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Box Office: ‘Smile’ Laughs to 22M Opening as ‘Bros’ Frowns With 4.8M

Box Office: ‘Smile’ Laughs to 22M Opening as ‘Bros’ Frowns With 4.8M
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A new horror film from Paramount put a grin on moviegoers’ faces this weekend.

Parker Finn‘s debut feature Smile scared up a strong 22 million from 3,645 theaters to top the weekend chart. The horror pic started off with 8.2 million on theaters on Friday — including 2 million in previews. To boot, it cost just 17 million to make before marketing (it was originally intended for streaming) so will be a major profit generator.

From Paramount Players and Temple Hill, Smile is about a therapist (Sosie Bacon) treating a graduate student (Caitlin Stasey) who recently witnessed a gruesome suicide. Jessie T. Usher, Kyle Gallner, Robin Weigert and Kal Penn co-star.

Nearly 70 percent of the audience was between ages 18-34. The movie also played to an ethnically diverse audience (40 percent Caucasian, 32 percent Latino, 16 percent Black and 12 percent Asian/Other), according to PostTrak.

Smile is the latest box office win for Paramount,
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Sean Penn Playing Fictionalized Version of Himself in War Zone Satirical Series ‘C*A*U*G*H*T’

Sean Penn Playing Fictionalized Version of Himself in War Zone Satirical Series ‘C*A*U*G*H*T’
Sean Penn, who was recently close to the front lines of the war in Ukraine, is playing a fictionalized version of himself in satirical Australian series “C*A*U*G*H*T.” The show is an original production for Australian streamer Stan and has now started production in Sydney’s Fox Studios.

The six-part series follows four Australian soldiers sent on a secret mission to a war-torn country. Mistaken for Americans, they are captured by freedom fighters and produce a hostage video that goes viral. When the soldiers reach celebrity status, they realize that being caught might just be the
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Free Stone Adds Quartet to Virtual Sales Slate Ahead of Busan and Tokyo Film Markets

Free Stone Adds Quartet to Virtual Sales Slate Ahead of Busan and Tokyo Film Markets
Japanese indie sales firm Free Stone Productions has added a quartet of new titles to its line-up in time for the rights markets in Busan and Tokyo.

The company is unable to travel to the Busan International Film Festival and will meet with clients virtually at Busan’s Asian Contents & Film Market. The Tiffcom market, which runs alongside the Tokyo International Film Festival later in the month, is anyway a virtual event.

Top of the list is “In Her Room,” a romance about a young dentist who embarks on a liaison with a mysterious woman and cannot figure her out. The film will play in the Nippon Cinema Now section of the Tokyo festival and have a Japanese commercial release from January. It is the feature debut if Ito Chihiro and stars Iguchi Satoru, Baba Fumika and Kawai Yuumi.

Hiranami Wataru’s suspense title “Amnesiac Love,” recently played at the Moscow International Film Festival.
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Sacheen Littlefeather, Activist Who Took the Stage to Decline Marlon Brando’s Oscar, Dies at 75

Sacheen Littlefeather, Activist Who Took the Stage to Decline Marlon Brando’s Oscar, Dies at 75
Sacheen Littlefeather, who declined Marlon Brando’s Oscar for “The Godfather” on his behalf at the 1973 Academy Awards, died Sunday, the Academy of Motion Pictures said. She had been suffering from breast cancer.

In June, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences apologized to Littlefeather for her treatment at the Oscars that night. Littlefeather attended an in-person presentation of the apology at the Academy Museum on Sept. 17. She had been escorted off the stage with audience members booing after her one-minute speech on Native American rights.

“He very regretfully cannot accept this very generous award,” Littlefeather said to the Academy Awards audience. “And the reasons for this being are the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry… and on television in movie re-runs, and also with recent happenings at Wounded Knee.”

She was allowed to read her full speech at a later press conference, and it was
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Sacheen Littlefeather, Who Delivered Marlon Brando’s Oscar Rejection Speech, Dies at 75

Sacheen Littlefeather, Who Delivered Marlon Brando’s Oscar Rejection Speech, Dies at 75
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Sacheen Littlefeather (Apache/Yaqui/Ariz.), the Native American actress and activist who took to the stage at the 1973 Academy Awards to reveal that Marlon Brando would not accept his Oscar for The Godfather, has died. She was 75.

Littlefeather died at noon Sunday at her home in the Northern California city of Novato surrounded by her loved ones, according to a statement sent out by her caretaker. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which reconciled with Littlefeather in June and hosted a celebration in her honor just two weeks ago, revealed the news on social media Sunday night.

Littlefeather disclosed in March 2018 that she had been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, and it had metastasized in recent years.

