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Can ‘Coco’ Whip ‘Justice League’ For The Top Spot Over The Thanksgiving Stretch? – Box Office Preview

In a short period of time, four films that were originally slotted to play the Thanksgiving Day five-day period fled –Dimension’s Polaroid, MGM’s Death Wish, STXfilms’ Molly’s Game and Entertainment Studios’ Chappquiddick — leaving Disney/Pixar’s Coco largely alone as the one uber wide release in 3,987 theaters. Show More Summary

AT&T Boss In Wake Of DOJ Lawsuit: Any Deal Harming CNN Is “A Non-Starter”

During a news conference after the U.S. Department of Justice filed suit to block AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner, company chief Randall Stephenson sought to address the “elephant in the room” — the notion that President Donald Trump’s rancor at CNN had threatened the deal. “Frankly, I don’t know” if the reports are true, he said. Show More Summary

Seth Meyers In Talks To Host Golden Globe Awards

Seth Meyers is in negotiations to host the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, sources say. The deal is not yet closed. The choice is not a surprise, given the show airs on NBC, home to Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Meyers would follow fellow...Show More Summary

Supernatural Thriller Produced By Jason Blum Gets Pilot Order By NBCUniversal Cable

NBCUniveral Cable Entertainment’s Entertainment Networks Group, comprised of USA and Syfy, have ordered a pilot to supernatural thriller Run For Your Life, from Universal TV and Blumhouse Television. Run For Your Life is centered onShow More Summary

Alexandra Shipp In Final Negotiations To Join Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree In ‘Shaft’

EXCLUSIVE: Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse, Straight Outta Compton) is in final negotiations as the female lead in the reboot of Shaft from director Tim Story and producers John Davis and Kenya Barris. Shipp joins Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree (who was in the original) and Jesse T. Show More Summary

Broadway Box Office Dips; ‘Once on This Island’ Revival Nears SRO

Ticket sales on Broadway fell slightly last week, while business remained solid heading into the holiday peak period. The first revival of the musical Once On This Island, running at the independently owned Circle in the Square, wasShow More Summary

‘Mother!’ Director Darren Aronofsky: Why His Home Invasion Thriller Is Like Kindergarten

Darren Aronofsky’s mother! is that rare movie that comes along every once in a while, a completely polarizing event that you have to experience, even if you ultimately think it is a train wreck. Count me among the admirers of a movie that is 69% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes but drew an 'F' on CinemaScore. Show More Summary

Relativity School Re-branded To Studio School; Move Distances Itself From Failed Company

Relativity School — the four-year entertainment-focused college based at LA Center Studios — has officially re-branded as Studio School, Los Angeles. In making the announcement it said, “the name change is intended to more accurately...Show More Summary

Medical Marijuana Heist Spec ‘Green Rush’ Lands At New Republic In Brian Oliver & Will Packer Team-Up

EXCLUSIVE: Brian Oliver, the Oscar-nominated producer of Black Swan and Hacksaw Ridge, is teaming with Girls Trip, Ride Along and Think Like a Man producer Will Packer on Green Rush, a spec screenplay from Matt Tente that Oliver’s New...Show More Summary

‘Designated Survivor’: Breckin Meyer Set To Recur In Season 2

Men at Work creator and former Franklin & Bash star Breckin Meyer is set for a recurring role opposite Kiefer Sutherland in the second season of of ABC's drama series Designated Survivor, from the Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios. Meyer...Show More Summary

21st Century Fox Implements Workplace Professionalism And Inclusion Council

As part of its efforts to resolve sexual harassment claims at Fox News–and as a component of one $90 million settlement in particular–21st Century Fox has formed the Fox News Workplace Professionalism and Inclusion Council. Six workplace and inclusion experts will serve on the council, with four of them coming from outside the company. Show More Summary

‘Mary And The Witch’s Flower’ Director On Exploring World Of Magic Through The Eyes Of A Young Girl

Coming up in the animation ranks at Studio Ghibli as an in-between and key animator before making his directorial debut with The Secret World of Arrietty, and earning his first Oscar nomination for 2014’s When Marnie Was There, Japanese...Show More Summary

Lizzy Caplan In Talks To Co-Star In Fox’s ‘Gambit’

Masters of Sex alum Lizzy Caplan is in talks to join Channing Tatum in Gambit, the X-Men spinoff that has Gore Verbinski directing from a script by Josh Zetumer. 20th Century Fox is releasing the film February 14, 2019. Created by Chris...Show More Summary

Warner Bros Sets Up Sci-Fi Feature ‘Red Star’ With Hot British Writing Duo

Warner Bros is getting into business with two hot young British writers. The studio has picked up a feature pitch from Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan and Marlon Smith. The pair have sold Red Star, an original sci-fi pitch to the Justice League studio. Show More Summary

TV & Film Casting Biz Disrupted: Fox’s Decision To Drop Breakdown Services For Casting Networks & Its Fallout

There is a potentially seismic shift underway in the theatrical casting software business, which for decades had been dominated by Gary Marsh’s Breakdown Services. The casting community was shocked last week when Fox — 20th Century Fox...Show More Summary

Dan Gilroy Encouraged Denzel Washington To Change Lanes For ‘Roman J. Israel Esq.’

For his second film as a director, Roman J. Israel, Esq. helmer Dan Gilroy has written another drama that hinges on a star coming out of his comfort zone. Just as Jake Gyllenhaal inhabited a sociopath in Nightcrawler, so Denzel Washington...Show More Summary

Sci-Fi Thriller Spec ‘Envoy’ Sells To Pascal Pictures

EXCLUSIVE: Amy Pascal and her Pascal Pictures pre-emptively picked up the sci-fi thriller spec Envoy from screenwriter Kat Woods. The character-driven piece is said to be in the vein of Arrival and The Day The Earth Stood Still and is...Show More Summary

CBS Newsman Charlie Rose Accused By Eight Women Of ‘Unwanted Sexual Advances’: Report

CBS This Morning co-anchor Charlie Rose today became the latest high-profile media personality to be accused of sexual harassment, according to a report in the Washington Post. Rose also offered an apology for his behavior. The PostShow More Summary

Hollywood Christmas Parade Street Closures Set

Santa Claus is comin’ to town this Sunday, and that might be a pain if you live or work along the Hollywood Christmas Parade route. The LAPD and city Department of Transportation has released the list of street closures for the annual event, and the no-parking policy will be strictly enforced, as usual. Show More Summary

‘Heaven Is A Traffic Jam’ Director On Doc Subject Mindy Alper: “She’s The Most Human Of Us Humans”

Artist Mindy Alper perceives the world differently from ordinary people. Take the marking of time, for instance. Where most of us talk about years, she speaks of "trips around the sun." Another example would be sitting in traffic on an LA freeway. Show More Summary

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