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ABC Pulls ‘The Great American Baking Show’ & Axes Judge Johnny Iuzzini Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

ABC Pulls ‘The Great American Baking Show’ & Axes Judge Johnny Iuzzini Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations
ABC has fired The Great American Baking Show judge Johnny Iuzzini and axed the remaining episodes of his show amid sexual misconduct allegations. “In light of allegations that recently came to our attention, ABC has ended its relationship with Johnny Iuzzini and will not be airing the remainder of The Great American Baking Show episodes,” an ABC spokesperson said in a statement. “ABC takes matters such as those described in the allegations very seriously and has come to…
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‘Stranger Things’ Actor Finn Wolfhard to Star in Haunted House Film ‘The Turning’ (Exclusive)

‘Stranger Things’ Actor Finn Wolfhard to Star in Haunted House Film ‘The Turning’ (Exclusive)
Finn Wolfhard, best known for his star-making turn as Mike on “Stranger Things,” is set to star opposite Mackenzie Davis in Amblin’s haunted house film “The Turning.”

Floria Sigismondi is on board to direct with Scott Bernstein and Roy Lee producing.

In this adaptation of Henry James’s novella “The Turn of the Screw,” a young woman hired as the nanny to two orphans is convinced that the country mansion they live in is haunted. Wolfhard will play one of the orphans.
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Kevin Hart to Play Hitman in Universal Comedy 'On the Run'

Kevin Hart to Play Hitman in Universal Comedy 'On the Run'
Kevin Hart will star in the newly announced Universal action-comedy On the Run, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Aeysha Carr (Carmichael Show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) will pen the movie, which was picked up as a pitch and follows a hitman (Hart) whose assignment goes awry when the target isn’t who he expects. Kristen Lowe will oversee production for the studio.

Girls Trip producer Will Packer will produce via his Will Packer Productions alongside Hart through his Hartbeat banner. On the Run will be the latest in a long partnership for the producer and star, which includes the Ride Along franchise and the upcoming Universal...
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Tiffany Haddish, John Cho Join Ike Barinholtz in Satirical Thriller 'The Oath' (Exclusive)

Tiffany Haddish, John Cho Join Ike Barinholtz in Satirical Thriller 'The Oath' (Exclusive)
Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish has joined Ike Barinholtz in The Oath, a satirical thriller Barinholtz wrote and is also directing.

Also boarding the ensemble project are Star Trek star John Cho, Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia), Billy Magnussen (Ingrid Goes West), Meredith Hagner (Search Party), Jon Barinholtz (Superstore), Nora Dunn (The Guilt Trip), and veteran actor Chris Ellis (Murder in the First). 

QC Entertainment, one of the companies behind Get Out, is financing and producing the movie, with 23/34 Pictures, the outfit run by Barinholtz and David Stassen. It begins shooting this week.

The timely script, set in a politically divided America...
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SAG Award Nominations Scorecard: Fox Searchlight, Netflix Top List

SAG Award Nominations Scorecard: Fox Searchlight, Netflix Top List
The 2018 SAG Awards nominees were announced Wednesday, and Fox Searchlight and Netflix led the scoreboard for film and television distributors.

Fox Searchlight landed 7 film nominations, while Netflix scored 19 for television and two for film. Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” carried film with four and three nods, respectively. In television, “Big Little Lies,” “Stranger Things,” and “Glow” each picked up four mentions.

Here’s the full list of SAG Award nominations. Kristen Bell will host the 24th annual awards ceremony on Jan. 21. The ceremony, recognizing top performances in television and film, will air live on both TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET.

Below is a quantified breakdown of which films, series, studios, and networks collected the most accolades Wednesday morning:
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‘Coco’ Tops $400 Million at Worldwide Box Office

‘Coco’ Tops $400 Million at Worldwide Box Office
Disney-Pixar’s animated “Coco” has topped the $400 million mark at the worldwide box office, earning $138.6 million domestically and $263 million internationally.

Disney made the announcement on Wednesday, noting that it still has about a third of the international market to launch in, including Australia (Dec. 26), Italy (Dec. 28), Brazil (Jan. 4), Korea (Jan. 11), the U.K. (Jan. 19), and Japan (March 16).

The top international market has been China, which has nearly matched the North American total with $133 million. “Coco” has stayed strong in China following its opening weekend of $18 million, following with an impressive $43.7 million in its second frame and declining by only 21% in its third weekend.

The film, which focuses on a 12-year-old boy and the celebration of the Day of the Dead and its music, set a box office record in Mexico with $56.8 million following a late October launch ahead of the holiday.

