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Watch now: E.T. revisits Elliott in new Xfinity holiday commercial

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XFinity/Comcast(LOS ANGELES) — Steven Spielberg never created a sequel to one of the biggest movies of all time, 1982’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, so the closest thing we’re likely to get comes in the form of a new ad for Xfinity. 

The holiday-themed spot for the cable and internet company re-teams the lovable alien with Henry Thomas’ Elliott, now all grown up. “You came back!” Elliot exclaims, introducing E.T. to his family, as John Williams’ Oscar-winning score to the movie plays.

While initially freaked out by the alien, who was hiding behind a snowman, Elliot’s son and daughter soon take a shine to the bug-eyed creature, who learns “things have changed a lot” since Elliot and E.T. last hung out.

We can quibble that an alien species that has apparently mastered interstellar travel likely wouldn’t be too impressed by the Internet and VR goggles, but the charming spot is clearly more concerned with tugging the (glowing) heartstrings.

After E.T. takes Elliot’s kids on their own flying bike ride,he explains, by showing a hologram of his own family, that he’s headed home.

“Reconnect for the holidays,” a title card reads at the spot’s close.

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'Frozen 2' feasts on the competition with record-breaking $123.7 million Thanksgiving weekend

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Walt Disney Studios(NEW YORK) — Disney’s Frozen 2 served up a couple of Thanksgiving weekend box office records, delivering estimated grosses of $85.2 million over the three-day and $123.7 million for the five-day, respectively.  On top of that, the CGI-animated feature has now grossed over $287 million in its first 10 days of release, trailing Incredibles 2 by just under $63 million over the same 10-day period.  Frozen 2 is now the 17th highest grossing animated film ever.

Overseas, the film added an estimated $163.8 million over the three-day weekend, for a total of $451 million, and has already topped its predecessor in several countries, including China.  Its worldwide tally now stands at $738.6 million.  Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

The weekend’s two new releases also have a reason to be thankful.  Rian Johnson’s whodunnit, Knives Out — starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer and Don Johnson — posted the 16th largest five-day Thanksgiving opening ever.  It topped expectations, with an estimated $27 million over the three-day and $41.7 million over the five-day for a second place finish.

Queen & Slim, the romantic thriller from Lena Waithe, starring Get Out‘s Daniel Kaluuya and newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith, also opened strong, rounding out the top five with an estimated $11.7 million for the three-day weekend and $15.8 over the five-day.

Ford v Ferrari landed in third place in its third week of release with an estimated $13.2 and $19 million for the three-day and five-day, respectively.  A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood delivered an estimated $11.8 million for the three-day and $17.3 million over the long holiday weekend, for a fourth place finish.

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

1. Frozen 2, $85.2 million
2. Knives Out, $27 million
3. Ford v Ferrari, $13.2 million
4. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, $11.8 million
5. Queen & Slim, $11.7 million
6. 21 Bridges, $5.8 million
7. Playing With Fire, $4.2 million
8. Midway, $3.957 million
9. Joker, $2 million
10. Last Christmas, $1.98 million

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'Star Wars' actor Billy Dee Williams sees self 'as feminine as well as masculine'

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Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney(NEW YORK) — Star Wars actor Billy Dee Williams is opening up about gender fluidity.

In a new interview with Esquire, Williams – who plays Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars films – says he sees himself as “feminine as well as masculine.”

“I never tried to be anything except myself. I think of myself as a relatively colorful character who doesn’t take himself or herself too seriously,” the 82-year-old tells the mag.

“And you see I say ‘himself’ and ‘herself,’ because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine,” he adds. “I’m a very soft person. I’m not afraid to show that side of myself.”

Later this month, Williams reprises his role as Lando in The Rise of Skywalker. It’s his first time stepping back into the role since 1983’s Return of the Jedi.  

Williams, who pioneered diversity on screen, knows that the new trilogy’s young stars have endured sexist and racist comments online.

“You’re always going to have people making stupid comments,” he says. “One deals with indignities all the time. Do you sit around with vengeance in your soul? You can’t do that.”

He adds, “I’m not forcing people to listen to my point of view, but if I can present it in some creative fashion — I’m the painter, tweaking, adding, contributing, putting in something that you haven’t thought about, maybe.”

The Rise of Skywalker, distributed by Disney, the parent company of ABC News, hits theaters on December 20.

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Gabrielle Union's husband reacts to 'post-Thanksgiving hate' over son's appearance in Instagram photo

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Gabrielle Union: Trae Patton/NBC(NEW YORK) — Gabrielle Union’s husband Dwyane Wade took to Twitter on Saturday to respond to “some post-thanksgiving hate” over a family photo she shared last week on Instagram.

The pic shows Union posing alongside Wade, their daughter Kaavia, and Wade’s son Zion, who sports long fingernails and a crop top.

“I’ve seen some post-thanksgiving hate on social about my family photo. Stupidity is apart of this world we live in—so i get it. But here’s the thing—I’ve been chosen to lead my family not y’all. So we will continue to be us and support each other with pride, love & a smile!” the former professional basketball star wrote.

Wade received numerous responses from other Twitter users who praised the couple for supporting their children, including one who wrote, “Idk if @DwyaneWade & @itsgabrielleu know how POWERFUL & MOVING it is that they’re embracing their son’s individuality. (Damnit I’m crying) In our community, being given autonomy over your body, beliefs, image, & statements as a child isn’t a thing. That child is free & happy.”

“As a parent my only goal is that my kids feel that I see them, love them and support them,” Wade replied.

It’s not the first time the couple has drawn criticism over their family.  In October, Wade shared a photo of Union, Kaavia, and Zion, on social media, labeling the image “My girls.”

“Looks like love to me,” she responded.  “I truly hope that everyone gets the love, support and hugs they deserve. Also Kaav ain’t with the dumb s***. Peace & Blessings good people.”

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Gabrielle Union's husband says she was "fired" from AGT, suggests it was after speaking out against racially insensitive situations on set

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Trae Patton/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — Gabrielle Union’s husband Dwyane Wade is extremely “proud” of his wife following reports that the actress was fired after she expressed concerns over racially insensitive situations during her time as a judge for America’s Got Talent.

“So when i got the news that my wife was being fired — my first question was obviously why!? Iam still waiting on a good answer to that question,” Wade tweeted Wednesday.” But if anyone knows @itsgabrielleu or have heard of her you know she’s an advocate for our community and culture.”

“As proud as i were of her being selected as a judge on #AGT– I am even more proud of her standing up for what she stands for and that’s US,” Wade continued.

“So [cheers] to you @itsgabrielleu on not losing sight of the lessons we’ve talked about teaching our daughter and for kicking a** while you were on that platform,” he added.

According to Variety, Union, who along with Julianne Hough will not be not returning for AGT‘s upcoming 15th season, had complained to NBC about several problematic situations on set. One of those situations was said to have involved comedian Jay Leno, who reportedly joked that the dogs on set were something you’d find “on the menu at a Korean restaurant.”

Another incident involved a performer who impersonated Beyoncé and emerged with black hands.

In both cases, those segments were deleted from the show.

Additionally, Variety reports that Union and Hough often received “excessive notes” on their appearance — allegedly noting that Union’s frequently-changing hairstyle was reportedly “too black” for AGT‘s audience.

Judges Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel and host Terry Crews are all expected to return to the series.

Union has yet to publicly comment on the Variety report.

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