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'The Martian' Opens With Strong $55 Million Weekend at U.S. Box Office
The talk of The Martian breaking Gravity's October, opening weekend record began early and really spiked after the Ridley Scott film posted a better opening day than the 2013 Alfonso Cuaron sci-fi flick. However, estimates show The Martian coming up a shade shy of the $55.7 million October record. Provisioned with an "A" CinemaScore, though, this one should survive well week-to-week. 20th Century Fox is reporting an estimated $55 million weekend for The Martian, which puts it $785,112 short of the October opening record, but enough for second place on the chart. By comparison, Gravity scored an "A-" CinemaScore back in 2013 as it went on to enjoy weekends with drops no larger than 36.3% over its first seven weekends. In fact, over the course of its entire 31 week run, Gravity only dropped more than 50% three times. Being a major Oscar contender and 3D event film will do that. I expect big things in The Martian's future, »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
How ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Season 1 Ratings Stack Up Against ‘The Walking Dead’
“The Walking Dead” is the highest-rated show on television, and it’s birthed a spinoff that could eventually give it a serious run for its money. “Fear the Walking Dead” has garnered higher ratings and more viewers than the first season of the original series, which first premiered in October 2010. The spinoff and prequel series is set at the very beginning of the zombie apocalypse which would ultimately claim the human population, save for a few pockets of survivors, led by Andrew Lincoln‘s Rick Grimes on the original series. Also Read: 19 TV Shockers: 'Game of Thrones' and 'Walking Dead' to 'Pretty. »
- Linda Ge
‘The Martian’ Tops $100M Worldwide In Opening, $55M Abroad – Int’l Box Office
This weekend saw the debut of two stateside openers, Ridley Scott’s The Martian which opened strong and Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk which fell flat in its domestic debut. Based on estimates, The Martian just pushed over the $100M mark worldwide internationally for Fox with a $55M take in a weekend that has numerous holdovers including Hotel Transylvania 2, The Intern, Sicario and Everest (that one also pushed to the $100M summit this weekend). Zheng Xu comedy’s Lost In Hong… »
Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson join the cast of the Assassin's Creed movie
Irons will play Cotillard's father, while Gleeson will take on the role of Fassbender's father in the film.
The film follows the same plot premise as the games: by unlocking his genetic code, Fassbender's protagonist Callum Lynch is able to relive his ancestor's memories of jumping over buildings and stabbing people in days of yore.
Ratings: Miley Cyrus-Hosted SNL Nets Best Early Numbers Since January
In the 18-49 demo, however, this year’s premiere was down a tenth from 2014, based on metered-market household ratings. TVLine readers gave Miley’s latest Studio 8H gig an average grade of “B-.”
Versus its May finale, SNL was up both in metered-market households and in the demo.
‘Steve Jobs’ Premiere: Michael Fassbender, Danny Boyle on Apple Blowback
Steve Jobs was a corporate rock star with few equals.
He made Apple the most successful technology company in the world, but his influence went beyond balance sheets. The phones, computers and tablets he helped revolutionize gave him an outsized influence on people’s daily lives, making the public feel like it had a personal connection to the Apple co-founder. His tempestuous life and hard-driving persona are front and center in “Steve Jobs,” a warts-and-all biopic that had its North American premiere at the New York Film Festival on Saturday.
“He changed the way we all live,” said Michael Fassbender, who plays Jobs in a bravura performance that defies Oscar voters to look away. “He changed the way we communicate, changed the way we buy things, changed the way we listen to music.
