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    'Ford v Ferrari' Races to #1 While 'Joker' Becomes First R-Rated Film to Ever Top $1 Billion Globally

    'Ford v Ferrari' Races to #1 While 'Joker' Becomes First R-Rated Film to Ever Top $1 Billion Globally
    Fox's Ford v Ferrari more than lived up to the most aggressive of pre-weekend expectations, delivering a #1 performance at the domestic weekend box office. However, Sony's Charlie's Angels struggled mightily in its debut, failing to reach the lowest of expectations, which means the film's third place finish puts the weekend's overall performance into perspective. In better news, WB's Joker became the fourth DC Comics adaptation to ever top $1 billion at the global box office and the first R-rated movie to ever reach that milestone.

    Finishing in the winner's circle atop the weekend box office, is Fox's Ford v Ferrari with an estimated $31 million. The performance is well ahead of Mojo's pre-weekend forecast and even tops the most optimistic of industry expectations and comes with an outstanding "A+" CinemaScore. The film played to a male-dominated crowd with men making up 62% of the audience and 79% of the overall
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    ‘The Mandalorian’ Review: Episode 2 Offers a Fun but Forgettable Filler Mission

    ‘The Mandalorian’ Review: Episode 2 Offers a Fun but Forgettable Filler Mission
    [Editor’s Note: The following review of “The Mandalorian” contains spoilers for the second episode, “Chapter 2: The Child.”]

    The Mandalorian” covered plenty of ground and raised a handful of questions in its pilot episode. Also: Baby Yoda. Baby Yoda is good. Baby Yoda is the true star of this show.

    The show’s second episode doesn’t lack for scenes focused on the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) bonding with his new little green friend, but outside those moments, there’s worryingly little in the show’s latest 30-odd minutes to help it stand out from its sci-fi adventure contemporaries. References to older aspects of “Star Wars” abound, but throwbacks to Wookiees and Sandcrawlers aren’t enough to mask stilted dialogue and a plot that mostly just impedes the larger narrative “The Mandalorian” seems to be building toward.

    After a brief, albeit satisfyingly intense, ambush by two rival bounty hunters, the Mandalorian treks back to his ship with Baby Yoda.
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    ‘Mrs. Fletcher’: Kathryn Hahn’s Brilliant Performance Stems From a Key Change to the Book

    ‘Mrs. Fletcher’: Kathryn Hahn’s Brilliant Performance Stems From a Key Change to the Book
    When first reading Tom Perrotta’s 2017 novel, “Mrs. Fletcher,” Kathryn Hahn was struck by what proved to be a telling choice by the author.

    “It was the dual stories that really intrigued me — and that fact that she was written in the third person and the son was written in the first,” Hahn said. “There was something very interesting in that to me, the fact that this was something [Perrotta], a man, would want to dig into: the interior life of this woman.”

    The author’s book, which formed the template for HBO’s critically acclaimed limited series, switches perspective with each new chapter. The story starts in Eve Fletcher’s perspective, as the single mother packs up her only child, Brendan, for college, but it’s told through a disembodied narrator: “Eve cried most of the way home.” “All she’d wanted, from the moment she opened her eyes in the morning,
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    Disney Plus Will Make ‘The Simpsons’ Available in Original Uncropped Format in Early 2020

    Disney Plus Will Make ‘The Simpsons’ Available in Original Uncropped Format in Early 2020
    Eep! After an outcry from “The Simpsons” aficionados, Disney has decided to offer classic episodes of the iconic animated sitcom on Disney Plus in their original 4-by-3 aspect ratio early next year.

    The streaming service launched Nov. 12 in the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands with the full batch of “Simpsons” episodes in 16-by-9 HD format, which cropped out key details from older episodes — and angered many fans.

    In a statement, Disney said it launched “The Simpsons” in 16:9 aspect ratio at launch “in order to guarantee visual quality and consistency across all 30 seasons.”

    “Over time, Disney+ will roll out
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    Bill Murray reteaming with the Farrelly Brothers for The Now

    Bill Murray reteaming with the Farrelly Brothers for The Now
    Bill Murray is set to reunite with Kingpin and Dumb and Dumber To directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly with a recurring role their new comedy series The Now, which is set up at the upcoming shortform streaming service Quibi. The series, which is written by Green Book’s Peter Farrelly alongside Steve Leff (The Ranch) and […]

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    ‘Saturday Night Live’ Turns the Impeachment Hearings into a Soap Opera (Watch)

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    ‘Saturday Night Live’ Turns the Impeachment Hearings into a Soap Opera (Watch)
    Saturday Night Live” kicked off its Nov. 16 episode with a take on the biggest news story of the previous week (and foreseeable future): the impeachment hearings.

    But another big story of the week, especially in Hollywood, was how NBC’s last remaining daytime drama, “Days of our Lives,” had let its actors out of their contract and would be going on an indefinite hiatus. “Saturday Night Live” managed to bring these two entertainment behemoths together in a cold open sketch entitled “Days of our Impeachment.”

