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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ First Footage: Watch Chris Pratt Play With A Baby Raptor

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ First Footage: Watch Chris Pratt Play With A Baby Raptor
The first footage from “Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom” has arrived courtesy of Colin Trevorrow’s Twitter account, which has posted an adorable video of Chris Pratt playing with a baby raptor. It’s unclear whether or not the footage is from the actual movie or if it was just taken on set, nor is it confirmed if the baby raptor is CGI or an animatronic. “The Impossible” director J.A. Boyena has promised more practical effects in the sequel.

“Obviously you don’t have real dinosaurs — sometimes you have people playing dinosaurs — but we love animatronics and we’re trying to do as much with them as possible,” he said of the sequel. “I think animatronics bring soul and reality to it. We’re trying to find the balance between animatronics and CGI in order to cheat the audience so they
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Box Office: Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Strums $2.3 Million on Tuesday Night

Box Office: Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Strums $2.3 Million on Tuesday Night
Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” has opened with a solid $2.3 million on Tuesday night.

The animated pic is on par with Disney’s “Moana,” which earned $2.6 million from previews during the same frame last year. It went on to gross $82 million over five days.

The family film has been on track to take in $55 million to $60 million at 3,948 venues during the Thanksgiving holiday period from Wednesday to Sunday. Estimates indicate that the costly “Justice League,” which has pulled in a disappointing $111.9 million in its first five days, will come in No. 1 again with about $60 million to $65 million.

Coco” opens in nearly 2,800 3D locations, 106 premium large format screens, and 268 theaters offering the film in Spanish. Unlike “Justice League,” critics have embraced “Coco” (its Rotten Tomatoes score is currently 95%).

Just before “Coco” began its Tuesday night previews, news broke that animation guru John Lasseter would be taking a six-month leave from the company over allegations of inappropriate behavior toward women. [link
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ on Track for Cosmic $200 Million-Plus Opening Weekend

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ on Track for Cosmic $200 Million-Plus Opening Weekend
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is on track for a cosmic $200 million-plus opening weekend when it hits theaters on Dec. 15, according to first estimates released by tracking services on Wednesday morning. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the first new film released in the sci-fi franchise after Disney acquired Lucasfilm, earned a record opening of $248 million in December 2015. Last year’s prequel “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opened to $155.1 million. “The Last Jedi” is likely to score the biggest opening box office weekend of the year, a spot currently held by another Disney release, “Beauty and the...
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The Partridge Family's David Cassidy Dies at 67

The Partridge Family's David Cassidy Dies at 67
David Cassidy has died, his family tells People in an exclusive statement.

“On behalf of the entire Cassidy family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, our uncle, and our dear brother, David Cassidy,” his family said in a statement Tuesday. “David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long. Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years.”

The actor, widely known for his starring role as Keith Partridge on the 1970s series The Partridge Family,
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Jeffrey Tambor Accused of Sexual Harassment by Third Woman

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Jeffrey Tambor Accused of Sexual Harassment by Third Woman
A third woman has come forward to accuse Jeffrey Tambor of sexual harassment. Tamara Delbridge, a celebrity makeup artist with no connection to his show, “Transparent,” told Refinery29 that Tambor forcibly kissed her on the set of the 2001 film “Never Again.” “It was really weird because I did not interact with him at all during filming,” Delbridge said. “It wasn’t like he and I had bantered back and forth or flirted. I’m very professional on set and was a really big deal for me. It was the first time that I’d worked with actors at that level.
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Yes, Harvey Weinstein Scandal Has Already Inspired a ‘Law & Order: Svu’ Episode

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Yes, Harvey Weinstein Scandal Has Already Inspired a ‘Law & Order: Svu’ Episode
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” is about to tackle the Harvey Weinstein scandal, because of course they are. Dick Wolf’s crime procedural, known for using current headlines as inspiration for its disturbing tales, will be taking on the Weinstein drama, though they aren’t gonna do it in the most obvious of ways. “We are hitting Harvey Weinstein head-on, but it’s not in the realm of the entertainment business,” executive producer Michael Chernuchin told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s a real important episode about the rape culture in an industry, and we wanted to try stretch the law to criminalize that sort of.
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‘Friday the 13th’ Series Director Once Pitched ‘Cheech and Chong Meets Jason’

‘Friday the 13th’ Series Director Once Pitched ‘Cheech and Chong Meets Jason’
Stoner comedians Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong are classic cut-ups — but imagine if they got cut up by that ultimate slasher villain Jason Voorhees. Tom McLoughlin, the writer-director of 1986’s “Jason Lives: Friday the 13th VI,” said he once pitched the idea of a mashup of the two big-screen franchises to “Friday the 13th” series producer Frank Mancuso Jr. “What if we do ‘Cheech and Chong Meets Jason?'” McLoughlin recalled telling Mancuso on Wednesday’s edition of horror filmmaker Mick GarrisPost Mortem podcast. “They’re like camp counselors or something. It’s like, ‘Hey, man, I saw Jason out there.
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Peter Thiel Moves to Buy Gawker Assets – Does He Just Want to Delete Archive of Site He Killed?

