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‘It’ Leads IMDb’s Top 10 Movies of 2017, ‘Star Wars: Last Jedi’ Doesn’t Make the Cut (Exclusive)

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‘It’ Leads IMDb’s Top 10 Movies of 2017, ‘Star Wars: Last Jedi’ Doesn’t Make the Cut (Exclusive)
Listening to the quarter billion monthly visitors who populate its pages online, IMDb has ranked the top ten films of 2017, based on popularity on its own site.

New Line’s surprise blockbuster “It” ranked as the No. 1 film. “Remakes, reboots and comic books reigned supreme at the box office in 2017, but one of the biggest surprises of the big screen this year is ‘It,'” said Keith Simanton, IMDb’s Senior Film Editor.

Wonder Woman” and “Beauty and the Beast” clock in at second and third, proving the public’s interest.
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Disney Releases the First Whimsical Teaser for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

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Disney is making a film adaptation for one of the world's most beloved ballets, the Nutcracker. True to Disney, there is far more to the legend than you ever knew before.

The first time I ever saw The Nutcracker, I was about 8 years old. It was part of a school trip to give the kids from a one-road town in outskirts of Houston some culture. I remember entering the grandious Performance Arts Theatre and justing gawking at the decorations they put together for Christmas. It was quite the spectacle to behold. Then, the lights flickered on and off and it was time to file into the theatre to watch the performance. I remember sitting in that dark, bustling row on the edge of my seat, eager to experience this thing called The Nutcracker my mom had always told me about. Then, it began and much like Peter Griffin would in that situation,
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Visual Effects Race Narrows Further

Chris here, with a quick update on the visual effects Oscar race. Two weeks ago this year's longlist of twenty eligible CGI wonders dropped but the VFX branch is already down to the next bake off round, slicing those contenders in half. Those not tough enough to stick around included many of the early year releases (like Beauty and the Beast and Logan) and every superhero film with the exception of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

But fear not, humble porg, for you and the fish nuns of The Last Jedi are still in the hunt. Here's the ten films that advance:

Alien: Covenant Blade Runner 2049 Dunkirk Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Kong: Skull Island Okja The Shape of Water Star Wars: The Last Jedi Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets War for the Planet of the Apes

Interesting to see smaller art house fare
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Songs From Taylor Swift, Nick Jonas, Sufjan Stevens Among 70 That Qualify For 2018 Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed 70 songs that qualify for the Best Original Song Oscar this afternoon. Films with more than one submission include “Beauty and the Beast,” “Call Me By Your Name,” “Cars 3,” “Elizabeth Blue” and “Pulimurugan.” It’s worth noting that “The Greatest Showman,” a musical featuring original songs from last year’s winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, only submitted one song, “This Is Me.”

Dierks Bentley enters the Best Song fire with ‘Only The Brave

The full list of qualifying songs is as follows:

“U.N.I (You And I)” from “And the Winner Isn’t”

Love And Lies” from “Band Aid

“If I Dare” from “Battle of the Sexes

“Evermore” from “Beauty and the Beast

“How Does A Moment Last Forever” from “Beauty and the Beast

Now Or Never” from “Bloodline: Now or Never”

“She” from “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Song

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Song
Remember Me” from Disney/Pixar’s animated musical “Coco” is the likeliest winner of the Best Original Song Oscar to come along in a while (it’s written by “Let It Go” songwriters Kristen Anderson Lopez and Robert Lopez). With this category, the Academy music branch tends to lean into musicals and major pop stars singing songs over the closing credits. This year, 70 songs are eligible for the Oscars.

Also on the musical front, Alan Menken, Howard Ashman & Tim Rice wrote the song “Evermore” for “Beauty and the Beast,” performed by Josh Groban, while “La La Land” lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Justin Paul wrote “This is Me” for “The Greatest Showman.”

