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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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Selma Blair Reveals She Has MS in Emotional Instagram Post: 'I'm in the Thick of It'

Selma Blair Reveals She Has MS in Emotional Instagram Post: 'I'm in the Thick of It'
Selma Blair has multiple sclerosis.

The actress, 46, revealed her diagnosis via Instagram on Saturday, writing an emotional post detailing her disabilities.

“I have #multiplesclerosis. I am in an exacerbation,” she wrote. “By the grace of the lord, and will power and the understanding producers at Netflix, I have a job. A wonderful job. I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken gps. But we are doing it. And I laugh and I don’t know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best.
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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.

SEEWill Emmy winners Claire Foy and Regina King go head-to-head at 2019 Oscars as Best Supporting Actress?

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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Scott Wilson of ‘The Walking Dead’ Remembered at Memorial

Scott Wilson of ‘The Walking Dead’ Remembered at Memorial
Scott Wilson, an acting veteran of half a century who was a high-profile member “The Walking Dead” cast, was remembered warmly at memorial ceremonies Saturday at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills.

Wilson died at the age of 76 after a battle with leukemia on Oct. 6. The premiere episode of the ninth season of “The Walking Dead” aired the next day and was dedicated to Wilson’s memory.

The Walking Dead” cast members Danai Gurira, Norman Reedus, Sarah Wayne Callies and Greg Nicotero spoke at Saturday’s event along with director Ernest Dickerson. Gurira recalled in her speech that Wilson went out of
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First Footage of Robert Englund’s Return as Freddy Krueger In “The Goldbergs” [Video]

First Footage of Robert Englund’s Return as Freddy Krueger In “The Goldbergs” [Video]
On this coming Wednesday, October 24th, horror icon Robert Englund returns as Freddy Krueger in a special Halloween-themed episode of “The Goldbergs”. While we exclusively shared the first ever footage from the episode, hilariously titled “Mister Knifey-Hands”, a new promo reveals the A Nightmare On Elm Street slasher in the flesh! It’s short and sweet. In the episode: “Despite Beverly’s […]
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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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Jonah Hill’s ‘Mid 90s’ Posts Big Debut at Indie Box Office

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The indie box office has rebound from lackluster returns last week thanks to strong results from A24’s “Mid 90s” and Fox Searchlight’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

“Mid 90s” is the directorial debut of Jonah Hill and stars Sunny Suljic as a 13-year-old living in 1995 Los Angeles with his abusive brother (Lucas Hedges) and his single mother (Katherine Waterston) and who joins a skateboarding crew filled with some questionable skaters.

Also Read: 'Mid90s' Film Review: Jonah Hill Scores Solid Directorial Debut With Coming-of-Age Indie

Debuting on four screens, the film has given A24 two of the top three per screen averages of 2018, earning $249,500 for an average of $62,375. Only fellow A24 release “Eighth Grade” and National Geographic’s “Free Solo” have posted higher averages.

“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” stars Melissa McCarthy in the true story of Lee Israel, a struggling writer who makes a fortune by creating
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‘Venom’ Rules International Box Office Again, ‘A Star Is Born’ Crosses $200 Million Worldwide

‘Venom’ Rules International Box Office Again, ‘A Star Is Born’ Crosses $200 Million Worldwide
“Venom” remains a force to be reckoned with overseas as the Tom Hardy superhero movie topped the foreign box office for the third weekend in a row.

Sony’s “Venom” secured the No. 1 spot abroad with $32 million from 65 markets, taking its international total to $290.7 million. It earned $18.1 million in North America for a worldwide total of $460.2 million.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ “A Star Is Born” continues to do monster business of its own. The acclaimed musical drama starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga generated an impressive $22.8 million from 75 overseas markets, bringing its tally to $74.7 million overseas and $201 million globally. “A Star Is Born” opened in Australia with $4.7 million in 536 venues, as well as Hong Kong with $629,000 in 58 locations. Top holdovers include the United Kingdom ($3.9 million on 846 screens), Italy ($1.5 million on 614 screens), and France ($1.5 million on 353 screens). It debuts next in Japan on Dec. 21.

