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Box Office: ‘Coco’ Wins as ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Waits in the Wings

Box Office: ‘Coco’ Wins as ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Waits in the Wings
With anticipation building for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Disney-Pixar’s animated comedy “Coco” handily won its third straight crown at a moderate North American box office with $18.3 million at 3,748 sites.

“Coco” joined “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” “Fate of the Furious” and “Split” as 2017 titles to top the domestic box office for three weekends in a row. The major studios have held off on any new openings since the Thanksgiving holiday but that changes on the evening of Dec. 14 when previews start for Disney-Lucasfilm’s “The Last Jedi” amid expectations of an opening weekend in the $200 million range.

“Coco,” a colorful celebration of Mexico’s Day of the Dead, showed impressive holding power with a 33% decline from its second weekend to lift its 19-day total to $135.5 million. It’s performed similarly to Disney’s animated “Moana,” which opened at the same time last year and had totaled $144.7 million after three weekends.

There was a single
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‘God’s Own Country’ Wins Big at British Independent Film Awards

‘God’s Own Country’ Wins Big at British Independent Film Awards
“God’s Own Country” was the big winner at the British Indepdendent Film Awards on Sunday, winning best British independent film, best actor for Josh O’Connor, and best debut screenwiter for Francis Lee, who also directed the England-set gay romance.

Lady Macbeth” was another multiple prize-winner, taking home the awards for best screenplay for Alice Birch, best actress for Florence Pugh, and most promising newcomer for Naomie Ackie. Armando Iannucci’s “Death of Stalin” picked up four awards, which were handed out Sunday evening at a starry awards ceremony in London.

The British independent movie industry turned out in force, although the snow that had blanketed parts of Britain overnight kept double award-winner Rungano Nyoni from attending and had Lee telling the crowd he needed digging out of his home in Yorkshire, northern England, to make the bash.

Host Mark Gatiss opened proceedings by announcing “it’s been another dreadful year for planet Earth,” adding that “January
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Honors Late Carrie Fisher at Elaborate Premiere

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Honors Late Carrie Fisher at Elaborate Premiere
The Force took over the Shrine Auditorium near downtown Los Angeles, as stars and filmmakers of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” came together Saturday night for the first screening of the eighth installment of the massive Lucasfilm franchise.

Giant At-M6 walkers flanked the entrance to the red carpet, as stars like Daisey Ridley, Mark Hamill, Laura Dern, Lupita Nyong’o and others arrived and posed for pictures with fans. John Boyega had built suspense about whether he would make the premiere, tweeting earlier Saturday that bad weather had kept him from flying out of Atlanta.

“The Last Jedi” picks up where 2015’s “The Force Awakens” left off, with Rey reaching the planet on which Luke Skywalker had been holed up, away from the war waging between the First Order and The Resistance. Ridley, who plays Rey, teased on the red carpet that her character gets “enough” screen time. “I’m not going to lie, I’m proud
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Angry Grandpa, Cranky YouTube Sensation, Dies at 67

Charlie Green Jr, better known as YouTube personality Angry Grandpa (Agp), died Sunday after a short battle with skin cancer. He was 67. His son Michael announced the news on Twitter, saying, “Heaven just got a whole lot angrier. Dad, I’m going to miss you more than I even understand as I write this. I already miss you more than you’ll ever know. I’m so sorry that you couldn’t enjoy your fame longer but I’m so happy that the last 10 years of your life had a purpose.” Heaven just got a whole lot angrier. Dad, I’m going to miss you.
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China Box Office: ‘Coco’ Stays Tops Ahead of ‘Paddington 2’

China Box Office: ‘Coco’ Stays Tops Ahead of ‘Paddington 2’
Pixar animation, “Coco” stayed on top of a fragmented Chinese box office with a stirring $32.7 million in its third week on release. New release, “Paddington 2” enjoyed second place with $14.5 million.

