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Universal and 'The Grinch' Top Third Largest November of All-Time

Universal and 'The Grinch' Top Third Largest November of All-Time
For the fourth time, and for the second year in a row, November calendar grosses topped $1 billion at the domestic box office. However, while this November's grosses topped last year's, 2018 ranks as the third highest grossing November ever with $1.044 billion in domestic grosses behind the back-to-back years of 2012 and 2013. Leading the charge was Universal and Illumination's The Grinch, which in turn helped the studio take the monthly crown for the third time this year as Universal's yearly grosses are now pacing ahead of last year's with over $1.6 billion. Universal's release of Illumination's The Grinch brought in $189.7 million over the course of the month, following its November 9 release, and has since delivered over $225 million at the domestic box office. The film currently ranks as the second highest grossing film based on a Dr. Seuss property behind 2000's release of the live-action adaptation of The Grinch starring Jim Carrey. That film's $260 million in domestic grosses,
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Exclusive: Steven Yeun to Star in Episode of Jordan Peele’s ‘The Twilight Zone’

Exclusive: Steven Yeun to Star in Episode of Jordan Peele’s ‘The Twilight Zone’
Hot off a win for Best Supporting Actor at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, Burning star Steven Yeun has been tapped to star in an episode of Jordan Peele's revival of The Twilight Zone at CBS All Access, Collider has exclusively learned. Sources say that Yeun will play the title character in the series' fourth episode "The Traveler," which follows two cops and a mysterious traveler. Peele will serve as host and narrator of the series, which his Monkeypaw Productions is producing with Simon Kinberg's Genre Films and CBS Television Studios. Peele and Kinberg will serve …
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"The Mandalorian" Adds Giancarlo Esposito, Werner Herzog, Carl Weathers to Cast

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The Mandalorian” cast has taken shape.

The upcoming live-action “Star Wars” streaming series has revealed that the cast now includes Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, and Werner Herzog. They join previously announced cast members Pedro Pascal, Nick Nolte, and Gina Carano. As with all things “Star Wars,” the exact nature of each actor’s role is being kept under wraps, though it has been officially confirmed that Pascal will play the title role in the series.

The Mandalorian” is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. It follows the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic. It will air on Disney+.

“We’re having a great time working with this incredibly talented group and excited for everyone to see what we’re up to,” said series
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Aaron Sorkin, Sacha Baron Cohen Film 'Trial of Chicago 7' Shuts Down (Exclusive)

Aaron Sorkin, Sacha Baron Cohen Film 'Trial of Chicago 7' Shuts Down (Exclusive)
It’s case closed for the Trial of the Chicago 7.

The Amblin Partners drama that was to be directed by Aaron Sorkin has been shut down.

Sources say that budgetary concerns forced the company to pull the plug on the feature project, which was in pre-production and heading toward a February 2019 start.

Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne and Jonathan Majors were on board to star in the drama about anti-war activists such as Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin and Tom Hayden, who were accused by the federal government of conspiracy and incitement to riot because of the protests surrounding the ...
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"Swamp Thing": Ian Ziering To Play Daniel Cassidy In DC Universe Series

Sharknado star Ian Ziering is set for a key recurring role opposite Crystal Reed in Swamp Thing, the upcoming streaming drama series based on the DC characters created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. The project, which hails from James Wan’s Atomic Monster in association with Warner Bros. Television, is set to premiere in 2019 on the DC Universe digital subscription service.

Ziering will play stuntman turned movie star Daniel Cassidy, who became semi-famous after playing the demonic Blue Devil. But now, eight years later, Cassidy finds himself living out his days in frustration, pining for his former fame while on a collision course with destiny.

Written by Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman, Swamp Thing follows Abby Arcane (Reed) as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and
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Sterling K. Brown to Star in Fox Searchlight’s ‘The Fence’ (Exclusive)

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Sterling K. Brown to Star in Fox Searchlight’s ‘The Fence’ (Exclusive)
Following his SAG nomination for actor in a drama series, Sterling K. Brown is in negotiations to star in Fox Searchlight’s biopic “The Fence,” sources tell Variety.

Peter Nicks is on board to direct. George Pelecanos and Dennis Lehane, who originally brought the book to HBO before it landed at Searchlight, teamed up to adapt the script.

