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'Halloween' Slices Up a Monster $77.5 Million Opening

'Halloween' Slices Up a Monster $77.5 Million Opening
With a staggering, $77.5 million debut, Universal and Blumhouse's Halloween topped the weekend with the second largest October opening weekend of all-time. The horror film headlined a massive weekend overall weekend, that saw the top twelve combine for over $160 million, making this the second largest October weekend ever. As already mentioned, Halloween's $77.5 million three-day debut was the second largest October opening weekend of all-time, coming less than $3 million shy of the record set by Venom earlier this month. That said, Halloween did deliver the largest October opening day of all-time, topping Venom's $32.5 million. The film's opening is also the second largest ever for an R-rated horror, topping the $53.8 million opening for The Nun a month ago and behind It's $123.4 million debut last September. The film, which carries a tiny, $10 million production budget, features Jamie Lee Curtis in her iconic role of Laurie Strode and beyond landing well with critics in advance of release,
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‘Shameless’ Mid-season Finale: Goodbye To All That

‘Shameless’ Mid-season Finale: Goodbye To All That
Tonight’s mid-season finale of Showtime’s Shameless was all about goodbyes – and not just until the season picks up again.

Warning: This article contains spoilers on the mid-season finale of Shameless. Proceed at your own risk….

The year was 2010. Barack Obama was finishing his first term as the nation dug out of the worst recession since the 1920s. Apple unveiled the iPad, Bp’s Deepwater Horizon oil pipeline exploded in the Gulf, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg was Time’s Man of the Year.

And Cameron Monaghan was cast as an ensemble player on Showtime’s Shameless, playing Ian Gallagher, a gay, bipolar teenage son of a large Chicago family where dysfunction was the rule. He quickly drew raves for his performance.

But all good things must end, and Monaghan announced earlier via Instagram that he would be leaving the series at mid-year, joining the previous announcement by castmate Emmy Rossum,
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NYPD Blue sequel series gets a pilot order from ABC

NYPD Blue sequel series gets a pilot order from ABC
It looks like the classic 90s police procedural series NYPD Blue could be set for a return, with Variety reporting that ABC has granted a pilot production commitment to a sequel from original series writers and executive producers Matt Olmstead and Nick Wootton, along with Jesse Bochco, the son of NYPD Blue co-creator Steven Bochco.

The potential series will follow Theo Sipowicz, the son of Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz), as he looks to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while investigating the murder of his father.

Created by Bochco and David Milch (Deadwood) and premiering on ABC in 1993, NYPD Blue ran for 261 episodes across twelve seasons and was the network’s longest running primetime drama until it was surpassed by Grey’s Anatomy in 2016. During its critically acclaimed run, it won 20 Emmy Awards and 4 Golden Globe Awards.

In addition to Franz, who was a regular for all 12 seasons,
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‘Walking Dead’ Recap: Tempers Flare as Alliances Begin to Crumble (Spoilers)

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‘Walking Dead’ Recap: Tempers Flare as Alliances Begin to Crumble (Spoilers)
Spoiler Alert: Do not keep reading if you have not seen Episode 3 of Season 9 of “The Walking Dead,” titled “Warning Signs”

The Walking Dead” continued it’s strong forward momentum in Season 9, with this week’s episode continuing to show the deterioration of the fragile alliance that has been forged.

The episode opens with Justin (Zach McGowan)–the Savior who raised the ire of Daryl (Norman Reedus) in the first two episodes of the season–lying dead on the ground near a brick building. Soon, he reanimates as a walker and rises back to his feet.

The next morning, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) walks through Alexandria in the early morning and visits Carl’s grave. He leaves a freshly grown tomato from the community’s gardens near the grave as a sign of the future Carl helped inspire. Back at home, he and Michonne (Danai Gurira) talk about the bridge building project and her charter.
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‘Venom’ Rules International Box Office Again, ‘A Star Is Born’ Crosses $200 Million Worldwide

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‘Venom’ Rules International Box Office Again, ‘A Star Is Born’ Crosses $200 Million Worldwide
“Venom” remains a force to be reckoned with overseas as the Tom Hardy superhero movie topped the foreign box office for the third weekend in a row.

