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‘Coco’ Edges ‘Justice League’ at Thanksgiving Day Box Office

‘Coco’ Edges ‘Justice League’ at Thanksgiving Day Box Office
Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” topped Warner Bros.-DC Entertainment’s “Justice League” at the Thanksgiving Day box office by $400,000 with $8.9 million at 3,987 North American sites.

The animated musical has taken in $22.2 million in its first two days, while the superhero mashup grossed $18.9 million during the same period. Projections have shown that “Coco” will wind up the five-day Thanksgiving holiday with about $70 million during the Wednesday-Sunday period, beating “Justice League” by about $10 million.

Coco” is performing significantly above pre-release forecasts, which had been in the $55 million to $60 million range. It received an A+ CinemaScore from moviegoers, indicating that the film could be lifted by strong word of mouth during the rest of the holidays.

On the same holiday weekend a year ago, Disney’s “Moana” scored $25.4 million on its first two days and went on to earn $82 million over the five days. That was the second-highest opening for the period, trailing only Disney’s “Frozen” at $93 million in 2013.

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‘Game of Thrones’: Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington to Compete for Lead Acting Golden Globes in 2018

‘Game of Thrones’: Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington to Compete for Lead Acting Golden Globes in 2018
Game of Thrones” Season 7 premiered too late to be eligible for this year’s Emmys (“The Handmaid’s Tale” won Best Drama Series after “Thrones'” two-year winning streak), but the fantasy epic now has its sights set on returning to awards season and winning big at the Golden Globes. Gold Derby reports HBO will be shaking up their strategy and submitting Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington in the lead acting races.

Read More:‘Game of Thrones’ is Filming Season 8 Until Summer 2018 (Which Means We Won’t See it For A While)

In the past, all “Game of Thrones” cast members have been submitted in the supporting actor races for award shows like the Globes, Emmys, and SAG Awards. Clearly, HBO is hoping to increase its chances on landing nominations for “Thrones” by moving Clarke and Harington to the lead races. Neither actor has ever received a Golden Globe nomination. Clarke
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Chewbacca Smacks a Porg in Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer: Go Behind the Scenes of the Movie

Chewbacca Smacks a Porg in Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer: Go Behind the Scenes of the Movie
Bb-8 was the scene-stealer in 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but the droid felt like a distant memory the moment a porg popped up in the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Lucasfilm aired a new 15-second TV spot during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC Thursday. Though it didn't reveal any major plot points, given its compact time constraints, it did show Chewbacca smacking a porg while piloting the Millennium Falcon—and fans loved it. Directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters Dec. 15. The ensemble cast includes Kenny Baker (R2-D2), John Boyega (Finn), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Benicio Del Toro...
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Seth Meyers Set to Host 2018 Golden Globes for the First Time

Seth Meyers Set to Host 2018 Golden Globes for the First Time
Seth Meyers is taking on hosting duties at the upcoming Golden Globes. The news was announced on Thanksgiving Day in a statement from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

"The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is excited to have Seth Meyers host the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards”, said HFPA President Meher Tatna in a statement. “With his natural comedic wit and innate ability to charm audiences, Seth will help us carry on the celebratory tradition of recognizing the best in television and film at the Party of the Year.”

The Late Night host recently signed on to emcee the star-studded awards show just a few weeks before the Hollywood Foreign Press is set to hand out the coveted statues in January.

This is Meyers' first time hosting the prestigious show, as he takes the reins from The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon, who led the proceedings this past January.

