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
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" »
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
‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Prequel ‘Leatherface’ Eyes French Directing Team
Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, the French filmmakers behind cult hit “Inside,” are in talks to direct the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” prequel “Leatherface” for Millennium Films, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap on Halloween. Up-and-coming genre scribe Seth M. Sherwood wrote the screenplay, which is expected to serve as an origin story that follows Leatherface's early years in the 1970s. Also read: ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Prequel ‘Leatherface’ Draws Blood List Writer (Exclusive) Carl Mazzocone is producing “Leatherface,” while Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman will serve as executive producers, having successfully resurrected the “Texas Chainsaw” franchise last year. »
- Jeff Sneider
Khloé Kardashian Reveals Which City She Wants to "Take" Next With Kourtney Kardashian
When Kourtney & Khloé Take the Hamptons premieres on Sunday, we'll see the start of the sisters invading the posh beach community. But that's not stopping us from already thinking of what locale Kourtney Kardashian and Khloé Kardashian should take on next. "Kourtney was saying that she's never been to Dubai," Khloé told me while the two were promoting the Hamptons installment of the Kardashian franchise. "I would love to take her and the kids to Dubai. It just gets really hot in the summer." Kourtney chimed in, "I'm so ready." "I love it there," Khloé said, before adding, "I mean I would definitely would want to »
Weinstein Co.'s Stephen Bruno to Join Netflix as VP of Originals Marketing
Stephen Bruno will join Netflix as vice president of originals marketing, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. Bruno worked a total of seven years at The Weinstein Company and served as head of marketing for the past three years after a brief stint at HBO. See Photos: ‘Marvel's Daredevil’ First Looks Released by Netflix (Photos) He will likely continue to work closely with TWC as the company recently announced that it would partner with Netflix to release the sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” simultaneously in IMAX theaters and on the online streaming service in late 2015. The film is to. »
- Gina Hall
Fox planning Channing Tatum 'Gambit' film
Fox is putting some kinetic energy into a new Gambit movie, with Channing Tatum set to star as the card-slinging mutant, sources confirm to EW. The 21 Jump Street star has long been linked to the character, who has the power to imbue any object with a dose of explosive power. (His weapon of choice is a deck of playing cards.) He gave an interview to MTV stating, “Gambit’s the only X-Man I ever loved. He’s the most un-x-Man X-Man that’s ever been an X-Man … he loves women and drinkin’ and smokin’.” The actor and the character also »
- Anthony Breznican
Uma Thurman Replaces Mary-Louise Parker in NBC Miniseries ‘The Slap’
Mary-Louise Parker has been knocked out of “The Slap.” “Weeds” star Parker has dropped out of the upcoming NBC miniseries, and has been replaced by Uma Thurman, an individual familiar with the recast told TheWrap on Friday. Also read: Thandie Newton, Melissa George Join NBC Miniseries ‘The Slap’ Parker had to bow out of the miniseries, which was written by “Brothers & Sisters” alum Jon Robin Baitz due to health issues. The actress is recovering from a bout of pneumonia. Thurman will now play the role of Anouk, a close friend of Hector's (Peter Sarsgaard) who's the head writer on a TV. »
- Tim Kenneally
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