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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Climbs to $35 Million Opening

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Climbs to $35 Million Opening
Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is off to a solid start at the box office this weekend, topping the charts with a $35.4 million opening from 3,813 screens.

When compared to the openings for past animated films from producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller — Lord also co-wrote the script for “Spider-Verse” — this seems like a big step down. “The Lego Batman Movie,” for example, had an opening of $53 million in February 2017. But this if this opening holds tomorrow, “Spider-Verse” will just edge out the $35.2 million start of 2016 Illumination movie “Sing” for the best animated opening in December box office history

Sing” ended up legging out all the way to a $270 million domestic run, and Sony is hoping for a similarly strong holiday season run for the $90 million “Spider-Verse.” Word of mouth has been overwhelmingly positive, as the film earned an A+ on CinemaScore and dazzled critics with a 97 percent Rotten Tomatoes score.
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‘Cold War’ Wins Big at the European Film Awards

‘Cold War’ Wins Big at the European Film Awards
Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” has been named the best European film of 2018 at the European Film Awards, which were handed out on Saturday in Seville, Spain.

The decade-spanning drama, which was inspired by the stormy relationship between Pawlikowski’s parents, also won awards for its director, screenplay, lead actress (Joanna Kulig) and editor.

Marcello Fonte won the best-actor award for “Dogman,” which also took awards for its costume design and hair and makeup.

Also Read: 'Cold War' Film Review: Romance in Postwar Europe Is Ravishing and Haunted

Armando Iannucci’s “The Death of Stalin” was named the best European comedy, while “Bergman – A Year in a Life” won for documentary, and “Another Day of Life” won for animated film.

Four of the Best European Film Award nominees — “Border,” “Cold War,” “Dogman” and “Girl” — are the foreign-language Oscar entries from Sweden, Poland, Italy and Belgium, respectively. The fifth,
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Pete Davidson Shows Christmas Spirit In Brief ‘SNL’ Appearance After Disturbing Post

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Pete Davidson Shows Christmas Spirit In Brief ‘SNL’ Appearance After Disturbing Post
Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson raised a lot of concern on Saturday with an unsettling Instagram post that reportedly triggered a welfare check by NYPD. Hours later, he made a brief appearance on SNL, showing everyone that he was alive and well, and even donned a Christmas-colored outfit to fit in with the show’s Christmas theme and the song that followed him.

Davidson introduced musical guest Miley Cyrus’ performance of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s classic (Happy Xmas) War Is Over, which featured Lennon and Ono’s son, Sean Ono Lennon, as well as Mark Ronson.

This was Davidson’s only live SNL appearance tonight (he was also featured in a pre-recorded skit about new Oscar host auditions). He was not visible during the curtain call at the end of the show when the entire cast gathers on stage.

“I’m
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'Carol' Producers Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley to Receive BAFTA Honor

'Carol' Producers Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley to Receive BAFTA Honor
Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, the powerhouse production duo behind Number 9 Films, are set to receive the outstanding British contribution to cinema award at the BAFTA awards ceremony on 10 February.

Previous recipients of the award – presented annual in honor of British producer Michael Balcon – include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Mary Selway, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, Lewis Gilbert, the Harry Potter series of films, John Hurt, Peter Greenaway, Tessa Ross, BBC Films, Angels Costumes and Curzon. The National Film and Television School was the recipient at 2018’s Film Awards.

Woolley began ...
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'Aquaman' Hits $152 Million at International Box Office

'Aquaman' Hits $152 Million at International Box Office
Warner Bros.’ tentpole “Aquaman” has taken in $152 million overseas in 36 markets, with $135 million of that from China, where it opened on Dec. 7.

The Jason Momoa vehicle has become the highest China grosser in the DC Universe and surpassed the lifetime grosses of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Black Panther” in the Middle Kingdom. Mexico debuted with $1.4 million on Thursday on 3,517 screens while Russia and Brazil each took in $1.3 million.

