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'Fantastic Beasts 2',' Instant Family' & 'Widows' Hit the Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Frame

'Fantastic Beasts 2',' Instant Family' & 'Widows' Hit the Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Frame
Last year saw the November box office top $1 billion in calendar grosses for just the third time ever and it was the first time since 2013. This year, November grosses are currently trailing 2017 by just -2.4% and this weekend sees the release of what is sure to be another big debut in the form of WB's sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The weekend also features the debut of what looks to be a strong opening for Steve McQueen's Widows while the PG-13 comedy Instant Family hopes to begin a long holiday run. Poised to finish atop the box office is Warner Bros.'s release of the second film in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and there is a chance it could come close to matching the $74 million opening for its predecessor, though WB is remaining conservative with expectations hovering around $65 million. A
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Hugh Grant To Star With Nicole Kidman In HBO Limited Series "The Undoing"

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Hugh Grant To Star With Nicole Kidman In HBO Limited Series
Hugh Grant has been cast opposite Nicole Kidman in "The Undoing," HBO’s high-profile six-episode limited series, written by David E. Kelley and directed by Susanne Bier.

An adaptation of Jean Hanff Korelitz’s book You Should Have Known, "The Undoing" centers on Grace Sachs (Kidman), who is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. She’s a successful therapist, has a devoted husband (Grant) and young son who attends an elite private school in New York City. Overnight a chasm opens in her life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.
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"Veronica Mars": J.K. Simmons To Recur In Hulu Revival Limited Series

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Oscar winner J.K. Simmons has signed on for a recurring role in Hulu’s revival of "Veronica Mars," from original series creator Rob Thomas. The eight-episode limited series is scheduled to premiere in 2019.

The reboot returns star Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni and Jason Dohring to the series that ran for three seasons on Upn and the CW from 2004-2007. In the revival, spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town’s lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired by the parents of one of the victims to find their son’s killer, Veronica (Bell) is drawn into an epic mystery that pits the enclave’s wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast’s answer to Daytona Beach.

Simmons will play Clyde Prickett, an
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There's a Jack Reacher TV Series in Development

There's a Jack Reacher TV Series in Development
It looks like Lee ChildJack Reacher book franchise in now being turned into a TV series. Tom Cruise played Jack Reacher in the two films produced by Paramount Pictures and while I thought he was great in the role and delivered two entertaining action-packed movies, we won’t be seeing anymore of them. The days of Cruise as Jack Reacher are over.

According to Childs, “We’re rebooting and starting over and we’re going to try and find the perfect guy.” For anyone familiar with the novels and the Jack Reacher character, then you know that Cruise didn’t fit the physicality for the role.

That doesn’t mean Childs didn’t like working with the actor, though. He told the BBC, “Cruise, for all his talent, didn’t have that physicality,” and then noted that actor’s smaller size threw off some of the core fans:

“I really enjoyed working with Cruise.
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Lucy Hale Joins Michael Pena in ‘Fantasy Island’ Movie

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Lucy Hale Joins Michael Pena in ‘Fantasy Island’ Movie
Pretty Little Liars” star Lucy Hale has joined the cast of Sony and Blumhouse’s upcoming film Fantasy Island.

Starring opposite Michael Pena, Hale will play one of the guests at a mysterious island where people can live out their fantasies — for a price. The movie is based on the television series, which ran for seven seasons from 1977 to 1984 and often dealt with dark themes and the supernatural.

Pena will portray Mr. Roarke, a role originated by Ricardo Montalban in the television series. The TV show became best known for Mr. Roarke’s sidekick Tattoo (played by Hervé Villechaize), who would ring a bell in a bell tower and shout “Ze plane! Ze plane!” to announce the arrival of a new set of guests at the start of each episode.
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Jorge Drexler Wins Record of the Year at Latin Grammys

Jorge Drexler Wins Record of the Year at Latin Grammys
Jorge Drexler was awarded Record of the Year for his single “Telefonía,” which also won Song of the Year, on Thursday at the Latin Grammys in Las Vegas. The handsome guitar ballad that is reminiscent of Seventies George Harrison appeared last year on Drexler’s Salvavidas De Hielo album, which earned a trophy in the Singer-Songwriter album category.

This is not the first time Drexler has triumphed for Record of the Year: He also won in 2014 for “Universos Paralelos,” a collaboration with Ana Tijoux. In addition, he was nominated in
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Hear Tyler, the Creator’s Ep Inspired by ‘The Grinch’

Hear Tyler, the Creator’s Ep Inspired by ‘The Grinch’
After contributing two songs to the soundtrack of The Grinch reboot, Tyler, the Creator released an entire Ep, Music Inspired by Illumination & Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, at midnight on Thursday.

