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Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (NEW YORK) -- "...This is a whole new feeling," says Adam Sandler of collecting kudos for his dramatic turn in his latest movie, Uncut Gems. The movie has a 96% positive rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, and Sandler is experiencing a rarity in his career: Oscar buzz.

Sandler stars as Howard Ratner, a charismatic New York City diamond dealer with a serious gambling addiction, itching for his next big score.  He told ABC's Robin Roberts that the fast-paced, tense movie was a stretch, even for him.

"I was a nervous wreck because there were so many things I had to do in the movie -- be upset, be not too nice to my family," Sandler said of the first time he read the script. "There were scenes where unfortunately my clothes were off. Everything was disgusting thinking about me doing it."

But "I knew it was great," Sandler said. "I knew the filmmakers were great. And I talked to my wife and she said, 'you have to do this.' I just committed."

Sandler says the shoot, "was...a gritty process. We were working...deep into the night sometimes," adding that it paid off because they "knew we were making something different."

The longtime funnyman has already garnered a best actor award from the National Board of Review for the film.

"This is a shocker for many, many Americans," the actor said with a laugh. "I don't know what to even think."

Sandler added, "I never thought of this stuff in my life....I didn't say, 'I wanna get an Oscar one day.' I just wanted to make movies. I wanted to do what Eddie Murphy was doing," he explained. "And this is a whole new feeling. And it's fun."

Uncut Gems is in theaters nationwide December 13.

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Sony Pictures(NEW YORK) -- The first trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife debuted Monday morning.  Until now, the plot of the film, which seemingly ignores the events of the infamous 2016 reboot, had been under wraps.  But if you're a fan of the 1984 original, the trailer will give you all the feels.

The new trailer shows McKenna Grace as Phoebe, a teen who moves with her single mom to the small town of Summerville and into her grandfather's rickety old house and barn, just as the town begins experiencing strange, seemingly inexplicable earthquakes.

Paul Rudd seems to play a local teacher who's interested in the phenomena -- and doubly so when Phoebe finds some old junk her grandfather left her: among them, a ghost trap used by the 'Busters in the first two movies.

It becomes obvious that the intelligent young girl, who wears telltale round glasses, is the granddaughter of Ghostbuster Dr. Egon Spengler -- played by Ghostbusters co-creator and star, the late Harold Ramis.

Via the Internet, Rudd's character reintroduces the kids to what the boys in grey were up to back in the day.  "In the '80s, New York City was like The Walking Dead," he explains, showing footage of the Ghosbusters' Ecto-1 driving down the streets of ghost-ravaged Manhattan.

And under a tarp in that "creepy old barn" left by her granddad is that very ghostbusting vehicle, complete with the original team's proton packs and other equipment.

"Call it fate/Call it luck/Call it karma," Bill Murray's Dr. Peter Venkman declares in a voiceover from the original film -- a nod that he, co-creator Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts are returning in their original roles.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife opens July 10, 2020. 

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Photo by Dominik Bindl/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ten years after they first worked together on Nowhere Boy, husband and wife Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Sam Taylor-Johnson have teamed up again to bring James Frey’s 2003 semi-autobiographical novel about addiction, A Million Little Pieces, to the big screen. With the author’s blessing, they co-wrote the script, Sam directed it and Aaron starred as Frey. The film was shot in just 20 days.

For Aaron, it was a role he knew he wanted to play. He says he went on an “overwhelming emotional journey” while making the film, bonding with Frey and visiting the actual treatment center where his recovery all began.

“We have people close to us in our circle, close friends who are struggling with addiction and some that have come through and celebrating sobriety and some that aren't with us anymore,” he tells ABC Audio. “So it starts to become very real and something that's deep and rooted in that…I knew I wanted to play.

The pull of the story was similar for Sam. She wasn’t deterred by the controversy surrounding the book. Back in 2006, it was revealed that Frey had fabricated some of the events in the so-called memoir.

“[It] actually made my resolve for making this stronger, seeing that [Frey is] still sort of standing in front of us 26 years sober, despite everything you read about in the book and despite, you know, public shame, humiliation,” Sam says. 