Indonesia has taken in $2.2 million in two days and the U.K. generated $1.8 million in two days of previews. Taiwan’s two-day total is $1.4 million and the Philippines generated $1.1 million. In the U.S., Amazon Prime is holding advance screenings of “Aquaman” on Dec. 15 amid expectations of a $65 million opening weekend in North America on Dec.
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Disney Channel Fires ‘Andi Mack’ Actor Arrested for Plotting Sex With Minor

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Disney Channel Fires ‘Andi Mack’ Actor Arrested for Plotting Sex With Minor
Disney Channel has severed ties with “Andi Mack” actor Stoney Westmoreland following his arrest for allegedly trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old.

“Stoney Westmoreland, an actor working on the series ‘Andi Mack,’ was arrested in Salt Lake City today,” a Disney Channel spokesperson said in a statement Friday. “Given the nature of the charges and our responsibility for the welfare of employed minors, we have released him from his recurring role and he will not be returning to work on the series which wraps production on its third season next week.”

Westmoreland plays the grandfather on the live-action series. On Friday, according to reports, he was arrested in Utah — where the series films — after attempting to arrange a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old that he met through an online dating app. According to reports citing court documents, Westmoreland asked the minor to engage in oral sex and other sexual acts,
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Jennifer Lawrence Blisters Harvey Weinstein’s “Predatory Tactics”

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Jennifer Lawrence Blisters Harvey Weinstein’s “Predatory Tactics”
Hours after the latest lawsuit to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault was made public both the disgraced producer and Jennifer Lawrence have responded to complaint – in very different manners.

“My heart breaks for all the women who were victimized by Harvey Weinstein,” the Oscar winner and X-Men alum said in a statement on Friday. Filed on December 12 in Los Angeles Superior Court, the Jane Doe of the six-claim unspecified damages seeking action accuses Weinstein of repeatedly forcing himself upon her. The jury requesting complaint also alleges that in his promises of movie roles for Jane Doe, Weinstein boasted that he had an affair with Lawrence and implied that is why she won the Academy Award.

“I have never had anything but a professional relationship with him,” Lawrence asserted today of the real nature of her interaction with Weinstein. “This is yet another example of the predatory
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Les Moonves Personally Oversaw Eliza Dushku’s $9.5M Settlement For ‘Bull’ Harassment Claims

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Les Moonves Personally Oversaw Eliza Dushku’s $9.5M Settlement For ‘Bull’ Harassment Claims
Exclusive: As accusations of sexual harassment and sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein and others began flooding Hollywood early this year, CBS’ then-ceo Les Moonves stepped in to settle claims against one of the network’s biggest stars.

Moonves was deeply and directly involved in the $9.5 million payout that CBS forked over to Eliza Dushku in January after the actor accused Bull lead Michael Weatherly of sexual harassment on the first season of the CBS drama, we’ve learned. Additionally, the confidential payment was sneaked into Bull’s production budget in an effort apparently motivated to avoid the sum popping up on the company’s books, sources say.

The confidential agreement was struck while CBS was engaging in ultimately unsuccessful talks of a potential merger with Viacom. The settlement and its machinations were not known to then-coo Joe Ianniello, who became acting CEO after Moonves resigned in September after a dozen
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There Are Now More Shows Streaming Than There Are on Broadcast or Cable

There Are Now More Shows Streaming Than There Are on Broadcast or Cable
We’ve known for some time that we’re in the midst of Peak TV, but now FX has quantified that ongoing phenomenon. Its annual research report reveals that, for the first time ever, streaming shows now outnumber their traditional-tv counterparts. 495 scripted original programs premiered in 2018, 160 of which debuted on a streaming platform; there were 146 on broadcast television, 144 on basic cable, and 45 on pay cable.

That’s compared to 117 streaming shows last year, an increase that stands in sharp contrast to the declines seen by broadcast (153 in 2017) and basic cable (175). FX was kind enough to include a number of charts with its report, one of which shows that new streaming shows accounted for 32 percent of all debuting programs — an eight percent increase from last year.

