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Box Office: ‘Nightcrawler’ Opens with $515,000 at Thursday Night Screenings

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Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Nightcrawler” came to life with $515,000 at 2,766 locations in pre-Halloween Thursday night screenings in the U.S.

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.

Ouija,” the micro-budget horror film starring Daren Kagasoff and Olivia Cooke, should experience a decline of around 50% and wind up generating around $9 million to $10 million. »


- Dave McNary

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26 Things You Might Not Have Known About the Terminator Movies

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It’s been 30 years this week since a naked Arnold Schwarzenegger first brought us the nearly wordless Cyberdyne Systems T-800 Model 101 in the James Cameron–directed The Terminator. Launching a multi-movie (four so far, with the tragically spelled Terminator: Genisys scheduled for release next summer) franchise, with a TV series and video-game spinoffs as well, The Terminator had everything you’d expect from an action movie of its time — nudity, gratuitous violence, a synthesizer-heavy score that chills the blood, and early-'80s fashions that verge on parody. Honestly, it’s unclear why Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) needed future-freedom-fighter Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) for protection, as her hair probably contained enough product to deflect bullets better than Kevlar. We dug deep into the Vulture DVD cabinet to rewatch the films and their commentary tracks (we listened to McG compare Terminator: Salvation characters to 9/11 first responders — and parts of his film »


- Ivan Cohen

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Jake Gyllenhaal's ‘Nightcrawler’ Creeps in With $515,000 at Thursday Box Office

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Jake Gyllenhaal‘s ”Nightcrawler” sent a shiver up the spine with $515,000 at Thursday night's box office in 2,766 theaters. The Open Road thriller is not expected to surpass the $10 million at the box office over the weekend, leaving the possibility that last week's teen horror film “Ouija” will once again capture the top spot. See Photos: 9 Most Popular Hollywood-Themed Halloween Costumes: From ‘Frozen’ to ‘Captain America’ (Photos) Nicole Kidman-Colin Firth thriller “Before I Go to Sleep” also opens nationwide, as does a 10th anniversary reissue of the horror film “Saw.” Neither is expected to top $10 million. Theatrical business will likely remain. »


- Gina Hall

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Ratings: CBS Thursday Comedy Block Debut Draws Mixed Results Following ‘Big Bang’ Time Period Premiere

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Even TV's top comedy is no replacement for NFL football, clearly. ABC's Shondaland Thursday edged CBS in the key demo, when the latter hosted the time period premiere for “The Big Bang Theory,” season premieres for fellow comedies “Mom” and “Two and a Half Men,” the series debut of “The McCarthys” and the return of drama “Elementary.” CBS, which had “Thursday Night Football” in primetime up until this week, still finished first in viewers last night. The network did have local preemptions for last night's pro football game, so its numbers are likely inflated. See photos: Big Screen to Small Screen: 27 Movies. »


- Tony Maglio

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Hollywood's Favorite Thrillers: 19 Movies That Will Terrify You

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The Godfather, Citizen Kane and The Wizard of Oz all topped the list of Hollywood's 100 favorite films, but what about a few horror movies and thriller flicks to get you into the Halloween spirit? Alfred Hitchcock was known as the master of suspense, inspiring many young directors and instilling a fear of birds and showers into his audiences, and his 1960 classic Psycho (No. 41) was one of a few Hitchcock movies to make the list. See more  Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Even though its ghost and gore factor pales in comparison to that seen on modern cable shows (looking at

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- Mia Galuppo

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The Watcher in the Woods Is a Generation’s Halloween Nightmare

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Some movies come along and define the entire concept of terror for a whole generation of children, usually because elementary-school teachers decide that these films make for appropriate classroom distraction during the Halloween season. After all, what is more enticing to a group of rambunctious tykes than being handed plastic pumpkin-heads full of candy while being directed towards a TV screen? This was how, during the late '80s, a number of my peers and I became privy to the particular nightmares of The Watcher in the Woods.One of the things that people who were traumatized by The Watcher in the Woods (a version of which was released in October 1981) love to point out is that it is, technically, “a Disney movie,” in that it was produced by Mickey Mouse’s home. But such a designation seems laughable given the unsettling presence it still has in the minds of »


- Rakesh Satyal

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‘Interstellar’ Sending One Lucky Fandango Ticket Buyer to Space

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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

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'Project Runway' contest winner Ryan Lapierre sounds off: Sean Kelly had 'worst collection'

