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'Vice' Enters the Oscar Race, Wins Praise for Christian Bale, Amy Adams at Early Screening

'Vice' Enters the Oscar Race, Wins Praise for Christian Bale, Amy Adams at Early Screening
One of the last shoes to drop in this year’s Oscar race, just dropped.

Annapurna skipped the Fall Festival circuit and decided instead to take over the Bruin Theatre in Westwood today to put Adam McKay’s Vice (just finished a couple of days ago) out to the world. Judging by the reaction to this afternoon’s unveiling you can probably expect to not only see nominations for stars Christian Bale who , for lack of a better word , simply inhabits Cheney , and Amy Adams , equally great as Lynne Cheney , but possibly several other categories including Best Picture.
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John Williams Composed the Score for Disney’s 'Star Wars' Parks

John Williams Composed the Score for Disney’s 'Star Wars' Parks
John Williams may be finished with Star Wars after next year’s untitled Episode IX, but he’s not done yet.

The legendary composer, who’s brought his musical stylings to the space-opera franchise for more than 40 years, is providing an original score for the Star Wars–themed land known as Galaxy’s Edge that will open at Disney's theme parks in 2019.
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Friday Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts 2' Conjures $25.7 Million

Friday Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts 2' Conjures $25.7 Million
There’s no stopping the Harry Potter brand. The latest prequel to the Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, pulled in a healthy $25.7 million on Friday, which includes the $9.1 million it made from Thursday night screenings.

The latest Fantastic Beasts movie is on track to pull in $60-63 million domestically, but it could really rack up the score internationally.
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See Steve Carell’s Jeff Bezos Troll Trump With Amazon Expansion on ‘SNL’

See Steve Carell’s Jeff Bezos Troll Trump With Amazon Expansion on ‘SNL’
Steve Carell portrayed Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in a Saturday Night Live sketch that trolled Donald Trump and the president’s long-standing beef with the e-commerce giant. Earlier in the week, Amazon announced plans to open two new headquarters in Long Island City, New York and northern Virginia.

“Some folks have speculated that I was somehow trolling President Trump by building one headquarters in his hometown of Queens and the other in his current residence of Washington, D.C., thereby overshadowing or humiliating him,” “Bezos” said.

“But that’s simply not true.
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‘The Office’ Cast Stage Mini-Reunion on ‘SNL’ to Plead Steve Carell for Reboot

‘The Office’ Cast Stage Mini-Reunion on ‘SNL’ to Plead Steve Carell for Reboot
Saturday Night Live staged a mini-reunion of The Office as guest host and Michael Scott portrayer Steve Carell was confronted by three of his reboot-seeking former co-stars – Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms and Ellie Kemper – during the opening monologue.

Carell opened his monologue by talking about his movie career, but the monologue soon took on a “questions from the audience” format, with one eager SNL audience member asking whether Carell is interested in rebooting The Office, which is in development.

“Actually, I don’t think so, it was a great experience
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Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Might Have a ‘Girlfriend Problem’

In 2008, Cynthia Shank was sentenced, as a first-time offender, to 15 years in prison on drug-conspiracy charges. She had once been the girlfriend of Alex Humphrey, a Lansing, Michigan, drug dealer, who was shot and killed in a drug bust in 2002. In the years since she’d lived with Humphrey, she had completely rehabilitated her life: She had a job at a restaurant chain as a manager, was married and had two children, with a third on the way.

But because Shank had shared a past life and home with a drug dealer,
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Wide House Unveils Flurry of Deals on Idfa Players (Exclusive)

Paris-based sales company Wide House has sealed a flurry of deals for two titles playing this week at Amsterdam’s Idfa documentary festival: Ruth Beckermann’s “The Waldheim Waltz,” Austria’s candidate for the 2019 Oscars, and Marcus Lindeen’s “The Raft.”

World premiering at February’s Berlinale, where it won the Glashutte Award for best documentary, “The Waldheim Waltz” focuses on the Nazi war-crimes scandal surrounding Kurt Waldheim, the former U.N. secretary general, who was president of Austria from 1986 to 1992.

Svod rights have been bought by Filmin in Spain and Turn Key Films for Scandinavia and Italy.

Distribution rights were acquired respectively by Menemsha Films in North America -in an already announced deal-, Elf Pictures in Hungary and Tricontinental in former-Yugoslavia territories.

In Switzerland, pubcaster Rsi took Italian-language rights; Israeli broadcasting rights went to Channel 8 and Kan.

