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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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'Eighth Grade' Break-Out Elsie Fisher to Star in Musical 'The Shaggs' (Exclusive)

'Eighth Grade' Break-Out Elsie Fisher to Star in Musical 'The Shaggs' (Exclusive)
Elsie Fisher has booked her first starring role since breaking out in Bo Burnham's indie Eighth Grade.

Fisher will star in The Shaggs, a musical feature that is based on the real-life story of the Wiggin sisters, three musically inept teenagers from New Hampshire who, in 1968, recorded one of the most infamous rock-and-roll albums of all time, Philosophy of the World.

Ken Kwapis, whose feature credits include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and A Walk in the Woods, will direct from a screenplay by Joy Gregory. Inspired by a 1999 New Yorker article by Susan Orlean, Gregory had previously ...
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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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5 Questions With Fine Brothers Entertainment Head of Television Brandie Tucker

Fine Brothers Entertainment (Fbe) recently inked co-production deals with Nick Cannon’s NCredible Entertainment, Kinetic Content, and Sonar Entertainment, continuing the company’s expansion into television and long-form offerings. So far, Fbe has created and sold 15 scripted and unscripted series to television networks and premium SVODs including Nickelodeon, Freeform, TruTV, Facebook, YouTube Premium, and Eko. That deal happened under the direction of Fbe’s Head of Television, Brandie Tucker, and this week we caught up with Tucker to learn more. She talked about Fbe’s development slate, the value of YouTube Premium versus Facebook Watch, and the growing importance of interactive story-telling.

Also Read: Fine Brothers Entertainment Expands Its Long-Form Slate (Exclusive)

TheWrap: Fbe just added four new TV projects to its development slate, which of these projects excites you the most and why?

Brandie Tucker: I hate to give the obvious answer, but there truly is something that uniquely excites me about each project,
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15 Women Horror Directors Jason Blum Can Add to His List

Blumhouse Productions founder Jason Blum stirred up controversy Wednesday when he claimed his studio hasn’t produced a theatrical release by a woman because there weren’t “a lot of female directors period, and even less who are inclined to do horror.” Many people took to Twitter to criticize Blum’s unqualified statement, with one user saying it took just one “quick Google search” to find the plethora of women at the helm of horror films. (Blum did say that he had tried to hire “The Babadook” director Jennifer Kent but she turned him down.)

Later that day, at the premiere for “Halloween,” which he produced, Blum apologized and said “Today was a great day for me because I learned a lot and because there are a lot of women out there that I’m going to meet as a result of today so I’m grateful for it.”

For
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Judi Dench Is Latest Addition to ‘Cats’ Cast

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Judi Dench Is Latest Addition to ‘Cats’ Cast
Judi Dench is the latest addition to the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats,” which will be released by Universal Pictures.

Taylor Swift, James Corden, Jennifer Hudson, and Idris Elba have also been cast for the film, which is set for release on December 20, 2019.

It’s a long time coming for Dench, as she was set to play Grizabella in the original 1981 West End production but had to bow out after suffering an Achilles injury shortly before previews.

Also Read: Idris Elba to Join Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift in Universal's 'Cats' Adaptation

Tom Hooper is directing the film and co-writing with Lee Hall. Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing with Hooper, as well as fellow “Les Misérables” producer Debra Hayward–who brought the idea to Working Title. Lloyd Webber will be an executive producer with Steven Spielberg and Angela Morrison.

Dench
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‘Mid90s’ Film Review: Jonah Hill Scores Solid Directorial Debut With Coming-of-Age Indie

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‘Mid90s’ Film Review: Jonah Hill Scores Solid Directorial Debut With Coming-of-Age Indie
Jonah Hill’s directorial debut is an homage so faithful to its titular era, you’d be hard-pressed to pinpoint the year in which it was actually made. The giveaway, though, is in the intense sense of nostalgia that suffuses every frame of “Mid90s.”

Hill, currently starring in Netflix’s “Maniac,” was 13 in 1996, the same age as his protagonist, Stevie, who’s struggling to make sense of his unhappy life. His older brother, Ian, has a lot of rage issues, most of which he takes out on Stevie in violent fashion. And his young single mom, Dabney, is just trying to hold things together.

Facing down a summer with nothing to do and no one to do it with, Stevie finds a new family among the teens who hang out at a nearby L.A. skate shop. Ray (Na-kel Smith) works there, but he seems to be the only
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Dylan McDermott Tells Us About ‘Masturbating and Crying’ Again for ‘American Horror Story’

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Dylan McDermott Tells Us About ‘Masturbating and Crying’ Again for ‘American Horror Story’
(Warning: Spoilers head for “Return to Murder House,” Wednesday’s episode of “American Horror Story: Apocalypse.”)

Dylan McDermott came back home last night for one hell of a tearjerker.

The “American Horror Story” alum returned to the franchise for the eagerly anticipated sixth episode of “Ahs: Apocalypse” — the most fitting of all times for the Season 1 star to rejoin the cast, as the episode was called “Return to Murder House,” and obviously packed with references to the series’ first season, “Murder House.”

Oh, and that included a callback to a scene in which his character, Dr. Ben Harmon, was crying and masturbating. Yes, McDermott did it again when reprising his “Murder House” role, this time under the watchful eye of first-time director and “Ahs” lead Sarah Paulson. (Read TheWrap’s interview with Paulson about her directorial debut here.)