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While Sean Kelly may have been lucky enough to win the 13th season of "Project Runway," our predictions contest champ Ryan Lapierre was not a fan of this designer. "I thought Sean had the worst collection," he declared to us. Rather, he was rooting for Amanda Valentine, who made a successful comeback to "Runway" after being eliminated two seasons ago. "She's made the most improvement, she had the best collection, and she's a designer who knows what she wants and has a career ahead of her," he explained.  -Break- This was Lapierre's fourth season watching "Project Runway," and he credits that experience with giving him the insight needed to predict this year's results so well. "The judges always favor certain contestants," he explained, "and when you watch season after season, you have an idea of who's gonna make it far and who's not." 'Surv...' »


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‘American Idol’ Alum Todrick Hall Uses Taylor Swift's ‘Shake It Off’ to Raise Traffic Safety Awareness (Video)

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Todrick Hall, the viral video master and “American Idol” alum who recently landed his own unscripted series on MTV, is out with a new PSA aimed at driver and pedestrian safety. In “Alice in WeHoLand,” commissioned by the City of West Hollywood following a series of traffic accidents in the Los Angeles adjacent city's pedestrian-heavy streets, Hall stars alongside “RuPaul's Drag Race” Season 4 contestant favorite Willam Belli and YouTube personality GloZell Green in a parody set to the tune of Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off.” In the YouTube video, posted this week leading up to West Hollywood's Halloween Carnaval gathering. »


- Jeremy Blacklow

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TV Ratings: 'Scandal,' soft 'McCarthys' and 'Elementary' premieres pace Thursday

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Fast National ratings for Thursday, October 30, 2014. "Scandal" led ABC to a Thursday night victory among young viewers, while CBS held on to the overall title despite soft premieres for "The McCarthys" and "Elementary." Even "The Big Bang Theory" was lackluster in its return to Thursday, though the boosted lead-in gave "Mom" a relatively high number. Perhaps viewers were lured away by night-before-Halloween revelries, or maybe by the off-network Thursday Night Football action, but numbers were generally depressed throughout.  The ugliest numbers were on NBC where "Bad Judge" slipped below The Mulaney Line to a 0.9 key demo rating and "A to Z" fell to a low enough key demo number that it may be time to keep an eye out for cancellation. On to all of Thursday's ratings... Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 2.5 rating for Thursday night, edging out CBS' 2.4 rating in the key demographic. NBC and Fox were tied »


- Daniel Fienberg

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Chelsea Handler Accuses Instagram of Sexism for Yanking Her Topless Photo

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Chelsea Handler's putting it all out there. The comedian and former Chelsea Lately host recently posted a revealing picture of herself on Instagram - and then accused the photo-sharing service of sexism after it pulled the image down. In the photo, Chandler is seated topless on a horse, spoofing a now infamous bucolic picture of Russia's president, Vladimir Putin. "Anything a man can do, a woman has the right to do better. #kremlin," she captioned the image, which was later yanked by Instagram. Handler promptly fought back, this time sending out the image on Twitter (Warning: contains nudity ) along »


- Janine Rayford Rubenstein, @JanineRayford

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Oscar Futures: Interstellar Has a Rough Landing

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Every week between now and January 15, when the nominations are announced, Vulture will consult its crystal ball to determine the changing fortunes in this year's Oscar race. Check back every Friday for our Oscar Futures column, when we'll let you in on insider gossip, confer with other awards-season pundits, and track industry buzz to figure out who's up, who's down, and who's currently leading the race for a coveted Oscar nomination. »

- Kyle Buchanan

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Britannia Awards: Star-Studded BAFTA Celebration Is No Typical Affair

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Maybe it was the hour-late start time of 9:30 pm – or perhaps the very British dinner served of steak wrapped in a pastry crust – but the 2014 Britannia Awards were decidedly not the typical award-season fare. Held Thursday night at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, the annual event feting standout personalities in entertainment as chosen by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) celebrated six distinct talents this year: Robert Downey Jr., Julia Louis-Dreyfus, director Mike Leigh, Mark Ruffalo, Emma Watson and Dame Judi Dench. The room was peppered with stars like

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- Stacey Wilson

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Why ‘Hollidaysburg’ Should Win Starz's ‘The Chair’ (Guest Blog)

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Objectively, subjectively, and critically, “Hollidaysburg” is the better film and deserving winner of “The Chair.” Read on. And bear with me. I'm not a man of few words. I'm working on that. My producing partners Zachary Quinto, Corey Moosa, and I produce a documentary television series for Starz called “The Chair,” created by Chris Moore. Two directors were given the same script, the same budget, and the same city, and each had to go make a feature film. Every other decision was theirs, including “final cut.” The show wraps up in two more episodes and has been compelling. The two. »