A Million Little Pieces is in theaters now.

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Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- With a company best 34 nominations, Netflix shone at Monday morning's Golden Globe nominations, which were read live from Los Angeles. 

The streaming giant earned six nominations for Noah Baumbach's drama Marriage Story, starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson; the pair earned nods in the respective outstanding actor/actress in a drama category.

Netflix, which has famously shelled out fortunes for talent, also saw investments pay off with Martin Scorsese's The Irishman, which earned five nominations, including a best director nomination for Scorsese, as well as best supporting nominations for Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.

The streaming service's Dolemite Is My Name earned a nomination in the Best Motion Picture nom in the Musical or Comedy Category, and a best actor nomination for Eddie Murphy.

Netflix also scooped up major television kudos, with four nominations apiece for both newcomer Unbelievable awards show mainstay The Crown

While Netflix stands at the top of the heap this year, the folks at the other streaming services also have reason to smile: Amazon Prime's Emmy winners Fleabag and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, as well as the George Clooney-produced Catch-22 were also recognized, as was Apple's new Apple TV streaming service, which earned three nominations for The Morning Show: including Best Actress nominations for co-producing co-leads Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

For the record, while The Irishman led the pack with five Golden Globe nominations, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association also recognized Quentin Tarantino's  Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with four in the Best motion picture, comedy or musical category: best director and best screenplay for Tarantino; best actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, and best supporting actor for Brad Pitt.
Ricky Gervais hosts the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on January 5, live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on NBC.

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Walt Disney Studios(NEW YORK) -- Disney has become the first studio in history to surpass $10 billion at the worldwide box office, according to Variety.

As of Sunday, Disney has earned $9.997 billion globally, including $3.28 billion in North America and $6.7 billion overseas, and is expected to cross the $10 billion plateau on Monday.  The studio topped its own previous record of $7.6 billion -- set in 2016 -- back in July, following the success of Avengers: Endgame and The Lion King.

Disney will certainly see that amount soar even higher with the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which is the final chapter in the Skywalker saga, on December 20.

In August, Disney set a new record, with five movies -- including Avengers: EndgameAladdinToy Story 4The Lion King and Captain Marvel -- all passing the $1 billion in 2019.  Frozen 2 has earned $920 million as of Sunday, and is expected to make it six, while Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker could could be number seven.

Furthermore, those figures don’t take into account the movies it acquired in the Fox deal, like Ford v Ferrari, which would bring it to $11.9 billion so far.

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L-R: Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro in "The Irishman"; Niko Tavernise/Netflix(BEVERLY HILLS) -- Led by The Irishman and Marriage Story, Netflix dominated the nominations for the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Monday morning, live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel with help from Dakota Fanning, Susan Kelechi Watson and Tim Allen.

The Irishman, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino and Ray Romano, earned five nominations, including Best Motion Picture -- Drama.  Marriage Story earned a total six nominations, also including Best Motion Picture -- Drama. 

In all, Netflix earned a leading 17 Golden Globe nominations Monday morning, also marking the first time the streamer has found itself with the most Golden Globe nominations of any competitor.

Ricky Gervais will return to host the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on January 5, live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel and broadcast on NBC.

Here are this year's Golden Globe nominees:


Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Irishman (Netflix)
Marriage Story (Netflix)
1917 (Universal)
Joker (Warner Bros.)
The Two Popes (Netflix)

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony)
Jojo Rabbit (Fox Searchlight)
Knives Out (Lionsgate)
Rocketman (Paramount)
Dolemite Is My Name (Netflix)

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 – Drama
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renée Zellweger, Judy

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

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

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 Motion Picture – Foreign Language
The Farewell
Les Miserables
Pain and Glory
Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Best Motion Picture – Animated
Frozen II (Disney)
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Universal)
Missing Link (United Artists Releasing)
Toy Story 4 (Disney)
Lion King (Disney)

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

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Marriage Story
The Two Popes
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
The Irishman

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

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Daniel Pemberton, Motherless Brooklyn
Alexandre Desplat, Little Women
Hildur Guðnadóttir, Joker
Thomas Newman, 1917
Randy Newman, Marriage Story


