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Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' Heads for $250 Million Global Launch

Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' Heads for $250 Million Global Launch
Put your wands up, muggles. The upcoming chapter in the Harry Potter universe looks to enchant moviegoers and dominate the global box office.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is expected to earn $65 million from over 3,300 domestic locations, though industry estimates show that number could be closer to $75 million. The higher part of that range would be in line with the opening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first entry in the Harry Potter spinoff series. That film debuted with $74 million on the same weekend two years ago and went on to generate $234 million in North America and $580 million overseas. The second film carries a slightly bigger budget of $200 million, while the first outing cost $175 million.

Warner Bros., the studio behind the magical movies, expects to see a similar boost from the international box office. The sequel could make as much as $250 million this weekend when including foreign markets, where it will launch day and date in nearly 48 territories.
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Hulu to Develop Shows Based on George R.R. Martin Book Series ‘Wild Cards’

Hulu to Develop Shows Based on George R.R. Martin Book Series ‘Wild Cards’
Hulu is developing multiple shows based on the “Wild Cards” book series, which is edited by “Game of Thrones” scribe George R.R. Martin.

Variety has learned from sources that the streamer is set to open a writers room for two shows set in the “Wild Cards” universe. Universal Cable Productions will produce along with Hulu, with Andrew Miller set to write and executive produce both projects. Miller, who is currently under an overall deal at UCP, recently helmed the “Tremors” pilot at Syfy that saw the return of the original film’s star Kevin Bacon.

Set in the present, the “Wild Cards” books explore the aftermath of an alien virus, released over Manhattan in 1946 that killed 90% of those it infected. In the survivors, DNA was altered, creating grotesque physical deformities, except for a tiny percentage who develop super human powers instead.
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"The Mandalorian" Has Officially Cast "Game of Thrones" and "Narcos" Star Pedro Pascal [Updated]

Update: Variety reports that Pedro Pascal is officially set to lead "The Mandalorian," confirming Making Star Wars' scoop from last month. Details remain mostly under wraps, but Pascal will play “a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.” And he’ll also wear some sweet Boba […]

The post "The Mandalorian" Has Officially Cast "Game of Thrones" and "Narcos" Star Pedro Pascal [Updated] appeared first on /Film.
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"Game Of Thrones:" HBO Confirms April Premiere For Season 8

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It’s official. The anticipated eighth and final season of "Game of Thrones" will launch in April. HBO released a promotional video Tuesday morning with no specific date, but official word that the series will return for its final go-round in April 2019. The retrospective video features recycled footage with the most iconic scenes from the series so far.

An April premiere is not a big surprise, since Season 1-Season 6 launched in April or late March; Season 7 premiered in July 2017. But until today, the only official time frame for the debut came from HBO programming president Casey Bloys, who said the series would return in the first half of 2019. Star Maisie Williams was more specific, saying in an interview with the UK’s Metro in January that the series was eyeing an April 2019 premiere.

HBO previously revealed that the final episode was shot over 55 nights in three locations.
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"Temptation Island" Reboot Officially A Go At USA; Mark L. Walberg Returns As Host

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USA Network has confirmed its upcoming reboot of the 2001 reality series "Temptation Island." The 10-episode revival, produced by Banijay Studios North America, will premiere on January 15 with Mark L. Walberg, who hosted the original, returning as host.

"Temptation Island," which had been in the works at USA for the past few months, is part of the network’s aggressive expansion into unscripted series as it is preparing for the departure of WWE Smackdown next fall.

"Temptation Island" follows four dating couples at a pivotal time in their relationship, where they must mutually decide if they are ready to commit to one another for the rest of their lives — or should go their separate ways. Together, the couples travel to the tropical paradise of Maui, Hawaii, where they join 24 eligible men and women. There, they live the “single life,” in a test that is meant to help answer their most difficult questions about their relationship.
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Netflix Greenlights "Rhythm & Flow" Music Competition Series, Sets Cardi B, Chance the Rapper & T.I. As Judges

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Netflix Greenlights
Netflix is officially throwing its hat in the singing competition reality series arena with the hip-hop-themed "Rhythm & Flow," from John Legend, Jesse Collins and Jeff Gaspin. Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and T.I. have been tapped to serve as the three main judges and executive produce the show aimed at finding the next breakout hip-hop star.

