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Secret to best Emmy predictions: My idiot savant method of no second-guessing

I don’t mean to humble brag or even full-on brag. But even though I am the new Gold Derby editor on the block, I scored the best percentage of correct picks among my colleagues. I also tied with three other Experts – Chris Harnick of E!, Kelly Lawler of my former alma mater USA Today and Lynette Rice of Entertainment Weekly, all who cover TV for a living.

You can see the final leaderboard displaying the scores of our Experts here. Click on my name to see my right/wrong predictions.

But here is the thing: I am no TV expert. I am far more movie-motivated and Oscar-crazed. Sure, I have watched more than my share of “Chopped,” continue to indulge in “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race” and am addicted to CBS’ “The Good Fight.” Ok, I scored 61.54 percent correct, which would barely translate into a passing grade on anything.
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Disney’s 2018 Global Box Office Becomes 2nd Biggest In Studio’s History, Tops 2017

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Disney’s 2018 Global Box Office Becomes 2nd Biggest In Studio’s History, Tops 2017
Through this weekend, The Walt Disney Studios’ 2018 worldwide grosses have topped the full 2017 haul ($6.458B) to make this year already the second biggest in Mouse history. With $6,468.1M through Sunday, this is also now the third highest grossing year in industry history. The studio holds the overall industry record with 2016’s $7.6B which is followed by Universal’s $6.89B from 2015.

Disney titles so far in 2018 are split $2,745.8M domestic and $3,722.2M at the international box office.

In 2018, four movies have topped $1B globally, including three from the Magic Kingdom. The leader is Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War which in June became only the fourth movie to ever cross $2B.

Despite the underperformance of pics like Solo: A Star Wars Story ($393M) and A Wrinkle In Time ($132.7M), this has been a mighty year for the Mouse. In the billion-dollar-plus club, Infinity War is joined by Black Panther, a phenomenon and
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Gael Garcia Bernal Can’t Name a Single American Latino Filmmaker, and Knows That’s a Problem

When Gael Garcia Bernal was on the Sundance U.S. dramatic competition jury in 2017, the actor was disappointed to find that not a single film in the section was directed by an American-born filmmaker of Latino descent. Almost two years later, he was struggling to name one person who could have been there. “I would love to mention a good Latino director from the U.S.,” he said over coffee at the Bowery Hotel this week. “I would love to give you one name — like, yeah, man, this guy is doing great stuff. But no. I can’t.”

The actor was quick to draw a distinction between American Latinos and filmmakers born in Latin-American countries who found success in the United States — especially the so-called Three Amigos, Alfonso Cuaron, Alejandro G. Iñarritu, and Guillermo del Toro. Bernal’s breakout performance was in Iñarritu’s “Amores Perros,” and he worked with
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Icebox’

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Icebox’
It’s difficult for a film to feel timelier than “Icebox,” writer-director Daniel Sawka’s precisely detailed and arrestingly spare drama about a 12-year-old Honduran boy whose desperate flight from gang violence in his homeland leads to his arrest near the U.S.-Mexican border, and subsequent incarceration in one of the several chain-link-fence cages at an immigrant detention facility.

According to an end-credits statement, Sawka — who expanded this feature from his award-winning 2016 short with the help of producer James L. Brooks — was finishing post-production work when the grim situation he depicts here turned unimaginably worse, due to Trump administration “zero-tolerance” policies that greatly diminished the ability of migrants like his movie’s protagonist to apply for asylum in the United States.

In a sense, “Icebox” represents the latest iteration of the socially conscious, torn-from-the-headlines melodramas that were a Warner Bros. specialty in the 1930s and’40s. But unlike such spiritual antecedents as,
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Wanda Sykes, Gabriel Iglesias Join Animated Feature ‘UglyDolls’

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Wanda Sykes, Gabriel Iglesias Join Animated Feature ‘UglyDolls’
Comedians Gabriel Iglesias and Wanda Sykes have been added to the voice cast of STXfilms’ animated “UglyDolls,” joining Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas and Pitbull.

“Having two comedy powerhouses like Gabriel Iglesias and Wanda Sykes join the cast of ‘UglyDolls’ adds yet another creative layer to this heartwarming film” said Adam Fogelson, chairman of STXfilms. “Wanda’s ability to be hilarious and sarcastic while always staying completely charming and Gabriel’s undeniable likability and relatable brand of comedy round out this endearing story, and help create a world that pops for both children and adult audiences alike.”

