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‘I, Tonya’ Ices Robust Weekend; ‘Disaster Artist’, ‘Shape of Water’ & ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Expand – Specialty Box Office

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Clearly it was always going to be a Star Wars weekend, but some Specialties braved going against the herd. Neon/30West's I, Tonya won gold in its second frame, grossing over $176K with an added run. James Franco's The Disaster Artist went over a thousand locations grossing $2.6M, while Fox Searchlight more than tripled outings for Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water in its third weekend, taking in over $1.73M. Searchlight's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri… »


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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Skyrockets To $230M Overseas, $450M Global Bow – International Box Office

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Refresh for latest…: Disney/Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Last Jedi showed its force at the international box office with $230M in its opening this weekend. Combined with domestic, that puts the global launch at $450M. The worldwide figure ranks The Last Jedi as the No. 5 debut ever (No. 3 excluding the China starts of other films — Swtlj does not go to the Middle Kingdom until January 5). Out of 54 overseas markets, the Rian Johnson-helmed epic is the best start of 2017 in… »


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Harvey Weinstein Again Denies Blackballing Actresses: Says He Wanted Ashley Judd For ‘Good Will Hunting’

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Accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein is insisting again that he “had nothing to do” with casting Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, and that he did not blacklist Ashley Judd or Mira Sorvino. In a new statement released by a spokesperson on Weinstein’s behalf, the former Miramax honcho says he not only didn’t blacklist Sorvino but “was in fact working with her during the timeframe in question on Mimic, the Guillermo Del Toro film. Also during that time, she was… »


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‘The Room’ Filmmaker Tommy Wiseau Pitched Himself For Next ‘Star Wars’ Movie

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With The Disaster Artist getting rave reviews, the star ranking for The Room director and star Tommy Wiseau is on the rise — so much that he has pitched himself to be in the next Star Wars movie. The mind behind “one of the worst movie ever made” on which James Franco’s The Disaster Artist is based, took to Twitter and point blank asked to be put in the next installment of the billion-dollar sci-fi franchise. Citing a popular quote from The Room, Wiseau retweeted a photo… »


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‘Darkest Hour’ Is Gary Oldman’s “Man On A Mission” Movie

16 December 2017 10:00 AM, PST

There are transformations and then there is Gary Oldman's Churchill in Joe Wright's Darkest Hour. The actor endured five hours in the makeup chair daily to transform into the rotund politician who rescued Britain from WWII. With the semi-retired makeup legend Kazuhiro Tsuji behind the making of the mask, Oldman worked intimately to disappear into the role. On set, nobody met Gary Oldman for months. And, he says, it gave him a new appreciation for the British politician… »


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Jake Gyllenhaal’s Fight To Mount ‘Stronger’ And Play A Real-Life Superhero

16 December 2017 8:30 AM, PST

When Jeff Bauman set out to cheer on his fiancée at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on the morning of April 15, 2013, he couldn't have imagined the way his life would change when he was caught up in the terrorist attacks that day. When the bombs exploded he lost both his legs in the blast and was captured in a striking photograph being evacuated from the scene. That photograph, and Bauman's relentless road to recovery, came to typify the "Boston Strong" attitude in… »


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Director Terry Zwigoff Joins Peter Jackson, Mira Sorvino & Ashley Judd In Claiming Weinstein Blacklist; Hollywood Reacts

16 December 2017 8:30 AM, PST

Director Terry Zwigoff says he too encountered resistance from Harvey Weinstein over casting actress Mira Sorvino. “I was interested in casting Mira Sorvino in Bad Santa,” Zwigoff tweeted last night, “but every time I mentioned her over the phone to the Weinsteins, I’d hear a Click.” “What type of person just hangs up on you like that,” Zwigoff continued. “I guess we all know what type of person now. I’m really sorry Mira.” Zwigoff’s tweet follows a similar claim by Lord o… »


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Paul Haggis Denies Rape Claims By Publicist; Calls It “Public Hanging”

15 December 2017 6:14 PM, PST

After being accused of "a shocking and egregious case of rape and sexual assault" by publicist Haleigh Breest today, Oscar winner Paul Haggis is fighting back in court against what he says were demands for $9 million payment to make "these outrageous and wholly baseless demands" go away. "There was no such 'violence, then or ever," says the Crash producer-director's lawyers at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp Llp of Breest's claims of a 2013 assault at Haggis' NYC apartment… »


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Warren Beatty’s ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Faces $18M Lawsuit Over Poorly Performing Pic

15 December 2017 5:50 PM, PST

Regency Entertainment, the primary financier of Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply, is suing the fillmmaker for breach of contract, claiming he and others have not repaid the P&A losses the company says he was obligated to do per their contract after the movie failed to connect at the box office last year. The suit (read it here), filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeks at least $18 million in damages from a company, Tatira 2, set up by Beatty to make the film, as… »


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Notes On The Season: Jeff Bezos Throws A ‘Big Sick’ Party, Praises ‘The Post’; Oscar And Tony Winners Pasek And Paul Are Truly The ‘Greatest Showmen’

15 December 2017 5:21 PM, PST

A column about conversations and events on the awards circuit. On Monday after the Golden Globe nominations were announced, the six-time-nominated The Post was way up and The Big Sick, which was shut out, was way down. On Wednesday after the SAG nominations were known, the shut-out Post was way down and The Big Sick was way up with noms for Holly Hunter and the all-important Outstanding Cast category. Such is just a small example of the topsy-turvy nature of this… »


