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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

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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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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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Benicio del Toro to Voice Swiper the Fox in "Dora the Explorer" Live-Action Film

Benicio del Toro to Voice Swiper the Fox in
Benicio del Toro has closed a deal to provide the voice of Swiper the Fox in the "Dora the Explorer" live-action movie.

The film, based on the Nickelodeon TV series from Paramount Players, wrapped production in Australia two weeks ago, but del Toro’s role is a CG character, which explains the late casting.

Del Toro joins a cast that includes Isabela Moner as a slightly older teenage Dora, alongside Michael Peña and Eva Longoria as her parents, and Eugenio Derbez and Temuera Morrison.
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Here’s the Archie Comics Reference You Missed on ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale’

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Here’s the Archie Comics Reference You Missed on ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale’
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale”)

We have good news and bad news for all you “Riverdale” and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” fans hoping for a crossover.

The good: The “Sabrina” holiday episode, “A Midwinter’s Tale,” does feature an Archie Comics reference. The bad: It’s not a direct shout-out to The CW series set in the same universe as Netflix’s dark take on the teen witch.

“The biggest reference isn’t really a ‘Riverdale’ reference, but it is an Archie Comics reference,” Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Chief Creative Officer at Archie Comics and the showrunner on both The CW’s “Riverdale” and Netflix’s “Sabrina,” told TheWrap in an interview ahead of the holiday episode’s launch on Friday.

Also Read: 'Sabrina' Creator on How Threat From Holiday Special Sets Up 'Sexier,' 'Scarier' Season 2

“Susie [played by Lachlan Watson] is
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Investigation into Inaugural Committee Spending Reportedly Closes in on Ivanka Trump

Investigation into Inaugural Committee Spending Reportedly Closes in on Ivanka Trump
New York federal prosecutors are looking into potential financial wrongdoing by President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee and Ivanka Trump’s involvement in price negotiations for space rental in the Trump International Hotel in D.C.

According to reporting by Wnyc and ProPublica, President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee paid large sums of money to the Trump organization to host events at the Trump-owned property, and the president’s daughter discussed charging $175,000 per day for the space, despite organizers’ concerns that it would look like the Trumps were lining their pockets.
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The Best Movie Scenes of 2018

The Best Movie Scenes of 2018
When we think back on a movie that transported us, we often focus on a great scene — or maybe the greatest scene — in it. It’s natural. Those scenes are more than just defining. They can be the moment that lifts a movie into the stratosphere, that takes it to the higher reaches of our imagination — and, just as important, keeps it there. Here are 12 scenes from the movies of 2018 that did that without peer.

1. Jackson and Ally’s performance of “Shallow” in “A Star Is Born

When Jackson invites Ally on-stage to perform a song she’s written, the two don’t just sing together. They merge, in a scene so romantically transporting it creates a tingle that ripples right through your heart.

2. The family-on-the-beach embrace in “Roma

Alfonso Cuarón’s celebrated drama is not a movie of hugs, yet it has a single sublime one, rooted in the
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Kanye West Calls Out Ariana Grande, Talks ‘Mental Disorder’ on Twitter

Kanye West Calls Out Ariana Grande, Talks ‘Mental Disorder’ on Twitter
Kanye West called out Ariana Grande and opened up about his “mental disorder” during an early Saturday morning string of tweets.

On Thursday, after West reignited his feud with Drake during another Twitter airing, Grande tweeted prior to the arrival of her new single “Imagine,” “Guys, i know there are grown men arguing online rn but miley and i dropping our beautiful, new songs tonight so if y’all could please jus behave for just like a few hours so the girls can shine that’d be so sick thank u.
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Trailers of the Week: ‘Godzilla 2,’ ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Umbrella Academy’

Trailers of the Week: ‘Godzilla 2,’ ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Umbrella Academy’
So what did we get this week, trailer-wise? How about: a revisionist take on an old-school superhero’s mythology and a TV show devoted to some new-school do-gooders; a tough-guy heist flick with some A-list names; the big-screen return of everyone’s favorite U.K. upper-crusters; and the return of your favorite giant fire-breathing lizard. Boom!

Brightburn

Remember when that baby fell to earth from a dying planet — let’s call it “Krypton,” because why not? — and was found by a kindly couple in the heartland? Then it turned out
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Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Soars Toward $35-40 Million Debut

Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Soars Toward $35-40 Million Debut
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is swinging into theaters on a high note.

Sony-Marvel’s latest output is launching to $42 million from 3,813 North American locations in its debut, though other more conservative estimates place that number at $35.5 million. The animated superhero story picked up $12.6 million on Friday, easily leading the pack for the weekend.

The film, which takes place in the shared “Spider-Verse,” follows a Brooklyn youth (Shameik Moore) who becomes one of many Spider-Men that must battle the villain Kingpin. “Spider-Verse” also features the voices of Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, Zoë Kravitz, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn with Nicolas Cage, Kathryn Hahn and Liev Schreiber. The pic has a 97% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes after earning rave reviews, and an A+ CinemaScore.

Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman directed from a screenplay by Phil Lord and Rodney
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Cinema226 Announces Four Intl. Co-Productions, Hints at More (Exclusive)

Mexico’s Cinema226, run by Marco Antonio Salgado and Sam Guillén, is driving into a raft of Mexico, Argentina and Spain co-productions, playing off the current vibrancy of Mexican film production funding and distribution outlets.