Before Meyers took on the high-profile role, there was speculation
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Universal Bumps Michael Pena and Lizzy Caplan’s ‘Extinction’ From Release Schedule

Universal Bumps Michael Pena and Lizzy Caplan’s ‘Extinction’ From Release Schedule
Universal Pictures announced Friday that it was bumping “Extinction” from its release slate — just two months before the Michael Pena-Lizzy Caplan sci-fi thriller was set to open in theaters. Director Ben Young’s film had been slated to open on January 26, 2018 and the studio did not indicate why it was pulled the release or whether it would be proceeding with distribution at a later date. Michael Peña (“Ant-Man,” “Crash”) and Lizzy Caplan (“Now You See Me 2,” “Allied”) star as a husband and wife struggling to save their family from an alien invasion. Also Read: Lizzy Caplan, Michael Pena
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WB Told Joss Whedon To Change His Comedic ‘Justice League’ Opening Scene

WB Told Joss Whedon To Change His Comedic ‘Justice League’ Opening Scene
The common narrative is that Warner Bros., upon seeing the blowback from “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice,” started pivoting to toward a lighter tone for their superhero franchise. Even DC Films honcho Geoff Johns declared the films needed more “heart, humor, and heroics” and said that the goal was to “make the movies fun.” However, one is beginning to wonder if anybody involved with these movies even knows what they want.

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Ratings Deflate 7 Percent From 2016

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Ratings Deflate 7 Percent From 2016
Everyone loves a parade — some years more than others. Thursday’s 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade slipped 7.4 percent from last year in the earliest-available Nielsen ratings numbers. Yesterday, the long walk through Manhattan averaged a 12.5 rating/27 share on NBC, per some very preliminary data out of the nation’s 56 metered-markets. Compare that with 2016’s march toward Herald Square, which had actually scored its top overnight rating in 13 years — a 13.5/29. The 2017 parade put up a 7.0 rating among adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters. The year-ago’s version landed a 7.7, which was a...
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Netflix Renews 'Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return' For Season 2

Netflix Renews 'Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return' For Season 2
Netflix has renewed Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return for a second season. 

The announcement was made on YouTube at the end of the annual Thanksgiving marathon (see video below). The series, which came back after a viral Kickstarter campaign in late 2015, is the twelfth overall, and second on Netflix. 

MST3K premiered in 1988 on a local station in Minnesota before going on to air on Comedy Central for six seasons, concluding in 1997. Then Syfy picked the show up for another three seasons until its final cancellation in 1999 after nearly 200 episodes. The series, featuring a man and his robot...
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CBS and Dish Reach Multiyear Deal, Ending Blackout

CBS and Dish Reach Multiyear Deal, Ending Blackout
Dish subscribers are thankful this morning that the satellite TV company has reached a multiyear carriage deal with CBS, ending a three-day blackout. “We are pleased we have reached a deal with Dish, who recognizes the value that the number one network brings to viewers in these markets,” said Ray Hopkins, president, Television Networks Distribution, CBS Corporation. “Dish customers will continue to get CBS’ must-have content, while we are also able to achieve our short and long-term economic and strategic goals.” “We are grateful to our customers for their patience this holiday week as months of work has resulted in a deal that.
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Universal Pulls 'The Snowman' from Russian Chains in Ongoing Dispute

Universal Pulls 'The Snowman' from Russian Chains in Ongoing Dispute
The Snowman is the latest victim in an standoff between biggest Russian cinema chains and the Hollywood majors over online booking fees.

Universal has pulled its crime thriller, starring Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson, from Formula Kino and Cinema Park, two of Russia's largest theater chains, the exhibitors confirmed Friday. Both chains are owned by Russian tycoon Alexander Mamut, and have been embroiled in a dispute for several weeks now over Rambler.Kassa, an local online ticket booking service also owned by Mamut.

