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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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Box Office: 'Coco' Trots Past 'Justice League' With $13.2M Wednesday

Box Office: 'Coco' Trots Past 'Justice League' With $13.2M Wednesday
As the long Thanksgiving holiday got underway, Disney and Pixar's Coco danced its way past holdover Justice League on Wednesday with an opening-day gross of $13.2 million after nabbing an A+ CinemaScore.

Wednesday's haul included $2.3 million in Tuesday night previews. Coco is playing in 3,987 theaters in North America.

Justice League took in $10.5 million from 4,051 theaters for a domestic total of $122.4 million.

At this pace, Coco, about the popular Mexican holiday Day of the Dead, should have no trouble winning the turkey trot with a five-day debut north of $70 million.

Between them, Disney...
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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ First Footage: Watch Chris Pratt Play With A Baby Raptor

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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ First Footage: Watch Chris Pratt Play With A Baby Raptor
The first footage from “Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom” has arrived courtesy of Colin Trevorrow’s Twitter account, which has posted an adorable video of Chris Pratt playing with a baby raptor. It’s unclear whether or not the footage is from the actual movie or if it was just taken on set, nor is it confirmed if the baby raptor is CGI or an animatronic. “The Impossible” director J.A. Boyena has promised more practical effects in the sequel.

“Obviously you don’t have real dinosaurs — sometimes you have people playing dinosaurs — but we love animatronics and we’re trying to do as much with them as possible,” he said of the sequel. “I think animatronics bring soul and reality to it. We’re trying to find the balance between animatronics and CGI in order to cheat the audience so they
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‘Coco’ Edges Out ‘Justice League’ at Thanksgiving Box Office With $8.9 Million

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‘Coco’ Edges Out ‘Justice League’ at Thanksgiving Box Office With $8.9 Million
By a narrow margin, Pixar’s “Coco” edged out “Justice League” among moviegoers on Thanksgiving. The animated film made $8.9 million from 3,987 screens on Thursday, compared to $8.4 million from 4,051 screens for “Justice League” “Coco,” which released on Wednesday, now has a running total of $22.7 million and is estimated to make around $70 million by Sunday’s end. For comparison, the last Pixar movie to release on Thanksgiving weekend, 2015’s “The Good Dinosaur,” made $16.3 million to this point and finished with $55.4 million. Disney’s “Moana” released on this extended weekend last year as well, making $25.4 million to...
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Mar del Plata: Argentina on the Rise – Gustavo Biazzi

Mar Del Plata, Argentina — Lensed with a continuous verve from the first shot of the protagonist, Ernesto, running to catch his girlfriend at a viva at university, there’s hardly a shot in the first three-quarters of Gustavo Biazzi’s “Los Vagos” (“The Bums”) where Ernesto or the camera is not on the move, sometimes making highly technical demanding shots look easy. That of course is to be expected from one of Argentina’s most reputed young cinematographers, whose credits take in Santiago Mitre’s “The Student” and Cannes Critics’ Week winner “Paulina.” It also reflects the movie’s subject. On holiday in Misiones, Ernesto leaving behind his girlfriend from childhood, the high-achiever Paula, for a riverside holiday with his laddish friends back home. Together, they hit parties, chase girls, booze themselves into stupor, as Ernesto searches for he’s not sure what as an alternative to Paula. Produced by Santiago Carabante and La Union de los
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Michael Rapaport’s New Beef With Trump: Why Are You Making Me Defend Lavar Ball?

Michael Rapaport’s New Beef With Trump: Why Are You Making Me Defend Lavar Ball?
Actor and smack-talker Michael Rapaport has decided to weigh in on the growing feud between Donald Trump and Lavar Ball. Ball, the retired and NBA star and father of UCLA basketball star LiAngelo Ball, has traded barbs with Trump over whether he was sufficiently grateful to the president for securing his son’s release from China following an arrest for shoplifting earlier this month. Rapaport said the imbroglio was forcing him into the impossible choice of choosing between two people he hated vehemently. Also Read: Michael Rapaport Shreds Espn Over New Employee Guidelines: 'This Is Some Stalin S-t!' (Video) “Donald Trump,
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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Ratings Deflate 7 Percent From 2016

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Everyone loves a parade — some years more than others. Thursday’s 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC 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, per 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 led to a...
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‘Aladdin’ Turns 25: Creators on the Real Beginning of the Disney Renaissance

‘Aladdin’ Turns 25: Creators on the Real Beginning of the Disney Renaissance
Before Disney’s animated blockbuster “Aladdin” had its premiere in Japan, directors Ron Clements and John Musker were told not to worry if the audience didn’t laugh.

