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John Lasseter Takes Leave of Absence From Disney/Pixar, Apologizes for Unwanted Hugs

John Lasseter Takes Leave of Absence From Disney/Pixar, Apologizes for Unwanted Hugs
John Lasseter, the head of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios and one of the most powerful figures in the entertainment industry, acknowledged Tuesday that he had crossed the line with employees. He is taking a six-month leave of absence.

Lasseter sent a memo to staff apologizing for making employees feel disrespected or uncomfortable, Variety has confirmed.

“That was never my intent,” he wrote. “Collectively, you mean the world to me, and I deeply apologize if I have let you down. I especially want to apologize to anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line in any way, shape, or form.”

Lasseter is taking a leave as several prominent Hollywood figures are grappling with allegations of sexual harassment. His name has continued to be mentioned privately, with a number of former Pixar employees telling Variety that he has behaved inappropriately and describing a culture
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‘Get Out,’ ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Good Time’ Top Indie Spirit Awards Nominations

‘Get Out,’ ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Good Time’ Top Indie Spirit Awards Nominations
The Florida Project,” “Lady Bird,” “Get Out,” “Call Me by Your Name” and “The Rider” have been nominated as the best independent films of 2017 at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, Film Independent announced on Tuesday.

Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name” received the most nominations, six, followed by “Get Out” and “Good Time” with five and “Lady Bird” and “The Rider” with four.

Acting nominees included Salma Hayek for “Beatriz at Dinner,” Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri,” Holly Hunter for “The Big Sick,” Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf for “Lady Bird” and Armie.
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CBS Terminates Charlie Rose Over Sexual Misconduct Accusations

CBS Terminates Charlie Rose Over Sexual Misconduct Accusations
CBS News has terminated its relationship Charlie Rose on Tuesday, one day after the Washington Post reported multiple accusations of sexual misconduct against the longtime news show host. The network on Monday first suspended Rose, who co-anchored “CBS This Morning” and appeared as an occasional correspondent on the primetime staple “60 Minutes.” “Despite Charlie’s important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace,” CBS News President David Rhodes wrote in a statement. “I’m deeply disappointed and angry that people were victimized.” New: CBS News terminates Charlie Rose.
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HBO’s Cinemax and Sky Enlists ‘The Raid’ Director Gareth Evans for Gangland Drama

HBO’s Cinemax and Sky Enlists ‘The Raid’ Director Gareth Evans for Gangland Drama
After making a splash with his relentless action films The Raid and The Raid 2 and preparing to jump to the blockbuster big leagues with the upcoming Deathstroke, director Gareth Evans is making his first foray into the small screen. This time, Evans is tackling a gangland drama set in contemporary London for HBO’s Cinemax and Sky networks. Titled Gangs of […]

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Box-Office Preview: 'Coco' Set to Rule Thanksgiving With $55M-$60M Bow

Box-Office Preview: 'Coco' Set to Rule Thanksgiving With $55M-$60M Bow
The Disney animated empire will once again dominate the Thanksgiving box office.

Pixar/Disney's critically acclaimed Coco, about the Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), parades into theaters everywhere Wednesday, following Tuesday-night previews. Disney and Pixar, along with the major tracking services, are projecting a five-day domestic debut of $55 million to $60 million, but there's plenty of room for upside.

Between them, Disney Animation Studios and Pixar claim the top six five-day Thanksgiving openings of all time, not accounting for inflation. Frozen (2013) is the record holder with $93.6 million, while last year's Moana sang...
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Bob Weinstein Personally Paid Off Two of Harvey’s Accusers in 1990s, According to New Yorker

Bob Weinstein Personally Paid Off Two of Harvey’s Accusers in 1990s, According to New Yorker
A New Yorker expose details the secret settlements that allegedly allowed Harvey Weinstein to cover up sexual assault and harassment allegations dating back decades.

Ronan Farrow reports that Bob Weinstein, who has repeatedly said he was unaware of his brother’s alleged sexual misconduct, personally paid £250,000 — equivalent to about $600,000 today — to settle two claims against his brother in the 1990s during their time running Miramax. The money was supposed to be split between Harvey’s former assistant Zelda Perkins and another female employee in the U.K. alleging sexual harassment and assault.

Bob Weinstein confirmed the personal payout during the New Yorker interview, but insisted that his brother misled him about what the money was being used for. Because it came from his account, the money could be hidden from Disney, Miramax, and Harvey’s wife.

“Regarding that payment, I only know what Harvey told me, and basically what he said was he was fooling around with two
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Producers Guild Documentary Nominees Include ‘Jane,’ ‘City of Ghosts,’ ‘Cries From Syria’

Producers Guild Documentary Nominees Include ‘Jane,’ ‘City of Ghosts,’ ‘Cries From Syria’
Jane,” “Chasing Coral,” “City of Ghosts” and “Cries From Syria” have been nominated as the best nonfiction film of 2017 by the Producers Guild of America, the PGA announced on Monday.

