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‘Justice League’ Powers to $13 Million at Thursday Box Office

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Warner Bros.’ “Justice League” powered to $13 million at the Thursday previews, on it’s way to an impressive $110 million opening weekend. The Thursday preshow number for “Justice League” topped the preview ticket sales for “Wonder Woman,” which earlier this year grossed $11 million on Thursday night. The Patty Jenkins-directed film went on to gross $103.3 million its opening weekend. 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” also starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot, grossed a whopping $27.7 million in previews and had an $166 million opening. “Justice League” is expected to earn somewhere in the $110 million to $115 »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Women Filmmakers From the Middle East and North Africa Unite to Champion Female Artists

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Female artists and filmmakers from across the Middle East and North Africa will come together on Saturday to bridge cultural and political divides through storytelling. The Women Creating Change (Wcc) launch event, which will be held at Los Angeles City College, will bring together women from across the region for a panel conversation featuring prominent Middle Eastern and North African filmmakers, one-on-one networking session with women from the industry and a screening of the award-winning documentary short “Women in Sink” from Israeli director Iris Zaki. “The three goals we’re working toward are empowering women, creating a community for the Middle Eastern and. »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘Project Runway’ Contestant Wendy Pepper Dies

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Wendy Pepper, a fashion designer who competed on two seasons of “Project Runway” has died. According to a death notice posted in the Washington Post on Friday, Pepper, born Anne Eustis Pepper, died peacefully on Sunday “surrounded by her loving family.” Pepper finished in third place on the first season of the Bravo-turned-Lifetime reality competition, losing to Kara Saun and winner Jay McCarroll. She also competed on the second season of “Project Runway All Stars” and was eliminated in the second episode. Also Read: 'Project Runway': 7 Things You (Probably) Won't See on Season 16 Finale Following the show, Pepper sold her designs out of. »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘Gunpowder’ Trailer: Remember, Remember Kit Harington in November (Video)

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Jon Snow fans, you won’t have to wait until “Game of Thrones” returns for your Kit Harington fix, and we’ve got a new trailer to get you hyped. Harington is starring in HBO’s upcoming three-part miniseries “Gunpowder,” which is all about the plot to blow up the House of Lords and kill King James I in the early 1600s. Harington is Robert Catesby, the mastermind behind the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 London. Catesby is a Catholic in Protestant England, which if you remember your history lessons, means he’s treated anything but well by the royals. “The Fifth of November. »


- Ashley Boucher

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Murderer of Jenna Dewan Tatum’s ‘Step Up’ Stand-in Gets 30 Years in Prison

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The man who killed a Washington, D.C. yoga instructor who served as Jenna Dewan Tatum’s stand-in for the film “Step Up” was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the crime on Friday, ABC affiliate Wjla reports. Duane Johnson, also known as Adrian Duane Johnson, pleaded guilty to first degree felony murder in connection to the Christmas 2016 killing of Tricia McCauley in September. The U.S. attorney’s office said that McCauley left her Washington, D.C., home on Dec. 25, 2016 en route to a friend’s holiday party when she encountered Johnson, who entered her car and sexually assaulted her. »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Girls’ Writer Murray Miller Accused of Raping Underage Actress Aurora Perrineau (Exclusive)

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Actress Aurora Perrineau has gone to police to accuse “Girls” writer and executive producer Murray Miller of raping her in 2012, when she was 17 years old, TheWrap has exclusively learned. Perrineau, who has appeared in Jennifer Lawrence’s “Passengers” and is the daughter of “Lost” actor Harold Perrineau, told TheWrap she filed a report with the West Hollywood’s Sheriff’s Station on Friday. TheWrap obtained the results of a polygraph test Perrineau said she passed in September in which she detailed her accusations against Murray, who was also a producer on the Fox animated comedies “King of the Hill” and “American Dad. »


- Matt Donnelly and Tim Molloy

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How Japan’s ‘In This Corner of the World’ Captures 1940s Hiroshima Before the A-Bomb

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Sunao Katabuchi pulled a book out of his bag and held it up to the audience at a recent screening of his film “In This Corner of the World.” It was ratty, folded and in pieces, because for six years, he took diligent notes and was painstakingly accurate in recreating 1940s Hiroshima before the atomic bomb dropped. Katabuchi interviewed Japanese survivors kept out of the city, all of whom are now in their eighties. He got a glimpse of how people in Japan lived in the months leading up to that fateful day. Katabuchi wanted to know what parks children. »


