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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.

Also Read: 'Birds of Prey': Ewan McGregor in Talks to Play Batman Villain Black Mask (Exclusive)

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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"Northern Exposure" Revival Starring Rob Morrow In Works At CBS From Original Series Creators, Cast

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A long-talked-about revival of CBS’ cult fave drama series "Northern Exposure" is moving forward. The project has been put in development at CBS with original series star Rob Morrow set to reprise his role and executive produce. It hails from original series co-creators Josh Brand and John Falsey, actor John Corbett, Morrow, Ben Silverman and Universal TV.

Written by Brand, the revival centers on Dr. Joel Fleischman, played by Morrow, who returns to Cicely, Alaska, for the funeral of an old friend and finds a new set of quirky characters and reunites with old ones in this continuation of the classic series.
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‘RBG,’ ‘Free Solo,’ ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Land Producers Guild Awards Documentary Nominations

‘RBG,’ ‘Free Solo,’ ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Land Producers Guild Awards Documentary Nominations
The Dawn Wall, Free Solo, Hal, Into the Okavango, RBG, Three Identical Strangers and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? have been nominated as the best produced documentaries of 2018 by the Producers Guild of America, the PGA announced on Tuesday.

The winner will be announced on Jan. 19 at the 2019 Producers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.
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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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The Ink Factory Rebooting Roald Dahl's "Tales of the Unexpected" For TV

The Ink Factory Rebooting Roald Dahl's
Exclusive: The Ink Factory has successfully mined the library of John le Carré with "The Night Manager" and "The Little Drummer Girl" and it seems that the company is now looking do the same with acclaimed British author Roald Dahl.

I hear that Simon and Stephen Cornwell’s firm is rebooting Roald Dahl’s "Tales of the Unexpected" for TV and has set up a number of writers to work on the project. The company is working closely with the Roald Dahl Estate on the project.

The series, which was originally produced by Anglia Television for British commercial broadcaster ITV between 1979 and 1988, told a different story each week with Dahl’s trademark sinister and comedic undertones with a twist at the end.
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Update on George Miller's 'Three Thousand Years of Longing'

Update on George Miller's 'Three Thousand Years of Longing'
Three Thousand Years of Longing, the upcoming feature from Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller, is slowly spreading worldwide.

Glen Basner's FilmNation, which introduced the project -- starring Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton -- to buyers at the American Film Market earlier this month, has closed pre-sales in much of Europe and Asia for the feature.

Alongside previously announced deals in France (Metropolitan) and Italy (Eagle), FilmNation signed agreements for the film in Spain (DEA Planeta/Tri Pictures), Poland (Monolith), Scandinavia (Nordisk) and Switzerland (Ascot Elite), among others. The epic love story will be going out in Latin America via IDC,...
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Robert Rodriguez Launches VR Action Film ‘The Limit’ Starring Michelle Rodriguez

Robert Rodriguez Launches VR Action Film ‘The Limit’ Starring Michelle Rodriguez
STXsurreal, the VR studio for Robert SimondsSTX Entertainment, announced on Tuesday the launch of The Limit, a new VR film from director Robert Rodriguez.

Michelle Rodriguez, Norman Reedus, "and You" star in the immersive new story from Rodriguez, a 20-minute action movie captured in a new VR format that stretches wider than 180 degrees. It’s designed to bridge the gap between traditional, large-format filmmaking and newer 360-degree video.

In The Limit, you, the viewer, play a rogue agent with a mysterious past who enlists the help of enhanced super-assassin M-13 (Michelle Rodriguez) to retrieve your identity and strike against the deadly organization that created you.
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Vox Media Critic Mocked for Admitting Young Sean Hannity ‘Used to Be Kind of Cute’

Was Fox News host Sean Hannity a devastating heart throb during his early years at the channel — at least one media critic says the answer is yes.

“Ugh I regret to inform you that younger Hannity used to be kind of cute,” said Vox Media’s Carlos Maza on Tuesday.

Jesus christ I think I have really really severe Stockholm Syndrome.”

Ugh I regret to inform you that younger Hannity used to be kind of cute. pic.twitter.com/RRz8Ei9fbm

— Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) November 20, 2018

Also Read: Vox Media CEO: There Are 'Multiple Investigations' After Editorial Director Fired for Misconduct

Maza’s Hannity observations compared favorably to “Fox & Friends” co-host Pete Hegseth, who he said “doesn’t do it” for him in the same way.

Reps for Vox and Sean Hannity did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

Maza is most well-known as the host of
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A Brawl Broke Out at Pusha T’s Toronto Show, Then He Came Back to Perform ‘Infrared’

Six months later, the Pusha T and Drake beef is still simmering.

