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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

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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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Jennifer Garner to Star in Apple Limited Series, Reunite With J.J. Abrams

Jennifer Garner to Star in Apple Limited Series, Reunite With J.J. Abrams
It’s not an Alias revival, but we’ll take it: Jennifer Garner is set to star in a limited series for Apple, reuniting her with Alias creator J.J. Abrams.

Apple has handed a straight-to-series order to the project, titled My Glory Was I Had Such Friends, based on the memoir by Amy Silverstein. The memoir follows a woman awaiting a last-minute heart transplant, and her close female friends who supported her along the way. Karen Croner (Admission) will pen the series and also serve as an executive producer.

Garner and Abrams will both also serve as EPs on the limited series.
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IMDb Orders 2 Short-Form Comedy Series With Jay Pharoah, Nick Cannon, Tig Notaro, More

IMDb Orders 2 Short-Form Comedy Series With Jay Pharoah, Nick Cannon, Tig Notaro, More
Exclusive: IMDb is moving further into original content production with two new short-form comedy series – "Special Skills" hosted by SNL alum Jay Pharoah, and "UnMade", featuring comedians including Nick Cannon, Tig Notaro, Rainn Wilson, Weird Al, Reggie Watts and others. Both are produced by Electus’ Big Breakfast and are set to launch in early 2019.

Co-created by Luke Kelly-Clyne and Steve Marovitch, UnMade will follow comedians as they share the inspirations, plots and stories behind their projects and scripts that never saw the light of day. In each five-to-eight-minute episode, a celebrity guest will reveal a pitch or screenplay for an early passion project they were never able to get off the ground. These ambitious, often misguided and always hilarious ideas are then given a second chance, brought to life via a team of actors and a professional production crew. UnMade guest stars include Nick Cannon, Rainn Wilson, Tig Notaro, “Weird Al” Yankovic,
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‘Once Upon a Deadpool’ Jingles $900K+ On Wednesday

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‘Once Upon a Deadpool’ Jingles $900K+ On Wednesday
20th Century Fox’s PG-13, holiday infused re-imagining of Deadpool 2 drew an estimated $953K in early morning industry estimates in its opening Wednesday at 1,566 theaters (including Tuesday previews). That number was good enough to make Once Upon a Deadpool second behind Universal/Illumination’s The Grinch which led all movies yesterday with $968K in its fifth Wednesday and a running total of $226.7M.

Rival distributors didn’t know what to expect from Once Upon a Deadpool; the film flew under the radar of tracking, and for Fox, it’s all gravy for the Deadpool brand. Not to comp because the movie catered to a completely different crowd, but the Weinstein Co.’s The King’s Speech changed its rating from R to PG-13 following its Oscar best picture win in 2011 earning $1.1M over three-days in its April re-release for a final tally of $3.3M. The whole thought process behind
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"Grey's Anatomy" Adds Jennifer Grey for Season 15 Arc

How has this not happened sooner? Jennifer Grey has joined the cast of Grey's Anatomy, E! News can confirm. Grey will appear in a multi-episode arc during the hit medical drama's current season 15. Details about her arc, and whether or not she'll have some connection to the titular character, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) are being kept under wraps. It's unlikely she's playing herself at a Grey family reunion, but we can dream… Perhaps she's a patient at the hospital? Or a relative of a cast member? Camilla Luddington's mom, anybody?. Grey's father, Joel Grey, appeared in a season six episode of Grey's Anatomy. Other guest stars during season 15 include Josh Radnor, Debra...
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Lou Ferrigno Jr. cast as Hourman for DC Universe's "Stargirl" series

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Lou Ferrigno Jr. cast as Hourman for DC Universe's
One day after pulling back the curtain on Joel McHale's casting as Sylvester Pemberton aka Starman for DC Universe's upcoming Stargirl series, TVLine has exclusively announced that Lou Ferrigno Jr. will be joining the cast of the upcoming superhero show as the Golden Age Hourman, founding member of the JSA (Justice Society of America). As per DC Comics
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Jingle Punks at 10: How the Production Music Platform’s Player Works

Jingle Punks at 10: How the Production Music Platform’s Player Works
Though its primary function is creative, Jingle Punks is built on a foundation of technology and administration. The patented Jingle Player that lets customers search for music using pop culture terms is both intuitive and efficient. Typing in “Reservoir Dogs” or “Starbucks” generates suggestions. Queries are monitored “so if there isn’t an exact match, we’ll suggest something else or a music supervisor will be alerted to create something,” Jingle Punks co-founder and managing partner Dan Demole says. Most searched phrases for 2018? “Hip-hop,” “upbeat piano” and “epic summer,” followed by the ever-popular “quirky comedy” and “fun adventure.” Recent additions
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Film Review: ‘Dead Women Walking’

