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Box Office: ‘Halloween’ to Hunt Down October Opening Record With $80 Million Debut

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Box Office: ‘Halloween’ to Hunt Down October Opening Record With $80 Million Debut
Halloween” will not only take home the box office crown in its debut weekend, but may also break “Venom’s” recently-set record for best October opening of all time.

Universal’s reboot, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, is heading for an estimated $80 million from 3,928 North American locations in its first weekend. It’ll have to outpace “Venom’s” $80.255 million opening three weeks ago to beat the October record.
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‘Daredevil’ Season 3 Review: Matt Murdock’s Return Could Hit Harder, but It Represents a Major Improvement

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‘Daredevil’ Season 3 Review: Matt Murdock’s Return Could Hit Harder, but It Represents a Major Improvement
Matt Murdock seems tired but wired, and that may be the best part of “Marvel’s Daredevil” Season 3, which represents a recovery — of sorts — for the series that initially launched the Netflix/Marvel universe.

It’s strange to remember the intense anticipation around “Daredevil” Season 1. While at that time there were no shortage of shows featuring superheroes on television, including “Marvel’s Agents of Shield” and Greg Berlanti’s ever-expanding empire of CW/DC adaptations, “Daredevil” promised to be the gritty, grown-up version — then-showrunner Steven S. DeKnight said the inspiration was “to lean more towards ‘The Wire’ than ‘Smallville.'”

After more than three years years and five additional new spinoffs of varying quality, though, the feelings inspired by the launch of a new Netflix/Marvel series might lean more towards exhaustion than excitement. After all, this is the fourth new Marvel launch of the year from this universe, coming
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The ‘Halloween’ Mask Designer Reimagined Michael Myers’ Look: What Changed?

The ‘Halloween’ Mask Designer Reimagined Michael Myers’ Look: What Changed?
You don’t know Michael Myers’ face, but you know his mask. It hasn’t changed much since we were first introduced to the slasher in the original “Halloween,” but that doesn’t mean Christopher Nelson didn’t want to put his own spin on it in David Gordon Green’s new take on John Carpenter’s enduring franchise. The makeup artist and hairstylist, who won an Oscar for his work on “Suicide Squad,” had a simple reaction to the news that “The Shape” was returning: “I have to do it.” So how did Michael Myers’ mask change in the new “Halloween”?

In a new interview with Vulture about his work on the film, which opens today, Nelson says he told producer Ryan Turek, “You have to hire me. You have to get me in touch with whoever I have to talk to. I’ll do it for nothing. I just have to do ‘Halloween.
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Liev Schreiber and Alex Wolff set for Human Capital

Deadline is reporting that Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan) and Alex Wolff (Hereditary) have been cast in a feature film adaptation of Stephen Amidon’s 2005 novel Human Capital, which will be directed by Marc Meyers (My Friend Dahmer) from a script by Oren Moverman (The Messenger).

Human Capital, which was previously adapted into the 2013 Italian-language film Il Capitale Umano, follows “the lives of two families — one middle-class and one privileged — as their lives intertwine across the social divide when two of their children suddenly begin a relationship that leads to a tragic accident.”

Schreiber will portray Drew, the financially flailing patriarch of one of the two families, with Wolff portraying Ian, a character who starts a relationship with Drew’s daughter.

Filming on Human Capital is set to get underway in November, with Maven Pictures, Sight Unseen Pictures and Schreiber’s Illuminated Content producing.

The post Liev Schreiber and Alex Wolff
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‘Halloween’ Stalks ‘Venom’ and October Box Office Opening Record

‘Halloween’ Stalks ‘Venom’ and October Box Office Opening Record
It was just two weeks ago that “Venom” set a new October box office record for the biggest opening weekend with $80 million. Now, Michael Myers might slice that record to pieces as Universal/Blumhouse’s “Halloween” is closing in on a $80 million record.

Early estimates have the sequel to John Carpenter’s classic slasher earning a $79 million opening after making $33.3 million on Friday from 3,928 theaters, including $7.7 million from Thursday previews. Impressively, unlike “Venom,” “Halloween” is reaching that figure without the extra bump of premium formats like IMAX. If Saturday results can beat expectations, it may be able to crack the $80 million mark.

Even if it doesn’t, this will be by far the best opening weekend for a Blumhouse release, topping the $52.5 million for “Paranormal Activity 3.” The film has earned a B+ on CinemaScore to go with its 85 percent Rotten Tomatoes score and is expected to leg out to
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Danny Leiner, ‘Harold & Kumar’ and ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?’ Director, Dies

Danny Leiner, ‘Harold & Kumar’ and ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?’ Director, Dies
Danny Leiner, the director of stoner comedies including “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” and “Dude, Where’s My Car?,” has died.

Leiner passed away late Thursday night, an individual close to Leiner told TheWrap.

Producer Ross Putman, who produced the 2014 “The Young Kieslowski” with Leiner, announced Leiner’s passing on Facebook.

