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ABC Pulls ‘The Great American Baking Show’ & Axes Judge Johnny Iuzzini Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

ABC Pulls ‘The Great American Baking Show’ & Axes Judge Johnny Iuzzini Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations
ABC has fired The Great American Baking Show judge Johnny Iuzzini and axed the remaining episodes of his show amid sexual misconduct allegations. “In light of allegations that recently came to our attention, ABC has ended its relationship with Johnny Iuzzini and will not be airing the remainder of The Great American Baking Show episodes,” an ABC spokesperson said in a statement. “ABC takes matters such as those described in the allegations very seriously and has come to…
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‘Stranger Things’ Actor Finn Wolfhard to Star in Haunted House Film ‘The Turning’ (Exclusive)

‘Stranger Things’ Actor Finn Wolfhard to Star in Haunted House Film ‘The Turning’ (Exclusive)
Finn Wolfhard, best known for his star-making turn as Mike on “Stranger Things,” is set to star opposite Mackenzie Davis in Amblin’s haunted house film “The Turning.”

Floria Sigismondi is on board to direct with Scott Bernstein and Roy Lee producing.

In this adaptation of Henry James’s novella “The Turn of the Screw,” a young woman hired as the nanny to two orphans is convinced that the country mansion they live in is haunted. Wolfhard will play one of the orphans.
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Kevin Hart to Play Hitman in Universal Comedy 'On the Run'

Kevin Hart to Play Hitman in Universal Comedy 'On the Run'
Kevin Hart will star in the newly announced Universal action-comedy On the Run, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Aeysha Carr (Carmichael Show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) will pen the movie, which was picked up as a pitch and follows a hitman (Hart) whose assignment goes awry when the target isn’t who he expects. Kristen Lowe will oversee production for the studio.

Girls Trip producer Will Packer will produce via his Will Packer Productions alongside Hart through his Hartbeat banner. On the Run will be the latest in a long partnership for the producer and star, which includes the Ride Along franchise and the upcoming Universal...
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Tiffany Haddish, John Cho Join Ike Barinholtz in Satirical Thriller 'The Oath' (Exclusive)

Tiffany Haddish, John Cho Join Ike Barinholtz in Satirical Thriller 'The Oath' (Exclusive)
Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish has joined Ike Barinholtz in The Oath, a satirical thriller Barinholtz wrote and is also directing.

Also boarding the ensemble project are Star Trek star John Cho, Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia), Billy Magnussen (Ingrid Goes West), Meredith Hagner (Search Party), Jon Barinholtz (Superstore), Nora Dunn (The Guilt Trip), and veteran actor Chris Ellis (Murder in the First). 

QC Entertainment, one of the companies behind Get Out, is financing and producing the movie, with 23/34 Pictures, the outfit run by Barinholtz and David Stassen. It begins shooting this week.

The timely script, set in a politically divided America...
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SAG Award Nominations Scorecard: Fox Searchlight, Netflix Top List

SAG Award Nominations Scorecard: Fox Searchlight, Netflix Top List
The 2018 SAG Awards nominees were announced Wednesday, and Fox Searchlight and Netflix led the scoreboard for film and television distributors.

Fox Searchlight landed 7 film nominations, while Netflix scored 19 for television and two for film. Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” carried film with four and three nods, respectively. In television, “Big Little Lies,” “Stranger Things,” and “Glow” each picked up four mentions.

Here’s the full list of SAG Award nominations. Kristen Bell will host the 24th annual awards ceremony on Jan. 21. The ceremony, recognizing top performances in television and film, will air live on both TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET.

Below is a quantified breakdown of which films, series, studios, and networks collected the most accolades Wednesday morning:
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‘Coco’ Tops $400 Million at Worldwide Box Office

‘Coco’ Tops $400 Million at Worldwide Box Office
Disney-Pixar’s animated “Coco” has topped the $400 million mark at the worldwide box office, earning $138.6 million domestically and $263 million internationally.

Disney made the announcement on Wednesday, noting that it still has about a third of the international market to launch in, including Australia (Dec. 26), Italy (Dec. 28), Brazil (Jan. 4), Korea (Jan. 11), the U.K. (Jan. 19), and Japan (March 16).

The top international market has been China, which has nearly matched the North American total with $133 million. “Coco” has stayed strong in China following its opening weekend of $18 million, following with an impressive $43.7 million in its second frame and declining by only 21% in its third weekend.

The film, which focuses on a 12-year-old boy and the celebration of the Day of the Dead and its music, set a box office record in Mexico with $56.8 million following a late October launch ahead of the holiday.

“Coco” is also getting awards-season traction, winning the best animated feature award from the National Board of
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Impending Hollywood Mega Deal is Backdrop as CineAsia Hands out Prizes

Asia’s scale and importance as the world’s fastest growing box office region were brought home as the CineAsia convention handed out its annual prizes, against the backdrop of an impending Hollywood mega-deal.

India’s Ajay Bijli was named Asian exhibitor of the year and Yusuke Okada, of Japan’s Toei, Asian distributor of the year at the closing event in Hong Kong. Prizes were presented Thursday at an awards lunch at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, adjacent to the Wanchai convention center that since Monday had hosted the conference sessions and a related trade show.

