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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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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

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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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Trump Inauguration Money Went to Trump Organization With Help From Ivanka, Report Says

When Trump’s inaugural team filed documents with the Federal Election Commission last year showing it managed to raise a record $107 million — nearly double the previous record set by President Barack Obama in 2009 — it prompted questions among critics and observers, mainly: Where did all that money go?

A new investigative report now suggests some of that money may have been funneled into the Trump Organization in coordination with the president’s eldest daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump.

According to interviews, internal emails and receipts reviewed by Wnyc and ProPublica, the inaugural committee may have been paid steep fees to the Trump Organization for rooms, meals and event space at the company’s Washington hotel.

Also Read: Trump's Inaugural Committee Under Federal Criminal Investigation (Report)

If the Trump hotel did in fact overcharge the inauguration committee for its venues, it could constitute a violation of tax laws, the report said.

The
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Harvey Weinstein Accused of Forcibly Performing Oral Sex on Woman in New Lawsuit

Harvey Weinstein Accused of Forcibly Performing Oral Sex on Woman in New Lawsuit
Harvey Weinstein’s legal entanglements grew this week, as the disgraced film mogul was sued by a woman who said Weinstein masturbated in front of her while she was using the bathroom and ejaculated onto her skirt, and, in another instance, “forcibly performed oral sex” on her.

The suit, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, says that the Jane Doe plaintiff first met Weinstein in January 2013 during the Sundance Film Festival, where she gave him her card in case there were opportunities for auditions.

The next day, the suit says, Weinstein invited her to his hotel suite, ostensibly to discuss a potential film. According to the suit, the plaintiff went to the restroom during the meeting and, while she was sitting on the toilet with her tights around her ankles, Weinstein walked in on her, unbuttoned his jeans, dropped his pants and “exposed his penis while telling her, ‘I like looking at you,
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Ventana Sur: Ugc Distribution Closes Market Hit ‘4 x 4’ (Exclusive)

Buenos Aires — Ugc Distribution has beaten out all other suitors to clinch what had became by Friday morning the most anticipated deal of this year’s Ventana Sur market: All rights to France on Argentine Mariano Cohn’s “4 x 4,” sold by Latido Films and distributed throughout Argentina by Disney.

After mounting speculation about which distributor would finally win out on France, the deal was closed by Ugc’s Thierry Decourcelle and Latido Films Juan Torres.

The sale vindicates Latido and the producers’ decision to bring “4 x 4” onto the market at a private screening at Ventana Sur, attended this year by more than 100 French executives.

Stoking the drama of Thursday’s screening, it took place in torrential rain, but top-class screening conditions.

One of the biggest new titles at Ventana Sur, sitting in the mid-ground between arthouse and mainstream – it’s a thriller but makes caustic social comment about the vindictiveness
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Film News Roundup: ‘Aquaman’ Hits $152 Million at International Box Office

Film News Roundup: ‘Aquaman’ Hits $152 Million at International Box Office
In today’s film news roundup, “Aquaman” has already grossed more than $150 million outside the U.S., Michael Masini joins “Birds of Prey,” and Freestyle buys the documentary “Shamanic Trekker.”

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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Tallinn Film Review: ‘Winter’s Night’

Tallinn Film Review: ‘Winter’s Night’
There are thousands of films about love’s beginning, and a great many about love’s end. But far fewer deal with a relationship’s late-middle: the spreading, sluggish delta of coupledom when decades of familiarity, if they have not bred contempt, at least threaten irritation. “Winter’s Night,” Jang Woo-jin’s playfully melancholic third feature, after the acclaimed “A Fresh Start” and “Autumn, Autumn,” occupies this less trafficked territory with idiosyncratic grace and a surprising, gentle surrealism that lets us explore the possibility that actually those beginning-middle-and-end phases might exist simultaneously in the place where they’ve always been, and the people we once were might be wandering around there like stranded tourists.

A cleverly wrong-footing opening introduces us to Eun-ju, a wonderfully mercurial turn by Seo Young-hwa (from Hong Sang-soo’s “On the Beach at Night Alone”), and her husband Heung-ju, played by Yang Heung-ju, here reuniting with director Jang after “Autumn,
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UTA Signs ‘Cold War’ Star Tomasz Kot (Exclusive)

UTA has signed “Cold War” star Tomasz Kot.

He has appeared in more than 30 films and 26 plays as well as dozens of television series.

