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Satanists & Warner Bros “Amicably” End $50M ‘Sabrina’ Copyright Battle – Update

Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina

UPDATED, 12:50 PM: It sounds like a Devil’s bargain was not struck but that Warner Bros and the Satanic Temple have “amicably settled” the $50 million and an injunction seeking copyright suit the true believers brought on November 8 against the producers of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. A spokesperson for the studio declined to add more details of the confidential deal. However, the Satanists did have a bit more to say. “The unique elements of the Satanic Temple's… Read

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Bill Maher Responds To Backlash Over Comic Book Comments: “I Am Agnostic On Stan Lee” – Update

UPDATE with video interview, Wednesday 12:30 PM: Bill Maher recently appeared on Larry King Now and addressed his comments about Stan Lee and comic books that have drawn ire and backlash from social media. Last week, Maher wrote a post on the Real Time blog titled “Adulting” saying that Lee inspired people to “watch a movie” and he focused on slamming adult fans of comic books and said that they weren’t a legitimate piece of literature. During the interview with King he… Read

TV

‘This Is Us’ Ratings Drop To Series Low As Thanksgiving Holiday Looms

This Is Us

As America begins packing up and hitting the road or heading to the airport for Thanksgiving celebrations with family and friends, a bit of a bite was taken out of primetime last night. The hardest hit looks to be NBC, with a season low match for The Voice (1.4/6) and a series low for This Is Us (1.8/8). Matched by ABC's The Conners (1.4, 6.91M) in the key demo, the singing competition show dropped 13% among adults 18-49 from last week. In Thanksgiving mode itself and… Read

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California Fire Relief Efforts: Harrison Ford PSA To Affected Fellow Actors; Thanksgiving For Malibu’s Displaced; Donations & Crowdfunding Efforts

As the fire-relief effort continues in California, Harrison Ford has reached out to SAG-AFTRA members affected by the wildfires to let them know that help is available. "If you need help, ask. If you can help, give," he said in a pre-Thanksgiving public service announcement for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation (watch it below). "Because we're not just actors, voice-over artists, broadcasters and recording actors — we're family, and family sticks together. "The devastation and… Read

Awardsline

Luca Guadagnino On How ‘Suspiria’ Is A “Relentless Ode To The Great And Tremendous Power Of Womanhood” – Podcast

It’s a bold move when another auteur remakes another auteur’s movie. Martin Scorsese did it with J. Lee Thompson’s 1962 Cape Fear in 1992. Jonathan Demme had a revisionist take on John Frankenheimer’s 1962 political-thriller classic The Manchurian Candidate, casting Denzel Washington in the Frank Sinatra role of Ben Marco in 2004. Gus Van Sant remade Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 Psycho shot-for-shot in 1998 with Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Julianne Moore and Viggo… Read

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SAG-AFTRA Cracking Down On Producers Who Cheat Stunt Performers Out Of Residuals – Update

UPDATED with more details: SAG-AFTRA is cracking down on producers who risk safety and who try to cheat stunt performers out of their residuals by signing them to stunt coordinator flat deals that don't pay residuals. "The union is pursuing claims on this issue and will continue to challenge any miscategorization of stunt performers that it discovers," it said. "It has come to the attention of the SAG-AFTRA Stunt & Safety Department that producers have engaged stunt… Read

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‘Widows’ Star Elizabeth Debicki On Feeling “Deep Compassion” For Her Character – The Contenders L.A. Video

Widows

Elizabeth Debicki makes up one-fourth of the female-fronted cast of Steve McQueen’s heist thriller Widows. The film, from 20th Century Fox, puts together a diverse group of women (Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Debicki and Cynthia Erivo) who, in planning and executing a scheme in the backdrop, find their own voices. “When I first read Alice I felt deep, deep compassion for her — I’m half Polish, Alice is second-generation Polish — but more than that I felt that the way… Read

International

‘I Am Not A Witch’ Director Rungano Nyoni Awarded UK’s Wellcome Screenwriting Fellowship

I Am Not A Witch director Rungano Nyoni has been awarded the UK’s Wellcome Screenwriting Fellowship at an event in London. The award, given in partnership with the BFI and Film4, is worth $38,000 (£30,000) and is designed to help the recipient explore screenwriting subjects involving science, health and the human condition. The Wellcome Collection, a medical and cultural institution in London, also makes its resources, research and facilities available to the… Read

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Amazon Studios PR Chief Craig Berman Exits Jeff Bezos Company

Craig Berman

EXCLUSIVE: After working to construct the House of Bezos as a major player in Hollywood, Craig Berman has exited Amazon. Following years of shuttling back and forth between Los Angeles and Seattle, the Amazon Studios communications chief actually left the Jeff Bezos-run home of Transparent and The Marvelous Ms. Maisel on November 16, I’ve learned. No replacement, interim or otherwise, has been named so far. "I have had an amazing 14-year run at Amazon, but I am ready for… Read

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‘The ABC Murders’: John Malkovich & Rupert Grint In BBC/Amazon Drama – First-Look

EXCLUSIVE: We’ve previously had a glimpse of John Malkovich as Hercule Poirot in BBC One/Amazon’s upcoming The ABC Murders, and today we have a new shot of the legendary sleuth alongside key cast members including Rupert Grint as Inspector Crome (check out the photo below). The next installment in BBC One's collection of Agatha Christie stories is adapted by Sarah Phelps from the classic 1936 title. The three-part drama marks the return of Poirot to television and… Read

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‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ Director Peter Ramsey Signs With Verve

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Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse co-director Peter Ramsey has joined the client roster at Verve. Ramsey co-directed Sony’s Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse with Robert Persichetti Jr. and Rodney Rothman. The film, which opens on Dec. 14, was produced by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Amy Pascal, Christina Steinberg and Avi Arad. The film’s cast includes Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Liev Schreiber, Nicolas Cage and John Mulaney. Ramsey made his directorial debut in… Read

Box Office

‘Bumblebee’ Will Sneak Into Theaters On Dec. 8

Following the Warner Bros./Amazon Prime announcement that they’re holding paid sneaks for Aquaman on Dec. 15 in 1,000 locations, Paramount will be holding one-day previews for its Transformers spinoff Bumblebee on Saturday, Dec. 8 ahead of the Dec. 21 opening. Tickets will be on sale for the prevailing price at participating locations, and each admission includes a ticket to the movie, bonus content and a Transformers: Tiny Turbo Changers Movie Toy from Hasbro, while… Read