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'Jumanji 2' Roars to $60M Opening While A24's 'Uncut Gems' Delivers Studio Record Debut

'Jumanji 2' Roars to $60M Opening While A24's 'Uncut Gems' Delivers Studio Record Debut
While the studio attempted to downplay expectations, Sony's Jumanji: The Next Level opened at the top end of industry expectations, leading the weekend charge with a December studio record opening and getting the box office off to a strong start for the holiday frame. Though, it has to be mentioned, that strong start didn't trickle down to the weekend's two other new wide releases as both Universal and Blumhouse's Black Christmas and WB's Richard Jewell fell well below expectations.

The $60.1 million opening for Jumanji: The Next Level is the 13th largest December opening ever and the largest December debut for Sony. While the film will have to contend next weekend with the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the opening weekend performance, along with a strong audience reaction — which gave the film an "A-" CinemaScore — puts it in a fantastic position heading into the Christmas holiday frame.
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The 10 Most Anticipated Movies Of 2020 (According To IMDb)

The 10 Most Anticipated Movies Of 2020 (According To IMDb)
The year 2020 looks to be a mammoth year for theatrical movie releases. Marvel is back with two new movies, and DC has a pair of big hits of their own coming. Pixar has not one but two different movies coming in the year, and James Bond is back as well. Add in the return of Christopher Nolan and Edgar Wright to the big screen, and 2020 is shaping up to be a year full of can't miss movie releases.

Related: 10 Things We Want From Fast & Furious 9

With so many movies to choose from, we have 10 that you can't miss out on. Here are the top 10 most anticipated movies of 2020, according to IMDb. Please note, this list is not based on IMDb's user scores but the actual page views and popularity of the films, which is determined by data provided by IMDbPro.
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Top Gun: Maverick poster released, new trailer incoming on Monday

Top Gun: Maverick poster released, new trailer incoming on Monday
With a new trailer set to take off tomorrow at 1pm GMT, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have unveiled a poster for the hotly-anticipated Tom Gun: Maverick, which sees Tom Cruise reprising his role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in the sequel to the classic 1986 action film Top Gun. Top Gun: Maverick is set for […]

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The Matrix 4 Has Some of Your Favorite Stars (and Some New Faces) Taking the Red Pill

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The Matrix 4 Has Some of Your Favorite Stars (and Some New Faces) Taking the Red Pill
Neo and Trinity are back to their old tricks, and they're bringing some new friends (and foes) along for the ride. The Matrix 4 is officially in development, with original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss signed on to reprise their roles as the action heroes, and we're finally getting the details on who will be joining them!

Information about the film is still very hush-hush, but director Lana Wachowski will be writing, directing, and producing the newest installment, so we have faith that we're in for an exciting ride. Check out everyone who's signed on to join the returning stars, and get ready to throw on your favorite black trench coat - The Matrix 4 is currently slated to start production in 2020.

Related: Matrix 4 Is Officially in the Works With Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and More
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Todd Phillips Didn’t Know Joaquin Phoenix Agreed to Star in ‘Joker,’ Until He Showed Up for Wardrobe

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Todd Phillips Didn’t Know Joaquin Phoenix Agreed to Star in ‘Joker,’ Until He Showed Up for Wardrobe
Joaquin Phoenix’s demented embodiment of Joker, née Arthur Fleck, is now emblazoned on the cultural psyche and probably burned onto your own brain as well. The performance is likely to land the actor his fourth Academy Award nomination, despite all of the controversy hurled at the movie since it won the Golden Lion in Venice before opening in October.

However, according to director Todd Phillips, the DC origin story wasn’t an easy sell for the star, who was reluctant to star in a superhero-adjacent property at all and has, in general, shown an aversion to genre films. Phillips talked about how he relentlessly had to chase Phoenix for the role in a recent Los Angeles Times directors roundtable video.

“If you took two pages of our script and you [hold it up] to our scene, you realize how an additive an actor can be,” Phillips said of Phoenix. “It was a
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Kylo Ren Taunts Rey & the Resistance Takes a Hit in New ‘Rise of Skywalker’ TV Spots

Two new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker landed this weekend with new footage of Kylo Ren coming up against Rey and a serious blow to the Resistance as they battle Stormtroopers. Both spots arrived ahead of the premiere of The Rise of Skywalker later this week. This will be the final installment in the Star Wars Skywalker saga after more than 40 years of Star Wars movies. The first TV spot, "Secret," is all about Kylo (Adam Driver) taunting Rey (Daisy Ridley). It's been clear since Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens that Kylo knows more about …
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‘Jumanji 2’ Scores Huge Opening Weekend As ‘Uncut Gems’ Breaks A Record For A24 [Box Office]

If you’re a studio not named Disney hoping to sneak in a film in wide release before “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” debuts on Friday, then this weekend was your last shot. And with that in mind, we saw studios debut a new action-comedy starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan with “Jumanji: The Next Level,” another studio hope to sneak in a quick prestige drama from Clint Eastwood with “Richard Jewell,” and yet another studio try to attract those teens with a holiday-themed slasher flick with “Black Christmas.”

