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Actor and Activist Rodney Kageyama Dies at 77

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Actor and Activist Rodney Kageyama Dies at 77
Actor, activist and influentials member of the Japanese American community, Rodney Kageyama, died in his sleep Dec. 9. He was 77.

The SAG member was known for roles in “Karate Kid IV” with Hillary Swank, Ron Howard’s film “Gung Ho” and the spinoff sitcom, and the TV movie “Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes” with Max Von Sydow.

Kageyama was an important activist for the Asian American community. He was a regular emcee in downtown Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, and was praised for using his voice to advocate for Asian American representation in the entertainment industry. A member of several social activist groups and community organizations, Kageyama was associated with The Asian American Pacific Artists Association, The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (Cape), East West Players, The Japanese American National Museum, and Nisei Week Japanese Festival.

Before he moved to Los Angeles in 1979, Kageyama began his acting career in San Francisco
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‘Spider-Verse’ Catching $36M, ‘The Mule’ Carrying Near $18M, ‘Mortal Engines’ Fails To Start With $7M+

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‘Spider-Verse’ Catching $36M, ‘The Mule’ Carrying Near $18M, ‘Mortal Engines’ Fails To Start With $7M+
Estimates see Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse with a solid weekend start of $36M after a $12.6M Friday at 3,813 theaters, and sources are eager to see how this A+ CinemaScore, 5-Star PostTrak-received film performs on Saturday when matinees kick in.

There’s anticipation that Spider-Verse could very well go higher (just look at its awesome 80% definite recommend in PostTrak exits), and if it doesn’t, then the pic will enjoy a great multiple well past the holiday season. Though Universal/Illumination’s Sing debuted on the Wednesday before Christmas two years ago, its 3-day of $35.2M yielded a 7.6 multiple with a final domestic take of $270.3M.

Says social media monitor RelishMix about the pic’s fantastic word of mouth, “fans are excited for this unique look on the comic book creation with its multiple universe storyline. Others are stoked not only by the unique animation look,
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'Aquaman' Hits $152 Million at International Box Office

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'Aquaman' Hits $152 Million at International Box Office
Warner Bros.’ tentpole “Aquaman” has taken in $152 million overseas in 36 markets, with $135 million of that from China, where it opened on Dec. 7.

The Jason Momoa vehicle has become the highest China grosser in the DC Universe and surpassed the lifetime grosses of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Black Panther” in the Middle Kingdom. Mexico debuted with $1.4 million on Thursday on 3,517 screens while Russia and Brazil each took in $1.3 million.

Indonesia has taken in $2.2 million in two days and the U.K. generated $1.8 million in two days of previews. Taiwan’s two-day total is $1.4 million and the Philippines generated $1.1 million. In the U.S., Amazon Prime is holding advance screenings of “Aquaman” on Dec. 15 amid expectations of a $65 million opening weekend in North America on Dec.
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Jennifer Lawrence Blisters Harvey Weinstein’s “Predatory Tactics”

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Jennifer Lawrence Blisters Harvey Weinstein’s “Predatory Tactics”
Hours after the latest lawsuit to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault was made public both the disgraced producer and Jennifer Lawrence have responded to complaint – in very different manners.

“My heart breaks for all the women who were victimized by Harvey Weinstein,” the Oscar winner and X-Men alum said in a statement on Friday. Filed on December 12 in Los Angeles Superior Court, the Jane Doe of the six-claim unspecified damages seeking action accuses Weinstein of repeatedly forcing himself upon her. The jury requesting complaint also alleges that in his promises of movie roles for Jane Doe, Weinstein boasted that he had an affair with Lawrence and implied that is why she won the Academy Award.

“I have never had anything but a professional relationship with him,” Lawrence asserted today of the real nature of her interaction with Weinstein. “This is yet another example of the predatory
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Benicio del Toro to Voice Swiper the Fox in "Dora the Explorer" Live-Action Film

Benicio del Toro to Voice Swiper the Fox in
Benicio del Toro has closed a deal to provide the voice of Swiper the Fox in the "Dora the Explorer" live-action movie.

The film, based on the Nickelodeon TV series from Paramount Players, wrapped production in Australia two weeks ago, but del Toro’s role is a CG character, which explains the late casting.

