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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
How Al Sharpton Dropped an Astounding 176 Lbs.
The Rev. Al Sharpton is truly a shadow of his former self. In the past four-and-a-half years, the 5'10" civil rights activist has gone from 305 lbs. to 129 lbs. "I actually lost more weight than I am!" Sharpton tells People, adding that he did it without surgery. The reverend, 60, has gone through several body transformations throughout the years, first losing 30 lbs. while on a 43-day hunger strike in jail in 2001 and then putting the weight back on during his presidential run. The real turning point for him was getting criticism from his daughter. "Around 2006, my youngest daughter Ashley poked me in the stomach and said, »
- Gabrielle Olya, @GabyOlya
Mark Ruffalo Isn’t Sure Which New Marvel Films He’ll Be Making
Earlier this week, Marvel Studios announced a slew of new films — including third and fourth installments of the Avengers franchise — that are scheduled for release from now through 2019. Still, without a stand-alone Hulk movie on the slate, fans wondered how much Bruce Banner they had to look forward to ... and as it happens, his portrayer is wondering the same thing. "We haven't really gotten into the deals of that; I'm still waiting to hear how many they want me for!" Ruffalo told Vulture on Thursday at the BAFTA Britannia Awards in Los Angeles. The actor, who received the Britannia Humanitarian Award for his nonprofit Water Defense, likened the wait-and-see contract-negotiation element to waiting to find out if your TV show gets picked up for another season. "It's like doing a TV show, but in a movie," he said. According to Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, though, »
- Kara Warner
Documentary Voters Must Sift Through 134 Features, Changing Viewing Rules
Over the past two years the members were on their own, picking and choosing among the titles they were sent over the course of the year. That was Michael Moore's controversial rule change. The results were two excellent shortlists of 15 features, the best in years. This year the branch returned to a version of the old rules, demanding that out of each packet the members screen a designated 20% and watch the rest as they have time. The branch leaders were afraid that some poor little movie would be left behind. (That old voting process yielded major films from the likes of Steve James, Errol Morris and Werner Herzog being ignored.) Many voters are furious because they would rather use their own smarts and experience to judge the films that must be watched. "Detropia" and "Waiting Room" are among the films that made the shortlists in the last two years. »
- Anne Thompson
Watch ‘Today’ Show's Top-Notch ‘SNL’ Halloween Homage (Video)
“Live from the ‘Today’ show's Rockefeller Plaza, it's Friday morning!” NBC's a.m. show provided a slight Halloween trick — but mostly a treat — Friday morning, when the “Today” personalities paid homage to 40 years of “Saturday Night Live” in celebration of the pagan dress-up holiday. Willie, Matt, Tamron, Al and the gang were joined by some very special guests in their pursuit to set a new standard for morning shows on Halloween. See photos: Halloween on Morning, Daytime TV: George Clooney and His Bride the Hottest Costume This Year First, real “SNL” cast member Kenan Thompson took a break from writing and. »
- Tony Maglio
Emma Watson Dedicated Britannia Award to Her Late Hamster—Find Out Why
Emma Watson hasn't forgotten about her late hamster Millie. At last night's at Jaguar Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton, where she was honored by BAFTA-la with the The Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year presented by Burberry, the actress dedicated her award to Millie. Her furry friend's passing , she said, is a "sweet, but slightly morbid example" of how the British film community has been a like a "surrogate family" to her. "On the first Harry Potter film, my on-set hamster Millie had a heart attack and didn't quite make it," Watson said. "The set decorators built a small mahogany hamster sized coffin and it had a velvet lining [and] a silver »
Ask A Stylist: How to Copy Reese Witherspoon's Preppy Street Style
Reese Witherspoon is definitely known for her ultra-feminine style. So it's no surprise that the 38-year-old was looking just that while leaving a Beverly Hills hair salon last week. For her top, the Oscar winner chose a beautiful lace Tory Burch sweater, $350. I love how the white collar not only gives the illusion of an additional shirt layered underneath but also refines the look. She paired that chic knit with a flirty black skirt, Kelly green Manolo Blahnik heels, $595 and black Jimmy Choo bag, $1325. Ok now let's have fun and recreate this look on the cheap! First up, this lace top with the same white collar by Equipment can be found on outnet.com for $110. As for the skirt, this one from »
Miley Cyrus, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kim Kardashian and More Stars Dish on Halloween Plans—Watch Now!
