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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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Casey Affleck-Elisabeth Moss Movie ‘Light Of My Life’ Among Berlin World Premiere Additions

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Casey Affleck-Elisabeth Moss Movie ‘Light Of My Life’ Among Berlin World Premiere Additions
Casey Affleck-directed drama Light Of My Life, starring Affleck, Elisabeth Moss and newcomer Anna Pniowsky, will get its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in the Panorama section. The dystopian drama, about a father and his young daughter who are trapped in the woods, is one of a raft of additions to the Panorama lineup. Scroll down for the lineup in full.

A total of 45 films from 38 countries, including 34 world premieres, will screen in the section. Panorama’s opening film will be Flatland by Jenna Bass, in which a bride and her pregnant friend make a liberating getaway across South Africa.

Among the strand’s highlights are Affleck’s first narrative feature as director, which is produced by The Imitation Game outfit Black Bear Pictures; Jayro Bustamante’s Ixcanul follow-up Tremblores (Tremors), about a father who tries to break free from his past after breaking the silence about
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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.”

“Most sequels you have to contrive something so they go back to square one,
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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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Gillian Anderson to Play Margaret Thatcher in Season 4 of ‘The Crown’ (Report)

Gillian Anderson to Play Margaret Thatcher in Season 4 of ‘The Crown’ (Report)
The Crown” has found its Iron Lady. Gillian Anderson is said to have signed on to play British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of the much-praised Netflix drama series.

Anderson’s casting was first reported by the Sunday Times. A Netflix rep declined to comment on the report.

Anderson is the latest notable name to join “The Crown” in the role of an iconic real-life political figure, following John Lithgow’s turn as Winston Churchill. The series is poised for a shift in its upcoming third season as Olivia Colman moves into the role of Queen Elizabeth II
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Christopher McQuarrie Reportedly Wants Henry Cavill & Alec Baldwin Back For ‘M:i’ Sequels (Kind Of)

Christopher McQuarrie Reportedly Wants Henry Cavill & Alec Baldwin Back For ‘M:i’ Sequels (Kind Of)
If you’re a fan of spy thrillers, and just high-quality action films in general, you’re probably psyched by the news that filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie is coming back for two new “Mission: Impossible” sequels. And if you’re a fan of government lackeys, as well as men with reloading arms and controversial mustaches, then you will really love this next bit of ‘M:i’ news.

According to THR, McQuarrie is not only interested in bringing back the government guy character played by Alec Baldwin, but also Henry Cavill’s August Walker.
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Channing Tatum Reportedly Interested In Directing The Long-Delayed ‘Gambit’ Film

Channing Tatum Reportedly Interested In Directing The Long-Delayed ‘Gambit’ Film
We are fast approaching the five-year anniversary of the first time we reported that Channing Tatum is in line to play the “X-Men” character Gambit in a solo film. Since then, the film project has gone through constant changes, gaining directors, losing directors, getting a scheduled release date, and then, of course, losing that release date. But through thick and thin, one thing has remained the same – Tatum.
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‘Black Monday’: How Showtime Dusted Off An Old ’80s Logo For Its New Comedy

Cocaine’s a hell of a drug, but you’re not seeing things: That, indeed is Showtime’s old 1980s-era logo pasted all over marketing materials and promos for “Black Monday,” a tongue-in-cheek tale of the excesses exhibited by Wall Street traders in the lead-up to the stock market crash of 1987. The logo, which hasn’t been in use in decades, was dusted off to help add to the retro look of the comedy.

“We got to throw away the rule book on this show, and we decided to shoot for cool and not necessarily adhere to a more conventional
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Kenan Thompson and ‘Mighty Ducks’ Cast Reunite at Hockey Game (Photos)

Kenan Thompson and ‘Mighty Ducks’ Cast Reunite at Hockey Game (Photos)
Castmembers of “The Mighty Ducks” films reunited at a hockey game between the New York Islanders and Anaheim Ducks over the weekend.

Saturday Night Live” star Kenan Thompson, who starred as Russ Tyler in both sequel films “D2: The Mighty Ducks” and “D3,” checked out the game on Sunday with fellow castmembers Garette Ratliff Henson, Vincent Larusso and Danny Tamberelli, all of whom starred in the 1992 original film, and Colombe Jacobsen-Derstine, who joined the cast in the sequels.