And it wasn’t because the Japanese performer who dubbed Robin Williams’ shape-shifting Genie didn’t capture the actor’s brilliant off-the-wall comedic performance.

“They tell you ahead of time, ‘don’t worry because the audience won’t laugh, because a Japanese audience doesn’t laugh,”’ noted Clements. “They just sit respectfully.”

But they did laugh at Genie, who turns into everybody from Ed Sullivan to William F. Buckley to former talk show host Arsenio Hall.

“Probably the biggest laugh in the whole screening was when he turned into Arsenio Hall and did his ‘Woof, woof, woof’ with his arm,” said Clements. “I was asking somebody afterward about that and why it got such a big laugh. They said ‘Oh, we loved it when the Genie turned into Julia Roberts
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Directors Call for Overhaul of Berlin Film Festival After Dieter Kosslick Departs

Directors Call for Overhaul of Berlin Film Festival After Dieter Kosslick Departs
A group of 79 German filmmakers including Maren Ade (“Tony Erdmann”), Fatih Akin (“In the Fade”) and Robert Schwentke (“The Captain”) has called for “a new start” for the Berlin Film Festival after longtime festival director Dieter Kosslick’s contract expires in 2019.

In an open letter published by Spiegel Online, the filmmakers recommend the formation of a gender-balanced international selection committee charged with finding Kosslick’s successor and weighing fundamental changes to the event.

“The goal must be to find an outstanding curatorial personality who is passionate about cinema, well-connected internationally and capable of leading the festival into the future on an equal footing with Cannes and Venice,” the letter read. “We want a transparent procedure and a new start.”

The letter, whose signatories also include Andreas Dresen, Sebastian Schipper, Volker Schlöndorff, Dominik Graf, Christian Petzold, Doris Dörrie, Maria Schrader, Hans-Christian Schmid and Rosa von Praunheim, is seen as a public rebuke of the Kosslick era, during which the
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Judge Jeanine Pirro Trashes Staffer on Live TV: ‘You Know, You’re Pissing Me Off’ (Video)

Judge Jeanine Pirro Trashes Staffer on Live TV: ‘You Know, You’re Pissing Me Off’ (Video)
Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro found herself the victim of a hot mic fail on Wednesday when she told off a show staffer live on air. “You know, you’re pissing me off,” said Pirro to the unidentified individual before realizing she was live and then pivoted — quite artfully — to the content of the program. The incident occurred while she was subbing for her Fox News colleague Sean Hannity. Also Read: Jeanine Pirro Explains Why People Would Even Take Their Cases to 'You the Jury' “Welcome back to this special edition of ‘Hannity!'” she said without missing a beat.
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Jerry Seinfeld Does the Better Jerry Seinfeld in Stand-Up Battle With Jimmy Fallon (Video)

Jerry Seinfeld Does the Better Jerry Seinfeld in Stand-Up Battle With Jimmy Fallon (Video)
Sorry, Jimmy Fallon: Jerry Seinfeld is still the best Jerry Seinfeld we’ve got. The two comedians went head-to-head on Thanksgiving in “The Tonight Show’s” first-ever “Stand-Up Battle.” Using a random routine generator, Jimmy and Jerry performed dueling bits from Seinfeld’s stand-up comedy career. First, Seinfeld did his “Wait Up” Halloween-inspired setup and punchlines. Next, Fallon took on Jerry’s take on “Star Wars.” Also Read: Jimmy Fallon Offers Tearful Tribute to His Late Mother, Gloria (Video) Fans should recognize Seinfeld’s “Pizza Hut” jokes, which are probably the best from the Thursday segment. Fallon had to
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Songs For Screens: Active Child Offers Woke Spiritualism; Sonos Hosts A Deee-Lite-ful Holiday Dance Party

Songs For Screens: Active Child Offers Woke Spiritualism; Sonos Hosts A Deee-Lite-ful Holiday Dance Party
“Songs for Screens” (formerly known as “Synch This”) is a Variety column written by Andrew Hampp, a VP at New York-based music sponsorship and experiential agency Mac Presents and former branding correspondent for Billboard. Each week, the column will highlight noteworthy use of music in advertising and marketing campaigns, as well as new and catalog songs that we deem ripe for synch use.

