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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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Nancy Wilson, Grammy-Winning Jazz Singer and TV Personality, Dies at 81

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Nancy Wilson, Grammy-Winning Jazz Singer and TV Personality, Dies at 81
Nancy Wilson, one of the most revered jazz singers of the 20th century, has died, her manager told the Associated Press. She was 81.

The singer passed away at her home in Pioneertown, a small California community north of Palm Springs, after a long illness, according to manager Devra Hall.

Wilson’s three Grammy awards spanned a more than 40-year period, with her first coming in 1965 in the Best Rhythm & Blues category for her Capitol single “How Glad I Am.” Her last was in 2007, awarded for Best Jazz Vocal Album for “Turned to Blue,” her final release. (She had seven nominations in all.) Wilson’s recording career actually dates back to 1959, when she released “Like in Love,” an album arranged by the legendary Billy May.

Outside of the music intelligentsia, Wilson may be remembered by millions of TV viewers who recall her 1974-75 NBC variety series, “The Nancy Wilson Show,.” She
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CBS Paid Eliza Dushku $9.5 Million To Settle Harassment Claim On "Bull"

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CBS Paid Eliza Dushku $9.5 Million To Settle Harassment Claim On
CBS paid Eliza Dushku $9.5 million to resolve claims that she was retaliated against for complaining about sexual harassment on the set of the prime time drama Bull, according to a report in the New York Times.

Dushku appeared in three episodes of the show and had been assured of a significant recurring role, the Times reports. That changed when she became the focus of a series of uncomfortable comments made by the show’s star, Michael Weatherly, who remarked about her appearance, made a rape joke and a commented about a threesome, according to the Times account.

After raising complaints, Dushku was written off the show, which the actress believed was in retaliation for speaking out. She entering mediation with the network, and received a confidential settlement that would pay her the equivalent of the salary she would have earned if she remained on the show for four seasons.

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Oscar Nominee Sondra Locke Dies at 74

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Oscar Nominee Sondra Locke Dies at 74
Actress and director Sondra Locke, who received a supporting actress Oscar nomination in her first movie role for “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” died Nov. 3 at 74. The Los Angeles County Public Health Department confirmed her death.

She died due to breast and bone cancer, according to Radar Online, which reported that she was laid to rest at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary.

Locke had a contentious relationship of more than a decade with Clint Eastwood, who first cast her in “The Outlaw Josey Wales.”

Locke was born in 1944 as Sandra Louise Smith and raised in Shelbyville, Tenn. She changed her named to Sondra in her early 20s and won a nationwide talent search in 1967 for the part of teenager Mick Kelly in the movie adaptation of Carson McCullers’ novel “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.” Locke starred opposite Alan Arkin, who was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar.
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David Letterman’s ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction’ Renewed for Season 2 by Netflix

David Letterman’s ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction’ Renewed for Season 2 by Netflix
Netflix is keeping David Letterman in the talk-show game a little longer. The streamer announced Friday it has renewed the late-night legend’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman” for a second season.

Letterman’s series will return with six new episodes in 2019, “combining humor, curiosity and in-depth conversations with extraordinary people.” Guests for Season 2 will be announced at a later date.

The first season of “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” launched in January 2018, with Netflix releasing six episodes (usually one per month), each featuring one guest. Over the course of Season 1, Letterman sat down with Barack Obama, Jay-Z, Malala Yousafzai, George Clooney, Tina Fey, and Howard Stern.
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Amy Adams on Why She ‘Became the First Woman in History to Reject a Hug From Brad Pitt’ (Video)

Amy Adams on Why She ‘Became the First Woman in History to Reject a Hug From Brad Pitt’ (Video)
We’re betting this is not how Amy Adams envisioned her fantasy of meeting and working with Brad Pitt.

The actress spoke to Jimmy Kimmel Thursday about being on set for “Vice,” which Pitt produced. Pitt came to set one day — key word being “one,” Adams stressed — but not only was she in heavy makeup and a large suit to portray an elderly Lynne Cheney, she was also recently diagnosed with pink eye.

“He went to give me a hug, and I go, ‘Oh it’s happening!’ Then I realized that I can’t hug him, I have pink eye,” Adams said. “I was like, ‘Noooooo! No!’ So at that moment, I became the first woman in history to reject a hug from Brad Pitt.”

Also Read: Why 'Vice' Director Adam McKay Doesn't Think Dick Cheney Shouldn't Be Compared to Donald Trump

Clearly Adams could tell this would’ve been
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Morgan Spurlock’s Company to Pay $1 Million-Plus in Lawsuit Over Halted Project

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Morgan Spurlock’s Company to Pay $1 Million-Plus in Lawsuit Over Halted Project
Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock’s company Warrior Poets will pay more than a million dollars in a lawsuit filed against him by Turner Entertainment Networks, according to court papers obtained by TheWrap.

According to a filing in federal court in California on Tuesday, Spurlock and his company Warrior Poets will pony up nearly $1.2 million in the legal action.

