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Dan Harmon on ‘Community’ Movie: Justin Lin and I Are ‘Trying’ to Make It Happen

Dan Harmon on ‘Community’ Movie: Justin Lin and I Are ‘Trying’ to Make It Happen
Will “Community” fans’ long-held dream of “six seasons and a movie” finally come to fruition? Dan Harmon, who created the heralded comedy series that signed off in June 2015 after Season 6, told TheWrap that the show’s long-hoped-for feature film may still happen. Harmon’s optimism remains alive due in part to a number of individuals who worked on the show and now hold considerable clout in Hollywood. This includes “Community” executive producers Joe and Anthony Russo, who directed the show’s pilot before helming such high-profile movies as “Captain America: Civil War” and the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War.”
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Andy Serkis Joins Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron in ‘Flarsky’

Andy Serkis Joins Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron in ‘Flarsky’
Andy Serkis is joining Lionsgate’s Charlize Theron-Seth Rogen feature film “Flarsky,” portraying a media mogul who employs Rogen’s journalist character.

Flarsky” is directed by Jonathan Levine from Dan Sterling’s script. The comedy is currently shooting in Montreal. Lionsgate has set a Feb. 9, 2019, release date.

Rogen is playing the titular Fred Flarsky, battered by his own misfortune and self-destructive ways, who endeavors to pursue Theron’s character — his childhood crush and babysitter, who now happens to be the U.S. Secretary of State and is one of the most unattainable women on earth.

Serkis portrayed the lead character Caesar in Fox’s “War for the Planet of the Apes.” He made his directorial debut on “Breathe,” starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, and is in post-production on the live-action “Jungle Book,” which Warner Bros. will open on Oct. 19.

Rogen’s Point Grey Pictures, Theron’s Denver and Delilah Films, and [link=co
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'Coco' Hopes to Add Disney's Legacy at the Thanksgiving Box Office

'Coco' Hopes to Add Disney's Legacy at the Thanksgiving Box Office
One look at the Thanksgiving opening weekend records shows how important the holiday has been to Disney, which currently holds nine of the top ten three-day and five-day opening weekend records including last year's Moana, which opened with $82 million over the five-day holiday, the second largest of all-time. This weekend the studio debuts the latest Pixar feature, Coco, which has already become the largest single release in Mexico and looks to make an impact domestically this weekend. Coco will be opening in 3,987 locations starting Wednesday, with industry estimates anticipating a five-day opening in the $55-60 million range. This would be enough to challenge the studio's The Good Dinosaur for the fifth largest five-day Thanksgiving opening ever and based on the data we're looking at we're expecting it to go even higher. IMDb page view data shows Coco surging ahead of titles such as Good Dinosaur, Sing and even Moana leading up to release.
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John Lasseter Takes Leave of Absence From Disney/Pixar, Apologizes for Unwanted Hugs

John Lasseter Takes Leave of Absence From Disney/Pixar, Apologizes for Unwanted Hugs
John Lasseter, the head of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios and one of the most powerful figures in the entertainment industry, acknowledged Tuesday that he had crossed the line with employees. He is taking a six-month leave of absence.

Lasseter sent a memo to staff apologizing for making employees feel disrespected or uncomfortable, Variety has confirmed.

“That was never my intent,” he wrote. “Collectively, you mean the world to me, and I deeply apologize if I have let you down. I especially want to apologize to anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line in any way, shape, or form.”

Lasseter is taking a leave as several prominent Hollywood figures are grappling with allegations of sexual harassment. His name has continued to be mentioned privately, with a number of former Pixar employees telling Variety that he has behaved inappropriately and describing a culture
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‘Get Out,’ ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Good Time’ Top Indie Spirit Awards Nominations

‘Get Out,’ ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Good Time’ Top Indie Spirit Awards Nominations
The Florida Project,” “Lady Bird,” “Get Out,” “Call Me by Your Name” and “The Rider” have been nominated as the best independent films of 2017 at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, Film Independent announced on Tuesday.

Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name” received the most nominations, six, followed by “Get Out” and “Good Time” with five and “Lady Bird” and “The Rider” with four.

Acting nominees included Salma Hayek for “Beatriz at Dinner,” Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri,” Holly Hunter for “The Big Sick,” Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf for “Lady Bird” and Armie.
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CBS Terminates Charlie Rose Over Sexual Misconduct Accusations

CBS Terminates Charlie Rose Over Sexual Misconduct Accusations
CBS News has terminated its relationship Charlie Rose on Tuesday, one day after the Washington Post reported multiple accusations of sexual misconduct against the longtime news show host. The network on Monday first suspended Rose, who co-anchored “CBS This Morning” and appeared as an occasional correspondent on the primetime staple “60 Minutes.” “Despite Charlie’s important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace,” CBS News President David Rhodes wrote in a statement. “I’m deeply disappointed and angry that people were victimized.” New: CBS News terminates Charlie Rose.
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HBO’s Cinemax and Sky Enlists ‘The Raid’ Director Gareth Evans for Gangland Drama

HBO’s Cinemax and Sky Enlists ‘The Raid’ Director Gareth Evans for Gangland Drama
After making a splash with his relentless action films The Raid and The Raid 2 and preparing to jump to the blockbuster big leagues with the upcoming Deathstroke, director Gareth Evans is making his first foray into the small screen. This time, Evans is tackling a gangland drama set in contemporary London for HBO’s Cinemax and Sky networks. Titled Gangs of […]

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Box-Office Preview: 'Coco' Set to Rule Thanksgiving With $55M-$60M Bow

Box-Office Preview: 'Coco' Set to Rule Thanksgiving With $55M-$60M Bow
The Disney animated empire will once again dominate the Thanksgiving box office.

Pixar/Disney's critically acclaimed Coco, about the Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), parades into theaters everywhere Wednesday, following Tuesday-night previews. Disney and Pixar, along with the major tracking services, are projecting a five-day domestic debut of $55 million to $60 million, but there's plenty of room for upside.

Between them, Disney Animation Studios and Pixar claim the top six five-day Thanksgiving openings of all time, not accounting for inflation. Frozen (2013) is the record holder with $93.6 million, while last year's Moana sang...
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Bob Weinstein Personally Paid Off Two of Harvey’s Accusers in 1990s, According to New Yorker

Bob Weinstein Personally Paid Off Two of Harvey’s Accusers in 1990s, According to New Yorker
A New Yorker expose details the secret settlements that allegedly allowed Harvey Weinstein to cover up sexual assault and harassment allegations dating back decades.

Ronan Farrow reports that Bob Weinstein, who has repeatedly said he was unaware of his brother’s alleged sexual misconduct, personally paid £250,000 — equivalent to about $600,000 today — to settle two claims against his brother in the 1990s during their time running Miramax. The money was supposed to be split between Harvey’s former assistant Zelda Perkins and another female employee in the U.K. alleging sexual harassment and assault.

Bob Weinstein confirmed the personal payout during the New Yorker interview, but insisted that his brother misled him about what the money was being used for. Because it came from his account, the money could be hidden from Disney, Miramax, and Harvey’s wife.

“Regarding that payment, I only know what Harvey told me, and basically what he said was he was fooling around with two
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Producers Guild Documentary Nominees Include ‘Jane,’ ‘City of Ghosts,’ ‘Cries From Syria’

Producers Guild Documentary Nominees Include ‘Jane,’ ‘City of Ghosts,’ ‘Cries From Syria’
Jane,” “Chasing Coral,” “City of Ghosts” and “Cries From Syria” have been nominated as the best nonfiction film of 2017 by the Producers Guild of America, the PGA announced on Monday.

Earth: One Amazing Day,” “Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower” and “The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee” were also nominated in the Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures category.

For the first time, the category was expanded from five to seven nominees.

