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‘Han Solo’ Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord Reveal Departure Reason: ‘Our Approach Was Really Different’

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‘Han Solo’ Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord Reveal Departure Reason: ‘Our Approach Was Really Different’
It’s never easy to get let go from a project, but in their first public appearance since exiting what’s now been titled “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” Phil Lord and Chris Miller handled it gracefully.

“The experience of shooting the movie was wonderful,” Lord said to the crowd at Vulture Festival Sunday. “In terms of us leaving the project, everyone went in with really good intentions and our approach was really different from theirs… The gap was too big.”

Added Lord, “Sometimes people break up and it’s sad. We learned a lot from our collaborators, we’re really proud of our work and wish everyone with the best.”
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Jeffrey Tambor Departs ‘Transparent’ Amid Sexual Harassment Accusations

Jeffrey Tambor Departs ‘Transparent’ Amid Sexual Harassment Accusations
Jeffrey Tambor will not be returning to “Transparent,” reports Deadline. The news follows two different accusations of sexual harassment against the actor, who’s won a host of awards — including two Emmys, a Golden Globe, and a SAG Award — for his performance as Maura Pfefferman on the acclaimed Amazon drama.

“Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” Tambor told Deadline today. “What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago.”

“I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue.
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Earle Hyman, Grandpa Huxtable on 'The Cosby Show,' Dies at 91

Earle Hyman, Grandpa Huxtable on 'The Cosby Show,' Dies at 91
Earle Hyman, the admired stage, television and film actor best known for playing Bill Cosby's sage father, Russell Huxtable, on The Cosby Show, has died. He was 91.

Hyman died Friday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J., his nephew Rick Ferguson told The Hollywood Reporter.

Hyman played Othello hundreds of times, appeared often on Broadway and received a Tony nomination for featured actor in a play for his performance as Oscar in the original 1980 production of Edward Albee's The Lady From Dubuque. He also appeared on stages throughout Europe during his...
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'Justice League' Stumbles in Domestic Debut as 'Wonder' Delivers Wondrous Results

'Justice League' Stumbles in Domestic Debut as 'Wonder' Delivers Wondrous Results
Warner Bros. and DC Comics' Justice League struggled compared to expectations as it failed to top $100 million over the course of its three-day weekend. Meanwhile, it was Lionsgate's Wonder that captured audience attention, debuting with an excellent $27 million, topping Thor: Ragnarok for a second place finish, positioning itself well for the holiday weeks ahead. Additionally, A24's Lady Bird continued its impressive run in limited release as it makes way for a nationwide debut over Thanksgiving weekend. With an estimated $96 million, Justice League managed to top the weekend, but fell short of the low end of expectations. Despite bringing in $13 million from Thursday previews, which was $2 million more than Wonder Woman hauled in from preview screenings ahead of a $103.2 million debut, Justice League just couldn't crack the century mark, delivering the lowest opening for any of the films in DC's Extended Universe thus far. Opening day audiences gave the
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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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‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Three Billboards’ Fly High, Netflix Mum on ‘Mudbound’ Results

‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Three Billboards’ Fly High, Netflix Mum on ‘Mudbound’ Results
A24’s “Lady Bird” and Fox Searchlight’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” both cracked the top 10 at the domestic box office this weekend as limited release awards contenders.

But Netflix is opting to maintain its policy of not releasing box office numbers after opening its awards candidate “Mudbound” in 17 theaters this weekend. Netflix also began streaming the well-reviewed historical drama on Friday.

A24’s third weekend of comedy-drama “Lady Bird” moved up from 10th to eighth place with $2.5 million at 253 sites as the distributor added 201 locations. A24 plans to further expand the coming-of-age movie, which marks Greta Gerwig’s feature directorial debut, over the Thanksgiving holiday. “Lady Bird,” starring Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalfe, scored $364,437 on four screens for the top limited opening of the year on Nov. 3-5 and has grossed $4.7 million in its first 17 days.
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Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Scores $185 Million International Opening, Led by China

Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Scores $185 Million International Opening, Led by China
Warner Bros.-DC’s “Justice League” dominated the international box office in its opening weekend with $185.5 million at approximately 47,000 screens in 65 markets, led by $51.7 million in China.

