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‘Green Book’ Wins Producers Guild Award, Becomes Oscars Frontrunner

‘Green Book’ Wins Producers Guild Award, Becomes Oscars Frontrunner
On a night that could have profound implications for a tight Oscar race, “Green Book” was named the best-produced film of 2018 at the 30th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards.

The award makes director Peter Farrelly’s drama starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali the season’s first legitimate favorite to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. It has been a fiercely competitive and confusing year, with lots of criticism aimed at competing films and no film able to overcome the question marks that plague most of the top contenders.

Green Book” faces many of those questions in early January, immediately after it won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. The film, about the unlikely friendship between a black concert pianist and his Italian-American driver in the early ’60s, was hit by criticism over past behavior from Farrelly
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‘Roma’ and ‘The Favourite’ Lead London Critics’ Circle Winners

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‘Roma’ and ‘The Favourite’ Lead London Critics’ Circle Winners
After ruling the U.S. critics’ award circuit, “Roma” continued its dominance on the other side of the pond, as the London Film Critics’ Circle announced its winners tonight. A week after landing seven BAFTA nominations, Alfonso Cuarón’s Mexico City memory piece landed film of the year and director of the year honors from the group — which, its name notwithstanding, includes print, online and broadcast critics from across the U.K.

However, it was Yorgos Lanthimos’s dark historical comedy “The Favourite” that ended the night with the most wins: Having led the Circle’s nominations with 10 bids, it won four, including best actress for Olivia Colman, best supporting actress for Rachel Weisz and the screenplay prize for co-writers Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. Though it lost the top award, it was named British/Irish film of the year.
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Box Office: ‘Glass’ Dominates MLK Weekend With $47 Million

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Box Office: ‘Glass’ Dominates MLK Weekend With $47 Million
M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” topped box office charts during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, collecting $40 million over the weekend for a four-day sum of $47 million.

If estimates hold, “Glass” will come in behind “American Sniper” ($107 million) and “Ride Along” ($48 million) as the third-best showing for both January and Mlk holiday weekend.

The supernatural thriller, a sequel to 2000’s “Unbreakable” and 2016’s “Split,” arrived slightly behind Universal Pictures’ projections heading into the weekend. It’s still a solid showing, to be sure, since the movie was produced for just $20 million. But given the cult status of “Unbreakable” and the surprise box office success of “Split,” industry watchers were anticipating a stronger start for “Glass.” However, middling reviews and a so-so audience reception didn’t help momentum.

“Glass” saw James McAvoy reprise his role from “Split,” while Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson returned as their characters from “Unbreakable.”
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'Glass' Fills Up with $40.58M Debut While 'Dragon Ball' Delivers Top Five Opening

'Glass' Fills Up with $40.58M Debut While 'Dragon Ball' Delivers Top Five Opening
Universal and Blumhouse's Glass was unable to quite reach the lofty heights some had expected heading into the weekend, but the film still managed a solid #1 start, playing very similarly to its predecessor based on current estimates. Glass, however, might not be the biggest news of the weekend when you consider the monster debut of FUNimation's Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which is looking at a possible third place finish based on early estimates, but it's important to note current results are not from the film's domestic distributor, FUNimation. Elsewhere, Stx's The Upside delivered on expectations with a strong second weekend while WB's Aquaman topped $300 million domestically. With an estimated $40.58 million over the three-day weekend, Universal anticipates M. Night Shyamalan's Glass will reach $47 million for the four-day holiday weekend. The performance is a bit shy of the studio's $50 million expectations, but the three-day already more than doubles the film's reported $20 million budget.
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Gillian Anderson Set To Join ‘The Crown’ Season Four As Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Gillian Anderson Set To Join ‘The Crown’ Season Four As Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Gillian Anderson is set to star as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of The Crown.

The X-Files star has been signed up to play the Iron Lady, although viewers will likely have to wait more than a year to see her on screens as the third season of the Left Bank drama has yet to air.