Earth: One Amazing Day,” “Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower” and “The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee” were also nominated in the Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures category.

For the first time, the category was expanded from five to seven nominees.

The winner will be revealed at the Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 20, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
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'Murder on the Orient Express' Sequel in the Works (Exclusive)

'Murder on the Orient Express' Sequel in the Works (Exclusive)
After first taking the train, Twentieth Century Fox is now readying to hop on a riverboat cruise.

On the heels of Murder on the Orient Express, Fox is staying in the Agatha Christie business by putting into development Death on the Nile, its next Hercule Poirot mystery.

Michael Green, who adapted the screenplay for Orient Express, is penning the script, and while there is no deal currently in place, five-time Oscar nominee Kenneth Branagh is expected to return as director and reprise his role as Poirot.

Death on the Nile, first published in 1937, saw the detective on a vacation...
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Kenneth Branagh, Anna Friel Take Home International Emmy Awards

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Kenneth Branagh, Anna Friel Take Home International Emmy Awards
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 2017 International Emmy Awards on Monday, awarding “Wallander” star Kenneth Branagh and “Marcella’s” Anna Friel in the top acting categories. The awards ceremony was held at the New York Hilton on Monday night and was hosted by comedian Maz Jobrani. Among the 12 awards handed out on Monday was the International Emmy Directorate Award, which went to Grupo Televisa President, CEO and Chairman Emilio Azcárraga Jean. Other winners included the Steve Coogan’s “Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle,” the Norwegian crime drama “Mammon II” and the documentary “Exodus: Our Journey to Europe.
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Charlie Rose Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Eight Women

Charlie Rose Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Eight Women
Television icon Charlie Rose has become the latest media star to be accused of sexual misconduct, with eight women telling the Washington Post that the longtime PBS newsman made unwanted sexual advances towards them while they were employees or sought work. “It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior,” Rose told the Post. “I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that,” he said, adding: “I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too.
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‘Coco’ Review: Pixar’s Journey Down Mexico Way Pays Colorful, Moving Tribute to Family

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‘Coco’ Review: Pixar’s Journey Down Mexico Way Pays Colorful, Moving Tribute to Family
If an animated movie is going to offer children a way to process death, it’s hard to envision a more spirited, touching and breezily entertaining example than “Coco,” Pixar’s full-throttled foray into the intricately celebratory world of Mexico’s annual remembrance festival Día de los Muertos. In unfurling a story of dreams and curses, tradition and redemption, all experienced via the otherworldly adventures of a musically-inclined village boy named Miguel, the animation juggernaut has once more shown how its storytelling acumen and visual splendors are still the surest dance partners in movies today. Though Pixar has been at the top of the.
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How Internet Cat Videos Paved the Way for Oscar Contender ‘Kedi’

How Internet Cat Videos Paved the Way for Oscar Contender ‘Kedi’
This interview about “Kedi” first appeared in the Race Begins issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine. Some of the most fascinating characters in this year’s Oscar-contending documentaries aren’t even human. Ceyda Torun’s “Kedi,” for instance, is a look at some of the street cats who roam free in Istanbul, a phenomenon that has been taking place for centuries – and its feline stars Bengu, Deniz, Duman and more are as indelible as any people you’ll meet in 2017’s non-fiction films. “Growing up in Turkey, we had two TV channels when I was a kid,” Torun told TheWrap.
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From ‘This Is Us’ to ‘Mom': The 6 TV Shows With More Viewers Than Last Year (Photos)

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From ‘This Is Us’ to ‘Mom': The 6 TV Shows With More Viewers Than Last Year (Photos)
These days, it is rare for a TV show to grow its audience year over year, but miracles — and sophomore smash hits like “This Is Us” — do happen. Thus far this season, six broadcast series are averaging more total viewers than they did to the same point in Fall 2017. Check out half of them below. Also Read: 21 Shows You Can Binge Watch Over the Thanksgiving Holiday (Photos) Show: “Bob’s Burgers” Net: Fox This season’s viewer average: 3.366 million Last season’s viewer average: 3.157 million Change: +7% Show: “This Is Us” Net: NBC This season’s viewer average: 15.344 million Last season
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‘Marvel’s Runaways': James Marsters on Relationship With ‘Son’ Gregg Sulkin and Being the Set Nerd

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‘Marvel’s Runaways': James Marsters on Relationship With ‘Son’ Gregg Sulkin and Being the Set Nerd
James Marsters and Gregg Sulkin have textbook father-son issues in Hulu’s new superhero series, “Marvel’s Runaways.” But, as usual, it makes for great television. Marsters plays tortured genius Victor Stein, father to Sulkin’s character Chase, one of the six teens on the show who band together after realizing that their parents have been lying to them all their lives about being evil. But, be that messy situation as it may, off-screen, the two have a really great dynamic. “What’s been really, really great is Gregg is a lot like me, in that he is heavily invested in acting,
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Andy Serkis Joins Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron in ‘Flarsky’

Andy Serkis Joins Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron in ‘Flarsky’
Andy Serkis is joining Lionsgate’s Charlize Theron-Seth Rogen feature film “Flarsky,” portraying a media mogul who employs Rogen’s journalist character.

