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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, Andrew Lincoln, 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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China Box Office: Slowdown Continues as ‘Gutenberg’ Takes Third Weekend Win

Chinese cinemas were largely empty again over the weekend, allowing Hong Kong crime thriller, “Project Gutenberg” to enjoy its third frame as the top-scoring film.

The cumulative total of the top ten films amounted to just $41.2 million, according to data from Ent Group. That is the second lowest weekend this year.

The slump has followed new regulations that limit distributors’ ability to buy their own tickets and give the appearance of success, and a cap on the fees that online ticketing companies can charge. Both measures may have the effect of removing distortions and reveal data that presents a truer picture of theatrical demand.

The latest six-week slump may also reflect problems on the supply side. A growing number of commentators have identified a flow of weak films that have little novelty or particular appear. Box office got a temporary boost at the Mid-Autumn Festival, but the score was more
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Richard Parsons Steps Down as CBS Chairman; Strauss Zelnick to Take Role

Media entrepreneur Strauss Zelnick replaced Richard Parsons as the chairman of the CBS Corp. board of directors Sunday, an unexpected switch as the venerable media company seeks to remake itself after the recent controversial ouster of former CEO Leslie Moonves. Parsons cited health reasons for his decision to step down.

“As some of you know, when I agreed to join the board and serve as the interim chair, I was already dealing with a serious health challenge – multiple myeloma – but I felt that the situation was manageable. Unfortunately, unanticipated complications have created additional new challenges, and my doctors have advised
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Twitter Mashes Up ‘Singin’ In the Rain’ With ‘It’s Raining Men’

Twitter Mashes Up ‘Singin’ In the Rain’ With ‘It’s Raining Men’
Gene Kelly’s iconic dance under a downpour in “Singin’ In the Rain” is arguably one of the most famous scenes in movie musical history… so, of course, the internet is going to turn it into a mashup.

One adept poster on Twitter named Cuppycup noted that the famous song can be swapped out with any track that has the same beats per minute, and Kelly’s fancy footwork synchronizes perfectly. To demonstrate, Cuppycup paired the clip with a song that’s about as far as you can get from postwar showtunes: Darude’s “Sandstorm”

May I have your attention? Sandstorm and Singin’ in the Rain have the same Bpm. ???-️ pic.twitter.com/ZyAcij7OfF

– cuppycup (@cuppycup) October 16, 2018

And Cuppycup didn’t stop there, showing the clip with several other songs that are a Bpm match, most notably another toe-tapper about precipitation: “It’s Raining Men.”

Singin’ in the
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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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‘It Was Agony’: Ozzy Osbourne Explains Staph Infection That Derailed Tour

‘It Was Agony’: Ozzy Osbourne Explains Staph Infection That Derailed Tour
Ozzy Osbourne knew he had a problem when he saw that his right thumb had swollen to “the size of a fuckin’ lightbulb.” After a Salt Lake City gig earlier this month, he had trouble putting on a thumb ring he regularly wears. The digit got larger overnight until it was 10 times bigger than usual. “I freaked out,” he says. He showed it to his wife and manager, Sharon, and she took him to the emergency room, where he learned he’d contracted a potentially deadly staph infection. Ozzy subsequently
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‘Daredevil’ Star Charlie Cox: I Get Why Ethan Hawke Hates Comic Book Movies

‘Daredevil’ Star Charlie Cox: I Get Why Ethan Hawke Hates Comic Book Movies
If you’re sick of superheroes taking over pop culture, Charlie Cox gets it. He doesn’t agree… but he gets it.

In an interview with The Telegraph, the star of Netflix’s “Daredevil” discussed comments made this past summer by Ethan Hawke in which he said that “Logan” was “a great superhero movie” but “still involves people in tights with metal coming out of their hands.”

Cox said that while he’s been a fan of superheroes long before he stepped into Matt Murdock’s shoes, he gets why there might be resentment in the film industry towards the genre’s cultural dominance.

Also Read: 'Daredevil': Here's What the Doctors Were Doing to Poindexter's Spine at the End of Season 3

“One of the things that has happened in the last few years is that the movies that typically make lots of money tend to be big franchises,
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On the Charts: ‘A Star Is Born’ Soundtrack Holds at Number One

On the Charts: ‘A Star Is Born’ Soundtrack Holds at Number One
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born soundtrack held firm to the Number One on the Billboard 200 for the second straight week as the album added another 143,000 total copies to its tally.

