CNN Video Blasts Donald Trump’s New Attack On International Journalists

"For nearly four decades CNN has been constant here in the United States and around the world. Our journalists, in front of and behind the camera, risk their lives in the most dangerous of places every day, so you know the truth," Wolf Blitzer said on his CNN program, for instance.
"If this is who we are or who we are becoming, I have wasted 40 years of my life. Until now it was not possible for me to conceive of an American President capable of such an outrageous assault on truth, a free press or the first amendment."
to tweet in happy anticipation of returning to his safe space, Fox & Friends. Trump previously complained about CNN International after his 12-day Pacific Rim trip, during which he was forced to watch CNNI, getting up super-early on his first morning back in the U.S.
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Trump's latest attack on CNNI came Saturday when he tweeted:
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Where dictators fall, where citizens rise, we're there. Where fists are raised, blood is shed, and where heroes are made, we're there, because the relentless pursuit of the truth and the outright rejection of any attack against it, is something we still hold sacred. Always will," the CNN veteran said passionately, which is saying something when you're talking about Blitzer. "Where disaster hits, where war erupts, we're there.
CNN had previously responded to Trump's attack with a tweet of its own:
"And despite the constant criticism from the president we are unwavering in our mission: free and independent, as the press should be."
In addition to Blitzer's remarks the the longish video CNN's Monday response to Trump's latest attack also included Brooke Baldwin reading another response – this one from former CIA/NSA Director Gen. Michael Hayden:
"It angers me," Kirby said. After Blitzer spoke, CNN commentator and former State Department spokesman, retired Rear Admiral John Kirby said Trump's tweets are putting in danger the lives of American journalists overseas.
This pursuit will not end at CNN, "no matter how many insults, or blatant assaults on the press and its freedom. Even the loudest critics can't silence the facts," Blitzer said, in re Trump, queuing up CNN's video of its journalists in various harrowing situations while covering news overseas.
“While in the Philippines I was forced to watch @CNN, which I have not done in months, and again realized how bad, and FAKE, it is. Loser!” Trump had tweeted back then.
After it aired, Blitzer added, pointedly, "CNN and CNN International are not sponsored by any state, nor any autocrat, nor any political organization."
The Monday after President Donald Trump announced open season on CNN International journalists, CNN fired back on its air.

‘Suits’ Stars, Creator & More React To Meghan Markle-Prince Harry Engagement

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Deadline previously reported that neither Adams nor Markle were expected to continue on the series in Season 8.
Others including Leona Lewis and Talulah-Eve also expressed excitement about Markle, who is biracial, becoming a royal.
Suits stars Patrick J. Adams and Sarah Rafferty and creator Aaron Korsh are among those sending good wishes to newly engaged Suits actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.


Love, Aaron" and Rafferty tweeted, "Sending congratulations and wishes for every blessing across the pond today. Creator Korsh wrote,"Congratulations to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on their engagement. ♥️" Wonderful news, I wish you both a lifetime of happiness.


Meghan, so happy for you, friend. Adams, who plays Markle's character's husband on Suits, sent a cheeky tweet before posting his formal congrats, writing "She said she was just going out to get some milk…" with the engagement announcement attached. He later wrote, "Playing Meghan’s television partner for the better part of a decade uniquely qualifies me to say this: Your Royal Highness, you are a lucky man and I know your long life together will be joyful, productive and hilarious. Much love."


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‘Wisdom Of the Crowd’ Eyes Cancellation: No Back Order For Jeremy Piven CBS Drama Series

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The critically panned drama, which stars Piven as a tech billionaire who sells his company to launch a venture dedicated to fighting crime via crowdsourcing, was not a breakout but has been a steady modest ratings performer in the Sunday 8 PM slot where it has been getting boosts from NFL doubleheaders every other week. Last night, Wisdom drew a 0.90 rating in adults 18-49 (Live+same day) and 6.9 million viewers, not far off from its first episode after the premiere (0.98, 7.8 million). Wisdom of the Crowd landed a series order by CBS in May after strong testing, with Piven's character getting high marks.
Of the other freshmen, CBS gave a full-season pickup to comedy Young Sheldon and drama S.W.A.T., ordered three more episodes of Mark Feuerstein’s multi-camera comedy series 9JKL and no more episodes of single-camera comedy Me, Myself & I.
To keep the writers room open, the network had ordered three additional scripts. The back order decision on Wisdom of the Crowd, delayed almost to the last possible moment, had been being complicated by an investigation CBS recently launched into sexual harassment allegations against star Jeremy Piven.
For now, the plan is for the remaining four to continue to air in the series' Sunday slot. Nine of them already have aired. The crime drama is slated to wrap production on its 13-episode original order in mid-December.
While Piven has vehemently denied any allegations, more and more women have come forward, most recently a former Entourage extra who claimed over the Thanksgiving break that the actor sexually assaulted her in 2009.
CBS has made a back order decision on its last remaining new fall series, opting not to pick up additional episodes of drama Wisdom of the Crowd.

Focus Features Lands Fred Rogers Docu ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’

Neville, Caryn Capotosto and Nicholas Ma produced the project with Tremolo Productions in association with Impact Partners and Independent Lens / PBS.
The documentary is said to go beyond zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius, who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination. Rogers, whose career spanned five decades, was most known for creating and hosting the children's educational afterschool program, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which ran from 1968 to 2001.
Focus Features has secured worldwide distribution rights to Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, a documentary on the life of famous tv personality and America’s favorite neighbor Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. From Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), the pic is slated for release on June 8.
The deal was negotiated by Endeavor Content and Judith Karfiol on behalf of the filmmakers.” />

Anna Kendrick To Front Chris Morris Comedy For See Saw Films & Film4

Anna Kendrick and Orange Is the New Black’s Danielle Brooks are set to star in the latest directorial effort from Four Lions helmer Chris Morris.
I hear that the long-awaited but secretive project was filmed in the Dominican Republic during the summer. It is being partly financed by Film 4. It is understood that the untitled film, which would be Morris’ second feature as director, is being produced by The King’s Speech producer See Saw Films and U.S producer Archer Gray Productions, which has been behind films including Annette Bening’s 20th Century Women and Ian McKellen and Laura Linney’s Mr Holmes.
UK comedy site Chortle first reported the casting news.” /> Morris, who is represented by PBJ Management, most recently directed four episodes of HBO’s Veep and starred in Richard Ayoade’s The Double.
Pitch Perfect star Kendrick, who was pictured in an FBI uniform on the film's set, most recently starred in the features Table 19 and The Accountant. She next appears in Pitch Perfect 3, A Simple Favor and Noelle. She is joined in the Morris film by Brooks; Kayvan Novak, who starred in Four Lions; Comedy Bang! Bang’s James Adomian; True Blood's Denis O'Hare; Bones’ Pej Vahdat; American Gods’ Mousa Kraish; and newcomer Marchant Davis.

‘SNL’: James Franco, Kevin Hart To Host December Episodes

20. 8 nationwide; and Hart's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle opens Dec. Each of the hosts has a movie to plug: Ronan is starring in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird; Franco's The Disaster Artist opens Dec. 1 in limited release and Dec.
Musical guests for the Franco episode will be SZA, and Hart's will be Foo Fighters.
SZA's album Ctrl was released this past summer. 1, and Foo Fighters is touring to support its latest, Concrete and Gold. As for the musical guests, U2's 14th album, Songs of Experience, is out Dec.
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Those SNL episodes will round out December's three-week run of new shows. 2., with musical guest U2. As previously reported, Saoirse Ronan will make her hosting debut this Saturday, Dec.
James Franco will host NBC's Saturday Night Live Dec. 9, his fourth time. Kevin Hart takes the gig the following week, Dec. 16, marking his third time as host.

Aviron Buys Keanu Reeves-Winona Ryder-Starrer ‘Destination Wedding’ In $3+Million NA Deal

Endeavor Content brokered the North American rights deal for Aviron, which launched last Cannes, headed by indie vet David Dinerstein and backed by Aviron Capital, a consortium of financiers including principal William Sadleir, who is chairman/CEO. Tha company got started releasing the Halle Berry thriller Kidnap late this summer, and has the Alec Baldwin-Salma Hayek comedy Drunk Parents with an untitled Johannes Roberts-directed horror film based on The Strangers coming next year.” />
Pic is produced by Gail Lyon for Sunshine Pictures, Elizabeth Dell for Two Camel Films, and Jones for The Fyzz Facility, which financed the film. Cassian Elwes of Elevated Films and The Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey are exec producers.
The deal came off a five minute sizzle reel that was shown to buyers by Bloom, which is selling offshore rights. Directed by Victor Levin from the script he wrote, the comedy focuses on two unpleasant  guests who are grudgingly invited to a wedding and are both repulsed by but drawn to each other. EXCLUSIVE: Upstart distributor Aviron Pictures has landed North American rights to the Keanu Reeves-Winona Ryder romantic comedy Destination Wedding for around $3 million, sources said.
The film marks the fourth collaboration for the John Wick and Stranger Things stars who most famously paired in the Francis Coppola-directed Bram Stoker's Dracula, and later in A Scanner Darkly and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee. Levin directed 5 to 7 and has written for series including Mad Men and Survivors Remorse.