Film Review: ‘Dead Women Walking’
The sober and gripping “Dead Women Walking” focuses on the final days of a series of female inmates facing the death sentence. Divided into nine chapters, each inching its way inexorably closer to the moment of execution, the drama turns the fragmentation of its approach to a powerful advantage. Not only do the individual stories — hard, jagged and persuasive — become tiles in a more complex mosaic, taken together they also give a peculiar experience of time that judders and halts, elongates and foreshortens. It’s impossible for most of us to say if this is an accurate representation of temporal reality for these characters, but it makes even those of us who are convinced we understand the issues around capital punishment consider it in a stark new light. This is not a film about the death penalty; it’s a film about the systems and practices we collectively call Death Row.
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‘Private Life’ Star Kathryn Hahn on Her Onscreen Chemistry With Paul Giamatti: ‘A Soupy Mystery’

‘Private Life’ Star Kathryn Hahn on Her Onscreen Chemistry With Paul Giamatti: ‘A Soupy Mystery’
A version of this article about Kathryn Hahn first appeared in the Actors/Director/Screenwriters issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

While making “Private Life,” director Tamara Jenkins and actors Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti talked about “Waiting for Godot,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “Dog Day Afternoon” — but you’d have to know what to look for to find echoes of those projects in Jenkins’ rich family story. The tale of a New York theater couple in their 40s trying desperately to overcome infertility issues and have a baby, the film is both comic and wrenching. Hahn and Giamatti are quietly gripping as a couple whose relationship is tested with each failed procedure.

“I loved the specificity of Tamara’s writing and the absolutely perfect human comedy of this marriage,” said Hahn, who suggests years of hurt behind each smile. “I had such deep and complete empathy
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TV Roundup: ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2 Premiere Date Set at CBS All Access

TV Roundup: ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2 Premiere Date Set at CBS All Access
In today’s TV News Roundup, the premiere date is announced for season two of “Star Trek: Discovery” on CBS All Access.

First Looks

“Relics and Rarities,” a new RPG series based on the classic game Dungeons & Dragons, will premiere on subscription service Alpha in February 2019. Hosted by Deborah Ann Woll the Geek & Sundry series promises to delve into a world of mystery, monster and murder.

The CW’s “Black Lightning” returns on Monday, Jan. 21 at 9 p.m. The network has released a first look photo of China Anne McClain as Lightning, fighting crime alongside her father and older sister.
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All 7 Theatrical ‘Spider-Man’ Movies Ranked, Worst to Best

All 7 Theatrical ‘Spider-Man’ Movies Ranked, Worst to Best
We’ve been through a whole lot of Spider-Man in the past couple decades, from the Tobey Maguire years to Tom Holland in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to, now, a big-screen animated pic focused on Miles Morales and a whole bunch of other Spider-People. So how does this new animated version of Spidey stack up with the previous flicks?

7. “The Amazing Spider-Man

The first attempt to reboot the series after the Sam Raimi trilogy is easily the worst because it’s just so irritating to watch. It’s one thing to be bad, and it’s something else entirely to be annoying.

6. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Unlike its predecessor, Marc Webb’s second failed attempt to make a coherent “Spider-Man” movie at least had the decency to be amusing thanks in no small part to the decision to have an unhinged glowing Jamie Foxx as the main villain.

5. “Spider-Man 3
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Trump’s Inaugural Committee Under Federal Criminal Investigation (Report)

Trump’s Inaugural Committee Under Federal Criminal Investigation (Report)
Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration is under investigation by by federal prosecutors in New York for possible financial abuses of the eye-popping $107 million raised by the committee, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

According to the Journal, the probe — which is still in its early stages — is looking into whether the committee took donations from individuals seeking access into the new administration.

The investigation started after federal agents seized materials from Trump’s former longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, who was sentenced Wednesday to three years in federal prison, the paper said.

Also Read: Trump Team Scrambles for A-List Inaugural Performers: 'They Are Willing to Pay Anything' (Exclusive)

TheWrap has not corroborated the Journal’s report.

In April, FBI agents raided Cohen’s office and hotel room looking for evidence in connection with a payment Cohen made to adult film star Stormy Daniels, who said she had an sex
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‘Mixtape': Paul James to Replace Raul Castillo in Netflix Musical Drama

‘Mixtape': Paul James to Replace Raul Castillo in Netflix Musical Drama
Paul James has been cast in”Mixtape,” Netflix’s upcoming musical drama, in the role that was originally played by Raul Castillo in the pilot.

James will play the male lead, Sam, an aspiring songwriter, secret romantic and young widower who will do anything for his son. The series, which was set up at Fox but moved over to Netflix, already stars Jenna Dewan, Callie Hernandez and Madeline Stowe.

The cast features Dewan as Joanna, Hernandez as Nellie, Stowe as Margot, Jahmil French as Dante, Campbell Scott as Frank, Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Annette, Megan Ferguson as Gigi and Evan Whitten as Barry. It was previously reported that Castillo’s role would be recast in the Netflix version.

Also Read: 'Skins' Alum Kaya Scodelario to Replace Emma Roberts as Lead on Netflix Skating Drama 'Spinning Out'

Written by former “Smash” and “Quantico” showrunner Josh Safran, “Mixtape” is a romantic
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Logan Lerman in Talks to Star in Jordan Peele’s Nazi Hunter Drama ‘The Hunt’ at Amazon

Logan Lerman in Talks to Star in Jordan Peele’s Nazi Hunter Drama ‘The Hunt’ at Amazon
“Percy Jackson” alum Logan Lerman is set to star in the Jordan Peele-produced Amazon drama “The Hunt.”

