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Fox's 'Alita' Leads Worst President's Day Weekend in 15 Years

Fox's 'Alita' Leads Worst President's Day Weekend in 15 Years
The three-day President's Day weekend last year saw the top twelve gross over $270 million, the bulk of which was due to the over $202 million three-day opening for Black Panther, accounting for nearly 74% of the combined top twelve gross. This year didn't have such a monster release, and while expectations were muted, the top twelve's combined $109.1 million makes for the worst three-day President's Day weekend since 2004. Leading the charge was Fox's Alita: Battle Angel, delivering $27.8 million for the three-day. Elsewhere, while Universal's release of Blumhouse's Happy Death Day 2U fell short of expectations, it has already grossed more than its production budget and WB's release of New Line's Isn't It Romantic took advantage of Valentine's Day leading into the weekend and delivered a third place finish. Fox's Alita: Battle Angel topped the weekend box office with ease, outperforming expectations and delivering an estimated $27.8 million over the three-day weekend
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Writers Guild Awards 2019 Winners List – Updating Live

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Writers Guild Awards 2019 Winners List – Updating Live
The 71st annual Writers Guild Awards are being handed out tonight in simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. Deadline will be updating the winners here as they are announced.

Here is the complete list of winners announced so far at the 2019 Writers Guild Awards, followed by the list of nominees:

News Script – Analysis, Feature, Or Commentary

“Wounds of War” (60 Minutes), Written by Scott Pelley, Katie Kerbstat, Nicole Young; CBS News

Documentary Screenplay

Bathtubs Over Broadway

Written by Ozzy Inguanzo & Dava Whisenant; Focus Features

Comedy Series

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Written by Kate Fodor, Noah Gardenswartz, Jen Kirkman, Sheila Lawrence, Daniel Palladino, Amy Sherman Palladino; Prime Video

Children’S Episodic And Specials

“The Ersatz Elevator: Part One” (A Series of Unfortunate Events), Teleplay by Daniel Handler; Netflix

Short Form New Media Original

Class of Lies, Written by Tessa Leigh Williams; Snapchat

Quiz And Audience Participation

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,
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WGA Awards 2019: ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Wins Comedy Series Award

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The 71st annual Writers Guild Awards are underway at dual ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. and at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won the comedy series award for Kate Fodor, Noah Gardenswartz, Jen Kirkman, Sheila Lawrence, Daniel Palladino and Amy Sherman Palladino. The series won the Emmy for best comedy series last year.

Bill Hader and Alec Berg won the episodic comedy award for the opening segment of HBO’s “Barry,” “Chapter One: Make Your Mark” (“Barry”).

Stephanie Gillis won the animated award for the “Bart’s Not Dead” episode and Alex Gansa took the episodic drama award for the “Paean To The People” segment of “Homeland.”

Chelsea Peretti hosted the West Coast ceremonies while Roy Wood Jr. was the emcee in New York

Original screenplay nominees are Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma”; Adam McKay’s “Vice”; Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade”; Bryan Woods,
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Bette Midler to Perform on the Oscars

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Bette Midler to Perform on the Oscars
Bette Midler will perform “The Place Where Lost Things Go” at the Oscar ceremonies on Feb. 24, Variety has learned.

Midler, a longtime friend of composer-lyricist Marc Shaiman, will sing the song originally performed by Emily Blunt in “Mary Poppins Returns.” The song, by Shaiman and his lyricist partner Scott Wittman, is one of five nominees for best original song.

The Academy teased this on Jan. 31 by tweeting, “Spoiler Alert: It will be performed by a surprise special guest.”

This was in the aftermath of a Variety report about the original plan, which was to perform only two of the five nominated songs (“Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” and “All the Stars” from “Black Panther”). The backlash resulted in the Academy’s decision to perform all five nominated songs, including the one from “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Shaiman is expected to accompany Midler on piano.

“As a child of the ’60s,
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Jussie Smollett’s Lawyers Say ‘Empire’ Star Didn’t Play “Role In His Own Attack”

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Jussie Smollett’s Lawyers Say ‘Empire’ Star Didn’t Play “Role In His Own Attack”
As Chicago police declare a significant shift in “the trajectory of the investigation” of the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett nearly three weeks ago, the attorneys for the Empire star has come out swinging tonight in his defense.

