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'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel Delivers $253 Million Global Debut

'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel Delivers $253 Million Global Debut
While still a solid weekend, the performances fell below Mojo's pre-weekend expectations almost across the board. Warner Bros.'s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the latest entry in the Fantastic Beasts franchise still topped the weekend as expected, but even it fell a bit below the studio's expectations, though not by as much as both Paramount's Instant Family and Fox's Widows, neither of which managed to break out among opening weekend audiences, but will hope to take advantage of the holiday weekend to come. The overall weekend, however, was an improvement over last weekend and while it fell short of the same weekend last year, which saw the debut of Justice League, the month is now pacing slightly ahead of last year's grosses, which saw the November box office top $1 billion for only the third time ever. At #1, Warner Bros.'s release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
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The Original 'Frankenstein' Has Finally Been Restored After 108 Years

The Original 'Frankenstein' Has Finally Been Restored After 108 Years
Frankenstein isn’t the only Frankenstein. James Whale’s 1931 take on Mary Shelley’s iconic novel was beaten to the punch by the Edison Manufacturing, which in 1910 produced what a title card describes as a “liberal adaptation” of the story.

The Library of Congress purchased a collection of prints in 2014 that included a nitrate print of Frankenstein. Alois F. Dettlaff acquired it in the 1950s and brought it with him to film festivals and monster conventions for decades; a meeting with then-AMPAS president Robert Wise in 1986 failed to persuade him to let the Academy preserve and archive it.
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'Green Book' Has Successful Start at Indie Box Office Before Wide Release

'Green Book' Has Successful Start at Indie Box Office Before Wide Release
Before hitting the road on a nationwide release, Universal's awards contender Green Book got warmed up with a limited opening on 25 screens that earned $313,000 this weekend and a per screen average of $12,250.

Stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali are expected to be awards contenders for their performances as Italian-American bodyguard Tony Lip and jazz icon Dr. Don Shirley. Green Book follows the friendship that grew between the two men as Tony escorted Shirley on his tour through the Jim Crow South, using the titular Green Book to find hotels that African-Americans were allowed to stay in.
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Everything You Need to Know About That Talking Zombie on ‘The Walking Dead’

Everything You Need to Know About That Talking Zombie on ‘The Walking Dead’
(Spoilers ahead for the Nov. 18 episode of “The Walking Dead” on AMC)

The latest two episode of “The Walking Dead” have been relatively low-key — to be expected given that multi-year time skip and Andrew Lincoln’s exit — but they’ve also been setting up the next big storyline on the show via the talking zombies that have been chasing Eugene (Josh McDermitt) and Rosita (Christian Serratos).

So while “The Walking Dead” has spent significant time letting us get to know Magna’s new group and catch up on the new state of affairs with Maggie running around with Georgie, it has certainly also been steering us squarely toward the war with the Whisperers, a new antagonist group that worships zombies.

That movement has involved a plot thread that has seemed largely extraneous, but which looks like it will finally come to a head next week. This thread began last week
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‘Walking Dead’ Recap: Michonne Tries to Trust Again (Spoilers)

‘Walking Dead’ Recap: Michonne Tries to Trust Again (Spoilers)
Spoiler Alert: Do not keep reading if you have not seen Episode 7 of Season 9 of “The Walking Dead,” titled “Stradivarius”

This week’s episode of “The Walking Dead” picks up near the end of last week’s episode, with Rosita (Christian Serratos) wandering alone and wounded through the woods after she and Eugene (Josh McDermitt) narrowly escaped the group’s first encounter with the Whisperers. She struggles to find her way before eventually passing out.

Elsewhere, Carol (Melissa McBride) and Henry (Matt Lintz) have made their way to Daryl’s (Norman Reedus). Daryl lives a solitary existence out in the wilderness,
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‘Walking Dead': Are We Going to See Maggie Again This Season — or Ever?

‘Walking Dead': Are We Going to See Maggie Again This Season — or Ever?
(Spoilers ahead for the Nov. 18 episode of “The Walking Dead” on AMC)

Maggie (Lauren Cohan) is gone, but she’s not dead. This week’s episode of “The Walking Dead” revealed that she left the Hilltop with the mysterious Georgie during the big time jump that came at the end of Rick Grimes’ final episode.

And it turns out that may have also been Maggie’s final episode. Clearly, the creatives on the show and the folks at AMC are hedging their bets by not killing her off. But it’s entirely possible she’ll never appear on “The Walking Dead” ever again.

