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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Scores $3.5 Million at Thursday Box Office

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Scores $3.5 Million at Thursday Box Office
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Sony’s animated superhero film, kicked off the holiday season release slate by webslinging its way to $3.5 million in Thursday box office previews. The film previewed on 3,321 locations ahead of opening on approximately 3,800 screens this weekend.

Sony is projecting a $30 million opening weekend for “Into the Spider-Verse” behind a $90 million budget, with independent trackers saying it could climb as high as $35 million.

“Into the Spider-Verse” opens opposite “The Mule,” the Clint Eastwood-starring and directed crime vehicle from Warner Bros., and “Mortal Engines,” a post-apocalyptic epic from producer Peter Jackson at Universal.
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'Spider-Man' Ready to Send Box Office 'Into the Spider-Verse'

'Spider-Man' Ready to Send Box Office 'Into the Spider-Verse'
After last weekend saw no new wide releases hit theaters, resulting in the worst weekend of the year so far, this weekend offers up three new wide debuts led by Sony Animation and Marvel's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse alongside Clint Eastwood's The Mule and Universal's young adult adaptation Mortal Engines. Additionally, Fox is re-releasing Deadpool 2 in a PG-13-rated version with all-new footage while Annapurna will look for If Beale Street Could Talk to top the charts based on per theater average as it begins its run this weekend. Looking to top the weekend is Sony Animation's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, a brand new take on Marvel's webslinger, a character that has already generated over $1.9 billion domestically and over $4.8 billion worldwide for Sony from six previous films. This, of course, is the first time he's been featured in an animated theatrical release and that makes forecasting a bit more difficult.
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Thanksgiving 2019: Lionsgate To Release Rian Johnson's Murder Mystery ‘Knives Out’ With Daniel Craig & Killer Cast

Thanksgiving 2019: Lionsgate To Release Rian Johnson's Murder Mystery ‘Knives Out’ With Daniel Craig & Killer Cast
Exclusive: Lionsgate is set to partner with MRC and distribute worldwide Knives Out, the contemporary murder mystery that Looper and Star Wars: The Last Jedi helmer Rian Johnson wrote and is directing. Daniel Craig stars as a detective trying to solve a murder and the killer ensemble cast includes Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Ana de Armas, Christopher Plummer, Katherine Langford and Don Johnson.

Lionsgate has dated the film for nationwide release on November 27, 2019 for the Thanksgiving holiday corridor.

The film became possible when director Danny Boyle exited James Bond 25. While that film regrouped — Cary Fukunaga is directing it — Craig suddenly had an open slot, and Johnson and his producing partner Ram Bergman took full advantage with an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery that Johnson wrote and was able to squeeze in before he and Bergman drill down on a new trilogy in the Star Wars universe.
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TV’s Christmas Rush: Inside the Mad Scramble to Produce Holiday Programming

TV’s Christmas Rush: Inside the Mad Scramble to Produce Holiday Programming
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on TV, and everybody wants in on the game. While classic holiday specials like “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” get dusted off annually, networks and streaming services are pumping out fresh content in hopes of capitalizing on the yuletide spirit and creating new viewing traditions.

The most iconic brand for holiday TV is Hallmark Channel, which has become synonymous with their original Christmas rom-coms. Work on this season’s whopping 38 movies – 22 airing on Hallmark Channel and 16 on its sister Hallmark Movies & Mysteries – began as early as last year.

“Early to mid-2017 we were starting to sift through all of the scripts that come in, of which we receive hundreds, and select those that we want to develop further,” said Crown Media’s executive vice president of programming Michelle Vicary. “We start to produce them in late
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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’s’ Starry Opening: Oprah, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and More

The Shubert Theatre in New York City last was filled on Thursday night with Oscar winners, media titans and, of course, Broadway legends who came out for the opening of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The starry guest list included Oprah Winfrey, Barry Diller, “Les Misérables” co-stars Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Gayle King, Magic Johnson, Ej Johnson, Spike Lee, Fran Lebowitz, Hasan Minhaj, Samuel L. Jackson, Zosia Mamet, Andrew Rannells, Jon Hamm, Michael Stuhlberg, Lesley Stahl, Iman, Bernadette Peters, George C. Wolfe, Adam Rippon, Tina Fey, Alex Witt, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Joe Morton and Andrea Martin.

The stakes are high for the Broadway production, with a script by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Bartlett Sher, after facing opposition from the estate of Mockingbird novelist Harper lee.

Molly Bloom, the real-life inspiration of the Sorkin-directed feature film “Molly’s Game,” was also spotted in the crowd.

