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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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First Look of Aamir Khan in 'Forrest Gump' Bollywood Remake

The first look of the official Bollywood remake of Forrest Gump starring Aamir Khan has been unveiled.

Titled Laal Singh Chaddha, the Hindi language remake of the Tom Hanks-starring Oscar-winning classic is co-produced by Viacom18 Studios and Aamir Khan Productions. The project is currently filming and is set for a Christmas 2020 release.

The first look shows Khan in the titular role as a simple Sikh man who has an uncanny ability to be present at history-changing events. The film also stars top actress Kareena Kapoor Khan and is directed by Advait Chandan (Secret Superstar).

Directed by Robert Zemeckis, Paramount Pictures'...
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‘Walking Dead': What Just Happened With Siddiq and Dante

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‘Walking Dead': What Just Happened With Siddiq and Dante
(Major spoilers ahead for the November 17 episode of “The Walking Dead” on AMC)

This are really starting to go down as we get close to the mid-season finale on “The Walking Dead.” The fragile peace that has been in place since the massacre in season 9 looks like it’s falling apart, and it feels an awful lot like we’re on the brink of war.

In the comic book version of “The Walking Dead,” the transition from peace with the Whisperers to all-out war was a simple one, but the dynamic is much more complicated on the show. In the books, as I wrote about last week’s episode, the communities were basically ignored by the Whisperers during the peacetime. The peace was only broken when the escaped Negan wandered into the Whisperers camp, joined up, and eventually murdered Alpha (Samantha Morton).

On the show, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) has
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President Trump to Award Jon Voight the National Medal of Arts

President Trump to Award Jon Voight the National Medal of Arts
President Trump will present actor Jon Voight, musician Allison Krauss, and mystery writer James Patterson with the national medal of arts.

Voight is one of few in Hollywood who has been vocal about his support of President Trump in the past, calling him “the greatest president of this century.”

The White House announced four recipients of the National Medal of Arts and four of the National Humanities Medal on Sunday night.

Voight was nominated for an Academy Award for best actor for his work in “Midnight Cowboy,” an accolade he later won for “Coming Home.” He was also nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actor for his roles in “Runaway Train” and “Ali.” He starred in “The Rainmaker,” “Mission: Impossible,” and “Heat,” and is the estranged father of Angelina Jolie. More recently, he’s appeared in Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.”

The announced recipients are the first since Trump’s administration began,
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‘Watchmen’ Recap: Dark Night of the Soul

‘Watchmen’ Recap: Dark Night of the Soul
A review of this week’s Watchmen, “Little Fear of Lightning,” coming up just as soon as I offer you a squid pro quo…

The revolutionary masterstroke of the Watchmen comic book is often presented as Alan Moore asking, “What if superheroes lived in the real world?” And there’s certainly a lot of that in both the comic and now this bizarrely grand television show. But both the comic and the show also draw a lot of their power from asking the inverse question: “What if real people lived in a superhero world?
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Isabelle Huppert to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor at Goa Film Festival, John Bailey to Head Jury

Isabelle Huppert to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor at Goa Film Festival, John Bailey to Head Jury
French actress Isabelle Huppert will be conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming International Film Festival of India, which is set to run Wednesday-Nov. 28 and take place in Goa. Organized by the Indian government, Iffi marks its 50th anniversary this year.

Huppert has appeared in over 120 films, winning numerous awards including two Cannes best actress trophies (for Violette and The Piano Teacher) while her performance in Elle won her a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. The Iffi lifetime honor carries a cash prize of 1 million rupees ($14,285). Huppert will also address a master class at the ...
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‘Justice League’: Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Zack Snyder Support Release of ‘Snyder Cut’

‘Justice League’: Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Zack Snyder Support Release of ‘Snyder Cut’
Zack Snyder, Gal Gadot, and Ben Affleck have taken to social media to request that Warner Bros. release the Snyder cut of “Justice League.” Snyder, who helmed “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman” and was “Justice League’s” original director, had to leave production on the film partway through after his daughter died, with Joss Whedon taking the reins.

Gadot was the first to tweet in support of the fan movement, posting a black and white behind the scenes shot from the movie using with the hashtag #ReleaseTheSnyderCut.

#ReleaseTheSnyderCut pic.twitter.com/wssMmlPqEK

— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) November 17, 2019

Affleck followed suit shortly after, posting just the hashtag.

#ReleaseTheSnyderCut

— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) November 17, 2019

Snyder retweeted both, making references to their DC universe characters: “This ancient Amazonian can’t be wrong” and “Neither can Batman.”

This ancient Amazonian can’t be wrong. #releasethesnydercut https://t.co/XBdaE1ynkL

— Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) November 17, 2019

Neither can Batman.
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‘Joker’ Beat Up Several Superheroes En Route to $1 Billion at Box Office

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This weekend saw “Joker” become the first movie with an R rating to gross $1 billion at the box office. That alone is enough to immortalize it in the comic book movie canon. But when compared to some of the big DC and Marvel tentpoles that have defined the movie ecosystem over the past few years, it’s amazing how Gotham City’s most infamous villain has beaten the superheroes at their own game.

To show just how special “Joker”‘s box office run has been, we have compared its domestic and overseas performance to a small sample of comic book movies that it has passed on the all-time charts:

– “Justice League,” a film featuring all of DC’s biggest superheroes

– “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” a DC film with a similarly dark tone to “Joker”

– “Suicide Squad,” the last DC film to feature a version of the Joker

– and “Thor: Ragnarok,
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Netflix's 'Klaus': Meet the Voices Behind Each Animated Character

If you weren't feeling the holiday spirit already, Netflix's animated film Klaus aims to instill some Christmas joy.

Klaus takes place in the gloomy town of Smeereburg, where children don't have friends and being mean to one another is the expected social etiquette.

But outcast Jesper, played by Jason Schwartzman, has a plan to remind the town of the importance of community and togetherness.

When Jesper— dubbed the postal academy's worst student — notices Mr. Klaus (J.K Simmons), the mailman gets an idea. Klaus is a recluse carpenter with a finesse for ...
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‘You’re Done’: Conservative Radio Host Fired Mid-Show for Criticizing Trump

Craig Silverman, a talk-show host for a conservative radio station in Denver, claims he was fired mid-show on Saturday after criticizing President Donald Trump.

Silverman told the Denver Post that he was interrupted in the middle of a segment about Roy Cohn, Trump’s former lawyer, by his producer who threw his hands up and told the host, “You’re done.”

Silverman, who voted for Trump in 2016, took to Twitter after being fired, writing, “I cannot and will not toe strict Trump party line. I call things as I see them.
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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, Ben Affleck Join Call to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut

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DC fans who have been demanding for Zack Snyder’s original cut of “Justice League” may have just got the Champion of Themiscyra and The Dark Knight on their side, as Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck posted tweets on Sunday that seemed to show support for the fan campaign.

Gadot’s 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.” Affleck’s tweet followed two hours later.

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

#ReleaseTheSnyderCut

— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) November 17, 2019

But “Justice League” ended up being no “Avengers,
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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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