“Waldheim” receives its Dutch premiere Thursday Nov. 22 as part of Master
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Idfa: ’Hamada’s’ Eloy Domínguez Serén On Wit, Wisdom In Wilderness

Amsterdam — “Hamada” is an Arabic word meaning “desert,” and for the Sahrawi people who live there, in the middle of the Sahara, it has another meaning: “Emptiness.” One might think, then, that a film with such a title, dealing with stateless migrants, wouldn’t exactly be a laughing matter, but Eloy Domínguez Serén’s feature-length documentary debut is not at all what you might expect. Instead, his film has more in common with the American “slacker” cinema boom of the 1990s, depicting a group of young people coming to terms with a bleak future of unemployment by using humor as a tool and nursing long-held dreams of escape.

Since Morocco annexed the Western Sahara in 1975 and expelled the Sahrawi from their original habitat, refugee camps have sprung up round the Algerian border. It is against this dark backdrop that we meet Sidahmed, Zaara and Taher, who usher Serén’s fascinated
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The Politics Behind 'Widows'

The Politics Behind 'Widows'
[This story contains spoilers for Widows]

Widows is a heist film upfront. But throughout, the planning of the heist and the heist itself drives forward with such force due to the political and power dynamics constantly at play. Director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave follow-up, which follows three widows forced to enter a world of crime by the powerful people their dead husbands were intertwined with, is not a great genre picture that happens to also have an incisive political lens. It’s a great genre picture because it has one.

The widows are Veronica (Viola Davis), Linda (Michelle ...
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Where 'Fantastic Beasts 3' Could Go

Where 'Fantastic Beasts 3' Could Go
[This story contains minor spoilers for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald]

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald may be dividing critics, but there’s no slowing the Wizarding World train, even if this prequel franchise can’t match the speeds of the Hogwarts Express. The latest film penned by J.K. Rowling and directed by David Yates sets up a number of directions for the three subsequent sequels to head, not least among them is the revelation about Credence Barebone’s (Ezra Miller) true identity. Rowling has previously said that the five-film series would span from 1926 to 1945. That end date is ...
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‘Wife’ and ‘Widow’ Win Kolkata Festival Prizes

‘Wife’ and ‘Widow’ Win Kolkata Festival Prizes
Ash Mayfair’s Vietnamese film “The Third Wife” won best film at the 24th Kolkata international film festival’s international competition on Saturday. Mayfair’s debut feature previously won awards at Toronto, San Sebastian and Chicago. Mayfair was present to collect her award, presented by actress Tabu (“Life of Pi”) and filmmaker Shoojit Sircar.

Kolkata’s international competition is known for its generous prize money. Mayfair took home $71,000 for her win. Egyptian/Austrian filmmaker Abu Bakr Shawky won best director and a purse of $30,000 for “Yomeddine.” India’s Churni Ganguly won a jury special mention in the international competition for “A Timeline”, alongside Hungary’s Arpad Bogdan for “Genesis.”

Praveen Morchhale’s “Widow of Silence” won best film in Kolkata’s Indian competition. The film had its world premiere at Busan in October. Arijit Biswas won best director for “Sun Goes Around The Earth.”

Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam’s
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Idfa Film Review: ‘Los Reyes’

Idfa Film Review: ‘Los Reyes’
In late 1965, Gay Talese set out to profile Frank Sinatra for Esquire magazine. Sinatra refused to be interviewed but allowed the writer to hang around, observing, which he did for three months, racking up almost $5,000 in expenses. In the end, Talese penned what became one of the most memorable celebrity profiles ever written, “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold,” proving in the process that sometimes the indirect approach can be more effective than the ostensibly candid, all-access interview.

A charmingly roundabout documentary born of curiosity, patience, and no small amount of inventiveness on the part of its authors, “Los Reyes” reminds me of that story. There’s no glamorous A-lister at its center. In fact, there are hardly any human characters to speak of. This unconventional nonfiction portrait takes place at the oldest skate park in Santiago, Chile, and was intended to feature the teenagers who congregate there regularly. But over
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Stages Mini ‘Office’ Reunion (Watch)

‘Saturday Night Live’ Stages Mini ‘Office’ Reunion (Watch)
It has been five years since “The Office” ended its run on NBC, and questions about a reboot are never far from minds when members of the cast are in the public eye. During Steve Carell’s Nov. 17 hosted episode of the Peacock’s late night sketch series, “Saturday Night Live,” he took the opportunity to fake out the audience with news of a reboot but instead delivered a partial reunion.

During Carell’s monologue, he took questions from the audience, including long-time “SNL” player Kenan Thompson and former “The Office” stars Jenna Fischer, Ellie Kemper and Ed Helms.

“It was a great experience,
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Takes Shots at Voter Fraud, Facebook and Nancy Pelosi (Watch)

‘Saturday Night Live’ Takes Shots at Voter Fraud, Facebook and Nancy Pelosi (Watch)
The midterm elections were held two weeks ago, and as votes are still being counted in some parts of the country, voter fraud is still a hot topic. “Saturday Night Live” got in on the discussion with its Nov. 17 episode cold open that saw Kate McKinnon return to “The Ingraham Angle” desk as Laura Ingraham. But the sketch hardly stopped there — also taking shots at Facebook, Nancy Pelosi and the Vape God, who Kinnon as Ingraham pointed out was “a real person I had on my show.”

