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Box Office: ‘Nightcrawler’ Opens with $515,000 at Thursday Night Screenings
Distributors began showings at 7 p.m. With trick-or-treating and celebrations taking place Friday, the weekend’s ticket sales are expected to be mild.
Forecasters have estimated Open’s Road’s “Nightcrawler” and Universal’s second weekend of “Ouija” will battle for the top spot, with the former expected to wind up in the $10 million to $11 million range.
A week ago, “Ouija” scared up a respectable $911,000 in Thursday night screenings at 2,061 locations in the U.S. on its way to a $19.9 million opening weekend.
Gyllenhaal portrays a crime journalist in Los Angeles seeking lurid scoops in “Nightcrawler,” which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and has generated strong reviews.
- Dave McNary
‘Interstellar’ Sending One Lucky Fandango Ticket Buyer to Space
If you've ever dreamed of going to space and want to see Christopher Nolan‘s “Interstellar,” then prepare to get your hopes up, because Fandango is sending one lucky ticket buyer to the final frontier. The online ticket retailer launched a month-long sweepstakes on Friday, which will award a grand-prize winner a seat aboard Xcor's Lynx Mark II spacecraft. Also read: ‘Interstellar’ Lifts Off, But There's Still No Oscar Frontrunner That ride that reaches 62 miles above the Earth's surface would normally cost $100,000, so it's a pretty good deal — especially considering “Interstellar” has been praised by the majority of those who have seen it, »
- Greg Gilman
You’ll Never Guess What True Detective’s New Female Characters Are
Will True Detective ever cast a female character who's not a long-suffering wife, a prostitute, or a victim of unspeakable sexual horror? Maybe, but not this week: Deadline reports that four new recurring characters are close to joining the cast, including Mad Men's Abigail Spencer as "Alicia, the survivor of a sexual attack," and The Hunger Games' Leven Rambin as "Sophia, a beauty with a history of drug problems." More encouraging is the addition of Sherlock's Kelly Reilly, playing a character only described as "self-possessed." We'll take it! »
- Nate Jones
Richard Branson's SpaceShip Two Crashes, One Pilot Dead
A spaceship that is part of billionaire Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic crashed during a test flight Friday. The SpaceShip Two rocket plane "suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss [of the vehicle]," Virgin Galactic said in a Tweet. Two pilots were believed to be in the plane during the test flight over the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, and the Associated Press reports that there was one fatality and another person suffered major injuries. During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo. WK2 landed safely. (2 of 4)— Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) October 31, 2014 Photographer Ken Brown, »
- K.C. Blumm
Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'I Feel Like I Just Kissed a Goat'
Embargos and NDAs aside, in four or five months, I'll be able to let readers know why it was so amusing to me that "The Amazing Race" spent a second consecutive Leg traveling through Morocco on Friday (October 31) night. That amusement held sway even though Friday's Leg was, as we've almost come to expect from "The Amazing Race" this season, a mixed bag of really good tasks, confusingly confusing tasks and gratuitously complicated tasks. It was a Leg that made me build more appreciation for the teams I already liked, gave a couple unexpected stars the chance to shine, but also failed to generate even an iota of tension or excitement surrounding its result. But I liked the scenery, I liked the Greeter with the chicken on his head and I'm sure that this "Amazing Race" episode set a record for most goat teat close-ups. And, staring down an impressive wall of exhaustion, »
- Daniel Fienberg
10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Christopher Nolan turned down 'Justice League'
Sure, there were an infinite number of superhero-related stories this week, but we found a few more that might have slipped by even the most vigilant readers, including the fact that Christopher Nolan turned down the chance to produce "Justice League," a new "Spider-Man" spin-off report, and casting info for the upcoming "Supergirl" show. And in this week's 10 Stories You Might Have Missed, there are even some non-superhero headlines, including: "The Colbert Report" sets its December finale date, Mitch Hurwitz is editing a chronological "Arrested Development" Season 4, Kendrick Lamar slams Drake, J.J. Abrams reveals he shot one sequence of "Star Wars: Episode VII" in IMAX, "Hello Ladies" will return for an HBO send-off movie, Kanye West guests on Theophilus London's new song "Can't Stop," and more. Catch up here: »
- HitFix Staff
Happy Halloween! Check Out Kim Kardashian, Lea Michele, Justin Bieber and More Stars in Costume!
