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'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Delivers Largest December Animated Opening at $35.4 Million

'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Delivers Largest December Animated Opening at $35.4 Million
For the 13th time this year the top film at the weekend box office was adapted from a Marvel Comics property as Sony's animated release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse took the weekend box office crown with the largest opening ever for an animated film in December. Warner Bros.'s The Mule also enjoyed a solid debut while Universal's release of Mortal Engines crashed and burned. Additionally, ahead of its domestic debut next weekend, WB's Aquaman continued its stellar international rollout as the #1 film at the global box office this weekend. Finishing at #1, Sony Animation's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse brought in an estimated $35.4 million for what is the largest three-day animated opening of all-time in the month of December. Previously, Universal and Illumination's Sing held that record with its $35.2 million opening. However, that debut does come with the caveat that it was part of a five-day opening
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‘Aquaman’ Amazon Prime Previews Hook Near $3M Besting ‘Jumanji 2’

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‘Aquaman’ Amazon Prime Previews Hook Near $3M Besting ‘Jumanji 2’
Updated 12:09 pm: with more preview figures: One Saturday 7 pm show at roughly 1,225 theaters last night of Warner Bros./DC’s Aquaman made a huge $2M $2.9M in paid sneaks, a figure that beats the $1.86M earned by Amazon Prime’s previous collaboration with Sony a year ago on Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. If we were to rank Aquaman on this weekend’s B.O. chart it would file in 10th place ahead of Universal’s Green Book ($2.78M at 1,215 theaters), Fox Searchlight’s The Favourite ($2.5M weekend at 439 theaters) and Fox/New Regency’s Widows ($1.2M at 1,228).

Already, Aquaman has caught plenty of fish abroad with an overseas box office of $261M before officially opening stateside.

Paid sneaks, more than packed free previews, are truly an indicator to a major studio about the size of the demand for their upcoming release. While there’s no barometer of
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‘Mortal Engines’ to Lose More Than $100 Million at Box Office

‘Mortal Engines’ to Lose More Than $100 Million at Box Office
Mortal Engines,” a steampunk fantasy adventure, is also an epic flop.

With a budget of just over $100 million and tens of millions in global marketing costs, executives at rival studios estimate that the movie will lose upwards of $100 million. Some even project that number could float to more than $125 million. “Mortal Engines” has so far made a paltry $42 million globally. The sci-fi epic came into a crowded marketplace at a competitive time of year, opening against the well-reviewed “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and “The Mule,” a Clint Eastwood thriller that had a better start than expected. “Mortal Engines,” on the other hand, launched below estimates, generating just $7.5 million when it debuted in North America.

“This is a true Christmas disaster and a lump of coal for Universal,” said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “They took a big swing, and they struck out.”

The film still has a few international markets left to open,
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Pete Davidson Shows Christmas Spirit In Brief ‘SNL’ Appearance After Disturbing Post

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Pete Davidson Shows Christmas Spirit In Brief ‘SNL’ Appearance After Disturbing Post
Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson raised a lot of concern on Saturday with an unsettling Instagram post that reportedly triggered a welfare check by NYPD. Hours later, he made a brief appearance on SNL, showing everyone that he was alive and well, and even donned a Christmas-colored outfit to fit in with the show’s Christmas theme and the song that followed him.

Davidson introduced musical guest Miley Cyrus’ performance of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s classic (Happy Xmas) War Is Over, which featured Lennon and Ono’s son, Sean Ono Lennon, as well as Mark Ronson.

This was Davidson’s only live SNL appearance tonight (he was also featured in a pre-recorded skit about new Oscar host auditions). He was not visible during the curtain call at the end of the show when the entire cast gathers on stage.

“I’m
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'Carol' Producers Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley to Receive BAFTA Honor

'Carol' Producers Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley to Receive BAFTA Honor
Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, the powerhouse production duo behind Number 9 Films, are set to receive the outstanding British contribution to cinema award at the BAFTA awards ceremony on 10 February.