Though Universal’s “Halloween” topped the domestic box office,
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‘The Hate U Give’: A Racial Drama So Honest Every American Should See It

‘The Hate U Give’: A Racial Drama So Honest Every American Should See It
It’s dispiriting, if more true than not, to keep hearing that the two sides of America have no more overlap, that we’re at fundamental odds, plugged into different news streams, different cultural-ideological values, different realities. And a pivotal way this degrades our discourse is that neither side feels like it has the luxury to look for shades of gray.

Yet one of the shockingly powerful things about “The Hate U Give,” a drama of racial discord that’s been playing to enthralled audiences and finally went wide this weekend, is that it unfolds in a moral zone that keeps forcing you to question what you think. The film is based on a young-adult novel by Angie Thomas, and excuse my prejudice if I confess that I don’t tend to go to Ya movies to have my mind opened up about America’s racial complexities. Yet “The Hate U Give,
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Paul Webster Talks Movie Biz Upheaval, Marjane Satrapi’s ‘Radioactive’

In the spring of 1975, long before he became one of the U.K.’s most respected producers, Paul Webster got his first job in the film industry working as a dispatch clerk in the basement of the Gate Cinema in Notting Hill, checking celluloid reels for damage before they could be fed into the projector. For his first job, he had to inspect the reel of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “Fox and His Friends.”

“I picked it out very gingerly from the can…and the middle just fell out,” he told an audience in Rome during “X Rays on the UK,” a conversation hosted by Mia in cooperation with the BFI, the British Council, and the British Embassy in Rome, and moderated by Wendy Mitchell.

“I then spent my first morning in the film industry trying to put it back together again without breaking the film or damaging it, and
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Richard Linklater’s Latest Anti-Ted Cruz Ad Mocks His Presidential Ambitions

Richard Linklater’s Latest Anti-Ted Cruz Ad Mocks His Presidential Ambitions
The Fire Ted Cruz Political Action Committee and filmmaker Richard Linklater are back at it again with a new ad against Senator Ted Cruz (R-tx), who is engaged in a political battle for his senatorial seat against Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-tx).

In keeping with the other two campaign ads Linklater has directed for the Pac, the ad features a Texan sitting in a diner, talking to the camera but addressing Ted Cruz.

This time around, the ad mocks Cruz’s presidential aspirations. “I like a guy who travels
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‘Broadway’ Breathes Fresh Life Into Post-Crisis Greece

A band of young street performers and pickpockets in Athens find an unlikely refuge in an abandoned shopping mall. But when their former leader is released from prison, his return threatens the delicate balance of their makeshift family.

In “Broadway,” director Christos Massalas creates a colorful world of cast-offs and hustlers, set on the fringes of a city leveled by the Greek economic crisis. Produced by Neda Film and Bertrand Gore, of France’s Blue Monday Productions, and executive produced by Falliro House Productions, Massalas’ feature debut took part in Mia’s co-production market and pitching forum.

Broadway” is set in a modern-day Athens that, while still bearing the scars of Greece’s decade-long freefall, brims with energy and possibility. “It’s looking at a world that is in transition,” said Massalas. The director said the film uses “the city and its modern monuments” to probe at “the remains of a consumerist society,
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‘Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle’ Director Danny Leiner Dead at 57

‘Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle’ Director Danny Leiner Dead at 57
Danny Leiner, the director of the stoner comedies Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and Dude, Where’s My Car?, died Thursday, October 18th at the age of 57. Leiner’s death was first announced by his former co-producer Ross Putman, with Deadline later confirming that the director died following a battle with lung cancer.

“If there’s one thing I can say about Danny the professional, it’s that he refused to let us settle for anything less than our best,” Putman wrote on Facebook. “He pushed us to
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British-Iranian Helmer Mandi Riggi Shows No ‘Mercy’ in Offbeat Debut

When the matriarch of a British-Iranian family goes missing in London, her loved ones find themselves on an offbeat spiritual journey to track her down, setting their old world traditions on a collision course with their new world surroundings.

Inspired by her own Iranian roots, “Mercy” is the feature debut of British-Iranian director Mandi Riggi. Andrew Eaton (“The Crown”) will executive produce, with a cast that includes F. Murray Abraham, Hiam Abbass, Emun Elliott, Sarah Snook and Yasmin Paige. The film was selected for Mia’s co-production market and pitching forum.

“Mercy” draws on Riggi’s upbringing in the U.K., where she lived until the age of 14, after her parents left Iran in the wake of the 1979 revolution. Though they arrived “with hope in their eyes” and plans for a better life, the director said the bittersweet decision weighed on them long afterward.

