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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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'Kingsman 3' Set For Nov. 2019 Return With Matthew Vaughn On Board

'Kingsman 3' Set For Nov. 2019 Return With Matthew Vaughn On Board
Manners maketh man. And writer/director Matthew Vaughn and co-writer Jane Goldman are going to make the third Kingsman film.

Simply called Kingsman 3, it's set for theaters on November 8, 2019 in what’s being called the capper to the previous two-part series.

Reports on just who will be involved are mixed. Some stories indicate no actors are on board, but others claim Taron Egerton will reprise his role as Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin. Fans are hoping Colin Firth, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry and Jeff Bridges from the prior film will also appear.

The British Goldman has hinted that there will be third installment in the past, but this is the first confirmation. There are also rumors of a prequel in the works to the beloved action film, although its second chapter, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, killed off much of the secret organization.
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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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New 'Joker' Set Pics Reveal First Look At 'Deadpool 2' Star Zazie Beetz

New 'Joker' Set Pics Reveal First Look At 'Deadpool 2' Star Zazie Beetz
With shooting now underway in New York City, the Joker origin film – starring Joaquin Phoenix as the titular jester – is really starting to take shape.

The past week or so has been a busy one for fans of the Clown Prince of Crime, with more content pouring out onto the web than we can handle. From set pics to videos of Phoenix looking maniacal and even that clip of the actor in full Joker makeup which damn near broke the internet, there’s been a lot to take in. The goodies just keep on coming, too, with our first look at Deadpool 2 and "Atlanta" star Zazie Beetz arriving today via Just Jared.
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Film Review: ‘Ladies in Black’

Film Review: ‘Ladies in Black’
Women working at a fancy Sydney department store in 1959 are the subjects of “Ladies in Black,” an uneven dramedy directed and co-written by veteran Australian filmmaker Bruce Beresford. After establishing an interesting picture of conservative Anglo-Australian values clashing with worldly views brought to the new land by post-war immigrants, “Ladies” is let down by a screenplay lacking the sharp wit and emotional depth to bring its characters and themes fully to life. Attractively packaged, optimistic to a fault, and well performed by an ensemble including Julia Ormond and rising local star Angourie Rice, “Ladies” should register as pleasant enough entertainment for general domestic audiences, predominantly older females, although offshore prospects look iffy.

Set in the Sydney of Beresford’s youth and based on the 1993 novel “The Women in Black” by his University of Sydney contemporary Madeleine St John, “Ladies” unfolds in the golden rays of summertime leading up to Christmas.
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On the Charts: Carrie Underwood Makes Country Music History as ‘Cry Pretty’ Hits Number One

On the Charts: Carrie Underwood Makes Country Music History as ‘Cry Pretty’ Hits Number One
Carrie Underwood made history as the first female country artist to score four Number One albums as the singer’s Cry Pretty debuted atop the Billboard 200.

Cry Pretty also established 2018’s best-selling week for a female artist in any genre as the album sold 266,000 total copies in its first week of release, besting the mark set earlier this year by Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy.

Additionally, Cry Pretty also opened with the best-selling week for any country release in 2018, Billboard reports, and the best opening week since Luke Bryan
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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.

Also Read: Zazie Beetz
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‘Overlord’ Wins Early Raves at Fantastic Fest: ‘Everything I Wanted From a WWII Nazi Zombie Movie’

‘Overlord’ Wins Early Raves at Fantastic Fest: ‘Everything I Wanted From a WWII Nazi Zombie Movie’
Up for some pulpy, horror exploitation goodness this fall? If the reaction from its premiere at Fantastic Fest is any indication, “Overlord” may be exactly what you are looking for.

Last night, the WWII zombie film from director Julius Avery and producer J.J. Abrams earned rave reviews at the genre-oriented film festival in Austin, with “Deadpool” creator Rob Liefeld and “Doctor Strange” writer C. Robert Cargill among those in the audience. Early tweets and reviews have been glowing, praising the film as a must-see for anyone who likes their horror films as enthusiastically nasty as possible.

Also Read: 'The Purge': 'Halloween' Easter Egg Teases What's Up With the Masked Man

Comparisons have also been made to the video game series “Wolfenstein,” which has been putting a monster twist on the Nazis since 1981.

