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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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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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Baldwin’s Trump Returns to ‘SNL’ to Celebrate the Year’s Christmas Losers

Baldwin’s Trump Returns to ‘SNL’ to Celebrate the Year’s Christmas Losers
Alec Baldwin returned to “SNL” as Donald Trump, just in time to issue a special Christmas message from the White House. With Cecily Strong’s Melania Trump at his side, Baldwin’s Trump wished the country a merry Christmas. “That’s right, you can finally say that again, because the War on Christmas is over,” Trump said. “It’ll soon by replaced by the war with North Korea.” Mirroring the real-life Trump, Baldwin’s version talked about the big gift he claims he’s giving America: The Republican tax plan. “We’re giving Americans the biggest, fattest tax cut ever,
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MSNBC Host Chris Matthews’ Employee Received Settlement After Harassment Accusation

MSNBC Host Chris Matthews’ Employee Received Settlement After Harassment Accusation
A female assistant producer for Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s nightly show “Hardball,” received a monetary payment after she accused him of “inappropriate comments and jokes about her in front of others,” an MSNBC spokesperson confirmed on Saturday. In 1999, the unnamed female employee complained to network executives about the incident, according to the network spokesperson, prompting a review that led to a formal reprimand of Matthews for what was deemed at the time juvenile comments not intended as sexual propositions. The accuser received a separation-related payment of “far less” than $40,000 when she left MSNBC and went on to numerous.
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Does ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Feature an Homage to ‘The Phantom Menace’?

Does ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Feature an Homage to ‘The Phantom Menace’?
(There is a spoiler ahead for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” It’s not really a major spoiler, but you know better than I do what you consider something you don’t want to know before seeing the movie. Do whatever you want with that information.) Whereas “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” operated as though it wanted you to forget the prequels exist by shoving in nods to the original trilogy at every opportunity, “The Last Jedi” doesn’t quite share its predecessor’s disdain for that other trilogy. “The Last Jedi” pays tribute in two ways. The big one
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Kiss’ Gene Simmons Sued for Sexual Battery by Unidentified Radio Personality

Kiss’ Gene Simmons Sued for Sexual Battery by Unidentified Radio Personality
Gene Simmons is being sued by a woman who says the Kiss bassist groped her and made “unwanted, unwarranted sexual advances” during an interview she conducted last month, according to legal documents obtained by TheWrap. The radio and television broadcaster (identified as “Jane Doe”) is suing for sexual battery, gender violence, battery and assault. According to the lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, the woman was speaking with Simmons and his bandmate Paul Stanley at their Rock & Brews restaurant at San Manuel Casino in Highland, California on Nov. 1 when the incident occurred. Also Read: Gene.
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‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’ Explains Some First Order Backstory Ahead of ‘The Last Jedi’

‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’ Explains Some First Order Backstory Ahead of ‘The Last Jedi’
(Note: This post contains spoilers for the story campaign of the video game “Star Wars: Battlefront II,” including its newly released chapter, “Resurrection.”) The newly released “Star Wars: Battlefront II” adds a little something new to the ongoing “Star Wars” saga. The game tells a tale set after “Return of the Jedi,” doing a little bit to fill in some gaps between the original “Star Wars” film trilogy and “The Force Awakens” some 30 years later. “Battlefront II” tells a story of an Imperial commando squad that’s dispatched around the galaxy to carry out Emperor Palpatine’s final orders,
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‘SNL’ Star Pete Davidson Shows Off His Hillary Clinton Tattoo and She Loves It (Photo)

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‘SNL’ Star Pete Davidson Shows Off His Hillary Clinton Tattoo and She Loves It (Photo)
It looks like “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson has made it clear which way he leans politically by revealing his new tattoo … of Hillary Clinton. “Wanted to get @hillaryclinton a Christmas gift so I got a tattoo of my hero. Thanks for being such a badass and one of the strongest people in the universe,” Davidson posted on Instagram Friday, along with the objet d’art. Clinton got wind of the permanent and painful tribute and responded in the post’s comments thread: “Thanks, @petedavidson. This makes it significantly less awkward that I’ve had a Pete Davidson tattoo for year.
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Carrie Fisher’s Dog Gary Recognized His Late ‘Mom’ in ‘The Last Jedi’

Carrie Fisher’s Dog Gary Recognized His Late ‘Mom’ in ‘The Last Jedi’
Carrie Fisher is gone, but not forgotten — especially by her beloved dog Gary. Fisher’s longtime canine companion was taken to see a screening of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and recognized his late “mother” when he saw her on screen as General Leia Organa, according to a tweet from Veronica Miracle, an ABC reporter. Gary reportedly watched the recently released “Star Wars” film on Fisher’s former assistant’s lap. Miracle wrote that every time Leia appeared on screen, the pup’s ears perked up. Also Read: Mark Hamill Recalls 'Making Out Like Teenagers' With Carrie Fisher Yeah,
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Ian McKellen Wants to Reprise Gandalf for Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series

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’

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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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