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‘The Favourite’ leads all comers in Critics’ Choice Awards nominations

Olivia Colman in “The Favorite”; Atsushi Nishijima/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(NEW YORK) — The Favourite is clearly that with critics.  The comedy-drama set in the 18th century world of the British monarchy scored a leading 14 nominations for the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards.

The Favourite earned nominations in all the major categories including best picture, best director and best original screenplay, as well as acting nominations for stars Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. 

Not far behind is the superhero blockbuster Black Panther, which earned 12 nominations including best picture, best adapted screenplay, and best supporting actor for Michael B. Jordan.  First Man has ten nominations, while Mary Poppins Returns, A Star Is Born and Vice each have nine and Green Book and Roma have seven.

On the TV side, the FX drama The Americans, which ended its six-season run in May, shares a leading five nominations with another FX drama, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, and Showtime’s Escape at Dannemora.  Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and HBO’s Sharp Objects are the next-most nominated series, with four nods apiece.

Overall, HBO and Netflix have the most nominations among TV outlets, each with 20.  FX is next with 16, while Amazon has 12 and NBC, 11.

The Critics’ Choice Awards nominees are selected annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association.  Winners will be announced Sunday, January 13 during a live broadcast on The CW beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET.

For a complete list of nominees, check out CriticsChoice.com.

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‘Stranger Things’ season three teaser reveals mysterious episode titles

Netflix(NEW YORK) — Start speculating, Stranger Things fans.

Netflix has released a new teaser for the show’s third season, which reveals the cryptic titles of all eight episodes, including:

Suzie, Do You Copy?
The Mall Rats
The Case of the Missing Lifeguard
The Sauna Test
The Source
The Birthday
The Bite
The Battle of Starcourt

The teaser concludes with this message: “In the summer of 1985, the adventure continues.”

Season three of Stranger Things – starring Millie Bobbie Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp and Gaten Matarazzo – will debut in 2019.

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‘The Ranch’ reveals Danny Masterson’s post-exit fate

L-R: Danny Masterson and Sam Elliot; Greg Gayne/Netflix(SPOILERS AHEAD)  In the wake of his departure from The Ranch, actor Danny Masterson is urging fans of the Netflix comedy to keep supporting the show. 

In an Instagram post, Masterson asked fans to keep watching the show, to honor his “family,” the crew. “They work 10-14 hour shoot days to make you smile in 30 minute increments,” he noted, adding, “Support comedy. Support Art. Support the Iron River ranch and the Bennett Family.”

Masterson, who also co-executive-produced The Ranch, was fired from the show a year ago this month after sexual misconduct allegations against him from the early 2000s resurfaced.   Masterson has denied any wrongdoing.

In the part-six finale of The Ranch’s just-released second half of season three, it was revealed that Masterson’s character, Rooster, was apparently killed in a motorcycle accident.

Netflix has already announced that The Ranch — also starring Debra Winger, Sam Elliot, Elisha Cuthbert and Ashton Kutcher — will return for a fourth season.

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‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ tops ‘The Grinch’ in sleepy pre-holiday weekend; ‘Aquaman’ has super-heroic debut in China

Disney(LOS ANGELES) — The domestic weekend was the second lowest grossing of the year so far with the top twelve films earning a combined $77.8 million.

However, overseas it was quite a different story thanks to Jason Momoa and friends. Aquaman opened in China this weekend earning a whopping $93.6 million, and becoming the top film globally from the one market alone. It also marked the biggest start ever in China for any Warner Bros. title. Aquaman will make a splash in North America on December 21st.

As for the domestic box office, Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet took the top spot with $16 million and The Grinch wasn’t far behind at $15.2 million. Ralph has now earned a domestic cume of just over $140 million. Meanwhile, the holiday season has been good for The Grinch, which is now approaching $225 million domestically.

In third, Creed II brought in an estimated $10.3 million, and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald took in an estimated $6.8 million over the weekend.

Rounding out the top five is Bohemian Rhapsody with an estimated $6 million as the biographical film about the British rock band Queen is now just shy of earning $175 million domestically as it enters its sixth week of release.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

1. Ralph Breaks the Internet, $16 million
2. The Grinch, $15.2 million
3. Creed II, $10.3 million
4. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, $6.8 million
5. Bohemian Rhapsody, $6 million
6. Instant Family, $5.6 million
7. Green Brook, $3.9 million
8. Robin Hood, $3.6 million
9. The Possession of Hannah Grace, $3.2 million
10. Widows, $3.1 million

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Robert De Niro’s Robert Mueller is hiding in Eric Trump’s closet on ‘SNL’

NBC//Will Heath(NEW YORK) — The special counsel paid a special visit to the president’s sons on this week’s episode of Saturday Night Live.

