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‘Creed II,’ ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Set Record Thanksgiving Preview Grosses

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‘Creed II,’ ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Set Record Thanksgiving Preview Grosses
With four films hitting theaters nationwide early for Thanksgiving weekend, Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet and MGM’s Creed II both came out of their corners swinging. The Wreck-it-Ralph sequel earned $3.8 million from Tuesday night previews, and Creed II was just behind it with $3.7 million. Both numbers amount to the best showings for Thanksgiving previews ever.

The preview for Ralph Breaks the Internet surpasses Disney’s other recent Thanksgiving releases, including Coco ($2.3 million) and Moana ($2.6 million). As with all family releases, this sequel to Wreck-It Ralph is expected to make the majority of its grosses from matinee and weekend screenings. It’s projected for a $68-75 million five-day opening, up from the $49 million three-day opening of its 2012 predecessor.

As for Creed II, its predecessor also opened on Thanksgiving weekend in 2015 and earned $1.4 million from Tuesday previews and went on to earn a $42 million five day opening and a $109.7 million domestic run.
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LFO Singer Devin Lima Dead at 41

LFO Singer Devin Lima Dead at 41
Devin Lima, whose pop band LFO released the hit “Summer Girls” in 1999, has died following a year-long battle with cancer. He was 41. Us Weekly confirmed Lima’s death.

In October 2017, fellow LFO member Brad Fischetti revealed that Lima had been diagnosed with stage four adrenal cancer and he underwent surgery to remove a tumor from his adrenal gland, CNN reported.

“I wish we had better news to share,” Fischetti said at the time. “It’s devastating news but at the same time, there’s nobody I know stronger than Devin Lima.
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'Wreck-It Ralph' & 'Creed' Sequels Headed Toward Big Thanksgiving Debuts

'Wreck-It Ralph' & 'Creed' Sequels Headed Toward Big Thanksgiving Debuts
As the month rolls on, the yearly box office will receive a generous boost from this long, holiday weekend. The five-day Thanksgiving frame will see Disney debut the animated sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet, MGM will come out punching with Creed II and Lionsgate's release of Robin Hood will hope to steal some of the leftover loot. Additionally, carryover films such as Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and The Grinch will add their own contributions to the bottom line. At the top of the box office, look for Disney Animation's Ralph Breaks the Internet to give the studio the Thanksgiving crown for the third year in a row. Last year Coco delivered a $72.9 million five-day opening while the year before that Moana brought in a massive $82 million, the second largest five-day Thanksgiving opening of all-time. In fact, Disney owns ten of the top eleven five-day Thanksgiving openings
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Alessandro Nivola Eyed to Star in ‘Sopranos’ Movie as Dickey Moltisanti (Exclusive)

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Alessandro Nivola Eyed to Star in ‘Sopranos’ Movie as Dickey Moltisanti (Exclusive)
It looks like David Chase and New Line have found their first star for the “Sopranos” feature film.

Sources tell Variety that Alessandro Nivola is in negotiations to star as Dickey Moltisanti in “The Many Saints of Newark,” the prequel movie to the critically acclaimed and massively successful HBO TV series.

New Line could not be reached for comment on the casting.

In the series, Moltisanti is the deceased uncle of Tony Soprano, played by James Gandolfini, and father of Christopher Moltisanti, played by Michael Imperioli. In the show, the character never appears, as he was murdered prior to the drama’s timeline, but is talked about as someone who, along with Soprano’s father and Uncle Junior, helped turn their small gang into the New Jersey crime family that Soprano eventually heads.

Alan Taylor is directing from a script that series creator Chase penned along with Lawrence Konner. Chase is also producing the pic.
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"Gatz": A ‘Great Gatsby' Origin Series Featuring a Young, Hot, Mixed-Race Gatsby is Coming to YouTube Premium

You know those “The Great Gatsby parties” that everyone throws that are only vaguely inspired by 1920s fashion and completely miss F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s whole message on decadence and the fallacy of the American dream?

The upcoming YouTube Premium series, "Gatz," is that, but worse. This Great Gatsby origin series is being developed at YouTube Premium, which will reimagine
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Margot Robbie Shares Full ‘Birds of Prey’ Movie Title

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Margot Robbie Shares Full ‘Birds of Prey’ Movie Title
Margot Robbie has debuted the full title to “Birds of Prey,” her upcoming superheroine girl gang movie from Warner Bros. and DC.

The actress/producer made shared it on her Instagram on Tuesday. The full title is: “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn).”

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Robbie, reprising her “Suicide Squad” role, will also produce “Birds of Prey.” The film is centered around a revolving group of female heroes and villains, individuals with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Also Read: 'Birds of Prey': Ewan McGregor in Talks to Play Batman Villain Black Mask (Exclusive)

Birds of Prey” will be produced by Kroll & Co Entertainment’s Sue Kroll and Clubhouse PicturesBryan Unkeless, as well as Robbie’s LuckyChap Entertainment.

