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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

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

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'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 Cancellation, Not Marvel

‘Daredevil’ Actress Says Netflix Was Responsible for Cancellation, 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

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‘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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Jeff Bridges to Receive Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award

Jeff Bridges to Receive Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award
Jeff Bridges will receive the Cecil B.DeMille Award at the 76th Annual Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced on Monday.

The Cecil B. DeMille Award is a lifetime achievement award for film that was first given out by the HFPA in 1952, when the inaugural award went to DeMille himself.

Since then, recipients have included Walt Disney, Judy Garland, Kirk Douglas, Alfred Hitchcock, Clint Eastwood, Barbra Streisand and, in the last decade, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, George Clooney, Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey.

The award is chosen by the HFPA board of directors. This year, the organization launched a second honorary award, to be given for work in the field of television. The first recipient will be Carol Burnett, for whom the award was also named.

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Berlin Film Festival: Charlotte Rampling to Receive Honorary Golden Bear

Berlin Film Festival: Charlotte Rampling to Receive Honorary Golden Bear
Oscar-nominated actress Charlotte Rampling, whose career has spanned more than 100 film and television roles, will be honored with a special Golden Bear at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival.

The fest will also pay homage to Rampling by screening a selection of her work, including Sidney Lumet’s “The Verdict” (1982), Francois Ozon’s “Swimming Pool” (2003) and Andrea Pallaoro’s “Hannah” (2017). The honorary Golden Bear will be presented to the veteran performer Feb. 14 at a ceremony featuring a showing of Liliana Cavani’s “The Night Porter” (1974).

“I’m very happy that this year’s homage is dedicated to the sublime actress Charlotte Rampling,” said Dieter Kosslick, the director of the Berlinale. “She is an icon of unconventional and exciting cinema.”

Rampling won the Silver Bear in 2015 for her performance in “45 Years” opposite Tom Courtenay; she also received an Academy Award nomination for the role. She served as president of the Berlinale
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France’s Lumieres Awards Unveil Nominations

France’s Lumieres Awards Unveil Nominations
Jacques Audiard’s “The Sisters Brothers” has been nominated for best film and director at the 24th Lumieres Awards, France’s equivalent of the Golden Globes.

The Western starring Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly and Jake Gyllenhaal world-premiered at Venice Film Festival, where it earned Audiard a best director award.

Produced by Paris-based company Why Not, “The Sisters’ Brothers” is vying for best film against Jeanne Herry’s adoption drama “In Safe Hands,” Mikhaël Hers’ “Amanda,” Alex Lutz’s “Guy” and Emmanuel Mouret’s “Mademoiselle de Joncquières.”

“In Safe Hands” and “Mademoiselle de Joncquières” lead the nominations with four each. Mouret’s critically acclaimed French period drama, “Mademoiselle de Joncquières,” world-premiered at Toronto and was recently acquired by Netflix for most rights worldwide. The film’s star, Cecile de France, has been nominated for best actress, along with Elodie Bouchez for “In Safe Hands,” Léa Drucker for “Custody,” Virginie Efira
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CAA to Represent Peter Chan’s We Pictures

Creative Artists Agency (CAA) has signed with We Pictures, the production and distribution company founded by Hong Kong-born director and producer Peter Chan Ho-sun. It aims to boost the company’s footprint both in China and abroad.

Within China, CAA China will help We Pictures to develop new business partnerships and find new sources of investment and financing, as well as improve its branding and promotion, it said in a Friday statement. Abroad, it will assist with international distribution and “mobilize the resources of the global film industry to connect We Pictures with more top-notch international content.”

Chan, who also has a production deal with Huanxi Media, is a two-time winner of the best director Golden Horse Award, first in 2006 for “Perhaps Love”, the first musical to be shot in China in decades, and again in 2008 later for the battle-filled historical drama “The Warlords,” starring Andy Lau and Jet Li.
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‘Carol’ Producers Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley to Be Honored by BAFTA

Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, the producers of such films as “Carol,” “Their Finest” and the recent “Colette” starring Keira Knightley, will receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the BAFTA Film Awards.

The prolific pair run Number 9 Films and have a long list of credits. They will pick up their accolade at the awards ceremony on Feb. 10, joining a roster of previous winners who include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, and Ridley and Tony Scott.

