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Female-led films outperform male-led movies at the box office

Gal Gadot in “Wonder Woman”; Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) — Want your movie to make more money at the box office?  Cast a woman in the lead role.  

A recent study examining top-grossing films in the U.S. — commissioned by Time’s Up — found that movies with female leads outperformed male-led films. The data examined 350 films, released from January 2014 to December 2017, across all budgets.

Of the films examined, 105 are categorized as female-led and 245 are categorized as male-led.

Studio System by Gracenote, an entertainment database, determines the status of a film’s lead by who is listed first in the film’s press materials. Trailers and one-sheets were used when that information was unavailable, according to the website.

When assessing co-leads, the first name listed in the database for the film was considered the lead.

The study, conducted by Los Angeles-based talent and sports agency Creative Artists Agency and shift7, a technology company, categorized the pictures into five budget levels: under $10 million, $10 million to $30 million, $30 million to $50 million, $50 million to $100 million, and over $100 million.  Movies with female leads grossed more money every category.

The findings give hope to many within the industry.

“The report released today confirms what many of us have known: that films with women at the center are good business and good entertainment,” said Kirsten Schaffer, executive director of Women In Film Los Angeles, a group that advocates for women working in the film industry, in a statement to ABC News.

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‘Game of Thrones’ star says fans will “need therapy” after final season

Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) — Most of the Game of Thrones cast has been silent leading up to the final season. But one star is speaking out about how crazy the end will be.

Gwendoline Christie, who plays the beloved knight Brienne of Tarth, told E News! that some people may need professional help after the series finale.

“You’re going to need therapy,” she said. “I think just the show ending is going to send all of the world into professional help.”

It won’t be easy for her, either.

“I think it’s going to make me incredibly emotional,” said Christie.  “We’re all emotional about the fact that this is the end, and this is the end of something incredibly significant for all of us, and it’s been a truly incredible thing to be a part of.”

Game of Thrones returns in April with the zombie-like white walkers and their leader, the Night King, invading Westeros.  Entertainment Weekly last month revealed the reactions of other cast members after they read the final season’s scripts.  Sophie Tucker, who plays Sansa Stark, said she was “numb” after reading hers, while Emilia Clarke, who plays the dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen, said, “Genuinely the effect it had on me was profound. That sounds insanely pretentious, but I’m an actor, so I’m allowed one pretentious adjective per season.”

It was also reported that season eight opens at the Stark family home of Winterfell, where the largest battle in the show’s history will take place.  Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister, says the epic sequence makes season six’s Battle of the Bastards “look like a theme park.”

Game of Thrones returns to HBO in April.

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Oprah Winfrey details final goodbye with her mother that made her “feel complete”

OWN(LOS ANGELES) — Oprah Winfrey lost her mother Vernita Lee at the age of 83 this past Thanksgiving.

Now the media mogul is opening up to People about how she “surprised” her mother so they could spend some precious final moments together.

“I sat with my mother. I said, ‘I don’t know if you’re going to make it. Do you think you’re going to make it?’ She said, ‘I don’t think I am.’ I had a conversation with her about what that felt like, what it felt like to be near the end,” she told the magazine.

Winfrey then told others that if they wanted to come and say goodbye, they could come to her home in Milwaukee. And they did, which gave Lee great joy and made Winfrey proud to see people paying their final respects.

When she left, she thought that would be the last time she spoke to her mother.

But it wasn’t. Not satisfied with the meeting, Winfrey cancelled stops on a promotional tour to come home one more time.

“I waited for a way to say what I wanted to say,” she said, according the magazine. After praying for a sign, she realized it was music that would help her break through. The duo played music, some of Lee’s favorites, and Oprah found those tough words she had been struggling to find.

She told her, “Thank you, because I know it’s been hard for you. It was hard for you as a young girl having a baby, in Mississippi. No education. No training. No skills…Lots of people would’ve told you to abort that baby. You didn’t do that. And look how it turned out.”

She also told her mother to go in peace, something that made the icon “feel complete.”

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‘Gilmore Girls’ fans can now enjoy a holiday lunch in Lorelai and Rory’s house

Saeed Adyani/Netflix(BURBANK, CA) — It’s the ultimate Christmas gift for Gilmore Girls fans.