“The parties, Warrior Poets (‘Defendant’) and Turner Entertainment Networks, Inc. (‘Plaintiff’), have agreed to entry of this Final Judgment finally disposing of this action,” Tuesday’s filing notes.

“Judgment is entered for Plaintiff and against Defendant on all claims in the amount of $1,173,707,” the paperwork reads.

Also Read: Morgan Spurlock Sued Over Halted Project About Women's Issues

“The Parties waive any right to appeal,” the filing adds.

Spurlock was sued by Turner in March, after Spurlock’s late-2017 admission that he had engaged in sexual misconduct. Turner alleged that a project about women
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James Corden’s Fulwell 73 to Develop Sci-Fi Drama at CBS (Exclusive)

CBS is developing a drama series that hails from James Corden’s production company, Fulwell 73, Variety has learned exclusively.

The series is titled “Embody.” In the series, after a mission gone wrong renders her permanently blind, a special agent volunteers for an experimental government program that can temporarily transfer her consciousness into someone else’s body, giving her the ability to see through their eyes as she infiltrates high-stakes situations and takes down criminals from within.

Chai Hecht is the writer on the series and will also co-executive produce. Leo Pearlman and Jeff Grosvenor of Fulwell will executive produce. CBS Television Studios,
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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Set for August Release

Lionsgate and CBS Films have set Guillermo del Toro’s “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” for an Aug. 9 release.

The adaptation has cast Michael Garza, Austin Abrams, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur and Natalie Ganzhorn with production to start this week.

Del Toro is producing the teen thriller with his “Shape of Water” producer J. Miles Dale. Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of Hivemind and Elizabeth Grave are also producing. CBS Films and Entertainment One are co-financing.

André Øvredal is directing from a script by del Toro and the teams of Daniel and Kevin Hageman and Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. Based on Alvin Schwartz’ bestselling trilogy of books, “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” follows a group of teens who must solve the mystery surrounding a wave of spectacularly horrific deaths in their small town.

Del Toro came on to the project in April, a month after
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Benicio del Toro to Voice Swiper the Fox in ‘Dora the Explorer’ Live-Action Film

Benicio del Toro to Voice Swiper the Fox in ‘Dora the Explorer’ Live-Action Film
Benicio, no swiping! Benicio del Toro has closed a deal to provide the voice of Swiper the Fox in the “Dora the Explorer” live-action movie, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The film, based on the Nickelodeon TV series from Paramount Players, wrapped production in Australia two weeks ago, but del Toro’s role is a CG character, which explains the late casting.

Del Toro joins a cast that includes Isabela Moner (“Instant Family”) as a slightly older teenage Dora, alongside Michael Peña and Eva Longoria as her parents and Eugenio Derbez and Temuera Morrison.

Also Read: 'Escape at Dannemora': Did Richard Matt Really Have a Photo of Hillary Clinton in His Jail Cell?

The live-action theatrical feature will follow teenage Dora on an adventure while she is accompanied by her best friend, the monkey Boots, and her cousin Diego. On the show, Swiper is a villainous,
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‘Ben Is Back’ Writer-Director Peter Hedges on Why the Drug Addiction Drama Hits Close to Home

‘Ben Is Back’ Writer-Director Peter Hedges on Why the Drug Addiction Drama Hits Close to Home
This story about Peter Hedges and “Ben Is Back” first appeared in the Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

In “Ben Is Back,” writer-director Peter Hedges tells the story of one day in the life of a family whose oldest son has been battling an opioid addiction. Fresh from a stint in rehab, Ben Burns (Hedges’ real-life son Lucas) makes an unexpected appearance at his family’s house for Christmas, leading his mother (Julia Roberts) on a descent into the drug underworld to help save him.

“I come from a family that has been ravaged by alcoholism,” Hedges said. “But more recently, a good friend overdosed and died, my favorite actor ever [Philip Seymour Hoffman] overdosed and died and a family member nearly died.

“This was untenable loss, so I started exploring why heroin and opioids were impacting so many many people I love. And it’s
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Ohio Has Passed Two Extreme Anti-Abortion Bills

Ohio Has Passed Two Extreme Anti-Abortion Bills
“Be careful what you wish for.” That was the message Ohio Governor John Kasich had for Donald Trump after Trump said in an interview Thursday that he hopes Kasich challenges him for the Republican nomination in 2020. But “be careful what you wish for” could easily double as advice for anyone holding out hope that Kasich would offer a “moderate” alternative to Trump if he does choose to run for president again. If you want proof, watch what happens when two extreme anti-abortion bills, passed by the Ohio state legislature late Thursday night,
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See Pistol Annies’ Searing ‘Got My Name Changed Back’ on ‘Seth Meyers’

See Pistol Annies’ Searing ‘Got My Name Changed Back’ on ‘Seth Meyers’
Pistol Annies returned to TV screens this week, taking the Late Night With Seth Meyers stage for a suitably celebratory and sassy performance of “Got My Name Changed Back,” the biting post-divorce track from the trio’s latest album Interstate Gospel. The occasion marked the trio’s return to NBC after last month’s appearance on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Decked out in vibrant shades of red and purple befitting the Christmas holiday and backed by a hard-driving band, the Annies — with Miranda Lambert on lead vocal and
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Ventana Sur: Film Factory Swoops on Ana García Blaya’s ‘The Good Intentions’ (Exclusive)

Buenos Aires — Lightning strikes twice. Flying the flag for the commercial potential of first-time Argentine directors and marking the kind of lightning deal which adds energy to a market, Vicente Canales’ Film Factory has swooped on “The Good Intentions,” an Argentine movie which was the big winner Friday at Ventana Sur’s Primer Corte.