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‘The Addams Family’ Creeps Onto October 2019 Release Schedule For MGM

15 December 2017 5:21 PM, PST

MGM has slated its animated The Addams Family feature film for a Halloweenish October 11 2019 release date. The film, which is based on the macabre clan made famous by cartoonist Charles Addams, was directed by Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sausage Party). Also on that date is Warner Bros.’ Goldfinch, which is based on Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, and Paramount Pictures’ Are You Afraid of the Dark?, based on the 1990s Nickelodeon show of the… »


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Liz Mahoney, Megan Moss Pachon, Bryna Rifkin & Heidi Lopata Form New PR Shingle Narrative

15 December 2017 4:33 PM, PST

Liz Mahoney, Megan Moss Pachon, Bryna Rifkin and Heidi Lopata are forming a new entertainment public relations firm, Narrative. The move comes shortly after ID announced the abrupt exits of Mahoney, Moss Pachon and Rifkin. Lopata is the new entry here, coming from 42West. They are top-tier publicists. In a statement, Mahoney, Moss Pachon, Rifkin and Lopata said: "We have the utmost esteem for our colleagues at ID and 42West and are deeply appreciative of the wisdom… »


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Morgan Spurlock’s ‘Super Size Me 2’ Dropped By YouTube Red & Pulled From Sundance, While ‘Devil We Know’ Filmmakers Distance Themselves

15 December 2017 4:30 PM, PST

Updated, 4:30 Pm: Now Morgan Spurlock’s former company, the New York-based Warrior Poets, has yanked his film Super Size Me 2 from Sundance. They just issued this statement: “Due to Morgan Spurlock stepping down from Warrior Poets, we, the partners, have decided that this is not the appropriate time for Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Therefore, we will be removing the documentary from the festival's slate.” It was signed Jeremy… »


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‘Molly’s Game’ Review: Jessica Chastain Powers Aaron Sorkin’s Sensational Directorial Debut

15 December 2017 4:14 PM, PST

It is hard for me to believe that in his long writing career, Aaron Sorkin has never once had the desire to direct, and that includes every episode of The West Wing, Sports Night and other series he created and wrote, along with such bellwether movies as Moneyball, Steve Jobs, Charlie Wilson’s War and The Social Network, which earned him an Adapted Screenplay Oscar. Most of his movies revolve around real people and real stories, and such is the case with Molly’s Game, his… »


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Sam Daly Cast In ‘Cut Throat City’; Grant Bowler Has A ‘Bad Impulse’

15 December 2017 4:12 PM, PST

Sam Daly (Madam Secretary) is set to appear opposite Shameik Moore, Wesley Snipes, T.I. and more in the RZA-directed post-Katrina heist drama, Cut Throat City, which is shooting in New Orleans. Written by P.G. Cuschieri, the pic follows four boyhood friends who return to New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward after Hurricane Katrina to find their home decimated and prospects for work swept away. Turning to a local gangster for employment, the crew is hired to pull off a daring… »


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Rian Johnson & Ram Bergman Talk ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Deleted Scenes And Finding Light In The Dark Of Episode VIII

15 December 2017 4:01 PM, PST

Spoiler Alert: This story contains plot details of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman — the writer-director and producer team behind Looper, The Brothers Bloom and Brick — are exhausted. I meet them at the end of the London stop on their world press tour for their latest, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, after they’ve spent a week on the road talking up the picture. But this is manna for them, because it’s the first time since Johnson was announced as the… »


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‘Detroit’ Breakout Algee Smith On Michigan Mayhem & Kathryn Bigelow: “A Leader That’s Not Afraid To Trust”

15 December 2017 3:30 PM, PST

Anyone who has worked with Kathryn Bigelow knows her vision, her ambition and her facts-first approach to epic American stories. The director's oeuvre is filled with war stories of different shades, Detroit being the latest—and Algee Smith found himself amongst a batch of new recruits on the film, facing the horrors of race-related police brutality during the 1967 Algiers Motel incident in the titular Michigan city, a reality the actor had never himself experienced… »


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Peter Jackson Rebukes Harvey Weinstein’s Denial On Ashley Judd & Mira Sorvino

15 December 2017 3:13 PM, PST

Exclusive: Shortly after Harvey Weinstein denied claims that he blackballed Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino from being cast in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies, Jackson has chimed back in, calling parts of Weinstein’s denial “insincere.” Here is Jackson’s rebuttal in full: Aspects of Harvey's denial are insincere. He is basically saying that "this blacklisting couldn't be true because New Line cast the movie". That's a deflection from the truth. In the 18 months we… »


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Beware: How Global One Management’s Questionable Practices Entangled Politicians, Child Actors And The Homeless

15 December 2017 3:04 PM, PST

Exclusive: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and seven members of the L.A. City Council earlier this year signed glowing letters of support for a talent showcase and charity run out of the downtown loft of a local talent manager who may have violated state and federal labor laws. Sunny Chae, whose Global One Management represents numerous aspiring child actors who have performed at her annual Worldwide Star Search talent showcase, doesn't… »


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At&T, Justice Department Settlement Talks Over Time Warner Deal Fail

15 December 2017 2:29 PM, PST

At&T and the U.S. Department of Justice have been unable to resolve antitrust concerns over the pending Time Warner acquisition outside of court, according to a document filed today. The two sides have been engaging in settlement talks, but “despite their efforts, have not been able to settle the matter.” The disclosure came in a document laying out a schedule leading up to the planned March 19 trial. The Justice Department is suing to block the merger, arguing that the… »

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