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Thanksgiving Box Office: ‘Black Panther 2’ Feasts on 64M as ‘Strange World’ Flops With 18.6M

Thanksgiving Box Office: ‘Black Panther 2’ Feasts on 64M as ‘Strange World’ Flops With 18.6M
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In a troubled start for the year-end holiday season, the feast at the 2022 Thanksgiving box office was among the most paltry in years as a varied menu of new movies largely failed to entice mainstream moviegoers.

The big exception was Marvel Studios and Disney’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which stayed atop the five-day holiday chart box office — Wednesday-Sunday — with a hearty domestic gross of 64 million from 4,258 theaters for a global cume north of 675 million.

Conversely, Disney Animation’s Strange World bombed with a five-day opening of 18.6 million after receiving a mediocre B CinemaScore. That’s the worst opening for a Disney Animation Thanksgiving title in modern times after getting pummeled by poor word-of-mouth, and the first of the studio’s to earn anything less than an A- grade from CinemaScore.

Disney Animation titles have become a Thanksgiving staple. Last year, Encanto posted
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Albert Pyun, Director of Cult Films ‘Cyborg’ and ‘The Sword and the Sorcerer,’ Dies at 69

Albert Pyun, Director of Cult Films ‘Cyborg’ and ‘The Sword and the Sorcerer,’ Dies at 69
Albert Pyun, the prolific director of low-budget B-movies ranging from “The Sword and the Sorcerer” to “Cyborg” to a 1992 direct-to-video version of “Captain America,” died Saturday at age 69, according to a Facebook book from his wife and producer, Cynthia Curran.

“I sat with him for his last breath that sounded like he was releasing the weight of the world,” Curran wrote. Several years ago, Pyun was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and dementia.

Born in Hawaii, Pyun got his start in film after meeting Japanese star Toshiro Mifune, who brought him to Japan to intern on a TV series he was doing. After working as a commercial film editor for several years, then moved to Los Angeles and took his shot on the 1982 low-budget fantasy film called “The Sword and the Sorcerer.”

The film became a low-budget smash, grossing 39 million and earning Richard Lynch a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor.
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Box Office: Netflix’s ‘Glass Onion’ Slays in Limited Release With Estimated 15 Million

Box Office: Netflix’s ‘Glass Onion’ Slays in Limited Release With Estimated 15 Million
Netflix is staying tight-lipped about the box office performance of “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.” However, sources speculate the well-reviewed whodunit scored in its special theatrical release, earning as much as 15 million during its week-long run in roughly 600 theaters.

Based on informed estimates, the sequel to 2019’s “Knives Out” brought in 13 million over the extended Thanksgiving holiday frame, translating to a robust 19,000 per-theater-average. More than 9 million of that figure came over the weekend. That means “Glass Onion” would have placed third on domestic box office charts, following “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and Disney’s “Strange World”, had Netflix actually reported box office figures. And those films were playing in six times as many theaters.

Netflix declined to comment on this article. Some rival studios pegged Netflix’s results as slightly lower at 12 million for the five-day holiday.

Glass Onion” — which brings back Daniel Craig’s quirky sleuth Benoit Blanc
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Oprah’s Favorite Things 2022 List Is Filled With Gift-Ready Finds on Sale During Cyber Monday

Oprah’s Favorite Things 2022 List Is Filled With Gift-Ready Finds on Sale During Cyber Monday
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Nothing kicks off the holiday shopping season like Oprah Winfrey’s annual Favorite Things list. The media mogul has revealed her top gift-ready picks of 2022, once again focusing on small businesses, including “family-run, local makers, Bipoc- and woman-founded” companies.

This year’s selection includes 104 items for every type of giftee across a range of categories and budgets, with plenty of finds under 50. Among the items to score Winfrey’s starry stamp of approval are affordable stocking stuffers for beauty buffs, a slew of Hollywood-loved products (such as Therabody’s travel-friendly Theragun Mini 2.0 massager), gourmet gifts for foodies (think decadent chocolates and a cool spice grinder), fashionable finds from Girlfriend Collective and Sterling Forever, cool tech gifts from Meta and Ray-Ban
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Mark Burnett Exits as MGM Worldwide TV Group Chairman

Mark Burnett Exits as MGM Worldwide TV Group Chairman
Mark Burnett, chairman of worldwide television group at MGM, has officially tendered his resignation following the storied studio’s 8.5 billion acquisition by Amazon in March. He becomes the latest executive departure, following motion picture group chairman Michael De Luca and motion picture group president Pam Abdy’s departures in April.