It played on Thursday morning in rough-cut at Ventana Sur’s Primer Corte, drawing applause from a seasoned international arthouse buyer audience. Film Factory has acquired world sales rights outside Argentina.

Directed with brio by Argentina’s Ana García Blaya in her first feature outing, confirming a director and – as importantly these days, a writer – to track, “Las buenas intenciones” (The Good Intentions) will be ready for delivery by late February, said Tarea Fina producer Juan Pablo Miller.

Closed in a matter of hours in the kind of dealmaking which adds energy to ever more cautious arthouse markets,
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Jimmy Kimmel’s Latest Trolling Effort Involves ‘Fortnite’

Jimmy Kimmel’s Latest Trolling Effort Involves ‘Fortnite’
The latest request from Jimmy Kimmel asks parents to turn off the TV while kids are playing “Fortnite.”

The host of Jimmy Kimmel Live explained that he asked parents to prank their kids with a new Youtube Challenge called “Hey Jimmy Kimmel, I turned off the TV during Fortnite.” Parents participated by filming the results while turning the TV off just as their children are in the middle of playing a match in the currently dominating battle royale game.

The compilation of reactions then aired Thursday, which you can watch above.

Some of the kids have rather mild reactions, asking
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Vince Staples Just Released 2018’s Best Christmas Song

Vince Staples Just Released 2018’s Best Christmas Song
Vince Staples‘ “Home” doesn’t feature mentions of Christmas, Santa, sleigh bells, snow or anything remotely holiday-esque. The distorted and thumping Take A Daytrip-produced track is somber, defiant and moody — not cheerful or bright. There are no reindeers.

However, consider the transitive property. The song is on the Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse soundtrack — a family December movie — which means that it’s a Christmas movie because people are seeing it over Christmas break, and that the songs on its soundtrack are therefore Christmas songs. Additionally, Vince is rapping about going home.
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Watch ‘Dr. Who’ Actor Matt Smith as Robert Mapplethorpe in New Biopic Trailer

Watch ‘Dr. Who’ Actor Matt Smith as Robert Mapplethorpe in New Biopic Trailer
The story of legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe will be the subject of the upcoming biopic Mapplethorpe, which unveiled its first trailer Friday ahead of its 2019 release. Dr. Who and The Crown actor Matt Smith portrays the photographer in the Ondi Timoner-directed biopic that chronicles his sexual and artistic awakening in New York City of the Seventies and Eighties, as well as his friendship with rock legend Patti Smith.

“Photography, it’s about light, it’s about composition, it’s about the personality of the subject,” Smith’s Mapplethorpe says in voiceover.
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10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week: Lacy Cavalier, Cale Tyson

The boozy new sing-along from the King of Country, the sad-eyed reinvention of an East Nashville staple and a lesson in love from a maturing country duo make up the 10 must-hear songs of the week.

Szlachetka, “Until That Echo”

Built around a chromatic guitar riff that spirals downward into darkness, “Until That Echo” is a roots-rocker for late-night drives and haunted hearts. Frontman Matt Szlachetka co-wrote the song with Scott Underwood, Train’s drummer of 20 years, resulting in a track that mixes deep-seated grooves with guitar heroics.

Maddie & Tae, “Die
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Celebrities Pick Their Favorite Movies and TV Shows of 2018

Celebrities Pick Their Favorite Movies and TV Shows of 2018
Still looking for the latest and greatest movie, TV series or book to finish before the year is out? Why not ask the folks behind Hollywood’s favorite hits, what they’re reading and viewing this 2018. We reached out to the stars and creators behind the things you love (including Barry Jenkins, Steven Canals and Dan Levy) to find out a few of their favorite things from this past year.

Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)

Movie: “Roma,” “Green Book

“I loved ‘Roma.’ I just saw ‘Green Book.’ I loved that. I haven’t seen much but those were great.”

Henry Golding (“Crazy Rich Asians”)

Movie: “Sicario: Day of the Soldado

“‘Sicario 1’ was phenomenal. ‘Sicario 2’ was even better. Benicio Del Toro can do no wrong in my eyes.”

TV Show: “The Bodyguard

“I’ve been really enjoying ‘The Bodyguard.’ We sat on the couch and watched it and were riveted from episode one onward.
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