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‘Justice League’ Opens With Gloomy $96 Million in North America

‘Justice League’ Opens With Gloomy $96 Million in North America
Warner Bros.-DC’s costly “Justice League” has dominated the North American box office but fallen well short of expectations with a $96 million opening weekend at 4,051 locations.

It’s a decidedly gloomy result for the tentpole, which had been forecast by the studio just prior to the weekend to open in the $110 million range. Instead, “Justice League” is launching with only the eighth largest opening of 2017. It’s not even in the top 50 domestic openings of all time.
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Chance The Rapper Charms His Way Through The Season’s Best

‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Chance The Rapper Charms His Way Through The Season’s Best
The biggest shock to come from this week’s episode of “Saturday Night Live” is that Chance The Rapper can apparently exist without his signature hat. He might even thrive without it, which is a fascinating reality to accept. The point is, with or without the hat, Chance The Rapper hosts the best episode of this season so far, the first one to maintain a consistently good quality from top to bottom as well as successfully use the host to their strengths. In fact, Chance The Rapper showed signs in this episode of being the next Justin Timberlake for “Saturday Night Live” in terms of his versatility, gameness, and general sense of humor as a host.

The second biggest shock is that, despite the opening monologue, the “Family Feud” sketch, and some Weekend Update, this year’s Thanksgiving episode is not tied down to the concept of being a Thanksgiving episode.
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David Cassidy In Critical Condition After Organ Failure

David Cassidy In Critical Condition After Organ Failure
David Cassidy is in critical condition. The former “Partridge Family” star was rushed to a Florida hospital on Wednesday, and has been there since, a rep for Cassidy tells Et. “His organs are failing,” the rep reveals. “He is currently conscious and surrounded by family.” Cassidy, 67, has also been suffering with dementia, after being diagnosed with […]
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Ann Wedgeworth Dies: ‘Three’s Company,’ ‘Sweet Dreams’ Actress Was 83

Ann Wedgeworth Dies: ‘Three’s Company,’ ‘Sweet Dreams’ Actress Was 83
Ann Wedgeworth, a Tony Award-winning actress most widely known for roles on sitcoms Evening Shade and Three’s Company, died Thursday following a lengthy illness at a New York area nursing home, her family has announced. She was 83. Wedgeworth, who won a National Society of Film Critics Award for her tough but poignant performance in 1985’s Sweet Dreams – she played the mother of Jessica Lange’s Patsy Cline – won the 1978 Tony Award for best featured actress in a play for N…
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DC Fans Launch Petition for Release of Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ Director’s Cut

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DC Fans Launch Petition for Release of Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ Director’s Cut
Hardcore DC movie fans have launched a change.org petition asking Warner Bros. to restore director Zack Snyder’s original “Justice League” cut, together with Tom Holkenborg’s (Junkie Xl) score on home release. As of this writing, the petition has collected over 19,000 signatures. DC Movie fan Roberto Mata from San Juan, Puerto Rico launched the petition, condemning changes that were made to the film’s score and run-time following Snyder’s exit in May when his daughter died. Joss Whedon stepped in to finish the film, and composer Holkenborg was replaced with Danny Elfman.
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Harvey Weinstein’s Hitlist for Investigators Included Rose McGowan, 90 Others (Report)

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Harvey Weinstein’s Hitlist for Investigators Included Rose McGowan, 90 Others (Report)
Harvey Weinstein drew up a secret hitlist of 91 actors, publicists, producers, and other notable figures in the film industry for his private investigators to target, according to a report in The Guardian. The British paper reported Saturday that it had “gained access to a secret hitlist of almost 100 prominent individuals targeted by Harvey Weinstein in an extraordinary attempt to discover what they knew about sexual misconduct claims against him and whether they were intending to go public.” Among those on the list were Rose McGowan, who was among the first to speak out about Weinstein last month, when the...
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Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner Accused of Teaming Up to Engage in Sexual Misconduct

Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner Accused of Teaming Up to Engage in Sexual Misconduct
Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner have been accused of teaming up to allegedly sexually harass and assault women, according to a new report in the Los Angeles Times.

The Times -- which first reported that six women, including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, claim that Ratner sexually harassed and assaulted them -- reported on new claims against Ratner and revealed that longtime friend Russell Simmons allegedly engaged in inappropriate behavior with the director and producer.

