other series that drew online attention included USA’s “Mr. Robot,” currently in its second season; “American Gods,
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ Trailer Builds Buzz for Thriller

Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ Trailer Builds Buzz for Thriller
Netflix continues to double down on original content, and the streaming service’s upcoming horror thriller “Stranger Things” blew up on social thanks to a creepy new trailer.

The trailer generated more than one million engagements across digital platforms, 1.5 million views on YouTube and 1.8 million views on Facebook this week, drawing comparisons to Spielberg and classic ‘80s science fiction thrillers.

HBO had a strong showing as well, with “Game of Thrones” generating 11.6 million engagements, thanks in part to one clip of a plot-twisting reveal earning a higher than average 1.8 million views on Facebook alone. Look for “Game of Thrones” to increase in the rankings as the season finale approaches on June 26.

Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar – TV measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar – TV, scroll to the bottom of the article.

Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – TV Broadcast Monday Jun 6, 2016 – Sunday Jun 12, 2016 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 America’s Got Talent 55,217 2 2 The Voice 13,778 3 3 Kitchen Nightmares 7,407 4 4 America’s Funniest Home Videos 2,434 5 6 Ninja Warrior 1,855 6 – This Old House 1,811 7 5 Empire 1,466 8 8 American Idol 1,454 9 – So You Think You Can Dance 1,025 10 9 The Simpsons 857 –

Cable/Streaming Monday Jun 6, 2016 – Sunday Jun 12, 2016 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 Dance Moms 12,755 2 2 Game of Thrones 11,606 3 6 Pretty Little Liars 7,771 4 5 Lip Sync Battle 7,496 5 3 Top Gear 6,999 6 – Key & Peele 6,420 7 7 Impact Wrestling 3,026 8 8 Jay Leno’s Garage 2,877 9 – Keeping Up with the Kardashians 2,781 10 9 Impractical Jokers 2,194 –

Late Night Monday Jun 6, 2016 – Sunday Jun 12, 2016 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 54,613 2 3 Jimmy Kimmel Live! 31,394 3 2 The Late Late Show With James Corden 29,218 4 4 Conan 17,677 5 – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 12,009 –

Trending Monday Jun 6, 2016 – Sunday Jun 12, 2016 Program Rating(000) % Change Sex and the City 135 +44,775% Stranger Things 1,301 +35,845% F*uck, That’s Delicious 161 +33,997%

Jason Klein is the Co-Founder and Co-ceo of ListenFirst Media, a data and analytics company providing insights for brands. ListenFirst aggregates data streams from a wide range of digital, social, and traditional marketing sources to help brands optimize business performance.

Methodology:

ListenFirst Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) for Television are a raw aggregate of daily engagements based on owned, earned and organic consumer behavior on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, Wikipedia and YouTube. These engagements encompass metrics pertaining to audience growth, page/profile views, page-level and post-level interactions, hashtag volume and Wikipedia page views for all television program pages (which provides a proxy for organic search volume).

Organic conversation volume is calculated based on the use of official hashtags, as well as those hashtags submitted directly from programmers and distributors. Only hashtags where conversation can be isolated to a specific television program are included in the rating.

The Variety weekly leaderboards for television represent the 7-day (Monday – Sunday) sum total of Dar – TV for all episodic programming, in and out of season, from the most popular programmers (Broadcast, Cable, & Streaming Services). Sports, live events, short-form content and other non-episodic programming are excluded from this ranking cohort but available to be rated directly by ListenFirst Media.

The Broadcast and Cable/Streaming Originals leaderboards each surface the respective top ten primetime programs. The Late Night leaderboard surfaces the top five late night / variety genre programs, from across the programming universe. Streaming Originals are considered primetime cable programming.

The Trending Leaderboard surfaces the three programs that tracked the largest relative growth in Dar – TV (from the previous 7-day measurement period), and are also in the top 25% based on absolute Dar – TV, from across the programming universe.

