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‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ Bows Ok; ‘Three Billboards’ & ‘Lady Bird’ Extend Robust Runs – Specialty Box Office

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Denzel Washington's Roman J. Israel, Esq. topped out among the Specialty newcomers this weekend, though the real sizzle continued to be with holdovers Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri from Fox Searchlight and A24's Lady Bird. Both placed in the top 10 in the overall box office. Columbia's Roman J. Israel, Esq. debuted in four theaters Friday, grossing $65K. The title, which also features Colin Farrell and Carmen Ejogo will go wide by Thanksgiving. Rialto's… »

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Russell Simmons Accused Of Forcing Sex On Model While Brett Ratner Watched

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Music/film mogul Russell Simmons is being accused by a former model of forcing her to engage in sex as filmmaker Brett Ratner watched and did nothing, according to a report. Keri Claussen Khalighi said she was 17 years old when the incident happened in 1991 at Simmons’s New York apartment. The story was first reported Sunday by the Los Angeles Times. Khalighi claimed she accompanied Simmons and Ratner to the apartment to ostensibly watch a music video they had… »

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‘Justice League’ Lassos $185.5M Overseas, $281.5M Ww; ‘Thor’ Rocks To $738M Global – International Box Office

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Refresh for latest…: Warner Bros/DC’s Justice League assembled $185.5M at the international box office in its debut session this weekend. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and friends were at play on about 47,000 screens in 65 markets with China leading at $51.7M. Including domestic, the worldwide opening is $281.5M. While WB has the overseas launch ahead of Wonder Woman in like-for-like markets, the score is lower compared to the $200M+ we were hearing amid pre-opening… »

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‘Justice League’ Encounters Kryptonite At The B.O. With $96M Opening: Why The DC Movie Weakened – Sunday Am Update

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Sunday Am writethru: Refresh for updates No great heroic change for Justice League’s prospects this weekend as Warner Bros./DC is reporting its superhero ensemble movie at $96M this morning after a $38.8M Friday (including solid $13M Thursday) and a Saturday of $33M, -15%. The expectation is that Justice League declines 27% today for $24.1M, still an upset for what was expected to be a high point for the DC superhero universe, especially when you consider that tracking… »

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Harvey Weinstein Drew Up 91-Name List For Investigators To Target: Report

18 November 2017 3:37 PM, PST

A list of 91 actors, publicists, producers and financiers purportedly drawn up by Harvey Weinstein for his private investigators to target for information has been obtained by The Guardian, the U.K. news organization says. The Guardian story follows the remarkable Nov. 6 New Yorker article by Ronan Farrow that detailed the investigations carried out at Weinstein’s behest by the Kroll and Black Cube firms. (Farrow tweeted today that The Guardian list is one of several… »

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Little People Played Big Enough At A Guild Screening Of Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’

18 November 2017 3:11 PM, PST

The challenge for Alexander Payne's Downsizing is obvious: Its people are small, but its themes are very big. And whether those are too large, and manifold, for a pop culture that likes to gnaw on its issues in digestible lumps—racial injustice, political hatred, income inequality, climate collapse, each in its turn—has yet to be seen. Set for commercial release by Paramount Pictures on Dec. 22, Payne's fable about an Everyman, played by Matt Damon, who decides to escape… »

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Hollywood Split Over Al Franken; Former ‘SNL’ Cast Members Take Sides

18 November 2017 1:57 PM, PST

Should he stay or should he go? Hollywood, never as monolithic as Fox News viewers believe, certainly has reached no consensus on Al Franken, the Saturday Night Live veteran turned Minnesota senator. “Zero tolerance,” tweets Alyssa Milano, firmly in the he-needs-to-go camp. On the other side: “He made a mistake,” said Chelsea Handler, agreeing with a Franken-supporting Bill Maher on last night’s Real Time With Bill Maher. “He’s not a predator.” Maher neatly summed up the… »

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David Cassidy Hospitalized With Reported Organ Failure

18 November 2017 1:08 PM, PST

Pop star David Cassidy has been hospitalized in Florida and is suffering from organ failure, according to his publicist. The 67-year-old David Cassidy has previously admitted he was stricken with dementia, but now his liver and kidneys are failing, according to his publicist, JoAnn Geffen. She confirmed his hospitalization, noting, “he is now conscious and surrounded by family.” Reports indicate Cassidy has been hospitalized for three days and is in critical condition. He… »

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Ann Wedgeworth Dies: ‘Three’s Company’, ‘Sweet Dreams’ Actress Was 83

18 November 2017 12:01 PM, PST

Ann Wedgeworth, a Tony Award-winning actress most widely known for roles on sitcoms Evening Shade and Three’s Company, died Thursday following a lengthy illness at a New York area nursing home, her family has announced. She was 83. Wedgeworth, who won a National Society of Film Critics Award for her tough but poignant performance in 1985’s Sweet Dreams – she played the mother of Jessica Lange’s Patsy Cline – won the 1978 Tony Award for best featured actress in a play for N… »

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Malcolm Young Dies: AC/DC Guitarist Rocked Charts & TV-Film Soundtracks

18 November 2017 9:38 AM, PST

The rock world mourned today as Malcolm Young, co-founder and guitarist for AC/DC and writer on a miles-long list of soundtracks for TV and film, died at age 64. He had been suffering from dementia and was no longer touring with the Australian hard rock band. The band announced his death on its web site. “Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young,” the statement read. “He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live… »

