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‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘Leave No Trace’ Nominated for Top Independent Spirit Awards

‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘Leave No Trace’ Nominated for Top Independent Spirit Awards
If Beale Street Could Talk, You Were Never Really Here, Eighth Grade, First Reformed and Leave No Trace have been nominated as the best independent films of 2018 by the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which announced its nominees on Friday morning in Los Angeles.

To qualify for the Spirit Awards, a film must meet a variety of criteria, including a budget of less than $20 million. It must also contain “significant American content,” a requirement that can be fulfilled by having the film set and shot in the U.S. or by having U.S. citizens or permanent residents in two of the three creative positions of director, writer and producer.
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‘Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald’ Launches With $31 Million at International Box Office

‘Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald’ Launches With $31 Million at International Box Office
Warner Bros.Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is showing magic at the international box office, grossing $31 million at 24,350 screens in its first two days.

The tentpole, which added 45 markets on Thursday, is the top movie in all but one of 55 territories. The top markets are France and South Korea, with $3.6 million each in two days.
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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Writer of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ Dies at 87

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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Writer of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ Dies at 87
William Goldman, who won Oscars for his original screenplay for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and his adaptation of “All the President’s Men,” died on Friday in his Manhattan home, according to the the Washington Post. He was 87.

His daughter Jenny Goldman cited complications from colon cancer and pneumonia as the cause of his death.

“Butch Cassidy,” a revisionist Western that helped popularize the buddy movie, announced Goldman as a screenwriter able to balance big laughs with a sense of adventure, while “All the President’s Men” cemented his status as a deft writer of suspense. The two are considered to be among the finest screenplays ever written and exemplify Goldman’s range and versatility.

In a 2015 interview with Signature, Goldman was asked about his ability to bounce from genre to genre.

“You cross your fingers and never stop,” he said. “Praying is also good.”

Goldman, who frequently transferred his novels,
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'Fantastic Beasts 2',' Instant Family' & 'Widows' Hit the Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Frame

'Fantastic Beasts 2',' Instant Family' & 'Widows' Hit the Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Frame
Last year saw the November box office top $1 billion in calendar grosses for just the third time ever and it was the first time since 2013. This year, November grosses are currently trailing 2017 by just -2.4% and this weekend sees the release of what is sure to be another big debut in the form of WB's sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The weekend also features the debut of what looks to be a strong opening for Steve McQueen's Widows while the PG-13 comedy Instant Family hopes to begin a long holiday run. Poised to finish atop the box office is Warner Bros.'s release of the second film in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and there is a chance it could come close to matching the $74 million opening for its predecessor, though WB is remaining conservative with expectations hovering around $65 million. A
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Hugh Grant To Star With Nicole Kidman In HBO Limited Series "The Undoing"

Hugh Grant To Star With Nicole Kidman In HBO Limited Series
Hugh Grant has been cast opposite Nicole Kidman in "The Undoing," HBO’s high-profile six-episode limited series, written by David E. Kelley and directed by Susanne Bier.

An adaptation of Jean Hanff Korelitz’s book You Should Have Known, "The Undoing" centers on Grace Sachs (Kidman), who is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. She’s a successful therapist, has a devoted husband (Grant) and young son who attends an elite private school in New York City. Overnight a chasm opens in her life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.
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"Veronica Mars": J.K. Simmons To Recur In Hulu Revival Limited Series

Oscar winner J.K. Simmons has signed on for a recurring role in Hulu’s revival of "Veronica Mars," from original series creator Rob Thomas. The eight-episode limited series is scheduled to premiere in 2019.

The reboot returns star Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni and Jason Dohring to the series that ran for three seasons on Upn and the CW from 2004-2007. In the revival, spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town’s lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired by the parents of one of the victims to find their son’s killer, Veronica (Bell) is drawn into an epic mystery that pits the enclave’s wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast’s answer to Daytona Beach.

Simmons will play Clyde Prickett, an
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What Happened After Jonestown?

Roughly 900 corpses lay before the Guyanese state pathologist Dr. Leslie Mootoo, one of the first on the scene at Jonestown. Arrayed in strangely uniform rows on the ground, the bodies were rapidly decomposing, thanks to tropical heat, a rainstorm and swarms of animals and insects. Some were so lost to putrefaction that the U.S. military clean-up crew used snow shovels to pick them up, and wore facemasks to block the stench.

“Mootoo was called to a scene for which there was absolutely no precedent. They were completely overwhelmed with the crime scene they found.
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‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’ Books Susan Boyle, Darci Lynne Farmer, and 23 Other Competitors

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‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’ Books Susan Boyle, Darci Lynne Farmer, and 23 Other Competitors
“America’s Got Talent” has released the first wave of fan-favorite acts set to return for its new, all-star winter edition, “America’s Got Talent: The Champions with” Darci Lynne Farmer, Susan Boyle, and Shin Lim set to come back.

This special installment of the NBC competition series will feature its usual judges, Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel — as well as new host, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Terry Crews.