    In order to highlight how truly scandalous the testimony has been, the tagline for this sketch was “…where the only thing at stake is democracy.”

    Drawing from the real-life political figures involved in the hearings and some quintessential daytime drama tropes, Alex Moffatt appeared as Adam Schiff, while Mikey Day was “cross-examiner with a mysterious brain injury” Jim Jordan. Beck Bennett popped up as
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    Watch Hannibal Buress Impersonate Mf Doom at Adult Swim Festival

    Watch Hannibal Buress Impersonate Mf Doom at Adult Swim Festival
    Hannibal Buress fooled a crowd at the 2019 Adult Swim Festival by impersonating Mf Doom.

    During Flying Lotus’ set at Los Angeles event, the electronic producer appeared to bring Mf Doom onstage to join for a few songs. “I know y’all know about my man Mf Doom, right?” FlyLo said when the masked musician walked out.

    My heart sank to my asshole @Mfdoom @flyinglotus pic.twitter.com/RP2zR1MDmO

    — blue dream
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    Whose Side Is ‘Marriage Story’ On? (Column)

    Whose Side Is ‘Marriage Story’ On? (Column)
    Do we choose sides when we watch “Marriage Story,” Noah Baumbach’s brilliant and wrenching drama of divorce? The question, on the face of it, sounds facile in a dozen ways the movie isn’t. Rarely are there winners in divorce, and there are two sides to every breakup. “Marriage Story” is a movie that reflects that reality. It’s a dazzlingly layered and empathetic tale that delves deep into the lives of both Charlie (Adam Driver) and Nicole (Scarlett Johansson), a couple who are splitting up despite the fact that they’ve never stopped loving each other. They each have their reasons, their desires and arguments and defenses. It might seem to violate the essence of a movie like this one to declare that either one of them is “right.”

    Yet I’d suggest it’s woven into the dramatic fabric of “Marriage Story” that as we watch this couple,
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    ‘Justice League': Gal Gadot Joins in Call to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut

    • The Wrap
    DC fans who have been demanding for Zack Snyder’s original cut of “Justice League” may have just got the Champion of Themiscyra on their side as Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, posted a tweet on Sunday that seemed to show support for the fan campaign.

    The tweet had no context; simply a black and white picture of the actress with the hashtag #ReleaseTheSnyderCut, which DC fans were trying to get trending on Sunday to mark the second anniversary of the release of “Justice League.” Snyder, the original director of the film, stepped down during post-production after the untimely death of his daughter. Joss Whedon was hired to finish editing the film and also did reshoots with scenes he wrote himself.

    #ReleaseTheSnyderCut pic.twitter.com/wssMmlPqEK

    — Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) November 17, 2019

    But “Justice League” ended up being no “Avengers,” grossing well below $1 billion at the box office with lukewarm fan reception.
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    Idfa: Kenyan Documentary ‘The Letter’ Debuts Trailer (Exclusive)

    Variety has been given access to the trailer for Kenyan documentary “The Letter,” by producer-director duo Christopher King and Maia Lekow, which world premieres Nov. 23 at Idfa.

    The film follows a young man who travels to his grandmother’s rural home when he learns she’s been accused of witchcraft. He soon discovers that the threatening letter she received came from a member of his own family, and that the accusations have caused a rift among relatives driven by a combination of superstition and economic motives. As the film’s focus widens, he learns that hundreds of other elders in the region are being branded as witches as a means to steal their land.

    King and Lekow stumbled upon this unlikely drama while exploring the oral history of coastal Kenya, to which Lekow traces her roots. While researching the story of a female freedom fighter who was arrested by the
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    With ‘Good Liar’ and ‘Doctor Sleep,’ Warner Bros.’ Box Office Misfortunes Mount

    When Warner Bros. was crafting its 2019 slate, the studio took pains to offer more than just superhero movies. To be sure, there were lots of masked vigilantes too, but more than any of its big studio brethren, Warner Bros. was willing to take a risk on the kinds of thrillers, adult dramas, coming-of-age stories, and period pieces that Hollywood has largely relegated to streaming services.

    But instead of helping propel ticket sales to new records, everything from Sundance darling “Blinded by the Light,” to the gritty action flicks “The Kitchen” and “Shaft” sputtered in spectacular fashion. Moviegoers all but ignored these films, even when the reviews, as in the case of “Blinded by the Light,” were sterling. It’s led to a wildly unpredictable year for Warner Bros.

    There have been successes, disappointments and painful flops, leaving a carnivorous gap between the studio’s winners and losers. “Joker” is an
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    ‘The Crown’ Season 3: Did Queen Elizabeth Really Think Harold Wilson Was a Russian Spy?

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    ‘The Crown’ Season 3: Did Queen Elizabeth Really Think Harold Wilson Was a Russian Spy?
    (Some spoilers ahead for “Olding,” the first episode of season 3 of “The Crown” on Netflix)

    Season 3 of Netflix’s “The Crown” starts off with an episode that you could very well interpret as being metaphorically about current events in the United States, with a plotline that’s all about conspiracy theories and Russian spies. It’s an interesting plotline even divorced from that potential real-life cultural context, with Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) seemingly buying into theories about the Labour Party leadero Harold Wilson (Jason Watkins) being a spy for the Soviet Union.