The third season of the Netflix drama, which will air this year, will see Olivia Colman replace Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and Tobias Menzies replacing Matt Smith as Prince Philip. Elsewhere, Ben Daniels will play Antony Armstrong-Jones, starring alongside Helena Bonham Carter’s Princess Margaret. It begins in 1963 and will cover events such as the rise of the Beatles and England winning the soccer World Cup in 1966. Characters such as Camilla Parker Bowles, Call the Midwife‘s Emerald Fennell, will also start to emerge in the next season.
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Andy Vajna, ‘Rambo’ Producer, Dies at 74

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Andy Vajna, ‘Rambo’ Producer, Dies at 74
Andy Vajna, executive producer of several “Rambo” films as well as “Total Recall” and several “Terminator” movies, has died at 74.

The Hungarian National Film Fund confirmed his death, calling him a “dominant figure in the Hungarian and international film industry” who was responsible for the development of the fund.

With partner Mario Kassar, Vajna founded the indie powerhouse Carolco, which produced blockbusters including “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” the first three “Rambo” films and “Basic Instinct.” Carolco was one of the most successful companies in the foreign pre-sales business, and a mainstay at the world’s film markets. He was a founder and president of the American Film Marketing Assn., which launched the American Film Market.

Vajna served as producer or executive producer on films including “Evita,” starring Madonna, Oliver Stone’s “Nixon,” “Judge Dredd,” “Die Hard With a Vengeance” and “Angel Heart.”

He left Carolco in 1989 to form Cinergi Productions and InterCom
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China Box Office: ‘Bumblebee’ Flies on to $138 Million Total

“Bumblebee” flew to its third weekend of dominance in China. But the Chinese box office remains in lackluster mode at the start of 2019.

The spinoff from Paramount’s “Transformers” franchise earned $16.1 million in Chinese theaters between Friday and Sunday, according to date from exhibition and distribution consultancy Artisan Gateway. That was a 38% drop from its previous weekend session.

After 17 days in theaters, “Bumblebee” has moved on to a total of $138 million in China. That is now a considerable margin ahead of the film’s North American score, and makes China the title’s biggest territory worldwide.

Its weekend score was achieved on 7,150 screens. It included a $1.5 million contribution from the IMAX circuit. It has earned $12.1 million on IMAX screens to date, in China. Most of those screens will migrate next week to showing “Once Upon a Deadpool” instead.

“The White Snake,” a Chinese-made animation, produced by Light Chaser Animation Studios
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A+E Networks Sets Program Sales in Latin America and U.S.

A+E Networks has clinched a raft of new programming sales to top TV outlets in Latin America and NBC’s Universo Spanish-language cabler in the U.S.

On the eve of the annual Natpe programming market in Miami this week, A+E said it has set new licensing agreements for scripted and factual content with Direct TV (Latin America), Plural TV (Colombia) and NBC Universo (U.S. Spanish-language).

“We are thrilled to continue to build partnerships which such top-tier platforms across the Latin and the U.S. Hispanic markets with compelling programming that resonates with and attracts viewers to the fold,
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When We Need It Most – Martin Luther King Day

When We Need It Most – Martin Luther King Day
At times like these, with division and anger leading the national conversation, we can feel grateful that there is a day to honor someone who represents their polar opposite.

At times like these we may hang on to the words of Martin Luther King like a life raft as we swim, daily, in waters polluted by All Caps tweeting, race-baiting, lies and childish insults from our commander in chief.

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Remember there was a time when words uplifted, not tore us down:

“Violence is not the way,” said King. “Hate is not the way. Bitterness is not the way. We must stand up with love in our hearts, with a lack of bitterness and yet a determination to protest courageously for justice and freedom in this land.”

