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'Halloween' Slices Up a Monster $77.5 Million Opening

'Halloween' Slices Up a Monster $77.5 Million Opening
With a staggering, $77.5 million debut, Universal and Blumhouse's Halloween topped the weekend with the second largest October opening weekend of all-time. The horror film headlined a massive weekend overall weekend, that saw the top twelve combine for over $160 million, making this the second largest October weekend ever. As already mentioned, Halloween's $77.5 million three-day debut was the second largest October opening weekend of all-time, coming less than $3 million shy of the record set by Venom earlier this month. That said, Halloween did deliver the largest October opening day of all-time, topping Venom's $32.5 million. The film's opening is also the second largest ever for an R-rated horror, topping the $53.8 million opening for The Nun a month ago and behind It's $123.4 million debut last September. The film, which carries a tiny, $10 million production budget, features Jamie Lee Curtis in her iconic role of Laurie Strode and beyond landing well with critics in advance of release,
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Regina King (‘If Beale Street Could Talk’) could win overdue Oscar shortly after taking Emmy #3

Regina King (‘If Beale Street Could Talk’) could win overdue Oscar shortly after taking Emmy #3
Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars has opened up in a major way for Regina King, who is earning some of the best reviews of her career for her role in Barry Jenkins‘ new film, “If Beale Street Could Talk.” King has been predicted to earn her first Oscar nomination after the rapturous response to her performance when the film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival, and now there’s an avenue for her to win. This is all thanks to one of her presumed biggest Supporting Actress competitors now being campaigned in the Best Actress category instead.

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The Favourite” star Olivia Colman has been the subject of the classic, “Is she lead or is she supporting?” debates, for her highly acclaimed performance as Queen Anne. While Colman was being predicted by many
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‘Joy’ by Sudabeh Mortezai Wins Best Film at BFI London Film Festival

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‘Joy’ by Sudabeh Mortezai Wins Best Film at BFI London Film Festival
Sex-trafficking drama “Joy,” from Austrian-Iranian director Sudabeh Mortezai, has won the award for Best Film at the BFI London Film Festival. “Joy” was one of 10 films in the official competition lineup, half of which were directed or co-directed by women, including Mortezai.

The winning picture is a “vital, beautifully made film,” said Lenny Abrahamson, president of the main competition jury. “’Joy’ is a provocative and unique film offering a devastating portrait of human resilience in the most inhuman of environments.”

In its review, Variety said the movie was a “fully inhabited portrayal of Nigerian migrant sex workers,” adding that “it offers a raw, fresh view on the currently ubiquitous topic of European immigration control, sewn through with sharp feminist perspective.”

“Joy’s” London accolade comes after it won the Hearst Film Award for female direction and the 2018 Europa Cinemas Label at Venice.

Lukas Dhont’s “Girl,” about a transgender teen
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'Joy' wins top prize at 2018 BFI London Film Festival

'Joy' wins top prize at 2018 BFI London Film Festival
Sudabeh Mortezai's Joy, a drama about a Nigerian woman trying to make a new life for herself and her daughter in Vienna, was presented with the best film award of the Official Competition at the BFI London Film Festival on Saturday October 20.

Jury chief Lenny Abrahamson said: "[Joy is] a raw, fresh view on sex trafficking with a sharp feminist perspective sewn in throughout… a vital, beautifully made film that my fellow jurors and I urge you to watch."
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Hillary Clinton Chooses Sides in Vin Diesel vs Dwayne Johnson Debate (Video)

Hillary Clinton Chooses Sides in Vin Diesel vs Dwayne Johnson Debate (Video)
Hillary Clinton has weighed in on the Fast and Furious debate: team Vin Diesel or team Dwayne Johnson?

In a tongue-and-cheek segment on Friday’s "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," staff members were given the opportunity to ask the former Secretary of State and presidential candidate one question. "Late Show" writer "John" asked her opinion on the Fate of the Furious co-stars.

