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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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"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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Matthew Broderick to Star in Netflix’s High School Apocalypse Dramedy ‘Daybreak’

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Matthew Broderick to Star in Netflix’s High School Apocalypse Dramedy ‘Daybreak’
Matthew Broderick will star in Netflix’s high school apocalypse dramedy, “Daybreak.”

The 10-episode series, based on the graphic novel of the same name by Brian Ralph, revolves around 17-year-old high school outcast Josh as he searches for his missing girlfriend Sam in post-apocalyptic Glendale, Calif. Joined by a ragtag group of misfits including a pyromaniac 12-year-old Angelica and Josh’s former high school bully Wesley, now turned pacifist samurai, Josh tries to stay alive among the horde of Mad Max-style gangs, zombie-like creatures called Ghoulies, and everything else this brave new world throws at him.

Broderick will play Principal Burr. Netflix describes Burr as “The cheerful, upbeat principal of Glendale High, Burr knows the name of every kid in school and their favorite character to play in Overwatch. In a hashtag-filled world of #metoo and #blacklivesmatter and #timesup, Burr is genuinely trying to be part of the solution: a good guy,
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‘Halloween’ to Make a Killing With Opening Weekend in Mid-$70 Millions

‘Halloween’ to Make a Killing With Opening Weekend in Mid-$70 Millions
Jamie Lee Curtis’ “Halloween” is looking to slice up an opening weekend of as high as $75 million at 3,928 North American locations, early estimates showed Friday.

Universal’s R-rated slasher film is on its way to posting the second-highest October launch of all time, bested only by the $80 million opening of Tom Hardy’s “Venom” on Oct. 5-7. Anticipation is high among moviegoers for “Halloween,” with Curtis returning as Laurie Strode facing off against serial killer Michael Myers. Thursday night previews showed plenty of power with $7.7 million.

Friday’s mid-day estimates for “Halloween” — some of which were above $75 million — came in over the top end of this week’s expectations. Universal had been cautiously forecasting a $50 million bow, while some analysts had projected a $70 million launch. “Halloween” is also opening in 21 international territories this weekend.

“Halloween” will obliterate the franchise record opening of $26 million set by the 2007 Rob Zombie reboot. It
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Bella Thorne Says Freeform Called Her ‘Ugly’ While Filming ‘Famous in Love’

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Bella Thorne Says Freeform Called Her ‘Ugly’ While Filming ‘Famous in Love’
Former “Famous in Love” star Bella Thorne has accused Freeform executives of calling her “ugly” while she was filming the now-canceled drama.

“One issue is when you have a girl, a young girl who is on your show, you can’t tell her that she’s ugly or she’s fat or she’s this or she’s that because that’s going to make her feel bad,” Thorne said in a Los Angeles Times profile published on Thursday.

When pressed on who made the comments, Thorne replied, “The network … In e-mails, and there was another thing that was in front of everyone on set,” referencing the aforementioned on-set incident.

Freeform did not immediately return TheWrap’s request for comment on Friday and declined to comment for the L.A. Times article.

Also Read: 'Marvel's Cloak & Dagger' Renewed for Season 2 at Freeform

“After [the on-set incident] the cast was texting me,
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Revisiting Hours: ‘Lost in America,’ The Great American Economic Horror Movie

Every Friday, we’re recommending an older movie that’s available to stream or download and worth seeing again through the lens of our current moment. We’re calling the series “Revisiting Hours” — consider this Rolling Stone’s unofficial film club. This week: Matt Zoller Seitz on Albert Brooks’ 1985 livin’-in-the-usa comedy of Lost in America.

You might expect to see a timeless portrait of American greed, class resentment and cluelessness about money in right in the middle of a two-term Reagan era. You may not have expected it to come from Albert Brooks.
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‘The Talk’ Co-Host Eve Says Julie Chen’s Exit Was ‘Extremely Hard’

Following the ousting of CBS chairman-ceo Leslie Moonves over sexual misconduct allegations, his wife Julie Chen announced her exit as co-host from the network’s daytime show “The Talk” in September. Her former co-host, rapper Eve, told Variety that it has been “extremely hard” without Chen.