Del Toro joins a cast that includes Isabela Moner as a slightly older teenage Dora, alongside Michael Peña and Eva Longoria as her parents, and Eugenio Derbez and Temuera Morrison.
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’: Let’s Talk about that Post-Credits Gag

Spoilers ahead for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. If you stick through the credits in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, you’ll get a fun joke involving yet another Spider-Man. This time around, it’s Spider-Man 2099. The character was introduced in the comics in 1992, and he’s voiced in the film by none other than Oscar Isaac. Like other 2099 creations, Spider-Man 2099 has his own weird origin. Per Wikipedia: His secret alter ego is Miguel O'Hara, a brilliant geneticist living in New York in the year 2099 A.D. who is …
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Charlie Brown and New ‘Peanuts’ Specials Are Coming to Apple

Fire up the Vince Guaraldi music: new Peanuts specials and series are headed to Apple. Charlie Brown, Snoopy and all the other giant-headed children will be headed to Apple’s upcoming streaming service. New specials include short-form Stem content, featuring Snoopy in space. According to Deadline, Apple has signed a deal with Dhx Media to […]

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Vox Lux’: Stream Scott Walker and Sia’s One-of-a-Kind Soundtrack

Vox Lux’: Stream Scott Walker and Sia’s One-of-a-Kind Soundtrack
Vox Lux” isn’t a musical, but it certainly is musical. Brady Corbet’s pop-star drama stars Natalie Portman as a singer who’s been compared to everyone from Lady Gaga to Kanye West, though the actual score comes courtesy of Scott Walker (who also worked on Corbet’s “The Childhood of a Leader”) with original songs by Sia. Like the film itself, their collaboration is a memorable mix of catchy beats and dissonant tones — and can now be streamed on Spotify. Listen below.

The film begins with a Columbine-esque school shooting set in 1999, which Celeste (played by Raffey Cassidy as a child and Portman as an adult) survives despite suffering life-threatening injuries. She writes a song about her experience, launching an unexpected career that makes her a global superstar — so much so, in fact, that terrorists eventually carry out a shooting of their own while donning masks made famous
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European Film Awards Handed Out (Live and Updating)

European Film Awards Handed Out (Live and Updating)
Pawel Pawlikowski scooped best director and screenplay for “Cold War” at the 31st edition of the European Film Awards, which is being hosted Saturday evening in Seville, Spain.

“Cold War” also won best actress for Joanna Kulig. The 1950s-set black-and-white romance drama competed at Cannes Film Festival where it won best director.

Marcello Fonte, the star of Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman,” won best actor. “Dogman” and “Cold War” are among the films that dominated the awards nominations, along with Alice Rohrwacher’s “Happy as Lazzaro,” Lukas Dhont’s “Girl” and Ali Abbasi’s “Border,” all of which world premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

Armando Iannucci’s political satire “The Death of Stalin” won best European comedy. Adapted from the French graphic novel by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin, “The Death of Stalin” is a comic look at how Joseph Stalin’s stroke in 1953 threw the Ussr into chaos and
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Getting the Job, Learning from The Master and Goodfellas, and Shooting with Cleaner Glass: Cinematographer Sean Porter Talks Green Book

Viggo Mortensen always seemed like the kind of actor who would insist on eating a dozen hot dogs in a scene if his character did the same. Green Book cinematographer Sean Porter confirmed those suspicions. “We shot a hot dog eating contest and Viggo was cramming them in at full speed every take,” laughs Porter. Green Book provided Mortensen (and his digestive system) with ample opportunities to display that kind of commitment to authenticity. In the based-in-fact story, Mortensen plays Tony Vallelonga, a Bronx bouncer with a penchant for gluttony who accepts a job driving a refined piano virtuoso (played […]
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Clip and Featurette Focus on Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep

Mary Poppins Returns is going to sing and dance its way into movie theaters in just a few days, and Disney has unveiled another new clip that shows why Emily Blunt is truly the perfect person to take on this classic role. Oh, and there’s also a featurette about Mary Poppins’ cousin Topsy, who’s played by Meryl […]

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Here’s What’s New to and Leaving Hulu in January 2019

Hulu has revealed what will be comin' and goin' in January 2019, and there is some fantastic news for anyone who isn't caught up on TV's best comedy-drama, Atlanta. Season 2 of Donald Glover's FX series will hit the streaming service on January 1, which marks your chance to finally experience the ultra-surreal madcap mind-trip that is "Teddy Perkins", or the masterful showcase episode for Brian Tyree Henry, "Woods". Also on the TV front, the second season of Seth Rogen and Evan Golberg's original series Future Man arrives on January 11. [caption id="…
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Terry Crews Is Hosting a Live, 24-Hour Christmas Painting Session — Watch

Terry Crews Is Hosting a Live, 24-Hour Christmas Painting Session — Watch
Anyone who misses Bob Ross and loves Terry Crews will be pleased to learn that the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star is holding a live, 24-hour painting session. NBC is airing “A Very Terry Christmas: Cozy 24-Hour Painting Sesh with Terry Crews” on YouTube at this very moment, and although some trickery is involved and the actor isn’t actually taking brush to canvas for a full day, the illusion is convincing enough.

