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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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New 'Overlord' Images and Synopsis Reveal More of Bad Robot’s WWII-Set Horror

New 'Overlord' Images and Synopsis Reveal More of Bad Robot’s WWII-Set Horror
We're still a few months out from the bonkers-looking WWII-set horror flick Overlord — which is definitely not a Cloverfield movie, or so we're told — but Paramount and Bad Robot released a whole bunch of new photos and a synopsis that shed a little more light on this dark thriller.

These batch of images gel with the over-the-top insanity promised by that first AC/DC-set trailer, with a troupe of American paratroopers crash-landing in a Nazi-occupied France that is 100% more horrifically mutated than they could have imagined. The J.J. Abrams
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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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Sorry, "BoJack Horseman" Fans: There Probably Won’t Be Another Holiday Special Episode

Sorry,
Raphael Bob-Waksberg hopes you enjoyed his 2014 "BoJack Horseman Christmas Special," just don’t expect another holiday-themed one-off episode anytime soon.

"Broadly, no," said the creator of the animated Netflix comedy, when asked by TheWrap if he was planning anymore holiday specials. The reason is simply a matter of scheduling. "I only get a couple weeks off per year and if I’m doing an episode between seasons it bridges that vacation time." He said he "literally did not have a break" between making Season 1 and Season 2 because of the Christmas special.

But he does have an idea for one… if he ever felt like it, that is.
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"Game of Thrones" Baby Names Are on the Rise in England, Especially Arya and Khaleesi

A girl has a name, and so do at least 343 others. That’s how many newborn girls were named Arya in England last year, according to a BBC report that also tracks the rise in babies named Khaleesi (73) and Tyrion (11), among other kiddos named after famous "Game of Thrones" characters. Maisie Williams’ fan favorite proved to be the most popular by far, perhaps because young Arya Stark is universally beloved and her name is easier to spell than Daenarys.

The study also notes that 2017 was the biggest year on record for girls named Sansa, though an exact figure isn’t given. In addition to “Thrones,” Moana and Star Wars exerted their influence as well: Seven little girls were named after the Disney princess, 149 were named Leia, and 21 were named Rey; Kylo was big among boys, with 70 carrying the moniker of the latest Star Wars villain.

"Game of Thrones" was also
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Tessa Thompson Heads to 'Avengers 4' Set in Atlanta With Chris Hemsworth

Tessa Thompson Heads to 'Avengers 4' Set in Atlanta With Chris Hemsworth
Perhaps the most notable superhero absence in Avengers: Infinity War, after actual Avengers members Ant-Man and Hawkeye, was that of Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), who was one of the leads in Thor: Ragnarok. Ragnarok, notably, ended right before Infinity War began, so it was kind of a big deal that she wasn’t even mentioned.

Valkyrie isn’t dead, of course — that much was confirmed by the Russo brothers and Infinity War screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely on the Infinity War audio commentary. Since Thanos only killed half of the Asgardians in his ambush, that must mean that either she’s with the half who survived or she left before Thanos’ ship ambushed them.

Whatever the explanation, there is now reason to believe that Valkyrie is going to show up in Avengers 4. While her appearance in the film has not been confirmed officially and likely won’t be for a while,
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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 expecting 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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Box Office: 'The House With a Clock in Its Walls' Leads With $26.8 Million, 'Fahrenheit 11/9' Falls Flat

Box Office: 'The House With a Clock in Its Walls' Leads With $26.8 Million, 'Fahrenheit 11/9' Falls Flat
The House With a Clock in Its Walls easily topped the domestic box office in an otherwise quiet weekend at multiplexes.

Eli Roth’s adaptation of the popular children’s book picked up a better-than-expected $26.8 million when it opened in 3,592 locations. The fantasy film, starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, didn’t face much competition. A number of holdovers filled out the top five as a trio of new releases came in way under expectations.

Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9, a satirical look at President Donald Trump, fared the best among newcomers. The Briarcliff Entertainment political documentary landed in eighth place, coming in way under estimates with $3.1 million from 1,719 venues. Launching the film in over a thousand theaters might have hurt its box office potential. Most specialized films start small in a select amount of theaters before slowly expanding nationwide as word of mouth builds.
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Meet the Backup Dancers on Drake’s Tour: Tiny, Sentient Drones

When the setlist on Drake’s current tour rolls around to two particular songs, “Elevate” and “Look Alive,” 200 backup dancers rush onto the stage to twirl in choreographed fashion above the rapper’s head.

