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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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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?

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‘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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Warren Haynes’ 30th Christmas Jam: 15 Best Things We Saw

Warren Haynes’ 30th Christmas Jam: 15 Best Things We Saw
On Thursday, in the frozen depths of the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Warren Haynes steadily held up a wall of a home as the support beams were nailed down.

Though an exact number couldn’t be found at the moment, the rock guitarist estimated it was somewhere north of 40 homes he’s been responsible for building from funds gathered through his annual Christmas Jam. A fundraiser for the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, the bash has raised more than $2.3 million.

This weekend, the all-star concert marked its
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Marlon Brando’s Oscar Among Gifts to Leonardo DiCaprio From Arrested Malaysian Financier

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Marlon Brando’s Oscar Among Gifts to Leonardo DiCaprio From Arrested Malaysian Financier
Leonardo DiCaprio has handed over to federal authorities an Oscar once awarded to Marlon Brando, as it was a gift to him from a Malaysian financier that has been arrested on charges of committing fraud against an investment fund to the tune of billions of dollars.

According to The New York Times, prosecutors say that arrested financier Jho Low and the former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak were among those who siphoned billions from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1Mdb), a fund meant to benefit projects that would service the Malaysian public.

Instead, according to prosecutors, Low took billions from the fund and used it on lavish items and gifts, including a $250 million custom-built yacht, a $35 million Bombadier jet, $200 million in artwork including paintings by Van Gogh and Picasso, and the aforementioned Oscar that Marlon Brando won in 1954 for his performance in “On the Waterfront.”

Low’s connection to DiCaprio goes beyond the gifts.
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Iffam Actress in Focus: Yao Chen Talks Performing, Producing and Public Pressure

Macao’s Actress in Focus is a woman who has trained as a boxer, likes British actors, especially Benedict Cumberbatch and Jeremy Irons, and is now setting out her stall as a producer.

Yao Chen has built a career over 20 years thanks to TV shows including “My Own Swordsman,” and films including “If You Are The One 2,” Firestorm” and “Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe.” She has three more in this year’s Iffam: “Caught in the Web” from 2012; last year’s “Journey To The West: The Demons Strike Back”; and the current ‘Lost, Found.” On Monday she will be in conversation, on stage with producer Nansun Shi.

First, she gives Variety an insight into the high pressures of Chinese celebrity, her role as one of the world’s most followed bloggers, and where she wants to take her career next.

Why accept the Iffam position as Actress in Focus?

“I
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Cautionary Tale, ‘Motel Acacia’ Under Way After Four Years of Development

Cautionary Tale, ‘Motel Acacia’ Under Way After Four Years of Development
Production has begun on Malaysian director Bradley Liew’s upscale horror film “Motel Acacia.” With a clearly topical message, the film features a hotel bed that eats immigrants.

Actor, Jc Santos called it: “A cautionary tale of what’s going to happen in the future.” Indonesian star, Nicholas Saputra said the he agreed to the role “because of its urgency and relevance.”

“Set in a fictional snowy United States, the film is about a young Filipino man who is groomed by his tyrannical Caucasian Father to take over Motel Acacia which is tasked with exterminating immigrants by the government through a bed, haunted with the spirit of a Filipino tree demon, that eats men and impregnates women,” said Liew. His first film, “Singing in Graveyards,” premiered in the Venice Film Festival’s Critics Week section in 2016, and travelled to over 30 festivals.

In addition to Santos and Saputra, the ensemble cast
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Honored at Unforgettable Awards: ‘One Movie Every 25 Years is Just Not F—ing Enough’

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Honored at Unforgettable Awards: ‘One Movie Every 25 Years is Just Not F—ing Enough’
Fresh on the heels of its Golden Globe nomination, “Crazy Rich Asians” was the talk of the evening at Kore Asian Media’s 17th annual Unforgettable Awards.

Saturday’s event, which celebrates Asian-American trailblazers and their achievements in the entertainment industry, honored a host of Asian actors, directors and influencers, including “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu, who took home the evening’s Director Award and Vanguard Award alongside author Kevin Kwan and several of the film’s cast members.

