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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Sets Sights on Becoming the Latest $200M+ Opener

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Sets Sights on Becoming the Latest $200M+ Opener
After a strong performance last month, the December box office is currently pacing ahead of 2016 by 3% while the overall year is still pacing just a bit behind 2016, currently by 4.2%. However, now comes what will surely be the highest grossing domestic release of the year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The latest film in the Star Wars franchise is looking to become only the fourth domestic release to ever open over $200 million, sure to assist in closing the year-to-year gap even further. Meanwhile, Fox has chosen to once again offer some counter-programming with the animated release Ferdinand. Two years ago they tried a similar tactic when they debuted the fourth installment of the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise against Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Much like 2015, we're anticipating similar results. When forecasting the opening weekend for Star Wars: The Force Awakens back in 2015 it was a rather monumental task as no
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New TV spot for Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’

Black Panther - directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station) – follows T’Challa who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk…

Set for release on February 12th 2018 (in the UK), Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman (Captain America: Civil War, Get on Up), Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Fruitvale Station), Lupita Nyong’o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 12 Years a Slave), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead, All Eyez on Me), Martin Freeman (Hobbit trilogy, Sherlock), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Sicario), Angela Bassett (American Horror Story, London Has Fallen), Forest Whitaker (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,
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Disney’s Buy: What Happens to 21st Century Fox’s Leadership, Fox Searchlight, and ‘X-Men’?

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Now that Disney is purchasing 21st Century Fox, here’s what we know: $52.4 billion will change hands, the six-studio system will now be five, and Disney will have a serious arsenal for the 2019 launch of its over-the-top streaming services. Presuming that Disney convinces the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice that the union won’t violate existing antitrust laws, here’s a look at some of the merger’s biggest questions.

What Becomes of Fox’s Leadership?

The Disney/Fox merger comes on the same day that Disney/Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” hits multiplexes. Who from the Fox motion picture side will go to Disney (vice-chairman Emma Watts?) and who will be free to look for a new job (Fox chairman Stacey Snider?). Disney is happy with studio steward Alan Horn and his team.

With Snider’s ex-Universal president Scott Stuber running movies at Netflix,
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New UK poster for ‘Black Panther’

Black Panther - directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station) – follows T’Challa who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk…

Set for release on February 12th 2018 (in the UK), Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman (Captain America: Civil War, Get on Up), Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Fruitvale Station), Lupita Nyong’o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 12 Years a Slave), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead, All Eyez on Me), Martin Freeman (Hobbit trilogy, Sherlock), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Sicario), Angela Bassett (American Horror Story, London Has Fallen), Forest Whitaker (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,
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A Musical Benefit Honoring Grammy-Winning Violinist Joshua Bell and Veteran Teacher Vincent Womack

November 28, 2017 was a note-worthy evening as Education Through Music-Los Angeles (Etm-la) hosted its 12th Anniversary Benefit Gala.

Vincent Womack and Joshua Bell with Host Malcolm McDowell

Credit/Copyright: Danny Moloshok

Supporters from the music, film and education communities gathered to honor Grammy-Winning Violinist Joshua Bell, and Veteran Music Teacher (Foshay Learning Center, Los Angeles Unified School District) Vincent Womack at the Skirball Cultural Center.

The event was hosted by Malcolm McDowell (Mozart in the Jungle), and featured special performances and presentations by Joshua Bell (Grammy winning violinist), Billy Childs (Grammy winning pianist/composer), Judith Hill (The Voice, Prince, Michael Jackson), Joanne Pearce Martin (pianist, Los Angeles Philharmonic,) Dr. Lemmon McMillan, guest Chris Botti (Grammy winning trumpeter), Foshay Learning Center Students and Education Through Music-La Students. Executive Director of Etm-la Victoria Lanier welcomed co-chair hosts Lola Debney and Alecia Spendlove. Honorary chairs of the gala include music education champions and
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Has Thanos’ New Helmet In Avengers: Infinity War Leaked?