Another year, another Halloween, another roundup of elaborate (and in some cases, multiple) celeb costumes! Kim Kardashian, Lea Michele, Justin Bieber, Heidi Klum, Neil Patrick Harris and so many more stars took advantage of this festive holiday and went all out with some pretty creative get-ups. In fact, some A-listers had so many great ideas, they couldn't flaunt just one costume. Kim, for example, first debuted a skeleton look before then revealing a super-hilarious Vogue-inspired theme where she transformed into Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, North West adorably dressed alongside her as Vogue contributing editor Andre Leon Talley, Grace Coddington, creative director of Vogue, is Kardashian's friend and »
Video Released of Moments Before Sarah Jones' Death on 'Midnight Rider' Set
In a 30-minute report at the top of Friday night's 20/20, ABC News aired video of the final moments before Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones was struck and killed by a train on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic last February. Taken from a camera mounted inside the Csx locomotive that was speeding down the track and Jones and other crew members tried to escape, the video released today shows Midnight Rider crew members and stars William Hurt and Wyatt Russell running away from the tracks, with crew members and the bed that had been placed on
- Hilary Lewis
Film Review: ‘Missionary’
Don’t let the clean white shirt, the friendly demeanor and the Jesus-loving lingo fool you. The next Mormon knocking at your door could turn out to be a home-wrecking psychopath — at least, according to “Missionary,” a luridly entertaining thriller that plays like “Fatal Attraction” for extreme religiophobes, or perhaps a very gory episode of “The Brigham Young and the Restless.” Following his Clive Barker adaptation “Dread” and his ’60s horror tribute “Cassadaga,” director Anthony Diblasi continues his string of indie freakouts with this cautionary tale of a wife and mother who finds that her Book of Mormon-thumping boyfriend is anything but a saint, Latter-Day or otherwise. Released Oct. 31, the Freestyle/Orchard quickie could turn a quick buck in limited-theatrical and VOD play.
- Justin Chang
Melanie Griffith on Who She'd Like to Date Next and Why She'll Never Watch Daughter Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades of Grey
We can count at least 50 reasons, one per shade, why Melanie Griffith might want to not see daughter Dakota Johnson's next movie. But the 57-year-old mother of three, who has had her own share of super-sexy roles over the years, gave a perfectly good explanation herself as to why she won't be watching Fifty Shades of Grey. Either that, or she's going to walk out during the first hour. "I read all the books," Griffith told Extra earlier this month in an interview just posted today, "before I knew she was doing the movie...I really loved the books. I think everybody loved the books and everybody read them even though a lot of people will say that they didn't read them. But I think »
12 Fresh Tips From Top Women Executives on Climbing the Entertainment Industry Ladder
“Never equate kindness with weakness.” – Iris Grossman, Agent, Paradigm “Do your job as though you're not scared to be fired.” – Susan Cartsonis, Producer, Storefront Pictures ”Better to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission” – Ghen Laraya Long, VP Mandalay Digital Group Those were just three of the hundreds of pieces of advice handed out at Women In Film's “Speed Mentoring” program at the Montage Thursday night. What LinkedIn is to Tinder, “Speed Mentoring” is to “Speed Dating.” Twenty handpicked mentees starting out their industry careers got the equivalent of 20 general meetings, all in a night. “I had no mentors, »
- Mikey Glazer
Chris Brown Talks All Things Rihanna: The Assault, Their Relationship, Drake and More—Watch Now!
Now that a substantial amount of time has passed, it seems like Chris Brown is willing and ready to talk about all of the things he may have been hesitant to address five years ago. The singer stopped by Hot 97's Ebro In The Morning radio show to promote his new album X, and during his interview, Breezy talked about everything. No, seriously—Chris opened up about his 2009 assault against Rihanna, why he and RiRi gave love another shot, the Barbados beauty dating Drake and so much more. "Honestly, I just kinda listened to the wrong—'Ok, we need to to do this' PR strategy—I really just wanted to be like, man, f--k y'all, and that's how I feel, because it's my personal life. »
Penguin Helps Detective Gordon, Wreaks Havoc on ‘Gotham’ in Latest Fox Trailer (Video)
Penguin stands between Detective Jim Gordon and a murder charge in a new clip from Fox's “Gotham.” In the premiere episode of the Batman-inspired series, Jim (Benjamin McKenzie) pretended to put a bullet in the aspiring super-villain's head to curry favor with criminals. But on Monday's episode, “Alive & Well,” the truth finally comes out. See photos: 19 Best and Worst Superheroes to Hit TV: What's Flown? What's Blown? Penguin — a.k.a. Oswald Cobblepot — bursts through the front doors of the Gotham Police Department just as Jim is about to be charged with his murder, and makes a grand declaration. “I'm Oswald Cobblepot, »
- Travis Reilly
Uma Thurman to Replace Mary-Louise Parker in NBC’s ‘The Slap’
Thurman was recruited at the last minute because Parker is recovering from pneumonia, according to a report on TV Line.
