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Lincoln Plaza Cinema Owner: Space To Stay A Movie Theater After Renovations

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Milstein Properties responded to the uproar over the news that its longtime tenant, Lincoln Plaza Cinema, will close in January by telling Deadline it plans to preserve the space as a movie theater after vital renovations are completed. The company today gave no exact timetable for the planned closing and reopening and did not confirm whether Toby and Dan Talbot, widely respected film business figures for more than 60 years, would remain involved as programmers. Even so… Read

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TV Review: Fox’s ‘A Christmas Story Live!’ Brings Oscar & Tony Winners Benj Pasek And Justin Paul To TV Audience

Nothing says “Christmas Spirit” these days like the sight of a beaming, bespectacled tow-headed 9-year-old pointing his new rifle into the cold dark of night and pulling the trigger. Nothing, that is, unless it’s another vision, this one eye-poppingly aglitter, of a sexy, spangled schoolteacher-turned-hoofer sellin’ it, surrounded by a bevy of prepubescent girls in can-can regalia, also sellin’ it. Call me old fashioned, or politically correct or whatever you choose, but… Read

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‘The Greatest Showman’ Live Movie Trailer Electrifies During ‘A Christmas Story Live’

In a television first, The Greatest Showman aired a live movie trailer during Fox’s telecast of A Christmas Story Live.  The live two and a half minute trailer for Michael Gracey’s movie musical based on the life of P.T. Barnum featured the film’s stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Keala Settle performing the high-energy number “Come Alive” alongside an army of 150 dancers on the stages at the Warner Bros Studios in Burbank. Academy Award-winning songwriters Benj… Read

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Carolina Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson To Sell Team Amid “Workplace Misconduct” Allegations

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced today that is looking to sell the team. The news comes shortly after the NFL launched an investigation regarding accusations of “workplace misconduct” made against him. Four former Carolina Panthers employees received settlements from Richardson after they claimed he made inappropriate comments, according to Sports IllustratedOn one occasion, Richardson allegedly directed a racial slur at African-American Panthers… Read

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Minnie Driver, Alyssa Milano Call Out Matt Damon For “Tone Deaf” Comments About Sexual Assault

Minnie Driver and Matt Damon are reconnecting — but it’s under circumstances that could be better. The Oscar-nominated actress recently took to Twitter to slam her Good Will Hunting co-star about his recent comments about sexual assault. In the wake of the deluge of sexual misconduct accusations involving Harvey Weinstein and Ben Affleck, two men who Damon has worked closely with, the Downsizing actor spoke to Peter Travers on ABC on Thursday about the cloud of… Read

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Broadway Review: Mark Rylance Calls The Tune In ‘Farinelli And The King’

Before Bridge of Spies, The BFG and Wolf Hall made him familiar to millions, Oscar winner Mark Rylance was known to theatergoers as an actor who wore the heavy mantle of The Best with considerable grace and wit. In 2008, he accepted his first Tony award with an incomprehensible speech quoting an obscure Minnesota poet, and he did the same when he won his second Tony three years later. He’s played a substance-addled ex-motorcycle daredevil, the bedeviled best friend of a… Read

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Jay-Z’s Trayvon Martin Docuseries Sparks Feud Between Snoop Dogg And George Zimmerman

Jay-Z’s forthcoming docuseries, Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, which follows the life and legacy of the titular Martin. The timely project, like many documentaries including Whose Streets? has drawn much-needed attention to social injustice, but also a peripheral feud between Snoop Dogg and George Zimmerman. Zimmerman, who was acquitted of the fatal shooting of Martin, threw in his two cents about the docuseries in a recent interview with The Blast saying that… Read

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Skyrockets To $230M Overseas, $450M Global Bow – International Box Office

UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Illuminating lightsabers in 54 material overseas markets, Disney/Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Last Jedi showed its force with a $230M opening at the international box office. Combined with domestic, that puts the global launch at $450M. The worldwide figure ranks The Last Jedi as the No. 5 debut ever (No. 3 excluding the China starts of other films — SWTLJ does not go to the Middle Kingdom until January 5). Among its overseas plays, the Rian… Read

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Thomas Fire Battle Continues in Santa Barbara, Montecito As Twitter Reacts

Firefighters continued struggling today against the massive Thomas Fire, now the third-largest in California history. Nearly 8,500 firefighters continue to battle the blaze, which has destroyed more than 1,000 structures and burned 269,500 acres so far. That’s an area larger than New York City. The fires are concentrated near the celebrity havens of Montecito and Santa Barbara, with more than 100,000 people evacuated and damages to date estimated at $116 million. The fire… Read

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Mark Hamill Goes ‘Last Jedi’ On Ted Cruz Over Net Neutrality & Darth Vader

Probably never a great idea to get into a Star Wars argument with Luke Skywalker, advice Ted Cruz might wanna take to heart. In a Twitter battle encompassing net neutrality, Darth Vader, Jedi values and internet porn, Mark Hamill and the Texas Republican senator are crossing lightsabers and taking no prisoners. See the tweets below. The sparring started Saturday when Hamill, taking some time away from promoting The Last Jedi (or maybe not) posted a tweet, complete with… Read

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Johnny Depp’s Ex-Lawyers Suing ‘Pirates’ Star Back After He Hit Them For $30M

Still wrestling in the courts with his former business managers over millions, home foreclosures and claims of excess, Johnny Depp now finds himself at the legal receiving end of one of Hollywood's biggest lawyers in a $30 million sword fight that is sure to take some of the cheer out of his Christmas. Less than two months after the thrashing Pirates of the Caribbean star dragged his old attorney Jacob Bloom and his Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman… Read

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Did Audiences Enjoy ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’? Deciphering Online User Reviews From Exit Polls

We received a number of emails this weekend and comments in the box office section about the audience reaction to Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last JediThe sequel earned its third straight A from CinemaScore after The Force Awakens two years ago and last December’s Rogue One. And on ComScore/Screen Engine, Last Jedi earned an 89% overall positive score and a five-star rating from moviegoers. That’s in the wheelhouse of what Force Awakens earned (90% overall… Read