“Coco” is also getting awards-season traction, winning the best animated feature award from the National Board of
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ABC Yanks ‘Great American Baking Show,’ Fires Judge Over Sexual Misconduct Accusations

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ABC Yanks ‘Great American Baking Show,’ Fires Judge Over Sexual Misconduct Accusations
ABC has pulled “The Great American Baking Show” from its schedule after just one episode following accusations of sexual misconduct against star judge Johnny Iuzzini. “In light of allegations that recently came to our attention, ABC has ended its relationship with Johnny Iuzzini and will not be airing the remainder of ‘The Great American Baking Show’ episodes,” a network spokesperson said in a statement. “ABC takes matters such as those described in the allegations very seriously and has come to the conclusion that they violate our standards of conduct.” The baking competition show will be replaced on the schedule by “The.
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Bughead: A Timeline of Riverdale’s Most Popular Ship (Photos)

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Bughead: A Timeline of Riverdale’s Most Popular Ship (Photos)
Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) and Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse) are arguably the internet’s favorite couple. From Twitter accounts to Tumblr pages, the couple is by far Riverdale’s most popular ship. But Season 2 has been anything but smooth sailing for the sleuthing duo, from Juggie’s new friend Toni Topaz (Vanessa Morgan) to Betty’s “Serpent Dance.” Scroll down for a Bughead breakdown. Betty starts out Season 1 with eyes for Riverdale High’s It-Boy Archie Andrews, who also happens to be her childhood Bff and neighbor. Archie is a boy straight out of a Taylor Swift song: he plays football,
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Watch Natalie Portman in Ominous New 'Annihilation' Trailer

Watch Natalie Portman in Ominous New 'Annihilation' Trailer
A biologist portrayed by Natalie Portman finds herself entering an ominous world in the new trailer for Annihilation, one that makes her husband (played by Oscar Isaac) seriously ill and possibly makes people go crazy, or worse.

Based on Jeff VanderMeer's novel of the same name, the first book from his Southern Reach trilogy, Annihilation also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson and Tuva Novotny.

While the first trailer introduced the film's bizarre world setting, in the new clip, the surreal area is dubbed "the shimmer." Portman's
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Omarosa’s 9 Biggest Feuds, From ‘The Apprentice’ to the Trump White House (Photos)

Omarosa’s 9 Biggest Feuds, From ‘The Apprentice’ to the Trump White House (Photos)
White House aide Omarosa Manigault was fired by the Trump administration on Tuesday, reportedly having to be “physically dragged and escorted” off the premises. But that’s hardly the first time the “Apprentice” alum has gotten into a high-profile disagreement since coming into the public eye over a decade ago. Tuesday’s dismissal was not the first time Manigault was fired from a position in the White House. During her first appearance on “The Apprentice” in 2004, Manigault frequently bragged about her experience working with then-Vice President Al Gore. However, it was later reported that she cycled through four positions in two.
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China's Youku Inks Licensing Deals With Sony, NBCUniversal

Youku, the flagship streaming video service of Chinese internet giant Alibaba Group, revealed a pair of major licensing partnerships Thursday with NBCUniversal and Sony Pictures Television.

The pacts will give the Chinese company's users access to hundreds of film titles from the two U.S. studios. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

"By cooperating with NBCUniversal and Sony Pictures Television to show famous Hollywood films on our platform, we can bring richer global content into Alibaba’s entertainment ecosystem," said Yang Weidong, president of Youku. "I am confident that expanding our relationships with more international studios will further enhance our platform’s penetration into the home...
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Morgan Spurlock Recalls Accuser From His College Days: ‘She Believed She Was Raped’

Morgan Spurlock Recalls Accuser From His College Days: ‘She Believed She Was Raped’
Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock took to Twitter on Wednesday to divulge that he’d been accused of rape and to declare, “I’m part of the problem.”

In a lengthy post, the “Super Size Me” director wrote, “She believed she was raped.”

“As I sit around watching hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realization of their past indiscretions, I don’t sit by and wonder ‘who will be next?’ I wonder, ‘when will they come for me?’ Spurlock wrote, recalling an incident when he was in college. While Spurlock said that he was not.
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Film News Roundup: Kevin Hart Boards Action-Comedy ‘On the Run’ at Universal

Film News Roundup: Kevin Hart Boards Action-Comedy ‘On the Run’ at Universal
In today’s film news roundup, Kevin Hart is set to star as an assassin in “On the Run,” while kidnap thriller “Days of Power” and French drama “Milla” are set for U.S. releases.