Flarsky” is directed by Jonathan Levine from Dan Sterling’s script. The comedy is currently shooting in Montreal. Lionsgate has set a Feb. 9, 2019, release date.

Rogen is playing the titular Fred Flarsky, battered by his own misfortune and self-destructive ways, who endeavors to pursue Theron’s character — his childhood crush and babysitter, who now happens to be the U.S. Secretary of State and is one of the most unattainable women on earth.

Serkis portrayed the lead character Caesar in Fox’s “War for the Planet of the Apes.” He made his directorial debut on “Breathe,” starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, and is in post-production on the live-action “Jungle Book,” which Warner Bros. will open on Oct. 19.

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Hp CEO Meg Whitman Announces She’ll Step Down in 2018

Hewlett Packard announced on Tuesday Chief Executive Meg Whitman is stepping down from her post in early 2018, after six years at the helm. Hp President Antonio Neri will succeed her as the company’s next CEO in Feb. 2018. “Today, Hewlett Packard moves forward as four industry-leading companies that are each well positioned to win in their respective markets,” Whitman said in a statement. “Now is the right time for Antonio and a new generation of leaders to take the reins of Hpe. I have tremendous confidence that they will continue to build a great company that will thrive well into.
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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine': Holt Interrogates Squad in Missing Thanksgiving Pie Caper (Exclusive Video)

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine': Holt Interrogates Squad in Missing Thanksgiving Pie Caper (Exclusive Video)
You don’t steal a man’s Thanksgiving dessert — you just don’t. On Tuesday, someone on the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” squad is going down for absconding with Captain Holt’s (Andre Braugher) baked goods. Every year, Holt and Kevin (guest star Marc Evan Jackson) buy a very special holiday pie. Tonight, when it goes missing, the big boss man interrogates the entire precinct to find out who the culprit is. Watch TheWrap‘s exclusive sneak-peek video from the whodunnit half-hour above. Also Read: 'La to Vegas', 'The Resident' Get January Premiere Dates From Fox Elsewhere in the borough, Jake (Andy Samberg
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Dan Harmon on ‘Community’ Movie: Justin Lin and I Are ‘Trying’ to Make It Happen

Dan Harmon on ‘Community’ Movie: Justin Lin and I Are ‘Trying’ to Make It Happen
Will “Community” fans’ long-held dream of “six seasons and a movie” finally come to fruition? Dan Harmon, who created the heralded comedy series that signed off in June 2015 after Season 6, told TheWrap that the show’s long-hoped-for feature film may still happen. Harmon’s optimism remains alive due in part to a number of individuals who worked on the show and now hold considerable clout in Hollywood. This includes “Community” executive producers Joe and Anthony Russo, who directed the show’s pilot before helming such high-profile movies as “Captain America: Civil War” and the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War.” Also Read: 'Rick and Morty'.
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Watch a New James Toback Accuser’s Film About Being Harassed (Exclusive)

Watch a New James Toback Accuser’s Film About Being Harassed (Exclusive)
Filmmaker Dani Alvarado is one of many women who say a professional meeting with James Toback devolved into the writer-director making humiliating sexual advances. But she may be the first woman to make a film recounting the experience. What happened between her and Toback, as she describes it, became the opening scene of Alvarado’s short film “Lost Beneath The Stars.” And while it premiered at the Warsaw Film Festival last month, Alvarado hasn’t named the harassing director depicted in it until now. (Watch the clip exclusively above.) Numerous attempts to reach Toback for comment were unsuccessful. Alvarado said her encounter with Toback took.
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Diverse Independent Spirit Nominations Boost Some Oscar Contenders, Not Others

Diverse Independent Spirit Nominations Boost Some Oscar Contenders, Not Others
The always-idiosyncratic Film Independent Spirit Awards juries are not in the awards-season business. While other entities may take pride in how their selections mirror Oscar nominations down the line, the Spirits have a different agenda. It gives credit where it thinks it’s due, and raises awareness for many low-budget independent titles. If that happens to help your Oscar game, so much the better.

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No need to worry about Spirit top dogs “Call Me By Your Name” (six nods, Sony Pictures Classics), “Get Out” (five nods, Blumhouse/Universal), and “Lady Bird” (four nods, A24) which are well on their way to Oscar recognition and dominated the Indie Spirit field with multiple nominations including the crucial Best Feature.

A24 blazed with an astounding 17 nominations over eight features: “Lady Bird” and “Good Time” took four including Feature, “The Florida Project” and
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