The winner will be revealed at the Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 20, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
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Kenneth Branagh, Anna Friel Take Home International Emmy Awards

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Kenneth Branagh, Anna Friel Take Home International Emmy Awards
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 2017 International Emmy Awards on Monday, awarding “Wallander” star Kenneth Branagh and “Marcella’s” Anna Friel in the top acting categories. The awards ceremony was held at the New York Hilton on Monday night and was hosted by comedian Maz Jobrani. Among the 12 awards handed out on Monday was the International Emmy Directorate Award, which went to Grupo Televisa President, CEO and Chairman Emilio Azcárraga Jean. Other winners included the Steve Coogan’s “Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle,” the Norwegian crime drama “Mammon II” and the documentary “Exodus: Our Journey to Europe.
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‘Chicago Pd’ Star Jason Beghe Apologizes for ‘Anger Issues’ and On-Set Behavior

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‘Chicago Pd’ Star Jason Beghe Apologizes for ‘Anger Issues’ and On-Set Behavior
Chicago P.D.” star Jason Beghe apologized for inappropriate on-set behavior related to his “anger issues” in a statement on Tuesday. “I am deeply sorry for my behavior, which I know has been hurtful to my friends and colleagues,” the actor said. “I have struggled with anger issues for some time, and over the past year, I have been working with a coach to help me learn how to mitigate my temper. It’s an ongoing process, and it has been a humbling one.” “It is a source of great pride for me to be part of Chicago P.D.’s incredible cast and crew,
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Film News Roundup: Dominique McElligott, Beau Bridges Join Boyd Holbrook’s ‘Two/One’

Film News Roundup: Dominique McElligott, Beau Bridges Join Boyd Holbrook’s ‘Two/One’
In today’s film news roundup, “House of Cards” star Dominique McElligott joins the surreal drama “Two/One,” Faith Media Distribution generates $1.2 million in box office for “True to the Game,” and Sony’s teamed with WWE Studios on “The Marine 6.”

Castings

House of Cards” star Dominique McElligott, Beau Bridges, Zhu Zhu, and Song Yang have joined Boyd Holbrook in the cast of Juan Cabral’s drama “Two/One.”

The movie is currently in production in Canada and explores the idea that while we sleep in one place, we are awake somewhere else — in this case, a world-class ski jumper in Canada and a corporate executive in Shanghai, China.

Producers of “Two/One” are Redrum Films’ Flora Fernandez Marengo and Chris Clark along with Dave Valleau of South Creek Pictures. Holbrook is an executive producer. Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales and CAA reps domestic rights.

McElligott’s credits include “The Astronaut Wives Club” and “Hell on Wheels.” [link
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John Lasseter Allegations Cast Shadow Over Disney-Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Debut

John Lasseter Allegations Cast Shadow Over Disney-Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Debut
Just as the Disney-Pixar movie “Coco” began its Tuesday night previews, news broke that animation guru John Lasseter would be taking a six-month leave over allegations of inappropriate behavior toward women. Lasseter, who runs both Pixar and Disney Animation, apologized in an email to those “on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line.”

It was an unfortunate juxtaposition for the highly anticipated movie, as Hollywood grapples with an ever-widening sexual harassment scandal, but it’s not expected to hurt the film’s box office ahead of the critical Wednesday-Sunday holiday time frame.

Coco” has already set a record for the highest grossing film ever to open in Mexico, with $48 million to date, and in the U.S., it could potentially beat “Justice League” and debut as the top film over the Thanksgiving weekend with about $60 million. Past Disney titles that have opened over the same period include
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Thanksgiving Box Office Preview: Will ‘Coco’ Be Hurt by John Lasseter Accusations?

