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Box Office: ‘Ford v Ferrari’ Dashing to No. 1 While ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Flounders

Box Office: ‘Ford v Ferrari’ Dashing to No. 1 While ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Flounders
Christian Bale and Matt Damon’s racing drama “Ford v Ferrari” is set to win the weekend box office by a long shot with an esimated $29 million from 3,528 domestic locations.

Elizabeth Banks’ “Charlie’s Angels” reboot could land in a distant second in its debut weekend with about $8.2 million, but the second frame of Roland Emmerich’s “Midway” may come out on top, with about $8.5 million.

“Ford v Ferrari,” which stars Bale and Damon as British driver Ken Miles and Carroll Shelby, respectively, took in nearly $11 million on Friday. Directed by James Mangold, the Fox film follows the pair as they attempt to build a car that can beat Ferrari at the behest of Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) in the 1960s. Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, and Jason Keller wrote the script, and Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone, and Ray McKinnon also star. Critics have favored the film,
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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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John Woo Says Lupita Nyong’o No Longer Attached To ‘The Killer’ Remake, Talks ‘Face/Off’ Reboot, Chimes In On Superhero Movie Debate

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John Woo Says Lupita Nyong’o No Longer Attached To ‘The Killer’ Remake, Talks ‘Face/Off’ Reboot, Chimes In On Superhero Movie Debate
There is good news and bad news about John Woo’s forthcoming remake of his 1989 crime drama The Killer. The good news is that it’s still being made. The bad news is that Lupita Nyong’o is no longer attached to the project. The iconic director shared the news about Nyong’o leaving the project with Deadline at the Hawaii International Film Festival, where he was receiving the festival’s Halekulani Lifetime Achievement Award.

“There was a scheduling problem because she’s so popular right now!” said Woo about Nyong’o’s exit. “We rewrote the script and it took so much time…she had to leave for another project.”

Deadline initially broke the news that Nyong’o was going to star in the film at Universal, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. It is unfortunate that the Us star had to drop out as many were looking forward
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‘Loki’: Sophia Di Martino Joins Tom Hiddleston in Marvel Limited Series For Disney+

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‘Loki’: Sophia Di Martino Joins Tom Hiddleston in Marvel Limited Series For Disney+
Sophia Di Martino is set to co-star opposite Tom Hiddleston in Marvel’s Loki limited series for Disney+, sources confirm to Deadline.

In the new Marvel Studios series, Hiddleston returns as the mercurial Loki, the Asgardian god of mischief and everyone’s favorite Marvel villain, in stories that take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Kate Herron is director, Michael Waldron is head writer for the series, slated for 2021 premiere.

One source close to the production hints that Di Martino may in fact portray a female incarnation of Loki and, in effect share the role with Hiddleston. Loki is a trickster god and a shapeshifter and, in the pages of Marvel Comics, has been portrayed at times in a female incarnation. In September, Marvel Press published a high-profile Ya novel by author Mackenzi Lee called Loki: Where Mischief Lies that presented the character as pansexual and gender-fluid.
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Can Taylor Swift Really Be Banned From Performing Her Old Albums?

Can Taylor Swift Really Be Banned From Performing Her Old Albums?
The spat between Taylor Swift, her former label boss Scott Borchetta, and music mogul Scooter Braun has devolved into a sturm-und-drang public saga. Months after Swift panned Braun’s $300-million takeover of Borchetta’s Big Machine Label Group, the singer is saying that the two executives are preventing her from performing her older hits at the American Music Awards — but the validity of both the claim and the alleged action are murky.

