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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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Amazon Studios Names James Farrell Head of International Originals

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

Previously, Farrell was 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.”

Also Read: Ebay Says Amazon 'Illegally' Poached
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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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Amazon Names James Farrell Head of International Originals

Amazon Studios has named James Farrell head of international originals. Previously head of content, international expansion for the e-commerce giant’s entertainment arm, Farrell will, in his new role, lead the international original teams in Japan, India, Europe, Mexico and Brazil as well as future locations.

“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 Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke, to whom Farrell will report. “Breakout ideas can come from creators all over the world and,
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Jessica Chastain Crime Drama ‘Eve’ Adds Geena Davis, Joan Chen to Cast

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Eve,” an upcoming crime drama starring Jessica Chastain, has added Joan Chen and Academy Award-winner Geena Davis to its cast.

The plot for the film is being kept under wraps, but the production companies on the project, Voltage Pictures and Freckle Films, describe it as a character-driven action-drama.

Along with Oscar-nominee Chastain, Davis and Chen join a cast that boasts Colin Farrell, Common and Oscar-nominee John Malkovich.

Also Read: Fans Ask Jessica Chastain to Drop Director Matthew Newton Over Past Assault Accusations

Eve” is being directed by “The Help” and “Winter’s Bone” director Tate Taylor, who took over the project in August after Matthew Newton exited the project after fans resurfaced accusations of domestic abuse made against him in the past.

Principal photography on “Eve” began in Boston on Sept. 24.

Davis’ credits include “The Fly,” “Beetlejuice,” “Thelma & Louise,” “A League of Their Own” and “The Accidental Tourist,” for
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Maddie and Tae Talk New ‘Concept Album,’ Embracing Vulnerability

When Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye burst onto the scene in 2014 with “Girl in a Country Song,” the duo were often highlighted as part of the next chapter for country music. That breakout hit, along with the biting “Shut Up and Fish,” helped to get them placed in the same category as Miranda Lambert, the Dixie Chicks and Carrie Underwood; namely, women who don’t take any shit. But with their latest project, Maddie and Tae wanted to show fans the other dimensions of themselves.

“‘Girl in a Country Song
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Aubrey Plaza Tells Us Why ‘An Evening With Beverly Luff Lin’ Is a ‘Wild Ride’ (Video)

Aubrey Plaza Tells Us Why ‘An Evening With Beverly Luff Lin’ Is a ‘Wild Ride’ (Video)
So what exactly is the plot to “An Evening With Beverly Luff Lin?” Good question. In fact, when we spoke with star Aubrey Plaza back at the film’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, she had the same question, saying that the offbeat comedy was one of the craziest things she’s ever made.

“It’s really hard for me to explain why, but it’s kind of like a wild ride,” Plaza told TheWrap. “You just have to strap in and let go.”

Indeed, the film is incredibly weird and, as is repeated in the its trailer, “magical.” Director Jim Hosking, who directed the equally bizarre horror comedy “The Greasy Strangler,” was originally asked to make the weirdest film ever, only to find out he had made it too weird. From there, they came up with the character and story to “An Evening With Beverly Luff
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Asian World Film Festival Showcases 14 Foreign-Language Oscar Contenders

One of the goals of the Fourth Annual Asian World Film Festival (October 24 to November 1) is to showcase awards titles at the Arclight Cinemas in Culver City. This year, 14 Oscar and 7 Golden Globes submissions are included in the program.

The festival invites all films chosen by their countries as Oscar or Golden Globe Foreign Film submissions to be part of the selection. One of the festival’s sponsors, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), recognizes selected showings as the required official screenings for their members who vote on the Golden Globes.