Set in 1977 New York City, “The Hunt” centers on a group known as The Hunters, who discover that hundreds of high ranking Nazi officials have been conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S. and set out on a bloody quest to bring them to justice and thwart their new genocidal plans.

Lerman is set to play Jonah Heidelbaum, who, when his grandmother is slain by a mysterious intruder in their apartment, sets out to track the culprit — only to find himself swept up in the mysterious organization known as The Hunt, a group of justice-seeking individuals dedicated to rooting out the Nazi murderers living in the U.S. under assumed identities.

Also Read: Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey and More Join Amazon's 'Modern Love' Anthology Series

Created and written by David Weil,
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Hear Johnny Marr, the The’s Matt Johnson Cover ‘Summer in the City’

Hear Johnny Marr, the The’s Matt Johnson Cover ‘Summer in the City’
Onetime bandmates Johnny Marr and Matt Johnson have recorded a cover of the Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Summer in the City.” The version maintains the original’s jaunty vibe, but with a chilliness that’s unique to Marr and Johnson’s music; Johnson recites the lyrics with detachment and Marr plays a soaring, bluesy solo at the end. Marr was a member of Johnson’s band, the The, from 1988 through 1994. The duo gave the song its premiere last month at a show at London’s Roundhouse; they recorded this version at the show’s soundcheck.
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Why ‘Leave No Trace’ Breakout Star Thomasin McKenzie Isn’t Gunning for a Marvel Movie Anytime Soon

Why ‘Leave No Trace’ Breakout Star Thomasin McKenzie Isn’t Gunning for a Marvel Movie Anytime Soon
A version of this story on Thomasin McKenzie and “Leave No Trace” first appeared in the Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

When she was a young girl in New Zealand, Thomasin McKenzie wasn’t sure what she wanted to be when she grew up. But she knew what she didn’t want to be.

“My grandma told me that one day she asked me if I wanted to be an actor, and I listed every single thing I did want to be: vet, firefighter, teacher, zookeeper … ” the 18-year-old star of Debra Granik’s “Leave No Trace” said. “And at the end, I said, ‘I do not want to be an actress.'”

In part, that was because McKenzie’s mother, Miranda Harcourt, was an actress and her father, Stuart McKenzie a theater and film director. But by the time she was 13, she’d embraced the family
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Logan Lerman in Talks to Star in Jordan Peele’s ‘The Hunt’ at Amazon

Logan Lerman in Talks to Star in Jordan Peele’s ‘The Hunt’ at Amazon
Jordan Peele’s upcoming Nazi hunter drama at Amazon, “The Hunt,” has potentially found its lead.

Logan Lerman is in talks to star in the drama series as Jonah Heidelbaum. When his grandmother is slain by a mysterious intruder in their apartment, Jonah sets out to track the culprit, only to find himself swept up in the mysterious organization known as The Hunt, a group of justice-seeking individuals dedicated to rooting out the Nazi murderers living in the U.S. under assumed identities.

The series follows the diverse band of Nazi Hunters living in 1977 New York City. They have discovered
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Does ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

Does ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” may not be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but with a 99 percent Fresh rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, we’re pretty much all in agreement that it’s worth your time even so.

The question, however, for this particular post is not whether you should go see this crazy thing, but whether you need to stick around after the movie is over for some kind of bonus post-credits scene. Bonus scenes after the credits have been a staple of the McU since the beginning, but not so for big-screen “Spider-Man” movies — which have often eschewed the practice.

But at this point the post-credits scene concept is so ubiquitous in comic book movies that even DC is doing it after thumbing its nose at Marvel over this for so long. And Sony even got in on the post-credits scene fun with its recent standalone “Venom” movie.
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Dana White Calls Oscar De La Hoya an ‘Idiot’ and a ‘Liar’ a Bunch of Times on ESPN (Video)

Dana White Calls Oscar De La Hoya an ‘Idiot’ and a ‘Liar’ a Bunch of Times on ESPN (Video)
Dana White made the rounds on various ESPN shows this morning to fact-check rival mixed-martial arts promoter Oscar De La Hoya. It quickly devolved into name-calling.

While White definitely offered a different perspective and an alternative set of financial statistics meant to debunk De La Hoya’s recent claims that Mma’s major-league promotion doesn’t pay its fighters enough, the Ufc president mostly just ended up calling the retired boxer an “idiot” and a “liar” a bunch of times.

Oh, and White really, really wants to be drug-tested alongside De La Hoya. White had called De La Hoya “a cokehead” a few weeks ago, so that’s what that’s all about.

Also Read: ESPN Becomes Sole TV Home to Ufc in $1.5 Billion Mega-Deal

First, on Mike Greenberg’s morning show “Get Up!” Thursday, White said he has paid Chuck Liddell more not to fight than De La Hoya
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