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‘Holmes & Watson’ and ‘Gotti’ Lead 2019 Razzie Nominations for Worst Picture

‘Holmes & Watson’ and ‘Gotti’ Lead 2019 Razzie Nominations for Worst Picture
If their dismal reviews wasn’t punishment enough, for the 39th year, the Razzie Awards seek to recognize the achievements of the worst movies of the year. And for 2019’s crop of nominees, John Travolta’s “Gotti” and Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s “Holmes & Watson” both received the “honor” of being nominated for Worst Picture of 2018.

Melissa McCarthy might be nominated for an Oscar on Tuesday morning, but on Monday morning, she scored a nomination for Worst Actress for both “The Happytime Murders” and “Life of the Party,” and the former also landed among the five Worst Picture nominees. The box office bomb “Robin Hood” and Helen Mirren’s “Winchester” rounded out the nominees.

Even the first family found a way into the nominees, with Donald Trump and Melania Trump both getting nominated for portraying themselves in the documentary “Fahrenheit 11/9” from Michael Moore. And unlike the Oscars,
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Casey Affleck-Elisabeth Moss Movie ‘Light Of My Life’ Among Berlin World Premiere Additions

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Casey Affleck-Elisabeth Moss Movie ‘Light Of My Life’ Among Berlin World Premiere Additions
Casey Affleck-directed drama Light Of My Life, starring Affleck, Elisabeth Moss and newcomer Anna Pniowsky, will get its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in the Panorama section. The dystopian drama, about a father and his young daughter who are trapped in the woods, is one of a raft of additions to the Panorama lineup. Scroll down for the lineup in full.

A total of 45 films from 38 countries, including 34 world premieres, will screen in the section. Panorama’s opening film will be Flatland by Jenna Bass, in which a bride and her pregnant friend make a liberating getaway across South Africa.

Among the strand’s highlights are Affleck’s first narrative feature as director, which is produced by The Imitation Game outfit Black Bear Pictures; Jayro Bustamante’s Ixcanul follow-up Tremblores (Tremors), about a father who tries to break free from his past after breaking the silence about
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Edgar Wright Says ‘Baby Driver 2’ First Draft ‘Exists’

Edgar Wright Says ‘Baby Driver 2’ First Draft ‘Exists’
Edgar Wright isn’t putting “Baby” in a corner just yet. The British director teased that some progress has been made on a potential sequel to “Baby Driver,” Wright’s 2017 film starring Ansel Elgort that married action, comedy, musicals and heists.

“A first draft of ‘Baby Driver 2 exists,” he told Empire in a interview. Wright added that the film will introduce new characters following the deaths of many of the characters in the original and it “takes the story further.”

In a previous interview with Empire back in July 2017, Wright said he was urged to write a sequel to his film and felt there was potential by recognizing that by the end of the movie, “Baby has got to a new place.”

“Most sequels you have to contrive something so they go back to square one,
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‘Green Book’ Wins Producers Guild Award, Becomes Oscars Frontrunner

‘Green Book’ Wins Producers Guild Award, Becomes Oscars Frontrunner
On a night that could have profound implications for a tight Oscar race, “Green Book” was named the best-produced film of 2018 at the 30th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards.

The award makes director Peter Farrelly’s drama starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali the season’s first legitimate favorite to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. It has been a fiercely competitive and confusing year, with lots of criticism aimed at competing films and no film able to overcome the question marks that plague most of the top contenders.

Green Book” faces many of those questions in early January, immediately after it won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. The film, about the unlikely friendship between a black concert pianist and his Italian-American driver in the early ’60s, was hit by criticism over past behavior from Farrelly
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Gillian Anderson to Play Margaret Thatcher in Season 4 of ‘The Crown’ (Report)

Gillian Anderson to Play Margaret Thatcher in Season 4 of ‘The Crown’ (Report)
The Crown” has found its Iron Lady. Gillian Anderson is said to have signed on to play British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of the much-praised Netflix drama series.

Anderson’s casting was first reported by the Sunday Times. A Netflix rep declined to comment on the report.

Anderson is the latest notable name to join “The Crown” in the role of an iconic real-life political figure, following John Lithgow’s turn as Winston Churchill. The series is poised for a shift in its upcoming third season as Olivia Colman moves into the role of Queen Elizabeth II
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Christopher McQuarrie Reportedly Wants Henry Cavill & Alec Baldwin Back For ‘M:i’ Sequels (Kind Of)

Christopher McQuarrie Reportedly Wants Henry Cavill & Alec Baldwin Back For ‘M:i’ Sequels (Kind Of)
If you’re a fan of spy thrillers, and just high-quality action films in general, you’re probably psyched by the news that filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie is coming back for two new “Mission: Impossible” sequels. And if you’re a fan of government lackeys, as well as men with reloading arms and controversial mustaches, then you will really love this next bit of ‘M:i’ news.