Previous recipients of the award – presented annual in honor of British producer Michael Balcon – include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Mary Selway, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, Lewis Gilbert, the Harry Potter series of films, John Hurt, Peter Greenaway, Tessa Ross, BBC Films, Angels Costumes and Curzon. The National Film and Television School was the recipient at 2018’s Film Awards.

Woolley began ...
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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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‘Daredevil’ Actress Says Netflix Was Responsible for Cancelation, Not Marvel

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‘Daredevil’ Actress Says Netflix Was Responsible for Cancelation, Not Marvel
Viewers were surprised by the cancellation of “Daredevil” last month; so was the cast. Charlie Cox called it “painful,” and now his castmate Amy Rutberg has said that even “people high up at Marvel” were shocked by the move — and that Netflix was solely responsible for the decision.

“My contacts at Marvel were very surprised. Any of the rumors that it was a Marvel decision are wrong, I think it was purely a Netflix decision. That comes from personal conversations with people high up at Marvel. They were surprised,” said Rutberg in an Inverse interview.

“We had heard rumors we would start production as early as February 2019,” she said. “It’s a little unusual to be that far ahead in the planning and cancel the show, which makes me think Netflix was laboring over whether or not to cancel it. My guess was it was not an easy decision.”

Daredevil
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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Earns Hefty $54,000 Per Screen Average at Indie Box Office

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Earns Hefty $54,000 Per Screen Average at Indie Box Office
Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” follow-up “If Beale Street Could Talk” arrived at the indie box office this weekend, earning $219,173 from its four screen-start for a per screen average of $54,793.

While it’s barely more than half of the $100,000 average made by “Moonlight” two years ago, it’s still a solid start from distributor Annapurna, which is looking for a major arthouse hit sollowing the departure of its film division head and the removal of two films from their release slate. Annapurna will expand “Beale Street” to 65 screens in time for Christmas a week from Tuesday, and will also release the Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” wide.

“If Beale Street Could Talk” is an adaptation of the James Baldwin novel of the same name and stars KiKi Layne and Stephan James as Tish and Fonny, a couple whose relationship is tested after Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit, putting
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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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Rudy Giuliani Is Back With Another Round of Unhinged Interviews

Rudy Giuliani Is Back With Another Round of Unhinged Interviews
President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani made the rounds on the Sunday shows doing what he does best: purposely muddying the waters to distort the facts about the president’s actions regarding Russia and payments to women in exchange for their silence.

On Fox News Sunday, Giuliani got into contentious exchanges with host Chris Wallace in an interview uncharacteristic of the network’s typical softballs. The entire segment is well worth a watch to see how Giuliani becomes increasingly unhinged as the conversation continues.

Wallace opened the interview with
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‘Aquaman’ Crosses $250 Million at Foreign Box Office

‘Aquaman’ Crosses $250 Million at Foreign Box Office
Things are going swimmingly at the box office for “Aquaman” as the Warner Bros.’ superhero flick hits another major milestone overseas.

James Wan’s take on the ruler of the seven seas just passed $250 million internationally, and a weekend haul of $126.4 million from 43 territories brings its foreign tally to $261.3 million. “Aquaman” — starring Jason Momoa — opens in the U.S. on Dec. 21.

Aquaman” has seen the biggest returns in China, generating another $54.2 million this weekend. It has now earned $189.2 million in the Middle Kingdom, ranking as the fourth-highest grossing superhero movie of all time in that territory. It launched in the mainland last weekend with a record $94 million. Mexico racked up $7.9 million when it opened on 1,715 screens this weekend, followed by Brazil ($7.7 million), Russia ($7.4 million) and the United Kingdom ($6.5 million).

Reviews have been surprisingly strong for the aquatic adventure, the first feature film centered on the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis.
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‘SNL’ Destroys President Trump, Causing Him to Call for Courts to Intervene

‘SNL’ Destroys President Trump, Causing Him to Call for Courts to Intervene
Saturday Night Live Weekend Update co-host Colin Jost came out swinging against embattled President Donald Trump, starting an onslaught of spot-on jokes with: “This last week was a pretty bad year for Donald Trump.”

