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'Ralph' Reigns Over Slow Weekend at the Box Office While 'Aquaman' Dominates in China Debut

'Ralph' Reigns Over Slow Weekend at the Box Office While 'Aquaman' Dominates in China Debut
The domestic weekend was, for the most part, as light as was expected. While it wasn't the lowest grossing weekend of the year so far, it was the second lowest with the top twelve delivering a combined $77.8 million. This is all in advance of what should be a profitable holiday season to come and we got a hint as to just how profitable it could be with the launch of WB's Aquaman in China this weekend where the film delivered a massive $93.6 million, becoming the #1 film globally from one market alone. Beginning with the domestic box office, while it looked like it might be neck-and-neck between Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet and Universal and Illumination's The Grinch at the top of the box office following Friday's estimates, Ralph carried the weekend as expected, though The Grinch wasn't far behind. Ralph brought in an estimated $16.1 million for the weekend,
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'Roma' Voted Best Picture by New York Film Critics Online

'Roma' Voted Best Picture by New York Film Critics Online
Roma was named best picture of the year by the New York Film Critics Online.

The vote took place Sunday, the same day that the L.A. Film Critics Association also voted Alfonso Cuaron's black-and-white, semiautobiographical film as best picture of 2018.

In addition, Cuaron was tapped as best director and best cinematographer for his work on the film.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? co-stars Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant were named best actress and best supporting actor, respectively, while Ethan Hawke was voted best actor for First Reformed and Regina King took the supporting actor prize for If Beale Street ...
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Hey Now, Hey Now! Hilary Duff Is Having "Conversations" About a Lizzie McGuire Reboot

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Hey Now, Hey Now! Hilary Duff Is Having
Hilary Duff just revealed there have been talks of a Lizzie McGuire revival, and this is what our early 2000s dreams are made of. The 31-year-old Younger actress told Entertainment Tonight on Thursday that the hit Disney Channel TV show may be returning, though not for a while.

"There have been some conversations," Duff shared, although she also told E! News it's "very far off into the distance."

Viewers last saw Lizzie in 2003, as she traveled Rome during the beloved Lizzie McGuire Movie. While fans can't go marking their calendars for a reboot just yet, Duff admits this potential revival could be very exciting.

"I love her so much," Duff said of Lizzie, 15 years after the show's end. "I think that she was so important to girls at an important time in their life. If she could be important to them again at this age, I think that would be amazing.
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Katie Cassidy Is Married: Arrow Star Weds Matthew Rodgers

Katie Cassidy Is Married: Arrow Star Weds Matthew Rodgers
Katie Cassidy is a married woman! The 32-year-old Arrow actress wed Matthew Rodgers on Saturday in front of family and friends at Sunset Key, Florida. Cassidy announced the news on her Instagram page. She also posted a photo of her kissing her new husband. She wore a long-sleeve, lace Pronovias gown and her hair in a bun, with no veil and he wore a white jacket over black pants. "I can't help falling in love with you..." she wrote. "Yes! It's official! #MrsRodgers I love you my husband." Cassidy, the daughter of the late David Cassidy, had recently teased her wedding with an Instagram Stories photo from a resort, bearing the caption, "Hair and...
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‘The Umbrella Academy’ Superheroes Series Premiere Date Set on Netflix

‘The Umbrella Academy’ Superheroes Series Premiere Date Set on Netflix
The dysfunctional-family superheroes of “The Umbrella Academy” are landing on Netflix worldwide on Feb. 15, 2019.

The live-action series is based on the “Umbrella Academy” comic books created and written by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá, published by Dark Horse Comics. The Netflix original series comprises 10 one-hour episodes.

The Umbrella Academy” stars Ellen Page, Mary J. Blige, Cameron Britton, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Colm Feore, Adam Godley, John Magaro, Ashley Madekwe and Kate Walsh.

The story’s setup: On the same day in October 1989, 43 infants are inexplicably born to unconnected women who showed no
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Scores from ‘Green Book,’ ‘Solo,’ Others Disqualified from Oscar Race (Exclusive)

Scores from ‘Green Book,’ ‘Solo,’ Others Disqualified from Oscar Race (Exclusive)
First-round voting is underway for Oscar’s Original Song and Original Score categories, but Academy music-branch voters are discovering that four talked-about scores are missing from the eligibility list.