Best Television Series – Drama
Big Little Lies (HBO)
The Crown (Netflix)
Killing Eve (BBC America)
The Morning Show (Apple TV Plus)
Succession (HBO)

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Barry (HBO)
Fleabag (BBC)
The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
The Politician (Netflix)

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

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

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

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Catch-22 (Hulu)
Chernobyl (HBO)
Fosse/Verdon (FX)
The Loudest Voice (Showtime)
Unbelievable (Netflix)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
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 Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Patricia Arquette, The Act
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Toni Collette, Unbelievable
Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies
Emily Watson, Chernobyl

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

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Kieran Culkin, Succession
Andrew Scott, Fleabag
Stellan Skarsgård, Chernobyl
Henry Winkler, Barry

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Frank Micelotta / FOX.(ATLANTA) --Sunday saw the Miss Universe crown go to Zozibini Tunzi a.k.a. Miss South Africa.  She bested 90 other women competing in the annual pageant that was filmed from Tyler Perry Studios.

People reports that Tunzi is a 26-year-old public relations professional and a gender-based violence activist.  While ecstatic about her win, she's more excited how dark skinned girls will feel when they see her wearing the iconic tiara.

"Society has been programmed for a very long time that never saw beauty in a way that was black girl magic, but now we are slowing moving to a time where women like myself can finally find a place in society, can finally know they’re beautiful," She told reporters.

She also hopes her new title will help bring "a new, fresh and different perspective of what South Africa is."

Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson was runner-up while Miss Mexico Sofía Aragón came in third.

With Tunzi's win comes South Africa's third Miss Universe crown: winning in 1978 and 2017.

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© 2018 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.(LOS ANGELES) -- The 80s were known as a colorful time in history, politically and culturally.  Wonder Woman 1984, which is set 70 years after the first film, sees the return of Gal Gadot as the iconic DC heroine taking on corruption and modern art.

Miraculously joining her is Chris Pine's Steve, who perished in the first movie, which was set in World War I.  The trailer doesn't provide an explanation as to how the pilot survived and hasn't aged since his supposed demise.

The trailer also reveals the two villains Wonder Woman will have to fight, Pedro Pascal's Max Lord  and Kristen Wiig's The Cheetah.  For the latter, however, all of Wiig's scenes show her bonding with Wonder Woman and misleading the audience about her inevitable transformation into the superhero's archenemy.

While dazzling with an array of vivid colors and dramatic fight sequences, the trailer is not without humor.

The first look ends with Wonder Woman showing Steve an outdoor art display.  However, when the pilot stops to admire a trash can, he is hilariously informed that he is looking at just that.  "It's just a trash can.  Yeah, yeah, yeah," the pilot stutters before nervously moving away from the trash.

Wonder Woman 1984 arrives in theaters June 5.

The first film, which came out in 2017, earned a record-breaking $822 million during its  global box office run.

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20th Century Fox(LOS ANGELES) -- Players of a very violent Grand Theft Auto meets Fornite video game have met their match with Ryan Reynolds in Free Guy, a movie about a background character of a gaining sentience and fighting to bring order to his ravaged city.

The official trailer of 20th Century Fox's upcoming action flick premiered on Saturday.  It begins with Reynolds, who plays a bank teller named Guy, beginning to wonder why every day -- which consists of bank robberies and being held hostage -- is the same.  

When Guy determines that "today is going to be different," he takes matters into his own hands during a routine bank robbery at his job and fights back -- accidentally killing a game player.  

He soon discovers that the player's glasses lists a series of objectives and hidden items, cluing him in that his world isn't exactly what it seems.

Guy teams up with another background character, Milly a.k.a. Molotov Girl played by Jodie Comer, in order to restore peace to their virtual world.  However, their mission becomes a race against the clock when the video game's developer, played by Taika Waititi, plans to shut the game down.

Free Guy, also starring Stranger Things' Joe Keery and Get Out's Lil Rel Howery, arrives in theaters July 3 2020.

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Photo by Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times via Getty Image(NEW YORK) -- The longtime puppeteer behind beloved Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, Caroll Spinney, has died at age 85, the Sesame Street Workshop announced in a statement.

