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A Very Happy ‘Halloween’: Thursday Night Previews At $7.7M

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A Very Happy ‘Halloween’: Thursday Night Previews At $7.7M
Friday AM Update after Thursday night Exclusive: Universal is calling Miramax/Blumhouse’s Halloween at $7.7M in Thursday night previews which began at 7PM, at 3,200 venues, still a fantastic result for a horror pic even though our estimates overshot. Last night’s take bests The Nun‘s $5.4M preview and it’s just under the $8M of Paranormal Activity 3‘s midnight previews. Given the funky, front-loaded nature of horror movies –they don’t exactly leg out like superhero ones– makes this a tricky one to peg in regards to how high it will go. Already we were hearing that advance ticket sales today are enormous, and that’s after last night’s show. We heard there were presales in certain multiplexes that are beating It‘s sales. Already, Fandango reported that Halloween is the best horror pre-seller of the year, well ahead of The Nun.

Should Halloween follow a
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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ Release Pushed Back 9 Months to Summer 2020

Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ Release Pushed Back 9 Months to Summer 2020
Disney has moved “Jungle Cruise,” the Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt starring vehicle, back nine months to July 24, 2020.

Disney also unset an untitled Marvel movie that was previously set for one weekend after “Jungle Cruise’s” new date on July 31, 2020. “Jungle Cruise” was previously dated for October of 2019.

Dwayne Johnson also tweeted the announcement for the film’s new date, promising an “adventure of a lifetime.”

It’s Official – July 24th, 2020.

Ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages.

My partner in crime, Emily Blunt and I, lovingly invite you to join us for The Adventure Of A Lifetime.

All aboard…????@DisneyStudios Jungle Cruise

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— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 19, 2018

Jaume Collet-Serra (“The Shallows”) is directing the film based on the Disney World ride, which takes guests on a tour of the rivers,
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"Curb Your Enthusiasm" Season 10 Finally Begins Production

Well this is prettay, prettay, prettay good news: Filming has finally begun on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Season 10.

HBO confirmed to TheWrap production started Friday, 10 months after the premium cable network announced the Larry David-led series had been renewed. No plot details or premiere date was given for the return of the "Seinfeld" co-creator’s neuroses-laced program.

David’s comedy was renewed for a tenth season by HBO last December, with production set to begin in spring 2018 and a yet-to-be-determined debut date yet given. Obviously, something stalled filming for a bit, but hopefully that doesn’t mean you’ll be waiting six years for another season of "Curb" again.
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Mark Ruffalo to Play Twin Brothers (!!) in HBO's I Know This Much Is True

Mark Ruffalo to Play Twin Brothers (!!) in HBO's I Know This Much Is True
Get ready to see double the Mark Ruffalo on your TV screen: The actor has signed on to star as twin brothers in the upcoming HBO miniseries I Know This Much Is True, TVLine has learned.

Based on the bestselling novel by Wally Lamb, I Know This Much Is True is “a family saga that follows the parallel lives of identical twin brothers in an epic story of betrayal, sacrifice, and forgiveness,” according to HBO’s official description, “set against the backdrop of 20th-century America.” Ruffalo will star as twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey, and will serve as an
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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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‘All About the Washingtons’ Canceled by Netflix

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‘All About the Washingtons’ Canceled by Netflix
Netflix has canceled “All About the Washingtons.”

The scripted comedy starred Joseph Simmons — Rev. Run of Run-D.M.C. — and real-life wife Justine Simmons playing fictionalized versions of themselves raising a family of four kids. After Joey decides to retire from a long career as hip-hop royalty, his wife Justine takes advantage of the opportunity to pursue a career of her own now that Joey is available to focus on raising the kids and keeping the house in order. The couple’s kids are portrayed by rising stars Kiana Ledé, Nathan Anderson, Leah Rose Randall and Maceo Smedley.

All About the Washingtons,” the first season of which premiered Aug. 10, was originally developed by ABC Studios and Amblin Television for the ABC television network. ABC passed on the show, which went on to land a series order from Netflix. Executive producers on the series were Joseph Simmons, Justine Simmons, Michael Lehman, Darryl Frank,
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Amazon Names James Farrell Head of International Originals

Amazon Studios has named James Farrell head of international originals. Previously head of content, international expansion for the e-commerce giant’s entertainment arm, Farrell will, in his new role, lead the international original teams in Japan, India, Europe, Mexico and Brazil as well as future locations.

“We’ve had significant success in this area to date and, by streamlining our International Originals Team under one creative leader, we can strategically carry out our ambitious global vision and ensure our future growth,” said Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke, to whom Farrell will report. “Breakout ideas can come from creators all over the world and,
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Maddie and Tae Talk New ‘Concept Album,’ Embracing Vulnerability

When Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye burst onto the scene in 2014 with “Girl in a Country Song,” the duo were often highlighted as part of the next chapter for country music. That breakout hit, along with the biting “Shut Up and Fish,” helped to get them placed in the same category as Miranda Lambert, the Dixie Chicks and Carrie Underwood; namely, women who don’t take any shit. But with their latest project, Maddie and Tae wanted to show fans the other dimensions of themselves.