White House Explains Donald Trump’s Use Of Slur At Event Honoring Native American Veterans

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders lept like Nijinsky around questions about President Donald Trump having using a racial slur on Monday during a White House ceremony at which he purported to honor Native American “code talkers” who served in World War II.
Asked why he thought it appropriate to bring up Warren out of the blue, so as to use the slur in the presence of Native Americans who served the country during World War II, Sanders countered,  “I don’t believe it is appropriate for him to make a racial slur, or anybody else” while insisting it was “not his intent.”
By "they," of course, Trump meant "Donald Trump."
You are special people. Breaking the awkward silence that followed, Trump assured the soldiers, "But you know what, I like you because you are special. You are really incredible people."
She insisted Trump found an “extreme amount of value and respect” in the Native American soldiers which is “why he invited them to come to the White House.” “I think what most people find offensive is Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career,” Sanders deflected, when asked what Trump had been thinking of when he decided to make that offensive remark at that exact moment.
It hasn't worked in the past; it is not going to work in the future," she added.” /> "Donald Trump does this over and over thinking somehow he is going to shut me up with it.
"You were here long before any of us were here, although we have a representative in Congress who, they say, was here a long time ago. They call her 'Pocahontas'." "I just want to thank you because you're very, very special people," Trump began.
"It is deeply unfortunate that the President of the United States cannot even make it though a ceremony honoring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur,"  Warren responded on air to a question from MSNBC.
"And from the heart, from the absolute heart, we appreciate what you've done, how you've done it, the bravery that you displayed, and the love that you have for your country."
Sanders got asked about the insult at her press briefing.
Before Sanders briefing, Warren addressed Trump's White House insult to the soldiers.
Two code talkers were standing next to Trump when he dusted off his fave nickname/slur for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has claimed Native American ancestry.
Another reporter asked if Trump sees "political value" in calling people out racially. Sanders made her biggest leap there, replying instead it was offensive when Warren “lied about something to advance her career.”

‘Marshall’s Chadwick Boseman On Finding The Freedom To Play Future SCOTUS Justice – The Contenders Video

"What I loved about the script when I read it is it didn't feel like I had to know who Thurgood Marshall was in order to enjoy the story," said Chadwick Boseman of what attracted him to the lead role in Marshall.
"Once I saw that, I was like, now I have a certain amount of freedom to explore who was he in this time period," the star of the upcoming Black Panther added of his 1940-set performance as the future Supreme Court Justice.
Brown, Josh Gad, Kat Hudson and Dan Stevens, and James Cromwell. Released on October 17, the film also features Sterling K.
Take a look at the video above to see more of my conversation with the core creatives of Marshall and how this historically powerful drama came to be.” />
Board of Education case, with Boseman's Marshall in Connecticut trying to defend a black chauffeur accused of raping his white employer. With a justice system that is stacked against him even speaking in court, Marshall has to combat prejudice and the insidious manner it infects almost all. The Open Roads-distributed Marshall takes place 14 years before the lawyer's barrier breaking Brown v.
Onstage at Deadline’s 7th annual The Contenders awards-season event at the DGA Theater, Boseman was joined by Marshall director Reginald Hudlin, producer Paula Wagner and songwriter Diane Warren.

Peter Baldwin Dies: ‘Mary Tyler Moore’, ‘Wonder Years’ Director Was 86

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His extensive roster of credits continued with Please Don't Eat the Daisies, Gomer Pyle: USMC, The Andy Griffith Show, The Doris Day Show, The Partridge Family, The Brady Bunch, Sanford & Son, The Bob Newhart Show, Chico & The Man, Happy Days, Benson, Too Close for Comfort, The Wonder Years, Dream On, Blossom, NewsRadio, Cybill, and Even Stevens. Though he began his career as an actor at Paramount Studios, appearing in such films as Stalag 17 and TV shows including Perry Mason and The Untouchables, Baldwin made his name as a director, launching his Hollywood TV career with The Dick Van Dyke Show.
He was 86. 19 at his home in Pebble Beach, California. Peter Baldwin, whose directing credits encompassed many of the best and most popular sitcoms in TV history, from The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Andy Griffith Show to The Mary Tyler Moore Show and WKRP in Cincinnati, died Nov.
Among other activities, he was on the board of directors of the Pacific Repertory Theatre in Carmel-by-the-Sea. In addition to Drew and Eleonora, he is survived by wife Terry and daughter Amy, and various grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Born in Winnetka, Ill., Baldwin had retired to Pebble Beach.
His death was announced on the Facebook pages of his daughter Eleonora Baldwin and his son Drew Baldwin, CEO of Tubefilter and creator of the Streamy Awards.
He won an Emmy in 1989 for his work on The Wonder Years.

Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: ‘Wonder’ Makes Awards Play; ‘Dunkirk’ Storms The Q&A Circuit; Netflix Sends A Pig To Voters

When Lionsgate moved the film from its original date to mid November some pundits misread that as an indication they were preparing for an Oscar run, but the studio actually just wanted to be in the lucrative holiday period for a family film , especially with kids out of school. Plus add the fact that Lionsgate had just come off a grueling awards season with La La Land going all the way to take Best Picture only to have it snatched away moments later due to the now-infamous Academy envelope snafu, and the taste likely wasn't there to dive right back in especially when there didn't seem much buzz in the Oscarsphere for a nice little film based on a popular children's book — but what a difference a weekend makes. Sources at the distributor have consistently maintained that they saw the inspirational and heartwarming film about a fifth grader born with a severe craniofacial disorder as more of a commercial play than one for awards and didn't take it to any of the usual fall festivals,  and in fact didn't even participate in Deadline's The Contenders earlier this month, a sure sign they weren't chasing Oscar with this one.
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A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit.
A DVD screener sans the usual slick packaging (no time?) in just a white paper sleeve was special delivered on Wednesday to awards voters with pending ballot deadlines including the Broadcast Film Critics (I am a member) where a note from Lionsgates Awards   accompanying the disc  asked for consideration in 16 categories listed including Best Picture and Best Actor for Tremblay who winningly plays Auggie, the young boy at the center of Wonder. Producers Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman also participated in the post-screening Q&A  and noted their other two films this year, Beauty And The Beast and Stronger ironically also dealt with lead characters triumphing over physical disability and challenges. No less than Oscar winner Eva Marie Saint made a beeline to meet director Stephen Chbosky (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower) and lavish him with praise for a film that clearly moved her. Lieberman said the producing pair, last nominated for a Best Picture Oscar in 2010 for The Fighter, are drawn to disparate stories about overcoming the odds. "We should nominate this for Best Picture,"  said another member of the actor's branch responding strongly to the film's message of "Choose Kind"  that seems to resonate in the current toxic atmosphere of the world at large. At last Sunday afternoon's official Academy screening for Oscar voters in the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre at their Beverly Hills headquarters, the tears and cheers were flowing even if the vast theatre wasn't overly crowded. It didn't take long for Lionsgate to pounce.
Is Wonder the latest entry into this season's awards battle?
Netflix did the same book thing for their giant pig movie, Okja along with a huge stuffed toy pig plushie in hopes of keeping it foremost in the hearts of voters who may have forgotten that Cannes competition film is still eligible this year. They are missing out on all the fun.” /> To that end Warner also wants a constant presence in the homes of critics group members and other voters by sending out elaborate coffee table books for their three biggies this year, Wonder Woman,  Dunkirk, and Blade Runner 2049, all with personal notes from their directors. Poor Oscar voters. AMPAS rules prohibit sending any goodies like that, or pigs of any size, to their members, and they also don't allow screeners to come in anything but the most non-descript and dull packaging.
One movie not worried about making deadlines to be screened in time is Warner Bros. Though screeners are readily available for these films (or will be soon, even in 4K HD versions of Dunkirk for those who have that capability to play it) award strategists want to keep their contenders front of mind among all the newer hopefuls studios are unveiling through the end of the year. Warner will also be bringing it back to the big screen — the really big screen — in IMAX theatres next Friday as well, the same day as Annapurna tries to reignite their August release , Detroit with a limited new theatrical run. Dunkirk from director Christopher Nolan that opened way back in July and had Nolan and cast and some crew hitting a Chateau Marmont reception directly opposite Universal's art exhibit for Get Out, as well as the Q&A circuit on three successive days last weekend to packed houses of Guild and AMPAS members who were seeing the film the way Nolan wants them to, on a big screen in 70MM.
THE RUSH TO REACH VOTERS   
that they are calling "sneak previews" at the Fine Arts and Aero theatres, both located on the voter-rich west side of Los Angeles. In fact, the Independent Spirit Awards released their nominations earlier this week, and the National Board of Review announces their winners  Tuesday, followed on its heels by the New York Film Critics. You'd think SAG at least could hold back the start of their voting a little longer and still meet their deadlines? Santa Monica's  Aero, which is normally run by American Cinematheque as a revival house, is a personal favorite launch pad for Anderson. Even though it is just November the pressure is clearly on to get movies seen in time for groups who vote early. In fact, Phantom Thread is really going all out with a unique strategy of starting out with 14 straight screenings daily between today and Thursday in L.A. He had a stealth unannounced surprise first screening of his 2012 film, The Master there in 70mm following a regular showing that night of The Shining, inviting those lucky attendees to stay for what was, in reality, the World Premiere. This is why awards campaigners get more gray hairs this time of year. Speaking of The Post and Phantom Thread, both are diving in with immediate Q&As with their casts and heavyweight directors (respectively Steven Spielberg and Paul Thomas Anderson) accompanying screenings in the next three days. It went on to grab three Oscar nominations for its cast. The Screen Actors Guild, despite an awards show that doesn't happen until January 21st and nominations that aren't revealed until December 13th,  in fact, has had their voting open for more than a week for the 2200 members of the SAG Nominating Committee even if some films such as The Post, Phantom Thread,  and others are just being rolled out , and another, Ridley Scott's All The Money In The World, is actually still shooting its new scenes with Christopher Plummer replacing Kevin Spacey in a key role for that December 22nd release.
alone. The film, which stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay, defied all expectations  overperforming with $27 million in its first three days, gaining an impressive 86% fresh critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and landing a rare A+ Cinemascore  stealing the thunder from what was considered a larger but disappointing opening from the more heavily touted Justice League. It was all instantly reminiscent of what happened when a similarly inspiring and feel good movie called The Blind Side shocked pundits with an equally strong 2009 Thanksgiving holiday period opening against a box office juggernaut (Twilight) , also getting an A+ Cinemascore, and going on to gross over $250 million in the U.S. That film went on to win a Best Actress Oscar for Sandra Bullock and received a Best Picture nomination, something not even dreamed about by Alcon and Warner Bros before its opening. Is history about to repeat itself?