Variety first reported in 2015 that Stx had launched a family and animation division with the “UglyDoll” movie as its first project in a deal with Pretty Ugly LLC, the toy company behind the critters. The toys subvert the idea of ugly by turning the adjective into a positive, and include characters such as Wage,
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John Legend Makes History at the Emmys as the First Black Male to Win an Egot

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John Legend Makes History at the Emmys as the First Black Male to Win an Egot
At the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sept. 9, John Legend officially achieved Egot status, and he made history while doing it. The 39-year-old singer became the first black male to accomplish Egot glory when he won an award for Outstanding Variety Special for Jesus Christ Superstar Live, which he co-produced. Legend's starring role in the televised musical also earned him a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, which will be announced at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 17.

Legend's wife, Chrissy Teigen, was in attendance and cheering him on. Prior to his big win,

Teigen tweeted, "If Jesus Christ Superstar wins, john will have his Egot. And I will make an even uglier cry face," alluding to her now-famous expression at the 2015 Golden Globes. In an Instagram post following the award show, Legend said he was "so amazed to be in such rarefied air."

Throughout his prolific career,
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John Legend Makes History at the Emmys as the First Black Male to Win an Egot

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At the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sept. 9, John Legend officially achieved Egot status, and he made history while doing it. The 39-year-old singer became the first black male to accomplish Egot glory when he won an award for Outstanding Variety Special for Jesus Christ Superstar Live, which he co-produced. Legend's starring role in the televised musical also earned him a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, which will be announced at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 17.

Legend's wife, Chrissy Teigen, was in attendance and cheering him on. Prior to his big win,

Teigen tweeted, "If Jesus Christ Superstar wins, john will have his Egot. And I will make an even uglier cry face," alluding to her now-famous expression at the 2015 Golden Globes. In an Instagram post following the award show, Legend said he was "so amazed to be in such rarefied air."

Throughout his prolific career,
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi topping home-video sales charts for 2018

It may have been the most divisive instalment of the franchise – and one that has led many fans to accuse Disney of killing the saga – but that hasn’t stopped Star Wars: The Last Jedi from topping the home-entertainment sales charts for the year so far.

As revealed by Star Wars Legacy and The Numbers, the Rian Johnson-directed The Last Jedi has shifted 3,869,705 Blu-rays and DVDs in the States, putting it ahead of Marvel’s Black Panther and Pixar’s Coco in second and third place with 3.81 million and 3.41 million units respectively.

There is of course still a few months to go this year, and so it’s possible that Black Panther – or, more likely, Avengers: Infinity War – will find itself sitting in top spot by the time that 2018 draws to a close.

However, the sales figures will surely prove welcome news for Lucasfilm, with the studio forced to
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Despite the Haters, The Last Jedi Is 2018's Biggest Selling Blu-ray

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Despite the Haters, The Last Jedi Is 2018's Biggest Selling Blu-ray
Despite being the most divisive Star Wars movie in the history of the franchise,The Last Jedi is currently the best-selling Blu-ray of 2018. We're roughly three-quarters of the way through the year and, by a pretty wide margin, director Rian Johnson's entry in a galaxy far, far away is leading the pack with 3.02 million units sold. That means, divisive as it may have been, Lucasfilm is still raking in the dough.

Black Panther comes in at the number two spot with 2.62 million units sold. Though, it's arguable that Black Panther is just as successful, or close to it, as the Marvel Studios release hit Blu-ray in mid-May, whereas The Last Jedi hit shelves back in March. Trailing those two billion dollar blockbuster behemoths is another McU movie in the form of Thor: Ragnarok, with 2.34 million units sold so far in 2018.

The big takeaway here is that Disney is clearly
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Olivier Assayas’ ‘Wasp Network’ Adds Penélope Cruz, Wagner Moura And Gael García Bernal – Toronto

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Olivier Assayas’ ‘Wasp Network’ Adds Penélope Cruz, Wagner Moura And Gael García Bernal – Toronto
Penélope Cruz, Narcos‘ Wagner Moura and Gael García Bernal have joined the cast of Wasp Network, the next film from Olivier Assayas who wrote and is directing. The trio join Pedro Pascal and Edgar Ramirez to star in the spy drama, based on Fernando Morais’ book The Last Soldiers of the Cold War. Shooting is now set to begin in early 2019.

