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'House With a Clock In Its Walls' Debuts with $26.8M While Fellow New Releases Stumble

'House With a Clock In Its Walls' Debuts with $26.8M While Fellow New Releases Stumble
Despite the over performance of Universal's new release The House with a Clock in Its Walls and the strong hold from Lionsgate's A Simple Favor, this weekend is still one of the worst of the year. Things weren't helped by the soft openings from Fahrenheit 11/9, Life Itself and Assassination Nation as the three other new wide releases struggled to find an audience. Additionally, for the second weekend in a row, the previous weekend's #1 film dipped mightily in its sophomore session. At the top of the weekend box office is Universal and Amblin Entertainment's The House with a Clock in Its Walls with an estimated $26.85 million. Heading into the weekend the expectation was for a debut in the low twenties as it wasn't quite clear whether this one could match the performance of the previous Jack Black kid-targeted family horror Goosebumps, but in fact it managed to outperform the 2015 release,
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David Mackenzie Cuts 'Outlaw King' by 20 Minutes After TIFF Reaction

David Mackenzie Cuts 'Outlaw King' by 20 Minutes After TIFF Reaction
If reports out of TIFF about Chris Pine's nude scene are correct, the Outlaw King himself is the perfect length, but the film overall? Just a bit too long. According to Deadline, director David Mackenzie trimmed 20 minutes off his Netflix historical epic after audiences at the festival responded poorly to the film's bloated runtime.

"I could feel what the audience was like in the theater. I’m sensitive to the way they felt," Mackenzie said, noting that the decision to head back into the editing room "was entirely my decision." The film—which follows the Scottish King
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Todd Phillips Unveils Zazie Beetz’s Look in 'Joker'

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Todd Phillips Unveils Zazie Beetz’s Look in 'Joker'
With filming for the upcoming Joker film underway on the streets of New York, paparazzi are posting loads of leaks from the set online. To counter it, director Todd Phillips released the first picture of Zazie Beetz’s character in the DC film, just days after unveiling how Joaquin Phoenix will look as the Clown Prince of Crime.

"We have paparazzi all over our set, at every turn. And it bums me out that they constantly put out their bad shots," bemoaned Phillips on Instagram. "So I figure, may as well put out some good ones."

The Deadpool 2 star will play Sophie Dumond, a single mother struggling to make ends meet in Gotham City. And by the looks of Beetz in Phillips’ picture, the struggle is clear, with Sophie gripping the collar of her mutely-colored sweater while sporting unkempt hair and a distant, downtrodden gaze.
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Robert Englund Will Bring Freddy Krueger Back to Life for "The Goldbergs"

Robert Englund Will Bring Freddy Krueger Back to Life for
For the first time in 15 years, veteran horror actor Robert Englund will don the sweater and claws of Freddy Krueger. Englund will reprise the role for a Halloween episode of ABC sitcom "The Goldbergs".

No, you're not dreaming. Old Freddy has come a long way since the extra crispy child-murderer first popped up in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984. Englund reprised the role over seven more movies, finally hanging up the claws for good — or so he said — after 2003's monster-mashup Freddy vs. Jason.
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Anthony Bourdain Remembered at Final "Parts Unknown" Screening

Anthony Bourdain Remembered at Final
The last voiceover Anthony Bourdain did for "Parts Unknown" was a fitting one.

As a packed, emotional house discovered at the Tribeca screening of the show’s upcoming Kenya episode — the twelfth and final season premiere featuring "United Shades of America" host W. Kamau Bell — Bourdain wanted to emphasize a point that has sometimes gotten lost in his work. “I do my best,” he said of his exploratory travel around the world. “I look, I listen. But in the end, I know it’s my story. Not Kamau’s, not Kenya’s. Those stories have yet to be heard.”

The coda, which airs after the credits on the episode, is one that not even his producers quite understood when Bourdain wrote it. “We didn’t have any idea what he was talking about,” said director Morgan Fallon, with a small laugh. But after Bourdain died, they revisited the tape and “it was almost uncanny.” (This episode marks the last time that Bourdain’s narration will be featured on the show.)
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How Many Women Will Accuse Brett Kavanaugh of Sexual Assault?