“I can’t even put a number to how many years I’ve been wanting a film adaptation of ‘Wolfenstein.
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Jeff Bridges Approves of A ‘Big Lebowski’ Remake: ‘If I Was in It’

Jeff Bridges Approves of A ‘Big Lebowski’ Remake: ‘If I Was in It’
Jeff Bridges is open to a “Big Lebowski” remake, but only under one condition — he has to be in it.

Variety caught up with the actor Saturday night at the premiere of his latest film, “Bad Times at the El Royale,” where Bridges reflected on the 20th anniversary of the cult hit. The “Only the Brave” star was amused at the thought of a “Big Lebowski” remake. Would he be interested?

“Yeah, if I was in it!” he said with a laugh.

“So many things flash,” he said, when asked about any memorable moments from filming “Big Lebowski.”

“I’m thinking of the day that I invited my wife to come, and my girls, to come visit me on set,” he said, launching into a story about a particularly memorable prank the cast had played on him. As he does with all of his films, Bridges was taking photos on set that day.
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Robert Englund’s Freddy Krueger Slashes His Way onto ‘The Goldbergs’ (Video)

Freddy Krueger is back to terrify teens when Robert Englund brings his razor-clawed serial killer to “The Goldbergs” for its Halloween episode on Oct. 31.

In a promo for the family comedy set in the ’80s, Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) nonchalantly introduces Fredward, as she calls him, and asks, “Is there a Mrs. Krueger? Because I have a Rolodex.”

Patting him sweetly on the arm, she adds, “He’s just enchanting, very well-mannered,” then points out they have something in common. “We get our nails done at the same place.”

Also Read: 'It' Almost Included '80s Horror Villain Freddy Krueger, Director Says

Poor Bev. She must be oblivious to Freddy’s history of creeping into the dreams of teenagers and slashing them to pieces. Being the mama bear that she has proven to be when it comes to her three kids, she just might be the one person that can actually take him down.
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'Colette' and 'The Sisters Brothers' Reignite Indie Box Office

'Colette' and 'The Sisters Brothers' Reignite Indie Box Office
The indie box office has shaken off the usual Toronto/Venice festival doldrums, with business picking back up thanks to Bleecker Street’s Colette and Annapurna’s The Sisters Brothers.

Colette scored the highest per screen average since the limited release of Searching last month, earning $156,788 from the traditional four-screen L.A./N.Y. launch for a PSA of $39,197. Debuting at Sundance, the film stars Keira Knightley as Gabrielle Colette, the famed French novelist behind “Gigi” who struggled to earn credit for her work because of her domineering husband.

The Sisters Brothers stars Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly as the infamous 19th century assassins Eli and Charlie Sisters, who are sent to hunt down a chemist with a plan to strike it rich during the California Gold Rush. Also released on four screens, the Jacques Audiard-directed Western grossed $122,028 for a per screen average of $30,507.
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Trailers of the Week: ‘Captain Marvel,’ ‘Mary Poppins,’ ‘Doctor Who’

This week, we got our first glimpse of a new Marvel female superhero (well, actually, we saw her logo at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, so it’s not … sorry, we’ll show ourselves out), a long-awaited female take of a classic Time Lord and some extended peeks at everyone’s favorite supernanny and female superhacker. Also: trailers for Barry Jenkins’ follow-up to Moonlight, the sophomore season of Netflix’s fantastically foul-mouthed animated series on adolescence, a science docuseries, a portrait of the Mooch, one last goodbye to Anthony Bourdain
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How ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Stacks Up on Michael Moore’s Box Office Record

How ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Stacks Up on Michael Moore’s Box Office Record
After months of hype from the provocative director, Michael Moore’s anti-Donald Trump polemic “Fahrenheit 11/9” arrived in theaters this weekend. But despite strong reviews from critics and liberal-leaning moviegoers who appreciated Moore’s pull-no-punches take on our current political climate, the film’s box office hasn’t stacked up against Moore’s biggest films.

In an effort to get the film out to the widest audience possible prior to the midterm election in November, “Fahrenheit 11/9” eschewed the traditional steady rollout release most documentaries take in favor of a wide release on 1,719 screens. But while independent trackers pegged the film for a $5-7 million opening, the film only grossed $3.1 million for a per screen average of just over $1,800.