We’d heard rumblings of Cohan’s exit from the series all year, following stories of a contentious contract dispute in which Cohan wanted equal pay with other longtime series regulars Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus. After signing on to ABC’s “Whiskey Cavalier,” which will debut in the mid-season,
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‘Walking Dead': Everything We Know, and Think We Know, About Georgie

‘Walking Dead': Everything We Know, and Think We Know, About Georgie
(Spoilers ahead for the Nov. 18 episode of “The Walking Dead” on AMC)

Ever since she first popped up out of nowhere in season 8, fans have been speculating non-stop about what Georgie’s (Jayne Atkinson) role will be on “The Walking Dead” in the future. Even though she has not appeared again since, Georgie’s impact has been felt — especially this week when we discovered that Maggie (Lauren Cohan) has made her exit from the show by joining up with Georgie’s quest to bring civilization back to the world.

We still don’t actually know that much about Georgie. She first appeared, as you recall, shortly before the Saviors attacked the Hilltop last season, offering food and knowledge — a book detailing primitive technology like aqueducts and so forth — in exchange for music. Georgie claimed to be trying to roaming around sort of rekindling civilization wherever she encountered a community worth fostering.
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‘Outlander’ Recap: It’s Not Happily Ever After for Brianna and Roger in ‘The False Bride’

‘Outlander’ Recap: It’s Not Happily Ever After for Brianna and Roger in ‘The False Bride’
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “The False Bride,” the third episode of “Outlander” Season 4.

After spending the first two Season 4 episodes solely with Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) in the new world, “Outlander” is finally checking in with what Brianna (Sophie Skelton) and Roger (Richard Rankin) were up to in the 1970s.

Roger sold his father’s house in Inverness to his father’s housekeeper Fiona (Iona Claire) and her husband, then set off for America to perform at a Scottish festival in North Carolina. He stopped in Boston first to see
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Former WWE Superstar Enzo Amore Kicked Out of ‘Survivor Series’ (Video)

Yeah, that was Enzo Amore sitting ringside at WWE pay-per-view “Survivor Series.” That’s *was* because the former WWE superstar has been kicked out of the L.A. Staples Center event after revealing himself to the crowd, standing on a folding chair, and leading them in a recital of his old entrance-ramp schtick.

Below is Amore — real name Eric Ardnt — attempting to hijack “Survivor Series,” which is the second-longest-running of the WWE PPVs.

My video of the wrestler formerly known as Enzo Amore trying to interrupt #SurvivorSeries. @WWE security not having any of it. He is taken down quickly. pic.twitter.com/2jdRtOe36z

— Lee Shenker (@TuftsGuy) November 19, 2018

It is probably (read: “definitely”) no coincidence that the self-proclaimed “Certified G” and “Bonafide Stud” dropped his debut rap album, “Rosemary’s Baby Pt. 1: Happy Birthday,” on iTunes and Spotify today. Arndt now spits under the name nZo — he formerly rapped
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The Key to Israeli Oscar Entry ‘The Cakemaker': Making Someone Else’s Story Personal

The Key to Israeli Oscar Entry ‘The Cakemaker': Making Someone Else’s Story Personal
This story on “The Cakemaker” first appeared in the Foreign Language issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

Ofir Raul Graizer was a film student when he first encountered the story that would turn into “The Cakemaker,” a winner of Israel’s Ophir Awards about an Israeli bakery owner and the German man who comes into her world hiding a secret about her late husband.

The film is Israel’s entry in this year’s Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film, and this interview is one in a series of conversations TheWrap had with directors of the foreign contenders.

Also Read: Oscars Foreign Language Race 2018: Complete List of Submissions

This story came from a personal experience, didn’t it?

Ofir Raul Graizer: Yeah. It’s not mine, but I knew a guy a long time ago — 10, 12 years ago — and he had a double life. He had a wife and
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How Will Disney Manage Hulu and Launch a Competing Streaming Service at the Same Time?

When Disney finally closes its deal to acquire 21st Century Fox’s film and TV assets early next year, the company will gain — among many things — ownership of Hulu, which has never before had just one company hold a controlling stake.

But with Disney also readying the launch of its own Disney-branded streaming service next year, it will now have ownership of two competing streaming services, which begs the question: How will Disney be able to launch Disney+ while allowing Hulu to continue to grow?

Analysts and experts who spoke to TheWrap believe that it will be possible for Disney to capably maintain Hulu while getting Disney+ off the ground, but acknowledge there could be some choppy waters ahead if all companies involved — namely Disney and Comcast — don’t play nice with each other. WarnerMedia and Comcast, which collectively own 40 percent of Hulu, declined to comment for this story.