Among established musicians, this year Sufjan Stevens wrote and sings “The Mystery of Love” for “Call My By Your Name,” while Elvis Costello sings haunting “You Shouldn’t Look at Me That Way” on the soundtrack for “Film
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Oscars 2018: Academy Reveals Best Original Song Shortlist, Including Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Mystery of Love’

Oscars 2018: Academy Reveals Best Original Song Shortlist, Including Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Mystery of Love’
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 70 original songs still in contention for the Oscar this year. Five of the shortlisted songs will earn nominations, which are set to be revealed on January 23. Original songs from “Call Me By Your Name,” “Battle of the Sexes,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and more all made the shortlist this year. “City of Stars” from “La La Land” took home the prize last year.

The following tracks have been included on the Oscars shortlist for Best Original Song:

“U.N.I (You And I)” from “And the Winner Isn’t”

Love And Lies” from “Band Aid

“If I Dare” from “Battle of the Sexes

“Evermore” from “Beauty and the Beast

“How Does A Moment Last Forever” from “Beauty and the Beast

Now Or Never” from “Bloodline: Now or Never”

“She” from “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

“Your Hand I Will
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‘Last Jedi’ And ‘Okja’ Make Oscar’s Visual Effects 10 As Favorites Shut Out And Bake Off Awaits

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the 10 films that remain in contention for the 2018 Visual Effects Oscar. Not surprisingly, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Blade Runner: 2049” and “The Shape of Water” made the cut.

The 10 films that are no longer in the mix include “Beauty and the Beast,” “Ghost in the Shell,” “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” “Justice League,” “Life,” “Logan,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Wonder Woman.”

The 10 finalists are as follows:

Alien: Covenant

Blade Runner 2049

“Dunkirk”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.

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‘Star Wars,’ ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Shape of Water’ Advance in Oscars VFX Race

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‘Star Wars,’ ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Shape of Water’ Advance in Oscars VFX Race
The Oscars race for Best Visual Effects has been narrowed from 20 to 10 films, with the remaining contenders including “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “War for the Planet of the Apes,” “Blade Runner 2049,” “Okja” and “The Shape of Water.” Films that made the 20-film shortlist but didn’t make the cut to the final 10 include “Beauty and the Beast,” “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” “Justice League,” “Logan” and “Thor: Ragnarok.” The shortlisted films:
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Oscars 2018: Academy Shortlist Names Contenders for Visual Effects, Including ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ and ‘Dunkirk’

Oscars 2018: Academy Shortlist Names Contenders for Visual Effects, Including ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ and ‘Dunkirk’
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 90th Academy Awards. The list includes some expected heavy hitters, including “Dunkirk,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “War for the Planet of the Apes,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2,” alongside some pleasant surprises, like “Okja” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.”

Notably missing are titles like “Wonder Woman,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Thor: Ragnarok,” all of which appeared on the list of 20 films in contention for the award, released earlier this month.

Read More:2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Visual Effects

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

Alien: Covenant

Blade Runner 2049

“Dunkirk”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Kong: Skull Island

“Okja”

The Shape of Water

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

War for the Planet of the Apes
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The 50 top films of 2017 in the UK: No 5 Get Out

Jordan Peele’s sleeper hit was a note-perfect dismantling of white American liberalism – but it was also chilling, hilarious and relentlessly entertaining

See the Us cut of this listSee the rest of the UK countdownMore on the best culture of 2017

It would be easy enough to make a case for Get Out’s place among the year’s best movies simply by reeling off a list of stats and facts. To date, Jordan Peele’s film has made over $175m at the Us box office, a figure that puts it in the 15 highest-grossing films of 2017, ahead of the likes of Cars 3, War for the Planet of the Apes and the latest Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean films. Globally it has earned back around 56 times its production budget (as a point of comparison, Beauty and the Beast, the year’s runaway hit, has earned around 10 times its budget), and
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Why Serena Williams' Daughter Alexis Teething Is Breaking Her Heart

Why Serena Williams' Daughter Alexis Teething Is Breaking Her Heart
Even with the joys of motherhood, there can be a few frustrations along the way.