Premiering on Jan. 7, “Agt: Champions” brings together former winners, finalists and impossible-to-forget acts from “Agt” seasons past, and other “Got Talent” franchises from around the world, to compete for the ultimate title of World Champion.

Also Read: NBC Sets Holiday Specials Schedule: 'Ellen's Game of Games,' 'Deal or No Deal,' 'Agt' (Exclusive)

Below is a list of 25 of the 50 acts who will compete on “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.”

Darci Lynne Farmer – Ventriloquist – America’s
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12 New Albums to Stream Now: Chris Cornell, Mariah Carey and More Editors’ Picks

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12 New Albums to Stream Now: Chris Cornell, Mariah Carey and More Editors’ Picks
Editors’ Pick: Chris Cornell, Chris Cornell

This 64-track retrospective of the late grunge icon’s career is a testament to his vocal prowess and thoughtful approach, apparent even on early Soundgarden tracks like the chugging Ultramega Ok opener “Flower” and Louder Than Love’s still-relevant environmentalist plea “Hands All Over.” Tracing his journey from hair-whipping yelper to rock elder, Chris Cornell compiles hits like Temple of the Dog’s glorious “Hunger Strike,” Audioslave’s speaker-shaking debut single “Cochise,” and Cornell’s elegiac cover of “Billie Jean” alongside quieter tracks like
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What’s Going On With This Julian Assange Indictment?

Now that the midterms are over, the White House has reportedly shifted its focus to panicking over the Mueller investigation. We know Trump has, at least. The special counsel went quiet in the months leading up to last Tuesday’s elections, and there have been indications that indictments could be coming soon. Former Trump adviser Roger Stone, Stone ally Jerome Corsi and Donald Trump Jr. are among the figures many believe could be charged. Speculation has also surrounded Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, which during the 2016 campaign released thousands of hacked Democratic emails.
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‘Firecrackers,’ ‘Skate Kitchen’ Win Top Awards at Female-Centric Stockholm Film Festival

Jasmin Mozaffari’s “Firecrackers” and Crystal Moselle’s “Skate Kitchen,” a pair of bold and timely North American features, won best film and best debut at the 29th edition of Stockholm Film Festival whose awards were almost entirely scooped by female talents.

Firecrackers,” which world premiered at Toronto Film Festival, marks the feature debut of Canadian helmer Mozaffari. The timely drama follows two best friends who plot a revenge against an abusing ex who violated one of them. But things spin out of control beyond a point of no-return.

The festival praised “Firecrackers” for “its originality in portraying the love between two friends, in its urge for freedom, autonomy, loyalty in a violent world, and bringing us to situations in a way that we have never seen before.”

It’s “a perfectly directed film where all elements come together in a unique universe of its own,” added the fesitval.

Mozaffari
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Connie Britton Joins Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron in Movie About Fox News Scandal

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Connie Britton Joins Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron in Movie About Fox News Scandal
Connie Britton will play Roger Ailes’ wife in Jay Roach’s movie about the Fox News scandal, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Kate McKinnon, Margot Robbie, Allison Janney and John Lithgow also star.

The script is being penned by Academy Award-winner Charles Randolph (“The Big Short”). Theron, Beth Kono, and A.J. Dix of Denver and Delilah are producing alongside Roach, Randolph and Lighthouse Management and Media’s Margaret Media.

Also Read: Lionsgate in Talks to Pick up Jay Roach's Roger Ailes Scandal Film

The film became a casualty of the ongoing upheaval at Annapurna when it was dropped over budget issues Oct. 9, two weeks before it was to begin production. The film had already locked down its main cast. A week later, Lionsgate started its discussions to pick up the feature film, and the company is still finalizing the deal to finance and distribute it.
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‘The Bone Collector': NBC Developing TV Adaptation of Denzel Washington Film

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NBC is developing a TV adaptation of Denzel Washington’s 1999 film, “The Bone Collector.”

The NBC series is based on both the film and the book series by Jeffery Deaver, and follows Lincoln Rhyme, a retired genius forensic criminologist left paralyzed after an accident on the job. When a harrowing case brings him back to the force, Rhyme partners up with an ambitious young detective, Amelia Sachs, to take down some of the most dangerous criminals in the U.S.

In the film, Amelia was played by Angelina Jolie. NBC handed out a premium script order for the project.

Also Read: CW Developing 'Lean on Me' TV Series From LeBron James and John Legend

The project is from Universal Television and Sony Pictures Television in association with Keshet Studios. The film, which grossed $151 million at the box office globally, was distributed jointly by Universal Pictures (U.S. and
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Marvin Levy: The Road From Tex and Jinx to ‘Close Encounters’

It’s been more than 40 years since publicist and newly minted Governors Award honoree Marvin Levy began his close association with Steven Spielberg, but their adventures together only constitute one of acts in the Levy saga.

