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'Fantastic Beasts 2',' Instant Family' & 'Widows' Hit the Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Frame

'Fantastic Beasts 2',' Instant Family' & 'Widows' Hit the Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Frame
Last year saw the November box office top $1 billion in calendar grosses for just the third time ever and it was the first time since 2013. This year, November grosses are currently trailing 2017 by just -2.4% and this weekend sees the release of what is sure to be another big debut in the form of WB's sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The weekend also features the debut of what looks to be a strong opening for Steve McQueen's Widows while the PG-13 comedy Instant Family hopes to begin a long holiday run. Poised to finish atop the box office is Warner Bros.'s release of the second film in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and there is a chance it could come close to matching the $74 million opening for its predecessor, though WB is remaining conservative with expectations hovering around $65 million. A
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‘Pet Sematary’ Director Mary Lambert Boards Mermaid Thriller ‘Rolling in the Deep’

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‘Pet Sematary’ Director Mary Lambert Boards Mermaid Thriller ‘Rolling in the Deep’
Pet Sematary director Mary Lambert is attached to helm an adaptation of Mira Grant’s mermaid thriller “Rolling in the Deep” for Branded Pictures Entertainment, Variety has learned exclusively.

Sean Hood, whose credits include Conan the Barbarian and Halloween: Resurrection, will adapt the novel, published in 2015. The story revolves around an idealistic young filmmaker who sets out to the Mariana Trench with a small crew to film a faux documentary about mermaids. But the hoax soon turns real as sailors begin to disappear and the filmmaker realizes that they are under siege by actual mermaids. A fight to survive at any cost ensues.

“‘Rolling in the Deep’ is a film led by complicated badass female characters,” Lambert said. “I’ve been waiting to make a film like this my entire career. Our mermaids are not cliché sugary cartoon princesses; they will take you down if you stand in their way.
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Ryan Kwanten & Kodi Smit-McPhee Lead Oz Climate Change Thriller ‘2067’; Shoot Underway; Kew Inks North America Deal

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Ryan Kwanten & Kodi Smit-McPhee Lead Oz Climate Change Thriller ‘2067’; Shoot Underway; Kew Inks North America Deal
Exclusive: Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (X-Men Apocalypse) lead cast in climate-change sci-fi-thriller 2067, which is now underway in Australia.

Also starring are Deborah Mailman (The Sapphires), Aaron Glenane (Killing Ground), Damian Walshe-Howling (Mystery Road), Leeanna Walsman (Safe Harbour), Finn Little (Storm Boy) and Oz newcomers Sana’a Shaik and Matt Testro.

Seth Larney (Tombiruo) is writing and directing the feature which will see humans looking to the future for answers after the planet’s forests, wildlife and plants are ravaged by climate change. Producing are Lisa Shaunessy (Killing Ground) through her Arcadia production banner, and Kate Croser of Kojo Entertainment.

Kew Media Distribution, part of Kew Media Group, is handling international sales, excluding Australia and New Zealand where Umbrella Entertainment has distribution rights. Shout! Studios has acquired all North American rights. The film started principal photography at Adelaide Studios, South Australia on November 3.

Australian Government funding and investment
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The Title For 'Bad Boys 3' Has Been Reveled and it Has a Silly Twist

The Title For 'Bad Boys 3' Has Been Reveled and it Has a Silly Twist
A couple weeks ago Martin Lawrence and Will Smith confirmed that Bad Boys 3 was officially a go. The movie is going into production with Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who previously worked on FX’s show "Snowfall," directing.

Now today we have the official title for the film to share with you thanks to Production Weekly. It was previously reported that the film would be called Bad Boys For Life, and it is, but the official title comes with a silly twist.

The title of the film will be Bad Boys for Lif3. You see what they did there? The whole Why just not call it Bad Boys For Life? The 3 at the end adds nothing to it except for unneeded ridiculousness.

