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Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Nabs $7.4 Million on Thursday Night

Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Nabs $7.4 Million on Thursday Night
Jordan Peele’s horror-thriller “Us” opened huge with $7.4 million on Thursday night in North America.

The figure easily topped Thursday preview numbers for “The Nun” at $5.4 million and “A Quiet Place” at $4.3 million and nearly matched “Halloween” at $7.7 million.

Projections for Universal’s “Us,” Peele’s much-anticipated follow-up to 2017’s “Get Out,” have been in the $38 million to $45 million range for the weekend as the film widens to 3,741 sites. Some forecasts call for a launch of as much as $50 million — which would easily surpass the opening weekend haul of “Get Out,” which debuted with $33 million and ended its theatrical run with $176 million in the U.S.

Us” is also launching in 48 international markets, including France, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

“Us” stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke as a couple fighting off doppelgangers while vacationing with their children at a Northern California beach house. The movie has generated exceptional
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Kristin Cavallari to Host Fox’s "Paradise Hotel," Reality Series Gets Spring Premiere Date

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Kristin Cavallari to Host Fox’s
Fox has tapped reality star Kristin Cavallari to host its upcoming revival of “Paradise Hotel.”

The series will debut Thursday, May 9, with a two-hour premiere from 8 to 10 p.m. and will air three nights a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the latter being a two-hour show including live elements.

“Kristin grew up on the frontlines of reality television and is the perfect host to introduce ‘Paradise Hotel’ to a new generation of viewers,” Rob Wade, president, alternative entertainment and specials, Fox Entertainment, said in a statement. “The show is a fun balance of romantic love, cutthroat competition and humor, and Kristin’s unique experience, especially with live television, makes her the best person to navigate the wild, unpredictable moments.”

Paradise Hotel,” which first aired on the network in 2003, puts a
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Tom Ripley TV Series in the Works from Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Steven Zaillian

Tom Ripley TV Series in the Works from Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Steven Zaillian
In the age of anti-hero TV, it’s almost surprising we haven’t gotten a Tom Ripley series yet. But Oscar-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian is on it with Deadline reporting that Zaillian plans to adapt Patricia Highsmith’s novels focusing on the sociopath anti-hero. No network has signed on yet, but sources tell Deadline that this will likely be a straight-to-series order with Zaillian writing and directing most of the first season’s episodes. Per Deadline, “Zaillian will use the five novels written by Highsmith — The Talented Mrs. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley’s Game, …
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‘The Conners’ Renewed For Season 2 By ABC

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‘The Conners’ Renewed For Season 2 By ABC
It’s official — ABC has ordered a second season of Roseanne spinoff The Conners. The renewal comes after series’ producer Werner Entertainment secured new deals with the core cast of Roseanne veterans, John Goodman, who plays Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf (Jackie Harris), Sara Gilbert (Darlene Conner) and Lecy Goranson (Becky Conner-Healy). The size of the order has not been revealed by ABC but has been speculated to be 13 episodes, slightly bigger than last season’s 11.

While not the mega hit of the size of the Roseanne revival, The Conners has been a breakout for ABC. In its first season, the Roseanne followup averaged 9.5 million total viewers and a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating (Live+7) to rank as the season’s No. 1 new comedy in total viewers and 18-49 and ABC’s No. 1 comedy in both categories. The Conners improved its Tuesday 8 pm time period by 33% in total viewers and by 22% in adults
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"Castle Rock" Season 2 to Pay Homage to ‘Misery’ with Lizzy Caplan as Annie Wilkes

Season 1 of Hulu's Castle Rock was a treasure trove of homages, Easter eggs, and story crossovers for fans of horror icon Stephen King. Season 2 looks to continue that trend by taking on Misery, King's 1987 psychological horror novel that centered on nurse Annie Wilkes and her deadly obsession with romance novelist, Paul Sheldon. Kathy Bates earned an Oscar for her performance as Wilkes in Rob Reiner's 1990 feature adaptation of the story, but now Emmy-nominee Lizzy Caplan gets a shot at the role. Joining Caplan to lead the Season 2 cast of Castle Rock
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Perry Mason Limited Series Starring Matthew Rhys Formally Greenlit at HBO

Perry Mason Limited Series Starring Matthew Rhys Formally Greenlit at HBO
HBO is officially reviving Perry Mason. The pay cabler has formally ordered a limited series based on legendary fictional criminal defense lawyer, with The AmericansMatthew Rhys taking on the title role. Sopranos vet Tim Van Patten, meanwhile, has signed on as director and Ep.