McKinnon as Ingraham started the sketch by claiming rampant voter fraud “allowed Democrats to literally steal the election.
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‘SNL': Kate McKinnon’s Laura Ingraham Wants You To Know That ‘If You Have Less Than Five Guns, You’re Gay’ (Video)

‘SNL': Kate McKinnon’s Laura Ingraham Wants You To Know That ‘If You Have Less Than Five Guns, You’re Gay’ (Video)
The cold open sketch on this week’s “SNL” saw Kate McKinnon once again portray Fox News host Laura Ingraham on her show “The Ingraham Angle.” This time the ersatz Ingraham brought back Cecily Strong as “Judge” Jeanine Pirro, as well as Leslie Jones playing Democratic congresswoman Marcia Fudge and Pete Davidson as someone called the Vape God.

McKinnon’s Ingraham kicked off her show by bemoaning the fact that celebrities are “whining” about the wildfires in California while “our president is being attacked by rain” — a reference to Trump’s recent trip to France in which he opted out of a World War I memorial ceremony.

Then, Ingraham took issue with the idea that white women rebelled against republican leadership in the midterm elections — instead, she said, the issue is that all Latinos voted multiple times.

“You can’t dismiss that idea simply because it isn’t true and sounds insane,
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‘Vice’ Screens for Critics; Now, Christian Bale and Amy Adams Will Vie For Awards

‘Vice’ Screens for Critics; Now, Christian Bale and Amy Adams Will Vie For Awards
Finally, Adam McKay’s long-awaited “Vice” screened for the press on Saturday, November 17. It’s one of the last major screenings of the 2019 Oscar candidates, but but sometimes the best are saved for last.

On November 5, 2016, Paramount screened Denzel Washington’s “Fences” at a packed Westwood screening, followed by a short Q&A with the director and cast. Viola Davis went on to win Best Supporting Actress at SAG, the Golden Globes, and the BAFTAs on the way to her first Oscar. Paramount debuted “The Big Short” November 12, 2015 as closing night of the AFI Fest. It went on to receive five Oscar nominations with McKay and Charles Randolph’s adapted screenplay taking BAFTA, WGA, and the Oscar.

So now we have McKay’s follow-up, and anticipation is high. Financed by Annapurna, the movie is set to hit theaters December 25. And at the packed Westwood screening for guilds and awards press,
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‘Shadow,’ ‘Elephant’ Take Top Honors at Politically-Tinged Golden Horse Awards

‘Shadow,’ ‘Elephant’ Take Top Honors at Politically-Tinged Golden Horse Awards
The atmosphere on stage at the Golden Horse film awards ceremony in Taiwan on Saturday was politically-tinged. But the destination of the top prizes, at the event usually considered as the most prestigious for Chinese-language cinema, was largely predictable.

Powerful period drama, “Shadow” was the numerical winner, taking home four prizes, including best director for Zhang Yimou. “Shadow” had been the clear favorite, going in to the ceremony 12 nominations.

“An Elephant Sitting Still,” was named as best film and the audience award winner. The prize for best adapted screenplay was posthumously awarded to its mainland Chinese writer-director Hu Bo, who committed suicide in October last year, shortly after completing the movie. “Elephant” will now be entitled to a release in Taiwan, bypassing the island’s annual quota on mainland Chinese films.

Three other films won three prizes each: Taiwan’s “Dear Ex” won best actress (Hsieh Yin Xuan), best song
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Awkwafina, Moon So-ri, ‘Bethany Hamilton’ Take Hawaii Festival Prizes

Awkwafina, Moon So-ri, ‘Bethany Hamilton’ Take Hawaii Festival Prizes
Breakout acting star Awkwafina was on hand Saturday in Honolulu to receive the Halekulani Maverick Award from the Hawaii International Film Festival. The actress, writer and rapper this year starred in “Ocean’s 8” and “Crazy Rich Asians.” Japanese actor, Takumi Saito was also given a maverick award after his feature directing debut “Blank 13.”

Leading Korean actress Moon So-ri received a career achievement award. Moon recently directed the feature-length omnibus “The Running Actress.”

The festival presented its Best Made In Hawaii feature prize to “Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable,” directed by Aaron Lieber. The jurors also awarded a second place award to “Moananuiakea: One Ocean, One Canoe, One People,” directed by Na’alehu Anthony. The Made in Hawaii jury called “Hamilton” “emotional and inspiring.” It said: “this film did what all great docs do – it captured defining moments you can’t believe were captured on film with twists and turns that defied expectations.
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