MGM chief operating officer Christopher Brearton is now the sole exec left from the interim leadership structure set up by Amazon back in March.

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In a memo to staffers, Burnett wrote, “As I step away from day to day management and back into independently creating and innovating, I will continue to oversee my legacy series and be available to all of you and to Amazon for guidance and support.”

The departure is not surprising, given the producer was best known for overseeing unscripted hits like CBS’ “Survivor,” NBC’s
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James Gunn: ‘Some’ Standalone DC Projects Will Still Exist Outside of a DC Universe That Connects Film, TV, Animation and Games

James Gunn: ‘Some’ Standalone DC Projects Will Still Exist Outside of a DC Universe That Connects Film, TV, Animation and Games
James Gunn is the new co-chairman and co-ceo of DC Studios along with Peter Safran, and he confirmed during a Twitter Q&a with fans that the DC Universe under his watch will be connected across film, television, animation and video games. But that doesn’t mean Gunn and Safran are putting a ban on standalone projects that exist outside of the larger, interconnected Dcu. In recent years, the animated series “Harley Quinn” and films such as the Joaquin Phoenix-starring “Joker” and Robert Pattinson-starring “The Batman” have told DC stories separate from that of the main DC Universe.

“Yes, some,” Gunn answered when a fan asked, “Will there still be some standalone animation or live-action shows that take place in separate worlds (like ‘Harley Quinn’)?”

Gunn also confirmed that he is planning to give more DC characters their own television series in order to build out the DC Universe,
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Sophia Bush and Hilarie Burton Claim ‘One Tree Hill’ Creator Threatened Their Jobs Over ‘Maxim’ Shoot, Told Bethany Joy Lenz She Was ’Too Fat’

Sophia Bush and Hilarie Burton Claim ‘One Tree Hill’ Creator Threatened Their Jobs Over ‘Maxim’ Shoot, Told Bethany Joy Lenz She Was ’Too Fat’
Hilarie Burton, Sophia Bush and Bethany Joy Lenz are opening up about more of their experiences on “One Tree Hill,” specifically the “Maxim” storyline in Season 4. During Monday’s episode of their “Drama Queens” podcast, they recap the fourth episode of the season, during which Brooke (Bush) takes photos of Rachel (Danneel Ackles) for Maxim magazine.

The episode aired in October 2006, one month before Bush, Burton and Ackles landed their own cover of Maxim magazine — but didn’t actually want to do it. At the time, they explained, the show was trying to draw in more male viewers by bringing
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Mark Burnett Exits MGM, Producer Vows Return to ‘Independently Creating and Innovating’

Mark Burnett Exits MGM, Producer Vows Return to ‘Independently Creating and Innovating’
Mark Burnett has formally resigned from his top leadership role at MGM, a move that comes 10 months after Amazon closed its 8.5 billion acquisition of the studio.

Burnett’s departure from the MGM fold is not a surprise. The producer, known for enduring unscripted hits including CBS’ “Survivor,” NBC’s “The Voice” and ABC’s “Shark Tank,” has not served as a conventional TV executive during his nine years with MGM and was not expected to stick around after the sale.

Moreover, as a significant equity holder in MGM, Burnett profited handsomely from the Amazon deal. In the nine years since he first sold his One Three Media production banner to MGM, Burnett has reaped an estimated 900 million.

In a memo to MGM staffers, Burnett said he intended to pursue new ventures as a producer. He also emphasized that he worked hard to ensure that MGM TV’s roughly 150 staffers were
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Mark Burnett Exits MGM, Producer Vows Return to ‘Independently Creating and Innovating’

Mark Burnett Exits MGM, Producer Vows Return to ‘Independently Creating and Innovating’
Mark Burnett has formally resigned from his top leadership role at MGM, a move that comes 10 months after Amazon closed its 8.5 billion acquisition of the studio.

Burnett’s departure from the MGM fold is not a surprise. The producer, known for enduring unscripted hits including CBS’ “Survivor,” NBC’s “The Voice” and ABC’s “Shark Tank,” has not served as a conventional TV executive during his nine years with MGM and was not expected to stick around after the sale.

Moreover, as a significant equity holder in MGM, Burnett profited handsomely from the Amazon deal. In the nine years since
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Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Promotes Three Execs, Adds Director of Development

Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Promotes Three Execs, Adds Director of Development
Lena Waithe’s production company Hillman Grad has promoted Rocio Melara, Travis Ing and Sylvia Carrasco to executive ranks in addition to hiring Garry Harris in a newly created director of development position.