Benefiting from good word of mouth and only modest competition, “Coco” saw its numbers hold up strongly. The third weekend total represented only a 25% decline compared with the second weekend score of $43.8 million. It scored $6.53 million on Friday, $15.8 million on Saturday and $10.4 million on Sunday, according to data from China’s Ent Group. After three weeks on release, the film has a cumulative $126 million after 17 days on release, by far the best score for a Pixar title in China. (After a three weekends in North America, the film has $136 million.)

Leading out the final major imported film releases of the year, “Paddington 2” had nearly 70,000 screenings per day and took second place on each outing. The first “Paddington” film earned $16.8 million in its 2015 outing.

Chinese crime actioner
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Chris Evans, Sean Hannity Reach Out to Bullied Kid Keaton Jones

Chris Evans, Sean Hannity Reach Out to Bullied Kid Keaton Jones
Politically, Chris Evans and Sean Hannity probably don’t agree on anything, but Captain America and the Fox News host are both reaching out to show their support for Keaton Jones, a boy whose tearful speech against bullying went viral this weekend. In the video, which was posted by Jones’ mother, Kimberly, the boy tearfully asks why kids pick on him by making fun of his nose and telling him he has no friends. “What’s the point of it?” he wondered aloud. “Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them?
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'The Florida Project' Named Best Film by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle

'The Florida Project' Named Best Film by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle
The San Francisco Film Critics Circle has named The Florida Project as its best picture of 2017.

The Sean Baker-directed film about a mother and daughter living in a motel on the outskirts of Disney World was also recognized in the category of best supporting actor, with Willem Dafoe winning that award.

The Shape of Water won two awards: best director (Guillermo del Toro) and best production design (Paul D. Austerberry).

Other noteworthy winners include War for the Planet of the Apes' Andy Serkis (best actor), I, Tonya's Margot Robbie (best actress), Lady Bird's Laurie Metcalf (best supporting actress), Get...
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'The Florida Project,' 'Mudbound' Voted Best Picture by New York Film Critics Online

'The Florida Project,' 'Mudbound' Voted Best Picture by New York Film Critics Online
The Florida Project and Mudbound tied for best picture of 2017 in a vote Sunday by the New York Film Critics Online.

Dee Rees also was voted best director for Mudbound, while Willem Dafoe was named best supporting actor for The Florida Project.

In other awards, Darkest Hour's Gary Oldman and I, Tonya's Margot Robbie won for best actor and actress, respectively. Robbie's co-star Allison Janney was named best supporting actress.

Meanwhile, Jordan Peele won for best screenplay and best debut director for Get Out.

And Timothée Chalamet was named breakthrough performer for Call Me By Your Name.

A...
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Iffam: Pang Ho-cheung Readies Martial Arts Three-Parter

Iffam: Pang Ho-cheung Readies Martial Arts Three-Parter
Pang Ho-cheung, one of the most creative talents in the Hong Kong film industry, is poised to make his biggest project to date. He is just weeks away from shooting a trilogy of martial arts films whose Chinese title translates simply as “Kung Fu Story.”

Pang, who is a whirl of energy, spinning out novels, screenplays and executive production activities, has a track record of edgy films – revisionist romance “Love in a Puff,” sex comedy “Vulgaria,” and property-themed horror “Dream Home” – so he is unlikely to leave the martial arts genre completely untouched.

Plot and casting details are currently scarce, but Pang teases: “Ever since childhood, I’ve always taken different paths. My most recent film, ‘Love off the Cuff,” was not a single-issue movie. (“Kung Fu Story”) will continue in that vein.”

“We’re going to shoot all three together, so we’ve spent a year a year and a half on preparation, and have now
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Iffam: ‘Newton’ Star Rajkummar Rao Signs Horror Comedy

Iffam: ‘Newton’ Star Rajkummar Rao Signs Horror Comedy
Rising star Indian actor, Rajkummar Rao has signed an untitled film alongside actress Shraddha Kapoor (“Haseena Parkar”), by director duo Krishna D.K. and Raj Nidimoru (“A Gentleman”).

