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‘Roma’ and ‘The Favourite’ Lead London Critics’ Circle Winners

‘Roma’ and ‘The Favourite’ Lead London Critics’ Circle Winners
After ruling the U.S. critics’ award circuit, “Roma” continued its dominance on the other side of the pond, as the London Film Critics’ Circle announced its winners tonight. A week after landing seven BAFTA nominations, Alfonso Cuarón’s Mexico City memory piece landed film of the year and director of the year honors from the group — which, its name notwithstanding, includes print, online and broadcast critics from across the U.K.

However, it was Yorgos Lanthimos’s dark historical comedy “The Favourite” that ended the night with the most wins: Having led the Circle’s nominations with 10 bids, it won four, including best actress for Olivia Colman, best supporting actress for Rachel Weisz and the screenplay prize for co-writers Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. Though it lost the top award, it was named British/Irish film of the year.
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Box Office: ‘Glass’ Dominates MLK Weekend With $47 Million

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Box Office: ‘Glass’ Dominates MLK Weekend With $47 Million
M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” topped box office charts during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, collecting $40 million over the weekend for a four-day sum of $47 million.

If estimates hold, “Glass” will come in behind “American Sniper” ($107 million) and “Ride Along” ($48 million) as the third-best showing for both January and Mlk holiday weekend.

The supernatural thriller, a sequel to 2000’s “Unbreakable” and 2016’s “Split,” arrived slightly behind Universal Pictures’ projections heading into the weekend. It’s still a solid showing, to be sure, since the movie was produced for just $20 million. But given the cult status of “Unbreakable” and the surprise box office success of “Split,” industry watchers were anticipating a stronger start for “Glass.” However, middling reviews and a so-so audience reception didn’t help momentum.

“Glass” saw James McAvoy reprise his role from “Split,” while Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson returned as their characters from “Unbreakable.”
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'Glass' Fills Up with $40.58M Debut While 'Dragon Ball' Delivers Top Five Opening

'Glass' Fills Up with $40.58M Debut While 'Dragon Ball' Delivers Top Five Opening
Universal and Blumhouse's Glass was unable to quite reach the lofty heights some had expected heading into the weekend, but the film still managed a solid #1 start, playing very similarly to its predecessor based on current estimates. Glass, however, might not be the biggest news of the weekend when you consider the monster debut of FUNimation's Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which is looking at a possible third place finish based on early estimates, but it's important to note current results are not from the film's domestic distributor, FUNimation. Elsewhere, Stx's The Upside delivered on expectations with a strong second weekend while WB's Aquaman topped $300 million domestically. With an estimated $40.58 million over the three-day weekend, Universal anticipates M. Night Shyamalan's Glass will reach $47 million for the four-day holiday weekend. The performance is a bit shy of the studio's $50 million expectations, but the three-day already more than doubles the film's reported $20 million budget.
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Gillian Anderson Set To Join ‘The Crown’ Season Four As Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Gillian Anderson Set To Join ‘The Crown’ Season Four As Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Gillian Anderson is set to star as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of The Crown.

The X-Files star has been signed up to play the Iron Lady, although viewers will likely have to wait more than a year to see her on screens as the third season of the Left Bank drama has yet to air.

The third season of the Netflix drama, which will air this year, will see Olivia Colman replace Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and Tobias Menzies replacing Matt Smith as Prince Philip. Elsewhere, Ben Daniels will play Antony Armstrong-Jones, starring alongside Helena Bonham Carter’s Princess Margaret. It begins in 1963 and will cover events such as the rise of the Beatles and England winning the soccer World Cup in 1966. Characters such as Camilla Parker Bowles, Call the Midwife‘s Emerald Fennell, will also start to emerge in the next season.
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Andy Vajna, ‘Rambo’ Producer, Dies at 74

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Andy Vajna, ‘Rambo’ Producer, Dies at 74
Andy Vajna, executive producer of several “Rambo” films as well as “Total Recall” and several “Terminator” movies, has died at 74.

The Hungarian National Film Fund confirmed his death, calling him a “dominant figure in the Hungarian and international film industry” who was responsible for the development of the fund.

