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'Halloween' Looks to Scare Up $70M Opening, Helping October 2018 Maintain a Record Pace

'Halloween' Looks to Scare Up $70M Opening, Helping October 2018 Maintain a Record Pace
As of yesterday, October is pacing a massive +42.3% ahead of October 2017. In fact, October 2018 is narrowly outpacing October 2014, the largest October on record, and this weekend should help increase that lead. Universal and Blumhouse's Halloween is poised to deliver what will now be the second largest October opening ever behind Venom, which broke the record only a couple weeks ago. The weekend also sees the nationwide expansion of Fox's The Hate U Give, which is expected to deliver in the mid-to-high single digit millions, but could break out a bit higher after a strong showing in limited release. October 2018 is going big when it comes to new releases and after this weekend the month will feature three of the top ten October releases of all-time after Venom's chart-topping, $80.2 million debut and A Star is Born's $42.9 million opening on the same weekend. Added to the list will be this
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Ethan Hawke’s ‘First Reformed’ Leads Gotham Awards Nominations

Ethan Hawke’s ‘First Reformed’ Leads Gotham Awards Nominations
First Reformed,” a drama about a priest who questions his faith played by Ethan Hawke, scored the most nominations for the 2018 Gotham Awards, the annual ceremony in New York honoring independent film.

The movie, written and directed by Paul Schrader, landed in three categories: best feature, best actor (for Hawke) and best screenplay.

The Favourite,” Fox Searchlight’s comedy set in the 18th century court of Queen Anne, picked up two nominations for best feature and best screenplay. It will also be awarded a special jury prize for its cast of Olivia Colman (considered an Oscars favorite for playing the monarch), Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz.

The Gotham Awards, presented by the Independent Film Project, are decided by small committees of journalists and film critics. Nevertheless, on the mad dash to the Oscars, the ceremony has become the Iowa caucus of awards season because of its early date. Last year,
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Molly Ringwald, Brian d’Arcy James Drama ‘All These Small Moments’ Acquired by Orion Classics

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Molly Ringwald, Brian d’Arcy James Drama ‘All These Small Moments’ Acquired by Orion Classics
Orion Classics has acquired the North American and Latin American rights to Melissa Miller Costanzo’s drama “All These Small Moments,” the distributor announced Thursday.

The drama stars Molly Ringwald, Brian d’Arcy James, Brendan Meyer, Sam McCarthy, Harley Quinn Smith and Jemima Kirke. “All These Small Moments” is Miller Costanzo’s directorial debut, and she also wrote the screenplay for the film, which premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Orion Classics will release “All These Small Moments” on January 17 and on VOD and Digital HD on January 18.

In the film, a teenage boy’s infatuation with a woman he sees on the bus further complicates his teenage years.

“As a stalwart supporter of some of the most memorable films in our collective lexicon, and a champion for thought provoking, character driven films,
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‘Punisher: War Zone’ Is Still an Insane Delight, and It’s Visually Brilliant on 4K

The Punisher is a tough character. He typically works best when contrasted against a more morally upright superhero like Daredevil or Spider-Man. On his own, The Punisher is almost like a collection of the worst impulses of the superhero genre. He’s violent; he’s fascistic; he doesn’t have a cure for society’s ills, only violence. He’s an extremist, and to paint him as a hero is to celebrate his extremism. Director Lexi Alexander cleverly got around this problem in her 2008 R-rated superhero movie, Punisher: War Zone. Instead of embracing the worst tendencies of …
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‘Halloween’ Scares up $7.7 Million on Its Opening Night

People want horror in October, and you can’t get a much better brand than the Halloween franchise. The series has wisely (at least from a financial standpoint) discarded the mythology so that newcomers only have to have seen the 1978 original to be caught up with the new installment, and it looks like folks are eager to see Michael Myers wreak some havoc. THR reports that Halloween launched with $7.7 million from Thursday night previews. That’s a near-record for a horror movie. The record was set last year by It, which earned $11.4 million on …
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UK film industry has "class divide at its very heart", say experts

BFI panel exploring class included the BFI’s Ben Roberts and Birds’ Eye View director Mia Bays.

Insufficient attention to socio-economic class has resulted in the UK film industry having a “class divide at its very heart”, according to participants in yesterday’s BFI London Film Festival panel ’Breaking the Class Ceiling in UK Film’ (October 18).