Eric Trump, played again by Alex Moffat, was being tucked into bed by Mikey Day’s Donald Trump Jr. when he started to have some fears about he and his brother’s future.

“There’s no boogeyman in your closet,” Trump Jr. said. “Have you been watching the news again?”

Day’s Trump Jr. decided to read his younger brother a bedtime story to help calm him down. Eric struggled a bit with the meaning of words in ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas — starting with the very first word.

But it was a large creaking noise that brought out the real boogeyman.

“That’s the cheap steel dad uses to build his towers,” Trump Jr. said, walking over to open the closet. “See, nothing in the closet.”

Of course, as he opened the door, Robert Mueller — played as usual by a stammering Robert De Niro — was standing inside.

“Robert Mueller is in there!” Eric exclaimed.

“Eric, nobody likes a fibber,” Trump Jr. said, before leaving to take a phone call from his lawyer.

Mueller sat down with Eric to say, “No matter what happens, America is gonna be just fine,” because of the good people in it.

“Good people like my dad?” he asked.

“Let’s put a pin in that,” Mueller responded.

“Mr. Mueller, people say you’re the worst thing that’s ever happened to my dad,” Eric said.

De Niro, who continues to be befuddled by cue cards, then replied, “No, getting elected president is the worst thing to ever happen to your dad.”

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‘Asher’ star Ron Perlman “at peace” over ‘Hellboy’ reboot

Tommaso Boddi/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Ron Perlman plays a hitman looking to retire in the new film Asher, which hits theaters today. Perlman, a veteran character actor, is best known to some as the hulking figure under the red skin and muscle suit of the demonic comic hero Hellboy.

He played the role in two fan favorite films, both for Oscar winning Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro. However, a long-in-development third Hellboy film with del Toro fell apart and a 2019 reboot took place, with Perlman succeeded by Stranger Things star David Harbour.

Perlman tells ABC Radio, “…I was very much at peace that I wanted nothing to with anything but finishing the trilogy. And that the journey was going to be on that included Guillermo [del Toro] or not at all.  And frankly there’s so many things that are going on in my life right now, that I don’t think about it at all. I don’t miss it. I’m at peace with it. I’m just amazingly grateful to the two movies that we did get to do.”

Perlman’s peace had a lot to do with meeting up with Harbour, at a dinner hosted by his friend, actor and comic geek Patton Oswalt. “So, we had our little détente. And so I have nothing but good will for what happens with David in this next iteration of Hellboy.”

As for Asher, Perlman tells us he found some common ground with the titular trigger-man: “He is searching for some sort of legacy thing. And I know for a fact that you know when a guy hits his mid-sixties…those things come into play…What will they say about me when I can no longer be identified as the fastest gun in town? I think that’s what Asher is going through, I think that that’s what makes our watching him for two hours poignant.”

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Report: Jodie Whittaker will return for a new season of ‘Doctor Who’

Ben Blackall/BBC America(NEW YORK) — Not that there was any official reason to doubt it would happen, but word is Jodie Whittaker will return in the title role for another season of Doctor Who.

“I really can’t wait to step back in and get to work again,” Whittaker told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s such an incredible role. It’s been an extraordinary journey so far and I’m not quite ready to hand it over yet.”

Whittaker is the 13th person but the first woman to play the role of time-traveling Doctor in the show’s more than fifty-year history.  While fan and critical reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, there’s still no official word from the BBC confirming the 36-year-old’s return.

Doctor Who airs its season finale this Sunday at 8:00 p.m. ET, then will return for a New Year’s special Tuesday, January 1st, both on BBC America.

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‘Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle’ roars onto Netflix today

Netflix(NEW YORK) — Featuring jaw-dropping visuals and an A-list voice cast, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle hits Netflix today. The latest take on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book stars the voice and motion capture talents of Christian Bale, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Black Panther star Serkis, who famously portrayed Gollum in the Lord of the Rings films, and pioneered the development of motion-capture tech he utilized in his performances playing Peter Jackson’s King Kong, as well as Caesar in the Planet of the Apes films, brought that experience to the table as the director of Mowgli.

