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‘Green Book’ Wins Producers Guild Award, Becomes Oscars Frontrunner

‘Green Book’ Wins Producers Guild Award, Becomes Oscars Frontrunner
On a night that could have profound implications for a tight Oscar race, “Green Book” was named the best-produced film of 2018 at the 30th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards.

The award makes director Peter Farrelly’s drama starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali the season’s first legitimate favorite to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. It has been a fiercely competitive and confusing year, with lots of criticism aimed at competing films and no film able to overcome the question marks that plague most of the top contenders.

Green Book” faces many of those questions in early January, immediately after it won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. The film, about the unlikely friendship between a black concert pianist and his Italian-American driver in the early ’60s, was hit by criticism over past behavior from Farrelly
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‘Roma’ and ‘The Favourite’ Lead London Critics’ Circle Winners

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‘Roma’ and ‘The Favourite’ Lead London Critics’ Circle Winners
After ruling the U.S. critics’ award circuit, “Roma” continued its dominance on the other side of the pond, as the London Film Critics’ Circle announced its winners tonight. A week after landing seven BAFTA nominations, Alfonso Cuarón’s Mexico City memory piece landed film of the year and director of the year honors from the group — which, its name notwithstanding, includes print, online and broadcast critics from across the U.K.

However, it was Yorgos Lanthimos’s dark historical comedy “The Favourite” that ended the night with the most wins: Having led the Circle’s nominations with 10 bids, it won four, including best actress for Olivia Colman, best supporting actress for Rachel Weisz and the screenplay prize for co-writers Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. Though it lost the top award, it was named British/Irish film of the year.
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Box Office: ‘Glass’ Dominates MLK Weekend With $47 Million

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Box Office: ‘Glass’ Dominates MLK Weekend With $47 Million
M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” topped box office charts during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, collecting $40 million over the weekend for a four-day sum of $47 million.

If estimates hold, “Glass” will come in behind “American Sniper” ($107 million) and “Ride Along” ($48 million) as the third-best showing for both January and Mlk holiday weekend.

The supernatural thriller, a sequel to 2000’s “Unbreakable” and 2016’s “Split,” arrived slightly behind Universal Pictures’ projections heading into the weekend. It’s still a solid showing, to be sure, since the movie was produced for just $20 million. But given the cult status of “Unbreakable” and the surprise box office success of “Split,” industry watchers were anticipating a stronger start for “Glass.” However, middling reviews and a so-so audience reception didn’t help momentum.

“Glass” saw James McAvoy reprise his role from “Split,” while Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson returned as their characters from “Unbreakable.”
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'Glass' Fills Up with $40.58M Debut While 'Dragon Ball' Delivers Top Five Opening

'Glass' Fills Up with $40.58M Debut While 'Dragon Ball' Delivers Top Five Opening
Universal and Blumhouse's Glass was unable to quite reach the lofty heights some had expected heading into the weekend, but the film still managed a solid #1 start, playing very similarly to its predecessor based on current estimates. Glass, however, might not be the biggest news of the weekend when you consider the monster debut of FUNimation's Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which is looking at a possible third place finish based on early estimates, but it's important to note current results are not from the film's domestic distributor, FUNimation. Elsewhere, Stx's The Upside delivered on expectations with a strong second weekend while WB's Aquaman topped $300 million domestically. With an estimated $40.58 million over the three-day weekend, Universal anticipates M. Night Shyamalan's Glass will reach $47 million for the four-day holiday weekend. The performance is a bit shy of the studio's $50 million expectations, but the three-day already more than doubles the film's reported $20 million budget.
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Gillian Anderson Set To Join ‘The Crown’ Season Four As Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Gillian Anderson Set To Join ‘The Crown’ Season Four As Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Gillian Anderson is set to star as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of The Crown.

The X-Files star has been signed up to play the Iron Lady, although viewers will likely have to wait more than a year to see her on screens as the third season of the Left Bank drama has yet to air.

