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‘Creed II,’ ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Set Record Thanksgiving Preview Grosses

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‘Creed II,’ ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Set Record Thanksgiving Preview Grosses
With four films hitting theaters nationwide early for Thanksgiving weekend, Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet and MGM’s Creed II both came out of their corners swinging. The Wreck-it-Ralph sequel earned $3.8 million from Tuesday night previews, and Creed II was just behind it with $3.7 million. Both numbers amount to the best showings for Thanksgiving previews ever.

The preview for Ralph Breaks the Internet surpasses Disney’s other recent Thanksgiving releases, including Coco ($2.3 million) and Moana ($2.6 million). As with all family releases, this sequel to Wreck-It Ralph is expected to make the majority of its grosses from matinee and weekend screenings. It’s projected for a $68-75 million five-day opening, up from the $49 million three-day opening of its 2012 predecessor.

As for Creed II, its predecessor also opened on Thanksgiving weekend in 2015 and earned $1.4 million from Tuesday previews and went on to earn a $42 million five day opening and a $109.7 million domestic run.
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LFO Singer Devin Lima Dead at 41

LFO Singer Devin Lima Dead at 41
Devin Lima, whose pop band LFO released the hit “Summer Girls” in 1999, has died following a year-long battle with cancer. He was 41. Us Weekly confirmed Lima’s death.

In October 2017, fellow LFO member Brad Fischetti revealed that Lima had been diagnosed with stage four adrenal cancer and he underwent surgery to remove a tumor from his adrenal gland, CNN reported.

“I wish we had better news to share,” Fischetti said at the time. “It’s devastating news but at the same time, there’s nobody I know stronger than Devin Lima.
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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.

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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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‘Green Hornet’ Star Jay Chou To Join Vin Diesel In ‘xXx 4’

‘Green Hornet’ Star Jay Chou To Join Vin Diesel In ‘xXx 4’
Vin Diesel’s character Xander Cage is coming back, once again. A little more than a year ago, we heard that Diesel and his people were working on xXx 4, but since then, it’s been quiet. Now, we have confirmation that xXx 4 is indeed in the works, directed by the previous film’s helmer DJ Caruso, and we know who’s going to star opposite Diesel in the film.
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Wayne Maunder, Star of the 1960s Western 'Lancer,' Dies at 80

Wayne Maunder, Star of the 1960s Western 'Lancer,' Dies at 80
Wayne Maunder, who starred on the TV Westerns Custer and Lancer in the 1960s, has died. He was 80.

Maunder died unexpectedly Nov. 11 in his home in Brattleboro, Vt., a spokesman for the state's Department of Health confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. The actor had a history of heart disease.

The handsome Maunder wore his blond hair long to play Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer (in the days before Little Bighorn) on Custer, a 1967 ABC action drama that lasted just 17 episodes. (Footage was later edited into a feature called The Legend of Custer.)

On Lancer, a CBS Western that ran ...
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Should the Beatles’ White Album Have Been Even Longer?

In the new episode of Rolling Stone Music Now, devoted to the Beatles’ White Album, Rob Sheffield makes a bold suggestion: Based on the discarded songs on the new “Super Deluxe” edition, it could have just as easily been a triple album. George Harrison’s “Not Guilty” and Paul McCartney’s “Junk,” both included as powerful acoustic demos, are some of the more egregious omissions – but on the other hand, the Beatles could have just ditched “Bungalow Bill” and “Honey Pie” to make room. To hear the entire discussion between Sheffield,
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‘Memoir of War’ Director on Making the Act of Waiting for Loved Ones Watchable

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‘Memoir of War’ Director on Making the Act of Waiting for Loved Ones Watchable
Waiting for an object of desire can be a test of mental strength. But waiting for something that has no arrival date can be much more than that. It can be a roller coaster ride of intense emotions. For French director Emmanuel Finkiel, not only did he want to tell a story about waiting, but he wanted to do it in a way that took audiences on that roller coaster ride every inch of track along the way.

“It’s a certain kind of waiting, a madness,” Finkiel told TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman at a Q&A on Tuesday, following a screening of his film “Memoir of War,” France’s entry into the Oscar foreign film race, based on the semi-biographical novel by famed French novelist Marguerite Duras.

Set in 1944 Nazi-occupied France, “Memoir of War” takes the audience into the spiraling mind of Duras, played by actress Melanie Thierry.
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Mariah Carey Made Her Best Album of the Decade by Taking Back Control

Mariah Carey Made Her Best Album of the Decade by Taking Back Control
In 2005, Mariah Carey released the biggest hit of that decade, an indelible piano ballad titled “We Belong Together.” At the time, a young Ray Romulus was serving as personal assistant to the writer-producer Jermaine Dupri, who had a hand in four songs on Carey’s best-seller The Emancipation of Mimi, including “We Belong Together.” “I would be around Mariah all the time,” Romulus remembers. “We would fly to Mexico to her house and kick it.”

So “it was definitely full circle” when he met Carey again recently, this time as
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Katy Perry Is 2018’s Highest-Paid Female Artist, But Not Because of Albums

Forbes’ annual ranking of the best-paid women in music is out this week, and the name atop this year’s list is Katy Perry — who pulled in $83 million between June 2017 and July 2018, beating out Taylor Swift (who netted $80 million) and Beyoncé ($60 million), according to pretax earnings sourced from Nielsen, insider interviews and the magazine’s own estimates.