Also Read: 'Fahrenheit 11/9' Review: Michael Moore's New Movie Is About a Lot More Than Donald Trump

While that opening still ranks in the top 15 highest openings for documentaries, other Moore films
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How Michael Moore Lost His Audience

How Michael Moore Lost His Audience
The films of Michael Moore have been faltering at the box office for several years now. This weekend, though, the lackluster performance of his latest truth-to-power opus, “Fahrenheit 11/9,” was notably dramatic, if not downright stark. The movie is a sequel, of sorts, to “Fahrenheit 9/11,” Moore’s scathing riff on the administration of George W. Bush. That movie, when it was released in 2004, made $119 million, becoming the highest-grossing documentary of all time. It was a special moment, of course. America was still grappling with the shock of 9/11, and Moore’s film became a lightning rod — a catharsis for liberals and a symbol, for conservatives, of everything that was wrong with liberalism. But one thing, perhaps, that everyone could agree on is that in “Fahrenheit 9/11,” Michael Moore, for good or ill, had become instrumental in defining the national dialogue.

“Fahrenheit 11/9,” his scathing riff on the administration of Donald J. Trump, will
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Ronald Reagan’s Daughter Claims Sexual Assault by Music Exec in Op-Ed

Patti Davis, the daughter of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, revealed in an op-ed that she was sexually assaulted by an unnamed “prominent music executive” over 40 years ago. Davis penned the Washington Post op-ed in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Davis writes that “roughly 40 years ago,” she had an appointment with the music exec “late in the workday. But I wasn’t suspicious.” “I was instead eager to try to place some of my
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‘Good Doctor’ Writer David Renaud Aims at ‘Authentic’ Depictions of People With Disabilities

‘Good Doctor’ Writer David Renaud Aims at ‘Authentic’ Depictions of People With Disabilities
The Good Doctor” is one of the few shows that puts an autistic character front and center. But the hit Sony TV-ABC series, which returns for its second season on Sept. 24, has another distinction. One of the writers, David Renaud, is a “good doctor” himself off-screen — and uses a wheelchair in daily life.

Canadian-born Renaud, who goes by “Doc” in the writers room, went to medical school to find a cure for paralysis after a motorcycle accident left him paralyzed at 19.

“When I went to medical school, the campus was not even accessible. I can’t tell you how
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‘The Nun’ Dominates International Box Office for Third Weekend in a Row With $35 Million

Warner Bros.’ “The Nun” topped the international box office for the third straight weekend, generating another $35.5 million in 80 markets.

That takes its overseas total to $191.7 million for a global tally of $292.6 million. “The Nun” now ranks as the biggest “Conjuring” movie in 32 territories. It’s also the highest grossing Warner Bros. title of the year in 26 territories, including Colombia, Sweden, and Romania.

The Nun” opened in Korea with $4.6 million on 824 screens, as well as France with $4.4 million in 348 locations. In Russia, it earned $4.3 million on 1,847 screens, making it the second-best opening for a horror film in that location. Other top launches included Italy ($2.9 million in 425 venues) and Norway.

Universal’s “Johnny English Strikes Again” came in third overseas with $17.2 million from 27 territories. Rowan Atkinson portrays the title character for the third installment in the Johnny English series. It opens in the U.S. in October. The British spy comedy picked
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Aretha Franklin Exhibit to Open at Detroit Museum

Aretha Franklin Exhibit to Open at Detroit Museum
An exhibit dedicated to the life and legacy of Aretha Franklin will open this week at a Detroit museum.

The estate-approved "Think: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul" arrives at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History this Tuesday and will exhibit until January 21st, 2019.

"This is an opportunity for people to come back and engage, reminisce and reflect," Wright museum board member Kelly Major Green told the Detroit Free Press. "It’s the beginning of a much longer expression of who Aretha is."
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‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ Ticks Past Expectations With $26.8 Million Opening

‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ Ticks Past Expectations With $26.8 Million Opening
Universal’s “The House With a Clock in its Walls” is beating analyst expectations after a strong Saturday at the box office, with estimates now at a $26.8 million opening from 3,592 screens.

This $40 million Amblin-produced family film had been projected for an opening in the low $20 million range, but business picked up well after a $7.5 million Friday. Critical reception has been fairly solid, with a B+ on CinemaScore to join a 68 percent Rotten Tomatoes score.

Also Read: 'House With a Clock in Its Walls' Film Review: Eli Roth Directs a Fun, Family-Friendly Halloween Frolic

After inflation adjustment, this result matches the best opening for director Eli Roth, who up to this point has made gory horror films like “Cabin Fever” and the “Hostel” trilogy. His previous opening weekend best was scored by the first “Hostel” in 2006 with $19.5 million, which adjusts to $27.6 million in 2018 money.

“Clock” will be the major family
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