The third season of the Netflix drama, which will air this year, will see Olivia Colman replace Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and Tobias Menzies replacing Matt Smith as Prince Philip. Elsewhere, Ben Daniels will play Antony Armstrong-Jones, starring alongside Helena Bonham Carter’s Princess Margaret. It begins in 1963 and will cover events such as the rise of the Beatles and England winning the soccer World Cup in 1966. Characters such as Camilla Parker Bowles, Call the Midwife‘s Emerald Fennell, will also start to emerge in the next season.
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Andy Vajna, ‘Rambo’ Producer, Dies at 74

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Andy Vajna, ‘Rambo’ Producer, Dies at 74
Andy Vajna, executive producer of several “Rambo” films as well as “Total Recall” and several “Terminator” movies, has died at 74.

The Hungarian National Film Fund confirmed his death, calling him a “dominant figure in the Hungarian and international film industry” who was responsible for the development of the fund.

With partner Mario Kassar, Vajna founded the indie powerhouse Carolco, which produced blockbusters including “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” the first three “Rambo” films and “Basic Instinct.” Carolco was one of the most successful companies in the foreign pre-sales business, and a mainstay at the world’s film markets. He was a founder and president of the American Film Marketing Assn., which launched the American Film Market.

Vajna served as producer or executive producer on films including “Evita,” starring Madonna, Oliver Stone’s “Nixon,” “Judge Dredd,” “Die Hard With a Vengeance” and “Angel Heart.”

He left Carolco in 1989 to form Cinergi Productions and InterCom
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TV Review: ‘Russian Doll’

TV Review: ‘Russian Doll’
This is a particularly tricky review to write, but not because the merits of “Russian Doll” are at all ambiguous. On the contrary, the show is so striking and smart that I made a note to include it on my favorite TV shows of 2019 immediately after blowing through the season — which is saying something, since that was back in December of 2018.

But part of what makes the series so special is how it’s meticulously constructed, shedding layer after surprising layer until the bittersweet end. (Hence: “Russian Doll”.) Digging too deep into what makes this show great would mean betraying too many of its secrets,
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Edgar Wright Says ‘Baby Driver 2’ First Draft ‘Exists’

Edgar Wright Says ‘Baby Driver 2’ First Draft ‘Exists’
Edgar Wright isn’t putting “Baby” in a corner just yet. The British director teased that some progress has been made on a potential sequel to “Baby Driver,” Wright’s 2017 film starring Ansel Elgort that married action, comedy, musicals and heists.

“A first draft of ‘Baby Driver 2 exists,” he told Empire in a interview. Wright added that the film will introduce new characters following the deaths of many of the characters in the original and it “takes the story further.”

In a previous interview with Empire back in July 2017, Wright said he was urged to write a sequel to his film and felt there was potential by recognizing that by the end of the movie, “Baby has got to a new place.”

Also Read: Jon Bernthal Says Kevin Spacey Was a 'Bully' on 'Baby Driver' Set (Video)

“Most sequels you have to contrive something so they go back to square one,
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Great Point Media, The Development Partnership Join Forces on Slate of Movies

Great Point Media, The Development Partnership Join Forces on Slate of Movies
Great Point Media and The Development Partnership, the development and production arm of Robert Taylor’s talent agency the Artists Partnership, are joining forces to develop, package, and co-produce multiple films, kicking off with three projects, including “Chasing Agent Freegard,” starring James Norton (“War & Peace”).

“Chasing Agent Freegard,” which is being produced by “Captain Phillips” co-producer Michael Bronner, is based on the gripping true story of Robert Hendy-Freegard, a con man who masqueraded as an MI5 agent and fooled several people into going underground for fear of assassination by the Ira. Norton, who stars in upcoming Berlin competition title “Mr. Jones” by Agnieszka Holland and will be seen next in Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of “Little Women,” will executive produce “Chasing Agent Freegard” through his recently launched banner, Rabbit Track Pictures.

The other two projects to be developed under the agreement are “Let It Go” and “Rose.” Produced by
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Lady Gaga to Mike Pence: ‘You Are the Worst Representation of What It Means to Be a Christian’

Lady Gaga to Mike Pence: ‘You Are the Worst Representation of What It Means to Be a Christian’
Lady Gaga criticized Vice President Mike Pence during the singer’s Enigma concert Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Earlier in the week, Pence’s wife Karen revealed she would resume teaching at a Christian school that barred Lgbtq students and employees. Following the uproar over Karen Pence’s role at the school, the vice president responded, “To see major news organizations attacking Christian education is deeply offensive to us.”

