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Universal/Blumhouse’s ‘Get Out’ Now Grabbing A $30M+ Opening: Late Night B.O. Update

BETTY GABRIEL as Georgina in Universal Pictures’ “Get Out,” a speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of “The Visit,” “Insidious” series and “The Gift”) and the mind of Jordan Peele.  When a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.

4th Update, Midnight: More moviegoers got out of the house on Saturday to get into Universal/Blumhouse’s Get Out. By textbook box office definitions, horror films are frontloaded. Genre fans typically show up in bulk on Thursday and Friday, then taper off on Saturday. Not this one. The Jordan Peele feature directorial according to latenight estimates earned $12.8M today, repping an 18% jump over yesterday’s $10.8M. That’s a bigger Friday-to-Saturday climb percent wise… Read


Spirit Awards: Casey Affleck Slams “Abhorrent” and “Un-American” Trump Policies – Watch

Casey Affleck

Political discourse was not a heavy topic at Saturday's Film Independent Spirit Awards, which seemed to be an apolitical ceremony compared to previous award shows this season. Casey Affleck won the Best Lead Actor for his role in Manchester By the Sea and upon taking the stage took a moment to slam Donald Trump's "abhorrent" and "un-American" policies. “The policies of this administration are abhorrent and they will not last. You don't have to clap out of obligation… Read


Indie Spirit Awards: ‘Moonlight’ Sweeps Day, Takes Best Feature – Full Winners List

Spirit Awards Winners 2017

UPDATE with full winners list: A24’s Moonlight swept all five competitive awards it was up for at the 32nd annual Film Independent Spirit Awards, wrapping the day at Santa Monica’s Barker Hanger with a win for Best Feature. With Oscar frontrunner La La Land not eligible for these awards (its budget was above the Spirit Award cutoff of $20 million), it was Barry Jenkins’ drama who stole the spotlight, with Jenkins winning for Director and Screenplay in addition to wins for… Read


WGA Members “Ready To Strike” After Round Of Pre-Contract Talks Meetings

WGA Strike

The threat of a writers strike continued to mount today as the WGA held the last of 11 membership informational meetings in advance of next month's negotiations for a new film and TV contract. "We're always ready for a strike," a TV writer laughed as he left the meeting at the Beverly Hilton. "Television is in another Golden Age and the companies are reaping record profits, but writers aren't sharing in that. Our incomes are going down, so it's going to be a tough… Read


Academy Rescinds Sound Mixing Nomination for Greg P. Russell of ‘13 Hours’

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The Academy's Board of Governors rescinded a Sound Mixing nomination from Greg P. Russell for 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi for violation of Academy campaign regulations, it was announced on Saturday. The decision, voted on Thursday, was made after they discovered that Russell had called his fellow members of the Sound Branch during the nominations phase to make them aware of his work on the film, which is a direct violation of a campaign regulation that… Read


Pondering The Imponderable: How A Restructured Hollywood Would Deal With Striking Writers


While pre-Oscar limousines squeezed in and out of the Peninsula and a political crowd rallied at UTA, an industry power player (who will remain nameless), was fretting over lunch about another problem on Friday: Will the coming months bring a Hollywood writers strike? And, more precisely, which companies will be most exposed if labor peace breaks down? It's too early to worry in any serious way about a possible strike by the Writers Guild of America, East and West… Read


President Donald Trump Will Not Attend White House Correspondents’ Dinner; Event Will Go On As Scheduled (Update)

Donald Trump CPAC

Update The White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner will go on as planned, Trump or no Trump. WHCA president Jeff Mason issued a statement, taking note of Donald Trump’s refusal to attend, while explaining that the dinner “will continue to be a celebration of the First Amendment and the important role played by an independent news media in a healthy public spotlight.” Here is the statement in full: WHCA statement on 2017 White House Correspondents' Dinner pic.twi… Read


Univision Pulls Ads For Pulse Shooting Show Segment; Club Owner, Mothers, Victims, GLAAD Press Network To Stop ‘Blood Bath’


Mothers of murdered children, victims/survivors from the Orlando mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub, the club’s owner and GLAAD have pressed Univision not to air a segment on its weekend crime show Crónicas de Sábado titled “Baño De Sangre” (it translates to Blood Bath), about last year’s massacre that killed 49 people and injured hundreds more physically and/or mentally. Ads for Blood Bath that showed a re-enactment inside the nightclub shooting in gory detail… Read


Republican Congressman Darrell Issa’s ‘Real Time’ Surprise Call For Special Prosecutor Gains Traction

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As Real Time With Bill Maher interviews go, last night’s top-of-show chat with Republican congressman Darrell Issa was low-key, even genial, but Issa’s call for a special prosecutor to investigate Russia’s involvement in last November’s presidential election has been reverberating ever since. The Republican congressman from California surprised Maher by agreeing that President Donald Trump’s recently appointed attorney general Jeff Sessions should recuse himself from an… Read


‘The Good Fight’ Adds Nyambi Nyambi As Recurring


Mike & Molly alum Nyambi Nyambi is returning to the CBS fold with a major recurring role on The Good Fight, the new legal drama series for CBS All Access and CBS TV Studios, which debuted last Sunday. The Good Fight, a spinoff of CBS’ The Good Wife, follows Christine Baranski’s Diane Lockhart as she joins Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) at one of Chicago's pre-eminent law firms. Nyambi will play Jay Dipersia, the firm’s long-time investigator. Smart, witty, and even-tempered, he… Read


‘American Girl’: Gwendoline Yeo To Star In Amazon’s Special ‘Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance’

Gwendoline Yeo

Gwendoline Yeo (American Crime, Grey's Anatomy) has been cast in the upcoming third installment of Amazon’s original American Girl live-action special, An American Girl Story – Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance. Ivy & Julie is set in 1976 San Francisco and centers around 10-year-old Ivy, a Chinese-American girl who struggles with finding a balance between her two cultural identities: Chinese and American. Yeo will play Marilyn Ling, a strict, but loving mother to Ivy. As… Read


Syrian Cinematographer For ‘The White Helmets’ Denied Entry Into U.S. To Attend Oscars

The White Helmets

U.S. immigration authorities have denied Khaled Khateeb, the 21-year-old cinematographer and Syrian national who filmed Netflix's Oscar-nominated The White Helmets, entry into the country for tomorrow's Academy Awards. According to internal Trump administration correspondence seen by the Associated Press, the Department of Homeland Security has decided to block Khateeb from the country after reportedly finding "derogatory" information about him, an official term that can… Read