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'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel Delivers $253 Million Global Debut

'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel Delivers $253 Million Global Debut
While still a solid weekend, the performances fell below Mojo's pre-weekend expectations almost across the board. Warner Bros.'s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the latest entry in the Fantastic Beasts franchise still topped the weekend as expected, but even it fell a bit below the studio's expectations, though not by as much as both Paramount's Instant Family and Fox's Widows, neither of which managed to break out among opening weekend audiences, but will hope to take advantage of the holiday weekend to come. The overall weekend, however, was an improvement over last weekend and while it fell short of the same weekend last year, which saw the debut of Justice League, the month is now pacing slightly ahead of last year's grosses, which saw the November box office top $1 billion for only the third time ever. At #1, Warner Bros.'s release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
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'Vice' Enters the Oscar Race, Wins Praise for Christian Bale, Amy Adams at Early Screening

'Vice' Enters the Oscar Race, Wins Praise for Christian Bale, Amy Adams at Early Screening
One of the last shoes to drop in this year’s Oscar race, just dropped.

Annapurna skipped the Fall Festival circuit and decided instead to take over the Bruin Theatre in Westwood today to put Adam McKay’s Vice (just finished a couple of days ago) out to the world. Judging by the reaction to this afternoon’s unveiling you can probably expect to not only see nominations for stars Christian Bale who , for lack of a better word , simply inhabits Cheney , and Amy Adams , equally great as Lynne Cheney , but possibly several other categories including Best Picture.
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'Green Book' Has Successful Start at Indie Box Office Before Wide Release

'Green Book' Has Successful Start at Indie Box Office Before Wide Release
Before hitting the road on a nationwide release, Universal's awards contender Green Book got warmed up with a limited opening on 25 screens that earned $313,000 this weekend and a per screen average of $12,250.

Stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali are expected to be awards contenders for their performances as Italian-American bodyguard Tony Lip and jazz icon Dr. Don Shirley. Green Book follows the friendship that grew between the two men as Tony escorted Shirley on his tour through the Jim Crow South, using the titular Green Book to find hotels that African-Americans were allowed to stay in.
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On the Charts: Kane Brown’s ‘Experiment’ Debuts at Number One

On the Charts: Kane Brown’s ‘Experiment’ Debuts at Number One
Kane Brown, who Rolling Stone dubbed “country music’s new outcast king,” captured his first Number One as the country singer’s second album Experiment opened atop the Billboard 200. Experiment is only the third country music release to earn the top spot in 2018, following Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty and Jason Aldean’s Rearview Town.

Experiment sold 124,000 total copies, including 105,000 traditional album sales, to take Number One, with the rising singer-songwriter improving upon the Number Five peak of 2016’s Kane Brown, Billboard reports.

New releases occupied five of the Billboard 200’s Top Six as,
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At&T Sets Broad Carriage Renewal Pact With Fox Networks Group

At&T and Fox Networks Group have quietly concluded a broad renewal agreement for most of Fox Networks Group’s channels on the DirecTV and U-verse platforms.

The deal came together days before the end of DirecTV’s previous pact with Fox. It also was handled with no saber-rattling or public bickering over terms, a notable achievement at a time of heightened competition and business headwinds between large programmers and distributors. DirecTV is facing a number of big renegotiations with major content providers in the coming year, including Viacom. It’s understood that the At&T-Fox talks were long, arduous and
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‘Donbass’ Director: My Film’s Grotesque Corruption Isn’t Just in Ukraine, It Reaches Around the World

A version of this story about “Donbass” first appeared in the Foreign Language Issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

The war in eastern Ukraine between the government and the Russian-backed Donetsk People’s Republic is the subject of Sergei Loznitsa’s acidic and episodic film “Donbass,” part black comedy and part tragedy.

The film, which looks at the violence and corruption at every level of society, is Ukraine’s submission in this year’s Oscar foreign-language race. This interview with the prolific director, who has released three movies this year, is part of a series of conversations TheWrap had with the directors of contending films.

Also Read: 'Donbass' Review: Jarring War Film Reminds Us That No One Is Safe

I understand the film was inspired by YouTube videos.

