Harvey Weinstein attorney expected to comment on exit reports

Benjamin Brafman has been combative presence.

Screen understands that representatives for Benjamin Brafman are expected to comment later on Monday (14) on reports that Harvey Weinstein’s attorney is leaving the defence team.

Earlier in the day ABC News and Daily Beast reported that Brafman wants to depart after clashes over streategy with the disgraced former Hollywood mogul.

The report comes at a critical juncture in the ongoing Weinstein saga as he is due to attend a preliminary trial hearing on March 7 on five sex offences charges including two for rape.

When contacted by Screen, Brafman’s representatives said nothing had changed at time of writing.
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Harvey Weinstein’s Main Defense Lawyer To Exit As Rape Trial Looms

Harvey Weinstein’s Main Defense Lawyer To Exit As Rape Trial Looms
Less than four months before a criminal trial is set to start that could see Harvey Weinstein behind bars for life, the much accused producer’s primary and very public defense lawyer is stepping down.

Benjamin Brafman will move to have New York Supreme Court Justice Jame Burke give the green light to his exit, I’ve learned. Certain to throw a spanner in the works, this departure plan comes less than two months before another scheduled hearing in March on the rape case.

Reps for Weinstein officially said that there was “nothing new to report right now” on the lawyer front.

However, sources tell me that the disgraced producer was upset, to put it mildly, about his long time lawyer Brafman not proving successful in getting the matter tossed out late last year. In a December 20 hearing in Lower Manhattan and after weeks of docket and media salvos from Brafman and the Manhattan D.
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New Clip & Featurette For ‘A Dog’s Way Home’ With Bryce Dallas Howard

Sony Pictures has released a a “Finding Bella” featurette with Bryce Dallas Howard and the “Go Home” clip for A Dog’s Way Home, which comes to cinemas later this month. Based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron (A Dog’s Purpose), A Dog’s Way Home introduces us to Bella (voiced by Bryce Dallas Howard) and chronicles her journey to be reunited with her best friend, Lucas (Jonah Hauer-King).

The cast inludes Ashley Judd, Jonah Hauer-King, and Alexandra Shipp, along with Wes Studi and Edward James Olmos.

Watch the new clip and featurette in the players below. A Dog’s Way Home is released in cinemas on 25th January.
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Box Office: ‘The Upside’ Surprises at No. 1 With $19.5 Million, ‘Aquaman’ Smashes $1 Billion

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Box Office: ‘The Upside’ Surprises at No. 1 With $19.5 Million, ‘Aquaman’ Smashes $1 Billion
In a surprise box office victory, Stx’s “The Upside” doubled expectations with its $19.5 million debut, enough to defeat “Aquaman’s” three-week reign in North America.

Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart co-star in “The Upside,” which marks the studio’s first No. 1 opening. It also ranks as the second-best start for an Stx film behind “Bad Moms,” which launched with $23 million in 2016.

The box office victory comes as Hart has been in the headlines for whether or not he would host the Oscars. The comedian was tapped to emcee the industry’s biggest night, but stepped down when controversy sparked over homophobic jokes he made in the past.

What’s even more promising for Stx is that “The Upside,” based on the 2011 French hit “Les Intouchables,” was able to overcome its rocky path to the big screen. The Weinstein Company was originally on board to distribute the comedic drama about
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‘The Upside’ Likely to Become Stx Films’ First No. 1 Debut

‘The Upside’ Likely to Become Stx Films’ First No. 1 Debut
There seems to be no downside to Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart’s comedy-drama “The Upside.”

The Stx Films pic is on its way to becoming the entertainment company’s first No. 1 debut with an estimated $19.5 million from 3,080 North American sites, knocking Warner Bros.’ “Aquaman” into the second place slot. Stx Films’ previous biggest debut was 2016’s “Bad Moms,” which landed $23.8 million for the No. 3 spot.

The Upside” took in $6.95 million on Friday and is looking at a weekend estimate nearly double what the film had initially projected, which may be due to the film’s recutting in order to land a PG-13 rating as opposed to its original R. Stx Films reached a distribution deal with Lantern Entertainment, which formed out of the Weinstein Company’s remaining assets, to handle the pic. It was originally intended to be released last year, but was postponed after the Weinstein scandal.

