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Universal and 'The Grinch' Top Third Largest November of All-Time

Universal and 'The Grinch' Top Third Largest November of All-Time
For the fourth time, and for the second year in a row, November calendar grosses topped $1 billion at the domestic box office. However, while this November's grosses topped last year's, 2018 ranks as the third highest grossing November ever with $1.044 billion in domestic grosses behind the back-to-back years of 2012 and 2013. Leading the charge was Universal and Illumination's The Grinch, which in turn helped the studio take the monthly crown for the third time this year as Universal's yearly grosses are now pacing ahead of last year's with over $1.6 billion. Universal's release of Illumination's The Grinch brought in $189.7 million over the course of the month, following its November 9 release, and has since delivered over $225 million at the domestic box office. The film currently ranks as the second highest grossing film based on a Dr. Seuss property behind 2000's release of the live-action adaptation of The Grinch starring Jim Carrey. That film's $260 million in domestic grosses,
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Exclusive: Steven Yeun to Star in Episode of Jordan Peele’s ‘The Twilight Zone’

Exclusive: Steven Yeun to Star in Episode of Jordan Peele’s ‘The Twilight Zone’
Hot off a win for Best Supporting Actor at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, Burning star Steven Yeun has been tapped to star in an episode of Jordan Peele's revival of The Twilight Zone at CBS All Access, Collider has exclusively learned. Sources say that Yeun will play the title character in the series' fourth episode "The Traveler," which follows two cops and a mysterious traveler. Peele will serve as host and narrator of the series, which his Monkeypaw Productions is producing with Simon Kinberg's Genre Films and CBS Television Studios. Peele and Kinberg will serve …
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"The Mandalorian" Adds Giancarlo Esposito, Werner Herzog, Carl Weathers to Cast

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The Mandalorian” cast has taken shape.

The upcoming live-action “Star Wars” streaming series has revealed that the cast now includes Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, and Werner Herzog. They join previously announced cast members Pedro Pascal, Nick Nolte, and Gina Carano. As with all things “Star Wars,” the exact nature of each actor’s role is being kept under wraps, though it has been officially confirmed that Pascal will play the title role in the series.

The Mandalorian” is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. It follows the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic. It will air on Disney+.

“We’re having a great time working with this incredibly talented group and excited for everyone to see what we’re up to,” said series
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Aaron Sorkin, Sacha Baron Cohen Film 'Trial of Chicago 7' Shuts Down (Exclusive)

Aaron Sorkin, Sacha Baron Cohen Film 'Trial of Chicago 7' Shuts Down (Exclusive)
It’s case closed for the Trial of the Chicago 7.

The Amblin Partners drama that was to be directed by Aaron Sorkin has been shut down.

Sources say that budgetary concerns forced the company to pull the plug on the feature project, which was in pre-production and heading toward a February 2019 start.

Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne and Jonathan Majors were on board to star in the drama about anti-war activists such as Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin and Tom Hayden, who were accused by the federal government of conspiracy and incitement to riot because of the protests surrounding the ...
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"Swamp Thing": Ian Ziering To Play Daniel Cassidy In DC Universe Series

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Sharknado star Ian Ziering is set for a key recurring role opposite Crystal Reed in Swamp Thing, the upcoming streaming drama series based on the DC characters created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. The project, which hails from James Wan’s Atomic Monster in association with Warner Bros. Television, is set to premiere in 2019 on the DC Universe digital subscription service.

Ziering will play stuntman turned movie star Daniel Cassidy, who became semi-famous after playing the demonic Blue Devil. But now, eight years later, Cassidy finds himself living out his days in frustration, pining for his former fame while on a collision course with destiny.

Written by Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman, Swamp Thing follows Abby Arcane (Reed) as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and
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Sterling K. Brown to Star in Fox Searchlight’s ‘The Fence’ (Exclusive)

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Sterling K. Brown to Star in Fox Searchlight’s ‘The Fence’ (Exclusive)
Following his SAG nomination for actor in a drama series, Sterling K. Brown is in negotiations to star in Fox Searchlight’s biopic “The Fence,” sources tell Variety.