With partner Mario Kassar, Vajna founded the indie powerhouse Carolco, which produced blockbusters including “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” the first three “Rambo” films and “Basic Instinct.” Carolco was one of the most successful companies in the foreign pre-sales business, and a mainstay at the world’s film markets. He was a founder and president of the American Film Marketing Assn., which launched the American Film Market.

Vajna served as producer or executive producer on films including “Evita,” starring Madonna, Oliver Stone’s “Nixon,” “Judge Dredd,” “Die Hard With a Vengeance” and “Angel Heart.”

He left Carolco in 1989 to form Cinergi Productions and InterCom
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Producers Guild Awards: ‘Green Book’ Takes Best Picture – Complete Winners List

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Producers Guild Awards: ‘Green Book’ Takes Best Picture – Complete Winners List
Green Book walked away with the marquee prize at the 30th annual Producers Guild Awards, which were handed out Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse followed up its Golden Globes win and beat out a tough field to snare the statuette for Animated Feature, and the Mister Rogers pic Won’t You Be My Neighbor? laced up the Documentary Feature prize, also topping a solid field..

On the TV side, the final season of FX’s The Americans won the drama series awards, following up its Globes win two weeks ago. Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel continued its remarkable awards run, up its Emmy and Golden Globes triumph with its second consecutive Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Comedy at the PGAs. Its creator-ep Amy Sherman-Palladino was among tonight’s career award recipients – the Norman Lear Award for Achievement in Television.
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PGA Awards: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Wins Animated Film Prize

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PGA Awards: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Wins Animated Film Prize
Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” has won the animated movie award at the Producers Guild Awards.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” topped “The Grinch,” “Incredibles 2,” “Isle of Dogs,” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” The last three PGA winners in animation – “Coco,” “Zootopia,” “Inside Out” – have also won the Oscar.

The fifth season of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” repeated as the winner of the Live Entertainment and Talk category. The second season of “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” took the David L. Wolper Award for limited series television.

Fahrenheit 451” won the award for top streamed or televised motion picture. The 10th season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” took the award for game and competiton television. “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” won the award for non-fiction television.

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won the first award at the awards show
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Netflix renews The Kominsky Method for season 2

Netflix renews The Kominsky Method for season 2
Fresh from its success at the Golden Globes where it was honoured with Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (Michael Douglas), Netflix has announced that it has renewed its comedy series The Kominsky Method for a second season. Here’s the announcement video…

Created by Chuck Lorre, The Kominsky Method stars Michael Douglas as Sandy Kominsky, an actor who had a brief fling with success years ago, before becoming a revered acting coach. Also featuring in the cast – and returning for the second season – are Alan Arkin as Sandy’s agent Norman Newlander, Sarah Baker as Sandy’s daughter Mindy, and Nancy Travis, as Lisa, a student in Sandy’s acting class.

The first season of The Kominsky Method is available to stream now on Netflix, with season two set to begin production later this month in Los Angeles.
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PGA Awards: ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Repeats as Comedy Series Winner

PGA Awards: ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Repeats as Comedy Series Winner
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” has won the first award at the Producers Guild of America’s awards show, underway at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Amazon series topped “Atlanta,” “Barry,” “Glow,” and “The Good Place” in winning the Danny Thomas award. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” won the award last year.

BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “A Quiet Place,” “Roma,” “A Star Is Born” and “Vice” have been nominated for the Producers Guild’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award as the top feature film of 2018. The PGA, which has about 8,200 members, has matched the Oscar for best picture in 20 of its 29 years, including “The Shape of Water” last year.

Nominees for animated films are “The Grinch,” “Incredibles 2,” “Isle of Dogs,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”

The PGA drama series nominees include the final season of “The Americans,” “Better Call Saul,”
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Producer Confirms Bryan Singer’s Reason for Leaving, Says ‘No One’ Was Attached to Play Mercury

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Producer Confirms Bryan Singer’s Reason for Leaving, Says ‘No One’ Was Attached to Play Mercury
Bohemian Rhapsody” producer Graham King provided insight into some of the events surrounding the Golden Globe-winning film Saturday at the Producers Guild Awards Nominees Breakfast, including director Bryan Singer’s departure from the film partway through production.