In what could enable him to delete the site’s content once and for all, Peter Thiel has filed a motion challenging the sale of Gawker’s assets, saying that the billionaire has been unfairly prevented from bidding for the website he played an instrumental role in bringing down. “In light of the Plan Administrator’s refusal to allow Mr. Thiel to participate in the sale process, Mr. Thiel’s counsel requested that the Plan Administrator agree to pause the ongoing sale process so that a sale of the assets is not consummated until the issues concerning the Plan Administrator’s blockade of Mr.
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Film News Roundup: DreamWorks Animation Campus Sold for $290 Million

Film News Roundup: DreamWorks Animation Campus Sold for $290 Million
In today’s film news roundup, Griffin Capital has sold the DreamWorks Animation Studio Campus for $290 million, “Happy Death Day” tops $100 million in box office, and the comedy “Future ’38” gets sold.

Property Deal

Griffin Capital has sold the DreamWorks Animation Studio Campus for $290 million to Korea-based Hana Asset Management and Los Angeles-based Ocean West Capital Partners.

The five-building, 460,000-square-foot property is located in Glendale, Calif., and was built in 1997 for DreamWorks Skg, headed by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen. The campus remained headquarters for DreamWorks Animation when it became a separate company in 2004 and produced the “Shrek,” “Kung Fu Panda,” and “How to Train Your Dragon” franchises. It will continue as home to DreamWorks Animation under the new owners.

On August, 2016, NBCUniversal acquired DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion, making it a division of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. Griffin Capital acquired the building in 2015 for $215 million. The seller was represented by the Shannon Team of Newmark
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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: 8 Memorable Moments and Biggest Milestones (Photos)

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a time-honored tradition, but the annual holiday spectacle has changed a lot over the years. In its 90-year history, the parade has gone from a regional attraction featuring live animals and Macy’s employees to a time-honored tradition attended by 3.5 million people and watched by tens of millions more on TV and YouTube. 1924: The First Parade Macy’s The annual holiday parade got its start in 1920, featuring Macy’s employees in costume and animals from the Central Park Zoo. Animals were banned from participating in 1926, reportedly because they were frightening the children.
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Oscar Myth of ‘Pure’ Movies: Why Netflix, Amazon Should Be Recognized

Oscar Myth of ‘Pure’ Movies: Why Netflix, Amazon Should Be Recognized
Some voters at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences are worried about new delivery systems such as Netflix and Amazon; as Oscar voters, they don’t want to support a method that they believe endangers traditional moviegoing.

I hate to say this, but the major studios put an end to “traditional moviegoing” more than 30 years ago.

The voters’ fear of new delivery methods follows a long showbiz tradition: shake your fists at any major innovation, make gorilla sounds to scare it away, then eventually embrace it.

The Hollywood establishment was terrified of talkies in 1927, radio in the 1930s, and TV in the 1950s. Emmy voters ignored cable so a group invented the CableACE Awards in 1978; it took the Emmys a decade to eventually come around.

Oscar voters may worry about blurring lines, but they’ve been blurred for decades. Oscar is clearly the industry’s biggest celebration of movies — yet every major decision about the show
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Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Warn That ‘Santa Is Coming’ in Sia’s New Christmas Song (Video)

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Warn That ‘Santa Is Coming’ in Sia’s New Christmas Song (Video)
Santa’s coming for us, you guys, but not in a creepy way. In a super-cute, deck-the-halls, 1950’s, celebrity-studded way. Sia’s first music video off her Christmas album, “Everyday Is Christmas,” dropped Wednesday afternoon just in time for your post-Thanksgiving holiday decorating. In the video for the track “Santa Is Coming for Us,” Kristen Bell stars as a 1950s-esque hostess for Christmas dinner. Her real-life husband, Dax Shepard, stars alongside her, with an epic cast to fill it out. Also Read: 'Coco' Film Review: Pixar's Journey Down Mexico Way Pays Colorful, Moving Tribute to Family Young stars Caleb McLaughlin,
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Makeup artist Donald Mowat chats ‘tremendous pressure’ of ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and ‘touching’ true story of ‘Stronger’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Makeup artist Donald Mowat chats ‘tremendous pressure’ of ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and ‘touching’ true story of ‘Stronger’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“I’m not going to lie: it was the most tremendous pressure in my career,” divulges “Blade Runner 2049” makeup department head Donald Mowat during our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above). Directed by Denis Villeneuve, this long awaited sequel to Ridley Scott‘s 1982 sci-fi classic centers on a young blade runner (Ryan Gosling) who discovers secrets that […]
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IMAX Opens First Virtual Reality Center in Europe

IMAX Opens First Virtual Reality Center in Europe
IMAX and Odeon Cinemas have opened a virtual reality entertainment hub in Manchester, England, the first of its kind in Europe.

