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We have all secretly (or perhaps not) scanned the headlines on those tabloid magazines that are at the supermarket checkout. Is that stuff all true? Or is it all lies? Well read on to see a bit about Hollywood sensationalism and if that new rumour you read about is fact or fiction!

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Dec 15

'Downton Abbey' movie trailer: First look at the British drama in film form

by Chris Jancelewicz

You're cordially invited to watch the Downton Abbey movie, but you're going to have to wait until next year.

The first-ever teaser trailer for the British drama's movie version was released Friday, and while the footage doesn't really reveal anything regarding plot, it's enough to whet the appetite for what's to come.

Familiar sights abound: the wall of bells, an extended opening shot of the abbey, the long winding path to the front door.

Downton creator Julian Fellowes said last year that he has always wanted to make his beloved TV show into a feature-length film. He wrote the script for the upcoming movie.

"Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family's next chapter," said Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski. "We're thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen."

Watch the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Global News

Dec 14

Ellen DeGeneres on why she (probably) won't host the Oscars again: 'It's a thankless job'

Ellen DeGeneres on stage during the 2014 Oscars (image courtesy Getty)
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by Patrick Ryan

During her affable last turn as Academy Awards host, Ellen DeGeneres gave us pizza, Glinda and one of the most star-studded selfies ever.

But the daytime TV personality, who emceed the event in 2007 and 2014, has little interest in returning for a third time - even as the Academy scrambles to find a new host for the 2019 awards, following Kevin Hart's dramatic exit last week.

"I don't want to say 'no,' because I've said 'no' before and then I did," DeGeneres tells USA TODAY. "But it's probably a 99.9% no."

Hart confirmed he was hosting February's Oscar telecast on social media early last week, only to step down less than two days later, following outrage over his history of homophobic tweets and initial refusal to apologize for them.

DeGeneres declines to comment on Hart's exit, saying she'd "just rather stay out of that whole thing."

But in terms of who should replace him, "I thought Jimmy Kimmel did a great job (last year)," DeGeneres says. "Stephen Colbert would be great. Look, it's a thankless job, and coming on this late, it feels like that's a really tough position to (be in).

"I think they should just have multiple hosts and multiple people introducing categories, because it's not about the host anyway," she continues. "No matter how well you do, it's really just about the performances and the awards. That's all anybody really cares about, so that's probably the best way to go."

Continue Reading at: USA Today

Dec 12

A New Study Reports That Movies Led by Women Earn More Than Those Led by Men

A graph showing the breakdown of box office performance of movies with female leads versus those without (courtesy CAA / shift7)
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by Charles Pulliam-Moore

To listen to the way that internet trolls go on about how women becoming the central characters of franchises like Star Wars have somehow "ruined" the movies, one might be tempted to entertain the idea that women are bad for business. Common sense would tell you that isn't at all the case, and now there's statistical evidence to back that up.

According to a new study conducted by Creative Artists Agency digital strategy firm shift7new study conducted by Creative Artists Agency digital strategy firm shift7, movies that feature female leads reliably perform better at the box office compared to those that don't meet those criteria. For the sake of the study, a movie qualified as having a women in a leading role if it passed the Bechdel test, meaning that it had at least two female characters who talked to one another about something that wasnit a man.

The study looked at the 350 top-grossing movies released between 2014 and 2017 and broke the movies down into five categories based on their overall budgets, ranging from under $10 million to over $100 million. Movies factored into the study include Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Avengers: Age of Ultron - you get the point. A great deal of the movies included in the study fall under the genre category, because Hollywood as an industry and we as a culture are at a point where "genre films" aren’t niche products for a small audience. They're mainstream products, and the more representative they are of the people going to see them, the better.

Continue Reading at: Gizmodo.com

Dec 10

Avengers Endgame Trailer Obliterates Previous Record

by Eddie Makuch

The brand-new trailer for Avengers: Endgame was unsurprisingly very popular. The video, which was released on Friday morning, become the "most-viewed trailer in history." It picked up 289 million views in its first 24 hours across all channels.

That is well ahead of Avengers: Infinity War's first trailer, which tallied 230 million views over its first day earlier this year. It's yet another success for Disney, which owns Marvel, as the media giant's new trailer Lion King picked up 224.6 million first-day views just recently.

The new Avengers trailer came after what fans thought was a long wait, even though Disney/Marvel never said when the trailer might arrive. The new trailer confirmed the movie's name, Endgame, a title that makes a lot of sense given what is expected to happen after the dramatic, cliff-hanger ending of Infinity War.

[CPO Editor: In case you aren't one of the millions who have seen the trailer here it is:]

Continue Reading at: Gamespot.com

Dec 9

Box Office: 'Ralph 2' Edges Past 'Grinch' to Top Quiet Pre-Holiday Weekend

This image split shows stills for "Ralph Breaks The Internet" (left) and "The Grinch" (images courtesy Disney / Illumination and Universal Pictures)
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by Pamela McClintock

For the first time in history, a pair of animated pics - Ralph Breaks the Internet and The Grinch - claimed the top two spots on the box office chart for the second weekend in a row, underscoring the buying power of families.

Disney Animation Studios' Ralph 2 stayed No. 1 for the third consecutive weekend with $16.1 million for a domestic total of $140.9 million and a global cume of $117.3 million.