Most recently, Kot has received award-season buzz for his starring role as Wiktor in Pawel Pawlikowski’s feature “Cold War” for Amazon. The project has earned him a nomination for best actor by the European Film Awards and the movie has been recognized by the Critics’ Choice Awards, New York Film Critics Circle, and the National Board of Review in the best foreign language film category.

Currently, Kot is filming BBC One series “World on Fire” opposite Brian J. Smith, Julia Brown, and Helen Hunt. Last year, Kot appeared in Maria Sadowska’s feature “The Art of Loving. Story of Michalina Wislocka” for Netflix and Agnieszka Holland’s “Spoor,” and had a starring role in Jaroslaw Marszewski’s “Bikini Blue,” the latter earning him the award
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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina': That Christmas Ghost Story Was Originally Planned for the Pilot

‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina': That Christmas Ghost Story Was Originally Planned for the Pilot
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale”)

“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale” is filled with family drama — just as any good holiday story should be. And the central event that kicks off the special installment’s conflicts — a seance Kiernan Shipka’s Sabrina conducts to summon her dead mother, Diane — is actually a plot point they’ve been trying to do since before the first season launched in October.

“That’s another thing that I’ve wanted to do from the start,” “Sabrina” creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told TheWrap in an interview ahead of the holiday episode’s launch Friday. “In the original outline for the pilot, Sabrina was going to try to contact her mother to ask about going down the Path of Night versus the Path of Light. And then we kept putting it off and putting it off.
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TV News Roundup: Natasha Lyonne’s ‘Russian Doll’ Sets Netflix Premiere Date

On Friday’s roundup, Netflix announces the premiere date for “Russian Doll” and Benedict Cumberbatch’s “Brexit” film has a premiere date on HBO

First Looks

Showtime has released a new teaser for the upcoming comedy series, “Black Monday,” which will premiere Sunday, Jan. 20 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt. The series stars and is executive produced by Don Cheadle and also features Andrew Rannells, Regina Hall, and Paul Scheer. “Black Monday” takes viewers back to Oct. 19, 1987 – a.k.a. Black Monday, the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street, and examines how a group of outsiders took
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Here’s Every TV Show We Lost in 2018, From ‘I Love Dick’ to ‘Timeless’ (Photos)

Here’s Every TV Show We Lost in 2018, From ‘I Love Dick’ to ‘Timeless’ (Photos)
This year, there were nearly 500 scripted television shows on the air, both returning series and new debuts. And while that marks an increase from last year, 2018 also saw its fair share of casualties, with dozens of shows getting axed or coming to a predetermined end. Here are 90 shows that won’t see the light of 2019.

Ten Days in the Valley” (ABC)

Final episode Jan. 6

Chance” (Hulu)

Canceled Jan. 9

“Disjointed” (Netflix)

Final episode Jan. 12

Lady Dynamite” (Netflix)

Canceled Jan. 13

The Shannara Chronicles” (MTV)

Canceled Jan. 16

One Mississippi” (Amazon)

Canceled Jan. 17

I Love Dick” (Amazon)

Canceled Jan. 17

“Jean-Claude Van Johnson” (Amazon)

Canceled Jan. 17

“Damnation” (USA)

Final episode Jan. 18

The Mayor” (ABC)

Final episode Jan. 25

Great News” (NBC)

Final episode Jan. 25

The Brave” (NBC)

Final episode Jan. 29

Valor” (CW)

Final episode Jan. 29

Dice” (Showtime)

Canceled Jan. 30

Shut Eye” (Hulu)

Canceled Jan. 30

9Jkl” (CBS)

Final episode Feb. 5

The Librarians” (TNT)

Final episode Feb. 7

“Everything Sucks!
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Artie Lange Opens Up About Post-Rehab Cocaine Slip-Up: ‘I Have Work to Do’

Artie Lange Opens Up About Post-Rehab Cocaine Slip-Up: ‘I Have Work to Do’
The good news: Artie Lange says he’s making progress with his substance abuse issues.

The bad news: He also admits, “I still have not hit a homerun.”

“Howard Stern Show” alum Lange, who has experienced his share of legal issues recently due to his struggle with addiction, posted a lengthy Twitter thread on Friday to inform his followers that, a little more than a week ago, after exiting rehab, “I used Cocaine” and that, after a drug test on Friday, authorities are “making me apply for a very strict rehab type program called Drug Court.”

Also Read: Artie Lange Sentenced in Drug Case

On the positive side of things, Lange said that he has been off of heroin for more than a month.