Clinton’s answer was unsurprisingly diplomatic.
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The Road to Gender Parity, Italian Style

Key representatives of Italian media joined with their American counterparts in Rome Sunday morning to usher a call for greater inclusion in the local entertainment industry.

During a panel on the final day of Mia hosted by Women in Film, TV & Media Italia, the group presented the tools of ReFrame, the American organization promoting a formal action plan to achieve gender parity in film and TV, and debated how they could be used to address systemic challenges facing women in Italian media.

“The ecosystem is…breathing with one single lung,” said Domizia De Rosa, of Women in Film, TV & Media Italia. “[Women are] the half which is missing.”

De Rosa was joined onstage by Kirsten Schaffer (above right), executive director of Women in Film, L.A.; producer Paul Feig (above left); Desiree Akhavan, director of Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner “The Miseducation of Cameron Post”; Mia director Lucia Milazzotto; Stefania Ippoliti, president
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Darren Aronofsky Produces PSA Calling on Generation Z to Vote — Watch

Darren Aronofsky Produces PSA Calling on Generation Z to Vote — Watch
As a general rule, young people aren’t great at showing up on election day. Among the many, many people who’d like to see that change is Darren Aronofsky, who has produced a PSA calling on Generation Z to vote in the midterms on November 6. Turnout among 18-20 year olds who are eligible to make their presence felt at the ballot box for the first time isn’t expected to be high, but it’s clearer than ever that every vote counts.

“First time voters have the power to make a massive impact in the upcoming midterm elections, but 18-20 year olds are part of a demographic that has historically failed to participate in National Elections. It’s time to change that,” said Aronofsky in a statement accompanying the video. “We are working with a dynamic group of activists from all over the country, who care about an array of causes,
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‘Stan & Ollie’: John C. Reilly & Steve Coogan Are Excellent As The Comedy Legends [Lff Review]

lIt’s easy to feel by the middle of September that awards season is locked up – the vast majority of contenders revealed, and the winner a good bet (it’s a decade since a movie that skipped the fall festival circuit won Best Picture). Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule,” for instance, which got a late-breaking fall release date in the hope of upending the races.

Another surprise potential to have emerged in the last few months is “Stan & Ollie,” a biopic of comedy legends Laurel & Hardy from Oscar-nominated “Philomena” writer Jeff Pope, and “Filth” director Jon S.

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‘Halloween’ Breaks Records, While ‘A Star Is Born’ Shows October Can Work for Box Office and Awards Play

‘Halloween’ Breaks Records, While ‘A Star Is Born’ Shows October Can Work for Box Office and Awards Play
In another hit from a very strong October, “Halloween” is the month’s second-best opening weekend ever. Its $77.5 million total is just a little below what “Venom” debuted to two weeks ago, at 10 times the budget.

Meanwhile, “A Star Is Born” became the second release this month to reach $200 million — a first for October. Only four films total have done this — “Meet the Parents,” “Gravity,” “Shark Tale,” and “The Martian” (at 2018 prices).

That puts October 2018 in the hunt for the best ever. The only thing holding it back is the bulk of the revenue comes from these three hits; beyond them, there isn’t a lot that’s doing strong business.

The 11th entry has the biggest start of any film in the four-decade “Halloween” franchise, and already has topped the grosses of all but three (adjusted). It will easily be the biggest other than John Carpenter’s 1978 original.

Though
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‘Stan & Ollie’ Review: John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan Were Born to Play Laurel and Hardy in This Bittersweet Little Movie

‘Stan & Ollie’ Review: John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan Were Born to Play Laurel and Hardy in This Bittersweet Little Movie
There’s a clever moment midway through “Stan & Ollie” in which aging slapstick duo Stan Laurel (Steve Coogan) and Oliver Hardy (John C. Reilly) get into a fight. As they stand in the middle of a public reception celebrating their work, the fracas registers to the surrounding crowd as a bit. Much of “Stan & Ollie” explores explores that disconnect: Even as the men grow distant from the happier moments of their Hollywood careers, their chemistry chases them everywhere.

