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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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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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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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Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Could Tangle Up to $40 Million Weekend

Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Could Tangle Up to $40 Million Weekend
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is dominating the domestic box office as it heads for up to $40 million in its opening weekend at 3,813 North American locations, early estimates showed on Friday.

Clint Eastwood’s drug-runner drama “The Mule” should finish second with about $18 million at 2,558 venues, at the high end of expectations. Mrc-Universal’s sci-fier “Mortal Engines” is coming in under forecasts, heading for a dismal $8 million at 3,103 venues. It will probably fall behind Universal’s sixth frame of “The Grinch” at $12 million and Disney’s fourth weekend of “Ralph Breaks the Internet” at $9 million.

“Spider-Verse,” a re-invention of the Spider-Man universe, launched Thursday night with $3.5 million, while “Mortal Engines” grossed a quiet $675,000 in previews.

Sony has been forecasting that its animated “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” will debut to $30 million, while rivals contend that early buzz could lift its start to the $40 million range. The movie carries a $90 million budget.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
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El Chapo Trial: Witness Alleges Cartel Connection to Colombian Guerilla Group

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera worked with a Colombian guerilla group to ship cocaine from South America to Mexico, according to new evidence heard Thursday in Brooklyn federal court.

In a recording of a phone call between Guzmán and a representative of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or Farc, El Chapo was heard negotiating details of a six-ton shipment of cocaine that he was trying to buy from the group, which had long financed its war against the Colombian state by taxing drug traffickers and, over time, taking a
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Pacific Life Pulls Ads From ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ After He Says Immigrants Make Us ‘Poorer and Dirtier’

Pacific Life insurance company said it is “reevaluating” its relationship with Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” after a segment on the show was critical of immigration. The company announced it will suspend advertising on the program during its reassessment.

“One of our ads appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show last night following a segment where Mr. Carlson made a number of statements regarding immigration,” the company said in a statement posted to Twitter Friday afternoon.

“As a company, we strongly disagree with Mr. Carlson’s statements. Our customer base and our workforce reflect the diversity of our great nation, something we take great pride in. We will not be advertising on Mr. Carlson’s show in the coming week as we reevaluate our relationship with his program. “

On Thursday, a Pacific Life ad appeared moments after Tucker delivered a monologue in which he said that immigration makes the United States
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Watch PrettyMuch’s Colorful, Sugary ‘Jello’ Video

Watch PrettyMuch’s Colorful, Sugary ‘Jello’ Video
PrettyMuch become their dessert in the spritely video for new single “Jello.” The boy band premiered the track on their fall Funktion tour.

For the video, the boys are seen dancing beneath a gelatinous filter, imitating the consistency of actual jello. Shots of a table full of various jell-based dessert dishes are shown in between the choreographed dance moves. On the song, they celebrate who can “call the shots like jello,” make them “weak in the knees like jello” and is also “sweet” like the aforementioned treat.

PrettyMuch was formed
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Why Does No One Want the Least Secure Job in Washington?

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is leaving the Trump administration at the end of the year. The search for his replacement doesn’t seem to be going very well. Though Trump claimed on Tuesday that “many, over ten” candidates are “vying for and wanting” the job, the New York Times reported a day earlier that the process has been fraught. According to the Times, the president had no “plan B” after his top pick, VP Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers, turned down the job. The
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CBS Paid Eliza Dushku $9.5 Million in Sexual Harassment Settlement

When the CBS Corporation board of directors hired two law firms in August to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct by former chief executive Leslie Moonves, they also asked them to examine broader “cultural issues at all levels” of the network.

Last week, the New York Times obtained a draft of the lawyers’ final report, which concluded that the corporation had justification to terminate Moonves with cause and, possibly, to deny him a lucrative severance. But that’s not all — according to a follow-up article published by the Times on Friday,
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Amy Adams on Why She ‘Became the First Woman in History to Reject a Hug From Brad Pitt’ (Video)

Amy Adams on Why She ‘Became the First Woman in History to Reject a Hug From Brad Pitt’ (Video)
We’re betting this is not how Amy Adams envisioned her fantasy of meeting and working with Brad Pitt.

The actress spoke to Jimmy Kimmel Thursday about being on set for “Vice,” which Pitt produced. Pitt came to set one day — key word being “one,” Adams stressed — but not only was she in heavy makeup and a large suit to portray an elderly Lynne Cheney, she was also recently diagnosed with pink eye.