The pic tells the true story of Cuban spies in American territory during the 1990s, revealing the tentacles of a Florida-based terrorist network with ramifications in Central America and with the consent of the U.S. government. Imr International launched the film to foreign buyers in Cannes and will continue at Toronto, where CAA Media Finance is handling U.S. rights.

Rt Features’ Rodrigo Teixeira is producing alongside CG Cinema’s Charles Gillibert, with Rt’s Lourenço Sant’Anna and Sophie Mas executive producing. Rt also produced the Oscar-nominated
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Oscars flashback: ‘The Incredibles’ edged out ‘Shrek 2’ for Best Animated Feature

Oscars flashback: ‘The Incredibles’ edged out ‘Shrek 2’ for Best Animated Feature
It took 14 years after the smash success of “The Incredibles” for the sequel to appear but the wait was worth it. This continuation of the story was well-received by both critics (93 at Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences ($1.1 billion and counting). Can it parlay this success into an Oscar for Best Animated Feature?

The original film did just that, winning a tight race against “Shrek 2,” the sequel to the film that had won this award in its inaugural year (2001), and the box office smash “Shark Tale.” The latter was a surprise nominee, given that it merited a mere 35 score at Rotten Tomatoes. But it boasted an all-star voice cast including Oscar winners Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie, Renee Zellweger and Martin Scorsese. And it’s jukebox musical style made it one of the catchiest flicks of the year.

Shrek 2” hit theaters just two years after the original film won the
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46 of Fall's Most Anticipated Movies

46 of Fall's Most Anticipated Movies
Fall is the time of year when Oscar hopefuls and would-be blockbusters complete for eyeballs at the cineplex. While 2018 has already seen movies like Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War smash records, autumn will deliver films poised to be a part of the awards season conversation.

Last year, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle bulldozed the box office on its way to grossing nearly $1 billion worldwide, while Dec. 1 release The Shape of Water went on to win the best picture Oscar and Thanksgiving week's Coco claimed the hearts of audiences before it went on to win best animated film.

Some of the highlights ...
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‘Coco’ Takes Top Honors at Imagen Awards, Film’s Star Talks Sequel Possibilities

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‘Coco’ Takes Top Honors at Imagen Awards, Film’s Star Talks Sequel Possibilities
While the theme song for “Coco” may be “Remember Me,” the outpouring of love for the Pixar film was certainly hard to forget at the 33rd annual Imagen Awards held at the Jw Marriott in Downtown Los Angeles.

“‘Coco’ was just so beautifully conceived, I loved it. And wasn’t that abuela marvelous? With that enormous head of hers,” Rita Moreno, who was nominated for her work on “One Day at a Time,” said of the film that took home the awards for creative achievement, best picture, and best director on Saturday.

Character designer on the film Alonso Martinez noted that “We began ‘Coco’ with a simple thing: a love note to Mexico, for all the beauty of the people, the traditions, and the depth of love that is inside Mexico.”

Anthony Gonzalez, who voiced young guitar-strummer Miguel in the film, shared his hopes that the story of “Coco” will
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Box Office: Can Fall Movies Keep Summer Hot Streak Alive?

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Box Office: Can Fall Movies Keep Summer Hot Streak Alive?
What a difference a few blockbusters make.

It wasn’t all that long ago that cynics were declaring end times for the movie business. While the industry still faces many challenges — from the rise of streaming services to the collapse of the home entertainment market — it appears to have regained its footing at the box office. Thanks to hits such as “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” “Incredibles 2” and “Deadpool 2,” theatrical revenues this summer were up 12% year over year, and attendance through the first half of 2018 is up more than 3%.

But before Hollywood takes its victory lap, there are some hurdles it still needs to overcome; notably, the lack of a “Star Wars” movie to close out the year. Instead, studios are banking on films such as “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Aquaman” and an animated version of “The Grinch” to make up the difference. “I’d say the movie business is generally in a good place,
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Deadpool 2 Honest Trailer Has Ryan Reynolds Roasting Every Episode Ever

Deadpool 2 Honest Trailer Has Ryan Reynolds Roasting Every Episode Ever
The Deadpool 2 Honest Trailer is here. Ryan Reynolds famously crashed the Honest Trailer for the first Deadpool, and he even showed back up when the Logan edition of the popular web series was released. Now, he's back once again. Only this time, he's not just here to send up his own movie; he's here to take down the entire concept of Honest Trailers altogether. Not too surprisingly, Reynolds does a masterful job.

