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BBC Commissions ‘Definitive’ Harvey Weinstein Scandal Documentary

BBC Commissions ‘Definitive’ Harvey Weinstein Scandal Documentary
BBC Two announced Monday that it has commissioned a two-part documentary to tell the “definitive story” of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

With a working title of “Weinstein,” the documentary will chronicle not just Weinstein’s career, but also will look at how since the 1930s the Hollywood system has enabled “the complex mix of money, power, exploitation and abuse” within the studio system. Ursula MacFarlane (“Charlie Hebdo: Three Days that Shook Paris”) will direct the documentary and it will be produced by two-time Oscar-winning producer Simon Chinn’s Lightbox company.

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Berlin Film Festival Unveils First Competition Titles

Berlin Film Festival Unveils First Competition Titles
The Berlin Film Festival on Monday unveiled the first competition titles for its latest edition, which takes place in February.

Gus Van Sant's latest film, Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, and Dovlatov from director Alexey German Jr., who a few years ago won the festival's Silver Bear for his Under Electric Clouds, are among the first films selected.
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‘I, Tonya’ Ices Robust Weekend; ‘Disaster Artist’, ‘Shape of Water’ & ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Expand – Specialty Box Office

‘I, Tonya’ Ices Robust Weekend; ‘Disaster Artist’, ‘Shape of Water’ & ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Expand – Specialty Box Office
Clearly it was always going to be a Star Wars weekend, but some Specialties braved going against the herd. Neon/30West's I, Tonya won gold in its second frame, grossing over $176K with an added run. James Franco's The Disaster Artist went over a thousand locations grossing $2.6M, while Fox Searchlight more than tripled outings for Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water in its third weekend, taking in over $1.73M. Searchlight's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri…
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‘The Greatest Showman’ Live Movie Trailer Electrifies During ‘A Christmas Story Live’

‘The Greatest Showman’ Live Movie Trailer Electrifies During ‘A Christmas Story Live’
In a television first, The Greatest Showman aired a live movie trailer during Fox’s telecast of A Christmas Story Live. The live two and a half minute trailer for Michael Gracey’s movie musical based on the life of P.T. Barnum featured the film’s stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Keala Settle performing the high-energy number “Come Alive” alongside an army of 150 dancers on the stages at the Warner Bros Studios in Burbank. Academy Award-winning songwriters Benj…
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Johnny Depp’s Ex-Lawyers Suing ‘Pirates’ Star Back After He Hit Them For $30M

Johnny Depp’s Ex-Lawyers Suing ‘Pirates’ Star Back After He Hit Them For $30M
Still wrestling in the courts with his former business managers over millions, home foreclosures and claims of excess, Johnny Depp now finds himself at the legal receiving end of one of Hollywood's biggest lawyers in a $30 million sword fight that is sure to take some of the cheer out of his Christmas. Less than two months after the thrashing Pirates of the Caribbean star dragged his old attorney Jacob Bloom and his Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman…
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Live TV Musicals Ranked by Ratings, From ‘Sound of Music’ to ‘A Christmas Story Live’ (Photos)

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Live TV Musicals Ranked by Ratings, From ‘Sound of Music’ to ‘A Christmas Story Live’ (Photos)
Last night, “A Christmas Story Live” didn’t come close to hitting the numbers of even the lowest-rated live TV musical that came before it. And you thought “Hairspray Live” was a bust? The Christmas classic turned real-time event aired on Fox on Sunday and was definitely no “Sound of Music Live!” or “The Wiz Live.” Heck, TV ratings-wise, it wasn’t even “Peter Pan Live.” Scroll through to see how each live musical on NBC and Fox rank by Nielsen numbers since the genre’s rebirth. Least-viewed is first, most-watched last. Beyond the peacock, Fox also got in on
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Go90 Premieres Kobe Bryant's Oscar Animated Short Contender 'Dear Basketball'

Go90 Premieres Kobe Bryant's Oscar Animated Short Contender 'Dear Basketball'
Verizon-owned video app go90 has nabbed the premiere for Oscar contender Dear Basketball from Kobe Bryant

The five-minute film, which hails from animator and director Glen Keane, features the former Los Angeles Laker reading his poem of the same name. Composer John Williams provides the score. 

