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'Ouija' Haunts Top Spot on Friday with $8.3 Million

2 hours ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

On a somewhat quiet Friday at the box office, supernatural horror flick Ouija took first place ahead of Keanu Reeves action movie John Wick.Meanwhile, Bill Murray's St. Vincent did decent business in its nationwide expansion.Opening at 2,858 theaters, Ouija earned an estimated $8.3 million on Friday. That's a far cry from Annabelle's $15.5 million, but is above recent October horror movies Sinister ($7.4 million) and Carrie ($6.5 million). If Ouija holds like those three movies, it will wind up with around $20 million this weekend.John Wick opened in second place with a solid $5.45 million. That's roughly on par with last Fall's The Family ($5.37 million), and is above recent movies like A Walk Among the Tombstones ($4.76 million) and 3 Days to Kill ($4 million). For the weekend, John Wick is now targeting $14 to $15 million.Coming off opening weekend, Fury fell 54 percent to an estimated $4.1 million. That's a so-so drop for a movie with positive reviews, »


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‘Nikita’ Star Lyndsy Fonseca Joins ‘Agent Carter’

24 October 2014 11:01 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Nikita” star Lyndsy Fonseca has joined ABC and Marvel’s “Agent Carter” in a recurring role, Marvel announced Friday.

The actress will play Angie Martinelli, an aspiring actress who befriends Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) in the midseason “Captain America” spinoff.

“‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’ opens up an exciting world of new characters for us,” said Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s head of TV. “Lyndsy brings a warmth and humanity to Angie, who’ll be the friend Peggy needs if she’s to survive the dangers that lie ahead.”

Fonseca joins other recently announced “Agent Carter” cast additions James D’Arcy, Enver Gjokaj and Chad Michael Murray. The series stars Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter as she attempts to balance routine office work for the Strategic Scientific Reserve with the secret missions she undertakes with inventor Howard Stark, played by Dominic Cooper.

In addition to her series regular role on The CW’s “Nikita, »


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'Interstellar' director Christopher Nolan says it's important 'to start looking up again'

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Beverly Hills — When you see "Interstellar," you'll get the sense right away that a deep admiration for exploration lies at the root of it all. Amid all of that epic imagery (and equally epic familial drama), there is a seething indictment of our general abandonment of space programs. At a press conference Friday afternoon, filmmaker Christopher Nolan and three of the film's stars spoke about their early experiences with space travel and the value of keeping Nasa funded while continuing to push for the outer limits. "I remember when I was a kid, my first real confrontation with space travel was when the Challenger exploded," actress Jessica Chastain said. "I remember how traumatic that was for me, watching on the news and all the children in class were watching and I was very young. So I never imagined that it was something I wanted to do. But I think we »


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ABC Cancels ‘Manhattan Love Story’

16 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC has broken up with its new relationship comedy, “Manhattan Love Story,” canceling the sitcom created by Jeff Lowell after four episodes.

The ABC Studios comedy, which focused on the inner monologues of characters who were embarking on a new relationship, is the first of the new fall shows to be canceled.

Love Story,” which aired at 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays after fellow new rom-com “Selfie,” had a weak ratings start and lukewarm reviews, with Variety’s Brian Lowry writing that the narrative device was “straight out of the subtitled feeling-out exchange in ‘Annie Hall'” — even if leads Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman were appealing.

Despite being the first to drop the axe this season, ABC has had good luck in some of its other new properties and recently gave full-season orders to new comedy “Black-ish” and drama “How to Get Away with Murder.” Both of those shows have growing fan bases, »


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Paul Greengrass Directing Berlin Wall Drama ‘The Tunnels’ (Exclusive)

17 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

FilmNation Entertainment has acquired film rights to Greg Mitchell’s book proposal for Berlin Wall drama “The Tunnels” and attached “Captain Phillips” director Paul Greengrass to helm.

Mark Gordon (“The Messenger,” “Saving Private Ryan”) will produce the escape drama with FilmNation, which is continuing to amplify its production and financing activity on high-profile projects.

“The Tunnels” is the untold true story of a great escape before the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. The story focuses on a group of West Germans trying to get their loved ones out of East Berlin, with the unlikely help of American news networks, who funded their expedition.

The deal was brokered by Aaron Ryder and Alison Cohen on behalf of FilmNation, and CAA.

“Finding an untold true story of this caliber is such a rarity,” Ryder said. “Greg’s proposal will make for a very human and cinematic experience. We have no doubt that Mark »


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Vine Star Curtis Lepore Dropped from Rainn Wilson Show After Backlash

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Just days after announcing his casting, Rainn Wilson and his SoulPancake banner have dropped Vine personality Curtis Lepore from their new comedy series “Hollywood and Vine.”

The new show features an ensemble cast of stars from the popular video platform, including Lepore, Jerry Purpdrank, Lele Pons, Simone Shepherd and Christian DelGrosso, as they try to make it in mainstream Hollywood.

“After much consideration, the decision was made with Curtis Lepore to mutually part ways on SoulPancake’s television project featuring Vine stars,” Wilson, who’s producing the series, posted on Facebook. “We felt this was the best decision for everyone involved. We wish Curtis all the best in all his future endeavors.”