On Thursday night, Swift publicly reignited her feud with Borchetta and Braun, who own the masters of her first six albums.
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Lech Majewski on ‘Valley of the Gods,’ Navaho Mythology, Josh Hartnett, Keir Dullea

Lech Majewski on ‘Valley of the Gods,’ Navaho Mythology, Josh Hartnett, Keir Dullea
Torun, Poland – In his latest work, “The Valley of the Gods,” director Lech Majewski explores the ancient mythology of a downtrodden people and the absurd wealth of the world’s richest man in a surreal vision of modern America. The film screened at the EnergaCamerimage Intl. Film Festival as part of special showcase honoring Majewski, who received the Special Camerimage Directing Award. “Valley of the Gods,” which stars Josh Hartnett, John Malkovich, Keir Dullea, Bérénice Marlohe and John Rhys-Davies, presents the clash between the ancient civilization of the Navaho and the ultra-modern, hight-tech world of multi-billionaires. The Navaho “live in really very harsh conditions and their territory is surrounded by this super civilization, the Roman Empire of today, with this epitome of technical innovation,” Majewski told Variety. “I don’t know whether there is another place in the world that has this kind of absolute opposite sides.” Majewski contrasted his
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Producer-Cinematographer Peter Zwierko on ‘The Naked King,’ Polish and Iranian Revolutions, and History Repeating

Torun, Poland – “The Naked King,” a documentary chronicling parallel revolutions in Poland and Iran, has proven a timely work at a time when mass demonstrations are sweeping the globe. Directed by Andreas Hoessli and produced by Peter Zwierko, who also served as cinematographer on the film, “The Naked King” examines the 1979 revolution in Iran that toppled the Shah and the Solidarity movement in Poland, which, in 1980, resulted in the creation of the first independent trade union in a Warsaw Pact country. The film, which won best film in the international category at this year’s Dok.fest Munich in May and screened as part of the Documentary Features Competition at the EnergaCamerimage Intl. Film Festival, also tells the personal journey of its Swiss director, who lived in Poland as a young research fellow and met the late Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski, whose work connects the film’s narrative arcs. Shooting
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Cinematographer Roberto Schaefer on Gideon Raff’s Thriller ‘The Red Sea Diving Resort’

Cinematographer Roberto Schaefer on Gideon Raff’s Thriller ‘The Red Sea Diving Resort’
Torun, Poland – While Gideon Raff’s Netflix thriller “The Red Sea Diving Resort” shot largely in South Africa and Namibia, the project was a welcomed opportunity for cinematographer Roberto Schaefer due to his own memorable travels through Ethiopia. The film, which screened in the EnergaCamerimage Intl. Film Festival’s Contemporary World Cinema section, is loosely based on an operation by the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad, to evacuate Jewish Ethiopian refugees to Israel in the 1980s using an abandoned seaside resort in Sudan. Chris Evans, Ben Kingsley, Michael Kenneth Williams and Greg Kinnear star. “Story-wise obviously it moved me very much,” Schaefer said, speaking at the film’s screening in Torun, Poland on Thursday. “I had sort of a personal connection to it because in 1972 I visited Ethiopia with my sister and my brother-in-law. We travelled around the whole country and we went to three different Falasha villages – Ethiopian Jews are Falashas.
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Vojtech Jasny, Award-Winning Czech Filmmaker, Dies at 93

Czech filmmaker Vojtech Jasny, director of “All My Good Countrymen,” which won the best director prize at Cannes in 1969, has died. He was 93.

According to the Associated Press, Slovacke divadlo, a theatre he frequently visited, said that Jasny died Friday, and a family representative confirmed his death to the Ctk news agency.

Jasny was a prolific part of the Czechoslovakian new wave in the ’50s and ’60s, though he left the country following its invasion by the Ussr in 1968. He directed several films while living in other European countries, and eventually relocated to Brooklyn, New York in the ’80s.

Though it received critical acclaim, “All My Good Countrymen” was banned in Jasny’s home country following the invasion due to its depiction of the brutal effect of Ussr communism on the Czech people.

Jasny was also presented with the Cannes Special Jury Prize in 1963 for “The Cassandra Cat.”

