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  1. SAG Awards 2018: All the Presenters Will Be Women, in a Nod to #MeToo

    24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations AnnouncementFor the first time ever, the Screen Actors Guild Awards are set to have a host, with Kristen Bell tapped to emcee the ceremony in January. And now, the SAGs are making another big change, this time involving even more women.

    In an interview with the New York Times, Bell, Kathy Connell (the executive producer of the awards show), and Sandra Dewey (a president at Turner Broadcasting, which is airing the telecast on its TBS and TNT networks) revealed that all 13 of the SAG Awards acting prizes -- as well as its two stunt awards, given out before the broadcast -- will be presented by women. Nominees for the 2018 SAG Awards were announced on Wednesday by the female duo of Niecy Nash and Olivia Munn.

    At previous SAG ceremonies, awards have typically been given out by male-female teams. The nominees for best ensemble -- the SAG equivalent of Best Picture -- will still be presented at the ceremony by both men and women, though only women will hand out trophies to the winners. A list of presenters is expected to be announced shortly.

    Connell told the Times that the idea for including an all-female roster of presenters came to her back in January, when she attended the Women's March in Washington, D.C. with her daughter. But it became especially important to the producer in the wake of the sexual harassment scandal that has enveloped Hollywood in recent months, led by the accusations against mega producer Harvey Weinstein.

    "I want to salute women who are coming forward to speak at a very difficult time about very difficult subjects at great risk to themselves," Connell explained to the Times.

    According to Bell, this move has special meaning to her, with her own history-making role in the proceedings.

    "I'm not the first female host," the actress told the Times. "I'm the first host. The fact that a female was chosen to be the first one means my genitals become irrelevant."

    The 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will air on January 21, 2018 on TBS and TNT.

    [via: The New York Times]

  2. What's Leaving Netflix in January 2018

    LostThe New Year is bringing lots of great stuff to Netflix, but, sadly, that means a lot of fantastic stuff is going "out with the old." That includes all of "Lost," "Futurama," and several seasons of "Law & Order: SVU." We don't want to live on this planet anymore!

    Also being yanked: '80s classics "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" and "Gremlins;' '90s favorites "Forrest Gump," "Pulp Fiction," and "The Shawshank Redemption." And damn, "Mean Girls" is leaving again? Better get your "Jingle Bell Rock" on while you can!

    Here's everything leaving Netflix in January 2018, including the entire "Saw" series:

    Leaving January 1
    "Chicago" (2002)
    "Daddy Day Care" (2003)
    "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood" (1996)
    "Dressed to Kill" (1941)
    "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982)
    "Forrest Gump" (1994)
    "Four Brothers" (2005)
    "Free Willy" (1993)
    "Grease" (1978)
    "Gremlins" (1984)
    "I Am Sam" (2001)
    "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit": Seasons 14-17
    "License to Drive" (1998)
    "Made of Honor" (2008)
    "Mean Girls" (2004)
    "Miss Congeniality" (2000)
    "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous" (2005)
    "Mona Lisa Smile" (2003)
    "Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction" (2014)
    "Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages" (2015)
    "Pokémon: Indigo League:" Season 1 (2000)
    "Pokémon: XY:" Seasons 1-2 (2015)
    "Police Academy" (1984)
    "Pulp Fiction" (1994)
    "Requiem for a Dream" (2000)
    "Saw" (2004)
    "Saw II" (2005)
    "Saw III" (2006)
    "Saw IV" (2007)
    "Saw V" (2008)
    "Saw VI" (2009)
    "Saw: The Final Chapter" (2010)
    "Someone Like You" (2001)
    "The Addams Family" (1991)
    "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" (2008)
    "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (1951)
    "The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel" (1951)
    "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness" (1958)
    "The Man with One Red Shoe" (1985)
    "The Manhattan Project" (1986)
    "The Mighty Ducks" (1992)
    "The Parent Trap" (1961)
    "The Secret Garden" (1993)
    "The Switch" (2010)
    "Three Coins in the Fountain" (1954)
    "White Chicks" (2004)
    "Young Mr. Lincoln" (1939)

    Leaving January 3
    "VHS" (2012)

    Leaving January 4
    "Lost:" Seasons 1-6

    Leaving January 5
    "Fantasia" (1940)
    "Fantasia 2000" (2000)
    "The Host"

    Leaving January 15
    "Sirens:" Seasons 1-2

    Leaving January 30
    "Futurama:" Seasons 7-10

  3. New on Netflix: January 2018

    Coming to Netflix in the new year: New seasons of original series "Grace and Frankie," "Lovesick," and "One Day at a Time," as well as "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" with Jerry Seinfeld, "The Polka King" with Jack Black, and "A Futile and Stupid Gesture" about the founding of National Lampoon.

    And ring in the new year by catching up with 2017 movies "Cars 3" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales."

    Also: Almost all the "Batman" movies, all the "Godfather" films, every "Lethal Weapon" installment and every "Bring It On" movie.

    Here's everything coming to Netflix streaming in January 2018:

    Available January 1
    "10,000 B.C." (2008)
    "30 Days of Night" (2007)
    "Age Of Shadows" (2016)
    "AlphaGo" (2017)
    "America's Sweethearts" (2001)
    "Apollo 13" (1995)
    "Batman" (1989)
    "Batman & Robin" (1997)
    "Batman Begins" (2005)
    "Batman Forever" (1995)
    "Batman Returns" (1992)
    "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961)
    "Bring It On" (2000)
    "Bring It On Again" (2004)
    "Bring It On: All or Nothing 2006)
    "Bring It On: Fight to the Finish 2009)
    "Bring It On: In It to Win It" (2007)
    "Caddyshack" (1980)
    "Chef & My Fridge: 2017
    "Defiance" (2008)
    "Definitely, Maybe" (2008)
    "Eastsiders: Season 3
    "Furry Vengeance" (2010)
    "Glacé: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
    "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" (2003)
    "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" (2011)
    "King Kong" (2005)
    "Lethal Weapon" (1987)
    "Lethal Weapon 2" (1989)
    "Lethal Weapon 3" (1992)
    "Lethal Weapon 4" (1998)
    "License to Wed" (2007)
    "Like Water for Chocolate" (1992)
    "Love Actually" (2003)
    "Lovesick: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
    "Maddman: The Steve Madden Story" (2017)
    "Marie Antoinette" (2006)
    "Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World" (2017)
    "Midnight in Paris" (2011)
    "Monsters vs. Aliens" (2009)
    "National Treasure" (2004)
    "Sharknado 5: Global Swarming" (2017)
    "Stardust" (2007)
    "Strictly Ballroom" (1992)
    "The Dukes of Hazzard" (2005)
    "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" (2005)
    "The First Time" (2012)
    "The Godfather" (1972)
    "The Godfather: Part II" (1974)
    "The Godfather: Part III" (1990)
    "The Italian Job" (2003)
    "The Lovely Bones" (2009)
    "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994)
    "The Truman Show" (1998)
    "The Vault" (2017)
    "Training Day" (2001)
    "Treasures From The Wreck Of The Unbelievable" (2017)
    "Troy" (2004)
    "Wedding Crashers" (2005)
    "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" (1971)

    Available January 2
    "Mustang Island" (2017)
    "Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" (2017)
    "Rent" (2005)

    Available January 5
    "Before I Wake" (Netflix Original)
    "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" (Netflix Original)
    "DEVILMAN crybaby": Season 1 (Netflix Original)
    "Rotten" (Netflix Original)

    Available January 6
    "Episodes": Season 1-5

    Available January 8
    "The Conjuring" (2013)

    Available January 10
    "47 Meters Down/In the Deep" (2017)
    "Alejandro Riaño Especial de stand up" (Netflix Original)
    "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie" (2017)

    Available January 12
    "Colony": Season 2
    Disjointed: Part 2 (Netflix Original)
    "Somebody Feed Phil" (Netflix Original)
    "The Man Who Would Be Polka King" (2009)
    "The Polka King (Netflix Original)
    "Tom Segura: Disgraceful" (Netflix Original)

    Available January 14
    "Wild Hogs" (2007)

    Available January 15
    "2018 Olympic Winter Games Preview: Meet Team USA & Go for the Gold"
    "Rehenes/Hostages" (2017)
    "Unrest" (2017)

    Available January 16
    "Dallas Buyers Club" (2013)
    "Katt Williams: Great America (Netflix Original)
    "Rita": Season 4

    Available January 17
    "Arango y Sanint: Ríase El Show" (Netflix Original)
    "Friday Night Tykes": Season 4

    Available January 18
    "Bad Day for the Cut" (2017)
    "Tiempos de guerra:" Season 1 (Netflix Original)

    Available January 19
    "Drug Lords": Season 1 (Netflix Original)
    "Grace and Frankie": Season 4 (Netflix Original)
    "The Open House" (Netflix Original)
    "Trolls: The Beat Goes On!": Season 1 (Netflix Original)

    Available January 23
    "Todd Glass: Act Happy" (Netflix Original)

    Available January 24
    "Ricardo Quevedo: Hay gente así" (Netflix Original)

    Available January 25
    "Acts of Vengeance" (2017)

    Available January 26
    "A Futile and Stupid Gesture (Netflix Original)
    "Dirty Money (Netflix Original)
    "Kavin Jay: Everybody Calm Down!" (Netflix Original)
    "Llama Llama": Season 1 (Netflix Original)
    "One Day at a Time": Season 2 (Netflix Original)
    "Sebastián Marcelo Wainraich" (Netflix Original)
    "The Adventures of Puss in Boots": Season 6 (Netflix Original)
    "Mau Nieto: Viviendo sobrio... desde el bar" (Netflix Original)

    Available January 28
    "El Ministerio del Tiempo": Seasons 1-3 (Netflix Original)

    Available January 29
    "The Force" (2017)

    Available January 30
    "Babylon Berlin": Season 1 & 2 (Netflix Original)
    "Death Race: Beyond Anarchy" (2018)
    "Retribution": Season 1 (Netflix Original)

    Available January 31
    "Disney·Pixar Cars 3" (2017)

  4. This 'Harry Potter' Chapter Written by a Bot Is Kind of Perfect

    A collection of Harry Potter books are pictured at the home of Caitlin Moore in Washington, DC."Harry Potter" fans have been blessed with lots of new content from the Wizarding World in recent years, thanks to the likes of the "Fantastic Beasts" film series, the "Cursed Child" sequel play, and the ongoing awesomeness of J.K. Rowling's Twitter feed. But what Potterheads will probably never see, sadly, is an eighth installment of the original book series. Thankfully, we now have robots to write one for us.

