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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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YouTube Red Drops Morgan Spurlock's 'Super Size Me' Sequel (Exclusive)

YouTube Red Drops Morgan Spurlock's 'Super Size Me' Sequel (Exclusive)
YouTube Red is dropping Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! following the filmmaker's admittance to accusations of sexual harassment and assault.

"We feel for all of the women impacted by the recent statements made by Morgan Spurlock," reads a statement from a YouTube spokeswoman. "In light of this situation, we have decided not to distribute Super Size Me 2 on YouTube Red."

YouTube picked up Supersize Me 2 for $3.5 million out of the Toronto International Film Festival. While no release plans were officially announced, the Google-owned streamer was planning to release it on its subscription streaming service, Red, in...
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‘The Goldfinch’ Movie Adaptation Casts Willa Fitzgerald as Pippa (Exclusive)

‘The Goldfinch’ Movie Adaptation Casts Willa Fitzgerald as Pippa (Exclusive)
Willa Fitzgerald is in negotiations to play Pippa in Warner Bros. and Amazon Studios’ adaptation of “The Goldfinch.”

Ansel Elgort will portray Theo and “Dunkirk” actor Aneurin Barnard is Boris in the film from director John Crowley. Warner Bros. had no comment on the casting.

Based on Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Goldfinch” follows a young man named Theodore Decker who survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum — an attack that kills his mother. From there, he tumbles through a series of adventures that finds him living in Las Vegas with his deadbeat father and, later, involved in art forgeries.

In the novel, Pippa is Theo’s true-but-seemingly-unrequited love.

Earlier this year, Amazon Studios agreed to co-finance the film, which will go into production at the beginning of 2018. As part of the pact, Amazon will invest more than a third of the movie’s budget, which is estimated to be in the $40 million range, according
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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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‘Bad Santa’ Director: The Weinsteins Blacklisted Mira Sorvino From My Movie Too

‘Bad Santa’ Director: The Weinsteins Blacklisted Mira Sorvino From My Movie Too
Bad Santa” director Terry Zwigoff stepped forward to say that Harvey and Bob Weinstein asked him not to even consider Mira Sorvino for his 2003 dark comedy. “I was interested in casting Mira Sorvino in Bad Santa, but every time I mentioned her over the phone to the Weinsteins, I’d hear a Click,” Zwigoff wrote on Twitter. “What type of person just hangs up on you like that?! I guess we all know what type of person now.” He added, “I’m really sorry Mira.” I was interested in casting Mira Sorvino in Bad Santa, but every time I mentioned her over the.
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Arnon Milchan Sues Warren Beatty Over ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Flop

Arnon Milchan Sues Warren Beatty Over ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Flop
Last year, Arnon Milchan was effusive in his praise of Warren Beatty, whose film “Rules Don’t Apply” he had agreed to help finance. In an interview with Variety, the Israeli-born financier said he put his full confidence in “the master.”

“We all put in the money and said, ‘Go make your movie. We will leave you alone,'” Milchan said at the time. Beatty was effusive in return, calling Milchan “the Medici of the movies.”

Cut to: one year later. The film flopped, grossing $3.9 million worldwide, and Milchan’s company is now suing Beatty for $18 million.
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Warren Beatty Flop 'Rules Don't Apply' Sparks $18 Million Lawsuit Over Losses

Warren Beatty Flop 'Rules Don't Apply' Sparks $18 Million Lawsuit Over Losses
Warren Beatty's production company is being sued by Regency Entertainment for allegedly failing to pay back costs for the 2016 film Rules Don't Apply.

Regency claims it entered into talks with Beatty in 2013 to finance and distribute the Howard Hughes biopic, which was written by the star who starred in and directed the film. The distributor claims it agreed to incur substantial upfront costs which were to be recouped from the film's revenues. In addition to distributing the film, Regency says it also invested $2.5 million in the project.

Despite its star power, the $25 million film only grossed...
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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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Bruce Gray, 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' Star, Dies at 81

Bruce Gray, 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' Star, Dies at 81
Bruce Gray, known to Americans as the father of the groom in My Big Fat Greek Wedding and to fellow Canadians for playing investment banker Adam Cunningham on the 1990s Traders TV drama, has died. Gray was 81.