Music for “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” “Green Book,” “Mandy” and “The Other Side of the Wind” has been disqualified for various reasons, Variety has learned.

More than 150 scores are in the running, although only the approximately 300 music-branch members have access to the list when they log onto the Academy website to cast their ballots. This year, unlike previous years, the Academy chose not to release the complete rundowns of qualified scores and songs.

Solo: A Star Wars Story,” composed by John Powell with themes by John Williams, was nixed by the board as having been entered too late for the competition (deadline was Nov. 15).

“Mandy,” the Nicolas Cage revenge thriller that featured the late Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson’s final score,
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‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Opens Regal; ‘Vox Lux’ Solid and ‘The Favourite’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office

‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Opens Regal; ‘Vox Lux’ Solid and ‘The Favourite’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office
The Queens have it again. Focus Features opened Mary Queen of Scots in four New York and L.A. locations Friday to a robust start, taking in over $200K for a weekend, topping $50,045 per-heater average, placing it as the 11th highest PTA of the year as of Sunday morning.

Specialty moviegoers are clearly satiating their zest for period films centering on monarchs from the British Isles. Fox Searchlight’s The Favourite had the year’s highest opening weekend PTA at $105K. Now in its third weekend, the feature, starring Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, as well as Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz as her aristocratic suitors, expanded over the weekend, grossing $1.43M in 91 theaters, averaging $15,714.

Though Mary Queen of Scots reigned among limited-release openers, Neon’s Vox Lux by Brady Corbet and Peter HedgesBen Is Back, released via Ld Entertainment, Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate, had solid showings. Vox Lux,
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‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Fact Check: Was There Really a Gay Affair in Mary’s Court?

‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Fact Check: Was There Really a Gay Affair in Mary’s Court?
(Spoilers ahead for “Mary Queen of Scots”)

“Mary, Queen of Scots,” the feature film debut of stage director Josie Rourke, is filled with all of the backstabbing, palace intrigue and secrecy you’d expect from the Elizabethan era.

One of the film’s secrets actually leads to a treasonous bit of palace intrigue and literal backstabbing.

In “Mary, Queen of Scots,” which stars Saoirse Ronan in the titular role and Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth I, Mary’s Italian-born courtier and confidant David Rizzio (Ismael Cruz Cordova) is heavily implied to be gay. Mary says at one point during the film, as he’s dressed in a dress pretending to be one of her chambermaids, that she does not hold Rizzio’s “nature” against him.

The historical record is unclear, but Rourke told TheWrap,
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‘Bumblebee’ Film Review: Michael Bay’s Exit from the Director’s Chair Leads to the Best ‘Transformers’ Yet

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‘Bumblebee’ Film Review: Michael Bay’s Exit from the Director’s Chair Leads to the Best ‘Transformers’ Yet
It’s been 11 years since Michael Bay took the reins of the live-action “Transformers” movies, and in that time he has infused these films with a particular, cacophonous audio-visual aesthetic that has more in common with a rollercoaster at a rave in a war zone than what we would otherwise consider conventional, cinematic storytelling. His approach has its fans, but with “Bumblebee,” we can finally see what a filmmaker other than Michael Bay could do with the concept of alien machines that transform into stuff.

And it turns out they could do wonders.

Bumblebee,” directed by Travis Knight (“Kubo and the Two Strings”), is the best “Transformers” movie so far, going all the way back to the 1986 animated film. And although one could argue that that’s a relatively low bar, since narrative coherence and recognizable character development are all it really takes to best its predecessors, saying so is
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‘Minding the Gap’ Wins Top Award From International Documentary Association

‘Minding the Gap’ Wins Top Award From International Documentary Association
Bing Liu’s skateboarding movie “Minding The Gap” has won the International Documentary Association’s award for top feature of 2018.

Floyd Russ’s “Zion” was awarded best short. Netflix’s “Wild Wild Country” won for best limited series and HBO’s “John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls” took the ABC News VideoSource Award. PBS’ “POV” won for best curated series, Showtime’s “The Trade” for best episodic series, Mel Films for best short form series, and Jayisha Patel’s “Circle” for the David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award.

Both Melissa Haizlip’s “Mr. Soul!” and Steve Loveridge’s “Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.” were each awarded best music documentary while “Bisbee ’17” and “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” were each awarded best music score. The New York Times’ “Caliphate” took the inaugural award in the audio documentary category.

