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Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1

Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1
This weekend sees Warner Bros.'s 12 Strong and Stx's R-rated heist thriller Den of Thieves hitting theaters, both of which are targeting male audiences, which means they'll also have to contend with the NFL conference championship games this Sunday. Additionally, a couple of notable expansions are taking place this weekend along with Roadside's moderate release of Forever My Girl. That being said, all appear as if they'll be settling in behind last weekend's #1 and #2 films, as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and The Post are expected to hold on to those top two spots. Jumanji topped last weekend's box office after dropping just 24.5%, and this weekend it should continue to hold on rather well. While we're currently anticipating a drop around 32% and a fifth weekend around $19 million, don't be surprised if it hangs on a little better than that. The film should top $315 million domestically by end of day Sunday,
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Party of Five Reboot Is Happening at Freeform

Party of Five Reboot Is Happening at Freeform
Another day, another reboot! Party of Five is the latest series staged to make a TV comeback, as Freeform is set to reboot the the beloved '90s drama, E! News has confirmed. The network has handed a pilot order to the original series creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman, who will be modernizing the drama by tackling immigration. Similar to the original series, the reboot will follow five siblings, the Buendias, who struggle to keep their family together after their parents are deported back to Mexico.  The original Party of Five, which ran from 1994-2000, starred Scott Wolf, Matthew Fox, Neve Campbell, and Lacey Chabert (and various actors who played the youngest, Owen) as siblings...
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‘Bad Boys’-Inspired Series Starring Gabrielle Union Scores NBC Pilot Order

‘Bad Boys’-Inspired Series Starring Gabrielle Union Scores NBC Pilot Order
The untitled drama series based on Gabrielle Union’s “Bad Boys” character has been ordered to pilot at NBC.

Union will star as Syd Burnett, her character from “Bad Boys 2.” In the show, she has left the DEA and now has a fresh start in her new job as an LAPD detective. She’s partnered with Nancy McKenna, a working mom who can’t help but look at Syd’s freedom with some grass-is-greener envy. These two have totally different lifestyles and approaches, but they both are at the top of their fields. Union will also executive produce in addition to starring.

The project had received a pilot production commitment at the network in October.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle TV Movie Set At Lifetime

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle TV Movie Set At Lifetime
There is now a movie about to be released on the Lifetime channel about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. I’m not sure whether to move on to the next article or simply say congratulations and leave it at that. On one hand it’s a blessed event that should be given a great deal of respect as people all over the globe that care about the union are overjoyed and giving their well wishes to the happy couple. But on a very different note it sounds more like a chance to glorify a couple that have already been made famous and

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle TV Movie Set At Lifetime
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Veteran British Actor Peter Wyngarde Dies at 90

Veteran British Actor Peter Wyngarde Dies at 90
Veteran actor Peter Wyngarde, who starred as flamboyant investigator Jason King in the iconic 1970s British police series “Department S,” has died. He was 90.

Wyngarde died in a West London hospital, his agent Thomas Bowington told Variety.

“Peter Wyngarde passed away peacefully in his sleep early evening Monday at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital,” Bowington said, adding that Wyngarde was “one of the most original and truly great actors I’ve ever seen and by far the most exceptional man I have ever met.”

Wyngarde had a long career on stage and screen but is best known as handlebar-mustachioed investigator King. He also appeared in classic series including “The Avengers,” “The Saint,” and “The Prisoner.”

The King character was an author and investigator in “Department S,” and in 1971 was given his own series, “Jason King.” The show was canceled in 1972, but Wyngarde continued to appear on stage and screen in Britain and internationally.

His movie appearances
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Box Office Preview: '12 Strong' To Challenge 'Jumanji's' Reign

Box Office Preview: '12 Strong' To Challenge 'Jumanji's' Reign
As the family-friendly fantasy film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle attempts to hang on to the top spot at the domestic box office for the third weekend in a row, it is facing off against a challenge from 12 Strong, which follows a Special Forces team into battle in Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. Both films could take in about $15 million or more before the dust settles.

So far, Sony’s Jumanji has proven to be unexpectedly resilient. In both its third and fourth weekends it fell by just 25 percent during each frame. The fall-off is expected to...
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‘One Mississippi’, ‘I Love Dick’ & ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’ Canceled By Amazon

‘One Mississippi’, ‘I Love Dick’ & ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’ Canceled By Amazon
Amazon is doing more clearing the decks with the cancelation of three comedy series, Tig Notaro’s One Mississippi, Jill Soloway’s I Love Dick, and Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Jean-Claude Van Johnson.

One Mississippi was canceled after two seasons, while I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson were axed after one.

