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Colorful New 'Birds of Prey' Footage Unveiled for Fans in Brazil

Colorful New 'Birds of Prey' Footage Unveiled for Fans in Brazil
Fans of Harley Quinn got a new look at the movie Thursday at Comic Con Experience, the Brazilian convention in São Paulo, where Margot Robbie and the cast of next year’s Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) debuted all-new footage, including the opening sequence of the movie itself.

Two convention-only clips were screened for the audience, including a new trailer that focused more on Black Canary and Huntress than the first — as Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) put it, Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has “anger issues,” despite her shouted assertions to the ...
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Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy To Receive BAFTA Fellowship

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Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy To Receive BAFTA Fellowship
BAFTA will honour film producer extraordinaire Kathleen Kennedy with the Fellowship at the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 2 February 2020.

Awarded annually, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, games or television.

Fellows previously honoured for their work in film include Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Billy Wilder, Ken Loach, Michael Caine, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Lee, Martin Scorsese, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, Helen Mirren, Sidney Poitier, Mel Brooks and Ridley Scott. Thelma Schoonmaker received the Fellowship at the 2019 Ee British Academy Film Awards.

Kennedy said, “British filmmaking has always played a significant role in both my life and career. The boundless creative vision of artists such as Tom Stoppard, David Lean, Chris Nolan, Stephen Daldry and Peter Morgan continues to inspire me. The recent Star
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‘The Irishman’ Netflix Debut Drew 2.2M To 3.2M Daily U.S. Viewers, Nielsen Says

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‘The Irishman’ Netflix Debut Drew 2.2M To 3.2M Daily U.S. Viewers, Nielsen Says
The Irishman drew an average minute audience of nearly 2.6 million viewers on its November 27 premiere on Netflix, holding steady through the long Thanksgiving weekend, according to new figures from Nielsen.

The company only tracks U.S. consumption, so the snapshot is just part of the picture. Netflix execs have been coy so far about numbers as the film has rolled through its limited theatrical run and moved onto the streaming platform. The film has racked up acclaim and early awards momentum, earning top honors this week from the New York Film Critics. In an appearance at a conference Thursday hosted by Variety, Deadline’s sister publication, Netflix film boss Scott Stuber was asked about the numbers but would say only that the company “is on [our] way to being happy with the movie.”

Nielsen said Martin Scorsese’s film gathered a total average minute audience of 13.2 million viewers in its first 5 days of streaming availability.
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Amazon Greenlights First Australian Original Drama ‘Back to the Rafters’

Amazon Greenlights First Australian Original Drama ‘Back to the Rafters’
Amazon Studios has commissioned its first Australian original scripted series, with a reboot of hit Seven Network family drama, Packed to the Rafters.

Back to the Rafters picks up six years after the original show’s final season on free to air TV network, Seven, and will be written by series creator Bevan Lee and made for Amazon Prime by Seven’s production arm, Seven Studios.

Following Dave and Julie Rafter, Back to the Rafters will feature the original principal cast members Rebecca Gibney (Julie Rafter), Erik Thomson (Dave Rafter), Jessica Marais(Rachel Rafter), Hugh Sheridan ...
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How 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Blows Up Its World in Season 3

How 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Blows Up Its World in Season 3
The season two finale of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel laid the groundwork for a transformative third season, as Midge (Rachel Brosnahan) leaves her former life as a housewife behind once and for all, turning down a marriage proposal in favor of going on a nationwide tour with pop star Shy Baldwin (Leroy McClain). As dramatic a decision as this is, it's not quite as shocking as Abe (Tony Shalhoub) abruptly quitting his tenured position at Columbia — and by extension, giving up the beautiful apartment that he and Rose (Marin Hinkle) have long called home.

The Weissmans’ “classic six”...
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Tom Holland Reveals Drunken, Emotional Call With Bob Iger That May Have Saved ‘Spider-Man’

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Tom Holland Reveals Drunken, Emotional Call With Bob Iger That May Have Saved ‘Spider-Man’
Spider-Man’s involvement in the McU came under threat earlier this year when rights-owner Sony was seemingly unable to reach an agreement with Marvel to allow the web slinger to continue appearing in Marvel films. The two companies eventually managed to work out their dispute, and it may have been due in part to franchise star Tom Holland.

