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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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In ‘Black Light,’ Jomama Jones Channels Cosmic Soul, Prince Wisdom

Each night of Black Light, Daniel Alexander Jones straps on his platform heels, wears his assortment of sequined gowns and a big Afro wig, transforming into Jomama Jones. She’s an intimidating woman of contradictions who takes the audience on a musical journey that fuses everything from the Black American Freedom movement to Afromysticism and the musical influences of Prince, Sade, Diana Ross and Tina Turner.

“I think she represents a certain lineage of black American women who’ve embodied a deep sense of self-love and of community, along with real political acumen and bravery,
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See Anderson East’s Theatrical ‘All on My Mind’ on ‘Austin City Limits’

Anderson East goes full soul-singing bandleader in a sultry pair of performances from the latest episode of Austin City Limits.

The Alabama native is joined by a hearty array of musicians for “All on My Mind,” including horns, backup singers, and even a four-piece string section. East, sweaty and disheveled, dips, dives, and weaves his way around the stage, clutching the mic stand with both hands as he digs deep into his vocal range for the song’s convention-breaking romantic proclamations.

No less steamy, if a little less theatrical, is “King for a Day,
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Nuclear Bomb Movie in Development With ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Producer

Nuclear Bomb Movie in Development With ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Producer
Oscar-nominated “Hacksaw Ridge” producer David Permut has acquired the motion picture rights to Joel Dobson’s nuclear bomb thriller “The Goldsboro Broken Arrow.”

Dobson’s book follows the formerly classified events that took place in 1961 when four pilots ejected out of a B-52 aircraft carrying two thermonuclear bombs at 9,000 feet after the plane was struck multiple times by lightning and lost a wing. One pilot died, three others survived, and the two nuclear bombs fell at a velocity of 700 mph and crashed into Goldsboro, N.C.

The condition of the fail-safe mechanism on the bombs was unknown, and there was no guarantee that they could be deactivated. The destructive power of each bomb was large enough to create a 100% kill zone within a radius of eight miles. Twenty-two-year-old Lt. Jack ReVelle, a bomb disposal expert, was charged with the dangerous mission of deactivating the bombs.

Information about the event was
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Pearl Jam’s ‘Vs.’: 10 Things You Didn’t Know

Pearl Jam’s ‘Vs.’: 10 Things You Didn’t Know
Calling Pearl Jam’s sophomore album “hotly anticipated” would have severely understated the case. In the two years since the release of Ten, their 1991 debut, the band had vaulted from obscurity to the forefront of the rock mainstream on the strength of visceral singles like “Alive,” “Jeremy” and “Even Flow,” and high-intensity live performances in which frontman Eddie Vedder often risked life and limb in his quest to win over audiences.

So when Vs., released on October 19th, 1993, set an industry record by selling more than 950,000 copies in its first
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TV Review: ‘Making a Murderer Part 2’

When it landed on Netflix in 2015, the documentary series “Making a Murderer” was a near-instant sensation, with both the internet commentariat and the national media expressing strong views about the case of Steven Avery and his unfortunate nephew, Brendan Dassey, two Wisconsin men convicted of a 2005 murder. The show became, for a while, something bigger than a hit show; it was, at least for some weeks, the nation’s central discussion topic, sitting at a nexus of high-toned entertainment and real-world horror.

Filmmakers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi, in the opening moments of their second installment of “Making a Murderer,
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CNN’s Jim Acosta Apologizes After Saying ‘F– You’ to Twitter Troll

CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta apologized on Friday for saying “F– You” to a Twitter user in a direct message. In a tweet, Acosta said he had confused the person for an old friend.

“Hey buddy I thought you were an old friend from the campaign days. I’m so sorry. Hope I didn’t offend you. Have a good night and take care,” he said.