Remember slow news days? Me neither. Where the latest news cycles have become relentlessly negative as the world does some serious soul-searching, pop music has become either deliberately escapist (witness Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” the entirety of Taylor Swift’s “Reputation”), innocuous (the back-to-back Hot 100 No. 1s of Cardi B and Post Malone) or downright nihilistic (hardcore rap).

As ad agencies and TV showrunners alike wrestle with how to incorporate the current political climate into their latest commercials and prime-time hits (some more successfully than others), a new niche is being carved
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'Back': How the 'Peep Show' Creators Followed Up Their Cult Britcom

'Back': How the 'Peep Show' Creators Followed Up Their Cult Britcom
What do you do when the series that you've worked on for more than a decade – one that's attained cult status, spawned BuzzFeed listicles and earned you famous fans on both side of the Atlantic – has finally come to an end? For David Mitchell and Robert Webb, the stars of the beloved Britcom Peep Show, which ran on the U.K.'s Channel 4 from 2003 to 2015, the answer was obvious: Get to work on another series.

"We were sort of staring into the abyss of a post Peep Show world,
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Sgiff: Movie Legend Waheeda Rehman Lauds Contemporary Indian Cinema

Sgiff: Movie Legend Waheeda Rehman Lauds Contemporary Indian Cinema
Waheeda Rehman, the 79-year-old grande dame of Indian cinema who has worked with most of the legendary filmmakers of her country during her 62-year career is very complimentary about the kind of films being made today.

“All kinds of stories are being today,” Rehman said. “Back in the day, films used to be formulaic. There was a hero, heroine and a villain, and there would be a cabaret number thrown in for good measure. I got very bored and began looking for different roles.”

Rehman was speaking at an In Conversation event for “The Song of Scorpions” that showed as a special presentation at the Singapore International Film Festival on Friday. Other speakers included director Anup Singh and producers Shahaf Peled and Saskia Vischer.

The roles Rehman chose were in films that are considered classics in the annals of Indian cinema. She worked with Guru Dutt in “Pyaasa” (1957) and “Kaagaz Ke Phool” (1959), Satyajit Ray in “Abhijaan” (1962), Basu Bhattacharya
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McDonald’s Mocked for Black Friday Twitter Fail

It has became a tradition almost as sacred as Thanksgiving itself, that after the food is done, restive Americans battle each other to fierce combat in the quest for deals on Black Friday. Now, McDonald’s is facing mockery after its own Black Friday initiative seemed to stall out of the gate. “Black Friday **** Need copy and link****,” the company tweeted early Friday morning. Also Read: Burger King Trolls McDonald's: Free Whopper to Anyone Dressed as Creepy Clown Black Friday **** Need copy and link**** — McDonald's (@McDonaldsCorp) November 24, 2017 As of 10 a.m. Et the tweet was still live with more than
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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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Trump Promises Just ‘Quick’ Golf Game With Tiger Woods Between Solving World Crises

Trump Promises Just ‘Quick’ Golf Game With Tiger Woods Between Solving World Crises
President Donald Trump is wasting no time getting back to work after the Thanksgiving holiday, announcing on Twitter that he would be speaking with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and working on a plan to bring jobs back to the United States. He also promised what he said would be a “quick” golf game with pro player Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson. “Will be speaking to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey this morning about bringing peace to the mess that I inherited in the Middle East. I will get it all done, but what a mistake, in lives and dollars.
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‘Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return’ Scores Second Season on Netflix (Video)

‘Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return’ Scores Second Season on Netflix (Video)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return” has scored a second season on Netflix. Jonah Ray, host of the rebooted show, made the announcements at the end of a Thanksgiving Day marathon of six classic episodes. “I can finally afford that rowboat I’ve had my eye on,” Ray told fellow castmates Joel Hodgson and Felicia Day. Also Read: Watch 'Stranger Things' Get the 'MST3K' Treatment (Video) Netflix revived the cult favorite show last spring — 18 years after the original aired for 11 years and 197 episodes on both Comedy Central and the Sci-Fi Channel. Ray, supposedly imprisoned by mad scientists and forced to watch.
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