If you’ve kept up with the concept art that’s appeared online and that awesome first trailer, you’ll have seen that Thanos has a pretty different look in Avengers: Infinity War. When we previously saw Josh Brolin’s Mad Titan in the likes of Avengers: Age of Ultron and Guardians of the Galaxy, he was sporting his very comic book accurate blue and gold armor and helmet. Infinity War, however, will see a stripped-back version of the powerful purple warlord.

Speaking to IGN during this past summer’s San Diego Comic-Con, the film’s co-director Joe Russo explained the thinking behind removing Thanos’ armour and why the character decides to take on the Avengers in such a “casual” way:

“[Thanos] has a more casual approach in this film, and it’s very philosophical for him. It’s part of his character definition. It’s a spiritual journey for him to collect the Stones,
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Angelina Jolie Reveals What Put a Strain on Her and Brad Pitt's Marriage

Angelina Jolie Reveals What Put a Strain on Her and Brad Pitt's Marriage
Angelina Jolie is reflecting on her final movie with Brad Pitt.

The 42-year-old actress recently appeared on The Hollywood Reporter's podcast Awards Chatter, where she candidly discussed why she wanted to work with Pitt on their critically panned 2015 film, By the Sea. Jolie says she believed at the time that the film would improve their marriage.

"We had met working together and we worked together well,” she explains, referring to meeting on the set of 2005's Mr. & Mrs. Smith. “I wanted us to do some serious work together. I thought it would be a good way for us to communicate. In some ways it was, and in some ways we learned some things. But there was a heaviness probably during that situation that carried on and it wasn't because of the film."

Jolie acknowledges that outside factors definitely affected their relationship.

"Over the span of that decade, I did lose my mother," she points out. "I
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Linda Cardellini joins Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali in Green Book

Linda Cardellini (Avengers: Age of Ultron) has signed on to star opposite Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence) and Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) in Green Book, which is being directed by Peter Farrelly (Dumb and Dumber To) from a script he’s written with Nick Vallenlonga and Brian Currie.

Based on a true story, Green Book is set in 1962 and follows Tony Lip – the real life father of Vallenlonga – who was one of the best bouncers in New York City. In need of work after his nightclub, the Copacabana, shuts down, he takes a gig chauffeuring a highly educated piano-playing prodigy Dr. Don Shirley who wants Lip to go on tour with him in the Deep South. While the two clash at first, a bond eventually grows as they travel deeper into the racially charged region.

“To have Viggo, Mahershala and Linda in my movie is a blessing and an embarrassment of riches,
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Focus Production Summit Lines Up Industry Speakers

Focus Production Summit Lines Up Industry Speakers
Focus, the international location event running Dec. 5/6 in London, has unveiled its free-to-attend program of panels, workshops and presentations. Variety is one of the event’s media partners.

It kicks off with an onstage interview with Andy Noble, co-producer of “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” which stars Annette Bening, and was produced by James Bond production company Eon Productions. The discussion will look at the project’s genesis and development, and the details of the shoot in Liverpool and London.

This is followed by a discussion about high-end TV that includes “Knightfall” writer Dominic Minghella, Carlo Dusi, head of business and commercial affairs at Scott Free, and an executive producer on Tom Hardy’s “Taboo,” and Robert Jones, CEO of the Fyzz Facility. The title of the discussion, “Do the Clever People Now Work in Television?,” is prompted by a Jane Campion quote: “The really clever people used to do film. Now the really
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Cool new international poster for ‘Black Panther’

Black Panther - directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station) – follows T’Challa who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk…

Set for release on February 16th 2018, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman (Captain America: Civil War, Get on Up), Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Fruitvale Station), Lupita Nyong’o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 12 Years a Slave), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead, All Eyez on Me), Martin Freeman (Hobbit trilogy, Sherlock), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Sicario), Angela Bassett (American Horror Story, London Has Fallen), Forest Whitaker (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Lee Daniels
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More "Avengers: Infinity War"

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Sneak Peek more new footage, plus images from "Avengers: Infinity War", produced by Marvel Studios as the sequel to 2012's Marvel's "The Avengers" and 2015's "Avengers: Age of Ultron", directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, opening May 3, 2019:

"...four years after the events of 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2',  the 'Avengers'...