Journalism Schools Rescind Awards Given To Charlie Rose In Wake Of Sexual Misconduct Accusations — Update

Rose was fired by CBS on Tuesday and PBS canceled his long-running talk show in the wake of a Washington Post report detailing his unwanted sexual advances and misconduct involving eight women.” />
EARLIER: The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University has announced Friday that it would revoke an award given to Charlie Rose following the sexual misconduct allegations brought against him.
Rose in 2015. But we think the message is important – to our current students, past students, future students, and all of journalism. And that is why we are taking this unprecedented action today." Christopher Callahan, founding Dean and Professor made the announcement that the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism given to Charlie Rose in 2015 has been rescinded. Callahan says that they are not trying to "rewrite history." He points out: "The fact is this award was given to Mr.
The William Allen White Foundation Board of Trustees made the announcement today, according to the AP.
UPDATED 4:45 PM PT: Shortly after the Cronkite School at ASU announced that it has rescinded Rose's Excellence in Journalism given to him in 2015, the University of Kansas' School of Journalism announced that it would revoke Rose's White National Citation Award that he receive earlier this year.
Rose did is unacceptable and that such behavior – far too common in not just media companies but many organizations – must stop," he said. "In rescinding this award, we hope to send an unequivocal message that what Mr. He goes into detail in regards to the decision citing that the damage goes beyond news organizations for which he has worked and how it affects women in the industry and Cronkite student.
He concludes by taking full responsibility for the rescinding of the award, saying, "Please know that while many voices were heard in discussions throughout week, this is a decision by the dean, and therefore any criticism of the decision, or the decision-making process, should be directed exclusively toward me."

YouTube Begins Purging “Non-Family Friendly” Content As Advertisers React

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YouTube has begun purging the site of channels and videos it deems predatory or non-family friendly, resulting in some channels with millions of subscribers and views going dark.
The YouTube blog post by Wright promised five steps, including tougher application of community guidelines set by the video service and faster response to complaints; removing ads from inappropriate videos targeting families; blocking inappropriate comments on videos featuring minors; providing more guidance to content creators; and partnering with so-called "experts" while "doubling the number of Trusted Flaggers we partner with in this area."
Several major advertisers have pulled advertising on YouTube after learning of their ads running on pages favored by pedophiles and other unsavory characters, some of whom left hundreds of comments on videos of scantily-clad children. Executives at YouTube are not the only ones noticing the questionable content.
Wright's note claimed the service had terminated over 50 channels and removed "thousands of videos" in the last week. It will also apply machine-learning technology to seek out potentially objectionable content for faster human review. It also has implemented age restrictions on certain content, making it available only to those over age 18.
Until we have confidence that appropriate safeguards are in place, we will not advertise on YouTube and Google.” "We have stringent guidelines and processes in place and are working with Google and our media buying agencies to understand what went wrong.  "We are shocked and appalled to see that our adverts have appeared alongside such exploitative and inappropriate content," said a statement from the headquarters of McLean, Virginia-based Mars to USA Today.
While some of these videos may be suitable for adults, others are completely unacceptable, so we are working to remove them from YouTube." In a statement on its official blog, Johanna Wright, VP of Product Management at YouTube, said the company has noticed  "a growing trend around content on YouTube that attempts to pass as family-friendly, but is clearly not.
An investigation by the UK news service The Times is believed to have sparked the advertiser uproar, but online forums have been discussing the issue of questionable content on YouTube for some time. Among the reported drop-outs: candy company Mars, which makes M&Ms and Snickers; Mondelez (Oreos, Cadbury); and Diageo (Guinness, Smirnoff vodka, and Johnnie Walker scotch.
Dozens of other channels appealing to kids have gone dark, which some observers estimate may account for upwards of 20 billion combined views. Not every channel purged is sexual in nature. Toy Freaks, a channel with more than 8.5 million subscribers, was dropped because it reportedly posted content intended to gross-out children.

Time Responds To Donald Trump’s “Incorrect” Claims Of Turning Down Person Of The Year — Update

Instead of accepting the title for the second year in a row, Trump said he decided to take a pass. EARLIER: As Time magazine ramps up for unveiling its annual Person of the Year, Donald Trump took to Twitter with claims that the magazine called him to say that he was "probably" going to receive the honor.
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Time magazine's official Twitter account also sent out a tweet around the same time as Trump's, asking readers to chime in on who they think should receive the annual title. Trump comes in at a distant second at 5%, at a tie with The Dreamers and #MeToo. As of the publishing of this, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman was at the top of the list, receiving 21% of the votes.


The magazine's official Twitter account adds, "TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6." UPDATED 5:47 PM PST: Time responded to Trump's claims that the magazine called him to say that he would "probably" be the magazine's Person of the Year saying that he is incorrect on how they choose the person for the yearly honor.
In 2016, Trump was named Person of the Year, which left many polarized. Many thought that Time strategically placed the "M" above his head to mimic horns.
"I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot," Trump said in a tweet he fired off on Friday. Thanks anyway!" "I said probably is no good and took a pass.

Filmmakers Call For Berlin Film Festival Overhaul When Dieter Kosslick Exits

Since coming on in 2001, Kosslick has expanded the fest which bursts with offerings across various strands. It also regularly offers up strong contenders for the Foreign Language Oscar race, including this year’s On Body And Soul, A Fantastic Woman and Spoor.
In a letter signed by the likes of such fest circuit and foreign language luminaries as Fatih Akin, Maren Ade, Christian Petzold, Volker Schlondorff and Margarethe von Trotta, the filmmakers say the fest needs a “fresh start.” With Berlin Film Festival chief Dieter Kosslick’s contract set to expire in 2019, a group of 79 prominent filmmakers has called for an overhaul of the Berlinale and is advocating a new procedure to find his replacement.
Per Spiegel Online, Kirsten Niehuus, managing director of film promotion at Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, has been mentioned as a potential successor to Kosslick.” />
Kosslick responded to the letter in a statement saying, “I can understand the director's desire for a transparent process of redesigning the Berlinale.” He added that the appointment procedure is in the hands of the Minister of State for Culture and Media, Monika Grütters, and that the Supervisory Board had asked him to submit a proposal for a possible restructuring of the Berlinale.
While there have been some bigger Hollywood titles debuting at the fest in recent years either in or out of competition (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Boyhood, Cinderella, Fifty Shades Of Grey, Hail Caesar!) which have helped boost media attention, the competition’s eclectic, and largely political, curation has faced criticism. It’s also got a tough spot on the calendar, just after Sundance and just before the Oscars.
The group suggests a new selection committee be made up equally of men and women, and that the new chief be someone “passionate about cinema, well-connected worldwide and capable of bringing the festival on an equal footing with Cannes and Venice into the future.” With a reorganization of the directorate afoot, it offers the opportunity to “renew and revive” the festival.
One name conspicuously absent from the signatories of the filmmakers' open letter, which appeared at Spiegel Online, is Tom Tykwer who will preside over the fest's jury in February next year.

