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‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ Haunts Thursday Box Office With $760,000
Tyler Perry’s “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” scared up $760,000 at Thursday previews. The Lionsgate release is projected to top this weekend box office with $20 million to $22 million from 2,500 locations, with Lionsgate projecting a start on the lower end of that range. That would be a step down from the $28 million opening for last year’s “Boo!,” which opened to $855,000 at the Thursday previews and went on to gross $73 million. But with a reported budget of $20 million, this will still be a strong opening for Perry’s ninth Madea film, which he wrote and directed. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Naomi Watts to Star in Psychological Thriller 'The Wolf Hour'
Set during the 1977 New York blackout riots, the film will see the Oscar-nominated actress play June Leigh, a cultural icon and activist during the '60s who has since fallen from grace and is a shell of her former self, now facing her demons at the height of one of the darkest points in the city's history. Watts will also executive produce.
- Alex Ritman
Tyler Perry's 'Boo 2!' Set to Scare Up a #1 Finish
This same weekend last year saw Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween debut with a chart-topping $28.5 million, besting Tom Cruise and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back on its way to two straight weekends at #1 and nearly $75 million domestically. Boo! ranks as the second highest grossing in Perry's directorial career and this weekend Boo 2! hopes to find similar success, though it isn't the weekend's only new opener. Boo 2! is just one of five new wide releases saturating the marketplace this weekend. Others vying for a spot in the weekend top ten include WB's big budget disaster flick Geostorm, Sony's Only The Brave, Universal's The Snowman and Pure Flix's Same Kind of Different as Me. It's a very crowded marketplace, but other than Boo 2!, it doesn't look like »
- Brad Brevet
Hollywood’s Most and Least Profitable Stars Revealed
New data claims to name the most popular actor in Hollywood — and it might not be who you expect.
According to data compiled by PartyCasino, which analyzed box office numbers from 1980 to 2017 to determine Hollywood’s most and least profitable actors, Emilio Estevez takes the crown.
Estevez, whose Brat Pack heyday was in the ’80s and ’90s, topped the list with the best return of any top-billed male actor who has starred in at least 10 films. For every $1 spent on the leading man’s films, Estevez generated $6.70 at the box office. Jean-Claude Van Damme ranked second with $4.20 for each dollar, while other great investments were Mel Gibson ($3.50), Tyler Perry ($3), and Dudley Moore ($3).
Brad Pitt was the least profitable actor and returned only 10 cents for every $1 spent, followed by Johnny Depp (20 cents), Robert De Niro (24 cents), Hugh Jackman (25 cents), and Anthony Hopkins (26 cents).
PartyCasino had less extensive results for actresses, because, as a representative »
- Matt Fernandez
‘Descendants’ Actor Cameron Boyce Fires Apa Agent Due to Sexual Assault Allegations
“Descendants” actor Cameron Boyce has fired Apa agent Tyler Grasham over the recent sexual abuse allegations, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. Boyce is the second actor fire the agent after “Stranger Things” star Finn Wolfhard also parted ways with the agent. Whether or not Boyce will continue his relationship with Apa remains to be seen. More to come… »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Box Office: ‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ to Blow Away ‘Geostorm’ in Slow Weekend
Tyler Perry’s horror-comedy sequel “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” is providing the only bright spot on a downbeat weekend with about $23 million at 2,388 North American locations, early estimates showed Friday.
Four other new films are showing little traction among moviegoers. The most prominent is costly weather disaster drama “Geostorm,” which is heading for a financial disaster with an opening weekend of $13 million at 3,246 venues for Warner Bros. The studio — which had forecasted a finish in the $10 million to $12 million range — took the unusual step of not holding Thursday night previews, as it had not held screenings for critics.
Sony’s opening of firefighting drama “Only the Brave” is heading for about $6 million at 2,575 locations — a disappointing result, given its $38 million budget. Universal’s murder mystery “The Snowman” is faring even worse with about $5 million at 1,813 North American theaters, well below muted estimates in the $8 million to $12 million range. And Pure Flix’s faith-based “Same Kind of Different as Me” is underperforming »
- Dave McNary
‘Will & Grace’ Guest Andrew Rannells on His ‘Subversive’ Role as Conversion Therapist
Andrew Rannells joined the “Will & Grace” fray this week to make out with Will (Eric McCormack) and sing some catchy tunes as a so-called “conversion therapist.” The 39-year-old actor told TheWrap that it was a thrill to be part of a show he has loved since college, and that the revived sitcom hasn’t skipped a beat, including its willingness to take on topical issues. Rannells and fellow guest star Jane Lynch appeared on Thursday night’s episode as newlyweds who run the gay-conversion camp that Jack’s (Sean Hayes) grandson attends. “They definitely tackle that head on, for sure, »
- Ryan Gajewski
Lionsgate Unveils World’s First ‘Hunger Games’ Theme Park
“Hunger Games” now has its own theme park.
