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‘Come Back Barack’ (‘SNL’) wins Emmy for Best Original Music and Lyrics, stops Pasek and Paul from earning Egot

‘Come Back Barack’ (‘SNL’) wins Emmy for Best Original Music and Lyrics, stops Pasek and Paul from earning Egot
Saturday Night Live” officially has the most wins in Emmy history for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. At Sunday’s 2018 Creative Arts, the 43-year series just won its third Emmy in the category, for the song “Come Back Barack” written by Eli Brueggemann, Chris Redd, Will Stephen and Kenan Thompson. (Watch our fun interview with Thompson.) By claiming gold, “Come Back Barack” essentially stopped Benj Pasek and Justin Paul from earning an Egot this time around.

“Come Back Barack” from “Saturday Night Live” was predicted to win this category by most Gold Derby users, having 1/5 odds. The song is an ode to old R&B groups of the ‘80s and ‘90s, with Redd, Thompson and Chance the Rapper wistfully pleading for Barack Obama to return to the White House and replace the current administration. Bruegemann and Stephen had five previous Emmy nominations each. This was Redd’s first Emmy nomination,
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‘SNL’ could make beautiful music (and lyrics) at the Emmys with a record third win

‘SNL’ could make beautiful music (and lyrics) at the Emmys with a record third win
You know what would be music to “Saturday Night Live’s” ears? If it wins Best Music and Lyrics for “Come Back, Barack” at the Emmys, which would give the show a record three wins in the category.

“SNL” is tied at two with “The Carol Burnett Show” and “The Simpsons.” “The Carol Burnett Show” won for “Cinderella Gets It On” in 1976 and “Hi-Hat” in 1978; the latter was a tie with “See You Tomorrow in Class” from “The Sentry Collection Presents Ben Vereen: His Roots.” “The Simpsons” grabbed back-to-back trophies in 1997 and ’98 for “We Put the Spring in Springfield” and “You’re Checkin’ In (A Musical Tribute to the Betty Ford Center),” respectively. “SNL” has Justin Timberlake to thank for its two wins; the first was for “Dick in a Box” in 2007 and the second came in 2011 for the singer’s monologue.

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Bruno Mars Scores Emmy Music Nod; John Legend, Pasek and Paul Could Win EGOTs

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Bruno Mars Scores Emmy Music Nod; John Legend, Pasek and Paul Could Win EGOTs
This year’s Emmy race in the music categories takes on greater interest because a win in the song category could instantly give songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul an Egot, having already won Oscar, Tony and Grammy awards.

Pasek and Paul — whose “La La Land,” “Greatest Showman” and “Dear Evan Hansen” songs have catapulted them into the front ranks of American songwriters in the past two years — are nominated for their new song, “In the Market for a Miracle,” written for Fox’s “A Christmas Story Live,” an adaptation of their 2012 stage musical.

They are just two of 28 first-time nominees in the six music categories, announced Thursday morning by the Television Academy for 2017-18 programs. Nearly 60 percent of all the music nominees are newcomers to the Emmy race. Ironically, several musicians were nominated for non-music categories: Donald Glover (“Atlanta”), John Legend and Sara Bareilles all received acting nods — and
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Emmys: Carl Reiner On Trump, Samantha Bee & His HBO Doc ‘If You’re Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast’

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Emmys: Carl Reiner On Trump, Samantha Bee & His HBO Doc ‘If You’re Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast’
At the age of 96, Carl Reiner remains impressively engaged with life.

He tweets daily to his 237K Twitter followers, often in criticism of President Trump. A tweet he posted on Friday garnered 12,000 likes: “I ask: Is there anything more upsetting than having our blow-hard, self serving President meet with foreign leaders and, suppossedly [sic], on our behalf, make deals that make him and his billionaire friends richer?”

And he keeps on top of the news, like the recent controversy over late night TV host Samantha Bee, who earned widespread censure after she called Ivanka Trump the “c” word.

