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Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts 2' Charms With $62 Million Debut

Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts 2' Charms With $62 Million Debut
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald enchanted moviegoers with a debut of $62 million.

While that’s slightly lower than the start of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first installment in the "Harry Potter" spinoff series, it was easily enough to dominate the weekend box office.

Theaters were able to entice more than just witches and wizards this weekend. New offerings, along with a number of holdovers, were able to draw muggles and crack the top five as comedy Instant Family and heist drama Widows each opened relatively on par with expectations.
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'Vice' Enters the Oscar Race, Wins Praise for Christian Bale, Amy Adams at Early Screening

'Vice' Enters the Oscar Race, Wins Praise for Christian Bale, Amy Adams at Early Screening
One of the last shoes to drop in this year’s Oscar race, just dropped.

Annapurna skipped the Fall Festival circuit and decided instead to take over the Bruin Theatre in Westwood today to put Adam McKay’s Vice (just finished a couple of days ago) out to the world. Judging by the reaction to this afternoon’s unveiling you can probably expect to not only see nominations for stars Christian Bale who , for lack of a better word , simply inhabits Cheney , and Amy Adams , equally great as Lynne Cheney , but possibly several other categories including Best Picture.
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John Williams Composed the Score for Disney’s 'Star Wars' Parks

John Williams Composed the Score for Disney’s 'Star Wars' Parks
John Williams may be finished with Star Wars after next year’s untitled Episode IX, but he’s not done yet.

The legendary composer, who’s brought his musical stylings to the space-opera franchise for more than 40 years, is providing an original score for the Star Wars–themed land known as Galaxy’s Edge that will open at Disney's theme parks in 2019.
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See Ella Mai Make ‘SNL’ Debut With Soulful Take on ‘Boo’d Up’

See Ella Mai Make ‘SNL’ Debut With Soulful Take on ‘Boo’d Up’
Since Ella Mai released her debut single “Boo’d Up” in February 2017, the British singer has been on the rise, opening for Bruno Mars on his 24K Magic World Tour, earning a slew of award nominations and releasing her self-titled debut album in October. Her ascension continued with her Saturday Night Live debut on the Steve Carell-hosted episode.

For Mai’s first performance on the show, she played a soulful rendition of her breakout hit “Boo’d Up,” which Rolling Stone named one of 2018’s Songs of the Summer.
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‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Falls Below Box Office Expectations With $62 Million Opening

‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Falls Below Box Office Expectations With $62 Million Opening
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is looking at a decent domestic box office opening with $62 million from 4,163 locations. But with the lowest domestic opening in the history of Warner Bros.’ “Harry Potter” franchise, “Fantastic Beasts” is looking more and more like a series that will rely on overseas interest for success.

The domestic start for “Grindelwald” is down 17 percent from the $74.4 million opening of the first “Fantastic Beasts,” which had a much better reception with an A on CinemaScore and a 74 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. “Grindelwald,” on the other hand, has left Potter fans less enthused with a B+ on CinemaScore and has had critics grumbling with a 40 percent Rt score.

Also Read: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' Film Review: J.K. Rowling Conjures More Magic and Messiness

But overseas, “Grindelwald” has maintained the excitement for Newt Scamander and his friends. Released in 79 countries, the sequel has
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See ‘SNL’ Cold Open Take Aim at Fox News’ Voter Fraud Claims

See ‘SNL’ Cold Open Take Aim at Fox News’ Voter Fraud Claims
Kate McKinnon skewered Laura Ingraham for the second time this month in a Saturday Night Live cold open that challenged Fox News’ voter fraud claims, a conspiracy theory also pushed by Donald Trump.

In the sketch, McKinnon’s host began by commentating on this week’s current events like “celebrities in California are whining about a little fire, while the President is under constant attack from rain.”