"...torn apart after the events of 'Captain America: Civil War'...

"...join forces with the 'Guardians of the Galaxy'...

"...to battle 'Thanos', who is trying to amass the 'Infinity Stones'...

"...for a gauntlet that will allow him...

"... to inflict his will on all reality..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Avengers: Infinity War"...

"Avengers" Comic Books Here
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Perspective Look At The 12 Strong Movie – Chris Hemsworth And Michael Shannon Star

By Marc Butterfield (Analyst, freelance writer, veteran)

Until 1979, most of the modern world had never heard of Afghanistan as little more than a spot on a globe in the library. In that year, the Soviet Union sent special forces commandos in to raid the royal residence and kill the occupants, installing a puppet government. From that point forward, as a people and a place, they have rarely been Out of the news. To the British empire, Afghanistan was well known, but as Americans, we were ignorant of it. In fact, almost any country that has every tried to tame the Afghan territory has failed, and almost always after long, expensive, bloody campaigns. The lesson of futility was learned time and again.

Then, because of the Taliban, a product of soviet invasion and American intervention, acting as hosts of Al Qaeda, Afghanistan once again was put on the radar of the American people.
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Where's Hawkeye in the New Avengers Trailer?

Where's Hawkeye in the New Avengers Trailer?
After months of waiting, Marvel has finally released the first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War online. There's a lot to love about it and there's an insane amount of stuff going on. Virtually every Marvel hero is featured in the trailer, but there's one very noticeable absence. Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye doesn't show up for a single second of the trailer. So that raises the question, where is Hawkeye at during Avengers: Infinity War?

Let's start with what we know. At the end of Captain America: Civil War, Clint Barton was locked up with the rest of Cap's team in prison, following their fight with Iron Man and his gang of heroes. Though, at the very end of the movie, it looks as though Steve Rogers has come to bust them out. As for what happens after that? It's important, because that could explain why we don't see Hawkeye at
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Arrow Season 6 Episode 8 Review – ‘Crisis on Earth-x – Part 2’

Jessie Robertson reviews the eighth episode of Arrow season 6…

Part 2 of our yearly crossover is where the action begins! Part 1 (Supergirl) was a nice setup, but there wasn’t a lot of meat to the episode to get you excited except maybe that opening and the dinner party interactions (very reminiscent of Avengers: Age of Ultron party).

Part 2 is where our heroes find out who they are up against in a hilarious scene where Barry & Kara arrive in super speed at a tech company and Oliver shows up moments later on his bike, grumpy. Our Earth-x villains are Oliver’s doppelgänger (who is apparently the Fuhrer of the Nazi regime), Over-girl (Kara’s doppelgänger and General of the Nazi army) and Eobard Thawne, yes, one and the same. He’s back, folks but more on that later. Their plan: to first steal a prism thing that gives off the power of the red sun.
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Avengers: Infinity War trailer breakdown

Jim Dandy Nov 29, 2017

The Avengers: Infinity War trailer draws inspiration from multiple eras of Marvel Universe history. Here's a breakdown...

The first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War is here, and it is jammed with new information, new characters, and new looks! So while this isn't quite a shot by shot breakdown (Look at Iron Man's head. Back and to the left. Back, and to the left...wait, wrong movie), we're pretty sure we've got everything you need to get a better handle on what's going on in the biggest, most cosmic Marvel movie of them all.

In case you haven't watched it yet (or just want to watch it again), here's that Avengers: Infinity War trailer...

Video of Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War Official Trailer

We dug through it shot by shot. Here's what we found...