Director Jon S. Baird’s bittersweet little movie follows the pair through a farewell tour across the U.K. and Ireland, where they engage in a series of lively stage shows that rekindles their talent. The ensuing showbiz dramedy follows a genial trajectory, falling short of injecting much ingenuity into the story beyond the uncanny ability to resurrect Laurel and Hardy onscreen. Yet for much of its running time, that’s sufficient.
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London Film Review: ‘Stan & Ollie’

London Film Review: ‘Stan & Ollie’
Stan Laurel, the slimmer British half of Hollywood double act Laurel and Hardy, was not one to wax lyrical about the art or mystique of comedy: “You have to learn what people will laugh at, then proceed accordingly,” he said, making vaudeville performance sound altogether as methodical and prosaic as shopping for groceries. No matter how ebullient their joint mugging, Laurel and Hardy’s slapstick routines were work, not play. In “Stan & Ollie,” a gently elegiac portrayal of the pair’s final comic collaboration — a low-rent music hall tour of the U.K. and Ireland in 1953 — the physical and emotional toll of that labor finally shows through their threadbare antics. Well-rehearsed performance chemistry is merely a veneer behind which the two veterans, as tenderly played by Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly, find themselves struggling to click.

That the story of two stars once among the surest commercial bets in
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Stan & Ollie review – melancholy twilight of comedy gods Laurel and Hardy

Brilliant impersonations by Steve Coogan and John C Reilly lift the muted charm of this biopic about their troubled music-hall tour of Britain

This sweet, sad film is about a little-known final chapter in the lives of comedy legends Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. In 1952, at a low point professionally, out of fashion in the United States, their relationship under stress and needing money, they took on a British tour, sometimes to painfully sparse audiences. Recently we had Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, about Gloria Grahame’s theatrical engagements in Britain. Well, here were film stars dying night after night in Newcastle, Glasgow and Worthing. Jon S Baird’s feature appears fictionally to conflate the tour with the wintry mood of later UK tours when Stan and Ollie’s health and career worries had escalated further. It has a persuasive feel for this twilight of the comedy gods.
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Mexican Revolution: Alejandra Marquez Abella

Mexican Revolution: Alejandra Marquez Abella
Six of the ten titles in Morelia’s 2018 Mexican feature competition are directed by women, likewise two of Mexican filmmakers’ five movies at Toronto. In Mexico, as Chile or Catalonia, women are finally coming to the fore as directors and screenwriters, and making movies and TV series which position their female characters in a very different places from the aspirational inter-class romance of yore. In an ongoing series, Variety profiles 10 emerging Mexican women filmmakers.

An alumnus of the Film Studies Center of Catalonia, Spain, Alejandra Marquez Abella made an assured debut on the world stage with her 2015 first feature, “Semana Santa,” selected for Toronto. Her subtle, affecting story of a young eight-year old boy, his mother and her new boyfriend on a less than idyllic holiday went on to snag prizes at the film festivals of Fribourg, Switzerland and Los Cabos, Mexico.

Marquez’s sophomore drama “The Good Girls” (“Las
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New ‘Aquaman’ Images Reveal Willem Dafoe on a Hammerhead Shark

Warner Bros. has been doing a pretty stellar job keeping the hype alive for Aquaman, James Wan's colorful underwater adventure starring Jason Momoa as the aquatic hero himself. The super-sized trailers tease a surrealist CGI feast for the eyes, Wan is teasing an ambitious take unlike anything we've ever seen from the Dceu, and Momoa—through sheer inhuman force of charisma—even managed to make the classic green-and-orange costume look cool. But all the effort seems silly now that we know the studio could have just released an image of Willem Dafoe sitting astride a …
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Tricia Tuttle Named Director, BFI Festivals; Clare Stewart Steps Down

Tricia Tuttle will take over the BFI London Film Festival, and other BFI festivals, following Clare Stewart’s decision not to return after a sabbatical. Tuttle stepped in as artistic director for this year’s Lff, which came to a close Sunday with a world premiere screening of “Stan and Ollie.”