Regardless of the title, I’m still looking forward to seeing Lawrence and Smith back together for another action-packed adventure. Michael Bay will be missed in this franchise,
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Lucy Hale Joins Michael Pena in ‘Fantasy Island’ Movie

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Lucy Hale Joins Michael Pena in ‘Fantasy Island’ Movie
Pretty Little Liars” star Lucy Hale has joined the cast of Sony and Blumhouse’s upcoming film Fantasy Island.

Starring opposite Michael Pena, Hale will play one of the guests at a mysterious island where people can live out their fantasies — for a price. The movie is based on the television series, which ran for seven seasons from 1977 to 1984 and often dealt with dark themes and the supernatural.

Pena will portray Mr. Roarke, a role originated by Ricardo Montalban in the television series. The TV show became best known for Mr. Roarke’s sidekick Tattoo (played by Hervé Villechaize), who would ring a bell in a bell tower and shout “Ze plane! Ze plane!” to announce the arrival of a new set of guests at the start of each episode.
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Harley Quinn Spinoff ‘Birds of Prey’ Finds Its Cassandra Cain (Exclusive)

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Harley Quinn Spinoff ‘Birds of Prey’ Finds Its Cassandra Cain (Exclusive)
Newcomer Ella Jay Basco is in negotiations to land the last major role, Cassandra Cain, in Warner Bros.' Harley Quinn spinoff, Birds of Prey.

Margot Robbie is back as Quinn with Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell on board as Huntress and Black Canary, respectively. Ewan McGregor will play the film’s villain and Rosie Perez will portray Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya.

Cathy Yan is directing the pic with Robbie producing, along with Sue Kroll and Bryan Unkeless.

In the new film, Robbie, Winstead, and Smollett-Bell team up to protect Cain’s character when she comes across a diamond belonging to McGregor’s Black Mask, a kingpin in Gotham City’s criminal underworld.
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Zoe Kazan on ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ and Working with the Coen Brothers

From Joel and Ethan Coen, the Netflix original film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a six-part Western anthology in which each chapter tells a distinct and unique story about the American frontier. In the segment entitled “The Gal Who Got Rattled,” Alice Longabaugh (Zoe Kazan) meets fellow loner Billy Knapp (Bill Heck) and the two start to grow fond of each other on the Oregon Trail, until they’re faced with the sometimes savage realities of life in the American West. During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, actress Zoe Kazan talked about how she came …
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‘Breaking Bad’ Movie: Here’s What Bryan Cranston Wants From a Jesse Pinkman Film

‘Breaking Bad’ Movie: Here’s What Bryan Cranston Wants From a Jesse Pinkman Film
Note: This article contains spoilers for the finale of “Breaking Bad.”

Ever since news broke that a “Breaking Bad” movie was in the works, fans have been speculating where creator Vince Gilligan might take the now-iconic story. While there is still no official confirmation that a film is even happening, the Albuquerque Journal recently reported that the movie had begun shooting in New Mexico under the title “Greenbrier.” It is still unknown whether Bryan Cranston, who starred as the antihero Walter White, or Aaron Paul, who played his sidekick Jesse Pinkman would return for a movie. In a recent interview with IndieWire, Cranston did not confirm or deny the movie’s existence, but wondered how Walter would even appear.

“Well, I keep hearing about it. I honestly haven’t seen a script, I haven’t read a script,” said Cranston. “So I’m not positive that it’s actually happening
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Diego Luna on the ‘Rogue One’ Prequel Series & Still Wanting to Touch Jabba the Hutt

Though it was recently announced that Diego Luna would be reprising his role of the rebellious Cassian Andor in a Rogue One prequel series for Disney's streaming service, Disney +, the awards-worthy actor has been busy filming Narcos: Mexico. Our own Steve Weintraub had a chance to sit down with Luna during the press rounds for the Netflix series, available to stream on November 16th, but he also managed to sneak in a few Star Wars questions. The prequel series which follows Luna's rebel spy Cassian Andor during the formative years of the Rebellion. Described as a "rousing …
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Netflix Orders Animated World War II Drama Series ‘The Liberator’