“The quack attack is back, Jack! Glad to have a few Mighty Ducks join us for the game – and a few other fun projects – today on Long Island,” the Ducks shared along with several photos on Instagram.
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‘Glass’: Five Box Office Takeaways From M. Night Shyamalan’s Thriller

‘Glass’: Five Box Office Takeaways From M. Night Shyamalan’s Thriller
With his fifth No. 1 box office opening, M. Night Shyamalan has plenty to celebrate.

“Glass,” the conclusion to a trilogy that consists of the 2000 cult hit “Unbreakable” and 2016’s box office sensation “Split,” topped the box office last weekend — though its win comes with a few caveats.

James McAvoy reprised his role from “Split” and Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson returned as their characters from “Unbreakable” in the psychological thriller that now ranks among the best openings ever during the month of January, and the third highest for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. “Glass” is expected to earn $47 million in North America during its first four days of release, along with $48.5 million overseas for a global start north of $95 million.

Still, “Glass” came in slightly behind Universal Pictures’ estimates heading into the weekend. But with a budget of $20 million that was put up by Shyamalan himself, the debut
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Tyler Childers, Mike and the Moonpies Set for Pickathon 2019 Lineup

Tyler Childers, Mike and the Moonpies Set for Pickathon 2019 Lineup
Pickathon has announced its first round of artists for the 2019 installment of its Americana-in-the-wilderness music festival, with Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats joined by fellow headliners Khruangbin, Mandolin Orange and Tyler Childers.

Held across several stages in the rugged, remote woods of Happy Valley outside Portland, Oregon, Pickathon celebrates its 21st anniversary with not one but two performances from Rateliff, who will play a solo set and with his band the Night Sweats. This year marks Rateliff’s first appearance at Pickathon.

The three-day lineup features more than 50 artists: Mike and the Moonpies,
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Berlin: Patra Spanou Picks Up Panorama Title ‘Family Members’ (Exclusive)

Patra Spanou has picked up world sales rights to “Los miembros de la familia” (Family Members), which will world premiere in the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section. Variety has been given an exclusive first look of the film’s trailer.

The film is the second feature from writer/director Mateo Bendesky, and is produced by Agustina Costa Varsi. Bendesky and Varsi will also attend the Rotterdam Film Festival’s co-production market, CineMart, with their next feature project together, “Le fiebre.”

“Family Members” follows Lucas and Gilda as they travel to a small Argentine beach town to fulfill the last wishes of their recently deceased mother: scatter her remains in the ocean.

The siblings find themselves stranded in the town by a bus strike. Lucas, obsessed with bodybuilding and contact fighting, finds the town fertile ground for exploring his sexuality and the limits of his body.

Gilda, still affected by
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Ratings: ‘Magnum Pi’ Cruises to Season Highs in Special Post-afc Championship Slot

CBS’ freshman series “Magnum P.I.” scored season highs in total viewers and among adults 18-49 in its special post-afc Championship game time slot on Sunday, according to preliminary numbers.

Of course, it helped that the show’s home network posted a seven-year high in early ratings for its late-window conference game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs, giving the Jay Hernandez-led reboot one heck of a lead-in.

At 10:30 p.m., the special post-game “Magnum” — mixed with about nine minutes of NFL overrun — scored a 3.8 rating and 12.1 million total viewers, ending outside of the primetime window. That’s up from the drama’s previous personal best, which it earned with its series premiere on Monday, Sept. 24 at 9 p.m., with a 1.2 rating and 8.1 million overall eyeballs.

Also Read: Patriots-Chiefs Is Highest-Rated Late-Window Conference Championship Game in 7 Years

However, due to the nature of live sports,
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Disney Has Already Lost $1 Billion on Streaming Behind Hulu, BAMTech Investments

Disney is losing big money on streaming — and it hasn’t even launched Disney+, its new, trademark streaming service, yet.

The Mouse House lost more than $1 billion in 2018 combined between Hulu and BAMTech, the technology that powers its ESPN+ streaming service, according to an SEC filing on Friday. Hulu drove a $580 million equity investment loss during Disney’s fiscal year, which ended on Sept. 30, while BAMTech was the primary reason for a $469 million loss in its direct-to-consumer segment.

Disney owns a 30 percent stake in Hulu, which is set to double after its buyout of much of 21st Century Fox’s assets. Hulu recently boasted that it hit 25 million paying subscribers across all its products, including its $7.99 a month base subscription and its $39.99 per month Hulu with Live TV option. Hulu has gained fans and critical acclaim thanks to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” its bedrock original series, but hasn’t been able to turn a profit,
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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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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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