And honestly, the only one to survive a very busy week at the box office is the obvious pick — “Jumanji: The Next Level.” No matter what, there’s no denying the charisma of Dwayne Johnson and the chemistry that cast has created.

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Megyn Kelly Says ‘Bombshell’ Was ‘Incredibly Emotional,’ but ‘I Have Nothing to Do With This Film’

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Former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly has finally seen “Bombshell,” the Jay Roach-directed film about her experiences with disgraced, late Fox News CEO and Chairman Roger Ailes. She’s played in the film by Charlize Theron, who’s poised for a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for a striking turn that’s about more than just an uncanny makeup transformation. Kelly took to Instagram to say that while the experience of watching the movie was “incredibly emotional,” it’s not necessarily the version of this story she would’ve told. See the post below.

“While the movie ‘Bombshell’ is loosely based on my experience during the sexual harassment scandal at Fox News, I have nothing to do with this film,” Kelly wrote. “I did not sell the rights to my story or book and only got my first look at the film once it was past the point of any possible edits,
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‘The Outsider’ Featurette Goes Behind-the-Scenes with Stephen King

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‘The Outsider’ Featurette Goes Behind-the-Scenes with Stephen King
The Outsider is the latest Stephen King adaptation headed our way, and it looks to be a particularly good one. The HBO series starts off with an unspeakable crime – but a crime that appears to be open and shut. There’s a mountain of evidence pointing towards a guilty party. And yet…there’s also plenty of […]

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Host Simu Liu Roasts the Golden Globes at Unforgettable Gala, ‘The Farewell’ & ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ Honored

Host Simu Liu Roasts the Golden Globes at Unforgettable Gala, ‘The Farewell’ & ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ Honored
In a banner year for Asian American representation in Hollywood, Randall Park, Constance Wu and the cast of “Fresh Off the Boat” were among the honorees at the 18th Annual Unforgettable Gala, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Saturday evening.

Host Simu Liu, who flew in from Sydney where he is prepping to star in Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” kicked off the evening celebrating Asian Americans in entertainment with a zinger-filled eight-minute monologue, which included a jab at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The voting body of the Golden Globe Awards nominated Awkwafina for best actress in a motion picture musical or comedy for her performance in “The Farewell” and the film itself for best foreign language film.

“Awkwafina is also having a really good year. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in ‘The Farewell,
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Amazon’s ‘The Expatriates’ Series Lands ‘The Farewell’ Filmmaker Lulu Wang as Writer, Executive Producer & Director

Amazon’s ‘The Expatriates’ Series Lands ‘The Farewell’ Filmmaker Lulu Wang as Writer, Executive Producer & Director
Writer and director Lulu Wang made a huge splash this year with the Sundance selected indie sensation The Farewell. Though Wang herself didn’t score a nomination for directing from either the Indie Spirit Awards or Golden Globes, the film did, and it’s a fantastic showcase of her talents both on the page and behind the […]

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Oscars 2020: Best Visual Effects Predictions

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Oscars 2020: Best Visual Effects Predictions
This season’s VFX Oscar race features bold, innovative animation, led by Jon Favreau’s “The Lion King,” the all-cg photoreal breakthrough by Mpc Film,; Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man,” which boasts Weta Digital’s most fully convincing digital human with Junior, the younger clone of Will Smith’s aging assassin, and Industrial Light & Magic’s innovative de-aging of Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci without markers or animation in Martin Scorsese’s Best Picture contender, “The Irishman.”

Additionally, Weta took facial capture to the next level with “Alita: Battle Angel,” the manga-inspired sci-fi adventure directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau. The doll-like cyborg with big eyes (performance-captured by Rosa Salazar) looked very convincing and badass.

But “The Lion King” blockbuster’s tactile photo-realism will be the one to beat, crossing the line between live action and animation with its stunning illusion of reality.
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Emilia Clarke’s ‘Last Christmas’ Crosses $100 Million at Global Box Office

Universal’s “Last Christmas,” a romantic comedy starring Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding, surpassed $100 million in global ticket sales. The milestone is a win for original fare, one that is especially impressive considering the movie was skewered by critics for its wacky twist ending.

After six weeks in theaters, “Last Christmas” has earned $34.4 million in North America, as well as $66.5 million from 64 foreign markets at the international box office. The film carries a $25 million price tag, meaning it should bring back a tidy sum for the studio. “Last Christmas” debuted in early November to $11.4 million and slowly chugged along at the domestic box office, staying in the top 10 for five consecutive weeks.

