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'The Meg' Devours Competition, Debuting with a Monster $146.9M Globally

'The Meg' Devours Competition, Debuting with a Monster $146.9M Globally
It was a monstrous weekend thanks to Warner Bros.'s The Meg, which devoured everything in its path en route to a nearly $150 million global debut. As a result, the weekend box office was up 5.7% compared to last weekend and over 25% compared to last year, with the top twelve grossing over $132 million. It was also a strong weekend for Focus Features's release of Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman and Screen Gems's Slender Man even over-performed against expectations, though a disappointing CinemaScore for the latter is likely to lead to short-lived theatrical run. As already said, the #1 film at the weekend box office was WB's 70-foot shark The Meg. The film brought in $45.4 million domestically, nearly double BoxOfficeMojo's weekend forecast. Heading into the weekend, the most optimistic expectations were around $30 million, which puts into perspective what a massive performance this is. The debut gives director Jon Turteltaub the largest opening of his career,
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Wait, Will Dan Stevens Be in the ‘Downton Abbey’ Movie After All?

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Wait, Will Dan Stevens Be in the ‘Downton Abbey’ Movie After All?
Dan Stevens has ignited speculation that he may return for the upcoming “Downton Abbey” movie despite his character having been killed off midway through the show’s run.

The “Legion” star posted a picture of himself with “Downton” stars Michelle Dockery and Allen Leech on Instagram on Sunday, asking his followers to vote on whether his character should have a mustache in the film.

Plot details for the movie, which was announced last month, are still unknown and Stevens’ involvement remains unclear. Focus Features, which is distributing the movie in the U.S. did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Stevens’ character, Matthew Crawley, was killed off in a car crash at the end of the show’s third season.

Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes penned the film’s script and will executive produce the movie alongside Gareth Neame,
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Netflix Sets ‘Prodigy’ As Second Comic Book Franchise From Mark Millar

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Netflix Sets ‘Prodigy’ As Second Comic Book Franchise From Mark Millar
Netflix and Millarworld have announced Prodigy, the second comic book franchise from Mark Millar since the comic book creator joined Netflix. Prodigy will be illustrated by Brazilian artist Rafael Albuquerque, with whom Millar previously worked on the popular comic book Huck. Prodigy will be available in comic book stores and online on December 5. Prodigy follows Millar’s The Magic Order, which hit stands on June 13, and became the biggest selling new comic-book franchise in nearly 20 years.

In Prodigy, the world’s smartest man isn’t content with running the world’s most successful business. His brilliant mind needs constant challenge and so he’s become the go-to guy for governments around the world when a problem arises they just can’t handle. A Nobel-Prize winning scientist, a genius composer, an Olympic-level athlete and an expert in the occult, Edison Crane is as addicted to the mysteries of
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Mark Hamill Joins History’s ‘Knightfall’ Season 2

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Mark Hamill Joins History’s ‘Knightfall’ Season 2
History has renewed the Knights Templar drama “Knightfall” for a second season, the network announced on Monday.

For the drama’s second outing, “Star Wars” star Mark Hamill will join the cast, and “The Flash” executive producer Aaron Helbing will take over showrunning duties.

Led by Tom Cullen, “Knightfall” tells the story of the Knights Templar, the most powerful, wealthy and mysterious military order of the Middle Ages who were entrusted with protecting Christianity’s most precious relics.

Also Read: That Time Mark Hamill Told Schwarzenegger to Lose the Accent

Hamill will play the role of Talus, a battle-hardened Knight Templar veteran of the Crusades, who survived captivity for 10 years in the Holy Land and is tasked with training the new initiates to the Order.

Also joining the cast for Season 2 are “The Bastard Executioner” alum Tom Forbes as Prince Louis, the violent and unpredictable son of King Philip and heir to the throne,
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Benicio Del Toro to Star in Oliver Stone’s Drama ‘White Lies’

Benicio Del Toro to Star in Oliver Stone’s Drama ‘White Lies’
Benicio Del Toro is set to star in Oliver Stone’s drama “White Lies.”

