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The Partridge Family's David Cassidy Dies at 67

The Partridge Family's David Cassidy Dies at 67
David Cassidy has died, his family tells People in an exclusive statement.

“On behalf of the entire Cassidy family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, our uncle, and our dear brother, David Cassidy,” his family said in a statement Tuesday. “David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long. Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years.”

The actor, widely known for his starring role as Keith Partridge on the 1970s series The Partridge Family,
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Dan Harmon on ‘Community’ Movie: Justin Lin and I Are ‘Trying’ to Make It Happen

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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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Box Office: Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Strums $2.3 Million on Tuesday Night

Box Office: Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Strums $2.3 Million on Tuesday Night
Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” has opened with a solid $2.3 million on Tuesday night.

The animated family film has been on track to take in $55 million to $60 million at 3,948 venues during the Thanksgiving holiday period from Wednesday to Sunday. Estimates show the costly “Justice League” — which has pulled in a disappointing $111.9 million in its first five five days — as the winning film for the period with about $60 million to $65 million.

Coco” opens in nearly 2,800 3D locations, 106 premium large format screens, and 268 locations offering the film in Spanish. Unlike “Justice League,” critics have embraced “Coco” with a Rotten Tomatoes score that is currently 95% Fresh.

Just before “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
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‘Coco’ Soars to $2.3 Million at Tuesday Box Office

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‘Coco’ Soars to $2.3 Million at Tuesday Box Office
Disney Pixar’s “Coco” earned $2.3 million at the Tuesday box office. The preview numbers for “Coco” compare well to those for “Moana” ($2.6 million), “The Good Dinosaur” ($1.3 million) and “Frozen” ($1.2 million). Coco,” which has already become Mexico’s highest grossing film of all time with over $43 million grossed since its release on at the end of October, is projected to have a five-day opening of $55-60 million. By comparison, Pixar’s last Thanksgiving release, “The Good Dinosaur,” had a five-day start of $55.4 million in 2015 and a $123 million run, while Disney’s “Moana” had a five-day opening of $82...
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Netflix to Make its First Original Colombian Series

Netflix is wading deep into the Amazon to make its first original Colombian series. To be executive produced by Oscar-nominated Ciro Guerra (“Embrace of the Serpent”), the still-untitled series is based on an original idea by Diego RamÍrez Schrempp and Jenny Ceballos of Colombian powerhouse shingle Dynamo. Production is slated to begin summer 2018. The series will debut exclusively on Netflix worldwide in 2019. The eight one-hour series will be shot entirely in 4 K and produced in partnership with Dynamo.

Series tracks a young detective and her partner who travel deep into the Amazon, on the border of Brazil and Colombia, to investigate a series of bizarre murders. They soon realize that there’s more intrigue to the jungle than the homicides, as they come across a mysterious indigenous tribe with an extraordinary secret that they will go to great lengths to protect.

“We are thrilled to be launching our first Colombian original, featuring great Colombian
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Russell Simmons Accuser Says He Apologized to Her Privately

Russell Simmons Accuser Says He Apologized to Her Privately
Despite “completely and unequivocally” denying accusations that he sexually assaulted model Keri Claussen Khalighi when she was 17, Russell Simmons allegedly privately apologized to his accuser.

During an appearance on “Megyn Kelly Today,” Khalighi told the host that Simmons’ claim that what transpired in his apartment, where Brett Ratner was also present ,in 1991 was completely consensual is “ludicrous.”

“Russell and I have actually had a face-to-face confrontation around this,” Khalighi told Kelly via video phone. “We’ve had phone conversations where we’ve had a conversation about what happened where there was no dispute of what we were talking about. We were both talking about what happened on that night and he actually apologized.”