“I wanted to really get inside of the minds of the animals,” he tells ABC Radio. “So, actually, a lot of the story is carried in close up with the animals, so you really do read their facial expressions and their emotions. You know, it’s a drama which happens to have animals as actors.”

Rohan Chand plays the little human hero Mowgli. He tells ABC Radio that in order to get inside the head of a boy raised by wolves, he camped out with wolves: “I went to upstate New York to a wolf conservatory center…and it was really great to see how they interacted with each other you know, between the alpha and within the pack.”

The film is both in theaters and on Netflix. But Christian Bale, who plays the panther Bhageera, urges people not watch it on your phone: “I don’t think anybody’s OK with that. I mean, this is serious artwork. I mean this…is a phenomenal, staggering, jaw-droppingly beautiful film. No, you shouldn’t watch this on your phone, at all.” He adds with a smile, “You know, but that also must surely be bad for your eyes, no?”

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Hugh Jackman’s upcoming world tour: No Wolverine, but Deadpool may drop by

AEG Presents/TEG-Dainty/Robert Fox(NEW YORK ) — Tickets go on sale Friday for Hugh Jackman’s first-ever world tour, which will include plenty of singing, dancing and storytelling, but not his most famous on-screen character. However, there’s a possibility that another Marvel superhero may show up.

“There won’t be a Wolverine kick line,” Jackman jokes. But, he reveals, “I actually am about to call Ryan Reynolds, because I do think it would be quite cool if Ryan made an appearance somewhere along…as Deadpool! I think that could be kinda cool!”

If Reynolds shows, that’ll be just one of many surprise guests Jackman hopes will join him during the tour — he’s planning on asking everyone from Sting to James Corden to Kristin Chenoweth to drop by. It’s all part of his plan to make every concert unique and special.

“There’s something sacred to me about [performing] live and I want people to feel when they come that something happened that night that ONLY happened that night,” he explains. “It’s like a little secret that we have. Something between the 13,000 of us, that you can only experience tonight.”

One guest who’ll definitely be joining Jackman for multiple shows is Keala Settle, who played the Bearded Lady in the hit movie The Greatest Showman. Jackman says thanks to that movie and its soundtrack, his audiences on this tour will likely include a whole new demographic: little kids.

“It excites me. I love the idea that we’re gonna have a family audience,” says Jackman. “I love the idea that these kids are gonna hear songs from Greatest Showman, they’re also gonna hear stuff from Les Mis, they might hear some of the great standards from Irving Berlin or some Fred Astaire…Gene Kelly….”

“There’ll be no swearing,” he laughs. “I can tell you that!

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First look: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ trailer teases hope amid ‘Infinity War’ ruins

Marvel Studios(NEW YORK) — (SPOILERS AHEAD) We have a name — and the first trailer — for the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War.

Firstly, if you haven’t seen Avengers: Infinity War, you may want to look away now, because this being a sequel, everything that happens in the new trailer takes place in the aftermath of Infinity War‘s extreme bummer of an ending.

The trailer for Avengers: Endgame — that’s the film’s name — opens with Robert Downey, Jr.’s Tony Stark adrift in space.  His food and water gone and oxygen nearly gone, he records a final message to his beloved Pepper Potts.

“Don’t feel bad about this,” he says.  “Part of the journey is the end.”

Back on Earth, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow confirms that Thanos wiped out fifty percent of the world’s population, as Steve Rogers, aka Captain America — played by Chris Evans — listens, a tear painting his cheek.  We get shots of the surviving Avengers, including Thor, Bruce Banner — and finally Hawkeye, who was absent from Infinity War, promising that we’ll learn why.

“This is the fight of our lives,” says Rogers, teasing a plan to undo what Thanos did. 

“This is gonna work, Steve,” says Black Widow.

“I know it is,” answers Rogers.  “‘Cause I don’t know what I’m gonna do if it doesn’t.”

Then comes the title reveal, with the letters forming out of the dust that remained after Thanos snapped his fingers in Infinity War

And then, for a bit of comic relief, we end with Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man, shouting at the front gate security camera, asking to be let in.  Captain America and Black Window learn one more superhero than they believed has survived.

Avengers: Endgame opens nationally April 26, according to the trailer, a change from the advertised May 3 debut date.

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