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'Jumanji 2' Set for #1 Start Ahead of 'Black Christmas' and 'Richard Jewell'

'Jumanji 2' Set for #1 Start Ahead of 'Black Christmas' and 'Richard Jewell'
The holiday season is well underway, with Frozen II leading the charge by a wide margin, currently serving as the only holiday release to top $100 million so far. However, Ford v Ferrari should soon reach that milestone and this weekend's release of Sony's Jumanji: The Next Level will also be expected to top that figure and more. This weekend also sees the release of Universal and Blumhouse's holiday horror remake Black Christmas and Clint Eastwood's Richard Jewell, the latter representing yet another adult-targeted feature as several have been released over the last month.

Looking at a #1 finish is Sony's release of Jumanji: The Next Level, the sequel to the breakout hit of 2017, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which debuted just before Christmas two years ago and went on to gross over $400 million domestically, serving as Sony's largest domestic release of all-time. This year Sony is getting an
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Liverpool Soccer Legend Peter Crouch To Front Fulwell 73-Produced Live Comedy Format For BBC One

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Liverpool Soccer Legend Peter Crouch To Front Fulwell 73-Produced Live Comedy Format For BBC One
Liverpool soccer legend Peter Crouch is to front a live comedy entertainment series for BBC One tied into the Euro 2020 finals.

Crouch, a host on Amazon original Back of the Net, will front Crouch’s Euro Fest 2020, produced by The Late Late Show with James Corden producer Fulwell 73.

The show, which has been ordered for 14 episodes, will be a live post-match festival where the worlds of comedy, entertainment and football combine. In each episode, Crouch will be joined by a team of hosts and celebrity guests as they look back at the big game of the night, combined with live house band, games and VTs.

Crouch’s Euro Fest 2020 was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content and Kate Phillips, Controller Entertainment Commissioning. The Executive Producer for Fulwell73 is Gabe Turner and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Rachel Ashdown.

Crouch said, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be working
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David Benioff and Db Weiss to Develop Film Based on Vertigo/DC Comics Graphic Novel ‘Lovecraft’

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David Benioff and Db Weiss to Develop Film Based on Vertigo/DC Comics Graphic Novel ‘Lovecraft’
Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are set to develop a feature film adaptation of the graphic novel “Lovecraft” at Warner Bros., an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Benioff and Weiss’ untitled thriller is based on Keith Giffen’s 2004 book “Lovecraft,” published by DC Comics imprint Vertigo, that imagines a world in which H.P. Lovecraft’s monsters were not part of his imagination but were real.

Part biography of Lovecraft and part fantasy, the book depicts the author as having actually managed to make contact with evil from within another dimension. The film will specifically be set in the 1920s and follow the myth of the monster Cthulhu.

Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Creators David Benioff and Db Weiss No Longer Developing New 'Star Wars' Trilogy

Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, who wrote “The Invitation” and “Ride Along,” will write the screenplay. And “The Invitation
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Will Baby Yoda Be in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’?

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Will Baby Yoda Be in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’?
It’s a big moment for “Star Wars” fans, as we’re just a week away now from the release of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” which will be the last movie for the franchise for a few years. Meanwhile, a new era has begun with “The Mandalorian,” the first live-action TV “Star Wars” TV show, which has given us the greatest holiday gift of all: Baby Yoda.

So as we try to make guesses about what’s in store for us next week, I can’t help but ponder the release schedule for episodes of “The Mandalorian.” The seventh episode will land on Disney Plus the same day that “The Rise of Skywalker” comes out, with the season finale coming a week later. It’s hard to imagine that the schedule fell this way purely on accident.

It seems more likely, at least to my mind, that Disney
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‘Game of Thrones’ Creators to Develop H.P. Lovecraft Movie at Warner Bros.

‘Game of Thrones’ Creators to Develop H.P. Lovecraft Movie at Warner Bros.
Following their exit from the “Star Wars” universe, “Game of Thrones” co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have found their replacement pic, signing on to produce an untitled thriller based on the graphic novel “Lovecraft” for Warner Bros.

It is unknown if they will also direct the project but have already set Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi to pen the script with “The Invitation” and “Destroyer” director Karyn Kusama exec producing.

