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Shazam 2 is happening, release date revealed

The Shazam! sequel is real.

Warner Bros. has slotted a follow-up to the 2019 superhero film on its schedule. The new movie will be released April 1, 2022 (so, yes, April Fool’s Day — but the announcement is no prank).

Zachary Levi is reportedly back on board to star. The film is in addition to a Black Adam film in the works starring The Rock that’s supposed to begin shooting next year. Black Adam is a character who is typically Shazam’s arch-nemesis.

The news follows Warner Bros. announcing several other tentpole release dates Wednesday, most notably another DC title — The Flash, which races into theaters July 1, 2022

The studio also has also slotted the fourth sequel to The Matrix into May 21, 2021.

While Shazam! earned largely positive reviews, the film had a rather modest performance at the box office, earning $364 million worldwide, which Forbes notes puts the film 61st in terms of domestic box office gross; 25th among superhero movies in the last five years and behind every major Marvel and DC titles since 2012.

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So sad. May she Rest In Peace.

Marie Fredriksson of Roxette dies at 61

Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson has died aged 61.

With bandmate Per Gessle, she achieved enormous success in the late 1980s and early 1990s as the Swedish duo scored four number one singles in the US charts, including two (‘The Look’ and ‘Listen to Your Heart’) from Roxette’s second album Look Sharp!

The hits continued well into the late nineties (‘Wish I Could Fly’ was their last top 40 single in the UK in 1999) but sadly Fredriksson was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2002, although she recovered enough to return to touring with Roxette from around 2008 and the band released their last album Good Karma in 2016.

On Doctors advice Marie didn’t tour that record and unfortunately the cancer returned. In a moving statement posted on the Roxette website Per Gessle described Marie as “an outstanding musician, a master of the voice, an amazing performer.”

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce the Return of Guitarist John Frusciante

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are in a bittersweet transitional period, but fans are thrilled to hear that a familiar face will be coming back into the fold in the not-so-distant future.

On Sunday (Dec. 15), the Angeleno rock act announced that Josh Klinghoffer, the guitarist who’s been playing in the group for the last decade, will no longer be rounding out their quartet. In a statement posted to Instagram, the band writes that they’re “parting ways” with Klinghoffer — who plays on two RHCP albums, 2011’s I’m with You and 2016’s The Getaway — and that they’re “grateful for our time with him, and the countless gifts he shared with us.”

The silver lining: Klinghoffer’s place will be filled by John Frusciante, who joined the band following the death of original guitarist Hillel Slovak in 1988 through 1992, and again from 1998-2009. These periods correspond with some of the most significant stretches of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ history, with Frusciante appearing on 1991’s Blood Sugar Sex Magic, their mainstream breakthrough, and 1999’s Californication, which earned RHCP a Grammy for best rock song with the LP’s single, “Scar Tissue,” in 2000.

Frusciante’s career is dotted with prolific solo work in rock and electronic, with 14 studio albums to his name, as well as collaborations with the Mars Volta and other artists.

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He was always so, so great in absolutely everything and anything!! May he Rest In Peace.

Actor Danny Aiello of Moonstruck, Do The Right Thing, dead at 86

Danny Aiello, the blue-collar character actor whose long career playing tough guys included roles in Fort Apache, the Bronx, Moonstruck and Once Upon a Time in America and his Oscar-nominated performance as a pizza man in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, has died. He was 86.

Aiello died Thursday night after a brief illness, said his publicist, Tracey Miller, who runs Tracey Miller & Associates. “The family asks for privacy at this time,” she said in a statement.

In a tweet, Cher mourned the man she called “a genius comedic actor.” The two had starred in Moonstruck and she called it “one of the happiest times in my life.” Actor Michael Rapaport tweeted that Aiello was a “huge inspiration” and actor Kirk Acevedo mourned: “We lost a great actor today.”

Recognizable, if not famous, for his burly build and husky voice, he was an ex-union president who broke into acting in his 30s and remained a dependable player for decades, whether vicious or cuddly or some of each.