Dear Basketball is available to view on the free go90 app, as well as across Verizon properties including Yahoo Sports, AOL and Complex. "Verizon's go90 welcomes an array of creators, from icons to up-and-comers, providing them with a flexible canvas on which to share their stories," said go90 chief content officer Ivana Kirkbride. "On...
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‘A Wrinkle in Time': Reese Witherspoon Says Ava DuVernay Would ‘Demand Inclusiveness’

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‘A Wrinkle in Time': Reese Witherspoon Says Ava DuVernay Would ‘Demand Inclusiveness’
When creating the vast worlds in the book-to-film adaptation “A Wrinkle in Time,” director Ava DuVernay didn’t put her focus only on the places that would bring the magical novel to life, but also on the faces of the characters readers have grown to know and love. In a feature in Time, Reese Witherspoon said that during her 25-year career in Hollywood, she’s “never seen somebody demand inclusiveness like .” “It’s just a different perspective, and you don’t get that unless we start to have powerful filmmakers of different colors, different genders,” she said. “You’re just
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NBC Will Start Mobile-Streaming ‘Sunday Night Football’ in 2018

At long last, you’ll finally be able to stream “Sunday Night Football” while making a second-quarter beer run. NBCUniversal announced on Monday the network has acquired the rights to start streaming the biggest sports show on television each week with its “TV Everywhere” app, beginning in 2018. Fans have been able to stream it on their computers or tablets, but watching from their phones had been missing from the equation. The announcement follows Verizon’s five-year, $1.5 billion deal inked with the NFL last week to bring mobile streaming to the forefront. Also Read: Sean Combs Wants to Buy Carolina Panthers,
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Alamo Drafthouse Launching Video Rental Store in 2018 (Exclusive)

Alamo Drafthouse Launching Video Rental Store in 2018 (Exclusive)
The Alamo Drafthouse chain is taking a step into the past by launching Video Vortex, a reimagining of classic video rental stores, at its upcoming 11-screen location in Raleigh, N.C.

The company, now in its 20th year with 29 locations in operation, is touting Video Vortex as one of the largest video archives on the planet. The North Carolina location will open in the first quarter of next year. Visitors can return rentals on their next trip to the location or mail DVDs and Blu-rays back to the shop with a return envelope.

Along with Blu-ray and DVD titles, Video Vortex will contain a “massive” rental selection of rare VHS tapes, including titles never released on digital formats. The store will also rent VCRs as well as provide renters with the equipment for RCA adapters free of charge. The space will also feature a selection of curated Blu-rays for sale, film-related merchandise,
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Ranking This Christmas’ Oscar Movies , from ‘The Post’ to Hugh Jackman’s Vanity Musical

Ranking This Christmas’ Oscar Movies , from ‘The Post’ to Hugh Jackman’s Vanity Musical
Christmas movies suggest family-friendly, heartwarming tales, designed for peak holiday family moviegoing. And then there’s the other kind — the late-breaking, high-profile, A-list titles designed to hit the box office and Oscar voters’ consciousness. Some of these launched at prestige fall film festivals (“Downsizing,” “Molly’s Game,” “Hostiles,” “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”); others are bonafide awards contenders (Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread”); and some, like Hugh Jackman vanity musical “The Greatest Showman,” will soon skid into either bad reviews or audience reaction, or both.

Herewith, a ranking of the Christmas movies in order of their likely Oscar prospects.

The Post” (Fox, December 22)

Metascore: 82.

Strengths: Steven Spielberg’s riveting paean to newspaper journalism and freedom of the press couldn’t be more timely. Early reviews are strong for this true story about The Washington Post’s publication of the Pentagon Papers,
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Barstool Sports Boss Pops Champagne – Literally – Over Espn President’s Resignation (Video)

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Barstool Sports boss Dave Portnoy is popping champagne — literally — over John Skipper’s resignation from Espn. And yes, he knows about the outgoing Espn president’s “substance addiction” explanation. It doesn’t appear that he’s buying it. “It is a huge victory for us, I love watching my enemies go down,” said a giddy Portnoy. “They say it’s substance abuse, that stinks for him, but it’s probably a cop-out.” Also Read: John Skipper Resigns as Espn President, Cites 'Substance Addiction' Problem Portnoy goes on to call Skipper “That ‘Roger Rabbit’ bad-guy looking motherf—er,” in the below “Emergency Press Conference.
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Jack Black, Nick Jonas Debut Absurd ‘Jumanji’ Music Video

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Jack Black, Nick Jonas Debut Absurd ‘Jumanji’ Music Video
Jack Black and Nick Jonas debuted their trippy, yet hilarious, music video for their new “Jumanji” theme song — and now you won’t be able to get the tune out of your head for the rest of the day. Black and Jonas showed their fellow cast mates, including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Karen Gillan and Kevin Hart, the new video, which Johnson hoped would be some “Grammy-level s—.” In it, Black and Jonas make fun of their characters in the upcoming film, due out in theaters this Wednesday. The clip, titled, “Jumanji Jumanji,” includes wind machines and hilarious special effects.
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Box Office: Fathom Events Sees Soaring 2017 Performance (Exclusive)

Box Office: Fathom Events Sees Soaring 2017 Performance (Exclusive)
Amid an overall slump in domestic moviegoing, Fathom Events has seen a surge this year in box office for its live events and one-night showings for theatrical chains.

The company, which is co-owned by AMC Entertainment, Cinemark Holdings and Regal Entertainment Group, has topped the $1 million mark with 27 different events in 2017. That’s nearly double its 2016 mark of 14 events with more than $1 million.

