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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"

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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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There's a Jack Reacher TV Series in Development

There's a Jack Reacher TV Series in Development
It looks like Lee ChildJack Reacher book franchise in now being turned into a TV series. Tom Cruise played Jack Reacher in the two films produced by Paramount Pictures and while I thought he was great in the role and delivered two entertaining action-packed movies, we won’t be seeing anymore of them. The days of Cruise as Jack Reacher are over.

According to Childs, “We’re rebooting and starting over and we’re going to try and find the perfect guy.” For anyone familiar with the novels and the Jack Reacher character, then you know that Cruise didn’t fit the physicality for the role.

That doesn’t mean Childs didn’t like working with the actor, though. He told the BBC, “Cruise, for all his talent, didn’t have that physicality,” and then noted that actor’s smaller size threw off some of the core fans:

“I really enjoyed working with Cruise.
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Idris Elba’s Daughter Named 2019 Golden Globes Ambassador

Idris Elba’s Daughter Named 2019 Golden Globes Ambassador
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has named Isan Elba, daughter of Idris Elba, as its 2019 Golden Globes Ambassador. She will assist with the distributing of trophies during the 2019 Golden Globe Awards ceremony and work with a nonprofit organization to raise awareness for the cause of her choosing.

“I feel honored to hold this title and use this role to not only further educate people on the work of the HFPA, but also shine a light on issues that I care about,” said Elba.

“Mental health, specifically among African Americans and my peers in particular, is something I really want to be more vocal about,” added Isan Elba. “There’s this perceived stigma and I’ve seen friends struggle. We need to empower young people to not be afraid to ask for help.”

The HFPA changed the title of
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Lucy Hale Joins Michael Pena in ‘Fantasy Island’ Movie

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Lucy Hale Joins Michael Pena in ‘Fantasy Island’ Movie
Pretty Little Liars” star Lucy Hale has joined the cast of Sony and Blumhouse’s upcoming film Fantasy Island.

Starring opposite Michael Pena, Hale will play one of the guests at a mysterious island where people can live out their fantasies — for a price. The movie is based on the television series, which ran for seven seasons from 1977 to 1984 and often dealt with dark themes and the supernatural.

Pena will portray Mr. Roarke, a role originated by Ricardo Montalban in the television series. The TV show became best known for Mr. Roarke’s sidekick Tattoo (played by Hervé Villechaize), who would ring a bell in a bell tower and shout “Ze plane! Ze plane!” to announce the arrival of a new set of guests at the start of each episode.
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Ozuna Transforms ‘El Farsante’ Into Acoustic Ballad at Latin Grammys 2018

Ozuna, the most-viewed artist on YouTube in any genre in 2018, performed a slick, assured medley at the Latin Grammys on Thursday.

Ozuna opened in an unexpected setting: Seated with two acoustic guitarists and a cajon player, he reimagined his trap hit “El Farsante” — a version with Romeo Santos reached Number 49 on the Hot 100 — as a pretty, yearning ballad. But he didn’t stay subdued for long. His next song was the slick pop reggaeton single “Unica,” and the programmed drums kicked in forcefully behind him.

Ozuna was nominated at the
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See J Balvin Perform Glittering Medley With Carla Morrison at Latin Grammys

J Balvin performed a medley of tracks from his Number One Vibras album at the Latin Grammys in Las Vegas on Thursday.

Mexican singer Carla Morrison opened the performance — just as she opens Vibras — crooning the title track. On the album, her vocals serve as a perfect segue into the insta-classic “Mi Gente.” But in Las Vegas, Balvin turned instead to a different track, the smooth, bouncy “Ambiente.” The singer wore an iridescent sweatsuit and sauntered across a stage covered with similar material.

Balvin earned eight Latin Grammy nominations, more
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Crowd Boos When Absent Luis Miguel Wins Album of the Year at Latin Grammys

Crowd Boos When Absent Luis Miguel Wins Album of the Year at Latin Grammys
Luis Miguel was awarded Album of the Year at the Latin Grammys for ¡México Por Siempre! But in a bizarre moment, after the singer Thalía announced that Miguel was not present to pick up one of the night’s most coveted awards, the crowd started to boo and jeer. Thalía shushed the noisy detractors and assured them she would deliver the Latin Grammy to Miguel personally.