Stone will direct from his own script in a project that’s departure from his previous work, offering an intimate exploration of family, loss, and love. Nighthawk Capital Limited is financing the film, which will be produced by Fernando Sulichin with Ross Katz. Sulichin’s New Element Media, which has worked with Stone on several projects, raised the financing for the film. Production will begin in New York City in the spring.

In a story covering three generations, Del Toro will portray a child of divorce now repeating his parents’ mistakes in his own marriage and with his troubled son. Feeling trapped, he embarks on a lust-filled journey to free himself, but only becomes more lost. When he meets a woman whose life is the opposite of his own, he begins a journey of rediscovery. It
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The Last Word: Roger Daltrey on Marriage, Hip-Hop and the Who Hit He’s Sick of Singing

The Last Word: Roger Daltrey on Marriage, Hip-Hop and the Who Hit He’s Sick of Singing
The Who haven’t performed in a little under a year and have no tour dates slated for the foreseeable future, but their break hasn’t kept Roger Daltrey still. In the past few months alone he’s performed Tommy all over America with local orchestras, released As Long as I Have You (his first solo album in 26 years) and earlier this month kicked off another U.S. solo tour where he’s mixing Who classics like “The Kids Are Alright” and “Baba O’Riley” with rarities like “Another Tricky Day” and “How Many Friends.
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Watch Charlie Puth Bring Pop Delirium to ‘Kimmel’ Stage

Watch Charlie Puth Bring Pop Delirium to ‘Kimmel’ Stage
Charlie Puth swept through Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday with performances of two songs from his new album, Voicenotes, “How Long” and “The Way I Am.”

Puth opened with “How Long,” a slick pop gem about seeking forgiveness after a drunken one-night stand. Shuffling at his keyboard as he plucked out some of the song’s gauzy synths, Puth flung his voice perfectly between a croon and a falsetto, while the Kimmel crowd assisted on the song’s infectious, chanted hook, “How long has this been going on?”

Puth showed off
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Will Oscars’ Popular Film Category Generate Ratings or Just Controversy?

Last week’s announcement by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences instituting a new Oscars category for “outstanding achievement in popular film” was met with a swift backlash and mockery on social media.

“Seriously, this ‘best pop movie’ category is the worst idea the Academy has had since they asked me to sing with Snow White,” tweeted actor Rob Lowe, whose embarrassing appearance alongside the first Disney princess at the 1989 ceremony was launched into infamy. Other naysayers ranged from former Oscars producer Craig Zadan to ex-Focus Features honcho James Schamus.

But at least one major star appreciated the gesture. “Maybe if they’d had the category before, we’d have won a couple of them,” Mark Wahlberg told Variety. “We’ve had some really commercially successful films that we think certainly warranted that kind of notoriety.” Some of Wahlberg’s recent hits include “Ted,” “Lone Survivor” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction,
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Paul Greengrass, Jonah Hill Movies Part of Huge Addition to Toronto Film Festival Lineup

Paul Greengrass, Jonah Hill Movies Part of Huge Addition to Toronto Film Festival Lineup
The Toronto International Film Festival has added a lineup of directors that range from Paul Greengrass to Jonah Hill and includes a large contingent of celebrated international auteurs.

The more than 100 additions to the Toronto lineup include Greengrass’ “22 July,” about 2011 terrorist attacks in Norway; Hill’s feature directorial debut, “Mid90s,” with Katherine Waterston and Lucas Hedges in a story of a Southern California teen who discovers skateboarding; “Green Book,” from “There’s Something About Mary” and “Dumb and Dumber” director Peter Farrelly; and Joel Edgerton’s “Boy Erased,” a coming-of-age drama written and directed by Edgerton and starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Lucas Hedges as a teen who is put in a gay conversion program.

The new films span five different sections of the festival: Galas, Special Presentations, Masters, Contemporary World Cinema and Wavelengths.

Also Read: 'Beautiful Boy,' 'A Star Is Born' Highlight Toronto Film
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Patrick Dempsey to Star in ‘Devils’ for Sky Italia, Lux Vide

Patrick Dempsey to Star in ‘Devils’ for Sky Italia, Lux Vide
Patrick Dempsey is set to head up an international cast for Sky Italia and Lux Vide’s financial thriller “Devils.” The 10-part series, based on a novel by Guido Maria Brera, is expected to shoot in London and Rome for 24 weeks starting in September. Italian actor Alessandro Borghi also stars.

