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Tituss Burgess To Host Cooking Competition Series ‘Dishmantled’ From ‘Chopped’ Creator For Quibi

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Quibi has given a green light to Dishmantled, described as “a high-octane cooking competition that will literally blow your socks off,” with Titus Burgess set to host. The series hails from Chopped creator/executive producer Linda Lea and Good Egg Entertainment, and Propagate-owned Electus.

Hosted by Burgess, each episode starts with the cannon-blasting of a mystery food dish into the faces of two blindfolded chefs. They’ll use their culinary prowess to identify the exploded dish and then race against the clock to recreate it. Whichever chef comes closest to the original dish wins a cash prize.

Lea executive produces for Good Egg with Drew Buckley for Electus. The series is co-produced by Good Egg and Electus.

30 Rock alum Burgess is best known for his starring role as Titus Andromedon in Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a role which earned him four Emmy nominations, along
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Movie Review – UglyDolls (2019)

UglyDolls, 2019.

Directed by Kelly Asbury

Featuring the voice talents of Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monáe, Blake Shelton, Pitbull, Emma Roberts, Wanda Sykes, Gabriel Iglesias, Wang Leehom, Charli Xcx, Bebe Rexha, and Lizzo.

Synopsis:

An animated adventure in which the free-spirited UglyDolls confront what it means to be different, struggle with a desire to be loved, and ultimately discover who you truly are is what matters most.

UglyDolls is an uninspired slog expressing the worthwhile message that outward appearances are irrelevant. As the world (social media in particular) seems to become more shallow by the day, that is undeniably a strong theme to ground an animated feature into, almost to the point where it seems completely impossible to miss out on hitting the intended emotional needs. Somehow, UglyDolls fails to do so, also containing some of the blandest cartoon characters in quite some time and a slew of lengthy musical
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'Avengers: Endgame' Readies for Second Weekend Dominance

'Avengers: Endgame' Readies for Second Weekend Dominance
Records continue to fall as Disney's Avengers: Endgame makes ready for its sophomore frame. After having already topped $452 million domestically (#17 all-time) and $1.664 billion worldwide (#6 all-time), the film enters its second weekend looking to top Star Wars: The Force Awakens's $149.2 million second weekend and add that record to its list of achievements. Beyond that, the film will top $600 million domestically this weekend and has a shot at outperforming 2012's The Avengers, which brought in $623.4 million after 154 days in release — Endgame is looking to do push past that number in just ten. As already mentioned, Star Wars: The Force Awakens currently holds the record for the largest second weekend of all-time with $149.2 million. While Avengers: Endgame destroyed Force Awakens's opening weekend by more than $100 million, Force Awakens dipped just -40% in its sophomore frame. Don't look for Endgame to follow suit, but given the sheer size of Endgame's debut, the second
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Film Review: ‘UglyDolls’

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Film Review: ‘UglyDolls’
In “UglyDolls,” an air-popped animated musical fairy tale about learning to embrace the ugly — that is, ordinary — specimen most of us are, the title plush toys are monochromatic fuzzy-felt factory rejects who get tossed off the assembly line for one reason or another. Each has a flaw that fails to meet the corporate standards of eye-pleasing symmetry and cuddliness. Moxy (voiced by Kelly Clarkson), the movie’s heroine, is a rambunctious blob of pinkness whose problem is her teeth. Ox (Blake Shelton), a rabbity green customer, has an X where his left eye should be — though at least he’s meant to have another eye. Ugly Dog (Pitbull), a cyclops canine mascot, has one glaring yellow peeper at the center of his forehead. And Wage, voiced by Wanda Sykes, sports two ungainly lower incisors, an homage, I assume, to the gargoyle voiced by Sykes on Disney Junior’s “Vampirina.”

The Ugly Dolls,
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‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Star Tituss Burgess Inks With CAA

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Exclusive: CAA has signed four-time Emmy Award nominee Tituss Burgess for representation.

Burgess broke out on the NetflixTina Fey-Robert Carlock comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt which recently ended its four season run on the streaming giant back in January.

Burgess began his career on Broadway appearing in such musicals as Jersey Boys, The Little Mermaid, and Guys and Dolls. He has also appeared across film and television with major roles in 30 Rock, The Angry Birds Movie, Smurfs: The Lost Village and most recently Set It Up.

This year, he’ll star as Theodore Toney in the Craig Brewer-directed Netflix movie Dolemite Is My Name opposite Eddie Murphy and Keegan-Michael Key. Pic follows the life of performer Rudy Ray Moore (Murphy), who assumed the role of an iconic pimp named Dolemite during the 1970s.