According to THR, McQuarrie is not only interested in bringing back the government guy character played by Alec Baldwin, but also Henry Cavill’s August Walker.
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Channing Tatum Reportedly Interested In Directing The Long-Delayed ‘Gambit’ Film

Channing Tatum Reportedly Interested In Directing The Long-Delayed ‘Gambit’ Film
We are fast approaching the five-year anniversary of the first time we reported that Channing Tatum is in line to play the “X-Men” character Gambit in a solo film. Since then, the film project has gone through constant changes, gaining directors, losing directors, getting a scheduled release date, and then, of course, losing that release date. But through thick and thin, one thing has remained the same – Tatum.
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Australia Box Office Recovers, Grows 3.8% in 2018

Gross theatrical box office in Australia grew by 3.6% in 2018, to $890 million (A$1.25 billion). The score was propelled by a rebound in the performance of the top local films.

Data from the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia published Tuesday showed aggregate cinema revenues recovering after a dip in 2017. While the 2018 nationwide score is the second highest on record, recent years are in a tight range, with 2015-2018 representing a plateau.

Australian-made films increased their share of the market, from 4.1% in 2017, to 4.5% in 2018. Their combined A$57.4 million (Us$41 million) is the third highest total on record. But data showed that just two titles – “Peter Rabbit” with A$26.7 million (Us$19.1 million) and Ladies in Black” with A$12 million (Us$8.58 million) – accounted for 70% of that. Some 39 out of the 61 Australian films released last year achieved less than A$100,000, earlier Mpdaa data shows.

The Mpdaa report showed that Australian cinemas are having to work harder to stand still.
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Anthony Scaramucci Light on Trump Talk in ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ Premiere

CBS reality show “Big Brother” loves to tell its audience to “expect the unexpected,” but things went pretty much according to the assumed with Anthony Scaramucci on the second season premiere of the celebrity edition of the show.

Right from his introductory package, Scaramucci had to acknowledge he was fired from the White House, “for using a few curse words.” And just as quickly, he noted that he still speaks to Donald Trump “probably once or twice a month” and “still gets along with the president.” He admitted he is usually the one to call Trump, rather than the other way around,
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Tyler Perry: 6 Lessons He Shared at Natpe’s ‘Living the Dream’ Summit

Tyler Perry: 6 Lessons He Shared at Natpe’s ‘Living the Dream’ Summit
Miami — Tyler Perry took time out of his “Madea’s Farewell” live stage tour and spent his Martin Luther King Jr. holiday giving an inspiring speech to aspiring producers and students gathered here for the annual Natpe convention.

Perry was the keynoter Monday at the conference’s first ever “Living the Dream: A Career in Content” session aimed at educating and fostering networking connections for budding creatives, those in entry-level industry positions and film and TV school students. The session was presented by the NAACP, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts and Discovery.

Perry told his story of rising
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Q&A: Why Megan Mullally Won’t Talk Politics While Hosting the SAG Awards

Q&A: Why Megan Mullally Won’t Talk Politics While Hosting the SAG Awards
Megan Mullally is funny. The “Will & Grace” star can also sing and dance. While she’s not picking up the Oscar hosting gig after the Kevin Hart fiasco, Mullally will take center stage on Sunday, Jan. 27 when she makes her debut as the host of the 25th annual SAG Awards.

Variety caught up with Mullally shortly after the hosting announcement was made to talk SAG Awards prep, why she won’t be riffing on politics during the show and the one person she’s hoping to meet on the big day.

How did the hosting job come about?

Well I first heard them say,
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Q&A: Why Megan Mullally Won’t Talk Politics While Hosting the SAG Awards

Q&A: Why Megan Mullally Won’t Talk Politics While Hosting the SAG Awards
Megan Mullally is funny. The “Will & Grace” star can also sing and dance. While she’s not picking up the Oscar hosting gig after the Kevin Hart fiasco, Mullally will take center stage on Sunday, Jan. 27 when she makes her debut as the host of the 25th annual SAG Awards.

Variety caught up with Mullally shortly after the hosting announcement was made to talk SAG Awards prep, why she won’t be riffing on politics during the show and the one person she’s hoping to meet on the big day.

How did the hosting job come about?

Well I first heard them say, “Will you be our ho…?” and I was like, ‘Yeah, I can be your ho!” But then it turns out they actually said “host.” And I was like, “Oh okay, well I could do that, too.”

How do you prepare?

I don’t know! Find
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Op-Ed: On the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, We’re Still Fighting for Access to Safe, Legal Abortion

In January of 1973 — after years of delays, arguments and questioning from an all-male Supreme Court — the world changed for women. Up until then, women didn’t have the right or freedom to control their bodies, lives or future. Up until then, a woman’s ability to access a safe abortion depended on how much money she had, who she was and where she lived. And for some women, it still hasn’t changed. But the fact remains: the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade was a resounding victory: for women,
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Fox’s ‘Rent': Valentina on Pressure of Quick Changes Between ‘Boy Angel’ and ‘Full-on Drag’

As a “RuPaul’s Drag Race” star, Valentina is no stranger to intricate costume changes. Of course, Valentina has never had to go from street clothes to full-on drag in four minutes — until now.

