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'Wreck-It Ralph' & 'Creed' Sequels Headed Toward Big Thanksgiving Debuts

'Wreck-It Ralph' & 'Creed' Sequels Headed Toward Big Thanksgiving Debuts
As the month rolls on, the yearly box office will receive a generous boost from this long, holiday weekend. The five-day Thanksgiving frame will see Disney debut the animated sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet, MGM will come out punching with Creed II and Lionsgate's release of Robin Hood will hope to steal some of the leftover loot. Additionally, carryover films such as Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and The Grinch will add their own contributions to the bottom line. At the top of the box office, look for Disney Animation's Ralph Breaks the Internet to give the studio the Thanksgiving crown for the third year in a row. Last year Coco delivered a $72.9 million five-day opening while the year before that Moana brought in a massive $82 million, the second largest five-day Thanksgiving opening of all-time. In fact, Disney owns ten of the top eleven five-day Thanksgiving openings
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Alessandro Nivola Eyed to Star in ‘Sopranos’ Movie as Dickey Moltisanti (Exclusive)

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Alessandro Nivola Eyed to Star in ‘Sopranos’ Movie as Dickey Moltisanti (Exclusive)
It looks like David Chase and New Line have found their first star for the “Sopranos” feature film.

Sources tell Variety that Alessandro Nivola is in negotiations to star as Dickey Moltisanti in “The Many Saints of Newark,” the prequel movie to the critically acclaimed and massively successful HBO TV series.

New Line could not be reached for comment on the casting.

In the series, Moltisanti is the deceased uncle of Tony Soprano, played by James Gandolfini, and father of Christopher Moltisanti, played by Michael Imperioli. In the show, the character never appears, as he was murdered prior to the drama’s timeline, but is talked about as someone who, along with Soprano’s father and Uncle Junior, helped turn their small gang into the New Jersey crime family that Soprano eventually heads.

Alan Taylor is directing from a script that series creator Chase penned along with Lawrence Konner. Chase is also producing the pic.
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"Gatz": A ‘Great Gatsby' Origin Series Featuring a Young, Hot, Mixed-Race Gatsby is Coming to YouTube Premium

You know those “The Great Gatsby parties” that everyone throws that are only vaguely inspired by 1920s fashion and completely miss F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s whole message on decadence and the fallacy of the American dream?

The upcoming YouTube Premium series, "Gatz," is that, but worse. This Great Gatsby origin series is being developed at YouTube Premium, which will reimagine
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Margot Robbie Shares Full ‘Birds of Prey’ Movie Title

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Margot Robbie Shares Full ‘Birds of Prey’ Movie Title
Margot Robbie has debuted the full title to “Birds of Prey,” her upcoming superheroine girl gang movie from Warner Bros. and DC.

The actress/producer made shared it on her Instagram on Tuesday. The full title is: “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn).”

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Robbie, reprising her “Suicide Squad” role, will also produce “Birds of Prey.” The film is centered around a revolving group of female heroes and villains, individuals with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

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Birds of Prey” will be produced by Kroll & Co Entertainment’s Sue Kroll and Clubhouse PicturesBryan Unkeless, as well as Robbie’s LuckyChap Entertainment.

Cathy Yan is set to direct. Yan is best
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"Northern Exposure" Revival Starring Rob Morrow In Works At CBS From Original Series Creators, Cast

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A long-talked-about revival of CBS’ cult fave drama series "Northern Exposure" is moving forward. The project has been put in development at CBS with original series star Rob Morrow set to reprise his role and executive produce. It hails from original series co-creators Josh Brand and John Falsey, actor John Corbett, Morrow, Ben Silverman and Universal TV.

Written by Brand, the revival centers on Dr. Joel Fleischman, played by Morrow, who returns to Cicely, Alaska, for the funeral of an old friend and finds a new set of quirky characters and reunites with old ones in this continuation of the classic series.
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‘RBG,’ ‘Free Solo,’ ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Land Producers Guild Awards Documentary Nominations

‘RBG,’ ‘Free Solo,’ ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Land Producers Guild Awards Documentary Nominations
The Dawn Wall, Free Solo, Hal, Into the Okavango, RBG, Three Identical Strangers and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? have been nominated as the best produced documentaries of 2018 by the Producers Guild of America, the PGA announced on Tuesday.

The winner will be announced on Jan. 19 at the 2019 Producers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.
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The Ink Factory Rebooting Roald Dahl's "Tales of the Unexpected" For TV

The Ink Factory Rebooting Roald Dahl's
Exclusive: The Ink Factory has successfully mined the library of John le Carré with "The Night Manager" and "The Little Drummer Girl" and it seems that the company is now looking do the same with acclaimed British author Roald Dahl.

I hear that Simon and Stephen Cornwell’s firm is rebooting Roald Dahl’s "Tales of the Unexpected" for TV and has set up a number of writers to work on the project. The company is working closely with the Roald Dahl Estate on the project.