The costly superhero tentpole is ahead of the international opening weekends for Warner’s “Wonder Woman” and Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok.” In China, where “Justice League” screened at 20,500 screens, the film took in 65% of grosses from the top five films and scored the second biggest debut for a Warners title after last year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Justice League” ranked first in 10 other Asian markets with $41.2 million as the second highest Warner Bros. launch after “Dawn of Justice” while Latin America region contributed $35.4 million for the third highest Warner opening after “Dawn of Justice” and the final Harry Potter movie. Results from Europe topped “Wonder Woman” and were slightly behind “Thor: Ragnarok.”

Brazil was the top individual market after China with $14.2 million on 1,580 screens and set a record
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The Kids Are Given a Mission in New ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Trailer

The Kids Are Given a Mission in New ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Trailer
Disney has released a new trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” as well as four first look photos.

The trailer depicts even more of the strange worlds that Meg Murray (Storm Reid), her younger brother Charles Wallace Murray (Deric McCabe), and school friend Calvin O’Keefe (Levi Miller) enter after Charles Wallance and Meg’s father (Chris Pine) mysteriously disappears. Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon also make appearances as Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Whatsit. The Mrs. Ws narrate the trailer, explaining that they think the Murrays’ father is still alive, and that it’s up to the children to save him and potentially the world.

A Wrinkle in Time” is the first book in L’Engle’s “Time Quartet” series that also includes “A Wind in the Door,” “Many Waters” and “A Swiftly Tilting Planet.”

Ava DuVernay is directing the film from an screenplay
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‘Search Party’ Ep Teases Season 2: ‘They Murdered a Man’ and Someone ‘Knows Their Secret’

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‘Search Party’ Ep Teases Season 2: ‘They Murdered a Man’ and Someone ‘Knows Their Secret’
Search Party” was an appropriate title for the freshman season of TBS’ hit dark comedy about a young New Yorker who enlists her friends to search for a missing girl. But now that their search is over – and, as it turned out, she wasn’t missing at all – will they have to change the name of the show? “There’s still a search happening because there’s a dead person, and there is an investigation into who he is and who killed him,” executive producer and co-creator, Michael Showalter, tells TheWrap. “So, in a way, they were doing the searching in.
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China Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Makes $52 Million Debut

China Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Makes $52 Million Debut
Justice League” opened widely in China and comfortably topped the box office with an opening score of $51.7 million. Over three days, it enjoyed a two thirds share of revenue for all top ten movies.

The film opened on some 20,500 screens, giving 115,00 screenings per day, according to data from local analysts at Ent Group. It scored $15.2 million on Friday, $21.0 million on Saturday and $14.5 million on Sunday. Including previews and midnight screenings, it has a cumulative of $52 million.

Warner Bros. said that is its second biggest opening in China, behind only “Batman vs Superman.” It was also a shade lower than the opening two weeks earlier of “Thor: Ragnarok,” which debuted with $54 million.

Within that total, the film played on 453 IMAX screens for a $6.15 million haul. That was the second best Friday to Sunday weekend for IMAX in China, behind “Doctor Strange.”

Second placed over three days in China, was comedy-fantasy “The Golden Monk.” With close to
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WWE ‘Survivor Series': Watch The Shield Triple Power-Bomb Kofi Kingston From the Ropes (Video)

It’s a new day, yes it is. Three-man WWE tag-team The New Day did not survive the opening match of Sunday’s “Survivor Series.” Fellow threesome The Shield just dropped the opposing trio — some members from greater heights than others. The “Monday Night Raw” representatives conquered the “SmackDown Live” one in pretty killer fashion — just ask Kofi Kingston’s back. And neck. And whomever will have to help him walk to and from the bathroom tonight. Also Read: Becky Lynch Shares Next Milestones for WWE's 'Women's Revolution' Watch the recently reunited Shield — Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose — triple power-bomb the.
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Former Obama Official Wants to Buy The Weinstein Co., Install Majority-Female Board

Former Obama Official Wants to Buy The Weinstein Co., Install Majority-Female Board
A former Obama administration official has made a bid to buy the embattled Weinstein Co. and replace the existing all-male board with a majority-female board, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Maria Contreras-Sweet, who ran the small Business Administration under President Barack Obama from 2014 to 2017, has made the offer via a letter sent to the TWC board, according to The Wall Street Journal. She's speculated to be backed by silent partners and top finance attorney Mickey Mayerson of Loeb & Loeb.

