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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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Sebastian Stan, Jamie Dornan to Romance Shailene Woodley in New Drake Doremus Film

Sebastian Stan, Jamie Dornan to Romance Shailene Woodley in New Drake Doremus Film
Sebastian Stan and Jamie Dornan are set to compete for the affections of Shailene Woodley in an untitled new indie film from director Drake Doremus, Collider has learned. Woodley will play an artist who dumps her longtime boyfriend, but her attempt to take a break from dating ends when she quickly finds herself in two passionate romances -- one with Dornan's artsy writer, the other with Stan's passionate bad boy. Matthew Gray Gubler will co-star in the LA-set film, which Doremus co-wrote with novelist Jardine Libaire. CJ Entertainment is developing, financing and producing the movie, which …
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‘Manifest’ Gets Order For Three Additional Episodes From NBC

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‘Manifest’ Gets Order For Three Additional Episodes From NBC
NBC has picked up three episodes of breakout new drama Manifest, bringing the total freshman episode count to 16.

The size of the order, which is below full-season 22 episodes, is not surprising. Shorter-run seasons — between 13 and 18 episodes — have become the norm for heavily serialized broadcast dramas, including NBC’s This Is Us, Fox’s Empire and ABC’s How To Get Away with Murder.

So far this fall “Manifest” has averaged a 3.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 17.2 million viewers in L+7, making it television’s #1 new series in both measures. Counting all entertainment programs on broadcast and cable, “Manifest” ranks #4 in L+7 adult 18-49 averages behind only “This Is Us,” “The Walking Dead” and “The Big Bang Theory” and #2 in total viewers behind only “Big Bang.” Adding in alternate platform viewing raises the “Manifest” L+7 18-49 rating to a 5.1.

“Manifest” stars Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis, J.R. Ramirez, Luna Blaise,
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Liam Hemsworth, Vince Vaughn Join Clark Duke’s Directorial Debut ‘Arkansas’

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Liam Hemsworth, Vince Vaughn Join Clark Duke’s Directorial Debut ‘Arkansas’
Liam Hemsworth and Vince Vaughn have joined Clark Duke’s feature directorial debut “Arkansas,” which Duke wrote and will also star in, Vmi Worldwide President Andre Reis announced Thursday.

“Arkansas” follows a pair of drug runners in the Dixie Mafia, whose lives get turned upside down when a drug deal goes horribly wrong.

“Arkansas” is produced by Patrick Hibler, Jeff Rice, Martin Sprock and Storyboard Media. Media Finance Capital’s David Gilbery and Charles Dorfman funded the film and will also serve as executive producers alongside Hercules Film Fund. Rhea Films’ Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis, Terry Dougas and Jean-Luc De Fanti, Don Kee ProductionsJason Allison, Michael S. Smith and Franchesca Lantz, Andre Relis, Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard and Phil Kim are also executive producing.

Hemsworth’s credits include “The Hunger Games” films as well as “The Expendables” and “Independence Day: Resurgence.
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Jason Blum Apologizes for ‘Dumb Comments’ About Lack of Female Directors

Jason Blum Apologizes for ‘Dumb Comments’ About Lack of Female Directors
Jason Blum is “sorry” for his “dumb comments” about a lack of female directors available to make movies under his Blumhouse banner.

“Thank you everyone for calling me out on my dumb comments in that interview,” he said early Thursday morning on Twitter, referencing a Polygon piece that was published not 20 hours prior. “I made a stupid mistake.”

Blum then went on to point out the female-skewing demographics of both his audience and executive team. He also referenced actress Jamie Lee Curtis as the anchor of his new movie “Halloween,” which hits theaters tomorrow. In addition to starring in the film, Curtis is also an executive producer on it.

Citing his “passion” for gender parity several times, Blum said this morning that his company has “not done a good
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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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Ethan Hawke’s ‘First Reformed’ Leads Gotham Awards Nominations

Ethan Hawke’s ‘First Reformed’ Leads Gotham Awards Nominations
First Reformed,” a drama about a priest who questions his faith played by Ethan Hawke, scored the most nominations for the 2018 Gotham Awards, the annual ceremony in New York honoring independent film.

The movie, written and directed by Paul Schrader, landed in three categories: best feature, best actor (for Hawke) and best screenplay.

The Favourite,” Fox Searchlight’s comedy set in the 18th century court of Queen Anne, picked up two nominations for best feature and best screenplay. It will also be awarded a special jury prize for its cast of Olivia Colman (considered an Oscars favorite for playing the monarch), Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz.