Melara will now serve as vice president of film and TV after first joining Hillman Grad in 2019 as a development executive. She began her career in the commercial space before going on to work for Mad House Entertainment, Di Bonaventura Pictures and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour. Along with her current development slate, Melara has served as a producer on the BET comedy series “Twenties” and an
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Mark Burnett Departing as Head of MGM Worldwide TV

Mark Burnett Departing as Head of MGM Worldwide TV
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Mark Burnett, MGM’s head of worldwide television group chairman, is leaving the company following the studio’s acquisition by Amazon.

The executive and reality producer said he was stepping away from MGM TV’s “day to day management” and returning to “independently creating and innovating” and plans to continue to oversee his legacy programs.

Burnett becomes the latest high-ranking MGM executive to exit following the retail giant/streamer’s 8.5 billion deal to acquire the studio behind franchises including James Bond, Rocky/Creed and The Handmaid’s Tale. Motion picture group chairman Michael De Luca and motion picture group president Pam Abdy also exited their roles April 27.

The news comes after Amazon officially closed its acquisition of MGM. Like De Luca and Abdy’s exits, Burnett’s departure was in some ways expected as industry observers questioned how the reality kingpin behind hits including Survivor,
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Freddie Ross Hancock, British Publicist, Dies at 92

Freddie Ross Hancock, British Publicist, Dies at 92
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Freddie Ross Hancock, the British marketing consultant and publicist who represented Sophia Loren, Julie Andrews, Benny Hill, Theodore Bikel and Jim Dale and helped bring the British Academy of Film and Television Arts to New York, has died. She was 92.

Ross Hancock died Sunday at her home in Manhattan, friend and former Warner Bros. executive Luke Fontneau announced.

Another of her clients was popular English comedian and actor Tony Hancock. They began a romantic relationship in 1957 while he was married and wed in December 1965, but soon after she filed for divorce, he died by suicide in 1968 at age 44.

After Hancock’s death, she moved to the U.S., where she worked as an acquisitions executive for American Video Films, served as vice chairman of the U.S. wing of the Royal Television Society and consulted for companies including Miramax.

She was honored as
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Kendrick Lamar On ‘Wanting to Bring the Drama’ to His Live Action Short Oscar Contender ‘We Cry Together’ With Taylour Paige

Kendrick Lamar On ‘Wanting to Bring the Drama’ to His Live Action Short Oscar Contender ‘We Cry Together’ With Taylour Paige
For Kendrick Lamar’s “We Cry Together” short film, it was crucial that the visuals captured the vulnerability and toxicity of a relationship in an intimate space.

“It challenged me to actually live in what I was writing, and really be there and be present with Taylour [Paige],” Lamar said. “And I remember us going back and forth and feeling like, damn, I understand this character even more because I’m evoking the energy from it and the passion from it because it’s alive, and it’s direct.”

Directed by Free, Lamar and Jake Schreier, “We Cry Together” follows Lamar in a heated argument with his partner, played by “Zola” star Taylour Paige. The video features the theatrical song from his fifth album, “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers.” The immersive experience was shot in one single take with live vocal tracks.

“We Cry Together” is among the many films hoping
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The Best 4K TVs for Watching Sports on Sale for Cyber Monday

The Best 4K TVs for Watching Sports on Sale for Cyber Monday
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Some of the best screens are designed to bring your favorite blockbusters to life, but watching fast-paced games is a different story. The best TVs for sports let you keep track of lightning-fast athletes, race cars and more — and while watching sports at home is a different experience than sitting courtside or ringside, today’s state-of-the-art TVs offer features such as wide-screen viewing, Dolby Vision and immersive Dolby Atmos that make you feel as if you’re in the middle of the game or match.

Cord cutter sports fans have no shortage of options for watching NFL, NBA, NCAA, MLB and other games online, including Thursday Night Football on Prime Video and Friday Night Baseball on Apple TV+. For sports fans,
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Nancy Pelosi Doc From Daughter Alexandra Pelosi Gets HBO Release Date

Nancy Pelosi Doc From Daughter Alexandra Pelosi Gets HBO Release Date
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Documentary filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi’s film about her politico mother has a release date.

After CNN announced Alexandra had been working on a documentary about her mother last month, HBO revealed on Monday that the Journeys With George filmmaker’s latest film, Pelosi in the House, will examine Nancy Pelosi’s time in Congress and was shot over the course of three decades. Premiering Dec. 13 on HBO and HBO Max, the film will chronicle Nancy’s time as a public figure from her ascension to Congress in 1987 until President Biden’s Inauguration in 2021, touching on her efforts to pass the Affordable Care Act and the Covid-19 relief package.