The film,
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Kevin Hart’s ‘The Upside’ Challenging ‘Aquaman’ at Weekend Box Office

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Kevin Hart’s ‘The Upside’ Challenging ‘Aquaman’ at Weekend Box Office
Kevin Hart-Bryan Cranston’s “The Upside” is showing surprising strength in its opening weekend by narrowly topping “Aquaman” for the No. 1 spot at the North American box office, early estimates showed Friday.

Stx’s “The Upside” is launching with as much $7 million on Friday, including $1.1 million from previews, and could wind up the weekend with as much as $20 million, according to revised forecasts. If those projections hold, “The Upside” would dethrone “Aquaman,” which was pegged Friday to finish the weekend in the $15 million to $18 million range.

Family adventure “A Dog’s Way Home” is performing in line with expectations and heading for $10 million to $11 million for Sony. Entertainment StudiosKeanu Reeves sci-fier “Replicas” isn’t showing much traction with a $3 million weekend projected amid dismal reviews.

Warner Bros.’ tentpole “Aquaman” had been expected to win its fourth consecutive weekend easily, given that “The Upside” was pegged to finish in the $10 million range.
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Kevin Hart’s ‘The Upside’ Opens With $1.1 Million in Thursday Preview Showings

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Kevin Hart’s ‘The Upside’ Opens With $1.1 Million in Thursday Preview Showings
Kevin Hart-Bryan Cranston’s comedy-drama “The Upside” has launched with a moderate $1.1 million at 2,460 North American sites in Thursday night preview showings.

Family adventure “A Dog’s Way Home” retrieved $535,000 for Thursday night previews starting at 5 p.m. in 2,657 locations. Entertainment Studios’ Keanu Reeves sci-fier “Replicas” opened with $200,100 at 1,630 venues on Thursday.

Warner Bros.’ tentpole “Aquaman” is expected to win its fourth consecutive weekend easily over the newcomers by earning another $15 million to $20 million. The Jason Momoa starrer has dominated at multiplexes and is nearing $1 billion in worldwide grosses, topping $270 million domestically and $700 million internationally.

Forecasts for Sony’s “A Dog’s Way Home” and Stx-Lantern Entertainment’s “The Upside” have both been in the $10 million range, leaving both in a battle for second place along with holiday holdovers “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” and “Bumblebee” and the second weekend of “Escape Room.”

The Thursday night
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‘The Upside’ Opens With $1.1 Million at Thursday Box Office

‘The Upside’ Opens With $1.1 Million at Thursday Box Office
The Upside,” the American remake of “The Intouchables” starring Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart and Nicole Kidman, opened to $1.1 million in Thursday box office previews on 2,460 screens.

The strong number for a January release puts it ahead of Thursday preview numbers for several other recent family comedies, including Mark Wahlberg’s recent “Instant Family,” which brought in $550,000 in an admittedly more crowded holiday release season.

The film from director Neil Burger and released by STXfilms is projected to bring in $10 million this weekend from approximately 3,080 screens with the hope that strong word of mouth might make for a surprise hit in the early weeks of January, but it does hold just a 34 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

By comparison, the similar 2014 dramedy “St. Vincent” starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy opened to $7.7 million and went on to gross $44 million domestically.

Also Read: 'The Upside' Director on 'Intense' Bryan Cranston Performance and Being
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Movie Review – A Dog’s Way Home (2019)

A Dog’s Way Home, 2019.

Directed by Charles Martin Smith.

Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Ashley Judd, Alexandra Shipp, Jonah Hauer-King, Edward James Olmos, Wes Studi, Chris Bauer, and Patrick Gallagher.

Synopsis:

A dog travels 400 miles in search of her owner.

There is no hesitation in calling A Dog’s Purpose a below-average film, but for all of its manipulative doggie death, there was still a rather satisfyingly emotional ending emerging from a somewhat creative narrative framework, a debate on sadism notwithstanding. A Dog’s Way Home is even worse, foregoing an unorthodox children’s plot grounded in reincarnation in favor of a bargain bin version of Homeward Bound that is less inspired and more generic than the direct-to-video sequels that followed that timeless family-friendly classic.

