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Trouble Alert: ‘Justice League’ Struggles Toward Weak $94 Million Opening

Trouble Alert: ‘Justice League’ Struggles Toward Weak $94 Million Opening
Justice League” was supposed to be DC’s “Avengers,” and Warner Bros. way of capping off a successful second half of 2017 that began with “Wonder Woman.” But now, after making $38.8 million on Friday from 4,040 screens, “Justice League” is in danger of finishing its opening weekend with a total of less than $100 million, a mark that all three Marvel Studios releases and “Wonder Woman” were able to hit this year. Directed by Zack Snyder with reshoots helmed by Joss Whedon, “Jl” was projected to make $110-120 million this weekend, less that the $133 million made by “Suicide Squad”...
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AC/DC Malcolm Young Dead at 64

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AC/DC Malcolm Young Dead at 64
Malcolm Young, the co-found of the legendary rock group AC/DC has died. Young had been suffering from dementia for several years and it appears the condition contributed to his death. The band says Malcolm died Saturday peacefully with his family by his bedside. Malcolm was the rhythm guitarist who founded the group with his brother Angus Young in 1973. The legendary band produced a string of monster hits, including "Highway to Hell," "Back in Black,
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‘True Detective': ‘Selma’ Star Carmen Ejogo Joins Mahershala Ali for Season 3

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‘True Detective': ‘Selma’ Star Carmen Ejogo Joins Mahershala Ali for Season 3
Carmen Ejogo is heading to HBO’s “True Detective” for Season 3.

The “Selma” star joins Mahershala Ali in the HBO drama’s upcoming run that focuses on a macabre crime in the Ozarks. The third season spans several decades and is divided into three separate time periods. Ejogo will play Amelia Reardon, an Arkansas schoolteacher in 1980 with a link to two missing children. Ali plays Wayne Hays, a state police detective hailing from Northwest Arkansas.

Series creator and executive producer Nic Pizzolatto serves as writer,
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Ryan Seacrest Denies "Reckless" Misconduct Allegations From Former Stylist

Ryan Seacrest Denies
Ryan Seacrest is the latest to be accused of misconduct.

The claim comes from a former E! wardrobe stylist, who has come forward to allege that Seacrest behaved inappropriately toward her during his tenure at E! News nearly a decade ago. While the contents of her accusation are not yet public, Seacrest has opted to speak out, strongly disputing the allegations, and will fully cooperate with the investigation into the matter that is currently taking place at E!

“Recently, someone that worked as a wardrobe stylist for me nearly a decade ago at E! News, came forward with a complaint...
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Viola Davis, Malcolm D. Lee Team for Universal's 'I Almost Forgot About You'

Viola Davis, Malcolm D. Lee Team for Universal's 'I Almost Forgot About You'
Viola Davis and Malcolm D. Lee are teaming up for Universal's adaptation of I Almost Forgot About You.

Davis is attached to star and produce with her husband Julius Tennon via their JuVee Productions banner. Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip, The Best Man series) will direct and produce through his Universal-based Blackmaled Productions. The Jackal Group’s Gail Berman and Joe Earley are also producing. Vice President of production Sara Scott will oversee production on behalf of Universal, and Melanie Clark will oversee for Blackmaled Productions.

Ron Bass will adapt with author Terry McMillan, as the two previously collaborated on the onscreen adaptations
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Mahershala Ali to Star in, Executive Produce Crime Thriller ‘Burn’

Mahershala Ali to Star in, Executive Produce Crime Thriller ‘Burn’
Academy Award-winner Mahershala Ali is starring in and executive producing a crime thriller movie based on A.J. Wolfe’s upcoming book “Burn.”

Anonymous Content has acquired the movie rights with Anonymous Content’s Nicole Clemens and Kevin Cotter producing the project. Fredrick Kotto, a former detective who has become a screenwriter, has been hired to write the adaptation and will executive produce along with Ali and Artillery Creative’s Tom Carter.

The book is a contemporary crime thriller and love story set in the ultra-violent world of organized crime. It follows a Northern California detective who destroyed a cartel while keeping his undercover life secret from his family. Paradigm is handling the publishing rights.
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‘Terminator’ Writing Team Adds Billy Ray to Put Final Polish on Script

‘Terminator’ Writing Team Adds Billy Ray to Put Final Polish on Script
After assembling a writer’s room earlier this year to tackle the latest installment in the “Terminator” franchise, Tim Miller and James Cameron have brought on Billy Ray to join the team and give the final touches to the latest draft.

Cameron and Miller’s writer’s room included David Goyer, Justin Rhodes, and Josh Friedman. Ray is now coming on to polish the script that is based on a story conceived by Cameron, Miller, and Skydance founder David Ellison.

Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger are returning to the franchise with Skydance and Cameron producing the project. Plot details are being kept under wraps, although Cameron has said that the film will be a direct sequel to “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” since he played no part in the recent installments.

The pic is set to bow on July 26, 2019.

Known for his prestige dramas like “Captain Phillips” and “State of Play,” Ray is responsible
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'Transparent' Mulls Future Without Jeffrey Tambor Amid Harassment Claims

'Transparent' Mulls Future Without Jeffrey Tambor Amid Harassment Claims
Transparent is assessing its options in wake of sexual harassment allegations being leveled against the show's star Jeffrey Tambor

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that creator Jill Soloway and the writers are fighting to save the show from cancellation after a second allegation, from Transparent co-star Trace Lysette, was made public. Amazon Studios had begun an internal investigation into Tambor after his former assistant, transgender actress Van Barnes, accused the Emmy-winning actor of behaving in a sexually inappropriate manner. 

Lysette, in an interview with THR, alleged that Tambor sexually harassed her on multiple occasions, claiming he "got...
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Noah Baumbach Casts Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern in Next Film

Noah Baumbach Casts Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern in Next Film
As his current film “The Meyerowitz Stories” readies for an awards season push, Noah Baumbach has lined up an all-star cast for his next movie.

Sources tell Variety that the auteur has tapped Adam Driver, Laura Dern, and Scarlett Johansson to star in his next film. Merritt Wever and Azhy Robertson are also on board.

Plot details are unknown at this time, but Baumbach is preparing to write and direct the film. Netflix, who is handling the distribution of “The Meyerowitz Stories,” is handling financing and distribution of this movie as well.
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Don Pedro Colley, 'Dukes of Hazzard' Actor, Dies at 79

Don Pedro Colley, 'Dukes of Hazzard' Actor, Dies at 79
Don Pedro Colley, an actor who appeared in Beneath the Planet of the Apes, in the first film directed by George Lucas and on the 1980s CBS series The Dukes of Hazzard, has died. He was 79.

Colley died Oct. 11 in his hometown of Klamath Falls, Ore., following a long battle with cancer, his friend William Sowles said.

Colley also had roles in The World's Greatest Athlete (1973), Herbie Rides Again (1974) and Piranha (1995) and in blaxpoitation films including The Legend of Nigger Charley (1972), Black Caesar (1973) and, playing a voodoo lord of the dead, Sugar Hill...
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‘Project Runway’ Contestant Wendy Pepper Dies

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‘Project Runway’ Contestant Wendy Pepper Dies
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.” “We are saddened to hear of the passing of another member of the Project Runway family, designer Wendy Pepper, this year,” Lifetime network said in a statement. “Wendy was one of the original designers that sent creations down the catwalk, paving the way for other designers to come. We wish her family and friends peace during this difficult time.
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‘Mad Men’ Producer Calls Matthew Weiner ‘Emotional Terrorist’ After Harassment Accusation

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‘Mad Men’ Producer Calls Matthew Weiner ‘Emotional Terrorist’ After Harassment Accusation
Former “Mad Men” senior consultant and producer Marti Noxon is not pulling punches when it comes to backing Kater Gordon, who has accused Matthew Weiner of sexual harassment. On Friday, Noxon took to Twitter to describe the Emmy-winning show creator as an “emotional terrorist, who will badger, seduce and even tantrum in an attempt to get his needs me.” The writer-producer added, “everyone at ‘Mad Men,’ regardless of gender or position, was affected by this atmosphere.” Also a former exec producer of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Noxon unleashed her opinion of Weiner and his behavior on the public — and it.
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Netflix Orders Comedy Series Starring Run-D.M.C.'s Rev. Run

Netflix Orders Comedy Series Starring Run-D.M.C.'s Rev. Run
Run-D.M.C.'s Reverend Run is returning to television as Netflix has ordered a scripted comedy series starring the Rock Hall-inducted rapper and his real-life wife Justine Simmons.

Rev. Run, who starred in the MTV reality series Run's House from 2005 to 2009, will portray himself in the semi-fictionalized series about the rapper and his post-hip-hop life, The Hollywood Reporter writes.

The Mayor and Speechless creator Jeremy Bronson penned the still-unnamed series' script. Produced by Amblin and ABC Studios, the series was initially picked up by ABC following a bidding war in 2016, but
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‘Incredibles 2’ Trailer Gets to Work Saving the World Again

‘Incredibles 2’ Trailer Gets to Work Saving the World Again
Disney-Pixar has released the first Incredibles 2 trailer. The upcoming film will pick up after the events of the first movie, and will focus more on Helen Parr/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) as Bob/Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) stays home to raise Jack-Jack. And as this first teaser trailer reveals, Jack-Jack is going to be quite the handful. Incredibles fans probably saw that coming, especially if they saw writer-director Brad Bird's 2005 animated short Jack-Jack Attack. It's hard to believe it's been 13 years since that brief peek at the incredible powers …
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‘Justice League’: Why Joss Whedon is Only Receiving a Credit for Writing, Not Directing

‘Justice League’: Why Joss Whedon is Only Receiving a Credit for Writing, Not Directing
After an unspeakable family loss, Zack Snyder left “Justice League” in May and handed the film over to Joss Whedon to complete. However, Whedon was already been working with Snyder to write new material for additional photography. That Whedon was already taking his cues from Snyder in reshaping the film — to say nothing of the “Avengers” credit on his resume — made him the obvious choice to direct the reshoots and steer the film over the finish line.

