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Hills Revival Eyed at MTV?

Hills Revival Eyed at MTV?
The Hills are alive with the sound of… revival chatter? The cast of the seminal MTV reality series are set to reunite on the red carpet at Monday’s Video Music Awards to make what People.com is calling a “big announcement.”

Rumors about a Hills reboot/revival have been percolating on and off since the show went off the air in 2010. Back in June, cast member Kristin Cavallari told People that E! was trying to get the gang back together again for a reunion special. “I was about to sign a deal to do a Hills reunion with E!
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AHS: Apocalypse: Ryan Murphy Posts Coven Cast Reunion Picture

AHS: Apocalypse: Ryan Murphy Posts Coven Cast Reunion Picture
Something wicked is brewing on the set of American Horror Story: Apocalypse.

Series co-creator Ryan Murphy posted a very special photo to social media on Sunday, giving fans their first glimpse of the reunited cast of AHS: Coven. The picture features returning stars Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Emma Roberts, Frances Conroy, Gabourey Sidibe, Taissa Farmiga and Stevie Nicks.

As previously reported, the forthcoming Apocalypse will unite the stories of Murder House and Coven as part of a nightmarish tale that “begins with the end of the world.” Fellow returning AHS alumni include Kathy Bates, Billie Lourd, Leslie Grossman, Adina Porter,
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'Crazy Rich Asians' Delivers $34M Five-Day Opening; 'Mile 22' & 'Alpha' Fall Short

'Crazy Rich Asians' Delivers $34M Five-Day Opening; 'Mile 22' & 'Alpha' Fall Short
August may be a notoriously slow month at the box office, but Warner Bros. has now delivered back-to-back strong performers. Last weekend The Meg topped all expectations and continued its strong global performance this weekend, while the new release of Crazy Rich Asians delivered an estimated $34 million in its first five days of release. Between the two films, WB secured the weekend's top two spots, and helped deliver the third straight August weekend this year to top the same weekend last year. Unfortunately, the weekend's two other new wide releases, Stx's Mile 22 and Sony's Alpha, weren't able to have such splashy debuts. With an estimated $34 million, Crazy Rich Asians topped industry expectations and came up just shy of Mojo's aggressive, pre-weekend forecast. The film is having a profound impact as the first Asian-led studio film to hit theaters since The Joy Luck Club 25 years ago and word
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Jacki Weaver Heads Cast of Stan Original Series ‘Bloom’

Jacki Weaver Heads Cast of Stan Original Series ‘Bloom’
Australia’s two-time Oscar-nominated actress Jacki Weaver heads the cast of sci-fi series “Bloom.” An original commission for Australian streaming platform Stan, the six-part series is produced by Sony Pictures Television’s Playmaker.

The story takes place a year after a devastating flood has killed five locals in an idyllic country town, and when a mysterious new plant appears. The plant’s phenomenal ability to restore youth is so formidable that attempting to harness it means re-evaluating values. It is a miracle some will kill to keep secret.

With finance from Stan and federal funding body Screen Australia, production is
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Yes, You Should Definitely Stay For the Credits When You See Crazy Rich Asians

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Yes, You Should Definitely Stay For the Credits When You See Crazy Rich Asians
The much-anticipated movie adaptation of Kevin Kwan's bestselling novel Crazy Rich Asians is here, and it definitely lives up to the hype. From the sweet love story to the important Asian representation, the movie is easily one of the best rom-coms of the Summer. While the film is filled with some dramatic moments, one of the most exciting scenes doesn't happen until the very end of the movie. Crazy Rich Asians has a quick midcredits scene that perfectly sets the film up for a potential sequel.

Warning: major spoilers for Crazy Rich Asians ahead.
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‘The Meg’ Remains No. 1 at International Box Office, Tops $300 Million Worldwide

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‘The Meg’ Remains No. 1 at International Box Office, Tops $300 Million Worldwide
The Meg” swam past the competition at the international box office for the second week in a row.

Warner Bros.’ shark thriller generated $67 million in 55 territories abroad this weekend for an overseas tally of $230.4 million. It picked up another $21.5 million in North America, bringing its global tally over $314 million.