The series, which was originally produced by Anglia Television for British commercial broadcaster ITV between 1979 and 1988, told a different story each week with Dahl’s trademark sinister and comedic undertones with a twist at the end.
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Update on George Miller's 'Three Thousand Years of Longing'

Update on George Miller's 'Three Thousand Years of Longing'
Three Thousand Years of Longing, the upcoming feature from Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller, is slowly spreading worldwide.

Glen Basner's FilmNation, which introduced the project -- starring Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton -- to buyers at the American Film Market earlier this month, has closed pre-sales in much of Europe and Asia for the feature.

Alongside previously announced deals in France (Metropolitan) and Italy (Eagle), FilmNation signed agreements for the film in Spain (DEA Planeta/Tri Pictures), Poland (Monolith), Scandinavia (Nordisk) and Switzerland (Ascot Elite), among others. The epic love story will be going out in Latin America via IDC,...
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Robert Rodriguez Launches VR Action Film ‘The Limit’ Starring Michelle Rodriguez

Robert Rodriguez Launches VR Action Film ‘The Limit’ Starring Michelle Rodriguez
STXsurreal, the VR studio for Robert SimondsSTX Entertainment, announced on Tuesday the launch of The Limit, a new VR film from director Robert Rodriguez.

Michelle Rodriguez, Norman Reedus, "and You" star in the immersive new story from Rodriguez, a 20-minute action movie captured in a new VR format that stretches wider than 180 degrees. It’s designed to bridge the gap between traditional, large-format filmmaking and newer 360-degree video.

In The Limit, you, the viewer, play a rogue agent with a mysterious past who enlists the help of enhanced super-assassin M-13 (Michelle Rodriguez) to retrieve your identity and strike against the deadly organization that created you.
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The First Time: Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Shannon

The First Time: Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Shannon
Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Shannon remember their first favorite albums, their most embarrassing moments on set and their first bad reviews in the latest installment of “The First Time.”

Shannon and Skarsgård — who co-star on AMC’s new John le Carré adaptation, The Little Drummer Girl — both revealed the first albums they fell in love with. For Skarsgård, who was raised in Sweden, it was the Italo-disco compilation, Max Mix 4, while Shannon remembered his obsession with Phil Collins’ No Jacket Required. “I don’t really have much of a story about it,
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‘It’s a Political Thriller’: ‘The Panama Papers’’ Alex Winter On Tackling Global Corruption

‘It’s a Political Thriller’: ‘The Panama Papers’’ Alex Winter On Tackling  Global Corruption
Amsterdam — At 53, Alex Winter has worn many hats in the entertainment industry, moving from the stage to screen and then finally behind the camera, helming indie oddities such as “Freaked” in 1993 and “Fever” in 1999. Latterly, however, he has proven himself a capable hand with non-fiction, and he arrived at Idfa with his third feature-length doc “The Panama Papers”, following the film’s world premiere at The Hamptons Intl. Film Festival in October.

Shot on an almost as-it-happened basis by Winter and his team, the action starts in 2016, when a (still) anonymous whistle-blower codenamed “John Doe”, voiced in the film by Elijah Wood, contacted German daily newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung with a cache of information relating to financial irregularities involving Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. From there, we see how Doe’s tip-off became a huge global scandal, as the Icij – the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists – began chasing down Doe’s leads,
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Michael B Jordan Punches Jimmy Kimmel (Video)

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Michael B Jordan Punches Jimmy Kimmel (Video)
Ever wanted to just deck Jimmy Kimmel? “Creed 2” star Michael B. Jordan got that opportunity on Tuesday.

The “Jimmy Kimmel Live” host was very interested in the working punches Jordan throws in the “Creed” movies. Foolishly, Kimmel wanted to be on the receiving end of one — a right hook.

Jordan was game so long as he wasn’t going to get sued.

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Of course, the duo did it in slow-motion, and Kimmel’s ABC staff sped it up for playback. Jordan’s slowed-down right packed enough of a punch to send Kimmel crashing *through* his digital wall.

Pretty good spit-take by the guy selling here.

Watch the video above.

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Trump Trashes ‘So Called Comedian’ Michelle Wolf, Says He May Attend White House Correspondents’ Dinner

President Trump took to Twitter late Tuesday evening to praise the White House Correspondents’ Dinner for dumping their traditional comedy routine this year and used it as an opportunity to make a shot at former Netflix star Michelle Wolf.

“So-called comedian Michelle Wolf bombed so badly last year at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that this year, for the first time in decades, they will have an author instead of a comedian,” said Trump. “Good first step in comeback of a dying evening and tradition! Maybe I will go?”

Wolf — who delivered a biting, but divisive monologue at last year’s dinner — fired right back.

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“I bet you’d be on my side if I had killed a journalist,” she said, adding the hashtag “#BeBest” — a callout to First Lady Melania Trump’s campaign against cyberbullying.
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Feng Xiaogang Announces New Film, Denies Tax Fraud Rumors

Chinese director Feng Xiaogang is busy bolstering his patriotic credentials, revealing that his next film will be about Communist Party history even as he aggressively seeks to douse rumors that authorities plan to fine him 2 billion yuan ($288 million) for tax evasion.

