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Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Rockets to $215 Million Opening Weekend

Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Rockets to $215 Million Opening Weekend
Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is set to take over the box office in its opening weekend, raking in around $215 million from 4,232 North American sites.

Including $45 million from Thursday previews — the second-largest Thursday night preview total ever, below “Star Wars: The Force Awakens’s” 2015 total of $57 million — the tentpole film brought in $104 million from Friday, and is looking to add over $100 million between Saturday and Sunday.

The total gross will make “The Last Jedi” the fourth film in domestic box office history to make over $200 million in its first weekend, joining “The Force Awakens” with $248.8 million, “Jurassic World” with $208.8 million, and 2012’s “The Avengers” with $207.4 million. “The Last Jedi” will finish significantly above Star Wars spinoff “Rogue One,” which opened with $155.1 million on the same weekend a year ago.
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Peter Jackson Slams Harvey Weinstein’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Blacklist Denial as ‘A Deflection From the Truth’

Peter Jackson Slams Harvey Weinstein’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Blacklist Denial as ‘A Deflection From the Truth’
Peter Jackson and Harvey Weinstein are engaging in a war of words over the audition process for “The Lord of the Rings.” Jackson claims when he was working with Miramax on early development of the J. R. R. Tolkien adaptation in 1998 that Weinstein blacklisted actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino from auditioning, allegedly telling Jackson that both were a “nightmare to worth with.”

Weinstein quickly responded to Jackson’s story and denied the claims were true. A publicist for the disgraced former studio executive issued a statement in which Weinstein said he has “nothing but the utmost respect for Peter Jackson” and assured that he was not involved in casting. Weinstein noted that “Miramax lost the project and all casting was done by New Line.”

Jackson has now responded
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Oscar Isaac in Talks to Voice Gomez Addams in Animated ‘Addams Family’ Movie

Oscar Isaac in Talks to Voice Gomez Addams in Animated ‘Addams Family’ Movie
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” star Oscar Isaac is in talks with MGM to voice Gomez Addams in the animated feature film “The Addams Family.”

Isaac portrays the heroic pilot Poe Dameron in “The Last Jedi.” The rest of the cast for “The Addams Family” has not been unveiled. Conrad Vernon is directing from a screenplay by Pamela Pettler based on Charles Addams’ iconic cartoon series with revisions by Matt Lieberman.

Producers of “The Addams Family” are Gail Berman, Vernon, and Alex Schwartz. Executive producers are Kevin Miserocchi and Andrew Mittman. The Jackal Group is producing with Cinesite Studios providing the computer-generated animation.

MGM announced Friday that it had set an Oct. 11, 2019, release date for the film. The announcement comes seven weeks after MGM and Annapurna Pictures unveiled a new joint venture for theatrical distribution in the U.S. Through this joint venture, MGM expects to release approximately six to eight films per year beginning with Eli Roth
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Paul Haggis Sues Woman Over Alleged Fake Rape Claim

Paul Haggis Sues Woman Over Alleged Fake Rape Claim
Paul Haggis is suing a New York publicist who says he raped her, claiming the woman is an extortionist who is capitalizing on the trauma of genuine victims of sexual assault.

The Crash writer-director sued Haleigh Breest in New York State court Friday afternoon, and she followed with her own lawsuit a few hours later.

Breest claims Haggis raped her in his SoHo apartment in January 2013 following the premiere of Side Effects. She says he insisted she come over for a drink, and she relented despite not wanting to go. Breest claims the unwanted sexual advances began...
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Watergate Series from George Clooney the Works at Netflix

Watergate Series from George Clooney the Works at Netflix
Netflix is eyeing the Watergate scandal as its next high-profile miniseries.

The drama is being developed by George Clooney and Bridge of Spies writer Matt Charman. Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures will produce the eight-episode limited series, with the film star and his partner Grant Heslov serving as executive producers. The project also hails from Sonar Entertainment, which inked a first look deal with Smokehouse last year.

More to come...

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Ian McKellen Wants to Play Gandalf on Amazon’s TV Series: ‘He’s Over 7000 Years Old, So I’m Not Too Old’

Ian McKellen Wants to Play Gandalf on Amazon’s TV Series: ‘He’s Over 7000 Years Old, So I’m Not Too Old’
Amazon’s upcoming “Lord of the Rings” television series is one of the most highly anticipated projects currently in development, with the streaming giant already signing off on a multi-season commitment. While the story for the series has not been confirmed, Ian McKellen is more than eager to step back into the wizardly shoes of Gandalf.

Read More:‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series in the Works at Amazon, Which Wants the Precious All for Itself

British television personality Graham Norton recently brought up the new “Lord of the Rings” series to McKellen during an interview on his BBC Radio 2 talk show (via Digital Spy). When asked if it would be annoying to see another actor take on his iconic role, McKellen responded, “What do you mean, another Gandalf?”

