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Friday Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts 2' Conjures $25.7 Million

Friday Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts 2' Conjures $25.7 Million
There’s no stopping the Harry Potter brand. The latest prequel to the Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, pulled in a healthy $25.7 million on Friday, which includes the $9.1 million it made from Thursday night screenings.

The latest Fantastic Beasts movie is on track to pull in $60-63 million domestically, but it could really rack up the score internationally.
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Tilda Swinton Joins Wes Anderson’s French Musical; Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman Rumored

Tilda Swinton Joins Wes Anderson’s French Musical; Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman Rumored
When last Tilda Swinton and Wes Anderson collaborated, it was for the former to lend a voice to the latter's stop-motion animated creation of Oracle in the awards-contender Isle of Dogs. When next they work together, Swinton might end up with a more musical role. It seems as if the Oscar-winning actor has joined Anderson's latest, an untitled French musical set just after World War II. Charante Libre (via The Playlist), which previously brought us some insider info on the secretive project, now reports that Swinton has signed on in earnest. We'll stop short …
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Chris Pratt in Early Talks for ‘The Saint’ Reboot

Chris Pratt in Early Talks for ‘The Saint’ Reboot
Chris Pratt is eyeing a new franchise to call his own. The Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World star is in early talks to lead a relaunch of Paramount Pictures action franchise The Saint. Deadline broke the news Friday, noting that sources caution discussions are still early on, but the project has been in the works for a while now. Paramount scooped up the book rights for The Saint back in 2016 with Lorenzo di Bonaventura on board to produce and it seems the studio is now starting to circle in on the lead. In the realm of IP, …
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Meet The New Lex Luthor: Jon Cryer Lands Iconic Villain Role For "Supergirl"

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Meet The New Lex Luthor: Jon Cryer Lands Iconic Villain Role For
Jon Cryer, the Emmy-winning co-star of "Two and A Half Men," will return to primetime television to play the scheming, evil genius Lex Luthor as a recurring character on the CW series "Supergirl."

The plan is for Cryer to make his debut as Luthor in the 15th episode of the current season which airs in early January. The series switched to Sunday nights in October when it launched its Season Four storyline. The season’s sixth episode, titled "Call to Action," airs this Sunday.
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The Criterion Channel: Criterion Launches Independent Streaming Service in the Wake of FilmStruck’s Demise

The Criterion Channel: Criterion Launches Independent Streaming Service in the Wake of FilmStruck’s Demise
The Criterion Collection and WarnerMedia have announced the launch of The Criterion Collection as a new independent streaming service. That’s great news for cinephiles that have been mourning the demise of FilmStruck, the niche but well-beloved movie subscription service that WarnerMedia unceremoniously axed last month. However, this happy news for movie lovers seems like it translates […]

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‘Devil May Cry’ Series in the Works as Part of Adi Shankar’s “Bootleg Multiverse”

‘Devil May Cry’ Series in the Works as Part of Adi Shankar’s “Bootleg Multiverse”
Adi Shankar made good on his promise to deliver "the best f*cking video game adaptation ever made to date" with "Castlevania," now enjoying its bloody run of two seasons on Netflix. Now, Shankar is upping the ante by taking on not just another video game adaptation, but one from a completely different gaming company and one that will exist under his umbrella of properties in the newly minuted "Bootleg Multiverse." Next up: Capcom's "Devil May Cry." Shankar's Bootleg Universe, a banner that showcases his imaginative and ballsy approaches to pop culture mash-ups and reimaginings of popular franchises, …
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"Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D" Renewed For Season 7 By ABC

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Ahead of its sixth season premiere this summer, ABC has renewed Marvel’s "Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." for a seventh season. It is believed to consist of 13 episodes, on par with Season 6.

The timing of the early renewal is likely tied to the cast’s option coming up. Along with picking up the actors’ options, ordering Season 7 ahead of time would allow for the two shorter seasons to be filmed back-to-back, which helps to reduces costs.

When "S.H.I.E.L.D."'s move to summer was announced in May, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey made it clear that Season 6 was not envisioned as a final one.
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Jorn Winther, Director on the David Frost-Richard Nixon Interviews, Dies at 88

Jorn Winther, Director on the David Frost-Richard Nixon Interviews, Dies at 88
Jorn Winther, the director on the landmark David Frost-Richard Nixon interviews that kept television and radio audiences transfixed over four consecutive nights in 1977, has died. He was 88.