King preached non-violence, but also freedom and justice and equality.
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New England Patriots to Face Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl Liii

New England Patriots to Face Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl Liii
For the third straight year and the ninth time in Tom Brady and Bill Belichick’s career, the New England Patriots are going back to the Super Bowl. The Patriots, who lost to the Philadelphia Eagles last year, will get another chance for Brady to add an unprecedented sixth championship ring. But they’ll have to beat the surging Rams, who beat the New Orleans Saints in Sunday’s Nfc championship game.

Also Read: Los Angeles Rams Advance to Super Bowl in Overtime Thriller

Sunday marked the first time in NFL history that both conference championship games went to overtime, as the Chiefs kicked a field goal in the final seconds of the fourth quarter to tie the game 31-31. But after the Patriots won the overtime coin toss, Brady led the Pats offense down the field to the game-winning touchdown, while a potential interception by the Chiefs was called back by an offsides penalty.
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‘True Detective’ Season 3: The Main Suspects So Far (Through Episode Three)

(Spoilers ahead for the first two episode of season 3 of HBO’s “True Detective”)

The HBO mystery anthology series “True Detective” took a lengthy hiatus after its second season aired way back in 2015, but now it’s back with Mahershala Ali in a new story that spans decades.

HBO started us off with two episodes in a row last Sunday night, and it’s tough to know what to make of this whole thing so far. That’s not too terribly surprising, given the cryptic and slow burning nature of the show — creator Nic Pizzolatto and co. are big on holding back key details until the right moment.

Here’s the broad stuff we know about the mystery at the center of Season 3 of “True Detective” so far (we’ll get into smaller details in a bit). A pair of children, a brother and sister named Will and Julie Purcell,
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‘True Detective’ Recap: Just the Facts, Ma’am

‘True Detective’ Recap: Just the Facts, Ma’am
Thrills and chills! Twists and turns! Mind-warping philosophical rants, past occult conspiracies, and the highly stylized dialogue of a million film noirs from another dimension!

These are the things that True Detective built its reputation on, the things that made its groundbreaking first season a prestige-tv alternative. And in this week’s episode — “The Big Never” — well, you’ll find none of those things here. Three episodes deep into its third season, the HBO anthology show may be back on the familiar sad Southern buddy-cop beat, but aside from the
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‘Outlander’ Recap: Brianna Confronts Her Rapist in ‘Providence’

‘Outlander’ Recap: Brianna Confronts Her Rapist in ‘Providence’
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Providence,” the 12th episode of “Outlander” Season 4.

There were two competing narratives on “Outlander” this week — one that was largely invented for the show but was a very clever way to keep a certain character involved, and another that was also changed a bit from the novel, causing it to feel like a shameless play at the viewers’ emotions. Let’s dig into the clever one first.

In Wilmington, Fergus (Cesar Domboy) informed the Regulators of Murtagh’s (Duncan Lacroix) capture by the Red Coats. They quickly realized that
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'Captain Marvel' Locks Down China Release Date

'Captain Marvel' Locks Down China Release Date
Captain Marvel is set to soar into China.

The Marvel Studios tentpole has locked down a launch date in the world's second-biggest box-office territory on March 8, day-and-date with its much-anticipated North American opening.

Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, a fighter pilot turned superhero who teams up with a younger Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to face an alien threat. The film is set in the 1990s, allowing a number of Marvel actors to return as characters (both living and dead), such as Guardians of the Galaxy's Lee Pace and ...
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Diverse Talents Pepper Variety’s Fifth 10 Europeans to Watch List

Variety has unveiled its fifth edition of 10 Europeans to Watch, spotlighting 10 rising talents from across the continent who are poised for breakthroughs in 2019. The selection includes emerging actors, directors, showrunners and cinematographers from six countries whose dynamic talents are being showcased on screens big and small, and on both sides of the camera.

The group will be feted at the upcoming Berlin Intl. Film Festival with a luncheon in partnership with Dr. Hauschka at the Gorki Apartments on Feb. 9, and at the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg party that evening at the Ritz-Carlton.

