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'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel Delivers $253 Million Global Debut

'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel Delivers $253 Million Global Debut
While still a solid weekend, the performances fell below Mojo's pre-weekend expectations almost across the board. Warner Bros.'s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the latest entry in the Fantastic Beasts franchise still topped the weekend as expected, but even it fell a bit below the studio's expectations, though not by as much as both Paramount's Instant Family and Fox's Widows, neither of which managed to break out among opening weekend audiences, but will hope to take advantage of the holiday weekend to come. The overall weekend, however, was an improvement over last weekend and while it fell short of the same weekend last year, which saw the debut of Justice League, the month is now pacing slightly ahead of last year's grosses, which saw the November box office top $1 billion for only the third time ever. At #1, Warner Bros.'s release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
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'Shrek Retold' Trailer: The Fairytale Gets a Remake By Over 200 Animators and Filmmakers

'Shrek Retold' Trailer: The Fairytale Gets a Remake By Over 200 Animators and Filmmakers
Not too long ago, we learned that the DreamWorks Animation hit Shrek would be getting some kind of reboot from Illumination Entertainment. But before that happens, a huge group of filmmakers and animators have collaborated to remake the entire original movie from scratch. Shrek Retold is a reimagining of the original Shrek with over 200 […]
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John Williams Composed the Score for Disney’s 'Star Wars' Parks

John Williams Composed the Score for Disney’s 'Star Wars' Parks
John Williams may be finished with Star Wars after next year’s untitled Episode IX, but he’s not done yet.

The legendary composer, who’s brought his musical stylings to the space-opera franchise for more than 40 years, is providing an original score for the Star Wars–themed land known as Galaxy’s Edge that will open at Disney's theme parks in 2019.
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2019 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations: ‘We the Animals’, ‘Eighth Grade’ and ‘First Reformed’ Lead the Pack

Awards season is officially in full swing as the folks at Film Independent have officially announced the nominations for the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards, honoring achievements in independent film for the year 2018. Jeremiah Zagar‘s film We the Animals led the indie pack with five total nominations. But coming in close behind are two wildly […]

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Governors Awards Red Carpet Scaled Back by Academy Due to Wildfires

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is choosing to “scale back” the red carpet at tonight’s Governors Awards due to the ongoing wildfires in California, which have led to at least 76 deaths. 1,200 people are listed as missing in the town of Paradise, and the conflagration is still only 55 percent contained.

“In light of the tragic wildfires burning through California, we have decided to scale back our red carpet at the Governors Awards this year, making it exclusively photos only,” an AMPAS spokesperson said in a statement. “The dinner and ceremony will continue in order to honor the achievements of these artists and filmmakers that are so deserving.”

Several red carpets were canceled at AFI Fest for the same reason, including the world premieres of “Bird Box” and “Mary Queen of Scots,” which closed the weeklong festival. Screenings of “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” “Destroyer,” and “Widows” likewise began without the usual fanfare.
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Tom Riley on ‘Dark Heart’ and How the ITV Drama Series Came About

The British TV crime drama Dark Heart (available to stream at BritBox) follows Di Will Wagstaffe (Tom Riley), a man haunted by his past who is devoted to his work while struggling with the unresolved murder of his parents. He solves some of the darkest and most horrific cases, all while his personal demons affect his relationships, whether it be with his sister Juliette (Charlotte Riley), his partner DC Josie Chancellor (Anjli Mohindra) or his on-and-off girlfriend Sylvie (Miranda Raison). During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, actor Tom Riley talked about how Dark Heart started …
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‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Dominates Overseas Box Office With $191 Million Launch

‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Dominates Overseas Box Office With $191 Million Launch
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” lead the foreign box office with a massive $191 million. The “Harry Potter” prequel series launched in North America with $62 million for a global weekend haul of $253 million.

The Wizarding World installment needs to do well overseas to justify its costly $200 million budget and make up for a potentially lackluster domestic performance. While its North American debut has stalled compared to its predecessor, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the follow-up has already seen a stronger showing from overseas markets.

“Crimes of Grindelwald” saw the best showing in China with $37.5 million from 20,000 screens. In the United Kingdom, it earned $16.3 million, followed by Germany with $12.8 million and Russia with $12.1 million.

