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'Ralph' Reigns Over Slow Weekend at the Box Office While 'Aquaman' Dominates in China Debut

'Ralph' Reigns Over Slow Weekend at the Box Office While 'Aquaman' Dominates in China Debut
The domestic weekend was, for the most part, as light as was expected. While it wasn't the lowest grossing weekend of the year so far, it was the second lowest with the top twelve delivering a combined $77.8 million. This is all in advance of what should be a profitable holiday season to come and we got a hint as to just how profitable it could be with the launch of WB's Aquaman in China this weekend where the film delivered a massive $93.6 million, becoming the #1 film globally from one market alone. Beginning with the domestic box office, while it looked like it might be neck-and-neck between Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet and Universal and Illumination's The Grinch at the top of the box office following Friday's estimates, Ralph carried the weekend as expected, though The Grinch wasn't far behind. Ralph brought in an estimated $16.1 million for the weekend,
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'Roma' Voted Best Picture by New York Film Critics Online

'Roma' Voted Best Picture by New York Film Critics Online
Roma was named best picture of the year by the New York Film Critics Online.

The vote took place Sunday, the same day that the L.A. Film Critics Association also voted Alfonso Cuaron's black-and-white, semiautobiographical film as best picture of 2018.

In addition, Cuaron was tapped as best director and best cinematographer for his work on the film.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? co-stars Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant were named best actress and best supporting actor, respectively, while Ethan Hawke was voted best actor for First Reformed and Regina King took the supporting actor prize for If Beale Street ...
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Hey Now, Hey Now! Hilary Duff Is Having "Conversations" About a Lizzie McGuire Reboot

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Hey Now, Hey Now! Hilary Duff Is Having
Hilary Duff just revealed there have been talks of a Lizzie McGuire revival, and this is what our early 2000s dreams are made of. The 31-year-old Younger actress told Entertainment Tonight on Thursday that the hit Disney Channel TV show may be returning, though not for a while.

"There have been some conversations," Duff shared, although she also told E! News it's "very far off into the distance."

Viewers last saw Lizzie in 2003, as she traveled Rome during the beloved Lizzie McGuire Movie. While fans can't go marking their calendars for a reboot just yet, Duff admits this potential revival could be very exciting.

"I love her so much," Duff said of Lizzie, 15 years after the show's end. "I think that she was so important to girls at an important time in their life. If she could be important to them again at this age, I think that would be amazing.
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Katie Cassidy Is Married: Arrow Star Weds Matthew Rodgers

Katie Cassidy Is Married: Arrow Star Weds Matthew Rodgers
Katie Cassidy is a married woman! The 32-year-old Arrow actress wed Matthew Rodgers on Saturday in front of family and friends at Sunset Key, Florida. Cassidy announced the news on her Instagram page. She also posted a photo of her kissing her new husband. She wore a long-sleeve, lace Pronovias gown and her hair in a bun, with no veil and he wore a white jacket over black pants. "I can't help falling in love with you..." she wrote. "Yes! It's official! #MrsRodgers I love you my husband." Cassidy, the daughter of the late David Cassidy, had recently teased her wedding with an Instagram Stories photo from a resort, bearing the caption, "Hair and...
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‘The Umbrella Academy’ Superheroes Series Premiere Date Set on Netflix

‘The Umbrella Academy’ Superheroes Series Premiere Date Set on Netflix
The dysfunctional-family superheroes of “The Umbrella Academy” are landing on Netflix worldwide on Feb. 15, 2019.

The live-action series is based on the “Umbrella Academy” comic books created and written by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá, published by Dark Horse Comics. The Netflix original series comprises 10 one-hour episodes.

The Umbrella Academy” stars Ellen Page, Mary J. Blige, Cameron Britton, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Colm Feore, Adam Godley, John Magaro, Ashley Madekwe and Kate Walsh.

