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CBS Paid Eliza Dushku $9.5 Million To Settle Harassment Claim On "Bull"

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CBS Paid Eliza Dushku $9.5 Million To Settle Harassment Claim On
CBS paid Eliza Dushku $9.5 million to resolve claims that she was retaliated against for complaining about sexual harassment on the set of the prime time drama Bull, according to a report in the New York Times.

Dushku appeared in three episodes of the show and had been assured of a significant recurring role, the Times reports. That changed when she became the focus of a series of uncomfortable comments made by the show’s star, Michael Weatherly, who remarked about her appearance, made a rape joke and a commented about a threesome, according to the Times account.

After raising complaints, Dushku was written off the show, which the actress believed was in retaliation for speaking out. She entering mediation with the network, and received a confidential settlement that would pay her the equivalent of the salary she would have earned if she remained on the show for four seasons.

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Oscar Nominee Sondra Locke Dies at 74

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Oscar Nominee Sondra Locke Dies at 74
Actress and director Sondra Locke, who received a supporting actress Oscar nomination in her first movie role for “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” died Nov. 3 at 74. The Los Angeles County Public Health Department confirmed her death.

She died due to breast and bone cancer, according to Radar Online, which reported that she was laid to rest at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary.

Locke had a contentious relationship of more than a decade with Clint Eastwood, who first cast her in “The Outlaw Josey Wales.”

Locke was born in 1944 as Sandra Louise Smith and raised in Shelbyville, Tenn. She changed her named to Sondra in her early 20s and won a nationwide talent search in 1967 for the part of teenager Mick Kelly in the movie adaptation of Carson McCullers’ novel “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.” Locke starred opposite Alan Arkin, who was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar.
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'Spider-Man' Ready to Send Box Office 'Into the Spider-Verse'

'Spider-Man' Ready to Send Box Office 'Into the Spider-Verse'
After last weekend saw no new wide releases hit theaters, resulting in the worst weekend of the year so far, this weekend offers up three new wide debuts led by Sony Animation and Marvel's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse alongside Clint Eastwood's The Mule and Universal's young adult adaptation Mortal Engines. Additionally, Fox is re-releasing Deadpool 2 in a PG-13-rated version with all-new footage while Annapurna will look for If Beale Street Could Talk to top the charts based on per theater average as it begins its run this weekend. Looking to top the weekend is Sony Animation's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, a brand new take on Marvel's webslinger, a character that has already generated over $1.9 billion domestically and over $4.8 billion worldwide for Sony from six previous films. This, of course, is the first time he's been featured in an animated theatrical release and that makes forecasting a bit more difficult.
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Thanksgiving 2019: Lionsgate To Release Rian Johnson's Murder Mystery ‘Knives Out’ With Daniel Craig & Killer Cast

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Thanksgiving 2019: Lionsgate To Release Rian Johnson's Murder Mystery ‘Knives Out’ With Daniel Craig & Killer Cast
Exclusive: Lionsgate is set to partner with MRC and distribute worldwide Knives Out, the contemporary murder mystery that Looper and Star Wars: The Last Jedi helmer Rian Johnson wrote and is directing. Daniel Craig stars as a detective trying to solve a murder and the killer ensemble cast includes Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Ana de Armas, Christopher Plummer, Katherine Langford and Don Johnson.

Lionsgate has dated the film for nationwide release on November 27, 2019 for the Thanksgiving holiday corridor.

The film became possible when director Danny Boyle exited James Bond 25. While that film regrouped — Cary Fukunaga is directing it — Craig suddenly had an open slot, and Johnson and his producing partner Ram Bergman took full advantage with an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery that Johnson wrote and was able to squeeze in before he and Bergman drill down on a new trilogy in the Star Wars universe.
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Jennifer Garner to Star in Apple Limited Series, Reunite With J.J. Abrams

Jennifer Garner to Star in Apple Limited Series, Reunite With J.J. Abrams
It’s not an Alias revival, but we’ll take it: Jennifer Garner is set to star in a limited series for Apple, reuniting her with Alias creator J.J. Abrams.

Apple has handed a straight-to-series order to the project, titled My Glory Was I Had Such Friends, based on the memoir by Amy Silverstein. The memoir follows a woman awaiting a last-minute heart transplant, and her close female friends who supported her along the way. Karen Croner (Admission) will pen the series and also serve as an executive producer.