Christine Blasey Ford may not have been the only one. A week to the day after the professor’s allegation of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh was made public, the New Yorker published a report from Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer detailing an additional sexual misconduct claim against the Supreme Court nominee. A woman named Deborah Ramirez is alleging that while she and Kavanaugh were freshmen at Yale, he exposed himself to her and pushed his penis in her face, causing her to touch it against her will. The legitimacy
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Dr. Dre’s Apple Music Series ‘Vital Signs’ Shelved Due to Graphic Content

Dr. Dre’s Apple Music Series ‘Vital Signs’ Shelved Due to Graphic Content
Over two years after news leaked that Dr. Dre was working on a secret Apple Music scripted series called Vital Signs, the project’s fate has been revealed: Apple CEO Tim Cook shelved the project due to its graphic depictions of violence, sex and drug use.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Cook viewed Vital Signs over a year ago and was “troubled” by the series, which featured characters doing lines of cocaine, gun violence and an explicit orgy scene at a Los Angeles mansion that gave the series notoriety before it was even announced.
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John Oliver Craps on Facebook: ‘Calling Facebook a Toilet Is a Little Unfair to Toilets’ (Video)

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John Oliver Craps on Facebook: ‘Calling Facebook a Toilet Is a Little Unfair to Toilets’ (Video)
John Oliver is not “Liking” Facebook these days.

“Calling Facebook a toilet is a little unfair to toilets because they make s— go away, whereas Facebook retains s—, disseminates s— to your acquaintances and reminds you of r s— from seven years ago, all while allowing corporations to put their s— in front of you,” the “Last Week Tonight” host said on Sunday’s show. “What I’m saying is there’s a purity and integrity to toilets that Facebook seriously lacks.”

At the end of last night’s main segment, Oliver unveiled an honest Facebook commercial, which contained more toilet humor and expletives. We’re guessing the popular social media platform probably won’t take HBO up on airing it.

Also Read: WWE Superstar Sasha Banks Injured, Will Be Replaced in Facebook's 'Mixed Match Challenge' (Video)

Watch the video above, which focuses heavily on the service’s impact in Myanmar and other developing countries,
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Mubi Acquires ‘Under the Silver Lake’ for the U.K.

Mubi has taken the U.K. rights to David Robert Mitchell’s “Under The Silver Lake.” The streaming service will release the film, which played in Cannes this year, theatrically.

Starring Andrew Garfield and Riley Keough, “Under The Silver Lake” follows Sam (Garfield), a disenchanted 33-year-old who discovers a mysterious woman, Sarah (Keough), swimming in his apartment complex’s pool. When she vanishes, he embarks on a surreal quest across Los Angeles to decode the secret behind her disappearance.

“David Robert Mitchell has made a trippy L.A. noir, at once seductive and baffling,” Variety said in its review. The U.K. deal was struck between Mubi and MadRiver Pictures. The film will have a 2019 release.

Mubi has acquired theatrical rights to several pictures in recent months, including Luca Guadagnino’s lavish “Suspiria” remake, and Gus Van Sant’s “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot.” Other
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CNN Needs Pro-Trump Voices, but Has a Hard Time Keeping Them on TV

CNN’s shows regularly feature people who like to defend the administration of President Donald Trump. Keeping their seats filled is becoming a tougher task.

Jason Miller had become a steady presence on CNN, appearing on programs like “Erin Burnett OutFront” to defend White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, among other Trump officials. But Miller, a former Trump campaign aide, left his role as a CNN political analyst this weekend after allegations about his off-camera behavior surfaced, in the process becoming the latest pro-Trumper to exit the network after gaining national recognition for his appearances.