“I know Samantha Bee, and I know she’s not a racist or anything,” Reiner tells Deadline. “She’s a very good soul, and she made a mistake and she apologized profusely, and it’s a little different than what Roseanne did. It’s quite a bit different because Samantha Bee’s heart is in the right place.
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2017's Worst Movies According to Rotten Tomatoes

It's been one heck of a year for the box office and though there were many bright spots, 2017 just wasn't able to pull it together and it's quite possibly because of a handful of titles on this list of the worst movies of the year according to Rotten Tomatoes. It's important to note that these are all according to the metrics over at Rotten Tomatoes and not a personal attack on movies that took a lot of work and money to get made. Some people will agree with the list and some will not, but it's safe to say that everybody thought that the Emoji Movie was going to be a lot higher on this list.

Number 20 on the list goes to Ghost in the Shell, which is holding strong as the best of the worst movies of 2017 with a 46% rating over at Rotten Tomatoes. The movie was pretty much
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Oscars 2018: Listen to 53 Original Songs Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award

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Oscars 2018: Listen to 53 Original Songs Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award
The Academy Awards shortlist for Best Original Song contains 70 different tunes, which a pedant might say isn’t very short at all. Frontrunners have emerged, like “Remember Me” from the “Coco” soundtrack and Sufjan Stevens’ two contributions to “Call Me by Your Name,” but there’s a variety that may not be reflected when the five nominees are announced January 23. Until then, avail yourself of this playlist.

Read More:Oscars 2018: Listen to Selections from 141 Scores Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award

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And here’s the not-that-shortlist:

“U.N.I (You And I)” from “And the Winner Isn’t”

“Love And Lies” from “Band Aid

“If I Dare” from “Battle of the Sexes”

“Evermore” from “Beauty and the Beast

“How Does A Moment Last Forever” from “Beauty and the Beast

“Now Or Never” from “Bloodline: Now or Never
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Songs From Taylor Swift, Nick Jonas, Sufjan Stevens Among 70 That Qualify For 2018 Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed 70 songs that qualify for the Best Original Song Oscar this afternoon. Films with more than one submission include “Beauty and the Beast,” “Call Me By Your Name,” “Cars 3,” “Elizabeth Blue” and “Pulimurugan.” It’s worth noting that “The Greatest Showman,” a musical featuring original songs from last year’s winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, only submitted one song, “This Is Me.”

Dierks Bentley enters the Best Song fire with ‘Only The Brave

The full list of qualifying songs is as follows:

“U.N.I (You And I)” from “And the Winner Isn’t”

Love And Lies” from “Band Aid

“If I Dare” from “Battle of the Sexes

“Evermore” from “Beauty and the Beast

“How Does A Moment Last Forever” from “Beauty and the Beast

Now Or Never” from “Bloodline: Now or Never”

“She” from “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
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Oscars 2018: Academy Reveals Best Original Song Shortlist, Including Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Mystery of Love’

Oscars 2018: Academy Reveals Best Original Song Shortlist, Including Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Mystery of Love’
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 70 original songs still in contention for the Oscar this year. Five of the shortlisted songs will earn nominations, which are set to be revealed on January 23. Original songs from “Call Me By Your Name,” “Battle of the Sexes,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and more all made the shortlist this year. “City of Stars” from “La La Land” took home the prize last year.

The following tracks have been included on the Oscars shortlist for Best Original Song:

“U.N.I (You And I)” from “And the Winner Isn’t”

Love And Lies” from “Band Aid

“If I Dare” from “Battle of the Sexes

“Evermore” from “Beauty and the Beast

“How Does A Moment Last Forever” from “Beauty and the Beast

Now Or Never” from “Bloodline: Now or Never”

“She” from “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

“Your Hand I Will
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Rene Russo on ‘Just Getting Started’, Reteaming with Director Ron Shelton, and More

Written and directed by Ron Shelton, the comedy Just Getting Started follows Duke (Morgan Freeman), the manager with a mysterious past who is making the luxury Palm Springs resort known as Villa Capri a fun, non-stop party place for its residents. But when ex-military man Leo (Tommy Lee Jones) shows up and makes eyes at the newly arrived Suzie (Rene Russo), it triggers a competition between the two men that has both hilarious and dangerous consequences. At the film’s press day, Collider got the opportunity to sit down and chat 1-on-1 with actress Rene Russo, …
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Morgan Freeman on Working with Tommy Lee Jones & Rene Russo in ‘Just Getting Started’