The “Lovecraft” graphic novel chronicles the life of H.P. Lovecraft, whose books included “The Call of Cthulhu,” “The Rats in the Walls,” “At the Mountains of Madness,” “The Shadow over Innsmouth” and “The Shadow Out of Time” and spawned the idea of Lovecraftian horror. While plot details for the movie adaptation are currently unknown, sources say Benioff and Weiss’ take will tackle the idea of Lovecraft’s otherworldly creatures being real.

Interest in adapting Lovecraft’s stories has swirled around Hollywood for years,
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17 Breakout Movie Stars of 2019, From Jodie Turner Smith to Florence Pugh (Photos)

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The breakout movie stars of 2019 took on major franchises, earned massive critical acclaim, held the screen with A-listers and are themselves poised to be the next big thing. If you don’t know their name just yet, you will. Here are the Tk newcomers we couldn’t take our eyes off of this year.

Jodie Turner Smith

Jodie Turner Smith’s “Queen & Slim” co-star, the sort-of Bonnie to his Clyde in Melina Matsoukas’s lush, Americana odyssey, told TheWrap he was amazed by Smith’s grace and presence to hold the camera. She further told TheWrap she was initially nervous meeting Kaluuya for the first time having been such a fan of his work, but the two demonstrated instant chemistry on and off screen. The British-Jamaican actress previously starred mainly in TV, including the shows “The Last Ship” and “Nightflyers,” but she’ll next star in an indie film
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Greta Gerwig and ‘Little Women’ Crew Mix Modern and Classical

Greta Gerwig and ‘Little Women’ Crew Mix Modern and Classical
Greta Gerwig wrote and directed Sony’s “Little Women,” a new look at Louisa May Alcott’s much-loved 19th-century classic. Eager to pay tribute to her artisan colleagues, Gerwig says, “It was a joy for me to work with all these people. It’s a movie that’s impossible to create without world-class artists. They killed themselves for me!”

Yorick Le Saux, cinematographer

“We shot on film, which was critical to having the film look like we wanted. Yorick made every scene look like source lighting. I didn’t want the film to be overlit in evening scenes, especially interiors; I was Ok with dark corners falling away. Besides, it’s more romantic to have the light of a candle and to have things fall into shadow. It’s his skill and his team’s skill that allowed us to shoot that way.

In preproduction, there were a lot of films we used as reference.
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10 Best Remakes of the 2010s, From ‘Cinderella’ to ‘It’ (Photos)

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10 Best Remakes of the 2010s, From ‘Cinderella’ to ‘It’ (Photos)
Remakes have been a part of the studio machine since at least as far back as 1904 when the groundbreaking “The Great Train Robbery” was reshot and resold. In the century-plus that followed, remakes have gotten a bad name for themselves and, to some, are indicative of the creative vacancy of the mainstream entertainment industry. But look closer and you’ll find that many filmmakers are doing wonderful things by taking old stories and making them new again, either by adding visual flair or injecting nuance where, perhaps, there was little to be found before. Some of the best movies of the last decade were remakes. And these, we dare say, were the 10 best.

Runners-Up (alphabetically): “About Last Night” (2014), “Benji” (2018), “The Crazies” (2010), “Frankenweenie” (2012), “Ghostbusters” (2016), “The Jungle Book” (2016), “Murder on the Orient Express” (2017), “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (2013), “A Star Is Born” (2018), “We Are What We Are” (2013)

10. “Let Me In
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David Byrne Shoots Down Talking Heads Reunion Rumors

David Byrne Shoots Down Talking Heads Reunion Rumors
David Byrne has shot down rumors of a Talking Heads reunion, days after an unverified “official” Instagram account tied to the long-dormant band sparked hope among fans.

On Tuesday, fans first became aware of the launch of @talkingheadsofficial, which touted itself as the “Official Instagram account for Talking Heads. The Instagram, which hadn’t posted any content yet, also linked to what was billed as the band’s “official merchandise” page at merchandise outlet Hi Fidelity Entertainment.