Hey buddy I thought you were an old friend from the campaign days. I’m so sorry. Hope I didn’t offend you. Have a good night and take care. https://t.co/4u9fj1BNPI

— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 19, 2018

Also Read: Jim Acosta to Haters: 'I'm Allowed to Care About This Country' (Video)

The imbroglio began after Justin Caporale, a Gop consultant and former aide to First Lady Melania Trump, attempted some low grade trolling on Acosta after the CNN reporter complained
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This Week in Music: Shawn Mendes Feat. Teddy <3, Quavo Feat. Madonna and Cardi B

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Shawn Mendes featuring Teddy<3, “Under Pressure”

Sounds like: A heartfelt tribute to two great artists

Perfect for: Gearing up for the Bohemian Rhapsody movie

Allow Shawn Mendes and Teddy Geiger to get you in the spirit for the upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody with their acoustic cover of “Under Pressure.” The oft-imitated 1981 duet by Freddie Mercury and David Bowie was an anthemic hit in its time, and the duo make it their own with this pared-down take on the classic. It
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Nicki Minaj, Halsey, Rosalía to Perform at 2018 MTV EMAs

Nicki Minaj, Halsey, Rosalía to Perform at 2018 MTV EMAs
Hip-hop star Nicki Minaj, pop singer-songwriter Halsey and Spanish singer Rosalía are among the powerful female artists set to perform at the 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards, the global music show which will air live from Spain on Nov. 4.

Actors Michael Peña and Diego Luna, who co-star in Netflix’s upcoming crime drama “Narcos: Mexico,” will also be on hand to present awards at the celebration, which will take place at the Bilbao Exhibition Center in Spain.

Minaj, who previously hosted the 2014 MTV EMAs in Glasgow, will be back on the Ema stage with two nominations for Best Hip Hop and Best Look.
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‘Daredevil’ Season 3 Refresher: Why Does Everyone Think Daredevil Is Dead?

(Spoilers ahead for the Marvel series “The Defenders”)

If you’re the sort of person who has been into the “Daredevil” show on Netflix the past few years but haven’t really strayed into the rest of Marvel’s little TVverse on Netflix, you’re probably gonna be a little bit confused when you fired up season 3 of “Daredevil” and see that Daredevil (Charlie Cox) is dead.

Or, at least, he’s pretending to be, and all his friends definitely think he is. For the first several episode of the new season, Matt Murdock hides out in a church basement under the care of the nun (Joanne Whalley) who raised him after his father died. That’s quite a story leap from the end of season 2, when Daredevil was about to get ready for whatever the Hand had planned for Elektra (Elodie Young).

Also Read: 'Iron Fist': What
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Keshet Intl. Looks for Next ‘Homeland’ With $65 Million Fund

Keshet Intl. CEO Alon Shtruzman discussed the company’s recently launched $65 million fund at a keynote speech in Rome on Thursday, as the company looks to ramp up its production of films and high-end dramas that could be the next “Homeland.”

Appearing onstage during the Mia Market with Lorenzo De Maio, head of TV sales and advisory group at Endeavor Content, the Ki topper described the company’s latest move as one born out of necessity.

“We saw shows like ‘Homeland’…that we created making so much money for everyone but us,” he said. “We felt we had no choice, and we needed to take control of our destiny.”

Ki, which is the international arm of Israeli broadcaster Keshet, has U.K. and U.S. outposts, as well as bases in Asia and Latin America, along with digital studios and film divisions. Keshet was behind scripted series like “Prisoners of War,
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'Halloween' and What's Lost with a Reboot

'Halloween' and What's Lost with a Reboot
This weekend sees the opening of David Gordon Green’s Halloween. Or is it Halloween 2: The Third Version? Halloween 11? In truth, it’s a combination of all of the above. Of course, we all know by now that the latest entry of Halloween, the 11th movie in a series of broken continuity, restarts, and reboots, is only a sequel to John Carpenter’s original film from 1978, ignoring all the others. Yet, Halloween (2018) is also the first entry in what is rumored to kick-off a new franchise of Halloween films, making Green’s feature a “requel” in its position as sequel,...
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European Film Directory Presented by Commissioner Mariya Gabriel

Lyon, France — As part of its efforts to improve the distribution and cross-border consumption of European film, the European Commission on Thursday unveiled its new directory of European films.

Presenting the project at the Lumière Film Festival in Lyon, Mariya Gabriel, the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, said the directory was the first concrete step of a collaborative project between the European Commission and filmmakers, producers, festival heads and other stakeholders.

Funded by the European Union’s Media Program and launched with the assistance of the European Audiovisual Observatory, the new directory will help professionals and non-professionals alike find information about European films and their availability online on video-on-demand services throughout the European Union.

Gabriel stressed that the directory was particularly vital now in the face of changing media consumption and the increasing dominance of streaming services. Making the distribution of European works a priority will create value beyond content,
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