“Instead of having technology just be a tool for us, it became more than that,” he added. »
- Brent Lang
Reggie Watts Would Like You To Stop Touching His Fabulous Hair
Reggie Watts is a man of many trades – comedian, singer, musician, beatboxer, and James Corden’s eccentrically charming bandleader on The Late Late Show. But if there’s one thing he really, really, wants people to stop acknowledging, it’s his hair. His voluminously large and untamed afro, to be precise.“What’s going on with the hair? Where’d you get it? People ask about it,” he told the intimate crowd at the New Yorker Festival on Saturday evening. “To a certain level I understand people are curious over how it gets there. What do you do? Can I touch your hair? No. It’s a fascination. Most people just let their hair grow out and don’t really fuck with it too much and have real weird looking hair, like a crazy cave person or wizard or whatever you want to call it. Or a sage, in this case. »
- Devon Ivie
‘The Martian’: Why Matt Damon’s Space Epic Soared at the Box Office
Three years ago, hoping to disassociate itself from Red Planet flops like “Mars Needs Moms” and “Mission to Mars,” Walt Disney Studios shortened the title of a bloated adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ outer space epic to “John Carter.”
Lopping the “of Mars” from the picture’s posters and credits couldn’t prevent a $200 million write-down. The move seems positively asinine in retrospect, particularly after Matt Damon’s “The Martian” soared to an unearthly $55 million opening this weekend. Not only did Damon’s stranded astronaut Mark Whatley help kill the so-called “Mars curse,” the fresh and funny thriller about a rescue mission to the fourth planet from the sun continues a steady stream of outer space hits.
At a time when Nasa has put the brakes on moon missions, audiences looking for space travel have turned to the big screen in force. Their interest in space exploration helped make “Interstellar »
- Brent Lang
Saturday Night Live Recap: Miley Throws a Party In The S.N.L.
Welcome back, nerds. A lot has happened since we lost got together to pick apart the 90-minute sketch show assembled from scratch each week by artisan comedy ninjas. I'd offer a rundown of the events of this past summer but SNL already did that in its opening monologue, which you've likely seen, so let's just skip the preamble and get right to it.Who is Miley Cyrus now? She's someone who can reliably be counted on to make a pro-pot reference literally within the first ten seconds of her opening monologue. She's someone who cries during a song about her dead pets, even though her backing band is actually called The Dead Pets. She's goes through costume changes like snotty tissues on a sick day, including one outfit that looks like stacked pieces from the board game Sorry! and another that can only be described as Knotty Dread Rapunzel In »
- Joe Berkowitz
Mipcom Cancels Opening Night Red Carpet, as Deadly Floods Sweep Through Cannes
Mipcom has canceled its traditional opening night red carpet following violent floods in France that have left at least 16 dead. “The Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez is not in a position to host the Red Carpet,” organizers said in a statement to the media Sunday. “We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the exceptional circumstances that are beyond our control.” Torrential rains inundated the French Riviera this weekend bringing the equivalent of two months of rainfall in less than two hours, the Associated Press reported. Some of the victims were found dead in a retirement home, at campsites and in. »
- Anita Bennett
Busan: Projects Pitched at Inaugural E-ip Market Session
Ten original works, ranging from unproduced scripts to currently available web cartoons and dramas, were pitched on Sunday to potential partners at the inaugural edition of the Asian Film Market’s Entertainment-Intellectual Property Market. The new event is intended to expand the functionality of the Busan market, reflecting the changing shape of media creativity in Asia, as well as the growing connections between Korea as a center of innovation and China as a financial power and media consumer.
Most of the buyers and potential co-producers at the pitching event were from Korea or China, with all the content being pitched originating in Korea. Other strands of the E-ip Market include presentations of book-to-film adaptations, forums, a legal seminar and a one-on-one project discussions similar to film project finance events.