Before attacking the segment’s main topic of voter fraud, McKinnon’s Ingraham also created a listicle of things that “sound true but
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Steve Carell on ‘SNL’: 3 Sketches You Have to See

Steve Carell on ‘SNL’: 3 Sketches You Have to See
The fact that Liev Schreiber hosted a stronger episode of Saturday Night Live than Steve Carell tells you all you need to know about the unpredictability baked into the show’s DNA. That fact says absolutely nothing about the two men involved but rather the unpredictable nature of a show that starts from scratch each time out. Last week, I noted that the show’s efforts toward post-election bipartisanship seemed a promising way for the show to proceed after the midterm elections. But that also assumed a world in which
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See Steve Carell’s Jeff Bezos Troll Trump With Amazon Expansion on ‘SNL’

See Steve Carell’s Jeff Bezos Troll Trump With Amazon Expansion on ‘SNL’
Steve Carell portrayed Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in a Saturday Night Live sketch that trolled Donald Trump and the president’s long-standing beef with the e-commerce giant. Earlier in the week, Amazon announced plans to open two new headquarters in Long Island City, New York and northern Virginia.

“Some folks have speculated that I was somehow trolling President Trump by building one headquarters in his hometown of Queens and the other in his current residence of Washington, D.C., thereby overshadowing or humiliating him,” “Bezos” said.

“But that’s simply not true.
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‘The Office’ Cast Stage Mini-Reunion on ‘SNL’ to Plead Steve Carell for Reboot

‘The Office’ Cast Stage Mini-Reunion on ‘SNL’ to Plead Steve Carell for Reboot
Saturday Night Live staged a mini-reunion of The Office as guest host and Michael Scott portrayer Steve Carell was confronted by three of his reboot-seeking former co-stars – Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms and Ellie Kemper – during the opening monologue.

Carell opened his monologue by talking about his movie career, but the monologue soon took on a “questions from the audience” format, with one eager SNL audience member asking whether Carell is interested in rebooting The Office, which is in development.

“Actually, I don’t think so, it was a great experience
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Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Might Have a ‘Girlfriend Problem’

In 2008, Cynthia Shank was sentenced, as a first-time offender, to 15 years in prison on drug-conspiracy charges. She had once been the girlfriend of Alex Humphrey, a Lansing, Michigan, drug dealer, who was shot and killed in a drug bust in 2002. In the years since she’d lived with Humphrey, she had completely rehabilitated her life: She had a job at a restaurant chain as a manager, was married and had two children, with a third on the way.

But because Shank had shared a past life and home with a drug dealer,
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Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts 2' No. 1 With $62M for $253M Global Launch

Warner Bros.' Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald couldn't conjure the same magic the first film did in its U.S. opening, but made up ground overseas for a worldwide launch of $253.2 million.

In North America, the sequel debuted to $62.2 million from 4,163 theaters, compared to $74.4 million for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on the same pre-Thanksgiving weekend in 2016. The first Fantastic Beasts fared better with critics and earned an A CinemaScore, while Crimes of Grindelwald battled generally poor reviews and a B+ CinemaScore.

Overseas, Fantastic Beasts 2 roared ...
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'If Beale Street Could Talk' Composer on Capturing "What Love Sounds Like"

'If Beale Street Could Talk' Composer on Capturing
What does love sound like? Composer Nicholas Britell was tasked with answering that question while creating the score for Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk.

"I remember Barry's first thought on what the world of the music might be was brassy: 'I'm hearing horns,'" says Britell, 38, of creating the sound of the 1970s in Harlem, where author James Baldwin's story of a pregnant woman whose boyfriend is falsely accused of rape takes place.

In response, Britell, who worked with Jenkins on 2016's Moonlight, wrote a piece that had trumpets, flugelhorns and French horns,...
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Why Annie Lennox Stopped Writing Songs for Almost a Decade

Why Annie Lennox Stopped Writing Songs for Almost a Decade
When Annie Lennox was approached about writing the end title song for A Private War, Matthew Heineman’s searing biopic about war correspondent Marie Colvin, she hesitated because she hadn’t written new music in eight years. Instead Lennox, who won an Academy Award for best original song for “Into the West” from 2003’s Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, has focused on improving women’s rights globally through her Ngo, The Circle. However, she vowed “to try” to write a song because she had such respect for Colvin, who was killed in Syria in 2012 ...
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Wide House Unveils Flurry of Deals on Idfa Players (Exclusive)

Paris-based sales company Wide House has sealed a flurry of deals for two titles playing this week at Amsterdam’s Idfa documentary festival: Ruth Beckermann’s “The Waldheim Waltz,” Austria’s candidate for the 2019 Oscars, and Marcus Lindeen’s “The Raft.”