“As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with,” said defense lawyers Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson in a statement obtained by Deadline.

He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack,” the Chicago-based attorneys add of the supposed assault in the early hours of January 29. “Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.” (Read The Full Statement Below)

Earlier Saturday, a law enforcement official close to the Chicago
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Dwayne Johnson Wraps ‘Most Challenging Film’ Ever

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Dwayne Johnson Wraps ‘Most Challenging Film’ Ever
It’s a wrap on Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

Dwayne Johnson shared the news Friday on Instagram, saying production just ended on the “most challenging film” he’s ever done.

“Hobbs & Shaw is officially wrapped,” Johnson wrote. “Easily the most challenging film I’ve ever produced and starred in, however based on the fans’ insanely hyped ‘break the internet’ reactions to our first trailer — this film is also shaping up to be my most rewarding.”

The wrestler-turned-box office heavyweight went on to praise co-star Jason Statham for joining him on the adventure.

“A Huge bald and brotherly Mahalo to the man who trusted me and our chemistry and ‘pushed all his chips in’ to make something bad ass and fun for the fans. My uso @jasonstatham,” he added.

The spinoff, directed by David Leitch is set two years after the events of The Fate of the Furious,
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'Downfall' Actor Bruno Ganz Dies at 77

'Downfall' Actor Bruno Ganz Dies at 77
Bruno Ganz, one of Europe's most acclaimed film and theater actors who was best known for his towering performance as Adolf Hitler in the Oscar-nominated Downfall — a performance that earned him accolades and launched a million memes — has died. He was 77.

Ganz's management confirmed that the Swiss actor died Friday evening at his home in Zurich following a long illness.

Ganz was an iconic figure in the German-speaking world and beyond, his gravely, Swiss-accented voice as instantly recognizable as his mercurial style, which could shift from reserved and withdrawn to volcanic in an instant.

Born in ...
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Cinematographers Praise Academy Reversal: ‘We Thank You for Your Show of Respect’

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Cinematographers Praise Academy Reversal: ‘We Thank You for Your Show of Respect’
Cinematographers who fought the decision to curtail four Oscar presentations have praised the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for reversing the exclusions.

“We thank you for your show of respect for the hard-working members of the film community, whose dedication and exceptional talents deserve the public recognition this reversal now allows them to enjoy,” said American Society of Cinematographers president Kees van Osstrom, who spearheaded the opposition.

“The honor offered by the Academy Awards is vital to validating the claim that everyone contributing to the making of a motion picture is an artist,” he added.

Van Oostrum and three other ASC members — Hoyte van Hoytema, Rachel Morrison and Emmanuel Lubezki — met Thursday night with Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy, and Academy president John Bailey to press their case. The controversy had exploded when AMPAS announced Monday that the portions of the awards for four categories — cinematography, film editing,
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Jussie Smollett Attack: Arrested Individuals Released Due to "New Evidence"

Jussie Smollett Attack: Arrested Individuals Released Due to
The individuals arrested on Friday by Chicago police in regards to the Jussie Smollett attack have been released without charges due to "new evidence."

"Empire Case Update: Due to new evidence as a result of today's interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the #Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete," Chicago Pd deputy director of news affairs and communications Tom Ahern tweeted Friday.

Two men were arrested Friday morning in the case of the alleged assault, but were not charged with a crime. The arrests came ...
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Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ Gets November 2020 Release Date

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Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ Gets November 2020 Release Date
Warner Bros. has scheduled Legendary’s science-fiction tentpole “Dune” for a Nov. 20, 2020, release in 3D and Imax.

Aquaman” star Jason Momoa is in negotiations to join the “Dune” reboot with Timothee Chalamet, Javier Bardem, Rebecca Ferguson, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, and Zendaya. Production is expected to launch in the spring in Budapest and Jordan.

