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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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DC Fans Launch Petition for Release of Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ Director’s Cut

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

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

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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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Country Singer-Songwriter Mel Tillis Dies at 85

Country Singer-Songwriter Mel Tillis Dies at 85
Mel Tillis, the affable longtime country star who wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and many others, and overcame a stutter to sing on dozens of his own singles, has died.

A spokesman for Tillis, Don Murry Grubbs, said Tillis died early Sunday at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. He was 85.

Grubbs said Tillis had battled intestinal issues since 2016 and never fully recovered. The suspected cause of death is respiratory failure.

Tillis, the father of country singer Pam Tillis, recorded more than 60 albums and had more than 30 top 10...
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Watch 'SNL' Tackle Al Franken, Roy Moore Accusations in 'Weekend Update'

Watch 'SNL' Tackle Al Franken, Roy Moore Accusations in 'Weekend Update'
Saturday Night Live tackled the accusations against Al Franken and Roy Moore and Jeff Sessions' congressional hearings in the latest installment of "Weekend Update."

After briefly commenting on multi-time SNL host Louis C.K.'s sexual misconduct in the previous week's episode, SNL again remarked on the allegations against someone close to the series: Franken had numerous stints as an SNL writer and cast mate and notably starred as the long-running character Stuart Smalley.

"Thursday is Thanksgiving, and there's so much to be thankful for this year, unless you're a human woman,
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‘Get Out’ and the Golden Globes: A Lesson Not to Laugh At

‘Get Out’ and the Golden Globes: A Lesson Not to Laugh At
It’s easy enough to mock — or maybe get on your high horse about — the fact that “Get Out,” Jordan Peele’s brilliantly creepy lightning-rod racial thriller, is now in the running to be nominated for Best Comedy or Musical, rather than Best Drama, at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. The movie, of course, is neither a comedy nor a musical. (Discuss.) It’s drama of the most riveting and original kind, one that sucks you into a vortex of (justified) paranoia, turning into a nightmare that suggests a forbidden “Twilight Zone” written by James Baldwin and staged by the Roman Polanski of “Rosemary’s Baby,” with a ghostly touch of “Mandigo.”

Tempting as it might be to blame the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this particular screw-up, it was the film’s distributor, Universal, that chose to submit “Get Out” for Best Comedy or Musical, doing so without Peele’s knowledge. That accounts
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Viacom Defers Global Release of Bollywood Epic 'Padmavati' Amid Controversy

Viacom’s India unit has deferred the global release of its Bollywood epic Padmavati, which was to bow on Dec. 1 timed with its India release. As reported earlier, Paramount is handling the film’s worldwide release, the first time the studio is distributing a Bollywood title.

The historical epic, which was billed as one of the year’s most awaited titles, has been embroiled in controversy since the film began shooting last year. Padmavati is co-produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the film unit of Viacom’s India joint venture, Viacom18 Media, which is an equal partnership with Indian media and broadcasting entity...
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