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'Aquaman' Looks to Lead Long, Christmas Weekend at the Box Office

'Aquaman' Looks to Lead Long, Christmas Weekend at the Box Office
The upcoming weekend offers up a much different release landscape than we have seen in some time with Christmas falling on a Tuesday. The last time that happened was 2012 and before that 2007, and the holiday positioning opens things up for several ways of looking at, and evaluating, the crop of upcoming releases over the next several days. That being said, we'll be looking at a seven-day release for Disney's Mary Poppins Returns and a five-day release for this Friday's debuts for Aquaman, Bumblebee, Second Act and Welcome to Marwen as each looks to take advantage of Christmas Day, which is consistently the largest movie-going day of the year. Expected to easily top the holiday frame is Warner Bros.'s release of Aquaman, the latest addition in the studio's DC Extended Universe and it is already off to an excellent start after a massive launch in China two weeks ago,
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Penny Marshall, "Laverne & Shirley" Star, Director, Dies at 75

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Penny Marshall, who starred alongside Cindy Williams in the hit ABC comedy “Laverne & Shirley” and then became a successful director, died on Monday night at her Hollywood Hills home due to complications from diabetes, Variety has confirmed. She was 75.

Marshall was the first woman to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million, the first woman to direct two films that grossed more than $100 million, and she was only the second woman director to see her film Oscar nominated for best picture.

Laverne & Shirley” ran from 1976-1983 and proved an enormous success for ABC. It was the No. 3 show on television in 1975-76, No. 2 in 1976-77, and No. 1 in 1977-78 and 1978-79, spawning ancillary revenue in the form of merchandising, a record album and an animated series based on the show.

Marshall began her directing career by helming several episodes of “Laverne & Shirley.” With little experience, she
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Box Office Preview: 'Aquaman,' 'Mary Poppins Returns' to Lead Christmas Crush

Box Office Preview: 'Aquaman,' 'Mary Poppins Returns' to Lead Christmas Crush
A crowded pack of year-end holiday films faces a herculean task: make up for their being no Star Wars film for the first Christmas since 2014. By all accounts, Aquaman and Mary Poppins Returns, in particular, appear up to the task as the North American box office heads for a record year.

Directed by Rob Marshall, Mary Poppins Returns takes flight on Wednesday in order to get a jump on the competition. The sequel to the classic 1964 film stars Emily Blunt as the iconic nanny alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer, Ben Wishaw and Angela Lansbury. Dick Van Dyke, who starred opposite Julie Andrews ...
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'The Favourite' Leads Nominations for London Critics' Circle Awards

'The Favourite' Leads Nominations for London Critics' Circle Awards
Living up to its name, The Favourite has emerged as the favorite for the London Critics' Circle Film Awards. 

Yorgos Lanthimos' Oscar-tipped dark comedy has snared 10 nominations, as announced Tuesday by actors Molly Wright and Lee Shone, including film of the year, director of the year and actress of the year for Olivia Colman. Roma and Cold War, also expected to be among the pack heading to the Academy Awards, were behind with five nods each. 

Elsewhere, the members of the London Critics' Circle offered some love to titles that, despite critical acclaim, have largely been shut out of the ...
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Film News Roundup: Andy Garcia’s Spy Thriller ‘Against the Clock’ Bought by Gravitas

Film News Roundup: Andy Garcia’s Spy Thriller ‘Against the Clock’ Bought by Gravitas
In today’s film news roundup, Andy Garcia’s spy thriller is sold, “Battlestar Galactica” gets a screenwriter, and Brooklyn Decker gets an award.

Acquisition

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to spy thriller “Against the Clock,” starring Andy Garcia, Dianna Agron (“Glee”), and Justin Bartha, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film, formerly titled “Headlock,” is written and directed by Mark Polish and produced by Benaroya Pictures. “Against the Clock” will be available in theaters and on demand Jan. 11, 2019.

Polish plays a CIA agent who is seriously injured during a mission, and Agron portrays his wife, a former CIA operative who becomes determined to find out what happened — a truth the CIA director, played by Garcia, wants concealed at all costs.

“Mark has fused a mind-bending premise with stylish visuals and a strong female protagonist, delivering an experience that is both ahead of its time and of the moment,
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Penny Marshall, film director and star of Laverne & Shirley, dies aged 75

Marshall’s Big was first female-directed film to gross $100mFrom 1976 to 1983 she starred in ABC’s Laverne & Shirley

Penny Marshall, who starred in the hit American sitcom Laverne & Shirley before becoming one of the top-grossing female directors in Hollywood, has died at 75.