“I haven’t said yes because I haven’t been asked. But are you suggesting that someone else is going to play it?
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Cannes’ Historic First Television Festival Opens in April 2018 With ‘The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair’

Cannes’ Historic First Television Festival Opens in April 2018 With ‘The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair’
The first-ever Cannes International Series Festival, also known as Canneseries, is set to launch on April 4, 2018 at the Palais des Festivals. The festival has announced that its inaugural edition will open with the world premiere of “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair,” starring Patrick Dempsey, Kristine Froseth, and rising indie star Ben Schnetzer. The series pilot is directed by “Black and White in Color” helmer Jean-Jacques Annaud.

“The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair” tells the story of Harry Quebert (Dempsey), a literary icon who suddenly finds himself indicted in the cold-case murder of a girl who has been missing for many years. The MGM Television-backed series is based on the bestselling European novel by Joël Dicker and consists of 10 episodes. “Harry Quebert” will premiere in the U.S. on Epix and in France on TF1 in 2018.
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Sean Baker Responds to Sexual Harassment Allegations Against ‘The Florida Project’ Producer Andrew Duncan

Sean Baker Responds to Sexual Harassment Allegations Against ‘The Florida Project’ Producer Andrew Duncan
Sean Baker says he is “saddened” over the sexual harassment allegations made against June Pictures co-founder Andrew Duncan. Duncan and his company helped produce Baker’s acclaimed “The Florida Project,” which is currently a big contender in this year’s awards season.

Numerous employees at June Pictures say they were harassed by Duncan over the last year. One even alleges Duncan had an employee hire sex workers. The allegations also say that Duncan’s partner at June Pictures, Alex Saks, was aware of the accusations and Duncan’s behavior for over a year and never addressed the issue in an effective way. Duncan has denied the allegations, blaming them on his “rivals.”

In reaction to the allegations, “The Florida Project” director Sean Baker has issued an official statement in which he makes it very
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‘The Trade’: Morgan Spurlock Dropped As Executive Producer Of Showtime’s Sundance-Bound Docu Series

‘The Trade’: Morgan Spurlock Dropped As Executive Producer Of Showtime’s Sundance-Bound Docu Series
The fallout from Morgan Spurlock’s public confession of sexual misconduct earlier this week continues. The documentary maker has been dropped as an executive producer of Showtime’s upcoming five-episode docu-series The Trade, which will have a world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, followed by a Feb. 2 debut on Showtime. The move follows Spurlock’s exit from his production company, Warrior Poets, in the wake of the controversy. The Trade spotlights the opioid…
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Ian McKellen Wants to Reprise Gandalf for Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series

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Ian McKellen Wants to Reprise Gandalf for Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series
If Amazon is planning to cast Gandalf for their upcoming “Lord of the Rings” TV show, Sir Ian McKellen wants first dibs. In November, the studio made a deal to adapt to series J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved novels, a franchise that many associate first and foremost with McKellen’s badass wizard. During an appearance on Graham Norton’s BBC Radio 2 show on Saturday, McKellen was asked if it will bother him if another actor puts on his wizard hat. He responded, “What do you mean, another Gandalf?” “I haven’t said yes because I haven’t been asked,” McKellen added.
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Mario Batali Issues Sexual Misconduct Apology… Along With a Tasty Holiday Recipe

Mario Batali Issues Sexual Misconduct Apology… Along With a Tasty Holiday Recipe
Here, enjoy this apology for sexual assault with a side of sugary breakfast treats. Mario Batali issued an apology for the sexual misconduct accusations recently posed against him via an online newsletter sent out on Friday, but it was accompanied by an odd attachment: a link to his recipe for Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls. Following his termination from “The Chew,” the celebrity chef acknowledged his “many mistakes” and apologized for disappointing “my friends, my family, my fans and my team.” Also Read: Mario Batali Out at 'The Chew' After Review of Sexual Misconduct Accusations Against Him “My behavior was wrong and there are.
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‘SNL': Is There a New Episode Airing This Week?

‘SNL': Is There a New Episode Airing This Week?
SNL” is back with a fresh December episode this week as it closes in on the Christmas holiday. “Saturday Night Live” returned last week with a bit of a Christmas theme, with a cold open in which Kenan Thompson played Santa Claus trying to answer kids’ questions about current politics. But what it didn’t have was Alec Baldwin reprising his role as Donald Trump. There’s the possibility that Baldwin will be back this week, though. The Dec. 16 episode is set to be hosted by Kevin Hart, with the Foo Fighters serving as musical guests. James Franco served as host of last.
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Jason Priestley Says He Punched Harvey Weinstein at a Golden Globes Party in the ’90s