Dune” centers on the battle for control of the desert planet Arrakis. Chalamet is playing the leader Paul Atreides, who is forced to escape into the wastelands, where he eventually becomes the ruler of the nomadic tribes.

Arrival” and “Blade Runner 2049” director Denis Villeneuve is helming and co-writing the script with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts. The movie will be produced by Villeneuve, Mary Parent, and Cale Boyter, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Thomas Tull, and Kim Herbert serving as executive producers.

Dune” is based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel. The
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‘True Detective’ Recap: The Downward Spiral

In a True Detective hour where familiar symbols make a big, mind-blowing comeback, there’s a morbid and marvelous shot near the start of this week’s episode — “The Final Country” — that serves as a signifier all its own. It’s 1990, and detective Wayne Hays arrives at an unspecified crime scene, seemingly right near where Will Purcell was killed and his sister Julie potentially kidnapped one decade earlier. With the camera locked on him, the policeman makes his way up the twisting stairs of a tower near the woods, slowing
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‘True Detective’ Season 3 Just Revealed Its Villain – Here’s What It Means

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(Spoilers ahead for Season 3, episode 6 of “True Detective”)

It took a while for “True Detective” Season 3 to get to the point, spending the first five episodes ambling through this mystery with very few clues to help viewers figure out what in the world is happening here.

But I had an idea, after that first Sunday when the first two episodes of the season aired. I suggested that the kidnapping of the Purcell children was part of a conspiracy involving the Hoyt family of Hoyt Foods. That would be a very “True Detective” direction for this story to go, and with nothing that really firmly pointed at any suspects, that seemed like the most logical guess at the time.

And as the season went on, continuing to avoid presenting a plausible list of suspects, I couldn’t help but assume that the Hoyt family had to be involved. And, finally, the
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‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ and ‘Eighth Grade’ Wins Writers Guild Awards for Film

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“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” has been named the best adapted screenplay of 2018 by the Writers Guild of America. Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade” was named the year’s best original screenplay, scoring a surprising upset over Oscar Best Picture and screenplay nominees “Green Book,” “Roma” and “Vice.”

Eighth Grade” is not even nominated for the original-screenplay Oscar, making it the first WGA screenplay winner not to be nominated for the Oscar since Michael Moore’s “Bowling for Columbine” in 2003.

While “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” is an Oscar screenplay nominee, it was not nominated for Best Picture and was competing against three films that had been nominated in that category: “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman” and “A Star Is Born,” plus “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

Also Read: 11 Best Movies of 2018, From 'Paddington 2' to 'Eighth Grade' (Photos)

In the television categories, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” continued its awards-show
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WGA Awards 2019: ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me,’ ‘Eighth Grade’ Win Screenplay Awards

WGA Awards 2019: ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me,’ ‘Eighth Grade’ Win Screenplay Awards
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” has won the Writers Guild of America’s adapated screenplay award for Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty and Bo Burnham has won the original screenplay award for “Eighth Grade.”

Burnham credited star Elsie Fisher for his winning the award. Burnham won over Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma”; Adam McKay’s “Vice”; Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, and John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place”; and Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, and Brian Currie’s “Green Book.” “Roma,” “Vice” and “Green Book” are all nominated for Academy Awards but “Eight Grade” isn’t nominated for an Oscar.

Eighth Grade,” which
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WGA Awards 2019: ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me,’ ‘Eighth Grade’ Win Screenplay Awards

WGA Awards 2019: ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me,’ ‘Eighth Grade’ Win Screenplay Awards
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” has won the Writers Guild of America’s adapated screenplay award for Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty and Bo Burnham has won the original screenplay award for “Eighth Grade.”

Burnham credited star Elsie Fisher for his winning the award. Burnham won over Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma”; Adam McKay’s “Vice”; Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, and John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place”; and Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, and Brian Currie’s “Green Book.” “Roma,” “Vice” and “Green Book” are all nominated for Academy Awards but “Eight Grade” isn’t nominated for an Oscar.

Eighth Grade,” which stars Fisher as an awkward teen dealing with the final week of eighth grade, also won the first-time Directors Guild of America Award for Burnham on Feb. 3.

