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    Caroll Spinney, Puppeteer Behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, Dies at 85

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    Caroll Spinney, Puppeteer Behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, Dies at 85
    Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for 49 years at “Sesame Street,” died in Connecticut after living with dystonia. He was 85.

    Sesame Workshop announced his death, calling him an “artistic genius” whose “legacy here at Sesame Workshop and in the cultural firmament will be unending.”

    “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,” the announcement continued, “and his lovably cantankerous grouch gave us all permission to be cranky once in a while.”

    Spinney was with “Sesame Street” from the beginning in 1969, and continued working as Big Bird and Oscar through 2018, though he stopped performing inside the Big Bird costume in 2015 when it became too physically demanding. He first met Jim Henson in 1962 at a puppeteering festival, but the idea of working for
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    Disney Crossing Record $10 Billion At Worldwide Box Office; First Studio In History To The Mark

    • Deadline
    Disney Crossing Record $10 Billion At Worldwide Box Office; First Studio In History To The Mark
    Frozen 2 and its cumulative $919.7M in global snow dust, have helped bring Disney to the $10B threshold worldwide for 2019. Officially, the studio will cross the mark within the next day. Current studio cumes stand at $3.28B domestic and $6.717B from the international box office. That’s $9.997B global through today. This is a new record for worldwide box office for any studio in a calendar year, and surpasses Disney’s previous placeholder of $7.6B that was posted in 2016.

    The above numbers do not take into account Fox titles. When they are added, the combined global box office for Dis is $11.94B ($3.8B domestic/$8.14B overseas) so far. Wow.

    And all of this is before Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker starts strutting around the world on December 18 overseas, and December 20 domestically.

    Along with Frozen 2, films contributing to Disney’s massive haul this year have been Avengers: Endgame ($2.798B), The Lion King
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    Box Office Milestone: 'Harriet' Crosses $40 Million in the U.S.

    Box Office Milestone: 'Harriet' Crosses $40 Million in the U.S.
    Filmmaker Kasi Lemmons' Harriet crossed $40 million in ticket sales at the domestic box office on Friday, a major feat for a specialty biographical drama.

    The period pic, which opened Nov. 1, stars Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman, the famed abolitionist and former slave who led hundreds of other slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad.

    Harriet has become one of the most successful biographical dramas in the history of Focus Features at the domestic box office behind Joe Wright's 2017 Winston Churchill pic The Darkest Hour ($56.4 million) and last year's Spike Lee-directed BlacKkKlansman ($48.7 million), not adjusted for inflation. Focus ...
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    'The Favourite' Wins Big at European Film Awards

    'The Favourite' Wins Big at European Film Awards
    The Favourite was the big winner Saturday night at the European Film Awards in Berlin, winning eight trophies, including for best European Film of 2019.

    The wry period drama, which previously notched 10 Oscar nominations and one win for leading actress Olivia Coleman, also won EFAs for director Yorgos Lanthimos and Coleman, as well as the best comedy prize and technical honors for cinematography, editing, costume design and hair and makeup.

    Antonio Banderas won the best European actor prize for his performance in Pedro Almodovar's autobiographical drama Pain and Glory. The film also won the best European production design award for Antxon ...
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    Marvel's Kevin Feige Unveils First 'Eternals' Footage

    Marvel's Kevin Feige Unveils First 'Eternals' Footage
    Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige shared a little about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Saturday at Comic-Con Experience in Brazil, including the first footage of Eternals and a new look at Black Widow. Ahead of show, there'd been speculation that Feige might use this moment to make an announcement about Deadpool 3, as star Ryan Reynolds had a panel immediately before Feige's, but no announcement came.

    Feige's Marvel panel opened with a sizzle reel that was drowned out by fans' screams, with the loudest reserved for the Marvel Studios logo. Fans began chanting "Kevin, Kevin, Kevin!" as Feige ...
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    ‘The Favourite’ Wins Big At The 32nd European Film Awards

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    ‘The Favourite’ Wins Big At The 32nd European Film Awards
    Yorgos Lanthimos’s “The Favourite” scooped the 32nd European Film Awards, winning best film, best comedy and best actress for Olivia Colman who previously won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Queen Anne in the film.

    The Favourite” was leading the nominations along with Pedro Almodóvar’s “Pain and Glory,” Marco Bellocchio’s “The Traitor” and Roman Polanski’s “An Officer and A Spy.”

    Lanthimos’s tragicomedy had already banked four craft prizes – cinematography, editing, costume design, and hair and makeup.

    Pain and Glory” won best actor for Antonio Banderas, who previously won best actor at Cannes. Ladj Ly’s police brutality drama “Les Miserables,” which won the jury prize at Cannes and is representing France at the Oscars, won the European Discovery award.

    Meanwhile, Celine Sciamma’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” won the European Screenwriter prize. Sciamma, who had won the screenwriting award at Cannes, said
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    Rachel Brosnahan Talks Perfecting Her Stand-Up Game as ‘Mrs. Maisel': ‘We’re Learning Together’

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    Rachel Brosnahan Talks Perfecting Her Stand-Up Game as ‘Mrs. Maisel': ‘We’re Learning Together’
    When it comes to nailing her stand-up comedy skills for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” its star, Rachel Brosnahan, says it’s something that she and her character, Midge, are “learning together.”

    “The stand-up, in some ways it’s easier. You get a little more confident with practice,” Brosnahan told TheWrap ahead of the Amazon comedy’s Season 3 premiere on Friday. “But the audiences are getting bigger and we’re taking the show on the road. And we literally did. I performed in Miami in front of Miami locals. So just when I think I’m getting comfortable, there’s a new curveball thrown.”

    It’s been intimidating for both Brosnahan and Midge to stand in front of a crowd and try to make them laugh. During the show’s first season, Midge wasn’t a comedian; she was just a funny wife and mother who found humor in everyday life.
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    JJ Abrams Teases Palpatine’s Return in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

    • The Wrap
    JJ Abrams Teases Palpatine’s Return in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’
    With less than two weeks to go before the release of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” hits theaters, JJ Abrams, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, and John Boyega hit the main stage at Comic Con Experience Brazil in S?o Paulo on Saturday to talk about what Lucasfilm says is the final installment in the nine picture saga.

    “On the dark side, I can’t wait for people to see the story, I think it’s the most intense story these characters have been through,” said Abrams. “On the light side, it’s the first time we see these group of characters have an adventure together.”

    Abrams also talked about the return of Ian McDiarmid’s Emperor Palpatine and added, “That character, as you’ll see, he’s got such extraordinary power. I can’t wait for you to see how and why that character’s back and what it means for these characters.
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