The story’s setup: On the same day in October 1989, 43 infants are inexplicably born to unconnected women who showed no
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Scores from ‘Green Book,’ ‘Solo,’ Others Disqualified from Oscar Race (Exclusive)

Scores from ‘Green Book,’ ‘Solo,’ Others Disqualified from Oscar Race (Exclusive)
First-round voting is underway for Oscar’s Original Song and Original Score categories, but Academy music-branch voters are discovering that four talked-about scores are missing from the eligibility list.

Music for “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” “Green Book,” “Mandy” and “The Other Side of the Wind” has been disqualified for various reasons, Variety has learned.

More than 150 scores are in the running, although only the approximately 300 music-branch members have access to the list when they log onto the Academy website to cast their ballots. This year, unlike previous years, the Academy chose not to release the complete rundowns of qualified scores and songs.

Solo: A Star Wars Story,” composed by John Powell with themes by John Williams, was nixed by the board as having been entered too late for the competition (deadline was Nov. 15).

“Mandy,” the Nicolas Cage revenge thriller that featured the late Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson’s final score,
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‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Opens Regal; ‘Vox Lux’ Solid and ‘The Favourite’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office

‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Opens Regal; ‘Vox Lux’ Solid and ‘The Favourite’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office
The Queens have it again. Focus Features opened Mary Queen of Scots in four New York and L.A. locations Friday to a robust start, taking in over $200K for a weekend, topping $50,045 per-heater average, placing it as the 11th highest PTA of the year as of Sunday morning.

Specialty moviegoers are clearly satiating their zest for period films centering on monarchs from the British Isles. Fox Searchlight’s The Favourite had the year’s highest opening weekend PTA at $105K. Now in its third weekend, the feature, starring Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, as well as Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz as her aristocratic suitors, expanded over the weekend, grossing $1.43M in 91 theaters, averaging $15,714.

Though Mary Queen of Scots reigned among limited-release openers, Neon’s Vox Lux by Brady Corbet and Peter HedgesBen Is Back, released via Ld Entertainment, Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate, had solid showings. Vox Lux,
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Endeavor Promotes Mark Shapiro to President

After four years overseeing content operations at Img, Mark Shapiro has been promoted to president of Endeavor.

Shapiro’s elevation to the newly created post comes as Endeavor has expanded dramatically during the past few years, starting with its acquisition of Img in 2014. Endeavor is now the parent company of Wme, Img, Ufc and other content and talent representation assets.

Shapiro, formerly a senior executive with ESPN and Dick Clark Productions, joined Img shortly after the acquisition in the role of chief content officer, based in New York. Shapiro has spearheaded the division’s expansion of its content production, fashion
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Watch the First Look at Scandinavian Fantasy Series ‘Hidden’ (Exclusive)

Banijay and its Scandinavian outfit Yellow Bird (“Millennium”) have unveiled the promo of the anticipated fantasy thriller series “Hidden,” which stars Izabella Scorupco (“GoldenEye”) and August Wittgenstein (“The Crown”).

Commissioned by Mtg Studios, “Hidden” is based on Filip Alexanderson’s novel “Förstfödd” and takes place in modern-day Stockholm, where people living on the margins discover they have supernatural forces.

Now in post-production, the eight-part series, which blends the paranormal with hard-hitting realism and psychological drama, was introduced to buyers at Mipcom in October. Scorupco told Variety that the 1970s-set series was a highly personal project and described her character in
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Mark Shapiro Promoted to President of Endeavor

Mark Shapiro has been promoted to President of Endeavor, the organization including Wme, Img and Ufc announced Monday. Shapiro joined Img as Chief Content Officer in 2014.

“The past four years have marked Endeavor’s most pivotal stage of growth, and Mark has played a critical role in getting us to where we are today,” said Ariel Emanuel, CEO of Endeavor. “Mark’s leadership, creativity and drive will help Patrick and me as we continue to scale Endeavor and realize its full potential.”

Shapiro’s work within the Endeavor network has seen him unify Img’s fashion business, support the Us media rights deal with ESPN for the Ufc, develop new formats for Img’s events portfolio, including the upcoming debut of Frieze La, and he was behind the company’s Endeavor Global Marketing business with key acquisitions across public relations, experiential and advertising.