This holiday season, visitors at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California can check out the Stars Hollow home where Lorelai and Rory Gilmore lived in the beloved series. While there, you’ll be able to dine on a holiday-themed lunch and check out some of the show’s costumes and props.

Fans will also get the chance to stop by the town square and take a picture in the famed gazebo used in the show.

The Gilmore Girls experience is part of the Warner Bros. studio tour and will run from December 22 to January 6. Lunch can be purchased separately and will include foods like turkey, cranberry sauce and roast chicken. And hopefully enough coffee to make Lorelai and Rory proud.

Gilmore Girls, starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, originally aired on The WB and The CW from 2000 to 2007, and was revived for a four-part series on Netflix which debuted in 2016.

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‘Black Panther,’ ‘Roseanne’ among top trending U.S. Google searches of 2018

Marvel Studios/Disney(NEW YORK) — Black Panther and Roseanne were among the top trending U.S. Google searches in entertainment this year.  

Black Panther was the top trending movie search, followed by Incredibles 2, Deadpool 2, Avengers: Infinity War and A Quiet Place. Roseanne was the top trending TV search of 2018, which isn’t surprising, given the controversy surrounding the firing of the show’s star Roseanne Barr over racist tweets.

Other TV shows making the list include Netflix’s Altered Carbon and The Haunting of Hill House, as well as American Idol and Lost in Space.

YouTube star Logan Paul was the top trending actor on Google, followed by disgraced comedian Bill Cosby, Sylvester Stallone, SNL star Pete Davidson and Black Panther and Creed II star Michael B. Jordan.

Singer Demi Lovato, who survived a near-fatal overdose this year, was the top trending person, edging out Meghan Markle and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

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Ellen DeGeneres says she’s considering ending her talk show

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Ellen DeGeneres has revealed that she’s considering ending her popular daytime talk show.

In a new profile for The New York Times published Wednesday, the comedian says she goes back and forth on whether to leave the show after her contract ends. She recently extended her contract until the summer of 2020, although she came close to declining.

DeGeneres’ brother, comedian Vance DeGeneres, wants her to continue the show, though her wife Portia de Rossi thinks it may be time for her to move on.

“She gets mad when my brother tells me I can’t stop,” DeGeneres says of de Rossi.

“I just think she’s such a brilliant actress and standup that it doesn’t have to be this talk show for her creativity,” de Rossi responds. “There are other things she could tackle.”

DeGeneres, who famously voiced Dory in Finding Nemo and its sequel Finding Dory, says she’d love to do another film and play “someone unappealing.”

As of right now though, DeGeneres is making her comeback into stand-up. Her comedy special, Relatable, debuts on Netflix December 18.

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Report: ‘Doctor Strange’ is getting a sequel

Marvel – 2016(HOLLYWOOD) — Doctor Strange is the latest Marvel superhero movie to get a sequel, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

Scott Derrickson — who wrote and directed the original 2016 film – is already on board to helm the next chapter.

Benedict Cumberbatch will return as Stephen Strange, say the insiders, along with Benedict Wong, who played his sidekick, Wong. Rachel McAdams, who played Strange’s love interest, is also likely to return. The studio is currently shopping around for a writer.

The first Doctor Strange grossed $677.7 million worldwide.

Marvel and ABC Radio are owned by Disney.

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“A Star Is Born,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Ozark” among top SAG Award nominees

© 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards, LLC(HOLLYWOOD) — A Star Is Born, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Ozark lead the pack of nominees for the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, announced Wednesday morning by Laverne Cox and Awkwafina at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

A Star Is Born is the most-nominated film, with four nods, while The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Ozark were the most-nominated in the TV categories, with four apiece as well.

Also of note, Emily Blunt and Emma Stone both scored double nominations this year. Blunt was nominated for lead actress in Mary Poppins Returns and supporting actress in A Quiet Place, while Stone was nominated for supporting actress for The Favourite and female actor in a miniseries or movie for Maniac.

The SAG Lifetime Achievement Award this year will be given to Alan Alda.

The 25th annual SAG Awards will air Jan. 27, 2019 at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on TNT and TBS.