‘Padmavati’: Threats Of Violence, Protests Over Bollywood Movie Extend To UK

Bhansali has also received threats, and in January was attacked on the set of the film by the fringe Karni Sena. Padukone, who has starred in such blockbusters as Chennai Express and Bajirao Mastani, as well as XXX: The Return Of Xander Cage, has received death threats including a bounty being placed on her head which this week was endorsed, and increased, by a member of the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party.
We are a responsible, law-abiding corporate citizen and have the highest respect and regard for the law of the land and all our institutions and statutory bodies including the Central Board of Film Certification. "Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind ‘Padmavati’ has voluntarily deferred the release date of the film from December 1st 2017. The film is an eloquent portrayal of a tale that will fill every Indian with pride and showcase our country’s story-telling prowess across the globe. Along with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, amongst the most gifted film makers of his generation, Viacom18 Motion Pictures has created a beautiful cinematic masterpiece in ‘Padmavati’ that captures Rajput valor, dignity and tradition in all its glory. We have faith that we will soon obtain the requisite clearances to release the film." We always have and are committed to continue following the established procedure and convention.
In a statement that also applies to the Paramount release in the rest of the world, a V18 spokesperson recently said: It remains to be seen when the film will actually see the inside of a movie theater. In India, Viacom18 had voluntarily moved to postpone the December 1 release with the decision ultimately down to the Central Board of Film Certification.
Further in the UK, home to a vast Indian community, London-based Hindu charity Rajput Samaj is seeking to have the BBFC revoke the movie's certification over what it claims is an historically inaccurate account, rather than the claims of other groups over the scenes Bhansali has repeatedly said do not exist. Rajput Samaj has also said it will hold peaceful protests, stressing to The Guardian that it is against any violence.
Producers Viacom18 last Sunday delayed the Indian release indefinitely and Paramount, which acquired the film for the rest of the world, is understood to be awaiting the local decision before moving forward with any offshore distribution.
He added, "Every cinema screening Padmavati will be burned.” The group had previously burned sets and costumes from the film, according to local reports.The photo at left shows members of the Rajput community burn an effigy of Bhansali this week. Also this week, a Karni Sena leader appeared on Mumbai-based Republic TV and called on people from the Rajput community in the UK to protest.
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This comes as the Deepika Padukone-starrer continues to face angry sentiment and threats against cast and crew. In another development on Friday, a body was found hanged near the site of one of the film's shooting locations with a note reportedly referencing the movie. This is all before the film has been screened publicly. Amid escalating tension surrounding Bollywood epic Padmavati, India's extremist Rajput caste group Karni Sena has threatened to burn down any British cinema that screens the film.
Over centuries of the poem’s retelling, it has taken on historical significance, although there is little evidence the events involving Padmavati actually occurred. Shahid Kapoor and Ranvir Singh also star. Padmavati recounts the tale of Rani Padmavati, a Mewar queen who appears in the 16th century epic poem by Malik Muhammad Jayasi. The story sees a sultan lay siege to the Chittor Fort in pursuit of the queen, her husband killed and she herself commit self-immolation rather than be captured. The film is based on Bhansali’s operatic rendition of the poem which played in Paris and Rome.
India’s First Post says Karni Sena has denied involvement in the incident. Next to the body was a note scratched into a rock, "We don't burn effigies, we hang," with the word "Padmavati" etched below. The ANI news service reported the body had been identified as that of a local man, while BBC Hindi said police had not determined if it was a suicide or murder. Adding to the ongoing situation, news reports out of India on Friday said that a body was found hanging at a fort in Jaipur, not far from where the film shot earlier this year.
The furor surrounding Padmavati, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, is based on what some groups say is offensive sexual content while others claim historical inaccuracies.
Although Padukone has pulled out of Ivanka Trump’s upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, she did attend last night’s Asiavision Movie Awards where she was honored as Icon of the Year. She did not allude to the Padmavati situation in her acceptance speech.
But director Bhansali has repeatedly denied such a scene exists. Extremist and fringe groups have claimed the movie includes a dream sequence in which the Muslim sultan romances the Hindu queen.
Here's the trailer which has garnered about 49M views since early October:

‘Detroit’ Stars On The “Eye-Opening” Experience Of Participating In Haunting Historic Drama

"It was eye-opening to find out about a time in history that, for one reason or another, we were never taught [about] in school," Laz Alonso says of his experience with Detroit, Kathryn Bigelow's latest historic drama about the Algiers Motel incident during a tragic period of racially-motivated police brutality in the Michigan city. "The fact that, throughout all of our lives, this isn't required learning—that in a city like Detroit, of all places, that economically and socially means so much to the fabric of what we feel is 'true America…' I think that more than anything is what really raised the bar, as far as how serious our jobs were to bring this story to life."
Detroit will be released on DVD on Dec. 12.” /> To hear more from the cast about their preparations for taking on the haunting '60s drama and the "comfortable" experience of working on a Bigelow set—even in the midst of complex material—click above. Joining Alonzo at a recent Awardsline screening with the magazine's editor Joe Utichi were stars John Boyega, Will Poulter and Tyler James Williams.

‘Coco’ Cooking $70M+; ‘Justice League’ At $59M+; ‘Wonder’ Wows At $32M+: Saturday AM Update

Other holders are as follows:
3.) Wonder (WB), 3,140  theaters (+44) /$6M Wed./$3.9M Thur/$8.75M Fri/3-day cume: $22.4M (-19%)/ 5-day: $32.3M/Total: $69.5M/Wk 2
Daddy’s Home 2 (PAR), 3,518 theaters (-57) / $2.7M Wed/ $2.67M/$4.9M Fri/ 3-day cume: $13M (-10%)/ 5-day: $18.2M/ Total: $72.2M/Wk 3
The Zack Snyder-directed movie is expected to take in a gross similar to Coco's with $60M over the next five days. Justice League overall has a 65% definite recommend. Warners is hoping that more of those older female Wonder Woman fans come out, just like they did for her June solo outing: Females over 25 are giving Justice League its best grades at 90%, but they're still in the minority among the pic's headcount repping only 18% of the audience. While critics have strangled Justice League with a 41% Rotten Tomatoes score, audiences are enjoying it with final PostTrak showing a 4-out-of-5-star response with males at 62% enjoying the movie with an 80% overall positive, and females at 38% giving it an 85% grade. Warner Bros/DC's Justice League led all films in regular release with a big Tuesday of $10.6M, up 41% over Monday, for a running cume of $111.9M. Leading the charge are males under 35 (32%, 78% positive), males over 25 (30%, 81% positive), and women under 25 (20% at 81% positive).
A comedic short Dante's Lunch – A Short Tail introduced the film's Xolo dog, Dante. Other trailers followed in September and November running across major pics and TV programs.
Lady Bird (A24), 741 theaters (+503) /$754K Wed/ 3-day cume: $3.88M (+52%)/ 5-day:$5.4M/  Total cume: $10.7M / Wk 4 10).
12.) The Man Who Invented Christmas (BST), 532 theaters / $198K Wed. /3-day cume: $975K /5-day: $1.4M/ Wk 1
9.) Roman J. (SONY),1,648 theaters (+1,644)/ $752K Wed. Israel, Esq. /$930K Thur/$1.8M Fri/ 3-day cume: $4.67M /PTA: $2,8K/5-day: $6.3M/Total: $6.4M/Wk 2
Focus Features' Darkest Hour from director Joe Wright is putting up a solid $43,2K currently over three-days. Sony Pictures Classics' Independent Spirit Award six-time nominee Call Me By Your Name is posting an estimated $111,5K per theater which will easily give it the best opening theater average of the year, beating Lady Bird's $91K four weeks ago.
(includes $2.3M previews) /$9M Thursday/ $18.66M Friday/ 3-day cume: $48.4M /5-day:$70.6M  Wk 1 1.) Coco (DIS), 3,987 theaters / $13.3M Wed.
/$665k Thur/$1.6M Fri/ 3-day cume: $4.4M (+291%) /PTA: $7,4K/ 5-day: $5.9M/Total: $7.65M /Wk 3 10.) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MO (FSL), 590 theaters (+537) / $786K Wed.
Coco rang up $9M on Thanksgiving, which again beats Good Dinosaur's Turkey Day ($6.5M), is $900K shy of Moana ($9.9M) and $2M behind Frozen's ($11M) Thanksgiving. The notion is that the latter two films had the Disney princess halo working in their favor at the box office.
2.) Justice League (WB), 4,051 theaters / $10.45M Wed/$8.5M Thursday/$16.4M Fri/  3-day cume: $40.8M  (-56%)/5-day:$59.9M/Total: $171.8M/ Wk 2
Lady Bird (A24), 741 theaters (+503) /$754K Wed/ $576K Thur/ $1.5M Fri/3-day cume: $4M (+60%)/ PTA: $5,1K/5-day:$5.3M/  Total cume: $10.6M / Wk 4 11).
6.) Murder on the Orient Express (FOX), 3,214 theaters (-140)/ $2.55M Wed/ 3-day cume: $13.7M (-1%)/5-day: $18.9M/Total: $74.5M/ Wk 3
That said, when it comes to launching a new line of animated characters, Disney has all the social media and vertical integration power in its TV channels and parks to raise a fresh face among its faithful.
Lionsgate/Participant/Walden Media's Wonder made $6M yesterday and is on course to do better than its opening in weekend two with an estimated $29M (+5%) and a five-day of $40.9M.
Disney/Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok is looking at a $4M Wednesday, a three-day of $17.8M and five-day of $25M — still money out of Justice League's pocket. Running cume by Sunday looks to be $278.2M.
7.)The Star (SONY), 2,837 theaters / $1.64M Wed. /$1M Thur/$2.77M Fri / 3-day cume: $7.1M (-27%)/ 5-day:$9.8M /Total:$22.3M/Wk 2
5./6) Murder on the Orient Express (FOX), 3,214 theaters (-140)/ $2.55M Wed/$3M Thur/$5.2M Fri/ 3-day cume: $13.2M (-4%)/5-day: $18.8M/Total: $74.3M/ Wk 3
Every demo gave Coco an A+ except for the over 50 crowd (10%) who gave it an A. PostTrak showed a rare, strong five-out-of-five stars for Coco which is on par with CinemaScore's A+. A third of those who took in Coco attended with an adult family member, while 21% of all ticket buyers took a child family member. Definite recommend is at a very high 76%. 19% for Moana a year ago), and that demographic should remain strong through Sunday, making for better prospects. Caucasians repped 42% for Coco to Moana's 49%. Per PostTrak, Females under 25 were the predominant demo (30%),  followed by females over 25 (29%), men over 25 (25%) and men under 25 (16%). Typically, Pixar movies going back to Frozen dip on the Saturday following Black Friday by 2%-6%, however, ComScore/Screen Engine's PostTrak shows a very strong Hispanic turnout at 39% for Coco (vs. CinemaScore's opening night audience was made up of 60% females,  40% under 18. This was a similar make-up to Moana a year ago, however, there were slightly more Dads (men over 25) than Moms (women over 25).
 On the final night of ABC's Dancing With the Stars on Oct. 16 aka "Disney night", the show featured a performance by Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev singing the pic's signature song “Remember Me” penned by Frozen Oscar-winning songwriters Robert and Kristen Anderson Lopez. RelishMix is also impressed with Disney's launch of the Coco soundtrack which through various songs clips counts north of 20M views on YouTube. Disney introduced the pic's main protagonist Miguel on NBC's The Voice.
Currently, the Lee Unkrich-Adrian Molina film should hit $70M-plus in five days, and $47M over three days. Thanksgiving AM Update: Moviegoers love Coco: The Disney film earned an A+ CinemaScore last night, Pixar's 6th ever, and the best since Up. But given how wild Black Friday is at the box office, and the current buzz for the film, Coco could conceivably go much higher. On top of that, Coco came in much higher on its first day with an estimated $13.3M; which is behind Thanksgiving openers Moana ($15.5M) and Frozen ($15.1M) and ahead of Good Dinosaur ($9.76m) and Tangled ($11.9M).
On a three-day basis, Wonder is expected to ease 4% right now. The Stephen Chbosky-directed film will easily be Lionsgate's best of 2017, topping John Wick: Chapter Two's $92M. Wow. Lionsgate's Wonder is looking at $6M today, up 7% from Tuesday, with a current three-day outlook of $26.5M and five-day of $37.5M, heading toward $74.6M.
/ 3-day cume: $4.29M (+246%) / 5-day: $5.75M/Total: $7.5M /Wk 3 9.) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MO (FSL), 590 theaters (+537) / $786K Wed.
Ranked by 5-day
1.) Coco (DIS), 3,987 theaters / $13.3M Fri. (includes $2.3M previews) / 3-day cume: $47M /5-day:$70M  Wk 1
Industry estimates as of Thanksgiving morning for the Thanksgiving stretch of Nov. 22-26:
Many expect the Julia Roberts-Owen Wilson movie to be north of $64M by Sunday in its running domestic total. Lionsgate's Wonder chalked up an estimated $5.6M yesterday, up 43% over Monday, for a five-day total of $37.1M.
4). Thor: Ragnarok (DIS), 3,281 theaters (-779) / $4M Wed./$3.5M Thur/ $6.6M Fri/ 3-day cume: $16.8M (-22%) / 5-day: $24.2M/Total cume: $277.5M / Wk 4
Call Me By Your Name  (SPC), 4 theaters / $161K Fri/3-day cume: $446k /PTA: $111,5k/ 5-day: $239k/ Wk 1
Superman (-69%) and August champ Suicide Squad (-67%). The Pixar movie steps on the capes of Warner Bros/DC super friends movie Justice League which earned $10.45M yesterday, -1% from Tuesday for a running total of $122.3M. Pic's 5-day is at $63.6M with three day landing at $44.1M, -53%, which again, thanks to the holiday, bests the post-Easter drop of Batman v.
and Canada. Coco opens at a sensitive time for Disney. Still, that Hollywood insider scandal isn't expected to rock Coco's prospects in the rest of the U.S. Just yesterday, Pixar boss John Lasseter said he was taking a six-month sabbatical amid allegations of inappropriate behavior.
Pic is running 10% ahead of Warner's Thanksgiving hit a year ago Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which churned a 3x multiple from its opening for a final cume of $234M. Fans wouldn't accuse Thor of stealing: He's just the better superhero movie. If Justice League can keep up that pace throughout December, it will end its stateside run at $257M. Still, Disney/Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok is still stealing away dollars from Justice League's bank account with the Son of Asgard threequel grossing $24M over five-days. This puts the pic at a $40.8M second FSS (-57%) and $59.9M 5-day for a running total that's just under $172M. Warner Bros./DC's Justice League wasn't that far behind Coco on Thanksgiving, making $8.5M, however, their gap widened on Friday with the Zack Snyder-directed title earning $16.4M.
While many have dinged Justice League for being less-than as a superhero movie, especially in its ensemble execution, the fact is that it's brought more dollars to the Thanksgiving frame than Warner Bros' Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them a year ago: Last weekend the box office was at $200.3M, +27% higher than a year ago. This makes exhibitors happy.
11.) Roman J. Israel, Esq. / 3-day cume: $3.7M /5-day: $5.2M/Total: $5.2M/Wk 2 (SONY),1,648 theaters (+1,644)/ $752K Wed.
Today there are 74% kids off from K-12 and another 59% of colleges. That number moves up to 100% over the next two days. and Black Friday is even bigger. The night before Thanksgiving is a notable one at the B.O.
Some of this boils down to whether WB can keep close to 2K theaters like they did last year with a Star Wars on the marquee. It will be interesting to see if Justice League does the same. In addition, another note about Fantastic Beasts: Even though that movie leaned more female at 55% in weekend one, it churned a 3X multiple at the box office ending its run at $234M. By Sunday, the super friends will be pacing 12% ahead of Fantastic Beasts through 10 days with $175.4M.
Israel, Esq (Sony), 1,648 runs. Total by Sunday of $5.8M. Looks like $800K today (including $175K from Tuesday night) for 3-day of $4.1M and 5-day of $5.7M. Roman J.
Though not a marketing stunt – let's call it free publicity – Conan O'Brien had a bone to pick with Disney over the film's title soon after the first trailer dropped: The studio was using the late night host's nickname (coined originally by Tom Hanks) without his permission. The clip generated 812K views:
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri  (FSL), 590 runs. $800,000 Wed, 3-day of $4.5M, 5-day of $6.2M. Total by Sunday of $7.96M.
Daddy’s Home 2 (Par) $2.5M Wed, 3-day $13.5M and 5-day of $18M, running come by Sunday of $72M.
is coming in higher than other notable arthouse titles on the chart such as Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Lady Bird, the latter two movies are packing their house and putting up better theater averages with $7,4K and $5,1K to Roman's $2,8K. With $6M-plus over five days, Sony's Roman J. Over four days, Fences made $11.6M at 2,233 theaters. Even though Roman J. Spike Lee's Mo' Better Blues ($4.4M) and Ricochet ($4.8M). The movie is slowed greatly by a 55% Rotten Tomatoes score, and the fact that it doesn't have the brilliant word of mouth that Denzel Washington's Fences did a year ago. On a three-day basis, Roman is down there with the Washington's 1990 openings, i.e. That movie served as solid counter-programming in a Star Wars-controlled market and won an Oscar for Viola Davis' best supporting turn. is coming in at the low end of where rivals were pegging it at $6M over five-days. Israel, Esq. The movie premiered at TIFF but then went in for an edit afterwards. Israel, Esq.
 