“Danny was one of the producers with me on the first real film I ever made; he was not only gracious in sharing the job with some newbies just getting their sea legs, but taught us a great deal in the process,” Putman wrote. “And we collaborated a few times after that, including on the film I just finished–which he helped champion for years.”

A graduate of Suny Purchase, Leiner’s first feature film was the 1996 comedy “Layin’ Low,” starring Jeremy Piven and Edie Falco. His next feature “Dude, Where’s My Car?” in 2000 with Ashton Kutcher
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‘Joy’ by Sudabeh Mortezai Wins Best Film at BFI London Film Festival

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‘Joy’ by Sudabeh Mortezai Wins Best Film at BFI London Film Festival
Sex-trafficking drama “Joy,” from Austrian-Iranian director Sudabeh Mortezai, has won the award for Best Film at the BFI London Film Festival. “Joy” was one of 10 films in the official competition lineup, half of which were directed or co-directed by women, including Mortezai.

The winning picture is a “vital, beautifully made film,” said Lenny Abrahamson, president of the main competition jury. “’Joy’ is a provocative and unique film offering a devastating portrait of human resilience in the most inhuman of environments.”

In its review, Variety said the movie was a “fully inhabited portrayal of Nigerian migrant sex workers,” adding that “it offers a raw, fresh view on the currently ubiquitous topic of European immigration control, sewn through with sharp feminist perspective.”

“Joy’s” London accolade comes after it won the Hearst Film Award for female direction and the 2018 Europa Cinemas Label at Venice.

Lukas Dhont’s “Girl,” about a transgender teen
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Rome: Cate Blanchett Defends Straight Actors Playing Gay Characters

Rome: Cate Blanchett Defends Straight Actors Playing Gay Characters
Cate Blanchett came to the Rome Film Festival on Friday to participate in a “Close Encounter” discussion with the fest’s artistic director Antonio Monda.

Blanchett talked about her life’s work, joking that she had to act to find Brad Pitt sexy in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and admitting that she was so nervous to receive a phone call to work with Martin Scorsese in The Aviator, that she accepted the role without even understanding that she had committed to play Katharine Hepburn.

When looking at footage from Todd Haynes’ Carol, based on Patricia Highsmith's novel about ...
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Amazon’s Jennifer Salke Defends Broadcast, Touts Upcoming Projects

Amazon’s Jennifer Salke Defends Broadcast, Touts Upcoming Projects
Despite her recent career choices, Jennifer Salke is still a believer in broadcast.

“I don’t think that it’s on its deathbed,” Salke, head of Amazon Studios, said at a USC summit. “I think it is evolving quickly. But I still believe, knowing the amount of people we were reaching at NBC, that there’s a huge audience that still comes” to broadcast.

Salke noted the competition that broadcast now faces from streaming services and the bevy of other entertainment options targeting the traditional broadcast viewer. “It’s incredibly difficult, but there are really smart writers and producers working
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Greg Berlanti, Shawn Levy Team Up to Produce Film Adaptation of Hit Musical ‘Be More Chill’

Greg Berlanti, Shawn Levy Team Up to Produce Film Adaptation of Hit Musical ‘Be More Chill’
Greg Berlanti’s shingle Berlanti Productions and Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps Entertainment have been brought on to produce a film version of the Broadway-bound musical “Be More Chill.”

“Be More Chill” asks the question, what if popularity came in a pill? Would you take it, no questions asked? According to the show’s website, in “Be More Chill,” achieving the “perfect life” is now possible thanks to some mysterious new technology — but it comes at a cost that’s not as easy to swallow.

It follows a bullied high school junior Jeremy Heere, who feels like an outcast and tries to improve his social status. With a father who is so depressed he won’t even put on pants, Jeremy is persuaded to take a pill called a Squip that will help make him cool. The pill has a computer chip that embeds itself into the brain and tells kids what to do.
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Jason Isbell, Sheryl Crow Urge Action at Tennessee Voting Rally

A small but enthusiastic group of Middle Tennessee residents showed up to hear some music and use their voices at Party at the Polls, a voting rally organized by Wme and Endeavor Impact. Held at the very un-rock & roll hour of 10 a.m. at Ascend Amphitheater, the event nonetheless featured some big performers, including Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires, Sheryl Crow and Billy Ray Cyrus.

While not explicitly a left-leaning event, Party at the Polls — which concluded with a half-mile walk to a nearby early voting location — did feature artists
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Amy Schumer Won’t Appear in Super Bowl Ads to Support Colin Kaepernick

Amy Schumer Won’t Appear in Super Bowl Ads to Support Colin Kaepernick
Following reports that Rihanna passed on the Super Bowl LIII halftime show in a show of solidarity to Colin Kaepernick, Amy Schumer said Friday that she informed her agent to turn down any commercial jobs connected to the February 2019 game.