Burgess is currently working on a musical adaptation of The Preacher’s
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Black Friday Breakdown: Movie & Gaming Deals

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This week is Thanksgiving, but that also brings about Black Friday. There are a lot of deals to sift through, so I've broken down the best movie/gaming deals and where you can find them!

This week doesn't just bring a plethora of food to eat, but also kicks off the start of the Christmas shopping season with the notorious, Black Friday! As always, there are some amazing deals for movie fans and gamers to take advantage of, but sifting through it all can be a hassle. Here, I've broken down the different deals and where to find them:

Game Consoles

Nintendo 2Ds Mario Maker Bundle $79.99

Microsoft Xbox One S 1Tb Minecraft Creators console bundle $199.99

Sony Playstation 4 1Tb Spider-Man Bundle $199.99

Playstation Vr Bundle $249.99 (Target)

Xbox One X $399 at Walmart

Games

Star Wars: Battlefront II - $7.99 at Best Buy ($15 at Target)

Red Dead Redemption $9.99 (Best Buy)

Overwatch: Origins Edition - $15 (Target
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First ‘UglyDolls’ Trailer Reveals a Stitched-Together Sing-Along Adaptation

UglyDolls, the delightfully awkward and unconventional creations of David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim that first appeared back in 2001, have now received the feature-length animated treatment, courtesy of STXfilms. The first trailer for the adaptation is here, and if you love squishy little creatures singing unforgettable and original songs, this one might just be for you. Director Kelly Asbury heads up this unique film with a cast that features the voices of Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Blake Shelton, Janelle Monae, Wanda Sykes, Emma Roberts, Gabriel Iglesias, Wang Leehom and Pitbull. They'll …
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Ben Is Back Trailer Brings an Emotional Reunion for Julia Roberts

Ben Is Back Trailer Brings an Emotional Reunion for Julia Roberts
For awhile there, it seemed as though Julia Roberts had fallen off the face of the earth. We haven't seen the actress do much in quite a while. Now, she returns in a heartfelt drama that is sure to bring some tears this winter. Today, we have the first teaser trailer for Ben Is Back, and it brings a mother and son reunion between Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges.

Ben is Back will have its World Premiere as a special presentation at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival. Ld Entertainment, Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions will then release Ben is Back in theaters December 7, 2018. The movie is written and directed by Peter Hedges, and also features Courtesy B. Vance and Kathryn Newton.

In Ben is Back, 19 year-old Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges) unexpectedly returns home to his family's suburban home on Christmas Eve morning. Ben's mother, Holly (Julia Roberts), is relieved and welcoming but
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Demi Lovato: “I Now Need Time To Heal And Focus On My Sobriety”

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Demi Lovato: “I Now Need Time To Heal And Focus On My Sobriety”
Pop singer and actress Demi Lovato has updated fans on her condition via Instagram, saying she will keep fighting the addiction demons that saw her hospitalized a little over a week ago.

“I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction. What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet,” Lovato said.

“I want to thank God for keeping me alive and well. To my fans, I am forever grateful for all of your love and support throughout this past week and beyond. Your positive thoughts and prayers have helped me navigate through this difficult time.”

Lovato said she would use the downtime to recover. She was in the middle of a tour and planned to do some international work in the fall, all of which is now on hold.
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Sony Pictures Reduces First Quarter Loss to $68 Million

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Sony Pictures Entertainment made a slightly smaller loss of $68 million (JPY7.6 billion) in the three months between April and June this year, the first quarter of its financial year. Revenues dropped to $1.58 billion (JPY175 billion). In the same period last year, revenues were JPY206 billion, and net losses JPY9.5 billion.

The parent company, Japanese electronics and entertainment conglomerate Sony, earned profits of $2.08 billion on revenues of $17.9 billion in the April-to-June quarter.

In early May, for the financial year running from April 2017 to March 2018, Sony announced net profits of $3.42 billion (JPY379 billion) from revenues of $77.0 billion (JPY8.54 trillion).