His breakthrough, ironically, was as the hapless lover dumped by Cher in Norman Jewison’s hit comedy Moonstruck. His disillusion contributed to the laughter, and although he wasn’t nominated for a supporting-role Oscar (Cher and Olympia Dukakis won in their categories), Aiello was inundated with movie offers.

“Living in New York City gave me training for any role,” he said in a 1997 interview. “I’ve seen people killed, knifed. I’ve got scars on my face. I have emotional recall when I work; the idea is simply to recreate it. I’ve seen it and experienced it. I’ve played gangsters, teachers but most of my work has been in the police area. And for that I’m adored by the police in New York City.”

The ebullient Aiello became a favourite of several directors, among them Woody Allen, who used him in the Broadway play The Floating Light Globe and the movies Broadway Danny Rose, The Purple Rose of Cairo and Radio Days.

Lee was another admirer and for Do the Right Thing cast Aiello as a pizzeria operator in a black neighbourhood of Brooklyn, the movie climaxing with a riot that destroys his eatery. “This is my pizzeria!” he cried. Lee had first offered the role to Robert De Niro, but Aiello’s performance brought him an Oscar nomination for supporting actor.

Among his other movies: Fort Apache, the Bronx (as a cop who threw a boy from a building), Once Upon a Time in America, Harlem Nights, Jack Ruby (as Ruby) and City Hall. He also appeared in TV miniseries, including The Last Don, A Woman Named Jackie and in the 1985-86 police series Lady Blue. It was Aiello who played Madonna’s father in the pop icon’s Papa Don’t Preach video.

A child of New York’s Hell’s Kitchen neighbourhood, Aiello retained the pugnacity he learned on city streets.

“During the early times in my acting career, I would fight at the drop of a hat,” he said in 1985. “I was very hungry. If there were obstacles, I tried to remove them.” He added that sometimes he engaged in fist fights with actors after work because of incidents during filming or rehearsals.

Daniel Louis Aiello Jr. was born June 20, 1933, to Italian parents. His father, a labourer, left the family of seven children, and Daniel started working at age nine, selling newspapers, working in a grocery store and bowling alley, shining shoes and loading trucks. In his teenage years, he joined a street gang and, he claimed, engaged in burglary and safe-cracking. He dropped out of high school before graduating, got married in 1955 and joined the Army.

After three years in the service, he worked at several factory jobs, landing as a baggage man at Greyhound. The ambitious Aiello rose to become president of the transit union.

“I wanted to become a politician,” he told a reporter in 1995. “I always thought that I could talk, that people liked me, that I can represent them.” But when Greyhound accused him of starting a wildcat strike and the union leaders agreed, Aiello quit his job.

He worked at one job after another, and in 1970 was hired as a bouncer at the New York comedy club, Improvisation. One night, he was asked to act as an assistant emcee. “It was no big deal; it was just ‘Danny, go up and announce the acts,'” he recalled in 1997. “There was a little bantering between acts, and I kept that short. I was terrified.”

Yet Aiello soon branched out, playing small roles in the movies Bang the Drum Slowly and The Godfather, Part II, and as the bartender lead in a musical play Lamppost Reunion. Starting in 1980 he averaged three films a year, plus appearances in theater and television. Off-Broadway, he appeared in The Shoemaker in 2011.

Aiello and his wife of more than 60 years, Sandy, lived in Ramsey, New Jersey. He also is survived by three children and 10 grandchildren: Rick, Jamie and Stacy. A fourth son, stuntman and stunt co-ordinator Danny Aiello III, died in May 2010 of pancreatic cancer.

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Jumanji: The Next Level melts Frozen 2 box office lead, takes top spot with $60.1 million

After three weeks at the top of the box office, Disney’s Frozen 2 ($19.2 million) has been relinquished to second place by Jumanji: The Next Level ($60.1 million) this weekend. But don’t feel bad for Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel), whose animated film has made approximately $367 million in its 24 days of domestic release.

In Sony’s followup to the 2017 action-adventure film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, audiences see the return of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan for more wacky adventures in the overall fourth installment of the film franchise. The Jake Kasdan-directed title also sees the addition of a variety of new characters played by Danny DeVito, Awkwafina, and Danny Glover.

