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Box Office: ‘Miss Peregrine’s’ Leads ‘Deepwater Horizon’ With $9 Million Friday

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

Fox’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is leading the box office after $9 million Friday at 3,522 locations on its way to a $26 million opening weekend.

Lionsgate’s “Deepwater Horizon made $7.08 million on Friday at 3,259 locations. Audiences are not lining up to see the oil spill disaster movie, which, with a production cost between $110 and $120 million is eyeing a three-day total of only $20 million.

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” produced by Chernin Entertainment, Tgs, and Tim Burton Prods., is based on a novel by Ransom Riggs in which a 16-year-old named Jake is forced to move to a mysterious island where he meets the titular Miss Peregrine. Jane Goldman wrote the film adaptation which stars Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell, Judi Dench, and Samuel L. JacksonTim Burton directed the film with a $110 million production price tag, »


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Angelina Jolie In Talks to Star in War Drama ‘Shoot Like a Girl’

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Angelina Jolie is in early negotiations to star in the Afghanistan war drama “Shoot Like a Girl,” sources confirm.

The TriStar film is based on the upcoming memoir “Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman’s Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front,” which tells the true story of Major Mary Jennings Hagar, who served multiple tours in Afghanistan as a helicopter pilot. The Purple Heart recipient saved hundreds of men and women on and off the battlefield in the Middle East and was later helped eliminate the military’s Ground Combat Exclusion Policy, which kept female officers from serving in combat roles.

The film would mark Jolie’s first action project since “The Tourist” and “Salt” in 2010. She has since toplined Disney’s “Maleficent” and co-starred with ex Brad Pitt in the 2015 drama “By the Sea,” which tanked at the box office.

She is repped by UTA and Media Talent Group. »


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Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon to Star in Afghanistan War Drama ‘Horse Soldiers’

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Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon are set to star in the Afghanistan War drama “Horse Soldiers” for Black Label Media.

Nicolai Fuslig is directing the film from a script by Peter Craig and Ted Tally. Black Label Media is co-financing the project.

Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill are producing with Jerry Bruckheimer and his Jerry Bruckheimer Films banner. Chad Oman is exec producing.

Based on Doug Stanton’s book, the film is based on the true story of of a U.S. Special Forces team and their untested captain sent to a rugged, mountainous region of Afghanistan in the weeks after 9/11.

Hemsworth is coming off the latest “Ghostbusters” installment and is currently filming “Thor: Ragnarok” before moving on to “Avengers: Infinity War.” He is also attached to reprise his role as Captain Kirk’s father in the next “Star Trek” installment. He is repped by CAA, Roar, and Gang Tyre. »


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'Miss Peregrine', 'Deepwater Horizon' and 'Masterminds' Close Out September

29 September 2016 12:48 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

When compared to last year, September 2016 has been a bit of a rough and tumble month. While there have been a pair of $30+ million openers, there have also been more than a fair share of disappointments. This weekend closes out the month with two new big budget releases in the form of Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Peter Berg's Deepwater Horizon, both hoping to make a case for their price tag while the long-delayed ensemble comedy Masterminds finally hits theaters after enduring six release date changes over the past 18 months. Overall, the weekend is once again looking to underperform compared to the same weekend last year, which saw The Martian top the box office with $54 million. At the top, Tim Burton returns to work at Fox for the first time since 2001's Planet of the Apes remake and he does so with Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, »


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Box-Office Milestone: 'Sully' Crosses $100 Million in U.S.

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Clint Eastwood's Sully glided past the $100 million mark at the North American box office on Saturday, no small feat for an adult drama. The Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow movie — avoiding the turbulence that has plagued many other 2016 fall films  — stars Tom Hanks as Chelsey "Sully" Sullenberger, the real-life pilot who landed a disabled Us Airways jet on the Hudson River. Sully's gross through Friday is $99.5 million. By Sunday, its total will be north of $105 million. At this pace, Sully will become Eastwood's top-grossing film domestically behind American Sniper ($350.1 million)

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John Legend to Play Frederick Douglass on ‘Underground’

30 September 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

John Legend will guest star as Frederick Douglass on the upcoming season of Wgn America’s “Underground.”

The singer-songwriter, who also serves as executive producer on the series, will star as the history-making abolitionist in the show’s upcoming second season, which is set to premiere in early 2017. Season 2 is currently being shot in Atlanta.

Speaking with Variety executive editor Debra Birnbaum in June at Variety‘s TV Summit at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, Calif., Legend he was thinking about guest starring in the upcoming season, but had no immediate plans to do so.

He also talked about why “Underground,” about the Underground Railroad, is relevant today. “We are in a moment now where we have a major candidate for office that is being very racist and divisive,” Legend said. “I feel the need to call that out all the time because I don’t want us to feel like it’s impossible for our »


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Lorne Michaels Breaks Silence on Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah’s ‘SNL’ Exits

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Lorne Michaels is breaking his silence on the eve of “Saturday Night Live’s” 42nd-season premiere on longtime cast members Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah’s departures.