Lionsgate and Dubai Parks and Resorts have partnered to celebrate the opening of the world’s first “Hunger Games” theme park, based on the popular series of young adult novels and films. “The World of the Hunger Games” had its first full day of operations in the Lionsgate zone at Motiongate Dubai, the Middle East’s largest Hollywood-inspired theme park.
“The World of the Hunger Games” features newly designed marquee attractions, never-before-seen content showcasing talent from the film, iconic walk-around characters and entertainment, dining, and retail experiences that include:
Panem Aerial Tour: A hovercraft simulator experience with an exciting twist, featuring custom content created exclusively for Motiongate Dubai.
Capitol Bullet Train: A half-pipe roller coaster that transports guests to the Capitol, featuring a forward and backward launch and multiple inversions.
Peeta’s Bakery: A food and beverage station serving over 20 themed delicacies and local favorites.
Panem Supply »
- Matt Fernandez
'Geostorm': What The Critics Are Saying
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So: How bad is Geostorm?
The Hollywood Reporter's John DeFore seems to suggest that it's pretty bad. In a review that describes the movie as "big, dumb, and boring," Dean Devlin's weather horror flick comes across as being … not necessarily the best, shall we say.
"Viewers may have been drawn in by ads featuring tsunamis in Dubai and killer hail in Tokyo. But most of the body of the film consists of people logging into servers, talking about encryption, and reviewing surveillance footage," DeFore complained, but the disappointment goes beyond a lack of disaster porn. Describing Jim Sturgess' »
- Graeme McMillan
Terry Crews: ‘Pimp Culture’ in Black Community Silences Sexual Abuse Victims
In a series of tweets on Friday, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Terry Crews blamed what he called a “pimp culture” in the Black community for the encouraging victims of sexual abuse to remain silent. Earlier this month, Crews shared his own story of sexual assault, saying a Hollywood executive approached him in front of his wife and “groped” him. On Friday, he said sexual predators in the Black take advantage of a “no snitching” attitude to get away with assaults. “Sexual abuse/assault/harassment happens so frequently Pimp Culture in the Black community it has a nickname– being ‘Turned out,'” he wrote. »
- Reid Nakamura
Lawyer: Weinstein Rape Accuser’s ‘Biggest Regret Is Opening That Door’
The attorney for the Italian actress and model who has accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her in 2013 says that she is relieved to finally tell her story.
“What happened to her is horrible and she is relieved to come forward now, but she’s also extremely scared, and rightfully so,” said attorney Dave Ring, in a press conference outside the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown L.A.
The accuser, who has not been identified, was interviewed Thursday by detectives from the Lapd Robbery-Homicide division. The 38-year-old woman alleges that Weinstein raped her in her hotel room at Mr. C Beverly Hills in February 2013. She had met him once before, in Rome, and was in Los Angeles for the Los Angeles, Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest.
Ring gave few additional details of the case, saying he did not want to jeopardize the investigation.
“He bullied his way into her room,” he said. “She »
- Gene Maddaus
Kurt Angle to Return to WWE Ring After 11-Year Hiatus, Replacing Roman Reigns at ‘TLC’ PPV
WWE legend Kurt Angle, the current general manager of the pro-wrestling promotion’s flagship television series “Monday Night Raw,” is set to return to in-ring competition this weekend after an 11-year hiatus. Angle, who was made a playable character in the Tuesday-released “WWE 2K18” video game, will replace Roman Reigns in Sunday’s “TLC” main event, joining Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose in a 3-on-5 handicapped match against Braun Strowman, Intercontinental Champion The Miz, Cesaro, Sheamus and Kane. Additionally, A.J. Styles will replace Bray Wyatt in a match against “The Demon” Finn Balor. Both Reigns and Wyatt »
- Tony Maglio
‘Blade Runner’ Breakout Sylvia Hoeks Joins ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel (Exclusive)
Foy, who stars in the Netflix series “The Crown,” is on board to play Lisbeth Salander. The new installment of Sony Pictures’ Millennium franchise will commence production in January in Berlin and Stockholm. The film hits theaters on Oct. 19, 2018.
The studio had no comment on the casting.
