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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel and spin-off already in the works. The Spider-Verse is about to get a little big bigger. The animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is still a few weeks away from hitting theaters, but Sony is already looking at plans for both a sequel and a female-focused spin-off film, EW has learned. The studio is planning a Spider-Verse sequel, which will continue the adventures of Brooklyn teen Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore). According to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news, Voltron co-showrunner Joaquim Dos Santos has been tapped to direct. Meanwhile, Sony is also weighing other spin-off options, including an all-female Spider-Women film that will focus on three generations of web-slinging women. Bek Smith is set to write that one, and although it's not clear exactly which women the story will focus on, there's a chance that it could include Spider-Gwen (voiced by Hailee Steinfeld), who makes her debut in Spider-Verse. Spider-Verse (out Dec. 14) centers on the Afro-Latino teenager Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore), who earns superpowers after being bitten by a radioactive spider. (Sound familiar?) When New York City is threatened by an interdimensional weapon, he has to team up with Spider-People from different universes -- including Spider-Gwen, an aging Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), the schoolgirl Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn), the gloomy Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage), and the talking pig Spider-Ham (John Mulaney). Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman directed Spider-Verse, with a story from the minds of The LEGO Movie's Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Amy Pascal is producing the sequel and spin-offs, and Lord and Miller are expected to also return in a creative capacity. (Entertainment Weekly)

Rachel Weisz: Wearing corsets in new movie 'took strength'. It's award season. Staten Island's best dishcloth wiper could probably grab a statuette. This year it began with the Gotham Awards and with downtown Cipriani's David Dougherty re-stocking my canapes and drinks -- even if Bernie Sanders won a makeover, I wouldn't have cared. A tribute went to Rachel Weisz for "The Favourite." It's about Britain's 18th-century queen and Her Majesty's court females pleasuring other females. We're talking petty meanness and petticoats. "Wearing those costumes took strength. They pulled the corsets so tight, so hard, you could feel the stays which actually left lines on my body. We shot 10 weeks in Hatfield House, a north-of-England Elizabethan mansion, and were allowed to touch only certain things. Antique guns was another difficulty. Gun powder kept getting in your eyes." Tributee Willem Dafoe, who played Vincent van Gogh in "At Eternity's Gate:" "I actually read his letters, which were available through his biographer. Van Gogh lost his ear but never his focus, which was always his art. When painting, he was in ecstasy. "Director Julian Schnabel taught me how to hold a brush in my hand. How to mix the colors. How to make mark by mark. I actually had to learn to paint." Tom Bernard and Michael Barker, of Sony Pictures Classics, brought us "The Wife" starring Oscar-worthy Glenn Close. Say hello, and Tom says: "A Palm Springs festival's honoring Glenn." Say hi to Michael, and it's: "A Santa Barbara festival's honoring Glenn." Say bye, and it's "On Monday, the Museum of the Moving Image is honoring Glenn." Our governor's live-in lady Sandra Lee about her Made in NY award: "It's for the documentary about my 2015 surgery. The diagnosis and post-op was tough. I took time for me, but to overcome difficulties it's important to not just focus on yourself. Though I gained a dozen pounds, I did learn to do for others." Best actor Ethan Hawke wore a cream-colored suit: "Brioni. Back to the store tomorrow. Paul Dano and I start our new Broadway play 'True West' at the Roundabout tomorrow, so I can't get too drunk tonight. My film 'First Reformed' is doing great, but without marketing millions behind it, you can't connect and become commercial. Small movies get caught in the undertow." PR wrangler Emily Maroon collared Kieran Culkin, who said: "I never did TV before. People like HBO's 'Succession.' The response is positive. They actually wanted me for a different character, which wasn't for me, so I asked to read for this other part. If I like a film, I don't care what's with it afterward. It's out of my hands. But I know we're doing a second season." Interesting was watching everyone. Like seeing a long evening gown over sneakers. And New York's predominant color being black. And a fotog on whom he's shooting: "Whothehell knows. Tonight it's all only indies and nobody knows who's anybody." And someone else about her hairdo: "I got the whole fake thing uptown on 125th Street." (PageSix)

Ex-manager says O.J. Simpson 'didn't act alone' in slayings. O.J. Simpson's former manager, Norman Pardo, is making a documentary about the infamous murders -- presenting the case that Simpson "didn't act alone." Pardo -- who describes himself as a friend of the NFL-great-turned-con and worked with O.J. for nearly 20 years after his acquittal -- has been developing the film for four years with co-executive producer Dylan Howard. The series will be pitched next week to streaming services, cable and premium networks to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the homicides of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman. "For the first time, the most thorough investigation into the murder ever conducted will be shared with America," said Pardo, who claims to have more than 70 hours of video of Simpson that nobody has seen. "We have assembled a team of internationally renowned criminal investigators, experts and lawyers," he said. "And they believe they can not only prove Simpson was involved in their deaths -- but for the first time reveal he had at least one accomplice." Howard is behind the Discovery ID crime series "An American Murder Mystery" and the Reelz series "National Enquirer Investigates." (PageSix)

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