In a lengthy Instagram post, Schumer also called on Maroon 5, who will headline the Super Bowl halftime show from Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, to withdraw from the high-profile gig.

"I think it would be cool if [Maroon 5] backed out of Super Bowl like [Rihanna] did," Schumer wrote, the second time Friday she lobbied for Adam Levine and company to ditch the gig.
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Danny Leiner, Director of 'Dude, Where's My Car?' and 'Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,' Dies at 57

Danny Leiner, Director of 'Dude, Where's My Car?' and 'Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,' Dies at 57
Danny Leiner, who directed the popular slacker comedies Dude, Where's My Car? and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, has died. He was 57.

Leiner died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer, his brother, Ken, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Leiner also helmed episodes of such series as The Sopranos, Sports Night, Strangers With Candy, Arrested Development, The Office, Felicity, Everwood, Gilmore Girls, Freaks and Geeks, The Mind of the Married Man, The Tick and Party of Five.

More recently, he directed and produced the Joshua Malina comedy Backwash at Crackle for Sony Pictures Television.

Dude, Where's My Car? (2000), starring Ashton Kutcher and Seann William ...
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Danny Leiner, Director of ‘Dude, Where’s My Car,’ Dies at 57

Danny Leiner, Director of ‘Dude, Where’s My Car,’ Dies at 57
Danny Leiner, a film and television director whose feature films included “Dude, Where’s My Car” and “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,” died Thursday. He was 57.

Leiner’s collaborator Ross Putman confirmed his death in a Facebook post, and described its cause as a long illness.

“If there’s one thing I can say about Danny the professional, it’s that he refused to let us settle for anything less than our best. He pushed us to do what he knew we were capable of,” Putman wrote.

“Harold & Kumar” stars John Cho and Kal Penn also remembered Leiner on Twitter.

“Danny was so sharp, so funny, and a great dinner companion. To his friends and family, my deepest condolences,” wrote Cho.

“He was such a funny, thoughtful, encouraging person,” Penn tweeted.

I am so saddened to hear about the passing of Danny Leiner, who became my friend when
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Jennifer Salke Details Amazon's Global TV "Sweet Spot": "I'm Here to Compete"

Jennifer Salke Details Amazon's Global TV
Jennifer Salke revealed that Amazon Studios is still refining its film strategy while focusing on creating “addictive, can’t-miss global television” that will lure Prime subscribers and retain them during a lunchtime conversation with attorney to the stars Bruce Ramer on Saturday.

“For us, our sweet spot is this addictive, can’t-miss, global television shows. That lives at the center of what we do. That’s going to be the most effective and getting people to come to Prime and stay with Prime,” the Amazon Studios head said during a lunchtime keynote speech at the USC Gould ...
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Audio Surfaces of Republican Rep. Jason Lewis Mocking Sexual Harassment Victim

Republican Congressman Jason Lewis of Minnesota is coming under fire for disparaging remarks he made about women while he was a conservative radio talk show host. Before he was elected to Congress, Lewis was the host of a syndicated radio show that ran from 2009 to 2014.

One of the remarks, unearthed by CNN, was from 2011 and concerned sexual harassment allegations against then-presidential candidate Herman Cain. When Cain was head of the National Restaurant Association, two women received monetary settlements after they claimed Cain behaved inappropriately. On his radio show, Lewis questioned
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Hillary Clinton Chooses Sides in Vin Diesel vs Dwayne Johnson Debate (Video)

Hillary Clinton Chooses Sides in Vin Diesel vs Dwayne Johnson Debate (Video)
Hillary Clinton has weighed in on the Fast and Furious debate: team Vin Diesel or team Dwayne Johnson?

In a tongue-and-cheek segment on Friday’s "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," staff members were given the opportunity to ask the former Secretary of State and presidential candidate one question. "Late Show" writer "John" asked her opinion on the Fate of the Furious co-stars.

Clinton’s answer was unsurprisingly diplomatic.
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‘Joy’ by Sudabeh Mortezai Wins Best Film at BFI London Film Festival

‘Joy’ by Sudabeh Mortezai Wins Best Film at BFI London Film Festival
Sex-trafficking drama “Joy,” from Austrian-Iranian director Sudabeh Mortezai, has won the award for Best Film at the BFI London Film Festival. “Joy” was one of 10 films in the official competition lineup, half of which were directed or co-directed by women, including Mortezai.

The winning picture is a “vital, beautifully made film,” said Lenny Abrahamson, president of the main competition jury. “’Joy’ is a provocative and unique film offering a devastating portrait of human resilience in the most inhuman of environments.”

In its review, Variety said the movie was a “fully inhabited portrayal of Nigerian migrant sex workers,” adding that “it offers a raw, fresh view on the currently ubiquitous topic of European immigration control, sewn through with sharp feminist perspective.”

“Joy’s” London accolade comes after it won the Hearst Film Award for female direction and the 2018 Europa Cinemas Label at Venice.

Lukas Dhont’s “Girl,” about a transgender teen
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