Knives Out takes the third spot with an estimated $9.3 million, followed by Richard Jewell with an underwhelming $5 million. The number five slot was taken by Black Christmas, which also underperformed during its opening weekend making a dismal $4.4 million.

Jumanji: The Next Level opens a year after the events of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, after the crew: Spencer (Alex Wolff), Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain), Martha (Morgan Turner), and Bethany (Madison Iseman) split up and went their separate ways. They reunite to rescue one of their own, but the game has changed. The stakes are higher and the players will face unknown terrain in this dangerous game where only the smartest and strongest survive.

With so many reboots failing to bring moviegoers to theaters in droves, Jumanji proves there’s still an audience for fresh follow-ups with a unique twist to the plot. The Next Level has outperformed its predecessor Welcome to the Jungle by quite a large amount, the 2017 film earned $36 million during its opening weekend (not adjusting for inflation).

The original Jumanji, starring the legendary Robin Williams, premiered in 1995 earning $11.1 million during its opening weekend in December.

EW gave The Next Level a B, saying it “packs more humor than its predecessor, but Welcome to the Jungle had the benefit of introducing its quartet of real-world heroes, all of whom had easily recognizable teenage fears and prejudices for which a bit of high-risk teamwork — in a landscape as physically perilous as high school is emotionally so — turned out to be the perfect cure.”

Clint Eastwood’s true-story drama Richard Jewell tells the story of the Centennial Olympic Park bombing during the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta. Based on the Vanity Fair article “American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell” by Marie Brenner and the Kent Alexander and Kevin Salwen book “The Suspect,” Richard Jewell highlights real-life security guard Jewell (played by Paul Walter Hauser) who found a bomb and after reporting it, became a suspect himself.

The film co-stars Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, and Ian Gomez. Wilde brought to life Atlanta-Journal Constitution reporter Kathy Scruggs, a role that was heavily criticized by the current editor of the publication claiming the depiction of the late Scruggs was “entirely false and malicious.” The reporter is shown exchanging sex with an FBI agent in exchange for information in the drama.

Wilde explained via social media, “The perspective of the fictional dramatization of the story, as I understood it, was that Kathy, and the FBI agent who leaked false information to her, were in a pre-existing romantic relationship, not a transactional exchange of sex for information.”

Notwithstanding, Richard Jewell received mostly favorable reviews from critics. EW gave the film a B+, saying, “delivers Jewell’s story with almost no unnecessary flourishes; a taut, streamlined drama leavened by crucial doses of empathy.”

Moviegoers gave it an A via CinemaScore and it earned a 73% fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes.

Blumhouse Productions was not able to keep audiences in love with horror films this far after Halloween. Their PG-13 rated Black Christmas underperformed at the box office, which is another big loss for distributor Universal.

The film, a remake of the 1974 film of the same name, tells the story of a group of Hawthorne College sorority sisters who are being killed off one by one over the quiet holiday break on campus. But the scared students won’t sit back and wait for their turn to be slashed, they fight back and end up going even deeper into the mystery of who is behind these bloody murders.

Cast includes Imogen Poots, Brittany O’Grady, Cary Elwes, Aleyse Shannon, and Lily Donoghue.

Both critics and moviegoers agree, Black Christmas is one film you shouldn’t be afraid to skip. It has a 44% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and Cinemascore grades it a D+.

Overall, box office is down -5.4% percent year-to-date, according to Comscore. Check out the Dec. 13-15 numbers below:

Jumanji: The Next Level— $60.1 million
Frozen 2— $19.2 million
Knives Out—$9.3 million
Richard Jewell—$5 million
Black Christmas—$4.4 million
Ford v Ferrari—$4.1 million
Queen & Slim—$3.6 million
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood—$3.4 million
Dark Waters— $2 million
21 Bridges— $1.2 million

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Disney’s Frozen 2 can’t be toppled at the box office, earns estimated $34.7 million

Disney’s Frozen 2 is just chilling at the top of the box office list for its third week in a row. The animated sequel made an estimated $34.7 million, with its closest competition Knives Out bringing in $14.2 million over the weekend.