Peter Nicks is on board to direct. George Pelecanos and Dennis Lehane, who originally brought the book to HBO before it landed at Searchlight, teamed up to adapt the script.

Based on the book by award-winning Boston Globe journalist Dick Lehr (“Black Mass”), “The Fence” follows the true story of Michael Cox, an African-American undercover cop who is mistaken for a suspect and brutally beaten by his own force following one of the largest police chases in Boston history. As Cox seeks answers and justice for what happened, he finds himself on the other side of the “blue wall of silence” as the Boston Police Department aggressively covers it up.

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Pixar’s ‘Onward’ To Star Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Octavia Spencer

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Pixar’s ‘Onward’ To Star Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Octavia Spencer
Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer have been set to lead the voice cast of Onward, the next film in the works at Pixar Animation Studios. Dan Scanlon (Monsters University) is directing the pic, which is set to hit theaters on March 6, 2020.

Disney said today in announcing the film that it is set in a suburban fantasy world and centers on two teenage elf brothers who embark on a quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there.

“At Pixar we try to create stories that come from some kind of personal truth,” Scanlon said. “This film was inspired by my own relationship with my brother.”

Scanlon first tipped the film at Disney’s D23 convention last year under the working title Suburban Fantasy World. He said the plot is inspired by the story of his childhood and how his father died when
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'A Star Is Born,' "Mrs. Maisel," "Ozark" Lead SAG Nominations

'A Star Is Born,'
A Star Is Born” led the way with four SAG feature film nominations while “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Ozark” each scored a quartet of TV nominations.

BlacKkKlansman” and “The Favourite” each took a trio of film nominations. “Barry,” “Glow,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Kominsky Method” all scored three TV nods.

Nominees for the feature film ensemble cast trophy were “A Star Is Born,” “Black Panther,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “BlacKkKlansman” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Lady Gaga scored an actress nomination for “A Star is Born” along with Glenn Close for “The Wife,” Olivia Colman for “The Favourite,” Melissa McCarthy for “Can You ever Forgive Me?” and Emily Blunt for “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Bradley Cooper, who also directed “A Star Is Born” nabbed a best actor nod along with Christian Bale for “Vice,” Rami Malek for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Viggo Mortensen for “Green Book” and John David Washington for “BlacKkKlansman.”

Washington
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"One Dollar" Canceled by CBS All Access After One Season

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One Dollar” has the ignominious distinction of being the first CBS All Access original series to be canceled.

Variety has confirmed that the streaming service will not be bringing the drama series back for a second season. The series was set in a small rust belt town in post-recession America, where a one-dollar bill changing hands connects a group of characters involved in a shocking multiple murder. It starred John Carroll Lynch, Nathaniel Martello-White, Christopher Denham, Philip Ettinger, Kirrilee Berger, Gracie Lawrence, Joshua Bitton, Nike Uche Kadri, and Hamilton Clancy.

The series was created by Jason Mosberg, who executive produced along with Craig Zobel, Matt DeRoss, Alexandre Dauman, and Graham Gordy. CBS Television Studios produced in association with Anonymous Content

“While ‘One Dollar’ won’t be coming back for another season, we’re incredibly proud of its artistically presented 10-episode story, which will continue to be available for streaming on
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"DWTS" Shocker: ABC Forgoes Spring Cycle After Controversial Season 27

Bobby Bones will have to keep that Mirrorball trophy well-polished for a full year.

Dancing With the Stars, which has long aired two seasons per calendar year, is skipping a Spring 2019 cycle, TVLine has confirmed.

Though it’s not yet clear what prompted the competition series to sit out a midseason run, Dancing is coming off a controversial 27th season. After multiple well-scored frontrunners were eliminated prematurely (including R&B singer Tinashe and Fuller House actor Juan Pablo Di Pace), the Mirrorball was ultimately awarded to country radio DJ — and very dark horse — Bobby Bones, who had scored much lower than his three fellow finalists.
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Netflix Orders "I Am Not Okay With This" From Producers of "Stranger Things"

Netflix Orders
The producers of “Stranger Things” and creator and director of “The End of the F***ing World” series are making “I Am Not Okay With This” for Netflix, a coming-of-age tale about a girl with mysterious powers.

