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Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' Heads for $250 Million Global Launch

Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' Heads for $250 Million Global Launch
Put your wands up, muggles. The upcoming chapter in the Harry Potter universe looks to enchant moviegoers and dominate the global box office.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is expected to earn $65 million from over 3,300 domestic locations, though industry estimates show that number could be closer to $75 million. The higher part of that range would be in line with the opening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first entry in the Harry Potter spinoff series. That film debuted with $74 million on the same weekend two years ago and went on to generate $234 million in North America and $580 million overseas. The second film carries a slightly bigger budget of $200 million, while the first outing cost $175 million.

Warner Bros., the studio behind the magical movies, expects to see a similar boost from the international box office. The sequel could make as much as $250 million this weekend when including foreign markets, where it will launch day and date in nearly 48 territories.
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Hulu to Develop Shows Based on George R.R. Martin Book Series ‘Wild Cards’

Hulu to Develop Shows Based on George R.R. Martin Book Series ‘Wild Cards’
Hulu is developing multiple shows based on the “Wild Cards” book series, which is edited by “Game of Thrones” scribe George R.R. Martin.

Variety has learned from sources that the streamer is set to open a writers room for two shows set in the “Wild Cards” universe. Universal Cable Productions will produce along with Hulu, with Andrew Miller set to write and executive produce both projects. Miller, who is currently under an overall deal at UCP, recently helmed the “Tremors” pilot at Syfy that saw the return of the original film’s star Kevin Bacon.

Set in the present, the “Wild Cards” books explore the aftermath of an alien virus, released over Manhattan in 1946 that killed 90% of those it infected. In the survivors, DNA was altered, creating grotesque physical deformities, except for a tiny percentage who develop super human powers instead.
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"The Mandalorian" Has Officially Cast "Game of Thrones" and "Narcos" Star Pedro Pascal [Updated]

Update: Variety reports that Pedro Pascal is officially set to lead "The Mandalorian," confirming Making Star Wars' scoop from last month. Details remain mostly under wraps, but Pascal will play “a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.” And he’ll also wear some sweet Boba […]

The post "The Mandalorian" Has Officially Cast "Game of Thrones" and "Narcos" Star Pedro Pascal [Updated] appeared first on /Film.
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"Temptation Island" Reboot Officially A Go At USA; Mark L. Walberg Returns As Host

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USA Network has confirmed its upcoming reboot of the 2001 reality series "Temptation Island." The 10-episode revival, produced by Banijay Studios North America, will premiere on January 15 with Mark L. Walberg, who hosted the original, returning as host.

"Temptation Island," which had been in the works at USA for the past few months, is part of the network’s aggressive expansion into unscripted series as it is preparing for the departure of WWE Smackdown next fall.

"Temptation Island" follows four dating couples at a pivotal time in their relationship, where they must mutually decide if they are ready to commit to one another for the rest of their lives — or should go their separate ways. Together, the couples travel to the tropical paradise of Maui, Hawaii, where they join 24 eligible men and women. There, they live the “single life,” in a test that is meant to help answer their most difficult questions about their relationship.
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Netflix Greenlights "Rhythm & Flow" Music Competition Series, Sets Cardi B, Chance the Rapper & T.I. As Judges

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Netflix Greenlights
Netflix is officially throwing its hat in the singing competition reality series arena with the hip-hop-themed "Rhythm & Flow," from John Legend, Jesse Collins and Jeff Gaspin. Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and T.I. have been tapped to serve as the three main judges and executive produce the show aimed at finding the next breakout hip-hop star.

The 10-episode hourlong multi-city competition series, which had been in development at Netflix for over a year, is set to premiere in fall 2019.
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Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper Vow to Perform "Shallow" at Oscars If Nominated

Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper Vow to Perform
Could we be getting a real-life Jackson Maine and Ally concert?

Due to the massive success of “Shallow”, the duet performed by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga‘s characters in A Star is Born, many expect it to be nominated for Best Original Song at the upcoming Academy Awards.

In a new Variety cover story, Gaga confirmed she and her costar and director Cooper would perform the song live at the Oscars if it were indeed nominated: “One hundred percent,” she vowed.

Traditionally, all five songs nominated for Best Original Song are performed live on the Academy Awards broadcast,
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Kiersey Clemons to Produce, Star in Film About Youngest Female NY Stock Exchange Trader

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Kiersey Clemons to Produce, Star in Film About Youngest Female NY Stock Exchange Trader
AGC Studios announced on Tuesday that it’s acquired the life rights for the story of Lauren Simmons, they youngest female trader to work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

The studio has set the project up for Kiersey Clemons to produce and star in the film.

Simmons, in addition to being the youngest woman ever on the trading floor, is currently the only woman at the NYSE and only the second African American female to trade full-time on the floor of the Exchange.

Simmons moved to New York from Georgia with a degree in genetics, but ultimately decided to put that career on hold and answered a posting on LinkedIn for a job with a Wall Street company.