As we reported back in January, Rhys — who will also serve as a producer on the aptly-titled Perry Mason — will play Mason at a time in his life when he is living check-to-check as a low-rent private investigator. He also finds himself haunted by his wartime experiences in France and is suffering the effects of a broken marriage.
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Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Politician’ Sets Premiere Date at Netflix

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Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Politician’ Sets Premiere Date at Netflix
Ryan Murphy has revealed when his first Netflix original series, “The Politician,” will premiere. Yeah, that’s the one with an insane A-list cast, including stars Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Zoey Deutch, and Lucy Boynton.

“My first Netflix show! So proud of this incredible project and the incredible cast. And I can’t wait for you to binge it in September,” Murphy captioned an Instagram post of the “The Politician’s” official poster, which noted its Sept. 27 launch date.

In addition to Platt, Paltrow, Lange, Deutch and Boynton, the cast includes Bob Balaban, David Corenswet, Julia Schlaepfer, Laura Dreyfuss, Theo Germaine, Rahne Jones, and Benjamin Barrett.

Here’s the official logline for the series: “Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, has known since age seven that he’s going to be President of the United States.
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Macon Blair to Direct and Write ‘Toxic Avenger’ Reboot for Legendary (Exclusive)

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Macon Blair to Direct and Write ‘Toxic Avenger’ Reboot for Legendary (Exclusive)
Macon Blair has been tapped to write and direct Legendary’s reboot of the cult classic “The Toxic Avenger,” sources tell Variety.

Legendary acquired the feature film rights in December and have quickly made the project a high priority at the studio. Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz of Troma Entertainment will serve as producers with Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter overseeing for Legendary.

Kaufman and Herz produced the original 1984 comedy, set in the fictional town of Tromaville, N.J., and centered on a mild-mannered janitor at a health club who’s chased out a second story window by bullies and lands in a drum of toxic waste. The chemicals cause him to transform into the Toxic Avenger, who has superhuman size and strength and stands up to bullies and corruption.

The Toxic Avenger” became successful after a long run as a midnight movie in New York City, leading to the
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Jack Davenport to Star With Lucy Liu on CBS All Access’ ‘Why Women Kill’

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Jack Davenport to Star With Lucy Liu on CBS All Access’ ‘Why Women Kill’
Smash” alum Jack Davenport is set to star opposite “Elementary” actress Lucy Liu on the dark comedic drama series “Why Women Kill” via CBS All Access, a spokesperson for CBS told TheWrap on Friday.

The series shares the same creator as “Desperate Housewives,” with Marc Cherry of Imagine Television Studios and CBS TV Studios at the helm.

Taking place across three decades, the series follows the lives of three women: a ’60s housewife (Ginnifer Goodwin), an ’80s socialite (Liu) and a lawyer in 2018 (Kirby Howell-Baptiste). As each woman deals with infidelity in their marriages, the series examines how the roles of women have changed while their reactions to betrayal haven’t.

Davenport will play Karl, seen in 1982. Karl is described as handsome, well-mannered and “endlessly amused by his wife” Simone (Liu), whose extravagance he indulges. “He knows he’s a supporting player in his wife’s life, but happy to play his part,
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‘Skid Row Marathon’ Film Review: Documentary Puts Homeless Runners in Soft Focus

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‘Skid Row Marathon’ Film Review: Documentary Puts Homeless Runners in Soft Focus
Los Angeles’ Skid Row is rarely a place filmmakers go looking for inspirational stories. It’s been home to the city’s homeless population since the 1930s and has only grown in size thanks to the housing crisis. In “Skid Row Marathon,” director Mark Hayes decides to explore not Skid Row in particular, but a judge who has formed a running club with some Skid Row residents to train for marathons, and offers insights into this unique group of people who have struggled in life.

Though some of the stories are inspirational, Hayes takes on a “white savior” view too often, making the documentary feel misguided and detached.