He joins a growing
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The Unheard White Album: An Exclusive First Listen

Everything we know about the White Album is about to change. The Beatles’ 1968 masterpiece has always been been the deepest mystery in their story—their wildest, strangest, most experimental, most brilliant music. But as it turns out, the White Album is even weirder than anyone realized. Especially when you’re hearing it in Abbey Road, the fabled London studio where the band spent five long months making it. Over a couple of sunny days (and late nights) in Abbey Road, Rolling Stone got a one-on-one exclusive tour of the previously
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Jon M. Chu on Directing ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Sequel: ‘We Still Have to Close My Deal on It’

Jon M. Chu on Directing ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Sequel: ‘We Still Have to Close My Deal on It’
Is Jon M. Chu directing the sequel and the possible third movie in the “Crazy Rich Asians” franchise?

While he is reportedly on board, Chu tells Variety it’s not official yet. “I’m down to do the next two movies. We’ve been talking a lot about it, but we still have to close my deal on it,” Chu said at the Palisades Village opening gala on Thursday.

Crazy Rich Asians” is based on the first book of a trilogy written by Kevin Kwan.

“We would love to have the cast back,” Chu said. “We have such a deep bench of cast and we only used them a little bit. We would love to show them off a lot more.”

The groundbreaking film is the first movie in 25 years since “The Joy Luck Club” to feature a nearly all Asian-American cast, including stars Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan,
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Ronan Farrow Says Second Kavanaugh Accuser Came Forward Because ‘Senate Democrats Began Looking’

Ronan Farrow Says Second Kavanaugh Accuser Came Forward Because ‘Senate Democrats Began Looking’
Ronan Farrow says Deborah Ramirez, the second woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, came out publicly with her claims after being contacted by “Senate Democrats.”

“She came forward because Senate Democrats began looking at this claim. She did not flag this for those Democrats.

“This came to the attention of people on the hill independently and it’s really cornered her into an awkward position,” Farrow told “Good Morning America” on Monday.

Full Interview: @ronanfarrow on the bombshell new allegations from former Yale classmate against Brett Kavanaugh: “It is not accurate to say that those who knew him at the time dispute this.” https://t.co/BbURHAQ6EE pic.twitter.com/pUznAxDdfC

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Also Read: Kavanaugh Backer Ed Whelan Apologizes After Floating Unfounded Doppelganger Theory for Attack

“She said point blank, ‘I don’t want to ruin anyone’s life,’ but she feels this is a serious claim,
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Al Matthews, Cigar-Chomping Sgt. Apone in 'Aliens,' Dies at 75

Al Matthews, Cigar-Chomping Sgt. Apone in 'Aliens,' Dies at 75
Al Matthews, the real-life military man who portrayed the no-nonsense, cigar-chomping Sgt Apone in sci-fi horror classic Aliens, has died. He was 75.

Matthews was found dead in his home in Alicante on Spain's Mediterranean coast on Saturday at 10 pm local time by a neighbor, the Spanish international news agency Efe and the El Pais newspaper confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

Matthews also had bit parts in Rough Cut (1980), Ragtime (1981), Superman III (1983), The Fifth Element (1997) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).

But it's his performance in James Cameron's 1986 sci-fi horror film which endeared him to audiences. Near the movie'...
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Box Office: Trump Overload Leads to $3M Debut for Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 11/9'

Box Office: Trump Overload Leads to $3M Debut for Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 11/9'
In June 2004, Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 — a critical examination of then-President George W. Bush — opened nationwide to a record-shattering $23.9 million from 868 cinemas, enough to top the weekend chart ahead of other new offerings like White Chicks and The Notebook in a remarkable showing for a political documentary.

More than 14 years later, Moore's Fahrenheit 11/9, tackling Donald Trump's election and presidency, didn't open with the same punch. Instead, it languished in its debut over the Sept. 21-23 weekend, placing No. 8 with a lowly $3.1 million from 1,702 theaters and marking ...
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BBC’s ‘Bodyguard’ Bows Out Ahead of Netflix Launch With Massive 47.9% Share in U.K.