“I don’t
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Paramount Theme Park Coming to South Korea, Will Feature ‘Mission: Impossible’ Rides

Universal Studios, Disneyland, Walt Disney World and now…Paramount Pictures Park? It’s happening – in South Korea, at least. Paramount has just signed a deal to create a “studio-branded theme park” in a resort being developed in South Korea. Specifics of just what the Paramount theme park will contain are sketchy at best, but the studio […]

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Palm Springs Cuisine Scene: Latest Places to Dine in the Desert

Desert playgrounds of the Coachella Velley beckon attendees of the upcoming Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival, getting under way Jan. 3. Veteran festgoers will notice some changes around town: the Hard Rock Hotel is again the Hotel Zoso, the Camelot Theaters now function under the auspices of the Palm Springs Cultural Center and there are 10, 8-foot-tall mega-sized, Instagram-ready babies (a politically tinged art work by Czech artist David Cerny) crawling in a construction pit close to the Palm Springs Art Museum. At select festival venues and events, knock back locally made beer from Rancho Mirage’s Babe’s Bar-b-Que & Brewery, owned by Donald “Lucky” Callender, grandson of the famed restaurateur. Here’s where to drink up, dine out and stay during the 30th Psiff, or Modernism Week and the second outing of the site-specific art exhibition Desert X in February.

Breakfast

Next level comfort food

Wilma & Frieda, Palm Springs

Churro waffles,
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Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan board Francis Lee's 'Ammonite' for See-Saw

Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan board Francis Lee's 'Ammonite' for See-Saw
UK filmmaker’s follow-up to God’s Own Country is set for March 2019 shoot.

Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan are attached to star in Francis Lee’s Ammonite, the true-life story of 19th-century female fossil hunter Mary Anning.

Lee will write and direct the feature, the follow-up to his acclaimed 2017 debut God’s Own Country. The story will be set in 1840s England, and will follow the intense relationship that develops between a famous fossil hunter and a young woman sent to convalesce by the sea, altering both of their lives forever.

The See-Saw Films production is being produced by
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How Can the Camera Show Love? Cinematographer James Laxton on Shooting If Beale Street Could Talk

Cinematographer James Laxton’s latest project, If Beale Street Could Talk, marks a further step in his collaboration with director Barry Jenkins. Based on the novel by James Baldwin, it follows a troubled romance between Tish (KiKi Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James) in the New York City of the early 1970s. If Beale Street Could Talk screened at the closing night celebration at the recent Cameraimage Festival, where Laxton had a packed schedule. He participated in a two-part panel,”The Language of Cinema Is Image,” conducted a four-hour Arri Master Class on large-format digital capture, presented a Creative Light Experts roundtable, and […]
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Kevin Reilly Just Got The Assignment of His Career: Launch WarnerMedia’s Streaming Service In Less Than a Year

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Kevin Reilly Just Got The Assignment of His Career: Launch WarnerMedia’s Streaming Service In Less Than a Year
Kevin Reilly has his 2019 cut out for him. The TBS/TNT president and Turner Chief Creative Officer was just given oversight of WarnerMedia’s nascent streaming media service. It may be the most daunting task of his career — and that’s saying something, given that this is a man who had to work under Jeff Zucker at NBC.

Reilly will continue to oversee TBS and TNT, but the launch of the direct-to-consumer streaming service (which doesn’t yet have an official name) is clearly priority one for At&T and WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey, who announced Reilly’s appointment on Friday. But refocusing Reilly also brings up a lingering question about the long-term fate of the Turner networks: While Stankey has been vocal in ramping up production of premium content for HBO, as well as the new streaming service, he hasn’t shared much of his vision for Turner’s entertainment
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‘Mandy’ Star Nic Cage Says Upcoming ‘Prisoners Of The Ghostland’ Is His “Wildest Movie” Yet

Nicolas Cage is no stranger to odd films. While the Academy Award-winning actor still makes time for the occasional film about cops, robbers, or whatever action movie trope is next, Cage is perhaps best known for his more unique film choices. In 2018 alone, he starred in “Mom and Dad,” “Teen Titans Go! To The Movies,” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” and of course, “Mandy.” The latter of which is maybe his most insane film to date.

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P.L. Travers’ Efforts to Adapt ‘Mary Poppins’ for Film, TV Were Often Less Than Jolly

Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” a sequel decades in the making, opens Dec. 19. Even before the 1964 original, Hollywood made several attempts to adapt P.L. Travers’ books, with Samuel Goldwyn and Katharine Hepburn among those involved in the chase. But aside from a one-hour 1949 CBS television version, they all hit a dead-end. The first “Mary Poppins” novel appeared in 1934, and 30 years later, the film was a huge hit, earning more than $100 million and winning five Oscars. But as Variety reported after Travers died on April 23, 1996, “She resisted all Hollywood attempts to make a film sequel.” In an Aug. 4, 1965, story, Variety reported that Travers took part in a “transatlantic telephone” conversation, speaking from London to a group at a Madison, Wis., children’s-book conference. Asked about the movie, she said tersely, “I would have preferred that ‘Mary Poppins’ should be filmed by the British because, well, never mind, let’s not go into that.
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Oscar Beat: Best Picture Predictions – ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Enjoy SAG Boosts

Last Updated: December 14th The Oscars’ biggest prize has taken some interesting left turns over the last few years. Everyone (myself included) was sure crowdpleaser La La Land had it in the bag, but instead the Academy went with the artful, challenging Moonlight. Many said The Shape of Water was simply too weird to win Best Picture. As it turned out, they were wrong. The Academy’s demographic has been changing significantly over the past couple of years, with concerted efforts made to make the membership younger and more diverse. That’s changing what an “Oscar movie” really is—just …
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How the Palm Springs Film Festival Overcame a Rocky Start

In January, the Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival will celebrate its 30th birthday. It’s a celebration that came very close to never happening.