Based on the book by award-winning Boston Globe journalist Dick Lehr (“Black Mass”), “The Fence” follows the true story of Michael Cox, an African-American undercover cop who is mistaken for a suspect and brutally beaten by his own force following one of the largest police chases in Boston history. As Cox seeks answers and justice for what happened, he finds himself on the other side of the “blue wall of silence” as the Boston Police Department aggressively covers it up.

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Pixar’s ‘Onward’ To Star Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Octavia Spencer

Pixar’s ‘Onward’ To Star Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Octavia Spencer
Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer have been set to lead the voice cast of Onward, the next film in the works at Pixar Animation Studios. Dan Scanlon (Monsters University) is directing the pic, which is set to hit theaters on March 6, 2020.

Disney said today in announcing the film that it is set in a suburban fantasy world and centers on two teenage elf brothers who embark on a quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there.

“At Pixar we try to create stories that come from some kind of personal truth,” Scanlon said. “This film was inspired by my own relationship with my brother.”

Scanlon first tipped the film at Disney’s D23 convention last year under the working title Suburban Fantasy World. He said the plot is inspired by the story of his childhood and how his father died when
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'A Star Is Born,' "Mrs. Maisel," "Ozark" Lead SAG Nominations

'A Star Is Born,'
A Star Is Born” led the way with four SAG feature film nominations while “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Ozark” each scored a quartet of TV nominations.

BlacKkKlansman” and “The Favourite” each took a trio of film nominations. “Barry,” “Glow,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Kominsky Method” all scored three TV nods.

Nominees for the feature film ensemble cast trophy were “A Star Is Born,” “Black Panther,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “BlacKkKlansman” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Lady Gaga scored an actress nomination for “A Star is Born” along with Glenn Close for “The Wife,” Olivia Colman for “The Favourite,” Melissa McCarthy for “Can You ever Forgive Me?” and Emily Blunt for “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Bradley Cooper, who also directed “A Star Is Born” nabbed a best actor nod along with Christian Bale for “Vice,” Rami Malek for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Viggo Mortensen for “Green Book” and John David Washington for “BlacKkKlansman.”

Washington
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"One Dollar" Canceled by CBS All Access After One Season

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One Dollar” has the ignominious distinction of being the first CBS All Access original series to be canceled.

Variety has confirmed that the streaming service will not be bringing the drama series back for a second season. The series was set in a small rust belt town in post-recession America, where a one-dollar bill changing hands connects a group of characters involved in a shocking multiple murder. It starred John Carroll Lynch, Nathaniel Martello-White, Christopher Denham, Philip Ettinger, Kirrilee Berger, Gracie Lawrence, Joshua Bitton, Nike Uche Kadri, and Hamilton Clancy.

The series was created by Jason Mosberg, who executive produced along with Craig Zobel, Matt DeRoss, Alexandre Dauman, and Graham Gordy. CBS Television Studios produced in association with Anonymous Content

“While ‘One Dollar’ won’t be coming back for another season, we’re incredibly proud of its artistically presented 10-episode story, which will continue to be available for streaming on
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"DWTS" Shocker: ABC Forgoes Spring Cycle After Controversial Season 27

Bobby Bones will have to keep that Mirrorball trophy well-polished for a full year.

Dancing With the Stars, which has long aired two seasons per calendar year, is skipping a Spring 2019 cycle, TVLine has confirmed.

Though it’s not yet clear what prompted the competition series to sit out a midseason run, Dancing is coming off a controversial 27th season. After multiple well-scored frontrunners were eliminated prematurely (including R&B singer Tinashe and Fuller House actor Juan Pablo Di Pace), the Mirrorball was ultimately awarded to country radio DJ — and very dark horse — Bobby Bones, who had scored much lower than his three fellow finalists.
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Netflix Orders "I Am Not Okay With This" From Producers of "Stranger Things"

Netflix Orders
The producers of “Stranger Things” and creator and director of “The End of the F***ing World” series are making “I Am Not Okay With This” for Netflix, a coming-of-age tale about a girl with mysterious powers.

21 Laps will make the series, which was co-created by Jonathan Entwistle, who was behind Channel 4 and Netflix show “The End of the F***ing World.” As with that project, the series is an adaptation of a Charles Forsman graphic novel.