“This is part of a move towards bigger, wider-audience series,” an Amazon insider told Deadline. Notaro’s semi-autobiographical One Mississippi has garnered strong
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Antony Starr, Four More Join Cast of Amazon's Superhero Drama The Boys

Antony Starr, Four More Join Cast of Amazon's Superhero Drama The Boys
Amazon’s new superhero series The Boys is adding a few boys — and one girl — to its cast.

Banshee alum Antony Starr leads a quintet of cast additions to the straight-to-series drama created by Eric Kripke (Supernatural, Timeless), according to our sister site Deadline. Starr will play Homelander, the leader of the show’s primary superhero collective known as The Seven. But he’s not necessarily the hero here: Based on the comic by Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Darick Robertson (Happy!), The Boys is set in a world where superheroes have let fame go to their heads and gotten corrupt
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Arya Stark has 3 New Names on her Kill List, Says Maisie Williams

Arya Stark has 3 New Names on her Kill List, Says Maisie Williams
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, then you already know all about Arya Stark’s kill list. Let’s do a little backstory, just in case you’re not familiar. George R.R. Martin’s best-selling fictional book series ”A Song of Ice and Fire,” was brought to the screen by HBO, the show being named after the first book of the series, Game of Thrones. Martin’s extensive storytelling skills immerse you in the medieval fantasy epic, depicting powerful families, queens and kings, renegades and knights, honest men and liars, all playing the deadly game, all wanting control of Westeros and the Seven Kingdoms,

Arya Stark has 3 New Names on her Kill List, Says Maisie Williams
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Read Woody Allen’s Response to Dylan Farrow

Read Woody Allen’s Response to Dylan Farrow
Woody Allen has released a statement following his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow’s interview with Gayle King on Thursday’s “CBS This Morning.” Farrow spoke out in graphic detail about a sexual assault she said she suffered at the hands of Allen when she was 7 years old. “Dylan’s older brother Moses has said that he witnessed their mother … relentlessly coaching Dylan, trying to drum into her that her father was a dangerous sexual predator,” Allen said in a statement provided to TheWrap. “It seems to have worked — and, sadly, I’m sure Dylan truly believes what she says.” “Even though the Farrow...
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Dylan Farrow Details Sexual Assault Allegation Against Woody Allen in Emotional Interview

Dylan Farrow Details Sexual Assault Allegation Against Woody Allen in Emotional Interview
Dylan Farrow detailed her allegations of sexual assault at the hands of her father, Woody Allen, in a lengthy interview with Gayle King that aired on Thursday’s edition of “CBS This Morning.”

Farrow, 32, recounted her story of being touched by Allen, her adoptive father, in August 1992. She also said she experienced other incidents of inappropriate behavior with her father, including him asking her to come into bed with him when he was wearing only underwear. Allen has once again strongly denied the allegations.

Farrow said she decided to give her first TV interview on the alleged assault that occurred when she was 7 because of the groundswell of public support for victims of sexual harassment and abuse. She has called on actors to shun Allen and his films.

“It was very momentous for me to see this conversation finally carried into a public setting,” Farrow said of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements. “Because I have
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EuropaCorp Being Circled By Potential Buyers, Investors (Exclusive)

EuropaCorp Being Circled By Potential Buyers, Investors (Exclusive)
Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp is being circled by potential buyers and investors as it struggles to climb out from under a mountain of debt. Among the suitors, sources say, is business tycoon Tarak Ben Ammar, a shareholder in The Weinstein Co. and a board member of Vivendi.

Hit by the disappointing performance of last year’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” EuropaCorp has directed its primary lender, JP Morgan, to find someone who can inject equity capital into the company, as well restructure and pay a portion of its debt. Several well-informed sources tell Variety that the company urgently needs to find a solid partner by March 30, which marks the end of its financial year. The company’s market capitalization fell to €57.4 million ($70.2 million) as of Thursday, while losses reached €119.9 million ($146.8 million) and its net debt skyrocketed to €230 million ($281.6 million) as of September.

JP Morgan currently holds EuropaCorp’s assets, including its valuable
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Samuel L. Jackson's 'Jurassic Park' Character Was Originally Going to Die Onscreen

Samuel L. Jackson's 'Jurassic Park' Character Was Originally Going to Die Onscreen
Hold on to your butts.

Samuel L. Jackson's role in 1993's Jurassic Park was apparently intended to be a bit larger. The star — who plays the chief engineer, John "Ray" Arnold, of the world's most dangerous theme park — falls prey to the island's carnivorous resident velociraptors, as revealed in a memorably gruesome scene where Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) discovers his bloody, severed arm in an abandoned electronics shed.

