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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.

Also Read: 'Birds of Prey': Ewan McGregor in Talks to Play Batman Villain Black Mask (Exclusive)

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

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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Watch A$AP Rocky’s Enthralling Video for New Song ‘Sundress’

Watch A$AP Rocky’s Enthralling Video for New Song ‘Sundress’
A jilted lover gets revenge on A$AP Rocky in the mesmerizing video for the rapper’s new track, “Sundress.”

The track was co-produced by Danger Mouse and boasts an uptempo, psychedelic groove based around a sample of Tame Impala’s “Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?” A$AP Rocky swings easily between a sing-song croon and swift bars about nursing old feelings after a break-up.

The Frank Lebon-directed video for “Sundress” centers around a woman who forces her way into a nightclub and confronts A$AP Rocky with a gun.
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Hear Questlove’s Massive Playlist for Michelle Obama’s Book Tour

Hear Questlove’s Massive Playlist for Michelle Obama’s Book Tour
Questlove has curated an extensive three-part playlist to accompany Michelle Obama’s new memoir, Becoming, Billboard reports.

The Michelle Obama Musiaqualogy boasts a wide array of artists such as Sam Cooke, Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltraine, Stevie Wonder, Rick James, Mariah Carey, the Notorious B.I.G., TLC and Kendrick Lamar. The playlist has been providing the warm-up music on Obama’s ongoing book tour, while all three volumes are also available to stream on Spotify and the Questlove station on Pandora.

“Like a lot of people, I connect many of
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Film News Roundup: Palm Springs Film Festival Honors ‘Green Book’ With Vanguard Award

Film News Roundup: Palm Springs Film Festival Honors ‘Green Book’ With Vanguard Award
In today’s film news roundup, “Green Book” gets a festival honor, the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild names lifetime achievement winners, and indies “Tyger Tyger” and “Sons of the Cross” are heading into production.

Honors

The Palm Springs International Film Festival will present the drama “Green Book” with the Vanguard Award at its annual film awards gala on Jan. 3.

The Vanguard Award is a group honor for a film’s cast and director in recognition of their collective work on an exceptional film project. Actors Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali as well as director Peter Farrelly are expected to attend.

“Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali are an on-camera dream team in the crowd-pleasing film ‘Green Book,’ inspired by a true friendship, about a New York City bouncer hired to drive and protect pianist Dr. Don Shirley on a concert tour in the Deep South,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner.
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Does ‘Creed 2’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

Does ‘Creed 2’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
Adonis Creed (or Adonis Johnson) is back! “Creed” writer/director Ryan Coogler may have moved on, but “Creed 2” is still in capable hands with director Steven Caple Jr and writer Cheo Hodari Coker, prompting another exciting Thanksgiving holiday spent in with crying dads in a movie theater as young Adonis faces off against the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), the man who was responsible for his father’s death back in “Rocky IV.”

“Creed 2” being the eighth film in the “Rocky” franchise and the second focused on Apollo Creed’s son (Michael B Jordan), there’s plenty of reason to suspect that that it won’t be the last in this series. And with long-running franchises often come teases for future films after the credits roll in the form of a mid-credits or post-credits scene. Which can be a bit frustrating when you’ve been sitting in a theater
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Vin Diesel’s Fourth ‘xXx’ Movie Taps Asian Star Jay Chou

Vin Diesel’s Fourth ‘xXx’ Movie Taps Asian Star Jay Chou
Musician and actor Jay Chou is joining Vin Diesel in the fourth “xXx” movie, with D.J. Caruso directing for the H Collective.

Diesel is reprising his role as Xander Cage — an extreme sports enthusiast and reluctant spy for the National Security Agency. Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum will produce with Diesel, Samantha Vincent for One Race Films, and the H Collective. Chinese actress Zoe Zhang (“Chinese Zodiac”), a frequent collaborator with Jackie Chan, also joined the cast.

The H Collective said Tuesday that it will finance “xXx 4” alongside several investment partners, including Sparkle Roll Media, iQiyi Pictures, Dadi Huarui, Star League Media, and Fulcrum Management Co. Production is slated to begin in 2019.

The “xXx” franchise, which includes 2002’s “xXx,” 2005’s “xXx: State of the Union,” and 2017’s “xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” has collectively grossed nearly $1 billion at the worldwide box office. In 2017, “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” generated $168 million in China.
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Joe Perry Cancels Fall Solo Tour Following Backstage Collapse

Joe Perry Cancels Fall Solo Tour Following Backstage Collapse
Ten days after his dramatic collapse backstage at a Billy Joel concert, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has canceled a solo tour that was supposed to kick off next week. “While doctors have released Perry from care,” reads a press release, “the Aerosmith guitarist will now take the rest of the year off. Perry again would like to apologize to the fans who were planning on coming to the shows and looks forward to seeing them again in 2019.”