Cathy Yan is set to direct. Yan is best
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"Northern Exposure" Revival Starring Rob Morrow In Works At CBS From Original Series Creators, Cast

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A long-talked-about revival of CBS’ cult fave drama series "Northern Exposure" is moving forward. The project has been put in development at CBS with original series star Rob Morrow set to reprise his role and executive produce. It hails from original series co-creators Josh Brand and John Falsey, actor John Corbett, Morrow, Ben Silverman and Universal TV.

Written by Brand, the revival centers on Dr. Joel Fleischman, played by Morrow, who returns to Cicely, Alaska, for the funeral of an old friend and finds a new set of quirky characters and reunites with old ones in this continuation of the classic series.
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‘Green Hornet’ Star Jay Chou To Join Vin Diesel In ‘xXx 4’

‘Green Hornet’ Star Jay Chou To Join Vin Diesel In ‘xXx 4’
Vin Diesel’s character Xander Cage is coming back, once again. A little more than a year ago, we heard that Diesel and his people were working on xXx 4, but since then, it’s been quiet. Now, we have confirmation that xXx 4 is indeed in the works, directed by the previous film’s helmer DJ Caruso, and we know who’s going to star opposite Diesel in the film.
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The Ink Factory Rebooting Roald Dahl's "Tales of the Unexpected" For TV

The Ink Factory Rebooting Roald Dahl's
Exclusive: The Ink Factory has successfully mined the library of John le Carré with "The Night Manager" and "The Little Drummer Girl" and it seems that the company is now looking do the same with acclaimed British author Roald Dahl.

I hear that Simon and Stephen Cornwell’s firm is rebooting Roald Dahl’s "Tales of the Unexpected" for TV and has set up a number of writers to work on the project. The company is working closely with the Roald Dahl Estate on the project.

The series, which was originally produced by Anglia Television for British commercial broadcaster ITV between 1979 and 1988, told a different story each week with Dahl’s trademark sinister and comedic undertones with a twist at the end.
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Update on George Miller's 'Three Thousand Years of Longing'

Update on George Miller's 'Three Thousand Years of Longing'
Three Thousand Years of Longing, the upcoming feature from Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller, is slowly spreading worldwide.

Glen Basner's FilmNation, which introduced the project -- starring Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton -- to buyers at the American Film Market earlier this month, has closed pre-sales in much of Europe and Asia for the feature.

Alongside previously announced deals in France (Metropolitan) and Italy (Eagle), FilmNation signed agreements for the film in Spain (DEA Planeta/Tri Pictures), Poland (Monolith), Scandinavia (Nordisk) and Switzerland (Ascot Elite), among others. The epic love story will be going out in Latin America via IDC,...
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Robert Rodriguez Launches VR Action Film ‘The Limit’ Starring Michelle Rodriguez

Robert Rodriguez Launches VR Action Film ‘The Limit’ Starring Michelle Rodriguez
STXsurreal, the VR studio for Robert SimondsSTX Entertainment, announced on Tuesday the launch of The Limit, a new VR film from director Robert Rodriguez.

Michelle Rodriguez, Norman Reedus, "and You" star in the immersive new story from Rodriguez, a 20-minute action movie captured in a new VR format that stretches wider than 180 degrees. It’s designed to bridge the gap between traditional, large-format filmmaking and newer 360-degree video.

In The Limit, you, the viewer, play a rogue agent with a mysterious past who enlists the help of enhanced super-assassin M-13 (Michelle Rodriguez) to retrieve your identity and strike against the deadly organization that created you.
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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Actor Colman Domingo on Why James Baldwin’s Work Still Resonates

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Actor Colman Domingo on Why James Baldwin’s Work Still Resonates
Colman Domingo says he enjoys pursuing a wide range of projects. Between writing recent musicals about Donna Summer and Nat King Cole and starring in Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel “If Beale Street Could Talk,” the multihyphenate must be having a hell of a time.

How does the film bring James Baldwin’s world to life?

Barry Jenkins and his production designers were very in tune with Baldwin’s language, making sure that it was represented in the environment. I love the fact that we weren’t on a soundstage. We filmed all of the family scenes in apartments in Harlem; we were in a brownstone in the neighborhood where their stories took place. So it had all the feel, even the sound, even the air of what James Baldwin’s intentions were. Everything was the way I imagined it to be.

What was it like on the set?
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Watch ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Star Gavin Leatherwood Make Turkey Basting Sexy (Video)

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Calling all Nicholas Scratch fans! Boy, do we have a Thanksgiving treat for you to feast your eyes on today.

On Wednesday, Netflix tweeted a two-minute video featuring everyone’s favorite “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” bad boy, Gavin Leatherwood, titled “Basting a Turkey With Gavin Leatherwood.” And, yes, as the label indicates, Leatherwood does spend the better part of the clip just basting a turkey. But it’s the way he does it that will heat up your kitchen.