The casting choice received online backlash due to Lepore’s criminal past. He was charged at the beginning of the year with raping his ex-girlfriend and fellow Vine star Jessi Smiles. Lepore pled not guilty and the charges »


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Kate Hudson Does a Solid Impression of Matthew McConaughey

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On Tuesday night, Kate Hudson — one of the many celebrities on hand at a American Cinematheque gala honoring Matthew McConaughey — told a story about getting her scuba license with the actor for 2008's Fool's Gold. Hudson was post-divorce, and McConaughey was just the guy to cheer her up: "He’s like, 'Come onnn, Hudson. Let’s go, baby,'" he said to her from the water in his thick Texas drawl. He was shirtless, of course. »


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Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Dies at 71

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British musician Jack Bruce, best known as the bass player and vocalist of the power blues trio Cream, died Saturday at his home, his family and publicist said. He was 71. Bruce was one of the top musicians of the late 1960s, when Cream played its unique psychedelic blues tunes to packed houses in England and the U.S. The band - widely cited as the original supergroup - were known for hits such as "I Feel Free" and "Sunshine of Your Love," which featured Eric Clapton's innovative guitar riffs, and Bruce's vocals and roaring bass, backed by Ginger Baker's explosive drumming. »


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Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Dies at 71

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British musician Jack Bruce, best known as the bass player and vocalist of the power blues trio Cream, died Saturday at his home, his family and publicist said. He was 71. Bruce was one of the top musicians of the late 1960s, when Cream played its unique psychedelic blues tunes to packed houses in England and the U.S. The band - widely cited as the original supergroup - were known for hits such as "I Feel Free" and "Sunshine of Your Love," which featured Eric Clapton's innovative guitar riffs, and Bruce's vocals and roaring bass, backed by Ginger Baker's explosive drumming. »


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'Ouija,' 'John Wick' Lead Routine Friday Box Office as Halloween Looms

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The looming Halloween weekend makes a twofold impact this week: the third new horror film of the month, the Jason Blum-produced "Ouija" (Universal), took the top spot for the day, as the holiday's anticipated influence next weekend (as well as the likely competition from "Interstellar" right after) kept most distributors from releasing top product this week. This weekend, however, looks like it could be the first without a $20 million grosser after six straight weeks with one or more at that level. "Ouija" took in $8.3 million for its opening—including just under a million for late Thursday shows—contributing to a $32.5 million Top Ten (up a tick from the same day last year, when "Bad Grandpa" grossed over $12 million). A horrible C Cinemascore could indicate it's all downhill from here, though leading the weekend is a certainty. Keanu Reeves' well-reviewed "John Wick" (Lionsgate) managed just under $5.5 million (a mixed B. »


- Tom Brueggemann

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Rome Film Fest: Stephen Daldry's 'Trash' Wins Big

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Director Stephen Daldry's Trash took home the Bnl People’s Choice Gala Award on Saturday night at the Rome Film Festival. It was competing against 14 other films, including Mike Binder’s Black and White, Andrea Di Stefano’s Escobar: Paradise LostDavid Fincher’s Gone GirlSteven Soderbergh's TV series The Knick and Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s Still Alice. The festival scrapped the standard jury system this year in favor of audience awards modeled after the Toronto Film Festival. The idea was to prove that the Roman public could serve as a testing ground for the larger European audience, particularly for films still seeking distribution. Read more Rooney Mara on Language Challenges in Portuguese

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Netflix Deals, Windows Collapse Loom Large at Produced By Conference

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Netflix’s move into the feature film world loomed large at the Produced By Conference in New York City Saturday as producers and actors struggled to determine if the streaming service represents an opportunity or a threat.

The company is upending old business models by releasing four Adam Sandler movies exclusively to subscribers without releasing them in theaters. It is also partnering with the Weinstein Company and Imax on a sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” that will debut simultaneously on Netflix and in theaters.

Most major theatrical releases adhere to a 90-day delay between when they hit multiplexes and their home entertainment debuts, but that window is eroding. Netflix isn’t the only player tinkering with tradition. Movies such as “Margin Call” and “Arbitrage” have opted to be released concurrently on demand and in theaters.

“I still think there’s a premium in comedy and in horror in having »


- Brent Lang

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Rainn Wilson Drops Vine Star From Comedy After Outcry Over Assault Charges

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Rainn Wilson has dropped Vine video star Curtis Lepore from his new scripted series. Earlier in the week Wilson announced comedy “Hollywood and Vine,” noting that it would feature five popular video creators from the six-second video platform. Produced by Wilson's SoulPancake, the series was set to star Jerry Purpdrank, Lele Pons, Simone Shepherd, Christian DelGrosso, and Lepore. There was a huge outcry at the selection of Lepore after it was learned that he had a rape charge involving by his ex-girlfriend, fellow Vine star Jessi Smiles, at the beginning of the year. The charges were later reduced to felony assault. »


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Box office: 'Ouija' haunts 'John Wick' and 'Fury' with $8.3 million Friday