Gray passed away in Los Angeles on Wednesday after a bout with brain cancer, his Toronto agent Jennifer Goldhar confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

Born on Sept. 7, 1936 in San Juan Puerto Rico to Canadian parents, Gray returned at age 13 to Toronto, before completing high school at Humberside Collegiate and graduating from the University of Toronto with psychology degree. In 1960, Gray...
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Anita Hill Chairs Hollywood Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Formed by Top Execs

Anita Hill Chairs Hollywood Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Formed by Top Execs
Spurred by the multitude of sexual abuse scandals, top Hollywood executives have tapped Anita Hill to chair the newly formed Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace.

The commission made the announcement Friday following a meeting convened by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, Nike Foundation founder and co-chair Maria Eitel, Nina Shaw, and venture captialist Freada Kapor Klein.

“The Commission will not seek just one solution, but a comprehensive strategy to address the complex and inter-related causes of the problems of parity and power,” said Kennedy. “The fact that so many industry leaders—across film, television, music, digital, unions, agencies, Ata, AMPAS, television academy and guilds—came together, in one room, to explore solutions speaks to a new era.”

Hill went public in 1991 with allegations of sexual harassment during the Senate confirmation process for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Since then, in addition to teaching law and policy at Brandeis University, Hill has been
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‘The Addams Family’ Animated Movie Gets 2019 Release Date

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi out this weekend, top ten lists for the year are getting finalized quick and eyes now seem to be firmly placed on January and 2018. For Star Wars fans, the new year will bring the Han Solo origins movie, Solo, but fans of the new storyline are likely already eyeing the release of Episode IX in late 2019. The way these movies are now mapped out in terms of canonization and seemingly never-ending storylines means that there's always multiple projects to be looking forward to within the same franchise. It's not …
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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, 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 film,
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi: the Porgs, the Force and the future - discuss with spoilers

It gave us new powers, abundant alien creatures and a triumphant last hurrah for Luke Skywalker, but did Rian Johnson’s Episode Xiii live up to the hype?

•Warning: this article contains spoilers

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Fan theorists were certain that Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi would be to The Empire Strikes Back what Jj Abrams’ The Force Awakens was to the original Star Wars, a movie full of Jedi training sessions on remote planets, rebel backs against the wall and darkling, curveball plot twists. In the end that was only part of the story, for this was a movie that gave us, in the words of Luke Skywalker in one of its earliest trailers, “so much more”. New Force powers, abundant alien creatures like nothing we’ve seen before, and a complex, yet satisfying return for the galaxy’s greatest hero.
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‘Darkest Hour’ Is Gary Oldman’s “Man On A Mission” Movie

‘Darkest Hour’ Is Gary Oldman’s “Man On A Mission” Movie
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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‘Galaga’ Animated Series Will Be a Completely Interactive Experience

‘Galaga’ Animated Series Will Be a Completely Interactive Experience
Flex your joystick finger. Not only is classic arcade video game Galaga getting adapted into an animated series, it will be made into a fully immersive interactive experience. So you don’t have to wait until Ready Player One comes out to experience the magic of Galaga rendered in the modern age. Honestly, there’s not much to […]

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‘Star Wars’: Rian Johnson Says There Will Be “Extensive” Deleted Scenes On ‘The Last Jedi’ DVD

Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi“ has been released into the world and the bold, daring, sometimes divisive ‘Star Wars’ movie is just destroying at the box office. And while there was the surprise element of the film charting low on the Rotten Tomatoes audience score—some of which may have been trolling—the film earned a glowing A Cinemascore, so there’s pretty much nothing to worry about if you’re an invested fan.

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George Clooney Developing Watergate Series at Netflix

Netflix keeps spending money. Looking at a list of upcoming original TV series and original movies, ignoring future pick-ups from festivals like Sundance and Cannes, is genuinely daunting, ranging from a Boss Baby animated series to The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, a Western anthology overseen by the Coen brothers. On the movie side of things, they have Duncan Jones' long-delayed Mute coming out next year, along with Gareth Evans' Apostle and The Irishman, the next movie by Martin Scorsese. And mind you, these are just the big-ticket items in a sea of developing projects, a good portion …
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Mark Hamill Gets Candid about His ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Arc

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow below. If you haven’t seen the movie, turn back now. . . . . . . [caption id="attachment_663328" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Lucasfilm/caption] If you’re reading this I assume you’ve seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which means you know what happens with Luke Skywalker. Mark Hamill has never been one to mince words, and he was upfront about the fact that his initial reaction to finding out he has a total of 30 seconds of screentime in The Force Awakens was not exactly super positive. The Last Jedi, then, is …
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