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Harvey Weinstein Resigns From TWC Board As Termination Ratified In Meeting

EXCLUSIVE: Harvey Weinstein has resigned from the board of The Weinstein Company today as his brother Bob Weinstein and the other board members voted to ratify the October 8 termination of the company co-founder. Deadline has learned also that talks are ongoing in finding a resolution to the now ex-co-chair’s standing with the company, of which he owns 23%.

This comes four days after Bob Weinstein said the company wasn’t for sale and it’s business as usual at TWC, and a day after Colony Capital came to the financial rescue with an offer of a cash injection and potential asset acquisition. The reduced board met Tuesday to face an uncertain future and a besieged but battling Harvey Weinstein.

First facing an independent investigation and indefinite leave of absence, Weinstein was “terminated, effective immediately” by the four-man leadership group on October 8 after more allegations of years of sexual harassment emerged.

With the disgraced Oscar-winning producer calling in from a rehab facility in Arizona, the noon ET meeting today at the Manhattan offices of law firm Debevoise & Plimpton saw TWC chair Bob Weinstein and the remaining board members discuss the bailout proposals of the Tom Barrack founded investment group and formally address the terminating of the now ex-co-chair over a week ago.

Led by Ashley Judd going public in the explosive New York Times expose of October 5 and the New Yorker piece of October 11, dozens of women have now come forward claiming harassment and at least three accusations of rape against Weinstein. The NYPD and UK police are looking into possible complaints and the LAPD is expected to open an investigation soon. Weinstein was been shown the door by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on October 14 and the national board of directors of the Producers Guild of America voted unanimously today to expel him on Monday, as agencies, talent, lawyers and projects have run away from TWC and Weinstein in droves.

RelatedUK Police Investigating More Sexual Assault Claims Against Harvey Weinstein

Representing Harvey Weinstein today, litigator Patricia Glaser seemed set to argue that under the former co-chair’s 2015 employment contract, and the clauses it contained about handling inappropriate behavior, the board improperly tossed the co-founder in the opening days of what has become an ever-growing scandal.  Negotiated by current board member Lance Maerov, the clause called on Weinstein himself to personally pay out any settlements and fees arising from his behavior. The first time such a settlement occurred, Weinstein would be obliged to pay TWC $250,000 with the penalty cost rising to $1 million by a fourth settlement. There have allegedly been far more than four such settlements in the past two decades.

Even as TWC has been crippled by the scandal and the dozens of allegations against Weinstein, the producer still holds 23% of the company – as does his younger brother Bob. As the allegations grow, there has still not been any lawsuits against Weinstein or the company, that could be liable if company executives are found to have know about the harassment and subsequent settlements that Weinstein paid out to the likes of Rose McGowan and others.

Now the next round of talking begins with a settlement for Weinstein himself possibly in the cards.

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Avengers 4 Begins a New MCU Story Confirms James Gunn

Fans have known for quite some time that Avengers 4 will be the final movie of Marvel’s Phase 3 slate, which will, in essence, mark the culmination of the MCU as we know it. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige reiterated this in a new interview, which many fans interpreted to mean that the end of Phase 3 will be the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe all together. But that isn’t the case, according to Guardians of the Galaxy 2 director James Gunn. When asked by a fan on Twitter if the Marvel Cinematic Universe will truly “end after phase 3,” James Gunn had this to say, revealing that Avengers 4 will start a whole new story set within the MCU.

“No. Read Kevin Feige’s quotes & not the static around them. It’s the end of one long story & the beginning of another. And one of the films that will kickstart the new story will be #GotGVol3.”

It has also been confirmed that Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 will hit theaters on July 5, 2019, just a few months after Avengers 4 arrives on May 3, 2019, making it the first Marvel Phase 4 movie. It has been confirmed Avengers 4 will bring the 22-movie arc from Marvel Phase 1 through 3 to an end, with Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 addressing the aftermath of Avengers 4, and where the story will go from there. With all of that being said, with nearly two years left until Phase 3 comes to a close, Phase 3 may certainly be the end of the first three phases of the MCU, but it won’t be the end of the MCU as a whole.

