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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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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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‘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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‘Halloween’ Nears October Box Office Record With $77 Million Opening

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Blumhouse’s partnership with Universal has yielded a new studio opening weekend record, as David Gordon Green’s “Halloween” has posted an opening this weekend of $77.5 million from 3,928 screens.

On Friday, the sequel to John Carpenter’s famed slasher film was flirting with breaking the October opening weekend record set by “Venom” two weeks ago with $80 million. But Saturday’s results have made that less likely as they fell 18 percent from Friday’s $33.2 million total.

But Universal won’t bemoan that, as “Halloween” is still rising above both tracker expectations and the Blumhouse opening weekend record of $52.5 million set by “Paranormal Activity 3” in 2011. It’s also the second-best opening set by any R-Rated horror movie — last year’s “It” remake holds the record with $123 million — and is among the top ten openings for all R-Rated films.

Elsewhere on the charts, the two films that dominated October before Michael Myers’ arrival,
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Box Office: ‘Halloween’ Slashes Franchise Record With $77.5 Million Launch

Box Office: ‘Halloween’ Slashes Franchise Record With $77.5 Million Launch
“Halloween” made a killing in North America, earning $77.5 million when the slasher film launched in 3,928 locations.

David Gordon Green’s “Halloween,” a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic, obliterated the franchise record opening of $26 million, previously held by the 2007 Rob Zombie reboot. “Halloween” also notched the second-best start for an R-rated horror film since “It’s” $123 million launch. It also landed the second-highest debut for an October release, set earlier this month by “Venom” with $80 million.

Universal and Blumhouse’s “Halloween” is the 11th installment in the series, five of which have starred Jamie Lee Curtis as iconic avenging babysitter Laurie Strode, who is now a grandmother in the newest take. Carpenter returned to executive produce and compose the score for the R-rated thriller. The follow-up has garnered some of the best reviews for a series entry yet. While the last few iterations have been panned, “Halloween” holds a 80% average on Rotten Tomatoes.
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Former Lionsgate Exec Guy Avshalom’s Blackbox Developing Crime Skeins (Exclusive)

London and Rome-based production company Blackbox Multimedia, recently co-founded by former Lionsgate COO Guy Avshalom with Italy’s Guido Brera and Roberta Cardarelli, is developing a slate of high-end skeins for the international market comprising “The Last Cop,” on which they’ve partnered with Keshet International, and also “Murder in Time,” based on a series of thrillers by U.S. writer Julie McElwain.

McElwain’s three “Murder in Time” books, published by Pegasus, revolve around tough FBI agent Kendra Donovan who goes rogue in London in an effort to assassinate the man who killed her team, only to end up in England in the 1800s.
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Selma Blair Reveals Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

Selma Blair Reveals Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis
Selma Blair revealed that she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in a heartfelt Instagram post.

On October 20th, the actress posted a photo of herself with a long caption centered on thanking her Another Life costume designer for helping her get dressed for the show. Blair also expressed her gratitude for Netflix, her producers and her friends for their support.

She said she received her diagnosis in August before detailing how the disease has affected her life. “I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy,
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Loretta Lynn Sends Message to Fans After Brief Hospitalization

Loretta Lynn Sends Message to Fans After Brief Hospitalization
Loretta Lynn sent a message to fans Saturday afternoon following a report that the country legend was in the hospital. Earlier in the week, Lynn was forced to miss the 2018 Cmt Artists of the Year event, where she was to receive a lifetime achievement award.

“I was so disappointed to have missed it because I was sick,” Lynn wrote on Facebook Saturday of the honor; Coal Miner’s Daughter star Sissy Spacek accepted the award on Lynn’s behalf. “After a brief hospital visit, I’m feeling better now and
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Rome: Michael Moore Blames Democrats for Not Abolishing Electoral College in 2000

Rome: Michael Moore Blames Democrats for Not Abolishing Electoral College in 2000
Michael Moore presented the Italian premiere of his new film Fahrenheit 11/9, about the current state of American politics, at the Rome Film Festival on Saturday. Earlier in the week, he met briefly with Pope Francis, at the Vatican’s weekly public address.

The Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker engaged in a “Close Encounter” conversation with the festival audience, where he compared Donald Trump’s America to the current government in Italy, which now has far-right, anti-immigration Lega Nord’s Matteo Salvini and the populist Five Star Movement’s Luigi Di Maio serving as deputy prime ministers.

Moore was surprised to be ...
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Weekend Box Office: 'Halloween' Opens to Terrifying $77.5M

Trick or treat took on a whole new meaning at the weekend box office, where Blumhouse and Universal's Halloween opened to a terrifying $77.5 million from 3,920 theaters, the second-best showing of all time for an R-rated horror pic.

It also scored the second-best debut ever for the month of October, coming in not far behind the record set by Venom earlier this month ($80 million).

The film — a direct sequel to the 1978 classic slasher hit that sees Jamie Lee Curtis reprise her role as the iconic Laurie Strode — is yet another victory for horror maestro Jason ...
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How New 'Halloween' Pays Homage to Its Past

How New 'Halloween' Pays Homage to Its Past
[This story contains spoilers for Halloween]

There’s no mincing words in the new Halloween when it comes to the franchise in which the film exists. Early on, one character asks the granddaughter of Laurie Strode if it’s true that Laurie and the famed serial killer Michael Myers were sister and brother; the granddaughter replies with a disdainful “No,” clarifying that it’s just “a silly rumor” people made up as they built up the legend of Michael Myers as much as the man and his murders ever could. That surprise was built into the 1981 sequel Halloween ...
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Actor Scott Wilson of ‘The Walking Dead’ Remembered at Memorial

Actor 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, Norman Reedus, 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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Actor Scott Wilson of ‘The Walking Dead’ Remembered at Memorial

Actor 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, Norman Reedus, 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 his way to make her feel comfortable on her first day when she joined the cast of “The Walking Dead” in its third season.

“Scott made me feel like part of the family as soon as I met him,” she said. “He also taught me to how to smoke a cigar.
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Rome Mia: New Italian Cinema Standouts Comprise Female-Led Western ‘My Body Will Bury You’ (Exclusive)

Rome Mia: New Italian Cinema Standouts Comprise Female-Led Western ‘My Body Will Bury You’ (Exclusive)
Four female Italian bandits known as “Le Drude” are the protagonists of “My Body Will Bury You” a Sicily-set revenge drama/Western set in 1860 that is among standout titles presented to prospective buyers and sales agents during the Rome Mia market’s What’s Next Italy showcase.

This second feature by Alessandro La Parola, whose bittersweet comedy debut “E se domani” won some prizes and critical accolades, is loosely based on the director’s research about the period when Garibaldi in his effort to unify Italy invaded Sicily, then a lawless territory where gangs of female rebels formed. Footage of the film (pictured) revealed a genre-bender that mixes period costumer, Western, and action tropes. The trigger-happy killer among the four fierce women — who have joined forces to avenge cruelties that they, and others, have been subjected to — is played by Sicilian actress Margareth Made who emerged in Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Baaria.
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Julio Medem’s ‘The Tree of Blood’ Picked up by FilmSharks Intl. (Exclusive)

Julio Medem’s ‘The Tree of Blood’ Picked up by FilmSharks Intl. (Exclusive)
Starring “La casa de papel’s” Ursula Corberó, “The Tree of Blood,” the latest movie from Spain’s Julio Medem, is being brought onto the international market at Rome’s Mia market by FilmSharks Intl., which has acquired world sales rights.

FilmSharks Intl. will continue introducing the film to buyers at the American Film Market, which opens Oct. 31 in Santa Monica.

The deal was negotiated by FilmSharks Intl.’s Guido Rud and Sandra Tapia, Ignasi Estapé and Ibon Cormenzana at the film’s lead producer Arcadia Motion Pictures (Amp).

A romantic thriller which Diamond Films Spain will release in Spain on Nov. 1 on over 200 locations, said FilmSharks’ Guido Rud, “The Tree of Blood” (El Arbol de la Sangre) marks the latest movie from the Cormenzana-founded, and the ninth fiction feature of Medem, a director whose debut, 1991’s “Vacas,” helped bring down the flag on the modern Spanish cinema through
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