Sergei Loznitsa: For the script, I did use some YouTube videos which I have seen. Or propaganda videos on the news.
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Idfa Guest Of Honor Helena Trestikova: ‘Uncertainty Is My Slogan’

Idfa Guest Of Honor Helena Trestikova: ‘Uncertainty Is My Slogan’
Amsterdam — Helena Třeštíková’s speciality is what she likes to call “time-lapse” documentary, and it’s a phrase she doesn’t bandy about lightly. Having made her non-fiction debut in 1974 with short film “The Miracle”, she has worked consistently ever since, balancing so many years-in-the-making projects that sometimes she has up to 15 on the go at any given time. Třeštíková arrived at Idfa to introduce a short, selective retrospective of her decades-spanning filmography and also to curate a Top Ten, which includes works by Krzysztof Kieslowski, Sergei Miroshnichenko and the Czech Republic’s Vera Chytilova, whose 1963 film “Something Different” inspired the teenage Třeštíková to become a film director in the first place.

For Idfa Artistic Director Orwa Nyrabia, honoring Třeštíková is a chance to put right some of the gender inequality he sees in the documentary world. “To me,” he says, “Helen – undoubtedly – is one of the greatest living documentary filmmakers.
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‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Cast Thought Tom Cruise Killed Himself During the Helicopter Climax

‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Cast Thought Tom Cruise Killed Himself During the Helicopter Climax
If Tom Cruise’s insane stunt hanging from a helicopter in “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” freaked you out, you aren’t alone – the film team behind the scenes thought his fall was a fatal one.

In the run-up to the release of “Fallout,” there were countless interviews with Cruise and the film’s cast and crew about how the lead star nearly killed himself several times over while shooting his own stunts. And that includes the film’s climatic helicopter chase scene.

In an interview for the film’s upcoming Blu-Ray release, Cruise’s leading lady in the film, Rebecca Ferguson, discussed a scene where Cruise’s character, Ethan Hunt, dangles from the underside of a flying helicopter. Then, Ethan loses his grip on the helicopter, dropping onto a cargo load being lifted by the helicopter and grabbing onto it to avoid plummeting to his death in the canyon below.

Also
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Florida Senate Recount Ends as Bill Nelson Concedes to Republican Rick Scott

Nearly two weeks after the midterm elections, there are some final results from Florida’s Senate and governor’s races. After a hand recount, Republican Rick Scott maintained his lead by a narrow 10,000 votes, and his Democratic opponent, Senator Bill Nelson, will hold a press conference Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. to announce his concession.

Before making a public announcement, though, Nelson called his opponent. “I just spoke with Senator Bill Nelson, who graciously conceded, and I thanked him for his years of public service,” Scott said Sunday.

This will
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‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Dominates Overseas Box Office With $191 Million Launch

‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Dominates Overseas Box Office With $191 Million Launch
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” led the foreign box office with a massive $191 million. The “Harry Potter” prequel series launched in North America with $62 million for a global weekend haul of $253 million.

The Wizarding World installment needs to do well overseas to justify its costly $200 million budget and make up for a potentially lackluster domestic performance. While its North American debut has stalled compared to its predecessor, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the follow-up has already seen a stronger showing from overseas markets.

“Crimes of Grindelwald” saw the best showing in China with $37.5 million from 20,000 screens. In the United Kingdom, it earned $16.3 million, followed by Germany with $12.8 million and Russia with $12.1 million.

“The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second entry in what Warner Bros. intends to be a five-film franchise from the mind of author J.K. Rowling. David Yates returned to direct the sequel, which stars Eddie Redmayne,
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Watch ‘SNL’ Pay Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg With Sheck Wes-Inspired Parody

Watch ‘SNL’ Pay Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg With Sheck Wes-Inspired Parody
Saturday Night Live delivered a Sheck Wes-inspired rap tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on its Steve Carell-hosted episode.

Kate McKinnon reprised her “Weekend Update” portrayal of the judge dubbed “Rbg,” with Pete Davidson and Chris Redd turning Sheck Wes’ “Live Sheck Wes” into an ode to Ginsburg. “Live Ginsburg, and I ride for Ginsburg,” the duo declare.

“Yo, this country is crazy. You know there’s only like one lady holding the damn thing together, right?,” Davidson said before Redd added, “You think some broken ribs gonna keep her down?
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Here’s What You Need to Know About That Talking Zombie on ‘The Walking Dead’

Here’s What You Need to Know About That Talking Zombie on ‘The Walking Dead’
(Spoilers ahead for the Nov. 11 episode of “The Walking Dead” on AMC)

It was not the most incredibly eventful episode of “The Walking Dead” this week, aside from the talking zombie that we’ll get to in a moment. But that was by design — with Rick out of the picture and a multi-year time skip occurring, the show needed a minute to establish the new status quo.

And the writers did exactly that by showing us Alexandria through the eyes of a bunch of new folks — Magna and her friends seeking asylum and the residents discussing whether to grant it.