It’s always a little bit strange for me to see how a writer or director who isn’t from L.A., or has only lived here a few years, takes on a subject that is very much an L.A. thing.
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Was Rapper Lil Peep Destined to Be the Next Kurt Cobain?

Was Rapper Lil Peep Destined to Be the Next Kurt Cobain?
With the casual charisma of a born star and shamelessly catchy music that combined emo melodies and hip-hop beats, rapper Lil Peep was on his way to becoming a key voice of his generation – until he died of an overdose in 2017, just after his 21st birthday. On the new episode of our podcast, Rolling Stone Music Now, David Peisner, who wrote Rolling Stone‘s recent in-depth posthumous feature on Peep’s life, career and death, joined music editor Christian Hoard and host Brian Hiatt to dig deep into Lil Peep’s story.
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Watch the First Trailer for Brie Larson’s Directorial Debut, ‘Unicorn Store’

Watch the First Trailer for Brie Larson’s Directorial Debut, ‘Unicorn Store’
Brie Larson is seeking salvation from Samuel L. Jackson in Neflix’s first trailer for her directorial debut, the offbeat comedy-drama “Unicorn Store.”

Larson is portraying a lonely 20-something dreamer who’s been kicked out of art school. She’s forced to move back home with her parents and take a temp job at a PR agency. But then she receives a letter in an envelope, instructing her to go to a mysterious store where she’s greeted by a purple-suited Jackson.

“You have come to the store and I am the salesman,” he proclaims. “We sell what you need.”

Larson admits that all she’s ever really wanted is a unicorn, and one of the beautiful mythical beasts shows up on a big screen at the store. Her decision to buy the unicorn doesn’t sit well with her parents, played by Joan Cusack and Bradley Whitford, who wonder
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‘The Terror,’ ‘Los Espookys,’ Phylicia Rashad Join 2019 Atx Television Festival Lineup

‘The Terror,’ ‘Los Espookys,’ Phylicia Rashad Join 2019 Atx Television Festival Lineup
Phylicia Rashad; upcoming series “David Makes Man,” “The Terror: Infamy” and “Los Espookys”; and some panels dedicated to female storytelling have joined the eighth annual Atx Television Festival.

Rashad will be honored with this year’s “Award in Television eXcellence” and will take part in a Q&A discussion around the event. This award celebrates her iconic roles on “The Cosby Show,” “Empire,” “This is Us” and “David Makes Man.”

Speaking of “David Makes Man,” the upcoming Own drama will host a pilot screening at the festival, followed by a panel discussion with showrunner Dee Harris-Lawrence and cast members Rashad and Akili McDowell.
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‘Perry Mason’ Starring Matthew Rhys Scores Series Order at HBO, Tim Van Patten to Direct

The Team Downey-produced “Perry Mason” limited series has been picked up at HBO.

The series will be set in 1932 Los Angeles. Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, this limited series follows the origins of American fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer (Matthew Rhys). When a child kidnapping case breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself.

Rhys’ Perry Mason is described as being at a time in his life when he is living check-to-check as a low-rent private investigator. He is
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HBO’s ‘Perry Mason’ Limited Series Gets Greenlight, Tim Van Patten to Direct and Executive Produce

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HBO has given the greenlight to its long-gestating “Perry Mason” limited series, which will be directed and executive produced by “Boardwalk Empire” alum Tim Van Patten.

Matthew Rhys stars as Perry Mason “at a time in his life when he is living check-to-check as a low-rent private investigator. Mason is haunted by his wartime experiences in France and is suffering the effects of a broken marriage.” Rhys, who wrapped up his starring role in FX’s “The Americans” last year, stepped in for “Avengers” star Robert Downey Jr., who departed the project as an actor earlier this year. Downey remains on board as an executive producer.

Van Patten was a director, executive producer and writer for HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and also helmed episodes for “The Sopranos” and the pilot for “Game of Thrones.”

Also Read: Matthew Rhys Takes Over Title Role From Robert Downey Jr. in HBO's 'Perry Mason'
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Does ‘Captain Marvel’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

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Does ‘Captain Marvel’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
Captain Marvel” is finally here — the last piece of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is now in place ahead of next month’s climactic “Avengers: Endgame.” And just in time, too, because it’s been really tough to suffer through the longest gap between McU movies in years.