21 Laps will make the series, which was co-created by Jonathan Entwistle, who was behind Channel 4 and Netflix show “The End of the F***ing World.” As with that project, the series is an adaptation of a Charles Forsman graphic novel.

In the novel, the main character, a regular suburban 15-year-old freshman called Sydney, has telekinetic powers that kick in at inopportune moments.
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Film Review: ‘Dumplin”

Film Review: ‘Dumplin”
“I’m not the Dalai Lama, but I’ll try to offer up a few words of advice,” Dolly Parton chirped in her 2008 single “Better Get to Livin’,” before doling out exactly the brand of wholesome, no-nonsense wisdom you’d expect from the indefatigable country queen: If you keep your head up, keep moving forward and say the odd little prayer, life will more or less work out fine.

It’s no surprise that “Better Get to Livin'” features prominently in “Dumplin’,” a film as big on homespun heart as it is short on the letter ‘G,’ and one that certainly places Dolly and Dalai on more or less the same spiritual plane. The singer may not star in Anne Fletcher’s lovable self-help comedy — about a plus-size, Parton-worshipping teen who shakes up her small Texan community by entering a local beauty pageant — but from her integral narrative presence to
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Facebook Watch Renews ‘Sorry for Your Loss,’ ‘Sacred Lies’ for Second Seasons

Facebook Watch announced Thursday that it will be renewing two of its original series, “Sacred Lies” and “Sorry For Your Loss,” for a second season. The two shows, which launched in September and October respectively, have found early success on the platform.

Sacred Lies,” a series based on the Grimm Brothers tale “The Handless Maiden” and Stephanie Oakes’ novel “The Sacred Lies of Minnow Blyl,” is produced by Blumhouse TV. The first season, which spans 10 30-minute episodes, follows the journey of a handless teen who escapes from a cult and finds herself in juvenile detention, suspected of knowing who killed her cult leader.

The show page has accumulated 300K+ followers with each episode averaging more than 1.7 million views (a view on Facebook is defined as watching a piece of content for at least three seconds).

Also Read: Facebook Watch Has a Big Consumer Awareness Problem

“Sorry For Your Loss” is
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The Best Gifts For Marvel Fans

The Best Gifts For Marvel Fans
From the success of “Deadpool 2” to the rise of “Black Panther” 2018 was a big year for the Marvel Universe. With the holidays just around the corner, we’ve rounded up some of the best Marvel-related gifts, fit for wannabe superheroes, and casual fans alike.

1. Spider-Man Interactive App-Enabled Super Hero

This 8 1/2″ tall Spider-Man figure will respond to your voice commands with his voice and animated LCD eyes, while his built-in Ir sensor allows him to detect and react to movement. Whether you use him as your morning wake up call, alert to meetings or for in-room game play (the app comes with 25 interactive “missions” you can take with the figure), this is a whole new way to geek out to the web-slinging superhero. Purchase: $99.99 on ThinkGeek.com.

2. Marvel Encyclopedia (Updated Edition)

This beautiful hardcover, 430-page tome features an introduction from Stan Lee and details on more than 1200 Marvel characters,
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Cybill Shepherd Alleges Leslie Moonves Made Romantic Advances

Cybill Shepherd Alleges Leslie Moonves Made Romantic Advances
Actress Cybill Shepherd, who once starred in the CBS sitcom “Cybill” alleged in a recent interview that former CBS CEO Leslie Moonves propositioned her while they were dining at a restaurant.