The rest of the top five are all returning titles: Ford v Ferrari ($6.6 million), Queen & Slim ($6.5 million), and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood ($5.2 million).

The only new addition to the top ten this weekend is Mark Ruffalo‘s Dark Waters, which enters the box office competition in sixth place with $4.1 million.

The legal thriller, directed by Todd Haynes, is based on the 2016 NY Times Magazine article titled “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont‘s Worst Nightmare,” by Nathaniel Rich. It tells the story of an attorney named Robert Bilott (Ruffalo) who finds a connection between a powerful company and multiple unexplained deaths.

Dark Waters co-stars Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Pullman, and Tim Robbins. It’s currently in its third week in theaters, with this week counting as their official wide release debut.

EW gave the film a B- saying, “It’s a decent movie in its own grim, doggedly determined way, and inarguably a story worth telling, but delivered in beats that too often feel both workmanlike and overly familiar.”

Cinemascore scored the film much better, it earned an A- from moviegoers. Rotten Tomatoes has declared Dark Waters is fresh with 93% of critics giving the film a good review.

Overall, box office is down -5.6% percent year-to-date, according to Comscore. Check out the Dec. 6-8 numbers below:

Frozen 2— $34.7 million
Knives Out—$14.2 million
Ford v Ferrari—$6.6 million
Queen & Slim—$6.5 million
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood—$5.2 million
Dark Waters— $4.1 million
21 Bridges— $2.9 million
Playing With Fire — $2 million
Midway — $1.9 million
Joker — $1 million

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I am heartbroken by this news. He helped raise me. Rest In Peace, Mr. Spinney.

Sesame Street legend Caroll Spinney, who played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, dies at 85

Legendary puppeteer Caroll Spinney, who brought to life Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street, has died at the age of 85. Sesame Workshop confirmed the news on Sunday morning, saying Spinney had been living with the movement disorder Dystonia for some time.

“Caroll was an artistic genius whose kind and loving view of the world helped shape and define Sesame Street from its earliest days in 1969 through five decades, and his legacy here at Sesame Workshop and in the cultural firmament will be unending,” Sesame Workshop wrote in a statement.

“His enormous talent and outsized heart were perfectly suited to playing the larger-than-life yellow bird who brought joy to generations of children and countless fans of all ages around the world, and his lovably cantankerous grouch gave us all permission to be cranky once in a while.”

In addition to Sesame Street, Spinney voiced Big Bird in 1979’s The Muppet Movie, Oscar the Grouch in 1981’s The Great Muppet Caper, and both beloved characters in 1985’s Follow That Bird.

Spinney received four Daytime Emmy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on Sesame Street, and two Grammy Awards for related recordings. He was also named a Library of Congress Living Legend in 2000.

As Spinney’s condition caused him greater discomfort, he handed over Big Bird duties to his apprentice Matt Vogel in 2015 before fully retiring from voice acting completely in 2018. That’s the same year Eric Jacobson was tasked with taking over the role of Oscar the Grouch.

“Through his legendary work as the world’s best-known, most lovable yellow bird, Caroll left an indelible mark on public television, and he touched the hearts and minds of countless children,” PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger wrote in a statement. “We are so very grateful for the inspiration, compassion and good humor that he brought to PBS audiences throughout his extraordinary career on SESAME STREET. He will be deeply missed.”

The official Muppets Twitter account also posted a message following the news of Spinney’s death, tweeting, “Whether as a Big Bird filled with wonder or a grouch named Oscar filled with complaints, Caroll Spinney filled all of our lives with joy, laughter and learning. Forever in our hearts.”

Spinney leaves behind his wife Debra, his children, grandchildren, and a legacy of laughs via the characters he portrayed with great humor and creativity for so much of his life.

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Loved him…I loved him, on everything he did!!

René Auberjonois, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Boston Legal actor, dies at 79

Actor René Auberjonois, known for his roles on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Boston Legal, died on Sunday at age 79.

His son, Remy Auberjonois, confirmed to EW that the actor died today of lung cancer. Associated Press first reported the news.