8). A Bad Moms Christmas (STX), 2,948 theaters (-639) /$1.07M Wed/$940K Thur/ $1.8M Fri/3-day cume: $4.5M (-36%) / 5-day: $6.4M/Total cume: $59.3M / Wk 4
/3-day cume: $7.35M (-25%)/ 5-day:$10.1M /Total:$22.6M/Wk 2 7.)The Star (SONY), 2,837 theaters / $1.64M Wed.
2.) Justice League (WB), 4,051 theaters / $10.45M Wed  3-day cume: $44.1M  (-53%)/5-day:$63.6M/Total: $175.4M/ Wk 2
As we move along this week, it should settle down and separate the two. UPDATE, midday Friday: Disney/Pixar's Coco is looking at an opening day of $12.5 million (including last night's $2.3M) as of this point per industry estimates, which is $3M less than what Moana chalked up a year ago. Right now, because it's so early, both Coco and Warner Bros' Justice League are in a battle for No. 1 overall at the domestic box office with an estimated $47M three-day and $68M five-day each.
4). Thor: Ragnarok (DIS), 3,281 theaters (-779) / $4M Wed./ 3-day cume: $18M (-17%) / 5-day: $25.5M/Total cume: $278.8M / Wk 4
While we've been complaining about the film's lackluster performance in regards to the DC franchise, exhibitors could care less about that: They're rolling in concession cash, and the marketplace in the past three weeks has been a boom versus last summer's doldrums. Coco will beat Justice League today with the latter Zack Snyder movie making an estimated $10.5M, down 1% versus yesterday. If its projections hold, the DC superhero team-up will touch just under $180M.
$600K Wed, 3-day $3.4M and 5-day of $4.6M, Total by Sunday of $9.9M. Lady Bird (A24), 741 runs.
/$33K Thur/ $61K Fri/3-day cume: $173k /PTA: $43,2k/ 5-day: $240k/ Wk 1 Darkest Hour (FOC), 4 theaters / $38K Wed.
expands from four to 1,648 today. Sony's Roman J. Bleecker Street has the period piece The Man Who Invented Christmas in 500 houses, while Focus Features will open its Gary Oldman-as-Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour in four New York and Los Angeles theaters. Ditto on that count for Sony Pictures Classics' Spirit Award-nom leading pic Call Me By Your Name.” /> Israel, Esq.
A Bad Moms Christmas (STX), 2,948 theaters (-639) /$1.07M Wed/3-day cume: $5.4M (-23%) / 5-day: $7.5M/Total cume: $60.5M / Wk 4 8).
Other online promos included Coco as a Facebook Beta partner on an Augmented Reality mask for the FB app. In addition, there was a Pixar Artists College Tour at 60 colleges in 20-plus markets, as well as WOM screenings in 45 markets. Pixar saw its first VR experience with Coco VR which is available on Oculus Rift and Gear VR.
22-26 as of Friday night: — chart still updating as of Saturday AM Chart based on industry estimates for the Thanksgiving stretch of Nov.
/$256K Thur/ $450K Fri/3-day cume: $1.2M /5-day: $1.66M/ Wk 1 12.) The Man Who Invented Christmas (BST), 532 theaters / $198K Wed.
Notables:
Murder on the Orient Express (Fox) $2.6M Wed, 3-day $13.5M and 5-day $19M, running cume by Sunday of $74.6M.
That pic racked up $15.5M on its first day. Coco is also ahead of Disney's uber hit Frozen, which made $1.2M on its first Tuesday ($15.1M Wednesday) during Thanksgiving week. Coco is also far ahead of The Good Dinosaur, considered a bomb for Pixar with $1.3M previews ($9.76M Wednesday). Coco's preview is just $300,ooo shy of Moana's $2.6M Tuesday preview a year ago.
5.) Daddy’s Home 2 (PAR), 3,518 theaters (-57) / $2.7M Wed/ 3-day cume: $14.3M (-1%)/ 5-day: $19.2M/ Total: $73.2M/Wk 3
3.) Wonder (WB), 3,140  theaters (+44) /$6M Wed. 3-day cume: $29M / 5-day: $40.9M/Total: $78M/Wk 2
RelishMix weighs Coco's social media universe across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube views at close to 483M, which is "well ahead of the family animated genre average SMU of 253.4M". RelishMix points out "part of the magic of The Mouse is when a film like Coco or next month’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi debuts a trailer or any other social materials: A film has 156.8M fans and followers to reach right out of the gate." Roughly broken down such Disney pages/feeds pushing Coco include the main Disney portal (69.3M), Walt Disney Animation Studios (17.7M) and Walt Disney Studios (42.4M). The teaser trailer for Coco debuted in March and played on the biggest film of the year, Beauty and the Beast, with the first full trailer dropping in June in connection with Cars 3.
Coco carries a reported production cost in the Pixar range which is typically between $175M-$200M before P&A, however, those in the animation world believe it's much higher north of $225M. Moana grossed $56.6M in its first three days and $82M over five, making it the second-best Thanksgiving stretch debut after Frozen's $93.6M. Coco in its Dia de los muertos story doesn't have the Disney princess factor Moana possessed, which pushed down on Coco's projections prior to opening. But the film has a 95% certified fresh Rotten Tomatoes score, which could push its tickets sales higher; it's just one point below Moana's RT rating.
Industry estimates now see Disney/Pixar's Coco at $18.66M for Friday, on a path to a $48.4M 3-day and a $7o.6M 5-day. One analyst is pointing to Disney's Tangled as a numerical comp which earned $48.8M over three and $68.7M over five. Saturday AM Writethru following Black Friday update: While Friday was definitely a great day at the box office with the top 25 films making approximately $72M to last year's $71M Black Friday, everything still came in a little lighter. Black Friday was +105% over Thanksgiving's $35.1M this year. Exhibition stocks in response to the multiplex foot traffic were up on Friday in short trading. That's still ahead of Pixar's Good Dinosaur ($15.5M Fri, $39.1M FSS, $55.4M 5-day) two years ago (and that bombed), and a few steps behind last year's Moana and mega hit Frozen which respectively posted $82M and $93.6M over their Thanksgiving 5-day stretches.
PREVIOUSLY, 8:26 AM: Disney/Pixar's Coco began its Thanksgiving march on the box office last night with $2.3 million, with an eye on making $60M or more over the next five days.