Danny Leigh, broadcaster and BFI senior curator, was joined onstage by Ben Roberts, director of BFI Film Fund and BFI deputy chief executive; Jennifer Smith, BFI head of inclusion; Mia Bays, producer and director-at-large of Birds’ Eye View; casting director Shaheen Baig; screenwriter Shola Amoo
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‘Halloween’: Every Film in John Carpenter’s Iconic Franchise, Ranked

‘Halloween’: Every Film in John Carpenter’s Iconic Franchise, Ranked
It just wouldn’t be Halloween without Michael Myers. Ever since John Carpenter’s silent killer stalked Laurie Strode and her friends in 1978’s “Halloween,” the indestructible boogeyman has resurrected for 10 of the franchise’s 11 films, slashing his way through Haddonfield, Illinois decade after decade. Carpenter’s pulsing synthesizer and ominous piano notes are instantly recognizable, a soundtrack for the holiday and a warning for anyone who hears it — Beware of the Boogeyman.

Not every “Halloween” film is great, but the franchise continued to expand and grow over the years, as audiences demanded the iconic killer to come back from impossible odds. To be sure, there was always a touch of the supernatural to Carpenter’s original film; Michael was never really quite human. But as the mythos of Michael Myers expanded, it pulled in new family members, strange psychic links, and even ancient Druid curses.

A new “Halloween” sequel,
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Video: /Film Visits Titanic Belfast, The King of the World of Titanic Attractions

Video: /Film Visits Titanic Belfast, The King of the World of Titanic Attractions
In 1985, an expedition discovered the wreckage of the Rms Titanic off the coast of Newfoundland. In the years that followed, the world renewed its obsession with the story of the doomed ocean liner. Sure, James Cameron’s Oscar-winning blockbuster had a lot to do with that, but Titanic Fever went far beyond the silver screen: […]

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Oliver Stone Says Hollywood Movies Are ‘Jingoistic’ and ‘Pro-American,’ So He’s Stopped Trying to Make Them

Oliver Stone Says Hollywood Movies Are ‘Jingoistic’ and ‘Pro-American,’ So He’s Stopped Trying to Make Them
Ten years ago, Oliver Stone’s “W.” cast a critical eye on the second Bush presidency while Bush was still in office. With Josh Brolin as the charming, reckless naif at its center, “W.” fit right in with Stone’s ongoing look at the corruptive power of American government, and the complex network of mistakes that its leadership tends to make. Of course, in retrospect, the dysfunction portrayed in “W.” looks downright quaint compared to today’s climate — but Stone thinks that’s a misnomer. With the newly reissued 10th anniversary DVD of”W.,” he spoke to IndieWire about the impact of the Bush presidency, his relative ambivalence toward Donald Trump, and why he can’t make movies at the studio level like he used to.

Bush was still president when this movie came out. How would you say the context of “W.” changed since then?

We made the film
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Peter Dinklage’s Great Performance Makes ‘My Dinner With Hervé’ A Reservation You Can’t Miss [Review]

Biopics are notoriously tricky cinematic propositions, as the good ones often live at either end of a wide spectrum that spans the gamut from great man celebrations to troubled man cautionary tales. It’s easy to mess this up: to fall somewhere in the middle where complicated characters are neither celebrated nor scrutinized appropriately (see “The Imitation Game” for an example of this).

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Director Sacha Gervasi on Turning His Personal Interview into the Film ‘My Dinner with Hervé’

From writer/director Sacha Gervasi and inspired by his own experiences, My Dinner with Hervé tells the story of what happened when struggling journalist Danny Tate (Jamie Dornan) reluctantly took an assignment to interview actor Hervé Villechaize (Peter Dinklage) that turned into so much more. After having the French dwarf pull a knife on him and being challenged to delve deeper into the man behind the public persona, an unlikely friendship formed over a wild night in Los Angeles that became a life-changing experience. During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, …
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Last Night’s ‘The Good Place’ Saved Its Best Punny Easter Eggs for the Credits

If you watch The Good Place—one of the best shows on TV right now—then you’re aware that creator Michael Schur’s serialized comedy is jam-packed with all kinds of jokes, callbacks, and visual gags. Despite the fact that it’s a half-hour sitcom, this is still a show with the mythological complexity of Lost, and the writers have a lot of fun filling the world with as many Easter eggs as possible. A perfect example is the many names of the restaurants in “The Good Place” in the show’s first season. They were all …
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Mark Ruffalo and Derek Cianfrance Teaming for HBO Limited Series ‘I Know This Much Is True’

Director Derek Cianfrance has been pretty quiet since his last film, The Light Between Oceans, was dumped due to studio disputes rather than its actual quality, but thankfully it looks like he’s coming back with a TV series. THR reports that Cianfrance is set to team with Mark Ruffalo for an adaptation of Wally Lamb’s novel I Know This Much Is True. Per THR, “The family saga follows the parallel lives of identical twin brothers …
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‘True Detective’ Creator Nic Pizzolatto Requested His Name to Be Taken Off Mélanie Laurent’s ‘Galveston’ Adaptation

‘True Detective’ Creator Nic Pizzolatto Requested His Name to Be Taken Off Mélanie Laurent’s ‘Galveston’ Adaptation
Mélanie Laurent’s latest directorial effort “Galveston,” starring Elle Fanning and Ben Foster, is adapted from the 2010 novel of the same name written by “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto. The writer adapted his own novel for the film’s screenplay, but moviegoers might notice something strange come the end credits: The script is not attributed to Pizzolatto but to a man named Jim Hammet. “Galveston” producer Tyler Davidson confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that Hammet isn’t a real screenwriter but a pseudonym Pizzolatto requested.