The 2019 10 Europeans to Watch:

French cinematographer and director Marine Atlan has two films screening in Berlin: her directorial feature debut, “Daniel,” premieres in Berlin’s Generation Kplus section and she shot Panorama selection “Jessica Forever.”

German thesp Jonas Dassler toplines Fatih Akin’s Berlin competition pic “The Golden Glove.”

Belgian helmer Bas Devos, whose feature debut, “Violet,” won the Berlin
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Watch Jimmy Buffett Deliver Mic Drop After Singing National Anthem at NFL Game

Watch Jimmy Buffett Deliver Mic Drop After Singing National Anthem at NFL Game
Jimmy Buffett capped off his rendition of the National Anthem before Sunday’s Nfc Championship game in New Orleans with an emphatic mic drop.

Buffett, a lifelong Saints fan, delivered a straightforward, near-recited rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” but it was the “Margaritaville” singer’s actions after “And the home of the brave” that made him go viral: With microphone still in hand, Buffett lifted his right arm and dropped the mic near the 50-yard line.
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Gillian Anderson to Play Margaret Thatcher in Season 4 of ‘The Crown’ (Report)

Gillian Anderson to Play Margaret Thatcher in Season 4 of ‘The Crown’ (Report)
The Crown” has found its Iron Lady. Gillian Anderson is said to have signed on to play British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of the much-praised Netflix drama series.

Anderson’s casting was first reported by the Sunday Times. A Netflix rep declined to comment on the report.

Anderson is the latest notable name to join “The Crown” in the role of an iconic real-life political figure, following John Lithgow’s turn as Winston Churchill. The series is poised for a shift in its upcoming third season as Olivia Colman moves into the role of Queen Elizabeth II
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Will Make a Cameo in ‘The Lego Movie 2’ (Video)

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In 2018, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a big year on the big screen, as she was featured in the documentary “Rbg” and the biopic “On the Basis of Sex.” But in 2019, her movie history will take a weird turn as she cameos in…”The Lego Movie 2”?

The Lego Movie” and its subsequent spinoffs have become known for out-of-left-field special appearances, and Justice Ginsburg will be among them in the upcoming sequel. Taking place five years after the events of its predecessor, “Lego Movie 2” will see Emmet Brickowski (Chris Pratt) on an adventure to save his friends, who have been kidnapped and taken to the far-away Sis-Tar System.

As fans of the original film know, Emmet’s world is actually the imagination of a young boy playing with his father’s Lego set. When the boy’s sister is invited to play in the first movie’s climax, she
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Hollywood Reporter's Guide to the 2019 Oscar Nominations

Hollywood Reporter's Guide to the 2019 Oscar Nominations
The 2019 Oscars nominations are being announced early Tuesday morning, starting at 5:20 a.m. Pt.

Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross will host the announcement live from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

According to the Academy, at 5:20 a.m. Pt, the Oscar nominees will be announced in the following categories (listed in no particular order): actor in a supporting role, actress in a supporting role, costume design, film editing, original score, animated short film, live-action short film, sound editing and sound mixing.

At 5:30 a.m. Pt, the Oscar nominees will be announced in the remaining categories ...
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Leslie Jones Slams ‘Insulting’ New ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie: ‘Such a Dick Move’

Leslie Jones Slams ‘Insulting’ New ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie: ‘Such a Dick Move’
Days after director Jason Reitman revealed plans for a new Ghostbusters movie that serves as a sequel to the original films and eschews the 2016 reboot, Leslie Jones, the Saturday Night Live actress who co-starred in the all-female Ghostbusters, slammed the franchise’s next installment.

“So insulting. Like fuck us. We dint count,” Jones tweeted of Ghostbusters 3, which has already unveiled a teaser ahead of its planned 2020 release.

“It’s like something trump would do. (Trump voice) ‘Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers’ ugh so annoying.
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