Tears flowed at a recent AMPAS screening. Lionsgate's Wonder in third place made $8.75M on Friday which now puts the Stephen Chbosky-directed title at $22.4M over FSS, -19%, and $32.3M over five with a 10-day run of $69.5M. Pete Hammond reports that Lionsgate will give Wonder an awards season push even though the distributor's original intention was to make the movie a commercial success over the holiday.
Ad partners included Airbnb, Ancestry, Chatbooks, Guitar Center, The HERDEZ Brand, Purple, Southwest Airlines (including Boeing 737-700 wrap), Subway, and Sun Rype.
In addition, California Adventure, Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line all featured an 11-minute sneak peek of the film this month. Disney’s California Adventure introduced "Plaza de la Familia" in September, a section of the park that celebrated Coco.
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Trump Person Of The Year? Hollywood Snickers, Mark Hamill Offers ‘Jedi’ Bribe

I said probably is no good and took a pass." The New York Times, tweets Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "just called to say I was PROBABLY going to be named comedienne of the year but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot.
https://twitter.com/seanhannity/status/934241157990834176


Take a look at the tweets (jump to the bottom to see the Trump post that started it all, along with Time's rebuttal). The magazine will announce its cover choice Dec. 6.
https://twitter.com/theyearofelan/status/934205396910264320
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Deadline will add to this list as warranted…


(One popular choice: Robert Mueller.) Refresh for updates Donald Trump's bizarre, at best premature thanks but no thanks tweet about Time magazine's Person of the Year cover is drawing an entirely expected wave of online ridicule – and some sincere suggestions on who, exactly, should really take the honors.


And MSNBC's Joy Reid signaled her reaction to the Trump tweet with a classic Hollywood GIF: Bette Davis' Baby Jane Hudson giggling like a maniac. (After the chuckle, Reid offers her real choice for the Time cover: Mueller).


15 release, but just couldn't handle playing second fiddle to Trump. Star Wars' Mark Hamill says he was offered the cover, but only if he'd leak "major #Ep8 spoilers." Hamill didn't have a problem with revealing secrets about The Last Jedi prior to its Dec.


https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/934189999045693441

British Entertainer John Leslie, Ex-Host Of ITV’s ‘Wheel Of Fortune’ Charged With Sexual Assault

Leslie has not regularly appeared on television since the early 2000s but has appeared as a radio DJ on stations including Castle FM and the Scottish Bauer Radio AM network over the last five years.” />
Leslie will appear in court in due course. Leslie, who formerly hosted BBC kids TV series Blue Peter and the UK remake of Wheel of Fortune for ITV between 1998 and 2001, is alleged to have put his hand up a woman’s skirt at Atik, a nightclub in the city’s West Tollcross district in June.
British television presenter John Leslie has become the latest entertainer to become embroiled in a sexual assault scandal after being charged with sexually assaulting a woman in a nightclub in Edinburgh, Scotland.
A police spokesman said: "Police in Edinburgh have charged a 52-year-old man following a report that a 26-year-old woman was the victim of a sexual assault at a nightclub in the Tollcross area on Sunday 25 June."

LAPD Has 28 Open Sex Crimes Investigations Of Hollywood And Media

Beyond the 28 cases, 37 other sex crimes reports have been sent to other jurisdictions. Some members of the LAPD cold case units are also involved.
Among those are producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Ed Westwick, Girls writer Murray Miller and agent Tyler Grasham, among others. All of the accused have denied the allegations. Speaking via email to the Los Angeles Times, Beck said five teams of two special assignment detectives are investigating various allegations.
Officer Mike Lopez of the LAPD media relations department told Deadline that investigators are collaborating with other jurisdictions as questions arise on various cases, including the high-profile ones described by Beck.
The Los Angeles Police have 28 open sex crime cases involving Hollywood and media figures under active investigation, according to Police Chief Charlie Beck. He added that more investigations are likely to be opened as more claims come in.
He added: "We recognize the significant trauma these victims suffer at the hands of the predators who commit these heinous crimes. The high-profile nature of these particular cases has not changed our unyielding commitment to seek justice for ALL victims of sexual assault.' Our detectives are coordinating closely with our local prosecutors and other police agencies, including the NYPD.
“We anticipate the LAPD and other jurisdictions will receive even more high profile sex crime reports in the coming weeks and months,” Beck said. “We encourage all victims of sexual assault to come forward to report these crimes."
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E! Buys ‘Juicy Stories’ Dramedy From Michael Patrick King, Amy Harris & Juicy Couture Founders With Pilot Commitment

has given a pilot commitment to Juicy Stories, an hourlong inspired by Juicy Couture founders Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor, from Sex and the City alums Michael Patrick King and Amy B. Harris, Warner Horizon Scripted TV and Universal Cable Productions. EXCLUSIVE: E!
The network also has pilot #Fashionvictim starring Willa Fitzgerald. Fashion has been a focus for the scripted development at E!, known for its signature red carpet coverage.
Juicy Stories is the story of how two women in their 20s created the iconic “Juicy” tracksuit and turned their $200 investment into a billion-dollar business — and a life-long friendship. These “Juicy Stories” — both aspirational and sensational — flash back to Los Angeles in the 1990s and are narrated on camera and in the present by the real Pam and Gela, still business partners and best friends. Inspired by the lives of Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor, Juicy Stories tells the tale of two women who made clothes, made mistakes, made babies — and made one of the most iconic brands of the 1990s, Juicy Couture.
Harris started her writing career on Sex and the City and went on to create the prequel series The Carrie Diaries for the CW. King was executive producer/showrunner on HBO's iconic, fashion trendsetting comedy series Sex and the City and shepherded  the followup features.
Harris will serve as executive producers;  Skaist-Levy and Nash-Taylor as producers. King and Amy B. Juicy Stories, inspired by the memoir The Glitter Plan, by Skaist-Levy and Nash-Taylor, is produced by Michael Patrick King Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television and Universal Cable Productions.
Skaist-Levy and Nash-Taylor met while working together at a Los Angeles boutique and became friends, setting up shop in Gela’s one-bedroom Hollywood apartment. The initial $200 investment led to a a $50 million sale of the duo’s casual wear company to Liz Claiborne.
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Skaist-Levy and Nash-Taylor previously teamed with producers Mila Kunis, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage and Mila Kunis for Made In LA, a drama inspired by their experience and The Glitter Plan, which was set up for development at Freeform.
King also co-created/executive produced CBS’ 2 Broke Girls and cult HBO comedy The Comeback. King and Harris are with CAA. King is the creator and executive producer of Amazon comedy pilot Love You More starring Patti Cake$' Bridget Everett which recently premiered as part of Amazon Prime Video’s fall comedy pilot lineup.

