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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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TV Review: ‘Vanity Fair’

TV Review: ‘Vanity Fair’
There’s something comforting about the predictability of a period piece novel adaptation in the Masterpiece Theater tradition. Knowing the story, or even just the rhythms of the genre, there are rarely many surprises. The women will toss off witticisms and cry careful, pretty tears; the men will steel their jaws and declare their love, ideally after reluctantly falling for a woman they hadn’t considered before. There will be romance, heartbreak, births, deaths. Even when it’s not a great adaptation, it’s at least familiar, and that can go a long way.

Vanity Fair” is counting on just such leniency.
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‘Last Man Standing': Tisha Campbell to Take Over Carol Role From Erika Alexander

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‘Last Man Standing': Tisha Campbell to Take Over Carol Role From Erika Alexander
The recastings continue for “Last Man Standing.” Now on Fox and with former recurring guest star Erika Alexander unavailable, Tisha Campbell has been picked to play Chuck Larabee’s (Jonathan Adams) wife Carol Larabee, TheWrap has confirmed.

Alexander (right), who did 10 episodes of the Tim Allen comedy during its ABC days, currently recurs on two series: CW’s “Black Lightning” and HBO’s “Insecure.” She’s unavailable for this one.

Carol, the wife of Mike Baxter’s (Allen) neighbor and co-worker Chuck, was introduced in Season 2 of the 20th Century Fox-produced “Last Man Standing” and became best friends with Mike’s wife, Vanessa (Nancy Travis). In the show’s final season on ABC, however, Carol left Denver for a one-year-long work assignment out in California. Chuck stayed behind.

Also Read: 'Last Man Standing' Unveils Recast Baxter Kids Ahead of Fox Debut

Previously, Jet Jurgensmeyer (new Boyd) and
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CBS Claims Commitment to Ending Harassment. Its Actions Say Otherwise (Column)

At this point, a new breaking sexual harassment case at CBS isn’t exactly a surprise. Over and over again, powerful CBS company men from producers to executives to the ex-ceo himself have made headlines for propagating decades of harassment and abuse, with dozens of witnesses affirming that the pattern was business as usual.

But as a new report confirms, yet again, that pattern isn’t some bygone relic. It’s a rotten virus infecting the entire company to this day. The New York Times revealed yesterday that CBS settled a harassment suit with actor Eliza Dushku in January (of this year!
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Queer Sex Educators Fear New Facebook Policy Could Get Them Banned

In October 2018, Facebook quietly added a Sexual Solicitation section to their terms of service. While some of the policy is pretty standard — such as banning nudity unless it’s deemed “art,” “medical” and/or relates to breastfeeding — other sections have people concerned. “Using sexual hints” is banned, which could not only include descriptive and explicit posts, but also mentioning things as vague as “fetish scenarios,” “sexual roles” and “sexual preference/sexual partner preference.” The concern is that, while this type of language might be used to sell se­­x online,
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Gravitas Ventures Acquires Irish Comedy ‘Lost & Found’

Gravitas Ventures Acquires Irish Comedy ‘Lost & Found’
Irish writer/director Liam O Mochain’s third feature film, “Lost & Found,” has been picked up by Gravitas Ventures for all rights worldwide, excluding Ireland, U.K., Australia and New Zealand.

The film was recently acquired by Rialto Film Distribution for Australia and New Zealand, Film 4 and High Fliers for the U.K., and Rte TV in Ireland.

The film had its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh, and won best foreign film at the Arizona Intl. Film Festival; it also played at the Austin Film Festival last month. Gravitas Ventures will release it in theaters in North America early next year, and internationally later in 2019.

Tony Piantedosi, director of acquisitions at Gravitas Ventures, said: “Liam crafts a hilarious ensemble comedy full of both small town charm and universal appeal. ‘Lost & Found’ was a highlight of this year’s Austin Film Festival, and we look forward to
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How James Wan Convinced Nicole Kidman to Star in ‘Aquaman’

How James Wan Convinced Nicole Kidman to Star in ‘Aquaman’
While some actors dream of playing a superhero, that wasn’t the case for the cast of “Aquaman.”

“I knew nothing about this,” Amber Heard, who plays Mera in the James Wan-directed action film, told Variety at the movie’s Los Angeles premiere. “I knew nothing about comic books in general. I didn’t know anything about this world. What a way to be introduced, huh?”

It sure is. The $350 million movie stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Nicole Kidman as his mom. Patrick Wilson co-stars as Aquaman’s half-brother and archnemesis King Orm. Rounding out the cast are Willem Dafoe, Dolph Lundgren, Michael Beach, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Temuera Morrison.

Momoa admits he “wasn’t a fan” until comic book writer Geoff Johns “kind of created this role for me.”

Kidman was convinced to jump on board because of Wan. “I knew James Wan was going to do
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Mueller: Michael Flynn Should Go to Jail for Lying

Mueller: Michael Flynn Should Go to Jail for Lying
Lock him up! Special Counsel Robert Mueller is recommending that President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, face prison time for lying about his interactions with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the tail end of the Obama administration.