In early October, the service introduced a 10 percent commission on all online cinema ticket sales....
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Al Franken Says He ‘Crossed a Line,’ ‘Made Some Women Feel Badly’

Al Franken Says He ‘Crossed a Line,’ ‘Made Some Women Feel Badly’
Sen. Al Franken spent his Thanksgiving apologizing for making “some women feel badly,” after more women stepped forward this week and accused the Democrat from Minnesota of inappropriately touching them. Franken didn’t admit to groping in his newest statement on Thursday, or acknowledge his accusers by name, but said he felt “terribly” he’d “crossed a line.” “I’ve met tens of thousands of people and taken thousands of photographs, often in crowded and chaotic situations,” said Franken. “I’m a warm person; I hug people. I’ve learned from recent stories that in some of those encounters, I
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InfoWars Publishes (and Swiftly Deletes) Video of Texas Congressman Masturbating

On Wednesday, InfoWar — a site known for peddling conspiracy theories and fake news — treated viewers to something very real … footage of Texas Representative Joe Barton masturbating. The content was swiftly taken down — but not before a Google cache could record the moment for terrible posterity. Thankfully this was deleted pic.twitter.com/Sf1vjezEws — Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) November 24, 2017 Also Read: Alex Jones Melts Down Over Drag Queens Reading Books to Children (Video) Barton, a long-serving Republican, is facing an embarrassing scene after lewd selfies of him were leaked by an anonymous Twitter account. He has since apologized and insisted that the.
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Billy Baldwin Says Trump Crashed Party, Hit on His Wife Chynna Phillips

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Billy Baldwin Says Trump Crashed Party, Hit on His Wife Chynna Phillips
Actor Billy Baldwin is calling out hypocrisy by some Republicans who choose to point fingers at liberals who are accused of sexual misconduct while ignoring accusations within their own party. In response to a tweet by Donald Trump Jr. on Wednesday, Baldwin said his father President Donald Trump is “a 5th degree black belt when it comes to sexual impropriety allegations.” He went on to say that Trump Sr. once showed up “uninvited” to a party Baldwin was hosting at the Plaza Hotel, and that the now-president “hit on my wife… invited her on his helicopter to Atlantic City.” Also Read: 'Hot.
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Orange Poaches EuropaCorp’s Sales Exec Andreï Kamarowsky to Run Sales for New Film/TV Division

Orange Studio has appointed Andreï Kamarowsky, former senior VP of international sales at EuropaCorp, to run sales for the French telco group’s new film/TV division.

The exec joins Orange Studio from EuropaCorp where he worked as senior VP of international sales since 2011.

He will report to David Kessler and Pascal Delarue, the co-managing directors of Orange Studio.

Kamarowsky is boarding Orange Studio at a pivotal moment. Under Kessler’s leadership, the company is getting ready to play a much bigger role in the film and TV landscapes in France and abroad.

The vertically-integrated banner, whose parent company Orange also operates pay TV channels Orange Cinema Series, signed a distribution deal a year ago with Ugc Images (a subsidiary of Europe’s second biggest cinema circuit) to kick off direct distribution in France under the label Orange Cinema Distribution. Meanwhile, Orange will also be distributing Ugc films starting in January.

As previously announced,
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Why ‘Golic and Wingo’ Hosts Say New Espn Show Is ‘Like Putting on a Comfy Pair of Clothes’

Fans still reeling over the demise of Espn’s “Mike & Mike” — which aired its final episode on Nov. 17 after nearly 18 years on the air — can be comforted by the upcoming premiere of “Golic & Wingo.” The dynamic duo — co-hosts Mike Golic and Trey Wingo, with their trusty sidekick Mike Golic Jr. — are heading to radios and TVs near you on Nov. 27. The show will air from 6-10 a.m. Et on Espn Radio and ESPN2, and it’s decidedly a fresh start following Golic’s emotional farewell with longtime co-host Mike Greenberg. But at the end of...
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Universal Pulls Sci-Fi Thriller 'Extinction' From Release Schedule

Universal Pulls Sci-Fi Thriller 'Extinction' From Release Schedule
Universal has pulled Extinction, a sci-fi film starring Michael Pena and Lizzy Caplan, from its release schedule without explanation.

The film had been set to open on Jan. 26, 2018. 

