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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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'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

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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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Watch the First ‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Teaser Trailer

Focus Features has unveiled a dialogue-free teaser trailer for its upcoming “Downton Abbey” movie, highlighted by soaring vistas of the majestic English country house.

The footage, which debuted on Friday, features servants prepping the fictional Crawley family home for arrivals, along with shots of the stately furnishings.

“Next year, you are cordially invited to the motion picture event — only in theaters,” read the trailer’s cards.

Universal will release the “Downton Abbey” movie on Sept. 20, 2019 in North America and Universal Pictures International will launch it overseas a week earlier on Sept. 13, 2019.

The TV show followed the lives of the Crawleys and the servants who worked for them at the turn of the 20th century. During its six-season run from 2010 to 2015, the series won 15 Emmy Awards and earned 69 Emmy nominations in total, making “Downton Abbey” the most-nominated non-u.S. TV show in the history of the Emmys.

Original cast members, including Michelle Dockery,
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’90 Day Fiance’ Couple Says They’re Quitting TLC Show After Receiving Death Threats (Video)

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“90 Day Fiance” couple Eric and Leida Rosenbrook say they are quitting the TLC reality dating show, citing death threats the pair says they have received in response to their participation with the series.

The couple addressed these alleged threats in a video shared by fan account @90dayfiancetea on Wednesday, with a caption that read, “Leida doesn’t know why people don’t like her and says ‘it’s not fair’. Leida claims she’s receiving alleged ‘death threats’ and TLC is doing nothing about it.”

“We put our lives in dangers. We put our lives on the frontline. This is not fair,” Leida says in the clip. “This is not worth it at all. We will never going to do this again.”

Also Read: '90 Day Fiance': Leida Makes Eric Choose Between Her and His Daughter (Exclusive Video)

“I swear to God, once the contract is done, we will reveal
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Pitbull on Reimagining Toto’s ‘Africa’ for ‘Aquaman,’ Collaborating With Blake Shelton

Pitbull is rarely at a loss for words. But admittedly, even the dapper rapper couldn’t find the right ones to describe his feelings about his latest career milestone: his very own hand and footprint ceremony at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. The Grammy winner has made an indelible mark in American culture, so it’s only fitting that he leave behind a last impression in the so-called Forecourt of the Stars in Hollywood. While some superstars talk about themselves in the third person, Mr. Worldwide prefers the first-person plural — an abbreviated reference to Team Pit, no doubt. Variety caught up with him on board a private jet (‘natch) en route to play a secret show in New York City.

You’ll be the third Latin celebrity to secure permanent real estate in front of the Tcl Chinese Theatre. What does that mean to you?

It’s a
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‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

Netflix has renewed “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman” for a second season, Variety has learned.

The streamer has ordered another six-episode season of the talk show series, which will debut on the service in 2019. Guests for the season will be announced at a later date.

Letterman launched the series in January of this year, releasing approximately one episode per month for a total of six. Guests in the first season were: Barack Obama, Jay-z, Malala Yousafzai, George Clooney, Tina Fey, and Howard Stern.

The show, Letterman’s first since departing “The Late Show” in 2015, received mostly
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David Letterman’s ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction’ Renewed for Season 2 by Netflix

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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.”

Letterman hosts “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction,” which is executive produced by Lydia Tenaglia, Sandy Zweig, Chris Collins, and Chris Cechin-De la Rosa for Zero Point Zero Productions. Tom Keaney and Mary Barclay executive produce for Worldwide Pants.

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A 7-Year-Old Died in Border Patrol Custody, and No One Is Taking Responsibility

Last week, a group of 163 migrants who crossed the border near Lordsburg, New Mexico, turned themselves in to Border Patrol. Among the migrants was a Guatemalan man and his seven-year-old daughter, Jackeline Caal. Eight hours after they were taken into custody, Caal began having seizures. She was flown to the Providence Children’s Hospital in El Paso, Texas, where she went into cardiac arrest. Less than a day later, she was dead. “Our sincerest condolences go out to the family of the child,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Andrew Meehan
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CBS Names 18-Plus Groups to Split $20 Million Donation to Fight Workplace Harassment

CBS announced Friday it’s donating $20 million to more than a dozen organizations fighting sexual harassment in the workplace, one day after it was revealed the network paid Eliza Dushku nearly $10 million to settle a sexual harassment claim.

“These organizations represent different critical approaches to combatting sexual harassment, including efforts to change culture and improve gender equity in the workplace, train and educate employees, and provide victims with services and support,” network says in a statement.

The $20 million grant will be shared among 18 organizations, including the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund and Girls For Gender Equality, a group aiming to end “barriers of segregation and discrimination based on gender, race, and class oppression.”

CBS said the grant announcement is part of its “separation agreement with the Company’s former chief executive officer, which states the donation was deducted from any severance benefits that may be due to him.” Former
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Turner’s Kevin Reilly to Lead Content for WarnerMedia’s Upcoming Streaming Service

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Turner’s Kevin Reilly to Lead Content for WarnerMedia’s Upcoming Streaming Service
WarnerMedia is expanding Kevin Reilly’s role, giving the TBS and TNT president creative oversight of the company’s forthcoming streaming service.

Reilly, already creative creative officer at Turner and president of TNT and TBS, has been named chief creative officer of direct-to-consumer for WarnerMedia.

His new title is president of TBS, TNT and chief creative officer, Turner and Direct-to-Consumer. Because of his dual role, Reilly will report to both Turner president David Levy and WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey.

Also Read: SAG Awards: Megan Mullally to Host 25th Annual Ceremony

“Since joining Turner in 2015, Kevin has revitalized TBS and TNT with branding and content strategies that have helped them maintain their leading position with viewers week upon week. He has a reputation as a forward thinker when it comes to programming formats and cross-platform opportunities,” Stankey said in a memo Friday morning.

“In addition to Kevin’s current responsibilities, he
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Ratings: Fox’s Final ‘Thursday Night Football’ Game Is a Big One

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Talk about a walk-off win: Fox Sports’ final “Thursday Night Football” game of the season was a big one, as the Los Angeles Chargers stunned the Kansas City Chiefs to take the lead with just four seconds left on the clock.

With very little primetime competition last night, Fox cruised to a very, very easy victory — very much unlike the one Philip Rivers orchestrated.

With Fox way in first, CBS finished a distant second on Thursday, airing some reruns, the “Mom” fall finale, and an original “Murphy Brown.”

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Fox was first in ratings with a 3.3 rating/14 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 12.3 million, according to preliminary numbers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 0.8/4 and in viewers with 6.2 million. After a pair of repeats, “Mom” at 9 p.m. got a 1.2/5 and 7.7 million viewers.
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