Flynn has already pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Kislyak in late December 2016, in which Flynn urged Russia not to escalate after Obama hit Putin’s regime with sanctions and diplomatic expulsions for its election interference.

Flynn has asked the court for leniency, arguing he should be spared prison time,
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Live+3 Ratings for Week of Dec. 3: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Fall Finale Comes Out on Top

Live+3 Ratings for Week of Dec. 3: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Fall Finale Comes Out on Top
The 12th season fall finale of “The Big Bang Theory” handily topped all of its scripted competition in the delayed viewing numbers for the week of Dec. 3.

In Live+3, “The Big Bang Theory” rose from a 2.1 rating to a 3.3 in adults 18-49, a lift of 57%. In total viewers, the show went from 12.5 million viewers to 16 million for 28% lift. In both measures, only NFL coverage beat the sitcom.

It is also worth noting that typical top gainers “Manifest,” “This Is Us,” and “New Amsterdam” aired their fall finales prior to this week, meaning they were not included in the schedule.

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Inside ‘Green Book': Read Tony Lip’s Real Letters From the Road Tour With Donald Shirley

Inside ‘Green Book': Read Tony Lip’s Real Letters From the Road Tour With Donald Shirley
This article about “Green Book” first appeared in the Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

Nick Vallelonga eyed the waiter in a San Fernando Valley deli on the day after Thanksgiving. “You’re going to think this is weird,” he said, “but do you have a turkey dinner? I’ll have that, with extra gravy.”

Yes, he’d eaten a big turkey dinner the night before — but when the waiter left, he explained that one wasn’t enough. “My mother, she used to make two turkeys on Thanksgiving,” he said. “So we’d eat turkey the whole weekend.”

If you’ve seen “Green Book,” the movie that Vallelonga co-wrote and the movie he lived, that deli scene made sense — as did the fact that he finished his plate, had a few of my french fries and then asked for some pumpkin pie. (They didn’t have any.
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The Oscars Are About to Dump a Load of Short Lists on Us – Here’s What to Expect

The Oscars Are About to Dump a Load of Short Lists on Us – Here’s What to Expect
It won’t exactly be on a par with Oscars nominations morning, but Monday will be one of the biggest December days in the history of the Academy Awards.

That’s because for the first time, the Academy isn’t systematically doling out the short lists of films that remain in contention. Instead, they’re dropping all the lists at once in a single press release that will trim the fields in Best Documentary Feature, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Original Song and six other categories.

One drop, nine categories, a total of 101 films that’ll get good news and far more that’ll be disappointed.

The strategy of dumping all the Oscars short lists at once has not been greeted with universal approval. For one thing, contenders in the different categories were used to having their individual moments in the spotlight. Music Branch voters, who are facing a pair
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‘Thursday Night Football’ Sees Small Uptick in Viewers in First Fox Season

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“Thursday Night Football” was good to Fox in its first season on the network.

The broadcasting company wrapped up its first year airing the “Tnf” franchise this week, and ended up averaging 14.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen. That represented a slight 3 percent improvement over last year’s “Thursday Night Football” games that aired on broadcast, which were split evenly between CBS and NBC. It should be noted that the 14.3 million was across 11 games for Fox, while CBS and NBC collectively aired 10 games.

The stakes were arguably higher for Fox compared to CBS and NBC, who shared the “Tnf” franchise the past two years. Not only did the network make the biggest financial bet — a five-year deal totaling more than $3 billion — the Murdoch-owned channel will soon be on an island after the 21st Century Fox sell-off to Disney.

Also Read: 'Thursday Night Football' Just Scored an All-Time High - on
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‘Mortal Engines’ Review: Metropocalypse Now!

‘Mortal Engines’ Review: Metropocalypse Now!
Imagine if New York was completely mobile. Not “if everyone in the five boroughs (which, for those of you who have not seen Gotti, are: Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx) had mobile phones” — that’s not very hard to imagine at all. More along the lines of: What if the entire city was on wheels, roaming through some sort of post-nuclear wasteland tundra? And what if it had the ability to take a similarly moving smaller town — say, Hazard, Kentucky, or maybe Monrovia, Indiana — and just swallow it up?
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Benedict Cumberbatch’s Combover Stars in New Trailer for HBO’s ‘Brexit’

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Combover Stars in New Trailer for HBO’s ‘Brexit’
Vice, the Dick Cheney biopic from Adam McKay, isn’t the only political film due out this winter. On January 19th, Brexit will premiere on HBO. Directed by Toby Haynes and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, the film tells the story behind the controversial vote to remove the United Kingdom from the European Union. The trailer dropped at the tail end of a tumultuous week in British politics that featured the nabbing of a parliamentary mace and embattled Prime Minister Theresa May surviving a confidence vote.

In Brexit, Cumberbatch plays Dominic Cummings,
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