On Saturday, during her performance of “Million Reasons,” Gaga slammed Pence for thinking “it’s acceptable that his wife work at a school that bans Lgbtq.
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TV Review: ‘Black Earth Rising’

TV Review: ‘Black Earth Rising’
Bringing to bear a talented cast on a story of real geopolitical significance, “Black Earth Rising,” Netflix’s drama about the long-tail aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, would seem to have had the potential to be one of 2019’s early television successes. Which makes its falling short all the more painful and pronounced. The show, previously aired in the U.K. on BBC Two and written and directed by Hugo Blick (“The Honourable Woman”), squanders the audience’s goodwill with ill-conceived narrative turns, a reliance on cliché, and, worst, dialogue that defies belief. Its potential resonances as a story about how we metabolize,
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Patriots-Chiefs Is Highest-Rated Late-Window Conference Championship Game in 7 Years

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Sunday’s Afc Championship brought joy to New England Patriots fans everywhere — and giant Nielsen numbers to CBS as the highest-rated late-window Conference Championship Game in the last seven years.

Running from 6:45-10:15 p.m. Et, the showdown between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs to decide who would face off against the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl Liii scored a 31.2 rating/48 share overnight rating in the 56 metered-market households measured by Nielsen.

The last Afc or Nfc Championship to earn higher numbers New York Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers showdown on Jan. 22, 2012, which put up a 33.4 rating/48 share. The high-water mark, in terms of overall viewership, is the Nfc Championship showdown between the 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks, which drew 55.9 million viewers on Jan. 19, 2014.

Also Read: New England Patriots to Face Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl Liii

The Pats’ win also rose 26 percent in
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‘Dirty John’ Finale Hits New Ratings Highs in Live+3

‘Dirty John’ Finale Hits New Ratings Highs in Live+3
The Season 1 finale of “Dirty John” on Bravo continued the scripted show’s ratings hot streak in Live+3.

The finale, which aired on Jan. 13, grew to 3.3 million viewers in delayed viewing with 1.3 million of those falling in the key adults 18-49 demographic. That is up 10% in total viewers and 15% in the key demo compared to the L+3 numbers for the previous week’s episode.

The show finished its freshman run as a top 10 cable scripted series in adults 18-49 for all of 2018. “Dirty John” is also Bravo’s highest-rated freshman series in 4 and a half years among total viewers.

Bravo
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See Marty Stuart’s Amazing Country Music Memorabilia on ‘CBS Sunday Morning’

See Marty Stuart’s Amazing Country Music Memorabilia on ‘CBS Sunday Morning’
Longtime Grand Ole Opry member Marty Stuart was profiled on the CBS magazine show Sunday Morning this week, with a spotlight on his mission to preserve country music’s historical treasures.

Stuart, who has collected more than 20,000 artifacts, from Hank Williams’ suits to Patsy Cline’s train case, which he purchased at a Nashville junk shop for $75 in 1980, opened the doors to one of the warehouses north of Music City where some of that memorabilia is stored, sharing the inspiration for what has become a passion project for the past 40 years.
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‘Holmes & Watson’ and ‘Gotti’ Lead 2019 Razzie Nominations for Worst Picture

‘Holmes & Watson’ and ‘Gotti’ Lead 2019 Razzie Nominations for Worst Picture
If their dismal reviews wasn’t punishment enough, for the 39th year, the Razzie Awards seek to recognize the achievements of the worst movies of the year. And for 2019’s crop of nominees, John Travolta’s “Gotti” and Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s “Holmes & Watson” both received the “honor” of being nominated for Worst Picture of 2018.

Melissa McCarthy might be nominated for an Oscar on Tuesday morning, but on Monday morning, she scored a nomination for Worst Actress for both “The Happytime Murders” and “Life of the Party,” and the former also landed among the five Worst Picture nominees. The box office bomb “Robin Hood” and Helen Mirren’s “Winchester” rounded out the nominees.

