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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.
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‘Daredevil’ Season 3 Review: Matt Murdock’s Return Could Hit Harder, but It Represents a Major Improvement

‘Daredevil’ Season 3 Review: Matt Murdock’s Return Could Hit Harder, but It Represents a Major Improvement
Matt Murdock seems tired but wired, and that may be the best part of “Marvel’s Daredevil” Season 3, which represents a recovery — of sorts — for the series that initially launched the Netflix/Marvel universe.

It’s strange to remember the intense anticipation around “Daredevil” Season 1. While at that time there were no shortage of shows featuring superheroes on television, including “Marvel’s Agents of Shield” and Greg Berlanti’s ever-expanding empire of CW/DC adaptations, “Daredevil” promised to be the gritty, grown-up version — then-showrunner Steven S. DeKnight said the inspiration was “to lean more towards ‘The Wire’ than ‘Smallville.'”

After more than three years years and five additional new spinoffs of varying quality, though, the feelings inspired by the launch of a new Netflix/Marvel series might lean more towards exhaustion than excitement. After all, this is the fourth new Marvel launch of the year from this universe, coming
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The ‘Halloween’ Mask Designer Reimagined Michael Myers’ Look: What Changed?

The ‘Halloween’ Mask Designer Reimagined Michael Myers’ Look: What Changed?
You don’t know Michael Myers’ face, but you know his mask. It hasn’t changed much since we were first introduced to the slasher in the original “Halloween,” but that doesn’t mean Christopher Nelson didn’t want to put his own spin on it in David Gordon Green’s new take on John Carpenter’s enduring franchise. The makeup artist and hairstylist, who won an Oscar for his work on “Suicide Squad,” had a simple reaction to the news that “The Shape” was returning: “I have to do it.” So how did Michael Myers’ mask change in the new “Halloween”?

In a new interview with Vulture about his work on the film, which opens today, Nelson says he told producer Ryan Turek, “You have to hire me. You have to get me in touch with whoever I have to talk to. I’ll do it for nothing. I just have to do ‘Halloween.
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Liev Schreiber and Alex Wolff set for Human Capital

Deadline is reporting that Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan) and Alex Wolff (Hereditary) have been cast in a feature film adaptation of Stephen Amidon’s 2005 novel Human Capital, which will be directed by Marc Meyers (My Friend Dahmer) from a script by Oren Moverman (The Messenger).

Human Capital, which was previously adapted into the 2013 Italian-language film Il Capitale Umano, follows “the lives of two families — one middle-class and one privileged — as their lives intertwine across the social divide when two of their children suddenly begin a relationship that leads to a tragic accident.”

Schreiber will portray Drew, the financially flailing patriarch of one of the two families, with Wolff portraying Ian, a character who starts a relationship with Drew’s daughter.

Filming on Human Capital is set to get underway in November, with Maven Pictures, Sight Unseen Pictures and Schreiber’s Illuminated Content producing.

The post Liev Schreiber and Alex Wolff
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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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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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Songwriter Awarded $44 Million in Lawsuit Over Uncredited 2004 Usher Song

Philadelphia songwriter Daniel Marino, who filed a lawsuit over Usher’s “Bad Girl,” has been awarded $44.35 million following a court battle over the track.

According to the Associated Press, a jury ordered Marino’s former co-writer William Guice to pay $6.75 million in compensatory damages, along with $20.25 million in punitive damages last week at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Destro Music Productions, which is owned by co-defendant Dante Barton, will also pay Marino $17.35 million, which brings the lawsuit’s total to $44.35 million. The Philadelphia Inquirer also reported that Marino now
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‘Halloween’: 20 Inside Jokes and Easter Eggs

‘Halloween’: 20 Inside Jokes and Easter Eggs
Like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which successfully combined fresh new material with a plethora of nostalgic nods to the past, Universal’s “Halloween” reboot manages to pick up where John Carpenter’s 1978 classic left off while paying sly homage to the original film and several of the sequels it otherwise ignores. Overflowing with inside jokes, visual references, and clever Easter eggs, this latest entry in the Michael Myers saga will reward keen-eyed slasher fans for years to come. Though by no means a complete list, here are 20 hidden gems that you may have missed the first time.

Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve seen the film!

Roll the Credits: The new “Halloween” begins with a credit sequence that’s eerily similar to both the original film and its 1981 sequel. Virtually everything is duplicated, from the bright orange font, to the flickering jack o’ lantern on the left side of the screen,
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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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Trump Believes Saudi Arabia’s Story That Jamal Khashoggi Died in a Fistfight

After weeks of obfuscation and changing narratives, Saudi Arabia claimed that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in a fistfight in the Saudi Consulate and said it had arrested 18 people in connection with his death. President Donald Trump told reporters he believed their explanation during a media availability at Luke Air Force base in Arizona Friday.

“I think it’s a good first step. It’s a big step. It’s a lot of people,” Trump said. “A lot of people involved, and I think it’s a great first step.”

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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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