In the novel, the main character, a regular suburban 15-year-old freshman called Sydney, has telekinetic powers that kick in at inopportune moments.
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‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘My Fair Lady’ Added to National Film Registry

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‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘My Fair Lady’ Added to National Film Registry
Brokeback Mountain,” “Jurassic Park,” “My Fair Lady,” “The Shining,” “Hud” and “Monterey Pop” are among the best known titles among this year’s additions to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

A place on the list — always made up of 25 films — guarantees the film will be preserved under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act. The criteria for selection is that the movies are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant.

“The National Film Registry turns 30 this year and for those three decades, we have been recognizing, celebrating and preserving this distinctive medium,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “These cinematic treasures must be protected because they document our history, culture, hopes and dreams.”

The 2018 selections bring the total number of films in the registry to 750. Hayden will discuss the 25 new films with Leonard Maltin on Turner Classic Movies at 8 p.m. E.T. Wednesday.

The new titles
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Watch Out, Bughead Fans: Gladys Is a ‘Problem’ for Jughead and Betty When ‘Riverdale’ Returns

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Watch Out, Bughead Fans: Gladys Is a ‘Problem’ for Jughead and Betty When ‘Riverdale’ Returns
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for “Outbreak,” the Season 3 fall finale of “Riverdale.”)

The “Riverdale” fall finale set up one giant problem for the town (a quarantine) and about a million smaller (but still pressing) problems for the town’s residents.

And among the many conflicts facing the likes of Jughead (Cole Sprouse), Archie (Kj Apa), Veronica (Camila Mendes), and Betty (Lili Reinhart) when The CW’s dark take on the Archie Comics characters returns in January, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa tells TheWrap one is a threat to Bughead shippers: Gladys Jones.

Also Read: 'Riverdale' Showrunner Says Next Week's Episode Is a 'Twist' on Fan Favorite From Season 2

Yes, Aguirre-Sacasa says Jug’s mother Gladys and his little sister Jellybean “are definitely coming to town” when the show returns at midseason.

And that isn’t a good thing for the Serpent King and his queen.

“[Jughead and Betty] are going
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‘Riverdale’ Boss on Fall Finale’s ‘Weird’ Gargoyle King Clue – And ‘Martial Law’ Coming to Town

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‘Riverdale’ Boss on Fall Finale’s ‘Weird’ Gargoyle King Clue – And ‘Martial Law’ Coming to Town
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for “Outbreak,” Wednesday’s Season 3 fall finale of “Riverdale.”)

Oh, Fizzle Rocks! Just when “Riverdale” fans thought they might finally find out the Gargoyle King’s identity by the end of Wednesday’s fall finale, The CW series pulled a fast one on us by revealing one more person who it isn’t: Hiram Lodge. Well, who it probably isn’t.

“I think, I mean it’s definitely a possibility [Hiram is the Gargoyle King],” showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told TheWrap. “It’s up for debate. I will say though, if Hiram is the Gargoyle King, isn’t it weird that he’s in the room with the Gargoyle King? (laughs)”

Also Read: 16 Favorite New Lgbtq TV Characters in 2018, From 'Riverdale' to the Cast of 'Pose' (Photos)

Ok, since Veronica’s father was high on the Gargoyle King suspect list before tonight’s episode, but come the
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Paramount Sells Ciaran Foy Horror Film ‘Eli’ to Netflix

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Paramount has sold the horror film “Eli” to Netflix, marking the third Paramount title in the past year that has been sold to the streaming company.

Directed by Ciaran Foy (“Sinister 2”), “Eli” follows a boy (Charlie Shotwell) who is receiving treatment for his autoimmune disorder, only to discover that the clinic he’s living in may not be as safe as he thinks. The film was set to be the second title released through the new Paramount Players label.

Netflix previously bought another Paramount horror film, “The Cloverfield Paradox,” and released it on Super Bowl Sunday this past February. The streaming service also bought the overseas distribution rights to the Natalie Portman sci-fi film “Annihilation,” with Paramount still releasing the film domestically. While it received critical acclaim, the $40 million film failed to make back its budget with $32 million grossed at the box office.

