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“Lady Bird” just broke a Rotten Tomatoes rating record.
Not since 2010’s “Toy Story 3” has a film earned 100 percent positive reviews from critics on the film review site. (Rotten Tomatoes)

Aaron Sorkin would like Sterling K. Brown as President, thank you very much.
Speaking about a “West Wing” reboot, for which he says he has a standing offer at NBC, Sorkin’s vision includes “Sterling K. Brown as the president, and there’s some kind of jam, an emergency, a very delicate situation involving the threat of war or something, and [President] Bartlett [played by Martin Sheen], long since retired, is consulted in the way that Bill Clinton used to consult with Nixon.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

Ronan, Chalamet, Haddish, and Dafoe win 2017 NYFCC awards.
Fresh off her Gotham Awards victory, Saoirse Ronan of A24’s “Lady Bird” triumphed in the Best Actress category. Greta Gerwig’s film also earned NYFCC’s top prize for best picture. Timothée Chalamet became the NYFCC’s youngest-ever winner in the Best Actor category. Tiffany Haddish picked up her first awards recognition of the season for her riotous performance in Universal Pictures’ “Girls Trip.” Winning in the supporting male category was Willem Dafoe for A24’s “The Florida Project,” which was also recognized for Best Director winner Sean Baker. (Backstage)

This week in industry-men-whose-gross-past-behavior-has-come-back-to-haunt-them...
Screenwriter Jenny Lumet published a letter alleging that entrepreneur and music mogul Russell Simmons sexually violated her in the early ’90s. Lumet is one of a string of women who have accused Simmons of similar behavior in recent weeks. Jeremy Piven’s CBS show, “Wisdom of the Crowd,” has been canceled in the wake of four women accusing the actor of sexual harassment or assault. Harvey Weinstein is being sued for sex trafficking. Justin Huff, a Broadway casting director, was fired from Telsey + Co. as a result of “reports of inappropriate behavior.”

A new London photo exhibit highlights a modeling rite of passage.
Juergen Teller’s “Go-Sees” project at the Alison Jacques Gallery in London features 462 photographs taken over a 12-month period in 1999 of young models attending go-sees. (New York Times)

Sundance Film Festival announces 2018 lineup of features.
The sprawling 2018 festival will present films in a wide variety of categories; along with the 47 directorial debuts this year, many people’s eyes jump to the notorious Premieres section, a showcase of already buzzed-about films, and often a place to spot the awards race favorites early in their run. (Backstage)

Antiquated “cabaret laws” finally repealed in New York City.
Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation on Monday lifting the city’s 91-year ban on dancing in the majority of its bars. (Variety)

Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar lead nominations for the 60th annual Grammy Awards.
Jay-Z received eight noms for “4:44,” while Lamar garnered seven for “DAMN.” The rest of the nominees are heavy on hip-hop and R&B. (New York Times)

Tig Notaro, Bridget Everett, and Nicole Kidman will host, present at the 2018 Artios Awards.
Casting Society of America continues to gear up for its annual Artios Awards, which will take place next year on Jan. 18, 2018. Two categories of nominees have been announced, TV and theater, in addition to this year’s honorees, and film nominees will be decided in early January. (Backstage)

Disney’s live-action “Mulan” finds its star.
After seeing nearly 1,000 actors for the titular role, Chinese actor Liu Yifei has been cast. (The Hollywood Reporter)

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