“The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second entry in what Warner Bros. intends to be a five-film franchise from the mind of author J.K. Rowling. David Yates returned to direct the sequel, which stars Eddie Redmayne,
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Steve Carell’s Return to ‘Saturday Night Live’ Leaves Something to Be Desired

Steve Carell’s Return to ‘Saturday Night Live’ Leaves Something to Be Desired
It’s been 10 years since Steve Carell hosted Saturday Night Live, and in recent years, the actor hasn’t dabbled in comedy much. Instead, he’s spent time taking on more dramatic roles, so it was nice to see him get back into sketch comedy, even if the episode didn’t give him a whole lot to work […]

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‘Pinky and the Brain’ Voice Actors Hint at Reboot: ‘If We Get Our Show Back…’

‘Pinky and the Brain’ Voice Actors Hint at Reboot: ‘If We Get Our Show Back…’
What are we going to do tonight? The same thing we do every night, Pinky: Try to get rebooted. That’s one takeaway from a Vulture Festival panel in which voice actors read famous movie scenes, including Maurice Lamarche and Rob Paulsen of “Pinky and the Brain,” performing the Ferris wheel scene from “The Third Man” in character. They’d already done so once before on the cartoon itself, leading Paulsen to say to his co-star, “If we get our show back…”

Lamarche’s response? “Quiet, Pinky, or I’ll have to beat you over the head with an Nda.” Whether it was a joke or a sign of things to come remains unclear, but it’s not like it would be surprising for another ’90s classic to get the reboot treatment. To wit, “Animaniacs” — where the two animated mice first debuted in 1993 — is itself being brought back courtesy of
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'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald' rules world on $253m launch

'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald' rules world on $253m launch
Fantasy feature tracking 2% ahead of 2016 predecessor at same stage.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald ruled the world on a $253m global launch, while Venom powered past $200m in its second weekend in China, and Bohemian Rhapsody made light work of surging past the $250m international milestone.

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald scored an estimated $191m weekend gross from 79 markets as the worldwide haul generated $253m, aided by the $62.2m number one North American debut.

Warner Bros Pictures International (Wbpi) executives said the international launch came in at 2% above that of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
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‘Green Book’: Will Word of Mouth Save the Wobbly Oscar Contender?

‘Green Book’: Will Word of Mouth Save the Wobbly Oscar Contender?
Two high-level openings with Oscar hopes, Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” (Universal) and Julian Schnabel’s “At Eternity’s Gate” (CBS), dominate the new releases entering the crowded and volatile specialized award season marketplace. “Green Book” is struggling to pull audiences with a multi-city opening at top theaters. The true 60s story starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali will need a dramatic word-of-mouth boost it before its planned quick expansion. Schnabel’s Vincent Van Gogh biopic launched well with its iconic subject promising strong positive specialized response ahead.

Boy Erased” (Focus) led the new expansions –among the best of wider releases this fall. The market has suddenly become very competitive, with a number of films struggling and risking not getting full holiday bookings as the lucrative Thanksgiving weekend approaches.

Opening

Green Book (Universal) – Metacritic: 70; Festivals include: Toronto, Mill Valley, Hamptons 2018

$313,000 in 25 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $12,520

Few of this
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Star Wars Bits: ‘Odyssey’ Fan Film, Episode 9 Box Office Prospects, Photo Realistic Figures & More

Star Wars Bits: ‘Odyssey’ Fan Film, Episode 9 Box Office Prospects, Photo Realistic Figures & More
In this edition of Star Wars Bits: Watch a Star Wars fan film set during Rogue One Find out about Episode 9’s early box office prospects Check out new photorealistic action figures Who stole equipment from the set of The Mandalorian? All that and more! As we get ever closer to Episode IX there are […]

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Constance Wu Explains Why She Doesn’t Clap Back at ‘Asian Incels’

Constance Wu Explains Why She Doesn’t Clap Back at ‘Asian Incels’
Constance Wu has to deal with more than her fair share of internet trolls, and she knows which ones to ignore. At Vulture Festival Los Angeles last night, the “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Fresh Off the Boat” star was asked about her experience with “MRAsians” — Wu prefers the term “Asian incels,” short for “involuntarily celibate” — and explained that “a lot of Asian men are mad that one of my boyfriends was white.”

“They make this assumption that every single one of my boyfriends has been white based on the one boyfriend they’ve seen on my social media, who is the boyfriend that I was dating when I first started my account, all the way up until after ‘Fresh Off the Boat.’ Unless they think I was a virgin before I was 30, then…yeah,” she said.

“I don’t clap back online because I don’t feel the need to defend myself,
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‘Vice’ Reactions: Christian Bale, Amy Adams & An “Exceptional” Movie Point To A Surefire Oscar Contender

The table has largely been set for the 2018 Academy Awards race. Sure, a few last minute stragglers hit the recent AFI Film Festival—“Mary Queen of Scots,” “On The Basis Of Sex” and “Bird Box”—but outside of some praise for the actors and their potential Oscar shots, none of them seemed to have changed the landscape. But one long-awaited film has.