His next venture will be a movie about the 70th anniversary of the founding Of the People’s Republic of China, Feng wrote late Tuesday night on China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform. Construction for the new set has begun in Movie Town Haikou, a production site and tourist theme park on the tropical island of Hainan, jointly owned by Feng and his producer, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation.

He described the set as “a towering city,” posting photos of construction progress that showed huge buildings swaddled in scaffolding. He said he hoped to recreate the vibe of Beijing in the 1950s and ‘60s, constructing an old drum tower street, a railway station,
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A Star is Reborn: Rob Sheffield on Lady Gaga’s Second Act

A Star is Reborn: Rob Sheffield on Lady Gaga’s Second Act
Ain’t it hard keeping it so hardcore? Lady Gaga is riding one of the weirdest career resurrections ever witnessed. Not so long ago, she looked totally over, coated in glittery loser dust. But look at her now — she’s America’s cowgirl sweetheart, an Oscar contender, riding the blockbuster success of “Shallow” as A Star Is Born fever just keeps raging. It’s more than a comeback — it’s a shocker twist that changes everything about the Gaga story. Even a longtime fan like me didn’t see this coming.
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The Hidden Message of 'Addams Family Values'

The Hidden Message of 'Addams Family Values'
Addams Family Values is a rare studio-produced family comedy whose creators were not only bold but also playful enough to make their big-budget revival of a decades-old property a modern and even politically savvy comedy. Released just before Thanksgiving in 1993, Addams Family Values continued producer Scott Rudin and director Barry Sonnenfeld’s shared, almost co-conspiratorial vision of cartoonist Charles Addams’s macabre, but loving nuclear family. But what set Addams Family Values apart from the 1991 Addams Family film — thanks in no small part to screenwriter Paul Rudnick’s sharp script — is its relatively cutting sense of humor.

The ...
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Idfa Forum: New Doc ‘Tracks’ Sheppard Sisters’ Sprint into the Spotlight (Exclusive)

Idfa Forum: New Doc ‘Tracks’ Sheppard Sisters’ Sprint into the Spotlight (Exclusive)
Before they appeared on the cover of “Sports Illustrated,” before the TV appearances and red-carpet galas and the surprise home makeover from Tyler Perry, the Sheppard sisters were living in a homeless shelter in Brooklyn with their single mother.

How they overcame adversity and raced their way into the limelight is the subject of “Sisters On Track,” an in-depth portrait of track-and-field stars Tai, Rainn and Brooke Sheppard as they battle through hardship while pursuing Olympic glory. Produced by Anita R. Larsen for Sant & Usant, and directed by Corinne van der Borch and Tone Grøttjord-Glenne, the project will be taking part in the Idfa Forum this week.

Van der Borch first encountered the Sheppards through a mutual friend, who’d met the sisters at a neighborhood block party. It didn’t take long for the Dutch filmmaker, who’s been living in Brooklyn for 12 years, to get drawn in by their story.
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Idfa: French Helmer Mathieu Rochet ‘Chasin’’ Trap Music to Its Source (Exclusive)

When an offbeat daydreamer is sent by the God of Rap to save the world from an epidemic of trap music, he travels to its Atlanta source in search of a hip-hop savior: OutKast, the pioneering Southern rap duo that all but vanished from the music scene a decade ago.

Described by director Mathieu Rochet as an “accidental portrait” of Atlanta and its vibrant hip-hop industry, “Chasin’ Atl” offers an unconventional tribute to trap—the dark, minimalist rap genre that’s conquered airwaves around the world. Produced by Sara Brucker for Temps noir and Resistance Films, and co-produced with Arte France with the support of Cnc and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, the 10-part 6’30” web series is taking part in the Idfa Forum this week.

Starring Belgian comedian Kody Kim as the unsuspecting rap naïf Larry, “Chasin’ Atl” plots the evolution of trap while exploring the underground of Atlanta, a city that moved
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Roadside Attractions Power Couple on Success of Faith-Based Movies and Their Julia Roberts Addiction Drama

Roadside Attractions' cup is running over these days, thanks in large measure to I Can Only Imagine, a Christian movie that is the opposite of the sort of prestige fare most indie distributors are known for.

Run by Howard Cohen and Eric d'Arbeloff — the two are married and have a teenage son — Roadside is enjoying its biggest year ever, with domestic box office revenue registering at $110 million, just shy of Fox Searchlight ($120 million), even as other indies — Global Road, Broad Green — continue to implode. Roadside's previous best was $75.7 million in 2016,...
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Longtime Rtl Exec Anke Schäferkordt Steps Down

Anke Schäferkordt, the former co-ceo of media giant Rtl Group, is stepping down as chief of the group’s Germany division and exiting the company after nearly three decades. Schäferkordt will leave Rtl on Dec. 31.

The company said Schäferkordt’s departure was a mutual and amicable decision. Bernd Reichart, the current managing director of the German channel Vox, will succeed Schäferkordt as CEO of Rtl Deutschland.

“After more than 27 years with Rtl, leaving the company is not an easy step,” Schäferkordt said. “Given our very strong management team and the clear strategic direction we have jointly developed over many years,
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