The video opens up like most Honest Trailers do. The announcer sets the movie up and makes a joke about how good Deadpool 2 wound up being, while also slipping in an Infinity War joke saying, "It's like having a surprise party. Only this time, it's not a surprise and it came three weeks after a funeral." Not long after that, things take a turn.

Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool cuts in rather quickly to step in for our usual narrator,
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Why Box Office Tracking Is Still Off for Diverse Movies Like ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

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Why Box Office Tracking Is Still Off for Diverse Movies Like ‘Crazy Rich Asians’
Crazy Rich Asians,” with a $35 million five-day opening, over-performed initial box office estimates, which had pegged the picture to open to $18 million just three weeks ago.

As with other groundbreaking films featuring diverse casts, tracking projections underestimated the opening weekend — the same thing that happened with “Black Panther,” “Wonder Woman,” “Girls Trip,” “Coco,” and others over the last few years.

Estimating the opening haul for any film is an inexact science, part market research and part gut feeling. Films with black, female, Asian-American, or Latino leads — groups grossly underrepresented in Hollywood — can be even harder to predict because of the lack of comparable films, or comps, some box office trackers say. Of course, studios are also conservative in their estimates, eager to not look bad by over-shooting the potential opening number.

One thing tracking can’t take into account for films like “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians” is concerted
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'loved it , sirichu sirichu enjoyed it'

Nelson Dilipkumar’s debut directorial CoCo alias Kolamaavu Kokila has been basking in the lavish praise of critics and the audience. The film funded by Lyca Productions features Nayanthara in the lead role. Apart from the Lady Superstar, the actors like Saranya Ponvannan and Yogi Babu are being lauded for their performances.

The film has found a super admirer in the form of Superstar Rajinikanth who had watched the film recently and had showered praise on the team.

Director Nelson took to his Twitter space to share his excitement,"Got a surprise call ,The moment when Thalaivar @rajinikanth said " loved it ,...

Kolamaavu Kokila USA Theatres list

After the massive success of 'Kalyana Vayasu' and other songs, Nayanthara's Kolamaavu Kokila, shortly called as 'CoCo' is all set to hit the screens on August 17, throughout the world. 

Directed by debutant Nelson, the film has music scored by Anirudh Ravichander and cinematography by Sivakumar Vijayan. The film has got a huge amount of expectations among the youngsters, who are waiting to catch the film on the big screen.

Here is the complete list of theatres in the United States of America (USA), where Kolamaavu Kokila will be screened. The premiere shows start from August 16. For all the...

Metastage Opens Microsoft-Powered Volumetric Capture Studio in Los Angeles

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Hollywood, get ready to make holograms: Metastage, a new studio for volumetric video capture for virtual reality (Vr), augmented reality (Ar), and holographic experiences, opened its doors at Culver Studios in Culver City, Calif., on Tuesday.

Housed on Stage 8 of the historic studio lot, Metastage is using cutting-edge volumetric capture technology developed by Microsoft. The software giant has been working on this technology for close to 8 years, and is operating its own Mixed Reality Capture Studios in San Francisco and Redmond, Wash., as well as licensing it to London’s Dimension Studios. Metastage is the first U.S. partner to license Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Capture Studios technology.

“We’re not a technology company, we’re a client-facing production company,” said Metastage CEO Christina Heller, formerly of Vr Playhouse. “Our goal is to strip the complication from this as much as possible so by the time the talent gets here,
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From 'Kolamavu Kokila' to 'Kayamkulam Kochunni': The big south releases this week

EntertainmentThe Independence Day week will see several highly anticipated films hitting the screen.Tnm Staff2018 has seen some significant movies emerging from the south Indian film industries. The Independence Day weekend is a coveted date at the box-office and like every year, the industries are gearing up for a slew of releases. With August marking the beginning of the festival season, there are several films which are awaiting a date for release. Here are some of the most awaited movies of the year from across all four south Indian languages that will be hitting the screens this week. Geetha Govindam (Telugu) Parasuram’s upcoming Telugu romantic comedy Geetha Govindam will have Vijay Deverakonda and Rashmika Mandanna playing the lead pair. The story revolves around Govind who has a roving eye for women and his girlfriend Geetha. What happens to the lead pair forms the story of Geetha Govindam. With Vijay
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