“These are immigrants who can never
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Trump Administration Wants to Change Definition of Gender to Restrict Transgender Rights

The Trump administration is looking into restricting the definition of gender to be based on a person’s genitalia at birth, the New York Times reported Sunday.

The Times obtained a memo that stated that the Department of Health and Human Services is seeking to define gender under Title IX, the law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in educational institutions.

This would roll back the definition changed by the Obama administration to reflect gender as an individual’s decision, which extended more civil rights to transgender people.
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‘Halloween’ Nears October Box Office Record With $77 Million Opening

Blumhouse’s partnership with Universal has yielded a new studio opening weekend record, as David Gordon Green’s “Halloween” has posted an opening of $77.5 million from 3,928 screens.

On Friday, the sequel to John Carpenter’s famed slasher film was flirting with breaking the October opening weekend record set by “Venom” two weeks ago with $80 million. But Saturday’s results have made that less likely, as they fell 18 percent from Friday’s $33.2 million total.

But “Halloween” is still rising above both tracker expectations and the Blumhouse opening weekend record of $52.5 million set by “Paranormal Activity 3” in 2011. It’s also the second-best opening set by any R-rated horror movie — last year’s “It” remake holds the record with $123 million — and is among the top 10 openings for all R-rated films.

Also Read: 'Halloween' Director David Gordon Green on How He Pulled Off Michael Myers' One-Shot Murder Scene

Audiences are expected to continue
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Box Office: ‘Halloween’ Slashes Franchise Record With $77.5 Million Launch

Box Office: ‘Halloween’ Slashes Franchise Record With $77.5 Million Launch
“Halloween” made a killing in North America, earning $77.5 million when the slasher film launched in 3,928 locations.

David Gordon Green’s “Halloween,” a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic, obliterated the franchise record opening of $26 million, previously held by the 2007 Rob Zombie reboot. “Halloween” also notched the second-best start for an R-rated horror film following “It’s” $123 million launch. It also landed the second-highest debut for an October release, set earlier this month by “Venom” with $80 million.

Universal and Blumhouse’s “Halloween” is the 11th installment in the series, five of which have starred Jamie Lee Curtis as iconic avenging babysitter Laurie Strode, who is now a grandmother in the newest take. Carpenter returned to executive produce and compose the score for the R-rated thriller. The follow-up has garnered some of the best reviews for a series entry yet. While the last few iterations have been panned, “Halloween” holds a 80% average on Rotten Tomatoes.
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Former Lionsgate Exec Guy Avshalom’s Blackbox Developing Crime Skeins (Exclusive)

London and Rome-based production company Blackbox Multimedia, recently co-founded by former Lionsgate COO Guy Avshalom with Italy’s Guido Brera and Roberta Cardarelli, is developing a slate of high-end skeins for the international market comprising “The Last Cop,” on which they’ve partnered with Keshet International, and also “Murder in Time,” based on a series of thrillers by U.S. writer Julie McElwain.

McElwain’s three “Murder in Time” books, published by Pegasus, revolve around tough FBI agent Kendra Donovan who goes rogue in London in an effort to assassinate the man who killed her team, only to end up in England in the 1800s.
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Selma Blair Reveals Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

Selma Blair Reveals Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis
Selma Blair revealed that she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in a heartfelt Instagram post.

On October 20th, the actress posted a photo of herself with a long caption centered on thanking her Another Life costume designer for helping her get dressed for the show. Blair also expressed her gratitude for Netflix, her producers and her friends for their support.

She said she received her diagnosis in August before detailing how the disease has affected her life. “I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy,
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Rome: Thomas Vinterberg Denies Being Forced to Cut Putin Character From ‘Kursk’

Rome: Thomas Vinterberg Denies Being Forced to Cut Putin Character From ‘Kursk’
Danish director Thomas Vinterberg presented his new submarine catastrophe film Kursk at the Rome Film Festival on Sunday. The film, which stars Colin Firth, Matthias Schoenaerts and Lea Seydoux, had its world premiere in Toronto.

Luc Besson’s Europacorp produced the film, which is based on the tragic true story of a series of explosions that sunk the Russian Kursk nuclear submarine to the bottom of the Barents Sea in August 2000. Many crew members died instantly, but a small crew managed to seal themselves in a safe rear compartment. With the clock ticking down, other nations offered their assistance,...
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