“Have fun at the Oscars, losers!” Burnham joked. “This is all due to Elsie Fisher.”

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won the comedy series award for Kate Fodor,
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Sen. Lindsey Graham Continues to Kiss Trump’s Ass, at the Expense of School Kids

South Carolina’s senior Senator Lindsey Graham visited Face the Nation Sunday morning and told host Margaret Brennan that President Trump’s border wall is more important for kids than building schools. When Brennan told him funding could be pulled from constructing a new middle school in Kentucky and diverted to fund the wall, Graham responded, “I would say it’s better for the middle school kids in Kentucky to have a secure border…right now we’ve got a national emergency on our hands.”

When asked about military construction projects that could be cut,
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On the Charts: Ariana Grande Has Best Sales Week of Career With ‘Thank U, Next’

On the Charts: Ariana Grande Has Best Sales Week of Career With ‘Thank U, Next’
Ariana Grande easily captured Number One, her second trip atop the Billboard 200 in six months, as the singer’s Thank U, Next opened with 360,000 total copies, the best sales of Grande’s career.

Of the 360,000 haul, 116,000 came from traditional album sales, with 228,000 courtesy of streaming equivalent albums (SEAs); Billboard reports that Thank U, Next tallied the most first-week streams ever for a female artist’s album or a pop album.

By comparison, Grande’s Sweetener opened with 231,000 total copies when it debuted at Number One in August 2018. Thank U, Next
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Ava DuVernay Won’t Rush to Judgement on Jussie Smollett: ‘I Can’t Blindly Believe Chicago Pd’

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Ava DuVernay Won’t Rush to Judgement on Jussie Smollett: ‘I Can’t Blindly Believe Chicago Pd’
Director Ava DuVernay says she is withholding her judgment about Jussie Smollett following reports that Chicago police believe the “Empire” star paid two men to orchestrate a hate assault on him.

“Despite the inconsistencies, I can’t blindly believe Chicago Pd,” DuVernay, who voiced support for Smollett after the attack, said on Twitter. “The department that covered up shooting Laquan McDonald over a dozen times? That operated an off-site torture facility? That one? I’ll wait. Whatever the outcome, this won’t stop me from believing others. It can’t.”

DuVernay is referring to the murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald at the hands of Chicago officer Jason Van Dyke in 2014. Initially, Chicago Pd reported that McDonald was carrying a folding knife and walking erratically at the time he was shot, and ruled that the shooting was justified. But dash cam footage released a year later showed Van Dyke shooting McDonald while he was walking away,
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Review: Brothers Osborne Explore Prog-Country at Ryman Auditorium Residency

Review: Brothers Osborne Explore Prog-Country at Ryman Auditorium Residency
“We’re gonna get after it tonight,” said Tj Osborne on Saturday night, early in Brothers Osborne’s third sold-out show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. True to his word, Tj and his brother John went long for a performance that emphasized their musical chops and improvisation as much as the meat-and-potatoes country-rock that has made them consistent Cma Award favorites over the last three years.

Where many country performers insist on precision and recreating each track exactly as it appears on their albums — often to their detriment — Brothers Osborne
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Box Office: ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ No Match for China’s ‘Wandering Earth’ Overseas

Box Office: ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ No Match for China’s ‘Wandering Earth’ Overseas
Hollywood movies like “Alita: Battle Angel” and “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” are doing respectable business overseas, but they’re proving no match for foreign titles at the international box office.

The Chinese New Year is bringing in huge business in the Middle Kingdom. China’s sci-fi epic “The Wandering Earth” pulled in a massive $96.6 million from three territories, bringing its international tally to $606.8 million. Another movie from the Mainland, “Crazy Alien,” earned $28 million for an overseas total of $318 million, while fellow local title “Pegasus” brought in $25.7 million, taking its bounty to $238 million.

Fox’s “Alita: Battle Angel” led films on the Hollywood front, generated $56 million when it launched in 86 overseas markets this weekend. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron, the sci-fi adventure has now grossed $94 million internationally. The movie saw the best opening in Russia, where it earned $6.5 million. “Alita” also had sizable
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