NBC Sets Golden Globes 75th Anniversary Special

The special hails from Globes organizers the HFPA and producer Dick Clark Productions.
This year's Golden Globes nominations will be announced December 11, with the winners unveiled January 7 on NBC.” />
NBC said today it will air Golden Globes 75th Anniversary Special on Wednesday, December 13 at 9 PM ET/PT, a two-hour special hosted by Will & Grace stars Eric McCormack and Debra Messing to celebrate the best moments in the history of the awards. It will feature highlight clips from past shows, exclusive interviews and a countdown of the top Globes-winning movies of all time as selected by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

New Regency Acquires YA Debut Novel ‘Devils Unto Dust’

Sam Hanson will oversee the project for New Regency.
Described as True Grit meets 28 Days Later, the novel follows 17-year-old Daisy Wilcox’s journey through 1870’s West Texas during a Reconstruction period plagued by a deadly virus infecting thousands with a rabies-like disease that turns people into murderous “Shakes.” When Daisy’s father disappears, Daisy hires two Shake-hunters who specialize in killing the infected, and sets off into the terrorscape of the western frontier to find him.
Big Talk’s Rachael Prior will executive produce. Big Talk Pictures’ Nira Park will produce along with New Regency’s Arnon Milchan. Emma Berquist’s debut novel Devils Unto Dust, which HarperCollins will publish under its Greenwillow imprint in April 2018, has been pre-emptively acquired by New Regency to make into a feature.
"Very occasionally, you read a piece of material that stops you in your tracks. We’re delighted to be partnering with New Regency on this project, who fell for it as fast and hard as we did.” “Daisy is an utterly compelling heroine – a young woman who does not and cannot give up. The stage Emma has set for her story is distinct and highly evocative. Devils Unto Dust is just such a piece and we’re thrilled Emma's trusting us with adapting,” said Big Talk founder and producer Park.
Berquist, a Texas native, is repped by Paradigm and Heather Flaherty at The Bent Agency.” />

Syfy’s ‘The Magicians’ Gets Season 3 Premiere Date & Trailer

Based on Lev Grossman’s bestselling novels, The Magicians centers on Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) and his 20-something friends as they are thrust into the unfamiliar world of the beautifully enchanting yet mysteriously dangerous Fillory – and places beyond – where they must draw upon their novice skills to save the existence of magic.
The series, from Universal Cable Productions, saw strong ratings growth in its sophomore run. Season 2 was up year over year across all key demos (P18-49 +15%, P18-34 +23%, P25-54 +9% and +6% among P2+), and nearly doubled its freshman run in social engagements across platforms, according to Syfy.” />
In addition to Ralph, the series also stars Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishil, Rick Worthy, Jade Tailor, Trevor Einhorn and Brittany Curran. John McNamara, Sera Gamble, Chris Fisher and Groundswell Productions’ Michael London and Janice Williams executive produce.
You can watch it above. Syfy has slotted Wednesday, January 10 at 9 PM for the Season 3 premiere of Syfy's hit series The Magicians and released the official trailer.

‘One Day She’ll Darken’: Connie Nielsen Cast In Patty Jenkins’ TNT Series

The role reunites Nielsen, who played Hippolyta in Wonder Woman, with WW helmer Jenkins and the film's male lead Pine. Nielsen also plays Queen Hippolyta in Justice League and she recently wrapped production on the Danish series Liberty which will premiere in 2018.
Connie Nielsen (Wonder Woman) has been tapped for a key role opposite Chris Pine in One Day She'll Darken, TNT’s limited drama series directed by Patty Jenkins.
In addition to Pine, Eisley and Mays, Yul Vazquez, Justin Cornwell, Dylan Smith, Jay Paulson and Golden Brooks also star.
Corinna finds herself a keeper of secrets, but none more fearsome than those she keeps from herself. Nielsen plays Corinna Hodel, a fading socialite beauty with a cigarette in a long black holder; an alcoholic who's seen her family shattered, her fortunes tossed to the winds…
Nielsen is repped by manager Estelle Lasher of Lasher Group, UTA and Lichter Grossman Nichols Adler & Feldman.” />
Written by Sam Sheridan, One Day She’ll Darken tells the incredible story of Fauna Hodel (India Eisley) who was given away at birth. As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets to her past, she follows a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Hollywood gynecologist, Dr. George Hodel (Jefferson Mays), a man involved in the darkest Hollywood debauchery.

June Diane Raphael & Ravi Patel Cast In Lionsgate’s Comedy ‘Flarsky’

EXCLUSIVE: Grace and Frankie's June Diane Raphael and Ravi Patel, who recurs on CBS’ upcoming series By The Book, have joined the Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron comedy Flarsky, which will be released on Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label on February 8, 2019. Snatched helmer Jonathan Levine is directing from a script by Dan Sterling.
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The pic follows Fred Flarsky (Rogen), an unemployed journalist battered by his own misfortune, endeavors to pursue his childhood crush and babysitter who now happens to be one of the most powerful and unattainable women on the planet (Theron). Raphael and Patel will be key staffers of Theron's character.
Raphael, who appears in A24’s The Disaster Artist and the upcoming season four of Netflix's Grace and Frankie, is repped by UTA, MGMT Entertainment, and Ziffren Brittenham. Patel, also repped by UTA as well as Grandview, and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine, wrote and will direct Fox Searchlight's Meet the Patels remake.
Point Grey Pictures' Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver are producing with Denver and Delilah’s Theron, Beth Kono, and A.J. Dix. Alex McAtee is overseeing for Point Grey and Erin Westerman for Good Universe. Exec producers are Sterling as well as Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake.

Assemble Media Acquires ‘Meat’ Script From Newcomer Logan Martin

EXCLUSIVE: Jack Heller's Assemble Media has picked up film genre script Meat, by newcomer Logan Martin. The script, which landed at number one on the 2017 Bloodlist, follows a misanthropic man who notices bizarre changes in himself, his wife, and the animals inhabiting the territory around their homestead as they attempt to survive self-imposed isolation.
Meat marks the second film project under Assemble after the recently released S. Craig Zahler-directed Brawl In Cell Black 99 starring Vince Vaughn.
The duo, who found the script on Script Shadow, tipped Heller to Martin early, which led to Martin's decision to go with Assemble. Heller will produce the film. This is the first script from Martin, who, currently working at a movie theater in Flordia, was discovered by Jake Wagner and Scott Stoops of Good Fear Film + Management.
"I’m thrilled to be working with Jack, he was one of the first people to read the script, and from our early conversations, I knew he would be a great partner to bring the movie to life – his passion for it is undeniable!" said Martin.
Said Heller: "Logan Martin is a true diamond in the rough – working with him to bring his unique voice to the screen is what making movies is all about"
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‘Justice League’ Lassos $185M Overseas, $279M WW; ‘Thor’ Rocks To $739M Global – International Box Office