Netflix has ordered the World War II drama series The Liberator, which tells the riveting true story of the bloodiest and most dramatic march to victory of the Second World War. The story follows the battlefield odyssey of maverick U.S. Army officer Felix Sparks and his infantry unit as they fought for over five hundred days to liberate Europe. Based on the book “The Liberator: One World War II Soldier’s 500-Day Odyssey” by Alex Kershaw, the series was created by Jeb Stuart. The combat drama will follow Sparks and the 157th Infantry Regiment …
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‘Backtrace’ Trailer: Sylvester Stallone Chases a Bank Robber With Amnesia

‘Backtrace’ Trailer: Sylvester Stallone Chases a Bank Robber With Amnesia
Sylvester Stallone will appear in the highly-anticipated Creed II this month, and then next month, he’ll be seen the much-less-anticipated Backtrace. This low-rent thriller finds Stallone playing a cop trying to solve a mystery surrounding a bank robbery gone wrong. The only suspect he has is a man with amnesia (played by Matthew Modine). Complicating matters is […]

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The Unique Challenge of World Building in ‘Black Panther,’ ‘First Man,’ and ‘The Favourite’

The Unique Challenge of World Building in ‘Black Panther,’ ‘First Man,’ and ‘The Favourite’
This year’s race for the Best Production Design Oscar is all about exotic world building, from “Black Panther’s” innovative Wakanda, to “First Man’s” ghostly moon landing, to “The Favourite’s” 18th century royal palace as a playground and battlefield for love and political maneuvering.

Hannah Beachler could become the first African-American to win the Oscar for production design for creating the fictional civilization of Wakanda in “Black Panther.” She designed an oasis of Afrofuturism with a distinct written language, which was the perfect complement to the social realism infused by director Ryan Coogler for this zeitgeist-grabbing Marvel phenomenon about black empowerment.

Read More: ‘Black Panther’: How Wakanda Got a Written Language as Part of its Afrofuturism

Production designer Nathan Crowley (“Interstellar”) found his lunar location for Damien Chazelle’s “First Man” in a gray quarry outside of Atlanta, where he carved a huge set. The historic moon walk,
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From ‘Homecoming’ to ‘Maniac,’ 30-Minute Episodes Solve TV’s Pacing Problem

From ‘Homecoming’ to ‘Maniac,’ 30-Minute Episodes Solve TV’s Pacing Problem
When Julia Roberts heard “Homecoming” director Sam Esmail wanted episodes of the Amazon drama to be a half-hour long, she was against it. “I’m just a product of mediocrity, and so to me, drama is an hour,” she said to IndieWire. “Only teenagers can get drama done in 30 minutes. I was like, ‘What are you talking about? We’re tall. We need an hour.'”

The results, however, turned around Roberts on the issue. “It’s just brilliant,” she said. “I love it so much because, I mean, as an audience member, it just leaves you like, ‘Wait, it’s over?’ That’s how I feel every time.”

Once upon a time, there was no question of how long a TV episode of television “should be;” it was, “must be.” Network television had a schedule to keep and commercials to air, which meant that “Cheers” delivered 24-minute episodes; “E.
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Cartoon Saloon’s ‘Late Afternoon’ Takes Tender Look at a Woman With Dementia

Cartoon Saloon, the Irish animation studio, isn’t afraid to take on challenging subject matter in its own unique way, as evidenced by last year’s acclaimed feature “The Breadwinner,” the story of a young Afghan girl who disguises herself as a boy to help provide for her struggling family during Taliban rule.

This year, the toon shop examines dementia in the animated short “Late Afternoon,” about an elderly woman who travels into her memories whenever she glimpses her reflection.

The short was something that played in the mind of writer-director Louise Bagnall, Cartoon Saloon’s creative director, for years. “It had been something I’d been working on for quite a long time, just in my own sketchbook, in my own small way,” she says. “I had been watching documentaries and reading up about dementia and it sparked a memory in me of when I was a child and
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‘Creed II’ Featurettes: Will History Repeat Itself?