Sony’s “Venom” secured the No. 1 spot abroad with $32 million from 65 markets, taking its international total to $290.7 million. It earned $18.1 million in North America for a worldwide total of $460.2 million.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ “A Star Is Born” continues to do monster business of its own. The acclaimed musical drama starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga generated an impressive $22.8 million from 75 overseas markets, bringing its tally to $74.7 million overseas and $201 million globally. “A Star Is Born” opened in Australia with $4.7 million in 536 venues, as well as Hong Kong with $629,000 in 58 locations. Top holdovers include the United Kingdom ($3.9 million on 846 screens), Italy ($1.5 million on 614 screens), and France ($1.5 million on 353 screens). It debuts next in Japan on Dec. 21.

Though Universal’s “Halloween” topped the domestic box office,
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Selma Blair Reveals She Has MS in Emotional Instagram Post: 'I'm in the Thick of It'

Selma Blair Reveals She Has MS in Emotional Instagram Post: 'I'm in the Thick of It'
Selma Blair has multiple sclerosis.

The actress, 46, revealed her diagnosis via Instagram on Saturday, writing an emotional post detailing her disabilities.

“I have #multiplesclerosis. I am in an exacerbation,” she wrote. “By the grace of the lord, and will power and the understanding producers at Netflix, I have a job. A wonderful job. I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken gps. But we are doing it. And I laugh and I don’t know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best.
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Regina King (‘If Beale Street Could Talk’) could win overdue Oscar shortly after taking Emmy #3

Regina King (‘If Beale Street Could Talk’) could win overdue Oscar shortly after taking Emmy #3
Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars has opened up in a major way for Regina King, who is earning some of the best reviews of her career for her role in Barry Jenkins‘ new film, “If Beale Street Could Talk.” King has been predicted to earn her first Oscar nomination after the rapturous response to her performance when the film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival, and now there’s an avenue for her to win. This is all thanks to one of her presumed biggest Supporting Actress competitors now being campaigned in the Best Actress category instead.

SEEWill Emmy winners Claire Foy and Regina King go head-to-head at 2019 Oscars as Best Supporting Actress?

The Favourite” star Olivia Colman has been the subject of the classic, “Is she lead or is she supporting?” debates, for her highly acclaimed performance as Queen Anne. While Colman was being predicted by many
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Scott Wilson of ‘The Walking Dead’ Remembered at Memorial

Scott Wilson of ‘The Walking Dead’ Remembered at Memorial
Scott Wilson, an acting veteran of half a century who was a high-profile member “The Walking Dead” cast, was remembered warmly at memorial ceremonies Saturday at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills.

Wilson died at the age of 76 after a battle with leukemia on Oct. 6. The premiere episode of the ninth season of “The Walking Dead” aired the next day and was dedicated to Wilson’s memory.

The Walking Dead” cast members Danai Gurira, Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies and Greg Nicotero spoke at Saturday’s event along with director Ernest Dickerson. Gurira recalled in her speech that Wilson went out of
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First Footage of Robert Englund’s Return as Freddy Krueger In “The Goldbergs” [Video]

First Footage of Robert Englund’s Return as Freddy Krueger In “The Goldbergs” [Video]
On this coming Wednesday, October 24th, horror icon Robert Englund returns as Freddy Krueger in a special Halloween-themed episode of “The Goldbergs”. While we exclusively shared the first ever footage from the episode, hilariously titled “Mister Knifey-Hands”, a new promo reveals the A Nightmare On Elm Street slasher in the flesh! It’s short and sweet. In the episode: “Despite Beverly’s […]
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Vue International Acquires German Multiplex Circuit CineStar

Vue International has acquired CineStar, a leading multiplex circuit in Germany, for an upfront payment of €130 million ($149.8 million), as it aims to expand further its international footprint.

The deal includes a variable of up to €91.8 million ($105.7 million), and sets CineStar’s potential enterprise value at €221.8 million ($255.58 million).

Currently owned by Australian company Event Hospitality & Entertainment Limited (Evt), CineStar boasts 57 premium multiplex sites (55 of which are in operation and two which are new sites opening in late 2018 and mid-2019), with 449 screens. The chain has a strong presence in Germany’s rural areas, as well as in Berlin where it has seven cinemas, including the Cubix at Alexanderplatz.