Marshall’s publicist said she passed away at her home in the Hollywood Hills, California, on Monday due to complications from diabetes.
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‘Turn of the Screw’ TV Series Headed to Freeform, With a Modern Day Setting

‘Turn of the Screw’ TV Series Headed to Freeform, With a Modern Day Setting
Henry James’ gothic horror novella The Turn of the Screw will be adapted into a new TV series for Freeform. So far, so good, right? Not so fast! The adaptation will also be set in modern times, which takes a little wind out of the story’s old school gothic scares. The new Turn of the Screw TV series […]

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‘Vice’ Originally Had a Musical Number, But Paul Thomas Anderson Convinced Adam McKay to Cut It

‘Vice’ Originally Had a Musical Number, But Paul Thomas Anderson Convinced Adam McKay to Cut It
It’s hard to picture Dick Cheney bursting into song, but it almost happened in Adam McKay‘s Vice. McKay’s dark comedy biopic about the former Vice President makes a wide variety of stylistic choices to tell its tale, and at one point, one of those flourishes involved a full-blown musical number. In the end, though, director Paul […]

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Penny Marshall, Rip: How She Advanced the Cause of Female Directors in Hollywood

Penny Marshall, Rip: How She Advanced the Cause of Female Directors in Hollywood
Her parents named their baby daughter Carole Penny Marshall after Carole Lombard, the screwball comedienne. Though she would drop the “Carole” on her way to Hollywood, screwball stuck to Penny Marshall like white cat fur on black velvet. The actor-director, who died Monday from complications from diabetes, for eight years starred as Laverne DeFazio on television’s “Laverne & Shirley” (1976-1983) and with “Big” (1988), became the first female filmmaker to make a movie grossing over $100 million.

In 1967, the University of New Mexico dropout, baby Tracy in tow, divorced her first husband and moved to Los Angeles, where her big brother Garry was already a television powerhouse (“Mork & Mindy” and “Happy Days”). In 1971, he hired her to play the recurring role of Myrna, Oscar’s secretary, on television’s “The Odd Couple,” on which he was executive producer. Before that then-unknown Marshall played the stringy-haired plain girl opposite then-unknown Farrah Fawcett,
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Clip: Lin-Manuel Miranda Raps and Dances with Cartoon Penguins

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Clip: Lin-Manuel Miranda Raps and Dances with Cartoon Penguins
We’ve seen plenty of footage from Mary Poppins Returns featuring Emily Blunt in full magical nanny mode, including a clip featuring a magical bath time. But what audiences haven’t seen enough of yet is Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda adding to the film’s soundtrack. That changes today with a new Mary Poppins Returns clip […]

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ProSiebenSat.1's Rudiger Boss leaving group after 25 years

Henrik Pabst will take over content acquisitions and sales for the European group.

Well known international TV buyer Rudiger Boss is to leave ProSiebenSat.1 at the end of this year after more than a quarter century with the Germany-based European media group.

Henrik Pabst, set to become the group’s chief commercial officer, entertainment in January, will take over responsibility for content acquisitions and sales after Boss, whose title is executive vice-president content acquisitions and sales, departs.

A familiar figure at international TV markets such as Mipcom and the Los Angeles Screenings, Munich-based Boss joined ProSiebenSat.1 in 1992. In 2007, he became
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Movie Talk: Joker Filming Wraps with One Final Set Photo

On today's Collider Movie Talk, Mark Ellis, Perri Nemiroff, and Jeff Sneider discuss the following: Big and A League of Their Own director Penny Marshall passes away at 75. Director Todd Phillips announces on social media that the Joker movie has wrapped filming and posts one final set photo. Annapurna Pictures released the first Where’d You Go Bernadette trailer from writer/director Richard Linklater starring Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer, and Laurence Fishburne. Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment released a new character trailer for The Secret Life of Pets 2 that introduces Snowball as a …
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John Boyega in Talks to Star in Legal Drama ‘A Naked Singularity’

John Boyega in Talks to Star in Legal Drama ‘A Naked Singularity’
“Star Wars” actor John Boyega is in talks to star in the legal drama “A Naked Singularity” with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions on board to produce.

The movie is based on Sergio De La Pava’s debut novel, which centers on a successful New York public defender whose life begins to unravel after he loses his first case. Attorney De La Pava self-published the book in 2008 and won the Pen/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction after it was re-published in 2012.

Chase Palmer, one of the co-writers of the “It” screenplay, is on board to direct from a script by David Matthews. Scott Free and Tony Ganz are producing, while 3311 Productions is financing.

