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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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Wayne Maunder, Star of the 1960s Western 'Lancer,' Dies at 80

Wayne Maunder, Star of the 1960s Western 'Lancer,' Dies at 80
Wayne Maunder, who starred on the TV Westerns Custer and Lancer in the 1960s, has died. He was 80.

Maunder died unexpectedly Nov. 11 in his home in Brattleboro, Vt., a spokesman for the state's Department of Health confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. The actor had a history of heart disease.

The handsome Maunder wore his blond hair long to play Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer (in the days before Little Bighorn) on Custer, a 1967 ABC action drama that lasted just 17 episodes. (Footage was later edited into a feature called The Legend of Custer.)

On Lancer, a CBS Western that ran ...
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Why ‘Pose,’ ‘Sharp Objects’ Have Heat in Golden Globes Race (Column)

With new series popping up across platforms seemingly every other day, at least one thing is certain: the traditional TV “season” as we once knew it is no longer the industry’s go-to standard. Broadcast shows that run from September through May, once the norm, now make up a vanishingly small portion of what comes out every year as more and more networks across cable and streaming turn to smaller episode counts and higher-profile creative teams that can donate their time in shorter bursts. This new wave of TV isn’t nearly as beholden to traditional schedules as the old guard,
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‘Bumblebee’ Sets Early Screenings Two Weeks Before Official Premiere

Paramount Pictures will show Hailee Steinfeld’s “Bumblebee” on Dec. 8 in North America — 13 days before the “Transformers” spinoff opens.

The studio announced the screenings Wednesday, two days after Amazon and Atom Tickets said they were offering Amazon Prime members an exclusive early showing of Warner Bros.’ “Aquaman” on Dec. 15. “Aquaman” is opening opposite “Bumblebee” on Dec. 21. Disney is opening “Mary Poppins Returns” two days earlier.

Customers who buy a ticket to the early screenings of “Bumblebee” will also receive a Transformers: Tiny Turbo Changers Movie Toy from Hasbro. Showtimes will be at 7 p.m.

Studios have been opting to go early on major titles during the past year. Amazon, Atom Tickets, and Sony teamed last December on early showings of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and generated $1.9 million domestically. Warner Bros.’ recently generated $1.8 million from early showings of “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” on the Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov.
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Federal Judge Strikes Down Mississippi’s Restrictive Abortion Ban as ‘Pure Gaslighting’

A federal judge has struck down a ban on abortion after 15 weeks that was passed by the Mississippi state legislature in March. In a blistering opinion, Judge Carlton Reeves declares the legislature’s “professed interest in ‘women’s health’ is pure gaslighting.”

Reeves sided with Jackson Women’s Health Organization — Mississippi’s sole abortion facility and the organization that sued over ban — deeming the law “unequivocally” unconstitutional.

In plain terms, Reeves dismantles the legislature’s argument and lays bare the law’s true motivation. “[T]he real reason we are here is simple,
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Tracking for $30 Million Launch

Sony’s animated “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is showing solid traction, with an opening in the $25 million to $30 million range for its Dec. 14 to Dec. 16 North American launch, early tracking showed on Wednesday.

Tracking also revealed “total awareness” for the film at 81% and “definite interest” at 46%.

The movie, centered on 13-year-old Brooklynite Miles Morales becoming one of many Spider-Men, is rated PG-13 and marketed toward families, with the hope that the superhero saga will have a long life during the holiday season. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” which carries a $90 million budget, comes from the team of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who collaborated on “The Lego Movie” and “21 Jump Street.”

Morales was introduced in 2011 in Chapter 4 of the “Ultimate Fallout” Marvel comic book series, which dealt with the aftermath of Peter Parker’s death.

The film was first rendered on computer then frame was finalized by hand. It’s directed by Bob Persichetti,
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How the TV Schedule Can Be Key for Golden Globe Nominations

By December, the tv schedule is often dominated by holiday specials. But this year, wedged between the saccharine Hallmark films and tree-lighting specials, is a slew of prestige programs that are bowing just in time to make a mark with Golden Globes voters.

Given the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.’s history of celebrating new, underdog and sometimes populist programming, it’s no wonder. The body has a proven track record of putting emerging series and actors on the map for awards consideration.

Look no further than the 2018 Globes darling, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which secured a comedy series win for
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‘Widows’ Editor Layers Suspense Into Steve McQueen’s Crime Thriller

‘Widows’ Editor Layers Suspense Into Steve McQueen’s Crime Thriller
More than five years ago, while finishing the Academy Award-winning “12 Years a Slave, ” director Steve McQueen told editor Joe Walker about a different project he had in mind: an adaptation of the hit ’80s British television drama “Widows” from crime writer Lynda La Plante.

The movie adaptation, co-written by McQueen and Gillian Flynn, is set in modern-day Chicago, where four women find themselves alone and unprotected after a heist gone wrong leaves their criminal husbands dead. Pressured to pay off their $2 million debt, the wives plan an all-or-nothing heist of their own to retake control of their lives.

Viewers are catapulted into the allegory with an opening that intercuts intimate moments among the married couples and a raging police chase from the point of view of an escaping van. On the surface there’s a lot of violence, but the movie also observes deep social issues, including entrenched political
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Composer Channeled Sherman Brothers for Fresh Songs

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Composer Channeled Sherman Brothers for Fresh Songs
Back in 2014, composer-songwriter Marc Shaiman came across a vinyl copy of the “Mary Poppins” soundtrack album and created a Facebook video of himself dropping the needle onto the record, then sitting back in ecstasy. He called his video “Heaven.”

A few months later, he learned that the Walt Disney Studios was embarking on “Mary Poppins Returns,” a sequel to that 1964 classic, and he begged director Rob Marshall for the job of writing the songs (along with his co-lyricist Scott Wittman).

Repeated listens of the “Poppins” soundtrack — with its iconic, Oscar-winning tunes by brothers Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman — formed the basis of “my entire musical life,” Shaiman says. “I learned everything about songwriting, arranging, orchestrating and writing for film from the ‘Mary Poppins’ soundtrack. For the first 18 years of my life, that was my school.”

Shaiman and Wittman got the job, and their nine new songs (mostly sung
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El Chapo Trial: Witness Alleges Presidential Bribes, Cartel Brutality

A star witness in the trial of cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán told jurors Tuesday that he personally gave millions of dollars in bribes to the top security chief for former Mexican President Felipe Calderón. He also said he gave millions to a top aid to incoming President Andres Manuel López Obrador, appearing to ensnare both politicians in the Sinaloa Cartel’s extensive web of corruption.

In his fourth and final day of testimony, Jesús Reynaldo “El Rey” Zambada García said that he handed a bribe of “a few
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Netflix in December: What’s Coming and Going That You Should Really, Really Watch (Photos)

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With dozens of new titles hitting Netflix each month, it can be difficult to keep track of what to watch. So TheWrap has compiled a list, updated each month, of the best new shows and movies to check out and which to watch before they’re gone for good.

Leaving Dec. 1: “Sons of Anarchy” Season 1-7 The hit FX drama from creator Kurt Sutter, which was later spun off into the currently airing “Mayans M.C.,” stars Charlie Hunnam as Jackson “Jax” Teller, the leader of a outlaw motorcycle club in Central California.

Arriving Dec. 2: “The Lobster” An absurdist comedy co-written and directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, whose latest film “The Favourite” hit theaters in November, “The Lobster” stars Colin Farrell as a man seeking a partner in a world where single people are transformed into animals.

Arriving Dec. 7: “Dumplin” Danielle Macdonald stars as Dumplin’, the plus-size, teenage
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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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