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‘Spider-Verse’ Catching $36M, ‘The Mule’ Carrying Near $18M, ‘Mortal Engines’ Fails To Start With $7M+

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‘Spider-Verse’ Catching $36M, ‘The Mule’ Carrying Near $18M, ‘Mortal Engines’ Fails To Start With $7M+
Estimates see Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse with a solid weekend start of $36M after a $12.6M Friday at 3,813 theaters, and sources are eager to see how this A+ CinemaScore, 5-Star PostTrak-received film performs on Saturday when matinees kick in.

There’s anticipation that Spider-Verse could very well go higher (just look at its awesome 80% definite recommend in PostTrak exits), and if it doesn’t, then the pic will enjoy a great multiple well past the holiday season. Though Universal/Illumination’s Sing debuted on the Wednesday before Christmas two years ago, its 3-day of $35.2M yielded a 7.6 multiple with a final domestic take of $270.3M.

Says social media monitor RelishMix about the pic’s fantastic word of mouth, “fans are excited for this unique look on the comic book creation with its multiple universe storyline. Others are stoked not only by the unique animation look,
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'Aquaman' Hits $152 Million at International Box Office

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'Aquaman' Hits $152 Million at International Box Office
Warner Bros.’ tentpole “Aquaman” has taken in $152 million overseas in 36 markets, with $135 million of that from China, where it opened on Dec. 7.

The Jason Momoa vehicle has become the highest China grosser in the DC Universe and surpassed the lifetime grosses of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Black Panther” in the Middle Kingdom. Mexico debuted with $1.4 million on Thursday on 3,517 screens while Russia and Brazil each took in $1.3 million.

Indonesia has taken in $2.2 million in two days and the U.K. generated $1.8 million in two days of previews. Taiwan’s two-day total is $1.4 million and the Philippines generated $1.1 million. In the U.S., Amazon Prime is holding advance screenings of “Aquaman” on Dec. 15 amid expectations of a $65 million opening weekend in North America on Dec.
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Disney Channel Fires ‘Andi Mack’ Actor Arrested for Plotting Sex With Minor

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Disney Channel Fires ‘Andi Mack’ Actor Arrested for Plotting Sex With Minor
Disney Channel has severed ties with “Andi Mack” actor Stoney Westmoreland following his arrest for allegedly trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old.

“Stoney Westmoreland, an actor working on the series ‘Andi Mack,’ was arrested in Salt Lake City today,” a Disney Channel spokesperson said in a statement Friday. “Given the nature of the charges and our responsibility for the welfare of employed minors, we have released him from his recurring role and he will not be returning to work on the series which wraps production on its third season next week.”

Westmoreland plays the grandfather on the live-action series. On Friday, according to reports, he was arrested in Utah — where the series films — after attempting to arrange a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old that he met through an online dating app. According to reports citing court documents, Westmoreland asked the minor to engage in oral sex and other sexual acts,
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Jennifer Lawrence Blisters Harvey Weinstein’s “Predatory Tactics”

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Jennifer Lawrence Blisters Harvey Weinstein’s “Predatory Tactics”
Hours after the latest lawsuit to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault was made public both the disgraced producer and Jennifer Lawrence have responded to complaint – in very different manners.

“My heart breaks for all the women who were victimized by Harvey Weinstein,” the Oscar winner and X-Men alum said in a statement on Friday. Filed on December 12 in Los Angeles Superior Court, the Jane Doe of the six-claim unspecified damages seeking action accuses Weinstein of repeatedly forcing himself upon her. The jury requesting complaint also alleges that in his promises of movie roles for Jane Doe, Weinstein boasted that he had an affair with Lawrence and implied that is why she won the Academy Award.

“I have never had anything but a professional relationship with him,” Lawrence asserted today of the real nature of her interaction with Weinstein. “This is yet another example of the predatory
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Les Moonves Personally Oversaw Eliza Dushku’s $9.5M Settlement For ‘Bull’ Harassment Claims

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Les Moonves Personally Oversaw Eliza Dushku’s $9.5M Settlement For ‘Bull’ Harassment Claims
Exclusive: As accusations of sexual harassment and sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein and others began flooding Hollywood early this year, CBS’ then-ceo Les Moonves stepped in to settle claims against one of the network’s biggest stars.

