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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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"Queer as Folk" Reboot in Development at Bravo (Exclusive)

A new version of “Queer as Folk” is currently in the works at Bravo, Variety has learned exclusively.

Russell T. Davies, the creator of the original UK series, is onboard the new project as an executive producer. Stephen Dunn is attached to write and executive produce. Nicola Shindler of Red Productions, who executive produced the original show, will also executive produce along with Lee Eisenberg of Quantity Entertainment. Digital Rights Group will also produce. Emily Brecht of Quantity is co-executive producing. Universal Cable Productions is the studio.

The original “Queer as Folk” ran for 10 episodes between 1999 and 2000 in the UK.
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Penny Marshall, "Laverne & Shirley" Star, Director, Dies at 75

  • Variety
Penny Marshall,
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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"Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Renewed for Seasons 3 and 4 at Netflix

Netflix has ordered two more seasons of “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.”

The streamer has ordered another 16 episodes of the series, which will be split into two parts like Season 1 and 2. Season 3 and 4 will begin production in 2019. Season 2 is set to premiere April 5, 2019.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and witchcraft. It finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.

It stars Kiernan Shipka,
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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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"Elementary" to End CBS Run After Season 7

"Elementary" is coming to an end on CBS, Variety has confirmed.

The procedural will wrap up following its upcoming seventh season on the broadcaster, which does not currently have a premiere date. All 13 episodes of Season 7 have been shot. According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, the network and producers came to the conclusion to end the show after it was renewed back in May.

More to come…
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"The Terror" Season 2 Adds George Takei as Consultant and Series Regular

AMC announced today that renowned actor, producer, author and activist George Takei will join the second season of the critically acclaimed, Ridley Scott-produced anthology series, The Terror, as a consultant and series regular. The network previously announced actor Derek Mio will star in the series as Chester Nakayama; Josef Kubota Wladyka (Narcos) will direct the first two episodes. Production is scheduled to begin in January in Vancouver. Season two will air on AMC in 2019 with ten episodes. Set during World War II, the second season of The Terror centers on a series of bizarre deaths that haunt a …
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"Making a Murderer" Detective Sues Netflix for Allegedly Framing Steven Avery

A retired Wisconsin sheriff’s detective, Andrew Colborn, is suing Netflix for defamation, alleging that the hit docu-series Making a Murderer falsely claims he planted evidence to frame Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey for murder, Variety reports.

The suit, filed in Manitowoc County Circuit Court in Wisconsin, alleges that the series and its filmmakers “omitted, distorted, and falsified material and significant facts in an effort to portray [Colborn] as a corrupt police officer who planted evidence to frame an innocent man. Defendants did so with actual malice and in order to
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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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Here Are 2018’s 15 Highest-Rated Broadcast Shows Among Millennials (Photos)

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TV advertisers may be in love with adults 18-49, but within that demo is a more narrow group of tastemakers broadcasters covet: millennials. Yes, when the 22-37 range isn’t streaming something, they are (occasionally) watching shows on CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC. Here TheWrap rounds up 2018’s 15 highest-rated shows among that group, according to the “most current” data set from Nielsen through Dec. 9. This ranking excludes news, sports, repeats, specials and awards/pageants. It includes one week of delayed viewing where available.

Fun fact: Where this list cuts off, Thursday and Wednesday broadcasts of CBS’ “Big Brother” tie for 16th place among millennials, with the Sunday night show landing the next highest-rated slot.

Rank: 13 (tie)

Show: “New Amsterdam”

Net: NBC

Rating 22-37: 1.9

Rank: 13 (tie)

Show: “Ellen’s Game of Games”

Net: NBC

Rating 22-37: 1.9

Rank: 13 (tie)

Show: “The Bachelorette

Net: ABC

Rating 22-37: 1.9

Rank: 9 (tie)

Show:
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TV News Roundup: NBC Announces Midseason Premiere Dates

In today’s roundup, NBC reveals midseason premiere dates for six shows, including “The Voice.”

Dates

NBC has announced midseason premiere dates for four returning and two new series. “The Voice” will air Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m., and March 5 at 8 p.m. It will return April 23 at 8 p.m. The third season of “World of Dance” will air Feb. 26 at 9 p.m. and return to its regular timeslot on March 3 at 8 p.m. Season 2 of “Good Girls” returns March 3 at 10 p.m, and comedy series “A.P. Bio” comes back March 7 at 8:30 p.m.
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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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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,
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Penny Marshall: What You Saw On Screen Was What You Saw in Life

Penny Marshall: What You Saw On Screen Was What You Saw in Life
Penny Marshall, from the Bronx, had a voice you didn’t forget.

She talked in a molasses-slow, nasal whine, but her mind moved like a torpedo, finding every laugh where it was needed and the time to talk you through whatever got you down. Penny suffered from depression. She was a funny lady with no end of sorrows that she turned into comic shtick. Her death at 75, from diabetes complications, came after tough times for this actress-director-producer dynamo. Following a lung and brain cancer diagnosis in 2010 (“I was a grumpy patient”) and a long recovery,
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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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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Post-Credits Scene Explained

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Post-Credits Scene Explained
(In case it wasn’t clear from the headline, there are spoilers here for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”)

The live-action version of Spider-Man may be contained within the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the foreseeable future, but Sony can still do what it wants with animated “Spider-Man” flicks — and thank goodness for that, because “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” totally owns with the way it embraces all corners of the Spider-Canon.

But if you thought the seven Spider-People who participate in the plot in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” — Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), Peter Parker (Chris Pine), Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson), Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn), Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage) and Spider-Ham (John Mulaney) — represented the full breadth of the Spider-Verse, well, you are sorely mistaken.

The post-credits scene for “Into the Spider-Verse” introduces us to another important Spider-Man from the comics, and also visits a past small screen incarnation of Peter Parker.
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Ronnie Milsap Announces 2019 76 for 76 Tour

Ronnie Milsap Announces 2019 76 for 76 Tour
With his 76th birthday and the release of a brand-new album of duets just one month away, tireless entertainer Ronnie Milsap plans to spend plenty of time in the new year where he’s right at home — on the concert stage. The Country Music Hall of Fame legend, whose pop-country hits including “Any Day Now,” “Stranger in My House” and “(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me,” kicks off the upcoming trek, the 76 for 76 Tour, with a January 16th birthday show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, which is likely to feature several surprise guests.
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CBS News Faces New Challenges in Weeks Ahead

At CBS News, President David Rhodes has a series of important decisions to make that could affect the trajectories of some of TV’s best-known news programs.

As its parent company seeks to move forward from recent seismic events – the ouster of its former CEO, Leslie Moonves; a corporate probe into its workplace culture; and a near-showdown in court with the company’s controlling shareholder, National Amusements Inc. – CBS News has a number of challenges looming. Meeting some of them has been delayed by the recent corporate controversies, but Rhodes is likely to focus on new remedies in the weeks ahead.
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Penny Marshall: It Didn’t Always Come Easy, But She Made It Work

Penny Marshall: It Didn’t Always Come Easy, But She Made It Work
The first time many Americans encountered Penny Marshall on their television sets, it was in this commercial for Head and Shoulders.

The ad’s main selling point is meant to be the luxurious blonde mane of Marshall’s co-star, Farrah Fawcett. But there’s something in the dry exasperation with which Marshall responds to Fawcett’s relaxed and bubbly energy that makes the whole idea land. As Fawcett blathers on and on, Marshall keeps patiently brushing her hair with an expression that makes clear how much harder she has to
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