CineAsia organizer, Andrew Sunshine told Variety that attendance had grown by 10-15%, reaching record levels. That reflects continuing growth of the theatrical business in Asia, which now accounts for close to 40% of global box office.

Sony’s president of international releasing, Steven O’Dell opened his presentation of the studio’s 2018 releasing slate by announcing that Sony Pictures Entertainment is “putting
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Spurlock, Jacir, Cooke, Yousra, El Ganainy at Variety Studio Dubai

Spurlock, Jacir, Cooke, Yousra,  El Ganainy at Variety Studio Dubai
“People don’t think about the damage food does to us when when eat it, or the damage it does to the environment from which it came,” Morgan Spurlock says, talking up “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken.” Annemarie Jacir, Dubai Fest best picture winner for “Wajib,” explains that she’s interested in human relationships but we live in a political world, and slams president Trump’s “ridiculous” recent decision on Jerusalem: “It’s an affront to anybody who care about freedom and justice in the world.”

Watch five Variety Studio Dubai interviews where film directors and stars, who have thought long and hard about the subjects they treat, deliver sensitive, thoughtful comments about subjects ranging from fast food to the extent to which how we feel is determined by the time and place we live in (Dominic Cooke on “On Chisel Beach”) to the world being at the beginning of World War III, whose weapons
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Irrfan Khan, Anup Singh Talk ‘Lasya,’ ‘Scorpions’

Irrfan Khan, Anup Singh Talk ‘Lasya,’ ‘Scorpions’
Indian auteur Anup Singh and internationally celebrated actor Irrfan Khan (“The Lunchbox”) are about to embark upon their third project together. The duo combined for 2013’s “Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost” that won the Netpac award at Toronto and the Dioraphte Award at Rotterdam.

Their second collaboration is 2017’s “The Song of Scorpions”, also starring French-Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani and Indian cinema legend Waheeda Rehman. The film bowed at Locarno and continued its festival run with Haifa, London, Singapore and Dubai.

“Lasya: The Gentle Dance” will be the next Khan-Singh combine. “I have a first draft of the script, I haven’t spoken about it at all with Irrfan,” says Singh. “I am waiting to find a moment of calm, when he and I can be together and I can come to him with the full confidence of no distractions.”

The director and actor participated in a freewheeling discussion about their working relationship at the
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Disney Appoints Carol Choi as Korea Gm

Carol Choi has been appointed as Gm of the Walt Disney Company’s Korea office. She is also named as head of marketing in North Asia, covering Greater China, Korea, and Japan.

Based in Seoul, Choi will report to Luke Kang, MD of Twdc in North Asia. Country marketing heads will dual report to Choi and their respective country managers.

The announcement comes at a time when Disney is widely expected to announce a $60 billion corporate maneuver with studio rival 21st Century Fox. If that deal comes to fruition, there will likely be further reorganization of theatrical film, TV and channels businesses.

Choi has been at Disney since 2006, starting out in a home entertainment role. She is currently VP marketing in Greater China. Prior to joining Disney, Choi was with Universal Music and managed a joint venture with the Shanghai Media Group.

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Dubai: Festival President Abdulhamid Juma on Growing The Market and Opening to TV

Abdulhamid Juma was part of the initial team that founded the Dubai Intl. Film Festival (Diff) in 2004, and has been its chairman since 2006. An influential figure in Arab cinema circles, Juma has shepherded the Dubai event to its current standing as a key driver in the Middle East largely thanks to its market component that has grown more or less steadily amid shakeups in the region’s festival landscape as it became more attuned to the local industry’s fundamental needs. The big change at the Dubai Film Market this year was the introduction of a TV strand. This prompted several announcements for local high-end shows, including an Arabic adaptation of American legal drama “Suits,” and saw Netflix execs Felipe Tewes, Director of International Originals, and Sebastian Tobelem, who handles acquisitions in the region, sit down for meetings with many local players. The 14th edition of Diff could in fact go down in the annals as having
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Harvey Weinstein Slaps Back at Salma Hayek Over ‘Creative Friction’ on ‘Frida’

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Harvey Weinstein Slaps Back at Salma Hayek Over ‘Creative Friction’ on ‘Frida’
Harvey Weinstein pushed back Wednesday night against a New York Times op-ed by Salma Hayek that accused the disgraced movie mogul of problematic behavior during the making of her 2002 film “Frida.” Through a spokesperson, Weinstein denied any malicious intent or behavior toward Hayek. But his denial, which nitpicks certain details in Hayek’s account while appearing to belittle her via unfavorable comparison to Jennifer Lopez, made no mention of Hayek’s accusation that he sexually harassed her on multiple occasions. Also Read: Salma Hayek Says She Rebuffed Harvey Weinstein's Sexual Advances Constantly With 'No' Hayek, who spent nearly a decade trying to get.
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Oprah Winfrey to Receive 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globes (Watch)

Oprah Winfrey to Receive 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globes (Watch)
Oprah Winfrey will be honored with the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globes.