NBC has ordered eight episodes of the family drama about the fallout when a man slaps another couple’s misbehaving child. Melissa George, Thandie Newton, Peter Sarsgaard and Zachary Quinto also star. Lisa Cholodenko is directing from a script by playwright Jon Robin Baitz. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are also exec producing.
Thurman logged a five-episode guest arc on the NBC drama “Smash” in 2012.
- Variety Staff
Wait, So Why Was Amanda Bynes Released From a Psychiatric Hold Right After It Was Extended? Here's How She Got Out Early & What's Next
Ok, so Amanda Bynes was out and about last night in West Hollywood, just days after a judge extended her stay in a psychiatric hospital for another 30 days. She was spotted Thursday shopping at the Beverly Center and eating at Mel's Diner on Sunset Boulevard. A source tells E! News that later she showed up at the London hotel—where she had stayed before without incident—plunked a wad of cash down at the reception desk and politely asked for a room, but was told she couldn't stay. As Bynes left, she turned around and said it was "bad karma" for them and they had hurt her feelings. (A rep for the London had no comment on the alleged incident.) This morning she tweeted that she was on »
Robin Thicke Being Exploited by Marvin Gaye Family's Lawsuit? "We Didn't Inject His Issues Into the Case," Attorney Says
Update: On Oct. 30, U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt denied Thicke and Pharrell's motion for a ruling that they did not substantially borrow from Gaye's song, instead ruling that the plaintiffs "have made a sufficient showing that elements of 'Blurred Lines' may be substantially similar to protected, original elements of 'Got to Give It Up.'" Kronstadt set a trial date of Feb. 10, 2015. __________________________________ Robin Thicke's camp claiming that Marvin Gaye's children are exploiting his personal life to distract from a weak lawsuit is absurd, according to the attorney representing the late soul legend's kids in a lawsuit against the "Blurred Lines" »
Bill Maher on Berkeley Speech Controversy: "They Don’t Teach Irony in College Anymore"
Bill Maher has broken his silence on a controversy surrounding plans for him to speak at Berkeley's commencement in December. "Though I never attended Berkeley, I was very aware of their place in the debate — on the far left," Maher said on Friday's Real Time. "In a country where the Democratic Party has sold out to the center and the right, this is what is needed. This is why I wanted to accept." But a group of Berkeley students started a Change.org petition asking the university to rescind Maher's invitation, citing a heated exchange he had with
- Aaron Couch
Giuliana Rancic Gets Terrified and Screams Obscenities During Scary E! News Prank—Watch the Hilarious Clip!
In the spirit of Halloween, the E! News hosts took on your favorite fairy princess roles for an entertaining skit as part of the ghoulish countdown! They kicked off the festivities with "E! True Hollywood Story: Who Killed Elsa?", a murder mystery-style skit featuring Giuliana Rancic, Jason Kennedy and the rest of the E! News team as they portrayed fairy princesses and your favorite childhood characters such as Maleficent and Snow White! E! News also offered viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the "E! True Hollywood Story" skit, which included backstage interviews with E!'s hosts and a detailed look at the makep and wardrobe processes that went into their incredible (and funny) »
Afm: Ryan Kwanten-Mickey Rourke’s ‘Blunt Force Trauma’ Heads to Voltage
Voltage will launch sales at the American Film Market next week. Filming wrapped earlier this month in Colombia.
In the film, Rourke portrays a champion of underground gunfights, while Kwanten’s character seeks the ultimate duel, and Pinto’s character seeks revenge for the death of her brother.
- Dave McNary
Family Believes Kristi and Benjamin Strack Killed Children, Committed Suicide
Relatives of a family of five found dead last month in the upstairs bedroom of their Springville, Utah, home, tell People exclusively that they believe Benjamin and Kristi Strack took their own lives and the lives of their three children because the couple suffered from long-term mental illness and substance-abuse disorders. The Stracks were found dead by an older son, Janson McGee, with cups of red liquid next to their bodies, on Sept. 27. The children - Benson, 14, Emery, 12, and Zion, 11 - were found lying on and around the bed, covered with blankets up to their necks, with empty bottles of »
- Cathy Free
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