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‘Incredibles 2’ Teaser: Little Jack-Jack Shows Off His Baby Superpower

18 November 2017 9:27 AM, PST

Here’s a baby who’s something special: The new teaser for Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2 lets us know just what superpower (or at least one of them) belongs to little Jack-Jack. In the clip, Jack-Jack uses his baby blues to laser-etch the movie’s logo. The green beamed stare thrills dad Bob (voiced by Craig T. Nelson). Incredibles 2, directed by Brad Bird and produced by John Walker and Nicole Grindle, follows the family of superheroes from the original 2004 film (which… »

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‘Justice League’ Rises To $70.7M Through Friday At International Box Office

18 November 2017 7:51 AM, PST

Saturday Am Update: Now open in 65 markets, Warner Bros/DC's Justice League has lifted its international box office cume to $70.7M through Friday. This is off adding $43.3M yesterday on approximately 47,500 screens around the world. Japan is the only major not opening this session. The confirmed Friday gross in China is in line with the flash estimates at $15.1M (Rmb 100.3M). The superheroes are playing on 21,000 screens and took 65% of the Top 5 films. With sneaks… »

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Vice Forms All-Female Advisory In Wake Of Exec’s Conduct Suspension

17 November 2017 7:18 PM, PST

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem was among the women appointed today to a new Vice committee on conduct and inclusivity in the workplace. The committee was formed in the wake of a male Vice executive’s suspension for alleged inappropriate conduct and the start of an investigation into other allegations raised by a female former associate producer. Joining Steinem on the newly formed, all-female committee are attorney Roberta Kaplan, former Obama staffer Alyssa Mastromonaco… »

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At&T-Time Warner Merger Antitrust Review Casting Pall Over Fox Talks

17 November 2017 6:06 PM, PST

As a growing list of potential buyers explore talks with 21st Century Fox, any deal will hinge on the actions of a powerful player that’s not present at the negotiating table: the Justice Department. The outcome of the Doj’s antitrust review of At&T’s proposed $85.4 billion merger with Time Warner may determine whether media conglomerates like Comcast or Verizon make a bid for some of Fox’s entertainment assets. If the Trump Administration moves to block the At&T-Time… »

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Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: WGA Nixes ‘Three Billboards’; Bleecker Puts Lumps Of Coal In Critics’ Stockings; ‘Get Out’ Globes Petition Nears Goal

17 November 2017 4:55 PM, PST

A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit. As I have been taking the temperature of the race so far, at this early stage no movie seems buzzier among voters across the board than Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. This is the name you increasingly hear over and over in Best Picture conversations, the title most enthusiastically mentioned by those who have seen it. But don’t count on hearing it mentioned at the Writers… »

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‘Get Out’s Jordan Peele Responds To Golden Globes Category

17 November 2017 3:23 PM, PST

Exclusive: The decision by Jordan Peele, Blumhouse and Universal to submit their film Get Out in the Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy category at the Golden Globes this year has created many questions from his fanbase. Here, Peele explains why the decision was made: The most rewarding part of making "Get Out" is the conversations the film has inspired. When I originally heard the idea of placing it in the comedy category it didn't register to me as an issue. I… »

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Douglas Booth In Talks To Play Nikki Sixx In Motley Crue Biopic ‘The Dirt’

17 November 2017 2:24 PM, PST

Exclusive: Douglas Booth is in negotiations to play Nikki Sixx, co-founder of the heavy metal group Motley Crue, in the biopic The Dirt, which has Jackass helmer Jeff Tremaine directing and Netflix distributing. It’s based on the 2001 autobiography The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band and follows the group’s rise to fame in the 1980s. Formed in Los Angeles in 1981 with bassist Sixx, drummer Tommy Lee, singer Vince Neil and guitarist Mick Mars… »

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New Regency Lands ‘The Skies Belong To Us’ Based On Story Of Historic Hijacking

17 November 2017 2:23 PM, PST

Exclusive: What a great get. New Regency has just acquired The Skies Belong To Us, an adapted screenplay from Michelle Ashford (Master of Sex). The film project, based on the book The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking by Brendan I. Koerner, is about an Army veteran named Roger Holder and girlfriend Cathy Kerkow hijacking a Western Airlines Flight in a protest against the war in Vietnam. Through a series of events, they fled across an ocean… »

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‘Let It Fall’ Director John Ridley: Racial Progress Reversing Under Trump

17 November 2017 2:07 PM, PST

In the seven months since John Ridley's documentary on the La Riots first hit theaters and then ABC, the nation has taken a turn, the director says—and not for the better. "I ask this as a rhetorical question—why have we regressed that much between April and November? It certainly seems that way," he tells Deadline. He cites two developments that followed the debut of Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992—the march by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia last… »

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‘All The Money In The World’ Posters: Severed Ear, No Spacey

17 November 2017 2:06 PM, PST

A severed, bloody, ear-shaped image — but no trace of Kevin Spacey. Two new posters for TriStar Pictures’ upcoming All the Money in the World substitute Christopher Plummer’s name where the now-disgraced Spacey’s would have been had he not been sacked from the film after those sexual harassment allegations. (See the full posters below.) Hitting theaters nationwide on December 22, the movie follows the 1973 kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer)… »

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