Among the projects are titles which have been standouts at Ventana Sur’s Blood Window, the next film by Mexico-based Argentine filmmaker Paula Markovitch and films by young Mexican and Argentine cineasts which have participated in laboratories and co-production events around the world.

Salgado and Guillén are also tapping into production partnerships with producers based out of Córdoba, which can bring extra film financing to productions beyond federal support from Incaa. Whilst some past incentive lines from Incaa have closed, Córdoba film support, though finite in budget, looks still to be strong.

“Thanks to Eficine 189 Mexico is a more active participant in the field of international co-productions,” Salgado told Variety. “Because of this, between 50% and
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Stan Lee Was ‘Really Happy’ With His ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Cameo, Directors Say

Stan Lee Was ‘Really Happy’ With His ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Cameo, Directors Say
Warning: Contains spoilers for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” has a bittersweet moment for fans when the film hits theaters in December: one of Stan Lee’s final cameos, and the first since his death Nov. 12 at 95.

While Stan the Man never got to see the final cut of “Spider-Verse,” directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman told TheWrap that he recorded his cameo over a year ago, and got to see how he would look in the film’s ambitious, hybrid style that blends 3-D animation with hand-drawn details and facial expressions.

Also Read: 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Film Review: Animated Arachnids Cross Paths in Clever Superhero Saga

The cameo comes as Miles Morales decides to follow in Peter Parker’s footsteps and take up the mantle of Spider-Man. But being just a teenager with a secret no one else knows, he can
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Ventana Sur Debates Gender’s 50/50 in 2020 for Argentina Film Industry

Buenos Aires — Despite recent gains, namely the equality pledge towards 50/50-2020 signed at the Mar del Plata Film Festival on Nov. 12, producer Magalí Nieva, pointed out that no representative from Incaa was present following the apparent resignation of its vice-president Fernando Juan Lima. “We are left without an interlocutor to discuss gender policies at the Institute,” Nieva said.

The audiovisual industry in Argentina has a long way to go if it is to achieve parity by 2020: between 2008 and 2017, only 15% of films shown at the Mar del Plata Film Festival were directed by women. There was a heavy male presence in the jury for the international competition with only 15% of women participating over the same period.

“We work really hard to ensure there are more women in evaluation committees within Incaa,” said Nieva, adding: “We achieved the first all-women panel recently.”

She proposed a number of gender policies, including having
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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Will Resign at the End of the Year

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will step down from his position at the end of this year, according to a Saturday morning tweet from President Donald Trump. Although Trump offered no explanation for Zinke’s departure, the interior secretary’s tenure has been plagued by ethics investigations.

Trump said that a replacement will be named next week. Zinke joins White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who will also leave his post at year’s end.

Secretary of the Interior @RyanZinke will be leaving the Administration at the end of the
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Ventana Sur Rocks with Sales, Mass Attendance, Structural Growth

Buenos Aires — Celebrating its 10th anniversary with a huge hike in attendance to over 4,000 accredited delegates, the 2018 Ventana Sur will go down in history on multiple counts: Sales and pick-ups on movies which combined social comment and entertainment value, increasingly the new foreign-language movie standard; new sections, led by a Proyecta co-production forum and in-house doc Incubadora; and a reinvigorated conference strand.

Thierry Fremaux’s Cannes Festival Cinema Week also sold out, some sessions in just two hours, a sign he said in his opening keynote to Ventana Sur of a resilient theatrical audience for films.

With three Netflix executives in attendance, plus Amazon’s Pablo Lacoviello, 2018’s Ventana Sur suggested how the function of major film events is expanding in an Ott age. The battle for Ott supremacy will be fought over talent.

Much of the real industry dealing at Ventana Sur was and will be in the future
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Uruguay’s Aparicio Garcia Pitches Sports Journalism Dark Comedy ‘Matufia’

Uruguay’s Aparicio García impressed with his one-of-kind debut earlier this year, the grindhouse rural mobster comedy “La noche que no se repite,” and the filmmaker has now participated in Ventana Sur’s Proyecta section with his next project, the dark comedy thriller “Matufia.”

García’s Isla Patrulla is so far the only producer, but his participation at Ventana Sur’s should give the project a boost in locking down international partners.

The film is based loosely on the real life story of a brutal physical attack against Uruguayan soccer journalist Ricardo Gabito. According to García, the screenplay – which now has a finished first draft co-written with the novel’s author Rodolfo Santullo – is, “based on Gabito’s story, but doesn’t pretend to be a biopic.”

Garcia himself is a long-time camera man and has worked in the world of sports journalism for years, even following the Uruguayan national
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Swings to Top Box Office Spot

Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is hitting analyst expectations and taking the top spot at this weekend’s box office, earning $12.6 million on Friday and on track to finish the weekend with a $35.5 million opening from 3,813 theaters.

With a $90 million budget, “Spider-Verse” is looking to leg out through the holiday season, as kids are only just starting to get out of school for holiday break and are expected to turn up in droves with their families to matinee screenings over the next three weeks.

The film has received overwhelming critical and audience acclaim, earning an A+ on CinemaScore and a 98 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, which should lead to strong word of mouth. By comparison, the Illumination movie “Sing” opened to $35 million in December 2016 and went on to post a domestic theatrical run of $270 million.

Also Read: 'Mortal Engines' Film Review: Dazzling Sci-Fi Fantasy Takes Big Risks and
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