Moonves was deeply and directly involved in the $9.5 million payout that CBS forked over to Eliza Dushku in January after the actor accused Bull lead Michael Weatherly of sexual harassment on the first season of the CBS drama, we’ve learned. Additionally, the confidential payment was sneaked into Bull’s production budget in an effort apparently motivated to avoid the sum popping up on the company’s books, sources say.

The confidential agreement was struck while CBS was engaging in ultimately unsuccessful talks of a potential merger with Viacom. The settlement and its machinations were not known to then-coo Joe Ianniello, who became acting CEO after Moonves resigned in September after a dozen
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Terry Crews Is Hosting a Live, 24-Hour Christmas Painting Session — Watch

Terry Crews Is Hosting a Live, 24-Hour Christmas Painting Session — Watch
Anyone who misses Bob Ross and loves Terry Crews will be pleased to learn that the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star is holding a live, 24-hour painting session. NBC is airing “A Very Terry Christmas: Cozy 24-Hour Painting Sesh with Terry Crews” on YouTube at this very moment, and although some trickery is involved and the actor isn’t actually taking brush to canvas for a full day, the illusion is convincing enough.

A visit to NBC’s website reveals what we’re watching is in fact a 42-minute video played on a loop. Crews certainly knows what he’s doing, not only as a painter — his color mixing is especially impressive — but as a low-key host. He takes a cue from Ross in saying things like, “Ooh, don’t you just love a blue sky? A pretty, Christmas-y blue sky.”

Over the last year, the actor has become an unexpected part
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There Are Now More Shows Streaming Than There Are on Broadcast or Cable

There Are Now More Shows Streaming Than There Are on Broadcast or Cable
We’ve known for some time that we’re in the midst of Peak TV, but now FX has quantified that ongoing phenomenon. Its annual research report reveals that, for the first time ever, streaming shows now outnumber their traditional-tv counterparts. 495 scripted original programs premiered in 2018, 160 of which debuted on a streaming platform; there were 146 on broadcast television, 144 on basic cable, and 45 on pay cable.

That’s compared to 117 streaming shows last year, an increase that stands in sharp contrast to the declines seen by broadcast (153 in 2017) and basic cable (175). FX was kind enough to include a number of charts with its report, one of which shows that new streaming shows accounted for 32 percent of all debuting programs — an eight percent increase from last year.

This development was recently parodied in a “Saturday Night Live” skit presented as an ad for Netflix. “In 2019 we’ll have even more programming to choose from,
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Actor and Activist Rodney Kageyama Dies at 77

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Actor and Activist Rodney Kageyama Dies at 77
Actor, activist and influentials member of the Japanese American community, Rodney Kageyama, died in his sleep Dec. 9. He was 77.

The SAG member was known for roles in “Karate Kid IV” with Hillary Swank, Ron Howard’s film “Gung Ho” and the spinoff sitcom, and the TV movie “Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes” with Max Von Sydow.

Kageyama was an important activist for the Asian American community. He was a regular emcee in downtown Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, and was praised for using his voice to advocate for Asian American representation in the entertainment industry. A member of several social activist groups and community organizations, Kageyama was associated with The Asian American Pacific Artists Association, The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (Cape), East West Players, The Japanese American National Museum, and Nisei Week Japanese Festival.

Before he moved to Los Angeles in 1979, Kageyama began his acting career in San Francisco
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‘NCIS’ Stars Defend Michael Weatherly After Sexual Harassment Scandal: ‘I Know’ This Man,’ Pauley Perrette Says

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‘NCIS’ Stars Defend Michael Weatherly After Sexual Harassment Scandal: ‘I Know’ This Man,’ Pauley Perrette Says
Michael Weatherly’s former co-stars on “NCIS” expressed their support for the embattled “Bull” star following the news this week that CBS paid $9.5 million to actress Eliza Dushku to settle a sexual harassment claim against the actor.

“This man… I love, respect, trust, and I Know. Two decades of friendship and respect,” Pauley Perrette (Abby) wrote, sharing a photo of her and Weatherly. “The best. I love you @M_Weatherly. Always and forever.”

Sasha Alexander (Caitlin) added: “I have been in trenches w/ my friend @M_Weatherly. Always laughs, true friend & [a heart] as big as they come.”

Also Read: CBS Paid Eliza Dushku $9.5 Million to Settle Sexual Harassment Claim Against 'Bull' Star Michael Weatherly

CBS agreed to pay Dushku a multimillion-dollar settlement in January following her complaint that she was written off the drama “Bull” after she confronted series star Michael Weatherly about multiple instances of inappropriate behavior.