Netflix will release “Eli” in 2019. The
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NBC’s California O&Os to Launch ‘California Live’ Daily Daytime Series

NBC’s three California O&Os are set to launch a live daily lifestyle series dubbed “California Live.”

The series will air at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday across Knbc-TV Los Angeles, Kntv-tv San Francisco and Knsd San Diego. The show will have some modular segments that will be customized for each market, with an emphasis on restaurants, night life, lifestyle topics, pop culture and entertainment.

” ‘California Live’ will reveal the top places to eat, play and relax so viewers can embrace the best California has to offer,” said Steve Carlston, President and General Manager of Knbc-tv. “The
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Film News Roundup: ‘Aquaman’ Sets Pre-Sales Record

Film News Roundup: ‘Aquaman’ Sets Pre-Sales Record
In today’s film news roundup, “Aquaman” sets a pre-sales record, “Bohemian Rhapsody” hits a milestone, and SAG-AFTRA promotes four executives.

Pre-sales Record

Aquaman” has set a pre-sales record for Atom Tickets, topping “Deadpool 2,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Black Panther.”

“Clearly, ‘Aquaman’ has captured the attention of movie fans with its larger-than-life adventure that must be seen on the big screen,” Atom Tickets co-founder and chairman Matthew Bakal said.

Atom Tickets is the exclusive ticketing platform for Amazon Prime’s advance screening of “Aquaman” on Dec. 15, in addition to selling tickets for the wide release six days later amid expectations of a $65 million opening weekend in North America. Prime members can purchase up to 10 tickets through Atom Tickets for the showing at more than 1,000 Regal, AMC, ArcLight Cinemas, and National Amusements theaters.

Box Office Milestone

Twentieth Century Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” has crossed $600 million at the worldwide box office,
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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Director Barry Jenkins on Why Showing Vulnerability Is ‘a Sign of Strength’

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Director Barry Jenkins on Why Showing Vulnerability Is ‘a Sign of Strength’
This story about Barry Jenkins and “If Beale Street Could Talk” star KiKi Layne first appeared in Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

Barry Jenkins wrote and directed one of the most beautiful films of 2016 in “Moonlight,” which won him the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, and won breakout star Mahershala Ali an Oscar as well.

Two years later, with another virtually unknown actor ready for her star turn, he is back with “If Beale Street Could Talk,” an adaptation of James Baldwin’s critically acclaimed novel of the same name. He wrote the screenplay before he even had the rights to the film, and cast Chicago theater veteran KiKi Layne as a young woman whose soulmate and fiancé Fonny is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit.

Why this project, and why now?

Barry Jenkins: The now part of it
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Spike Lee on the New Wave of Hit-Making Black Filmmakers: ‘I Hope This Is Not a Trend’

Spike Lee on the New Wave of Hit-Making Black Filmmakers: ‘I Hope This Is Not a Trend’
This story about Spike Lee and “BlackKklansman” star John David Washington first appeared in Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

Spike Lee is quick to remind anyone that he’s in his fourth decade — not as a brag, but because he’s worked hard to reach his level and because with it comes a certain understanding of the art, the industry and the world outside he’s so keen to hold a mirror to.

In his latest film, the fact-based drama “BlacKkKlansman,” Lee pulls no punches in exploring unchecked racism and inequality, an arena he’s been exploring for his entire career. The film stars John David Washington as Ron Stallworth, the first black officer in the Colorado Springs Police Department, who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s.

There’s a narrative out there with “BlacKkKlansman” that Spike Lee is back.

Spike Lee: Where’d I go?
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TV News Roundup: Steven Yeun Joins ‘Twilight Zone’ at CBS All Access

In Wednesday’s roundup, Netflix reveals the premiere date for “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” and Steven Yeun joins Jordan Peele’s “Twilight Zone” reboot.

First Looks

Variety has an exclusive behind-the-scenes first look at Season 2 of Showtime’s “Smilf,” featuring creator and star, Frankie Shaw. The new season, which premieres Sunday, Jan. 20 at 10:30 p.m. Et/Pt, finds Bridgette trying to move forward and focus on her future, while attempting to exorcise old ghosts and atone for past misdeeds. See the clip below:

Dates

ABC has announced premiere dates for a bevy of new and returning shows. New
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