Valentina is playing Angel, a street performer and drag queen in the ’90s, on Fox’s telecast of “Rent” on Sunday. And with that fan-favorite role from the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical comes the great responsibility of going back and forth between two versions of the character, while accounting for the fact its a live broadcast. Because there are definitely not five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes between commercial breaks.

“As Angel, I have many, many costume changes, gender changes, makeup changes, health changes. (laughs),” Valentina said during a Q&A with the cast and producers last week in Los Angeles. “And so I go on this journey of just transforming throughout the show.
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Hugh Jackman ('The Front Runner')

'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Hugh Jackman ('The Front Runner')
"My life has gone places, Scott, that I never, ever thought possible," says Hugh Jackman, the hugely popular Australian actor-singer-dancer, as we sit down at his publicists' New York office to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter's 'Awards Chatter' podcast. "There are so many things that are way beyond coincidence. I feel there has been some guiding hand. I don't have the same belief in God that I had when I was 14 or 15, but I do still have this feeling of a path. There is some kind of path, and if you ...
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CBS and Fox Cheer Big Turnout for NFL Conference Championships

Sunday’s Afc and Nfc championship games were nail-biters that went into overtime and sent viewership into overdrive.

CBS harvested a whopping 53.9 million viewers as New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady led his team to their third consecutive Super Bowl berth in a hard-fought primetime game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Viewership for the Afc clincher was up 27% from the comparable game window last year, when Fox had the late game berth for the Nfc’s Vikings-Eagles bout.

The crowd that turned out to watch the Patriots land a 37-31 victory peaked at 63.8 million viewers in the game’s final half-hour.
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Dermot Mulroney Nabs Lead in Buddy Comedy '2 Men & a Pig' (Exclusive)

Dermot Mulroney Nabs Lead in Buddy Comedy '2 Men & a Pig' (Exclusive)
My Best Friend's Wedding star Dermot Mulroney has nabbed a lead role in Ted Collin's buddy comedy 2 Men & a Pig.

Mulroney joins the indie from Gritty Films Productions about two brothers and a ceramic pig named Charlie on one final road trip, where they become criminals on the run from the law and their past. Mulroney will play the role of Rick, while his character's brother, Michael, is to be portrayed by Jim Connor (Parks & Recreation).

Neal McDonough will play Texas Ranger Walkyre Alabama, while also executive producing, and comedian Dina Nina Martinez has been cast ...
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Super Bowl Liii Preview: Will Rams-Patriots Deliver a Record TV Audience for CBS?

Will the NFL end its TV ratings comeback story this season in victory formation, with a record audience for Super Bowl Liii?

CBS will no doubt garner a super-sized audience in two weeks, when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots square off against Hollywood’s team — the Los Angeles Rams — on Feb. 3 from Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. But the NFL’s championship game hasn’t been immune to the league’s ratings troubles of the past few seasons.

Last year’s Super Bowl, which also featured the Patriots, averaged 103.4 million viewers, an 8 percent dip from the previous season. That was despite a game that set multiple offensive records and featured a thrilling back-and-forth contest (eventually won by the Philadelphia Eagles) that wasn’t decided until the game’s final minute. The previous year, Super Bowl Li, which, again, featured the Patriots, made history for becoming the first Super Bowl to need overtime.
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Why 'Glass' Twist May Feel Unsatisfying

Why 'Glass' Twist May Feel Unsatisfying
[This story contains spoilers for the Universal thriller Glass.]

Comic books have a soft spot for clandestine organizations that yank strings, influence the outside world or conduct involuntary mad science experiments on innocents: See the graphic novel Kingdom Come's Mankind Liberation Front, or perhaps Department K, the outfit responsible for the Weapon X project that birthed Wolverine. So it goes with Glass, M. Night Shyamalan's follow-up to 2017's Split, itself a stealth follow-up to 2000's Unbreakable.

Not content keeping things simple, Shyamalan introduces two parties steering the ship behind the scenes, beginning with Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), first ...
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Hear Drax Project, Hailee Steinfeld Team for New Song ‘Woke Up Late’

Hear Drax Project, Hailee Steinfeld Team for New Song ‘Woke Up Late’
Drax Project have teamed with singer and actress Hailee Steinfeld for the band’s poppy new single “Woke Up Late,” which arrived Monday on digital streaming services.

The New Zealand quartet, who has opened for artists like Lorde and Camila Cabello, also dropped the lyric video for their latest single.

“‘Woke Up Late’ is about wrapping your head around the adventure of the night before and ultimately deciding that you’re cool with it. Given the nature of this story, it did cross our minds while writing it as to
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