Written and directed by Ron Shelton, the comedy Just Getting Started follows Duke (Morgan Freeman), the manager with a mysterious past who is making the luxury Palm Springs resort known as Villa Capri a fun, non-stop place for its residents. But when ex-military man Leo (Tommy Lee Jones) shows up and makes eyes at the newly arrived Suzie (Rene Russo), it triggers a competition between the two men, that has both hilarious and dangerous consequences. At the film’s press day, Collider got the opportunity to sit down and chat 1-on-1 with actor Morgan Freeman, who …
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Box Office Report: As 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Looms, a Wiseau Rises

Here's your estimated 5-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Coco - $18.3 million ($135.5 million total) 2. Justice League - $9.5 million ($212.0 million total) 3. Wonder - $8.4 million ($100.3 million total) 4. The Disaster Artist - $6.4 million ($8.0 million total) 5. Thor: Ragnarok - $6.2 million ($301.1 million total) 6. Daddy’s Home 2 - $6.0 million ($91.1 million total) 7. Murder on the Orient Express - $5.1 million ($92.7 million total) 8. Lady Bird - $3.5 million ($21.3 million total) 9. Just Getting Started - $3.1 million ($3.1 million total) 10. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - $2.8 million ($18.3 million total) The Big Stories Welcome to week two of Hollywood’s vacation. For kids everywhere their...

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Box Office Weekend: Third Time’s Cool for Coco

For the third week in a row, Disney and Pixar’s Coco held onto the top spot at the box office. Earning an estimated $18.3 million, the animated hit finished with almost twice the box office of second-place finisher Justice League, which itself brought in $9.6 million. In just three weeks, Coco has earned $135.5 million domestically. However, it’s run at the top likely comes to an end this week when Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens.

Diminishing box office continues as third-place finisher Wonder, brought in $8.5 million ($4 million less than last week). In only its second week of release, the James Franco-directed indie hit The Disaster Artist made its way into the Top Ten with $6.4 million, which was good enough to best Thor: Ragnarok’s $6.3 million and claim sole possession of fourth place. Though, the God of Thunder probably isn’t too sad as his film has already made $301.2 million during its six-week run.
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'Disaster Artist' Shines During Quiet Weekend

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2017-12-11T06:52:51-08:00'Disaster Artist' Shines During Quiet Weekend

James Franco's modest project The Disaster Artist took in a respectable $6.4 million as it went into wide release over the weekend, but it couldn't catch up to Coco, which finished at the top for the third weekend in a row. It also finished behind Justice League and Wonder, another small-budget hit.

Via The Hollywood Reporter.

James Franco's The Disaster Artist is the latest specialty release to thrive at the U.S. box office.

Shooting up the chart to No. 4 in its second frame, the dramedy grossed $6.4 million as it expanded nationwide into 840 theaters over the weekend for an early total of $8 million. A24 is handling the film domestically, while New Line/Warner Bros. — where the project was initially developed — has overseas duties.

The critically acclaimed pic, which initially launched in 19 theaters, recounts the making of
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Coco Wins for 3rd Weekend in a Row with $18.3M

Coco Wins for 3rd Weekend in a Row with $18.3M
With just one new movie arriving in theaters this weekend, Broad Green Pictures' Just Getting Started, it was largely expected that two-time winner Coco would bring home the three-peat this weekend, and that's exactly what happened, with Coco easily taking the box office crown once again with $18.3 million, dropping just 33.5% in its third frame in theaters. While there is no conceivable way that the movie will repeat for a fourth weekend, with Disney's Star Wars: The Last Jedi hitting theaters, but it's still been an impressive box office run thus far for Coco.

As of now Coco, which explores the Land of the Dead, has taken in $135.5 million thus far at the domestic box office, and with an additional $254 million from international markets, it has brought the global total up to $389.5 million. No budget figures were given for Coco, but it's a surefire hit with critics, earning an impressive 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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‘Coco’ and ‘Wonder’ Lead Lousy December Box Office

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‘Coco’ and ‘Wonder’ Lead Lousy December Box Office
Grosses this weekend were seasonably typical, which means as lousy as most early December weekends. With “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” looming large, most companies are avoiding new wide releases. That makes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Like “Moana” last year, a Disney animated title leads the pack for a third straight week: Pixar’s “Coco” continues to be a strong performer, well-positioned to play well through the lucrative holidays ahead. “Coco” should easily continue in two-thirds or more of its dates, even though it started lower than last year’s “Moana.”