Aside from Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 in July 2019, it remains to be seen if Marvel plans on fitting a third Marvel movie in for 2019, perhaps in early November, as has become the MCU’s new tradition. Way back in October 2015, Marvel even set three new dates aside in 2020, May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020 and November 6, 2020, which fans at the time assumed would be the first Phase 4 movies. One of those movies will likely be Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, with director James Gunn essentially confirming that it will arrive in 2020 during a lengthy and heartfelt Facebook post. While it seems likely that it would follow in the footsteps of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and take the May 1, 2020 release date, that hasn’t been confirmed yet.

As for what else is coming in Phase 4, that we likely won’t know for quite some time. Kevin Feige revealed in a November 2016 interview that the studio has a pretty good idea of where the studio is heading, but any of the Phase 4 movie titles would be considered spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4. Even the Avengers 4 title is considered a spoiler for Avengers: Infinity War, so we’ll have to wait until that movie hits theaters next May to find out more about what the future may have in store for MCU fans. Take a look at what James Gunn had to say below where he clarifies that the MCU is not ending after Phase 3, courtesy of James Gunn Twitter.

1/2 No. Read Kevin Feige’s quotes & not the static around them. It’s the end of one long story & the beginning of another. https://t.co/NA1f0EnQeE

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 16, 2017

2/2 And one of the films that will kickstart the new story will be #GotGVol3. https://t.co/NA1f0EnQeE

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 16, 2017

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Christian Bale Hit Heath Ledger for Real in The Dark Knight

After nearly a decade, which is how long the Marvel Cinematic Universe has existed, nobody has managed to top Heath Ledger’s iconic performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight. What Christopher Nolan managed to craft is something that transcends the comic book genre, and that is in no small part due to Ledger’s now legendary turn as the clown prince of crime. Now, nearly 10 years later, it’s been revealed that Christian Bale was actually asked to hit Ledger while filming The Dark Knight. Talk about dedication. Here’s what Bale had to say about it.

“Our first scene was in an interrogation room together, and I saw that he’s a helluva actor who’s completely committed to it and totally gets the tone that Chris [Nolan] is trying to create with this. We’re not going for actors revealing their enjoyment of playing a wacky caricature. We’re treating this as serious drama. You go into character and you stay in the character. I love that. I find that so ridiculous that I love it, and I take that very seriously. Heath was definitely embracing that. When he was in the makeup and the garb he was in character the whole time; and when he took it off he was absolutely fantastic company to be around As you see in the movie, Batman starts beating the Joker and realizes that this is not your ordinary foe. Because the more I beat him the more he enjoys it. The more I’m giving him satisfaction. Heath was behaving in a very similar fashion. He was kinda egging me on. I was saying, ‘You know what, I really don’t need to actually hit you. It’s going to look just as good if I don’t.’ And he’s going, ‘Go on. Go on. Go on….’ He was slamming himself around, and there were tiled walls inside of that set which were cracked and dented from him hurling himself into them. His commitment was total.”

Christian Bale’s comments were made during an interview conducted by Joseph McCabe, who has published this, along with other interview clips and a lot more in a new book, 100 Things Batman Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. The book also features an interview with Christopher Nolan and another newly revealed excerpt reveals the director talking about how he and Heath Ledger crafted their version of The Joker.

“Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, these kinds of punk influences were some of the things we talked about. We also talked about the character of Alex in A Clockwork Orange. He’s very anarchic and yet somehow has great charisma, both in the book and in the film. We talked about a lot of different influences, and he talked about an extraordinarily diverse set of influences like ventriloquist dummies. The way they would talk and the way they would move and all kinds of peculiar ideas that I wasn’t really able to get a handle on until I saw him start to perform the scenes, and start to show how the character moved and how the character gestured and how the character spoke, with this extraordinarily unpredictable voice. The range of the voice, from its highest pitch to its lowest pitch, is very extreme, and where it shifts is unpredictable and sudden. The thing with the tongue was…he had this prosthetic that was covering his lower lip and it would come unglued sometimes. I’d seen him sort of sticking it back with his tongue, and it was only after a few weeks of shooting that I realized that wasn’t what he was doing, that he had started to adopt that actually as part of the character. It was an interesting balance, editing the performance, because he has all kinds of interesting facets, all kinds of mannerisms and things. What I like about them all is they all feel that they come from the character. They don’t feel like actorly touches. I read them as genuinely part of the fabric of a real human being.”