Also Read: Endeavor Promotes Executive Dan Limerick
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VH1 Docuseries ‘Cartel Crew’ to Follow Descendants of the Medellin Drug Cartel (Exclusive)

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VH1 has ordered a new docuseries following the sons and daughters of members of the Medellin drug cartel, the network announced Monday.

The 10-episode “Cartel Crew,” produced by Big Fish Entertainment, will take a look at the lives of eight descendants of cartel life living in Miami, Florida as they navigate adulthood and the effects that the legacy has had on their upbringing. Now disconnected from their past, they want to make a name for themselves outside of the drug world, but find that escaping the shadows of their ancestors will come with a price.

The series will be led by Michael Blanco, the youngest son of the “Cocaine GodmotherGriselda Blanco, who left the drug life after 33 years when his mother was assassinated.

Also Read: VH1's 'Love & Hip-Hop' Franchise Adds Second Night as 'Miami' Moves to Wednesdays (Exclusive)

Executive producers on “Cartel Crew” are Dan Cesareo, Lucilla D’Agostino,
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Songwriters on Facing the Pressure of Following a Classic

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Songwriters on Facing the Pressure of Following a Classic
Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are participating in TheWrap’s third annual songwriters panel at the Dolby Screening Room Hollywood Vine on Monday. A version of this story first appeared in the Race Begins issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman have collaborated on Broadway hits and movies in the past, but they took on a formidable task when Disney decided to bring back Mary Poppins in the Rob Marshall film “Mary Poppins Returns.” The Sherman brothers wrote a string of classics for the 1964 film, and Shaiman and Wittman had to step into their shoes for the new adventure.

The songwriting team wrote nine songs for the film, two of which were submitted to the Oscars for the Best Original Song category: the ballad “The Place Where Lost Things Go” and the large-scale dance number “Trip a Little Light Fantastic.”

Also Read: 'Mary Poppins Returns' Trailer:
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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear a Case About Defunding Planned Parenthood

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a case that could have paved the way for Republican states around the country to defund Planned Parenthood.

A lower court had previously blocked laws passed in Louisiana and Kansas that declared Medicaid funds couldn’t be used to receive services at the women’s health care clinic. Those rulings will remain in place.

Dr. Lena Wen, president of Planned Parenthood, cheered the court’s decision Monday. “Every person has a fundamental right to health care, no matter who they are, where they live,
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Cinematographer’s Craft Drives Tragicomic Story in Czech Film ‘The Painted Bird’

Cinematographer’s Craft Drives Tragicomic Story in Czech Film ‘The Painted Bird’
Czech indie producer director Vaclav Marhoul says he knew from the moment he got his hands on Jerzy Kosinski’s Holocaust novel “The Painted Bird” that he had to adapt it for the screen.

Finding the book at all in Central Europe was not easy even a decade ago, when Marhoul took up the challenge of creating the mythic, war-torn land of the tragi-comic story by the author of “Being There”; it had long been banned during the communist era and copies were still rare, Marhoul says.

He credits below-the-line colleagues in Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic for much of the feat. To conjure the book’s dark and haunting world, the director brought in cinematographer Vladimir Smutny and production designer Jan Vlasak, two of the nation’s top creatives in their fields.

The Painted Bird” spins a netherworld of Slavic wartime horrors intermixed, Marhoul says, with just the right measure of hope.
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Deadpool and Fred Savage Debate Nickelback: ‘Overproduced, Formulaic Ear Garbage’ (Video)

Deadpool demands that you “Respect the ‘Back” in the latest clip from “Once Upon a Deadpool,” the PG-13 recut of “Deadpool 2.” That’s Nickelback, the Grammy and Juno (“those count!”) award-nominated rock band.

And Ryan ReynoldsDeadpool is not having Fred Savage’s too cool for school take on the Canadian rockers, reciting off a list of some of their commercial achievements. Did you know that they are Billboard’s most successful rock group of the last decade and the 11th highest selling band of all time?

“You’re Marvel licensed by Fox. It’s like if The Beatles were produced by Nickelback. It’s music! But it sucks,” Savage says in the trailer. “They’re overproduced, formulaic ear garbage.”