Tuttle’s new permanent role is director, BFI festivals. Stewart had said at the end of 2017 that she planned to take a year out. Her next move, now she is not returning to Lff and the BFI, is not clear.

Speaking at the closing night gala screening, BFI chief Amanda Nevill announced that Stewart has decided not to return and Tuttle will fill her shoes. She paid tribute to the outgoing BFI festivals director. “She is an absolute force of nature and we are going to miss her very much indeed,” she said.

In a statement, Nevill said Tuttle
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‘Black Monday’ Trailer Takes You Back to the Worst Stock Market Crash Wall Street History

‘Black Monday’ Trailer Takes You Back to the Worst Stock Market Crash Wall Street History
Showtime is ready to take you back to 1987, where Wall Street saw the worst stock market crash in its history, with Black Monday. The new series looks a little like The Wolf of Wall Street Meets The Big Short: The TV Show, and that might just be enough to draw in a crowd. Watch the very […]

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Michael Myers Kills The Competition As ‘Halloween’ Earns Massive $77.5 Million Opening Weekend

Michael Myers is back, and 40 years after the John Carpenter classic hit theaters, David Gordon Green’s “Halloween” not only ruled the weekend but already is the highest grossing film in the series after only three days.

According to estimates, “Halloween” debuted at #1, quite easily, with a massive $77.5 million in its first frame. To say this is a big opening is a complete understatement.

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'Halloween' grips North America in $78m smash debut as powerhouse October rolls on

'Halloween' grips North America in $78m smash debut as powerhouse October rolls on
Jonah Hill feature directorial debut Mid90s opens on thunderous $62,375 per-theatre average.

A powerhouse October continued to deliver the goods as Universal/Blumhouse’s horror reboot Halloween starring Jamie Lee Curtis stormed to the top of the North American charts on a franchise-best $77.5m that produced the second best October debut in history behind recent release Venom.

This was the second highest debut for an R-rated horror behind last year’s It on $123.4m, and, 40 years after John Carpenter’s iconic horror classic first hit the screens, the latest entry in the saga of crazed killer Michael Myers and defiant
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‘Halloween’ Director David Gordon Green on Why Michael Myers Doesn’t Go for That Kill

Michael Myers. The Shape. Whatever you call him, the one thing everyone agrees on is that he's pure evil. As Sam Loomis told us in the original film, "I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up, because I realized that what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... evil." The young boy Loomis first met is long gone. Myers has grown old and wrinkled, but the evil remains. But are there limits to his villainy? There just might be. In the new Halloween sequel -- a …
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Leslie Jones Live-Tweets ‘The Shape of Water’: ‘Is It That Hard Out There That We Gotta Start F—king Fish?’

Leslie Jones Live-Tweets ‘The Shape of Water’: ‘Is It That Hard Out There That We Gotta Start F—king Fish?’
For the second time this year, Leslie Jones live-tweeted her reactions to a popular movie with hilarious results. The “Saturday Night Live” star, who lost her mind over Thanos in “Avengers: Infinity War” a few months back, took it upon herself to watch “The Shape of Water” last night — and found it off-putting from the very beginning.

Take, for instance, her reaction to a scene in the Best Picture winner’s opening moments, in which Sally Hawkins’ character masturbates while taking a bath: “Um is this a PG movie cause um…am I tripping what I just saw her do in the bathtub!! What the…” It only gets crazier from there, naturally.

Jones was skeptical of Guillermo del Toro’s film from the outset, but she did take a liking to Michael Shannon’s villain (even though she found his hands-free approach to urinating bothersome). Then there’s the whole
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