One woman, Keri Claussen Khalighi, claims that when she was a 17-year-old fashion model she met Ratner, then an up-and-coming music...
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Critic's Notebook: Morgan Freeman's Quiet Climb to Extraordinary

Critic's Notebook: Morgan Freeman's Quiet Climb to Extraordinary
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You don't get to play God — not once, much less twice — without the requisite gravitas, a sense of authority that is innate and unshakable under any circumstances. And despite having played pimps, prisoners, killers, Old West outlaws and others of undistinguished station, in addition to presidents and gentlemen of notable stripe, Morgan Freeman, who will receive the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award at the Jan. 21 ceremony, always has embodied and projected just that: a sense of connate gravitas that he carries with him from role to role. Almost invariably, he centers any film in which...
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Chance the Rapper on 'SNL': 3 Sketches You Have to See

Chance the Rapper on 'SNL': 3 Sketches You Have to See
We're about a third of the way through the 43rd season of Saturday Night Live, and we've yet to see a truly great top-to-bottom episode. At this point last year we had seen three great eps (Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Hanks, and Dave Chappelle), all of which relied on the lead up to and aftermath of the 2016 presidential election for material and energy. So while a direct comparison might be unfair, we're still heading into December without a signature episode under this season's belt.

As with nearly episode so far this year,
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‘Justice League’ Posts DC Universe’s Worst Box Office Opening With $96 Million

‘Justice League’ Posts DC Universe’s Worst Box Office Opening With $96 Million
The box office delivered a shock this weekend, as “Justice League” is about to become the first installment of the DC Extended Universe to fall short of $100 million in its opening weekend. With an estimated $96 million from 4,051 screens, it’s 44 percent lower than the series-best $166 million opening by “Batman v Superman” last year, and the lowest opening for a live-action Warner Bros./DC film since “Green Lantern” in 2011. This film was supposed to be the high point for the Dceu, following off the momentum made by “Wonder Woman” earlier this year by having the popular heroine...
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See Chance the Rapper's Boyz II Men-Sendup 'Come Back, Barack' on 'SNL'

See Chance the Rapper's Boyz II Men-Sendup 'Come Back, Barack' on 'SNL'
Chance the Rapper pleads for Barack Obama to return in the Boyz II Men-inspired music video for "Come Back, Barack" on Saturday Night Live.

Alongside SNL's Kenan Thompson and Chris Redd, the trio – dubbed De-Von-Tre, a nod to groups like Bell Biv DeVoe and Jodeci – capture the look, sound and vibe of early Nineties R&B, right down to the free-flowing suits and spoken word interludes.

"Every night, I turn the TV on and cry / I say why, I feel like we're all gonna die / So come back,
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Why Can't Anyone Get Superman Right?

Why Can't Anyone Get Superman Right?
[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Justice League]

The fact that Superman has to come back from the dead in order to be humanized in dire superhero blockbuster Justice League says a lot about the film's misconceived combination of Frank Miller Lite-style gloominess, and co-screenwriter (and fill-in director) Joss Whedon's signature quippy humor. This film, like so many other stories involving Superman, only details its creators' myopic inability to effectively convey the optimism that Superman personifies.

Justice League is, at heart, toxically cynical, even if it does ultimately conclude — not counting its second post-credits sequence — on a shaky note of optimism. In the film, paranoid millionaire...
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Viacom Halts ‘Padmavati’ Release After Religious Uproar

Viacom Halts ‘Padmavati’ Release After Religious Uproar
India’s Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions have halted the global release of much-anticipated costume drama “Padmavati.” Controversy was sparked by the idea that it features a cross-faith Hindu-Muslim romance.

The film had been set for a Dec. 1 release in India. Related company, Paramount Pictures was recently announced as handle the worldwide distribution, in a day-and-date date release, coordinated with the outing in India.

While announcing a “voluntary deferment” of the film’s release, Viacom18 said that it had faith in legal process. And that it expected to announce a new date soon.
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Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Sells French TV Production Unit for $13 Million

As it seeks to climb out of the red, Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has sold its French TV production unit for 11 million euros ($13 million).

The business assets were acquired by Thomas Anargyros, who is the CEO of EuropaCorp Television. Anargyros has been heading EuropaCorp’s TV division since its launch in 2010, when his production banner, Cipango, was acquired by EuropaCorp. Anargyros had founded Cipango with Edouard de Vesinne, who became deputy CEO of EuropaCorp in 2016 and was ousted in September.