Winther was identified as a man killed Nov. 9 in an automobile accident in front of Palm Desert High School outside Palm Springs, the Riverside County Coroner's Office reported.

In the 1960s, Winther directed for the ABC music showcase Shindig! and worked on variety shows hosted by the likes of Jonathan Winters, Sonny & Cher and Barbara McNair.

He later spent more than five years as an executive producer and director ...
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Hear John Williams’ New ‘Star Wars’ Theme for Disney’s ‘Galaxy’s Edge’ Attraction

John Williams, the Oscar-winning composer behind Star Wars‘ classic scores and themes, has created a new work in association with the Star Wars-themed attractions currently in construction at Disney parks.

Williams’ new themes will feature in Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction, a themed land dedicated to the film series that will open at both Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida in 2019, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The “Galaxy’s Edge” themes were recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, StarWars.
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CIA Concludes That Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Jamal Khashoggi Death

The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to sources inside the agency, the Post reported. President Donald Trump told reporters today that he will be briefed on the conclusions by the CIA on Air Force One with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on his way to California to visit areas affected by wildfires.

“As of this moment, we were told that [bin Salman] did not play a role, we’re gonna have to find out what they say,
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How ‘Dogman’ Took a Revenge Story and Added a Touch of Buster Keaton

How ‘Dogman’ Took a Revenge Story and Added a Touch of Buster Keaton
A version of this story on “Dogman” first appeared in the Foreign Language Issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

Marcello Fonte won the best-actor award in Cannes for his performance in “Dogman,” Matteo Garrone’s film about a mild-mannered dog groomer (and part-time drug dealer) who finally gets tired of being bullied by a local gangster.

The film is Italy’s entry in this year’s Oscar foreign-language race, and this is one in a series of interviews TheWrap conducted with directors of the foreign contenders.

Also Read: 'Dogman' Film Review: Good Man Goes Bad in Muscular Italian Drama

You shot the film in the same town where you shot some of “Gomorrah” 10 years ago. Why do you keep going back?

Matteo Garrone: I also shot a movie called “The Embalmer” there in 2002. It’s a place that I love. For this movie, I was looking for
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‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ to Cast a Spell With $63 Million Launch

‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ to Cast a Spell With $63 Million Launch
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is on its way to a $63 million debut from 4,163 North American theaters.

The latest Wizarding World installment from Warner Bros. earned an estimated $25.7 million on Friday from North America with an additional $74.3 million internationally. If estimates hold, the sequel’s debut would come in behind its predecessor, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which opened to $74 million domestically in 2016.

Eddie Redmayne returns as Newt Scamander, along with Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, and Dan Fogel. Jude Law, Zoe Kravitz, and Johnny Depp also star. David Yates returned to direct from J.K. Rowling’s script.

Reviews have been mixed, with the film sitting at an unfortunate 39% on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ CinemaScore. That evidently hasn’t deterred moviegoers, however, and recent research found that the controversy surrounding Depp’s casting as Gellert Grindelwald despite his background of alleged domestic violence won’t put off Harry Potter fans either.
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Stacey Abrams Ends Campaign for Georgia Governor But Refuses to Concede

Although she acknowledged that former Secretary of State Brian Kemp would be certified as Georgia governor, Stacey Abrams opened her defiant speech announcing the end of her gubernatorial race with stories of voter irregularity and suppression that characterized the election.

“Georgia citizens tried to exercise their constitutional rights and were still denied the ability to elect their leaders. Under the watch of the now former Secretary of State, democracy failed Georgians of every political party, every race, every region,” she told the crowd of gathered supporters.

Abrams and Democrats had
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Camerimage Looking for a New Home After Longtime Host City Cuts Funding

Camerimage Looking for a New Home After Longtime Host City Cuts Funding
Camerimage, the international film festival for the art of cinematography that has been held in Poland for the past 26 years, is looking for a home.

The annual event — which is wildly popular with cinematographers and concluded its 26th festival on Saturday — has been held in the city of Bydgoszcz since 2010, but as the awards ceremony wrapped on Saturday, founder and festival director Marek Zydowicz announced that the city had cut its funding by 25 percent.