This time around Charles Martin Smith occupies the director’s chair, but from the formulaic and bland unfolding of the story, one can’t be
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‘A Dog’s Way Home’ Film Review: Doggie Downer Puts Pooch in Peril

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‘A Dog’s Way Home’ Film Review: Doggie Downer Puts Pooch in Peril
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” is letting out a huge howl right about now. “A Dog’s Way Home,” the latest in the canine-loving cinematic universe (from the screenwriters of 2017’s scandal-plagued “A Dog’s Purpose”) employs all the same tactics as the 1993 hit family film: the adorable-sounding narrator, a pet’s love for their human so deep that they journey through perilous environments in hopes of being reunited, and the intermingling stories of those they come across while trying to get back home. But “Homeward Bound” made it enjoyable.

Bella (voiced by Bryce Dallas Howard) is born a stray. She lives in a happy coexistence — with her littermates, mother, and a cat with her own litter of kittens — under the rubble of an abandoned house, until Animal Control shows up and rips her family away. Mama Cat takes Bella in as her own, even nursing her until a human
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Film Review: ‘A Dog’s Way Home’

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Film Review: ‘A Dog’s Way Home’
Those predisposed to emotional manipulation by dogs at play and in peril will be easily swayed by director Charles Martin Smith’s “A Dog’s Way Home.” Based on the bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, this story about a lost dog attempting a 400-mile journey home takes us on an emotional roller coaster, most of it with a lump in our throats. However, for every shameless trick the filmmakers employ to pluck our heartstrings, resonant chords are struck elsewhere, teaching audiences about family, the power of unconditional love, and the ripple effects of compassion. In the pantheon of puppy pictures, this doesn’t rank as top dog, but it’s certainly not the runt of the litter either.

Bella (played by dog actor Shelby and voiced in narration by Bryce Dallas Howard) was born in the crawl space of a semi-demolished home in Denver. Raised by a stray cat
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“A Dog’s Way Home” Will Make Any Pet Owner Cry Ugly Tears

Right off the bat, it’s important to know for this review that I’m a dog owner. In fact, as I wrote this, my six year old mutt is sleeping mere feet from me. I tell you that to let you know that the manipulation found within A Dog’s Way Home worked on me, almost without fail. The movie is a family friendly animal adventure, but one that made me cry on about a half dozen separate occasions. There are happy tears to be found, sad tears, you name it. By the time the flick had come to an end, I was a total mess. The film is an adventure suitable for the whole family, whether they have two legs or four. We follow a puppy (internal monologue provided by Bryce Dallas Howard) as she goes from a young stray to a beloved family pet. Found with a
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‘A Dog’s Way Home’ Review: This Increasingly Inane Dog Franchise Needs to Be Sent to a Farm

It’s hard to know who is more mistreated in “A Dog’s Way Home,” the city of Denver, Colorado, or the audience who has to sit through it. On the one hand, Denver’s city-wide pit bull ban probably deserves some scrutiny. On the other hand, the knowledge that this inane and humorless movie is only tone third of Bruce Cameron’s growing dog-iverse cuts more deeply than any dog bite. Denver isn’t the only city that should consider a city-wide ban.

Not technically a sequel to last year’s “A Dog’s Purpose,” this movie follows a different anthropomorphized dog, and this time, she stays in one body. That’s right — the first movie followed a single dog soul throughout many rebirths, a premise that allowed for a variety of pup cuteness, but also necessitated more than a few dog deaths throughout its painful 100 minutes.

“A Dog
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Harvey Weinstein Gets Ashley Judd’s Sexual Harassment Claim Dismissed

Harvey Weinstein Gets Ashley Judd’s Sexual Harassment Claim Dismissed
Harvey Weinstein is still facing potential life behind bars in the rape case in New York City, but the disgraced producer succeeded today in having Ashley Judd’s sexual harassment claim against him tossed to the legal curb.

However, with a trial penciled in for 2020 before U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez, Judd’s allegations against the much accused Weinstein for defamation and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage are still standing – so don’t think this is over, at all.

