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‘Halloween’ Stalks ‘Venom’ and October Box Office Opening Record

‘Halloween’ Stalks ‘Venom’ and October Box Office Opening Record
It was just two weeks ago that “Venom” set a new October box office record for the biggest opening weekend with $80 million. Now, Michael Myers might slice that record to pieces as Universal/Blumhouse’s “Halloween” is closing in on a $80 million record.

Early estimates have the sequel to John Carpenter’s classic slasher earning a $79 million opening after making $33.3 million on Friday from 3,928 theaters, including $7.7 million from Thursday previews. Impressively, unlike “Venom,” “Halloween” is reaching that figure without the extra bump of premium formats like IMAX. If Saturday results can beat expectations, it may be able to crack the $80 million mark.

Even if it doesn’t, this will be by far the best opening weekend for a Blumhouse release, topping the $52.5 million for “Paranormal Activity 3.” The film has earned a B+ on CinemaScore to go with its 85 percent Rotten Tomatoes score and is expected to leg out to
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Danny Leiner, ‘Harold & Kumar’ and ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?’ Director, Dies

Danny Leiner, ‘Harold & Kumar’ and ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?’ Director, Dies
Danny Leiner, the director of stoner comedies including “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” and “Dude, Where’s My Car?,” has died.

Leiner passed away late Thursday night, an individual close to Leiner told TheWrap.

Producer Ross Putman, who produced the 2014 “The Young Kieslowski” with Leiner, announced Leiner’s passing on Facebook.

“Danny was one of the producers with me on the first real film I ever made; he was not only gracious in sharing the job with some newbies just getting their sea legs, but taught us a great deal in the process,” Putman wrote. “And we collaborated a few times after that, including on the film I just finished–which he helped champion for years.”

A graduate of Suny Purchase, Leiner’s first feature film was the 1996 comedy “Layin’ Low,” starring Jeremy Piven and Edie Falco. His next feature “Dude, Where’s My Car?” in 2000 with Ashton Kutcher
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Matthew Broderick Cast as Aunt Jackie’s Love Interest on ‘The Conners’

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Matthew Broderick Cast as Aunt Jackie’s Love Interest on ‘The Conners’
Aunt Jackie is in the mood for romance!

Matthew Broderick has been cast as Peter, a new love interest for Laurie Metcalf’s character, on “The Conners,” an ABC spokesperson told TheWrap on Friday. The actor will be making his debut on the “Roseanne” spinoff during the Halloween episode, which airs Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

But before Broderick comes to Lanford, another big guest star will be stopping by, and he’s bringing by a romantic partner too. Yes, Tuesday’s episode, titled “Tangled Up in Blue,” will see the previously-announced return of Johnny Galecki, Darlene’s (Sara Gilbert’s) ex David, who is coming back with new girlfriend Blue (Juliette Lewis).

Justin Long will also recur as Darlene’s new beau, so, drama, drama, drama afoot for the whole Conners family.
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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

???? ????????❤️???? pic.twitter.com/DNTnqSb3QD

— 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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Rome: Cate Blanchett Defends Straight Actors Playing Gay Characters

Rome: Cate Blanchett Defends Straight Actors Playing Gay Characters
Cate Blanchett came to the Rome Film Festival on Friday to participate in a “Close Encounter” discussion with the fest’s artistic director Antonio Monda.

Blanchett talked about her life’s work, joking that she had to act to find Brad Pitt sexy in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and admitting that she was so nervous to receive a phone call to work with Martin Scorsese in The Aviator, that she accepted the role without even understanding that she had committed to play Katharine Hepburn.

When looking at footage from Todd Haynes’ Carol, based on Patricia Highsmith's novel about ...
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London Film Review: ‘Been So Long’

London Film Review: ‘Been So Long’
Michaela Coel plays a character called Simone in Tinge Krishnan’s neon-bright urban musical “Been So Long” — and whether that’s coincidental, or intended to humor internet fan calls for the up-and-comer to headline a Nina Simone biopic, the message gets across anyway. Not that there’s anything Simone-like about the blend of perky showtunes and steamy soul that scores this slender but wholehearted romance between two weathered souls in diverse North London: It’s the ferocity of Coel’s star power, bigger and tougher than the amiable film around her, that makes the point on its own. As a showcase for her and the silky charms of leading man Arinzé Kene, this Netflix-distributed diversion works quite cheerfully; as a screen musical, it’s less satisfying, with less-than-memorable songs never quite bridging its leaps from everyday realism to romantic fantasy.