“It’s an unfortunate situation, with like 16, 17 days to go and Bryan Singer just had some issues, his mother was very sick, and he’s the kind of guy that he needs to have 100% focus,” King explained at the Skirball Cultural Center. “He just said, I want to hiatus the film, and deal with what he had going on in his life. And the studio wanted to finish the film. And of course, my job is to protect the film at any cost and that’s what I was there to do.”

Fox terminated Singer under the “pay or play” provision of his contract, sources indicated at the time, due to his repeated failures to show up on the set
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Riverdale Is Doing Another Musical Episode, and It's Based on an Iconic '80s Teen Movie

Riverdale Is Doing Another Musical Episode, and It's Based on an Iconic '80s Teen Movie
Riverdale is setting the stage for another musical episode! After putting on a production of Carrie: The Musical during season two, the show will be taking on Heathers: The Musical, based on the 1989 teen film, this time around. The episode will air on March 20 and feature nine songs from the off-Broadway musical.

On Thursday, executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa gave a glimpse of the cast list, which includes Veronica (Camila Mendes), Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch), and Betty (Lili Reinhart) as the three Heathers. "Last year, we had a blast doing Carrie," Aguirre-Sacasa said in a statement. "This year, we wanted to honor another iconic teen movie. Heathers: The Musical is Big Fun, with great roles for the Riverdale kids."

And while Jughead (Cole Sprouse) didn't participate in any of the numbers last season, Aguirre-Sacasa added that "everyone is singing" this time around!

Here we go.....❤️
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Leslie Jones Slams ‘Insulting’ New ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie: ‘Such a Dick Move’

Leslie Jones Slams ‘Insulting’ New ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie: ‘Such a Dick Move’
Days after director Jason Reitman revealed plans for a new Ghostbusters movie that serves as a sequel to the original films and eschews the 2016 reboot, Leslie Jones, the Saturday Night Live actress who co-starred in the all-female Ghostbusters, slammed the franchise’s next installment.

“So insulting. Like fuck us. We dint count,” Jones tweeted of Ghostbusters 3, which has already unveiled a teaser ahead of its planned 2020 release.

“It’s like something trump would do. (Trump voice) ‘Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers’ ugh so annoying.
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Aaron Sorkin’s Advice to Democrats: ‘Stop Acting Like Young People’

Aaron Sorkin’s Advice to Democrats: ‘Stop Acting Like Young People’
Fifty-seven-year-old screenwriter and West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin is telling the Democratic party to “stop acting like young people” and grow up while also lauding the fact that young people are being elected. “I really like the new crop of young people who were just elected to Congress. They now need to stop acting like young people. It’s time to do that,” Sorkin said.

He then went on to say to CNN host Fareed Zakaria that, “[Politics] is not just about transgender bathrooms” and said that was just a “Republican talking point.
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Another Sunday, Another Round of Rudy Giuliani’s Weirdness

Another Sunday, Another Round of Rudy Giuliani’s Weirdness
President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, made the rounds on the Sunday morning news shows and, true to form, the weird and loud Rudy did not disappoint.

In an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, host Jake Tapper started a line of questioning about Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, saying, “Let’s get to the facts of it.” Then Rudy aggressively jumped in and stated excitedly, “Let’s do it!” like he just chugged a Red Bull and then took a few swings at a heavy
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‘Shazam!': Billy Enjoys the Perks of Being a Superhero in New TV Spot (Video)

In the upcoming DC film “Shazam!,” Billy Batson gets to enjoy the perks of being a superhero… which includes being able to buy a 12-pack without getting carded.

“I’d like to purchase some of your finest beer, please,” he says to a disinterested cashier in the film’s latest TV spot, which you can watch above.

“Shazam!” follows the teen-aged Billy (Asher Angel) after he is chosen as the vessel of Shazam (Zachary Levi), an ancient wizard with extraordinary powers. But Shazam probably didn’t count on Billy reacting to becoming a super-powered adult the way most middle school boys would: by buying beer, goofing around with his excited foster brother, and going to a real estate office to find a super-cool hero lair that would blow Superman’s Fortress of Solitude out of the water.