The 10-episode hourlong multi-city competition series, which had been in development at Netflix for over a year, is set to premiere in fall 2019.
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Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper Vow to Perform "Shallow" at Oscars If Nominated

Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper Vow to Perform
Could we be getting a real-life Jackson Maine and Ally concert?

Due to the massive success of “Shallow”, the duet performed by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga‘s characters in A Star is Born, many expect it to be nominated for Best Original Song at the upcoming Academy Awards.

In a new Variety cover story, Gaga confirmed she and her costar and director Cooper would perform the song live at the Oscars if it were indeed nominated: “One hundred percent,” she vowed.

Traditionally, all five songs nominated for Best Original Song are performed live on the Academy Awards broadcast,
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Kiersey Clemons to Produce, Star in Film About Youngest Female NY Stock Exchange Trader

Kiersey Clemons to Produce, Star in Film About Youngest Female NY Stock Exchange Trader
AGC Studios announced on Tuesday that it’s acquired the life rights for the story of Lauren Simmons, they youngest female trader to work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

The studio has set the project up for Kiersey Clemons to produce and star in the film.

Simmons, in addition to being the youngest woman ever on the trading floor, is currently the only woman at the NYSE and only the second African American female to trade full-time on the floor of the Exchange.

Simmons moved to New York from Georgia with a degree in genetics, but ultimately decided to put that career on hold and answered a posting on LinkedIn for a job with a Wall Street company.

Despite no formal financial background and only a month of preparation,
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‘SmackDown Live': Daniel Bryan Ends Aj Styles’ 371-Day Reign as WWE Champion (Video)

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Daniel Bryan just ended Aj Styles’ record reign as WWE Champion in the surprise main-event of Tuesday’s “SmackDown Live.” Talk about a pretty good lead-in for USA Network’s new country-music competition series, “Real Country.”

The shocking squared-circle triumph wasn’t a clean win, however: Bryan turned heel (the pro-wrestling phrase for becoming a bad guy) by delivering an illegal low-blow to Styles before finishing off the “Face that runs the place” with a trademark running knee. The referee had been inadvertently knocked down and missed the infraction.

Watch the title change hands here:

We have a Newwwwwww #WWEChampion, and his name is @WWEDanielBryan! #SDLive pic.twitter.com/EeVjI748Y8

WWE (@WWE) November 14, 2018

Also Read: WWE 'SmackDown Live' Women's Champ Becky Lynch Out of 'Survivor Series' Match vs Ronda Rousey Due to Injury

The bad behavior from the former good guy continued after the bell rang.

What Are You Doing,
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‘Master and Commander': 15th Anniversary of the Franchise That Never Was

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‘Master and Commander': 15th Anniversary of the Franchise That Never Was
In the annals of 21st century blockbusters, there is a film that stands out among the slew of superheroes and wizards and Jedi that have come to define modern Hollywood tentpoles. It’s a film that in the 15 years since its release has earned a small but passionate following of cinephiles ready to champion it, but was meant to become something so much more.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” which opened in theaters on Nov. 14, 2003, was Peter Weir’s detailed, gripping, adaptation of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin novel series. Taking its name from two of the 20 novels released by O’Brian in the second-half of the 20th century, the film tells the story of Jack Aubrey, a captain in the British Royal Navy played by Russell Crowe, who was then still riding the heights of his “Gladiator” action star popularity.

And it was intended to
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CNN’s Zucker vs. Trump: How They Built Each Other Up and Want to Tear Each Other Down

President Trump and CNN’s Jeff Zucker are the most unusual of enemies: Men who elevated each other to the positions of power from which they fixate on and snipe at one another.

