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Viacom Defers Global Release of Bollywood Epic 'Padmavati' Amid Controversy

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Viacom’s India unit has deferred the global release of its Bollywood epic Padmavati, which was to bow on Dec. 1 timed with its India release. As reported earlier, Paramount is handling the film’s worldwide release, the first time the studio is distributing a Bollywood title.

The historical epic, which was billed as one of the year’s most awaited titles, has been embroiled in controversy since the film began shooting last year. Padmavati is co-produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the film unit of Viacom’s India joint venture, Viacom18 Media, which is an equal partnership with Indian media and broadcasting entity »

- Nyay Bhushan

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Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner Accused of Sexual Misconduct

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Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner have been accused of teaming up to allegedly sexually harass and assault women, according to a new report in the Los Angeles Times.

The Times -- which, on Nov. 1, first reported that six women, including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, claim that Ratner sexually harassed and assaulted them -- reported on new claims against Ratner and revealed that longtime friend Russell Simmons allegedly engaged in inappropriate behavior with the director and producer.

One woman, Keri Claussen Khalighi, claims that when she was a 17-year-old fashion model she met »

- Hilary Lewis

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Critic's Notebook: Morgan Freeman's Quiet Climb to Extraordinary

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You don't get to play God — not once, much less twice — without the requisite gravitas, a sense of authority that is innate and unshakable under any circumstances. And despite having played pimps, prisoners, killers, Old West outlaws and others of undistinguished station, in addition to presidents and gentlemen of notable stripe, Morgan Freeman, who will receive the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award at the Jan. 21 ceremony, always has embodied and projected just that: a sense of connate gravitas that he carries with him from role to role. Almost invariably, he centers any film in which »

- Todd McCarthy

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Why Can't Anyone Get Superman Right?

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[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Justice League]

The fact that Superman has to come back from the dead in order to be humanized in dire superhero blockbuster Justice League says a lot about the film's misconceived combination of Frank Miller Lite-style gloominess, and co-screenwriter (and fill-in director) Joss Whedon's signature quippy humor. This film, like so many other stories involving Superman, only details its creators' myopic inability to effectively convey the optimism that Superman personifies.

Justice League is, at heart, toxically cynical, even if it does ultimately conclude — not counting its second post-credits sequence — on a shaky note of optimism. In the film, paranoid millionaire »

- Simon Abrams

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Weekend Box Office: 'Justice League' Opens to Dismal $96M; 'Wonder' Amazes

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The world's most famous superheroes seemingly lost their powers over the weekend as Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment's big-budget Justice League opened to a sorely disappointing $96 million in North America, while a small feel-good movie named Wonder stole the thunder with $27.1 million after galvanizing elementary school kids across the country.

Justice League posted the lowest domestic opening of any title in the DC Extended Universe, which has yet to match the consistent success of rival Marvel Studios. The superhero mashup is faring better overseas, where it debuted to $185.5 million from 65 markets, including $51.7 »

- Pamela McClintock

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