Thanksgiving Box Office Preview: Will ‘Coco’ Be Hurt by John Lasseter Accusations?
Thanksgiving weekend is shaping up to be a very interesting one at the box office for both good and bad reasons. The biggest film — and the hottest news story — of the extended weekend will be Pixar’s critically-acclaimed “Coco,” which hits theaters right after studio founder John Lasseter took a leave of absence amid reports of sexual misconduct. Meanwhile, the underperforming “Justice League” will try to avoid a big drop, and “Wonder” will try to keep its surprising momentum going. “Coco,” which has already become Mexico’s highest grossing film of all time with over $43 million grossed since its release on.
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42 Hollywood and Media Heavyweights Accused of Sexual Misconduct Since Harvey Weinstein

42 Hollywood and Media Heavyweights Accused of Sexual Misconduct Since Harvey Weinstein
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault and harassment scandal, women and men alike have been more vocal about speaking out against sexual harassment. The accusations have been many, and the reaction and fallout has been swift across the industry. Brett Ratner Six women have accused the director and producer of sexual misconduct, including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge. Ratner’s lawyer says no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from Ratner. Fallout: Ratner chose to personally step away from all Warner Bros. related activities, and Playboy put Ratner’s biopic about Hugh Hefner on hold.
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Kendall Jenner Tops Gisele Bundchen as Highest Paid Model, Haters Assemble on Both Sides

Kendall Jenner Tops Gisele Bundchen as Highest Paid Model, Haters Assemble on Both Sides
Someone should have told Gisele Bundchen it’s almost impossible to keep up with a Kardashian — or a Jenner, for that matter. The native Brazilian, who has been raking in the dough as the world’s highest-earning model since 2002, was dethroned by 22-year-old Kendall Jenner, who snagged the top spot on Forbes‘ Highest-Paid Models 2017 list on Tuesday. The second-to-youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner family pulled in $22 million in the 12 months between June 2016 and June 2017. Jenner boasts an impressive 85 million followers on Instagram, a number that helped her reach that whopping income from advertising deals with...
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HBO Hacker Charged Over $6 Million Extortion Attempt, ‘Game of Thrones’ Script Leak

HBO Hacker Charged Over $6 Million Extortion Attempt, ‘Game of Thrones’ Script Leak
A man has been charged in the high-profile hack attack that gave “Game of Throne” fans sneak peeks at unaired episodes of Season 7. The acting United States attorney for the southern district of New York has pressed charges against the hacker who attempted to extort $6 million from HBO and leaked scripts of “Game of Thrones” earlier this year. Behzad Mesri, an Iran-based computer hacker who previously worked for the Iran military, breached HBO’s computer networks and employee files and stole 1.5 terabytes of data. Also Read: HBO Hackers Leak 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Finale Secrets After sending an email to HBO.
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Pixar’s John Lasseter Was the Subject of a ‘Whisper Network’ for More Than Two Decades

Pixar’s John Lasseter Was the Subject of a ‘Whisper Network’ for More Than Two Decades
For more than 20 years, young women at Pixar Animation Studios have been warned about the behavior of John Lasseter, who just disclosed that he is taking a leave due to inappropriate conduct with women. The company’s co-founder is known as a hugger. Around Pixar’s Emeryville, Calif., offices, a hug from Lasseter is seen as a mark of approval.

But among female employees, there has long been widespread discomfort about Lasseter’s hugs and about the other ways he showers attention on young women. On Tuesday, that history caught up with him, as Lasseter became the latest prominent person to be accused of inappropriate behavior. This comes in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse and harassment scandal that brought down the movie mogul and has also tarnished other powerful men such as Charlie Rose, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., and Amazon’s Roy Price.

In a memo to Pixar employees, Lasseter apologized
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Rob Huebel on Getting Naked With Justin Long on Malibu Beach for New Show: ‘That Was Weird’

Rob Huebel on Getting Naked With Justin Long on Malibu Beach for New Show: ‘That Was Weird’
Rob Huebel does a lot of weird stuff on his new series, “Do You Want to See a Dead Body?” But getting naked with Justin Long during the daytime in the middle of a tony Southern California beach community just might take the cake. Huebel created the show and stars as a version of himself who happens to be an ardent fan of finding corpses in Los Angeles and showing them to his famous friends. These include Adam Scott and Terry Crews, who appear in the pilot episode that was initially filmed for Comedy Central before the off-the-wall comedy series.
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