The sale of the French TV business fits into EuropaCorp’s scaled-back strategy to focus on fewer films and English-language series, as well as cut overhead. EuropaCorp said the sale will allow the company to reduce its overhead by about 2.5 million euros ($2.9 million) and 3 million euros ($3.5 million) per year.

A week ago, Marc Shmuger, who was hired on a renewable six-month contract in 2016, announced he would be stepping down as CEO of EuropaCorp at the end of
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Idfa: Syrian Comedian Looks for Fresh Start in France

Fares Helou was one of Syria’s most celebrated actors when the Arab Spring arrived in Damascus. But once his political beliefs forced him to flee the country, he suddenly found himself playing his most challenging role yet—as an exile in a foreign land.

Helou’s story is at the heart of “A Comedian in a Syrian Tragedy,” a documentary by director Rami Farah being pitched at Idfa Forum. An intimate portrait of exile, the pic spans four years as Farah and Helou leave Syria and struggle to rebuild their lives in France.

The French-Danish-Norwegian-Jordanian co-prod is produced by Lyana Saleh, of Osor; Signe Byrge Sørensen, of Final Cut for Real; Anita Rehoff Larsen, of Sant & Usant; and Cindy Le Templier, of Shashat Multimedia Productions.

When the first demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad began in 2011, Farah found himself with the challenging task of trying to document the very protests he was taking part in.

“I raised
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Chance the Rapper Kicks Off ‘SNL’ With Song About Spending Thanksgiving With All Your Terrible Relatives

Chance the Rapper Kicks Off ‘SNL’ With Song About Spending Thanksgiving With All Your Terrible Relatives
Chance the Rapper began his “SNL” hosting duties by saying in his monologue that to celebrate Thanksgiving he had pledged to give a million dollars to Chicago public schools. Unfortunately, Chance said, his accountant told him he doesn’t have the money and so he needs to make a quick cash grab in the form of what he hopes will be the definitive song about Thanksgiving. Which you can check out in full above. “You can make some serious cash off a holiday hit. Mariah Carey is at that tree lighting every year singing ‘All I Want for Christmas Is
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‘SNL': Steve Harvey Accidentally Brings Both His Families onto ‘Family Feud’ (Video)

‘SNL': Steve Harvey Accidentally Brings Both His Families onto ‘Family Feud’ (Video)
It’s been too long since “SNL” had a “Family Feud” sketch with Kenan Thompson as host Steve Harvey, but the recurring bit came back in a big way this week with a special edition of the Feud in which Steve Harvey brought his family on the show to face off against the family of his son he never knew about. The competing family is the Didricksons, made up mostly of very standard suburbanite-looking white people played by Aidy Bryant and Beck Bennett as the parents and Mikey Day as one of their sons — along with host Chance the Rapper.
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‘SNL': Jeff Sessions Visits Weekend Update and Still Can’t Remember Anything (Video)

‘SNL': Jeff Sessions Visits Weekend Update and Still Can’t Remember Anything (Video)
If you felt slightly disappointed that Kate McKinnon showed up in this week’s “SNL” cold open as Julian Assange — which meant she couldn’t do her Jeff Sessions — you’ll be happy to know that McKinnon’s Session did appear later in the show on Weekend Update to chat with co-host Colin Jost. Sessions kicked off the segment with a call-and-response chant with the audience. “When I say ‘I do not,’ you say….” Sessions prompted. “Recall!” the audience yelled back. “That’s my catchphrase,” McKinnon’s Sessions said. Also Read: 'SNL': Black Gotham City Residents Wish Batman
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‘SNL': Black Gotham City Residents Wish Batman Would Stop Racially Profiling Them (Video)

‘SNL': Black Gotham City Residents Wish Batman Would Stop Racially Profiling Them (Video)
Is Batman guilty of racially profiling the alleged criminals he goes after? Some of the Gotham residents at Bruce Wayne’s annual Thanksgiving food drive on “SNL” sure think so, in a timely sketch on the opening weekend for “Justice League.” “So, Bruce, you know how Batman is always tough on crime?” “SNL” host Chance the Rapper asked Wayne, played by Bennett. “Yes I do, son, and I’ll tell you a little secret: I actually know Batman,” Wayne replied. Also Read: 'SNL' Cold Open Reveals the Fateful Meeting Between Julian Assange and Donald Trump Jr (Video) “Well,
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