Unlike last year, no new wide release boosted results, which will come in just under the same weekend in 2016 at around $80 million total. Last year saw “Office Christmas Party” open to $17 million. This year, the sole film to risk opening wide was the senior citizen comedy “Just Getting Started” (Broad Green). It managed a poor $3.2 million, good enough only for
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'Coco' Threepeats, 'Disaster Artist' Soars and WB Tops $2 Billion

'Coco' Threepeats, 'Disaster Artist' Soars and WB Tops $2 Billion
Disney and Pixar's Coco topped the weekend box office for the third week in a row. In fact, the only shake-up in the weekend top five compared to the last two weeks is to see A24's The Disaster Artist landing in fourth position as it expanded into 840 theaters this weekend following its strong limited bow last week. As for the weekend's only new wide release, Broad Green's release of Just Getting Started struggled to finish over $3 million, barely eking into the top ten. With an estimated $18.6 million, Disney and Pixar's Coco topped the weekend box office as its domestic gross climbs to $135.5 million domestically. While the film's opening weekend was closer to that of 2000's Tangled, it has since started playing closer to Disney's Moana, which also topped the weekend box office for three straight weeks last year following its Thanksgiving debut prior to ceding the #1 spot to Rogue One.
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‘Just Getting Started’ Film Review: Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones Amble Through Laugh-Free Comedy

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‘Just Getting Started’ Film Review: Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones Amble Through Laugh-Free Comedy
Just Getting Started” is described on IMDb as “a two-hander action comedy” in the vein of “Midnight Run.” But anyone can see within five minutes that this mild and dawdling picture from writer-director Ron Shelton is the sort of trifle meant for a retirement-age audience who just want to spend a pleasant and uneventful hour-and-a-half with a few name actors of a certain age. There’s very little comedy here and even less action. This is the first Shelton feature since the ill-fated “Hollywood Homicide” in 2003, and he stays close to what made his name with his most notable movie,
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Rene Russo Shares Her Key to Happiness While Aging – 'You Cannot Let Stress Get You Down'

Rene Russo Shares Her Key to Happiness While Aging – 'You Cannot Let Stress Get You Down'
Russo stars in the new film Just Getting Started, which is in theaters now

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Exclusive Interview – Director Ron Shelton on Just Getting Started, directing for the first time in 14 years, and more

Rafael Motamayor talks to Ron Shelton, director of Bull Durham and Tin Cup about his latest movie Just Getting Started and knowing a man on the FBI’s most wanted list…

This is the first movie you’ve directed in 14 years. Was it by choice? Were you waiting for the right movie?

I had about 3 or 4 movies that fell out at the last minute. They were ready to go, and a piece of the financing fell out or the actor became unfinanceable. When you’re not making studio movies, which I’m not, there’s usually 4 or 5 different financing partners, and then the available cast. There’s just so many moving parts, and it was a very frustrating period, of me not working as much. I hope to make 10 movies in the next 10 years. I have several that are moving forward, I developed a Broadway musical that’s going to
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The Preview Reel: Just Getting Started

Welcome to this week’s “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide-release movies. Coco dominated the Thanksgiving holiday and then again last weekend. There are no signs that it will slow down as there is only one major release scheduled for this week, the Morgan Freeman-led comedy Just Getting Started. Disney has been enjoying a good last couple of months as they released Thor: Ragnarok, Coco, and has Star Wars: The Last Jedi coming out next week. Until then, let’s see if Just Getting Started is worth your time.

Just Getting Started

What we are excited about: The cast is about the only thing we’re excited about with this movie. Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, and Rene Russo together in a comedy sounds promising. Add in the director of Tin Cup (1996) and Bull Durham (1988), Ron Shelton, and you should at least get a solidly entertaining movie.
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