The new Ep is a slim collection: six songs, none of which are longer than 2:30. Santigold shows up on the cheerful “Lights On,” which is full of shiny synthesizers and “Jingle Bells”-like swing. Ryan Beatty adds layers of falsetto vocals to “When Gloves Come Off,” which meanders prettily like an old Beach Boys record. And Tyler raps about
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‘Mary, Queen of Scots’ Film Review: Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie Make Worthy, Regal Adversaries

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‘Mary, Queen of Scots’ Film Review: Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie Make Worthy, Regal Adversaries
Period pieces have always been a bit bittersweet for me: Stunning costumes aside, the films rarely offer something to which a woman or a person of color can connect. Historical tales often cast women as bitter and evil, or soft and in need of rescuing, and they also erase people of color completely from existence.

Contrary to what far too many filmmakers seem to believe, people of color didn’t just drop from the sky in the past few decades. We have been here all along; we’ve fought in wars, built cities, have been part of royal courts, and lived in lands as peasants, soldiers and laypeople all over the world. And women have always been a spectrum of personalities, opinions and lifestyles, muted only for the comfort of the male gaze.

“Mary, Queen of Scots” acknowledges both the struggles of women and the fact that people of color
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AFI Fest Film Review: Saoirse Ronan in ‘Mary Queen of Scots’

AFI Fest Film Review: Saoirse Ronan in ‘Mary Queen of Scots’
By any account, death by beheading is a horrible way to go. For Mary Stuart, it was an especially grisly affair, requiring three good whacks of the ax to decapitate a woman who, to her perpetual unhappiness, had as much a claim to England’s throne as her cousin, Queen Elizabeth. Like an entire season of peak television crammed into the space of two hours, “Mary Queen of Scots” spares us not only the butchery but also a great deal of the drama that might explain how the misfortunate monarch came to find her neck on the line.

And yet, the dream casting of peerless Irish-American actress Saoirse Ronan in the title role (her first time playing so far back from the 20th century) ought to be reason enough to justify another look at Mary’s torrid early years, when she returned from France following the death of her first
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See Karol G’s Potent ‘Mi Cama’ at Latin Grammys

Not long after winning Best New Artist at the Latin Grammys, Karol G took the stage in shiny black leather and yellow fringe to perform her sassy, unforgettable hit “Mi Cama.”

Fittingly, for a song that rebukes a doltish ex, the Colombian singer performed with all-female instrumentalists and female dancers. Her band added funk and playful swing to the tightly programmed recording, and before the song closed, Karol G’s guitarist reeled off a spirited solo as fireworks erupted nearby. But the key to “Mi Cama” is the wordless hook
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Watch Maná Revisit Classics at Latin Grammys 2018

The veteran rock group Maná played a series of durable throwbacks before being honored as the Latin Recording Academy’s Person(s) of the Year in Las Vegas.

The band opened with “En El Muelle De San Blas.” Lead singer Fher Olvera delivered his vocals with raspy fervor and the crowd hurled every word back at him. Then they moved into “Labios Compartidos,” a strum-heavy tune made for swaying and arena sing-alongs. The band closed with “Clavado En Un Bar,” which swings between sweet reggae and driving, slashing rock.

Maná
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Netflix Picks India for World Premiere of 'Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle'

In what will be the first ever world premiere for a Hollywood film in India, talent from Netflix's Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle will jet down to Mumbai to walk the red carpet on Nov. 25.

Director Andy Serkis will be joined by Christian Bale, Freida Pinto, Louis Ashbourne Serkis, and newcomer Rohan Chand, who plays Mowgli in the film, at the world premiere.

Netflix picked up worldwide rights to the live-action feature, based on Rudyard Kipling's classic novel The Jungle Book, and will stream Mowgli on its service Dec. 7.

The all-star voice cast of the film includes Benedict Cumberbatch ...
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'Deadpool 2,' 'Westworld' Marketing Campaigns Win at Clio Entertainment Awards

'Deadpool 2,' 'Westworld' Marketing Campaigns Win at Clio Entertainment Awards
The marketing efforts behind Deadpool 2, Hereditary, Westworld and others took home wins at the Clio Entertainment Awards on Thursday.

The Clio Entertainment Awards honors contributions in creative communications for the entertainment business — the "Grand" awards cover categories in television/streaming, theatrical, home entertainment and games.

In the realm of home entertainment, Deadpool 2 won in the audio/visual, out-ofhome and packaging categories. The foul-mouthed superhero flick also won best innovation and best partnerships and collaborations in the theatrical categories. Horror film Hereditary won best audio/visual mixed campaign in the theatrical categories.