- Brian Welk

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Rupert Murdoch Made $585 Million on Friday as Fox Suitors Line Up

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Even if he’s not selling, Rupert Murdoch is still cashing in on the rumors that certain 21st Century Fox assets are on the auction block. Dude’s fortune rose nearly $600 million on Friday for doing nothing — how much did you make today? Murdoch owns 8,838,376 shares of Class A Common Stock and 310,889,98 of the voting class, Class B. Foxa stock closed up $1.83 per share today, which represented a 6.24 percent increase. Doing a little math, that means Rupert Murdoch made more than $585.1 million today. Yeah, he’s gonna have a better weekend than you. Also Read: Kiss Frontman Gene »


- Tony Maglio

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Gene Simmons Doubles Down on Working Mother Comments: ‘I Stand by Every Word I Said’

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Gene Simmons isn’t holding his famously elongated tongue when it comes to his thoughts on working women. The Kiss frontman, who drew wrath on Twitter earlier this week for asserting that women can’t have it both ways when it comes to children and careers, stood by that stance in an interview with Harry Connick Jr., scheduled to air on Monday’s episode of Connick’s show “Harry.” In the interview, Connick brought up the attention-grabbing stance, telling Simmons, “There are certain things in the book that I think are valuable but I did take issue with a couple of them and I just. »


- Tim Kenneally

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CAA Fires Agent Accused by Actress of Sexual Harassment and Assault

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CAA has fired Cameron Mitchell after actress Demi Mann accused the agent of multiple instances of sexual assault and harassment in a lawsuit filed Thursday. The agency has also denied accusations in the lawsuit that it rejected Mann’s attempts to bring Mitchell’s behavior to its attention, but says it moved to fire Mitchell after it “received new information not previously revealed during the agency’s investigation.” Also Read: CAA Sued After Actress Accuses Agent of Sexual Assault, Harassment “CAA’s policy is not to comment on pending litigation. However, given the nature of Ms. Mann’s allegations, we »


- Ashley Boucher and Ross A. Lincoln

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‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special Teaser: Time Lords Bicker, But New Doctor Jodie Whittaker Is Mia (Video)

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All the “Doctor Who” fans in Whoville like Christmas a lot — mainly because the BBC America series’ Christmas special is something worth celebrating all on its own. On Friday, a first look video for the special, titled “Twice Upon a Time,” was revealed and we’d bet a sonic screwdriver you’re gonna love it. In the clip, which clearly comes from early on in the special (as new Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, is totally Mia), Peter Capaldi (the outgoing 12th Doctor) is seen welcoming his former self the First Doctor (David Bradley) and a World War One soldier known as the Captain (Mark. »


- Jennifer Maas

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Vice Brings in Glora Steinem as Company Investigates Sexual Harassment Accusations

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In a staff meeting Friday, Vice Media officials told employees that they would be forming an all-woman advisory council. The announcement comes as the company navigates allegations of sexual misconduct and broader issues of workplace culture, a person familiar with the matter confirmed to TheWrap. One of the people Vice has recruited for the effort is feminist icon and founder of the Women’s Media Center, Gloria Steinem. In addition to Steinem the council will also include, layer Roberta Kaplan and Vice COO Alyssa Mastromonaco. The individual said the advisory board was not connected to any current troubles at Vice and had been in. »


- Jon Levine

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Kathy Griffin Escalates Andy Cohen Feud With Supposed Message From His Former Hook-Up

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Kathy Griffin once again took aim at Andy Cohen on Friday, tweeting a message she said she’d received from a man who said he’d been intimate with the “Watch What Happens Live” host, and that Cohen “rather assertively had his way with me.” The message also took an apparent jab at Cohen’s manhood, stating that Cohen “is a small guy, not just in height.” “People have been opening up to me for decades in any way they can, in fact here’s just one example of someone who couldn’t help but tell me their story,” Griffin wrote Friday. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Here’s How ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Addresses Social Issues That Matter