“Part of what’s so confusing and re-traumatizing is what he’s speaking about privately with me is completely different than what’s come out publicly,” Khalighi continued. “And that’s the piece that’s been really, really, really upsetting,
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'Coco' Review: Pixar's Day-of-the-Dead Gem Is as Lively as They Come

'Coco' Review: Pixar's Day-of-the-Dead Gem Is as Lively as They Come
With its cast of skeletons and macabre "I see dead people" vibe, Coco may be the strangest thing ever to come out of the Pixar animation factory. That's a good thing. Their latest animated movie finds the company spreading its wings and pushing into new territory, including betrayal and murder, without neglecting its family franchise responsibilities. It's a tricky business, which Pixar, mostly, pulls off in high style.

Lee Unkrich, his co-director Adrian Molina and their team of screenwriters have conceived Coco as a salute to Mexican culture – the voice cast is almost entirely Latino,
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CNN’s Chris Cuomo Battles Breitbart Editor Over the Meaning of ‘Rape’ (Video)

CNN’s Chris Cuomo Battles Breitbart Editor Over the Meaning of ‘Rape’ (Video)
CNN’s Chris Cuomo engaged in a tough exchange Tuesday night with Breitbart News senior editor at large Joel Pollak on the definition of rape. At one point during the over 16-minute exchange on on the set of “CNN Tonight,” Cuomo and Pollak tangled over comments made by Breitbart editor in chief Alexander Marlow, who seemed to suggest he wasn’t sure what “rape” even meant anymore. “Rape used to have a narrow definition. Rape used to have a definition where it was — it was brutality, it was forced sexual attack and penetration,” said Marlow on the radio program Patriot’s Breitbart News Daily.
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Backstreet Boy Nick Carter Denies Rape Accusation by Former Girl-Group Singer

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Backstreet Boy Nick Carter Denies Rape Accusation by Former Girl-Group Singer
Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter on Wednesday denied allegations by a former member of the all-girl pop group Dream that he raped her 15 years ago. In a very detailed blog post on Tuesday, Melissa Schuman said the singer, then 22, raped her in his Santa Monica apartment back in 2002. Schuman said she was 18 and a virgin at the time. “I am shocked and saddened by Ms. Schuman’s accusations. Melissa never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that anything we did was not consensual,” Carter said in a statement. Also Read: Aaron Carter's Lengthy.
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ on Track for Cosmic $200 Million-Plus Opening Weekend

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ on Track for Cosmic $200 Million-Plus Opening Weekend
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is on track for a cosmic $200 million-plus opening weekend when it hits theaters on Dec. 15, according to first estimates released by tracking services on Wednesday morning. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the first new film released in the sci-fi franchise after Disney acquired Lucasfilm, earned a record opening of $248 million in December 2015. Last year’s prequel “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opened to $155.1 million. “The Last Jedi” is likely to score the biggest opening box office weekend of the year, a spot currently held by another Disney release, “Beauty and the...
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Cannes Film Festival to Start One Day Earlier in 2018

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The Cannes Film Festival is shifting things for its 71st edition next year, starting one day earlier. Festival organizers announced Wednesday that the 2018 festival will start on May 8 and run through May 19, 2018 (ending on a Saturday instead of a Sunday). The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 19. Also Read: Cannes 2017: Thoughts on a Political, Indie-Minded Festival “Following 2017’s anniversary edition, the Festival is beginning a new period in its history,” Festival President Pierre Lescure said in a statement. “We intend to renew the principles of our organization as much as possible, while continuing to question...
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Russell Simmons Accuser Says He Apologized to Her Privately (Video)

Russell Simmons Accuser Says He Apologized to Her Privately (Video)
Former model Keri Claussen Khalighi, who accused Russell Simmons of sexually assaulting her when she was 17, said that the music mogul privately apologized to her after the fact. “Russell and I have actually had a face-to-face confrontation around this,” Khalighi told Megyn Kelly on the “Today” show Wednesday. “We’ve had phone conversations where we’ve had a conversation about what happened where there was no dispute about what we were talking about. We were both talking about what happened on that night and he actually apologized.” Khalighi also said she was surprised by Simmons’ public refutation of her accusations about the.
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