Illumination and Universal's holiday-themed The Grinch, benefiting from its holiday-themed story, took in $15.2 million in its fifth weekend for $223.5 million domestically and $322.4 million worldwide to date.

The two family films took advantage of there being no new nationwide releases on the marquee as Hollywood studios prepare for the Christmas crush. Likewise, Paramount used the lull in the action to sneak the Transformers spinoff Bumblebee, directed by Travis Knight and starring Hailee Steinfeld, in 326 theaters on Friday night. The studio and Comscore aren't reporting grosses, but they did say shows were sold out across the board. Reviews of the film began posting Saturday; Bumblebee's current Rotten Tomatoes score is a dazzling 100 percent.

The weekend's biggest headline was overseas, where Warner Bros. unfurled Aquaman in China two weeks before the movie is set to swim into theaters in the U.S. Aquaman debuted to a record $93.4 million in China, the best showing ever for a DC comic book adaptation and also a December record. Imax locations in the Middle Kingdom turned in nearly $10 million.

Back in North America, MGM and New Line's Creed II remained a formidable contender in its third outing, earning $10.3 million for a strong domestic total of $96.5 million.

Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald and Bohemian Rhapsody rounded out the top five with $6.8 million and $6 million for domestic totals of $145.2 million and $173.6 million, respectively. Bohemian Rhapsody's performance is particularly impressive, considering it is in his sixth weekend. Overseas, the Queen biopic earned another $29.2 million from 72 markets for a foreign tally of $423 million and $596.6 million globally.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Dec 9

Elizabeth Banks Shines Bright In ‘BrightBurn’ Horror Trailer

by Shakiel Mahjouri

Elizabeth Banks gets a leading role in a new horror movie.

"BrightBurn" introduces a familiar superhero theme but flips it on its head. The film asks the question, "What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?"

Filmmaker David Yarovesky directs Sony Pictures' new horror with "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn serving as a producer.

The "Scrubs" and "Hunger Games" actress is joined by David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Matt Jones and Meredith Hagner in the film.

See the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: ET Canada

Nov 8

The first trailer for 'Avengers: Endgame' finally drops

by The Associated Press

The fourth "Avengers" movie finally has a title. Marvel Studios and the Walt Disney Co. said Friday that the highly anticipated, and closely guarded, conclusion to the "Infinity War" saga will be called "Avengers: Endgame."

The studios also released the first trailer for the film, in which Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow character explains that Thanos really did erase half the population. "Avengers: Infinity War" ended on that cliffhanger as many of Marvel's superheroes dissolved into the air. It went on to become the highest grossing film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with over $2 billion in ticket sales.

Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo "Avengers: Endgame" will also now debut in North American theatres a week earlier on April 26, 2019.

Watch the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: CTV

Dec 7

Two New Aquaman Clips Show More Arthur and Mera, Undersea Battle

by Jake Abbate

Aquaman is just over two weeks away, and Warner Bros. is kicking the hype machine into high gear. Via ComicBook.com, two new clips from the film have been released, and they couldn't be more different from each other. You can check out both of these latest offerings below.

The first clip provides a new look at Mera (Amber Heard) confronting Arthur (Jason Momoa) outside of a bar. In a way, the scene mirrors Arthur's brusque interaction with Bruce Wayne at the beginning of Justice League. Mera is seen imploring Arthur to fulfill his destiny as Atlantis' true king. Much like the clip shown on Monday's episode of Good Morning America, Arthur is hesitant to embrace the Atlantean side of his heritage despite Mera's insistence that his half-brother, King Orm (Patrick Wilson), plans to obliterate the surface world.

The second clip is more action-oriented and shows Arthur battling Orm inside an Atlantean coliseum. Both characters are decked out in similar metallic armor, but they possess two very distinct weapons. Arthur wields the trident that belonged to their mother, Queen Atlanna (Nicole Kidman). According to Orm, the weapon is "powerful, but flawed like her." Conversely, Orm duels with his father's trident, which "has never known defeat." The clip gives us further insight into how the film handles fight sequences in an underwater environment. The choreography is certainly detailed, complete with bubbles and ripples created by the characters' movements. There's also a fair amount of slow-motion, which has been standard procedure for most DC movies. But perhaps because of ocean physics, it's presented in a manner that comes off as more natural instead of kitschy.

Continue Reading at: SuperHeroHype.com

Dec 6

Sandra Oh, Andy Samberg to co-host 2019 Golden Globes

Sandra Oh, left, and Andy Samberg, pictured here from the 2018 Primetime TV awards, were announced Wednesday as the co-hosts of the 2019 Golden Globes (image courtesy Invision / AP)
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by Reuters

Canadian actress Sandra Oh and U.S. comedian Andy Samberg will co-host the 2019 Golden Globe Awards in January, organizers said in a statement on Wednesday.

The two celebrities will be first-time hosts for the Golden Globes, which honour television and film. Nominations for the awards will be announced on Thursday, and the ceremony will take place in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 6.

The Golden Globes, chosen by members of the small Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), are the first major ceremony in Hollywood's long awards season culminating with the Oscars on Feb. 24.

Oh is best known for her role in the long-running television hospital drama Grey's Anatomy and is now starring in BBC America's acclaimed Killing Eve. Samberg is a former Saturday Night Live cast member and a Golden Globe winner for television comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Oh and Samberg will "bring wit, charm and style to a room filled with the very best of film and television," Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks, co-chairmen of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement.

Continue Reading at: CBC

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