Brando had decided to boycott the March 1973 Oscars in protest of how Native Americans were portrayed onscreen as well as to pay tribute to
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Imagen Awards: ’Encanto,’ ‘Love, Victor’ Top Winners List

Imagen Awards: ’Encanto,’ ‘Love, Victor’ Top Winners List
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Disney’s Encanto and Hulu’s Love, Victor were the big winners at the 2022 Imagen Awards, held Sunday at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes in downtown Los Angeles.

Encanto was named best feature film and Love, Victor was a repeat winner for best primetime comedy at the 37th annual awards, which were established in 1985 from a suggestion by veteran television producer Norman Lear to encourage and recognize positive portrayals of Latinos in the media. Today, The Imagen Foundation aims to serve as a bridge between the Latino community and the entertainment industry in providing access, education, and resources for Latinos in the industry, as well as those seeking careers in entertainment.

The Imagen Awards were handed out Sunday at an afternoon gala, which marked the in-person return of the ceremony after a two-year live hiatus due to the pandemic.

Encanto also won best director for Jared Bush,
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‘The Daily Show’ Will Continue (on Comedy Central) Without Trevor Noah

‘The Daily Show’ Will Continue (on Comedy Central) Without Trevor Noah
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The Daily Show will go on without Trevor Noah.

Sources close to the production tell The Hollywood Reporter that the long-running late-night series will indeed continue on at Comedy Central despite industry speculation that it could move to streamer Paramount+ after Noah signs off.

Noah stunned Comedy Central and Paramount executives Thursday night with his announcement that he would be leaving the show after a seven-year run. Sources say that Chris McCarthy — the Paramount exec who oversees Comedy Central, MTV and a slew of other linear cable networks — and staffers with the show and higher up at the conglomerate didn’t find out until Noah’s announcement that the host planned to leave The Daily Show. What’s more, McCarthy had lunch with Noah on Wednesday to discuss his future on the late-night show but the host gave no indication he was going
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‘Bros’ Box Office: Star Billy Eichner Decries Homophobia After Dismal Opening

‘Bros’ Box Office: Star Billy Eichner Decries Homophobia After Dismal Opening
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Actor Billy Eichner didn’t hold back when taking to twitter on Sunday to comment on the dismal box office opening of his new comedy, Bros.

The Universal film — which marks the first gay romantic comedy released by a major Hollywood studio — debuted to a dismal 4.8 million after doing little business in much of middle America and the south.

“Everyone who Isn’T a homophobic weirdo should go see Bros tonight! You will have a blast! And it is special and uniquely powerful to see this particular story on a big screen, esp for queer folks who don’t get this opportunity often. I love this movie so much. Go Bros!!!,” tweeted Eichner.

Universal has stayed in the comedy business, even as the genre struggles theatrically and increasingly becomes the purview of streaming. Among the studios longtime partners are Bros producer Judd Apatow and director-writer Nicholas Stoller,
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Emerging Cinematographer Awards: Dp Lawrence Sher Urges Filmmakers to Take Risks

Emerging Cinematographer Awards: Dp Lawrence Sher Urges Filmmakers to Take Risks
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Oscar-nominated cinematographer Lawrence Sher — whose credits include The Hangover, Joker and upcoming Black Adam — urged the next generation of cinematographers to take risks as he accepted the Distinguished Filmmaker Award at the International Cinematographers Guild (Local 600) Emerging Cinematographer Awards.

“Continue to take risks. … and be gentle and kind to yourself. That will keep you going,” he told this year’s 10 honorees during the ceremony, held Sunday at the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center. “What I love about the industry and being a member of Local 600 is that you can move up and do these things. [Your honored work] is incredible. You are risk takers. At ever stage of my career I tried not to think of the same path [and] dropped the safety net.”

Following a montage of his work, including some memorable moments from hit comedy The Hangover, he quipped, “I make a living shooting dumb shit.
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Fire Damages Mark Wahlberg’s Childhood Home in Boston

Fire Damages Mark Wahlberg’s Childhood Home in Boston
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A home where entertainers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg’s family once lived was damaged by fire Sunday in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, the fire department said.

The blaze in a nearby home at around 10 a.m., but spread to another three buildings because of strong winds, Fire Commissioner Paul Burke said. Two firefighters suffered injuries and one resident was taken to the hospital. There was no immediate word on the cause of the fire.

One of the homes involved was 25 Peverell Street, where the Wahlberg family used to live. Mark Wahlberg visited the home during the production of his Netflix movie “Wonderland” in 2018 and 2019. In one video posted on social media, the actor stands shirtless in front of the house, describing it as “where it all started.”

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Showrunner Julie Plec Reveals Cancer Scare Led to Having Kidney Removed: “The Point Is Early Detection”

Showrunner Julie Plec Reveals Cancer Scare Led to Having Kidney Removed: “The Point Is Early Detection”
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All the speakers at Saturday night’s Barbara Berlanti Heroes Gala at Santa Monica Barker Hanger shared personal stories from the podium about how cancer has impacted or taken the lives of loved ones.

Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke, honored with a Humanitarian Award, said her “sweet and wonderful” father died seven years ago after a long lung cancer battle; his passing came years after husband Bert Salke lost his mother to breast cancer. “My dad, who I dedicate this honor to tonight, was an incredible husband, father, friend and colleague,” she said. “He fought this disease with hope and courage for years, leaving no stone unturned.” Vanguard Award winner Rachel Zoe said her grandmother, mother, sister and “many close friends” are breast cancer survivors.

Greg Berlanti launched the event in partnership with Fuck Cancer in honor of his mother, who passed from
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‘Interview With the Vampire’ Star Sam Reid on ‘Proud Monster’ Lestat and Anne Rice’s ‘Vicious Sensuousness’

‘Interview With the Vampire’ Star Sam Reid on ‘Proud Monster’ Lestat and Anne Rice’s ‘Vicious Sensuousness’
In AMC Networks’ “Interview With the Vampire,” Lestat de Lioncourt (Sam Reid) is almost beyond description.

An immortal vampire hundreds of years old, he’s desperately lonely, incapable of sharing, unknowable yet hypnotically charismatic. He embodies unrestrained love and yet callously treats humans the way a cat bats a mouse around before killing it. He rejects his aristocratic background yet can’t help but embody it. Equally cruel, condescending, passionate and loving, he’s a terrifying monster and an irresistible lover.

It’s what makes him so transfixing for Louis de Pointe du Lac (“Game of Thrones’” Jacob Anderson), his undead protege and seemingly eternal soulmate.

“I think he is oscillating. He changes all the time and he’s never one thing,” Reid told TheWrap in an interview, later adding, “The relationship between Louis and Lestat is at the heart of that series and they always come back to each
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Bert Fields Remembered as a Loyal and Fearsome Protector of Hollywood Stars

Bert Fields Remembered as a Loyal and Fearsome Protector of Hollywood Stars
Hollywood gathered Sunday to pay tribute to Bert Fields, the legendary lawyer who was in the middle of high profile battles spanning several decades. Fields died in August at the age of 93.

Among those paying their respects were Jeffrey Katzenberg, Dustin Hoffman and Michael Ovitz, who each recalled him as a loyal friend. Elaine May and Tom Cruise also recorded video tributes that were played for the audience at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

Cruise, a longtime client of Fields, remembered him as “a person who I knew I could always count on.”

“I think we all know how valuable that is in this world — when someone says they’re going to do something and they actually do it,” Cruise said. “I’m just very grateful to him.”

With a courtly manner and a roster of high-powered clients, Fields developed a reputation as the most fearsome lawyer in Hollywood.
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Bert Fields Remembered as a Loyal and Fearsome Protector of Hollywood Stars

Bert Fields Remembered as a Loyal and Fearsome Protector of Hollywood Stars
Hollywood gathered Sunday to pay tribute to Bert Fields, the legendary lawyer who was in the middle of high profile battles spanning several decades. Fields died in August at the age of 93.

Among those paying their respects were Jeffrey Katzenberg, Dustin Hoffman and Michael Ovitz, who each recalled him as a loyal friend. Elaine May and Tom Cruise also recorded video tributes that were played for the audience at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

Cruise, a longtime client of Fields, remembered him as “a person who I knew I could always count on.”

“I think we all know how
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Whoopi Goldberg Says Events in ‘Till’ Movie Are “the Culmination of What Systematic Racism Looks Like”

Whoopi Goldberg Says Events in ‘Till’ Movie Are “the Culmination of What Systematic Racism Looks Like”
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The New York Film Festival on Saturday night hosted the world premiere of Chinonye Chukwu’s Till, about the lynching of Emmett Till and his mother Mamie Till-Mobley’s quest for justice.

After the screening, Whoopi Goldberg, who both produced and stars in the film that she’s said has taken more than a decade to come to fruition, spoke about the larger social issues that the film reflects and urged audiences to connect what they see to what’s happening now.

“Now you know what institutionalized racism looks like and you can connect it to your own life,” Goldberg told the crowd. “Maybe you’re a gay person. Maybe you’re a woman. Maybe you’re an Asian person. You all understand this hatred because it’s coming closer and closer. What we see on that screen is the culmination of what systematic racism looks like.
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Billy Eichner Says Straight People ‘Just Didn’t Show Up’ for ‘Bros’ in the Wake of Box Office Bust

Billy Eichner Says Straight People ‘Just Didn’t Show Up’ for ‘Bros’ in the Wake of Box Office Bust
Despite glowing reviews and a robust marketing campaign for the LGBTQ romantic comedy “Bros,” the Billy Eichner-fronted film tumbled at the box office on opening weekend. And Eichner – who also co-wrote the film with director Nicholas Stoller – puts the blame on straight people not showing up.