Ricki Lake hosted the ceremonies Saturday night for the 34th
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China Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Sinks All Challengers With $94 Million Opening

China Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Sinks All Challengers With $94 Million Opening
The decision to release “Aquaman” in China two weeks prior to its North American outing paid off handsomely. The DC Comics adaptation achieved a massive $94.1 million opening in three days, according to data from Asian entertainment consultancy Artisan Gateway.

The early release meant that the film played against weak opposition – tired Hollywood and Chinese holdovers and a small Chinese picture. That allowed it to achieve an 85% market share. National box office for the weekend was $108 million.

The opening figures represented the biggest weekend ever for a Warner Bros. title in China – the film was released in China through state-owned China Film Group – beating “Ready Player One” by 66%. It was also by far the best score for a DC Comics title, which are sometimes considered too dark for mainstream audience tastes in China, compared with Disney’s Marvel franchise. It beat “Justice League” by 92% and “Batman Vs Superman” by 78% and overtook
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Alfonso Cuarón Details ‘Roma’ Cinematography With ‘Gravity’ Dp Emmanuel Lubezki

Alfonso Cuarón Details ‘Roma’ Cinematography With ‘Gravity’ Dp Emmanuel Lubezki
As part of an overall push to bring Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” to awards season voters, Netflix’s “‘Roma’ Experience'” played host to guild and Academy members Sunday in Hollywood. The all-day event featured panels focused on the film’s crafts and an audio-visual installation akin to the streamer’s FYSee initiative for Emmy contenders, featuring costumes and art department elements as well as a surround-sound immersion into the movie’s soundscape.

The final panel was the day’s hottest ticket: a conversation between Cuarón and his longtime cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. Cuarón had in fact designed “Roma” to be shot by Lubezki and put in a lot of early prep work with the three-time Oscar winner. With the financial success of “Gravity,” Cuarón was able to make his next movie precisely the way he wanted to. For him, the most valuable resource when working is time, so he plotted out plenty of it.
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Bill Cosby Is to Blame for ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ Ban, Says Songwriter’s Daughter

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Bill Cosby Is to Blame for ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ Ban, Says Songwriter’s Daughter
The banning of the holiday classic “Baby It’s Cold Outside” because critics suggest it alludes to date rape is ruffling the songwriter’s daughter, who blames the turn of events on Bill Cosby.

“Bill Cosby ruined it for everybody,” Susan Loesser — whose father is legendary songwriter Frank Loesser — told NBC News on Thursday.

“Way before #MeToo, I would hear from time to time people call it a date rape song. I would get annoyed because it’s a song my father wrote for him and my mother to sing at parties. But ever since Cosby was accused of drugging women, I hear the date rape thing all the time.”

Also Read: Radio Station Yanks 'Baby It's Cold Outside' in Support of #MeToo Movement

Cleveland’s Star 102.1 radio station pulled the song last week as show of support for the #MeToo movement, with disc jockey Glenn Anderson calling the lyrics
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‘Outlander’ Recap: Jamie Encounters William Again in ‘Blood of My Blood’

‘Outlander’ Recap: Jamie Encounters William Again in ‘Blood of My Blood’
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Blood Of My Blood,” the sixth episode of “Outlander” Season 4.

The action in “Blood of My Blood” picked up almost immediately after the previous week’s episode, as evidenced by the fact that Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) was still staying with Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) at Fraser’s Ridge. But Murtagh quickly became old news in terms of reunions when Lord John Grey (David Berry) showed up — with young William (Oliver Finnegan) in tow.

The last time Jamie saw his son, Willie was just six years old,
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‘Elseworlds, Part 1’ Recap: Barry Allen and Oliver Queen Swap Skills, Visit Superman

Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Elseworlds, Part 1,” the first part of the 2018 “Arrowverse” crossover, which aired Dec. 9.

After past crossovers that introduced beloved characters’ doppelgangers, a wedding and death, “Elseworlds,” the fifth annual “Arrowverse” event, had a lot to which to live up. Unlike previous years, this crossover actually went smaller in scope, featuring only three of the four shared universe DC on the CW series: “The Flash,” “Arrow” and “Supergirl.” However, emotionally, the goal was to go deeper, says “Arrow” showrunner Beth Schwartz.