Principal photography will commence by the end of January 2018. Dinesh Vijan is producing for Maddock Films (“Hindi Medium”). Rao describes the film as an “out-of-the-box, raucous horror-comedy.”

Rao, who will receive one of the Variety Asian Actors to Watch award at Iffam later this week, is enjoying the best year of his career.

He is the star of political satire “Newton,” which was released in India in late September on the day it was announced that it would be India’s entry in Oscar’s foreign language category. It not only racked up the box office numbers, but also won Rao best actor at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

Survival drama “Trapped” released in March and alongside enormous critical acclaim, performed well at the box office.

Romantic comedy
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Ellen DeGeneres Evacuates as California Wildfires Spread Through Santa Barbara County

Ellen DeGeneres Evacuates as California Wildfires Spread Through Santa Barbara County
As wildfires continue to burn throughout Southern California, Ellen DeGeneres revealed on Twitter Sunday that she has had to evacuate her house as the largest of the fires, the Thomas Fire, has approached her neighborhood. “Our house is under threat of being burned. We just had to evacuate our pets,” the talk show host wrote. “I’m praying for everyone in our community and thankful to all the incredible firefighters.” Our house is under threat of being burned. We just had to evacuate our pets. I’m praying for everyone in our community and thankful to all the incredible firefighters.
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Mark Hamill, Chris Evans Respond to Viral Bully Video

Keaton Jones, a bullied Tennessee student, is discovering he has some pretty awesome pals.

A video made by Jones' mother in which the boy questions why is he treated so poorly by bullies in his school has gone viral.

“They make fun of my nose. They call me ugly. They say I have no friends,” Jones told his mother in tears. He added kids at his school throw food at him.

“Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? What’s the point of it?” the youth asked. “Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to...
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'Phantom Thread' Named Best Film by Boston Society of Film Critics

'Phantom Thread' Named Best Film by Boston Society of Film Critics
The Boston Society of Film Critics on Sunday named Phantom Thread as its best picture of 2017.

The group also recognized the film, which Daniel Day-Lewis has said will be his last project before retiring from acting, in two other categories: best director (Paul Thomas Anderson) and best original score (Jonny Greenwood).

The Boston critics bestowed two awards each on the well-reviewed films Lady Bird and Get Out. The former, a coming-of-age movie starring Saoirse Ronan, was recognized in the categories of best supporting actress (Laurie Metcalf) and best screenplay (writer-director Greta Gerwig), while the latter, a racially themed horror...
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‘God’s Own Country’ Tops British Independent Film Awards

‘God’s Own Country’ Tops British Independent Film Awards
“God’s Own Country” was named the best film of 2017 at the British Independent Film Awards, which took place on Sunday in London. Acting awards went to Florence Pugh for “Lady Macbeth” and Josh O’Connor for “God’s Own Country.” Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” won the award for the best international independent film. Leading nominees going into the show included “Lady Macbeth,” “Three Billboards” and “God’s Own Country.” The 2017 British Independent Film Awards winners: Best British Independent Film: “God’s Own Country” Best International Independent Film: “Get Out” Best Director: Rungano Nyoni, “I Am Not a Witch” Best Screenplay: Alice Birch,
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Queens of the Stone Age Frontman Kicks Photographer in Face at Kroq Concert (Video)

Queens of the Stone Age Frontman Kicks Photographer in Face at Kroq Concert (Video)
Update 2:00 Pm Pt: Updated to include statement from Josh Homme Photographer Chelsea Lauren has posted a video on Instagram of her being kicked in the face by Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme during the band’s set at Kroq’s Almost Acoustic Christmas at The Forum in Inglewood on Saturday. In the video, you can see Homme looking at Lauren as she takes photos and kicks then her in the face. Lauren went back to the photographer’s row to take pictures of other bands, but was later treated at Cedars-Sinai for her injuries. “People need
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‘Loving Vincent’ Passes $20 Million at Worldwide Box Office

‘Loving Vincent’ Passes $20 Million at Worldwide Box Office
The winner at Saturday night’s European Film Awards of the best European Animated Feature Film Award, Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman’s “Loving Vincent” has smashed past $20 million at the worldwide box office, an impressive and rare achievement for an independent animated art film.

