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'The Martian' Opens With Strong $55 Million Weekend at U.S. Box Office

17 hours ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

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 <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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How ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Season 1 Ratings Stack Up Against ‘The Walking Dead’

8 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

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‘The Martian’ Tops $100M Worldwide In Opening, $55M Abroad – Int’l Box Office

6 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Updated At 1:03 Pm: Sony will not be reporting international numbers for The Walk which opened to disappointing grosses stateside. The Robert Zemeckis-directed film, which is said to be a visual stunner, is in previews in the U.K./Ireland and also in a number of other territories, including the Middle East and UAE. The studio says it will report next weekend when it has a larger rollout. If we see any numbers, however, we will update again later this afternoon. Previously… »

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Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson join the cast of the Assassin's Creed movie

11 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson have joined the cast of Assassin's Creed.

The pair will join Macbeth duo Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in the upcoming video game adaptation, Deadline reports.

With Warcraft and Assassin's Creed, can Michael Fassbender and Duncan Jones redeem the video game 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.

The film, directed by Macbeth helmer Justin Kurzel, began production in August.

The hugely popular Assassin's Creed gaming series continues with Assassin's Creed Syndicate, which launches on October 23 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. »

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Ratings: Miley Cyrus-Hosted SNL Nets Best Early Numbers Since January

8 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Saturday Night Live‘s Miley Cyrus-hosted, Hillary Clinton-visited Season 41 premiere drew a 4.5 rating/11 share in metered-market households, up 14 percent from last year’s Chris Pratt-hosted opener.

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-.”

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Versus its May finale, SNL was up both in metered-market households and in the demo.

All told, this weekend’s SNL delivered the sketch series’ best household rating since Jan. »

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Lady Gaga Kills It in Blood Red at ‘Ahs: Hotel’ Premiere in La

44 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Lady Gaga turned up the heat in a fiery red gown at the Los Angeles premiere of FX series “American Horror Story: Hotel” on Saturday night. The chart-topping singer stepped onto the red carpet at the Regal La Live in a one-shoulder Brandon Maxwell gown accented with a thigh-high slit. She completed the look with matching red platform heels, a blood-red manicure and her engagement bling. The 29-year-old star was accompanied by fiancé Taylor Kinney, who stars on NBC’s “Chicago Fire.” Also Read: 'Ahs,' 'Empire,' 'Htgawm': Interracial Lesbian Relationships Are Trending Now on New Fall TV »

- TheWrap Staff

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Busan: Interindustry Love-in Grows as Movie Industry Woos K-pop Talents

45 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The relationship between K-pop and the movie industry is easy — they both benefit and influence one another nicely.

According to the Korea Content Creative Agency’s annual report, Korean pop music has grown into a giant business with the rise of the K-pop wave abroad. So much so that the K-pop industry generated $3.6 billion at home and $277 million abroad in 2013 with the number of K-pop events rising across the globe. That’s good news as those globally red-hot K-pop stars’ presence can boost not only the box office performance of a movie, but also its international sales.

Japan’s Clock Works, which distributed K-pop idol Kim Jae-joong-starring comedy drama “Code Name Jackal” in Japan in 2012, said, “We expected that Kim, the hottest K-pop star in Japan, playing an A-list character in this film to bring in more admissions.”

The interindustry crossover can also be attributed to the casting and training system in K-pop. »

- Sonia Kil

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'The Funeral': Bro down

1 hour ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as my childhood home has been replaced by a denim pants store... If "The Funeral" had just been Holt and Terry getting drunk and depressed at the bar... Dayeenu. Hell, if it had just been Andre Braugher's elongated delivery of the word "pain" as Holt read the first draft of his speech, and/or Terry dancing the Carlton, this would have been a marvelous episode. Fortunately, there was a lot of funny stuff happening around the spectacle of the show's two most sensible characters drinking too much after a very bad day. It'll be a challenge to ever have the Vulture be quite as horrible a dude-bro as Dennis Duffy was, but the "Brooklyn" writers and Dean Winters are certainly giving it their all, particularly in the sequence where Jake tried and failed to go full douche to bromance him. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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City on Fire Is Trying to Have It Too Many Ways

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In at least every extra-literary way, Garth Risk Hallberg’s highly anticipated City on Fire arrives unmistakably marked as the season’s extreme weather event. A $2 million book contract; film rights sold on the spot; 911 pages with deluxe fictional facsimiles of a Diy zine, handwritten letters, and faux-whiskey-stained typewritten manuscripts; advance author profiles in Vogue, this magazine (forthcoming), and who knows where else — whatever the book tells us about itself or the state of the American novel, it says a lot about what sort of story New York publishers and Hollywood think they can sell. The selling points would seem to be these: a panoramic social novel that’s also historical, and therefore not under the burden of showing us the way we live now but instead delivering a nostalgic view of the way we may like to believe we lived then; a soft focus on both the perennially fascinating »

- Christian Lorentzen

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Busan Film Review: ‘Steel Flower’

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South Korean helmer Park Suk-young continues his focus on troubled young women in “Steel Flower.” An encouraging step in the right direction following his overcooked 2014 debut, “Wild Flowers,” this is an absorbing if somewhat repetitious portrait of a homeless girl who becomes fascinated by tap dancing while eking out an existence in the seaside city of Busan. A fractured fairy tale with little dialogue and a central character whose never-explained background may frustrate some viewers, the pic offers an outstanding lead performance by Jeong Ha-dam (“Wild Flowers”) and packs real emotional punch in its final chapter. It will not be easy for this low-budgeter to find commercial berths following its Busan world preem, but fest programmers should take a look.

Whereas “Wild Flowers” heaped misery and appalling abuse upon a trio of lost and frightened girls, Park’s follow-up is a far less grueling and much more satisfying experience. His »

- Richard Kuipers

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