The “SNL” creator and executive producer told USA Today that the NBC variety show’s roster changes keep the series fresh.

“I think they were great, and they did wonderful work when they were with us,” Michaels said. “They served the show well, and are two people I really care about.”

“Change is the lifeblood of the show; it always has been,” he added. “And you have to keep bringing new people in. Hopefully it’s for the best. I’m not worried about either of them going on to success.”

Both of the actors have since landed separate Showtime comedy pilots. Pharaoh will star in “White Famous” from exec producer Jamie Foxx, as a young African-American comedian whose star is rising, while Killam will lead “Mating” from Jason Katims, which »


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‘Archer’ Creator Says Show Will End After Season 10

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Adam Reed, the man behind the FX animated show “Archer” got frank about his plans for the rest of the series when he appeared on an episode of the “Murmur” podcast from the Modern School of Film.

“The plan is to end ‘Archer’ after Season 10,” Reed said. “I don’t know that anybody has talked about that, but that is definitely my plan, is to do eight, nine, and 10 — and they’re gonna be each shorter seasons of just eight episodes — and then wind it up.”

Reed explained that he had planned to end the show after eight seasons, but had a creative “brain explosion” that led him to believe that he could maintain interest for two more after that.

“So the three seasons that are coming up are going to be pretty different from what’s come before, and they’re going to be different from each other,” he said.

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‘Walking Dead’ Show, Comics Won’t Have Same Ending, Robert Kirkman Says

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The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman refuses to go the George R. R. Martin (“Game of Thrones”) route and reveal the end of his comic series before the end of the television series on which it’s based. “I hope the show ends and the comics keep going,” Kirkman said in a preview of AMC’s “Geeking Out.” “The comic was the comic before the show, so I try to maintain that. I know how I want to end ‘The Walking Dead’…I don’t want it on the show before I get it in my comic.” Kirkman also said »


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31 Scene-Stealing Animals (Photos)

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Even when a the focus of a film or TV show is on its star humans, cameos and small parts by animals often grab attention away from headlining actors. Click through to see our list of scene stealing animals: Billy Crystal‘s character in the 1991 comedy “City Slickers” adopts a calf and names him Norman. Once Punxsatawny Phil poked his head above ground, all hell broke loose — at least in one of the seemingly infinite amount of days Bill Murray endured in the 1993 comedy “Groundhog Day.” The appearance of the cat in the season finale of HBO crime drama “The Night Of” was one of. »


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'Archer' is coming to an end (Phrasing!)

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Adam Reed has just introduced us to the danger zone - the last seasons of FX's Archer. I swear to god I had something for this. Back in June we found out Archer, which features the voice talents of H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell, Jessica Walter, Amber Nash, and Lucky Yates, had been renewed for three more seasons. Yay! But we've just found out those seasons will be its last. Boo! Executive producer/writer Adam Reed guested on the Modern School of Film’s Murmur podcast and made it official: The plan is to end Archer after Season 10. I don’t know that anybody has talked about that, but that is definitely my plan – to do 8, 9, and 10, and they’re gonna be each shorter seasons of just eight episodes – and then wind it up. … I was gonna end it after 8, but then I had sort of »


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Producer Sean Hanish Refines Diy Filmmaking Model With ‘Sister Cities’

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Director-producer Sean Hanish broke into the movie business by pursuing a passion project that could not have been closer to his heart.

During the past three years, Hanish and a team that includes actor Alfred Molina and CBS executive Kelly Kahl have crafted a business template that has allowed Hanish to make more movies on his own terms — and even turn a small profit for investors.

Hanish’s most recent film, “Sister Cities,” heads to Netflix on Oct. 2 following its Sept. 17 debut on Lifetime.

An adaptation of the play by Colette Freedman, “Sister Cities” was financed independently with many of the same investors who supported Hanish’s first project, 2014’s “Return to Zero.”

Sister Cities” revolves around four estranged sisters brought together by their mother’s suicide. The material attracted a strong cast that includes Jacki Weaver, Stana Katic, Jess Weixler, Troian Bellisario and Michelle Trachtenberg.

Return to Zero,” which also aired on Lifetime, told »


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See John Malkovich Reimagine David Lynch's 'Eraserhead'

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John Malkovich lends his intense glare to David Lynch's Eraserhead protagonist Henry Spencer in the new video from the Playing Lynch series, which reimagines the iconic director's weirdest characters through the Oscar-winning actor's interpretations.

In the latest video, Malkovich uses the dialogue from the scene where Henry has dinner with his neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. X, and transforms it into a creepy, paranoid one-sided conversation.

"So, I just cut them up like regular chickens? Hello, I'm Henry. I'm a printer. I'm very pleased to meet you," Malkovich says, replicating the character's halting, »


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NBC Cancels ‘Aquarius’ After Two Seasons

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Aquarius” is canceled at NBC after two seasons, Variety has confirmed.