The Album of the Year category was typically stacked this year, with worthy entries from J Balvin, Monsieur Periné, Jorge Drexler, Natalia Lafourcade and more.
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Film News Roundup: Coldplay Documentary ‘Head Full of Dreams’ Grosses $3.5 Million in One Day

Film News Roundup: Coldplay Documentary ‘Head Full of Dreams’ Grosses $3.5 Million in One Day
In today’s film news roundup, Coldplay documentary “A Head Full of Dreams” performs well, Jon Heder’s “When Jeff Tried to Save the World” gets distribution and shooting has begun on transgender drama “Gossamer Folds.”

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Trafalgar Releasing has reported more than $3.5 million in box office revenue in one day for the Coldplay documentary “A Head Full of Dreams” from director Mat Whitecross.

Trafalgar said the film sold more than 300,000 tickets in over 70 countries worldwide and across 2,650 movie theaters on Nov. 14. It was the no. 1 title in the Netherlands, no. 2 in the UK, Australia and Italy and no. 5 in the Us.

The release was in collaboration with Coldplay’s management team at Warner Music, Parlophone and Dave Holmes Management. The film showcases live performances and backstage footage from the global stadium tour A Head Full of Dreams, alongside archive material captured over 20 years.

Coldplay manager Dave Holmes said,
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Fox News’ Twitter Boycott Over Tucker Carlson Harassment Enters Its Second Week

Fox NewsTwitter boycott moved into its second week Thursday as the network continued to refrain from posting to the platform.

The network is protesting Twitter for allowing host Tucker Carlson’s home address to spread after protesters targeted his Washington D.C. residence, a Fox News insider told TheWrap. The network wants an apology and assurance of his address being scrubbed.

Fox News last tweeted Nov. 8.

Also Read: Fox News Condemns 'Violent Threats and Intimidation' Against Tucker Carlson

Breaking: Federal appeals court rules against Trump administration on Daca https://t.co/KHnrNvEKAM

— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 8, 2018

But the network is losing clicks from people who click on its tweeted articles.

“It’s hurting traffic” the insider told TheWrap. “So I dislike that they are doing this.”

Also Read: CNN's Zucker vs. Trump: How They Built Each Other Up and Want to Tear Each Other Down

The blackout also extends to Fox Business,
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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ – The Big Twist Ending and That Lestrange Family Drama, Explained

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ – The Big Twist Ending and That Lestrange Family Drama, Explained
(Huge spoilers here for “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” below. You have been warned.)

So here you are. You’ve experienced all the craziness that “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” had in store. And you’re totally confused by all of it because, well, it could have probably been explained more clearly.

But it is what it is, and what it is can be really tough to digest — especially if you aren’t steeped in “Harry Potter” lore. And even if you are a lifelong Potterhead it might take a minute for all of it to sink in because of how much lore this new “Fantastic Beasts” movie is dropping on us.

So regardless of what level of “Harry Potter” fandom you’re one, we’re here to help you by distilling down the major revelations in a way that’s perhaps easier to understand than it was in the movie.
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‘The Good Place’ Recap: Death Becomes Them

‘The Good Place’ Recap: Death Becomes Them
A review of this week’s The Good Place, “Don’t Let The Good Life Pass You By,” coming up just as soon as I walk to Edmonton to give 85 dollars to a snail charity…

And so, Eleanor Shellstrop, Chidi Anagonye, Tahani Al-Jamil and Jason Mendoza are dead.

Again.

And that’s just fine.

Season Three has definitely picked up in the last few installments, but there’s always been a sense of the series marking time here on planet Earth. The show has tried to bring in magic when it can,
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James Corden, Issa Rae, Chuck Lorre Address Industry and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Conference

Some of film, television, music and tech’s biggest influencers gathered Thursday for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Variety‘s 2018 State of the Entertainment Industry Conference.

Producer Vin Di Bona; executives Kristin Cavanaugh of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Christina Derenthal of Paramount Pictures; chamber of commerce chair Donelle Dadigan; and Los Angeles city officials Mitch O’Farrell and Kevin James kicked off the program with opening remarks. They were followed by James Corden. The CBS late-night host introduced music-industry executives Lucian Grainge and Irving Azoff, who spoke with Corden about the business as well as their longstanding friendship.

“Irving doesn’t like one-sided deals,
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Larry Michie, Former Variety TV Editor, Dies at 77

Larry Michie, a former television editor at Variety, died Nov. 7 at an assisted living facility in Hadley, Mass., after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 77.