Auberjonois was famous for playing Odo, a Changeling and chief of security for the titular space station in the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He played the character for 173 episodes from 1993-99.

The actor also held significant roles on series like the dramedy Boston Legal, on which he played lawyer Paul Lewiston from 2004-08, and the sitcom Benson, portraying the snooty Clayton Endicott III from 1980-86.

Auberjonois also guest-starred on numerous classic TV programs like The Jeffersons, The Bob Newhart Show, Rhoda, Frasier, and more. His last TV role was a 2016 arc as Walter Nowack on Madam Secretary. Auberjonois was also a prolific voice actor, with parts in projects like The Legend of Tarzan, Justice League, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and even 1989’s The Little Mermaid, as the singing French chef.

He also appeared in films, including five with director Robert Altman. Their first collaboration was 1970’s M*A*S*H, followed by movies like The Player starring Tim Robbins and McCabe & Mrs. Miller with Warren Beatty and Julie Christie. His last film appearance was in First Cow, directed by Kelly Reichardt, due out in 2020.

Born in 1940 in New York City, Auberjonois came from a creative family. He shared his name with his grandfather, a Swiss painter, and his father was writer Fernand Auberjonois. He grew up in Paris as well as upstate New York and later studied theater at Carnegie Mellon University. After graduating, Auberjonois acted in theater productions and won a Tony Award for the Katharine Hepburn-led Coco in 1969.

He was nominated for three other Tonys for The Good Doctor, Big River, and City of Angels. For his TV work, the actor nabbed Emmy nods for Benson and The Practice.

He is survived by his wife and two children.

Fans and fellow performers have mourned Auberjonois’ passing on social media.

“This is a terrible loss. Star Trek fans knew him as Odo from Deep Space Nine. We knew him as René,” fellow Star Trek actor George Takei tweeted. “He was a wonderful, caring, and intelligent man. He shall be missed. When I look out to the stars, I shall think of you, friend.”

Armin Shimerman, Auberjonois’ Deep Space Nine costar, wrote that “the world seems noticeably emptier now. I loved him.”

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THE IRISHMAN is so great!!! Congrats to everyone else too!!

The Irishman extends Oscar race lead with 14 Critics Choice Awards nominations

The Irishman continues to flex its gangster muscle on the awards circuit.

Martin Scorsese’s crime drama extends its lead over the precursor Oscar race with 14 nominations (including one among 10 total Best Picture nominees) from the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Critics Choice Awards — often regarded as one of the most reliable Academy Awards foretellers in Hollywood.

Other Best Picture nominees include Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (which scored 12 noverall nods), Sam Mendes’ 1917 (eight nods), Greta Gerwig’s Little Women (nine nods), Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit (seven nods), Todd Phillips’ Joker (seven nods), James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari, Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story (eight nods), Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite (seven nods), and the Safdie brothers’ Uncut Gems (four nods).

Outside of its placement on the AFI’s top 10 films of 2019 list earlier this week, Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women made its first major impression on the awards race with the announcement of the Critics Choice Awards nominations, with notices for actors Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh, Gerwig’s direction and screenplay, and several of its crafts. Each of this year’s acting frontrunners — Marriage Story‘s Adam Driver, Judy’s Renée Zellweger, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood‘s Brad Pitt, and Hustlers‘ Jennifer Lopez — also landed nominations in their respective categories, as did standout contenders like Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Willem Dafoe (The Lighthouse), Awkwafina (The Farewell), Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory), Eddie Murphy (Dolemite Is My Name), Adam Sandler (Uncut Gems), Robert De Niro (The Irishman), Joaquin Phoenix (Joker), Charlize Theron (Bombshell), Lupita Nyong’o (Us), Zhao Shuzhen (The Farewell), and Laura Dern (Marriage Story).

Since 2009, the Critics Choice Awards have predicted Oscar’s eventual Best Picture champion winner six times, while that number jumps to seven for Best Actor contenders and dips to six for the Best Actress contest. Though the BFCA’s membership is primarily journalist-focused and doesn’t include Academy crossover, the groups’ tastes usually dovetail with each other as the awards race progresses.