On Wednesday night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Holland opened up to Kimmel about a not-completely-sober call between him and Disney CEO Bob Iger, which Iger had told Kimmel about in an earlier interview.

According to Holland, when he found out that Sony might not let Spider-Man remain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he asked if he could send Iger an email.

“I just wanted to say thank you, I wanted to say, ‘This has been an amazing five years of my life, thank you for changing my life in the best way,
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The Best Portable Radios

You may be spending more time streaming music these days, but it’s hard to deny the good, old-fashioned appeal of listening to the radio. Whether you’re tuning into the news, checking the weather or discovering new music, radio stations add a decidedly more human element to your listening experience, with DJs and broadcasters taking you through a road trip, lazy Saturday morning or long commute home.

Listening to the radio in the car is easy, but if you want to listen to the radio at home, it’s
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‘Delhi Crime’ Wins big at Asian Academy Creative Awards

‘Delhi Crime’ Wins big at Asian Academy Creative Awards
Richie Mehta’s harrowing Netflix series “Delhi Crime” was the big winner at the 2nd annual Asian Academy Creative Awards in Singapore on Friday.

Representing the show, lead actress Shefali Shah was rushed off her feet as she repeatedly had to return to the stage. “Delhi Crime” earned her best actress in a leading role, best drama series and best direction, and fiction, for Mehta. Earlier, the series also won best original program by a streamer/Ott on the first night of the two-day awards.

Shah was also on stage, at Singapore’s beautifully restored historical Victoria theatre to present
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Film News Roundup: Leonardo DiCaprio Presenting Robert De Niro SAG Life Achievement Award

Film News Roundup: Leonardo DiCaprio Presenting Robert De Niro SAG Life Achievement Award
In today’s film news roundup, Leonardo DiCaprio will present Robert De Niro with his SAG Life Achievement Award, the Oliver Sacks documentary finds a home and UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television gets a new dean.

Award Presentation

Leonardo DiCaprio has been selected to present Robert De Niro the SAG Life Achievement Award at the 26th annual SAG Awards on Jan. 19.

DiCaprio co-starred with De Niro in “This Boy’s Life” as the only son of a single mother in the 1950s with De Niro as his abusive stepfather. The actors later starred in “Marvin’s Room.”

DiCaprio won an Academy Award for Best Actor in “The Revenant” and has been nominated for five additional Oscars. He was most recently seen in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

De Niro is a seven-time Academy Award nominee, winning for “The Godfather II” and “Raging Bull.” He’s currently starring in Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman.
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‘Karnawal,’ ‘Restless,’ ‘Summer White,’ ‘Firsts’ Win Big at Ventana Sur

Buenos Aires — With Ventana Sur now firing on multiple cylinders, featuring pix-in post or project competitions for not only art films but also genre pics and animation – two sectors embraced by young creators in Latin America – “Karnawal,” “Restless,” “Summer White” and “Firsts” proved big winners among Ventana Sur’s arthouse and animation competitions, while “The Containment” and “Vurdulak Blood” topped genre movie mart Blood Window plaudits with two prices each.

Jérôme Paillard, Cannes Marché du Film and Ventana Sur director-founder, used the occasion to announce slightly later dates for Ventana Sur next year, Dec. 8-12.

Meanwhile, Colombia’s Oscar submission “Monos,” hailed by Variety as “astonishing” and a “major work of fever-dream art” did its International Feature Film Academy Award nomination chances no damage at all taking the Latin American Film of the Year, now granted by an expanded, global Intl. Federation of Fantastic Film Festivals.

It was two highly
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‘Karnawal,’ ‘Restless,’ ‘Summer White,’ ‘Firsts’ Win Big at Ventana Sur

Buenos Aires — With Ventana Sur now firing on multiple cylinders, featuring pix-in post or project competitions for not only art films but also genre pics and animation – two sectors embraced by young creators in Latin America – “Karnawal,” “Restless,” “Summer White” and “Firsts” proved big winners among Ventana Sur’s arthouse and animation competitions, while “The Containment” and “Vurdulak Blood” topped genre movie mart Blood Window plaudits with two prices each.