And McDermott tells TheWrap he was happy to be “in on the joke” this time,
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Andi Matichak on ‘Halloween’ Co-Star Jamie Lee Curtis: ‘She Really Took Me Under Her Wing’ (Video)

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Andi Matichak on ‘Halloween’ Co-Star Jamie Lee Curtis: ‘She Really Took Me Under Her Wing’ (Video)
Andi Matichak plays Jamie Lee Curtis’ granddaughter in the new “Halloween” film, and Matichak says that the famous actress started mentoring her before they started filming.

“She has been an incredible mentor to me this entire process,” Matichak said in an interview with TheWrap’s Beatrice Verhoeven. “Before I even got down to set, she sent me a message to welcome me to the family and introduce herself, saying, ‘we’re so excited to have you here.’ The second I got down to set, she took me dinner and gave me a full history lesson of ‘Halloween,’ like start to finish, which was the best thing in the world and then from there, she really took me under her wing.”

While Curtis is the “scream queen” and one of the most famous actresses in the world, Matichak was really excited to meet Judy Greer, who would play her mother in
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Connie Britton on Her Return to ‘American Horror Story’

Connie Britton on Her Return to ‘American Horror Story’
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Return to Murder House,” the sixth episode of “American Horror Story: Apocalypse.”

Connie Britton helped launch the “American Horror Story” anthology franchise in 2011 when she starred as Vivien Harmon in the “Murder House” season, and after seven years away, she made a highly anticipated return in the sixth episode of “Apocalypse.”

“It was really important to me, I really wanted to do it. We had talked about it for a long time, and this was the moment,” Britton tells Variety. “I did not have to think about it.”

Britton
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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Josh Groban Join Charity Record for Separated Families

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Josh Groban Join Charity Record for Separated Families
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Josh Groban and Idina Menzel have contributed to a new bilingual children’s album, Singing You Home – Children’s Songs for Family Reunification, that will benefit organizations helping to reunite and support families separated at the border.

The album is available to pre-order and will be released October 26th via Ghostlight Records. Tony-winning actress Laura Benanti conceived the project, which will support the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services and Artists Striving to End Poverty.

“Watching children be ripped from their families is obviously very upsetting,
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Hailee Steinfeld to Star in Netflix Music Drama ‘Idol’

Hailee Steinfeld to Star in Netflix Music Drama ‘Idol’
Hailee Steinfeld is producing and starring in Netflix’s music drama “Idol,” with Matt Reeves in talks to produce through his 6th & Idaho company, sources told Variety.

Netflix had no comment. The streaming service has acquired rights to the Matt King script for “Idol,” centered around a girl who becomes an assistant for a popular singer and then tries to become her.

Should the deal close, the producers would include Reeves, Adam Kassan, and Rafi Crohn of 6th & Idaho through their first-look Netflix feature deal. Steinfeld and her mother Cheri Steinfeld will be producing alongside Federal Films, the motion picture division of Hailee Steinfeld’s recording label Republic Records.

Steinfeld broke out in 2010’s “True Grit,” for which she was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar. She also starred in “Pitch Perfect 2,” “Pitch Perfect 3,” and “The Edge of Seventeen.” Steinfeld can next be seen in Paramount
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18 Dramatic Championship Sports Movie Moments: From ‘Rocky’ to ‘Remember the Titans’ (Photos)

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The World Series is here again, and if it’s anything like the Cubs’ curse-breaking 2016 victory or the Astros and Dodgers’ seven-game barnburner in 2017, it might end up becoming the basis for a movie or documentary like the ones on our list. Whether it’s the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat, TheWrap recaps the biggest moments in these sports classics.

The Pride of the Yankees” (1942)

This beautifully dramatized moment of sports history, as wonderfully monologued by Gary Cooper, helped to immortalize the already infamous “Luckiest man” speech by Lou Gehrig.

Rocky” (1976)

In the ultimate underdog story, newcomer Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) gets a shot at the world heavyweight title against champ Apollo Creed. Rocky proves he has the goods, going the entire 15 rounds against Creed, but loses in a split decision. Rocky would get a rematch though and win the title in “Rocky II”.

Breaking Away” (1979)

One
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‘Halloween:’ Is There a Post-Credits Scene?

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‘Halloween:’ Is There a Post-Credits Scene?
(Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you don’t want to know what happens in the new “Halloween” movie.)

Bonus, or post-credit scenes, have become staples of big blockbuster films, and with the highly-anticipated “Halloween” scaring up moviegoers, you might wonder whether it has a post-credits scene.

The answer: It sort of has a post-credits scene. If you stay until the very end — past all of the credits — you will continue to hear Michael Myers’ breathing. If you’re a fan of the franchise, you’ll know Myers’ breathing is somewhat labored due to his famous mask. And sometimes, that’s all you can hear after one of his gruesome kills.

So, while there isn’t an actual post-credits scene in the visual sense, fans are left haunted by a sound that has become synonymous with the “Halloween” franchise. And maybe — just maybe — it means Michael Myers might always
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Amerie Announces First Album in Nine Years

Amerie will unveil her first LP since 2009 on Friday. The double-album 4Am Mulholland and After 4Am will be an independent release from the “1 Thing” singer who parted ways with Def Jam in 2010.

“I love my projects to be very sonically cohesive,” she told Billboard about the double project (described as “darker and moodier” than her previous work). “As I was recording, I wasn’t trying to limit myself in any way, I was feeling very, very creative — I had just came off of writing a new story and I wanted
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