Steven Knight wrote the screenplay for “Girl in the Spider’s Web” with the team of Alvarez and Jay Basu, based on David Lagercrantz’s bestseller. Amy Pascal and Elizabeth Cantillon will join Scott Rudin and Yellow Bird »
- Justin Kroll
'Geostorm': Film Review
The planetary-disaster-film equivalent of a two-hour call to tech support, Dean Devlin's Geostorm boils down to that classically annoying hail-mary bit of advice: Have you tried shutting it down and rebooting? Big, dumb, and boring, it finds the cowriter of Independence Day hoping to start a directing career with the same playbook — but forgetting several rules of the game. The result isn't the end of the world, but it's certainly not Armageddon either.
In the face of a wave of extreme weather events in 2019, we're told, "the world came together as one," building a network of weather-adjusting satellites. The »
- John DeFore
Harvey Weinstein Faces Another Accuser: He ‘Forced My Hand Onto His Penis’
Another woman has come forward to level accusations against scandal-plagued film mogul Harvey Weinstein, claiming that the disgraced producer “forced my hand on his penis” during a meeting in 1989. Speaking at a press conference with her attorney Gloria Allred on Friday, former actress Heather Kerr said that Weinstein offered to meet with her while she was working part-time for an entertainment business manager who counted Weinstein among his clients. According to Kerr, during the meeting at an office in Los Angeles, Weinstein “proceeded to tell me ‘How things worked in Hollywood'” and “asked me if I was ‘good.'” Also Read: 'Blade. »
- Tim Kenneally
Amazon’s Morgan Wandell Exits Company to Join Apple
Morgan Wandell has exited Amazon Studios and is joining Apple as head of international and creative development for TV. The executive, who served as head of international productions for Amazon, will now report to Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht. The latter left Sony Pictures Television for Apple over the summer to lead video programming. Wandell had been with Amazon since 2013, where he helped develop such series as “The Man in the High Castle” and the upcoming John Krasinski-starring “Jack Ryan.” Also Read: Amazon Addresses Roy Price and Harvey Weinstein: 'Sad and Very Disappointing' The move comes at a tough time for Amazon. »
- Ryan Gajewski
Ben Bates, Stunt Double for 'Gunsmoke' Star James Arness, Dies at 84
In addition to stepping in for Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon on the long-running CBS Western, Bates doubled for the actor on the TV series McClain's Law and How the West Was Won (on which Bates also served as stunt coordinator) and in the TV movies Red River and The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory.
In 2001's James Arness: An Autobiography, Bates said that each »
- Mike Barnes
Ed Sheeran Says He Slipped Into the ‘Pitfalls’ of Substance Abuse
Backlash over his “Game of Thrones” cameo isn’t the worst thing that has happened to Ed Sheeran over the past year. Aside from a recent cycling accident that has left him with a broken arm, the British singer told U.K. talk show host Jonathan Ross that he has battled substance abuse. “All the pitfalls that people read about, I just found myself slipping into all of them,” Sheeran, 26, said. “Mostly like, substance abuse. Also Read: Ed Sheeran Deletes Twitter Account After Polarizing 'Game of Thrones' Cameo “I didn’t really notice it was happening. It just started gradually happening, »
- Debbie Emery
'The Snowman': What the Critics Are Saying
The reviews for Michael Fassbender's film The Snowman are in and the general takeaway is that the film, based Jo Nesbo's 2007 hit novel, falls flat. The Universal and Working Title film, from Swedish director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and executive producer Martin Scorsese, follows a detective (Fassbender) who teams up with a new recruit (Rebecca Ferguson) to track down a serial killer who builds a snowman each time he strikes.
The Hollywood Reporter's Stephen Dalton calls the film, which released on Friday, "cold and lifeless" in his review: "For all its »
- Arlene Washington
Courtney Love, Frances Bean Step Up Fight to Block Release of Kurt Cobain Suicide Photos
The widow and daughter of deceased grunge icon Kurt Cobain have accelerated their efforts to block the release of photos depicting Cobain’s 1994 suicide, contending that their release would be “highly offensive” and would cause “substantial irreparable harm” to Love and Frances Bean. In court papers obtained by TheWrap, Cobain and Frances Bean also contend that the release of the photos to conspiracy theorist Richard Lee, who asserts that Cobain did not commit suicide, is “not of legitimate concern to the public.” “There is no genuine issue of material fact that releasing the ‘death-scene’ photographs of Kurt Cobain would sustainably and. »
- Tim Kenneally
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