Founded by then-mayor of Palm Springs Sonny Bono in 1989, the festival was launched the following year to boost post-holiday business and help put the desert enclave on the map as a tourism destination year-round. Bono persuaded a few of his Hollywood friends to drive a hundred-plus miles to the desert with their films in order to receive free press shortly before the Academy Awards ceremony.

With the help of American Airlines, Wells Fargo Bank and key members of the local community including businessman Harold Matzner, the inaugural Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival kicked off in January 1990.

“Sonny had a loyal cadre of people who helped him bring the festival to life,” says Matzner, who also remembers Bono’s naysayers, including Jerry Weintraub. “Jerry thought Sonny was
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Ventana Sur: Paola Suárez Sets up Jaque Content Mexico

Buenos Aires — In an inspired strategic move, Argentine producer Paola Suárez has opened offices in Mexico, creating Jaque Content México, the Mexico City-located arm of Suárez’s production house Jaque Content, based in Argentina second city Córdoba.

The news comes as Argentina and U.S-based GlowStar has acquired international rights on Jaque Content series “Public Relations,”the first Argentina-Brazil co-production, also co-produced by Paramount, which will be ready for delivery in March.

The Mexican offices are headed by Suárez associate Marcos Mion. First up in terms of production is “Never Alone,” a horror movie directed by Alfredo Ybarra, in which Jacque Content has a minority participation.

A psychological thriller with a “dark, dramatic narrative,” Suerez said, “Never Alone” turns on a psychiatrist who returns to work after many years absence following the suicide of one of her patients, to take on the case of a man accused of pedophilia.

An official Argentina-Mexico co-production,
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‘Spider-Verse’ Sequel Will Focus on Romance with Miles Morales, Launch Spider-Women

If Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a big hit with audiences over the weekend (it’s already a hit with critics by scoring 98% on Rotten Tomatoes), then producer Amy Pascal plans to hit the ground running with sequels and spinoffs. Surprisingly, the first direct sequel won’t focus solely on protagonist Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) but will heavily involve supporting character Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), aka Spider-Gwen. Pascal provided some more details to Vanity Fair: First, though, one of Pascal’s favorites, Gwen Stacy, will lead the way. The producer revealed that Sony’s upcoming Into …
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Sarah Jessica Parker on Third ‘Sex and the City’ Movie: ‘It’s Not Something We’re Talking About Right Now’

Sarah Jessica Parker on Third ‘Sex and the City’ Movie: ‘It’s Not Something We’re Talking About Right Now’
Sex and the City” fans would love to see Carrie Bradshaw rocking Manolo Blahniks again, but Sarah Jessica Parker has put another nail in the “Satc” coffin.

Parker told Variety there are currently no discussions about another “Satc” movie. “It’s not something we are talking about right now,” Parker said on Thursday at the New York Women in Film & Television’s Muse Awards gala luncheon at the Hilton Midtown. “I just don’t have a clue.”

While there was a report last month that plans for a third film would include the death of Mr. Big, star Chris Noth denied the claim, also insisting the movie isn’t happening.

All eyes were on Parker as she walked to her seat at the annual Nywift luncheon, where she was honored for work supporting and promoting women in the entertainment industry.

“I usually loathe to accept acknowledgments. I tend to send gratitudes and regrets,
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Pop Culture Imports: ‘Roma,’ ‘Happy as Lazzaro,’ a French Comedic Caper, an Immigrant Detention Drama, and More

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.) With last week’s announcement of the Golden Globe nominees and the plethora of film awards ceremonies popping up every week, we’re well into the swing of awards season. You know what that means: a full month of Oscar […]

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‘The Wild Pear Tree’ Trailer: Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Cannes Standout Hits The Us Next Month

Many of the films that wowed audiences at this year’s Cannes Film Festival have already been released in theaters. However, one of the best reviewed films coming out of this year’s fest, “The Wild Pear Tree,” will have to wait until 2019 for its American debut.

In honor of the film’s upcoming Us theatrical debut, a new trailer has been released for filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s latest.

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International Piracy Ring Stole Over 25,000 Movie and TV Digital Files, U.S. Feds Say

International Piracy Ring Stole Over 25,000 Movie and TV Digital Files, U.S. Feds Say
A five-member international hacking crime ring stole more than 25,000 files for Hollywood movies and TV shows and illegally offered hundreds of them for sale online, according to U.S. law enforcement officials.

A federal grand jury in L.A. on Wednesday (Dec. 12) indicted five men, identified as residing in the U.K., India, Dubai and Malaysia, on seven criminal charges each for conduct alleged to span early 2013 to the spring of 2015.

U.S. investigators said the defendants allegedly stole or illegally copied copies of movies and TV shows including: “Fifty Shades of Grey” (pictured above), “The Expendables 3,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Godzilla,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” “Horrible Bosses 2,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” They then offered to sell purloined titles prior to their official release or the same day as their U.
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