Project Launch

Universal Pictures has launched development of action-comedy “On the Run” with Kevin Hart attached to star and produce through his Hartbeat Productions company along with Will Packer. The studio bought a pitch by Aeysha Carr, who will write the script in which a hit man’s assigned target turns out to be a surprise. Carr is a supervising producer and a writer on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Packer has a first-look deal at Universal. He’s worked with Hart on the “Ride Along” and “Think Like A Man” franchises. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

Distribution

Realize Productions has signed a domestic distribution deal with Gravitas Ventures to the thriller “Days of Power” with a Feb. 20 VOD/digital
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See First Image of Melissa McCarthy as Celebrity Forger Lee Israel (Photo)

See First Image of Melissa McCarthy as Celebrity Forger Lee Israel (Photo)
We swear, this is the first photo of Academy Award nominee Melissa McCarthy playing a world famous celebrity forger. Fox Searchlight released a new still from the upcoming “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” on Wednesday night, that sees McCarthy play biographer and notorious faker Lee Israel. Israel was a successful biographer during her heyday in the ’70s and ’80s, writing tomes on cosmetics empress Estée Lauder and actress Tallulah Bankhead. Her career stagnated in the years following, with a resurgence in the ’90s after unearthing never-seen letters from icons like Dorothy Parker and Noël Coward. Except they weren’t from Parker or Coward.
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Tavis Smiley’s PBS Show Pulled From Air Amid ‘Credible’ Misconduct Allegations

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Tavis Smiley’s PBS Show Pulled From Air Amid ‘Credible’ Misconduct Allegations
PBS has “indefinitely” suspended Tavis Smiley’s talk show program after sexual misconduct allegations against the host. “Effective today, PBS has indefinitely suspended distribution of ‘Tavis Smiley,’ produced by TS Media, an independent production company,” a PBS spokesperson told TheWrap. “PBS engaged an outside law firm to conduct an investigation immediately after learning of troubling allegations regarding Mr. Smiley. This investigation included interviews with witnesses as well as with Mr. Smiley. The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS, and the totality of this information led to today’s decision.
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Russell Simmons Accused of Rape by 3 Women

Russell Simmons Accused of Rape by 3 Women
Less than two weeks after Russell Simmons announced he was “stepping aside” from his companies in the wake of sexual misconduct accusations, three more women have come forward against the music mogul. Drew Dixon, Tina Baker and Toni Sallie accused the the Def Jam Records co-founder of rape in an explosive New York Times report published on Wednesday. In the piece, Dixon (a former Def Jam Records employee), Sallie (a former music journalist) and Baker (a performer) say Simmons raped them in separate incidents that spanned from 1988 to 2014. These three women join two others who have gone on the record.
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AMC Adding Late-Night Screenings for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

AMC Adding Late-Night Screenings for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’
AMC will show “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at 2 a.m. Friday at a “significant” number of its Imax and Dolby Cinema locations due to customer demand.

Locations with the late shows include AMC Loews Lincoln Square on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, to AMC River Park Square in Spokane, Wash.

Scheduling 2 a.m. screenings is not unprecedented, but it is rare. AMC did so two years ago for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which went on to set an all-time domestic record.

Disney-Lucasfilm’s “The Last Jedi” will start showing in North America at 6 p.m. Thursday. Additionally, several AMC locations will be showing the movie on a 24-hour schedule from Thursday night into Friday morning, including New York City locations AMC Empire 25, AMC Fresh Meadows and AMC Lincoln along with the AMC Southpoint 17 in Durham/Raleigh, Nc.

AMC may add more locations to the 24-hour list due to its general policy that it will
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'And the Winner Isn't': Film Review

'And the Winner Isn't': Film Review
An ill-conceived effort to promote a "We Are the World"-style charity song leads to an even dicier film project in And the Winner Isn't, Nic Panic's documentary starring Geoffrey Moore, aging son of the late actor Roger Moore. An amateur songwriter who hopes to attract celebrities to appear in a video for his tune, Moore brings his daughter to Los Angeles and grows weirdly (which is not to say entertainingly) obsessed with earning an Oscar nomination for the ditty. The title is hardly a spoiler for this film, whose occasional small flashes of self-mockery will be little enticement at the...
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Warner Bros. Settles $900M Lawsuit Over 'The Conjuring'

Warner Bros. Settles $900M Lawsuit Over 'The Conjuring'
Warner Bros. and New Line have settled a big ticket lawsuit that was brought by an author who claimed The Conjuring franchise infringed his exclusive rights to tell the story of the ghost hunters portrayed in the films — and the studios are close to resolving their counterclaims against him.

Gerald Brittle sued in 2016, claiming The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2 and the Annabelle spin-offs infringe on his exclusive rights to create derivative works based on case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Brittle and New Line released this joint statement Wednesday: "Mr. Brittle has agreed to...
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10 Christmas Movies to Stream for Everyone on Your List (Photos)

10 Christmas Movies to Stream for Everyone on Your List (Photos)
‘Tis the Season to curl up by the fire and chill with some Netflix and your loved ones. But you wouldn’t get the same thing for your brother as you would your grandparents, so why pick the same old holiday standbys that are supposed to be for “everyone?” This Christmas Movie List is a handpicked streaming assortment for each special someone in your life this holiday. For the Kids: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (Netflix) Jim Carrey hams it up as the big green Grinch in Ron Howard’s adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. There’s a lot of Carrey scowling beneath.
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