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President Donald Trump Tweetstorm – The Saturday Edition

It’s already a busy Saturday online for President Donald Trump. There’s a cabinet change and a roundup of the usual suspects going on, and it’s not even noon in Washington, DC. The Commander-in-Tweet’s online day started at 6:14, with the announcement that Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke would be leaving the administration by the end of the year. The move was not unexpected, as Zinke has been under fire. The President followed up with a tweet promising to name… Read

Box Office

‘Spider-Verse’ Catching $37M+, ‘The Mule’ Carrying Near $18M, ‘Mortal Engines’ Fails To Start With $7M+

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

5th Update/Writethru, Saturday AM, after Friday 11:26AM post: Saturday AM estimates see Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse with a solid weekend start of $37.2M after a $12.6M Friday at 3,813 theaters, and sources are eager to see how this A+ CinemaScore, 5-Star PostTrak-received film performs on Saturday when matinees kick in. There’s anticipation that Spider-Verse could very well go higher (just look at its awesome 80% definite recommend in PostTrak exits), and if… Read

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Jennifer Lawrence Blisters Harvey Weinstein’s “Predatory Tactics”; Producer Calls Sundance Sexual Assault Suit “Malicious” – Update

Harvey Weinstein

UPDATE, 9:25 PM: Hours after the latest lawsuit to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault was made public both the disgraced producer and Jennifer Lawrence have responded to complaint – in very different manners. "My heart breaks for all the women who were victimized by Harvey Weinstein," the Oscar winner and X-Men alum said in a statement on Friday. Filed on December 12 in Los Angeles Superior Court, the Jane Doe of the six-claim unspecified damages seeking action… Read

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‘Andi Mack’ Actor Stoney Westmoreland Fired By Disney Channel Following Arrest For Planning Liaison With 13-Year-Old

UPDATED: Stoney Westmoreland, a 48-year-old actor who plays the grandfather on Disney Channel sitcom Andi Mack, has been arrested for allegedly trying to arrange online to have sex with a 13-year-old. Hours after the arrest, the kids-focused Disney cable network severed ties with the actor. “Stoney Westmoreland, an actor working on the series Andi Mack, was arrested in Salt Lake City today,” a rep for Disney Channel said in a statement Friday night. “Given the nature of… Read

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Les Moonves Personally Oversaw Eliza Dushku’s $9.5M Settlement For ‘Bull’ Harassment Claims

EXCLUSIVE: As accusations of sexual harassment and sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein and others began flooding Hollywood early this year, CBS’ then-CEO Les Moonves stepped in to settle claims against one of the network’s biggest stars. Moonves was deeply and directly involved in the $9.5 million payout that CBS forked over to Eliza Dushku in January after the actor accused Bull lead Michael Weatherly of sexual harassment on the first season of the CBS dramawe've… Read

Video

‘Mapplethorpe’ Trailer Shows Controversial Artist’s Rise In NY

Mapplethorpe

The official trailer for director Ondi Timoner’s Mapplethorpe biopic is out, portraying the controversial artist as he ascends from nowhere to become one of the most talked-about media creators of the 20th Century. Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith is Robert Mapplethorpe, with Marianne Rendon as punk poet/rocker Patti Smith, Mapplethorpe’s muse. Mapplethorpe discovered himself both sexually and artistically in New York City throughout the 70's and 80's. The film depicts… Read

Awardsline

Notes On The Season: Julia Roberts On Making A Difference; Quincy Jones Loves ‘Green Book’; Norwegians Court Spielberg

A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit.  Julia Roberts is back in the awards conversation this season, not only with her latest film, Ben Is Back, which has been winning her some of the best reviews of her career, but also her Amazon series Homecoming, which got a two-season initial order and has racked up Lead Actress nominations right out of the gate for her at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards after just a 10-episode first… Read

Business

Morgan Spurlock Settles Suit Over Unproduced TNT Docuseries, Will Pay Turner Nets $1.18M

Morgan Spurlock

Oscar- and Emmy-nominated documentarian Morgan Spurlock has agreed to pay more than $1.17 million to Turner Entertainment Networks to settle a lawsuit over a female-focused docuseries he ended up not making. The project was shelved after he posted a confessional essay as the #MeToo movement was gaining strength. The settlement (read it here) ends Turner’s lawsuit over the planned TNT docuseries Who Rules the World, whose logline says was to be about the most divisive and… Read

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‘Coco’ Screenwriter Matthew Aldrich Signs With CAA

Matthew Aldrich

EXCLUSIVE: CAA has inked Coco screenwriter Matthew Aldrich for representation. Coco was a huge hit for Disney/Pixar last year at this time, ultimately grossing $807 million worldwide and winning two Oscars, for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Song “Remember Me” from husband-and-wife songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Coco also won a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film. The film was a project Aldrich started working on in 2012 with Pixar… Read

Business

Tucker Carlson Loses Pacific Life Ads After Remarking Immigration Making U.S. “Dirtier”

Tucker Carlson

Tucker Carlson's Fox News Channel show won't have insurance company Pacific Life as an advertiser for at least a few weeks after opening Thursday’s program with the remark that the "immigration crisis" in the U.S. had left the country "poorer” and “dirtier.” In his opening monologue, Carlson said you “never” hear anybody making an "economic case for mass immigration" because that argument would be "insane” and “indefensible,” adding, "our leaders demand you shut up and… Read

Business

Blumhouse Television EVP Eben Davidson Exits

Eben Davidson

Eben Davidson, the executive who joined Blumhouse Television earlier this year to oversee development of scripted programming, has left the company. The former Paramount exec joined Blumhouse Television in March as an executive vice president. He left this week, with the two sides parting ways in what one source described as not the right long-term fit. "Blumhouse Television and Eben Davidson have mutually decided to part ways,” the company said in a statement. “We thank… Read

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Adria Arjona In Talks For Female Lead In Jared Leto-Led ‘Morbius’ Movie At Sony

Adria Arjona

EXCLUSIVE: Adria Arjona is in talks to play Martine, the female lead in Sony’s Morbius feature film which has Jared Leto starring. Daniel Espinosa is directing the Spider-Man Universe spinoff based on Marvel Comics’ antihero Morbius the Living Vampire. Created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane, the renowned biochemist Dr. Michael Morbius first debuted in the 1970s The Amazing Spider-Man #101 issue. He attempts to cure a fatal blood disease by injecting himself with… Read