One might assume that this cool stack of cash comes from Perry’s fifth album Witness, which came out in June 2017. But though the album debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 chart,
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Ryan Zinke Blames Radical Enviros for California Fires

The other day, after visiting the Camp Fire near Paradise, California, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke figured out who was to blame for the worst wildfire in California history, which has burned more than 105,000 acres, destroyed 12,600 homes, and killed at least 81 people (as of Wednesday morning, there are still more than 1,000 people unaccounted for). “I will lay this on the foot of environmental radicals who prevented us from managing the forests,” Zinke told Brietbart. “This is absolutely on them.”

This is of course bullshit. California is burning because industrialized nations of
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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Publicly Criticizes Trump

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Publicly Criticizes Trump
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts threw a little shade at the President Trump on Wednesday afternoon, criticizing the politicization of the federal judiciary. “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” the George W. Bush appointee said in a statement to the Associated Press. “What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them. The independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.”

Just In: Chief Justice John
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So DC’s ‘Titans’ Is Pretty Great, and We’re Pleasantly Surprised (Podcast)

So DC’s ‘Titans’ Is Pretty Great, and We’re Pleasantly Surprised (Podcast)
If you want to win over comics fans, a promo that declares “f— Batman” is usually not the way to do it. But “Titans,” the new superhero series on DCUniverse.com, has beaten the odds. We talk about how on the new “Low Key” podcast, which you can listen to on Apple or right here:

Remember the “f— Batman” trailer? It debuted at San Diego Comic-Con in July. When some thugs ask Dick Grayon (Brenton Thwaites) if he has Batman with him, he snaps back, “f— Batman.”

It’s a declaration of independence — Robin is finally going his own way. It was also an economical way for “Titans” to declare itself a show for mature audiences who use grown-up words. But it gave us the sense that the show might be trying too hard.

Well, we were wrong. “Titans” does just the right amount of trying. It takes its time when it needs to,
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Hear Dave Grohl’s Raucous Early Punk Band on ‘Salad Days’ Soundtrack

Hear Dave Grohl’s Raucous Early Punk Band on ‘Salad Days’ Soundtrack
The upcoming soundtrack for the documentary Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, D.C. collects a number of rare tracks by the some of the city’s unsung heroes. One of those groups is Mission Impossible, a group that featured a young Dave Grohl on drums that recorded the song “Now I’m Alone” in 1985. The song is a revved-up rocker that reflects the changes in underground punk at the time – the fury of hardcore, the passion of emo – as Grohl pounds away at his cymbals and rattles
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Golden Globes Preview: Songs, Laughs Lead Way to Awards Gold

Golden Globes Preview: Songs, Laughs Lead Way to Awards Gold
Seriousness is so overrated. In an apparent bid for gravitas, the year’s box-office busting, critic-charming musical, “A Star Is Born,” opted to compete in the Golden Globes drama category. That choice might have triggered a sense of inferiority in the jolly musical or comedy gang — but, no! The musical or comedy category is often the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.’s most interesting, and could boost such films as “Green Book” or “Mary Poppins Returns” or “Crazy Rich Asians” in the game of Oscar best picture thrones.

Recently, best picture winners “The Artist” (2011) and “Birdman” (2014) emerged from the musical or comedy grab bag (where the latter lost to Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel”). In 2002, “Chicago” heralded the comeback of the movie musical. It won the category and went on to win six Oscars including best picture.

Sometimes, the winners of the two top Golden Globes categories go head-to-head at the Oscars.
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Wayne Maunder, 1960s Western Star, Dies at 80

Wayne Maunder, 1960s Western Star, Dies at 80
Wayne Maunder, the star of 1960s TV Westerns who may have inspired a character in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, died of cardiovascular disease Nov. 11 in Battleboro, Vt., a Vermont Department of Health spokesperson confirmed to Variety. He was 80.

Maunder starred in ABC’s “Custer” as the titular Lt. Col. Custer. The Western aired just 17 episodes before it was canceled in 1967. He also appeared in another Western, CBS’ “Lancer,” as Scott Lancer. The show ran for two seasons from 1968 to 1970.

The actor also appeared on shows like “Kung Fu” with David Carradine, “The F.B.I.,” and “The Rookies,” as well as the 1971 film “The Seven Minutes,
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10 Highest-Grossing Boxing Movies of All Time – From ‘Rocky’ to ‘Million Dollar Baby’ (Photos)

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10 Highest-Grossing Boxing Movies of All Time – From ‘Rocky’ to ‘Million Dollar Baby’ (Photos)
A number of movies with a pugilism theme have cleaned up at the box office — mostly those with Sylvester Stallone starring as Rocky Balboa.

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10. Cinderella Man (2005)

Domestic gross: $61.6 million

Starring Russell Crowe, Renee Zellweger and Paul Giamatti, the film is about a washed-up boxer who returns to the sport in the 1930s.

Also Read: Russell Crowe Eyed to Star in Legendary's 'Kong: Skull Island'

9. Rocky Balboa (2006)

Domestic gross: $70.3 million

30 years after his first fight, Rocky Balboa (Stallone) comes out of retirement and steps into the ring for his final fight against the reigning heavyweight champion, Mason “The Line” Dixon.

8. Rocky II (1979)

Domestic gross: $79. 2 million

Rocky (Stallone) struggles in family life after his losing match against Apollo Creed, but the defeated champ goads him into a rematch so that Rocky can pay his bills.
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The 20 Best Shows Made For Streaming So Far

In the nearly six years since Netflix released the first season of House of Cards, the Big Three streaming networks (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu) have produced and premiered close to 150 original scripted series for adults. If you add in kids’ programming, foreign acquisitions and the occasional continuation of a show canceled by a more traditional American network (The Mindy Project, The Killing), that total skyrockets to a number frankly too high to calculate without bursting into tears.

That quantity has not always been matched by quality. For the most part, the
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