    The folks over at Botnik -- which according to its website is "a community of writers, artists and developers collaborating with machines to create strange new things" -- decided to give the people what they really want, and pen a new chapter of "Harry Potter." The twist? They used only a predictive text bot, which was fed with content from all seven of Rowling's "Potter" books.

    We used predictive keyboards trained on all seven books to ghostwrite this spellbinding new Harry Potter chapter

    — Botnik Studios (@botnikstudios) December 12, 2017

    Naturally, the results are pretty hilarious (sample line: "Magic: it was something that Harry Potter thought was very good"), while also perfectly illustrating certain character tropes that were hammered home throughout the series. Hermione is still the smartest one in the room, the main trio are "the only people who matter" at Hogwarts, and poor Ron is as much of a sad sack as ever ("Ron's Ron shirt was just as bad as Ron himself").

    And of course, the end features a classic Harry declaration, with our hero shouting, "I'm Harry Potter ... The dark arts better be worried, oh boy!"

    Twitter seems to be in agreement that there should be an entire "Potter" book written by Botnik, and we have to concur. After all, we need something to read while we wait for the new "HP" mobile game to be released.

    [via: Botnik]

  5. 'Titanic,' 'Goonies,' 'Die Hard' Among 2017 National Film Registry Selections

    The Library of Congress announced on Wednesday its annual additions to the National Film Registry, which preserves films of historic, cultural, and aesthetic importance. And like previous classes of inductees, the 25 pictures included this year are an eclectic bunch featuring Hollywood classics, recent critical darlings, and beloved children's flicks, among many others.

    Among the highlights of the 2017 group are Oscar-winning blockbuster "Titanic," Disney animated classic "Dumbo," and audience favorite '80s flicks "Die Hard," "The Goonies," and "Field of Dreams." The 1978 version of "Superman," WWII drama "Gentleman's Agreement," Christopher Nolan thriller "Memento," and Katharine Hepburn-Spencer Tracy-Sidney Poitier classic "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" also made the cut.

    According to the official announcement from Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, the 2017 selections span nearly 100 years of cinema, from 1905 to 2000. Their induction brings the National Film Registry's total number of motion pictures to 725.

    "The selection of a film to the National Film Registry recognizes its importance to American cinema and the nation's cultural and historical heritage," said Hayden in a statement. "Our love affair with motion pictures is a testament to their enduring power to enlighten, inspire and inform us as individuals and a nation as a whole. Being tasked with selecting only 25 each year is daunting because there are so many great films deserving of this honor."

    The full list of 2017 inductees, in alphabetical order, is below.

    Films Selected for the 2017 National Film Registry

    1. Ace in the Hole (aka Big Carnival) (1951)
    2. Boulevard Nights (1979)
    3. Die Hard (1988)
    4. Dumbo (1941)
    5. Field of Dreams (1989)
    6. 4 Little Girls (1997)
    7. Fuentes Family Home Movies Collection (1920s and 1930s)
    8. Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
    9. The Goonies (1985)
    10. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
    11. He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
    12. Interior New York Subway, 14th Street to 42nd Street (1905)
    13. La Bamba (1987)
    14. Lives of Performers (1972)
    15. Memento (2000)
    16. Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
    17. The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918)
    18. Spartacus (1960)
    19. Superman (1978)
    20. Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988)
    21. Time and Dreams (1976)
    22. Titanic (1997)
    23. To Sleep with Anger (1990)
    24. Wanda (1971)
    25. With the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain (1937-1938)

    [via: Library of Congress]

  6. SAG Awards 2018: Here Are the Screen Actors Guild Nominations 

    The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - ShowWho will be the Winona of the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards?

    Kristen Bell is hosting the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show on January 21 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT and TBS. It's hard to imagine this year's SAG Awards can outshine the viral magic of Winona Ryder's expressions, not to mention some fantastic speeches, but it can sure try.

    Nominations were just announced by Olivia Munn and Niecy Nash. "Stranger Things" is back in the mix with four nominations, along with fellow Netflix series "GLOW" and HBO's "Big Little Lies." On the film side, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" led with four nods.

    US-SAG AWARDS-NOMINATIONSHere is the full list of nominations for the TV and film categories (via Variety):


    Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:
    "The Big Sick"
    "Get Out"
    "Lady Bird"
    "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:
    Timothee Chalamet, "Call Me by Your Name"
    James Franco, "The Disaster Artist"
    Daniel Kaluuya, "Get Out"
    Gary Oldman, "Darkest Hour"
    Denzel Washington, "Roman J. Israel, Esq."

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:
    Judi Dench, "Victoria & Abdul"
    Sally Hawkins, "The Shape of Water"
    Frances McDormand, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
    Margot Robbie, "I, Tonya"
    Saoirse Ronan, "Lady Bird"

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:
    Steve Carell, "Battle of the Sexes"
    Willem Dafoe, "The Florida Project"
    Woody Harrelson,"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
    Richard Jenkins, "The Shape of Water"
    Sam Rockwell, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:
    Mary J. Blige, "Mudbound"
    Hong Chau, "Downsizing"
    Holly Hunter, "The Big Sick"
    Allison Janney, "I, Tonya"
    Laurie Metcalf, "Lady Bird"

    Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture:
    "Baby Driver"
    "War For The Planet Of The Apes"
    "Wonder Woman"

    24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations Announcement


    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
    Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock"
    Jeff Daniels, "Godless"
    Robert De Niro, "The Wizard of Lies"
    Geoffrey Rush, "Genius"
    Alexander Skarsgard, "Big Little Lies"

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
    Laura Dern, "Big Little Lies"
    Nicole Kidman, "Big Little Lies"
    Jessica Lange, "Feud: Bette & Joan"
    Susan Sarandon, "Feud: Bette & Joan"
    Reese Witherspoon, "Big Little Lies"

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:
    Jason Bateman, "Ozark"
    Sterling K. Brown, "This Is Us"
    Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"
    David Harbour, "Stranger Things"
    Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:
    Millie Bobby Brown, "Stranger Things"
    Claire Foy, "The Crown"
    Laura Linney, "Ozark"
    Elisabeth Moss, "The Handmaid's Tale"
    Robin Wright, "House of Cards"

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:
    Anthony Anderson, "Black-ish"
    Aziz Ansari, "Master of None"
    Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
    Sean Hayes, "Will & Grace"
    William H. Macy, "Shameless"
    Marc Maron, "GLOW"

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:
    Uzo Aduba, "Orange Is the New Black"
    Alison Brie, "GLOW"
    Jane Fonda, "Grace and Frankie"
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"
    Lily Tomlin, "Grace and Frankie"

    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series:
    "The Crown"
    "Game of Thrones"
    "The Handmaid's Tale"
    "Stranger Things"
    "This Is Us"

    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:
    "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
    "Orange is the New Black"

    Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series:
    "Game of Thrones"
    "Stranger Things"
    "The Walking Dead"

    Life Achievement Award
    54th Annual SAG Life Achievement Award: Morgan Freeman

    "The Big Sick" team should be happy they weren't snubbed by the SAG Awards, unlike the Golden Globes.

    Find out who wins on Sunday, January 21.

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  7. 'Arrow' Star Stephen Amell Trolled Crew With Fake 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Spoilers

    These aren't the spoilers you're looking for...

    Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen/Green Arrow) plays a superhero on "Arrow," but he turned to The Dark Side on set to troll coworkers with fake intel about "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." The highly anticipated movie opens later this week, but it did have its big world premiere over the weekend. So it was possible that Amell had seen it in advance and knew what happened. It just turns out he was joking.

    Here's what he confessed:

    I've been going up to crew members that are big Star Wars fans all day and telling them about the big twist in The Last Jedi even though I haven't seen it and the twist is totally made up. I am a terrible person.

    — Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) December 12, 2017

    People who have seen "The Last Jedi" shared some non-spoiler reactions, and they are mostly-to-very positive. See for yourself tomorrow, Friday, or over the weekend -- provided there are any tickets left near you.

    Meanwhile, Amell's "Arrow" will return from winter break on January 18, 2018 with Season 6, Episode 10, "Divided."

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  8. Jennifer Lawrence to Play the Last Woman Publicly Executed in Iceland  

    US-ENTERTAINMENT-WOMEN-BREAKFASTJennifer Lawrence is about to be beheaded.

    According to Variety, Lawrence will produce and star in the true-crime drama "Burial Rites," helmed by "Call Me by Your Name" director Luca Guadagnino.

    Lawrence will play Agnes Magnusdottir, a maid/farmhand sentenced to death for killing two men and setting fire to their home. She was the last woman publicly executed in Iceland, and they've since abolished capital punishment. The other person beheaded with her was a Fridrik Sigurdsson, 17. Another maid Sigridur Gudmundsdottir, 16, was reportedly sentenced to life in prison in Denmark.