This development was recently parodied in a “Saturday Night Live” skit presented as an ad for Netflix. “In 2019 we’ll have even more programming to choose from,
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Actor and Activist Rodney Kageyama Dies at 77

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Actor and Activist Rodney Kageyama Dies at 77
Actor, activist and influentials member of the Japanese American community, Rodney Kageyama, died in his sleep Dec. 9. He was 77.

The SAG member was known for roles in “Karate Kid IV” with Hillary Swank, Ron Howard’s film “Gung Ho” and the spinoff sitcom, and the TV movie “Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes” with Max Von Sydow.

Kageyama was an important activist for the Asian American community. He was a regular emcee in downtown Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, and was praised for using his voice to advocate for Asian American representation in the entertainment industry. A member of several social activist groups and community organizations, Kageyama was associated with The Asian American Pacific Artists Association, The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (Cape), East West Players, The Japanese American National Museum, and Nisei Week Japanese Festival.

Before he moved to Los Angeles in 1979, Kageyama began his acting career in San Francisco
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Texas Judge Rules Affordable Care Act Unconstitutional

A Texas judge ruled on Saturday to strike down all aspects of the Affordable Care Act, deeming it unconstitutional and putting Democrats’ and former President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare legislation in peril.

If the ruling by the Republican-appointed judge stands, it would remove coverage for pre-existing conditions and “essential health benefits” such as mental health, substance abuse, prescription medications, as well as infant, pediatric and maternal care. But the ruling still has to make its way through the court system before a final decision on the fate of the legislation is reached.
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Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Swings to $35 Million Debut, ‘Mortal Engines’ Sputters

Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Swings to $35 Million Debut, ‘Mortal Engines’ Sputters
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is the new box office king, collecting a solid $35.4 million during its first three days of release.

That’s hardly the biggest opening for an animated film this year, but it does rank as the best start for a cartoon in the month of December. Illumination’s “Sing” previously held that title, debuting with $35 million in 2016.

Another weekend release, Warner Bros.’ “The Mule,” snagged the No. 2 spot with $17 million. Clint Eastwood directed and stars in the R-rated crime drama about a nonagenarian who gets caught smuggling drugs for the cartel. “The Mule,” Eastwood’s first acting gig since 2012’s “Trouble With the Curve,” brought out a much older crowd. Moviegoers over the age of 35 accounted for 78% of audiences. In addition to Eastwood, “The Mule” cast includes Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Pena, and Dianne Wiest.

Not all newcomers were able to stick the landing. Universal’s
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Does ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

Does ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” may not be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but with a 99 percent Fresh rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, we’re pretty much all in agreement that it’s worth your time even so.

The question, however, for this particular post is not whether you should go see this crazy thing, but whether you need to stick around after the movie is over for some kind of bonus post-credits scene. Bonus scenes after the credits have been a staple of the McU since the beginning, but not so for big-screen “Spider-Man” movies — which have often eschewed the practice.

But at this point the post-credits scene concept is so ubiquitous in comic book movies that even DC is doing it after thumbing its nose at Marvel over this for so long. And Sony even got in on the post-credits scene fun with its recent standalone “Venom” movie.
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‘SNL’: Watch Miley Cyrus Perform ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart’ With Mark Ronson

‘SNL’: Watch Miley Cyrus Perform ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart’ With Mark Ronson
Miley Cyrus’ last album, the rootsy Younger Now was widely known as a departure from her 2013 pop record Bangerz. But the release of her new single “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” alongside Mark Ronson signals that the singer is ready to return to full-on pop.

For the Matt Damon-hosted Christmas episode of Saturday Night Live, Cyrus returned to Studio 8H on December 15th for her fourth appearance as musical guest on the show, performing a dramatic rendition of “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” with Ronson. While Ronson plucked the acoustic guitar,
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‘SNL': Alec Baldwin’s Trump Returns in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Parody (Video)

‘SNL': Alec Baldwin’s Trump Returns in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Parody (Video)
In its final episode before Christmas, “SNL” brought back Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump for a cold open sketch parodying “It’s a Wonderful Life,” dubbed “It’s a Wonderful Trump.”