The BBC drama “Bodyguard” bowed out on a high Sunday with 11 million viewers at its peak on BBC One, for a whopping 47.9% audience share. The six-part series, which Netflix is about to launch globally, is Britain’s most popular drama since “Downton Abbey.”

Starring Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”) and Keeley Hawes (“The Durrells”), “Bodyguard” went out the gate strongly in the U.K., where it was the biggest launch for a scripted series in more than a decade.

Aside from soccer, the ratings for Sunday night’s finale make it the most-watched program of 2018 in Britain. It was the
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San Sebastián Film Review: ‘Midnight Runner’

San Sebastián Film Review: ‘Midnight Runner’
In an era of reckoning that is rapidly running out of new ways to describe the evil men do, “toxic masculinity” has become all too familiar a buzz term. But it could hardly be more aptly applied to the simmering psychopath at the center of “Midnight Runner”: A clean-cut champion athlete who leads an escalating parallel life as a serial assaulter of women, he appears to be incrementally poisoned from the inside out by his most violent impulses, turning from dysfunctional to dangerous as the sepsis spreads. Fictionalizing and updating events that made Swiss headlines in the 1990s, Hannes Baumgartner’s stern, glass-gazed debut feature courts debate by assuming his point of view for much of its short, sharp running time — achieving a clinical kind of empathy in its attempt to penetrate the male predator’s psychology.

Unspooling in San Sebastián’s New Directors showcase before a home-turf premiere in Zurich,
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‘Operation Red Sea’ Floated as Hong Kong’s Oscar Contender

“Operation Red Sea,” the most successful film of the year at the mainland Chinese box office, has been selected by Hong Kong as its contender in the foreign-language Oscars category.

The selection was made by the Federation of Motion Film Producers of Hong and announced on Monday.

A violent propaganda film in which the Chinese navy is mobilized to save a Chinese national held hostage in an unspecified African country, the film was directed on a $70 million budget by Hong Kong’s Dante Lam, credited on the picture as Lin Chaoxin.

The film was the come from behind hit of the crowded Chinese New Year period in February. It opened in third place with $72 million in its opening weekend, behind “Monster Hunt 2” and “Detective Chinatown 2.” But it went on to overtake both of them and score $576 million, the second highest figure ever achieved by a Chinese-language film.

It
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San Sebastian Festival Signs Gender Parity Pledge

San Sebastian — Spain’s San Sebastian Festival signed a pledge on gender parity Sunday, following in the footsteps of other major festivals in Europe such as Cannes, Locarno, Sarajevo and Venice.

San Sebastian Festival director José Luis Rebordinos made the commitment in the presence of Spanish deputy prime minister Carmen Calvo; the minister of culture and sport, José Guirao; the president of the festival’s board of directors and mayor of San Sebastian, Eneko Goi; and the president of Spain’s Assn. of Women Cineastes (Cima).

Speaking at a press conference, Rebordinos pointed out that in some executive areas, women’s presence is higher than men’s. The fest permanent staff is made up 82% of women; four of its seven board members are female, he noted.

In a recent statement, the fest announced that next year its film selection committee, currently five men and four women, will have a fifth female member,
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Danny DeVito Receives San Sebastian Donostia Award

Danny DeVito Receives San Sebastian Donostia Award
San Sebastian — At a ceremony held on Saturday evening inside San Sebastian’s iconic Kursaal theater, American actor, director, producer and you-name-it Danny DeVito received the Donostia Award, given in recognition of his decades-long contributions to film, TV and the stage.

Other recipients of the award this year are British actress Judy Dench and Japanese writer, director and producer Hirokazu Kore-eda.

For DeVito, it was his first trip to the Spanish coastal city, one he said he was thrilled to make.

“This is such an honor. You guys are really famous all over the world and it’s a real honor to receive (the Donostia award),” he said to kick off his press conference ahead of the award ceremony, scoring points with the scores of local journalists who packed the press hall.

His first anecdote on the day recalled a time in the early ‘90s when he read the script
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