Also
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How the Film School Director of ‘Yomeddine’ Turned 2 Illiterate Amateurs Into Actors

A version of this story about “Yomeddine” first appeared in the Foreign Language Issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

A rare debut film to be accepted into the Cannes Film Festival’s main competition, A.B. Shawky’s road movie “Yomeddine” follows a man searching for the family who left him in a leper colony decades ago, and the young boy who accompanies him on his trip.

The film is Egypt’s entry in this year’s Oscar foreign-language race, and this interview is one in a series of conversations TheWrap had with directors of the foreign contenders.

Also Read: 'Yomeddine' Film Review: First Time's a Charmer for Egyptian Drama

This film began as a short documentary that you made in film school, right?

A. B. Shawky: Yes, I made it 10 years ago at undergraduate film school in Cairo. I’d heard about leper colonies when I was a kid,
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On the Charts: Kane Brown’s ‘Experiment’ Debuts at Number One

On the Charts: Kane Brown’s ‘Experiment’ Debuts at Number One
Kane Brown, who Rolling Stone dubbed “country music’s new outcast king,” captured his first Number One as the country singer’s second album Experiment opened atop the Billboard 200. Experiment is only the third country music release to earn the top spot in 2018, following Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty and Jason Aldean’s Rearview Town.

Experiment sold 124,000 total copies, including 105,000 traditional album sales, to take Number One, with the rising singer-songwriter improving upon the Number Five peak of 2016’s Kane Brown, Billboard reports.

New releases occupied five of the Billboard 200’s Top Six as,
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Oscars: Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins’ Returns, at Just the Right Time

Oscars: Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins’ Returns, at Just the Right Time
“There’s nowhere to go but up.” Those are the words Angela Lansbury and the cast of “Mary Poppins Returns” send you home with at the end of Rob Marshall’s sequel to the beloved 54-year-old Disney classic, and they do a good job of illustrating why the film is, perhaps unexpectedly, a bona fide best picture Oscar player this year.

The movie musical landed in the race this week with guild and Academy screenings, tastemakers and more, hoping for what would rightly be considered the impossible: an embrace. But Marshall and company can breathe a sigh of relief because it’s going over like gangbusters. There was applause throughout a Producers Guild screening on Wednesday. A lengthy standing ovation greeted the film’s director and cast at an all-guild screening on Saturday. On Sunday, members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences got a look and erupted
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'Between Two Waters' Wins Mar del Plata Film Festival

'Between Two Waters' Wins Mar del Plata Film Festival
Spanish filmmaker Isaki Lacuesta’s Between Two Waters topped the international competition at the 33rd Mar del Plata international Film Festival in Argentina, where it also picked up the best actor award for Israel Gómez Romero. A follow-up to Lacuesta's 2006 film The Legend of Time and a winner at the San Sebastian Film Festival, Between Two Waters follows the lives of two young gypsy brothers in the San Fernando Island in the form of a documentary-fiction hybrid. The jury awarded Lacuesta’s ninth film "for its cinematographic power when exploring a social, political and racial reality through a ...
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At&T Sets Broad Carriage Renewal Pact With Fox Networks Group

At&T and Fox Networks Group have quietly concluded a broad renewal agreement for most of Fox Networks Group’s channels on the DirecTV and U-verse platforms.

The deal came together days before the end of DirecTV’s previous pact with Fox. It also was handled with no saber-rattling or public bickering over terms, a notable achievement at a time of heightened competition and business headwinds between large programmers and distributors. DirecTV is facing a number of big renegotiations with major content providers in the coming year, including Viacom. It’s understood that the At&T-Fox talks were long, arduous and
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‘Donbass’ Director: My Film’s Grotesque Corruption Isn’t Just in Ukraine, It Reaches Around the World

A version of this story about “Donbass” first appeared in the Foreign Language Issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

The war in eastern Ukraine between the government and the Russian-backed Donetsk People’s Republic is the subject of Sergei Loznitsa’s acidic and episodic film “Donbass,” part black comedy and part tragedy.

The film, which looks at the violence and corruption at every level of society, is Ukraine’s submission in this year’s Oscar foreign-language race. This interview with the prolific director, who has released three movies this year, is part of a series of conversations TheWrap had with the directors of contending films.

Also Read: 'Donbass' Review: Jarring War Film Reminds Us That No One Is Safe

I understand the film was inspired by YouTube videos.

Sergei Loznitsa: For the script, I did use some YouTube videos which I have seen. Or propaganda videos on the news.
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