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NFL Anthem Protests Week 11 – Kneeling Continues After Veteran’s Day Respite

It’s a key weekend for the National Football League, and the results have nothing to do with playoff prospects. Instead, all eyes will turn once again to the pre-game activities and the player choices during the national anthem. After a one-week respite for Veteran’s Day – which saw participation in kneeling and other forms of protest drop significantly – the majority of players now will have to decide if they have made their point or will continue to stage the… Read

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How ‘Wonder’ Turned Wonderful At The Box Office With A $27M Opening Against Superhero Movie ‘Justice League’

In the face of what was expected to be a behemoth superhero movie in Justice League at the B.O., Lionsgate boldly dated its family pic Wonder against the Warner Bros./DC movie and surprised many this weekend with a $27M opening. It’s reminiscent of when Warners dated its Alcon older female-faith based title The Blind Side against The Twilight Saga: New Moon eight years ago and came up solid against that title earning $34M to the vampire romance’s $142.8M. Lionsgate knew… Read


HBO ‘Night Of Too Many Stars’ Sees Host Jon Stewart Spar With Stephen Colbert

The semi-annual Night Of Too Many Stars benefit to raise money in the battle against autism didn’t ignore other major problems, including the current wave of sexual harassment in Hollywood and politics. The program, held Saturday night at New York’s Madison Square Garden and televised live by HBO, had already bounced comedian Louis C.K. from appearing as a result of his admitted sexual misconduct with several women. Aware of the potential for distractions, host Jon Stewart… Read

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‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ Bows OK; ‘Three Billboards’ & ‘Lady Bird’ Extend Robust Runs – Specialty Box Office

Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Denzel Washington's Roman J. Israel, Esq. topped out among the Specialty newcomers this weekend, though the real sizzle continued to be with holdovers Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri from Fox Searchlight and A24's Lady Bird. Both placed in the top 10 in the overall box office. Columbia's Roman J. Israel, Esq. debuted in four theaters Friday, grossing $65K. The title, which also features Colin Farrell and Carmen Ejogo will go wide by Thanksgiving. Rialto's… Read


Russell Simmons Accused Of Forcing Sex On Model While Brett Ratner Watched

Russell Simmons

Music/film mogul Russell Simmons is being accused by a former model of forcing her to engage in sex as filmmaker Brett Ratner watched and did nothing, according to a report. Keri Claussen Khalighi said she was 17 years old when the incident happened in 1991 at Simmons’s New York apartment. The story was first reported Sunday by the Los Angeles Times. Khalighi claimed she accompanied Simmons and Ratner to the apartment to ostensibly watch a music video they had… Read


‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Steady With Host Chance The Rapper & Eminem

Last night’s telecast of Saturday Night Live, hosted by Chance The Rapper and featuring musical guest Eminem, drew a 4.3 household Live+Same Day rating in the metered markets and a 2.0 in adults 18-49 in the markets with local people meters.  That was in line with last week’s show, hosted by Tiffany Haddish with musical guest Taylor Swift, which averaged a 4.3 household rating and a 1.9 in the demo. SNL, whose totals do not include viewers for the encore telecast at 11:30… Read


‘SNL’ Vs Al Franken: Weekend Update Takes On A Former Writer

Though it reserved its best sexual harassment joke for Jeremy Piven, Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update didn’t entirely forget its old regular visitor from the Al Franken Decade. “Now, I know this was taken before Franken took public office,” said Update co-anchor Colin Jost about the now infamous picture of Franken posing in a mock-grope position over a sleeping Leeann Tweeden, “but it was also after he was a sophomore in high school.” After Jost made a self-directed… Read

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‘Justice League’ Lassos $185.5M Overseas, $281.5M WW; ‘Thor’ Rocks To $738M Global – International Box Office

Refresh for latest: Warner Bros/DC’s Justice League assembled $185.5M at the international box office in its debut session this weekend. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and friends were at play on about 47,000 screens in 65 markets with China leading at $51.7M. Including domestic, the worldwide opening is $281.5M. While WB has the overseas launch ahead of Wonder Woman in like-for-like markets, the score is lower compared to the $200M+ we were hearing amid pre-opening… Read

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‘Justice League’ Encounters Kryptonite At The B.O. With $96M Opening: Why The DC Movie Weakened – Sunday AM Update

Justice League

Sunday AM writethru final: No great heroic change for Justice Leagues prospects this weekend, as Warner Bros./DC is reporting its superhero ensemble movie at $96M this morning after a $38.8M Friday (including solid $13M Thursday) and a Saturday of $33M, -15%. The expectation is that Justice League declines 27% today for $24.1M, still an upset for what was expected to be a high point for the DC universe, especially when you consider that tracking had this movie at a… Read


‘SNL’: “Come Back, Barack”, Stay Awhile Pete Davidson & Chance Pays Off

Chance the Rapper made the most of his opportunity to host Saturday Night Live last night, a solid, confident turn for his first time at the gig. The show itself was, well, here’s hoping the Thanksgiving break provides cast and crew a chance to regroup and refresh. Despite a few highlights – a missing-you love ballad to Barack Obama, Pete Davidson’s Weekend Update riff on his rift with Staten Island – this Thanksgiving episode left a lot on the table. Let’s start with the… Read


‘Transparent’ Creator Jill Soloway Won’t Discuss Jeffrey Tambor Scandal, Advocates Anti-Harassment On-Set Rules

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Undoubtedly the set of Transparent has felt serious shockwaves over the recent accusations against its star Jeffrey Tambor. But speaking on a panel at Vulture Fest LA on Saturday, the show’s creator and EP Jill Soloway would not directly discuss the issue. “We have our own complications on Transparent,” she said. “And because there is an investigation that we are amidst I am not able to say anything at all about it. I’m trying to just protect the process and make sure… Read


Saoirse Ronan To Host ‘Saturday Night Live’, With Musical Guest U2

Saoirse Ronan, flying high in the critically acclaimed Lady Bird, will host NBC’s Saturday Night Live on Dec. 2. Musical guest will be U2. The booking was announced on tonight’s SNL hosted by Chance the Rapper, with musical guest Eminem. The Dec. 2 show is the next original episode, as SNL breaks for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend with a repeat of the recent Gal Gadot episode. DECEMBER 2! Read