- Neal Dodson

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10 facts from Rowling's new 'Harry Potter' story confirm Dolores Umbridge is the worst

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Happy Halloween! To celebrate this spooktacular holiday, J.K. Rowling has released a new “Harry Potter” horror story. At least, that must be what this is right? Why else would she put out new information on Dolores Umbridge — second only to Voldemort in True Evil™ and arguably scarier for her innocent-old-lady exterior — on All Hallow’s Eve? If you have a Pottermore account, head on over here to read Umbridge’s biography in full. If you don’t have a (free) login, or you’ve just got things to do today, below are ten things to know about the Wizarding World’s most heinous cat lady. 1. Dolores Umbridge was born on August 26. I assume it was a blood moon that night or the tides ran backwards or some other sign that pure evil had entered the world. 2. She has an 8 inch long birch and dragonstring wand. She’s the only known birch wand owner, »


- Donna Dickens

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Watch an Epic 'Ghostbusters' Audio-Visual Edm Remix

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It's been 30 years since the paranormal comedy Ghostbusters first possessed the big screen – and to celebrate, audio-visual crew Eclectic Method have paid tribute to that classic film with a jittery remix. Jonny Wilson gives the original theme song a distorted electronic facelift, blending fragments of synths, programmed beats and snippets of dialogue from the film itself. On the visual side, cast members like Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver and Dan Aykroyd all make appearances – along with some of their demonic and ghostly nemeses. Check out the mash-up above, just »


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Meet the Cutest Cat of Awards Season: Felix From St. Vincent

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All the promotion for St. Vincent has centered around Bill Murray. It makes sense: He's the star of the movie; and he's Bill Murray, the internet's favorite uncle. However, those who've seen St. Vincent know Murray isn't the breakout. And, no, it's not the little kid. It's the cat. Murray's character Vincent has a cat named Felix, and it's the best cat, full stop. He's just a wonderful, fluffy, lush Persian with a face so grumpy, it makes Bill Murray at the beginning of Groundhog Day look like Bill Murray at the end of Groundhog Day. Vulture has exclusive high-definition screenshots of the cat and an interview with Steve McAuliff, the man tasked with the surely wonderful job of training this angel with fur.   Can you tell me a little bit about the cat? There are two cats. They’re doubles of each other. They’re Persians named Teddy and Jagger. »


- Jesse David Fox

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Emma Watson, Judi Dench, Robert Downey Jr. Honored at Britannia Awards

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British royalty mingled with Hollywood royalty at the Britannia Awards on Thursday night at the Beverly Hilton.

Taped messages from J.K. Rowling and Prince William were sent to the guests while Judi Dench, who has played Queen Elizabeth on the big and small screen was among the honorees.

Rowling sent her wishes to Emma Watson, the night’s first honoree. “I’m so glad she wanted to act (after ‘Harry Potter’) because it means we didn’t spoil it for her.”

Watson, who grew up on the “Harry Potter” film franchise described how her pet died during filming of the third movie. “The set decorators made a tiny coffin for my hamster,” she said. “The British film industry is not just an industry but also a family where I grew up.”

By the time honorees Judi Dench, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. were introduced the presenters got »


- Shalini Dore

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James Franco Stars in New Droid Commercial But Chooses iPhone in Real Life (Video)

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The Motorola Turbo saves James Franco‘s life in a new commercial, after the actor falls from a ledge and plummets towards the ground. Using his Android phone though, Franco locates a soft spot to land – the dumpster behind a Chinese restaurant. See photos: 25 Shades of James Franco – His Most Bizarre, Funniest and Sexiest Instagrams As impressive as that all sounds, it still didn't make Franco into an Android user in real life. On Thursday morning, he posted pictures of himself with Marnie the Dog as the two snapped a selfie using an iPhone 6. The Apple smartphone is in clear. »


- Ryan O'Connell

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Everything You’ll Ever Need to Know About Taylor Swift, in Infographics

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With Taylor Swift's much-anticipated 1989 out this week, we've looked at it from many, many angles  — critically, historically, emojically — but now it's time to analyze the cold, hard data. Well, less cold, hard data and more warm, soft data — like a cookie! Here are seven graphs and charts that look at the most important statistics about Swift's career, from album sales since Kanye "let [her] finish" to which cat she loves more to all of her haircuts to, yes, cookies. Charters gonna chart-chart-chart-chart-chart and graphers gonna graph-graph-graph-graph-graph. »


- Jesse David Fox,Marisa Woocher

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