The Meg,” which was a co-production with China, just crossed the $100 million mark in the Middle Kingdom. It opened in Korea with $3.2 million in 601 locations, followed by Australia with $2.5 million on 413 screens. Top holdover markets include Mexico, the United Kingdom ($2.8 million on 720 screens), Russia, and Brazil ($1.5 million on 806 screens).

Another Warner Bros. title, “Crazy Rich Asians,” pocketed $730,000 when debuted in six international territories. Jon M. Chu’s romantic comedy opened at No. 1 in North America with a five-day tally of $34 million. The studio is staggering its release overseas in weeks to come. Based on Kevin Kwan’s bestselling book, the movie — which stars Constance Wu,
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‘The Wife’ & ‘We The Animals’ Bow Strong; ‘Three Identical Strangers’ at $10.5M in 2nd Month of Release: Specialty Box Office

‘The Wife’ & ‘We The Animals’ Bow Strong; ‘Three Identical Strangers’ at $10.5M in 2nd Month of Release: Specialty Box Office
Sony Classics’ The Wife with Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce topped out a group of newcomer limited releases that mostly did decent numbers this weekend.

The 2017 Toronto debut by Björn Runge grossed $111,137 in four New York and Los Angeles locations in the three-day estimate, averaging $27,784. Sundance breakout We The Animals by Jeremiah Zagar from The Orchard also had a nice launch, playing three theaters in New York and L.A., for $66,261 and a $22,087 per theater average.

Ethan Hawke had two films out this weekend, one in which he stars and another he directed. Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate’s Juliet, Naked with Hawke, Rose Byrne and Chris O’Dowd launched in four theaters, grossing $60,922, averaging $15,230. Sundance Selects opened Hawke’s Blaze, which he co-wrote and directed, in three locations exclusively in Austin, TX over the weekend. The Sundance premiere grossed $45,342, averaging slightly lower than Juliet, Naked at $15,114.

Music Box Films, meanwhile, opened Emmanuel Finkiel’s French-language,
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‘Will & Grace’: Debra Messing Talks David Schwimmer’s Guest Role

‘Will & Grace’: Debra Messing Talks David Schwimmer’s Guest Role
Don’t expect to see Ross Geller on “Will & Grace.”

Debra Messing assures us that David Schwimmer’s character on the upcoming 10th season of “Will & Grace” is nothing like his iconic “Friends” persona.

“He’s as far away from Ross as he can possibly get because he’s already mastered Ross,” Messing told Variety on Saturday night in Los Angeles at Project Angel Food’s Angel Awards, where she was honored with this year’s Founder’s Award. “I think people will be excited to see him in our world playing a different part.”

NBC announced earlier
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Chris Jericho to star in Kevin Smith’s horror anthology KillRoy Was Here

Chris Jericho to star in Kevin Smith’s horror anthology KillRoy Was Here
Last summer, Kevin Smith announced that he was shooting a horror anthology movie entitled KillRoy Was Here, which originally started out as a Christmas-themed Krampus film before morphing into what the filmmaker describes as a “modern day Creepshow kinda flick.”

Well, Smith has now taken to Facebook to provide another update, revealing that wrestling icon Chris Jericho is set to feature in the movie as “a nasty-ass South Florida streamer”.

Despite suffering a major heart attack earlier this year, Smith is showing no signs of slowing down. He’s gearing up to begin production on his return to the View Askewniverse, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, has another episode of The CW’s Supergirl in the pipeline, and recently teased that he’s working on what could become his biggest-budgeted project of his entire career.

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Media Reacts to Asia Argento Payout: ‘Two Things Can Be True at Once’

Media Reacts to Asia Argento Payout: ‘Two Things Can Be True at Once’
Most celebrities have not been vocal so far about the news that Asia Argento paid a young actor a settlement after a sexual encounter when he was 17.

The New York Times broke the story Sunday evening that former child actor and musician Jimmy Bennett had received $380,000 from Argento after the 2013 encounter in a California hotel.

Members of the media were less circumspect than Hollywood talent, although some questioned why the accuser was named and cautioned that the news should not overtake the progress made by the Me Too movement.

Oscar observer Brian Perry tweeted, “The big Q is whether people will look past this moment to still embrace all Asia has done for #MeToo.”

The big Q is will ppl look past this moment to still embrace all Asia has done for #MeToo.