Set in the London office of a big U.S. bank, “Devils” sees Borghi play the ruthless head of trading from Italy, welcomed and introduced to the world of finance by Dempsey’s bank CEO. When the Italian ends up involved in an intercontinental financial war rocking Europe, he will
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‘What Men Want’ Trailer: Taraji P Henson Can Read Your Mind, Guys (Video)

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‘What Men Want’ Trailer: Taraji P Henson Can Read Your Mind, Guys (Video)
Careful what you’re thinking, Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard): Fellow “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson (she plays Cookie on the Fox drama) can read men’s minds in the trailer for “What Men Want,” which was released on Tuesday.

In the Paramount Pictures feature-length comedy, which is a reimagining of 2000’s Mel Gibson movie “What Women Want,” Henson’s Ali gets passed over for a well-deserved promotion at work. Yeah, a dude made partner at their sports agency firm instead.

After drinking a mysterious tea and bumping her head, Ali wakes up able to hear men’s inner thoughts, which leads to some uncomfortable interactions with her doctor and assistant — the latter guy you might recognize as “Silicon Valley’s” Big Head (Josh Brener).

Also Read: Half of the 'Empire' Midseason Premiere Was Shot as One Take Because Taraji P Henson Said So

Eventually, Ali harnesses the newfound power for good — or at least,
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‘Outlaw King,’ ‘Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy’ to Open and Close Toronto Film Festival

‘Outlaw King,’ ‘Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy’ to Open and Close Toronto Film Festival
Outlaw King,” a biopic about Scottish hero Robert the Bruce, and “Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy,” a look at an infamous literary fabulist, will both screen at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

The “Hell or High Water” team of director David MacKenzie and Chris Pine reunite for “Outlaw King,” which will be the opening night gala presentation. It’s being billed as a David-versus-Goliath story, one that chronicles the Bruce’s transformation from defeated nobleman to defiant freedom fighter.

“Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy,” stars Laura Dern as an author who adopts a fictitious persona of Jt LeRoy, a queer man. After her book tops the best-seller list and Jt LeRoy becomes an object of fixation among the literary set, she’s forced to come to terms with the consequences of her creative nom-de-plume. Kristen Stewart co-stars in the film. “Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy” will be the festival’s closing night offering.

Outlaw King” also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson,
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Watch Mac Miller Unleash ‘Ladders’ on Colbert

Watch Mac Miller Unleash ‘Ladders’ on Colbert
Jon Batiste & Stay Human joined Mac Miller onstage on The Late Show Monday night to perform “Ladders,” a single from Miller’s new album Swimming. Backed by Batiste and his band, which includes an exuberant horn section, the rapper unleashed the fast-talking track for Stephen Colbert’s audience. Batiste played grand piano alongside Miller, giving the moody, emotional number a funkier live vibe. Miller and the band concluded the performance with a raucous breakdown similarly to the recorded version. Miller thanked the crowd and offered Batiste a bow before heading off stage.
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Omarosa on Why She Taped Conversations: ‘In Trump World, Everyone Lies’

Omarosa on Why She Taped Conversations: ‘In Trump World, Everyone Lies’
Omarosa Manigault Newman said she had no choice but to tape conversations while she worked for the Trump administration in order to protect herself from lies which she says were rampant.

“Yes, I’m the kind of person who covers her own back. In Trump World, everyone lies. Everyone says one thing one day and they change their story the next day. I wanted to have this type of documentation so that in the event I found myself in this position where, as you said, they’re questioning my credibility,” she said in an interview with “CBS This Morning.”

Omarosa was on set to talk about the growing speculation that a tape exists of President Trump using the N-word. The former reality show contestant also revealed new audio of various Trump campaign staffers talking about its existence and how to handle any potential fallout if it ever were released publicly.
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Chris Pine and Laura Dern Films to Open and Close Toronto Film Festival

Chris Pine and Laura Dern Films to Open and Close Toronto Film Festival
Outlaw King,” a historical drama starring Chris Pine and directed by “Hell or High Water” director David Mackenzie, will serve as the opening-night film of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, Tiff organizers announced on Tuesday.