On Tuesday, November 20th, Pusha T’s performance at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall — a venue in Drake’s hometown — was interrupted after multiple people tried to rush the stage and reportedly throw beer and paint at the Virginia rapper. The stage crashers were quickly dispatched by Push’s security. After getting stomped in front of nearly 1,400 attendees, three people were transported to the hospital with small injuries, according to CBC.

After the commotion, the Daytona rapper returned to close out the show.
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Ratings: ‘This Is Us’ Thanksgiving Episode Tops Tuesday

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Ratings: ‘This Is Us’ Thanksgiving Episode Tops Tuesday
This Is Us” and “NCIS” split primetime as Tuesday’s top shows, though both were down in both ratings and viewers versus the prior week’s episodes.

To be fair to those behemoths, every single broadcast show not named “New Amsterdam” or “The Rookie” — a pair of 10 p.m. series — declined among adults 18-49.

Yes, a national holiday is right around the corner and everyone was busy baking pies.

Also Read: Ratings: 'Dancing With the Stars' Season Finale Settles for a New Low

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 7.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Voice” at 8 p.m. posted a 1.4 and 8.2 million viewers. At 9, “This Is Us” put up a 1.8 and 7.9 million viewers. “New Amsterdam” at 10 received a 1.1 and 5.9 million viewers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 1.0 and first in viewers with 9.4 million.
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Flashback: Hear Pre-Fame Kate Bush Cover Beatles’ ‘Come Together’

Flashback: Hear Pre-Fame Kate Bush Cover Beatles’ ‘Come Together’
Despite her lack of material the past 25 years — only two all-new albums since 1993’s The Red ShoesKate Bush has been one of those singers that always seemed to be famous; her singular, operatic voice that had zero comparisons but countless imitators. But a year before her 1978 debut album The Kick Inside, Bush was learning stage presence and establishing her career with the KT Bush Band, a rock and soul group that blended Bush’s original material with covers like Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Woman,” Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,
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‘Ralph Breaks the Internet,’ ‘Creed II’ Impress in Thanksgiving Box Office Previews

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet,’ ‘Creed II’ Impress in Thanksgiving Box Office Previews
Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Creed II” are poised to become big holiday hits after earning an impressive $3.8 million and $3.7 million in Tuesday previews.

The two sequels are expected to dominate the box office during a busy Thanksgiving period and to make quick work of the week’s other wide release, “Robin Hood.” “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” is expected to earn between $67 million to $77 million over its first five days of releases, with “Creed” projected to pull in north of $45 million during that same period.

“Raplh’s” preview numbers compare favorably with Disney’s two recent Thanksgiving offerings “Coco” and “Moana,” which earned $2.3 million and $2.6 million, respectively. “Coco” ended the Thanksgiving holiday with $71.2 million and “Moana” generated $81 million throughout the Turkey Day turnpike.

Creed II’s” initial results dwarf those of “Creed,” which picked up $1.5 million from previews when it hit theaters in Thanksgiving of 2015.

With “Creed II” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet
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Tekashi 6ix9ine’s Lawyer: Rapper Is ‘Victim’ Who Only Used ‘Gangster Image’

Tekashi 6ix9ine‘s lawyer has released a statement asserting his client’s innocence following the rapper’s federal arrest on Sunday night and charges that could lead to a potential life sentence. The rapper (real name Daniel Hernandez) has been charged with racketeering and gun possession and faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 32 years if convicted.

“Daniel Hernandez is completely innocent of all charges being brought against him,” Hernandez’ attorney Lance Lazzaro wrote in a statement Wednesday. “An entertainer who portrays a ‘gangster image’ to promote his music does
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Flashback: Bob Seger Performs ‘Still the Same’ in 1978

Flashback: Bob Seger Performs ‘Still the Same’ in 1978
Not a lot of major rock stars would launch a tour the day before Thanksgiving, as Bob Seger is doing tonight, but he has never been one to play by the rules. This is a guy that kept his music offline for nearly two decades after Napster forever changed the industry, still makes it virtually impossible to hear his early albums through any legal means and has declined to create a documentary, DVD, box set or anything else that might help introduce his catalog to a new audience.

It’s
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Can Justice Democrats Pull Off a Progressive Coup in Congress?

Last week, as a freshman of members filtered through the halls of Congress for their orientation, Fox News sounded the alarm about four of the elected and the “radical new Democratic ideas” they’d come to advance: free health care, free college, the abolishment of Ice and an infrastructure project designed to address impending climate catastrophe that they’re calling the “Green New Deal.”

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are emblematic of a midterm election in which more women,
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