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“Grey’s Anatomy” has a way of pulling at our heartstrings, but it also has a way of keeping its pulse on hot-button issues like gay marriage and gun control, not mention the way feminism and civil rights are engrained in nearly every story. The show uses its specific brand of tear-jerking to address these issues without putting itself of a soap box. Who didn’t cry along with Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) when hospital shooter Gary shot intern Charles Percy (Robert Baker)? And who didn’t shed a few happy tears at the site of Callie and Arizona, both in white wedding. »


- Ashley Boucher

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Jameis Winston Groping Accusation Under Investigation by NFL

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The NFL is looking into a female Uber driver’s claim that Jameis Winston grabbed her crotch in 2016 when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback was a passenger in her car. “The allegation was shared with the NFL and we have reached out to Uber to request any information they may have,” a league spokesperson told TheWrap. At the time of the alleged incident, Winston was a backup quarterback for the Bucs — he’s now the starter and a rising star in the NFL. Also Read: WWE's Becky Lynch Explains Why I Like Sheamus So Much Winston, 23, who also denied the accusation through. »


- Tony Maglio

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Sam Rockwell to Receive Palm Springs Film Festival Award for ‘Three Billboards’

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Sam Rockwell, who costars with Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” has been named recipient of the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Spotlight Award, Psiff organizers announced on Friday. The news comes on the heels of Thursday’s announcement that “Call Me By Your Name” star Timothee Chalamet would be receiving the Rising Star Award at the festival’s January 2 awards gala, as well as an earlier announcement that Gal Gadot would also receive that honor. In “Three Billboards,” Rockwell plays a seemingly dimwitted officer who butts heads with McDormand as she tries to get. »


- Steve Pond

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Speaker Series Ted Faces Multiple Accusations of Sexual Harassment and Groping

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Ted, the speakers series famous for viral videos of the world’s foremost thoughts leaders is grappling with multiple allegations of sexual harassment and groping from women present at the organization’s conference in Vancouver this April, the Washington Post reported. The Post obtained emails and interviews from the organization revealing the allegations, which are especially embarrassing as Fox News sexual harassment victim Gretchen Carlson addressed a Ted event just weeks ago. Also Read: Kiss Frontman Gene Simmons Banned for Life From Fox News “We did hear from a small number of women attendees at TED2017 about harassment. As a result, »


- Jon Levine

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Trumpy Bear, Stuffed With an American Flag Blanket, Is an Actual Thing (Video)

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Ads for a teddy bear modeled after Donald Trump have began airing on TV, once again raising the question of who is behind the Trumpy Bear? The stuffed animal, with a red tie, a comb over and a 30-inch hidden in a zip compartment in its back, is being sold for two payments of $19.95 at GetTrumpyBear.com. It remains unclear who is behind the product. The two-minute version of the ad that first went online in July, with shots of bears and eagles and stilted testimonials, plays more like a parody than an actual commercial, but the YouTube page links to. »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘The Last Jedi’ Will Be Longest ‘Star Wars’ Movie Ever, Says Director Rian Johnson

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The next installment in the Skywalker Saga “The Last Jedi” will be the longest “Star Wars” movie ever, said director Rian Johnson. Speaking at a press conference promoting the film in France (via IGN France), Johnson confirmed that film runs for 2 hours and 30 minutes including credits. That makes “The Last Jedi” the longest movie of the franchise yet narrowly beating out “Episode II — Attack of the Clones,” which ran for 142 minutes. Earlier this month, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced today during the company’s quarterly earnings call that Johnson will create a new trilogy set in the “Star Wars »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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Party Report: Jermaine Dupri, Stevie Wonder and Usher Rev Up Awards Season (Photos)

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Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers Those glasses should help this duo get “a closer look.” The two former “Weekend Update” anchors linked up at the Worldwide Orphans Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday night (Nov. 13) Awards Season is Here Jake Gyllenhaal, Jacob Tremblay, Salma Hayek, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon were amongst the bold face names huddling up at the Golden Globes’ kickoff party at Catch in West Hollywood this week. Also Read: Jake Gyllenhaal, Salma Hayek, Kevin Bacon Party at First Golden Globes Bash (Photos) Tom Ford and Gwyneth Paltrow As the headline awardee, Paltrow helped Baby2Baby raise $4 million for children in. »


- Mikey Glazer

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