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Small Nevada town buzzing with alleged Tom Cruise sightings. The businesses -- and the men, it seems -- of sleepy Stateline, Nev., are making the most of its Hollywood moment. With local news reporting that the "Top Gun" sequel is filming in the area, the three-star Lakeside Inn and Casino, for example -- which boasts a gift shop and satellite TV -- has a big LED sign outside with a message reading, "Tom Cruise may or may not be here in a little while." Can't argue with its accuracy. Meanwhile, a recent visitor told us, "All of South Lake is buzzing with Tom Cruise sightings, real and not real. Pretty much every handsome, stocky guy somehow morphs into Tom Cruise in people's heads." (PageSix)

Golden Globes: Sam Rockwell and Jessica Chastain Set to Present. The awards show will be hosted by Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Wednesday that Sam Rockwell and Jessica Chastain will present at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards. Rockwell won a Golden Globe at the 2018 ceremony for his supporting role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and he's nominated again this year for best supporting actor for his role as George W. Bush in Vice, while Chastain won a Golden Globe in 2013 for her role in Zero Dark Thirty. Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg are set to co-host the event. While Samberg has previously hosted the MTV Movie Awards, the Spirit Awards and the Emmys, the 2019 Golden Globes will mark Oh's first time hosting an awards show. Oh and Samberg spoke about their plans for the show in this week's Hollywood Reporter cover story. "It's going to be great. The Globes are a different room than the Emmys. It's a little more intimate, it's a smaller room, people are looser because they're eating and drinking," said Samberg. The two previewed their approach to emceeing the evening and said that they plan to stay away from politics. "Everyone is depressed, and maybe that's as good a reason as any that everyone could use a little time to laugh and celebrate," Samberg said. "Not to ignore anything, but we spend so much time every day wallowing in a lot of things that are happening in?our world that are really depressing, and with good reason -- that stuff needs to be paid attention to -- but there's also power to being positive and celebratory in the tougher times as well." "The job of being a host, it's really to be there to support all the nominees and those who take that platform to say whatever they want," added Oh. "I don't really think that [getting political] is for the hosts necessarily. You make it an open and safe place for whoever wants to use that platform to speak." She continued, "I'm not interested in [talking about Trump] at all. What I'm interested in is pointing to actual real change." The 76th annual Golden Globes airs on NBC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, live from the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, on Sunday, Jan. 6. The Golden Globes are produced by Dick Clark Productions, which shares a parent company with The Hollywood Reporter. (Hollywood Reporter)

New Year's Box Office: 'Aquaman' Sails Past $200M in North America. Elsewhere, 'Mary Poppins Returns' clears $115 million domestically and $200 million globally, while 'Holmes & Watson' fades fast. Warner Bros.' Aquaman rang in 2019 with a shimmery New Year's Day gross of $16.8 million, propelling the superhero pic past the $200 million mark domestically. The tentpole, directed by James Wan and starring Jason Momoa in the titular role, finished Tuesday with a North American total of $216.3 and $606.5 million overseas for $822.9 million globally. Aquaman has now passed up Wonder Woman ($821.8 million) and will soon overtake Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($873.6 million) to become the highest-grossing DC pic since The Dark Knight Rises in 2012, not adjusted for inflation. Aquaman was the big victor of the 2018 year-end holiday, pacing almost $100 million ahead of Disney's Mary Poppins Returns in North America. Mary Poppins Returns, firmly entrenched at No. 2, is a solid double that hopes to emulate other musicals and have long legs. The Rob Marshall-directed musical earned another $8.6 million on Tuesday for a domestic cume of $114.5 million. Starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns is rolling out more slowly overseas, where it has grossed $85.7 million to date for a global tally of $200.2 million. The combined performance of Aquaman, Mary Poppins and other Christmas entries helped ring out a record year at the domestic box office in high style, even without a Star Wars pic. Comscore hasn't yet released its final number, but 2018 revenue is expected to come in at $11.8 million, up nearly 7 percent over last year and easily besting the previous record set in 2016 with $11.4 billion. Paramount's critically acclaimed Transformers spinoff Bumblebee -- facing tough competition from Aquaman -- earned an estimated $7 million on New Year's Day for a domestic total of $78.5 million. Travis Knight directed the origin film, which stars Hailee Steinfeld. Holdovers Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Clint Eastwood's The Mule, both of which opened in mid-December, continued to stay at No. 4 and No. 5 on Tuesday with $6.2 million and $4.1 million, for domestic totals of $114.5 million and $68.8 million, respectively. Adam McKay's Golden Globe-nominated Vice, starring Christian Bale as former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, held at No. 6 with a Tuesday tally of $7.8 million for a first-week gross of $22 million. The pic, opening nationwide Christmas Day, is counting on continued awards attention to boost its standing. The Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy Second Act came in at No. 8, after Ralph Breaks the Internet, with $2.4 million for a lukewarm domestic cume of $26 million. STXfilms maintains the film will end up in the black, considering it cost a relatively modest $16 million to produce before marketing. Second Act, opening Dec. 21, pulled ahead of Sony's Christmas Day entry Holmes & Watson, which is fading fast after getting ravaged by critics and earning a D+ CinemaScore from audiences. The $42 million film, starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, earned $2.1 million Tuesday for a cume of $23.4 million. Universal and DreamWorks' Welcome to Marwen -- the biggest bomb of the 2018 holidays -- finished Tuesday with an estimated domestic total of $9.2 million. Among high-profile awards contenders launching in select theaters Dec. 25, On the Basis of Sex, starring Felicity Jones as a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has grossed a promising $1.9 million from 33 theaters. Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman, has grossed $136,000 from three theaters. (Hollywood Reporter)

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