Rolling Stone already has ‘Bros’ on the list of the best comedies of the 21st century. What’s also true is that at one point a theater chain called Universal and said they were pulling the trailer because of the gay content (Uni convinced them not to),” Eichner said on Twitter. “America, f—- yeah, etc etc.”

“Bros” was crafted as a Hollywood romantic comedy with two men as the romantic leads, and was marketed as the first major studio film with members of the LGBTQ+ community in every major role on screen.

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‘Bros’ Star Billy Eichner Reacts to ‘Disappointing’ Box Office Opening: ‘Straight People Just Didn’t Show Up’

‘Bros’ Star Billy Eichner Reacts to ‘Disappointing’ Box Office Opening: ‘Straight People Just Didn’t Show Up’
Billy Eichner has shared his thoughts regarding the meager box office opening for his LGBTQ romantic comedy “Bros,” writing that “straight people, especially in certain parts of the country, just didn’t show up.”

In a thread posted to his official Twitter, Eichner, who wrote, produced and stars in “Bros,” asserted that he is “very proud” of the movie, describing his experience covertly watching a sold out screening in Los Angeles during the weekend.

“Last night I snuck in and sat in the back of a sold out theater playing ‘Bros’ in LA. The audience howled with laughter start to finish, burst into applause at the end and some were wiping away tears as they walked out,” Eichner wrote. “It was truly magical. Really. I am Very proud of this movie.”

Last night I snuck in and sat in the back of a sold out theater playing Bros in LA.
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How to Watch ‘Don’t Worry Darling': Is the Florence Pugh and Harry Styles Thriller Streaming?

How to Watch ‘Don’t Worry Darling': Is the Florence Pugh and Harry Styles Thriller Streaming?
Don’t Worry Darling,” perhaps the most talked-about movie of 2022, is finally here.

The Olivia Wilde-directed thriller, which stars Florence Pugh and Harry Styles, has captivated audience’s attention before its nationwide release, first with Pugh’s decision to limit promotional press for the film and most recently with #spitgate.

If you’re curious to see the flick behind all the drama, here’s how to watch “Don’t Worry Darling” when it comes out.

When does “Don’t Worry Darling” come out?

Don’t Worry Darling” opened on Sept. 23.

Is “Don’t Worry Darling” streaming or in theaters?

When it’s first released, “Don’t Worry Darling” will be playing exclusively in theaters, so it’s not streaming just yet. While previous Warner Bros. new releases were streaming on HBO Max 45 days after they first hit theaters, that timeline shifted starting with “Elvis,” which wasn’t streaming on HBO Max until 70 days after its theatrical release.
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‘Last Flight Home,’ ‘As Far as They Can Run’ Take Top Nonfiction Honors at Woodstock Film Festival 2022

‘Last Flight Home,’ ‘As Far as They Can Run’ Take Top Nonfiction Honors at Woodstock Film Festival 2022
Two MTV Documentary films vying for Academy Awards attention — Ondi Timoner’s “Last Flight Home” and Tanaz Eshaghian’s short “As Far as They Can Run” — garnered the top nonfiction honors at the 23rd annual Woodstock Film Festival.

“Last Flight Home,” about Timoner and her family’s last days with her father, won the best documentary prize, while “As Far as They Can Run,” about disabled children in rural Pakistan who have been deemed “useless” by their communities, took home the fest’s best short documentary award.

“Last Flight Home” premiered at Sundance earlier this year before opening the Telluride Film Festival in September. This year marked Timoner’s first time at the Woodstock fest.

“The greatest joy I have is sharing my work in person,” Timoner told Variety. “The reason I make films is to impact people and this film is doing that more than any other film I’ve made.
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Terry Bradshaw Says He’s “Cancer-Free” After Disclosing Treatment for Bladder, Skin-Related Diagnoses

Terry Bradshaw Says He’s “Cancer-Free” After Disclosing Treatment for Bladder, Skin-Related Diagnoses
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Terry Bradshaw has disclosed he is now cancer-free after being treated for it over the last year.

The NFL commentator and former Pittsburgh Steelers player addressed his condition during the Oct. 2 episode of Fox NFL Sunday.

“In November, I was diagnosed with bladder cancer. I went to the Yale University Medical Center for treatment and as of today, I am bladder cancer-free. All right, that’s the good news,” he told viewers and the Fox NFL Sunday panel.

Bradshaw also shared that he had been battling a form of skin cancer, which is described as rare and mostly developing in people of an older age, according to the Mayo Clinic.

“In March, feeling good, I had a bad neck, I get an Mri and now we find a tumor in my left neck,” he recalled. “And it’s a Merkle cell tumor, which
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