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Apple Workers Literally Hit The Wall, As New Campus Has Glass Hazard

Apple has a design flaw = employees at its new space-age campus keep walking into its glass walls. The new $5 billion Apple Park campus, which opened last fall, has had at least two incidents of men walking into glass and sustaining injuries that required emergency services, according to a story by MarketWatch, which did a public records request. Both of the incidents resulted in minor cuts and no hospitalization. However, there’s a more serious issue than a couple of… Read


Bill Maher Ponders Hollywood Romantic Comedies In The MeToo Era

In the era of MeToo, how, Bill Maher wonders, is Fifty Shades Freed the Number 1 movie in the country? (It’s not, but go with it for a moment). Maher used the movie “about a woman on a leash” to kick off a New Rules riff last night on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher, pondering the mixed messages of Hollywood rom-coms, which, he said, have three basic plots: she married her boss, stalking is romantic and “I hate you and then I love you.” “Now it’s true,” Maher continued… Read

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‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’ Crossing $900M WW Box Office This Weekend

EXCLUSIVE: When Saturday and Sunday grosses are factored in, Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle will have topped $900M worldwide. The current cume through Friday is $895.37M with $371.57 domestic and $523.8M at the international box office. And the movie still has yet to debut in Japan. There was a moment there where projecting $900M was an iffy proposition, but this surprise holiday season hit and holdover has had some crazy legs. The Jake Kasdan-helmed follow-up to… Read


Three Billboards From Florida To England: Movie’s Protest Tactic Spreads

Whatever trophies the Oscar-nominated Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri comes away with next month, Martin McDonagh’s film about a grieving mother calling out police inaction by erecting three blood-orange, blame-giving billboards can take credit for at least some real-world impact: A form of protest. From Miami to London and beyond, activists have adopted the Three Billboards approach to, in one case, call out Florida Senator Marco Rubio for his money-taking from… Read

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‘Black Panther’ Rises To $82M Through Friday; $150M+ Weekend In Sight – International Box Office

UPDATE, SATURDAY: Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther is on a powerhouse run at the international box office as it climbs to $81.5M through Friday. It is now outperforming not only Ant-Man, Guardians Of The Galaxy and Doctor Strange, but Thor: Ragnarok and is on its way to besting all pre-weekend projections. It should cross $150M in 48 markets through Sunday. It is No. 1 in most plays, with the exception of those where Fifty Shades Freed has the upper hand. Crossing $150M in… Read


Olympics Ratings Remain Low On Night Of Nathan Chen’s Historic Quad Display

A week into the PyeongChang Olympics and Team USA currently has nine medals, and for a moment it looked like Nathan Chen was poised to add to that collection last night in men's figure skating. Coming off an initially weaker than expected performance, the Salt Lake City native put some history on the ice at the XXIII Winter Games in NBC's primetime as he pulled off a record five clean quadruple jumps and one more with a touch. In the end though, like the efforts of… Read

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‘Black Panther’ Poised To Slash ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ 4-Day Haul With $213M

Saturday AM writethru, after Friday, 8:58PM: By the time the four-day President’s Day holiday stretch ends, Black Panther will have surpassed many of Marvel’s mightiest on the all-time domestic B.O. openers chart. Not to mention Disney continues to crowd the list, now taking up eight of the top 10 slots. Black Panther is now looking at the sixth-best opening of all-time on a three-day-basis with an estimated $185.8M per industry projections Saturday AM and a mind-blowing $… Read


‘Cuban Food Stories’ First Teaser: Asori Soto’s Road Trip Food Adventure – Berlin

EXCLUSIVE: The Berlin Film Festival is cooking up a storm with a slew of food documentaries One of the most high-profile films in the fest is Cuban Food Stories, from the exec producer of Jiro Dreams of Sushi and we have an exclusive clip to watch (above). The film is written and directed by Asori Soto and has its world premiere as part of Berlinale's Culinary Section. After ten years living as an expat in the United States, Soto decided to return to his homeland of Cuba… Read


Highland Boards Mel Gibson & Frank Grillo’s Action Drama ‘Boss Level’

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EXCLUSIVE: Highland Film Group has come on board to handle international rights to Mel Gibson and Frank Grillo action drama Boss Level. The company, which is led by Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier, is launching the Joe Carnahan-directed picture at Berlin and joins its EFM slate, which also includes Tye Sheridan's The Night Clerk, Morgan Freeman's The Manuscript and Margot Robbie's Terminal. The film follows a retired special forces veteran, played by Grillo, who is… Read


Humanitas Prize Winners Include ‘Mudbound’, ‘The Post’ & ‘Lady Bird’

The Humanitas Prize winners were unveiled tonight, awarded annually to encourage, stimulate and sustain the nation's screenwriters. The 43rd annual honors for the first time separated feature film categories by genre, with Netflix’s Mudbound and Fox’s The Post tying for drama, A24’s Lady Bird winning for comedy and Fox’s Ferdinand winning for family. Other film winners unveiled tonight in a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton included HBO’s documentary Cries From Syria and… Read

‘Stranger Things’ Noah Schnapp and Anjelica Huston To Star In WWII Drama ‘Waiting For Anya’

Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp and Anjelica Huston will star in World War II drama Waiting For Anya for Goldfinch Studios. Schnapp will play a young shepherd, Jo, in the film alongside Huston's widow Horcada in the adaptation of the book by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo. The film is set in Lescun, southern France, and follows Jo's involvement in smuggling Jewish children across the border into Spain. The Pianist star Thomas Kretschmann, Elsa Zylbertsein (I've Loved… Read


 Kenya Barris/Julie Bean Comedy Pilot Pushed At ABC

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EXCLUSIVE: ABC’s multi-camera comedy pilot from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and Julie Bean (Grown-ish) has been pushed off-cycle. I hear the decision was made for casting reasons. The project had to make an adjustment very late in the game. Originally co-created and executive produced by Kenya Barris, Bean and 30 Rock alum Alec Baldwin, it landed at ABC in December with a straight-to-series order. The order was then reduced to a pilot about two weeks ago when Baldwin… Read