The Charles Manson drama, created by John McNamara and starring David Duchovny, premiered May 28, 2015. It was picked up straight to series, and following the premiere’s broadcast, the full 13-episode first season was released on NBC’s website and mobile apps for four weeks. The second season premiered June 16, 2016.

Sources tell Variety that several of the actors were released from their contracts a few months ago.

The series was set in Los Angeles in 1967. Duchovny played Detective Sam Hodiak who was tasked with investigating the disappearance of a teenaged girl (Emma Dumont), only to find out that she was with the Manson Family.

Gethin Anthony played a fictionalized version of Manson. The rest of the core cast included Grey DamonClaire Holt, Ambyr ChildersMadisen Beaty, Cameron Deane, Michaela McManus, Brían F. O’Byrne and Chance Kelly.

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Hillary Clinton Trolls Donald Trump With 3 Am Tweets

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Hillary Clinton took a page out of Donald Trump’s book with a series of tweets posted at 3:20 a.m. “It’s 3:20am. As good a time as any to tweet about national service,” Clinton posted early Saturday morning. “There are hundreds of thousands more @AmeriCorps applications than spots. Horrible! Let’s expand it from 75,000 annual members to 250,000.” Clinton also extolled the value of programs like the Peace Corps, but said that many young people don’t sign up for it because of student loan debt. “Let’s use Good Judgment & lighten that burden,” she wrote. Also Read: »


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‘Aquarius’ Canceled at NBC After 2 Seasons

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“Aquarius” has been canceled at NBC after two seasons, TheWrap has learned. The series stars “The X-Files” and “Californication” alum Duchovny as a Los Angeles police officer on the trail of Charles Manson. The first season was released via streaming video in its entirety following its May 2015 premiere. The show failed to find a major audience on traditional channels. The first season averaged just 2.8 million viewers and a 0.5 rating per episode. Season 2 wasn’t any better, coming in with 1.7 million viewers and a 0.3 rating. Also Read: 'The X-Files': Fox Boss Explains Why Season 10 Was Challenged In addition to »


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'Aquarius' Canceled at NBC

2 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NBC's Aquarius experiment has come to an end. The network has canceled the summer Charles Manson drama starring David Duchovny, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The period drama from creator John McNamara was originally picked up straight to series with Duchovny attached. NBC launched the show in the summer of 2015, with the drama becoming the first broadcast show to be streamed in its entirety following its series premiere. NBC put all 12 episodes online for four weeks following its series bow. Aquarius opened May 28 and when factoring in seven days of delayed viewing, rose 91 percent from its

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‘Luke Cage': What’s Up With the Super-Powerful Judas Bullet?

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(Some spoilers for the Marvel Netflix series “Luke Cage” are below. So tread lightly.) “Luke Cage” is, of course, a work of fiction. It’s also a fantasy, considering it’s about a guy with super strength and bulletproof skin. With that being the case, the story is naturally going to need a weapon or tool that could actually be a threat to Luke (Mike Colter). The exact nature and strength of his skin hasn’t been fully established in either “Jessica Jones,” where the character was introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or his own “Luke Cage” series, so we don’t really know. »


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TV Ratings: ‘MacGyver’ Hangs Tough for CBS on Friday, ‘Exorcist’ Dips

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“MacGyver” was no flash in the pan for CBS. The reboot of the 1980s actioner held up well in its second week, propelling CBS to win every half-hour of Friday in viewers and adults 18-49.

“MacGyver” lassoed 9.1 million viewers and 1.4 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 in the lead-off 8 p.m. slot, according to Nielsen’s live-plus-same-day preliminary ratings. That marks a strong retention rate from last week’s premiere (1.7/8, 10.9 million viewers).

The crowd that gathered for “MacGyver’s” gave a boost to 9 p.m.’s “Hawaii Five-0” (1.3/5, 9.6 million) and 10 p.m.’s “Blue Bloods” (1.3/5, 10.4 million), which were also close to last week’s premiere ratings.

Fox saw its 9 p.m. freshman “The Exorcist” (0.7/3, 2.8 million) dip from last week’s premiere ratings that were already underwhelming (1.0/4, 2.9 million). Given the generally low traffic on Fridays, Fox is undoubtedly counting on delayed viewing to salvage “Exorcist.” At 8 p.m., Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” (1.0/4, 3.2 million) was also off slightly from »


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TV Ratings: 'MacGyver' Wins Second Friday Despite Dip

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CBS has locked its second Friday win of the young season, thanks in no small part to MacGyver. The new drama topped all Friday series in the key demo, even if it dropped three-tenths of a point from its auspicious live-plus-same day debut a week ago. With a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 9.1 million viewers, it also led into steady episodes of Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods — each of which earned a 1.3 rating in the key demo. Toplined by an even Shark Tank, which earned a 1.1 rating

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