On Thursday, the
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‘Cold War’ Wins Big at the European Film Awards

‘Cold War’ Wins Big at the European Film Awards
Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” has been named the best European film of 2018 at the European Film Awards, which were handed out on Saturday in Seville, Spain.

The decade-spanning drama, which was inspired by the stormy relationship between Pawlikowski’s parents, also won awards for its director, screenplay, lead actress (Joanna Kulig) and editor.

Marcello Fonte won the best-actor award for “Dogman,” which also took awards for its costume design and hair and makeup.

Also Read: 'Cold War' Film Review: Romance in Postwar Europe Is Ravishing and Haunted

Armando Iannucci’s “The Death of Stalin” was named the best European comedy, while “Bergman – A Year in a Life” won for documentary, and “Another Day of Life” won for animated film.

Four of the Best European Film Award nominees — “Border,” “Cold War,” “Dogman” and “Girl” — are the foreign-language Oscar entries from Sweden, Poland, Italy and Belgium, respectively. The fifth,
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Here’s What You Can Stream With Your Amazon Prime Membership in January

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With 2019 right around the corner, that means a slew of new shows and movies to streaming on Amazon Prime.

New titles available to stream with your Amazon Prime membership next month include the debut of Amazon original series “Four More Shots Please!” and new seasons of fellow Amazon originals “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle,” “Informer” and “The Grand Tour.” The first season of AMC’s critically acclaimed hit “Breaking Bad” will also become available as a New Year’s Day treat for subscribers.

Movies available include the Steve Carell-Timothée Chalamet drama “Beautiful Boy” and Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” follow up, “Fahrenheit 11/9.” The original “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” and Oscar winning “A Beautiful Mind” will also be available to subscribers next month.

See the full list below.

Also Read: Here's Everything Coming to and Leaving Netflix in January

Available Jan. 1

Breaking Big, Season 1

First Civilizations,
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Ariana Grande Freaks Over Pete Davidson’s Message of ‘I Really Don’t Want to Be on This Earth Anymore’

Ariana Grande Freaks Over Pete Davidson’s Message of ‘I Really Don’t Want to Be on This Earth Anymore’
Ariana Grande expressed concern for “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson after he posted a disturbing message on Instagram, which he later deleted.

In the now-deleted post, Davidson wrote, “I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore. I’m doing my best to stay here for you but i actually don’t know how much longer i can last. all i’ve ever tried to do was help people. just remember i told you so.”

In the past, Davidson has been very open about his struggles with borderline personality disorder (Bpd). Earlier on Saturday, he praised Kanye West for his own tweets on Saturday about mental health.

Also Read: Pete Davidson Shares Emotional Post About Online Bullying and Being Suicidal

Though she didn’t mention him by name, Grande appeared to express grave concern for her ex-fiance.

“Man I’m so sorry I told a dumb joke,
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Paul Ryan Wants More Immigrants, as Long as They Look Like Him

Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan is pushing new legislation that would increase the number of immigrants who come to the United States, as long as they are Irish.

Ryan, whose relatives fled the country in 1851, got the bill passed in the House on November 28, and it is expected to clear the Senate possibly as soon as Monday. One Republican senator is currently blocking the bill, according to a Gop aide who spoke with Politico.

The bill would allow Irish nationals access to the E-3 visa, which is currently only available
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‘SNL’ Star Pete Davidson Deletes Instagram After Troubling Post

‘SNL’ Star Pete Davidson Deletes Instagram After Troubling Post
Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson deleted his Instagram account after a troubling post where the comedian wrote “I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore.”

“I’m doing my best to stay here for you but i actually don’t know how much longer i can last,” Davidson wrote in the Instagram post. “All i’ve ever tried to do was help people.”

Davidson, who has been open about his struggles with borderline personality disorder, also commended West – who called out Davidson’s ex Ariana Grande
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Former Trump ‘Coffee Boy’ George Papadopoulos Wants to Be a Congressman

Former foreign policy advisor to President Donald Trump, George “Coffee Boy” Papadopoulos, says he plans to run for Congress only days after he was released from a 12-day prison stay. Papadopoulos was sentenced for lying to the FBI when he was questioned regarding his contacts with foreign officials in the Russian government during the election.

