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J.J. Abrams says the ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ script is finished, reveals when shooting begins

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During an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert earlier this week, J.J. Abrams, who took Colin Trevorrow’s position as writer-director on Star Wars: Episode IX after Trevorrow left the project due to creative differences with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, confirmed that the script for the next chapter in the Skywalker saga is complete.

“We have a script, which is a big deal for me. It starts shooting end of July,” Abrams told Colbert. “Having a script in advance is something I haven’t always been lucky enough to have. I’m writing this with Chris Terrio, who is a genius, and I’m having a great time.”

While plot details surrounding Star Wars: Episode IX are being kept tightly under wraps, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, and Oscar Issac are all expected to reprise their respective roles, and it should be interesting to see where the series goes next following the events of Rian Johnson’s divisive Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

“With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy,” Kennedy said in a statement last year. Will the next film truly be the end of this long-running trilogy? We’ll find out when Star Wars: Episode IX hits theaters next year on May 24, 2019.

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The film and television nominations for the 2020 Golden Globe Awards are officially in

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The, uh, rather strange trio of Tim Allen, Dakota Fanning, and Susan Kelechi Watson were on hand this morning to announce the nominations for the 77th Golden Globes, which will be held in Hollywood next month on January 5.

Topping the film nominations is Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, which scored six nods, and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which picked up five nods each.

On the television side of things, HBO’s Chernobyl, Barry, Succession, and Big Little Lies secured nominations in several different categories, as did Netflix’s The Crown, Unbelievable, and The Kominsky Method.

You can check out the complete list of nominations for the 2020 Golden Globes below.

Best Motion Picture — Drama
1917
The Irishman
Joker
Marriage Story
The Two Popes

Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Dolemite Is My Name
Jojo Rabbit
Knives Out
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Rocketman

Best Foreign-Language Motion Picture
The Farewell
Les Misérables
Pain and Glory
Parasite
Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Best Limited Series or TV Movie
Catch-22
Chernobyl
Fosse/Verdon
The Loudest Voice
Unbelievable

Best Television Series — Drama
Big Little Lies
The Crown
Killing Eve
The Morning Show
Succession

Best Comedy Series
Fleabag
Barry
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The Politician

Best Motion Picture — Animated
Frozen II
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Missing Link
Toy Story 4
The Lion King

Best Director — Motion Picture
Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
Sam Mendes, 1917
Todd Phillips, Joker
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Christopher Abbott, Catch-22
Sacha Baron Cohen, The Spy
Russell Crowe, The Loudest Voice
Jared Harris, Chernobyl
Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Kaitlyn Dever, Unbelievable
Joey King, The Act
Helen Mirren, Catherine the Great
Merritt Wever, Unbelievable
Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited Series, or TV Movie
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Kieran Culkin, Succession
Andrew Scott, Fleabag
Stellan Skarsgård, Chernobyl
Henry Winkler, Barry

Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited Series, or TV Movie
Patricia Arquette, The Act
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Toni Collette, Unbelievable
Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies
Emily Watson, Chernobyl

Best Score for a Motion Picture
Little Women
Joker
Marriage Story
1917
Motherless Brooklyn

Best Original Song
“Beautiful Ghosts,” Cats
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” Rocketman
“Into the Unknown,” Frozen II
“Spirit,” The Lion King
“Stand Up,” Harriet

Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy Series
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader, Barry
Ben Platt, The Politician
Paul Rudd, Living With Yourself
Ramy Youssef, Ramy

Best Performance by an Actress in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Kirsten Dunst, On Becoming a God in Central Florida
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series
Brian Cox, Succession
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Tobias Menzies, The Crown
Billy Porter, Pose

Best Performance by an Actress in a Drama Series
Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show

Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Screenplay
Marriage Story
Parasite
The Two Popes
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
The Irishman

Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Annette Bening, The Report
Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
Margot Robbie, Bombshell

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Daniel Craig, Knives Out
Taron Egerton, Rocketman
Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Rabbit
Eddie Murphy, Dolemite Is My Name
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
Christian Bale, Ford v Ferrari
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Ana de Armas, Knives Out
Cate Blanchett, Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart
Emma Thompson, Late Night
Awkwafina, The Farewell

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renée Zellweger, Judy

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More than 17 million people have watched Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ on Netflix

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In what should come as a surprise to absolutely no one, Martin Scorsese‘s masterful gangster epic The Irishman has been hugely successful drawing viewers to Netflix, where more than 17.1 million people in the US watched it within the first five days of its release.

When The Irishman first debuted on the streaming platform on November 27, the film had an average minute audience — which basically means how long people watched — of 2.6 million and 3.9 million total unique viewers.

And, despite the film’s three-and-a-half-hour runtime, more than 751,000 viewers watched The Irishman in its entirety that same day, while 930,000 tuned in a couple days later on November 29 to watch the film in full.

Those are not official statistics from Netflix itself, but rather Nielsen SVOD Content Ratings, which offers estimates and analysis of US viewership on various streaming and on-demand services.

In the past, Netflix hasn’t been shy about sharing viewership data for films like Bird Box, which the streamer claims more than 45 million people watched in its first week, and Triple Frontier, which is said to have had 52 million viewers within its first month.

That being said, it shouldn’t be long before Netflix offers their own internal viewership numbers for The Irishman and it should certainly be interesting to see whether or not those statistics bear any resemblance to the ones released today by Nielsen.

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Phoenix: 20th Century Fox invites you to an advance screening of Will Smith’s ‘Spies in Disguise’

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20th Century Fox will release Spies in Disguise, the new animated feature starring Will Smith and Tom Holland, on December 25 and it’s giving Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend an advance screening of the film before it officially opens in theaters.

Our readers in Phoenix can click on this link right now to claim their free passes — good for you and one guest — to attend an advance screening of Spies in Disguise happening at Harkins Scottsdale 101 on Saturday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m.

Keep in mind that these free passes are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to claim yours as soon as possible before they run out. Below is the official trailer for Spies in Disguise as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Troy Quane, Nick Bruno

Cast: Will Smith, Tom Holland, Rashida Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Reba McEntire, Rachel Brosnahan, Karen Gillan, and DJ Khaled

Opens: Wednesday, December 25

Rating: PG for action, violence, and rude humor

Synopsis: Super spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is … not. But when events take an unexpected turn, this unlikely duo are forced to team up for the ultimate mission that will require an almost impossible disguise – transforming Lance into the brave, fierce, majestic… pigeon. Walter and Lance suddenly have to work as a team, or the whole world is in peril.

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