Following Rage Against the Machine’s unexpected reunion announcement on an unverified Instagram account,
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Shia Labeouf’s ‘Honey Boy’ Adds Unusual Twist to Oscar’s History With Kids

Hollywood has made many terrific films about childhood, and many about filmmaking. Amazon’s “Honey Boy,” which opened Nov. 8, combines the two: A movie with a child’s Pov of the industry. That unique angle could be a real benefit during awards season, and the film’s backstory — with Shia Labeouf as the main attraction — will prove both its greatest asset and its challenge in an awards push.

Oscar voters in recent years have been enthusiastic about Hollywood-focused stories. For some reason, Academy voters for many decades gave the best-picture prize to films about people in theater, in music (“Amadeus”) and even in the circus (“The Greatest Show on Earth”). But films about moviemaking were generally also-rans: “Singin’ in the Rain,” “The Stunt Man,” “The Player,” “Barton Fink” and “Mulholland Drive” earned a few Oscar bids, but none was nominated as best picture.

The zeitgeist changed in the 21st century
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Short Season, Globes & Netflix: Why Hollywood Should Just Stop Complaining Already

In Hollywood, awards season is the season of complaining.

There are times when I have to stop and tell myself to just shut up. Why? Because I catch myself kvetching too much. We’re all guilty of it — and we all have to stop.

Here are five things Hollywood loves to whine about and why the moaning and groaning must come to an end.

The shortened awards season isn’t as bad as everyone wants you to believe. Sure, deadlines have been squeezed, and it does feel like we’re on a hamster wheel trying to get everything done because the Academy pushed the 2020 Oscars to Feb. 9. But let’s be honest — if the season were as long as it usually is, we’d be complaining about, well, how long it is. So, enjoy the shorter timeline, book a vacation in February or get a head start on planning for SXSW.
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Discovery Networks Corners Composers in Music Royalties Battle

Shows on the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Hgtv and Food Network may sound very different in the coming months. That’s because Discovery Networks, which owns those and other cable channels, is instituting a new pay policy that virtually assures no composer currently working on their programs will do so after Dec. 31.

Discovery has informed many of its top composers that, beginning in 2020, they must give up all performance royalties paid for U.S. airings, and that they must sign away their ability to collect royalties on all past shows on its networks.

Music makers surmise that the policy will
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Olivia Wilde on ‘Richard Jewell': ‘I Did Not Have a Say’ in Portrayal of Female Reporter

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Following a debate about how the late Kathy Scruggs is portrayed in Clint Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell,” Olivia Wilde — who plays the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter — shared her perspective on the matter, saying she had “no say” in the creative decisions made.

“I cannot speak for the creative decisions made by the filmmakers,” the actress tweeted on Thursday. “I did not have a say in how the film was ultimately crafted.”

She added: “As a child of journalists myself, I have deep respect for the essential work of all in their field, particularly today when the media is routinely attacked and discredited, and regional papers like the Ajc are disappearing on a daily basis. Contrary to a swath of recent headlines, I do not believe that Kathy ‘traded sex for tips.’ Nothing in my research suggested she did so, and it was never my intention to suggest she had. That would
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CNN Fires Employee Who Said Boss Threatened to ‘Kill’ Him for Making ‘False Accusation’

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CNN has fired Dewayne Walker, an Atlanta-based employee, over what the network claims was a “false accusation” that he was threatened by a CNN executive.

Walker, who worked at CNN for 16 years, filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the network last month and accused Whit Friese, CNN’s vice president of creative marketing, of threatening to “kill” him.

The interaction, Walker’s suit says, took place August — three months after he filed a complaint about his lawsuit. Walker says that he encountered Friese in a workplace bathroom and that Friese had told him to “just drop it,” apparently in reference to his lawsuit. When Walker asked him, “Or?,” the suit says that Friese responded quietly, “If you f— with my money, I will kill you.”

Also Read: Devin Nunes Sues CNN for $435 Million-Plus in Defamation Suit

Five days after that encounter, Walker — a senior manager for integrated promotions in the
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Watch Billy Joel Play ‘White Christmas’ With Alexa Ray Joel at Madison Square Garden

Watch Billy Joel Play ‘White Christmas’ With Alexa Ray Joel at Madison Square Garden
Billy Joel was eight songs into his show at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night when his daughter Alexa came out to lead the band in a rendition of “White Christmas.” The Irving Berlin classic is one of the most covered songs of all time, but Joel hasn’t performed it since December 13th, 1998, also at Madison Square Garden.