On the television side this year, Netflix’s Ava DuVernay-created limited series When They See Us leads with six nominations, followed by NBC’s This Is Us and Pop’s Schitt’s Creek, both of which received five nods. Overall, Netflix received 61 nominations across its film and television slate, with HBO trailing at 33 and Amazon coming in third with 14.

Read on for a full list of film and television nominees for the 2020 Critics Choice Awards.

FILM
BEST PICTURE

1917
Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Parasite
Uncut Gems

BEST ACTOR

Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory
Robert De Niro – The Irishman
Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Adam Driver – Marriage Story
Eddie Murphy – Dolemite Is My Name
Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
Adam Sandler – Uncut Gems

BEST ACTRESS

Awkwafina – The Farewell
Cynthia Erivo – Harriet
Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story
Lupita Nyong’o – Us
Saoirse Ronan – Little Women
Charlize Theron – Bombshell
Renée Zellweger – Judy

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Willem Dafoe – The Lighthouse
Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes
Al Pacino – The Irishman
Joe Pesci – The Irishman
Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Laura Dern – Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit
Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers
Florence Pugh – Little Women
Margot Robbie – Bombshell
Zhao Shuzhen – The Farewell

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS

Julia Butters – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Roman Griffin Davis – Jojo Rabbit
Noah Jupe – Honey Boy
Thomasin McKenzie – Jojo Rabbit
Shahadi Wright Joseph – Us
Archie Yates – Jojo Rabbit

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

Bombshell
The Irishman
Knives Out
Little Women
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Parasite

BEST DIRECTOR

Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story
Greta Gerwig – Little Women
Bong Joon Ho – Parasite
Sam Mendes – 1917
Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie – Uncut Gems
Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story
Rian Johnson – Knives Out
Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won – Parasite
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Lulu Wang – The Farewell

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Greta Gerwig – Little Women
Noah Harpster and Micah Fitzerman-Blue – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony McCarten – The Two Popes
Todd Phillips & Scott Silver – Joker
Taika Waititi – Jojo Rabbit
Steven Zaillian – The Irishman

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Jarin Blaschke – The Lighthouse
Roger Deakins – 1917
Phedon Papamichael – Ford v Ferrari
Rodrigo Prieto – The Irishman
Robert Richardson – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Lawrence Sher – Joker

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Mark Friedberg, Kris Moran – Joker
Dennis Gassner, Lee Sandales – 1917
Jess Gonchor, Claire Kaufman – Little Women
Lee Ha Jun – Parasite
Barbara Ling, Nancy Haigh – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Bob Shaw, Regina Graves – The Irishman
Donal Woods, Gina Cromwell – Downton Abbey

BEST EDITING

Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie – Uncut Gems
Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker – Ford v Ferrari
Yang Jinmo – Parasite
Fred Raskin – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Thelma Schoonmaker – The Irishman
Lee Smith – 1917

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Ruth E. Carter – Dolemite Is My Name
Julian Day – Rocketman
Jacqueline Durran – Little Women
Arianne Phillips – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Sandy Powell, Christopher Peterson – The Irishman
Anna Robbins – Downton Abbey

BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP

Bombshell
Dolemite Is My Name
The Irishman
Joker
Judy
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Rocketman

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

1917
Ad Astra
The Aeronauts
Avengers: Endgame
Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
The Lion King

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Abominable
Frozen II
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Missing Link
Toy Story 4

BEST ACTION MOVIE

1917
Avengers: Endgame
Ford v Ferrari
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
Spider-Man: Far From Home

BEST COMEDY

Booksmart
Dolemite Is My Name
The Farewell
Jojo Rabbit
Knives Out

BEST SCI-FI OR HORROR MOVIE

Ad Astra
Avengers: Endgame
Midsommar
Us

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Atlantics
Les Misérables
Pain and Glory
Parasite
Portrait of a Lady on Fire

BEST SONG

“Glasgow (No Place Like Home)” – Wild Rose
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” – Rocketman
“I’m Standing With You” – Breakthrough
“Into the Unknown” – Frozen II
“Speechless” – Aladdin
“Spirit” – The Lion King
“Stand Up” – Harriet