“Great move by CNN if they sign Jeff Zucker,” Donald Trump tweeted in November 2012. “He was responsible for me and The Apprentice on NBC — became #1 show!”

Not quite five years later, Trump banned Zucker’s White House reporter Jim Acosta. On Tuesday, CNN sued.

Also Read: CNN Sues Trump Administration Over Jim Acosta White House Ban

The days of chummy tweets are gone, replaced by denunciations of “fake news” by Trump and criticism of the president by Zucker: “The president, and especially the White House press secretary, should understand their words matter. Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that.”

The irony is striking to those who know them, and those who observe media.

“There is
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‘This Is Us’ Star On Zoe’s Secret: ‘I Didn’t Know It Would Be Quite This Difficult’

‘This Is Us’ Star On Zoe’s Secret: ‘I Didn’t Know It Would Be Quite This Difficult’
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Sometimes,” the Nov. 13 episode of “This Is Us.”

Zoe (Melanie Liburd) has been a woman of mystery since she was first introduced at the end of the second season of “This Is Us” and started a relationship with Kevin (Justin Hartley). Although her cousin Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) warned Kevin that Zoe had a history of being a “man-eater,” he fell for her anyway — so much so that he invited her to visit Vietnam with him to learn more about his father’s past. And in doing so, she finally opened up to him,
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America Isn’t Ready for Asian Rappers. They’re Taking Over Anyway

Nobody in the crowd at 88rising’s first show in New York City, an unapologetic riot on the brand-new open-air rooftop at Pier 17 in early October, is confused about where they are and what they’re doing there — except the security staff, who wander around most of the night in abject confusion. A few of them watch the whole concert from the edges, looking lost; one, when I ask for directions to the elevator, asks me in return to fill him in about what’s going on.

The audience suffers no such bewilderment.
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Film News Roundup: Disney Donates $500,000 for Recovery From California Wildfires

In today’s film news roundup, Disney has donated $500,000 for fire recovery efforts, the African American Film Critics Association honors “Crazy Rich Asians,” the Duplass brothers support an independent film and Chance the Rapper boards an MGM musical.

Recovery Efforts

Walt Disney Company has committed $500,000 to support relief and recovery efforts in response to the wildfires that continue to threaten California.

The donation will provide support to firefighters on the front lines as they work to contain the fires and will assist California residents.

“The firefighters are true heroes, and we honor their tireless commitment as they continue to battle these devastating wildfires,” said Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger. “Our hearts go out to the families and communities that have been so severely affected.”

Disney’s donations will go to the California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund, which supports intermediate and long-term recovery efforts from major California wildfires
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California Bans Filming on State Parks, Beaches in Wildfire Zones

The California Film Commission has banned filming in state parks and beaches in the California wildfire zones until further notice.

The commission made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon. The Woolsey fire was at 35% containment on Tuesday after burning about 150 square miles of land in Ventura and Los Angeles counties in six days. More than 400 structures have been destroyed.

“Due to the devastating fires in the Malibu area, Highway 1 along Pacific Coast Highway is closed to north and southbound traffic from Sunset Blvd. (Los Angeles County) to Las Posas Road (Ventura County),” the commission said. “Applications for filming along this portion of Pch, as well as filming at the following State Parks and Beaches will not be accepted until further notice: Malibu Creek State Park, Malibu Pier, Tapia State Park, Point Mugu State Park, Sycamore Cove State Beach, Leo Carrillo State Park, Robert Meyer Memorial State Beach, Point Dume Bluffs State Park,
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The Orson Also Rises: A Brief History of Rescuing ‘The Other Side of the Wind’

