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‘Office Christmas Party’ Invades ‘Moana’s Turf; ‘La La Land’ Hits High Notes – Late Night B.O. Update

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2nd Writethru, 12:27AM Saturday: Refresh for chart Naughty versus nice essentially describes the battle for No. 1 at the box office with Office Christmas Party and Moana literally tied for the top spot with $18M apiece. Office Christmas Party‘s strength is its late night shows, while Moana will benefit from Saturday matinees. By Saturday night, there’s bound to be a bigger separation between the two titles on the chart. Given the lack of major studio wide entry… Read

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Jimmy Kimmel Skewers President Elect’s Domestic Policy With ‘Trump On A Stump’

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I’m not a parent, so I’ve been completely unaware that there’s something called “Elf on the Shelf”. Now however I know it comes from a 2004 children’s book that explains just how Santa keeps track of who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. (A scout elf keeps watch on children throughout the year like a yuletide secret police, if you’re curious.) The book spawned plush toys named after it that have (apparently) become something of a modern Holiday tradition, which is cool… Read

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IDA Awards: ‘O.J.: Made In America’ Runs Off With Best Feature Prize

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O.J.: Made in America continued it early awards run tonight, scoring the Best Feature prize at the 32nd annual IDA Documentary Awards. Picked up a total of four trophies including Best Limited Series (Making a Murder), Best Episodic Series (Last Chance U), Best Short (The White Helmet) and the ABC News VideoSource Award for Ava Duvernay’s 13th. The win was just the latest for Ezra Edleman’s 7 1/2-hour O.J.: Made in America, from Laylow Films and ESPN Films. It also has… Read

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‘Shameless’ Emmy Rossum’s Salary Demands Vs. Television’s Parity Rule

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For decades, TV studios have successfully used the parity rule when negotiating deals with actors on successful, long-running series, giving all cast members in the same tier "most favored nations" terms that ensure financial parity among them and peace on the set. Shameless star Emmy Rossum is now trying to break that rule, not accepting a salary equal to that of her male co-lead William H. Macy, who has signed on the dotted line for an eighth season. The offer had been… Read

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Anna Kendrick, Laura Dern & Don Cheadle To Announce 2017 Golden Globes Nominees

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Don Cheadle, Laura Dern and Anna Kendrick have been tapped to announce nominees for the 74th annual Golden Globes. The announcement ceremony will be livestreamed exclusively on Facebook and on the official Golden Globes website beginning at 5:15 AM Pacific time on Monday, December 12. Joining Cheadle, Dern and Kendrick will be the previously-announced Miss Golden Globe trio of Sophia, Sistine and Scarlet Stallone, along with Hollywood Foreign Press Association President… Read

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Gurney Productions: “Business As Usual” For Staffers In Wake Of Founders’ Ouster

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It’s been a tumultuous week for everyone working at Duck Dynasty producer Gurney Productions whose founders Scott and Deirdre Gurney on Monday were put a "short, temporary leave of absence,” which ended today with the duo’s termination by owner ITV America, which also is suing them for fraud and breach of contract. Gurney Prods. employees got a new interim boss, Craig Armstrong, co-founder and CEO of 5×5 Productions. In a staff memo today addressing the dismissal of the… Read

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‘Office Christmas Party’ Review: Dreaming Of A Raunchy Christmas? This Is The Movie For You

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Remember the days when Christmas movies warmed the heart and celebrated the season with sentiment and hope? This season’s offerings seem much more on the raunchy side if the upcoming Bryan Cranston-James Franco comedy Why Him? and Office Christmas Party are any indication. I will get into the former at a later date, but both movies are Christmas comedies that thoroughly land in harder R-rated territory, kind of like The Hangover with egg nog. The thing that matters in the… Read

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Ian Somerhalder & Nikki Reed Producing ‘Transience’ Drama Project For the CW

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Even as The Vampire Diaries is coming to an end, co-lead Ian Somerhalder will stay in business with the CW as a producer. The network has put in development Transience, an hourlong drama from Somerhalder and Nikki Reed’s recently launched Rare Birds Productions. Warner Bros. TV, where Rare Birds has a pod deal, is the studio. In Transience, written by Thomas Brandon, when consciousness transfers become legal in the near future, an ambitious young musician finally gets the… Read

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Paramount Sets ‘Inconvenient Truth’ Sequel To Open Sundance Film Festival

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Ten years after the success of the Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, Paramount today announced it will release a sequel. Directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, the Participant Media film will follow former Vice President Al Gore in his efforts to fight climate change. Ahead of a theatrical release, the film is set to premiere opening night at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Unlike the original An Inconvenient Truth, which mixed documentary footage… Read

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‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Host Arnold Schwarzenegger Defends Donald Trump’s Involvement

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The stakes got higher on The New Celebrity Apprentice when news hit yesterday that President-elect Donald Trump will retain his executive producer tag on the new iteration that premieres January 2 on NBC. During a press junket today for the upcoming eighth season, there were plenty of questions on Trump’s involvement that mostly were cleverly dodged by new host Arnold Schwarzenegger. When asked how he felt about Trump’s participation and concern with the public’s… Read

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Rudolph Giuliani Will Not Be Part Of Trump Administration

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First Chris Christie, now Rudolph Giuliani. New York City’s former mayor will not be part of President-elect Donald Trump’s administration. Like Christie, Guiliani has been one of Trump’s staunchest supporters and loudest TV surrogates, and his newly announced absence from the upcoming administration no doubt will be much discussed on Sunday’s morning Beltway programs. Both Trump and Giuliani say the ex-mayor removed himself from consideration; he had been widely assumed… Read

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ABC Buys ‘Down In The Valley’ Crime Drama From David Posamentier & Geoff Moore

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ABC has put in development Down in the Valley, an hourlong crime drama from writer-directors David Posamentier and Geoff Moore (Better Living Through Chemistry) and TriStar Television. Written by Posamentier and Moore, Down in the Valley is described as a darkly comedic hourlong crime drama and family soap told from the perspective of a talented female police officer who returns home to Napa Valley to support her struggling family after her troubled sister disappears and… Read