Jérôme Paillard, Cannes Marché du Film and Ventana Sur director-founder, used the occasion to announce slightly later dates for Ventana Sur next year, Dec. 8-12.

Meanwhile, Colombia’s Oscar submission “Monos,
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From “1917” to “Jojo Rabbit,” Composers of Some of the Year’s Top Scores Talk Shop

From “1917” to “Jojo Rabbit,” Composers of Some of the Year’s Top Scores Talk Shop
“1917,” Thomas Newman

The 20-year collaboration of director Sam Mendes and composer Thomas Newman has encompassed midlife crisis (“American Beauty”), crime in the Depression (“Road to Perdition”), the Gulf War (“Jarhead”), marriage in the 1950s (“Revolutionary Road”) and two James Bond adventures.

Now they’ve tackled World War I, with “1917,” but Mendes’ much-talked-about approach – two British soldiers on a desperate mission in enemy territory, filmed as if it is one continuous shot – posed a unique challenge to its composer. “The movie is in present tense and because of that, music cannot comment because that puts you a couple of seconds behind present tense,” says Newman.

“Music is there to help, but the way in which it helps must be fundamental and visceral as opposed to intellectual and reflective,” adds the 14-time Oscar nominee. “Certain musical elements repeat, and there is a kind of friendship theme that doesn’t. It needs to
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Watch: Americans Are ‘Flushing Toilets 10 Times, 15 Times’ Says Trump

President Donald Trump explained to the assembled media at the White House on Friday that there is an ongoing issue with “sinks and showers and other elements of bathrooms” across the country and that his administration is “looking very strongly” into the matter.

According to the Washington Post, Trump wants a nationwide review of water efficiency standards because “people are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times as opposed to once,” the president said.

“We have a situation where we’re looking very strongly at sinks and showers and other elements of bathrooms,
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‘Aladdin’ Spinoff With Billy Magnussen’s Character in the Works for Disney Plus

Disney is developing a spinoff of its live-action “Aladdin” with Billy Magnussen reprising his Prince Anders character.

The unnamed project is in early development for the studio’s recently launched Disney Plus streaming service. Disney has hired Jordan Dunn and Michael Kvamme to write a script centered on the haughty Prince Anders, one of Princess Jasmine’s suitors.

Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, producers of “Aladdin,” are producing the spinoff through their Rideback company. Rideback’s Ryan Halprin will executive produce.

Aladdin” became the 41st title to cross the $1 billion worldwide box office mark in July. It opened with $117 million over the Memorial Day holiday and easily outperformed Disney’s pre-opening domestic projections along with underlining the validity of the studio’s strategy of rebooting its animated classics such as “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Jungle Book.”

In this case, it remade the original 1992 animated movie with Mena Massoud as Aladdin,
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Disney Boasts a Bevy of Hopefuls for Oscar’s Original Song Race

When the Academy announces its shortlist for song nominations on Dec. 16, you can be certain that at least one Disney song will be on it and probably more.

Disney songs have been nominated 33 times in the past 30 years, winning 12 of the gold statuettes.

This year, the studio has at least four in the running: two from live-action remakes of animated classics and two from highly anticipated sequels. Three are already among the top-10 grossing films of the year, and the fourth, just released, is expected to join that elite crowd in a matter of weeks.

Speechless,” from this year’s “Aladdin” remake, was written by original composer Alan Menken (who won a 1992 Oscar for that film’s “A Whole New World”) with new lyricist partners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Oscar winners for a song from “La La Land” three years ago). It’s sung by Naomi Scott as
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‘Star Trek’ Actor Robert Walker Jr. Dies at 79

‘Star Trek’ Actor Robert Walker Jr. Dies at 79
Robert Walker Jr., son of actors Robert Walker and Jennifer Jones, died Thursday, his family confirmed to the official website for the television show “Star Trek.” He was 79.