They’re miniature autonomous drones, made by Zurich-based indoor drone company Verity Studios, which custom-designed the tech for the Canadian rapper’s “Aubrey and the Three Amigos” tour. At a demonstration of the micro drones in New York City last month amid Drake’s multiple tour stops in town, Verity’s founder Raffaello D’Andrea — an
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This Gun-Owning Idaho Politician Is Breaking the Progressive Mold

“I’m in a state that does not look to women to lead,” Paulette Jordan says. Not lately, at least. “There was a whole legacy of women leaders who were chiefs,” says the former Idaho state representative, present candidate for governor and member of the Coeur d’Alene people. “It’s this line of responsibility that you inherit.”

Reclaiming that legacy won’t be easy: Trump won Idaho by 32 points in 2016, and the state hasn’t been led by a Democrat in 23 years. Jordan, 38, is aiming to make history in her race against Republican Lt.
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San Sebastian: Lara Izaguirre’s Project ‘Ane & Peio’ Eyes Latin American Market (Exclusive)

San Sebastian: Lara Izaguirre’s Project ‘Ane & Peio’ Eyes Latin American Market (Exclusive)
Basque company Gariza Films is partnering with France’s La Fidèle to co-produce “Ane & Peio, A Paprika Love Story,” writer-director Lara Izagirre’s follow-up to “An Autumn Without Berlin.”

Izagirre caught attention with “Berlin,” a Basque homecoming drama which earned a best new actress Goya award for Irene Escolar in 2016.

One of the 17 movie projects selected to be pitched at the San Sebastian Festival’s 7th Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum, “Ane & Peio” is set up at Gariza, and produced by Itxaso Espinal and Jokin Etcheverria at La Fidèle.

The story turns on Ane, a 30-year-old journalist whose dream has always been to be a travel writer and spend her life globetrotting. But her hopes don’t coincide with reality: She lives in Amorebieta, a small town in the Basque Country, sharing a flat with her grandfather.

However, Ane decides to change her life and starts to look for her first love,
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Ozzy Osbourne Drops Antitrust Lawsuit Against Aeg

Ozzy Osbourne Drops Antitrust Lawsuit Against Aeg
Ozzy Osbourne dropped his antitrust lawsuit against concert promoter Anschutz Entertainment Group (Aeg) after the company agreed to end their practice of “block-booking” their venues.

In the lawsuit, filed in March 2018, Osbourne accused Aeg of forcing him to bring his farewell tour to Los Angeles’ Aeg-owned Staples Center – instead of the Osbourne-preferred Forum, owned by rival Madison Square Garden Entertainment – in order to secure a gig at London’s O2 Arena, also owned by Aeg.

In August, a judge denied Aeg’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit outright. However,
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Why Standalone Episodes Matter Now More Than Ever

A funny thing happened last week. Funny coincidental, not funny ha-ha, since it involved two different comedies going completely serious. Last Friday, Netflix released the fifth season of the animated BoJack Horseman, while Amazon premiered the first season of its new Maya Rudolph/Fred Armisen series Forever. Two seasons released on the same day, both featuring sixth episodes that completely broke from what had happened before or since, structurally as well as tonally. BoJack gave us the remarkable episode-length eulogy “Free Churro,” while Forever‘s “Andre and Sarah” abandoned the
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Spanish Film Industry Embraces Gender Parity Pledge

Waving red fans and flashing big smiles, the Spanish film industry turned out in droves to witness San Sebastian International Film Festival’s signing the Charter for Parity and Inclusion of Women.

Men represented 76 percent of the Spanish film industry and women only 24 percent in 2017, according to a study made public at Sunday’s event by Cima, the Spanish association of women filmmakers. The study showed an overwhelming domination of men throughout the film sector in Spain, with the exception of wardrobe—where women make up 86 percent—and hair and makeup, with 72 percent.

Women only ...
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San Sebastian: ‘Gloria’s’ Paulina García to Star in ‘Happiness’ (Exclusive)

San Sebastian: ‘Gloria’s’ Paulina García to Star in ‘Happiness’ (Exclusive)
San Sebastian — Chilean actress Paulina García, winner of a Berlin best actress Silver Bear for Sebastian Lelio’s 2013 ”Gloria,” which inspired his Toronto hit “Gloria Bell,” with Julianne Moore, is attached to star in the second feature of Pepa San Martín, “Happiness.”

The project will be pitched at the 7th Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum of Spain’s San Sebastian Film Festival.

The feature is produced by Macarena López at Santiago de Chile’s Manufactura de Películas, the same production outfit behind San Martín’s debut, “Rara,” which world premiered at 2016’s Berlin Fest Generation Kplus section, winning its Jury Grand Prix. It went on to take the Horizontes Latinos and Sebastiane Awards at San Sebastian the same year.

García praised San Martín’s debut and her capacity to build “new kinds of stories,” underscoring “it’s very difficult for an actress to find strong and challenging women roles nowadays, and even more for mature women.
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