Garner and Abrams will both also serve as EPs on the limited series.
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IMDb Orders 2 Short-Form Comedy Series With Jay Pharoah, Nick Cannon, Tig Notaro, More

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IMDb Orders 2 Short-Form Comedy Series With Jay Pharoah, Nick Cannon, Tig Notaro, More
Exclusive: IMDb is moving further into original content production with two new short-form comedy series – "Special Skills" hosted by SNL alum Jay Pharoah, and "UnMade", featuring comedians including Nick Cannon, Tig Notaro, Rainn Wilson, Weird Al, Reggie Watts and others. Both are produced by Electus’ Big Breakfast and are set to launch in early 2019.

Co-created by Luke Kelly-Clyne and Steve Marovitch, UnMade will follow comedians as they share the inspirations, plots and stories behind their projects and scripts that never saw the light of day. In each five-to-eight-minute episode, a celebrity guest will reveal a pitch or screenplay for an early passion project they were never able to get off the ground. These ambitious, often misguided and always hilarious ideas are then given a second chance, brought to life via a team of actors and a professional production crew. UnMade guest stars include Nick Cannon, Rainn Wilson, Tig Notaro, “Weird Al” Yankovic,
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‘Once Upon a Deadpool’ Jingles $900K+ On Wednesday

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‘Once Upon a Deadpool’ Jingles $900K+ On Wednesday
20th Century Fox’s PG-13, holiday infused re-imagining of Deadpool 2 drew an estimated $953K in early morning industry estimates in its opening Wednesday at 1,566 theaters (including Tuesday previews). That number was good enough to make Once Upon a Deadpool second behind Universal/Illumination’s The Grinch which led all movies yesterday with $968K in its fifth Wednesday and a running total of $226.7M.

Rival distributors didn’t know what to expect from Once Upon a Deadpool; the film flew under the radar of tracking, and for Fox, it’s all gravy for the Deadpool brand. Not to comp because the movie catered to a completely different crowd, but the Weinstein Co.’s The King’s Speech changed its rating from R to PG-13 following its Oscar best picture win in 2011 earning $1.1M over three-days in its April re-release for a final tally of $3.3M. The whole thought process behind
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"Grey's Anatomy" Adds Jennifer Grey for Season 15 Arc

How has this not happened sooner? Jennifer Grey has joined the cast of Grey's Anatomy, E! News can confirm. Grey will appear in a multi-episode arc during the hit medical drama's current season 15. Details about her arc, and whether or not she'll have some connection to the titular character, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) are being kept under wraps. It's unlikely she's playing herself at a Grey family reunion, but we can dream… Perhaps she's a patient at the hospital? Or a relative of a cast member? Camilla Luddington's mom, anybody?. Grey's father, Joel Grey, appeared in a season six episode of Grey's Anatomy. Other guest stars during season 15 include Josh Radnor, Debra...
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Lou Ferrigno Jr. cast as Hourman for DC Universe's "Stargirl" series

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Lou Ferrigno Jr. cast as Hourman for DC Universe's
One day after pulling back the curtain on Joel McHale's casting as Sylvester Pemberton aka Starman for DC Universe's upcoming Stargirl series, TVLine has exclusively announced that Lou Ferrigno Jr. will be joining the cast of the upcoming superhero show as the Golden Age Hourman, founding member of the JSA (Justice Society of America). As per DC Comics
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Evolution of Emily Blunt, From ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ to ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ (Photos)

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Evolution of Emily Blunt, From ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ to ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ (Photos)
As Emily Blunt gracefully drifts from here to there with her magical umbrella in ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ let’s take a look back on her film eclectic film career.

Following minor British TV gigs, the London-born actress hit the big screen in Pawel Pawlikowski’s “My Summer of Love.” The award-winning drama follows Tamsin (Blunt) and her affair with another young woman.

As Miranda Priesley’s snarky assistant, whose name also happens to be Emily, Blunt hit the big time acting along with Anne Hathawy and Meryl Streep. Her performance granted her nominations for both a best supporting actress Golden Globe and BAFTA’s Rising Star award. In the same year, Blunt also started dating singer Michael Bublé.