The competition, to be judged by a jury led by actress-producer Vivian Wu, includes Oscar titles “Sobibor” (Russia), “Cake” (Pakistan), “Buffalo Boys” (Singapore), “Namme” (Georgia), “Ghost Hunting” (Palestine), “The Signal Rock” (Philippines), “The Journey” (Iraq), “No Date, No Signature” (Iran), “Operation Red Sea” (Hong Kong), “Village Rockstars” (India), and “Panchayat” (Nepal). Out-of-competition titles are Cannes entry “Burning” (South Korea
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Hear Steelism’s Crunchy Cover of Neal Hefti’s ‘Batman Theme’

Hear Steelism’s Crunchy Cover of Neal Hefti’s ‘Batman Theme’
Halloween is on the horizon, but Nashville space-country duo Steelism are getting into the spirit a little early with the release of the surprise new Superhero Themes Ep. The centerpiece of the three-song effort is a hard-charging, riff-heavy take on “Batman Theme,” the title song of the sixties TV show, Batman, originally composed by Neal Hefti.

In line with Steelism’s typical psych-twang experimentation, guitarist Jeremy Fetzer and pedal steel player Spencer Cullum Jr. dress up the original tune’s surf-rock groove with squalls of swirling fret acrobatics, while drummer
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Here’s a Fall 2018 Playbook for TV Marketers

Here’s a Fall 2018 Playbook for TV Marketers
By Matt Young, VP and Industry Lead, Entertainment, Oath

When’s the last time you felt caught up on the season’s hit TV shows? Last summer? Ten years ago? In an era of competing and diverse content providers, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the vast choices available. In fact, last year, the number of TV shows released in the U.S. hit a new high, up to 487 compared to 455 in 2016.

This swell in TV programming combined with the massive growth of over-the-top (Ott) and trend of cord-cutting– which, according to eMarketer, will jump 32 Percent this year–begs the question: what does this mean for TV marketers and how can they keep up?

They adapt. Innovations in Advanced TV and mobile advertising have opened doors for advertisers to go beyond the large-scale TV ad buys and focus more on targeted advertising that makes an impact. As our
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Michael Cohen Urges People to Vote Against Trump to Prevent ‘Another Six Years of This Craziness’

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen is urging people to vote against Republicans — and his former client — in the upcoming mid-term elections, telling CNN Friday in a brief man-on-the-street interview that it was the only way to stop the madness.

“Grab your family, grab your friends, grab your neighbors, get to the polls,” said Cohen. “If not, you’re gonna have another two or another six years of this craziness.”

The message followed a viral tweet from Cohen earlier this week in which he called the upcoming elections “the most important vote in our lifetime.”

The #MidtermElections2018 might be the most important vote in our lifetime. #GetOutAndVote #VoteNovember6th

— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) October 14, 2018

Earlier this year Cohen plead guilty to a series of crimes, including campaign finance violations, tax evasion and bank fraud. Facing the possibility of decades behind bars, Cohen began cooperating with federal investigators in Robert Mueller’s probe
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Animation Is Film Review: ‘Seder-Masochism’

Animator Nina Paley’s wit and imagination provide such unique delights that it seems almost churlish to complain that her second feature feels more like a tray of hors d’oeuvres than a full meal — even if it’s inspired by the traditional ritual feast of Passover Seder. But “Seder-Masochism” plays as considerably less of an organic whole than her prior “Sita Sings the Blues,” no doubt in large part because its concept evolved over several years’ course, during which some individual parts were released as standalone shorts.

Nonetheless, this antic nonbeliever’s take on the Book of Exodus is so full of invention that, moment-to-moment, its somewhat disjointed and episodic nature is easy to forgive. Even more than with “Sita,” music rights issues (Paley is a professed “open source activist” and “copyright abolitionist”) will complicate any prospective commercial distribution. But as that film ultimately found a substantial audience despite such hurdles,
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Florida Rehab Doctor Pleads Guilty To Distributing Opioids

On Thursday, October 18th, the Department of Justice announced that the medical director of a substance abuse treatment center in South Florida had pleaded guilty to unlawfully distributing controlled substances, specifically opioids, barbiturates and benzodiazepines. Kenneth Rivera-Kolb, 65, was one of more than 100 people arrested in the region in June in what federal authorities called “the largest health care fraud crackdown in history.” According to an NBC News investigation, state and federal authorities blame a lack of regulatory oversight for allowing numerous treatment center operators to prey upon vulnerable people struggling
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