Onstage, he emphasized his commitment to the festival and urged guests, "When you go back to your the cities ...
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‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Opens Solid, But Behind Predecessor at Box Office

Warner Bros.’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” will top the box office charts with an estimated $65 million opening after making $25.7 million on Friday, including $9.1 million from Tuesday/Thursday previews. But signs are already present that while this sequel might have a solid run, “Harry Potter” fans aren’t as excited for this spinoff series as they were for the film adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s novels.

By comparison, the first “Fantastic Beasts” opened to $74.4 million in November 2016 and went on to gross $234 million domestically. That opening was already lower than those of all eight “Potter” films; and while the box office performance of the “Potter” series flicked up and down before peaking with the final, two-part “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” “Fantastic Beasts” and its sequel are showing the sort of diminishing franchise returns in North America that “Potter” never did.

Also Read: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
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See Stephen Colbert Get Supreme Court Ruling From Sonia Sotomayor: ‘Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich?’

See Stephen Colbert Get Supreme Court Ruling From Sonia Sotomayor: ‘Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich?’
After Stephen Colbert pumped iron with Ruth Bader Ginsburg earlier in the year, the Late Show host returned to Washington, D.C. to spend some quality time with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

“I worked out with Rbg, she can throw the big steel, so I was delighted when another Supreme Court Justice – this time, Sonia Sotomayor – agreed to sit down with me,” Colbert said on Friday’s Late Show. “She has an amazing life story which she’s telling in two new children’s books.”

Colbert and Sotomayor’s
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How the ‘Serial’ Podcast Exposes Epic Dysfunction in Cleveland’s Criminal Justice System

How the ‘Serial’ Podcast Exposes Epic Dysfunction in Cleveland’s Criminal Justice System
The first season of Serial, the explosively popular podcast from host Sarah Koenig and co-creator Julie Snyder, told the story of Adnan Syed and Hae Min Lee, the 18-year-old high school student murdered and left in the woods of Maryland. Syed, her ex-boyfriend, was found guilty of her murder and sentenced to life plus 30 years. After the series aired, he succeeded in getting a retrial. That’s set to commence in December. In the second season, Koenig and Snyder took on the bizarre case of Bowe Bergdahl, the army private
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Trailers of the Week: ‘Toy Story 4,’ ‘Detective Pikachu,’ ‘Dumbo’

There’s a whole heapin’ helping of cuteness that hit us this week, starting with the first glimpse of the Pokemon Detective Pikachu movie that sent millennials into a frenzy. We also got: a high-concept teaser for Woody, Buzz and the gang’s new adventure; an underdog story involving small-town beauty pageants and taking on body-shaming haters; expanded looks at a manga adaptation and a live-action take on a Disney classic; and what may be the trailer of the year for the best movie of the year. Here’s your
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See Mariah Carey Perform ‘The Distance,’ Talk ‘Glitter’ Justice on ‘Fallon’

See Mariah Carey Perform ‘The Distance,’ Talk ‘Glitter’ Justice on ‘Fallon’
Mariah Carey visited The Tonight Show Friday, the same day her new album Caution arrived, to perform “The Distance” and discuss the Glitter resurgence with Jimmy Fallon.

To celebrate the release of her 15th studio album, Carey delivered a show-stopping rendition of “The Distance” alongside the single’s featured guest Ty Dolla $ign.

During the interview, Fallon asked Carey, the singer behind of the greatest Christmas songs of all time, when it was an appropriate time to begin listening to “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and other seasonal songs.
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The Surprising Empathy of 'Widows'

The Surprising Empathy of 'Widows'
[This story contains spoilers for Widows]

Widows opens with a scene of intimacy between married couple Veronica (Viola Davis) and Harry Rawlings (Liam Neeson). While Davis and director Steve McQueen have already spoken of how unique it is for a mainstream film to display an interracial couple over the age of forty in such a way, the fundamental notion of a heist thriller opening with such a quiet, intimate moment is also in itself a noteworthy deviation from the norm. Widows does not entirely ignore the conventions of the genre — the quiet moment shared by the Rawlings is soon intercut with ...
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