Apollo Creed and Ivan Drago stepped into a boxing ring back in 1985, but only Drago stepped out. The steroid-fueled Russian dealt a fatal blow to the charismatic American, leading Apollo’s rival-turned-friend Rocky Balboa to avenge him in the ring. Now, more than 30 years later, Apollo’s son is looking for his own revenge. In […]

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Sony PlayStation to Skip E3 2019 and Won’t Host Their Own PlayStation Experience

Well, this is a first. Or at least it's a first in the 24-year history of E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo that has long been one of the first places video game fans get to see the best and ballsiest titles that the gaming industry has to offer. Except in 2019, the increasingly fan-centric event will be without one of gaming's core names: Sony's PlayStation. And when pressed for alternative events timed to E3, PlayStation senior vice president of communications Jennifer Clark clarified, saying, "We will not activate or hold a press conference around E3." …
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90-Year-Old Disney Short Film About Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Discovered in Japan

“Neck ‘n’ Neck,” a short animated film created by Walt Disney in 1928, has been discovered in Japan (via The Telegraph). The black-and-white short, previously thought to be lost, features the character Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and runs two minutes. Disney created Oswald in 1927, just a year before Mickey Mouse turned him and his company into one of the world’s most beloved animated studios.

In a rather humorous twist, “Neck ‘n’ Neck” had not been lost this entire time; quite the opposite, as Japan’s Yasushi Watanabe has had a print of the short ever since he purchased it as a high schooler from a toy wholesalers’ market in the city of Osaka. Watanabe, now 84 years old, didn’t realize he had a lost Disney short film in his possession until he read David Bossert’s 2017 book “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons.” The book
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Model and Actress Kim Porter Found Dead at 47

Model and Actress Kim Porter Found Dead at 47
Model and actress Kim Porter, who dated rapper Diddy for 13 years and is the mother of three of his kids, died on Thursday at her Toluca Lake, Calif., home, a source close to Porter confirmed to Variety.

TMZ, which first reported the news, said Porter went into cardiac arrest on Thursday at noon after suffering from pneumonia for several weeks, though her official cause of death has not yet been revealed.

Diddy and Porter have three children together. Christian Combs was born in 1998, followed by twin girls Jessie James and D’Lila. Porter also has a son, Quincy, from a previous relationship with producer Al B. Sure!

Diddy and Porter began dating in 1994 and were on and off until their final breakup in 2007.

“Sadly, I can confirm the passing of Kim Porter. I ask that you give the families privacy at this time,” Diddy’s rep, Cindi Berger, told Variety.
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Upcoming ‘Doctor Who’ Holiday Special Officially Moved to New Year’s Day

The holidays are coming and the Doctor is in – just not for the holiday that you’d expect. After reports surfaced that the BBC had scrapped the Doctor Who Christmas special for the first time in 13 years, the network has officially announced that Jodie Whittaker‘s 13th Doctor will have a holiday special after all: on […]

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CAA Promotes Four Trainees to Brand Executives, Motion Picture and Sports Agents

Creative Artists Agency has promoted four members of their trainee program to agent or executive, the company said Thursday.

The agency, led by managing partners Kevin Huvane and Bryan Lourd and president RIchard Lovett, listed the following promotions:

Paige Feldman and Jack Kingsley have been promoted to executives in CAA Brand Consulting, the agency’s brand services offering, which includes 200 employees who work collaboratively on behalf of prestigious global brands.

Paige Holtzman has been upped to agent in CAA’s Motion Picture Literary department.

Brett Lieberman has been elevated to executive in CAA Sports, a global diversified sports enterprise encompassing 17 divisions, including property sales, brand consulting, corporate hospitality, media rights, trademark licensing, and athlete representation.

Feldman, Kingsley, and Lieberman work out of CAA’s New York office, while Holtzman is based at the Los Angeles headquarters.

The promotions come roughly six months after some 14 trainees were named as agents at
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