Jason Priestley Says He Punched Harvey Weinstein at a Golden Globes Party in the ’90s
Jason Priestley says he has done what many in Hollywood probably wish they had: punched Harvey Weinstein in the face. Following the accusations rolling in about Weinstein’s attempt to blacklist Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd – two actresses who have recently accused the disgraced movie mogul of sexual misconduct and threats to derail their careers if they spoke up — a friend of Priestley’s took to Twitter to recall a rather heated encounter between the disgraced mogul and the former star of “Beverly Hills 90210.” “Heartbreaking….wouldn’t be surprised if this happened to my good friend @Jason_Priestley who punched
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Here’s How ‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’ Sets Up ‘The Last Jedi’

Here’s How ‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’ Sets Up ‘The Last Jedi’
(Note: This post contains spoilers for the video game “Star Wars: Battlefront II” and the beginning scene of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”) “Star Wars” fans have waited as patiently as possible for December to roll around, and with it, the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” But for fans who want a little more, there’s another “Star Wars” story that’s not a novel or a comic book. “Star Wars: Battlefront II,” a video game in which players take part in some of the biggest battles in the “Star Wars” films as soldiers in the two opposing armies,
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The Reinvention of Luke Skywalker

The Reinvention of Luke Skywalker
[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi]

Star War: The Last Jedi delivers a Luke Skywalker unlike the galaxy has never seen.

Gone is his resolve and his youthful idealism, replaced by bitter, jaded cynicism found only in those who have seen their idealism crumble like so much plaster over the passage of years. Once upon a time, Mark Hamill's Luke stood as a symbol of hope: For characters inhabiting the Star Wars universe, and for fans of the series. In The Last Jedi, he’s a cautionary tale for allowing your own hype go straight to...
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Les Arcs European Film Festival’s Industry Village Kicks Off with Strong Roster

Les Arcs European Film Festival’s Industry Village Kicks Off with Strong Roster
Echo,””The Orphanage,””Patrol Cars” and “Starve” are among the promising projects which will be presented at the 9th edition of Les Arcs European Film Festival’s industry village kicking off this weekend in the French Alps.

The Coproduction Village will showcase 21 European feature films in development which were selected from more than 220 applications received.

“Patrol Cars” from Stephan Komandarev, a critically-aclaimed Bulgarian director/producer/screenwriter, follows three teams of police officers patrolling the streets of a society losing all sense. Jeremy Zelnik, the head of industry at Les Arcs who works alongside Anna Ciennik, described the script as a “page-turner.”

Komandarev’s credits include “Posoki/Directions” which played at Cannes’s Un Certain Regard last year.

Rúnar Runarsson and Shahrbanoo Sadat, who last participated in Les Arcs’s industry village with “Sparrows” and “Wolf and Sheep,” respectively, will also be back with projects.

Runarsson will present “Echo,” an drama looking at Icelandic society. “Sparrow,” his second
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HBO Documentary President Sheila Nevins to Step Down

HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins is leaving the cable network after 38 years, the New York Times reported. Nevins revealed the news in an in-depth interview with Maureen Dowd that went live on Saturday. “There’s something exciting about leaving a job. I can’t explain it. I have deprived my life of a life. All I did was work. I was, like, born at HBO and I don’t have to die there,” Nevins tells Dowd. “If I stayed any longer, I probably would have died at my desk. I just regret that there’s so little time left.
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The Most Satisfying Twist in 'The Last Jedi'

The Most Satisfying Twist in 'The Last Jedi'
[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi]

The great mystery of Star Wars: The Force Awakens could be boiled down into one question: who are Rey’s parents? The scavenger from Jakku seemed to come from unremarkable stock, but her way with the Force was almost unprecedented. And that film’s co-writer and director, Jj Abrams, does love his fabled mystery box. So when viewers learned that Rey believed she was waiting for her parents’ return, it seemed logical that she (and we) might one day learn her heritage had a twist or turn. The Last Jedi has...
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Sheila Nevins Stepping Down From HBO Documentary Films After 38 Years

Sheila Nevins Stepping Down From HBO Documentary Films After 38 Years
Sheila Nevins is leaving HBO Documentary Films, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

News of Nevins' departure was first reported in an extensive interview with Maureen Dowd in The New York Times, which went online early Saturday.

Sources tell THR that Nevins will be leaving early next year.

The announcement was made in an extensive interview with Maureen Dowd that went online early Saturday.

Nevins, 78, has headed up HBO's documentary division since 1979, serving as president since 2004, with HBO having won 26 Oscars on her watch, most recently A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness...
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Blasts to $200 Million-Plus Opening After $104 Million Opening Day

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Blasts to $200 Million-Plus Opening After $104 Million Opening Day
As expected, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is sending the 2017 box office out with a bang, joining its predecessor “The Force Awakens,” as only the second film to make over $100 million on its opening day with $104.7 million from 4,232 screens. Industry estimates currently have Rian Johnson’s sequel making around $215 million for the weekend, making it the second-highest opening of all-time and the fourth $200 million-plus opening alongside “Force Awakens,” “Jurassic World,” and “The Avengers.”$45 million of that opening day total came from Thursday preview screenings, also the second-highest in box office history behind “The Force Awakens.” Also...
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