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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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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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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.
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‘Barefoot Contessa’ Ina Garten Inks New Multi-Year Deal With Food Network

‘Barefoot Contessa’ Ina Garten Inks New Multi-Year Deal With Food Network
Ina Garten, the “Barefoot Contessa,” has signed a new multi-year agreement with Food Network to continue her daytime cooking series. The deal will also bring about “several hour-long season specials,” per the Discovery-owned cable channel.

“Our audience adores Ina — she is truly a culinary legend and embodies everything Food Network viewers crave,” Courtney White, president of Food Network said Friday in a media release. “Her one-of-a-kind personality, warmth and food expertise have made ‘Barefoot Contessa’ a long-running hit and we are thrilled to confirm brand-new seasons.”

“I am so excited to continue sharing my recipes on ‘Barefoot Contessa’ for years to come,” added Garten. “I’m looking forward to new seasons full of delicious dishes, helpful cooking tips and techniques and inspiring guests. This is going to be fun!”

Also Read: Valerie Bertinelli to Host 'Family Food Showdown' Under New Multi-Series Deal With Food Network

Shot on-location at Garten’s home in East Hampton,
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Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan to Star in Fossil Hunter Movie ‘Ammonite’

Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan to Star in Fossil Hunter Movie ‘Ammonite’
Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan are starring in the independent historical drama “Ammonite,” a story inspired by the life of fossil hunter Mary Anning.

The story is set in 1840s England, when Anning and a young woman sent to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship, altering both of their lives forever. Anning is credited with making key scientific discoveries in the Jurassic marine fossil beds in the cliffs along the English Channel.

Francis Lee is set to direct. Lee’s critically acclaimed freshman feature, gay Yorkshire romance “God’s Own Country,” premiered at Sundance in 2017 as the only British film in competition and won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Directing, as well as the prize for best film at the British Independent Film Awards.

“Ammonite” is a See-Saw Films production by Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, whose credits include “Widows,” “Lion” and “The King’s Speech,
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Linda Ronstadt to Release Concert Album ‘Live in Hollywood’

Linda Ronstadt to Release Concert Album ‘Live in Hollywood’
Linda Ronstadt’s extraordinary genre-hopping career encompassed more than two dozen studio LPs and several greatest-hits compilations but one format that had been missing from her discography until now was a live album. On February 1st, Rhino will issue Live in Hollywood, featuring 12 performances handpicked by Ronstadt from a 1980 concert originally filmed for HBO.

Recorded at Hollywood’s Television Center Studios on April 24th, 1980, to coincide with the release of Ronstadt’s underappreciated Mad Love LP, Live in Hollywood includes a mix of rock, pop and country tunes the singer
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‘The Good Intentions,’ ‘Two Little Birds,’ ‘Immaculate’ Win Big at Ventana Sur

Buenos Aires — “The Good Intentions,” the first feature of Argentina’s Argentina’s Ana García Blaya, won two industry prizes, including the top European Vision Prize, at the 2018 10th Ventana Sur, which wraps Dec. 14 in Buenos Aires. It shared a third.

The award sweep, for a title in pix-in-pose section Primer Corte, was always on the cards. The father-daughter drama – in which a young girl, shunted between her divorced parents, has to choose between gong to live abroad with her mother or staying with her feckless father – played to applause and even, reportedly, some tears at an industry screening Thursday.

“It’s a portrait of a 2.0 family,” said Bruno Deloye, at France’s Cine + Club, which adjudicated the prize with Le Film Français’ Francois-Pier Pelinard-Lambert and Louise Ronzet from Udi, the latter two representing TitraFilms and Gomedia.

Deloye added: “The relationship between two parents and the three children is crazy,
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Watch Teyana Taylor’s Self-Directed ‘Gonna Love Me’ Wu-Mix Video

Watch Teyana Taylor’s Self-Directed ‘Gonna Love Me’ Wu-Mix Video
Teyana Taylor has debuted the self-directed video for the Wu-Tang Clan remix (“Wu-Mix”) of her track “Gonna Love Me.” The original appeared on her June album K.T.S.E.

The “Gonna Love Me” remix features three members of Wu-Tang Clan: Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and Method Man. All but Raekwon appear in the video, which sees Taylor and Ghostface struggling to keep their relationship afloat. The video opens with Taylor discovering a phone that belongs to the rapper that she’s never seen before.

They viciously argue in the apartment
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Does the Media Have It Out for Elizabeth Warren?

The headline in the New York Times reads: “Sanders and Warren Meet and Agree: They Both Are Probably Running.”

At first, the story about Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont reads like standard election news. Dig deeper, though, and you find signs of negative media campaigns already beginning in earnest. Over the past few weeks, multiple outlets have published negative pieces about Warren in particular, deploying coverage gimmicks used to disparage candidates early in presidential campaigns before.

The gist of the new Times piece is that the Warren and Sanders,
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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’s’ Starry Opening: Oprah, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and More

The Shubert Theatre in New York City last was filled on Thursday night with Oscar winners, media titans, and, of course, Broadway legends who came out for the opening of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The starry guest list included Oprah Winfrey, Barry Diller, “Les Misérables” co-stars Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Gayle King, Magic Johnson, Ej Johnson, Spike Lee, Fran Lebowitz, Hasan Minhaj, Samuel L. Jackson, Zosia Mamet, Andrew Rannells, Jon Hamm, Michael Stuhlbarg, Lesley Stahl, Iman, Bernadette Peters, George C. Wolfe, Adam Rippon, Tina Fey, Alex Witt, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Joe Morton, and Andrea Martin.

The stakes are high for the Broadway production, with a script by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Bartlett Sher, after facing opposition from the estate of “Mockingbird” novelist Harper Lee.

Molly Bloom, the real-life inspiration of the Sorkin-directed feature film “Molly’s Game,” was also spotted in the crowd.

“I don’t
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Sondra Locke Remembered as ‘Early Pioneer’ for Women in Hollywood

Sondra Locke Remembered as ‘Early Pioneer’ for Women in Hollywood
Sondra Locke, the Oscar-nominated actress for the 1968 film “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” who was reported dead on Thursday at age 74, is being remembered by Hollywood as someone who stood up for female rights in the industry against powerful men.

In 1996, Locke settled a legal suit with her ex-husband and frequent co-star Clint Eastwood after she contended that the actor and director sabotaged her career and duped her by dangling the promise of a directing deal at Warner Bros. At the time, the Los Angeles Times quoted her as saying that her suit was never about the money.

“It was about my fighting for my professional rights,” Locke said at the time. “People cannot get away with whatever they want to, just because they’re powerful.”

Also Read: Sondra Locke, Oscar-Nominated Actress and Longtime Clint Eastwood Partner, Dies at 74

A comment by her lawyer Peggy Garrity similarly should stir
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