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

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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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'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’

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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 romantic comedy “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 comedy “Black-ish” and drama “How to Get Away With Murder.” Both of those shows have growing fanbases, »


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

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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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Daldry's Delayed 'Trash' Surfaces at Rome Fest, Lands Raves & Surprise Audience Award

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Academy usual suspect Stephen Daldry's much-anticipated thriller "Trash," starring Rooney Mara, is skipping the Oscars this year. But the Working Title film, which was shot with hand-held cameras on garbage dumps in Brazil and has yet to book stateside festival slots, did pick up the Audience Award at the Rome Film Festival (full winners list below). Cinephiles are eager to see the film after a well-received early teaser (below). Focus Features plans a 2015 release.  Per Rt, the heart-tugger has been well-received across the board. Variety wrote: "Cleanly scripted in pure Hollywood fashion by Richard Curtis... 'Trash' won’t be confused for a real Brazilian production: Its storyline, staging and inevitably positive spin unmistakably mark it as offshore, notwithstanding the participation of Fernando Meirelles’ 02 Filmes. A South American answer of sorts to 'Slumdog Millionaire,' the pic features a trio of charismatic kids living next to a Rio garbage dump who. »


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Darren Aronofsky Talks Future of Film, ‘Golden Age’ of TV at Produced By Conference

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Darren Aronofsky raised questions about the future of filmmaking and film distribution on Saturday during a Q&A with the helmer and his longtime producing partner Scott Franklin.

“I keep thinking about where film is right now,” the multihyphenate said during his session at the Produced By: New York confab, moderated by Producers Guild of America prexy Gary Lucchesi. “I keep thinking about the whole idea of the 90-minute feature and whether it really makes sense when we’re in this golden age of television and also this self-distribution age.”

“I’m not sure the most success and the most eyes are going to come to you from a theatrical release. There might be other ways of releasing films,” he said.

Aronofsky added: “What it seems to be pointing to is a reason to go the cinema — if it’s an event film, a comedy or horror film where it »


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Darren Aronofsky Talks Future of Film, ‘Golden Age’ of TV at Produced By Conference

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Darren Aronofsky raised questions about the future of filmmaking and film distribution on Saturday during a Q&A with the helmer and his longtime producing partner Scott Franklin.

“I keep thinking about where film is right now,” the multihyphenate said during his session at the Produced By: New York confab, moderated by Producers Guild of America prexy Gary Lucchesi. “I keep thinking about the whole idea of the 90-minute feature and whether it really makes sense when we’re in this golden age of television and also this self-distribution age.”

“I’m not sure the most success and the most eyes are going to come to you from a theatrical release. There might be other ways of releasing films,” he said.

Aronofsky added: “What it seems to be pointing to is a reason to go the cinema — if it’s an event film, a comedy or horror film where it »


- Cynthia Littleton

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Google Employee Arrested by FBI for Nude Photo Scam

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A Google employee is in trouble for cyberstalking.  Nicholas Rotundo, 23, was arrested Oct. 4 and indicted by the FBI on three felony charges for allegedly obtaining nude photos of a female college student by posing as a researcher, then using the images to blackmail her.  Rotundo, an internal technology resident at Google, allegedly sent an email to an undergraduate at the University of Texas Dallas, claiming to be a scientific researcher conducting a study about women's breasts. His email promised $8,500 in exchange for nude photos. Read more Google Earnings Fall Short of Expectations After the victim sent

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- Ryan Gajewski

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MSNBC's Alex Wagner Slams Sen. Ted Cruz for ‘Ludicrous’ Fear Mongering in Houston

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MSNBC host Alex Wagner had a bone to pick with Huston conservatives on Friday when she called out Sen. Ted Cruz (R-tx). In 2010, Houston became the largest city to elect an openly gay mayor. This May the city approved the “equal rights ordnance,” which bans discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation in businesses that serve the public. However, a petition that included several pastors was submitted to strike down the ordnance due to the “perceived threat of male sexual predators dressed in drag entering women's restrooms.” See photos: 24 TV Newscasters Ranked by Popularity (Photos) On “Now With Alex Wagner, »


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Tell us what you thought of 'Birdman'

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I'd say we've pretty much covered it around here as it pertains to "Birdman." Interviews with Alejandro González Iñárritu, Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Andrea Riseborough, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis & Amy Ryan, etc. I've banged the gong for Keaton this season (I have a favorite, sue me) and the Academy seemed receptive enough. We've even gone deep on the costuming of it and the creation of the iconic Birdman superhero suit. The movie is out there in the world now, though, dealing in the court of public opinion. This weekend the film expanded to 50 more locations, so it's certainly closer to some of you now that it was last week. And given that it's been such a hotly anticipated entry this season, I can't leave it without hearing your thoughts. So if you see it this weekend/week, head on back here with a note or two and vote in our poll. »


- Kristopher Tapley

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'Laggies' Director Lynn Shelton on Connecting To Film About Growing Up Your Own Way

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Lynn Shelton's Laggies, starring Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz, marks the director's first time helming a film she didn't also script. But she still had a strong connection to the screenplay. "It felt like something I could have written. And I would have written it differently, but I felt such an affinity with [writer Andrea Seigel's] voice," Shelton, who previously wrote and directed the well-received Your Sister's Sister, tells The Hollywood Reporter. "The same things that are important to me as a filmmaker seemed important to her, such as characters really feeling fully fleshed out and like

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- Hilary Lewis

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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 upcoming 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.”

Lepore was charged at the beginning of the year with raping his ex-girlfriend and fellow Vine star Jessi Smiles. He pleaded not guilty and the charges were reduced to felony assault.

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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. The film 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. Daldry's first three feature films all earned him best director Academy Award nominations. His latest, Trash, explores the corruption in Brazil's political and police forces as seen through the eyes of three teenage boys who stumble upon a wallet in a landfill that holds the secret to one politician's downfall. The film was

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Terrence Howard watches over a hip hop 'Empire' in new Fox promo

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Terrence Howard played a character having a hard time breaking into the world of hip hop in his breakthrough film "Hustle and Flow," but now the Oscar nominee is on top of the music industry in the upcoming Fox drama "Empire." Oscar nominee Lee Daniels is re-teaming with his “The Butler" writer Danny Strong (“Game Change") for the new drama about a family dynasty set in the positively Shakespearean world of hip hop, where family loyalties are tested by the temptations of greed and betrayal.  A new promo for the series aired last night during the World Series, and it promises drama, sex, beats and more.  Watch it here: The series also stars Emmy nominee Taraji P. Henson (“Person of Interest") and "Precious" Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe, and includes new music from legendary producer Timbaland. "Empire" is executive produced by Daniels, Strong, Brian Grazer ("24") Ilene Chaiken ("The L Word") and »


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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 »


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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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