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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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'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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Idfa: ’The Border Fence’ Director Nikolaus Geyrhalter on Building A Divided Europe

Amsterdam — It’s hard to predict where Austria’s Nikolaus Geyrhalter will go next. “Pripyat” (1999) saw him investigate the radioactive legacy of Chernobyl; 2005’s food-processing doc “Our Daily Bread” took him all over Europe, while “7915km” (2008) involved a mini-tour of Africa on the trail of The Dakar Rally. His latest film, though, is a little closer to home. Making its international premiere in competition at Idfa, “The Border Fence” visits the Brenner Pass, a tiny strip of land between Austria and Italy that suddenly became a media hotspot in 2016, after a deal between the European Union and Turkey officially closed the “Balkan Route” that was being used by refugees. With that road closed, Austrian authorities feared that illegal migrants would cross at the Brenner Pass instead.

The result was a proposed border fence, although all those involved with its development and construction were reluctant to call it that. And when work finally started,
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Film Review: ‘Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams’

Film Review: ‘Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams’
The golden age of the rock documentary faded out a long time ago. It’s now rare to see a concert film or a backstage pop portrait that attains the status of an event, like “Woodstock” or “Stop Making Sense” or “Truth or Dare.” But the form has never gone away. In a sense, it’s now everywhere: on streaming services and music channels, folded into album packages, a perpetual deluge of performance and home-movie snapshot geared to the insatiability of fans. In that light, the relevant question for any rock doc is whether it’s a compelling slice of artistry or a glorified piece of marketing.

Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams,” which played one night in theaters in 70 nations, where it grossed $3.5 million, and is now available on Amazon Prime, walks the line between those two possibilities. The film takes its title from Coldplay’s most recent album,
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How Palme d’Or Winner ‘Shoplifters’ Made ‘The Invisible People’ Visible

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

On his seventh trip to the Cannes Film Festival, Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda finally won the Palme d’Or for “Shoplifters,” his slow-paced, humanistic drama about a household bound not by blood but by the variety of petty crimes they commit in order to survive.

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

Also Read: 'Shoplifters' Cannes Review: Is the Seventh Time a Charm for Hirokazu Kore-eda?

What led you to make this film?

Hirokazu Kore-Eda: This whole idea started when I finished “Like Father, Like Son” and started exploring the ties of family. I thought that next I wanted to explore a family that has no blood ties.
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Trump Grades Himself as President in New Interview: ‘I Would Give Myself an A+’

In an interview between Fox NewsChris Wallace and President Donald Trump, topics ran the gamut from Trump’s relationship with the press to why he didn’t visit Arlington Cemetery on Veterans Day to the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting Attorney General overseeing the Mueller investigation.

Discussing CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s victory in court that gave him back his press pass, Trump said, “It’s fine, it’s not a big deal. What they said though is we have to create rules and regulations for conduct.. And if he misbehaves,
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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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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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‘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 the “Harry Potter” franchise, “Fantastic Beasts” is looking increasingly 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 unimpressed 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 surpassed the first
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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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