Extinction's logline describes it as a thriller in "which a man must save his family from an otherworldly phenomenon." The title was written by Eric Heisserer, Spenser Cohen and Bradley Caleb Kane. Despite the film previously set for release just two months from now, no promotional materials have yet been unveiled for the title. 

The Ben Young-directed film was produced by Mandeville Films' Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman. Extinction is...
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Ivanka Trump Follows Celebs on Instagram, Now They’ve Targeted Her in Clean Dream Act Campaign

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Ivanka Trump Follows Celebs on Instagram, Now They’ve Targeted Her in Clean Dream Act Campaign
Just like most everyone else, Ivanka Trump follows some of her favorite celebrities on Instagram. Now, those very stars followed by the first daughter — including Cara Delevingne, Olivia Wilde and Sophia Bush — are using their platform to send her a message. Sophia Amoruso, the founder of clothing store Nasty Gal and the author of “#GirlBoss,” started it off with a message urging the First Daughter to use her “influence” to advocate for a Clean Dream Act by December. President Donald Trump announced in September that his administration is ending the Obama-era Daca program, which protects young undocumented immigrants. The...
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Eminem ‘Extremely Angry’ Trump Hasn’t Returned Shade: ‘He’s Not Paying Attention to Me’

Eminem ‘Extremely Angry’ Trump Hasn’t Returned Shade: ‘He’s Not Paying Attention to Me’
Eminem has been mad at President Donald Trump for a while. Now, the rapper’s anger at Potus has grown. The real Slim Shady gave a standout performance at the Bet Hip-Hop Awards last month with a five-minute freestyle taking shots at Donald Trump. However, the president never appeared to take notice, and that has rubbed Eminem the wrong way. “I was and still am extremely angry,” Eminem said in an interview on his SirirusXM channel Shade 45. “I can’t stand that motherf—er. I feel like he’s not paying attention to me. I was kind of waiting for him to say something.
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‘Logan’ Director James Mangold Discusses His Early Career, Mentor Alexander Mackendrick

‘Logan’ Director James Mangold Discusses His Early Career, Mentor Alexander Mackendrick
James Mangold was first mentioned in Variety on June 30, 1982, when he won a $1,000 student prize for the sound on his film “Future View.” At California Institute of the Arts, he found a mentor in director Alexander Mackendrick (“The Ladykillers,” “Sweet Smell of Success”), who stressed the importance of character and story rather than “fine-art” film-school fanciness. It’s a lesson Mangold has used on all his films, including “Cop Land” (1997) “Walk the Line” (2005), “3:10 to Yuma” (2007) and his latest, “Logan,” a spinoff of the “X-Men” franchise. Still, Mangold convinced Fox to make “Logan” a film about real people, rather than a VFX green-screen extravaganza.

“Every tentpole seems to be about the end of the world. I felt the formula was tired,” he says. “I think even audiences are exhausted and certain aspects of storytelling have gotten monotonous.” Instead, he wanted to focus on a makeshift family and its members’ very human concerns.

The gamble
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Uma Thurman Promises ‘More to Come’ in Fierce #MeToo Instagram

Uma Thurman Promises ‘More to Come’ in Fierce #MeToo Instagram
Uma Thurman posted a Happy Thanksgiving message on Instagram in which she had some strong words for Harvey Weinstein and promised that she would have more to say about sexual harassment.

Using a still of herself from Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill,” she said “I said I was angry recently, and I have a few reasons, #metoo, in which you couldn’t tell by the look on my face.

“Happy Thanksgiving Everyone (except you Harvey, and all your wicked conspirators – I’m glad it’s going slowly – you don’t deserve a bullet.)

She said she feels it’s important to “take your time, be fair, be exact,” and then wrote “Stay tuned.”

In an interview from October, she appeared to be holding back barely suppressed rage.

“I don’t have a tidy sound bite for you,” she told the Access Hollywood interviewer. “So I’ve been waiting to feel less angry… and when I
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