“Elseworlds, Part 1” delivered on that right from the start, with
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‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Teaser Reveals Episode Titles, 2019 Release

Netflix dropped a new teaser for the upcoming third season of “Stranger Things” Sunday, confirming that it will land on the streamer in 2019.

The teaser also revealed the episode titles for the third season, which are as follows: “Suzie, Do You Copy?,” “The Mall Rats,” “The Case of the Missing Lifeguard,” “The Sauna Test,” “The Source,” “The Birthday,” “The Bite,” and “The Battle of Starcourt.” Its logline reads “In the summer of 1985, the adventure continues.”

The cast has teased that the third season will be the darkest yet. Millie Bobby Brown, David Harbour, Winona Ryder, Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schapp,
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‘Stranger Things 3’ Set for 2019 Premiere on Netflix – Here’s a Sneak Peek at Episode Titles (Video)

Netflix is taking you back to the Upside Down next year. The streamer dropped a new teaser video Sunday, announcing “Stranger Things 3” will launch in 2019.

Though a date isn’t set yet for the return of the Millie Bobby Brown-led sci-fi series, Netflix did offer up a sneak peek at the next installment’s episode titles in the 1-minute clip, which include: “Suzie, Do You Copy?,” “The Mall Rats,” “The Case of the Missing Lifeguard,” “The Sauna Test,” “The Source,” “The Birthday,” “The Bite” and “The Battle of Starcourt.”

(Yes, you have permission to begin theorizing about those eight monikers immediately.)

Also Read: 'Stranger Things 3': Netflix Explains Why Series Isn't Coming Back Until (Probably) Summer 2019

“In the summer of 1985, the adventure continues…” a title card closing out the video reads, before the teaser confirms the third season of the Duffer Brothers-created show will launch next year.

The news
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Nicolas Cage Adds Hollywood Glamour at Macau Film Fest's Opening Ceremony

Nicolas Cage Adds Hollywood Glamour at Macau Film Fest's Opening Ceremony
Nicolas Cage was the big draw at the opening night of the International Film Festival and Awards Macao (Iffam) on Saturday, as for one evening the film industry stole the limelight in the city-state famed for its casinos.

Macau, the “Las Vegas of the East”, is playing host to the third edition of Iffam and the opening ceremony saw stars from Hollywood and Asian cinema walk the carpet at Macau's Cultural Convention Center.

Cage, an Iffam talent ambassador who also held an actor's masterclass at the festival on Sunday, stole the show on the red carpet ...
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‘Doctor Who’ Special Trailer: DNA of ‘Most Dangerous Creature in the Universe’ Unearthed (Video)

BBC has good news and bad news for “Doctor Who” fans.

The good news: Jodie Whitaker’s first season as the Thirteenth Doctor will finish with a New Year’s Day special, which you can get a peek at in the new trailer released Sunday. The bad news: After that, there won’t be any more “Doctor Who” until 2020.

In the trailer for the special episode, “Resolution,” a very serious Doctor tells her companions that they have stumbled upon “the DNA of the most dangerous creature in the universe” that has been buried on Earth for over a millennium. Although the identity of the “creature” isn’t revealed, fans already have an idea of what it is: the Doctor’s most infamous arch-enemies, the Daleks.

Watch the trailer below.

This New Year's Day, the most dangerous creature in the universe is stirring…

The #DoctorWho New Year's Day special premieres January 1 at 8pm on @Bbcamerica.
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Iffam: Erik Matti Hatches Plans for ‘On The Job’ Franchise

Filipino director Erik Matti is known for his eclectic body of work that includes “Honor Thy Father” and “Seklusyon.” His 2013 effort, “On The Job” travelled widely and won several awards including two at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, and was nominated for an Sacd Prize at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

Matti is at the International Film Festival and Awards Macao this week with the action thriller “BuyBust” that is showing in the festival’s Flying Daggers strand. The film has shown in Bucheon, Fantasia and the Berlin Fanstasy Filmfest.

Inspired by real life events, “On The Job” focused on prisoners who are temporarily released to act as contract killers on behalf of powerful people. The film is now part of a rapidly expanding franchise.

“On The Job 2” is currently filming and is due to complete principal photography by February, with a view to releasing it in the Philippines on
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