“‘Girl in a Country Song
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Aubrey Plaza Tells Us Why ‘An Evening With Beverly Luff Lin’ Is a ‘Wild Ride’ (Video)

Aubrey Plaza Tells Us Why ‘An Evening With Beverly Luff Lin’ Is a ‘Wild Ride’ (Video)
So what exactly is the plot to “An Evening With Beverly Luff Lin?” Good question. In fact, when we spoke with star Aubrey Plaza back at the film’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, she had the same question, saying that the offbeat comedy was one of the craziest things she’s ever made.

“It’s really hard for me to explain why, but it’s kind of like a wild ride,” Plaza told TheWrap. “You just have to strap in and let go.”

Indeed, the film is incredibly weird and, as is repeated in the its trailer, “magical.” Director Jim Hosking, who directed the equally bizarre horror comedy “The Greasy Strangler,” was originally asked to make the weirdest film ever, only to find out he had made it too weird. From there, they came up with the character and story to “An Evening With Beverly Luff
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Asian World Film Festival Showcases 14 Foreign-Language Oscar Contenders

One of the goals of the Fourth Annual Asian World Film Festival (October 24 to November 1) is to showcase awards titles at the Arclight Cinemas in Culver City. This year, 14 Oscar and 7 Golden Globes submissions are included in the program.

The festival invites all films chosen by their countries as Oscar or Golden Globe Foreign Film submissions to be part of the selection. One of the festival’s sponsors, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), recognizes selected showings as the required official screenings for their members who vote on the Golden Globes.

The competition, to be judged by a jury led by actress-producer Vivian Wu, includes Oscar titles “Sobibor” (Russia), “Cake” (Pakistan), “Buffalo Boys” (Singapore), “Namme” (Georgia), “Ghost Hunting” (Palestine), “The Signal Rock” (Philippines), “The Journey” (Iraq), “No Date, No Signature” (Iran), “Operation Red Sea” (Hong Kong), “Village Rockstars” (India), and “Panchayat” (Nepal). Out-of-competition titles are Cannes entry “Burning” (South Korea
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Hear Steelism’s Crunchy Cover of Neal Hefti’s ‘Batman Theme’

Hear Steelism’s Crunchy Cover of Neal Hefti’s ‘Batman Theme’
Halloween is on the horizon, but Nashville space-country duo Steelism are getting into the spirit a little early with the release of the surprise new Superhero Themes Ep. The centerpiece of the three-song effort is a hard-charging, riff-heavy take on “Batman Theme,” the title song of the sixties TV show, Batman, originally composed by Neal Hefti.

In line with Steelism’s typical psych-twang experimentation, guitarist Jeremy Fetzer and pedal steel player Spencer Cullum Jr. dress up the original tune’s surf-rock groove with squalls of swirling fret acrobatics, while drummer
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Here’s a Fall 2018 Playbook for TV Marketers

Here’s a Fall 2018 Playbook for TV Marketers
By Matt Young, VP and Industry Lead, Entertainment, Oath

When’s the last time you felt caught up on the season’s hit TV shows? Last summer? Ten years ago? In an era of competing and diverse content providers, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the vast choices available. In fact, last year, the number of TV shows released in the U.S. hit a new high, up to 487 compared to 455 in 2016.

This swell in TV programming combined with the massive growth of over-the-top (Ott) and trend of cord-cutting– which, according to eMarketer, will jump 32 Percent this year–begs the question: what does this mean for TV marketers and how can they keep up?

They adapt. Innovations in Advanced TV and mobile advertising have opened doors for advertisers to go beyond the large-scale TV ad buys and focus more on targeted advertising that makes an impact. As our
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Michael Cohen Urges People to Vote Against Trump to Prevent ‘Another Six Years of This Craziness’

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen is urging people to vote against Republicans — and his former client — in the upcoming mid-term elections, telling CNN Friday in a brief man-on-the-street interview that it was the only way to stop the madness.

“Grab your family, grab your friends, grab your neighbors, get to the polls,” said Cohen. “If not, you’re gonna have another two or another six years of this craziness.”

The message followed a viral tweet from Cohen earlier this week in which he called the upcoming elections “the most important vote in our lifetime.”

The #MidtermElections2018 might be the most important vote in our lifetime. #GetOutAndVote #VoteNovember6th

— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) October 14, 2018

Earlier this year Cohen plead guilty to a series of crimes, including campaign finance violations, tax evasion and bank fraud. Facing the possibility of decades behind bars, Cohen began cooperating with federal investigators in Robert Mueller’s probe
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Animation Is Film Review: ‘Seder-Masochism’

Animator Nina Paley’s wit and imagination provide such unique delights that it seems almost churlish to complain that her second feature feels more like a tray of hors d’oeuvres than a full meal — even if it’s inspired by the traditional ritual feast of Passover Seder. But “Seder-Masochism” plays as considerably less of an organic whole than her prior “Sita Sings the Blues,” no doubt in large part because its concept evolved over several years’ course, during which some individual parts were released as standalone shorts.