Here are the nominees in major categories:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
A Star Is Born
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
Crazy Rich Asians

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale, Vice
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
Glenn Close, The Wife
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliot, A Star Is Born
Richard E Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams, Vice
Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place
Margot Robbie, Mary Queen of Scots
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
The Americans
Better Call Saul
The Handmaid’s Tale
This Is Us

Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal
Anthony Hopkins, King Lear
Bill Pullman, The Sinner

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Emma Stone, Maniac

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Joseph Fiennes, The Handmaid’s Tale
John Krasinski, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Julia Garner, Ozark
Laura Linney, Ozark
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader, Barry
Tony Shaloub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Henry Winkler, Barry

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Alison Brie, GLOW
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

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‘The Voice’: Adam Levine loses his last artist as four contestants are eliminated

NBC/Tyler Golden(LOS ANGELES) — On Tuesday’s episode of The Voice, the eight artists who performed Monday learned that Team Adam Levine’s Reagan Strange; Team Jennifer Hudson’s MaKenzie Thomas; and Team Kelly Clarkson’s Kymberlie Joye and Sarah Grace were sent home.

Strange and Thomas were eliminated at the end of the one-hour results show. They lost an “Instant Save” vote to Team Jennifer’s Kennedy Holmes.

Prior to the vote, Thomas, Strange and Holmes sang for an opportunity to be saved by the viewers. Thomas performed Patty Griffin’s “Up to the Mountain,” Strange covered “Wherever You Will Go” by The Calling and Holmes tackled LeAnn Rimes’ “How Do I Live.”

There are now four singers remaining in the competition: Holmes is Team Jennifer’s last remaining member, along with Team Blake Shelton’s Chris Kroeze and Kirk Jay, and Team Kelly’s Chevel Shepherd. There are no artists left on Team Adam.

The results show also featured Michael Bublé performing “Where or When,” from his album Love; Hailee Steinfeld, singing “Back to Life,” a new single from the upcoming film Bumblebee; and Jennifer Hudson with “I’ll Fight, from the documentary film on the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, RBG.

The Voice returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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‘The Shining,’ ‘Jurassic Park’ & more added to National Film Registry

Warner Brothers/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — “Heeere’s Johnny!”  Director Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror masterpiece The Shining is among the films announced today for inclusion in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.

This is the 30th year that the National Film Registry has chosen 25 films for preservation because of their “cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage.”

As always, the films on this year’s list range from obscure or little-known works, some more than a century old, to mass-market favorites.  In the latter category this year, The Shining is joined by the 1987 comedy Broadcast News, 1993’s Steven Spielberg dinosaur epic Jurassic Park, the hit 1997 indie film Eve’s Bayou, and 2005’s same-sex cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain, the most recently-produced film on this year’s list.

The oldest film on the list is 1898’s Something GoodNegro Kiss, a 29-second clip that may be the earliest example of intimacy onscreen between two African-Americans.  The Library of Congress calls it “a significant counter to the racist portrayal of African Americans otherwise seen in the cinema of its time.”

Other notable inclusions showcasing the diversity of the selected films are the 1968 concert documentary Monterey Pop, the Oscar-winning 1974 Vietnam War documentary Hearts and Minds, the musicals My Fair Lady and On the Town from 1964 and 1949, respectively, the 1962 Jack Lemmon-Lee Remick drama Days of Wine and Roses, and the 1950 Disney animated classic Cinderella.

Here are this year’s National Film Registry selections, in alphabetical order:

Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

Broadcast News (1987)

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Cinderella (1950)

Days of Wine and Roses (1962)

Dixon-Wanamaker Expedition to Crow Agency (1908)

Eve’s Bayou (1997)

The Girl Without a Soul (1917)

Hair Piece: A Film for Nappy-Headed People (1984)

Hearts and Minds (1974)

Hud (1963)

The Informer (1935)

Jurassic Park (1993)

The Lady From Shanghai (1947)

Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

Monterey Pop (1968)

My Fair Lady (1964)

The Navigator (1924)

On the Town (1949)

One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

Pickup on South Street (1953)

Rebecca (1940)

The Shining (1980)

Smoke Signals (1998)

Something Good – Negro Kiss (1898)

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