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‘Chappaquiddick’ Jumps Out Of Thanksgiving; ‘Hostiles’ Gallops Into Awards Season

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Update, Oct. 21: After moving Chappaquiddick into the Thanksgiving space 16 days ago, Entertainment Studios has had second thoughts and is pushing the John Curran-directed movie to April 6 for awards consideration next year. The independent distributor acquired the Ted Kennedy scandal movie out of TIFF for a $20M commitment. Instead, Entertainment Studios will debut its other TIFF acquisition, Scott Cooper’s western Hostiles in December and will platform it from there… Read

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‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ Reaps $22M During October Dumping Ground At The B.O.

Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

3rd Update, Saturday 12:03AM: What’s up with late October at the box office? If the first weekend of May is known as the official launch of summer, and guarantees a $100M-plus opening title, then the third and even fourth weekend of October can officially be known as a dumping ground for mediocre, broken movies. No disrespect to Lionsgate’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween. That film is absolutely working, stoking its audience and winning the weekend off a respectable low $20M… Read

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‘Real Time’: Janice Min Says Weinstein Frenzy Fueled Partly By Trump Anger

UPDATE with video Sublimated anger toward Donald Trump is contributing to the “feeding frenzy” around Harvey Weinstein, former Hollywood Reporter editor Janice Min said on tonight’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Pointing out the recent one-year anniversary of Trump’s notorious Access Hollywood recording, Min suggested that Weinstein presents a “possible, tangible crime and punishment” opportunity that Trump dodged. Maher too drew comparisons between Weinstein and Trump… Read

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Pentatonix Christmas Special Returns, Joined By Jennifer Hudson, Jay Leno, Darci Lynne Farmer

Grammy Award-winning a capella vocal artists Pentatonix will return to NBC for their second holiday special. A Very Pentatonix Christmas is set for Monday, Nov. 27 at 10 PM ET/PT on NBC, with an encore airing on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. The one-hour show will feature The Voice coach and fellow Grammy-winner Jennifer Hudson joining for some holiday favorite tunes. Also appearing are comedian and former Tonight Show host Jay Leno and 13-year-old America’s Got Talent… Read

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Ben Bates Dies: ‘Gunsmoke’ Stunt Double was 84

Stunt double Ben Bates, best known for his work substituting for Gunsmoke star James Arness for more than 25 years, died Oct. 4 in Sun City, California, according to his family. He was 84. Bates’s long career included doubling spots for the television series How the West Was Won (for which he was also a stunt coordinator), McClain’s LawBosom BuddiesThe Fall Guy and Matt Houston. He also appeared in the film The Legend of the Lone Ranger and the TV movies The Alamo: Thi… Read

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Harvey Weinstein Has “Different Recollection” Of Events In Lupita Nyong’o Op-Ed

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A spokesperson for Harvey Weinstein said the producer “has a different recollection of the events” that came to light in a New York Times op-ed piece penned by Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o. The comments came a day after the essay appeared in which she detailed a series of alleged Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment encounters that included several explicit passes Weinstein tried to foist on her early in her career. “Mr. Weinstein has a different recollection of the… Read

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Jimmy Kimmel And Matt Damon To Raffle Off Dysfunctional Dinner For Jon Stewart Fundraiser

Jimmy Kimmel’s final monologue from Brooklyn Week got interrupted by Jon Stewart and his breakdancing crew, in promotion of Stewart’s upcoming Night of Too Many Stars on HBO. As part of that fundraiser special, Kimmel and Matt Damon announce the incredibly awkward Omaze experience they're offering. Before Kimmel got interrupted, he was explaining to his BAM audience about their mayor: “Last night, I mentioned your mayor, Bill De Blasio – who is not a Yankees fan – or a… Read

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Nikki Toscano Sells Dramas With Matt Reeves & Craig Brewer To Fox With Penalty

Nikki Toscano has teamed with directors-producer Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) and Craig Brewer (Empire, Hustle & Flow) for two drama projects which have received script commitments with penalty from Fox. 20th Century Fox TV, where Toscano is under an overall deal, is the studio. Written by Toscano, the untitled Toscano/Reeves project is a female-led character drama that unravels the complicated personal and professional lives of a family of cops as they… Read

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‘Magnum P.I.’ Reboot In the Works At CBS

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CBS has shelled out a big pilot production commitment to Magnum P.I., an update of the classic 1980s Tom Selleck series set in Hawaii. It hails from Peter Lenkov, CBS/CBS Studios’ go-to writer for rebooting iconic procedurals who has successfully revived Hawaii Five-0 and MacGyver, and Davis Entertainment (The Blacklist). Co-written by Lenkov and fellow Hawaii Five-0 executive producer/co-showrunner Eric Guggenheim, Magnum P.I. will feature the same central quartet of… Read

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‘The Oath’: Crackle Series To Return To Production In San Juan

UPDATE, 4 PM: Sony-owned Crackle is returning to San Juan, Puerto Rico Saturday to wrap production on The Oath. Filming on the 10-episode series was interrupted last month following devastating Hurricane Maria and its aftermath. The show, which began filming there in July, has about nine days of shooting left, a Sony spokesperson told Deadline. The Oath, starring Sean Bean, Ryan Kwanten and Katrina Law, is executive produced by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (Power) and his… Read

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APA Agent Tyler Grasham Fired From Agency Following Sexual Assault Allegations

Updated 3:22 PM: Tyler Grasham has now been fired from APA. “Tyler Grasham has been terminated, effective immediately,” said a spokesman for the agency. The move comes as one of those who alleged he had been sexually assaulted said earlier today he was going to filed a police report with the LAPD this afternoon and he says he has. Lucas Ozarowski, a 27-year-old film and TV editor, says he also was assaulted by Grasham after Blaise Godbe Lipman first spoke up on Facebook… Read

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Female Animators Pen Open Letter Demanding End To Sexual Harassment

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Women and non-conforming people in the animation industry are speaking out amid the growing Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal. An open letter with 217 signatures was sent Thursday to studios demanding an end to sexism and sexual harassment in the animation industry, first reported by Buzzfeed. Executives at Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, DreamWorks Animation, Bento Box, OddBot, Paramount, Shadowmachine, Sony Pictures Animation, Stoopid Buddy, Titmouse, and… Read