And if so, will ppl accept some of the genuine remorse from a few of the men involved in accusations.
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Milt Barlow’s Asia Releasing Acquired by Tangren Cultural (Exclusive)

Milt Barlow’s Asia Releasing Acquired by Tangren Cultural (Exclusive)
Brisbane-based Tangren Cultural Film Group has acquired multi-national Asia Releasing, a distributor and marketing firm specializing in handling Chinese films. Milt Barlow, industry veteran and Asia Releasing founder, will stay on as COO of Tangren.

Tangren has quickly built up a 60% box office market share for Chinese and Korean movies in Australia. It has recently released “Along With The Gods 1 & 2,” China’s Operation Red Sea and How Long Will I Love You. The company has a current slate of some 25-30 films for the next year, in Australia ,New Zealand , North America, and the U.K.

Asia Releasing expects to have a major presence at this year’s American Film Market in November. It will open a North American hub in Los Angeles in the first months of 2019 and is evaluating other markets.

Previously president and CEO of Village Roadshow Entertainment, Barlow was a co-founder and CEO of China Lion,
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Lucía Alemany’s ‘Innocence’ Rolls with Sergi López, Laia Marull (Exclusive)

Lucía Alemany’s ‘Innocence’ Rolls with Sergi López, Laia Marull (Exclusive)
Madrid — Sergi López and Laia Marull co-star in rites-of-passage drama “La Inocencia” (Innocence), the feature debut of Lucía Alemany, a key name in a generation of often very young women cineastes now energizing Catalan cinema.

Starring Carmen Arrufet in her first lead role, and Joel Bosqued (“Que baje dios y lo vea”), “Innocence” marks a follow-up to Alemany’s multi-prized short “14 Years and a Day.” Produced by Morena Films, and a take on adolescent angst, budding sexuality and daughter-mother conflict set in a nosy Spanish village where privacy is near impossible, the short marked out Alemany, an alum of Barcelona’s Escac film school, as very much a director to track.

In production from Aug. 6 in Alemany’s home village of Traiguera, in the region of Castellón, central eastern Spain, “Innocence” comes with strong backing. Alemany has been championed by Iciar Bollaín, one of Spain’s most foremost women directors,
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Kuwaiti Exhibitor Unveils High-End Cinema Brand Ahead of Saudi Launch

The Kuwait National Cinema Company has unveiled a new brand for Cinescape Cinemas, its Kuwait-based exhibition arm.

The revamped brand, which was launched to coincide with the opening of a new multiplex, will be rolled out across all Cinescape locations, and comes as the exhibitor prepares to launch in the emerging cinema market of Saudi Arabia. 

"Kuwait National Cinema Company is making significant investment to enhance the movie-going experience, with plans to increase the number of its cinemas to more than 105 across the whole of Kuwait by 2022," said Khaled Issam Al-Marzouq, Kncc business development manager....
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Gretchen Carlson Defends Miss America Organization Against Bullying Charge From 2018 Winner

Gretchen Carlson Defends Miss America Organization Against Bullying Charge From 2018 Winner
Gretchen Carlson is defending herself and the Miss America Organization against accusations from 2018 pageant winner Cara Mund that she has been harassed and silenced during her tenure to date. Mund also claims that Carlson has elbowed her out of the spotlight.

Carlson, the former Fox News anchor and 1989 Miss America winner, became chairman of Miss America Organization last year after the prior regime, led by former Wma titan Sam Haskell, was ushered out amid scandal about email correspondence that disparaged past Miss America winners and critics.

But Carlson stands accused of being part of an effort to diminish Mund’s
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Sacha Baron Cohen Asks Howard Dean If He’s Seen Hillary’s ‘Lady Parts’

Sacha Baron Cohen Asks Howard Dean If He’s Seen Hillary’s ‘Lady Parts’
Sacha Baron Cohen goofed on two liberal figures Sunday on “Who Is America,” trying to get Howard Dean to comment on Hillary Clinton’s gender, and asking Jill Stein about whether climate change is real.

As his character Dr. Billy Wayne Ruddick, Baron Cohen brought a conspiracy theory to 2004 Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean: the question of whether Hillary Clinton is actually a man.

“Do you believe Hillary Clinton is actually a woman?” Ruddick asked Dean.

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“I know, there’s lots of ideas floating around, and you know, I know her,” Dean responded.