“Guys I will tweet about this once. Today in court they drug tested me. For the last decade or more they’d have found both Heroin and Cocaine,
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Does ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

Does ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” may not be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but with a 99 percent Fresh rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, we’re pretty much all in agreement that it’s worth your time even so.

The question, however, for this particular post is not whether you should go see this crazy thing, but whether you need to stick around after the movie is over for some kind of bonus post-credits scene. Bonus scenes after the credits have been a staple of the McU since the beginning, but not so for big-screen “Spider-Man” movies — which have often eschewed the practice.

But at this point the post-credits scene concept is so ubiquitous in comic book movies that even DC is doing it after thumbing its nose at Marvel over this for so long. And Sony even got in on the post-credits scene fun with its recent standalone “Venom” movie.
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Kenneth Branagh’s ‘All Is True’ Opening Palm Springs Film Festival

Kenneth Branagh’s ‘All Is True’ Opening Palm Springs Film Festival
The 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will open on Jan. 3 with historical drama “All Is True,” starring Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, and Ian McKellen.

Branagh, who will be in attendance at the opening night screening, directed from Ben Elton’s script about the little-known period in the final years of William Shakespeare. Branagh portrays the playwright with Dench as his wife Anne, while McKellen plays the Earl of Southampton. Sony Classics bought worldwide rights in October.

The festival will close with “Ladies in Black,” directed by Bruce Beresford, on Jan. 13. The movie, starring Angourie Rice, Rachael Taylor, Julia Ormond, Ryan Corr and Shane Jacobson, centers on a group of department store employees in 1959 Sydney. Beresford will attend.

The festival will screen 223 films from 78 countries, including 48 premieres. It will screen 43 of the 87 official submissions in the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 91st Academy Awards. A jury of
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Post-Credits Scene Explained

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Post-Credits Scene Explained
(In case it wasn’t clear from the headline, there are spoilers here for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”)

The live-action version of Spider-Man may be contained within the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the foreseeable future, but Sony can still do what it wants with animated “Spider-Man” flicks — and thank goodness for that, because “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” totally owns with the way it embraces all corners of the Spider-Canon.

But if you thought the seven Spider-People who participate in the plot in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” — Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), Peter Parker (Chris Pine), Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson), Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn), Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage) and Spider-Ham (John Mulaney) — represented the full breadth of the Spider-Verse, well, you are sorely mistaken.

The post-credits scene for “Into the Spider-Verse” introduces us to another important Spider-Man from the comics, and also visits a past small screen incarnation of Peter Parker.
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Cuarón Tells Lubezki How He Filmed ‘Roma’ — Even One Quiet Shot Needed 45 Camera Positions

Cuarón Tells Lubezki How He Filmed ‘Roma’ — Even One Quiet Shot Needed 45 Camera Positions
Alfonso Cuarón’s impressive black-and-white memoir of 1971 Mexico City, “Roma,” recognized as one of the year’s best by multiple critics groups, finally arrived on Netflix December 14. Last Sunday on a packed soundstage at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, the writer-director-cinematographer was grilled by his old film school buddy Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, who collaborated on six films with Cuarón, including “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” “Children of Men” and “Gravity,” the movie that won them both Oscars.

Three-time Oscar-winner Lubezki started to prep the film but when the “Roma” shooting schedule ballooned to over 108 shooting days, he was no longer able to commit to the schedule and Cuarón, who trained as a cinematographer, took on the task himself. Lubezki asked his long-time collaborator to explain the many rules he broke while making a film that could earn him his first cinematography nomination, among other things.

Here’s an edited version of the highlights.
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Actor and Activist Rodney Kageyama Dies at 77

Actor, activist and influentials member of the Japanese American community, Rodney Kageyama, died in his sleep Dec. 9. He was 77.

The SAG member was known for roles in “Karate Kid IV” with Hillary Swank, Ron Howard’s film “Gung Ho” and the spinoff sitcom, and the TV movie “Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes” with Max Von Sydow.

Kageyama was an important activist for the Asian American community. He was a regular emcee in downtown Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, and was praised for using his voice to advocate for Asian American representation in the entertainment industry. A member of several social activist groups and community organizations, Kageyama was associated with The Asian American Pacific Artists Association, The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (Cape), East West Players, The Japanese American National Museum, and Nisei Week Japanese Festival.

Before he moved to Los Angeles in 1979, Kageyama began his acting career in San Francisco
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