For Krishnan, “Been So Long” is an ambitious sophomore
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Stephen Colbert Accuses Trump of Trying to ‘Mansplain the Midterms’ to Female Voters

Stephen Colbert Accuses Trump of Trying to ‘Mansplain the Midterms’ to Female Voters
Stephen Colbert opened his Friday night monologue on The Late Show by reminding his audience that the show would be doing a rare live broadcast on November 6th, election night, before addressing what might actually bring the Republicans down.

“Everybody is excited the midterms are 18 days away. Eighteen days away right now. I am giddy with deep concern, because this is America’s first real chance to wash the taste of Trump’s victory out of our mouths,” Colbert told the audience. “It’s dark. It’s a dark, earthy taste.
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Box Office: ‘Halloween’ to Hunt Down October Opening Record With $80 Million Debut

Box Office: ‘Halloween’ to Hunt Down October Opening Record With $80 Million Debut
“Halloween” will not only take home the box office crown in its debut weekend, but may also break “Venom’s” recently-set record for best October opening of all time.

Universal’s reboot, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, is heading for an estimated $80 million from 3,928 North American locations in its first weekend. It’ll have to outpace “Venom’s” $80.255 million opening three weeks ago to beat the October record.

The Sony film, meanwhile, will battle with Warner Bros.’ “A Star Is Born” for the No. 2 slot, with each projected to earn around $17 million in their third frames. That would bring “Venom’s” domestic total to $170.02 million and land “A Star Is Born” at about $129 million.

John Carpenter’s original “Halloween” earned $47 million throughout its entire run on a production budget of $325,000. MGM’s 2007 remake of “Halloween,” written and directed by Rob Zombie, had the highest debut before Universal’s latest iteration, with
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See ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, the Lonely Island Sing ‘Fat’ in ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Clip

“Weird Al” Yankovic performed his hit “Fat” with the Lonely Island on the most recent episode of Apple’s Carpool Karaoke: The Series.

The master satirist is joined by Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Shaffer in singing the 1988 Michael Jackson parody, one of a handful of tracks Yankovic and the Lonely Island crooned during their voyage. While Samberg serves as the driver for the episode, that didn’t stop him from joining Yankovic and his Lonely Island band members in dramatically singing “Fat” to one another.

“Sitting next to you while you did ‘Fat,
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Watch Wu-Tang Clan Unite for ’36 Chambers’ Tracks on ‘Kimmel’

Watch Wu-Tang Clan Unite for ’36 Chambers’ Tracks on ‘Kimmel’
The Wu-Tang Clan stormed the stage for the closing night of Jimmy Kimmel Live‘s Brooklyn residency, where the hip-hop collective delivered a pair of tracks from their classic 1993 LP Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).

Despite some recent bickering among Clan members, the Kimmel performance marked a near-complete reunion for the rap group: The RZA, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Gza, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Cappadonna, Masta Killa and, in place of the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard, the rapper’s son Young Dirty Bastard.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of their breakthrough debut album,
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Ellie Kemper’s Irreverent New Book Tracks Her Missteps and Misadventures in Hollywood

Ellie Kemper’s Irreverent New Book Tracks Her Missteps and Misadventures in Hollywood
Ellie Kemper isn’t trying to change the world, but she’s hoping her new book will change your mind about ice cream, at the very least. The “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” actress is hitting the road this month in support of her debut work, “My Squirrel Days,” which tracks the Missouri native’s journey from awkward adolescence to Emmy-nominated star.

Framed around a series of personal anecdotes and essays, publisher Scribner says “My Squirrel Days” is a “funny, free-wheeling tour” of Kemper’s life. Rather than write a traditional memoir or advice book, Kemper says she wanted to release a
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Lumière Festival: Jane Fonda Masterclass, the Highlights

Lumière Festival: Jane Fonda Masterclass, the Highlights
At France’s 10th Lumière Film Festival, Jane Fonda received on Friday night a Lumière Award, presented by filmmaker Costa-Gavras. Earlier, she gave a masterclass to a packed house at Lyon’s Théâtre des Célestins, speaking with Institut Lumiere director and Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux. Here are some of the highlights, translated from French, which Fonda speaks better than she says:

Are you happy with the idea of being a star?