Korea, which is not nuts for DC as a general rule, did $8.5M with 56% of the Top 5 films on 1,315 screens.
Disney/Pixar’s Coco became the No. The animated Day of the Dead-themed pic strummed up another $4M in the frame and has lifted the cume to $48.8M. 1 movie ever (in local currency) at the Mexican box office last week, and enjoyed another good weekend this session — its 4th.
Mexico is at $9.6M (184.2M pesos) on 3,615 screens, with a 64% share of the Top 5 and besting Wonder Woman by about 20%.
At the bottom of the pack of majors are Italy with $3.6M and double Wonder Woman; Spain with $3.1M for the 2nd biggest WB opening of the year; and Germany with a really rough $3M on 936 screens.
Germany also bowed this week, with $1.3M. Celebrating getting thisclose to $100M worldwide, Universal and Blumhouse’s Happy Death Day added $7.9M in 52 markets this session. German- and French-speaking Switzerland are off to a $270K debut and Austria opened at No. The overseas total is $43.5M and with domestic, there are $98.9M in the global coffer. France had a good start at No. with $148K. 2 with $1.6M.
Germany dipped by 22% to take the two-frame total to $4.6M. It’s running 20% behind Bad Moms, 158% ahead of Horrible Bosses 2, 7% ahead of Neighbors 2 and 92% ahead of Office Christmas Party. With no new markets, Mila Kunis & co slipped another $5.1M into their stockings for an overseas cume of $26.6M and a worldwide gross of $77.5M.
Holds were strong in many markets and despite the arrival of the DC rivals. Notables include the Czech Republic (-32%), Venezuela (-35%), Japan (-39%), Denmark (-42%), Germany (-42%), Peru (-43%) and South Africa (-44%).
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
With a $2.3M cume, it’s 7% behind that pic. Scandinavia is also outperforming the comedy sequel comps save for the first Bad Moms. That’s 21% behind Bad Moms, but tops all other comps. Australia/NZ added an estimated $874K to lift the running total to $6.8M.
In the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, the Taika Waititi-helmed romp is north of $145M to exceed the lifetimes of Spiderman: Homecoming and Captain America: The Winter Soldier in the area.
My Little Pony: The Movie (LGF): $493K intl weekend (63 markets); $29.1M intl cume” />
HOLDOVERS/EXPANSIONS
In Asia, JL amassed $40.1M in 10 markets — not including China or Japan (the latter goes next week). The regional cume is the second-biggest opening for a WB film ever (behind BvS).
That’s a 65% drop from last week, although the international cume is now $96.5M, setting the stylish Kenneth Branagh mystery on track to pass $100M this week. After a terrific wide opening last weekend, Fox’s Agatha Christie adaptation rolled out of its second frame with another $20.7M in 56 markets. The worldwide take so far is $148.2M.
Geostorm (WB): $1.6M intl weekend (53 markets); $172.7M intl cume
In China, that numbers was $6.15M on 453 to land the 2nd best November FSS after Doctor Strange. Moving past the doom and gloom, the pic, which has more humor than BVS and saw Joss Whedon come in for Snyder after the director had to step away due to an unfortunate tragedy, scored $13.7M on 765 IMAX screens to rank as the format’s best-ever November opening overseas.
Latin America also pulled in strong numbers, coming in slightly higher than the Sunday estimate with $35.9M for the region to score the 3rd biggest launch ever for WB behind BVS and the final Harry Potter. In Brazil, JL's $14.2M (46.7M reals) start is the biggest industry opening weekend ever.
A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS
The Middle East, France, Russia, Spain and more are still on deck for the STX pic in the coming weeks. Eastern Europe is looking at $2.09M, which is 48% ahead of the original, and also above the other comparable titles.
We will have a full breakdown on this one tomorrow, but in the meantime, the UK info from Studocanal has this weekend at £6.36M ($8.4M) and a cume of £16.6M ($22M). The previous film, which made $268M worldwide, finaled at £37.9M in Britain. Paddington 2, the Paul King-directed sequel to 2014’s global smash, has now grossed $22M at home in the UK, while holds are looking warm and fuzzy in such markets as Sweden, Finland and Italy.
Germany, where the Justice League folks could barely get arrested, saw just a 12% dip for a $5.6M cume and Australia fell 29% for a $6.3M running total.
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLES
Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and friends were at play on about 46,660 screens in 65 markets, with China leading at a slightly improved $51.8M. While WB has the overseas launch ahead of Wonder Woman in like-for-like markets, the score is lower than the $200M-plus we were hearing amid pre-opening buzz. UPDATE, Monday writethru with actuals: Warner Bros/DC's Justice League assembled $185 million at the international box office in its debut session this weekend, $500K down from the Sunday estimate. Including domestic, the worldwide opening is $279M.
COCO
Victoria And Abdul (UNI): $689K intl weekend (30 markets); $39.9M intl cume
JIGSAW
PADDINGTON 2
Breakdowns and actuals on the films above and others have been updated below (we are waiting on Lionsgate, STX and the Paddington 2 weekend total).
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Globally this weekend, the son of Odin topped Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($714M) and Doctor Strange ($678M). 8 release of all time worldwide. He now fronts the MCU’s No.
JUSTICE LEAGUE
The Mountain Between Us (FOX): $1.17M intl weekend (22 markets); $24.4M intl cume
Marrowbone (UNI): $776K intl weekend (Spain only); $6.48M intl cume
Now WB needs to get in gear for a January 12 release date. Along with the box office success, this was a big week for the bear from darkest Peru as he found a domestic home with Warner Bros, and away from the embattled Weinstein Co. Deadline broke the news on Wednesday that the studio, which is also the home of producer David Heyman, was acquiring domestic rights, emerging from a bidding war that reached $30M.
Overall, Orient Express is outpacing The Great Gatsby (+48%) and Gone Girl (+98%) in the same bucket of markets at current exchange rates. Next weekend, 11 new markets hop aboard.
Rounding out the Top 10 are Russia ($6.4M); Australia ($6.2M), France ($6.15M); Indonesia ($5.8M/No. 2 ever WB opening); and the Philippines ($5.6M/top WB debut ever/+46% on Thor 3).
The top plays are the UK ($6.5M), Russia ($5.1M), Venezuela ($4.9M), Germany ($4.9M) and France ($3.6M). Lionsgate’s 8th installment in the horror franchise crossed the $50M international mark this frame, after four weeks in release. The next majors to release are Spain and Brazil on Thursday this week. The film carved out another $4.1M in 74 markets and has grossed $52.4M so far.
JL did top WW’s opening in like-for-like markets, and as with domestic, audiences overseas are reacting with more positive notes than critics (in France the public gives it four stars, but critics give it two).
That Hulks up the overseas cume to $491.9M and has bested both Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and Doctor Strange. As for the other heroes showing off their superpowers globally, Disney/Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok added a better-than-estimated $24.7M internationally in this fourth weekend. 6 Marvel Cinematic Universe movie ever at the international box office. It’s tracking above those pics by 11% and 17%, respectively, and is the No. With $739.2M worldwide, it’s the ninth MCU title to cross $700M.
HAPPY DEATH DAY
Disney/Marvel’s threequel is rocking and rolling along at the international box office with another $24.7M this session and a $491.4M cume. 6 Marvel Cinematic Universe movie ever. The Norse charmer has now overtaken both Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 and Doctor Strange overseas and is leading them by 11% and 17%, respectively. It’s now the No. With $739.2M worldwide, it’s the 9th MCU title to cross $700M.
Elsewhere, Happy Death Day is on the doorstep of $100M globally for Universal and Blumhouse, while Fox's Murder On The Orient Express will roll to that number internationally this week. Studiocanal/Heyday Films' Paddington 2 has hit $22M after its second weekend in the UK; and Disney/Pixar's Coco is on the verge of crossing $50M in Mexico alone.
WB has it topping Thor: Ragnarok, but that would only be over the weekend days since Thor opened to more than $15M in its first frame, which began on a Tuesday. The UK was softer than expected, with $9.5M (£7.3M) on 1,648 screens with 40% of the Top 5 movies. JL topped Wonder Woman by 51% from June.
Japan opens this week. It will not benefit from the Thanksgiving holiday that’s up this week domestically. JL will have some relatively clear play in its demo over the next few weeks until Star Wars: The Last Jedi speeds in, and therefore could be looking at lower drops than the typically frontloaded genre. The Zack Snyder-directed JL is about 16% below that movie in today’s dollars, but there was hope for a much tighter spread and that hope began to fizzle as the weekend numbers started rolling in from offshore. JL’s lack of a holiday, which can boost fortunes by as much as 25%, is in direct contrast to BVS’ Easter 2016 international release which was off the charts.
There's disappointment in not seeing see this one break $200M globally in its first frame, coming in about 16% below BvS, as this was set up as DC's answer to The Avengers. One distribution exec points to the lack of Superman in the advertising, and notes, "What made BvS appealing was two superheroes squaring off, so this movie just feels like an Avengers B-team." Kicking off outside a holiday corridor was certainly a factor (Wonder Woman played in the summer and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was an Easter release), and even if audiences seem to like the movie better than critics, some markets in Europe were quite soft, notably Germany.
In Asia, the regional take is $40.1M for the 2nd best ever studio bow behind BVS. It played on 20,600 screens and took 65% of the Top 5 films to rank as the runner-up to BVS in terms of Middle Kingdom WB bows. That figure does not include China where JL made $51.8M (RMB 343.8M) pretty much exactly where we saw this going in.
On 765 Imax screens, a $13.7M launch is the best November opening ever for the format. Still, a $185M offshore opening is a sizable number and there were strong results out of certain areas, with social shout-outs for Wonder Woman and Aquaman, in particular.
The Top 5 plays are China ($107.5M), the UK ($37.2M), Korea ($33.2M), Brazil ($27.4M) and Australia ($22.6M).
3 and $2.2M to date. Italy also is holding nicely with $731K at No. Spain’s got $1.9M so far. Next weekend adds three out of the final six markets to go. Korea was the top holdover with a terrific $7.5M total to suffocate the lifetime of Don’t Breathe.
As my colleague Anthony D’Alessandro points out, if the film clears $700M-$750M global, after ancillaries, it will turn a profit, but not much. With a reported production cost of $300M, the total with P&A is around the $450M mark.
In Russia, the ensemble added $3.2M at No. China led markets again, although with Justice League taking up a lot of real estate, MOTOE fell to No. 3 behind Justice League and Paddington 2 and has amassed 13% more there than the lifetime of The Great Gatsby. It ranked No. 2 for an $11.2M cume; followed by the UK with $3M and a $23.1M cume after three weeks. 3 (ahead of Thor’s 3rd session) and a local cume of $30.2M.
THOR: RAGNAROK
China and Brazil lead the Top 5 and are followed by Mexico ($9.6M/184.2M pesos), the UK ($9.5M/£7.3M) and Korea ($8.5M/9.6B won).
Directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, the film opens in the U.S. Next weekend notably includes China and Russia. France and Germany join at the end of the month and there are releases throughout January (with Japan taking the Frozen Japan slot in March). on November 22, kicking off an extended global rollout.
The superheroes are the No. DC superheroes generally over-index in Latin America and this weekend the Justice League gang recruit $35.9M in the region to land the 3rd highest opening session for a WB film behind BVS and the last Harry Potter movie. 1 U.S. film in each of their bows and saw particularly strong play in Asia and Latin America. Brazil set a record for the biggest opening weekend ever for any movie at $14.2M (46.7M reals).
That’s a nice number, but Justice League just couldn’t get up to the $200M mark which most saw it eclipsing as Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg all banded together on the big screen and after DC got some street cred back with this summer’s smash led by Gal Gadot’s Amazonian warrior. With a $185M opening in 65 markets this session, Warner Bros/DC's mash-up came in under the projections of several industry sources.
In the UK, the Moms dropped 37% for a total $7.7M to date, on par with Bad Moms, 48% ahead of Horrible Bosses 2, 5% ahead of Neighbors 2 and 104% ahead of Office Christmas Party.
IT (WB): $1.9M intl weekend ($1.7M from a strong Japan hold); $361.1M intl cume
The Snowman (UNI): $585K intl weekend (28 markets); $30.5M intl cume

The Bart & Fleming Podcast: Creeps And Fallout

Anger is taking the place of reason in the dialogue about sexual harassment in Hollywood, but positive opportunities could still emerge, as we discuss on Episode #14 of The Bart & Fleming Podcast. Filmmakers are fighting to liberate their films from companies like The Weinstein Co., and spending major dollars on re-cutting negatives to permit removal of accused harassers.
Also discussed: Important movies about women are being released during awards season, such as Lady Bird and Molly’s Game, hinting at the onset of better female roles.
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