Another person supporting Contreras-Smith is attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing several of the women who are accusing...
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‘Three Billboards’ and ‘Lady Bird’ Stay Strong at Indie Box Office

The two Oscar contenders that have dominated the indie box office, Fox Searchlight’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and A24’s “Lady Bird,” continued to fire on all cylinders as they continued their expansion, with both films cracking the top 10 among all movies this weekend. In its second weekend, “Three Billboards” expanded to 53 screens and grossed $1.11 million for a per screen average of $21,038. “Lady Bird,” meanwhile, continued its own strong run by expanding to 238 screens in its third weekend and making $2.5 million for a PSA of $10,630 and a cume of $4.7 million. “Lady Bird” will expand...
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Jeffrey Tambor: ‘I Don’t See How I Can Return to ‘Transparent”

Jeffrey Tambor: ‘I Don’t See How I Can Return to ‘Transparent”
Jeffrey Tambor released a statement on Sunday addressing his future on the Amazon show “Transparent,” saying he doesn’t think he will be coming back for the show’s fifth season after two transgender women on set accused him of sexual harassment. “Playing Maura Pfefferman on ‘Transparent’ has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” the Emmy winning actor said. “What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago.” “I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever.
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Al Franken Will Be Cut From PBS’ Kennedy Center Tribute to David Letterman

Al Franken Will Be Cut From PBS’ Kennedy Center Tribute to David Letterman
In the wake of last week’s sexual harassment headlines surrounding Al Franken, PBS is cutting the U.S. Senator and “Saturday Night Live” alum from their taped broadcast of the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize ceremony for David Letterman. The tribute, which will air on PBS on Monday night, took place in Washington D.C. on Oct. 23 and saw several of Letterman’s peers, including Franken, give tributes to the former “Late Show” host. PBS says it will edit Franken’s speech out of the broadcast, saying in a statement that “PBS and Weta, the producing station, felt that the inclusion of Senator.
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3 Reasons ‘Justice League’ Found Kryptonite at the Box Office

3 Reasons ‘Justice League’ Found Kryptonite at the Box Office
Justice League” is a film years in the making, filled with some of the most recognizable superheroes in all of pop culture. And yet, this weekend, it has failed to even crack the top 50 highest box office openings of all-time. The film was expected to gross $110-120 million this weekend, well below the openings for “Suicide Squad” and “Batman v Superman,” but more than “Wonder Woman” and on the level of “Man of Steel.” Instead, it has posted an opening of just $96 million, the first WB/DC live-action film to fail to open to over $100 million since “Green...
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Earle Hyman, Grandpa Huxtable on ‘Cosby Show,’ Dies at 91

Earle Hyman, Grandpa Huxtable on ‘Cosby Show,’ Dies at 91
Earle Hyman, actor of screen and stage best known as Grandpa Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” died Thursday at age 91. For 40 episodes spanning the famed sitcom’s eight-season run, Hyman appeared in a recurring role as Cliff Huxtable’s father, Russell, who would often butt heads with his son in comedic fashion while serving as a voice of wisdom to his grandchildren. Once a famous jazz trombonist named “Slide” Huxtable, Russell and his wife, Anna (Clarice Taylor), were the centerpiece of two of the show’s most famous episodes in Seasons 2 and 3, when the Huxtables put together lip-synch and...
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The Worst Parts of ‘Justice League,’ From Superman’s CGI Mouth to That Underwater Battle

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The Worst Parts of ‘Justice League,’ From Superman’s CGI Mouth to That Underwater Battle
Justice League,” while certainly never approaching the creative nadir that was the DC movie “Suicide Squad,” is really just not a good movie. It’s silly-but-not-in-a-good-way, it’s nonsensical, it’s sort of inexplicably chaotic. “Justice League” is, at the end of the day, simply a movie that’s very hard to understand what its deal is. So, in honor of that creative accomplishment, let’s take a look at its absolutely worst parts. The Atlantis fight Let me just say that I have complete faith that James Wan, who is one of the best filmmakers working today, will not
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