    The episode takes place in 1964, around the time of a new parliamentary election in which the leftist Labour Party looked poised to take enough seats to hoist Wilson to the Prime Minstership. Ahead of the election, Prince Philip (Tobias Menzies) mentions to the queen over dinner that he heard that Wilson has been turned by the Soviets when
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    Pelosi Says Trump Is an ‘Insecure Imposter’

    Pelosi Says Trump Is an ‘Insecure Imposter’
    “I think [Trump] knows full well that he’s in that office way over his head,” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday morning.

    Pelosi was a guest on CBS News’ Face the Nation and when asked why the president tweeted about Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch during her testimony in real-time during the impeachment hearings Pelosi said that President Donald Trump “knows her strength. And he was trying to undermine it.”

    Host Margaret Brennan pressed Pelosi to go further, repeating the White House’s line that the president was only expressing his opinion.
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    Will Constance Wu Ever Watch ‘Hustlers’?

    Will Constance Wu Ever Watch ‘Hustlers’?
    Despite her leading role, Constance Wu has never seen “Hustlers” and, spoiler alert, it’s very unlikely that she will.

    Wu explained why she doesn’t want to watch the film to Mindy Kaling (“Late Night”) during a conversation for “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.”

    “This is crazy,” Kaling said in the beginning of the interview. “I have to ask, are you ever going to see ‘Hustlers?'”

    “Probably not,” Wu responded after a pause. “It’s not that I don’t watch all my projects, it’s a case-by-case basis. If it’s going to help my work to watch something, I’ll watch it, but if I think it’s just going to make me self-conscious about my work in the future and damage my work, then I don’t. I think Destiny is in such a vulnerable … she has such a huge arc, she changes from beginning,
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    ‘The Crown’: Josh O’Connor, Erin Doherty on Charles and Anne ‘Breaking the Mold’

    ‘The Crown’: Josh O’Connor, Erin Doherty on Charles and Anne ‘Breaking the Mold’
    Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “The Crown” Season 3 on Netflix.

    The arrivals Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) and Princess Anne (Erin Doherty) midway through “The Crown’s” third season infuse the show with a youthful energy reminiscent of the first two years. But, they also offer a sense of rebelliousness, shaking up the royal family’s status quo.

    Charles and Anne have both grown up within the suffocating confines of royal life, but Season 3 sees Anne refuse to put on a show for a documentary about the royal family, while Charles becomes much closer with
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    ‘SNL’ Spoofs Impeachment Hearings With Surreal Soap Opera

    ‘SNL’ Spoofs Impeachment Hearings With Surreal Soap Opera
    Saturday Night Live reimagined the impeachment inquiry into President Trump as a literal soap opera, not just a political one. Jon Hamm made a cameo in the dense cold-open sketch, playing William B. Taylor Jr., acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.

    The segment opened with a voiceover that outlined the premise: Given that some news outlets criticized the impeachment hearings as “lacking in pizzazz,” why not add some theatricality to the headlines? (Nonetheless, the narrator noted, it’s still “the first soap where you can’t imagine any of the people in it having sex.
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    A List of Things That Happened in ‘Ahs: 1984’ That Didn’t Make Any Sense at All

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    A List of Things That Happened in ‘Ahs: 1984’ That Didn’t Make Any Sense at All
    (Spoilers ahead for the entirety of “American Horror Story: 1984”)

    It’s finally, mercifully, time for me to move on from “Ahs: 1984.” The season ended this week, after a season that somehow managed to establish a new standard for being all over the place for a series that is best known at this point for being all over the place. That’s quite an accomplishment, but not really a good one.

    Before I can forget all of this ever happened, I have a laundry list of things that happened in “Ahs: 1984” that were super irritating and frustrating to watch, and I feel like I’m gonna go crazy if I don’t try to share this madness with our dear readers. So let’s do this. I have 18 items right now. I’ll probably add some more because I keep thinking of new ones.

    Also Read: John Landgraf Foresees 'Many
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    'Fast and Furious,' 'Days of Thunder' and More Memorable Car-Racing Movies

    'Fast and Furious,' 'Days of Thunder' and More Memorable Car-Racing Movies
    Car-racing films have provided audiences with a theatrical adrenaline rush for decades.

    In the 1960s, moviegoers were dazzled by the effects in Grand Prix and charmed by lovable race cars like Herbie the Beetle in The Love Bug.

    Le Mans, The Cannonball Run and Days of Thunder put big stars behind the wheel in Steve McQueen, Burt Reynolds and Tom Cruise, respectively.

    In the 21st century, Disney and Pixar reimagined the racetrack for its Cars franchise, complete with a determined talking automobile and many motor-themed puns; Universal's The Fast and the Furious revved up a winning series of films featuring Vin Diesel and the late ...
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