“Elizabeth and Stephen are two of the U.K.’s leading producers, whose contribution to the British film industry over the last four decades is outstanding,” Marc Samuelson, chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee, said. “Their commitment to producing independent films in the U.K. which breaks down barriers and connects with audiences internationally is an inspiration to us all.”

Woolley’s film career stretches back to the 1970s. He ran the legendary
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Korea Box Office: ‘Rhapsody’ Reclaims Top Spot, Beats ‘Spider-Verse’

Korea Box Office: ‘Rhapsody’ Reclaims Top Spot, Beats ‘Spider-Verse’
Bohemian Rhapsody” reclaimed top place at the South Korean box office, overtaking “Default,” after spending two weekends in second place. The Fox release earned $4.38 million from 554,000 admissions for a total of $61.0 million from 7.94 million admissions. In its seventh weekend of release “Rhapsody” accounted for 27% of the weekend box office.

Cj Entertainment’s financial drama “Default” earned $3.61 million for a three-weekend total of $25.8 million from 3.54 million admissions. In third place, homegrown thriller “Door Lock” earned $2.43 million from 327,000 admissions for a total of $10.4 million after two weekends.

Opening on Wednesday, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” debuted in fourth. The Sony release earned $2.87 million over five days, including $2.23 million between Friday and Sunday. Walt Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” slipped to fifth place, earning $772,000 between Friday and Sunday for a total of $2.98 million after two weekends.

Set for a Dec. 19 opening, Next Entertainment World’s “Swing Kids” landed in fifth place
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China Box Office: ‘Totoro’ Surprises as ‘Aquaman’ Defies Newcomers

China Box Office: ‘Totoro’ Surprises as ‘Aquaman’ Defies Newcomers
Aquaman” comfortably dominated the Chinese box office for the second weekend. Although it dropped 47% in its second week, the latest Warner Bros.DC Comics title again accounted for the majority of all cinema business nationwide.

The watery superhero movie earned $53.9 million, according to data from exhibition and distribution consultancy Artisan Gateway. It played on 25,000 screens, or nearly half of those available in China. That included 559 Imax screens, delivering $5 million and lifting the film’s Imax China cumulative to $18.4 million. After 10 days on release, its cumulative total has swelled to $189 million.

Japanese animated feature “My Neighbor Totoro” was the weekend surprise. Released for the first time in China, about 30 years after its bow in Japan, the Hayao Miyazaki-directed, Studio Ghibli-produced crowd-pleaser earned $13 million in three days. It is assumed that the film was widely pirated in the three prior decades.

It comfortably beat Indian fact-based drama “Padman,” about a
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‘Outlander’ Recap: Brianna Goes ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ — and Another Familiar Face Returns

‘Outlander’ Recap: Brianna Goes ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ — and Another Familiar Face Returns
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Down the Rabbit Hole,” the seventh episode of “Outlander” Season 4.

“Down the Rabbit Hole” is likely to be a divisive episode, especially for those viewers who have read the books. While the return of Frank was a lovely surprise — Tobias Menzies is a talented actor and it was nice to see him get scenes with Sophie Skelton — the show also took some major liberties with Brianna’s (Skelton) journey back in time that changed the tone of her entire time in Scotland.

After landing in 1760s Scotland, Bree took
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Why ‘Mortal Engines’ Is the New Top Blockbuster Bomb of 2018 Box Office

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After Thanksgiving weekend, it looked like the Lionsgate movie “Robin Hood” would be the biggest blockbuster bomb of the 2018 box office. But the Sherwood Forest revamp has now been dethroned by Universal/Media Rights Capital’s “Mortal Engines,” an adaptation of Philip Reeve’s sci-fi dystopian novel that opened to a mere $7.5 million domestically this weekend.

Most of this year’s box office flops have been mid-budget releases like “Annihilation” and “The Hurricane Heist,” rather than blockbusters with $100 million-plus budgets like 2017’s “Ghost in the Shell.” “Robin Hood” was the closest to that budget mark with a reported budget of around $97 million.

But “Mortal Engines” had a budget of at least $100 million, with some reports estimating it as much as $150 million. While Universal doesn’t disclose budget figures, it’s possible that the studio might not make back its production costs, let alone that of its marketing campaign. Overseas figures
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