For television/streaming, HBO's Westworld won best events/experiential while Comedy Central's ...
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The Daily Show Urges Protest of Amazon’s ‘Cliched’ Move to New York City (Video)

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The Daily Show Urges Protest of Amazon’s ‘Cliched’ Move to New York City (Video)
On Thursday, “The Daily Show” took a look at Amazon’s plan to open a headquarters in Queens, New York City, with correspondent Jaboukie Young-White openly calling on viewers to protest the move — in part because it’s going to make Queens extremely uncool.

Asked by host Trevor Noah if Amazon opening up a NYC HQ is bad, Young-White said “It’s more than bad… it’s cliched. Amazon has been around for 24 years, and now they’re doing what, like, any 24 year old does: Move to New York, and gentrify a neighborhood.”

“They could have at least spent a year teaching English in Bangladesh,” he added.

Also Read: Amazon Names New York City, Northern Virginia as New Headquarters Sites

Noah countered with Amazon’s promise to invest $2.5 billion into the city. “Ok, but New York is already giving Amazon three billion dollars,” said Young-White. “Who wouldn’t take that deal?
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Watch Bad Bunny Perform Grungy ‘Sensualidad’ at Latin Grammys

Latin trap phenom Bad Bunny added distorted rock guitars to several of his songs during his performance at the Latin Grammys in Las Vegas.

He began with “Sensualidad,” which was originally recorded as a collaboration with J Balvin and Prince Royce. The single adheres closely to the formula of a previous Balvin and Bad Bunny record, “Si Tu Novio Te Deja Sola”; in turn, Cardi B may have been influenced by both songs when she made “Be Careful.” But during the Latin Grammys, the bleeping hip-hop beat was mostly indistinguishable,
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Latin Grammys 2018: See Nicky Jam, J Balvin Perform Charming ‘X’

Nicky Jam performed his indelible hit “X” — a nominee for Record of the Year — and “Jaleo,” a collaboration with electronic producer Steve Aoki, at the Latin Grammys.

X” is a great duet with J Balvin, but initially Jam took the stage alone in Las Vegas. Luckily, Balvin showed up in time to sing the second verse, leaning casually against a massive, revolving cast of the letter X. The stage set-up could have been improved — there were awkward moments when both performers were hidden from view as the “X” rotated slowly away from the crowd.
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Logic to Cowrite, Star in J.J. Abrams-Produced Film

Logic to Cowrite, Star in J.J. Abrams-Produced Film
Logic has been tapped to star in a J.J. Abrams-produced film, Variety reports. Everything Must Go will also be cowritten by the rapper alongside Blackish writer Lisa McQuillan.

Billed as a “Clerks for a new generation,” Everything Must Go is among several J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot-produced films that are in the works. Among the forthcoming films are The Slate from Hell Fest writer Blair Butler, an untitled female-fronted horror allegory from The Good Place executive producer Megan Amram, who will write the script, and The Seven Sisters of
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Ozuna Transforms ‘El Farsante’ Into Acoustic Ballad at Latin Grammys 2018

Ozuna, the most-viewed artist on YouTube in any genre in 2018, performed a slick, assured medley at the Latin Grammys on Thursday.

Ozuna opened in an unexpected setting: Seated with two acoustic guitarists and a cajon player, he reimagined his trap hit “El Farsante” — a version with Romeo Santos reached Number 49 on the Hot 100 — as a pretty, yearning ballad. But he didn’t stay subdued for long. His next song was the slick pop reggaeton single “Unica,” and the programmed drums kicked in forcefully behind him.

Ozuna was nominated at the
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See J Balvin Perform Glittering Medley With Carla Morrison at Latin Grammys

J Balvin performed a medley of tracks from his Number One Vibras album at the Latin Grammys in Las Vegas on Thursday.

Mexican singer Carla Morrison opened the performance — just as she opens Vibras — crooning the title track. On the album, her vocals serve as a perfect segue into the insta-classic “Mi Gente.” But in Las Vegas, Balvin turned instead to a different track, the smooth, bouncy “Ambiente.” The singer wore an iridescent sweatsuit and sauntered across a stage covered with similar material.

Balvin earned eight Latin Grammy nominations, more
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Hpa Awards: 'Avengers: Infinity War,' 'Alpha' Among Winners

Hpa Awards: 'Avengers: Infinity War,' 'Alpha' Among Winners
On the strength of her work on Alpha, Maxine Gervais became the first woman colorist to win the feature color grading category at the Hollywood Professional Association (formerly Hollywood Post Alliance) Awards on Thursday night at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Also in the feature film categories, a team from Avengers: Infinity War topped the VFX category, a team from The Shape of Water claimed the sound trophy and A Quiet Place editor Christopher Tellefsen won the editing prize.

Games of Thrones and The Crown were among the TV category honorees.

During the ceremony, Victoria Alonso, producer and executive vp production at ...
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