Also Read: 'Shazam!' Star Zachary Levi on Whether Black Adam or Shazam
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Four Volunteers Found Guilty for Leaving Food for Migrants Near Mexico Border

Four women volunteers were found guilty of misdemeanors in federal court for leaving food and water in the Arizona desert for migrants coming to the United States by walking across the border. The volunteers are affiliated with No More Deaths, a humanitarian aid group.

According to No More Deaths, 155 migrants have died crossing the border in that area since 2001. The organization’s goal is to prevent those deaths. According to the Arizona Republic, Natalie Hoffman was convicted on three charges, and Oona Holcomb, Madeline Huse and Zaachila Orozco-McCormick were convicted of two.
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Kenny Beats Is a Rap Therapist Who Will Also Make You a Great Album

Kenny Beats Is a Rap Therapist Who Will Also Make You a Great Album
Kenny Beats leans back and forth in a swivel chair, his movements matching the rhythm of his words, his face darting in and out of the conference room shadows. He’s describing L.A. rapper 03 Greedo’s last days of freedom before he turned himself in to serve 20 years in prison for drug and gun possession. It’s a subject he feels strongly about. Kenny’s voice is a mixture of reverence and pain as he speaks about his collaborator — half lamenting, half mythologizing.

“I can’t understand anything about that,
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Box Office: ‘Glass’ Shines Overseas With $48.5 Million Weekend

Box Office: ‘Glass’ Shines Overseas With $48.5 Million Weekend
After autobots and aquatic kings have dominated foreign markets over the past few weeks, a different kind of hero has risen to the top of box office charts. M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” is the new champ overseas, pulling in $48.5 million from international territories.

The supernatural thriller, a sequel to 2000’s “Unbreakable” and 2016’s “Split,” debuted in North America with $40 million over the weekend for a global start of $89 million. Estimates show “Glass” could add $7 million to its domestic tally through the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, putting its projected four-day haul at $95.5 million.

Buena Vista International is handling distribution for “Glass” overseas excluding China, while Universal is spearheading domestic duties. Shyamalan wrote and directed “Glass,” which saw James McAvoy reprise his role from “Split” and Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson return as their characters from “Unbreakable.”

Despite mediocre reviews and an unenthusiastic audience reception, “Glass” is
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‘Roma’ and ‘The Favourite’ Lead London Critics’ Circle Winners

‘Roma’ and ‘The Favourite’ Lead London Critics’ Circle Winners
After ruling the U.S. critics’ award circuit, “Roma” continued its dominance on the other side of the pond, as the London Film Critics’ Circle announced its winners tonight. A week after landing seven BAFTA nominations, Alfonso Cuarón’s Mexico City memory piece landed film of the year and director of the year honors from the group — which, its name notwithstanding, includes print, online and broadcast critics from across the U.K.

However, it was Yorgos Lanthimos’s dark historical comedy “The Favourite” that ended the night with the most wins: Having led the Circle’s nominations with 10 bids, it won four, including best actress for Olivia Colman, best supporting actress for Rachel Weisz and the screenplay prize for co-writers Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. Though it lost the top award, it was named British/Irish film of the year.

Other multiple winners included twisty indie thriller “Beast,” which won
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Ja Rule Blasts Fyre Festival Docs: ‘Let’s Blame the Rapper Lmao’

Ja Rule Blasts Fyre Festival Docs: ‘Let’s Blame the Rapper Lmao’
Ja Rule criticized a pair of new documentaries about the Fyre Festival, with the rapper accusing both films of unfairly blaming him for the disastrous fest.

“I love how ppl watch a doc and think they have all the answers,” Ja Rule wrote in a series of tweets Sunday, days after Hulu unveiled their Fyre Fraud and Netflix dropped their Fyre documentary.

“I had an amazing vision to create a festival like No Other!!! I would Never Scam or Fraud anyone what sense does that make???”

As the Ringer noted earlier in the week,
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