Also Read: Someone Redirected 'Avengers: Endgame' URL to the 'Deadpool' Site and Yes This Is Pretty Funny

The clip is one of the new scenes
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Ryan Coogler to Receive Directing Honor at Palm Springs Film Festival

Ryan Coogler to Receive Directing Honor at Palm Springs Film Festival
Variety will honor director Ryan Coogler at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Jan. 4th as part of the annual 10 Directors to Watch Brunch at the Parker Palm Springs. The brunch is presented by At&T.

The “Black Panther” director will receive the annual creative impact in directing award. Previous recipients of this award have included Patty Jenkins, David O. Russell, Charlie Kaufman, Jeff Nichols, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The award celebrates his career, from his groundbreaking first feature “Fruitvale Station,” to his most recent work directing ‘Black Panther,” which was recently named one of AFI’s Best Films of the Year and is nominated for a Golden Globe for best motion picture – drama.

“Ryan Coogler has directed one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful films of the year with ‘Black Panther,’” said Variety co-editor in chief, Claudia Eller. “The film’s cultural significance is matched by its
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Slayer Plot New North American Dates for Final Tour

Slayer Plot New North American Dates for Final Tour
Slayer will return to North America for another leg of their ongoing Final Tour this spring. The band will spend March in Asia and most of the summer in Europe; it plans to announce more tour dates in the future. Lamb of God, Amon Amarth and Cannibal Corpse will support the 16 new dates.

A few months ago, guitarist Kerry King released a statement saying that the tour would run into next year. “We’ve been blown away by the response we’ve been getting here in North America,” he said.
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See Reba McEntire’s Mournful Cover of Dolly Parton’s ‘Hard Candy Christmas’

See Reba McEntire’s Mournful Cover of Dolly Parton’s ‘Hard Candy Christmas’
Reba McEntire played the dual roles of host and performer at the 2018 Cma Country Christmas special, an all-star event that airs on ABC Monday night. In a new video from the two-hour show, McEntire sings a version of “Hard Candy Christmas” that adds a touch of melancholy to the otherwise festive occasion.

The show was originally taped back in September and features performances by Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, Brad Paisley, Martina McBride and many others. Accompanied solely by pianst Catherine Marx, McEntire sings the song
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Lucy Dacus Plots 2019 Headlining Us Tour

Lucy Dacus Plots 2019 Headlining Us Tour
Singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus announced a headlining 2019 U.S. tour launching February 1st in Durham, North Carolina and wrapping March 22nd in Washington D.C. Tickets for the U.S. dates go on sale Friday, December 14th. Following the jaunt, the indie-rock singer-songwriter will perform May festival slots at Atlanta, Georgia’s Shaky Knees and Primavera in Barcelona, Spain.

Dacus will team with Sharon Van Etten for her February 15th show in Chicago, Illinois. Openers for other dates on the trek include Illuminati Hotties, Mal Blum and Fenne Lily.

Dacus toured
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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ First Look Puzzles Fans: ‘Does Sonic Look Too Muscular?’ (Photo)

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ First Look Puzzles Fans: ‘Does Sonic Look Too Muscular?’ (Photo)
Look fast! We got a quick first glimpse at the poster for the new “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie. And video game fans are a bit puzzled at why their iconic blue, cartoon speed demon looks … kind of buff?

IGN premiered the first poster, a brief motion poster, for the live-action/animated hybrid arriving in 2019, and early reactions have pegged Sonic’s as weirdly muscular if not all too much like a human wearing Sonic’s massive head.

“Weird flex But Okay,” one user said on IGN’s Instagram.” “Why does Sonic have knees and elbows,” another questioned.

Also Read: 'Fast & Furious' Producer, Paramount CEO Explain Why They Greenlit 'Sonic the Hedgehog'

“Parks & Recreation” star Ben Schwartz provides the voice for Sonic and stars opposite James Marsden and Jim Carrey as the live-action humans in the film. Jeff Fowler directs the video game movie, and “Fast & Furious
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