What is truly over, after being dropped from the case once before and then added in amended paperwork, is the spotlight attracting the sexual harassment aspect of the matter. Like back in September, when the federal judge first declared that a 1990s hotel room encounter in which Weinstein allegedly attempted to physically assault Judd did not fit the legal definition of workplace sexual harassment.

“The Court Grants Defendant’s
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Ashley Judd's sexual harassment claim against Harvey Weinstein dismissed

Los Angeles judge rules actor can proceed with defamation claim against movie mogul

A federal judge in Los Angeles has dismissed Ashley Judd’s sexual harassment claim against Harvey Weinstein but said she could proceed with a defamation claim against him.

Judd had accused Weinstein of defaming her in 1998 after she refused what she said were his sexual advances a year earlier.
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Ashley Judd’s Sexual Harassment Claim Against Harvey Weinstein Dismissed

Ashley Judd’s Sexual Harassment Claim Against Harvey Weinstein Dismissed
A Los Angeles judge has dismissed Ashley Judd’s sexual harassment claim against Harvey Weinstein, Variety reports. It’s the second time her sexual harassment claim has been dismissed. The remainder of the case, which includes defamation and retaliation claims against the producer, can still proceed.

Last April, the actress filed a lawsuit against Weinstein, accusing him of sexual harassment and defamation and alleged that Weinstein spread “false and malicious statements” about Judd to Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson. “The pathetic reality, however, was that Weinstein was retaliating against Ms.
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Ashley Judd's Sexual Harassment Claim Against Harvey Weinstein Dismissed

Ashley Judd's Sexual Harassment Claim Against Harvey Weinstein Dismissed
Update: A Los Angeles federal judge has dismissed Ashley Judd's sexual harassment claim against Harvey Weinstein, E! News can confirm. The remainder of the case, which includes a defamation claim against the producer, can still move forward, court documents show.  In a footnote included in the documents U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez states he was not determining if Judd was sexually harassed in the "colloquial sense of the term." Instead, the ruling is based on the finding that her relationship as an actress with Weinstein was not covered under California law.  Judd's attorney told E! News in a statement, "Nothing about today's ruling changes that Ms. Judd's...
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Harvey Weinstein Gets Court to Dismiss Ashley Judd's Sexual Harassment Claim

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Harvey Weinstein Gets Court to Dismiss Ashley Judd's Sexual Harassment Claim
Harvey Weinstein just won a big victory ... a court just dismissed Ashley Judd's sexual harassment claims against him. Ashley claimed Weinstein shut her out of "Lord of the Rings" after she turned down his sexual demands. She says he blacklisted her from movie roles, including Peter Jackson's enormous franchise as retaliation. She sued under the legal theory ... "sexual harassment in professional relationship." A federal judge just ruled Judd and Weinstein did not have
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Harvey Weinstein Gets Court to Dismiss Ashley Judd's Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

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Harvey Weinstein Gets Court to Dismiss Ashley Judd's Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
Harvey Weinstein just won a big victory ... a court just dismissed Ashley Judd's lawsuit which accused him of sexual harassment and defamation. Ashley claimed Weinstein shut her out of "Lord of the Rings" after she turned down his sexual demands.  She says he blacklisted her from movie roles, including Peter Jackson's enormous franchise as retaliation.  She sued under the legal theory ... "sexual harassment in professional relationship." A federal judge just ruled Judd and
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Aquaman Can't Be Stopped Heading Into 4th Weekend at the Box Office

It must be sounding like a broken record at this point, but Aquaman will continue to be the king of the box office until someone worthy comes along to challenge him for the throne. Last week, the DC adaptation won its third weekend in a row with $31 million. That hot streak is going to continue this weekend, as neither A Dog's Way Home or The Upside will be able to overtake the King of Atlantis.

In a very rare occurrence, Aquaman will win its fourth weekend at the box office in a row, with a take between $15 and $18 million. With what it brings in overseas, that should be enough to bring it across the $1 billion mark. Director James Wan's DC Comics adaptation has been the success the brand needed and Jason Momoa can officially say that his first solo outing as Arthur Curry is more successful than the first
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