Each year the recipient of the prestigious award is selected by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) board of directors and must be someone who has made “an incredible impact on the world of entertainment.” HFPA president Meher Tatna said Winfrey embodies this qualification for the generations she has “celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades.”

“As a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress, she has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today,” Tatna said in a statement. “Holding titles such as Chairman, CEO and Founder, Oprah is one of the most influential women of our time, and this honor is well deserved especially in this 75th anniversary year of the Golden
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Golden Globes: Oprah Winfrey to Receive 2018 Cecil B DeMille Award (Video)

Golden Globes: Oprah Winfrey to Receive 2018 Cecil B DeMille Award (Video)
Oprah Winfrey is the next luminary who will receive the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille Award. Presented annually at the Golden Globes ceremony, the prize recognizes “a talented individual who has made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment,” according to the HFPA. Winfrey’s honor was announced Wednesday night by actor Morgan Freeman — who won the same prize in 2012 — during an NBC special marking the 75th anniversary of the Globes. Also Read: Montecito, Home to Oprah Winfrey and Other Celebs, Threatened by California Wildfires “As a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress, she has created an.
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Robert Knepper to Stay on ‘iZombie’ After Assault Accusation, Wbtv Finds No On-Set Wrongdoing

Robert Knepper to Stay on ‘iZombie’ After Assault Accusation, Wbtv Finds No On-Set Wrongdoing
Robert Knepper will stay on as a series regular on The CW’s “iZombie” following an investigation into an allegation of sexual assault, producers Warner Bros. Television said on Wednesday. “We were deeply concerned about recent allegations regarding Robert Knepper,” a Wbtv spokesperson said in a statement. “As a result, we conducted an internal inquiry with some of the cast and crew of iZombie. We found no evidence of wrongdoing on the set of the show. We have taken and will continue to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety and well-being of all involved, which is our top priority.
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‘The Bachelor,’ ‘College Football Playoff’ Crossover Sees Jordan Rodgers Get Cozy With Mascots

If you thought Jordan Rodgers was going to live happily ever after with JoJo Fletcher, you may be in for a surprise. “The Bachelorette” Season 12 winner has new conquests in his sights — and they’re very furry. A crossover between “The Bachelor” and Espn’s “College Football Playoff” sees the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy being wooed by a collection of mascots including the Clemson Tiger, the Georgia Bulldog and even Brutus Buckeye from Ohio State. Also Read: Why 'Golic and Wingo' Hosts Say New Espn Show Is 'Like Putting on a Comfy Pair of Clothes' Host Chris Harrison gets in on the action,
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Hey, Hollywood: Here’s One Way You Can Help SoCal Firefighters Right Now

As firefighters work to contain blazes that threatened Los Angeles commuter byways, the Getty Museum and Bel Air, we in Hollywood now have something else to do but reel at terrifying photographs: help those affected. The Entertainment Industry Foundation has set up the Socal Fire Relief Fund to provide members of the industry and the public with a simple way to help our tireless firefighters and those displaced. Donations to the fund will go to three main beneficiaries: the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation, providing costly hydration backpacks for firemen and night vision goggles for helicopter pilots fighting the fires; L.
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‘Dark’ Showrunners Answer Our Nagging Questions About Season 1 and Tease Their Plans for Season 2

(Major spoilers ahead for the first season of the Netflix original series “Dark”) Ok, so you made it all the way through “Dark,” the twisty and ingenious new German time travel show on Netflix. You enjoyed it, but you came out the other side with some big questions. That’s totally understandable! “Dark” is certainly a very dense show, with a ton of moving parts and — this is key — an approach to time travel that requires viewers to pay much closer attention than they would during normal binge sessions. Also Read: 15 Time Travel TV Shows You Should Be Watching Right.
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12 Best Movies of 2017, From ‘Dunkirk’ to ‘Call Me by Your Name’ (Photos)

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12 Best Movies of 2017, From ‘Dunkirk’ to ‘Call Me by Your Name’ (Photos)
2017 was a strong year for cinema, with achievements that can be measured on many yardsticks: It was the year a Wonder Woman got to rock the seemingly unassailable superhero genre, the year a black sketch comedian became a massively profitable writer-director, and the year when Tiffany Haddish ascended to the comedy cosmos. Corporate filmmaking may continue to choke Hollywood (and a Disney-Fox merger isn’t good news in that department), but this was a year when there was always something to recommend, whether it was blasting to the big screen or streaming to a smaller one. The runners-up (alphabetically): “Beach.
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ABC Yanks ‘Great American Baking Show,’ Fires Judge Over Sexual Misconduct Accusations

ABC Yanks ‘Great American Baking Show,’ Fires Judge Over Sexual Misconduct Accusations
ABC has pulled “The Great American Baking Show” from its schedule after just one episode following accusations of sexual misconduct against star judge Johnny Iuzzini. “In light of allegations that recently came to our attention, ABC has ended its relationship with Johnny Iuzzini and will not be airing the remainder of ‘The Great American Baking Show’ episodes,” a network spokesperson said in a statement. “ABC takes matters such as those described in the allegations very seriously and has come to the conclusion that they violate our standards of conduct.” The baking competition show will be replaced on the schedule by “The.
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