Walker Jr. is best remembered for playing the titular Charlie Evans in the “Star Trek” episode “Charlie X” from the show’s first season in 1966. His character was a teenage social misfit with psychic powers. The episode was written by D.C. Fontana who also died earlier this week.

Walker Jr. also starred in a handful of 1960s pictures including “Ensign Pulver” with Burl Ives and Walter Matthau, and “Young Billy Young.”

He was born in Queens,
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Live+3 Ratings for Week of Thanksgiving: ‘9-1-1′ on Top in Absence of ‘Masked Singer’ and ‘This Is Us’

Live+3 Ratings for Week of Thanksgiving: ‘9-1-1′ on Top in Absence of ‘Masked Singer’ and ‘This Is Us’
9-1-1” can thank the absence of both its fellow Fox show “The Masked Singer” and NBC’s “This Is Us” for finishing on top of the Live+3 scripted ratings charts for the week of Thanksgiving.

The procedural saw a 54% bump in delayed from a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49, to a 2.0. It tied with “60 Minutes” for the highest rated non-football show in delayed, ahead of “The Good Doctor” and “Survivor” at a 1.6. “Good Doctor” also grew by a 0.7 rating.

The Rookie” was the week’s biggest grower percentage-wise, jumping 120% from a 0.5 to a 1.1.

In terms of total viewership, “NCIS” easily
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Innovative Scores Elevated the Year’s Documentaries

It’s next to impossible for a documentary score to be Oscar-nominated alongside the dozens of fictional narratives entered each year. But it did happen, just once: In 1975, composer Gerald Fried was nominated for his music for “Birds Do It, Bees Do It,” a documentary on the mating habits of animals.

Fried, now 91, perhaps best-known for his Emmy-winning score for “Roots,” recalls his surprise at the nomination. He believes that his fresh use of the relatively new synthesizer sounds, along with more traditional orchestra, was probably the reason his colleagues noticed and approved.

No doc score before or since has been nominated. Yet music for documentaries is being taken more seriously than ever before, going by the number of award-season screenings and even live-to-picture concert performances.

“Documentary films have really come of age cinematically,” says composer Jeff Beal, who will conduct his score for “The Biggest Little Farm” on Dec.
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Ron Leibman, Tony-Winning Actor Known for ‘Angels in America’ and ‘Friends,’ Dies at 82

Ron Leibman, Tony-Winning Actor Known for ‘Angels in America’ and ‘Friends,’ Dies at 82
Ron Leibman, an Emmy-winning actor who garnered a Tony for his work in Broadway’s “Angels in America” and played the father of Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel Green on “Friends,” died on Friday. He was 82.

Robert Attermann, CEO of Abrams Artists Agency, confirmed the news to Variety. No further details were immediately available.

Leibman, a native of New York, played Dr. Leonard Green on “Friends” as a no-nonsense father who gave grief to David Schwimmer’s Ross, the romantic interest of Aniston’s Rachel. He received an Emmy Award in 1979 for portraying a reformed convict who became a criminal attorney on the CBS series “Kaz.”

Leibman won a Tony Award in 1993 for playing a fictional version of Roy Cohn in Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches.”

Leibman broke into the entertainment business in 1956 on the soap opera “The Edge of Night” and made his movie debut in the 1970 comedy “Where’s Poppa?,
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Documentaries Made in the Aftermath of Crime Tread a Careful Path

Documentaries Made in the Aftermath of Crime Tread a Careful Path
Every year, documentaries that examine crimes are made. Some, such as Ezra Edelman’s “O.J.: Made in America,” Joshua Rofe’s “Lorena” and most recently Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg’s “The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park,” study a single crime decades after the fact in hopes of establishing a greater clarity and understanding of traumatic events.

But some crimes against humanity deserve immediate dissection and magnification, including mass shootings, sexual abuse and data-mining manipulation. Each is an offense that has directly and indirectly affected millions of Americans in recent years and each is an offense that continues to play out in our society. In these cases, documentarians take on crimes that need immediate absorption and contemplation.

Just four days after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018, Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman traveled to Parkland, Fla., on assignment for ABC’s “Nightline.” Initially the duo
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