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Friday Ratings: Fox’s ‘Last Man Standing’ Takes The Demo Race, With CBS Topping Total Viewership

It’s another Friday win for Fox’s Last Man Standing, which again won the demographics race with a strong 1.0/6 and 5.47 million viewers. The total is down a tenth from last week, but still enough to win the evening. CBS was, once again, the overall winner among networks in total viewers, scoring 5.46 million viewers and an o.5/3 in demos. Fox had an 0.8/5, 4.10 million tally. The audience drop was also felt by Fox’s The Cool Kids (O.8/4, 4.18 million), which is down a… Read

Awardsline

European Film Awards: ‘Cold War’ Scoops Top Prizes In Politically-Charged Ceremony – Full List

UDPATE: In a typically politically and socially conscious ceremony, the European Film Academy delivered its European Film Awards tonight. In Seville, Spain, Amira Casar hosted the ceremony in what she said was a European climate "resembling the 1930s." It was a post-WW II movie that took the main prizes with Ida Oscar winner Pawel Pawlikowski's black-and-white romance drama Cold War scooping Best European Film, Director, Screenplay and Actress. On winning the main kudo… Read

Box Office

‘Aquaman’ Pools $179M Through Friday Overseas; Topping $200M Today

SATURDAY UPDATE: Riding a wave into seven more markets on Friday, Warner Bros/DC’s Aquaman fished out another $27M from overseas turnstiles, lifting the international box office cume to $179.1M. There are 43 offshore hubs now in release, ahead of a further 28 next session which open alongside North America. The Trident of Neptune is claiming No. 1 in each market on Friday. Play is led by China which had a record bow last frame and, with yesterday's grosses, hit the RMB 1B… Read

Film

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Review: Barry Jenkins’ Artful And Moving Follow-Up To Oscar Winner ‘Moonlight’

If Beale Street Could Talk

It has taken awhile, but finally, James Baldwin is getting an English-language movie that is worthy of this great writer. It took a leap of faith by director Barry Jenkins, who went to Europe in the summer of 2013 and not only wrote Moonlight, which went on to win the Oscar Best Picture, as well as Adapted Screenplay Oscar, but he also wrote an adaptation of Baldwin’s 1974 work If Beale Street Could Talk on a wing and a prayer, as it were. He had no permission from… Read

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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

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‘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

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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