ListenFirst monitors the official digital account owned by the program on each aforementioned platform (except for Wikipedia, where the title-specific profile is considered official). Only the U.S. version of a program’s digital presence is monitored; for platforms that support regional profiles like Facebook, the “Global” profile is considered the U.S. profile. Only profiles that can be attributed to the specific program contribute to the rating (i.e. engagements that happen on the profile facebook.com/LouieFX are tracked, while engagements that happen on facebook.com/FX are not). For YouTube, in addition to any program-specific presence, content related to the program in question that originated on the parent company’s official YouTube channel is considered.

Note: Twitter data has been removed from Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) for Television as of 10/7/2014.

For other questions pertaining to methodology, contact ListenFirst Media.
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Latest ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Beats Bieber but Not Adele in Initial Audience

James Corden has another “Carpool Karaoke” hit on his hands.

Last week’s rendition, which featured not only Gwen Stefani, but surprise appearances by George Clooney and Julia Roberts as well, racked up more than 19 million views across Facebook and YouTube in its first four days.

While it may pale in comparison to his stint with Adele, which had been viewed more than 34 million times within its first four days of being on YouTube, the clip is pacing ahead of Corden’s ride with Justin Bieber (13 million after four days), and will likely displace the first-ever carpool clip as the second-most viewed of all time.

The Stefani installment was also good enough to put Corden into second place on this week’s Late Night Leaderboard ahead of Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien and Stephen Colbert.

Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar – TV measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook,
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‘Firewalker’ Blu-ray Review (101 Films)

Stars: Chuck Norris, Louis Gossett Jr., Melody Anderson, Will Sampson, Sonny Landham, John Rhys-Davies, Ian Abercrombie, Richard Lee-Sung | Written by Robert Gosnell | Directed by J. Lee Thompson

Looking back now – three decades later – it’s hard to believe that the idea of an archaeologist as The go-to film hero was, oftentimes, a guarantee to bring in the punters and create a big-money blockbuster movie! Indiana Jones, Romancing the Stone, King Solomon’s Mines, etc. all graced the big screen to varying degrees of success during the mid-80s; and yes, it was Spielberg’s film that reignited the genre but it took Cannon Films – the purveyors of low-budget, high-concept big screen bonanzas – to really put the fun into this now-buried treasure of a genre.

After hitting it big with King Solomon’s Mines, they milked the classic character for another big-budget (at least for Cannon) movie before the flash-in-the-pan adventurer genre faded.
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When Eight Bells Toll

This forgotten Alistair MacLean action thriller packs a rare starring role for the young Anthony Hopkins -- he's really good as secret agent Philip Calvert, battling gold thieves in the Scottish Isles. He's got a James Bond attitude in a more down-to-Earth adventure. When Eight Bells Toll Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1971 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 94 min. / Street Date March 8, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Anthony Hopkins, Robert Morley, Nathalie Delon, Jack Hawkins, Corin Redgrave, Ferdy Mayne, Wendy Allnutt, Maurice Roëves, Derek Bond, Leon Collins, Peter Arne, Oliver MacGreevy, Tom Chatto, Del Henney. Cinematography Arthur Ibbetson Film Editor John Shirley Original Music Angela Morley Written by Alistair MacLean from his novel Produced by Elliott Kastner Directed by Etienne Périer

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Producer Elliott Kastner stretched Alistair MacLean's brand of military action adventure to James Bond extremes in the expensive, very popular Where Eagles Dare of 1968. Several MacLean adaptations got underway,
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Friends Reunion: 8 Fun Facts Revealed During NBC's James Burrows Tribute

Friends Reunion: 8 Fun Facts Revealed During NBC's James Burrows Tribute
Even with “the funny one” stuck overseas, the chemistry between the stars of Friends was as potent as a cup of Central Perk coffee during NBC’s Must-See TV: An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows.

VideosFriends, Big Bang, Cheers Stars Join Forces for Cheeky James Burrows Tribute Skit — Watch

Ushered in by Matthew Perry via video, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer re-assembled Sunday — on a slightly different couch than we’re used to seeing them — to honor the legendary Burrows, who recently directed his 1,000th episode of television.

“We would do anything for Jim Burrows,
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