BEST SCORE

Michael Abels – Us
Alexandre Desplat – Little Women
Hildur Guðnadóttir – Joker
Randy Newman – Marriage Story
Thomas Newman – 1917
Robbie Robertson – The Irishman

TELEVISION
BEST DRAMA SERIES

The Crown (Netflix)
David Makes Man (OWN)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
Pose (FX)
Succession (HBO)
This Is Us (NBC)
Watchmen (HBO)

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us (NBC)
Mike Colter – Evil (CBS)
Paul Giamatti – Billions (Showtime)
Kit Harington – Game of Thrones (HBO)
Freddie Highmore – The Good Doctor (ABC)
Tobias Menzies – The Crown (Netflix)
Billy Porter – Pose (FX)
Jeremy Strong – Succession (HBO)

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Christine Baranski – The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
Olivia Colman – The Crown (Netflix)
Jodie Comer – Killing Eve (BBC America)
Nicole Kidman – Big Little Lies (HBO)
Regina King – Watchmen (HBO)
Mj Rodriguez – Pose (FX)
Sarah Snook – Succession (HBO)
Zendaya – Euphoria (HBO)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Asante Blackk – This Is Us (NBC)
Billy Crudup – The Morning Show (Apple)
Asia Kate Dillon – Billions (Showtime)
Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones (HBO)
Justin Hartley – This Is Us (NBC)
Delroy Lindo – The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
Tim Blake Nelson – Watchmen (HBO)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Helena Bonham Carter – The Crown (Netflix)
Gwendoline Christie – Game of Thrones (HBO)
Laura Dern – Big Little Lies (HBO)
Audra McDonald – The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
Jean Smart – Watchmen (HBO)
Meryl Streep – Big Little Lies (HBO)
Susan Kelechi Watson – This Is Us (NBC)

BEST COMEDY SERIES

Barry (HBO)
Fleabag (Amazon)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
Mom (CBS)
One Day at a Time (Netflix)
PEN15 (Hulu)
Schitt’s Creek (Pop)

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Ted Danson – The Good Place (NBC)
Walton Goggins – The Unicorn (CBS)
Bill Hader – Barry (HBO)
Eugene Levy – Schitt’s Creek (Pop)
Paul Rudd – Living with Yourself (Netflix)
Bashir Salahuddin – Sherman’s Showcase (IFC)
Ramy Youssef – Ramy (Hulu)

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Alison Brie – GLOW (Netflix)
Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
Kirsten Dunst – On Becoming a God in Central Florida (Showtime)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep (HBO)
Catherine O’Hara – Schitt’s Creek (Pop)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Fleabag (Amazon)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Andre Braugher – Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC)
Anthony Carrigan – Barry (HBO)
William Jackson Harper – The Good Place (NBC)
Daniel Levy – Schitt’s Creek (Pop)
Nico Santos – Superstore (NBC)
Andrew Scott – Fleabag (Amazon)
Henry Winkler – Barry (HBO)

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D’Arcy Carden – The Good Place (NBC)
Sian Clifford – Fleabag (Amazon)
Betty Gilpin – GLOW (Netflix)
Rita Moreno – One Day at a Time (Netflix)
Annie Murphy – Schitt’s Creek (Pop)
Molly Shannon – The Other Two (Comedy Central)

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Chernobyl (HBO)
Fosse/Verdon (FX)
The Loudest Voice (Showtime)
Unbelievable (Netflix)
When They See Us (Netflix)
Years and Years (HBO)

BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION

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Deadwood: The Movie (HBO)
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (Netflix)
Guava Island (Amazon)
Native Son (HBO)
Patsy & Loretta (Lifetime)

BEST ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Christopher Abbott – Catch-22 (Hulu)
Mahershala Ali – True Detective (HBO)
Russell Crowe – The Loudest Voice (Showtime)
Jared Harris – Chernobyl (HBO)
Jharrel Jerome – When They See Us (Netflix)
Sam Rockwell – Fosse/Verdon (FX)
Noah Wyle – The Red Line (CBS)

