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

‘The Room’ Filmmaker Tommy Wiseau Pitched Himself For Next ‘Star Wars’ Movie
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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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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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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Minnie Driver: men like Matt Damon 'cannot understand what abuse is like'

Actor calls former co-star’s remarks about ‘spectrum of behaviour’ in sexual misconduct ‘Orwellian’ and questions defence of disgraced comedian Louis Ck

The actor Minnie Driver has told the Guardian that men “simply cannot understand what abuse is like on a daily level” and should not therefore attempt to differentiate or explain sexual misconduct against women.

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

Harvey Weinstein Again Denies Blackballing Actresses: Says He Wanted Ashley Judd For ‘Good Will Hunting’
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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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Divides Fans: an ‘A’ CinemaScore, and a Negative Rotten Tomatoes User Grade

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Divides Fans: an ‘A’ CinemaScore, and a Negative Rotten Tomatoes User Grade
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” may be one of the most critically acclaimed entries in the franchise (IndieWire gave it an A- and called it it the most satisfying “Star Wars” film in decades), but it’s passionately dividing fans in a way most “Star Wars” films don’t. Unlike the universally beloved reception to “The Force Awakens,” “The Last Jedi” isn’t every fan’s up of tea.

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“The Last Jedi” currently holds a negative 57% Rotten Tomatoes user score after over 83,000 responses, which pales in comparison to the 88% “The Force Awakens” ended up with after over 200,000 user scores. But while the Rotten Tomatoes user score indicates a more-negative fan response, the IMDb score is currently at 8.0 (even with “The Force Awakens”) and received an ‘A’ CinemaScore (also
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Carrie Fisher is Responsible For Writing These Emotional Final Leia Quotes

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Carrie Fisher is Responsible For Writing These Emotional Final Leia Quotes
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is now playing in theaters around the world, and with it comes Carrie Fisher’s final turn as Princess-turned-General Leia Organa. Director Rian Johnson previously revealed back at Star Wars Celebration in April that Fisher had helped with the script, calling the actress a “brilliant writer and an incredible mind.”

Read More:‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill Break Their Silence on Luke’s Storyline

“I would go to her house. We would sit on her bed for hours and go through the scripts,” he said. “We would have these stream of consciousness jazz poetry kinda ad lib sessions. I would just scribble on my script everything she said, and at the end of six hours, there would be like a four-word line of dialogue that was the distillation of all of that that was brilliant.”

Now
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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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‘The Ranch’ Review: One Last Season with Danny Masterson is Too Many, So Here’s What Happens and What’s Next

‘The Ranch’ Review: One Last Season with Danny Masterson is Too Many, So Here’s What Happens and What’s Next
In case there’s any confusion over the matter, Danny Masterson is in every episode of “The Ranch” Season 4. Despite a highly-publicized controversy that ended in the series regular being fired from Netflix’s Emmy-winning sitcom, that decision took place after filming had been completed on “Part 4.” The new episodes that were released Friday, December 15 are just like the first three seasons: Masterson, as the older brother, Jameson “Rooster” Bennett, is heavily integrated into every half-hour installment.

So fans have a choice to make: Watch “The Ranch” and try to overcome the building rage of watching an alleged rapist goof around or skip 10 episodes and pick the show back up once Masterson is gone for real.

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For many, this isn’t much of a choice. With so many truly excellent TV shows out there, “The Ranch” isn’t exactly at the top of many Netflix subscribers’ must-see list.
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‘The Addams Family’ Animated Movie Casts Oscar Isaac as Gomez, Will Arrive Fall 2019

‘The Addams Family’ Animated Movie Casts Oscar Isaac as Gomez, Will Arrive Fall 2019
Right now you can see Oscar Isaac taking on the First Order as Resistance pilot Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But soon the actor will be getting animated for a role that many fans have been wanting to see him tackle for a little while now. You might remember that The Addams […]

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi': Rian Johnson Gives His Take on Rey’s Parents

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow below. If you haven’t seen the movie, turn back now. . . . . . . That's all the warning you're going to get! From here on out, we're talking about Star Wars: The Last Jedi and all its numerous story developments, plot turns, and narrative twists. Many of the questions that were left after watching The Force Awakens inform the many turns of The Last Jedi and perhaps none has been more contentious (while also cloaked in total mystery) than the origins of Rey and her parents. The revelation that Ewan McGregor provided …
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Jodie Foster Reprises Her Oscar-Winning ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Role to Take Down Donald Trump — Watch

Jodie Foster Reprises Her Oscar-Winning ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Role to Take Down Donald Trump — Watch
Jodie Foster finally returned to acting for the first time since 2013’s “Elysium” by making a surprise appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” in which she stepped back into the shoe’s of her most iconic character: Clarice Starling.

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Colbert debuted a Donald Trump-themed parody of Jonathan Demme’s “The Silence of the Lambs” during the December 15 episode, and Foster actually appeared as Clarice. The FBI agent needed Hannibal Lecter’s help to figure out how deep Donald Trump’s ties go with Russia. It only makes sense Hannibal and Trump are old friends.

Foster has stopped taking screen roles in recent years in favor of the director’s chair. Her last directorial effort, “Money Monster,” played the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, and she’s directed episodes of Netflix series
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‘Laddie’ Trailer: Meet The Man Who Made ‘Star Wars’ Possible

‘Laddie’ Trailer: Meet The Man Who Made ‘Star Wars’ Possible
George Lucas will forever be the father of Star Wars, but you might have never heard of the guy who actually gave Lucas the freedom to actually execute his wild vision and ultimately change the world. That man’s name is Alan Ladd, Jr. – better known as “Laddie” to his friends – and now a new documentary dives into Ladd’s storied career as an […]

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HBO Documentary President Sheila Nevins Steps Down After 38 Years, 32 Emmys, and Over 1,000 Films

Sheila Nevins has announced she is stepping down from her role as president of HBO Documentary Films, a position she has held for the last 38 years. The 78-year-old has produced over 1,000 non-fiction films during her time at HBO, earning a record 32 Emmy Awards. Her projects have also earned 26 Oscars and 42 Peabody Awards. She was the recipient of the TV Academy’s lifetime achievement award in 2005.

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“There’s something exciting about leaving a job,” Nevins told The New York Times about her departure. “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. 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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