A visit to NBC’s website reveals what we’re watching is in fact a 42-minute video played on a loop. Crews certainly knows what he’s doing, not only as a painter — his color mixing is especially impressive — but as a low-key host. He takes a cue from Ross in saying things like, “Ooh, don’t you just love a blue sky? A pretty, Christmas-y blue sky.”

Over the last year, the actor has become an unexpected part
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‘Aquaman’ Soundtrack Features Pitbull Covering Toto’s ‘Africa’ For Some Reason

‘Aquaman’ Soundtrack Features Pitbull Covering Toto’s ‘Africa’ For Some Reason
Quick – when you think of Aquaman, what’s the first song that immediately springs to mind? Whatever song you just thought of, I can almost guarantee that it wasn’t “Africa” by Toto. But that’s the song you’re going to hear in the film when James Wan‘s Aquaman washes into theaters on December 21. Sort of. Mr. Worldwide […]

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How ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Paid Tribute to Stan Lee

How ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Paid Tribute to Stan Lee
[Editor’s note: The following article contains spoilers for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”]

The passing of Stan Lee last month also meant the end of the comic-book icon’s famous cameos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is the first movie based on one of Lee’s creations to be released since his death at the age of 95, and though not technically part of the McU, it does indeed feature a scene with him.

In it, Lee plays the owner of a costume shop who sells Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) his first Spider-Man suit. The burgeoning superhero isn’t sure it will fit, but Lee’s character winks before assuring him, “It always fits eventually” and pointing at a no-refunds sign.

“We always wanted to honor his legacy and Steve Ditko’s legacy as the godparents of this character,” “Spider-Verse” producer Chris Miller told Entertainment Weekly. “The movie itself was supposed to feel like
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Jennifer Lawrence Slams Weinstein’s ‘Predatory Tactics’ in Response to Lewd Claim

Jennifer Lawrence Slams Weinstein’s ‘Predatory Tactics’ in Response to Lewd Claim
In a new lawsuit brought against Harvey Weinstein yesterday, a woman identified only as Jane Doe accuses the disgraced former mogul of sexually assaulting her and threatening to damage her career if she refused. The suit further alleges that, during a 2013 meeting, Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on the woman; as she began to cry, he asked, “Do you even want to be an actress?” before adding, “I slept with Jennifer Lawrence and look where she is; she has just won an Oscar.”

In response, Lawrence has rebuffed that claim and condemned Weinstein’s actions. “My heart breaks for all the women who were victimized by Harvey Weinstein,” the actress said in a statement. “I have never had anything but a professional relationship with him. This is yet another example of the predatory tactics and lies that he engaged in to lure countless women.” Lawrence won an Academy Award for
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The Best Movie Scenes of 2018

The Best Movie Scenes of 2018
When we think back on a movie that transported us, we often focus on a great scene — or maybe the greatest scene — in it. It’s natural. Those scenes are more than just defining. They can be the moment that lifts a movie into the stratosphere, that takes it to the higher reaches of our imagination — and, just as important, keeps it there. Here are 12 scenes from the movies of 2018 that did that without peer.

1. Jackson and Ally’s performance of “Shallow” in “A Star Is Born

When Jackson invites Ally on-stage to perform a song she’s written, the two don’t just sing together. They merge, in a scene so romantically transporting it creates a tingle of ecstasy that ripples right through your heart.

2. The family-on-the-beach embrace in “Roma

Alfonso Cuarón’s celebrated drama is not a movie of hugs, yet it has a single sublime one, rooted
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Friday Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Thwips Toward $40 Million

Miles Morales' first big-screen adventure is turning into a money-maker for Sony, as the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse stuck $12.6 million on Friday night, with estimates pointing toward a $35-40 million opening weekend. Any debut in that range would mark the highest animated opening of all time for the month of December. Spider-Verse stars The Get Down star Shameik Moore as Morales, a young Brooklynite who sees his world turned topsy-turvy when A) He's bitten by a radioactive spider, and B) a rift in reality sends alt-universe Spider-People …
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This Week In Trailers: Mega Time Squad, King of Thieves, 7 Days Out, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, Third Eye Spies

This Week In Trailers: Mega Time Squad, King of Thieves, 7 Days Out, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, Third Eye Spies
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week […]

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