Since then, “Justice League” producers, cast, and crew have been in lock-step in their message: Whedon selflessly came aboard to carry out Snyder’s vision. Wonder Woman herself chimed in: “This is Zack Snyder’s movie,” said Gal Gadot in an interview with Empire Magazine. “Joss only did a few weeks of reshoots. He was Zack’s guy and knew exactly what he wanted to get.”
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Olivia Munn Wants Warner Bros. to Sever All Ties With Brett Ratner

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Olivia Munn Wants Warner Bros. to Sever All Ties With Brett Ratner
Actress Olivia Munn is still seeking justice after accusing Brett Ratner of sexual misconduct and hopes Warner Bros. will end their working relationship with him. “I want Warner Bros. to sever all ties and relationships with Brett Ratner,” Munn told the Los Angeles Times. Ratner, with his RatPac Entertainment banner, has a first-look deal with the studio, including a film co-financing pact. According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, the studio still plans to release five more films that RatPac helped to finance, including next year’s Steven Spielberg film “Ready Player One.” Also Read: Brett Ratner Accused of Sexual Misconduct.
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Movie Biz Attempts to Grapple With Diversity Crisis

Building diversity in cinematography – and in the film industry in general – is a career-long goal for most members of the Camerimage film festival panel that takes on this subject and most report progress since the event launched at the event last year. But, as moderator Elen Lotman, an Estonian cinematographer, cautioned at this year’s panel, “We will not solve this tonight.”

Still, as Heather Stewart, creative director of the British Film Institute, reported, significant efforts to identify and quantify the problem of under-represented women and minorities are now building.

Some of the findings of the exhaustive study of diversity throughout the history of 10,000 British films shot since 1911 are, admittedly, depressing: The number of women’s roles in films, currently about 33% of those written, has not changed since 1933, she said. More disturbing still, the vast majority are shopworn cliches, from plucky moms to whores, scheming divas and loving assistants.

Having analyzed the presence (or non-presence) of women
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Hollywood Insider Michael Apted on Combating Sexual Harassment, Working With Actors, Cinematography

Hollywood Insider Michael Apted on Combating Sexual Harassment, Working With Actors, Cinematography
Variety speaks to British director Michael Apted, who has served as president of the Directors Guild of America, and as a governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He talks about his approach to working with cinematographers, how he gets the best out of actors, and how Hollywood should respond to the sexual harassment crisis. Apted heads the jury at Camerimage, a film festival dedicated to the art of cinematography. The event wraps on Saturday.

Apted has received numerous accolades for his films. The “Up” documentary series, which has followed the same group of people since they were 7 years old, has won two BAFTAs.

His Hollywood movies have included “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” which won an Oscar for Sissy Spacek, and was nominated in six other categories including best picture, “Gorillas in the Mist,” which was nominated for five Oscars, and “Nell,” which earned Jodie Foster an Oscar nomination. His other pictures
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Ben Affleck Steals a Batarang From ‘Justice League'; Warner Bros. Responds With a Bill

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Ben Affleck Steals a Batarang From ‘Justice League'; Warner Bros. Responds With a Bill
Ben Affleck has sticky fingers when it comes to cool Bat-gadgets. He couldn’t resist taking a batarang prop from the set of “Justice League”… and Warner Bros. sent him a bill for it. The Batman headliner appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Thursday to promote “Justice League” and was asked if he was able to keep anything from the film’s treasure trove of fun stuff. “There was some other stuff that fell off the truck, like the batarangs and stuff,” Affleck said. “I kept getting these phone calls from the prop department, like, ‘You sure you haven’t found any of.
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How 'Justice League' Rewrites DC's Cinematic Past

How 'Justice League' Rewrites DC's Cinematic Past
[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Justice League.]

Justice League is a movie that demands that its audience has seen Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice in order to understand it, but hopes that its audience also doesn't really remember BvS all that well. Justice League sets the stage for a brighter DC cinematic universe by quietly rewriting the brief history of its own movies.

The most obvious shift is the core concept that drives Justice League as a whole: Superman's (Henry Cavill) death took hope away from the world, spiked fear and anxiety and activated the Mother Boxes, which feed...
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