    Variety said "Burial Rites" will draw on Hannah Kent's 2013 novel of that name, taking place as "Agnes awaits confirmation of her death sentence by the high court, a period of time that finds her reluctantly forging emotional and romantic bonds, while reflecting on her supposed crimes."

    There are shades of Margaret Atwood's "Alias Grace," which was recently adapted by Netflix.

    The Associated Press did a recent story on the crimes, saying an axe was imported from Denmark to carry out the beheadings, and the brother of one of the victims was chosen as executioner. "Every farm was instructed to send a male representative to witness the event and afterward the decapitated heads were jammed onto a stick for public viewing." Yikes. Full Ned Stark.

    Before "Burial Rites" comes out, Lawrence will be promoting the releases of "Red Sparrow" (opening March 2, 2018) and "X-Men: Dark Phoenix" (November 2, 2018).

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  9. 'Titanic' Child Star Says Kate Winslet Was Kept Away From Kids, for the Funniest Reason

    Sounds like Rose wasn't always ladylike on the "Titanic" set.

    Reece P. Thompson III, now 25, played the "Little Irish Boy" in the 1997 film. You'll remember him in a couple of scenes, including that truly heartbreaking one where his mother reads him and his sister a bedtime story as the ship goes down.

    Cosmopolitan talked to Thompson, who now works as a digital marketing director at a ski resort in Utah. He said, once people find out he was in "Titanic," they usually want to know how much money he made ("I want to say around $30,000") and if he got to meet stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

    Well, he did get to meet Leo. But not Kate.

    "I didn't meet Kate Winslet. Apparently — I'm sure she's a wonderful, sweet person — but apparently they had to keep her separate from the kids because she swore a lot. My mom met her and said that she was nice, but I never did."


    That sounds so Kate Winslet, though. She was 21-years-old when filming the role that would earn her an Oscar nomination. Working in those tight clothes, with the notoriously tough James Cameron, we'd probably do a lot of cursing, too.

    Leo had his own issues with Cameron, as Thompson shared. One of his other scenes as the young boy was walking down a hall on the ship while everyone's arriving, including Fabrizio (Danny Nucci) and Jack Dawson (DiCaprio). Cosmo asked what he remembered about that, and here's his response:

    "My mom told me about this: We did that one countless times and it was because James Cameron was getting incredibly frustrated that Leonardo couldn't walk down the hallway and say his lines at the same time."

    Thompson said he wasn't on set nearly as much as Leo, but they shared the same makeup room on the days when the young actor was on call.

    "And my mom told me that he was super friendly and making me laugh, making faces at me and stuff. Very small interaction."

    Small, but sweet and memorable -- at least for his mom.

    It has to be cool to have this experience in your past, even if it would be hard to remember the details at age 5. It's staggering the number of people who have seen him on screen, even if they wouldn't recognize him in real life now. At least his heart is still going on, 20 years later ... unlike his character's, or Jack's, whether he could've fit on that door or not.

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  10. Disney, Fox Deal Announcement Expected Thursday

    Disney is very close to a $60 billion deal to purchase a large of 21st Century Fox. CNBC reported that the announcement is expected Thursday.

    Under the deal, Disney would take on Fox's film and television studio, its cable TV networks like FX and NatGeo, and its 30 percent stake in Hulu. The U.K.-based Sky TV may also be included.

    Not part of the deal: the Fox broadcast network, Fox News Channel, and Fox Sports channels. These assets will form a new company, of which Fox shareholders will get a piece.

    Rumors of a deal began a month ago, but talks broke down and Comcast also expressed interest in Fox's entertainment properties.

    The deal would completely change the entertainment business landscape, combining two major film studios and several robust television producers. And Fox's library would add to Disney's own, as it tries to launch a proprietary streaming service to compete with Netflix and Amazon.

  11. 'Lady Bird's' Perfect 100 Percent Rotten Tomatoes Rating Ruined By This Guy

    "Lady Bird" just got its wings clipped.

    The coming-of-age tale written and directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan had become the best-reviewed movie on Rotten Tomatoes. After 196 reviews, it still maintained an 100 percent fresh rating, surpassing "Toy Story 2."

    Now, that's been ruined ... thanks to one dude named Cole Smithey. He posted a review on his website this weekend that give "Lady Bird" a B-minus. That brought its Rotten Tomatoes rating down to 99 percent.

    Smithey declared "Lady Bird" was "far from perfect" and added, "There are dozens of coming-of-age films that far outweigh this lightweight contender."

    (It should be noted he gave both "Wonder Woman" and "Dunkirk" an F, so that should tell you something.)

    "Lady Bird" may not have its 100 percent rating anymore, but it's still flying high — it just received four Golden Globe nominations yesterday.

  12. Don't Watch This 'Insidious: The Last Key' Trailer at Night

    Turn on all the lights and hang on to your blankie, because the new "Insidious: The Last Key" trailer is here to give us all nightmares.

    "The Last Key" is the fourth installment in the franchise (although the second in the chronology). It follows parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) who investigates supernatural disturbances at the house she lived in as a child. There's no place like home — for demons and ghosts from the Further Realm to terrify you day and night.

    The trailer is packed with jump scares and horrified expressions from Shaye, Tucker (Angus Sampson), and Specs (Leigh Whannell). Whannell also wrote the script, as he did the previous movies, with Adam Robitel directing.

    The tone and look of the movie seem about the same as the previous installments, which means you may want to sleep with a light on afterward.

    "Insidious: The Last Key" opens in theaters January 5.

  13. Seth Rogen to Play Walter Cronkite in 'Newsflash'

    AFI FEST 2017 Presented By Audi - Screening Of 'The Disaster Artist' - ArrivalsSeth Rogen is getting serious again.

    The actor has signed on to play iconic CBS anchor Walter Cronkite in "Newsflash," which follows the coverage of President John F. Kennedy's assassination on November 22, 1963. According to Deadline, Rogen is re-teaming with his "Pineapple Express" director, David Gordon Green.

    "Newsflash," written by Ben Jacoby, recently landed on the 2017 Black List, an annual poll of the best un-produced scripts in Hollywood.

    The movie chronicles how Cronkite became the most trusted newsman in the business. Other characters include producer Don Hewitt, boss Jacob Aubrey, and young field reporter Dan Rather. The story plays out in real time as CBS journalists scrambled to sift through incoming reports and rumors to deliver the truth to weeping viewers across the country.

    Rogen has taken on dramatic roles before, like as Steve Wozniak in "Steve Jobs." The plan reportedly is to have the movie ready for release by next November, the 55th anniversary of JFK's death.

  14. Steven Caple Jr. to Direct 'Creed 2' Starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone

    "Creed 2" hired a director — and it's not Sylvester Stallone.

    The star had flirted with directing the sequel to the 2015 hit, but instead, up-and-comer Steven Caple Jr. will take the reins, according to Variety.

    Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson will return to reprise their roles, as will Stallone. The first movie's director, Ryan Coogler, will serve as an executive producer, but has been busy himself with wrapping up "Black Panther."

    Stallone declared in an Instagram post in early October that he would direct and produce the sequel. But he reportedly stepped aside after discussing it with Jordan and studio executives.

    "The character of Adonis Creed reflects this generation and its challenges," Stallone said. "I believe it's important for the director to also be a part of this generation like I was in mine, to make the story as relatable as possible."

    Jordan was also excited to welcome his new director, who will begin production in March:

    Excited for Coogler to hand over the reins to Steven Caple, Jr. - our director for Creed 2! Can't wait to bring you guys the next chapter of our story ... coming at you November 2018. 👊🏾👊🏾 #Creed2

    — Michael B. Jordan (@michaelb4jordan) December 11, 2017

    This is Staple's first major movie project. He caught the industry's eyes with his IFC movie "The Land," which he directed right after USC and premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

    "Creed 2" is slated for release November 21, 2018.

  15. Netflix Trolls 53 Obsessive 'A Christmas Prince' Viewers and That's Not Cool

    Looks like someone is judging your Netflix bingeing habits — the company itself!

    Netflix recently called out 53 of its subscribers for watching (and rewatching) "A Christmas Prince," its original holiday movie which stars Rose McIver as an American journalist who pretends to be a tutor to infiltrate a royal family and ends up falling for the soon-to-be king.

    To the 53 people who've watched A Christmas Prince every day for the past 18 days: Who hurt you?

    — Netflix US (@netflix) December 11, 2017

    Sure, we're curious about this subset of people who apparently have a cheesy holiday movie on repeat, but we all have our Netflix viewing quirks. But Twitter was not cool at all with Netflix using its private data — to troll its own customers!

    They had some things to say:

    Why are you calling people out like that Netflix

    — Amanda Bell (@AmandaJuneBell) December 11, 2017

    I liked this tweet because it's good to be reminded that huge unaccountable companies use our personal data to dunk on us both literally and figuratively.

    — Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) December 11, 2017

    Netflix is watching you like Santa. Netflix knows if you've been bad or good and that's why you're getting a second season of "The OA."

    — Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint) December 11, 2017
    A few claimed to be among the 53:

    I am one of them

    — Christine Sydelko (@csydelko) December 11, 2017
    And of course, other brands tried to get in on it:

    If Netflix doesn't want you, there's always room on our couch! And if Christmas Princes aren't your thing, we've got meet cutes, serial killers, queenpins, and babysitters gone bad. We're not here to judge!

    — Lifetime (@lifetimetv) December 11, 2017
  16. 9 Star Wars Movies That You Will Never See

    We now live in a world where there's going to be a new "Star Wars" movie every year for possibly decades to come. But even with that embarrassment of nerd riches, we can't help but dwell on the Star Wars movies that never were.