But the episode also steered the show toward its next big extended plot line via a story thread that seemed oddly out of place at first. That thread involved Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) trying to use the radio to find more survivors, and Rosita (Christian Serratos) and Eugene (Josh McDermitt) going
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How ‘Crystal Swan’ Told an Edgy Story in a Repressive Country

How ‘Crystal Swan’ Told an Edgy Story in a Repressive Country
A version of this story on “Crystal Swan” first appeared in the Foreign Language Issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

First-time director Darya Zhuk’s drama “Crystal Swan,” one of the sleepers in this year’s Oscar foreign-language race, is set in the early 1990s and stars Alina Nasibullina as a young DJ desperate to get a visa and head to the United States. While it is not autobiographical, Zhuk did find herself waiting in many long lines when she secured student visas to study in the U.S.

The film is only the third Oscar submission ever from Belarus, and the first in 22 years. This interview is one in a series of conversations with directors of this year’s foreign Oscar contenders.

Also Read: Belarus to Enter Oscar Race After 22 Years With Indie Gem 'Crystal Swan'

The lead character in this film is a combination of your experiences and…
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Who the Hell Is Nagini, the Snake Woman in ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’?

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Who the Hell Is Nagini, the Snake Woman in ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’?
In “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldClaudia Kim’s previously unrevealed character is a witch named Nagini, who has the ability to turn into a snake. So why is this a big deal?

Because Nagini also happens to be the name of another iconic “Harry Potter” character — Lord Voldemort’s magical, extremely murderous pet snake. Well, just in case there was any doubt, “Harry Potter” creator Jk Rowling confirmed the two characters are one and the same.

Wait, what?

Also Read: Johnny Depp's Wizard Is Front and Center in Final 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' Trailer (Video)

Let’s back up a bit. In “The Crimes of Grindelwald,” set in 1927, Nagini is part of a traveling magical freak show, where she entertains the crowd by turning into a snake. As it happens, she is a human witch who suffers from a blood curse called Maledictus. This particular
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Could Condoleezza Rice Be the Cleveland Browns’ Next Head Coach?

On Sunday morning, ESPN reported that a source inside the NFL said the Cleveland Browns are considering interviewing George W. Bush’s former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for their head coach position. If selected, she would be the first woman to interview for such a job.

“She’s an amazing person,” ESPN reported one Browns source as saying. But the Browns so far are denying she is under consideration. “Our coaching search will be thorough and deliberate, but we are still in the process of composing the list of
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Wildfire Evacuees Not Impressed With Trump’s Rake Remarks During California Visit

President Donald Trump visited California this weekend to tour areas devastated by wildfires that burned out of control across the state and once again blamed forest management for the fires spreading so quickly. The president went to a neighborhood in Paradise, California, as well as parts of Malibu.

As the fires burned last week, Trump tweeted his initial response, blaming forest management: “There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year,
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Idfa: ’The Border Fence’ Director Nikolaus Geyrhalter on Building A Divided Europe

Amsterdam — It’s hard to predict where Austria’s Nikolaus Geyrhalter will go next. “Pripyat” (1999) saw him investigate the radioactive legacy of Chernobyl; 2005’s food-processing doc “Our Daily Bread” took him all over Europe, while “7915km” (2008) involved a mini-tour of Africa on the trail of The Dakar Rally. His latest film, though, is a little closer to home. Making its international premiere in competition at Idfa, “The Border Fence” visits the Brenner Pass, a tiny strip of land between Austria and Italy that suddenly became a media hotspot in 2016, after a deal between the European Union and Turkey officially closed the “Balkan Route” that was being used by refugees. With that road closed, Austrian authorities feared that illegal migrants would cross at the Brenner Pass instead.

The result was a proposed border fence, although all those involved with its development and construction were reluctant to call it that. And when work finally started,
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Film Review: ‘Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams’

Film Review: ‘Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams’
The golden age of the rock documentary faded out a long time ago. It’s now rare to see a concert film or a backstage pop portrait that attains the status of an event, like “Woodstock” or “Stop Making Sense” or “Truth or Dare.” But the form has never gone away. In a sense, it’s now everywhere: on streaming services and music channels, folded into album packages, a perpetual deluge of performance and home-movie snapshot geared to the insatiability of fans. In that light, the relevant question for any rock doc is whether it’s a compelling slice of artistry or a glorified piece of marketing.

Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams,” which played one night in theaters in 70 nations, where it grossed $3.5 million, and is now available on Amazon Prime, walks the line between those two possibilities. The film takes its title from Coldplay’s most recent album,
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