There are five IMAX Vr Centers around the world offering virtual reality movies, games, and experiences. The British one is located inside the Odeon at the intu Trafford Centre, and comprises 10 pods that allow multiple players or viewers to experience Vr in a social setting. IMAX said it wants to test Vr’s ability to woo younger audiences to the cinema.

“We are excited to join forces with our longtime partner Odeon to unveil the next evolution of immersive entertainment in Europe, starting with the launch of the IMAX Vr Centre in Manchester,” said Giovanni Dolci, managing director, Europe & Africa, IMAX Corp. “IMAX Vr brings the best Vr technology and content together in a highly social and interactive setting.”

IMAX has established a Vr Content Fund and will provide the content for the new center. The Vr
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Why ‘Diamond Dogs’ Had to Premiere in Singapore

Singaporean filmmaker Gavin Lim is delighted to have the world premiere of his debut feature “Diamond Dogs” at home at the 28th Singapore International Film Festival. The Sgiff, which kicks off Thursday, is part of the Singapore Media Festival.

“It’s important for my first film to premiere in Sgiff, instead of every Singaporean filmmaker’s strategy of going international first and losing that world premiere cherry elsewhere and then coming back to Sgiff after garnering some accolades,” says Lim. “I think it’s important to cultivate Singapore audiences to love our own first rather than seek validation from others. So maybe it is foolhardy and stupid, but I think premiering in Sgiff is important to Singaporean filmmakers. If Singaporean filmmakers are making a mark on the global scene after premiering in Sgiff it will make the festival all that more important.”

Diamond Dogs” is an action thriller where a man with nothing to lose is lured
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How James Toback Accuser’s Film About Her Encounter Flipped From Drama to Comedy

How James Toback Accuser’s Film About Her Encounter Flipped From Drama to Comedy
When Dani Alvarado started making her short film, “Lost Beneath The Stars,” she envisioned the film as a drama based on her rough start to find her start in showbiz, with her character’s struggles beginning with a director who makes sexual advances towards her. But after finishing the film — and releasing it in an industry finally holding sexual abusers accountable — she says it has grown in ways she never imagined. In an exclusive interview with TheWrap published Tuesday, Alvarado revealed that the director scene was a near-word-for-word re-enactment of her own encounter with James Toback, who has been...
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7 Movies Guaranteed to Ruin Thanksgiving for the Trump Fans in Your Family (Photos)

7 Movies Guaranteed to Ruin Thanksgiving for the Trump Fans in Your Family (Photos)
The holidays, particularly Thanksgiving and Christmas, are known for being volatile — you know all the jokes about the racist uncle who starts stuff at family gatherings. And with Donald Trump taking the presidential election, it’s going to be worse than ever this year. You don’t, however, have to let the racist uncle or your vocal Trump-supporter grandma dictate terms of engagement. Wielding the power of liberal cinema, you can start the argument party in a whole new way. “Southside with You” When someone inevitably whines about the very existence of a romantic drama about a young Barack and Michelle,
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Thanksgiving Football Streaming Guide, From the Lions-Vikings NFL Matchup to the Iron Bowl

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Vikings versus Lions. Ohio State versus Michigan. Alabama versus Auburn. It’s Thanksgiving week football (college or pro) — and this year, you won’t need a TV to watch almost all of it. There is an increasing number of cord cutters who love football, but don’t love fat cable bills. That’s taken a toll on pay-tv companies, and football ratings as a result. But more and more streaming services have come online in recent years and are winning over disenchanted subscribers – and sports leagues are noticing. The NFL has a deal with Amazon to stream several Thursday Night Football games,
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Singer, Star, Leading Asian Film Executive, Mona Fong Dead at 83

Singer, Star, Leading Asian Film Executive, Mona Fong Dead at 83
Asia lost one of its top women film and TV executives with the death on Wednesday of Mona Fong (aka Mona Shaw). She died at 83.

After a glittering career as a singer, and then as an actress, she became a key figure in the running of first the Shaw Brothers movie studio, then at the top of Tvb, Hong Kong’s leading free-to-air TV station.

Tvb said that she died peacefully at 5.28pm local time at Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital, in Happy Valley, surrounded by her family. No cause of death was given.

Born in Shanghai in 1934 as Lee Monglan, the daughter of a nightclub singer, she moved to Hong Kong in the 1940s with her mother and quickly turned professional as a singer. She was noted for her singing abilities in Chinese and English, and often sang English covers of Chinese hits.

She met her husband, the legendary Sir Run Run Shaw after a performance
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