Nonetheless, this antic nonbeliever’s take on the Book of Exodus is so full of invention that, moment-to-moment, its somewhat disjointed and episodic nature is easy to forgive. Even more than with “Sita,” music rights issues (Paley is a professed “open source activist” and “copyright abolitionist”) will complicate any prospective commercial distribution. But as that film ultimately found a substantial audience despite such hurdles,
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Florida Rehab Doctor Pleads Guilty To Distributing Opioids

On Thursday, October 18th, the Department of Justice announced that the medical director of a substance abuse treatment center in South Florida had pleaded guilty to unlawfully distributing controlled substances, specifically opioids, barbiturates and benzodiazepines. Kenneth Rivera-Kolb, 65, was one of more than 100 people arrested in the region in June in what federal authorities called “the largest health care fraud crackdown in history.” According to an NBC News investigation, state and federal authorities blame a lack of regulatory oversight for allowing numerous treatment center operators to prey upon vulnerable people struggling
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Entertainment One Lands TV Rights to Book About Jews Who Fled, Then Fought Hitler

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Entertainment One has acquired the television rights to the book “Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler,” for a project to be directed by “Suicide Squad” and “Bright” filmmaker David Ayer.

“Sons and Soldiers” (written by Bruce Henderson and published in 2017 by William Morrow) tells, “the little-known saga of young German Jews, dubbed The Ritchie Boys, who fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s, came of age in America, and returned to Europe at enormous personal risk as members of the U.S. Army to play a key role in the Allied victory.”

“The Handmaid’s Tale” writer Eric Tuchman will pen the script. Ayer will produce along with Chris Long under their Cedar Park Entertainment banner in association with Storyby Entertainment, studios which eOne recently struck first-look deals with. both Cedar Park and Storyby Entertainment.
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‘Making a Murderer’ Part 2: 37 Updates Since the Series’ Debut (Photos)

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‘Making a Murderer’ Part 2: 37 Updates Since the Series’ Debut (Photos)
Before you dive into Making a Murder Part 2, let’s look back to see how the first season of “Making a Murderer” changed the case of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey, who were convicted for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach.

Making a Murderer Gets Released

The documentary was released on Dec. 18, 2015. At first, it received an approval rating of 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Ken Kratz was Bashed on Yelp

A week after the doc aired, doc fans took to Yelp to warn potential new clients checking his law practice’s Yelp page against hiring him.

“Mr. Kratz is a seasoned sexual harasser, with deep knowledge of abuse victims which he took advantage of. He has a long experience in evidence fabrication, and has the required strategic thought skills to send innocent men to jail for forged crimes,” one man wrote in a Yelpreview posted Sunday. “When you think of garbage think of Mr.
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The Cry of the Mini-Trumps

Before she decided to run for U.S. Senate in the age of Trump, Martha McSally was one of the more formidable up-and-comers in Congress. The Republican from Arizona overcame sexual abuse as a teenager to become a barrier-breaking Air Force fighter pilot and role model for young women, then a vote-getting wizard in a blue-leaning House district that Hillary Clinton won by 5 points in 2016 (McSally took it by 14). Her popularity was boosted by her signature moment in the national spotlight two years ago this month, when Donald Trump’s “grab
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Song You Need to Know: Ioanna Gika, ‘Roseate’

The opening, lilting guitars of “Roseate,” the first single from Greek-American singer Ioanna Gika’s upcoming debut solo LP of the same name, may make you wonder why she’s on tour with beloved indie metal group Deafheaven. “Goodbye / In waves the message rang through the sea,” Gika sings in a half-coo, half-lament. “The pelicans froze in the air, they saw what was no longer there.” It’s borderline folky, though hardly a harbinger of what’s to come.

Like the music of her tourmates, the song builds in emotional intensity,
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‘Station 19’ Nabs Full Season Order at ABC

ABC has ordered a full season of sophomore firehouse drama “Station 19.”

The series, which comes from Shondaland and is a spinoff of medical drama staple “Grey’s Anatomy,” stars Jaina Lee Ortiz, Jason George, Boris Kodjoe, Grey Damon, Barrett Doss, Alberto Frezza, Jay Hayden, Okieriete Onaodowan, Danielle Savre and Miguel Sandoval. Dermot Mulroney was recently announced to be a second season cast addition in a recurring role.

Stacy McKee serves as showrunner and executive producer, along with Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, who executive produce. Paris Barclay serves as the producing director and executive producer. The show is produced by ABC Studios.
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