The New Costumes

Let's start with new looks. That's human Vision! And
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‘Avengers Infinity War’ Trailer: This Is The One You’ve Been Waiting For

The first Avengers Infinity War trailer is here! After days of teasing from the film’s two directors Joe and Anthony Russo, and a very good fan trailer yesterday, the full promo for the upcoming superhero ensemble from Marvel Studios is here.

Marvel’s Avengers Infinity War Trailer Arrives With A Bang

Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War is the sequel to 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers (Avengers Assemble) and 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and is the nineteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (McU) and was shot back-to-back with a direct sequel which will be released a year after this next one.

Related: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ First Look Via Vanity Fair Marvel Issue

Here’s who’s confirmed for the upcoming sequel.

Robert Downey Jr. – Tony Stark/Iron Man

Chris EvansSteve Rogers/Captain America

Chris HemsworthThor

Mark Ruffalo – Bruce Banner/Hulk

Scarlett Johansson – Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
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Daddy’s Home 2 movie review: the father away, the better

MaryAnn’s quick take… Goes well beyond the typical mindless array of slapstick and humiliation to reach disgusting new depths of coarseness. Not just appalling, but actually dangerous. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): hated Daddy’s Home; this one looked worse

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I was going to skip Daddy’s Home 2. The first one was appalling, and did not demand a sequel, and this one looked worse. Life is too short, even for a film critic, to give in and see every idiotic movie. But then a critic friend asked me to attend a press screening with her — you know, as moral support — so I did. As my self-sacrificing good deed for the day. And I’m actually glad I ended up seeing the movie after all. Not because it’s good: dear god in heaven, no.
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Hawkeye Is Ready to Rock in Latest Look at Avengers 4

Hawkeye Is Ready to Rock in Latest Look at Avengers 4
As Avengers 4 continues shooting, we haven't seen much from the set since production began back in mid-August. Given the ultra-secretive nature of this sequel, which brings the entire McU to a close as we know it, that's not terribly surprising. Thankfully, Jeremy Renner shared a photo of himself getting ready for a day of action on the set as Hawkeye. While we don't get to see his costume, or any details from the set, at least Hawkeye fans know he's survived, up until this point of the McU, but that could obviously change every day, especially given the massive stakes of this movie.

Back in August, shortly after filming began on Avengers 4, the actor shared a new Hawkeye photo that lead to speculation that his family, which we first saw in Avengers: Age of Ultron, may have been killed. We learned in Ultron that Hawkeye, a.k.a. Clint Barton,
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Marvel’s Trump Donor Ex-ceo Is the Reason There Was no Black Widow Merchandise

Chairman and former CEO of Marvel Entertainment Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter, who donated to a Donald Trump super Pac in 2016, is the real reason for the absence of Black Widow action figures, according to sources close to the studio. A Vanity Fair profile of studio president Kevin Feige, the man responsible for the blockbuster success of the growing Marvel Cinematic Universe, reveals that Disney “quietly sidelines” Perlmutter in 2015 due to his “outdated opinions about casting, budgeting, and merchandising.”

The article continues: “For example, Perlmutter, citing his years in the toy-making business, reportedly made the decision to scale back production of Black Widow-themed merchandise in 2015 because he believed ‘girl’ superhero products wouldn’t sell.”

Read More:‘Marvel’s Runaways’: The 6 Best Changes from the Comics to the Hulu Series

Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow first appeared in 2010’s “Iron Man 2,” but the character did not receive her own action
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Terry Gilliam provides an update on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Having wrapped production this summer, Terry Gilliam has been chatting to The New York Times about his long-gestating passion project The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, with the filmmaker revealing that he’s completed a rough cut which has been garnering a very positive response from those who have seen it.

“We’ve almost finished the cut,” said Gilliam. “We’re just fiddling now, figuring out a few things here and there so it’s pretty much what it is. We’ve got still months of work to do on visual effects, sound, music. But as far as the tale, it’s pretty tight now and it’s surprisingly wonderful. I always hesitate to get too optimistic or too excited about the work I’m doing. I’d rather try to stay cynical and slightly distant from it. When you fall in love with something, it’s painful when it
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