Breaking in to politics as a volunteer organizer, Nancy was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1987, representing San Francisco’s 5th District. Climbing the ranks over the course of her decades-long career, Nancy
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Legendary Entertainment Formalizes Sony Deal After Cutting Ties With Warner Bros.

Legendary Entertainment Formalizes Sony Deal After Cutting Ties With Warner Bros.
Legendary Entertainment, the production company behind “Dune” and “Godzilla vs. Kong,” has cut ties with Warner Bros. and entered a multi-year worldwide film distribution partnership with Sony Pictures.

Under the new agreement, Sony will market and distribute Legendary’s upcoming theatrical motion picture titles. However, select existing projects at Legendary are exempt from the pact, meaning Warner Bros. Pictures is still backing “Dune: Part Two.” The sequel to 2021’s sci-fi adaptation “Dune” is currently in production and slated for release on Nov. 3, 2023.

In a press release, Sony Pictures and Legendary emphasized that the companies are aligned in their “ongoing commitment to theatrical distribution as a driver for other ‘downstream’ windows and the theatrical window’s long-term value for films.”

That sentiment may be a not-so-subtle nod to Legendary’s public spat with Warner Bros. in late 2020. At the time, the production company threatened to take legal action over Warners.’ decision
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Legendary Pictures Finds New Home at Sony

Legendary Pictures Finds New Home at Sony
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Legendary Entertainment — Hollywood’s high-profile producer and co-financier of big-budget studio fare — has found a new partner in Sony Pictures.

Under the terms of the deal, Legendary’s movies will be distributed and marketed globally by Sony, excluding China, where Legendary East will handle those duties. Sony will also handle home entertainment and TV distribution for those films. Sony does not have a streaming service, and Legendary will continue to partner with other companies for streaming, as it has with Netflix on the Enola Holmes films.

The pact does not include the Dune or Godzilla franchises, which will continue to be released by Warner Bros., Legendary’s previous partner. Dune: Part Two is due out from Warners on Nov. 3, 2023.

There is no formal deal for Sony to co-finance Legendary films, though it’s possible the two could explore that option down the road.
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Sony Pictures, Legendary to Launch Global Film Distribution Partnership

Sony Pictures, Legendary to Launch Global Film Distribution Partnership
Legendary Entertainment and Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group have launched a multiyear worldwide film distribution partnership pursuant to which Sony Pictures will market and distribute Legendary’s new upcoming theatrical film titles, the companies said Monday.

Legendary and Sony Pictures are aligned in their ongoing commitment to theatrical distribution as a driver for other “downstream” windows and the theatrical window’s long-term value for films.

As part of the pact, Sony Pictures will market and distribute new Legendary theatrical releases worldwide excluding China, where Legendary East will handle all marketing and distribution activities. Sony Pictures will also handle home entertainment and TV distribution for the titles it releases. Legendary retains the option to produce and distribute feature film content for streaming platforms.

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Legendary will also continue to remain in business with Warner Bros. Pictures on select existing titles including
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How to Watch the 2022 Gotham Awards

How to Watch the 2022 Gotham Awards
The 32nd annual Gotham Awards will take place Monday evening at an in-person event held at New York’s Cipriani Wall Street, the same venue where this year’s nominations were announced. The red carpet will commence at 7 p.m. Et, which will then be followed by the ceremony.

The event is being live-streamed online right here (below) and also at the Gotham Film & Media Institute’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

In one of the evening’s most anticipated moments, Adam Sandler will receive a performer tribute in honor of his decorated career as an actor and comic. The 56-year-old’s first television appearance was on “The Cosby Show” in 1987 and he went on to launch to stardom as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” Sandler’s recent performances in 2017’s “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” and 2019’s “Uncut Gems” earned him best actor nominations at the Gothams.
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How to Watch the 2022 Gotham Awards

How to Watch the 2022 Gotham Awards
The 32nd annual Gotham Awards will take place Monday evening at an in-person event held at New York’s Cipriani Wall Street, the same venue where this year’s nominations were announced. The red carpet will commence at 7 p.m. Et, which will then be followed by the ceremony.

The event is being live-streamed online right here (below) and also at the Gotham Film & Media Institute’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

In one of the evening’s most anticipated moments, Adam Sandler will receive a performer tribute in honor of his decorated career as an actor and comic.
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