While the scene is certainly iconic, and not just a little disturbing, Arnold's intended sendoff was planned to be much grander. Scenes were written in which the demise of Jackson's character...
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Snap Inc Lays Off 2 Dozen Employees

Snap Inc., Snapchat’s parent company, is laying off two dozen employees, a company spokesperson told TheWrap. Roughly five to ten of the workers losing their jobs are on the content team, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation. The layoffs are part of a realignment on the content team, TheWrap has learned, and the company plans to continue hiring more workers as it focuses on shows, growth and augmented reality in 2018. The Information and Cheddar were the first outlets to report the cuts. Also Read: Numbers Confirm That Snap 'Spectacles' Aren't Cool The layoffs don’t impact the editors Snapchat...
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'The Road Movie': Film Review

Hearing about The Road Movie, Dmitrii Kalashnikov's feature-length assembly of shocking scenes filmed from dashboard cameras in and around Russia, some will wonder why they ought to go to a theater to see it. Can't they just watch all the same stuff online?

That entirely misses the point of this expertly constructed project, which casts a big-screen spell transmuting its source material into something much greater than its Russia's Funniest Home Videos parts. Suspenseful and funny, occasionally poignant and often nearly unbelievable, it captures a certain sociological flavor while remaining universally accessible. In niche bookings, it will win Kalashnikov many...
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Offset Apologizes for ‘I Cannot Vibe With Queers’ Rap Lyric, Pulls Out Dictionary in His Defense

Migos member Offset has apologized for rapping that he cannot “vibe with queers” in a recent guest verse. “I didn’t write the line about gay people. I have said before since these issues before that I got love for all people,” the rapper wrote in an Instagram post featuring a screenshot of a dictionary entry defining the word as “strange; odd.” The rapper was criticized for his verse on Yfn Lucci’s 2017 track “Boss Life,” in which he rapped the line: “Pinky ring crystal clear, 40k spent on a private Lear/60k solitaire/I cannot vibe with queer.” “I saw this definition about her...
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Move Over ‘Lady Bird’ – ‘Paddington 2’ Is Now Best-Reviewed Movie on Rotten Tomatoes

In a battle between bear and bird, who do you think wins? “Paddington 2,” the family film sequel about the UK’s beloved Paddington Bear, has broken a record on Rotten Tomatoes, upending the records for the most consecutive Fresh ratings for a movie, previously held by 1999’s “Toy Story 2” and this year’s awards season darling “Lady Bird.” “Paddington 2” currently has a 100 percent on Rt, scoring 165 Fresh reviews to “Toy Story 2”‘s 163. You may recall that “Lady Bird” broke this very record back in November, however, that movie eventually did get a Rotten review, which Rotten Tomatoes...
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Inside MTV's Reality-Show Juggernaut 'The Challenge'

MTV is in a bit of a rut these days: The Trl reboot hasn't managed to get teenagers to put down their cellphones and turn on the network after school like it's still 1999; ambitious series like The Shannara Chronicles never found a mass audience; and their best "fresh" idea was be sending the Jersey Shore crew (minus Sammi Sweetheart) back down to Miami. Other than Floribama Shore, whose connection with audiences seemed to catch the network by surprise, the latest crop of shows have tanked. But there's one very continual
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‘American Ninja Warrior’ Standout, ‘Maze Runner’ Stuntwoman Reports to WWE Performance Center

“American Ninja Warrior” competitor Kacy Catanzaro has officially reported to WWE’s minor league system, Nxt. The “Maze Runner” stuntwoman is currently working out in the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, and is poised to make her debut. In 2014, Catanzaro became the first woman to successfully scale the warped wall on the NBC obstacle course. She is also a former Division I gymnast and two-time member of “Sports Illustrated’s” Fittest 50 list of the world’s best female athletes. Also Read: WWE Superstar Roman Reigns Denies Knowledge of Steroid Pusher Richard Rodriguez Catanzaro attended WWE’s 32-woman Mae Young Classic tournament last summer, when her...
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'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube

'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube
Danny Strong, the co-creator of Fox's Empire, has been tapped to pen Disney’s modern and musical take on Charles DickensOliver Twist, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Thomas Kail, the Tony-winning director of Hamilton, is attached to helm the project, which has Ice Cube on board to star and produce.

Also producing are Marc Platt, the veteran movie producer who was behind Broadway’s hit musical Wicked, and Jeff Kwatinetz of The Firm.

Oliver Twist is one of Dickens’ most famous works and tells of an orphan boy who moves from a life as an exploited child laborer to being under the wings of Fagin, a leader...
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