The Orson Also Rises: A Brief History of Rescuing ‘The Other Side of the Wind’
It begins with a death — a car accident that takes the life of a legendary director on his 70th birthday — and ends with a giant phallic symbol toppling over. In between those two moments, you get young film critics arguing, old actors kvetching, a Jim Morrison doppelganger, a naked woman wandering around an abandoned back lot, John Huston dispensing insults by a swimming pool, an orgy in a public bathroom, mannequins being used for target practice, empty drive-in theaters and the world’s greatest sex scene in a moving car.
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Troubled Aretha Franklin Documentary ‘Amazing Grace’ Set for AFI Fest Screening

Troubled Aretha Franklin Documentary ‘Amazing Grace’ Set for AFI Fest Screening
AFI Fest has added a screening of the Aretha Franklin documentary “Amazing Grace” on Nov. 15 at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres.

The film, shot in 1972 by Sydney Pollack at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, premiered Monday at the Doc NYC festival. Warner Bros. Pictures captured the footage for a companion documentary to the double live album “Amazing Grace,” which became Franklin’s best-selling album, but technical issues prevented the release of the pic.

Producer Alan Elliott acquired the movie rights in 2007 and worked with a team of producers, including Joe Boyd, Robert Johnson, Chiemi Karasawa, Sabrina Owens, Jerry Wexler, Tirrell D. Whittley, and Joseph Woolf. Franklin, who died in August, went to court repeatedly to stop its release. “Amazing Grace” is being launched with the support of Franklin’s estate.

The movie includes an 11-minute version of “Amazing Grace,” “Mary Don’t You Weep,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,
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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale': Here’s Your First Look at Holiday Episode (Photos)

Merry Christmas — er, Winter Solstice, from the Spellmans.

Netflix has released the first-look photos for “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale” — the Kiernan Shipka-led series’ surprise holiday episode — set to drop Friday, Dec. 14.

The pics give us a glimpse of where we’ll find Sabrina (Shipka), her Aunt Zelda (Miranda Otto), her Aunt Hilda (Lucy Davis), her ex-boyfriend Harvey (Ross Lynch), her cousin Ambrose (Chance Perdomo), her Greendale besties and all her new school pals at the Academy of Unseen Arts, during the special. Oh, and Miss Wardwell (Michelle Gomez) — or should we say Madam Satan?

Also Read: Netflix Sets 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' Holiday Special (Video)

Here’s the official logline for “A Midwinter’s Tale”: The Church of Night, like all covens, celebrates the Winter Solstice-the longest night of the year-when families gather around the Yule Fire to sing pagan carols and tell ghost stories.
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Patricia Cornwell, Matt Tolmach to Produce Drama Series in Development at NBC

In a competitive situation, NBC is set to develop a drama series executive produced by best-selling author Patricia Cornwell and Matt Tolmach.

The project is titled “Red Stick.” Based on an original character created by Cornwell, it follows Dr. Annie Dodge, who is summoned from New York to her hometown of Baton Rouge, La., after the sudden death of her father, the city’s beloved coroner. Now, as she’s mourning the loss of her childhood hero, Annie finds herself reluctantly stepping into her father’s role to solve an ongoing murder while navigating the complicated waters of Bayou politics,
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Will ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Be Critic-Proof at the Box Office?

Will ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Be Critic-Proof at the Box Office?
Over the past month, films like “Venom” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” have found big bucks at the box office despite tepid reviews from critics. Now, Warner Bros. is hoping the trend will continue this weekend with “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” which will try to prove that the Harry Potter prequel series has achieved critic-proof status.

Though the film currently has a 57 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, “Fantastic Beasts 2” isn’t expected to have a much lower opening than its 2016 predecessor, which had a 74 percent Rt score. The sequel is currently projected for an opening in the high $60 million range from 4,000+ screens, with estimates topping out at $73 million. By comparison, the first film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” opened to $74.4 million, grossing $234 million domestically and $814 million worldwide.

Like Spider-Man and Queen fans, Pottermaniacs are expected to turn out for this film no matter what. Perhaps a sign of the
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