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Idfa: ’The Border Fence’ Director Nikolaus Geyrhalter on Building A Divided Europe

Amsterdam — It’s hard to predict where Austria’s Nikolaus Geyrhalter will go next. “Pripyat” (1999) saw him investigate the radioactive legacy of Chernobyl; 2005’s food-processing doc “Our Daily Bread” took him all over Europe, while “7915km” (2008) involved a mini-tour of Africa on the trail of The Dakar Rally. His latest film, though, is a little closer to home. Making its international premiere in competition at Idfa, “The Border Fence” visits the Brenner Pass, a tiny strip of land between Austria and Italy that suddenly became a media hotspot in 2016, after a deal between the European Union and Turkey officially closed the “Balkan Route” that was being used by refugees. With that road closed, Austrian authorities feared that illegal migrants would cross at the Brenner Pass instead.

The result was a proposed border fence, although all those involved with its development and construction were reluctant to call it that. And when work finally started,
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‘Disobedience’ Director Says Porn Is ‘Everywhere and Making Us Numb’

‘Disobedience’ Director Says Porn Is ‘Everywhere and Making Us Numb’
Sebastián Lelio is a busy guy. “Disobedience” arrived in theaters shortly after “A Fantastic Woman” won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film earlier this year, and “Gloria Bell” — an English-language remake of his own film “Gloria,” with Julianne Moore playing the part originated by Paulina García — is due in theaters next year. As evidenced by a new Guardian profile, the Chilean filmmaker has a lot on his mind.

Asked about the pivotal sex scene in “Disobedience,” which stars Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams, Lelio muses, “I knew this scene was at the heart of the film, but didn’t know how to face it. It made me think about how sex is represented today. The presence of porn is everywhere and making us numb — eroticism has been altered and damaged.”

As he continues, “The question became: how might you make something erotic without nudity? It was important, too,
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Film Review: ‘Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams’

Film Review: ‘Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams’
The golden age of the rock documentary faded out a long time ago. It’s now rare to see a concert film or a backstage pop portrait that attains the status of an event, like “Woodstock” or “Stop Making Sense” or “Truth or Dare.” But the form has never gone away. In a sense, it’s now everywhere: on streaming services and music channels, folded into album packages, a perpetual deluge of performance and home-movie snapshot geared to the insatiability of fans. In that light, the relevant question for any rock doc is whether it’s a compelling slice of artistry or a glorified piece of marketing.

Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams,” which played one night in theaters in 70 nations, where it grossed $3.5 million, and is now available on Amazon Prime, walks the line between those two possibilities. The film takes its title from Coldplay’s most recent album,
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Watch: ‘The Office’ Stars Crash Steve Carell’s ‘SNL’ Monologue to Beg Him to Do the Reboot

As NBC’s most popular and lucrative comedy series since Friends, there has been a lot of talk around bringing The Office back to TV in the wake of “reboot culture.” Shows like Will & Grace and Murphy Brown have made their triumphant returns to ratings success, and NBC executives are reportedly looking for ways to do a The Office reboot as well. However, while many of the actors involved with the series have expressed their desire to return, star Steve Carell said recently he doesn’t think it’s such a good idea. So when Carell took the Saturday …
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‘The Office’ Cast Crashes Steve Carell’s ‘SNL’ Monologue to Beg for a Reboot

‘The Office’ Cast Crashes Steve Carell’s ‘SNL’ Monologue to Beg for a Reboot
If you’ve been hoping for a reboot of “The Office,” you’re far from alone. Ellie Kemper, Ed Helms, and Jenna Fischer all crashed Steve Carell’s “Saturday Night Live” monologue last night to beg their former co-star to bring the beloved comedy back. After one planted audience member suggested the idea to the actor, whose post-“Office” work has seen him land an Oscar nod for “Foxcatcher” and return to the awards race with this year’s “Beautiful Boy,” Carrel found himself ambushed by the former Andy, Erin, and Pam. Watch below.

“People would really love to see an ‘Office’ reboot,” Kemper said to the delight of seemingly everyone in attendance. “Especially me, because I need that money! Let’s get that money, Steve!” After he politely declined, she replied, “You’re a jerk” with clear disappointment in her voice.

Next was Helms. “I just don’t think
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This Week In Trailers: Netflix vs the World, Snowflake, Song of Back and Neck, The Party’s Just Beginning, The Truth About Killer Robots

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week […]

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