Spinney spent five decades with Sesame Street, working with legendary puppeteer Jim Henson at the start of his career.

"Caroll Spinney gave something truly special to the world. With deepest admiration, Sesame Workshop is proud to carry his memory – and his beloved characters – into the future," the workshop announced in a statement. "Our hearts go out to Caroll’s beloved wife, Debra, and all of his children and grandchildren."

While Spinney himself may not have had the widespread recognition of his characters, his portrayal of the eight foot yellow bird and trash can-dwelling Oscar, skyrocketed both characters to global fame. Big Bird has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, his likeness on a U.S. postage stamp and was named a "Living Legend" in 2000 by the Library of Congress.

Spinney, who retired from Sesame Street in 2018, had been living with Dystonia -- a chronic disorder that makes muscles contract abnormally -- for some time and died at his home in Connecticut. He leaves behind his wife Debra, children and grandchildren.

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Courtesy of Netflix(NEW YORK) -- The Critics' Choice Awards, widely viewed as an early predictor for the Oscars, has The Irishman topping its list of nominees, which came out Sunday.

While The Irishman racked up 14 nominations, Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, the film with the second highest amount of mentions at 12, is also shaping up to be a fierce contender.

Martin Scorsese's The Irishman is up for top awards such as best picture, best director, and best adapted screenplay, as well as acting nominations for stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci.  

Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood also earned acting nods for Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Julia Butters on top of nods for best picture, best director, and best original screenplay.

Streaming giant Netflix racked up 61 nods while HBO trails in a distant second for most TV nominations, at 33.  Amazon follows at 14 and then NBC with 12.

Netflix's series When They See Us is the highest nominated television series for best limited series, best actor, as well as two nominations each for best supporting actor/actress in a limited series or movie made for television -- for a grand total of six.  

NBC's This Is Us is up for five awards as is Pop's Schitt's Creek

Several actors could possibly win in both movie and television categories this year, such as Laura Dern for Big Little Lies and Netflix's movie Marriage Story.  

For a complete list of nominees, check out  The Critics' Choice Awards airs Sunday, January 12 on the CW.

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erol savci/iStock(LOS ANGELES) -- As most cat owners know, when your kitty wants attention... you have no choice but to give it to them.  Hailey Bieber learned just that when her little Savannah kittens took up residence on her laptop.

"Um, excuse me.  Can I get my computer back... please?" Hailey pleads in a video posted to her Instagram Stories, which she uploaded Sunday.  It shows one of her Savannahs, Tuna, lounging about on the MacBook's screen.

Unfortunately for the model, the kitten remains unmoved.  Instead, it flicks its tail and begins dismissively grooming one of its legs as she tries to gently pull the laptop out from underneath to no avail.  

In a subsequent story, Hailey shows that she remained unsuccessful in retrieving her MacBook as her other kitten, Sushi, is seen idly perching on top of the keyboard.  Bieber remains speechless in the video and, instead, turns to her puppy, Oscar, for some assistance.

Oscar hilariously ignores his owner's struggle as he lazes against a pillow and slowly closes his eyes.  The next Story shows the Yorkie fast asleep in the same spot on the bed.

As for what was so important for Hailey to finish, it appears she was viewing a realtor's website and scrolling through available homes.  

Justin Bieber purchased the two Savannah kittens last October for a whppping $35,000.  Here's hoping the Biebers break their kittens of their computer-sitting habits because the Savannah is the largest domestic cat breed and those two kittens will only get bigger.

Savannah cats have the potential to weigh up to 20 pounds, as they are a cross-breed with the medium-sized wild African cat, the serval.

You can watch Sushi and Tuna grow up on their verified Instagram account.  

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Will Heath/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Saturday Night Live addressed the hot mic scandal at last week’s NATO conference in London, in a cold open sketch featuring Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, Paul Rudd and James Corden, host of CBS’ The Late Late Show.

Fallon, Rudd and Corden played Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, respectively, all three of whom were caught on camera seemingly trashing President Donald Trump.

The trio, depicted as a group of kids gossiping in a school cafeteria, were joined by Alec Baldwin, reprising his Trump impersonation.