Tim Richards, Vue International’s founder and CEO, said in a statement that it marks Vue’s “third international acquisition this year and further reinforces (Vue’s) commitment to international expansion.”

“Germany is an extremely important cinema market and is consistently in the top
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Discovery Tees Up ‘Golftv’ Streaming Brand for 2019 Launch

Discovery’s $2 billion swing at the international golf market is taking shape, with its upcoming streaming service to be branded “Golftv.” The Ott service will tee off around the world at the beginning of 2019 and have live PGA Tour coverage in a raft of territories at launch. More territories will get the live coverage in the next four years as existing rights deals play out.

Discovery upped former NBA and DirecTV exec Alex Kaplan from an Evp role at Eurosport (which Discovery owns) to run Golftv as president and general manager of Discovery Golf. He said the new service would
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Rome Mia Market Wraps Positively With Bigger U.S. Presence, Strong Product

Rome’s Mia market for TV series, feature films and documentaries wrapped on a positive note Sunday after four days of intense dealmaking and presentations, which saw some 2,000 executives, including 400 buyers, sample a substantial offering of select new top notch mostly European product.

“We still don’t generate the big announcements like Mipcom,” said market director Lucia Milazzotto, but, she added “we are growing.” Milazzotto boasted that for its fourth edition the new concept Mia event, created to put Italy back on the markets map, attracted a big rise in U.S. attendees across all sectors, “which means more buyers,
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Rome Mia Market Wraps Positively With Bigger U.S. Presence, Strong Product

Rome’s Mia market for TV series, feature films and documentaries wrapped on a positive note Sunday after four days of intense dealmaking and presentations, which saw some 2,000 executives, including 400 buyers, sample a substantial offering of select new top notch mostly European product.

“We still don’t generate the big announcements like Mipcom,” said market director Lucia Milazzotto, but, she added “we are growing.” Milazzotto boasted that for its fourth edition the new concept Mia event, created to put Italy back on the markets map, attracted a big rise in U.S. attendees across all sectors, “which means more buyers, and more commissioning editors,” came lured by “the cream of the European crop.”

The American contingent at Mia comprised Anonymous Content chief Paul Green, Oscar-winning multi-hyphenate Bryan Fogel (“Icarus”), Sony Pictures Entertainment Senior VP Katrhyn Busby, “Narcos” show-runner Chris Brancato, and “Bridesmaids” and “Ghostbusters” director Paul Feig. Besides coming to do business,
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India’s Roy Kapur Films Reveals Eclectic Slate (Exclusive)

India’s Roy Kapur Films Reveals Eclectic Slate (Exclusive)
Former MD of Disney India, Siddharth Roy Kapur has revealed an eclectic range of films to be produced by his production company Roy Kapur Films.

“Saare Jahaan Se Achcha,” to be directed by Mahesh Mathai (“Bhopal Express”), and written by Anjum Rajabali is a biopic of Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian in space. An A-list cast will be announced by the end of the year ahead of a production start in February. The film is a co-production with Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP.

Vinil Mathew (“Hasee Toh Phasee”) will direct “Sinbad,” a thriller inspired by merchant navy officer Audumbar Bhoi, whose ship was attacked by Somali pirates, from a script by Sudip Sharma (“NH10”). Casting is underway.

In 2019, Sooni Taraporewala (“Little Zizou”) will direct “Ballet Boys.” The fact-based story follows two Mumbai slum boys, one a Hindu and the other Muslim, who shoot to global prominence after being discovered by an Israeli dance instructor.
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Korea Box Office: ‘First Man’ Lands on Top at Weekend

Korea Box Office: ‘First Man’ Lands on Top at Weekend
Space exploration drama, “First Man” opened on Thursday and moon landed in top spot of the South Korean box office. The Upi release earned $3.48 million from 423,200 admissions over its four opening days.

Korean drama, “Dark Figure of Crime” slipped to second from the previous weekend’s top spot. The Showbox release earned $2.46 million from 311,600 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $26.4 million after three weekends on release.