“I am proud to say the state of our union is strong and getting stronger because this movement is making waves…and it’s not someone else doing it; it’s us.” Chu said during his acceptance speech at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. “Our community is power, and we are powerful. We don’t need affirmation every again, and I didn’t do that. Our movie didn’t do that.
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‘Men in Black: International': Chris Hemsworth Teases First Look With Tessa Thompson (Photo)

‘Men in Black: International': Chris Hemsworth Teases First Look With Tessa Thompson (Photo)
Two years after teaming up on Sakaar in “Thor: Ragnarok,” Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson will reunite next year in “Men in Black: International,” and Hemsworth has released the first picture of them tracking down rogue aliens.

The fourth installment of the “MiB” franchise will see Hemsworth and Thompson fill in the shoes of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. The new film will take MiB beyond New York to show the global operations of the secretive alien agency, as a new generation of agents look to uncover a mole inside the organization.

Also Read: Rebecca Ferguson Joins Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson in 'Men in Black' Spinoff

“Happy to say the streets of London are now safe again. You’re welcome world,” Hemsworth wrote in the Instagram post.

Straight Outta Compton” and “The Fate of the Furious” director F. Gary Gray is in charge of the project, which
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Harvey Fierstein and Moisés Kaufman on the Eternal Message of ‘Torch Song’

Harvey Fierstein and Moisés Kaufman on the Eternal Message of ‘Torch Song’
Over 40 years ago, Harvey Fierstein did something that seemed impossible. He shared a story of a gay man, a drag queen, who was looking for love and a “normal” life. His three plays, originally called Torch Song Trilogy, ended up being produced on Broadway and earned him Tonys for Best Actor and Best Play in 1983, beating out Marsha Norman’s ‘Night, Mother.

The original production closed on Broadway in May 1985 and was was later made into a movie, which also starred Matthew Broderick. Last year, Torch Song was revived (with
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Looking for a New Oscars Host? Philadelphia Flyers Fans Ask, ‘Why Not Gritty?’

With the Motion Picture Academy scrambling for a new host of the Oscars’ February telecast, Philadelphia Flyers fans on Twitter are asking, why not Gritty?

Less than 48 hours after accepting the Oscars hosting gig, Kevin Hart dropped out after old homophobic tweets from him surfaced on the internet. That put the Academy in quite a pickle.

Since Gritty’s debut earlier this year, the new mascot for the Philadelphia Flyers has been embraced as an internet meme and American treasure despite — or perhaps because of — his googly eyes and creepy, hairy appearance. Even as the Flyers languish near the bottom of the NHL Eastern Conference standings, Gritty has made this season a memorable one for fans with his antics, including dumping a boy who wanted to fight him on the ice into the penalty box.

Also Read: GLAAD: Kevin Hart 'Shouldn't Have Stepped Down; He Should Have Stepped Up'
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Watch First Trailer for Netflix Adaptation of Gerard Way’s ‘Umbrella Academy’ Comic

Netflix has shared the first teaser trailer for their upcoming superhero series The Umbrella Academy, the streaming service’s adaptation of My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way‘s comic book series.

Ellen Page, Tom Hopper and Mary J. Blige star in The Umbrella Academy‘s 10-episode first season, which becomes binge-watchable on February 15th, 2019. Way serves as executive producer on the series.

The teaser trailer, soundtracked by Tiffany’s 1987 hit cover of “I Think We’re Alone Now,” provides a fleeting premise and humorous glimpse at the series, which takes
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White Supremacist Chris Cantwell Promises Revenge Over Conviction of Charlottesville Killer

Chris Cantwell, a.k.a. the “Crying Nazi,” responded to the conviction of James Fields, who was found guilty of first-degree murder for plowing a car into protesters in Charlottesville, by threatening “complete and total destruction” of “Charlottesville and the broad left” in a post on social network Gab.

On Friday, Fields, who killed paralegal and civil rights activist Heather Heyer, was convicted of first-degree murder as well as hit and run and aggravated malicious wounding of eight of the 35 people who were injured by his vehicle. Fields had driven
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Lanco Celebrate Romance, Bar Band Roots at Nashville Homecoming Concert

“Greatest Love Story” hitmakers Lanco capped the opening leg of their first headlining tour at Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom Friday night, bringing a combustible mix of romance and live-for-the-moment joy to a sold-out crowd of about 1,000 hometown fans.

Having spent the summer on Dierks Bentley’s Mountain High Tour and then their own Hallelujah Nights run, the five-piece band — made up of frontman Brandon Lancaster, guitarist Eric Steedly, drummer Tripp Howell, bassist Chandler Baldwin and multi-instrumentalist Jared Hampton — showed why they’ve been earning a reputation as one of country’s most potent live acts.
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