Happy Halloween! Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian, Jake Gyllenhaal, Katie Holmes, Daniel Radcliffe and so many more celebs are preparing to party on one of the most festive nights of the year—and we have all the scoop on their big plans! Whether its finalizing costumes, preparing their get-up or getting ready to celebrate their tot's first Hallow's Eve (Hi, North West!), these A-listers are gearing up for some good ole spooky fun tonight. Cyrus, for example, is one famous face who is often inspiration for fans' costumes, and she jokes that they have lots of choices when it comes to mocking one of her notable outfits. "There's plenty of versions to do. I'm always a little »
Channing Tatum's set for solo spin-off 'Gambit' movie, and now they've got a writer
These days, it seems hard for me to believe that there was a point where I did not like the work of Channing Tatum. For several of his early movies, I felt like he was a good looking guy with no chops at all, and it didn't seem to me like he was ever going to loosen up. He had some buzz around him when he was in "A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints," and he was certainly busy as the next few years unfolded, starring in films like "G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra," "Dear John," "The Eagle," and "Step Up 2: The Streets," but it wasn't until 2011 that I started to come around to what he was doing. "The Dilemma" is a fairly awful film, but Tatum shows up late in the movie and suddenly things start to come to life. Also that spring, "Haywire" came out, and »
- Drew McWeeny
The Horror of The Innocents, and the Forgotten Career of Director Jack Clayton
Earlier this month, Criterion released a gorgeous new edition of Jack Clayton's The Innocents, a 1961 adaptation of Henry James's The Turn of the Screw that to this day still ranks among the greatest of horror films. Such an accomplishment cannot be overstated: Horror is one of the most subjective of genres, and thus also among the most susceptible to the vagaries of time and passing fashions. Why The Innocents still retains its ability to terrify us, more than 50 years after its release, is worth exploring, particularly within the context of the tremendously underrated Clayton’s broader career. Indeed, what makes The Innocents so powerful is the very thing that made Clayton's films so distinctive.The film sticks to the broad outlines of Henry James's novella, though it also incorporates elements of a 1950 stage adaptation of the story, also entitled The Innocents. (That play’s writer, William Archibald, »
- Bilge Ebiri
Giuliana Rancic Shares Adorable Pics of Her "Lil Fireman" Duke Rancic for Halloween
Now this is just too cute! Giuliana Rancic took to Instagram Thursday to share some preview pics of son Duke's adorable Halloween costume. In one photo, the E! News host holds little Duke's hand as the mommy-son duo walk down the hall. The 2-year-old looks beyond precious in firefighter boots and pants with suspenders and a white tee. Duke's fireman costume is complete with a black fireman's helmet. As for Giuliana, she looks chic in an all-black outfit with a white collar and a purse. "My bestie @dukerancic," G captioned the pic. Giuliana shared a second solo snapshot of Duke smiling while modeling his Halloween ensemble. "My lil' Fireman," she wrote on »
‘Thursday Night Football’ Ratings Tumble, But NFL Net Telecast Tops Busy Sports Night
Viewership predictably fell off sharply for “Thursday Night Football” in its first week without an assist from CBS, but the New Orleans-Carolina matchup on NFL Network was still the biggest sports draw on a busy night.
According to Nielsen estimates, “Thursday Night Football” averaged a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.88 million viewers overall — about one-third the numbers achieved one week earlier for the Denver-San Diego matchup that aired as a simulcast both on CBS and NFL Network (6.7, 20.22 million).
The NFL experimented this year by having CBS open the season by jointly airing seven “Tnf” games with NFL Network before turning the package over to the league-owned cabler exclusively for the back half of the season. But there wasn’t any immediate bump in popularity for Thursday night NFL action on the cabler.