Serena Williams shared one of those on her Instagram on Sunday, where she detailed the painful teething process her baby daughter, Alexis, is going through.

"Teething -- aka the devil -- is so hard. Poor Alexis Olympia has been so uncomfortable. She cried so much (she never cries) I had to hold her until she fell asleep," the tennis star wrote in the caption alongside a sweet photo of three-month-old Alexis.

Williams went on to detail the various remedies she's tried to ease her daughter's pain. 

"I've tried amber beads... cold towels.... chew on mommies fingers.... homeopathic water (lol on that one) but nothing is working," she continued.

The newlywed ultimately reached out for recommendations from her followers on the site.

"It's breaking my heart," she wrote. "I almost need my mom to come and hold me to sleep cause I'm so stressed
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The Last Jedi Takes $220M at the Box Office Opening Weekend

The Last Jedi Takes $220M at the Box Office Opening Weekend
Coming into opening weekend, Disney's Star Wars: The Last Jedi was expected to put up the biggest opening weekend of the year, and it did just that, exceeding expectations along the way. Box office analysts had put the Star Wars: The Last Jedi opening weekend at just north of $200 million, but the estimates today reveal that it earned an impressive $220 million, more than enough to become the biggest opening weekend of the year, besting the $174.7 million debut put up by another Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast. Still, it fell just short of the domestic opening weekend set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015.

The $220 million opening weekend is still much higher than projections, with many box office analysts predicting a $200 million domestic debut, and $425 million worldwide. The movie ended up exceeding both those projections, with $220 million domestic and an additional $230 million in foreign markets for a worldwide total of $450 million,
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Last Jedi Concept Art Shows Off Multicolored Porgs

Last Jedi Concept Art Shows Off Multicolored Porgs
Now that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is finally in theaters, fans will be scouring for more details on several aspects of the film, and today we have an early glimpse at how colorful the new creatures known as the Porgs could have been. While the production ultimately went with a brown and white color palate for the porgs that slightly resembles that of Chewbacca, new photos and excerpts from The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi book, which was released today, shows how colorful the Porgs almost were. Here's what The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi author Phil Szostak had to say in commentary about these images.

"After Rian Johnson settled on the look of the adorable space penguins, artist Jake Lunt Davies offered versions in virtually every color of the rainbow. The colorfully tinted porgs gave way to the plainer white-and-brown fowl seen in the film,
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Last Jedi Scores Second Biggest Thursday Night Preview with $45M

Last Jedi Scores Second Biggest Thursday Night Preview with $45M
After two years of waiting, Star Wars: The Last Jedi finally hit theaters for Thursday night sneak preview screenings and the results, as expected, were huge. The highly-anticipated Star Wars movie, which already earned widespread critical acclaim, took in a whopping $45 million on Thursday, the second highest Thursday total in box office history. The Thursday tally comes just shy of the all-time, possibly unbreakable record of $57 million, set by 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Disney revealed that the tally was 55% ahead of the Thursday preview for last year's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which took in $29 million, but still 21% shy of the all time Thursday record. If it had not been for The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi would in fact have the new record, since it came in just $1.5 million higher than the previous record-holder, 2011's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, whose $43.5 million
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The Shape Of Water – Review

Sally Hawkins and Richard Jenkins in the film The Shape Of Water. Photo Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Magical, evocative The Shape Of Water blends Cold War thriller, romance and monster movie genres in director Guillermo Del Toro’s best film since Pan’S Labyrinth. In fact, The Shape Of Water is one of the year’s best.

Elisa (Sally Hawkins) lives a lonely life of unchanging routine as cleaning woman at a hidden military research facility during the Cold War. Mute but not deaf, Elisa’s best friend is her co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer), and she rents space in an apartment above an old movie theater from platonic friend Giles (Richard Jenkins), who is a marginalized person like them. Elisa’s quiet routine is changed forever by the arrival of ambitious, harsh military operative Richard Strickland and a mysterious creature in a water tank.
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Disney’s acquisition of Fox is good for the McU, but bad for the movie industry

Tom Beasley looks at the positives and negatives of Disney buying up the assets of 20th Century Fox, and what that means for cinema…

After weeks of speculation, it has finally happened. Disney has acquired Fox’s entertainment assets, including its film and television studios. The massive deal, which is certainly one of the biggest in the history of the industry, is officially valued at $66.1 billion. In their predictably fluffy statement to the press, Disney bosses said the deal would “combine some of the world’s most iconic entertainment franchises”.