Sold by Edward Noeltner’s Beverly Hills and Paris-based Cinema Management Group, and painted in Vincent van Gogh hallmark impasto style, “Loving Vincent” opened Friday in China to a first-day $1,040,000, ranking No. 5 at the Chinese box-office, via Bright East Films/China Film Group.

In further recent releases, the Poland-u.K. co-production bowed No. 6 in Colombia over Dec. 1-3 via Cine Colombia, clocking up $75,000 off some 30 prints.

With the final box office tally in China hard it call, “Loving Vincent’s” biggest result to date has come at the U.S./Canadian box office where “Loving Vincent” opened at the Lincoln Center on Sept. 22, in its first commercial bow and, following a national
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'The Florida Project' Named Best Film by Toronto Film Critics

'The Florida Project' Named Best Film by Toronto Film Critics
After just over three hours of deliberation, the Toronto Film Critics Association on Sunday named The Florida Project, a story about a mother and daughter living out a precarious existence in a motel on the outskirts of Disney World, as the year's top film.

Sean Baker's follow-up to Tangerine, released by A24, is anchored by performances from child actors Brooklynn Prince and Valeria Cotto, Bria Vinaite as a wild-child mother and Willem Dafoe as a motel manager. Toronto critics last year named Moonlight as the best picture of 2016.

Acting awards for performances this year went to Daniel...
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Golden Globes 2018 Movie Predictions: ‘The Shape of Water’ Should Dominate

Golden Globes 2018 Movie Predictions: ‘The Shape of Water’ Should Dominate
The Golden Globes have already had their category controversy this year, with a fair amount of outrage whipped up over the fact that Jordan Peele’s socially-conscious horror movie “Get Out” was submitted and accepted into the comedy categories. But with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association gearing up to announce its nominations on Monday, it’s time to stop worrying about who’s in what category and start thinking about who’s getting in and who’s getting left out. It no longer pays to predict outrageous or embarrassing choices: In recent years, the 90-odd members of the HFPA have for the most part come.
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'Ready Player One': Explore the Oasis in Thrilling New Trailer

'Ready Player One': Explore the Oasis in Thrilling New Trailer
Steven Spielberg explores a dystopian 2045 and a pop culture-laced virtual reality world called the Oasis in the first full trailer for Ready Player One, the director's big-screen adaptation of Ernest Cline's cult novel.

Following the sneak peek from Comic Con, the new trailer focuses on the contrast between overpopulated Columbus, Ohio in 2045 – where Ty Sheridan's protagonist lives in "the Stacks," a towering city of mobile homes – and "the Oasis," a paradise of endless possibilities where society goes to escape.

Within the world of the Oasis, a nostalgic scavenger hunt is underway,
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Inside the ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ World Premiere: Hollywood Celebrates Rian Johnson’s Movie

Inside the ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ World Premiere: Hollywood Celebrates Rian Johnson’s Movie
Misdirection: Keep that in mind when you check out the eighth “Star Wars” installment, “The Last Jedi,” next weekend.

That’s what writer-director Rian Johnson does throughout this dense, careening, seemingly unstructured movie’s 2-hour, 32-minute running time. The movie is worth a second viewing, as it demands that you pay attention. Every little detail pays off.

At the world premiere — the first-ever public screening — Saturday night at downtown L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall, security guards swept under every car, guests wore individual badges with seat assignments, carried their own smartphones in locked security bags to their seats, and kept their collectible “Last Jedi” popcorn buckets with them all night.

Read More:‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Star Gwendoline Christie Has a Charming Theory About Those New Porg Creatures

On crutches, veteran director and puppeteer Frank Oz headed into the auditorium to see the film for the first time.
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