Directed by Paul Feig, “Last Christmas” is inspired by the George Michael song and follows a down-on-her-luck woman (Clarke) whose fate starts to change when she meets a mysterious man (Golding). The cast also includes Emma Thompson (who
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New ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Poster Keeps it Plane & Simple with a Side of Tom Cruise

Will the new poster for Top Gun: Maverick take your breath away? Probably not. But is it one heck of a good-looking poster which serves the dual purpose of heralding the arrival of another trailer for the sequel to the 1986's hit pic Top Gun? Abso-freakin'-lutely. Top Gun: Maverick star Tom Cruise was leading the charge on Sunday morning with the unveiling of a new poster for the sequel. Focusing on the sky-high ambitions the next Top Gun chapter has, we see Cruise's character, pilot Maverick, leaning against an old-school plane while he …
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J.J. Abrams Teases a Fan Favorite Character Cameo in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

J.J. Abrams Teases a Fan Favorite Character Cameo in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has the difficult task of not only wrapping up this new trilogy of Star Wars movies, but the entire Skywalker saga that began back in 1977. Because of that, the movie will be reaching into every facet of Star Wars for an epic finale that we’ve seen teased in […]

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'Jumanji: The Next Level' rules international box office as 'Frozen 2' becomes sixth Disney film in 2019 to cross $1bn

'Jumanji: The Next Level' rules international box office as 'Frozen 2' becomes sixth Disney film in 2019 to cross $1bn
Last Christmas crosses $100m worldwide.

Frozen 2 has become the sixth Disney film to cross $1bn at the global box office in 2019 as Jumanji: The Next Level ruled international box office on an estimated $85.7m weekend haul.

Universal’s rom-com Last Christmas surged past $100m worldwide, and Lionsgate/Mrc’s Knives Out climbed to $83.3m internationally.

Sony Pictures Releasing International

Jumanji: The Next Level brought in an estimated $85.7m from 5 markets as the early running total climbed to $152.5m, while worldwide has reached $213m.

Buoyed by debuts in 34 markets, the fantasy adventure starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black
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‘Uncut Gems’ and ‘Bombshell’ Soar, Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’ Drags

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‘Uncut Gems’ and ‘Bombshell’ Soar, Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’ Drags
This pre-Christmas weekend often launches awards contenders into limited release ahead of wider audience attention. Both “Uncut Gems” (A24) and “Bombshell” (Lionsgate) gambled and won, clicking with strong New York/Los Angeles performances.

On the other hand, Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life” (Fox Searchlight), though never expected to have the same potential, fell far short of its hopes with a weak start in the same cities. It broadens out to more limited engagements next week.

Seberg” (Amazon) starring Kristen Stewart as the iconic actress booked a qualifying one-week run (with no grosses reported) ahead of further limited theatrical play, with a Prime date set for February.

Opening

Uncut Gems (A24) – Metacritic: 89; Festivals include: Telluride, Toronto, New York 2019

$525,498 in 5 theaters; PTA: $105,100

The Safdie brothers’ character study of a troubled Diamond District merchant (Adam Sandler) boasted a triumphant start at five New York/Los Angeles theaters. Aided by some Q&a screenings,
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‘Jumanji 2’ Rules Overseas Box Office With $85 Million

Sony’s “Jumanji: The Next Level” powered international box office charts, collecting $85 million from 34 markets over the weekend.

The action-packed sequel kicked off in North America with $60 million for a global start of $145 million. “Jumanji: The Next Level” debuted in a handful of foreign territories last weekend, bringing box office receipts to $152 million overseas and $213 million worldwide. The United Kingdom led all territories with $12.6 million over its first five days in theaters, followed by Germany with $4.6 million. Other notable starts include South Korea ($5.7 million), Mexico $4.8 million) and India ($4 million).

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart star in the follow-up to 2017’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” one of Sony’s highest-grossing movies ever with $962 million. Jake Kasdan returned to direct the sequel, which follows the gang as they return to the fantastical, and even potentially more dangerous, world of Jumanji.

Disney’s “Frozen 2,” meanwhile, continues its notable box office run and
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Netflix is Making a TV Series About the Creation of…Spotify?

Spotify is getting the Netflix treatment. In what looks to be the streaming giant’s bid to make the next Social Network, Netflix has ordered a Swedish scripted series about the origins of the music streaming service Spotify. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has greenlit the development of a limited series based on the book Spotify Untold by […]

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Disney Plus Signs Exclusive Distribution Deal With Canal Plus in France

Ahead of its launch in France on March 31, 2020, Disney Plus has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Canal Plus Group, the country’s leading pay-tv company.

The deal, which was first reported in the French newspaper Les Echos and confirmed by Canal Plus Group CEO Maxime Saada on his Twitter account, marks a new chapter in Canal Plus and Disney’s long-term relationship. The two companies have already had a programming agreement for many years, giving Canal Plus access to films from Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Studios, Pixar and Lucasfilm.

Under the new agreement, Canal Plus will be the sole distributor of Disney Plus in France, which means that other telco groups such as Orange, Sfr, Bouygues Telecom and Free will have to go through Canal Plus to access the service. Canal Plus will also continue to have exclusive rights to Disney content, including the “Star Wars” and “Avengers” movies,
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