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• Coming Soon first image Zac Efron as Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked
• TMZ Meryl Streep files for trademark claim on the use of her name. Wonder what prompted this?
WSJ Is the Star Wars franchise slipping in popularity? (This seems like a lot of panic for nothing since the movies are regularly grossing a billion)  

Variety Bernadette Peters off to a great sales start taking over for Bette Midler in Hello Dolly! on Broadway
Tracking Board Juliette Lewis joins the cast of the next Sam Taylor-Johnson movie A Million Little Pieces 
The Wrap Oprah responds to her action figure from A Wrinkle in Time
Tribeca Film Matthew Eng, who co-writes our "Months of Meryl" column, interviewed the queen herself! Check out his chat with Streep about her work on The Post.
AV Club Sam Raimi likely to direct the Kingkiller Chronicles which already has Lin-Manuel Miranda attached for the music

• Film Mixtape Our own Chris Feil's top 15 films of the year: Lady Bird, Raw, Personal Shopper, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and more...
Advocate Sir Ian McKellen on the 30th anniversary of his coming out
Fandor "What if Pixar made Phantom Thread?" <-- SPOILERS in that article, major ones, so be warned. I'm not sure what to make of this piece. I love the concept and the header image and the cartoon being described but it's basically like 2 separate articles shoved up against each other since they keep leaving the imaginary film for multi-paragraph detours into the real one.
Cinematic Corner Sati picks her 35 best shots of the year

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Nicole eats "micro-livestock" aka bugs for Vanity Fair's secret talent theater. Jason made me lol with his response to this video:

Nicole Kidman dislodged her jaw and swallowed Lars Von Trier whole one time on the set of Dogville so bugs ain't shit"

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I have a feeling that Streep filed for a trademark so that her heirs can make decisions regarding future use of her likeness, etc. The rights to use a famous name or likeness end up being very lucrative for posterity (Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, etc.). Or, some crazy group was using her name to raise money and her lawyers told her that it's easier to get a cease and desist if her name is trademarked.

January 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJono

PS, this is nice in that Streep interview:

Q: I will never forget when you used your platform at the 2011 Golden Globes to praise two of the year’s most underrated performers, Pariah’s Adepero Oduye and Jane Eyre’s Mia Wasikowska. What performances have impressed you this year?

A: This year, two of the finest performances by women were not recognized in many of the awards shows at all, and either of them merited walking away with every prize out there: Annette Bening in Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool and Cynthia Nixon in A Quiet Passion. Incomparable performances, right up there with the ones that are winning everything. Sometimes momentum trumps everything, and life and show business are never entirely fair.

January 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJono

I'm surprised you didn't have a link to Indiewire or the Oregonian's original article by a journalist who covered the Harding/Kerrigan affair. She's totally offended by the film, and points out major lies in the film, and points out what a pathological liar and sociopath Tonya Harding was and still is. She is really disgusted at how far the movie's revisionist agenda goes to minimize both Tonya Harding's and Jeff Gillooly's participation in the crime, and maximize the role of someone who is conveniently dead.

January 29, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterken s

Why eat bugs Nicole, why?

January 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSRB

Considering that Empire Strikes Back made only 2/3 of its predecessor’s box office in 1980, I think Star Wars will be fine. It’s impossible to follow up a phenomenon, box office-wise.

January 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterArlo

If 20th Century Women and Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool were released in the same year, 2016 or 2017. Annette Bening would have won so many awards. Life and show business are never fair indeed.

January 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJack for Streep

ken s -- i didn't see that article but now i will look for it. I often miss things online because the large sites (like indiewire) post dozens of times a day and it's really easy to miss stuff.

January 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Sorry I didn't have the author, but she's J E Vader, and Indiewire ran her story on 1/28. I googled J E Vader Oregonian and found the original. It confirmed a lot of my suspicions, suspicions which all the fine acting couldn't distract me from.

January 29, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterken s

Wait a minute, A Million Little Pieces? Wasn't that a supposedly autobiographical memoir that was exposed as almost entirely fabricated? Why are they making a movie out of it?

January 30, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Hamer

@DRB. Because she is a publicity _____.

January 30, 2018 | Unregistered Commentergrrr

A wonderful n truly deserving shout-out to Bening n Nixon fr Her Majesty!!

So sweet o the Queen! 😁

January 30, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterClaran

Love Bernadette Peters but those numbers will drop. She's not selling out shows way in advance which is typically an indicator that an actor does not have the strength to carry a show. They'll probably need to stunt cast it again if they want to keep Hello Dolly going through 2019.

January 30, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMilton

Empire Strikes Back AND Attack of the Clones both did the same sort of ratio of box office to the first ones in their trilogies.

January 31, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Dunks

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