Despite no formal financial background and only a month of preparation,
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‘F Is for Family': Bill Burr Is Ready for Summer and A Lot of Curse Words in Season 3 (Video)

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‘F Is for Family': Bill Burr Is Ready for Summer and A Lot of Curse Words in Season 3 (Video)
Even though we’re a little over a week away from Thanksgiving, Bill Burr’s Frank Murphy is ready for summer in the third season trailer for his animated Netflix comedy “F is for Family.”

Oh, and there’s a whole bunch of F-bombs. A lot of them.

Netflix released the third season trailer for its Burr-voiced “F is for Family” on Wednesday, which debuts on Friday, Nov. 30. In the video, which you can watch above, Frank gets new neighbors, Sue (Laura Dern) has a new (terrible) invention, while Kevin (Justin Long) makes sure his dad knows he’s not a “D minus son” (It’s a D-plus!).

Also Read: Comedy Central Signs Production Deal With Bill Burr and Al Madrigal's All Things Comedy

“F is for Family,” co-created by Burr and Michael Price (“The Simpsons”), follows a family that lives in Middle America during the 1970s. Netflix describes
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Ratings: ‘The Conners’ Drops Double Digits in Post-Midterms Return

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ABC’s “The Conners” just dropped double-digits percentages in TV ratings from its last episode, which aired two weeks ago due to the midterm elections.

More specifically, the “Roseanne” spinoff slipped 17 percent among adults 18-49 from the Oct. 30 original, and 10 percent among overall audience members.

NBC won Tuesday in ratings thanks to its “Voice” results show and another strong performance by “This Is Us.” CBS was actually No. 1 in terms of total viewers, however.

Also Read: Apocalypse Not Yet? First 'Walking Dead' Without Andrew Lincoln Sees Steady Ratings

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.6 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 7.8 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Voice” at 8 p.m. landed a 1.6/7 and 8.8 million viewers. “This Is Us” at 9 scored a 2.0/8 and 8.5 million viewers. At 10, “New Amsterdam” had a 1.1/5 and 6.1 million viewers.

CBS was second in ratings
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Jimmy Kimmel’s Aunt Chippy Ruined His Birthday With an Early-Morning Prank (Video)

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Jimmy Kimmel’s Aunt Chippy Ruined His Birthday With an Early-Morning Prank (Video)
Someone has got to stop letting people into Jimmy Kimmel’s bedroom late at night. Ok, it’s clearly his wife Molly’s fault, but this running late-show prank is starting to get out of hand.

On Tuesday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” the late-night host recalled how he rang in his 51st birthday early in the morning with some help from his dear Aunt Chippy. The crabby family member flew out to Los Angeles from Las Vegas to wake her “boobala” — and she brought the Aunt Chippy-dales, er Chippendales with her just to make it “even more exciting” for Kimmel.

“Rise and shine. Give God your glory, glory, children of the Lord,” Chippy sings out, while banging a pot, as the male exotic dancers swirl around Kimmel’s bedroom, among colorful strobe lights. Oh, and there is a man dressed in a lit cigarette costume, because why not?

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Ivan Drago Comes to ‘The Late Show’ to Crush Stephen Colbert (Video)

Ivan Drago has only nine lines of dialogue in all of “Rocky IV,” but they were enough to make him one of the more iconic sports movie villains in history, a brickhouse symbol for America’s fight against Russia in the Cold War.

Well now both the Russians and Drago are back, and with Stephen Colbert joking about how buddy-buddy Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are getting, Colbert brought out Drago (Dolph Lundgren) during his “Late Show” monologue Tuesday to set the record straight about Russian and American relations.

“I’m here to fight Russian stereotypes. Americans think we’re cold and harsh. It’s false impression that I will (fist clap) crush,” Drago, dressed in a red striped track suit and his signature blonde hair, tells Colbert.

Also Read: Stephen Colbert Reminds America Through Song That 'We're Stuck in This Together' (Video)

Drago appears in “Creed II” where his
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‘Dennis and Lois’: Rockers Laud Famed Music-Obsessed Couple in Doc Trailer

Dennis Anderson and Lois Kahlert – the music-obsessed New York couple who inspired a Happy Mondays song and transcended traditional fandom with their decades of rock dedication – are the subjects of filmmaker Chris Cassidy’s new documentary Dennis and Lois. The movie will premiere as an official selection at the ninth-annual DocNYC Film Festival on November 14th at 3 p.m. Et (IFC Center) and November 15th at 9:45 p.m. (Sva Theater).

A new trailer introduces the duo with glowing salutes from some of their favorite artists, including Happy Mondays’ Paul Ryder
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Dream Theater Talk Recording in the Catskills and Their Heavy New LP

Dream Theater’s career has spanned three decades and more than a dozen studio albums. But when it came to the progressive metal giants’ newest effort, Distance Over Time, due February 22nd, they still managed to find new and unique ways to approach the writing and recording process. This time, the New York–based five-piece — guitarist John Petrucci, singer James Labrie, bassist John Myung, keyboardist Jordan Rudess and drummer Mike Mangini — decided to leave town together, heading up to a five-acre property in the Catskills. It was there, in a secluded barn studio dubbed,
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See Ellie Goulding’s Fashionable Budapest Romp in ‘Close to Me’ Video

See Ellie Goulding’s Fashionable Budapest Romp in ‘Close to Me’ Video
Ellie Goulding takes a fashionable romp through Budapest in the video for her Diplo-produced single “Close to Me” featuring Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee.