Joel has been joined by many guests since beginning his monthly Madison Square Garden residency in 2014 — including Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Miley Cyrus and Peter Frampton — but Alexa is his most regular one with five appearances.
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Taiwan Opens Doors Wider to Lgbtq Content

The door has opened wider for gay content in Taiwan since the island became the first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage in May, and companies like CEO Jay Lin’s Portico Media are hoping to turn Lgbtq stories into good business.

The firm is ramping up its development of originals on its GagaOOLala platform, Asia’s first and only Ott streamer for Lgbtq content, and is hosting events to bring industry players in this space together from across the region.

The ground appears to be fertile. More than a hundred attendees came to Taipei discuss the future of streaming and of gay-content creation earlier this month at the first Gol Summit, organized by GagaOOLala’s development arm, Gol Studios. And between this year and next, a record-setting dozen or so gay-themed films will be getting a theatrical release in Taiwan.

The legalization of same-sex marriage has “allowed us to
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Olivia Wilde Says Controversial Depiction of ‘Richard Jewell’ Journalist Was Out of Her Control

Olivia Wilde Says Controversial Depiction of ‘Richard Jewell’ Journalist Was Out of Her Control
Olivia Wilde has tweeted a string of responses to criticism of the character she plays in Clint Eastwood’s film “Richard Jewell,” which opens Friday. In the series of tweets, she admits that the journalist she plays, Kathy Scruggs, had a relationship with an FBI agent, but Wilde says she was not in control of the way the character was portrayed.

The film has been criticized for spreading the perception that the late reporter Scruggs exchanged sex for a tip about the suspect from an FBI agent investigating the 1996 Atlanta bombing. In the film, Scruggs pressures a federal agent (Jon Hamm) for information and, in the same conversation, suggests the two have sex. Hamm’s agent gives her a tip that security guard Richard Jewell a suspect in the bombing at the Summer Olympics, and it is implied that the pair sleep together directly after this exchange.

Together with reporter Ron Martz,
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‘Lord of the Rings’: Will Poulter No Longer Attached to Amazon Series (Exclusive)

‘Lord of the Rings’: Will Poulter No Longer Attached to Amazon Series (Exclusive)
Will Poulter will not be appearing in Amazon’s upcoming “Lord of the Rings” series after all, Variety has learned exclusively.

According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, scheduling conflicts will prevent the “Bandersnatch” and “Midsommar” actor from joining the show based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Variety had exclusively reported on Poulter’s involvement with the series back in September. The exact nature of the role Poulter was to play remains a mystery, but the search for a replacement is now underway. Other actors reportedly attached to star in the series are Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle,
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Sundance Adds Simulated Hallucinogenic Trip and AI Noam Chomsky to New Frontier Lineup

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The Sundance Institute has added 32 projects to its Frontier lineup for its 2020 Sundance Film Festival, including “Chomsky vs. Chomsky.”

The Frontier selection is a curation of cutting-edge independent and experimental media works by innovators and creators across mediums that include biotech, facial recognition, AI, Ar, Vr and big data.

The 2020 edition will return to two dedicated venue spaces at the festival, which are New Frontier at The Ray and New Frontier Central. They will host a variety of media installations. The festival takes place in Park City, Utah, and will run from Jan. 23 to Feb. 2. New Frontier alums include Doug Aitken, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Chris Milk, Nonny de la Peña, Pipilotti Rist and Jennifer Steinkamp.

Also Read: Taylor Swift, Viggo Mortensen and Tessa Thompson Lead Diverse 2020 Sundance Lineup

“Technology infuses most aspects of modern life — and is evolving at a historic pace,” President and Founder of Sundance Institute Robert Redford said.
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Finally, Weed Is Going to Space

Finally, Weed Is Going to Space
Despite what The Jetsons and your stoned conversations in college may have predicted, we are almost two decades into the 21st century, and we still don’t live in outer space. (We also don’t have flying cars, robot maids, or whatever the hell Spacely Space Sprockets are supposed to be, but let’s focus on one thing at a time here.) That doesn’t mean, however, that scientists aren’t trying to figure out how to create the conditions for various forms of life to thrive in space — and
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