The Gotham Awards, presented by the Independent Film Project, are decided by small committees of journalists and film critics. Nevertheless, on the mad dash to the Oscars, the ceremony has become the Iowa caucus of awards season because of its early date. Last year,
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Review: Elle King’s ‘Shake the Spirit’ is a Raw Revelation

Review: Elle King’s ‘Shake the Spirit’ is a Raw Revelation
Elle King’s breakthrough 2015 hit “Ex’s and Oh’s” pulled off a neat trick: It was catchy mainstream rock that felt fresh without making concessions to hip-hop or Edm. King’s touchstones were Nancy Sinatra, Dusty Springfield, Ennio Morricone’s spaghetti-western-soundtrack twang and T. Rex glam shuffle. Her debut LP, Love Stuff, filled out that sound with a relatable persona — a blues rocker running from time, addiction, the devil and, of course, her pesky exes. Whereas fellow retro-loving diva Lana Del Rey played the coy, gothy, California dreamer, King
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Valee and Matt Ox Are an Odd Couple That Make Things Work on “Awesome”

Valee and Matt Ox Are an Odd Couple That Make Things Work on “Awesome”
On paper, Valee and Matt Ox shouldn’t work. One half of the duo has spent a year building and deconstructing flows like a carpenter, the other is a prepubescent rapper trying to turn a meme-able moment into a sustainable career. In the case of “Awesome,” though, the Chicago and Philly rapper concoct 2018’s version of “Otis.” Or, at the very least, “That’s My Bitch.”

The unsung hero of “Awesome” is longtime Valee producer Chasethemoney’s skeleton-rattling beat. Minimal, epic and satisfyingly slow, the instrumental leaves room for both rappers waltz over the beat,
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Hear Kane Brown’s Affectionate New Song ‘Good as You’

Hear Kane Brown’s Affectionate New Song ‘Good as You’
Kane Brown is in a relaxed, awe-inspired mood in “Good as You,” the soulful new track from the Georgia native’s upcoming second LP with RCA Nashville, Experiment.

Brown recently turned down the energy from his more uptempo country-rock to show a softer, more affectionate side on “Weekend,” and “Good as You” follows very much in the same vein. This time he trades the rootsy dobro-infused vibe for an R&B-inflected slow jam, getting up-close-and-personal to sing his wife’s praises. “It might take 100 lifetimes to do, but baby I
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Review: Tom Morello Stirs Up Rap-Rock-edm Fury on ‘The Atlas Underground’

Review: Tom Morello Stirs Up Rap-Rock-edm Fury on ‘The Atlas Underground’
Tom Morello understands sick beats, activist rhymes, and weaponized noise. Matching rappers and rockers with Edm producers, The Atlas Underground brings all the above in the spirit of the early ‘00s, when mash-up maestros like Freelance Hellraiser and Soulwax reframed the possible in pop.

In 2018, of course, these styles are inextricably intertwined, so even unlikely matches unfold like no-brainers. “How Long” combines Steve Aoki’s gnarly sci-fi bass drops with the polyp-shredding punk howl of Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath, who demands “How long can we dance around/The hungry mouths/The burning streets?
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Trump Continues to Pave the Way for More Violence Against the Press

In May 2017, one day before a special election to represent Montana in the House of Representatives, Republican candidate Greg Gianforte physically attacked Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. Provoked only by a question about health care, Gianforte body-slammed Jacobs, breaking his glasses. The candidate and his campaign then lied to police about what transpired, and, the next day, Gianforte won the election. He later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to perform community service, attend anger management classes and pay a fine. He was also slapped with a 180-day deferred sentence.
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Hear Snail Mail Cover ‘Genius’ Lost Mixtape Favorite

Hear Snail Mail Cover ‘Genius’ Lost Mixtape Favorite
On her first record as Snail Mail, 18-year-old Lindsey Jordan established herself as an indie-rock prodigy capable of jagged guitar solos and dreamy melodies. Rolling Stone named it one of the 50 best albums of 2018 so far.

Jordan clearly does things on her own terms, so it makes sense that her new Courtney Love cover is not even of the Courtney Love you’re thinking of. It’s of an Olympia, Washington band called Courtney Love, a duo who existed from 1989 to 1991. The group – featuring guitarist-singer Lois Maffeo and drummer Pat
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Neil Young to Release 1976 Live Album ‘Songs for Judy’

Neil Young to Release 1976 Live Album ‘Songs for Judy’
Neil Young announced his plan to release Songs for Judy, a live album drawn from his November 1976 U.S. tour. The 22-song LP includes solo acoustic performances of all-time classics like “Heart of Gold,” “After the Gold Rush” and “The Needle and the Damage Done,” along with a number of rarer selections, including one song, “No One Seems to Know,” that has not appeared on any previous official release.