Sony said the picture division’s $257 million drop in revenue in the April-to-June quarter – a 14% slide – reflected lower licensing revenues and lower advertising revenues at its channels business. The smaller loss than last year reflected decreased theatrical advertising costs and strong home entertainment performance of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”

In the quarter,
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'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' Poised to Deliver the Franchise's Best Opening Weekend

'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' Poised to Deliver the Franchise's Best Opening Weekend
Saturday Am Update: Mission: Impossible - Fallout brought in an estimated $23 million for Friday (including $6 million from Thursday night previews). This is $3 million an improvement on the opening day for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, which brought in $4 million from preview screenings and went on to open with $55.5 million. Fallout received an "A" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, the best CinemaScore grade in the franchise. Current expectation is for a three-day weekend in the range of $58-60 million. WB's Teen Titans Go! To the Movies brought in an estimated $4.25 million on Friday, including $1 million from Thursday night previews, and is currently looking at a weekend around $11-12 million. The film received a "B+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences. You can check out all of the Friday estimates right here and we'll be back tomorrow morning with a complete look at the weekend. Friday Am Update: Exploding out of the gates,
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Demi Lovato “Awake And With Her Family” In Hospital After Reported Overdose – Update

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Demi Lovato “Awake And With Her Family” In Hospital After Reported Overdose – Update
Updated with statement from Lovato camp: Demi Lovato is awake and with her family after having been rushed to a Los Angeles-area hospital after reportedly suffering a potential overdose earlier in the day.

Sources tell Deadline that heroin was not the cause, as had been reported earlier.

“Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers and support,” Lovato’s rep said. “Some of the information being reported is incorrect and they respectfully ask for privacy and not speculation as her health and recovery is the most important thing right now.”

The Los Angeles Police Department said they were called to the 8000 block of Laurel View Drive in Hollywood at 11:40 Am today. Citing law-enforcement sources, TMZ reported that the singer and former Disney Channel star was transported to a local hospital from her residence.

Lovato, who has struggled with substance abuse,
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ReFrame, IMDBPro Launch Effort to Certify Gender-Balanced Films, TV Series

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ReFrame — a coalition of industry leaders founded by Women in Film and the Sundance Institute — and IMDBPro announced on Thursday a new data initiative to certify gender-balanced films and television shows, naming 12 films that received the newly-unveiled ReFrame Stamp.

The collaboration relies on data from IMDBPro to analyze films and television series to see how many women were involved in the production, and how much screen time female characters had. To earn the ReFrame Stamp, a film or TV show must meet a handful of requirements that call for women in key roles like starring, directing, producing, and writing. Additional points are awarded for having racial diversity. (The full criteria can be found here.)

“Through this collaboration we are committed to cultivating a more inclusive media landscape that illuminates the cultural and economic benefits of diversity in storytelling,” Cathy Schulman, ReFrame co-founder and president of Welle Entertainment, said in a statement.
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Boss Baby Oscar Nomination Ignites a Firestorm Across Twitter

Boss Baby Oscar Nomination Ignites a Firestorm Across Twitter
There's always one Oscar nomination in the bunch that truly baffles and mystifies the movie masses. And this year it's definitely The Boss Baby. Released last spring, the movie was a hit with family audiences, opening number 1 at the box office to the tune of $50.1 million dollars, and it has since gone onto earn $175 million domestically while taking in a worldwide gross of $498.9 million, ensuring that a sequel is on the way. That said, the movie is certified rotten on Rotten Tomatoes with 52% and the audience rating the movie felt exactly the same way about it, queasy to their stomachs. Sure it made money, but dang, a lot of people hate The Boss Baby.

The movie stars the voice of Alec Baldwin as a baby genius, though he's basically doing his Trump impression. The story follows the older brother of this fast-talking briefcase-carrying baby, who embarks on a mission to
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Happy Death Day, Loving Vincent, Suburbicon and more titles available at the Cineplex Store in January!

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Happy Death Day, Loving Vincent, Suburbicon and more titles available at the Cineplex Store in January!Happy Death Day, Loving Vincent, Suburbicon and more titles available at the Cineplex Store in January!Adriana Floridia1/8/2018 3:12:00 Pm

We know that it's impossible to see every movie in the theatre, and especially in the cold of January, you may feel more inclined to stay indoors.

This month, the Cineplex Store has great new releases that mean you won't need to get up much further than your couch in order to watch some of last year's best films.

If you missed any of these when they played theatres, or if you simply want to watch them again, here are the titles that are coming to the Cineplex Store in January!