Born in Chicago, he was raised by two aunts in Racine, Wis. He met his wife of 56 years at Valparaiso University.

Michie began his journalism career in Washington D.C. as a reporter for trade journal Broadcasting Magazine. He later came to cover Washington news for Variety exclusively in the late 1960s. He went on to succeed Les Brown as Variety’s television editor. Then based in New York, Michie was one of
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‘Grown-ish’ Star Francia Raisa Developing Mendez Desegregation Story

‘Grown-ish’ Star Francia Raisa Developing Mendez Desegregation Story
“Grown-ish” star Francia Raisa and “13 Reasons Why” executive producer Mandy Teefey are teaming on a feature film about the key 1946 Mendez vs. Westminster school desegregation case.

The duo began working on the project this year and quickly became convinced that the story had resonance in today’s society. They were able to persuade the Mendez family to support the project, they said.

“We are so honored that the Mendez Family has entrusted us with the opportunity to tell their story,” Raisa and Teefey said. “Mendez vs Westminster deserves wide recognition for their fight against segregated schools and the equal treatment of Mexican-American students, and we are proud to help showcase this moment that has been bypassed in history.”

The Mendez family said, “Although we have been approached in the past about doing a movie, after several conversations and a meeting with Francia and Mandy, we are confident that they are
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‘I Am Not a Witch’ Overcame Shooting Challenges in Africa

Rungano Nyoni wasn’t exactly surprised when her casting director vanished during pre-production in Zambia. Born in the southern African nation, but raised in Wales, she had girded herself for the challenges of shooting in a country whose film industry holds itself to different professional standards than those prevailing in the U.K.

“Using European sensibilities in Africa just doesn’t work. You have to adjust to the local [way of doing] things,” she says. “We were behind from the beginning. It was really an uphill climb.”

Shooting in Zambia was a calculated risk that paid off for Nyoni, whose feature directorial debut, “I Am Not a Witch,” world-premiered at the Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight in 2017, and is this year’s U.K.’s foreign-language Oscar submission. Film Movement is the pic’s U.S. distributor. Nyoni was also named one of Variety’s 10 Brits to Watch and won a BAFTA
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Latin Grammys 2018: See Bad Bunny, Marc Anthony’s Fizzy ‘Está Rico’

Bad Bunny, Marc Anthony and Will Smith kicked off the Latin Grammys with their propulsive collaboration “Está Rico” in Las Vegas on Thursday.

“Está Rico” moves between gliding, airy passages and the hammering trap sound that has made Bad Bunny a star. In the track’s final third, a piano vamp nods to salsa, the genre that transformed Anthony into a household name. Smith functions like the track’s hype-man: As the recording comes to an end, he says, “you gotta play that again.”

He served a similar role in Las Vegas,
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‘The Big Bang Theory': 23 Most Memorable Guest Stars, From Stephen Hawking to Carrie Fisher (Photos)

‘The Big Bang Theory': 23 Most Memorable Guest Stars, From Stephen Hawking to Carrie Fisher (Photos)
This week it was revealed that the upcoming 12th season of “The Big Bang Theory” will be its last. So you can bet that in their final go-around, the show will try to recruit just about every guest star in the galaxy. But of course after over 250 episodes so far, the show has already had a nerd’s fantasy of astronauts, physicists and Spock. Ahead of its final season, we decided to look at some of the show’s most memorable cameos. While Bob Newhart, Christine Baranski, Judy Greer, Jack McBrayer and more have had memorable guest appearances in other roles, this list is devoted to instances in which the stars have played themselves on the show. Excelsior!

Buzz Aldrin

The famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin rattled off three different candy-themed space puns to some disappointed trick-or-treaters in his brief cameo. “I’ve been on the moon,” Aldrin said. “What have you done?
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Does ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

Does ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
With the release of “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” we are now officially waist deep in this “Harry Potter” prequelverse. This prequel sequel is full of non-stop twists and turns, and drops some major bombshells that will reverberate throughout Pottermore lore.

And we’ve still got three more “Fantastic Beasts” movies on the way from director David Yates and series creator/screenwriter Jk Rowling. So, given the current trend of Hollywood blockbusters teasing future movies through bonus, post-credits scenes in the vein of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you might be wondering if “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” features some kind of look at the next movie hidden after the credits. You wouldn’t want to bail for the restroom only to miss such a thing, after all.

Well, if you’re in a rush to get out of the theater once the credits start rolling, I have some good news for you.
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