It was quite a weird wait to get to this point, too, because of how dramatically “Avengers: Infinity War” upended the entire McU when Thanos snapped his fingers and wiped out half of all life in the universe. We’ve been chomping at the bit for any kind of info about what’s coming next in “Avengers: Endgame” in April — and while “Captain Marvel” doesn’t directly tie into the fight against Thanos in “Infinity War” and “Endgame,” it does set up Carol Danvers as a character. And that’s a very good thing because she’s set to be an important figure in “Endgame.
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United Becomes First Us Airline to Offer Non-Binary Gender Booking Options: ‘Welcome Aboard, Mx.’

United Airlines will now offer passengers non-binary gender booking options, the company announced Friday. The move makes United the first U.S. air carrier to offer options inclusive of gender non-binary flyers. Functionally, the move means that passengers will now be able to select “Mx.” in addition to “Mr.” or “Mrs.” or “Ms.” when booking.

“Welcome Aboard, Mx.,” the company offered in a headline to the release.

In a statement, United’s Chief Customer Officer Toby Enqvist hailed the decision as a triumph for “Lgbt inclusivity.”

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“United is determined to lead the industry in Lgbt inclusivity, and we are so proud to be the first U.S. airline to offer these inclusive booking options for our customers,” Enqvist said. “United is excited to share with our customers, whether they identify along the
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Stx Entertainment Chief Brand Officer Patti Röckenwagner Exits Company

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Patti Röckenwagner is leaving Stx Entertainment as the company’s chief brand officer, CEO Robert Simonds wrote in a memo to staff on Friday.

“While I support her decision, personally I will miss her expansive worldview, strategic counsel and deep connections in the global media and business worlds,” Simonds wrote. “Those of you who have worked closely with Patti can no doubt attest to her insightful professional advice, expert leadership, and her effective oversight of our brand strategy and positioning.”

Röckenwagner joined Stx in 2016 as the media and entertainment company’s chief communications officer before being promoted to her latest role in 2018.

Also Read: Netflix Hires Stx's David Kosse as New VP of International Film

Simonds also said in the memo that Röckenwagner was leaving to pursue “another opportunity,” though where she’s headed was not announced.

Röckenwagner will stay with Stx through a transitional phase. Simonds said the company
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Disney-Fox Layoffs Continue: 20th Century Fox TV Distribution Chief Mark Kaner Out

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The layoffs following the Disney-Fox merger have entered their second day and another top Fox TV executive is out.

Mark Kaner, president of 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, is the latest senior executive to get notified that he will not remain with the company. Kaner had headed the division since 1994.

On Thursday, Twentieth Television president Greg Meidel was notified he will not stay with the company as it moves over to Disney. Meidel had been head of Twentieth Television since 2009. He also oversaw MyNetworkTV, which stayed behind with Fox Corporation after the deal. During his tenure, Meidel helped land massive off-network syndication deals for “Modern Family” at USA Network and “The Simpsons” at Fxx.

Also Read: Disney Expected to Lay Off 4,000 Employees at Fox

The layoffs on Thursday were particularly heavy on the film side. Fox head of distribution Chris Aronson and president of international distribution Andrew Cripps, were both let go.
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Brie Larson Buys a Unicorn From Samuel L Jackson in Trailer for Netflix’s ‘Unicorn Store’ (Video)

Brie Larson Buys a Unicorn From Samuel L Jackson in Trailer for Netflix’s ‘Unicorn Store’ (Video)
Where would one hope to find a unicorn? At the Unicorn Store, of course.

That’s what Brie Larson says in the trailer for her upcoming Netflix film, “Unicorn Store,” which she also directed. And who better to purchase a unicorn from than Larson’s “Captain Marvel” co-star, Samuel L. Jackson, dressed all in pink and with a massive afro?

“You need to love yourself,” Jackson tells Larson’s character, Kit. “Get out there and show us what you can do.”

Also Read: Even Brie Larson Can't Go on Samuel L Jackson and Magic Johnson's Italy Vacation (Video)

Larson made her directorial debut on the comedy-fantasy about a lonely 20-something who is kicked out of school and forced to take a boring temp job and move back in with her parents. But her life changes when she discovers a mysterious store that offers to give her childlike heart its greatest desire.
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