Even the first family found a way into the nominees, with Donald Trump and Melania Trump both getting nominated for portraying themselves in the documentary “Fahrenheit 11/9” from Michael Moore. And unlike the Oscars,
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Vulture Writer on Covington Students: ‘I Just Want These People to Die, Simple as That’

Passions were high over the weekend after video emerged seemingly showing students from Kentucky’s Covington Catholic High School mocking a Native American war veteran in Washington D.C. Social media reactions got so heated that one writer, Erik Abriss, tweeted his hope that the teenagers involved and their families would die.

“I don’t know what it says about me but I’ve truly lost the ability to articulate the hysterical rage, nausea, and heartache this makes me feel. I just want these people to die. Simple as that. Every single one of them. And their parents,” Abriss said in a tweet sharing a video of the incident.

“‘Racism is in its Boomer death throes. It will die out with this younger generation!’ Look at the shit-eating grins on all those young white slugs’ faces. Just perverse pleasure at wielding a false dominion they’ve been taught their whole life was their divine right.
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The Last Word: Conan O’Brien on Catholicism, ‘The Simpsons’ and Life As Late Night’s Elder Statesman

The Last Word: Conan O’Brien on Catholicism, ‘The Simpsons’ and Life As Late Night’s Elder Statesman
A decade ago, Conan O’Brien’s future was uncertain. He’d lost the Tonight Show to its former host Jay Leno in an embarrassing coup, and announced he was moving his late-night show to TBS. Now, O’Brien is doing fine. His new podcast, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend, is currently the Number One podcast on iTunes. He just wrapped up an 18-city tour that has had him goofing off in front of packed theaters, and tomorrow night he will relaunch his late-night show, Conan, in a 30-minute
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Pearl Jam: ‘Chris Cornell’s Death Has Been a Tough One to Wrap Our Heads Around’

Pearl Jam: ‘Chris Cornell’s Death Has Been a Tough One to Wrap Our Heads Around’
It’s been six years since Pearl Jam released Lightning Bolt, and they’re feeling the need to write new music again. It’s just been slow going. “It’d be fun to record or even just write a song together,” bassist Jeff Ament says. “I think when Chris [Cornell] passed, that’s really been a tough one to wrap our heads around, and then there’s just life stuff.”

Cornell was an important figure in Pearl Jam’s history. Drummer Matt Cameron played in Soundgarden, and all of the band
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Berlin: FiGa Acquires ‘Landless,’ Drops ‘Hormigas’ Trailer (Exclusive)

Sandro Fiorin’s Miami-based FiGa Films, a leading sales agent on the independent Latin American scene, has announced the acquisition of Brazilian doc “Landless,” and released a trailer for the Costa Rican-Spanish drama “El despertar de las hormigas.”

Both features will play at this year’s Berlinale Forum and come from young Latin American filmmakers making their feature debuts.

FiGa typically backs seven-to-eight features a year which demonstrate a strong social conscience and explore contemporary, hot-button themes. Typically the company looks to board early on in a film’s lifecycle, employing its expertise to help find the festivals and exhibitors around the world that offer the best fit for each film.

“El despertar de las hormigas” comes from Costa Rican director Antonella Sudasassi Furniss, and is a direct follow-up to her short debut “El despertar de las hormigas: la niñez.” It’s produced by Amaya Izquierdo.

The film turns on Isabel,
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Ryan Reynolds Cancels Arm Surgery to Promote ‘Deadpool 2’ in China

Ryan Reynolds Cancels Arm Surgery to Promote ‘Deadpool 2’ in China
Ryan Reynolds canceled surgery on his arm to fly to China and charm “Deadpool” fans in Beijing on Sunday ahead of the franchise’s unexpected China theatrical debut.

Just last week, Fox suddenly announced that a re-cut, PG-13 “Deadpool 2” would hit Chinese theaters starting this Friday – the first time the notoriously blood-splattered and foul-mouthed series has passed the country’s strict censorship standards. The expurgated version was initially released in the U.S. in December as a Christmas-tinged, family-friendly offering called “Once Upon a Deadpool,” which earned about $6 million at home and a little less than $1 million abroad. The original R-rated version debuted stateside nearly eight months ago.

The Beijing visit by Reynolds, who is Canadian, came at a time when Sino-Canadian relations are at a historic low following the December arrest of Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver, with China detaining two Canadians in apparent retaliation. A
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