World premiering at February’s Berlinale, where it won the Glashutte Award for best documentary, “The Waldheim Waltz” focuses on the Nazi war-crimes scandal surrounding Kurt Waldheim, the former U.N. secretary general, who was president of Austria from 1986 to 1992.

Svod rights have been bought by Filmin in Spain and Turn Key Films for Scandinavia and Italy.

Distribution rights were acquired respectively by Menemsha Films in North America -in an already announced deal-, Elf Pictures in Hungary and Tricontinental in former-Yugoslavia territories.

In Switzerland, pubcaster Rsi took Italian-language rights; Israeli broadcasting rights went to Channel 8 and Kan.

“Waldheim” receives its Dutch premiere Thursday Nov. 22 as part of Master
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Idfa: ’Hamada’s’ Eloy Domínguez Serén On Wit, Wisdom In Wilderness

Amsterdam — “Hamada” is an Arabic word meaning “desert,” and for the Sahrawi people who live there, in the middle of the Sahara, it has another meaning: “Emptiness.” One might think, then, that a film with such a title, dealing with stateless migrants, wouldn’t exactly be a laughing matter, but Eloy Domínguez Serén’s feature-length documentary debut is not at all what you might expect. Instead, his film has more in common with the American “slacker” cinema boom of the 1990s, depicting a group of young people coming to terms with a bleak future of unemployment by using humor as a tool and nursing long-held dreams of escape.

Since Morocco annexed the Western Sahara in 1975 and expelled the Sahrawi from their original habitat, refugee camps have sprung up round the Algerian border. It is against this dark backdrop that we meet Sidahmed, Zaara and Taher, who usher Serén’s fascinated
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The Politics Behind 'Widows'

The Politics Behind 'Widows'
[This story contains spoilers for Widows]

Widows is a heist film upfront. But throughout, the planning of the heist and the heist itself drives forward with such force due to the political and power dynamics constantly at play. Director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave follow-up, which follows three widows forced to enter a world of crime by the powerful people their dead husbands were intertwined with, is not a great genre picture that happens to also have an incisive political lens. It’s a great genre picture because it has one.

The widows are Veronica (Viola Davis), Linda (Michelle ...
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Where 'Fantastic Beasts 3' Could Go

Where 'Fantastic Beasts 3' Could Go
[This story contains minor spoilers for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald]

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald may be dividing critics, but there’s no slowing the Wizarding World train, even if this prequel franchise can’t match the speeds of the Hogwarts Express. The latest film penned by J.K. Rowling and directed by David Yates sets up a number of directions for the three subsequent sequels to head, not least among them is the revelation about Credence Barebone’s (Ezra Miller) true identity. Rowling has previously said that the five-film series would span from 1926 to 1945. That end date is ...
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‘Wife’ and ‘Widow’ Win Kolkata Festival Prizes

‘Wife’ and ‘Widow’ Win Kolkata Festival Prizes
Ash Mayfair’s Vietnamese film “The Third Wife” won best film at the 24th Kolkata international film festival’s international competition on Saturday. Mayfair’s debut feature previously won awards at Toronto, San Sebastian and Chicago. Mayfair was present to collect her award, presented by actress Tabu (“Life of Pi”) and filmmaker Shoojit Sircar.

Kolkata’s international competition is known for its generous prize money. Mayfair took home $71,000 for her win. Egyptian/Austrian filmmaker Abu Bakr Shawky won best director and a purse of $30,000 for “Yomeddine.” India’s Churni Ganguly won a jury special mention in the international competition for “A Timeline”, alongside Hungary’s Arpad Bogdan for “Genesis.”

Praveen Morchhale’s “Widow of Silence” won best film in Kolkata’s Indian competition. The film had its world premiere at Busan in October. Arijit Biswas won best director for “Sun Goes Around The Earth.”

Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam’s
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