“He went to give me a hug, and I go, ‘Oh it’s happening!’ Then I realized that I can’t hug him, I have pink eye,” Adams said. “I was like, ‘Noooooo! No!’ So at that moment, I became the first woman in history to reject a hug from Brad Pitt.”

Also Read: Why 'Vice' Director Adam McKay Doesn't Think Dick Cheney Shouldn't Be Compared to Donald Trump

Clearly Adams could tell this would’ve been
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Morgan Spurlock’s Company to Pay $1 Million-Plus in Lawsuit Over Halted Project

Morgan Spurlock’s Company to Pay $1 Million-Plus in Lawsuit Over Halted Project
Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock’s company Warrior Poets will pay more than a million dollars in a lawsuit filed against him by Turner Entertainment Networks, according to court papers obtained by TheWrap.

According to a filing in federal court in California on Tuesday, Spurlock and his company Warrior Poets will pony up nearly $1.2 million in the legal action.

“The parties, Warrior Poets (‘Defendant’) and Turner Entertainment Networks, Inc. (‘Plaintiff’), have agreed to entry of this Final Judgment finally disposing of this action,” Tuesday’s filing notes.

“Judgment is entered for Plaintiff and against Defendant on all claims in the amount of $1,173,707,” the paperwork reads.

Also Read: Morgan Spurlock Sued Over Halted Project About Women's Issues

“The Parties waive any right to appeal,” the filing adds.

Spurlock was sued by Turner in March, after Spurlock’s late-2017 admission that he had engaged in sexual misconduct. Turner alleged that a project about women
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James Corden to Develop Sci-Fi Drama at CBS

James Corden to Develop Sci-Fi Drama at CBS
CBS is developing a drama series that hails from James Corden’s production company, Fulwell 73, Variety has learned exclusively.

The series is titled "Embody." In the series, after a mission gone wrong renders her permanently blind, a special agent volunteers for an experimental government program that can temporarily transfer her consciousness into someone else’s body, giving her the ability to see through their eyes as she infiltrates high-stakes situations and takes down criminals from within.
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‘Ben Is Back’ Writer-Director Peter Hedges on Why the Drug Addiction Drama Hits Close to Home

‘Ben Is Back’ Writer-Director Peter Hedges on Why the Drug Addiction Drama Hits Close to Home
This story about Peter Hedges and “Ben Is Back” first appeared in the Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

In “Ben Is Back,” writer-director Peter Hedges tells the story of one day in the life of a family whose oldest son has been battling an opioid addiction. Fresh from a stint in rehab, Ben Burns (Hedges’ real-life son Lucas) makes an unexpected appearance at his family’s house for Christmas, leading his mother (Julia Roberts) on a descent into the drug underworld to help save him.

“I come from a family that has been ravaged by alcoholism,” Hedges said. “But more recently, a good friend overdosed and died, my favorite actor ever [Philip Seymour Hoffman] overdosed and died and a family member nearly died.

“This was untenable loss, so I started exploring why heroin and opioids were impacting so many many people I love. And it’s
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Ohio Has Passed Two Extreme Anti-Abortion Bills

Ohio Has Passed Two Extreme Anti-Abortion Bills
“Be careful what you wish for.” That was the message Ohio Governor John Kasich had for Donald Trump after Trump said in an interview Thursday that he hopes Kasich challenges him for the Republican nomination in 2020. But “be careful what you wish for” could easily double as advice for anyone holding out hope that Kasich would offer a “moderate” alternative to Trump if he does choose to run for president again. If you want proof, watch what happens when two extreme anti-abortion bills, passed by the Ohio state legislature late Thursday night,
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See Pistol Annies’ Searing ‘Got My Name Changed Back’ on ‘Seth Meyers’

See Pistol Annies’ Searing ‘Got My Name Changed Back’ on ‘Seth Meyers’
Pistol Annies returned to TV screens this week, taking the Late Night With Seth Meyers stage for a suitably celebratory and sassy performance of “Got My Name Changed Back,” the biting post-divorce track from the trio’s latest album Interstate Gospel. The occasion marked the trio’s return to NBC after last month’s appearance on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Decked out in vibrant shades of red and purple befitting the Christmas holiday and backed by a hard-driving band, the Annies — with Miranda Lambert on lead vocal and
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