In his
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Film Review: ‘Noelle’ on Disney Plus

Film Review: ‘Noelle’ on Disney Plus
What do you get when you toss together Christmas cheer, Christmas kitsch, a fish-out-of-the-North-Pole setup swiped from “Elf,” and a plot that turns on whether Kris Kringle’s daughter, played as a perky na?f by Anna Kendrick, has what it takes to step into her dad’s snow boots? You get a plastic icicle like “Noelle,”

Long ago, it was called straight-to-tape. Then it was called straight-to-vod, and now it’s straight to your monthly subscription service. But if the delivery system has changed, the content remains very much the same. When you see a movie like “Noelle,” what the experience comes down to is: It’s something you’re not watching in a theater because most of us wouldn’t watch it in a theater. It wouldn’t be worth the effort. Whatever your idea of a sentimental connect-the-dots Christmas comedy is, this is sub that. At home, however,
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Disney+ Vows to Fix ‘The Simpsons’ After Fan Outcry Over Cropped Jokes

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After much fan outcry, Disney has announced that plans are being made to allow Disney+ users to watch classic episodes of “The Simpsons” in their original aspect ratio format.

When the new streaming service launched this past Tuesday, one of the big perks offered was the first 30 seasons of “The Simpsons.” But “Simpsons” fans complained that dozens of visual gags had been cropped out by switching older episodes from their original 4:3 ratio to a 16:9 widescreen ratio. “The Simpsons” didn’t actually make that jump until midway through their 20th season in 2009.

Also Read: Disney+ Surpasses 10 Million Sign-Ups on Day 1

All the classic Simpsons episodes on Disney+ are in cropped widescreen format — this means you miss out on tons of great visual jokes, like how Duff, Duff Lite and Duff Dry all come from the same tube. pic.twitter.com/cTy9adulFl

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'Awards Chatter' Podcast —?Dr. Ruth Westheimer ('Ask Dr. Ruth')

'Awards Chatter' Podcast —?Dr. Ruth Westheimer ('Ask Dr. Ruth')
"I don't know how to play canasta," laughs Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the world’s famous sex therapist, as we sit down in the Washington Heights apartment where she has lived for 54 years to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter's 'Awards Chatter' podcast. I had just asked the 91-year-old — who became a household name in her fifties, thanks to her candid discussion of sex on radio and TV and in books, columns, lectures and university courses — what motivates her to continue to work so hard at her age, as opposed to playing Mahjong ...
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‘The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ to Debut in 2020

Bravo announced Saturday during its first annual BravoCon that a tenth “Real Housewives” series, “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City,” will debut in 2020.

Bravo host and “Real Housewives” executive producer Andy Cohen made the announcement during a panel titled “Ask Andy” at the NYC convention.

“We’ve always tried to choose a city that has completely unique personalities and we also try to throw a little curveball now and then. Pick somewhere you weren’t expecting,” Cohen said.

“You didn’t see it coming but I have to tell you, in Utah, you have the majesty of the mountains,
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‘The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ in Works at Bravo

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Bravo is adding a 10th version of their runaway hit reality series “The Real Housewives” that will take place in Salt Lake City, the franchise’s executive producer and host Andy Cohen announced at the network’s first ever BravoCon this weekend.

“We’ve always tried to choose a city that has completely unique personalities and we also try to throw a little curveball now and then. Pick somewhere you weren’t expecting,” Cohen said.

“You didn’t see it coming but I have to tell you, in Utah, you have the majesty of the mountains, the Mormon religion, an exclusive community of people who have very successful businesses who live in their own universe,” he added. “It is gorgeous and I think you’re going to be really surprised and intrigued by the group of women we’ve found.”

Also Read: Andy Cohen Hopes Bethenny Frankel Will Be Back
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Martin Scorsese on Longtime Collaboration With Robert De Niro: "It's All About Trust"

American Film Institute president Bob Gazzale asked hundreds of audience members at the Tcl Chinese Theater in Hollywood to imagine a world without Martin Scorsese and his award-winning works.

"All the movies you were reminded of, gone," he said. "Generations of young filmmakers, uninspired." He continued, "As our nation’s leading voice for film preservation, treasured films would be lost and disintegrating. As a collaborator, [Robert] De Niro and [Leonardo] DiCaprio would have no sparring partner to push them to greater artistic heights."