“Hey darling, I heard you were thirsty,” Leatherwood says to the camera while rocking a white T-shirt and apron in a sunny kitchen. Then he gets to work, basting that turkey, mashing potatoes, popping cranberries in his mouth, and pouring whip cream between his lips.

Also Read: 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter's Tale': Here's Your First Look at Holiday Episode (Photos)

Fellow “Sabrina” star Ross Lynch recently sat down with
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Robert De Niro Separates From Wife Grace Hightower After 20 Years of Marriage

Robert De Niro Separates From Wife Grace Hightower After 20 Years of Marriage
Robert De Niro has split from his from wife, Grace Hightower, after 20 years of marriage, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap Wednesday.

De Niro and Hightower married in 1997. They briefly divorced in 1999, with De Niro and Hightower engaged in a custody battle over their first child, now 20-year-old son Elliott, through 2001.

The divorce however was never finalized, and the two renewed their vows in November 2004 in front of an A-list crowd that included Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep and Ben Stiller.

Also Read: 'SNL': De Niro's Robert Mueller Thanks Jeff Sessions for All His Help With the Investigation (Video)

De Niro and Hightower first met in 1987 when she worked at the famed restaurant Mr. Chow in London. They have two children together, 20-year-old Elliott and six-year-old Helen Grace. De Niro also has four other children with his previous wife Diahnne Abbott.

The couple was last seen together on
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A K-Pop Movie Beat Out One Direction In U.S. Theaters

Boy band Bts has another few accolades to add to its litany of milestones this year. After having an album debut at Number One and being the first Korean group to play a U.S. stadium, the K-Pop group released a film this weekend that is already America’s highest-grossing event-cinema music production.

Burn the Stage: The Movie, a behind-the-scenes film of the band’s 19-city Wings Tour in 2017, has netted 1.4 million admissions since opening on Thursday, according to its distributor Trafalgar Releasing. That number eclipses the 1.2 million admissions garnered
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What Can Democrats Actually Do to Prevent Voter Suppression?

Democracy has seen better days than November 6th, 2018. Though dozens of diverse new leaders were elected to Congress, several states were plagued by dysfunctional voting systems, effectively disenfranchising countless Americans. This was largely the result of voter suppression measures enabled by a 2013 Supreme Court ruling that ravaged the Voting Rights Act, allowing states to change their election laws without federal approval. “Our country has changed,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the decision, “and while any racial discrimination in voting is too much, Congress must ensure that the legislation it
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2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: How to Watch, Who’s Performing

For nearly 100 years the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been winding its way through New York City, serving as the unofficial kickoff to the holiday season. This year will mark the 92nd running of the whimsical American tradition, and the lineup features a number of country artists.

Here’s everything you need to know before the annual parade steps off.

How to watch: As in year’s past, the parade airs on NBC from 9:00 a.m to noon in all time zones. A big musical number will begin the broadcast,
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The Campaign to Draft L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti for 2020 Is Underway

The Campaign to Draft L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti for 2020 Is Underway
On Monday evening, a long-time friend and political ally of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti sent an email to 150 potential supporters and donors announcing a new campaign to convince Garcetti, a Democrat, to enter the 2020 presidential race.

“Similar to Barack Obama in 2007 Eric has all the credentials and has demonstrated that he has the bandwidth to lead,” writes Nathalie Rayes, a former aide to ex-l.A. Mayor Jim Hahn who now works for the Mexican conglomerate Grupo Salinas. “But like Barack back then Eric Garcetti isn’t a household name.
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How Kane Brown Balances Old School Country With Pop Beats on ‘Experiment’

How Kane Brown Balances Old School Country With Pop Beats on ‘Experiment’
In December 2016, when Kane Brown released his self-titled first album, it debuted at Number One on the Billboard country chart. But to hear him tell it, its true watershed moment came almost a full year later. In October 2017, after the album was re-released as a deluxe edition, Brown was completely caught off-guard to learn the LP had not only returned to Number One on the country chart but also moved up to Number Five on the Billboard 200.

“It totally blew my mind,” the “Heaven” singer says now, reflecting on that career-defining moment.
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Vox Media Critic Mocked for Admitting Young Sean Hannity ‘Used to Be Kind of Cute’

Was Fox News host Sean Hannity a devastating heart throb during his early years at the channel — at least one media critic says the answer is yes.

“Ugh I regret to inform you that younger Hannity used to be kind of cute,” said Vox Media’s Carlos Maza on Tuesday.

Jesus christ I think I have really really severe Stockholm Syndrome.”

Ugh I regret to inform you that younger Hannity used to be kind of cute. pic.twitter.com/RRz8Ei9fbm

— Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) November 20, 2018

Also Read: Vox Media CEO: There Are 'Multiple Investigations' After Editorial Director Fired for Misconduct

Maza’s Hannity observations compared favorably to “Fox & Friends” co-host Pete Hegseth, who he said “doesn’t do it” for him in the same way.

Reps for Vox and Sean Hannity did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

Maza is most well-known as the host of
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