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  1. 'A Bad Moms Christmas' Comes Home, Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases
    Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Jigsaw (horror sequel; Hannah Anderson, Laura Vandervoort, Mandela Van Peebles, Tobin Bell, Brittany Allen, Callum Keith Rennie, Matt Passmore, Josiah Black; available now to coincide with release of 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD; rated R) Thank You for Your Service (biographical war drama; Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Amy Schumer, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar J. Dorsey, Jayson Warner Smith; rated R) BPM (Beats Per Minute) (romantic drama; Nahuel...
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  2. Movie News: New 'Clue' on Its Way From Ryan Reynolds, 'Deadpool' Writers; John Cena Touted for 'Duke Nukem'
    Clue: A new version of Clue, inspired by the popular board game, is on its way from Ryan Reynolds' production company. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the writing team whose credits include Zombieland and Deadpool, are in talks to write the screenplay. The idea is to develop a starring vehicle for Reynolds; the game also served as inspiration for a 1985 film version that revolved around a murder mystery. [Deadline]   Duke Nukem: John Cena is in negotiations to star in Duke Nukem. The original video game was released in 1991 and inspired an incredibly popular series, following its titular hero as he fought alien creatures who invaded Earth. Michael Bay will serve as one of the producers. [THR]   The Incredibles 2: Jonathan Banks, Sophia Bush and Isabella...
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  3. 'The Shape of Water' Leads the 2018 Oscars With 13 Nominations
    The nominees for the 90th annual Academy Awards were announced this morning, and Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water led the pack with recognition in categories, including Best Picture. Eight other movies are up for the top award this year, including Phantom Thread, Lady Bird, Get Out and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.  Del Toro is also nominated for Best Director, as are fellow first-timers in the category Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), Jordan Peele (Get Out) and Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), the latter two honored for their solo feature directorial debuts! Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread) rounds out the bunch. There are a number of first timers in the acting categories this year, as well, including Sam Rockwell...
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  4. Today in Movie Culture: 'Maze Runner' Franchise Recap, the Surprise 'Crocodile Dundee' Sequel and More
    Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Franchise Recap of the Day: It's been awhile since the last Maze Runner movie so here's the cast of Maze Runner: The Death Cure reminding us what's happened so far:   Mysterious Marketing of the Day: Nobody can figure out if Dundee, the supposed Crocodile Dundee sequel starring Danny McBride and Chris Hemsworth, is a real movie or some sort of secret Super Bowl commercial setup. Watch two teasers:   Custom Shirt of the Day: Celebrities are often stylish at Sundance, but this custom-made shirt honoring Ava DuVernay, Greta Gerwig, Dee Rees and Patty Jenkins shown off by Tessa Thompson and shared by DuVernay is the best...
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  5. Sundance Buzz: This Year's Topical Movies Are More Than Just Timely
    The 2018 Sundance Film Festival is in full swing following its first weekend, and while deals are relatively scarce so far, there's a lot of buzz going around on timely and topical features that are getting rave reviews in addition to the obvious attention.    The Tale Fits the Moment The Tale, Jennifer Fox's autobiographical drama about her own childhood sexual abuse, is one of the most notable dramas of Sundance, easily aligned with #TimesUp and #MeToo. And the movie, which stars Laura Dern as Fox (pictured above), is also one of the best-received so far with a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes. THE TALE: confronting filmmaking about a woman investigating her childhood sexual abuse. Important to explore this issue & ask the tough questions, as hard as...
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  6. Box Office Report: Soldiers and Thieves Can't Stop the 'Jumanji' Power
    Here's your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle - $20.0 million ($316.9 million total) 2. 12 Strong - $16.5 million ($16.5 million total) 3. Den of Thieves - $15.3 million ($15.3 million total) 4. The Post - $12.1 million ($45.1 million total) 5. The Greatest Showman - $11.0 million ($113.4 million total) 6. Paddington 2 - $8.2 million ($25.0 million total) 7. The Commuter - $6.6 million ($25.7 million total) 8. Star Wars: The Last Jedi - $6.5 million ($604.2 million total) 9. Insidious: The Last Key - $5.9 million ($58.7 million total) 10. Forever My Girl - $4.7 million ($4.7 million total)   The Big Stories While yours truly toils away at Sundance trying to take notice of the films hoping to...
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  7. Movie News: Ken Watanabe Joins Ryan Reynolds in 'Detective Pikachu'; Watch New 'Ready Player One' Video
    Detective Pikachu: Ken Watanabe (Godzilla, above) has joined the cast of Detective Pikachu. Ryan Reynolds will star in the live-action adaptation of the popular Pokemon video game series; his role is said to be "motion-capture in nature." Watanabe will play Detective Yoshida, a character created for the mystery movie. Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton will also star; Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) will direct. [THR]   Jordan Peele: Actor Jordan Peele, who made an impressive feature directorial debut with Get Out (above), says he will now focus on making films rather than acting: "Acting is just nowhere near as fun for me as directing." Peele appeared alongside Keegan-Michael Key in the hit TV sketch show Key and Peele and in the film Keanu; he's also...
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  8. SAG Awards 2018: Actors Honor Actors, With Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman and 'Three Billboards' Leading the Way
    Kristen Bell hosted the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild awards ceremony on Sunday evening; it's the only televised awards show that exclusively honors performers. Bell is the first-ever host for the show, which is filled with effusive praise and a genial atmosphere. Bell began things with a lightly comic introduction, which you can watch below.   Here are the awards presented for motion picture acting, along with the acceptance speeches. Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Frances McDormand accepted the award on behalf of her cast members, 11 in all.   Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Lead Role: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing...
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  9. The Week in Movie News: DC Named 'Flashpoint' Directors, DiCaprio Reuniting With Tarantino and More
    Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:   BIG NEWS DC tapped new directors for Flashpoint: Warner Bros. is moving forward on its Justice League spin-off focused on The Flash (Ezra Miller) and has just hired Vacation directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to helm the DC superhero feature, which is called Flashpoint. Read more here and find additional DC Expanded Universe news here and here and here.   GREAT NEWS Leonardo DiCaprio will reunite with Quentin Tarantino: After playing a villainous supporting role in Django Unchained, Leonardo DiCaprio will re-team with Quentin Tarantino playing an aging actor in the filmmaker's next project, set in 1969 amidst the Manson...
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  10. Today in Movie Culture: What Makes a Sundance Movie, the Costumes of 'Phantom Thread' and More
    Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Festival Guide of the Day: For IMDb, filmmaker Kevin Smith explains the five essential ingredients of a Sundance movie:   Craftsman of the Day: Meet costume designer Mark Bridges and see his work on Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread:   Mashup of the Day: Is Rocket Raccoon the galactic MacGyver of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Darth Blender mashes Guardians of the Galaxy with a classic TV show:   Movie Comparison of the Day: Watch clips from The Walk side by side from actual footage of the same real-life events in the documentary Man on Wire:   Vintage Image of the Day: Tippi Hedren, who turns 88 today...
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