Papadopoulos first told The Daily Telegraph of his intentions Friday and later confirmed the news in a tweet.

New: George Papadopoulos, the Trump adviser jailed over Russia meddling probe, wants to run for Congress in
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Seth Meyers Pleads to Save Canceled Comedy Central Series ‘Detroiters': ‘It Was Brilliantly Stupid’

Seth Meyers Pleads to Save Canceled Comedy Central Series ‘Detroiters': ‘It Was Brilliantly Stupid’
Count Seth Meyers among those lamenting the demise of “Detroiters.”

In an op-ed for Vulture on Friday, the “Late Night” host professed his love for the sitcom, which was canceled earlier this week by Comedy Central after two seasons. “I am sad that, for now, ‘Detroiters’ will not have a third season,” he wrote. “I am hopeful that a network looking for a new jewel to fill its schedule will rescue it.”

Meyers specifically called out the episode “Hark Motors,” as something that should’ve been lauded by critics the same way that the “Teddy Perkins” episode of FX’s “Atlanta” was.

Also Read: 'Detroiters' Canceled by Comedy Central After 2 Seasons

“Not only does it also include a trip to a strange man’s mansion, but you will also see my favorite special effect in a decade,” he wrote. “It’s a car that s—-. In fact, I would
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Pete Davidson Posts Unsettling Message, Deletes Instagram

Pete Davidson Posts Unsettling Message, Deletes Instagram
Saturday Night Live” cast member Pete Davidson posted a disturbing message Saturday morning stating he doesn’t “want to be on this earth anymore,” then deleted his Instagram account.

In the post, Davidson wrote, “I’m doing my best to stay here for you but i actually don’t know how much longer i can last. all i’ve ever tried to do was help people. just remember i told you so.” See an image of the message below.

Before his account was deleted, fans and followers had commented with messages of support, though some commenters urged the star to go through with it.
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Pawel Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’ Wins for Best Film, Director at European Film Awards

Pawel Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’ Wins for Best Film, Director at European Film Awards
“Cold War,” Pawel Pawlikowski’s black-and-white romance set in the 1950s, scooped the prizes for best film, director and screenplay at the 31st edition of the European Film Awards on Saturday.

“Cold War” star Joanna Kulig also won the award for best actress. Marcello Fonte, the star of Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman,” won for best actor.

Armando Iannucci’s political satire “The Death of Stalin” won for best European comedy. Adapted from the French graphic novel by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin, “The Death of Stalin” is a comic look at how Joseph Stalin’s stroke in 1953 threw the U.S.S.R. into chaos and inspired a mad power grab among his top advisors.

“This is very brave of you. This movie was banned in Russia,” Iannucci said upon picking up his award onstage. The British writer-director added that he loved Europe and made a joke about Brexit.

Lukas Dhont’s “Girl,
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'Cold War' Wins Big at 2018 European Film Awards

'Cold War' Wins Big at 2018 European Film Awards
Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War was the big winner at the 31st annual European Film Awards in Seville on Saturday night, walking away with 5 awards, including for best director, screenwriter, actress and a technical award announced earlier for editor.

Pawel Pawlikowski dedicated the first award of the night to his parents, whose story inspired the black-and-white romantic period drama. Cold War star Joanna Kulig won the best actress prize.

Expectations will now be high for Cold War to follow the in the footsteps of Pawlikowski’s previous film, Ida, which went from five top prizes at the Efa in 2014 to a foreign-language Oscar win ...
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Here’s the Archie Comics Reference You Missed on ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale’

Here’s the Archie Comics Reference You Missed on ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale’
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale”)

We have good news and bad news for all you “Riverdale” and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” fans hoping for a crossover.

The good: The “Sabrina” holiday episode, “A Midwinter’s Tale,” does feature an Archie Comics reference. The bad: It’s not a direct shout-out to The CW series set in the same universe as Netflix’s dark take on the teen witch.

“The biggest reference isn’t really a ‘Riverdale’ reference, but it is an Archie Comics reference,” Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Chief Creative Officer at Archie Comics and the showrunner on both The CW’s “Riverdale” and Netflix’s “Sabrina,” told TheWrap in an interview ahead of the holiday episode’s launch on Friday.

Also Read: 'Sabrina' Creator on How Threat From Holiday Special Sets Up 'Sexier,' 'Scarier' Season 2

“Susie [played by Lachlan Watson] is
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