Baron Cohen’s then showed Dean a Photoshopped image of Clinton, pointing to a portion of the image showing Clinton’s leg and asking him to explain a bulge.

“I explain that as maybe the trouser presser did a lousy job,
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‘Sharp Objects’: Chris Messina on Richard’s ‘Broken Heart’ and the Moment He Lost Control

‘Sharp Objects’: Chris Messina on Richard’s ‘Broken Heart’ and the Moment He Lost Control
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Falling,” the penultimate episode of “Sharp Objects.”

The characters in “Sharp Objects” are all hiding secrets, some deeper than others. For Chris Messina, the idea of “having a secret in every scene” was integral to his portrayal of Detective Richard Willis, the outsider sent to Wind Gap. Mo. to investigate the disappearance and subsequent murder of two teenage girls.

“You don’t find out all that much about Richard — he’s holding his cards close to his vest,” Messina explains. “He is getting way too close to the lead reporter,
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China Box Office: ‘The Island’ Earns $39 Million to Beat Still Hungry ‘Meg’

China Box Office: ‘The Island’ Earns $39 Million to Beat Still Hungry ‘Meg’
The outcome of the China box office was far less controversial than the previous weekend, but no easier to predict.

Comedy, “The Island” retained its top spot in its second weekend. Giant shark movie, “The Meg” moved up to second place and crossed the $100 million mark.

But “iPartment,” the Chinese film which topped the chart on its opening ten days earlier, and claimed $70 million in its debut weekend, crumbled in spectacular fashion. According to data from Ent Group, it managed just $790,000 in its second weekend, a fall of 99%.

The Island” took $38.8 million, a 47% drop from its opening $72.6 million. After 10 days on release, it has accumulated $162 million.

The Meg” chomped another $30.6 million, including $4.34 million from IMAX screens. Its weekly total was down just 39% compared with its opening. After 10 days on release in China, “The Meg” has garnered $117 million, or more than a third of the film’s global cumulative.

Hong Kong- and Chinese-made adventure franchise movie,
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Box Office Bounces Back: This Summer Has Already Topped Last Year’s Record Low

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Box Office Bounces Back: This Summer Has Already Topped Last Year’s Record Low
Domestic box office for this summer crossed the $4 billion mark this weekend, putting it well ahead of last summer’s dismal $3.78 billion total for the four months from the first weekend of May through the last weekend of August.

And that total doesn’t include the record-setting opening week scored by “Avengers: Infinity War,” which opened on April 27. With that included, summer 2018 totals increase to $4.45 billion, putting it on pace to score the second-highest summer in box office history, falling just short of 2013’s $4.75 billion.

While this August hasn’t produced a box office hit on the level of 2016’s “Suicide Squad” or 2015’s “Straight Outta Compton,” hits like “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” “The Meg” and this weekend’s “Crazy Rich Asians” have lifted this month’s grosses to $605 million, 17 percent ahead of last August’s pace.

That’s a big improvement from last year, when August ticket sales topped out at $658 million,
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Inside Trump’s Judicial Takeover

One evening last November, Don McGahn, the top lawyer in the Trump White House, walked onstage in an opulent ballroom at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. He looked out at the audience of several hundred judges, lawyers, clerks and law students seated under a pair of glittering chandeliers that hung from a ceiling accented in gold. McGahn, who rarely gives interviews or speeches, had come to speak at the annual conference of the Federalist Society, the powerful network of conservative lawyers, and the occasion felt like a homecoming and a victory lap.
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4 Female Emmy-Nominated Directors on Being Outnumbered by Men 10-to-1: ‘What the Hell?’ (Video)

This story on the female Emmy directing nominees uses material drawn from the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

The numbers couldn’t be more dramatic, and the timing couldn’t be more disheartening.

After a year in which the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements swept through Hollywood and the culture, and a year in which we were focused on the inequities faced by women in the entertainment industry and beyond, the Emmy nominations came out.

And in the seven directing categories, the gender breakdown was pitiful: Forty men were nominated for directing but only four women.

Also Read: Study: Male Indie Filmmakers Outnumber Women 2 to 1 at Major Us Film Festivals

We spoke to the four women directors who were nominated: Kari Skogland for the drama series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Amy Sherman-Palladino for the comedy series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Carrie Brownstein for the
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