After her notable performance in “The Devil Wears Prada,” it’s no surprise that Blunt starred more and more titles. The rom-com features Blunt, sporting a sleek bob, as a French teacher
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Film News Roundup: ‘Lawnmower Man’ Director Brett Leonard Boards ‘Elijah’

Film News Roundup: ‘Lawnmower Man’ Director Brett Leonard Boards ‘Elijah’
In today’s film news roundup, “Elijah” gets a director, a French fry documentary starts shooting and “Uglydolls” moves its release date forward.

Project Launch

Brett Leonard, best known for directing ”The Lawnmower Man” and “Virtuosity,” will direct the supernatural feature film “Elijah,” based on the Old Testament prophet.

The project is set up at Winter State Entertainment. Producers are Hamid and Camille Torabpour, Jhene Chase, Mark Smith and Patrick Werksma. The screenplay is by Hamid Torabpour and Andrew Kightlinger.

“The tremendous human and spiritual journey at the core of the epic Biblical story of ‘Elijah’ provides the ultimate canvas for my passion to explore the connection between cinematic and immersive storytelling,” Leonard said.

Winter State plans to kick off a biblical film universe with “Elijah,” which will be followed by “Elijah Part 2.” “The Lawnmower Man,” budgeted at $6 million, featured leading-edge technology and grossed over $150 million worldwide.

French Fries

Zero Point Zero,
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See A$AP Rocky Bike Around New York in Trippy ‘Tony Tone’ Video

A$AP Rocky launches the new visuals for Testing track “Tony Tone” at a youthful, innocent birthday party, but the trippy video also houses judgmental vibes alongside freewheeling city street scenes.

In the HidJi Films for Awge-directed clip, kids celebrate a birthday, while the rapper smokes and hangs with a woman, before he and a group dressed in white align in front of a panel of solemn judges as the off-kilter melody kicks in. New York City street scenes are interwoven with shots from the judgment panel room. The
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SAG-aftra Commercial Negotiations Set for February

With no fanfare, SAG-AFTRA and the ad industry have set a mid-February start for negotiations for a successor deal to the union’s master contract, Variety has learned.

The current three-year deal — which covers about $1 billion in annual earnings — expires on March 31. SAG-aftra and the Joint Policy Committee of the ad industry plan to hold the negotiations in New York City.

Reps for the union did not respond to a request for comment and the ad industry’s lead negotiator Stacy K. Marcus of the firm Reed Smith said, “The Jpc and SAG-aftra have agreed to a media blackout.
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SAG-aftra Commercial Negotiations Set for February

With no fanfare, SAG-AFTRA and the ad industry have set a mid-February start for negotiations for a successor deal to the union’s master contract, Variety has learned.

The current three-year deal — which covers about $1 billion in annual earnings — expires on March 31. SAG-aftra and the Joint Policy Committee of the ad industry plan to hold the negotiations in New York City.

Reps for the union did not respond to a request for comment and the ad industry’s lead negotiator Stacy K. Marcus of the firm Reed Smith said, “The Jpc and SAG-aftra have agreed to a media blackout.”

The Joint Policy Committee recommended in October — as it has in the past — that ad agencies and advertisers plan for a possible strike by re-scheduling production planned for April through June to a date prior to March 31.

“The industry remains optimistic that we will have a successful conclusion to these negotiations without disruption,
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Why Annapurna Needs ‘Beale Street’ and ‘Vice’ to Score With Audiences as Well as Awards Voters

Why Annapurna Needs ‘Beale Street’ and ‘Vice’ to Score With Audiences as Well as Awards Voters
As Annapurna’s second year in the movie distribution business comes to an end, the studio is looking for a serious box office hit to help plant its flag in the indie box office scene. To this end, they are turning to two films made by recent Oscar-nominated directors: Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” and Adam McKay’s “Vice.”

“Beale Street,” which opens Friday in New York and Los Angeles and goes wide the weekend before Oscar nominations are announced, has long been expected to be an awards contender — and awards buzz usually translates to better box office results. Based on James Baldwin’s classic book and made by Jenkins with much of the team that helped him make his Best Picture-winning “Moonlight,” the film earned critical acclaim after its Toronto premiere, made the National Board of Review and AFI top 10 lists and earned three Golden Globe nominations last week.
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Eliza Dushku Received $9.5 Million Settlement Over Misconduct on ‘Bull’ Set

Eliza Dushku Received $9.5 Million Settlement Over Misconduct on ‘Bull’ Set
Eliza Dushku received a $9.5 million settlement from CBS after the actress alleged she was the subject of several inappropriate comments on the set of “Bull,” according to the New York Times.