As Billboard notes, A Star Is Born is now the second Lady Gaga album to spend more than one week in the top spot, and the first to do it since Born This Way in 2011; all of Gaga’s other Number One albums only enjoyed a one-week cameo atop the Billboard 200.

A Star Is Born
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‘Halloween’ Posts Biggest Opening Weekend for a Film With a 55+ Woman as Lead

‘Halloween’ Posts Biggest Opening Weekend for a Film With a 55+ Woman as Lead
Jamie Lee Curtis has broken new ground for women at the box office thanks to the role that first made her famous: Laurie Strode, the protagonist of “Halloween” and one of horror’s most famous heroines.

This weekend, David Gordon Green’s sequel to the 1978 slasher earned an opening of $77.5 million, making it the largest box office opening for a film with a woman over the age of 55 in the lead role.

“Jamie Lee Curtis is an absolute force of nature in this film,” said Universal Domestic Distribution President Jim Orr. “We knew that we had something special with this actress and this role in a film that’s decades in the making.”

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

And Curtis certainly has bragging rights.

Ok. I’m going for one Boast post. Biggest horror movie opening with a female lead.
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Tom Petty’s Family Attends Gainesville Park Dedication Ceremony

Tom Petty’s Family Attends Gainesville Park Dedication Ceremony
Tom Petty‘s family and friends were among the hundreds in attendance at a ceremony Saturday to rename a Gainesville, Florida park after the late rocker.

The ceremony, which took place on what would have been Petty’s 68th birthday, was one of a number of Petty events this weekend in the Florida city where the Heartbreakers bandleader was born and raised.

On Saturday, Petty’s daughter Adria Petty and brother Bruce Petty spoke to the crowd at Gainesville’s Northeast Park, which was renamed Tom Petty Park at the dedication ceremony.
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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’ Film Review: Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly Capture Laurel & Hardy Onstage and Off

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‘Stan & Ollie’ Film Review: Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly Capture Laurel & Hardy Onstage and Off
In the hilarious movie comedies of the immortal Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, many of the laughs come from watching the duo teetering on the brink, unaware that they’re about to crash their car or to have a floor give way under them or to drop a piano down a very tall flight of stairs.

“Stan & Ollie,” which explores the duo’s career in its final stages — as well as their ongoing off-screen relationship — does a lot of teetering on its own, although luckily it never topples. It’s a story about the serious side of comedians that never indulges in sad-clown sentimentality. It calls upon modern actors to recreate iconic film moments without falling prey to the many potential embarrassments of such restagings. And it intelligently explores the limitations of working partnerships, not to mention the elusive line between partnership and friendship, in a way that neither canonizes nor excoriates its famous subjects.
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Angry Man Confronts Senator Mitch McConnell in Restaurant

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-ky) just wanted to enjoy his Cuban food. The senate majority leader’s dinner was interrupted on Friday night when an angry customer went up to the table where McConnell and his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, were eating at Havana Rumba restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky. The man slammed his fist down on McConnell’s table, then grabbed the politician’s bag of leftovers and threw it out the front door, one witness said.

A female diner captured part of the confrontation on video, and TMZ published the footage this weekend.
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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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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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See Gorillaz Cover Blur’s ‘Song 2’ With Graham Coxon

See Gorillaz Cover Blur’s ‘Song 2’ With Graham Coxon
Damon Albarn staged a “cross pollination” between his many projects Saturday as his Gorillaz‘ welcomed Blur guitarist Graham Coxon onstage to cover that band’s “Song 2.”

The unlikely collaboration – the performance marked the first time Albarn’s animated act had covered a Blur song live – occurred during Gorillaz’ guest-filled Demon Dayz Festival in Pico Rivera, California, Mxdwn reports.

Albarn, melodica in hand, and company initially played “Song 2” in the quirky style of Gorillaz before Coxon walked out on stage unannounced, guitar slung on his shoulder, and launched into the traditional version of the 1997 hit,
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