Six events topped the $2 million mark, led by a Feb. 16 showing of “Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical” with $4.7 million and followed by faith-based documentaries “Is Genesis History” with $2.7 million and “In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem” with $2.5 million, “Pokémon The Movie: I Choose You!” with $2.4 million, the Mayweather vs. McGregor boxing match with $2.4 million, and “Jeepers Creepers 3″ with $2.2 million.

“This year has seen tremendous growth for Fathom and event cinema, proving that consumers want a true event experience in their movie theater,” said Ray Nutt, chief executive officer.
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The Path 'The Last Jedi' Didn't Take

The Path 'The Last Jedi' Didn't Take
[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi]

Light. Darkness. Good. Evil. The nature of heroism. When it comes to big issues of ethical philosophy, The Last Jedi puts a lot on its plate. Considering how Episode VIII writer-director Rian Johnson’s last directorial film outing, 2012's Looper, featured an intriguing gut-punch of a downer ending, I came into Episode VIII hoping for an entertaining journey with a relatively bleak twist of a conclusion. But getting off that admittedly very enjoyable — though decidedly long — ride, I found my fannish...
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'Lady Bird' Named Best Film of 2017 by Vancouver Critics Circle

'Lady Bird' Named Best Film of 2017 by Vancouver Critics Circle
The Vancouver Film Critics Circle on Monday unveiled its pick for the best in film of 2017, with Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird named as best picture.

The film also earned the best actress crown for Saoirse Ronan and best supporting actress for Laurie Metcalf. Another multiple award winner was Phantom Thread, which earned Paul Thomas Anderson the best director trophy and Daniel Day-Lewis the best actor honor.

Elsewhere, Willem Dafoe won for best supporting actor for his star-turn in The Florida Project, and the best screenplay trophy went to Jordan Peele for Get Out. And the Cannes Grand...
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Stx Entertainment to Distribute Golden Globes in China (Exclusive)

Bob Simonds' Stx Entertainment has picked up the exclusive China distribution rights to the 75th Golden Globe Awards telecast in January.

As part of a deal inked with Dick Clark Productions and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Stx will work with Chinese partners on live terrestrial and streaming-video broadcasts, making the awards show available to viewers across the Middle Kingdom.

Stx Entertainment's digital division, STXdigital, meanwhile, will produce a new Chinese-language pre-show from the Globes' red carpet starring Chinese celebrity hosts. STXdigital also is handling the exclusive local rights to the Golden Globes 75th Anniversary Special.

"Chinese viewers will have...
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi': Rian Johnson Explains Key Villain’s Death

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi': Rian Johnson Explains Key Villain’s Death
Warning: There are some serious spoilers ahead from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Leading up to the release of the eighth installment of the “Star Wars” series, fans were busy theorizing Snoke (Andy Serkis)’s origin and motivation. But as you saw in the movie — there’s not much time for the villianous character to develop, because, welp (spoiler!) he gets killed. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) slices Snoke in half with his lightsaber in a pivotal scene where Kylo and Rey (Daisy Ridley) show off some serious fighting skills. The killing of Snoke comes before Kylo urges Rey to join forces with him.
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Italian Moviegoers Shrug Off Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Director Fausto Brizzi

Rome – Sexual harassment allegations against Italian director Fausto Brizzi do not appear to have had a negative impact on the box office performance of his Christmas comedy “Poveri ma Ricchissimi.” The movie has opened at No. 3 on the Italian box-office chart via Warner Bros. in a country that seems largely unaffected by the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Brizzi was accused last month of sexual misconduct by several Italian actresses on investigative TV show “Le Iene,” allegations that made a splash in the Italian media. Brizzi has vehemently denied having non-consensual sex, but said in a statement following the allegations that he was suspending all work and business activities. No legal charges against him have been reported.

Warner Bros. Entertainment Italia removed the hit-making helmer from all promotional material and activity for the “Poveri ma Ricchissimi” but decided to forge ahead with its planned wide release last Thursday.

The hotly anticipated film, which is a sequel,
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Ratings: ‘Sunday Night Football’ (and Everything Else) Tramples ‘A Christmas Story Live’

Ratings: ‘Sunday Night Football’ (and Everything Else) Tramples ‘A Christmas Story Live’
Pretty much everyone and their mother (who should have warned them first) can safely say Fox’s “A Christmas Story Live” shot its eye out last night. Well, in the ratings at least. The televised musical event was no match for “Sunday Night Football” or pretty much anything else on the Big 4, including all of CBS’ broadcast shows and ABC’s “Sound of Music” telecast (not that live NBC one with Carrie Underwood, the classic starring Julie Andrews). The earlier-available overnight ratings for “A Christmas Story Live” from the 56 markets metered by Nielsen are pretty dismal — and generally considered more.
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