Boyega starred as the rebel Finn in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and will be seen in the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode IX.” The British actor’s credits include “Detroit,
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Remembering Penny Marshall, Who Forged Her Own Path and Paved the Way for Others

Remembering Penny Marshall, Who Forged Her Own Path and Paved the Way for Others
She was a natural comedian — fearless and funny, willing to trade on her natural Bronx brogue to craft a sassy and street-wise character that was tailor-made for sitcoms. But Penny Marshall, who died Monday night at the age of 75, proved throughout her long career that she had so much more in the way of talent and ambition.

After her 1976-1983 run on ABC’s “Laverne & Shirley” made her a household name, Marshall used her skills and her connections to segue into directing. There was no roadmap in the early 1980s for a female TV star to make such a 90-degree turn, but Marshall found the path. She undoubtedly endured skepticism and snickers as she earned her DGA card, starting by directing several later episodes of “Laverne & Shirley.”

Variety’s coverage of Marshall’s early years in showbiz makes clear the obstacles she faced in her effort in stepping
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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Lady and the Tramp’ Remake Will Feature Real Dogs

Disney’s live-action Lady and the Tramp remake will star some real-life good doggos. The live-action film directed by Charlie Bean (The Lego Ninjago Movie) and starring Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux will actually take its live-action category to heart, casting real live dogs in the movie about a pampered cocker spaniel who finds herself falling in love […]

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‘Glass’ International Trailer Goes For Full-Blown Horror

‘Glass’ International Trailer Goes For Full-Blown Horror
Another new look at Glass is here, and it’s leaning heavily into horror movie territory. It’s been interesting to watch the progression of marketing for M. Night Shyamalan‘s new Unbreakable and Split sequel: some trailers have played up the superhero angle, some have looked more like mystery-thrillers, and now this, which sets out to give you the creeps. Watch […]

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‘Aquaman’ Outpacing ‘Wonder Woman’ in Fandango Pre-Sales

‘Aquaman’ Outpacing ‘Wonder Woman’ in Fandango Pre-Sales
Pre-sales of “Aquaman,” which opens on Thursday night, are outpacing “Wonder Woman” at the same point in the advance ticket sales cycle on online ticketer Fandango.

Wonder Woman” opened with $103 million domestically during the June 2 to June 4, 2017, weekend on its way to a $412 million North American total for Warner Bros. “Aquaman,” which also comes from Warner Bros., has been forecast to take in $68 million to $72 million in its debut.

Fandango also reported that Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” which launches on Wednesday, is topping “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” at the same point a year ago. “Jumanji” reeled in $52 million in its first five days on its way to a $404 million total in North America.

The ticket service said “Bumblebee,” which debuts on Friday, is outpacing its predecessor, “Transformers: The Last Knight,” at the same point in the sales cycle. “The Last Knight” opened with $44 million on June 21 to June
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Disney+ Might Resurrect Those Marvel Shows After All, Proving No One Knows What The Hell is Happening

Three Netflix Marvel shows – Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Daredevil – have been cancelled for weeks, but several of the players involved continue to make those cancellations as difficult as possible for fans. Instead of outlining any of their actual intentions, the companies are content with speaking about these shows in vague enough terms […]

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‘Bumblebee’ Producer Lorenzo Dibonaventura on How the New Film Honors Generation 1 Transformers [Interview]

Since leaving Warner Brothers as President of Worldwide Production, producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventure has launched several franchises. The longest running has been the Transformers movies, but he’s also been responsible for G.I. Joe, Red and the upcoming Die Hard prequel, McClane. Bumblebee is the sixth film in the Transformers series, but it’s the first not […]

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‘Venom’ Co-Creator Says Film Critics Were Too Old to Appreciate Tom Hardy Film

With the year heading into its final two weeks, it’s safe to call “Venom” one of the most divisive movies of 2018. The Sony tentpole, starring Tom Hardy as one of Spider-Man’s most iconic villains, is one of the worst reviewed movies of the year (it has a 29% on Rotten Tomatoes from nearly 300 reviews), and yet that hasn’t stopped it from being a massive popular hit. “Venom” is the fifth highest-grossing film of 2018 at the global box office with a haul of $852 million, and the character’s co-creator Todd McFarlane has an idea about the divide between critics and audiences.

“It was a big roller-coaster ride. Visually, everything was coming at you,” McFarlane recently told Yahoo Entertainment. “I think at times the critics get it wrong in that they forget their age. They come in, and they’re 42 years old, and they come in with their attitude and they’re going,
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