Perry joined Billy Joel midway through his November 10th gig at Madison Square
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Sarah Michelle Gellar Is ‘Terribly Sorry’ for Offending People With Her Pre-Thanksgiving Lingerie Post

Sarah Michelle Gellar Is ‘Terribly Sorry’ for Offending People With Her Pre-Thanksgiving Lingerie Post
Forget the turkey — Sarah Michelle Gellar chowed down on some crow in the run-up to Thanksgiving this year.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Gellar has coughed up an apology after apparently offending some people by posting photos of herself in lingerie as a reminder not to overeat on Thursday.

Gellar’s initial post, published Sunday, featured photos of herself clad in black lingerie. (Us Weekly said they were from a 2007 Maxim photoshoot.)

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“I’m just going to pin these up all over my house as a reminder not to overeat on Thursday,” Gellar wrote, adding the hashtag, #thanksgivingprep.”

While the vast majority of comments displayed support for the actress, some people took issue with the post, leading Gellar to clarify in the comments section that she did not intend to fat-shame anyone.

“It’s come to my attention that some
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Does ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

Disney has dropped its sequel to “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” over the Thanksgiving holiday week, and hopes to entertain families with its meta humor about movies and the world at large and, of course, the internet.

Given that “Ralph Breaks the Internet” makes this whole “Wreck-It Ralph” thing a franchise now, you might be wondering if it follows in the footsteps of many other big movie series by including some kind of bonus content or teases during and/or after the credits. Or if it does what “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” did and not indulge the post-credits scene craze that was popularized by Marvel.

So, once the credits roll on “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” do you need to stay in your seat for extra #content or is it safe to run to the bathroom as soon at the movie proper ends?

Also Read: 'Ralph Breaks the Internet
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2018 Holiday TV Specials: Here Are 20 Programs Sure to Make Your Days Merry and Bright (Photos)

Thanksgiving is Thursday and that means you are officially allowed to start listening to “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (if you haven’t been since Nov. 1), baking cookies, decorating the tree and — most importantly — tuning into all those holiday specials you look forward to throughout the less festive times of year. TheWrap has rounded up all the ones you can’t miss this season. Click through our gallery to check out the list.

The Great Christmas Light Fight” — Nov. 26, 8 p.m. on ABC

Who will be awarded $50,000 and the coveted Light Fight trophy? Tune in as judge Taniya Nayak makes the decision.

iHeartRadio Jingle Ball — Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. on The CW

A 90-minute holiday music event that celebrates the season with performances by Shawn Mendes, Cardi B, Camilla Cabello and many more of today’s biggest stars.

A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy — Nov. 28 at 10 p.
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Will Viggo Mortensen’s Racial Slur Doom His Oscar Chances?

Will Viggo Mortensen’s Racial Slur Doom His Oscar Chances?
The controversy over Viggo Mortensen’s use of the N-word during a recent Q&A for his movie “Green Book” appears to be over, but can he and the film recover enough to emerge as a genuine awards contender?

In the immediate days following the incident, glowing profiles in the likes of USA Today and think pieces over the race-themed film glossed over or entirely omitted mention of the incident. The actor, to his credit, was quick to apologize for using the word, which he uttered during a conversation with “Green Book” costar Mahershala Ali and Film Independent programmer and moderator Elvis Mitchell a little over a week ago.

“I was attempting to make the point that the extreme, dehumanizing ugliness that this word conjures, the hateful attitude behind it, has not disappeared just because white people generally no longer use it as a racist insult,” he wrote in a
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Fox Networks Group Latin America Inks Music Biopic Pact With Underground

Fox Networks Group Latin America (Fng) is jumping on the music biopic bandwagon. The leading multi-platform group in the region has inked an agreement with Argentine shingle Underground to develop five original series based on the lives and careers of iconic Latin American pop and rock artists.

Fng’s move follows earlier series made by American Spanish-language broadcasters Univision and Telemundo, which sometimes made competing series on the likes of Luis Miguel, Nicky Jam, Selena, Jenni Rivera, Celia Cruz, and Juan Gabriel, among others. Some series have succeeded, others have faltered, and several have found more appreciative viewers on Netflix.
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