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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Facebook/TV Clip: Snoke Signals


A new Star Wars: The Force Awakens clip posted to Facebook this morning, just in time to give fans an extra something to be thankful for on Turkey Day. The one-minute trailer (above) is titled “All The Way” and will also serve as an upcoming TV spot. In the cilp, we hear Andy Serkis’ Supreme Leader Snoke tell Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, “Even you have never faced such a test.” There’s more X-Wing Fighter and Millennium Falcon action here, too. While the clip says the film is… Read

Box Office

Katniss Rules Wednesday On Track For $78M-80M 5-Day; ‘Good Dinosaur’ Eyes $58M-$62M; ‘Creed’ Punching $39M-$42M

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Refresh for updates. Early AM Industry estimates Not a Brontosaurus or boxer Adonis Creed could push Katniss from her No. 1 perch at the box office, as Liongate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2 owned the Wednesday before Thanksgiving with $13.8M at 4,175 theaters, +21% over Tuesday for a running cume of $136.3M.  MJ1 made $14.6M on Thanksgiving eve a year ago. This is according to industry estimates this morning; many studios have yet to report. MJ2 paces behind MJ1… Read


NBC’s Thanksgiving Parade Coverage Launches With Gloria Estefan Musical ‘On Your Feet!’


Already looking like a hit with Broadway theatergoers, newcomer On Your Feet! — the biotuner about the courtship and rise to superstardom of the Miami Sound Machine’s  Gloria and Emilio Estefan — got a priceless plug Thursday morning,  leading off NBC’s coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Led by star-in-the-making Ana Villafane as Gloria singing “Conga” and “Turn The Beat Around,” the show got the kind of exposure no 30-second spot could bring. The Today… Read


Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s ‘Cemetery Of Splendour’ Wins At Asia Pacific Awards

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Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Cemetery Of Splendour has won the Best Film award at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Australia. The awards, which took place Thursday in Brisbane, featured a special tribute to Paris, home to partner organization UNESCO. Cemetery of Splendour, which world premiered in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard sidebar, is a typically lyrical look at the bond which establishes between a hospital worker and a soldier with an unknown… Read


History UK To Premiere Exclusive Documentary On Paris Attacks

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Beginning Friday on History in the UK, A+E Networks will broadcast a one-hour special event documentary about the Paris attacks that claimed at least 130 lives. Terror: Seven Days In Paris looks at the tragedy in the context of a world faced with the threat of international terrorism. Throughout the rest of the EMEA markets where A+E is present, the doc will roll out from November 29-December 3. For the seven days immediately following the deadly events of November 13… Read


Paul Walker’s Father Sues Porsche For ‘Fast And Furious’ Actor’s Death

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Almost two years after his son’s death in a fiery car crash, the father of Fast & Furious star Paul Walker has followed his granddaughter’s lead and filed a wrongful death suit against Porsche. Seeking unspecific damages, the lawsuit claims that the Porsche Carrera GT in which Walker was riding when he died in November, 2013 was lacking in essential safety features, among them a stability control system, breakaway fuel line, and side-door reinforcements. The lawsuit is… Read


‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Gets PG-13 Rating

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Brace yourselves: the MPAA has divined the will of the force, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens has received a PG-13 rating. This is the second time, after Revenge of the Sith, that a Star Wars film has received the rating. Despite the opaque process under which the MPAA works, we know there are a few reasons why a film might be PG-13 instead of PG. Violence maybe, or Gore, or somewhat suggestive content, or my personal favorite, just enough profanity to make it mature… Read

Cover Stories

How ‘Room’ Mates Larson, Abrahamson & Tremblay Architected Book-To-Film Alchemy – Awardsline

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"You can imagine the crass studio executive reaction to the pitch for Room: 'Forget it,' " says director Lenny Abrahamson of his film that has commanded so much Oscar buzz since its September unveiling at the Telluride Film Festival. Yes, Room is a hard sell when boiled down: A young woman is trapped in a garden shed for seven years by a sexual predator—along with the five year old son she bore from him in captivity. It's the epitome of bleak and claustrophobic fare. So… Read


‘Second Chance’ Trailer: Basically The Six Million Dollar Scrooge

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A teaser trailer for Fox’s upcoming thriller series Second Chance dropped a couple of weeks back, and it utterly failed to give you the most important information about the basic premise. Fox has wisely given itself another opportunity, with a brand new trailer that makes it much more clear. In short, this thing is going to be The Six Million Dollar Man meets A Christmas Carol but with The Shield as its backstory. Sold, Fox. Sold. Second Chance follows Jimmy Pritchard… Read


Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Eddie Redmayne Dines Out, Sly Stallone Trusts In Youth, And Leonardo Di Caprio Deserves The Medal Of Honor


A new weekly column talking up the season with bits and pieces from the awards circuit.  20th Century Fox and New Regency took the veil off one of the season’s most anticipated movies,  reigning Oscar winner Alejandro G. Inarritu’s brutally beautiful  snowy western, The Revenant (Dec 25)  this week , with press and Academy members getting a first look at it the past three days. Initial reaction , predictably , has run from “masterpiece” to “I can’t handle it”, but reviews… Read


Elmo Williams Dies: Oscar-Winning ‘High Noon’ Editor Was 102


Elmo Williams, the Academy Award-winning editor of the classic western High Noon who also worked as a producer, director, and studio executive died today in his Brookings, oregon home, it was reported by Curry Coastal Pilot. He was 102. Born in 1913 in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma, William’s long career in Hollywood began when he became the protege of Merrill G. White before branching out on his own as an editor. Among the films he edited were 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), T… Read


‘The Good Dinosaur’ Review: Pixar’s Latest Isn’t Its Greatest, But Kids Won’t Mind


Delayed by story and personnel problems, Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur represents the first time the now-legendary animation studio has released two films in one calendar year. Forget that this cannot possibly live up to the standards of its June release, Inside Out (what could?), the screenplay by Meg LeFauve just doesn’t pop. You certainly could see the potential in this story of a young dino (reminding me of Dino, the pet dinosaur in The Flintstones) adrift in the world… Read