Sadly, Heath Ledger died at age 28 in January 2008 before The Dark Knight was even released. Still, he managed to win the Academy Award that year for Best Supporting Actor, which was sorely deserved. These interview clips from The Hollywood Reporter serve as a great reminder of just how dedicated the young actor was.

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Han Solo Movie Gets Titled Solo: A Star Wars Story

At last, Ron Howard has finally revealed the official title for the Han Solo movie. In a not at all surprising announcement, the director shared that the official title for the Star Wars standalone is Solo: A Star Wars Story. Previous reports indicated that the movie would be titled Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, which was close, but not quite there. So now, we all finally know what to call this thing when we talk about it.

The director made the reveal in a short video posted to his Twitter in order to thank the cast and crew he worked with on Solo: A Star Wars Story. According to the video, they are wrapping up production, which means after all of the mess, this movie is finally in the can and, hopefully, that means we’ll be seeing more than just some ominous set photos in the near future. To reveal the title, Ron Howard had some fun with the reveal, making a bit of a joke out of the secretive nature of making a Star Wars movie. Here’s what he had to say in the video.

“Hi. Well, as we wrap up production I just want to take this moment to thank an incredibly talented cast and crew for all of their hard work. And to the fans out there, I hope you’ve enjoyed the pictures that I’ve been sharing. Pictures that I’ve taken from the set of….can we even say the name of the movie?”

Ron Howard was hired by Disney and Lucasfilm to take over directing duties on the Han Solo movie after Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie) were fired just before production was scheduled to end. As a result, a couple months of additional shooting were needed and that means a whole lot of the movie had to be reworked. That being the case, it has certainly affected Lucasfilm’s original marketing plans for the movie. But now, with the official title reveal out of the way, we can start looking forward to this movie that Howard, who is a very accomplished director, was hopefully able to get on the right track.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is set for release on May 25, 2018. That was the date Lucasfilm had originally set prior to Phil Lord and Chris Miller being fired over “creative differences.” Those differences were clearly very severe, as Lucasfilm preferred the initial PR nightmare (not to mention all of the extra money they had to spend) to just working with what had already been shot. It seems ambitious for the studio to still make that date, seeing as production just wrapped, but they’ve made no indication that they plan on changing the release.

The title follows suit with the first of the Star Wars standalone movies, which was last year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. With the Solo: A Star Wars Story announcement, it seems likely this will be the trend for future standalone movies set in a galaxy far, far away. Now the important question; is a trailer coming out soon? It seems like a safe bet and we’ll be sure to keep you up to date as more details emerge. You can check out Ron Howard’s Twitter reveal of the title for yourself below.

Hey #Twitterville we just wrapped production so here’s a special message #StarWarspic.twitter.com/8QJqN5BGxr

— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2017

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Can Madea’s Boo 2 Kill Off Happy Death Day at the Box Office?

After earning more than five times its budget on opening weekend, the Blumhouse thriller Happy Death Day will have plenty of competition in its second frame, with the year’s most crowded field to date, five new movies opening in wide release. Among the newcomers are Lionsgate’s comedy sequel Boo 2! a Madea Halloween, Warner Bros.’ disaster thriller Geostorm, Sony’s biopic Only the Brave, Universal’s The Snowman and PureFlix’s Same Kind of Different As Me. We’re projecting that writer-director-star Tyler Perry’s sequel Boo 2 will follow in its predecessor’s footsteps by taking the top box office spot in a crowded field, with $24.6 million.

The third frame in October has traditionally become the most crowded weekend of the year, which started in 2015, when four new movies hit theaters, The Last Witch Hunter, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Rock the Kasbah and Jem and the Holograms, although only the first two movies were able to crack the top 10. The tradition continued last year when four more movies opened and all cracked the box office top 10, lead by Boo! A Madea Halloween ($28.5 million) and followed by Jack Reacher: Never Look Back ($22.8 million), Ouija: Origin of Evil ($14 million) and Keeping Up With the Joneses ($5.4 million). Each weekend was originally set to be even bigger though, with some movies shifting dates at the last minute, and this year is no exception, with The Mountain Between Us moving to October 6 and War With Grandpa moving to February 23, 2018.