“Come on. Let’s get some lunch, maybe even a little wine, because we are bad boys,” Rudd's Macron declares.

When Baldwin's Trump tries to join the other world leaders at the lunch table, they want nothing to do with him -- even one-time ally Boris Johnson.

"I'm with these guys now," says Corden's messy-haired Johnson.

The guys eventually invite German Chancellor Angela Merkel, played by Kate McKinnon, to join them, teasing her that former president Barack Obama might be attending a cool kids party they're planning.

“You like like him, right?” asks Rudd's Macron, to which Merkel responds, "Obama?  Ew, he's like gross!  I definitely didn’t draw his face on my body pillow or anything.”

As Baldwin goes to leave the cafeteria, Corden tapes a piece of paper on his back that reads “Impeach Me.”

Cecily Strong also appeared in the sketch as first lady Melania Trump, who denounces bullying while hawking Peloton, the exercise bikes that recently took heat on social media after the company’s commercials, deemed sexist by many, people went viral.

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Walt Disney Studios(NEW YORK) -- Disney's Frozen 2 continued its grip on first place at the box office with an estimated $34.7 million weekend in its third week of release. The film has now grossed $337.6 million domestically -- a feat that took its predecessor more than twice as long to accomplish.  Frozen 2 is currently the seventh highest grossing movie of the year stateside.

Overseas, the film added an estimated $90.2 million, bringing its worldwide totals to nearly $920 million. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

The weekend's only major release, Playmobil: The Movie, on the other hand, delivered an anemic $660,000 from 2,337 theaters, for a $282 per theater average -- the third worst opening average ever for a film opening in 2,000 or more locations.  The animation/live-action film, based on the German toy line, starred Gabriel Bateman and Anya Taylor-Joy, along with the voices of Jim Gaffigan, Daniel Radcliffe, Meghan Trainor and Adam Lambert.

Finishing second for the weekend was the Rian Johnson whodunnit Knives Out, delivering an estimated $14.15 million in its second week of release.

Third place is a tossup between Ford v Ferrari and Queen & Slim, both films grabbing an estimated $6.5 million.

Rounding out the top five was A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, earning an estimated $5.2 million for a domestic haul of more than $43 million in its third week of release.

In limited release, The Aeronauts, the thriller starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, delivered an estimated $185,000.

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

1. Frozen 2, $34.7 million
2. Knives Out, $14.15 million
3. Ford v Ferrari, $6.6 million
4. Queen & Slim, $6.5 million
5. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, $5.2 million
6. Dark Waters, $4.1 million
7. 21 Bridges, $2.88 million
8. Playing With Fire, $2 million
9. Midway, $1.9 million
10. Joker, $1 million

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ABC/Paula Lobo(NEW YORK) -- Fifteen years after the groundbreaking original show began, Showtime's sequel series The L Word: Generation Q, debuts Sunday. To show how much things have changed in this country in the years since the show first aired, gay marriage wasn't even legal at that time, and now, queer representation on TV is no longer out of the mainstream.  

The show's original cast is back, including Jennifer Beals, who plays Bette. She tells ABC Audio that she and co-stars Katherine Moennig and Leisha Hailey are friends who, "see each other all the time," but she adds, "we don't see each other as 'Bette', 'Shane' and 'Alice', right? So that first day on set was truly surreal."

Beals adds, "[I]t really wasn't until I put my cufflinks on that I really kind of could feel Bette come back."

So what's Bette been up to? "Masking disaster," the former Flashdance actress jokes. "She's had a really challenging past two and a half years."

As the series begins, Bette decides to run for mayor of Los Angeles.

Beals adds that while the original show opened doors, it continues to break down barriers.

"I really love how inclusive the cast is...And, you know, there is a wider embrace to the trans characters and trans characters are played by trans actors," says Beals. "There are some trans actors who play cis characters. And so that's me because it makes us all really rethink gender identity."

She comments about the show's return: "While...I'm very, very excited that [the show] gives an entire community, I'm also really excited that those people who aren't part of that community get to experience the beauty of that community."

The L Word: Generation Q debuts Sunday at 10 p.m. on Showtime.

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