The video finds Goulding and a cadre of Magritte-inspired dancers surrounding the singer and her high-fashion outfits throughout a series of scenic locations in the Hungarian city. Lee also appears to deliver his guest appearance from a leafy park.

Goulding and Diplo previously collaborated on “Powerful,” a track from Major Lazer’s 2015 LP, Peace Is the Mission. Goulding’s most recent album was 2015’s Delirium.
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Fox News Backs CNN’s White House Lawsuit

Fox News said it would endorse CNN’s legal effort to regain correspondent Jim Acosta’s White House credentials, a circling of the wagons among major media outlets the Trump administration continues to portray news organizations as “enemies of the people.”

The cable news network announced on Wednesday that it plans to file an amicus brief in support of a CNN-launched lawsuit that had been announced Tuesday. ““Fox News supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White House reporter’s press credential,” said Jay Wallace, president of Fox News. ” Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponized.
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Hear Betty Who Preview Third Album With Tender Single ‘Between You and Me’

Hear Betty Who Preview Third Album With Tender Single ‘Between You and Me’
Betty Who is preparing the release of her third album Betty with the tender new single “Between You and Me.” It will be the first album released by Who as an independent artist.

On the acoustic-pop tune, Who wonders where she stands with a flirtatious friend. “Just between you and me/I can feel something here/Wondering if you do too,” she sings on the infectious hook. The verses detail close encounters between the two and her desire for them to make the spark a full-fledged fire.

“‘Between You and
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Fox News to File Brief Backing CNN’s Lawsuit Against White House Over Jim Acosta Suspension

Fox News announced it would file a legal brief supporting CNN’s legal challenge to the White House over the suspension of press privileges for CNN correspondent Jim Acosta.

“Fox News supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White House reporter’s press credential. We intend to file an amicus brief with the U.S. District Court,” Fox News president Jay Wallace said in a statement.

“Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponized,” he said. “While we don’t condone the growing antagonistic tone by both the President and the press at recent media avails, we do support a free press, access and open exchanges for the American people.”

Also Read: Tucker Carlson Seen in Video Altercation at Virginia Country Club Last Month: 'Get the F- Out of Here'

On Tuesday, CNN announced their intention to sue the White House after the Trump
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Felicity Jones to Receive Variety Honor at 2018 British Independent Film Awards

Felicity Jones to Receive Variety Honor at 2018 British Independent Film Awards
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” actress Felicity Jones will receive the Variety Award at the British Independent Film Awards ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 2.

The award recognizes an actor, director, writer, or producer who has made a global impact and pointed the international spotlight on the U.K.

“When actress Felicity Jones first appeared on your radar, you probably knew she was destined for greatness but you probably didn’t know she would impact so forcefully on all sizes of screens in all kinds of projects,” says Steven Gaydos, Variety’s vice president and executive editor.

Jones most recently starred as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the biographical drama “On the Basis of Sex.” The English actress has also been featured in numerous films over the past few years, including “Rogue One,” “Inferno,” and “The Theory of Everything,” for which she garnered Academy and Golden Globe nominations. Jones
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20 Years of Coldplay: Manager Dave Holmes, Filmmaker Mat Whitecross Talk New Doc

20 Years of Coldplay: Manager Dave Holmes, Filmmaker Mat Whitecross Talk New Doc
After following Coldplay around with a camera for 20 years, the footage Mat Whitecross carefully compiled of the beloved British band is finally about to have an audience. The documentary film “Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams” will screen for one night only in theaters around the world on Nov. 14, before debuting on Amazon Prime Video the following day. (Watch a snippet from the film in the video above.)

“I don’t think those four obviously could possibly have imagined what was going to happen to them,” Whitecross says of the band’s humble beginnings at University College of London, where Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion first met. Some of the earliest pre-Coldplay jams — when the band tried on other names for size, like Starfish — were captured on tape. “I was always filming everyone,” says Whitecross. “Gradually I think they just got used to me being around.
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‘The Voice’ Recap: Kane Brown Performs, 13 Finalists Advance

‘The Voice’ Recap: Kane Brown Performs, 13 Finalists Advance
Kane Brown unleashed the rhythmic rock energy of his current single “Lose It” on Tuesday’s episode of The Voice, appearing as a musical guest while results from the first round of live voting were revealed.

Staying cool and collected in contrast to the song’s theme of unrestrained romance, Brown stalked the glittering stage and slapped hands with fans in the front row while his low-slung baritone helped him land somewhere between swaggering tough guy and flirtatious boy next door. The track appears on his second album Experiment and
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