At a seminar on Saturday, one panelist said that one concept behind the event is to discover and develop content that represents “one source, »
- Sonia Kil
‘The Good Wife’ Showrunners on Season 7: How They’re Including Hillary Clinton, And That Final Archie Panjabi Scene
Everything is about to change on “The Good Wife” when its Season 7 premiere hits the airwaves on Sunday. Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) is running for president, Eli Gold (Alan Cumming) is drinking smoothies, and Alicia (Julianna Margulies) is a free agent, mainly because no one will hire her. Oh yeah, there’s a new investigator in town — following actress Archie Panjabi‘s exit at the end of last season — and not only does he not wear knee-high boots, he’s all up in Alicia’s cookies. “I would say the biggest difference is that last year Alicia’s ambitions got away from her humility, »
- Itay Hod
Arthouse Audit: 'He Named Me Malala' and 'Taxi' Lead Recent Fest Players
The fall film festival/awards season release schedule is in full swing-- to a fault. Eight Toronto players are hitting theaters, led by decent initial returns for documentary "He Called Me Malala" (Fox Searchlight) and Iranian renegade film "Taxi" (Kino Lorber). The rest, led by gay rights drama "Freeheld" (Lionsgate) showed mixed results. (Footprint released no figures for well-reviewed doc "Sherpa.") New York Film Festival opener "The Walk" (Sony) platformed in 448 IMAX theaters, taking in $1,550,000, far below a similar initial take for "Everest." (More details in forthcoming Top Ten Takeaways.) Opening "He Called Me Malala" (Fox Searchlight) - Criticwire: B-; Metacritic: 58; Festivals include: Telluride, Toronto 2015 $56,000 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $14,000 Celebrity-focused docs often score ahead of others. Backed by major marketing from Fox Searchlight (far above most docs) »
- Tom Brueggemann
‘Madam Secretary’ Showrunner Barbara Hall Teases Season 2: ‘Stakes Are Higher Coming Out of the Gate’
Apparently, all it takes for “Madam Secretary” to avoid the sophomore TV slump is four heartbeats – as Téa Leoni finds her character promoted to the highest office in the land following a series of very unfortunate events. CBS’ political drama is upping the ante this season with dramatic new plot twists and guest appearances by Academy-Award winner Morgan Freeman, Eric Stoltz (who also serve as executive producers) and a cameo by real-life Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. “You have to come back and turn the volume up a bit, make it the same show but a little bit different,” showrunner. »
- Itay Hod
1 Day to TheGrill! 6 Ways to Be a Boss Like A+E Networks CEO Nancy Dubuc
Nancy Dubuc’s climb to the top of A+E Networks has been a journey through nearly every department within the company, from programming to production. Now CEO and President of the network, Dubuc sits atop one of entertainment’s leading networks with hit shows like “Duck Dynasty,” “Project Runway,” “Dance Moms” and “Pawn Stars.” She will be appearing at TheGrill conference on October 5 and 6 in Los Angeles, joining producer Brian Grazer, Box CEO Aaron Levie, YouTube’s Robert Kyncl and other thought leaders in media and entertainment. (You can register here.) In a recent interview with The New York Times, »
- Bryce Christian
‘The Leftovers’ Season 2 Review: Justin Theroux Drama Makes Big Changes But Stops Short of Reboot
The first half hour of the season 2 premiere of HBO’s “The Leftovers” may have viewers wondering if they’ve tuned in to the right show. Stay with it, because the extended opening, which seems to be unrelated to the show as we know it, is planting seeds. The new chapter begins with new characters including Regina King‘s Erika Murphy, a deaf doctor, her husband John (Kevin Carroll), an ex-convict, and their two teenage children. The family lives in Jarden, Texas and while they seem normal and happy, as the hour progresses, we see cracks in that façade. We spend most. »
- Diane Gordon
Hillary Clinton, Miley Cyrus Carry ‘SNL’ to Solid Premiere Ratings
Powered by Miley Cyrus and Hillary Clinton, “Saturday Night Live” drew solid ratings for the premiere of its 41st season. The debut Saturday evening drew a 4.5 in metered market household ratings, up 13 percent from last season’s premiere starring Chris Pratt an Ariana Grande. It was “SNL’s” highest metered-market household rating since Jan. 24. Also Read: Hillary Clinton Tends Bar and Miley Cyrus Slams Josh Duggar in 'SNL' Premiere (Video) But the “SNL” premiere was down one tenth of a point from last year at 2.0. among viewers 18-49. Cyrus pulled double duty as host and musical guest Saturday night, »
- Daniel Holloway
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