The question is whether this is ultimately a good or a bad thing for the world of film and TV. The answer, of course, is a bit of both.

The most eye-catching element of the deal is the prospect of uniting Fox’s superhero properties with those of Disney. Many of the characters held under the X-Men movie umbrella have
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Google Confirms Wonder Woman As Most-Searched Comic Book Movie Of 2017, But It Takes Home Top Prize

Wonder Woman is many things to many people – a modern feminist icon, an inspired tale of heroism, Gal Gadot’s launch pad to superstardom…you name it.

It’s also the highest-rated comic book movie of the year, according to Rotten Tomatoes, which placed Wonder Woman in the same bracket as Logan, Thor: Ragnarok and Spider-Man: Homecoming. But Patty Jenkins’ critically-adorned origins movie reigned supreme in another ranking: Google’s Year in Search for 2017.

And so, after crowning Avengers: Infinity War as the year’s most popular trailer, Google has revealed Wonder Woman to be the most-searched comic book movie of 2017. And we can’t say we’re surprised.

Back in June, the Patty Jenkins-directed period piece took the world by storm with its heartfelt story and instantly likable characters – the chemistry between Gal Gadot and Chris Pine was arguably worth the price of admission alone – while word of
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The Preview Reel: The Last Jedi and Ferdinand

Welcome to this week’s “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s new wide-release movies. Coco has been dominating the box office for the last three weeks, but that will come to an end this weekend as one of the most anticipated movies of the year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, finally gets released. It’ll easily debut at number one, but it will be interesting to see just how high it debuts. Elsewhere, the animated movie, Ferdinand, looks to provide some families with counter-programming before the holiday season.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

What we are excited about: It’s new Star Wars, what is there not to be excited about? Ever since it was announced that J.J. Abrams would direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and then Rian Johnson would direct Episode VIII, it seemed like more people were excited about Johnson’s installment than Abrams’s,
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Serena Williams' Daughter 'Hits the Gym' With Her Dad -- See the Adorable Pic!

Serena Williams' Daughter 'Hits the Gym' With Her Dad -- See the Adorable Pic!
Three months old and Alexis Olympia Ohanian already packs a mean punch!

Serena Williams' daughter shows off her strength in an adorable Instagram pic posted to her account on Monday. The adorable baby girl stares fiercely into the camera, sporting a patterned onesie as her dad, Alexis Ohanian, hold onto her tight. 

"Dad & I hit the gym hard today," the photo's caption reads.

Williams and Ohanian welcomed their daughter on Sept. 1, and tied the knot in an elaborate Beauty and the Beast-themed wedding in New Orleans last month. See more on the star-studded affair in the video below. 

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Last Jedi Is Set to Break Records and Demolish the Box Office

Last Jedi Is Set to Break Records and Demolish the Box Office
For many fans, the entire year has been leading up to this very weekend, with Disney and LucasFilm's highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi hitting theaters. The movie is shaping up to pass the current records this year for opening weekend ($174.7 million), domestic gross ($504 million) and worldwide gross ($1.26 billion), which are all currently held by another Disney hit, Beauty and the Beast. Last month, The Last Jedi box office projections put the movie at just over $200 million for its opening weekend, and now with the hype even bigger than before, we're putting The Last Jedi at $220.7 million.

While the $220.7 million mark is still more than enough to claim the top box office opening of 2017, it still falls $20.2 million short of the all-time record, $247.9 million set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While the full review embargo has yet to break, the Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiere reactions have been exceedingly positive,
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