Dushku appeared in the first season of the procedural, initially being brought on for a three-episode arc with plans to make her a regular cast member. But during her time on set, Dushku says that series star Michael Weatherly repeatedly made sexual remarks and jokes in her presence.

In one such instance, Dushku says her character held up three fingers in a scene, after which Weatherly made a joke
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How Paul Greengrass’ ’22 July’ Shows the ‘Right-Wing, Populist Typhoon Blowing Through the West’

How Paul Greengrass’ ’22 July’ Shows the ‘Right-Wing, Populist Typhoon Blowing Through the West’
This story about Paul Greengrass and “22 July” first appeared in the Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

Paul Greengrass remembers the moment when he knew he was going to make “22 July,” his gripping film about the right-wing terrorist attacks carried out on a Norwegian government center and an island summer camp in 2011. It came when he was reading the court testimony of Anders Behring Breivik, the white nationalist whose views led him to kill 77 people, most of them teenagers.

“He was talking about how the elites have betrayed us, democracy is a sham, we’re being forced to accept multiculturalism against our will, nationalism is being eroded, et cetera,” said the British director, whose previous films have included “Captain Phillips,” “United 93” and three Jason Bourne movies.

“When Breivik got up and articulated those views in 2011, they were considered in the far margins of political discourse. Today,
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‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ Film Review: Peter Jackson’s Groundbreaking Documentary Brings Wwi to Vivid Life

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‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ Film Review: Peter Jackson’s Groundbreaking Documentary Brings Wwi to Vivid Life
Every holiday season brings some cinematic surprises, but here’s something truly unexpected: one of the best movies of 2018 was shot a century ago. Who could have guessed that when Peter Jackson was innovating cinematic techniques for grand fantasies like “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit,” he would eventually use them to service solemn reality?

They Shall Not Grow Old” — which takes its name from Laurence Binyon’s 1914 poetic tribute “For the Fallen” — started like any ordinary, well-intentioned documentary: Great Britain’s Imperial War Museum approached Jackson about honoring the centenary of the World War I Armistice. But when he began sifting through their archival footage, it looked like, well, archival footage from 100 years ago. Given that there are already plenty of traditional docs about Wwi, Jackson set about creating a new experience from antique materials.

This was, undeniably, a risky proposition; no one wants to airbrush history.
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Sondra Locke, Oscar-Nominated Actress and Longtime Clint Eastwood Partner, Dies at 74

Sondra Locke, Oscar-Nominated Actress and Longtime Clint Eastwood Partner, Dies at 74
Sondra Locke, Oscar-nominated actress and former partner of Clint Eastwood, died last month at the age of 74, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Locke earned her Oscar nomination in 1968 for her supporting role in the adaptation of Carson McCullers’ “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter,” starring alongside Alan Arkin. It was Locke’s first acting role, which led to star turns in films like “Willard” and “The Second Coming of Suzanne,” the latter being her first title role.

Her career then took a big turn in 1975 when she starred alongside Clint Eastwood in “The Outlaw Josey Wales.” She played the love interest of Eastwood’s character and began dating him soon after. During their 14 year relationship, Locke and Eastwood made six films together, including the highest grossing installment of the “Dirty Harry” franchise, “Sudden Impact,” in 1983. Their relationship ended with a palimony suit in 1989 after Eastwood
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Oscar Nominee Sondra Locke Dies at 74

Oscar Nominee Sondra Locke Dies at 74
Actress and director Sondra Locke, who received a supporting actress Oscar nomination in her first movie role for “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” died Nov. 3 at 74. The Los Angeles County Public Health Department confirmed her death.

She died due to breast and bone cancer, according to Radar Online, which reported that she was laid to rest at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary.

Locke had a contentious relationship of more than a decade with Clint Eastwood, who first cast her in “The Outlaw Josey Wales.”

Locke was born in 1944 as Sandra Louise Smith and raised in Shelbyville, Tenn. She changed her named to Sondra in her early 20s and won a nationwide talent search in 1967 for the part of teenager Mick Kelly in the movie adaptation of Carson McCullers’ novel “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.” Locke starred opposite Alan Arkin, who was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar.
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