    From Steven Spielberg's "Return of the Jedi" to George Lucas's original vision for the sequels to his original trilogy, these are the "Star Wars" movies that never were.

    "Star Wars" (1977)

    1. "Journal of the Whills"George Lucas had already begun writing "Star Wars" in earnest as early as 1973, but the early drafts bore little resemblance to what fans would actually see on the big screen.

    The earliest incarnation of "Star Wars" came in the form of a two-page treatment called "Journal of the Whills," which revolved around a character named CJ Thorpe, a pupil of "Jedi-Bendu" master Mace Windy. Basically, the treatment featured a bunch of weird names and concepts that Lucas had yet to forge into a real story.

    2. "The Star Wars"Eventually, Lucas managed to expand that early treatment into a full script he dubbed "The Star Wars." The original screenplay features characters like General Luke Skywalker and brothers Deak and Annikin Starkiller. Han Solo and Chewbacca were also present, though at that point Han was envisioned as a reptilian alien (see above). Elements like the Sith Empire and the Death Star were also present in this early draft.

    "The Star Wars" evolved over the course of several drafts, with each new iteration bringing the story closer to what fans know today. But for those curious about what might have been, Dark Horse Comics published a 2013 mini-series -- cover art above -- that adapts the original screenplay.

    "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980)

    3. Leigh Brackett's Draft
    Not her fourth draft, which many fans have read and debated over at conventions. No, this is the plot from her first draft -- and it has very, very little in common with the film we all know and love.

    Here, Han Solo goes in search of his father-in-law, Ovan Marekal, who has political ties with Darth Vader. Luke still goes to Dagobah, but here, it's just "the Bog Planet." And instead of meeting Yoda, he meets a frog-like Jedi named Minch, who teaches our favorite intergalactic farm boy the ways of the Force.

    In 1978, Lucas gave the screenwriter a shot to write the then-untitled sequel. He hired her based on her promising and prolific work as a science fiction author. (That explains the very prose-y way the script reads.) Brackett would never get to see how the final film turned out; she died one year after she turned in her script.

    "Return of the Jedi" (1983)

    4. The Early Lucas/Kasdan DraftsWhile it's not clear exactly how many revisions the "Return of the Jedi" screenplay went through during pre-production, over the years both Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan have revealed many major and minor edits that were made.

    Early on, the duo had to account for the very real possibility that Harrison Ford might not return. At one point, the film featured an early death for Han and didn't include Yoda at all. Early drafts also featured Wookiees in place of Ewoks, the resurrection of Obi-Wan Kenobi, and a spaghetti Western-worthy denouement as Luke walks sadly into the sunset instead of partying it up on Endor.

    5. Steven Spielberg or David Lynch's "Return of the Jedi"Even after Lucas and Kasdan completed their screenplay, there was a great deal of uncertainty as to who would actually direct the film. At varying points, Lucas approached David Lynch (who opted for for rival space fantasy film "Dune" instead), David Cronenberg (who did the same for "Videodrome") and even Steven Spielberg.

    We can't help but wonder how a Spielberg-directed "Episode VI" might have turned out. Would it still be considered the weak point of the Original Trilogy?

    "The Force Awakens" (2015)

    6. Lucas' Sequel Trilogy
    Lucas has given conflicting reports over the decades as to whether he ever planned to continue his "Star Wars" saga beyond the events of "Return of the Jedi." But when he sold the franchise to Disney in 2012, Lucas reportedly handed over story treatments for "Episodes VII," "VIII" and "IX." Little is known about the content of those treatments, other than the fact that Disney elected not to make use of them.

    Novelist Timothy Zahn offered probably the closest glimpse into Lucas' plans for the sequel trilogy, saying "The original idea as I understood it -- and Lucas changes his mind off and on, so it may not be what he's thinking right now -- but it was going to be three generations. You'd have the original trilogy, then go back to Luke's father and find out what happened to him, and if there was another seventh, eighth, or ninth film, it would be Luke's children."

    7. The Michael Arndt Draft"The Force Awakens" went through many rewrites before Disney and J.J. Abrams settled on a final shooting script, as the studio understandably wanted to make a good impression with jaded "Star Wars" fans.

    We don't know a great deal about the plot of Michael Arndt's original draft, other than the fact that it brought Luke Skywalker into the plot midway through rather than at the very end of the film. But even Arndt admitted that Luke's presence distracted from the new cast of characters.

    We also know that earlier drafts of the screenplay featured Rey having a flashback to Luke and Vader's fateful duel on Cloud City, and Poe dying when his stolen TIE Fighter crashed on Jakku. Thankfully for all the Poe/Finn shippers out there, he was later spared that fate.

    "Rogue One" (2016)

    8. The Original Cut

    "Rogue One" worried a great many "Star Wars" fans once word got out that Disney was moving forward with weeks of extensive rewrites and reshoots in summer 2016, a process that was overseen by Tony Gilroy rather than director Gareth Edwards. The goal was apparently to craft a lighter, more adventurous take, with many Disney and Lucasfilm higher-ups fearing the project was veering in too dark a direction. (Also, they had concern that Edwards' sense of story was less-than-strong for what they needed their first "Star Wars" film post-"TFA" to be.)

    The early trailers for "Rogue One" offer a taste of the film as it existed in its original form, as they feature many shots that were entirely absent in the final cut. That includes a glimpse of Director Krennic and his Stormtroopers wading through the beach on Scarif, alternate scenes with Vader, and a sequence where Jyn and Cassian charge directly into fire from a fleet of AT-ACT Walkers.

    9. The "Happy Ending" Version"Rogue One" is notable for its relatively dark ending, as the film's entire cast of heroes is killed during the Battle of Scarif. But that wasn't always the case.

    Writer Gary Whitta revealed that early drafts of the screenplay provided a happier ending for Jyn and Cassian (while other characters like Baze, Bodhi and Chirrut were completely absent). The film would have ended with Jyn and Cassian escaping the planet's surface and surviving the destruction of their ship by fleeing into an escape pod.

    But Whitta ultimately decided it just wasn't worth the effort, saying "The fact that we had to jump through so many hoops to keep them alive was the writing gods telling us that if they were meant to live it wouldn't be this difficult." That alternate ending exists only in storyboard form.

  17. First 'Mary, Queen of Scots' Photos: Saoirse Ronan & Margot Robbie Are Regally Ginger

    BAFTA Film Awards 2016 - Arrivals - LondonRed alert: This movie already looks amazing.

    Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan are competing against each other this awards season, in "I, Tonya" and "Lady Bird," respectively. After that, the actresses will bring their talents to a different kind of rivalry -- that of Queen of Scots Mary Stuart (Ronan) and Queen Elizabeth I (Robbie) in "Mary, Queen of Scots."

    The historical drama -- written by "House of Cards" creator Beau Willimon and directed by theater director Josie Rourke -- opens November 2, 2018. The script is based on John Guy's biography, "My Heart Is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots."

    Entertainment Weekly shared the first look photos of the rival 16th Century cousins:

    Saoirse Ronan's red-gold hair! It practically glows.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Mary, Queen of Scots" follows Ronan's Mary, who was taken to France as a child and betrothed to King Henry II's eldest son, Francis. When Francis died just a year after being crowned king, Mary returned to Scotland in an attempt to regain favor with her cousin, England's Queen Elizabeth.

    "Everyone manipulated their relationship," Robbie told EW. "It's complicated, it's tragic, and it's bizarre. The only other person in the world who could understand the position they were in was each other."

    "Mary, Queen of Scots" -- costarring David Tennant, Jack Lowden, Martin Compston, Joe Alwyn, and Brendan Coyle -- arrives in theaters Nov. 2, 2018.

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  18. Kumail Nanjiani Had the Most Creative Response to 'The Big Sick' Golden Globes Snub

    US-ENTERTAINMENT-HFPAOr, rather, "Steven Spielberg" responded.

    Kumail Nanjiani co-wrote and starred in the romantic comedy "The Big Sick," which is based on how he met his real-life wife, Emily V. Gordon. It was one of the most egregious snubs of the 2018 Golden Globe Award nominations, which just came out this morning. Steven Spielberg's "The Post," on the other hand, was one of the top nominees.

    Proving that he and his film really belonged in that comedy category, Nanjiani followed the nominations by tweeting a plug for his snubbed movie -- *and* creating a new Steven Spielberg meme in the process:

    Hey gang. This is Steven Spielberg tweeting from Kumail's phone. My fave movie this yr was The Big Sick. It's avail on Amazon Prime & iTunes & all that. Great movie to watch w the fam. I watched it w my family (the Spielbergs) & we all loved it. Handing phone back to Kumail now.

    — Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 11, 2017

    Hey @DEADLINE, Steven Spielberg tweeted that! I'll give the phone back to him.
    This is Steven (Spielberg.) I tweeted that. I directed Jaws, ET, BFG. See? I can name 3 of my films. It has to be me. Lincoln. That's 4. That's enough proof for you to retract.

    — Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 11, 2017

    Omg. You should be ashamed. Here I'll give the phone back to Steven Spielberg.

    Mike, Steve(n Spielberg) here. Big fan of your work. Not a fan of you calling me a liar. I Always tell the truth. I challenge you to a Duel. Or we can argue & have a real War of the Wor(l)ds! Lincoln.

    — Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 11, 2017

    You know who loved that gag? "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson, who pulled his own Spielberg:

    Ok this is Kumail tweeting from Rian's phone- Steven Spielberg stole my phone, he fake-handed it back to me then ran off. If anyone has eyes on Steven Spielberg please tell him I'm not mad I just want my phone back it has wedding pictures on it. Also go see the last jedi on 12/15

    — Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) December 11, 2017

    Rian! I forgot to return your phone to you! Shoot! Only option we have now is for me to come over to your house and return it and watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi with you early before it comes out 12/15 in theaters everywhere. (I logged into my twitter on your phone to do this.)

    — Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 11, 2017

    Yes! More fans and friends had fun with ... shall we call it Spielberg-ing?:

    Kumail, it was great running into you and Steven Spielberg, who was definitely with you. Here's that photo I took of him using your phone to tweet. Sorry my friend Rihanna was blocking you in the pic.

    — Brian Lynch (@BrianLynch) December 11, 2017

    I am passing Steven Spielberg my phone. "To further prove I tweeted from Kumail's phone, I want to sincerely apologize for A.I." He handed phone back to me. I think that settles the matter.

    — Ron Waxman (@RonWaxman) December 11, 2017

    Steven asked Kumail to not share their selfie, but I snapped this picture of it.

    — Brett (@IdealGasLaw) December 11, 2017

    Hey bill collectors. This is Steven Spielberg tweeting from Faith's phone. Stop calling Faith asking for student loans & all that. My family (the Spielbergs) thinks Faith should get a 5 year deferment because this comedy thing is blowing up soon. Handing phone back to Faith now.

    — Faith Choyce (@faithchoyce) December 11, 2017

    This is Steven Spielberg tweeting from Danielle's phone telling all media companies to pay her any outstanding invoices before the end of the month. Ok giving the phone back to Danielle now.

    — Danielle Sepulveres (@ellesep) December 11, 2017

    Hey gang. This is Steven Spielberg tweeting from Tim's phone. My favorite person in the world other than my family (the Spielbergs). He is looking for work in the TV and film industry and all that. He's such a swell guy! Anyways, I gotta go. Handing the phone back to Tim now! L8!

    — cafè (@timbrownies) December 11, 2017

    Steven Spielberg should find a way to reference all of this at the Golden Globes -- or the Oscars, if "The Big Sick" gets a nod there.

    Spielberg directed "The Post," which earned him a best director Golden Globe nod. Here's what he did say (via THR) in reaction to that film's nominations:

    "I am thrilled by today's recognition by the HFPA and particularly happy for our nominees who made this movie happen —Meryl and Tom, Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, Amy Pascal and Kristie Macosko Krieger, and of course, John Williams. I only wish Kay Graham were still here to experience how much her story affects all of us."

    As "Steven" noted, "The Big Sick" is now available on digital, streaming, and disc. "The Post" opens December 22.

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  19. 2018 Golden Globe Nominations: The Biggest Snubs and Surprises

    As this morning's Golden Globe nominations announcement suggested, it's going to be a weird awards season.

    The current rebellion in Hollywood -- marked by the drive for inclusive representation in front of and behind the camera, and the toppling-domino takedown of power players accused of sexual harassment or assault -- means that all bets are off when it comes to predicting whom Globe voters still favor and who they don't want showing up on the red carpet at their televised party on January 7. Here, then, are some of the selections and omissions that baffled us this morning.


    Unlike the Oscars, the Globes divide movies into two categories: dramas and comedies or musicals. That allows for twice the nominees in several fields, as well as providing recognition for movies the Academy seldom considers weighty enough to recognize. And yet... where the heck is "The Big Sick"? It's one of this year's most beloved comedies and it's been considered a likely awards favorite for months. But the Globes gave it nada - nothing for co-screenwriter/star Kumail Nanjiani, or co-star Zoe Kazan, or even supporting actress and awards-season perennial Holly Hunter.

    Also completely snubbed was "Beauty and the Beast," which is only the top-grossing film of the year to date. (Keep your pants on, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" fans.) You'd think they'd have nominated Emma Watson just to see her dazzle on the red carpet, but nope.

    Indeed, the Globe comedy/musical categories are often a weird grab bag. This year, they decided that satirical horror film "Get Out" was a comedy, and they did nominate it in the comedy categories for Best Picture and Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya). But nothing for any of the other actors, or for Jordan Peele's whip-smart screenplay or his sharp direction.

    In fact, "Get Out" should consider itself lucky to be nominated at all, given the HFPA's sudden hostility toward genre movies. Last year, they gave a nod to "Deadpool," but this year's "Wonder Woman," which became a political and cultural touchstone for reasons far beyond its success as a superhero franchise movie, got bupkes. No nods for star Gal Gadot or director Patty Jenkins -- or, for that matter, any of this year's other acclaimed women directors, such as Greta Gerwig ("Lady Bird"), Dee Rees ("Mudbound"), and Kathryn Bigelow ("Detroit"). And nothing for other acclaimed performances in genre movies, like Patrick Stewart in "Logan" or Harrison Ford in "Blade Runner 2049." Although "Baby Driver" wheelman Ansel Elgort outraced such potential Best Comedy/Musical actor nominees as Nanjiani, Adam Sandler ("The Meyerowitz Stories"), Matt Damon ("Downsizing"), and Channing Tatum ("Logan Lucky").

    Then again, no one faced a more drastic omission this year than Kevin Spacey. When it was his turn to be implicated as an alleged serial sexual assailant, his completed performance in "All the Money in the World" was cut from the almost-finished film, and director Ridley Scott replaced him at the very last minute with Christopher Plummer in reshoots.

    Now, to add insult to injury, Plummer has landed a Supporting Actor nomination, over such likelier prospects as Mark Rylance ("Dunkirk"), Ben Mendelsohn ("Darkest Hour") and Michael Stuhlbarg ("Call Me By Your Name"). The film also saw a somewhat surprising Best Actress nomination for Michelle Williams, over such prospects as Gadot and Kate Winslet ("Wonder Wheel"). Maybe the HFPA just doesn't like movies with "Wonder" in the title; the current Julia Roberts drama hit by that name got nothing either.

    Still, the HFPA will always love Denzel Washington and Helen Mirren. Washington got a nod for the otherwise unloved "Roman J. Israel, Esq.," while Mirren was named in the Best Comedy/Musical Actress category for "The Leisure Seeker," which few critics have seen and which won't be released stateside until January. But both the Best Actor and Actress fields are so shallow this year that it's hard to say who got pushed out -- "Stronger"'s Jake Gyllenhaal, maybe? Emma Watson or Zoe Kazan?

    Given the Foreign Press's fondness for foreign directors this year (the only American on the list is Steven Spielberg for "The Post"), you'd think they could have found room for Luca Guadagnino ("Call Me by Your Name") or Joe Wright ("Darkest Hour").

    Oh, and if you're a fan of "The LEGO Batman Movie" wondering why it didn't get nominated for Animated Feature while something called "The Breadwinner" did? Don't be so surprised. A story about an Afghan girl who disguises herself as a boy to find work and support her family, "Breadwinner" comes from Nora Twomey, the Irish animator behind such recent surprise nominees as "The Secret of Kells" and "Song of the Sea."


    For all the Emmy love shown over the years to "Veep" and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the Globes have never nominated the show or its star, and the shutout continued this year. The long-awaited return of Larry David and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" didn't make an impression either.

    The even longer-awaited return of "Twin Peaks" may have been the most critically beloved show of the year, but it landed a nomination only for star Kyle MacLachlan. Globe voters did like the return of "Will & Grace" enough to nominate the show for Best Comedy and Eric McCormack for Best Actor, but none of the other three stars made the cut.

    "Stranger Things" got a nod for Best Drama and for co-star David Harbour, but nothing else. And nothing for some other critically-praised Netflix shows, including "Godless" and "Mindhunter."

    The Hollywood purge of accused sexual harassers has made past Globe favorites Spacey and Jeffrey Tambor unwelcome at this year's awards, along with their shows, "House of Cards" and "Transparent."

    At least "Transparent" streamer Amazon is represented by "I Love Dick" (with a nod for co-star Kevin Bacon) and recent release "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" (nominated for Best Comedy Series and Best Comedy Actress, for Rachel Brosnahan). Three of the broadcast networks (CBS, Fox, and the CW) didn't get nominated at all. The game really has moved to the streaming services (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu), where you can watch nominated shows like "Mrs. Maisel," "Master of None," and "The Handmaid's Tale" that speak to the current moment and practice inclusivity -- if you're comfortable enough to spare a few extra bucks per month for streaming subscriptions.

  20. Golden Globes 'High-Key Petty' to Nominate Christopher Plummer for Reshot Kevin Spacey Role

    13th Annual Monte Cristo Awards - InsideIt's savage. It's kinda funny, too, until you realize Patrick Stewart could've had that spot for "Logan."

    The 2018 Golden Globe nominations came out this morning, and director Ridley Scott's "All the Money in the World" picked up nominations for himself as director, Michelle Williams for best actress in a drama, and Chrisopher Plummer for best supporting actor.

    The Plummer one was especially surprising since he famously took over that role in November, after the movie was already finished, when Ridley Scott decided to replace Kevin Spacey. Scott did some very quick reshoots to keep the film's December 22 release date, which was eventually changed to Christmas Day itself.

    So, somehow -- in the past few weeks -- Ridley Scott reshot and edited the film, put out a new trailer, and got screeners out to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for awards consideration?

    The nominations, especially for Plummer, felt like more of a slap to Kevin Spacey than an award for Christopher Plummer, no matter how good he probably is in the movie. (And when is he ever not good?)

