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‘Office Christmas Party’ Lights Up Thursday Night


Paramount’s all star comedy ensemble Office Christmas Party started jingling $950K in box office change last night at 2,429 theaters from shows starting at 7PM. How does Office Christmas Party‘s Thursday night compare to other R-rated comedies? Horrible Bosses 2, another ensemble comedy that starred Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman, debuted to $1M on the Tuesday night prior to Thanksgiving 2014; generating a $4.2M Wednesday, $15.5M FSS. The Night Before bowed before… Read


‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ Trailer: Caesar Fights His Darker Instincts In Epic Battle


20th Century Fox has dropped the first official trailer for War For The Planet Of The Apes. Directed by Matt Reeves, the film starring Andy Serkis and Woody Harrelson, follows the events of 2014's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which saw peace between mankind and apekind broken permanently and a final war looming. Caesar (Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel (Harrelson) that will determine the fate of… Read


‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special Heads To New York – Trailer

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BBC One has released a trailer for its Doctor Who Christmas Special 2016, dubbed The Return of Doctor Mysterio. This year, the Doctor will join forces with a masked superhero for an epic New York adventure. With brain-swapping aliens poised to attack, the Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, and Nardole, played by Matt Lucas, link up with an investigative reporter and a mysterious figure known only as The Ghost. Can the Doctor save Manhattan and what will be revealed behind… Read


Paul Verhoeven Named Jury President Of 2017 Berlin Film Festival

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Dutch director and screenwriter Paul Verhoeven, whose varied career includes credits such as Oscar-nominated Turkish Delight, RoboCop and Total Recall, will serve as jury president of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. Verhoeven's latest film Elle, which marked his return to the director’s seat after many years of focussing on writing, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year to critical acclaim. It opens German cinemas on February 2, 2017. "With… Read


‘Lion’ Nabs Best International Film At Evening Standard British Film Awards

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Riding a wave of critical acclaim as Oscar season ramps up, The Weinstein Company’s Lion, starring Dev Patel and directed by Garth Davis, received the Award for "Best International Film" at the London Evening Standard British film awards. On hand to accept the award on behalf of Davis and producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman was executive producer Harvey Weinstein. Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black presented the award alongside his fiancé, Olympic diver… Read


Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment Making English-Language Version Of Scandi Teen Hit ‘Shame’

Simon Fuller Walk of Fame, Los Angeles, USA

Simon Fuller's XIX Entertainment is making an English-language version of hit Scandi teen drama Shame (Skam) for American and Canadian audiences. The show, which debuted on Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation platforms in 2015, uses narratives in real time with unknown actors and scripts that are geared to a 16 year-old audience with a focus on real-life teen issues. The show scored huge ratings among young and adult audiences in Scandinavia, growing its weekly audience… Read


‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Trailer: Web Wings, Teen Angst, And A First Look At The Vulture


We told you how fantastic Spider-Man: Homecoming looked last summer after Marvel’s Hall H-dominating presentation at San Diego Comic-Con, but you’ve had to take our word for it since then. At last, however, you can see a bit for yourself via the film’s first trailer, which premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live. In fact, stop reading these pointless words and watch it above now. Being the webslinger’s second appearance as an official part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the… Read


Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: AFI Narrows The Race; ‘La La’ Hits L.A.; Jeff Bezos Throws A Party ‘By The Sea’; Tom Ford Chows Down

Actors Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling place their handprints in cement during a ceremony in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California U.S., December 7, 2016.   REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

A weekly column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit There was much anticipation surrounding today’s release of the American Film Institute’s Top 10 Movies Of The Year list, as it has often come close to what eventually Oscar voters pick, even though the Academy rarely matches AFI’s number, so inevitably titles are not always perfectly correlated. The biggest surprise snub for me was the very American, and very moving Loving, which which I thought… Read


World’s Biggest YouTuber Vows To Delete Channel Citing Traffic, Race-Based Complaints About Video Service

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He said he’d delete his YouTube channel upon reaching 50 million subscribers and today PewDiePie, the world’s most popular Youtuber, has vowed to follow through with that threat. The Swedish-born, UK-based gamer and comedian, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, reached that subscriber milestone today and shortly after, said in a tweet that he will be terminating his Youtube channel on Friday at 5 PM, London time. The move comes after a lengthy war of words by Kjellberg… Read


Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Big Fan’ Game Show Sets Debut Date With Matthew McConaughey

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Big Fan, ABC’s celebrity-packed game show from Jimmy Kimmel and  Banijay Studios North America, will premiere Monday, January 9 at 10 pm ET, immediately following The Bachelor, ABC says. The first two celebrity guests will be Matthew McConaughey and NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The premiere will feature two back-to-back half-hour episodes, with McConaughey first, followed by Rodgers (the Rodgers episode will include special guest Alex Trebek). The following Monday… Read


Leonardo DiCaprio Meets Donald Trump, Snags Follow-Up And Twitter Snarks

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Fairly easy global warming prediction: Late-night comics will take at least some shots tonight at yesterday’s meeting between green-minded Leonardo DiCaprio and climate-skeptic Donald Trump to discuss environmentally clean jobs. On the same day Trump picked climate change denier and Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, he met at Trump Tower with environmental activist DiCaprio. Terry Tamminen, CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio… Read


‘Timeless’: Annie Wersching Set To Recur On NBC Time Travel Drama Series


24 alumna Annie Wersching has booked a recurring role on NBC’s new time travel drama series Timeless. From Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan, Timeless centers on a mysterious criminal who steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. Wersching will play Emma Whitmore, a reclusive woman hiding out in a cabin deep in the woods who is of mysterious importance to Flynn (Goran Visnjic). Gersching, who starred opposite… Read