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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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‘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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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

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‘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

‘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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Trump Warns He Will Withdraw From Nuclear Deal With Russia

President Donald Trump told reporters following a rally in Nevada on Saturday that he planned to pull out of a more than 30-year nuclear arms pact with Russia. The president said not only has Russia not lived up to their end of the 1987 agreement, he claimed the deal has also limited the United States from developing new weapons.

“Russia has violated the agreement. They have been violating it for many years. And we’re not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and go out and do weapons and we’re not allowed to,
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Jonah Hill’s ‘Mid 90s’ Posts Big Debut at Indie Box Office

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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