From the time Levy graduated from NYU in 1949, the affable but no-nonsense communications pro has been somewhere near the center of showbiz gravity.

“I was always a fan of the Broadway musicals starting in high school, and by college we were regularly scoring tickets for opening nights and showing up in tuxedos. We’d see epic shows like ‘Finian’s Rainbow’ and ‘Brigadoon,’ and being naughty boys, we’d go to the backstage door dressed in our tuxes and they’d let us in and we’d get word of where to go for the cast parties.”

When asked if a Variety column item from 1954 — “Marvin Levy and Gordon Morris penned the special material
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‘Under the Wire’ Film Review: Hard-Hitting Doc Examines the Woman Behind ‘A Private War’

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‘Under the Wire’ Film Review: Hard-Hitting Doc Examines the Woman Behind ‘A Private War’
When does sacrifice become sanctimonious? That’s the question that nags in “Under the Wire,” Christopher Martin’s documentary about fallen Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin and her partner, photojournalist Paul Conroy.

Over and over we’re told what a singular person Colvin was, adamant to tell stories about civilian victims in war-ravaged Syria regardless of personal, and arguably foolish, risk. She’d refuse orders to evacuate particularly dangerous areas and would return if she had briefly given in.

And Colvin paid the ultimate price, having been killed in February 2012 in a bombing in the hotbed of Homs that’s rumored to have been a specified attack on the media center in which she worked, a day after delivering an impromptu broadcast on CNN about a child whom she and Conroy watched die. She believed that such a personalized report would move people to act, but her voice was silenced.
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‘The Bone Collector’ TV Series in the Works at NBC

‘The Bone Collector’ TV Series in the Works at NBC
A script for a “The Bone Collector” TV series, based on the book and 1999 movie starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie, has been sold to NBC, it was announced on Friday.

The Bone Collector” follows Lincoln Rhyme, a retired genius forensic criminologist left paralyzed after an accident on the job. When a harrowing case brings him back to the force, Rhyme partners up with an ambitious young detective, Amelia Sachs, to take down some of the most dangerous criminals in the U.S.

VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli will serve as writers and executive producers. Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott,
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Hear Dolly Parton’s New Strings-Only Version of ‘Jolene’

Hear Dolly Parton’s New Strings-Only Version of ‘Jolene’
Dolly Parton’s iconic 1973 hit “Jolene” gets stripped of powder and paint in the Hall of Fame legend’s just-released “strings only” version from the soundtrack of the upcoming Netflix film Dumplin’. With strings backing her new, slowed-down vocal, Parton’s lyrics are rendered even more pleading, drenched in a greater sense of fear and sorrow.

“Jolene’s been on the prowl a long time,” Parton said in a Twitter post, “but she just got a makeover and I couldn’t be more excited to share the new string version with y’all!
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Rolling Stone at the Latin Grammys: Photos

On Wednesday, November 14th, Rolling Stone hosted Latin Grammy Award nominees, music industry elite, celebrities and influencers at the exclusive Moon venue on top of the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas to celebrate Latin music’s biggest night and the launch of Rolling Stone Latin, our vertical dedicated to Spanish-language music.

The inaugural event, presented by Buchanan’s Whisky, featured performances by Mon Laferte and Francisca Valenzuela as well as a DJ set by Precolumbian. The event space was transformed into an intimate and lush environment with interactive displays
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What It’s Really Like to Work for Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall

What It’s Really Like to Work for Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall
From their starts as lowly showbiz assistants, this year’s Irving G. Thalberg recipients Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall have helped bring an impressive array of films to life. Together and separately, they have worked on movies from “The Last Picture Show” (Marshall) and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (both) to the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode IX” (Kennedy), with the likes of Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford and George Lucas.

Their films have raked in billions, earning the pair 13 Oscar noms between them.

But what’s it like to work for Kennedy and Marshall, married since 1987? Ask some of their famous collaborators — Ford, Matt Damon, Laura Dern and Lucas included — and a theme emerges.

They say the producers have come to the rescue of their productions almost as often as the heroes in their movies for Amblin Entertainment, founded with Spielberg in 1981, the Kennedy/Marshall Co. a decade later, and mostly
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Spirit Awards Nominations Led by ‘We the Animals’

Spirit Awards Nominations Led by ‘We the Animals’
Coming-of-age drama “We the Animals” has scored five Spirit Awards nominations, with “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” and “You Were Never Really Here” taking four each.

The nominees for best feature are “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Leave No Trace,” and “You Were Never Really Here.”

We the Animals” scored nominations for best first feature, best supporting male actor for Raul Castillo, cinematography, editing and the Someone to Watch Award for Jeremiah Zagar, who directed and adapted the script from Justin Torres’ debut novel of the same name. The film debuted at the Sundance film Festival in January and was bought for North America by The Orchard.

Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade” took nods for best feature, best first feature, and best actress for Elsie Fisher and best supporting male actor for Josh Hamilton. First Reformed landed noms for best feature, best director and best screenplay for
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