In this version of the story, Baldwin’s Trump feels despondent about the way his presidency is going and wishes that he had never become president. He’s led on this journey by Clarence, played here by “SNL” regular Kenan Thompson.

“Since it’s Christmas, I just want to say that you taught me everything I know.” -Michael Cohen #SNL pic.twitter.com/JLC2kEqkf1

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We also got a bunch of guest stars, including Robert De Niro back as Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Ben Stiller as Michael Cohen and host Matt Damon reprising his role as Brett Kavanaugh.

Also Read: 'SNL': De Niro's Bob Mueller Pops Up in Eric Trump's Closet (Video
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Matt Damon on ‘SNL’: 3 Sketches You Have to See

Matt Damon on ‘SNL’: 3 Sketches You Have to See
Here’s a scorchingly hot take: Matt Damon is really good at hosting Saturday Night Live.

Fine, perhaps that isn’t too controversial a position. But the 16-year gap between hosting appearances seems fairly nuts when watching how easily he slips into the ensemble of the show. Whereas his season premiere appearance as Brett Kavanaugh felt like an outsized cameo, this week’s performance displayed a comedic skillset that blended into whatever sketch the show threw at him. It’s incorrect to call the performance revelatory, given the depth and breadth of Damon’s career.
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See Matt Damon, Leslie Jones Have Heated Argument About Weezer on ‘SNL’

See Matt Damon, Leslie Jones Have Heated Argument About Weezer on ‘SNL’
An argument about Weezer derails a Christmas dinner in a Saturday Night Live sketch that found Leslie Jones and Matt Damon debating the merits of the long-running alternative rock band.

The fight begins after Weezer’s cover of Toto’s “Africa” is played during the dinner. “I think they’re doing some cool things right now,” Damon’s character says of Weezer, noting that the band just announced the release date for “the freaking Black Album.”

Jones’ neighbor tells Damon, “I’m just a little confused because real Weezer fans
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‘SNL’ Imagines Life Without President Trump in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Sketch

‘SNL’ Imagines Life Without President Trump in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Sketch
Saturday Night Live took an It’s a Wonderful Life approach to the Trump White House, imagining an alternate reality where Donald Trump didn’t become president.

“It’s awful. Everything’s falling apart. Sometimes I wish I’d never been president,” Alec Baldwin’s Trump tells Kenan Thompson’s heaven-sent Clarence, who then presents Trump, like the 1947 classic film, with a vision of what life would have been like had he lost the presidency.

“So Hillary is president?” Trump asks Clarence, who tells the mogul that “in this reality,
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Box Office: 'Spider-Verse' Swings to Heroic $35M; 'The Mule' Trots to Strong $17M

In another win for Sony's stable of Marvel films, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swung to $35.4 million in its domestic debut, the best December opening for an animated film, laying the course for a strong run over the year-end holidays.

The critically acclaimed film, produced by Philip Lord and Christopher Miller, reveals a shared universe where there can be more than one Spider-Man and introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) as the latest hero to wear the mask.

Aside from the Star Wars movies, most films don't score big mid-December openings. Rather, they can enjoy especially strong multiples ...
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Thierry Frémaux, José Luis Rebordinos Named Honorary Argentine Academy Members

Thierry Frémaux, José Luis Rebordinos Named Honorary Argentine Academy Members
Buenos Aires — In a ceremony just before Friday’s prize announcements at Ventana Sur, Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux and José Luis Rebordinos, director of the San Sebastian Festival, were named honorary members of Argentina’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in a new move for the Academy, out through by its new president, Bernardo Zupnik, who conducted the ceremony.

The double award is not coincidental. As festivals morph from one-off one-to-two week affairs to all-round movie activism, they have had to do so often on the same budget and with the same staff. One way forward is to combine efforts, expertise and brand marketing. The biggest innovation at this year’s Ventana Sur, for example, was a Proyecta co-production firm co-organized by the Cannes Film Market and San Sebastian Festival, the biggest festival in the world and the highest-profile festival in the Spanish-speaking world.

Both Frémaux and Rebordinos
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