Sony’s “Venom” took third place, earning $1.88 million between Friday and Sunday. That gave it a three-weekend total of $28.6 million from 3.67 million admissions.

Incurring only a modest week-on-week drop of 11%, Korean drama “Miss Baek” took fourth. The Little Big Pictures release earned $1.13 million between Friday and Sunday for a total of $3.45 million after two weekends.

A Star is Born” slipped to fifth from the previous weekend’s fourth. The Warner Bros. title earned $470,000 for $2.09 million after two weekends. Walt Disney’s
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BBC Names New ‘Top Gear’ Hosts to Succeed Matt LeBlanc

BBC Names New ‘Top Gear’ Hosts to Succeed Matt LeBlanc
Comedian Paddy McGuinness and former cricket player Freddie Flintoff will replace Matt LeBlanc as presenters on “Top Gear,” the BBC announced Monday. The duo will join driver Chris Harris on the popular motoring show, while Rory Reid is stepping down from the main presenting lineup.

Season 27 of the series, which airs on BBC Two, will begin production in early 2019, with broadcast expected later in the year.

“This is a thrilling maneuver from the ‘Top Gear team,’ and I’m relishing what this trio will deliver,” said Patrick Holland, the controller of BBC Two. “Both Paddy and Freddie love their cars,
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SAG-aftra Pushing for Increased Stunt Safety

Leaders of SAG-AFTRA have taken several steps towards improving safety on production sets.

The union’s national board of directors announced Sunday that it had approved the creation of a “Stunt Coordinator Minimum General Standards Eligibility Process Guideline” during its two-day plenary on Oct. 20 and 21 in Los Angeles.

The program, set to launch in 2020, will permit prospective stunt coordinators to apply for inclusion on SAG-aftra’s online registry after demonstrating that they have completed 500 working days. The program also includes a volunteer mentoring program and an apprentice coordinator program.

SAG-aftra also announced that President Gabrielle Carteris and National
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Tricia Tuttle Named Permanent Director of London Film Festival

Tricia Tuttle has been appointed director of British Film Institute festivals, taking over from Clare Stewart who departs after six years.

The news was announced before the world premiere of Stan & Ollie on the closing night of the 62nd BFI London Film Festival, which Tuttle had led as interim head after Stewart announced she was taking a year-long sabbatical after the 2017 edition. Stewart's decision not to return will see Tuttle step into the position – which also encompasses the BFI's Lgbtq+ film festival Flare – in December.

”I congratulate Tricia Tuttle on her new ...
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Vue International Buys CineStar, Germany's Top Multiplex Chain

British theater giant Vue International has signed a deal to acquire Germany's leading multiplex chain CineStar in a deal that values CineStar at up to $256 million (€221.8 million). Vue will pay $150 million (€130 million) up front for CineStar with an additional variable consideration of up to $106 million (€91.8 million). Seller is current owner, Australian group Event.

The deal, for CineStar's 449 screens over 57 sites, is Vue's biggest acquisition to date and makes the group's the clear number one in the German exhibition market.

Vue said the ...
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Leslie Jones Live Tweets ‘Shape of Water,’ Asks ‘What the F–?’ About Interspecies Sex Scene

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Leslie Jones Live Tweets ‘Shape of Water,’ Asks ‘What the F–?’ About Interspecies Sex Scene
Saturday Night Live” star Leslie Jones live tweeted while watching Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi love story “The Shape of Water” and had one thing to say about that odd girl-on-amphibian-man sex scene: “What am I watching?”

Most of Jones’ tweets were simple observations, like, “Ok I need to barf now!” after Michael Shannon’s character proudly announced that he doesn’t wash his hands after using the urinal.

But it’s the interaction between Sally Hawkins’ Elisa and Doug Jones’ amphibian man that left the comedian flummoxed.

Also Read: 'Shape of Water' Actor Doug Jones Says Sex Toy Based on His Character Is 'Not Exactly What I'd Hoped For'

For those who haven’t seen “The Shape of Water,” it’s about a lonely mute cleaning lady in a secret research facility who forms a unique relationship with an amphibian man held in captivity.

Take a look at just a few of Jones’ tweets.
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