“It was extremely hard, because of the things that we talk about,” Eve told Marc Malkin Thursday night at amfAR Gala in Los Angeles. “We’re very honest women on that show. And especially for me, being my first year, was like, ‘Really guys?’ I really have grown to care for Julie and I consider her a friend now.
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A Deceased Brothel Owner Is Still Likely to Win a Nevada Midterm

A Deceased Brothel Owner Is Still Likely to Win a Nevada Midterm
One of the year’s strangest state legislature races grew even stranger this week when the heavy favorite died unexpectedly after a night of partying with porn star Ron Jeremy. Dennis Hof, the notorious Nevada brothel owner who decided to dip his toe into politics after Trump’s presidential victory, was found dead Tuesday morning at his Love Ranch in Pahrump. He had been expected to win the deep-red district easily.

He still may.

The news was first announced by Hof’s campaign manager, Chuck Muth, who tweeted on Tuesday
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Heidi Klum Dances With Death During Halloween Preparation (Video)

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Heidi Klum Dances With Death During Halloween Preparation (Video)
Heidi Klum had a close brush with death recently — and she captured it all on video, sharing it for your amusement on Friday.

“America’s Got Talent” personality and Halloween fanatic Klum once again displayed her enthusiasm for the impending holiday, literally dancing with death as she prepped for the Oct. 31 festivities.

“It’s almost time for Halloween!!! Are you ready?! @PartyCity,” Klum wrote in accompaniment of a video posted to her Twitter account.

Also Read: Heidi Klum Puts Some Bite in This Year's Halloween Costume With Super-Creepy Sneak Peek (Video)

The video itself featured the model and TV host busting out her dance moves with an inflatable Grim Reaper. While wearing novelty headgear.

Klum, whose hyper-elaborate Halloween costumes have become an annual fixation, offered a creepy glimpse of this year’s get-up on Thursday, revealing that her costume this year just might have not one, but two sets of fake teeth.
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‘Gosnell’ Film Review: Dean Cain Investigates Killer in Anti-Abortion Screed Disguised as Drama

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‘Gosnell’ Film Review: Dean Cain Investigates Killer in Anti-Abortion Screed Disguised as Drama
Nick Searcy’s “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” doesn’t so much play like a movie as it does an oversized episode of “Law & Order.” The events have been ripped from horrifying headlines. The first half is all about catching a killer. The second half is about prosecuting him. And when its done, you can’t help but feel you didn’t get the whole story.

Unlike “Law & Order,” Searcy’s film isn’t just inspired by reality. “Gosnell” tells the story of Kermit Gosnell, a doctor who ran an abortion clinic which, for many years, operated in unsafe, unclean, unprofessional conditions. His staff was untrained. His methods were monstrous. Gosnell was directly responsible for the death of at least one patient, and gave illegal, late-term “abortions” by killing living infants outside of the womb.

It’s hard to calculate the atrocities Gosnell committed,
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The Evolution of Tilda Swinton, From ‘Orlando’ to ‘Suspiria’ (Photos)

The Evolution of Tilda Swinton, From ‘Orlando’ to ‘Suspiria’ (Photos)
Tilda Swinton is basically the David Bowie of film, a multi-faceted, eccentric chameleon who is equally comfortable in experimental, art house cinema, character driven indies and massive blockbusters. It helps that she’s a spitting image of Bowie too. In a 30+ year career between acting, performance art, theatre and more, it’s less that Swinton has gotten increasingly adventurous and more that now even mainstream audiences have come to accept her frequent innovations and daring transformations. She’s pulled her biggest gambit yet in Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria,” opening Oct. 26. Here’s how Swinton has evolved up till now.