What was interesting about last year’s win for Boo! A Madea Halloween is that it was able to win despite a horrific score on Rotten Tomatoes (21%) and a theater count (2,260) that was roughly 1,500 theaters behind the widest release that weekend, Jack Reacher: Never Look Back (3,780). Boo 2 faces roughly the same daunting task, opening in approximately 2,250 theaters, while Only the Brave is slated to arrive in roughly 2,400 theaters and the disaster thriller Geostorm debuting in more than 3,000 theaters. Universal’s The Snowman is slated to arrive in roughly 1,800 theaters and Same Kind of Different As Me will debut in approximately 1,250 theaters. As of now, only The Snowman (24% on Rotten Tomatoes) and Only the Brave (100% on RT) have enough reviews for a TomatoMeter rating on RT.

We’re predicting that the top 5 will be rounded out by Geostorm in second place with $18.5 million, followed by the true story adaptation Only the Brave in third with $17.2 million, last week’s box office winner Happy Death Day dropping to fourth with $14.8 million and Blade Runner 2049 in fifth with $8.7 million. The top 10 will likely be rounded out by The Foreigner ($6.1 million), The Snowman ($5.6 million), Same Kind of Different as Me ($4.2 million), IT ($3.3 million) and The Mountain Between Us ($2.9 million). It will also be quite crowded in limited release as well, with Music Box Films’ documentary Aida’s Secrets, Freestyle Releasing’s drama The Bachelors, The Orchard’s foreign film BPM (Beats Per Minute), IFC’s documentary Dealt, Reliance Films’ foreign movie Golmaal Again, Abramorama’s documentary Jane, A24′s The Killing of the Sacred Deer, TriCoast Worldwide’s horror film Let Her Out, Vertical Entertainment’s thrillers Never Here and The Strange Ones, Well Go USA’s thriller RV: Resurrected Victims, Gunpowder & Sky’s horror-comedy Tragedy Girls, Roadside Attractions’ comedy Wonderstruck and The Orchard’s documentary The Work.

Looking ahead to next weekend, the month of October will come to a close with four more new movies arriving in wide release, Lionsgate’s Jigsaw, the eighth entry in the iconic Saw franchise, Universal’s Thank You For Your Service, Paramount’s Suburbicon and Open Road Films’ All I See Is You. Also arriving in limited release, courtesy of Box Office Mojo, is Vertical Entertainment’s comedy Crash Pad, Cohen Media Group’s drama Daughter of the Nile, Strand’s music drama Felicite, Dada Films’ drama God’s Own Country, Cinedigm’s comedy/drama The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards, Atlas Distribution’s drama Let There be Light, Sony Pictures Classics’ drama Novitiate and Magnolia’s comedy The Square. Take a look at our projections for the box office top 10 for the weekend of October 20, and check back on Sunday for the box office estimates.

1Boo 2! a Madea Halloween
2Geostorm
3Only the Brave
4Happy Death Day
5Blade Runner 2049
6The Foreigner
7The Snowman
8Same Kind of Different as Me
9IT
10The Mountain Between Us

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Justice League Green Lantern Cameo Spoiled by Big Bang Theory?

Justice League hits theaters in exactly a month and, while the trailers have shown us quite a bit of action, it’s clear that the movie is going to feature a lot of surprises. That’s great, considering that so many trailers tend to ruin movies these days. However, it looks like a pretty major Justice League cameo may have just been ruined by The Big Bang Theory, of all things.

The Big Bang Theory is currently holding a contest branded as the Big Bang Justice League Geekstakes, which is actually well worth entering, if you’re a Justice League fan. The prizes include $500 a day, a hometown screening of Justice League for 100 friends, and a trip for two to the Justice League premiere. So far so good. It’s after you enter the contest where things get interesting. Those who enter are asked to spin a wheel to unlock a Justice League-themed clip from old episodes of the show. The wheel includes logos for all seven members of the team, including Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, Superman and, that’s right, Green Lantern.