Young spent the majority of 1976 on the road with Crazy Horse or on the ill-fated Stills-Young Band tour, which he famously
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Box Office: ‘Halloween’ Strikes at $7.7 Million in Thursday Night Previews

Box Office: ‘Halloween’ Strikes at $7.7 Million in Thursday Night Previews
Jamie Lee Curtis’ “Halloween” has opened strongly with $7.7 million at 3,200 North American locations in Thursday night preview showings.

Universal’s R-rated slasher film recorded one of the biggest preview nights for a horror movie. Warner Bros.’ “It” took in $13.5 million from 3,500 theaters on Sept 7, 2017.

Anticipation is high among moviegoers for “Halloween,” with Curtis returning as Laurie Strode facing off against serial killer Michael Myers. Universal is forecasting a $50 million bow at 3,928 sites, while some analysts have projected a $70 million launch. “Halloween” is also releasing in 21 international territories this weekend.

Halloween” will smash the franchise record opening of $26 million set by the 2007 Rob Zombie reboot. “Halloween” will also post one of the best starts for an R-rated horror film, a list headed by “It” ($123 million), “Hannibal” ($58 million), and “The Nun” ($53 million). Given its $10 million production budget, the sequel is on track to be hugely profitable.

The new “Halloween” is the 11th installment in the franchise,
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‘Halloween’ Slashes to $7.7 Million at Thursday Box Office

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Universal and Blumhouse’s “Halloween” scared up a whopping $7.7 million at the Thursday box office, on its way to a $60 million opening weekend.

To compare, New Line Cinema’s “The Nun” earned $5.4 million in previews before it grossed $53.8 million its opening weekend. Paramount’s “A Quiet Place” took in $4.3 million at the Thursday box office before it rounded out the weekend with a $50 million opening. New Line’s “It,” which broke several records in the process, grossed $13.5 million in previews before opening to $123 million. Universal is predicting $50 million for “Halloween,” while independent trackers are projecting as high as $63 million.

Taking place 40 years after the original, “Halloween” shows Michael Myers as he escapes from the mental institution he has been locked up in for decades. He returns to Haddonfield, Illinois to find the one who got away. That one, of course, is Laurie, now an estranged grandmother who is still traumatized by that infamous Halloween night,
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Farruko, Jowell & Randy Join Mozart La Para on ‘Mujeres’ Remix

Here’s a foolproof way to turn a hit into a bigger hit: Release a remix version that includes new verses from other stars. No genre is doing this more effectively than reggaeton right now — see the billion-views-and-climbing smash “Te Boté.”

The latest hit to get the revise-and-re-energize treatment is Mozart La Para’s “Mujeres,” originally released in June. The new version features nimble rapping from Farruko, a Puerto Rican star fluent in both reggaeton and trap, along with the duo Jowell & Randy, who enjoyed a massive hit of their own last year with “Bonita.
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New Kids on the Block Singer Jonathan Knight Lands Hgtv Show

New Kids on the Block had a bunch of hits — and now one of the very grown men has his own Hgtv show, or at least a pilot. Jonathan Knight is set to restore an old New England farmhouse in “Farmhouse Fixer.”

The Grammy nominee has renovated more than 200 houses over 20 years, per the popular cable channel. For television, Knight plans to preserve a centuries-old farmhouse’s historic charm while adding a modern layout with high-end amenities, Hgtv said in a media release.

And yes, he’ll do it all “Step by Step,” we’re sure.

Also Read: Scripted Comedy Based on Hgtv's 'Property Brothers' in Development at Fox

“Old farmhouses are American treasures,” Knight said. “Most have been in the same family for 200 years and have never been renovated. And they’re disappearing fast. If we don’t save them, they’re going to be gone.”

The “Farmhouse Fixer
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10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week: Jason Isbell, Old Dominion

10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week: Jason Isbell, Old Dominion
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s rousing live performance of “Hope the High Road,” Old Dominion’s confectionary “Make It Sweet” and Mary Bragg’s brokenhearted “I Thought You Were Somebody Else” are among the 10 country and Americana tracks you must hear right now.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, “Hope the High Road (Live)”

This Heartland rocker first appeared on last year’s The Nashville Sound, but it hits its stride here, in a live version performed during Isbell’s annual residency at the Ryman Auditorium and recorded for the
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