    The fact that Christopher Plummer got a #GoldenGlobes nod for a role he did in two weeks for part originally given to Kevin Spacey is high-key petty of the HFPA

    — Black Girl Nerds (@BlackGirlNerds) December 11, 2017

    Shows Christopher Plummer's talent as a true artist . The ability to take over a role, learn lines, to deliver a performance in two weeks is amazing. That's acting

    — MsTea (@ebonyteasociety) December 11, 2017

    Biggest surprise story out of the #GoldenGlobes nods: ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD landing multiple nods. With the nod for Christopher Plummer, it's gotta be the first time an actor was nominated for a role he landed & performed in span of one month

    — ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) December 11, 2017

    whomst has actually seen christopher plummer's performance outside of ridley scott and the crushed red bull cans in his editing suite

    — yohana desta (@yohanadesta) December 11, 2017


    — Scott Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) December 11, 2017

    If this isn't an indictment of the entire cinematic award season, I don't know what it...Par for 2017.

    — If you ain't First Jedi, you're Last Jedi (@ThirdPrice) December 11, 2017

    Patrick Stewart should've gotten that spot with Logan

    — Kyle Lopez (@lopes403) December 11, 2017

    They're for real gonna give Christopher Plummer a golden globe for not being Kevin spacey?

    — Justin Bueltel (@JustinBueltel) December 11, 2017

    So Kevin Spacey's sexual assault allegations came out, his role in "All the Money in the World" was immediately replaced by Christopher Plummer, and now Plummer has been nominated for a Golden Globe for that exact role.

    Damn, Hollywood. Your unpersoning methods are savage.

    — Azalea, Who Shed Blood for the Valkyrie Captain (@AzaleaCloud) December 11, 2017

    I'm just fascinated by how perfectly HFPA it is to nominate Christopher Plummer for a role he finished filming like twenty minutes ago.

    — sara (@sarrible) December 11, 2017

    Everyone when Christopher Plummer goes up to accept his #GoldenGlobe for #AllTheMoneyInTheWorld.

    — William Yu (@its_willyu) December 11, 2017

    I'm laughing at the fact that Christopher Plummer JUST replaced Kevin Spacey in ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD and he already has a Golden Globe nomination for it. Wtf?

    — Winifred (@winifredtbh) December 11, 2017

    It's true that the Golden Globes are the "fun" awards show -- known for boozy speeches and the insular HFPA's adoration of famous names -- as opposed to the more respected and serious Academy Awards. Fans can judge Plummer's performance as J. Paul Getty when "All the Money in the World" opens on December 25. The 2018 Golden Globe Awards will air Sunday, January 7 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.

    [Via: Twitter]

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  21. 'Avengers,' 'Star Wars,' 'Stranger Things' Stars Support Bullied Boy in Viral Video

    US-PREMIERE-AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRONYoung Keaton Jones must feel like a superhero right now. But will he still feel that way after the backlash?

    Over the weekend, a video went viral showing Keaton's mother taping her son as he tearfully explained how he's bullied at school. He asked why some people make fun of others just because they're different:

    This is Keaton Jones, he lives in Knoxville and he has a little something to say about

    — Everything TN (@Everything_TN) December 9, 2017

    The video broke hearts across the Internet, with celebrities jumping in to support Keaton -- including actors from "The Walking Dead," "Stranger Things," "Star Wars," and the "Avengers," plus musicians and athletes. Keaton and his mom were even offered free tickets to the "Avengers: Infinity War" premiere, and Hailee Steinfeld asked Keaton to be her date to the upcoming "Pitch Perfect 3" premiere:

    Stay strong, Keaton. Don't let them make you turn cold. I promise it gets better. While those punks at your school are deciding what kind of people they want to be in this world, how would you and your mom like to come to the Avengers premiere in LA next year?

    — Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) December 10, 2017

    Little buddy, I was bullied when I was a kid. You are right #ItGetsBetter! You are my own personal super hero. Protect Yo Heart. You got a pal in the Hulk.

    — Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) December 10, 2017

    Keaton, will you've my guest at the Premiere of #InfinityWar too? I think you are about one of the coolest kids I have ever seen! Can't wait to meet you in person, pal. Forget those ignorant kids. One day, very soon, they are going to feel pretty stupid for this.

    — Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) December 11, 2017

    Hi @Lakyn_Jones, could you pass this message along to Keaton? ❤

    — Hailee Steinfeld (@HaileeSteinfeld) December 10, 2017

    Keaton-Don't waste time wondering why a bully would be so mean-They're sad people who think hurting others will make them feel better because they really don't like themselves-They're just jealous because you're so smart & handsome❤️Your friend-mh

    — @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) December 10, 2017

    We hear you #KeatonJones. I was bullied constantly growing up. And could never have put into words what you have. It does get better. And it gets better because of who are and what you know and how you share it with all of us. Thank you for your courage.

    — Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) December 9, 2017

    Keaton, this is so accurate. Why do people do this? I think your sooo cool Keaton! I wanna be your friend ( but srsly) ur freakin awesome ❤️

    — Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebbrown) December 9, 2017

    Hey #KeatonJones Just saw your video about the tough time you're going through. Not sure if you're a Walking Dead fan but if it happens that you are then please be in touch as I would love to see you and your family @WalkrStalkrCon show in Nashville next year. On me. X

    — Tom Payne (@justanactor) December 10, 2017

    My dude. Lotta folks got your back. Me included. I'll come down and have a chat with anybody getting on your nerves. You're awesome my man. Be strong. Always. You will win because you are the better man. Believe that. Xojd

    — Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) December 10, 2017

    If anyone knows how I can send something to Keaton... find a way to let me know. Have some stuff I'd like to send him. I've looked at some of these responses to his video.... very awesome. All of you. Xojd

    — Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) December 11, 2017

    So I got the chance to spend the day with my new best bud Keaton. It was unbelievable to get to know him and realize that we have a lot in common. This dude is very special and has changed my life forever. Now I have the little brother I always wanted! God bless you my man

    — Jarrett Guarantano✞ (@BroadwayJay2) December 11, 2017

    😡 I got more to say‼️ A lot of Kids bully others because Their Parents are Bullies and also Violent. It's starts at Home. #StandWithKeaton #KeatonStrong #KeatonJones

    — Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) December 11, 2017

    💔Now more than ever the tone has been set that it's ok and even effective to bully😒This ain't the old school bullying either: it continues at home & on SOCIAL MEDIA. Children👏🏽are 👏🏽committing 👏🏽suicide👏🏽
    They need compassion, inclusion & protection🙏🏽

    — Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) December 11, 2017

    Listen to Justin Bieber's heartfelt message on Instagram for #KeatonJones who was bullied. Keaton's message has now gone viral bringing awareness across the world. #StandwithKeaton

    — Glitter Magazine (@glittermagazine) December 11, 2017

    This broke my 💔 today. Please be kind to one another. #standwithkeaton

    — KATY PERRY (@katyperry) December 10, 2017

    The kids who bullied Keaton Jones on Monday morning....... #StandwithKeaton

    — DirtDogDad (@DirtDogDad) December 11, 2017

    It's good to see so many influential people speak up against bullying. Obviously Keaton isn't the only bullied child in the country, or the world, but he stood in for so many others. Some fans used the #StandWithKeaton hashtag to share other stories of bullying to make this more inclusive, beyond Keaton, and try to use it to create actual change in schools.

    A child shouldn't have to make a video on bullying go viral for us to pay attention. This happens every day in schools. Adults ignore the signs. We have to be better, do more for kids like Keaton Jones.

    Thank you Keaton. Amazing person! ☺ #StandWithKeaton

    — Nicki 🤓 (@nickiknowsnada) December 11, 2017

    After the video went viral, questions came out about Keaton's family's background, and allegations about what Keaton might've said to the kids who bullied him. Basically, the conversation is broadening to a bigger picture, which can only be a good thing -- as long as it sticks with facts instead of assumptions, and we all remember that kids aren't responsible for their parents' actions.

    We can't start qualifying our anti bullying stance on politics or character of parents - I mean, how is that anything other than more bullying. Kids don't choose their parents or circumstances.

    — Hend Amry (@LibyaLiberty) December 11, 2017

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  22. 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' First Reactions Are 'Bonkers,' 'Ballsy,' & 'Mind-Blowing'  

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi PremierePrepare for "more goosebump moments" than ever before in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."

    Episode VIII had its big world premiere on Saturday, with reactions pouring onto social media. Since the biggest takeaway is the suggestion to avoid spoilers at all cost, there are no spoilers in these early review tweets. Instead, they offer an intriguing mix of hints for fans on what's ahead.

    See for yourself:

    I'm going to go ahead and say it: #TheLastJedi is a go-for-broke masterpiece. It's exciting, moving and strange. Know as little as possible going in and you'll be dazzled more fully. Also the porgs were everything.

    — Drew Taylor (@DrewTailored) December 10, 2017

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi is everything. Intense, funny, emotional, exciting. It's jam-packed with absolutely jaw dropping moments and I loved it so, so much. I'm still shaking.

    — Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) December 10, 2017

    #StarWars #TheLastJedi is bonkers. I honestly don't have any words. It's jam packed and full of surprises. Avoid spoilers at all costs!

    — Rachel Heine (@RachelHeine) December 10, 2017

    #TheLastJedi is absolutely fantastic - gripping, touching, funny and powerful w/ gorgeous shots and the most badass battles. When it gets going, holy crap does it get going. Hands down the best #StarWars movie since Empire

    — ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) December 10, 2017

    Luke was right: "This is not going to go the way you think." #TheLastJedi will shatter you - and then make you whole again.

    — Anthony Breznican (@Breznican) December 10, 2017

    I need to see it again. This is a ballsy, very different #starwars film. #TheLastJedi

    — Kristian Harloff (@KristianHarloff) December 10, 2017

    It's AMAZING. Just amazing. Have a lot to process, but WOW. #lastjedi

    — Ryan Parker (@TheRyanParker) December 10, 2017

    #StarWarsTheLastJedi floored me. @rianjohnson and the team nail so much - thrills, laughs, heart and most of all, pushing the characters/overall franchise a major step forward. Some really rich material to explore in the future. Can't wait for more.

    — Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) December 10, 2017

    THE LAST JEDI has more goosebump moments than any Star Wars movie I can remember. I was grinning for most of the 2 and a half hours. A worthy and great Star Wars film. The franchise is in great hands. Kudos to @rianjohnson

    — Josh Horowitz (@joshuahorowitz) December 10, 2017

    There's a scene in #StarWars #TheLastJedi that I keep playing over and over in my head, that is so stunning and unexpected that I don't want to forget how I felt seeing it for the first time. This movie feels unlike any other Star Wars movie in all the ways I hoped.

    — Terri Schwartz (@Terri_Schwartz) December 10, 2017

    The Last Jedi is a grand slam home run. Congrats, @rianjohnson

    Get ready, everyone. Mind blower.

    — Craig Mazin (@clmazin) December 10, 2017

    The Last Jedi is incredible. Character at the forefront, amazing action and so so so much emotional payoff decades in the making. I will be watching this one a lot.

    — Eric Vespe (@EricVespe) December 10, 2017

    There aren't enough words to express how much I LOVED #StarWars #TheLastJedi! It is mind-blowing! I'm in geek heaven!

    — Jenna Busch (@JennaBusch) December 10, 2017

    THE LAST JEDI: A little too long & dragged in the middle, but great fun overall! As good as The Force Awakens; Rogue One is better! More humor than expected, great #StarWars moments, #MarkHamill is awesome! A worthy Episode VIII

    — Scott Mantz (@MovieMantz) December 10, 2017

    Full reviews will be posted soon, but it sounds like the early reaction is mostly-to-very positive. "The Last Jedi" officially opens this Friday, Dec. 15, but there are Thursday screenings at most theaters.

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  23. Golden Globes 2018: Here's the List of Nominations  

    (FILES) This file photo taken on January 9, 2016 shows a worker adjusts signage in the arrivals area for the 73nd annual Golden Globe Awards, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.Hollywood's elite hits the red carpet on January 8, 2017 for the 74th Golden Globes, launching a fiercely-contested awards season that looks set to reward escapist fantasy and gritty drama in equal measure.  / AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECKLet's get this party started!

    The 75th Golden Globe Awards, hosted by first-timer Seth Meyers, will air January 7, 2018 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC. The nominations were just revealed early this morning (Monday, Dec. 11), honoring the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's picks for the best in movies and TV from 2017.

    The noms were read off in two separate batches, by Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell, and Sharon Stone:
    Without further ado, here are the 2018 nominees:


    Best Television Series – Comedy:

    • "Black-ish"
    • "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
    • "Master of None"
    • "SMILF"
    • "Will & Grace"

    Best Television Series – Drama:

    • "The Crown"
    • "Game of Thrones"
    • "The Handmaid's Tale"
    • "Stranger Things"
    • "This is Us"

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama:

    • Caitriona Balfe, "Outlander"
    • Claire Foy, "The Crown"
    • Maggie Gyllenhaal, "The Deuce"
    • Katherine Langford, "13 Reasons Why"
    • Elisabeth Moss, "The Handmaid's Tale"

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama:

    • Sterling K. Brown, "This is Us"
    • Freddie Highmore, "The Good Doctor"
    • Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"
    • Liev Schreiber, "Ray Donovan"
    • Jason Bateman, "Ozark"

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy:

    • Anthony Anderson, "Black-ish"
    • Aziz Ansari "Master of None"
    • Kevin Bacon, "I Love Dick"
    • William H. Macy, "Shameless"
    • Eric McCormack, "Will and Grace"

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy:

    • Pamela Adlon, "Better Things"
    • Alison Brie, "Glow"
    • Issa Rae, "Insecure"
    • Rachel Brosnahan, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
    • Frankie Shaw, "SMILF"

    Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

    • "Big Little Lies"
    • "Fargo"
    • "Feud: Bette and Joan"
    • "Top of the Lake: China Girl"
    • "The Sinner"

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

    • Jessica Biel, "The Sinner"
    • Nicole Kidman, "Big Little Lies"
    • Jessica Lange, "Feud: Bette and Joan"
    • Susan Sarandon, "Feud: Bette and Joan"
    • Reese Witherspoon, "Big Little Lies"

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

    • Robert De Niro, "The Wizard of Lies"
    • Jude Law, "The Young Pope"
    • Kyle MacLachlan, "Twin Peaks"
    • Ewan McGregor, "Fargo"
    • Geoffrey Rush, "Genius"

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

    • Laura Dern, "Big Little Lies"
    • Ann Dowd, "The Handmaid's Tale"
    • Chrissy Metz, "This is Us"
    • Michelle Pfeiffer, "The Wizard of Lies"
    • Shailene Woodley, "Big Little Lies"

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

    • Alfred Molina, "Feud"
    • Alexander Skarsgard, "Big Little Lies"
    • David Thewlis, "Fargo"
    • David Harbour, "Stranger Things"
    • Christian Slater, "Mr. Robot"


    Best Picture – Drama:

    • "Call Me by Your Name"
    • "Dunkirk"
    • "The Post"
    • "The Shape of Water"
    • "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

    Best Picture – Comedy or Musical:

    • "The Disaster Artist"
    • "Get Out"
    • "The Greatest Showman"
    • "I, Tonya"
    • "Lady Bird"

    Best Director, Motion Picture:

    • Guillermo del Toro, "The Shape of Water"
    • Martin McDonagh, "Three Billboards"
    • Christopher Nolan, "Dunkirk"
    • Ridley Scott, "All the Money In the World"
    • Steven Spielberg, "The Post"

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:

    • Steve Carell, "Battle of the Sexes"
    • Ansel Elgort, "Baby Driver"
    • James Franco, "The Disaster Artist"
    • Hugh Jackman, "The Greatest Showman"
    • Daniel Kaluuya, "Get Out"

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:

    • Judi Dench, "Victoria & Abdul"
    • Margot Robbie, "I, Tonya"
    • Saoirse Ronan, "Lady Bird"
    • Emma Stone, "Battle of the Sexes"
    • Helen Mirren, "The Leisure Seeker"

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama:

    • Jessica Chastain, "Molly's Game"
    • Sally Hawkins, "The Shape of Water"
    • Frances McDormand, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
    • Meryl Streep, "The Post"
    • Michelle Williams, "All the Money in the World"

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama:

    • Timothée Chalamet, "Call Me by Your Name"
    • Daniel Day-Lewis, "Phantom Thread"
    • Tom Hanks, "The Post"
    • Gary Oldman, "Darkest Hour"
    • Denzel Washington, "Roman J. Israel, Esq."

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:

    • Mary J. Blige, "Mudbound"
    • Hong Chau, "Downsizing"
    • Allison Janney, "I, Tonya"
    • Laurie Metcalf, "Lady Bird"
    • Octavia Spencer, "The Shape of Water"

    Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:

    • Willem Dafoe, "The Florida Project"
    • Armie Hammer, "Call Me by Your Name"
    • Richard Jenkins, "The Shape of Water"
    • Christopher Plummer, "All the Money in the World"
    • Sam Rockwell, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

    Best Animated Film:

    • "The Boss Baby"
    • "The Breadwinner"
    • "Coco"
    • "Ferdinand"
    • "Loving Vincent"

    Best Original Score – Motion Picture:

    • "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
    • "The Shape of Water"
    • "Phantom Thread"
    • "The Post"
    • "Dunkirk"

    Best Screenplay – Motion Picture:

    • "The Shape of Water"
    • "Lady Bird"
    • "The Post"
    • "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
    • "Molly's Game"

    Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

    • "A Fantastic Woman"
    • "First They Killed My Father"
    • "In the Fade"
    • "Loveless"
    • "The Square"

    Yes, Christopher Plummer got a nomination for his last-minute work replacing Kevin Spacey. Amazing.

    Here are last year's winners, for comparison's sake. Awards season is now in full swing, beyond the Golden Globes. Check out the recently released 2018 Critics' Choice Awards nominations, also in both TV and film. Next up are the coveted 2018 Oscar nominations, which will be revealed on January 23.

    The 2018 Golden Globe Awards will air Sunday, January 7 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.

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  24. What's New on TV, Netflix, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: December 11-17

    At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.

    New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital

    Will Christopher Nolan's World War II epic win Best Picture at the 2018 Oscars? We'll have to wait until March to find out. But you can watch the film at home starting this Tuesday, Dec. 12 on Digital HD, and then next Tuesday, Dec. 19 on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD. The many bonus features are divided into various categories, including "Creation," "Land," "Air," "Sea," and "Conclusion."

    "The LEGO NINJAGO Movie"
    Watch the battle for NINJAGO City on Digital December 12, then Blu-ray and DVD on December 19. The animated comedy -- featuring the voices of Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Zach Woods, and Jackie Chan -- will also be available on Movies Anywhere. The DVD and Blu-ray both include deleted scenes and a LEGO NINJAGO TV Series Sneak Peek. The Blu-ray also comes with several more featurettes, music videos, outtakes, and a few mini-movies.

    This modern take on the '90s classic has a great cast, led by Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, and Kiersey Clemons. The afterlife experience arrives first on digital December 12 and then on Blu-ray and DVD December 26. Digital and Blu-ray bonus materials include four behind-the-scenes featurettes, plus deleted and extended scenes. The DVD has two featurettes.