Jost followed up with a mind-numbing list of infractions and accusations against the president that made news this week:

– An investigation of Trump’s campaign

– An investigation of Trump’s transition

– An investigation of Trump’s inauguration spending

– An investigation of Trump’s business

– An investigation of Trump’s administration

“Check your cards because you might have impeachment bingo,
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‘Aquaman’ Overseas Box Office Domination Continues

‘Aquaman’ Overseas Box Office Domination Continues
The U.S. release of “Aquaman” doesn’t come until this Friday, but the Warner Bros. film is already showing signs of a huge rebound for the DC Universe, grossing $126 million in its second weekend in theaters for a global total of $261.3 million.

In like markets, “Aquaman” is currently 65 percent ahead of the pace set by last year’s “Justice League,” which grossed $657.9 million worldwide. It is the top film of the weekend in 42 of the 43 markets where it has been released, including China, which now accounts for $189 million — or 72 percent — of the film’s total grosses.

Also Read: 'Aquaman' Film Review: James Wan's Outrageous Underwater Epic Rewrites the Superhero Rules

At this pace, “Aquaman” is set to blow by not only the total for “Justice League,” but also the global totals for other recent DC releases. “Wonder Woman” grossed $821 million worldwide in 2017, while 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
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Offset Crashes Cardi B’s Rolling Loud Set, Pleads for Reconciliation

Offset Crashes Cardi B’s Rolling Loud Set, Pleads for Reconciliation
Cardi B’s headlining set at Rolling Loud Festival on Saturday didn’t go quite as planned as her estranged husband Offset attempted to win her back in front of the audience.

Just hours before he appeared at the festival, the Migos rapper had posted a public apology to Cardi in an Instagram video.

During Saturday night’s show, Offset appeared with a bouquet of white roses with signage that read “Take Me Back, Cardi.” As he continued to profess his love to her, Cardi looked uncomfortable before the couple exchanged words privately.
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All 54 Marvel Movies Ranked, Including ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ and ‘Venom’

With over 30 years of theatrically released Marvel movies, it’s always a good a time to rank ‘em all, from “Howard the Duck” to this year’s “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Deadpool 2,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Venom

54. “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”

It’s just a nightmare. A total nightmare. There have been a bunch of bad superhero movies, but this one transcends bad.

53. “X-Men Origins: Wolverine

A totally chaotic stir fry of nonsense that tells the story of how Wolverine got his claws. Features a version of Deadpool that has his mouth stapled shut, which should tell you all you need to know about it.

52. “Elektra

That five minutes where they tried to turn Jennifer Garner into an action star really didn’t work out well, huh.

51. “X-Men: The Last Stand

Just a total mess, incoherent from the word “go.” Might have killed off
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See ‘SNL’ Cast Impersonate Celebrities in Oscars Host Audition Sketch

See ‘SNL’ Cast Impersonate Celebrities in Oscars Host Audition Sketch
Saturday Night Live only briefly addressed Kevin Hart’s Oscar-hosting controversy during last week’s episode, but on the December 15th episode, the show devoted a full skit to the search for a new host following Hart’s swift exit.

“The search for a new host begins. Who will risk everything for the chance to gain nothing,” the SNL video asked, compiling the reasons why the gig has been dubbed as “thankless” over the years.

The search for a new Oscars host begins.

Here are the auditions. #SNL pic.twitter.
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Texas Judge Rules Affordable Care Act Unconstitutional

A Texas judge ruled on Saturday to strike down all aspects of the Affordable Care Act, deeming it unconstitutional and putting Democrats’ and former President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare legislation in peril.

If the ruling by the Republican-appointed judge stands, it would remove coverage for pre-existing conditions and “essential health benefits” such as mental health, substance abuse, prescription medications, as well as infant, pediatric and maternal care. But the ruling still has to make its way through the court system before a final decision on the fate of the legislation is reached.
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