Yes… (pause) I’m stupid, but I’m not crazy. There are people outside who want my autograph. But what does it mean to be a star? On the top of hills and mountains there are antennae. They’re called repeaters. They repeat the signals, the voices of those living in the valleys below – who can’t go across the mountains. I think that stars have the same role. To be like antennae at the top of the mountain
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Charles S. Cohen on the Lumière Festival, Buster Keaton, the Cinema Experience

Charles S. Cohen on the Lumière Festival, Buster Keaton, the Cinema Experience
Lyon, France – Attending the Lumière Film Festival in Lyon for the first time this week, Charles S. Cohen, chairman and CEO of Cohen Media Group, praised the event and its International Classic Film Market (Mifc).

A producer and distributor of independent and arthouse films and the biggest distributor of French films in the U.S., Cohen Media Group also releases restored and re-mastered editions of classic films through its Cohen Film Collection, which includes the Merchant Ivory library and the Buster Keaton catalog.

In town for the Festival premiere of his documentary, “The Great Buster,” directed by Peter Bogdanovich, Cohen described the market as “specialized and highly focused, which is really appealing to me because it allows me to focus on what we take great pride in, acquiring and licensing these wonderful film assets that are really the DNA of Cohen Media.”

The company partnered with the Festival this year
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Malavida Looks to Event Distribution with Jerzy Skolimowski

Malavida Looks to Event Distribution with Jerzy Skolimowski
At Lyon’s Lumière Festival to present “Walkover,” and “The Departure,” Jerzy Skolimowski will be the subject of a five-film tribute at the Cinématheque Française’s Toute La Mémoire du Monde Festival as event distribution emerges ever more as one of the biggest hopes for the classic film business.

Titles screening at the Toute La Mémoire du Monde Festival, which runs March 2019, take in two films from Skolimowski’s raved-about 1960s Polish quartet: 1964 feature debut “Identification Marks: None”; and “Walkover,” with Skolimowski playing a young boxer facing a big fight.

Also in the tribute: 1982’s “Moonlighting,” with Jeremy Irons, decanted by The New York Times to be one of the best films ever made about about exile. It was inspired by the declaration of martial law in Poland in December 1981 but ready for the Cannes Festival where it won bests screenplay in May 1982.

Completing the tribute is 1967 Berlin Golden Bear Winner “The Departure,
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Netflix Cancels ‘Luke Cage’ After Two Seasons

Netflix continues to prune its Marvel properties as, a week after the streaming service canceled Iron Fist, they announced Friday night that Luke Cage would not return for its third season.

“Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season. Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series,” Netflix and Marvel said in a statement (via Variety).

“A lot memories.
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See Blondie Guitarist Chris Stein’s Love Letter to Seventies New York

“I hope I’m able to give a sense of what the vibe was like in New York in the Seventies,” Blondie guitarist Chris Stein says of his new photo book, Point of View: Me, New York City and the Punk Scene, due out Tuesday. “It’s not that long ago, but it seems like a long, long time.”

Chock full of black & white photos of the five boroughs that date back to the late Sixties, the book reflects Stein’s early interest in photography when he was a student
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'Nothing to Hide' ('Le Jeu'): Film Review

'Nothing to Hide' ('Le Jeu'): Film Review
Taking an if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it approach to a concept that’s worked extremely well in two other countries, Fred Cavaye’s ensemble dramedy Nothing to Hide (Le Jeu) is both deftly conceived and a tad too superficial, probing our technology-driven times but never digging far enough beneath the surface.

Set during a dinner among friends that gradually gets out of hand when they decide to make their private communications dangerously public, the tightly wound script — adapted from the original Italian version, which was directed by Paolo Genovese — is backed by Cavaye’s keen sense of staging and a solid ...
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Creepy 'Halloween' Opening Scene Was Added Late in the Game

Creepy 'Halloween' Opening Scene Was Added Late in the Game
[This story contains minor spoilers for Halloween]

Halloween features one of the more arresting opening sequences of the year, and it only happened thanks to the tight purse strings of budget-conscious producer Blumhouse.

The scene shows a team of British podcasters (Rhian Rees and Aaron Korey) visit Smith's Grove Sanitarium in hopes of landing an interview with Michael Myers, the famed serial killer who hasn't spoken a word since being locked up forty years ago. The audience sees Myers, chained up and standing in the sanitarium's checkerboard-patterned yard. Soon one of the podcasters holds out Myers' mask, and the ...
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