In the earliest days of the marketing for Justice League, director Zack Snyder shared an image of Jason Momoa as Aquaman that says, “unite the seven.” However, even when we count Superman, who is eventually going to come back from the dead, that still only makes six. Green Lantern is seven. But the trailers haven’t made any mention of him, save for Steppenwolf saying that Earth has “no Lanterns” in the Justice League trailer. So this little bit of promotion could have spoiled a pretty huge cameo, since no actor has been officially announced as Green Lantern yet and he’s not officially been confirmed to be in the movie.

It’s entirely possible that we’re reading a bit too much into this, but it is at least a little suspicious that something officially tied to the Justice League marketing features Green Lantern in any capacity. Granted, hardcore fans have likely heard about this rumored cameo for months, as various reports have claimed that a member of the Green Lantern Corps., possibly not even Hal Jordan or John Stewart, is going to appear in the movie. But more casual fans likely would have been pretty surprised by the cameo.

This is still far from confirmed, but this does add a lot more fuel to the fire that we’re going to see a member of the Green Lantern Corps. appear, at some point, in Justice League. Spoiled or not, we’re not going to have to wait too much longer to see the possible cameo, as Justice League arrives in theaters on November 17. If you’re not to mad about the spoiler, you can also enter the Big Bang Justice League Geekstakes, if you feel so inclined. You can check out the spin wheel that contains the potential Green Lantern confirmation for yourself below.

did this promo tie in from the #BigBangTheory confirm that Green Lantern will be in #JusticeLeague ???? pic.twitter.com/o66F6GcULB

— hendrix targaryen (@lord_anarchy) October 17, 2017

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Justice League Clothing Collection Invades Hot Topic

Just because you’re not a superhero doesn’t mean you can’t dress like one. This fall, you’ll be able to slip into a few new styles inspired by your favorite DC characters as Justice League gets ready to hit the big screen. A new collection of jackets and other items is hitting Hot Topic, and they’re sure to make you the envy of all your friends and family, unless you’re forty and wearing them on casual Friday. Not saying don’t do that, but you may illicit some unwanted frowns and eye rolls.

Ok, so you can’t be an Amazon princess or the fastest man on the planet. But you certainly can bite their style. And that’s the plan with these latest articles of clothing, each based on characters that include Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg. And these pieces of high fashion are extremely affordable, so you don’t have to be Bruce Wayne to get a few Into your closet.

The collection includes a line of jackets that feature the legendary iconography associated with Justice League and its team of super friends. There are styles tailored to fit most binary and non-binary individuals and will be available to purchase at the local Hot Topic in the mall or you can order them directly online. One jacket displays The Flash’s lightning bolt, another has Wonder Woman’s double W chest plate, and another is unmistakably fashioned after Batman.

Cyborg gets a cool bomber jacket, which is sure to be all the rage amongst your tech-suave friends. The arms are patterned after the robotic character’s armor. And there is a faux-leather Aquaman jacket that has hints of the underwater superhero’s iconic trident. These clothes go on sale starting today. With Justice League speeding into theaters November 17, just in time for Thanksgiving. So, you looking for something to pair up with that big family dinner? Impress Grandma with your cool comic book wardrobe.

Hot Topic is also offering a ton of DC Comics inspired shirts and pants to mix and match with these new jackets. You can check out the collection below. And then get all sweaty trying to figure out which one suits your personality and lifestyle best.

DC and Hot Topic also launched a similar clothes line when Suicide Squad hit theaters in August 2016. In other Justice League merchandise news, there are tons of new toys and weapons you can purchase at varying retailers across the country. This is going to be one DC Christmas if Warner Bros. has there way about it.

In Justice League, Bruce Wayne and newfound ally Diana Prince find their humanity restored in the aftermath of Superman’s untimely death. Fueled by a fear of losing the planet, they enlist Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash to stop a global threat that could wipe out everyone. Together, this ragtag team takes a stand against a newly awakened enemy. Though strong as a group, it may just be too late for them to save the people of earth from an assault of catastrophic proportions. But then, an unexpected force of power returns to help turn the tide.

The Hollywood Reporter first dropped news of this cool Justice League clothing collection. You can see the images here.

Aqauman Jacket Hot Topic

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Tom Petty’s Daughter Shared Personal Images From His Funeral

Tom Petty was laid to rest with a service fit for a legend.

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