After asking the attendees to snap out of their "...
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Film Review: ‘Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer’

When grocery store shoppers snag a copy of Weekly World News (the rag responsible for the refuses-to-die “Bat Child” hoax), they know they’re getting fake news. But when they pick up the National Enquirer, it’s a far more ambiguous prospect.

Enquirer headlines are deliberately provocative, shouting details of the private lives of real people — including Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor and Oprah Winfrey — from their strategic perch in checkout aisles across America. Over the course of nearly seven decades, the tabloid crushed the aspirations of at least one presidential contender (by publishing the photo that exposed Gary Hart’s extramarital affair) and crusaded to elect another, running negative coverage of Donald Trump’s political opponents, which the candidate conveniently referenced in his 2016 campaign.

A hard-hitting — and at times hard-to-stomach — documentary from “Thunder Soul” director Mark Landsman, “Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer” subjects the tabloid to the
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Cynthia Erivo Almost Gave Up Singing to Become a Spinal Surgeon

Cynthia Erivo Almost Gave Up Singing to Become a Spinal Surgeon
Before Cynthia Erivo went on to become a Tony and Grammy winner, she nearly gave up singing to be a spinal surgeon.

In her “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” conversation with Alfre Woodard, the “Harriet” star said she had been singing since she was toddler. Her mother noticed she’d hum while eating her food when she was just 18 months old, and wrote down in her baby book that she’d go on to be a singer.

However, that natural talent was almost wasted when she was in high school.

“I had a real weird phase when I was about 16. I just stopped doing it for a second. I got shy,” Erivo said. “Everyone around me in my class, they wanted to be doctors, lawyers, nurses and I didn’t want that. I wanted to sing and act, but I felt weird because nobody else in my class would do it.
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Former DNC Chair Donna Brazile Tells Bill Maher She Hopes Roger Stone ‘Roasts in Hell’

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Donna Brazile did not mince words when it came to Roger Stone’s conviction during her appearance on “Real Time With Bill Maher,” saying that she hopes Donald Trump’s friend “roasts in hell.”

Brazile made the fiery comments on the show’s “Overtime” post-show on YouTube when Maher asked his panel whether they think Trump will grant Stone a presidential pardon. Stone was found guilty on Friday on seven federal criminal charges, including witness tampering and obstruction of justice, and could face up to 20 years in prison.

Also Read: Trump Attacks Ousted Ukraine Ambassador Mid-Hearing, Schiff Suggests It's 'Witness Tampering'

“Well he’s going to be sentenced February 6th, I hope he roasts in hell, that son of a bitch,” Brazile said as Maher jokingly told her to calm down.

“[Stone] “worked with WikiLeaks to destroy not just Democrats, but to destroy our democracy, so I hope he roasts in hell,
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Embassy Official Confirms Overhearing Trump’s Damning Ukraine Phone Call

After former ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’s explosive testimony on Friday, another State Department official testified privately and told impeachment investigators he overheard a phone call between Us Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and President Donald Trump during which the president asked whether Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky had agreed to investigate his political rivals, the Bidens.

A leaked copy of Holmes’s opening statement, obtained by CNN’s Manu Raju and Jeremy Herb, implicated Trump in very clear terms and blew up the Republican talking point that the only evidence Democrats had was “hearsay.
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A List of Things That Happened in ‘Ahs: 1984’ That Didn’t Make Any Sense at All

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A List of Things That Happened in ‘Ahs: 1984’ That Didn’t Make Any Sense at All
(Spoilers ahead for the entirety of “American Horror Story: 1984”)

Well, “Ahs: 1984” sure was a whole thing. Just a whole thing. I can’t say I’m overly upset that this unhinged and wildly uneven season is over, but I can’t quite move on with my life just yet.

Before I can forget all of this ever happened, I have a laundry list of things that happened in “Ahs: 1984” that were super irritating and frustrating to watch, and I feel like I’m gonna go crazy if I don’t try to share this madness with our dear readers. So let’s do this. I have 18 items right now. I’ll probably add some more because I keep thinking of new ones.

Also Read: John Landgraf Foresees 'Many More Cycles' of Ryan Murphy's 'Ahs' on FX

1. They forgot to do a climax, as the season finale was
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