    "Jean-Claude Van Johnson" Season 1 (Amazon Original)
    This new Amazon Original Series stars Jean-Claude Van Damme playing "Jean-Claude Van Damme," a global martial arts and film sensation, also operating under the alias of "Johnson" as the world's best undercover private contractor. The first season begins this Friday, Dec. 15, only on Amazon.

    New on DVD and Blu-ray

    "Kingsman: The Golden Circle"
    Taron Egerton's Eggsy returns for this Kingsman sequel, costarring Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, and even Elton John. The action comedy is already on Movies Anywhere, and it arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD December 12. There are several behind-the-scenes featurettes on the making of the film, including "Black Cab Chaos: Anatomy of a Killer Chase," which is available on the Blu-ray, 4K, and DVD.

    "Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season"
    Winter is coming! And, just in time, the penultimate season is arriving December 12 on Blu-ray and DVD. The discs come packed with exclusive new bonus content, including audio commentaries on every episode, two new behind-the-scenes featurettes, and (for a limited time) a bonus disc containing "Conquest & Rebellion: An Animated History of the Seven Kingdoms," a 45-minute extension of the award-winning "History & Lore" features included on previous individual Blu-ray season releases.

    Director Kathryn Bigelow's crime drama -- starring John Boyega, Will Poulter, John Krasinski, and Anthony Mackie -- arrives on Blu-ray and DVD December 12. The discs include several special featurettes on the history surrounding the events portrayed in the film, including five behind-the-scenes featurettes, and a music video featuring Algee Smith and the real Larry Reed from The Dramatics.

    Redbox: New titles coming to the big red box on Tuesday, Dec. 12 include "Atomic Blonde," "True Detective" Seasons 1 and 2, "Kingsman: The Secret Service," "All Saints," "Cops and Robbers," "Border Cross," "The 13th Friday," "The Heist," and "The Last Rites of Ransom Pride."

    New on Netflix

    "Wormwood" (Netflix Original)"Witness the untold true story of the CIA, LSD experiments, mind control, and the death of a family man."This six-episode docudrama from acclaimed filmmaker Errol Morris defies easy labels, but it stars Peter Sarsgaard -- and several other fantastic actors -- and you can watch it for yourself this Friday, Dec. 15.

    "Christmas Inheritance" (Netflix Original)
    In the mood for a Christmas romance? Netflix is streaming this original film starring Eliza Taylor, Jake Lacy, and Andie MacDowell starting December 15. "Before ambitious heiress Ellen Langford can inherit her father's gift business, she must deliver a special Christmas card to her dad's former partner in Snow Falls, the hometown she never knew. When a snowstorm strands her at the town inn, she's forced to work for her keep, and in the process, finds romance and discovers the true gift of Christmas."

    "The Santa Clause" (1994)
    "The Santa Clause 2" (2002)
    "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause" (2006)

    Also just in time for Christmas, Netflix is releasing Tim Allen's three films in "The Santa Clause" franchise, all available for streaming starting December 12.

    TV Worth Watching

    "The Exorcist" Season 2 Finale (Friday on FOX at 9 p.m.)
    Why aren't more people watching this amazing horror show? It's not too late to catch up. Binge the first nine episodes of Season 2 (and all of Season 1, if you're not up-to-date, although you can watch Season 2 alone) and prepare for the big finale this Friday. Here's the synopsis from FOX: "Everything has led to this moment. As one priest fights for his life in the hospital, another is forced to confront the ghosts of his past. With time running out to save Andy's (John Cho) life, one of the exorcists must make the ultimate sacrifice in the all-new 'Unworthy' Season 2 finale."

    "Mr. Robot" Season 3 Finale (Wednesday on USA at 10 p.m.)
    Rami Malek's mind-trip drama hasn't gotten as much attention this year as the first two seasons, and it's already ending its 10-episode third season this week. In "shutdown -r," USA teases, "elliot tries to save darlene but sh*t doesn't go as planned. mr. robot needs to step up or step back ffs. angela considers the price."

    "The Librarians" Season 4 Premiere (Wednesday on TNT at 8 p.m.)
    This is a big week for midseason/fall finales, but at least one show is actually starting back up. Season 4 of this adventure drama starring Rebecca Romijn and Noah Wyle begins December 13. "And the Dark Secret" has this synopsis from TNT: "When a secret sect of the Vatican Church unearths an ancient map detailing the locations of the four cornerstones of the Library of Alexandria (the original Library), it's up to Flynn and the Librarians - with the help of an unexpected ally - to stop them before the stones can be used to destroy the Library."

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  25. Until 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Opens, 'The Disaster Artist' is a Box Office Success Story

    Here's what box office experts are talking about this weekend: How big will "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" be? Will it top $200 million when it opens next weekend? How much will other movies playing next door at the multiplex benefit from Jedi'''s drawing power? Will 'Jedi' be enough to turn around a dismal 2017 and help it catch up with or surpass last year's total box office?

    Here's what they're not talking about: this weekend's new movies.

    In part, that's because there was only one new wide release, old timer action comedy "Just Getting Started." The Morgan Freeman-Tommy Lee Jones-Rene Russo movie barely got started with critics or audiences, earning an abysmal 9 percent fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes and debuting in tenth place with just $3.2 million.

    Mostly, however, it's because 'Jedi' looms so large. Since the Thanksgiving release of Pixar's "Coco" -- still topping the chart in its third weekend, with an estimated $18.3 million, and a total of $135.5 million to date -- the studios have held off on their big year-end movies, hoping to ride the Skywalker family's coattails to success. Audiences seem to be waiting as well, holding onto their most of their cash until 'Jedi' opens and spending just an estimated $81.4 million at the multiplex this weekend, marking the fourth lowest-grossing weekend of 2017 so far.

    Still, there was plenty going on at the box office among Oscar-hopeful films, taking advantage of the vacuum and drawing grown-up audiences to promising limited-release movies. Most notable was actor-director James Franco's "The Disaster Artist," which is playing on fewer than 900 screens but still cracked the top five at the box office this weekend. After debuting on 19 screens a week ago, Franco's acclaimed comedy about cult-fave filmmaker Tommy Wiseau expanded to 840 theaters on Friday and earned an estimated $6.4 million and fourth place on the chart. At $7,661 per venue, "Disaster" claimed the highest per-screen average of any movie in wide or almost-wide release this weekend.

    Also cleaning up in limited release were several other awards-seeking films. "I, Tonya," which is earning raves for Margot Robbie as disgraced Olympic skater Tonya Harding, opened on just four screens but averaged $61,401 on each of them. "Lady Bird," which has a perfect 100 percent score at Rotten Tomatoes, expanded to 1,557 screens this weekend (up from 1,194 last week) and grossed another estimated $3.5 million, good for ninth place. Frances McDormand's "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" enjoyed a similar expansion, up 190 venues to 1,620, and was rewarded with an estimated $2.9 million and the No. 11 slot on the chart. Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water," which premiered on two screens last week, expanded to 41 and earned an estimated $1.1 million, for a terrific $26,829 per-screen average.

    "Darkest Hour," which is generating awards buzz for Gary Oldman's portrayal of Winston Churchill, jumped from four screens to 53 and earned an estimated $777,000, or a strong $14,660 per screen. "Call Me By Your Name," with its romance between Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet, is still playing in just nine theaters, but it averaged an impressive $32,345 at each of them, according to estimates. And Woody Allen's period drama "Wonder Wheel" expanded in its second week from five screens to 47, but that move yielded only an estimated $156,000, for a paltry per-screen average of $3,315.

    All these movies are poised to expand nationwide over the next several weeks. Awards buzz, which starts with Monday's Golden Globe nominations, is likely to make most of these modestly-budgeted films profitable by the time the Oscars are handed out three months from now.

    A special shout-out should go to A24, the relatively young independent distributor behind several current awards candidates, including "Disaster Artist," "Lady Bird," and "The Florida Project" (as well as potential dark horse "The Killing of a Sacred Deer"). A24 shocked the world last year by winning a Best Picture Oscar for "Moonlight." At $27.9 million, "Moonlight" remains the biggest domestic hit in A24's five-year history, but "Disaster Artist" (at $8.0 million to date) and "Lady Bird" ($22.3 million so far) are on track to surpass it. You have to give A24 credit for clever marketing, including getting the stars of both movies ("Lady Bird"'s Saorsie Ronan and "Disaster"'s Franco) booked as "Saturday Night Live" hosts on consecutive weeks, and especially for drumming up viral interest in "Disaster," a movie about the making of a film (Wiseau's "The Room") that barely played in theaters in 2003 but whose Ed Wood-like levels of entertaining ineptitude earned Wiseau a fervent cult of puzzled-but-amazed fans.

    Of course, all these movies will get upstaged during the final weeks of 2017 once 'Jedi' opens on December 15 and likely earns more in its first three days than all the movies currently playing have earned over the past two weekends. If 'Jedi' opens anywhere near the $248 million that "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" scored in its record-setting debut two years ago, then it will likely become the top-earning release of the year and go a long way toward helping a stumbling 2017 catch up with 2016's total earnings. Currently, 2017 is about 4 percent, or $420 million, behind the grosses earned at this point in 2016. "Jedi" may not be enough to close the gap (remember, at this point last year, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," which became 2016's top-grossing film, had yet to be released). Still, the annual-gross race may come down to the wire, and even if "Lady Bird" or "Disaster Artist" makes $50 million, that'll be a rounding error when it comes to calculating and comparing the total earnings of the past two years.

    Still, this weekend's results suggests that several of this year's modestly-budgeted awards contenders are likely to become profitable box office successes on their own terms. And as "Disaster Artist" proves, a movie doesn't have to be a blockbuster -- or even profitable, or competently made -- to generate lasting fame, earn fans, and be talked about for years to come.

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