“His assistant and my assistant made a dinner date and we went to it and he was, well he was telling me his wife didn’t turn him on, some mistress didn’t turn him on. And I’m watching him drink alcohol and I’m going, he says, well, you know, why don’t you let me take you home?” Shepherd said during an interview on Sirius Xm’s “The Michelle Collins Show.
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Cybill Shepherd Says Her CBS Sitcom Would Have ‘Run Another 5 Years’ If She Hadn’t Turned Down Les Moonves

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Cybill Shepherd Says Her CBS Sitcom Would Have ‘Run Another 5 Years’ If She Hadn’t Turned Down Les Moonves
Cybill Shepherd says her ’90s CBS sitcom “Cybill” could have “run another five years” if she hadn’t spurned a still-married Les Moonves’ advances during a dinner date with the former CBS Chairman and CEO.

Shepherd was discussing her involvement in the editing process on the show, a situation in which she says nobody was “dominating,” during an interview with SiriusXM’s “The Michelle Collins Show.”

“It’s a great process of very talented people,” Shepherd said. “And it was interesting, because my show could have run another five years, but I didn’t- I didn’t fall on the right side of Les Moonves.”

Also Read: Carrie Ann Inaba to Replace Julie Chen Moonves as Full-Time Co-Host of CBS' 'The Talk'

“Yeah, I wasn’t gonna fall at all for Les,” she added, before detailing a dinner date she had with Moonves a few seasons into “Cybill.
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Associated Press National Politics Reporter Wins ‘Jeopardy’

Elana Schor, a national politics reporter for the Associated Press, became the latest “Jeopardy” champion on Wednesday evening, dethroning travel agent Nicole Cocklin.

AP congratulates reporter Elana Schor for winning ‘Jeopardy’ last night, and we are rooting for her as she continues to compete,” the company said in a statement to TheWrap

The final winner remained an open question going into final jeopardy, with longtime host Alex Trebek revealing the category “Sci-Fi TV.”

Also Read: Alex Trebek Will Stay With 'Jeopardy' Through 2022

“One of the twin planets this alien race called home was Remus,” Trebek said, reading out the clue. The answer — of course — is “Star Trek’s” “Romulans.” A correct response from Schor along with a hefty $8,001 wager put her over the top.

Schor’s standout performance is the latest in a long, and often checkered, history of journalists appearing on the longtime ABC quiz show. Media
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Samantha Bee Watches Fox News’ New Streaming Platform So You Don’t Have To

Samantha Bee Watches Fox News’ New Streaming Platform So You Don’t Have To
Samantha Bee examined the uncut nonsense being spewed on Fox News’ new streaming platform, Fox Nation, on Full Frontal Wednesday. Loosely described as “Netflix for conservatives,” Fox Nation features a mix of lifestyle, history, talk and news magazine shows. But of course, as Bee noted, they’re all filtered through the “Fox worldview that this is our country and those other people are trying to take it away from us.”

Bee shared a handful of clips from various Fox Nation programs, including Laura and Raymond, in which prominent conservative Laura Ingraham
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Christina Aguilera to Headline ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ in Times Square

Christina Aguilera to Headline ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ in Times Square
Christina Aguilera will perform before the ball drops on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, The Associated Press reports. The show will air live December 31st from Times Square in New York City and starts at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Along with Aguilera, the New York portion of the show – hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg – will feature performances from Bastille, Dan and Shay and New Kids On the Block. Post Malone will also perform a song during his Brooklyn tour stop that will be broadcast shortly after midnight.
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Uday Shankar Is Coming Over From Fox to Lead Disney’s India and Asia Pacific Regions

Uday Shankar is coming over from Fox to lead Disney’s India and Asia Pacific regions as part of a Mouse House international reorg in anticipation of its 21st Century Fox acquisition closing.

Additionally, Rebecca Campbell will keep her post atop the Emea region and add Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (Cis) to her oversight. Diego Lerner will continue to run the company’s Latin America markets. Both have president-level titles in their respective territories.

As part of the overseas shakeup, Shankar will become chairman of Star and Disney India, and president of The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific. Additionally, Janice Marinelli will serve as Disney’s president, global content sales and distribution.

Also Read: Disney Hits $7 Billion at Global Box Office for Second Time in 3 Years

“The planned restructuring of our business units outside of the U.S. will result in a stronger, more agile organization, one
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