“My personal opinion is that Nic did not feel the final script reflected his work as the sole credited writer,” Davidson said, “and his representatives advised us to credit him with his pseudonym.”

Pizzolatto is known for seeking autonomy behind the scenes of his projects, which is one reason he reportedly clashed with director Cary Fukunaga during the making of “True Detective” season one. According to Davidson,
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Javier Bardem Defends Woody Allen Once Again: “I Don’t Agree With The Public Lynching”

The recent surge in people coming forward with stories of sexual assault and harassment has largely been due to the popularity of the #MeToo movement. However, while many of the stories that have emerged are new and about people that haven’t been previously accused, older allegations have again come to the surface. Particularly, directors Roman Polanski and Woody Allen have received quite a bit of pushback from people after their previous accusations and crimes have come back into the public eye, which has led to many collaborators cutting ties with the controversial figures.

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Box Office: ‘Halloween’ Strikes at $7.7 Million in Thursday Night Previews

Box Office: ‘Halloween’ Strikes at $7.7 Million in Thursday Night Previews
Jamie Lee Curtis’ “Halloween” has opened strongly with $7.7 million at 3,200 North American locations in Thursday night preview showings.

Universal’s R-rated slasher film recorded one of the biggest preview nights for a horror movie. Warner Bros.’ “It” took in $13.5 million from 3,500 theaters on Sept 7, 2017.

Anticipation is high among moviegoers for “Halloween,” with Curtis returning as Laurie Strode facing off against serial killer Michael Myers. Universal is forecasting a $50 million bow at 3,928 sites, while some analysts have projected a $70 million launch. “Halloween” is also releasing in 21 international territories this weekend.

Halloween” will smash the franchise record opening of $26 million set by the 2007 Rob Zombie reboot. “Halloween” will also post one of the best starts for an R-rated horror film, a list headed by “It” ($123 million), “Hannibal” ($58 million), and “The Nun” ($53 million). Given its $10 million production budget, the sequel is on track to be hugely profitable.

The new “Halloween” is the 11th installment in the franchise,
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Music Video Showcases Stunning Film Footage

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Music Video Showcases Stunning Film Footage
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is poised to be the most unique-looking Spider-Man film yet, featuring jaw-dropping, eye-popping animation that looks like a moving comic book. A new Into the Spider-Verse music video, from Post Malone and Swae Lee, showcases some of that incredible animation. I can take or leave the song itself, but the visuals are spectacular. Watch the Spider-Man: Into […]

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Magic Is Back in ‘The Magicians’ Season 4 Teaser Trailer

The first The Magicians Season 4 teaser trailer has been released online, giving us our first comprehensive look at the new season of the Syfy series. The show’s third season found the characters working without magic, facing insurmountable odds until they finally turned that faucet back on—but at a cost. Those pesky folks at the Library opted to control the flow of magic themselves, so they erased the memories of our favorite magicians and put them back on Earth, without any knowledge of their abilities. Oh but there was just one problem: Eliot was now possessed by a …
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Cannes Director & Netflix Meet To Discuss Future After Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Roma’ Becomes Major Awards Contender

Even though nothing has been decided or changed, as of yet, it appears that Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” already one of the most critically-acclaimed films of the year, could be the driving force behind a truce between the Cannes Film Festival and Netflix.

According to an interview in the French outlet Le Point, Cannes director Thierry Fremaux discusses the impasse between the festival and the streaming service and how “Roma” could be the reason for a recent meeting that could lead to a friendlier 2019.

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‘Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle’ Trailer: SundanceTV Doc Series Reenacts the 1978 Mass Death at People’s Temple

The history and aftermath of the Jonestown commune is still difficult to comprehend, whether you’re talking about it or trying to show the kind of devotion that would drive so many followers to lose their lives. Yet the new docuseries “Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle” will look to dissect as much of the tragic saga as possible in four parts, airing next month on SundanceTV.

The series follows eventual Jonestown leader Jim Jones from his origins as a civil rights-oriented preacher to the creation of Peoples Temple and through the group’s move to Guyana. It was there that over 900 of Jones’ followers died. Through archival footage and recently declassified federal intel, “Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle” outlines the deaths that happened both voluntarily and by force.

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