January 2nd

Our pick to buy: Happy Death Day

​Happy Death Day takes a page from Groundhog Day but employs it for the horror genre.
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2018 Best Animated Feature Oscars Predictions

There are three locks for a nomination: “Coco,” “The Breadwinner” and “Loving Vincent.” The question is in a very weak year what two films will round out the field. If the branch turned their nose up at the first “Lego Movie” will they really embrace “The Lego Batman Movie”? “Ferdinand” was incredibly late to the party, but could it sneak in? [Posted Jan. 1]

Frontrunners

Coco

The Breadwinner

Loving Vincent

The Lego Batman Movie

“Mary and the Witch’s Flower”

Almost there

The Boss Baby

Despicable Me 3

“Ferdinand”

Longshots

“The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales”

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

“Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie”

“Cars 3”

Cinderella the Cat

The Emoji Movie

Ethel & Ernest

The Girl without Hands

“In This Corner of the World”

The Lego Ninjago Movie

Moomins and the Winter Wonderland

“My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea”

“Napping Princess”

A Silent Voice

Smurfs: The Lost Village

The Star
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The Best, Worst and Weirdest Movie Moments of 2017

The Best, Worst and Weirdest Movie Moments of 2017
It's a stroke of impossibly perfect timing or, y'know, it only makes sense that one of the most unpredictable years in history has produced a truly unpredictable year at the movies. Sure, we saw the expected, inevitable reboots and remakes and sequels and threqueels, and then the superhero franchise reboots and remakes and sequels and threequels (Spider-Man: Homecoming! Justice League), but this wild year is also one that started with La La Land winning an Oscar then not winning the Oscar because, actually, Moonlight won the Oscar and ended with approximately half the men in Hollywood being fired.

In between, 2017 offered up so many wonderful movies that the impending awards season is shaping up to be -- you guessed it -- truly unpredictable. There were other movies that were definitely...choices. (The Accountant? Fifty Shades Darker? The Emoji Movie?) Below, we look back at some of the best, worst and weirdest moments of the year that was.[p
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Is Pixar's Coco the Box Office Savior Hollywood Has Been Hoping For?

Is Pixar's Coco the Box Office Savior Hollywood Has Been Hoping For?
The first weekend in December is often one that falls through the cracks, and last weekend's winner, Disney Pixar's Coco, looks to take full advantage of that. This frame is often forgotten, since it falls between the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and either the prestige Oscar candidates or the final big-budget blockbusters that arrive over the holiday season, and this year is no different, with no movies opening in wide release, although there are a slew of movies arriving in limited release, such as Parade Deck Films' Another WolfCop, Epic Pictures' Badsville, Well Go USA's Brotherhood of Blades 2, Hannover House's Daisy Winters, A24 Films' The Disaster Artist, Cinedigm Entertainment's Gangster Land, Zorya Films' Inoperable, the independent Kepler's Dream, Fox Searchlight's The Shape of Water, Vertical Entertainment's Slumber, Well Go USA's The Swindlers, IFC's Tribes of Palos Verdes and Amazon Studios' Wonder Wheel. With no wide release contenders, Coco
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5 Reasons Why ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Deserves an Oscar Nomination

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5 Reasons Why ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Deserves an Oscar Nomination
2017 has been an unequivocally weak year for animation. There wasn’t a new Laika movie, although strong Gkids titles like “The Breadwinner” helped fill the void. There wasn’t a new Studio Ghibli movie (although the forthcoming “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” is the next best thing). There were two offerings from Pixar, one of which was totally solid, and the other of which was “Cars 3.” By the summer, the situation was already so dire that something called “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” was considered a merciful reprieve from the endless trash parade of soulless corporate dreck like “Despicable Me 3” and “Smurfs: The Lost Village.”

And yet, amidst all of this darkness, there was a glimmering bright spot. And that bright spot… was something even darker. Black. “All important movies start with a black screen.” Those are the first words we hear in Chris McKay’s “The Lego Batman Movie,
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'Justice League' is Coming Together for $110+ Million Opening While 'Wonder' Looks to Surprise

'Justice League' is Coming Together for $110+ Million Opening While 'Wonder' Looks to Surprise
This weekend Marvel's latest hit Thor: Ragnarok is looking to top $250 million after 17 days in release while Warner Bros. and DC Comics unveil their latest entry into the DC Extended Universe, Justice League looking to make a splash globally, though that's not all this weekend has to offer. Lionsgate will debut the highly anticipated adaptation Wonder while Sony is debuting their faith-based animated title The Star. All-in-all we should be looking at a strong weekend in which the top twelve should combine for over $200 million for the first time since early July. Looking at a #1 finish, Warner Bros. and DC Comics' Justice League will debut in 4,051 theaters with industry expectations right around $105-115 million. Given Wonder Woman debuted with $103.2 million earlier this year, Suicide Squad opened with $133.6 million last year and Batman v Superman opened with $166 million, those expectations might seem low given this is essentially DC's equivalent to Marvel's The Avengers.
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