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The paranormal thriller "Ouija" wasn't playing games at the box office on Friday, as the film scared up $8.3 million, topping fellow newcomer "John Wick" and the holdover "Fury." The Michael Bay-produced film reportedly cost just $5 million to produce, and will likely earn around $20 million for the weekend. It stars  Daren Kagasoff, Douglas Smith and Olivia Cooke. In second place, "Wick," starring Keanu Reeves, made off with $5.4 million in its opening night. Spurred by largely positive reviews, it is on track to shoot its way to $15 million or so in its debut weekend, a sum considerably higher than initial tracking indicated. "Wick" should also be a timely victory for Reeves, who has had box office trouble over the last few years, culminating in last Christmas' mega-flop "47 Ronin." Meanwhile, Brad Pitt's WWII drama "Fury" rolled into third place with $4.1 million. Directed by David Ayer ("End of Watch"), "Fury" has earned »


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Watch: New Trailer for Lee Daniels’ Hip-Hop Drama ‘Empire’

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“I started selling drugs when I was nine years old,” Terrence Howard narrates in the new trailer for his Fox show “Empire.” “I did it to feed myself.”

“It was the music that saved my life,” he later says in a voice-over as he enters an Mri machine.

Howard stars as Lucious Lyon, a millionaire music mogul who prepares to pass on his legacy to his children when he’s diagnosed with a fatal illness. The situation goes from bad to worse when his ex-wife Cookie, played by his “Hustle & Flow” costar Taraji P. Henson, storms back into his life after being released from prison and demands half of her empire back.

The hip-hop drama is the latest project from “The Butler” director-writer duo of Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. It also stars Gabourey Sidibe and Courtney Love. The original soundtrack is written and produced by Timbaland.

“Empire” premieres in January on Fox. »


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Ariana Grande, Pharrell, Maroon 5 Tabbed for Grammy Christmas Special

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After six years of announcing the nominees of Music's Biggest Night during a primetime concert, the Grammy Awards are mixing things up for the 57th annual ceremony. Gone is Grammy Nominations Concert Live, and in its place comes A Very Grammy Christmas Special, which will air on December 5th on CBS. Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams, Maroon 5 and Tim McGraw have been recruited for the holiday special, which will conclude with an extra gift for five artists: An Album of the Year Grammy nomination.

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Top Showrunners Talk Shop, Swap Stories at Produced By Confab

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The art of showrunning is changing, as evidenced by the foursome who came together Saturday for a panel at the Produced By: New York confab.

Greg Yaitanes, showrunner of Cinemax’s “Banshee,” came up the ranks as an episodic director. He’s not a writer per se but he’s “a good idea guy” who helps arc out the broader storylines while series creator Jonathan Tropper focuses more on writer.

Jenni Konner, showrunner of “Girls,” works in a different way because of her partnership with star-writer-director Lena Dunham. Post-production, for one, is almost entirely done after all filming is complete, while casting decisions are often made during shooting downtime in Dunham’s trailer.

Terry Winter, creator/showrunner of “Boardwalk Empire,” said his first call when setting up the show was to his fellow “Sopranos” alum Tim Van Patten because he knew he would need the assist from the director-producer.

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16 hottest forums posts: Who is the best film director working today?

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Join the fiesty discussion going on right now in our infamous message boards where Hollywood stars, directors, execs and other honchos hide behind cyber-nicknames. Sample comments below with links to those hot threads. See more here. -Break- Who is the best film director working today? Baby Clyde: Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Brokeback Mountain; Life Of Pi). I'm not saying all of his films are great but he consistently makes interesting films encompassing all genres. There is no other director who I would specifically see a film by just because they made it. I particularly hate directors who stick to the same formula over and over again (Tarantino/Nolan/Anderson). What I love about Ang lee is that he can turn his hand to every genre imaginable and still make a decent film. Macbeth: Quentin Tarantino. He may be very divisive as a filmmaker, but most people who hate »


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Joan Quigley, Ronald Reagan's Astrologer, Dies at 87

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Joan Quigley, the astrologer who helped determine President Ronald Reagan's schedule and claimed to have convinced him to soften his stance toward the Soviet Union, has died at the age of 87. Quigley died Oct. 21 at her San Francisco home after an unspecified illness, the San Francisco Chronicle, quoting Quigley's sister, Ruth, said Friday. Nancy Reagan began consulting Quigley after the 1981 assassination attempt on her husband. She wanted to keep him from getting shot again, Nancy Reagan wrote in her 1989 memoir, My Turn. Entertainer Merv Griffin had told her that Quigley had predicted that the day the

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Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson Bring The Drama in Fox's ‘Empire’ Preview (Video)

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Here's a look at the dynamic new promo out for the new drama “Empire.” From the looks of the trailer, there's going to be a lot of juicy drama as fame and family collide. See photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2014 The Fox  show is coming to you from producers Brian Grazer (“A Beautiful Mind:), Lee Daniels (“Lee DanielsThe Butler,” “Precious”) and Danny Strong (“Game Change”). The drama, set in the world of a hip-hop empire, follows family dynasty that functions within a world of glamour, danger, sex and power. The cast includes Terrence Howard (“Crash”) and Taraji P. Henson »


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