Caravaggio (1986)

Tilda Swinton’s first film was the experimental drama “Caravaggio,” kicking off a long, working relationship with director Derek Jarman. It’s a fictionalized look at the life of Michelangelo and also is the film debut of actor Sean Bean.

Orlando (1992)

Swinton landed the lead role in Sally Potter’s Elizabethan-era drama “Orlando,
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How ‘Daredevil’ Pulled Off That 11-Minute Prison Breakout Scene in One Shot

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(Warning: This story contains spoilers from the third season of Netflix’s “Daredevil”)

New “Daredevil” showrunner Erik Oleson had a lot of crazy ideas for his run on the third season of the Marvel TV drama.

And none were more insane than that ridiculous prison breakout scene in the fourth episode. The sequence, which is a single shot (meaning it was one camera continuously rolling with no cuts), spans 11-and-a-half minutes and features Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fighting his way out of a prison — without his superhero costume. Oleson himself was surprised that Marvel even allowed him to do it.

“When you’re a showrunner and you call up your studio and you tell them that you want the crew to show up for work, but not film a single frame, because instead you’re going to rehearse one shot for an entire day, pretty much any studio in town
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Amazon Studios Names James Farrell Head of International Originals

Amazon Studios has named James Farrell as head of international originals. In the newly created role, Farrell will lead the international originals teams in Japan, India, Europe, Mexico and Brazil, as well as future locales. He’ll report to Jen Salke.

Previously, Farrell was Amazon Studios’ head of content and international expansion. He helped launch Prime Video in Japan, India and Latin America.

“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 Salke, the head of Amazon Studios. “Breakout ideas can come from creators all over the world and, by ramping up global production and making Amazon Studios the home for creators worldwide, the possibilities are endless in terms of what we can bring our Prime Video audience.”

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NBC Announces Date for 2019 Billboard Music Awards

Though fall has only just set in, NBC is already anticipating springtime with the announcement of The 2019 Billboard Music Awards. The network announced Friday that the awards will air live on Wednesday, May 1 on NBC. The three hour telecast will begin at 8 p.m. Est, with a delayed broadcast airing on the West Coast at 8 p.m. Pst the same night.

This year’s show is airing a few weeks earlier than last year’s 2019 Billboard Music Awards, which aired on Sunday, May 20. The program raked in 7.9 million viewers, winning the time slot among the Big 4 networks. It earned a
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‘Black Monday’: New Series Trailer Shows Wall Street’s Darkest Day

‘Black Monday’: New Series Trailer Shows Wall Street’s Darkest Day
Showtime unveiled the first trailer for Black Monday, a comedy series about the worst day in Wall Street history. The 10-episode series stars Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall and is executive produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

The trailer, which opens with a vintage Showtime intro, arrives on the 31st anniversary of the infamous financial incident. “Black Monday takes viewers back to October 19, 1987 – Black Monday, the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street. To this day, no one knows who caused it … until now,
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‘The Guilty’ Film Review: Denmark’s Oscar Entry Spins Breathless Suspense

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‘The Guilty’ Film Review: Denmark’s Oscar Entry Spins Breathless Suspense
The Danish thriller “The Guilty” is certainly not the first film with a protagonist trapped in a single location: Hitchcock did variations on the theme in “Rear Window,” “Rope” and “Lifeboat,” and more recently, characters have been stuck in a phone booth (“Phone Booth”), a grave (“Buried”) and a car (“Locke”).

But with Denmark’s 2018 Oscar entry “The Guilty,” first-time feature director Gustav Möller has created a crafty cinematic experiment that, for the most part, succeeds on its own terms.

Set in an enclosed room with essentially one actor, and made up entirely of phone conversations, the film employs a full toolbox of cinematic techniques to fashion a complex character study. Lighting, camera angles, production design, editing, and sound effects all conspire to build a mood and contribute to the claustrophobia.

Also Read: Magnolia Picks Up Danish Thriller 'The Guilty'

Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) is an irritable narcotics
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