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Anne Hathaway – Modern Love (Amazon)
Megan Hilty – Patsy & Loretta (Lifetime)
Joey King – The Act (Hulu)
Jessie Mueller – Patsy & Loretta (Lifetime)
Merritt Wever – Unbelievable (Netflix)
Michelle Williams – Fosse/Verdon (FX)

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George Clooney – Catch-22 (Hulu)
John Leguizamo – When They See Us (Netflix)
Dev Patel – Modern Love (Amazon)
Jesse Plemons – El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (Netflix)
Stellan Skarsgård – Chernobyl (HBO)
Russell Tovey – Years and Years (HBO)

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Patricia Arquette – The Act (Hulu)
Marsha Stephanie Blake – When They See Us (Netflix)
Toni Collette – Unbelievable (Netflix)
Niecy Nash – When They See Us (Netflix)
Margaret Qualley – Fosse/Verdon (FX)
Emma Thompson – Years and Years (HBO)
Emily Watson – Chernobyl (HBO)

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The Simpsons (Fox)
Undone (Amazon)

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Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)
The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBC)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC)

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Amy Schumer: Growing (Netflix)
Jenny Slate: Stage Fright (Netflix)
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons (ABC)
Ramy Youssef: Feelings (HBO)
Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby (Netflix)
Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia (Netflix)
Wanda Sykes: Not Normal (Netflix)

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Up next in theatres it’ll be KNIVES OUT, but once again soon at home I’ll be watching THE IRISHMAN at least twice more!!

Frozen 2 makes competition shiver at the box office with record-breaking $124 million

Disney’s Frozen 2 has taken the lead spot at the box office for the second weekend in a row, with no other title coming close to icing them out.

The animated sequel to the 2013 original Frozen earned an estimated $124 million across the five-day weekend, according to Comscore. Not only does that earn them the winning spot for the holiday weekend, it also broke the record for the biggest Thanksgiving weekend gross of all time.

Newcomer Knives Out didn’t reach Frozen 2 level dollars, but the film took second place with $42 million during their first weekend in theaters. Returning titles Ford v Ferrari ($19 million) and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood ($17.3 million) take the third and fourth spots.

Rounding out the top five is new entry Queen & Slim who earned an estimated $15.8 million during its debut weekend.

Knives Out was very well received by critics and boasts an all-star cast including Jamie Lee Curtis, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Ana de Armas, Lakeith Stanfield, and Katherine Langford. The murder mystery follows the investigation into the death of a crime novelist shortly after his 85th birthday.

EW gives the movie a respectable B+ calling it, “a silly, stabby, supremely clever whodunnit that only really suffers from having too little room for each of its talented players to fully register in the film’s limited run time.”

Moviegoers enjoyed the Rian Johnson-directed film much more, it earned an A- on Cinemascore. Rotten Tomato critics are more in line with fans, the title is currently rated 96% fresh.

Queen & Slim tells the story of an Ohio couple (played by Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith) on their first date, who are pulled over by a white police officer for a minor traffic infraction and soon find themselves at the center of a nationwide manhunt. The duo become unwilling outlaws after Kaluuya’s Ernest “Slim” Hines shoots the officer in self-defense.

The romantic drama heralds Turner-Smith’s feature film debut in a lead role and Melina Matsoukas’ feature film directorial debut.

EW gave the Lena Waithe-penned feature a B calling it, “a lush lovers-on-the-run odyssey.” Adding, “And yet this haphazard film is a ride, a romantic provocation torn between cultural strife and individual striving.”

Cinemascore gave the film an A- and it’s certified 84% fresh by critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

Overall, box office is down -5.7% percent year-to-date, according to Comscore. Check out the Nov. 27-Dec. 1 numbers below:

Frozen 2— $124 million
Knives Out—$42 million
Ford v Ferrari—$19 million
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood—$17.3 million
Queen & Slim—$15.8 million
21 Bridges— $8 million
Playing With Fire — $6 million
Midway — $5.8 million
Joker — $3 million
Last Christmas — $2.9 million