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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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‘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

'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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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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‘SNL’: Miley Cyrus Joined by Mark Ronson, Sean Lennon for ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’

‘SNL’: Miley Cyrus Joined by Mark Ronson, Sean Lennon for ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’
The last “SNL” of 2018 was one of reflection and hope, and that included the final song by musical guest Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus — a rendition of the John Lennon classic “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” on which the two were joined by Sean Ono Lennon. The song’s lyrics, “And so this is Christmas / And what have you done / Another year over / A new one just begun,” offered a fitting bookend to a tumultuous year.

The performance was introduced by “SNL” cast member Pete Davidson, who had drawn public concern after a series of social media messages he posted earlier in the day,
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Pete Davidson Sits Out Final ‘Saturday Night Live’ Sketches of 2018

Pete Davidson Sits Out Final ‘Saturday Night Live’ Sketches of 2018
Just hours after “Saturday Night Live” cast member Pete Davidson posted a message on social media that said he “really [didn’t] want to be on this Earth anymore,” he was absent from the final 2018 live sketches of the late-night sketch comedy show.

But although Davidson did not take part in the sketches or appear behind the “Weekend Update” desk to deliver one of his famous monologues, he did appear in a pre-taped “Oscar host auditions” segment, during which he played Rami Malek and he also stepped on stage to introduce Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson for their second song of the night.
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‘SNL': Alec Baldwin’s Trump Returns for ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Parody (Video)

‘SNL': Alec Baldwin’s Trump Returns for ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Parody (Video)
In its final episode before Christmas, “SNL” brought back Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump for a cold open sketch parodying “It’s a Wonderful Life,” dubbed “It’s a Wonderful Trump.”

In this version of the story, Baldwin’s Trump feels despondent about the way his presidency is going and wishes that he had never become president. He’s led on this journey by Clarence, played here by “SNL” regular Kenan Thompson.

“Since it’s Christmas, I just want to say that you taught me everything I know.” -Michael Cohen #SNL pic.twitter.com/JLC2kEqkf1

Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) December 16, 2018

We also got a bunch of guest stars, including Robert De Niro back as Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Ben Stiller as Michael Cohen and host Matt Damon reprising his role as Brett Kavanaugh.

Also Read: 'SNL': De Niro's Bob Mueller Pops Up in Eric Trump's Closet (Video
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‘Saturday Night Live’: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro and Alec Baldwin Return for ‘It’s A Wonderful Trump’ (Watch)

‘Saturday Night Live’: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro and Alec Baldwin Return for ‘It’s A Wonderful Trump’ (Watch)
The gang was all there for the final 2018 “Saturday Night Live” cold open. Alec Baldwin returned as Donald Trump, Ben Stiller returned as Michael Cohen, Robert De Niro returned as Robert Mueller and episode host Matt Damon returned as Brett Kavanaugh for a look at what the world would have been like had Trump never been elected in “It’s a Wonderful Trump.”

Kenan Thompson joined Baldwin in the sketch, playing an angel named Clarence who guided Trump through the scenario, including pointing out that all of the things on people’s faces were “smiles.”

Aidy Bryant also appeared as Sarah Huckabee Sanders,
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Carey Mulligan ('Wildlife')

'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Carey Mulligan ('Wildlife')
"I kind of lean into the unlikable things," says the actress Carey Mulligan as we sit down at the offices of The Hollywood Reporter to record an episode of THR's 'Awards Chatter' podcast and begin discussing the character she plays in Paul Dano's new film Wildlife, a 1960s wife and mother whose "likability," or lack thereof, has been a hot topic of discussion. "Because we all have slightly crap aspects to our personality, as much as we try and pretend that we don't, and that's what makes us real human beings. So I ...
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Here’s Everything Coming to and Leaving Hulu in January

Hulu’s slate of new titles arriving on the platform in January is here.

The second season of Hulu original “Future Man” will arrive on the service Jan. 11, while the Natalie Portman-Tessa Thompson science fiction film “Annihilation” will be available to stream on Jan. 4. The film is Alex Garland’s follow-up to “Ex Machina” and starred Portman, Thompson and Jennifer Jason Leigh as a group of scientists investigating a strange environmental phenomenon known as “the shimmer.”

Here’s the full list of what’s coming and going in January.

Also Read: Here's What You Can Stream With Your Amazon Prime Membership in January

Available Jan. 1

Atlanta: Complete Season 2 (FX)

The Detectorists: Complete Season 3 (Drg)

Dot.: Complete Season 2B (Universal Kids)

Saints & Sinners: Complete Seasons 1-3 (Bounce TV)

X Company: Complete Seasons 2&3 (Sony)

54 (1998)

10 Years (2011)

2 Days in the Valley (1996)

9 to 5 (1980)

A Charlie Brown Valentine (2002)

A Simple Plan (1998)

A
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Post-Credits Scene Explained

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Post-Credits Scene Explained
(In case it wasn’t clear from the headline, there are spoilers here for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”)

The live-action version of Spider-Man may be contained within the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the foreseeable future, but Sony can still do what it wants with animated “Spider-Man” flicks — and thank goodness for that, because “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” totally owns with the way it embraces all corners of the Spider-Canon.

But if you thought the seven Spider-People who participate in the plot in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” — Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), Peter Parker (Chris Pine), Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson), Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn), Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage) and Spider-Ham (John Mulaney) — represented the full breadth of the Spider-Verse, well, you are sorely mistaken.

The post-credits scene for “Into the Spider-Verse” introduces us to another important Spider-Man from the comics, and also visits a past small screen incarnation of Peter Parker.
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Jennifer Lawrence Denies Sleeping With Harvey Weinstein, Shooting Down New Lawsuit’s Claim

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Jennifer Lawrence Denies Sleeping With Harvey Weinstein, Shooting Down New Lawsuit’s Claim
Jennifer Lawrence on Saturday shot down the suggestion that Harvey Weinstein had ever slept with her, an accusation that came to light in a lawsuit filed against the disgraced indie mogul earlier this week.

On Wednesday, an unnamed woman filed a lawsuit accusing the mogul of inviting her to his hotel suite during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, masturbating in front of her while she was using the bathroom and ejaculating onto her skirt. The suit, which said that Weinstein “forcibly performed oral sex” on her, also alleged that he bragged to the woman: “I slept with Jennifer Lawrence.”

The actress, who won an Oscar for the 2012 Weinstein-produced drama “Silver Linings Playbook,” denied that any such event took place.

Also Read: Woman Says Weinstein Sexually Assaulted Her When She Was 16

“My heart breaks for all the women who were victimized by Harvey Weinstein,” Lawrence said. “I have never had anything but a professional relationship with him.
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Film Review: ‘Nona’

Film Review: ‘Nona’
Twenty years and 12 features down the line, it’s still hard to peg the directorial sensibility of Michael Polish, with or without the presence of brother Mark as frequent co-writer and actor. His output has been all over the place, from early Lynchian quirkfests to the very middle-of-the-road inspirational dramedy “The Astronaut Farmer,” not to mention mediocre genre exercises, a B&W Parisian romance (“For Lovers Only”). a good movie about Jack Kerouac (“Big Sur”), and one about manure salesmen that’s about as good as that sounds (“The Smell of Success”). It remains a puzzle whether his thematic interests are more laudably diverse than they are simply arbitrary.

Nona” is yet another departure, a primarily Spanish-language feature shot on location in Central America, touching on issues of illegal immigration and human trafficking. The narrative’s picaresque road-trip majority doesn’t properly set up a late turn towards seriousness, draining
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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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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’

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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 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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