One year ago (on Halloween), the “Thursday Night Football” game between Cincinnati and Miami did a 2.5 rating in 18-49 and 6.48 million viewers overall. »
- Rick Kissell
'Big Bang Theory' Boss on Billy Bob Thornton: "We Would Love To Have Him Back"
CBS' The Big Bang Theory pulled off quite the impossible: A surprise guest star. In an era where spoilers are increasingly hard to avoid, TV's No. 1 comedy surprised millions of diehard fans by bringing in Oscar winner and Emmy nominee Billy Bob Thornton for a guest gig as Penny's suitor. See more 'The Big Bang Theory's' Nerdiest Guest Stars During the episode, Thornton's Dr. Oliver Lorvis came calling to his favorite pharmaceutical rep: Penny (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting). While Leonard (Johnny Galecki) took issue with the fact that his bride-to-be hides her engagement ring in a bid to boost sales, Lorvis winds up having more in
- Lesley Goldberg
How Overdue Actors Can Win for the ‘Wrong’ Performance
The frontrunners in this year’s Oscar actor races look to be made up of a lot of first-time nominees. Patricia Arquette is sitting pretty at the top of most pundits’ lists for supporting actress for “Boyhood” and J.K. Simmons is most people’s pick for supporting actor for “Whiplash.” The competitive best actor race is shaping up to be made up of almost entirely first-time nominees.
It’s only the best actress race where the veterans are thriving, from frontrunner Julianne Moore for “Still Alice” (a four-time nominee) to the likes of Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon, Hilary Swank and Marion Cotillard and frequent nominees Amy Adams and Jessica Chastain. Rosamund Pike and Felicity Jones are the only newcomers circling the field.
Moore is currently considered the one to beat, and not just because her performance as a professor diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in “Still Alice” is stunning work—she »
- Jenelle Riley
Beyoncé Nails It With a Janet Jackson Halloween Costume—Check It Out!
Only the Queen Bey herself could knock it out of the park like this… Beyoncé's Halloween costume pays tribute to one of her favorite pop divas of all time: Janet Jackson! The "Drunk In Love" singer was seen posing with fans backstage at the Power 105.1 Powerhouse event in New York City Thursday night, rocking a head-to-toe Rhythm Nation look. Between the key earring, slicked back hair and black baseball cap, vest…everything, Bey's look was on point. Blue Ivy's mama has been a longtime fan of Jackson, and she's gushed about her being one of the biggest inspirations for her career over the years. To add to her mama's Jackson theme, baby Blue was »
Career Advice for Shia Labeouf and 4 Other Falling Stars
Vulture's 2014 list of the 100 Most Valuable Stars in Hollywood brought plenty of good news for surging stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, but several of the actors from last year's list were missing in action, having dropped so many places that they landed outside the top 100 entirely. Whose relinquished hold left room for newcomers like Shailene Woodley, Kevin Hart, and Chris Pratt to jump on the list, and what can those faded veterans do to get back in Hollywood's good graces? Here are five stars who could use a bit more shine.Shia LABEOUFWhen we first started tabulating this list back in 2012, Labeouf had just come off the Transformers franchise and was sitting pretty at No. 20. He could have been one of the biggest stars of his generation … but he's spent most of his time since then making headlines instead of movies, and his »
- Kyle Buchanan
Kate Middleton Has a New Stylist, And She's Going For Sexier Looks—Get the Scoop!
Kate Middleton has a new stylist, which may explain her, well, more sexy style choices in recent weeks. The Duchess of Cambridge, who is expecting her second child with Prince William in April, is beginning to step out to select engagements since recovering from hyperemesis gravidarum. Middleton has been sporting a higher hemline and looks that steer slightly from her usual fashion fare—we're talking cut-outs, sheer panels and a gown with a thigh-high slit. Natasha Archer, who goes by "Tash" around Kensington Palace, is a 27-year-old personal assistant who has been purportedly been helping Kate get event-ready in the last few weeks, as reported by Vanity Fair. According to the magazine's »
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