Pine stars as Robert the Bruce, the 14th century Scottish hero who led a group of outlaws to reclaim the Scottish throne from English rule. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh and Billy Howle also appear in the film, which will premiere at the Roy Thompson Hall on Thursday, Sept. 6.

Netflix will release the “Outlaw King” in November.

Also Read: 'Hell or High Water' Stars Chris Pine and Ben Foster Reunite With Director for Netflix's 'Outlaw King'

Tiff also announced that “Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy,” a film from director Justin Kelly about the Jt LeRoy literary hoax, will be the festival’s closing-night attraction. The film stars Laura Dern as real-life author Laura Albert,
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Ariana Grande, James Corden Perform New ‘Titanic’ Soundtrack: 13 Songs, 9 Sets, 1 Take (Video)

Ariana Grande, James Corden Perform New ‘Titanic’ Soundtrack: 13 Songs, 9 Sets, 1 Take (Video)
Ariana Grande and James Corden just took on a Titanic-sized task, performing a new 13-song soundtrack for the movie “Titanic” in one take.

The duo had to navigate nine sets to pull it off — it was all quite impressive. The whole thing ended with Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” the breakout original song from the 1997 movie.

Along the way, Grande and “The Late Late Show” host also performed songs from Hall & Oates, Foo Fighters, Lady Gaga, One Direction, Vanilla Ice, and Rick Astley, among other (mostly) modern pop hits.

Also Read: Tom Cruise Forces James Corden to Go Skydiving (Video)

Here is the full track list from Monday’s performance:

1. Come Sail Away – Styx

2. Rich Girl – Hall & Oates

3. The Way I Are – Timbaland

4. Learn To Fly – Foo Fighters

5. Just Dance – Lady Gaga

6. Steal My Girl – One Direction

7. Shape of You – Ed Sheeran

8. Ride Wit Me – Nelly

9. Ice
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Ariana Grande, James Corden Perform ‘Titanic’ With Foo Fighters, Lady Gaga Songs

Ariana Grande, James Corden Perform ‘Titanic’ With Foo Fighters, Lady Gaga Songs
Ariana Grande appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden on Monday where she and the host remade the soundtrack to Titanic with new songs in a breathless five minutes.

The pair spanned 13 songs in nine sets for a one-shot take. They launched their boat adventure with the fitting choice of Styx’s “Come Sail Away” before moving into Hall & Oates’ “Rich Girl” and then they danced their way through Timbaland’s “The Way I Are.”

For the film’s iconic shot at the bow of the ship, they
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Nicki Minaj on ‘Colbert’: ‘I Find That Genuine Men Like Big Butts’

Nicki Minaj on ‘Colbert’: ‘I Find That Genuine Men Like Big Butts’
After dropping her new album Queen, Nicki Minaj gave Stephen Colbert a personalized bonus verse of album single “Barbie Dreams.” On the song, Minaj lists all the famous rappers she wouldn’t have sex with that includes Drake, 50 Cent and Meek Mill.

“I notice I’m not on the list,” Colbert said. “It’s a pretty comprehensive list. And I’m just curious if I were to make the list how might you inform me of it?”

The rapper paused and then offered a new line: “I might fuck
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Hear Unreleased Joe Strummer Rock Saga ‘Rose of Erin’

Hear Unreleased Joe Strummer Rock Saga ‘Rose of Erin’
The Clash’s Joe Strummer regales with the tale of a young woman who shoots her lover and flees town on the previously unreleased song, “Rose of Erin.” The track will appear on the upcoming box set, Joe Strummer 001, which arrives September 28th.

“Rose of Erin” is a steady rock saga that incorporates elements of Irish music and blends Strummer’s guitar with an array of orchestral flourishes. In the song, Strummer recalls the life of a young woman named Erin, whose singing voice turns her into a musical sensation
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‘Disenchantment’ Review: Matt Groening’s Fantasy Series Is One Visually Clever Delight

‘Disenchantment’ Review: Matt Groening’s Fantasy Series Is One Visually Clever Delight
Disenchantment, Simpsons creator Matt Groening’s new animated fantasy parody for Netflix, uses the same art style that’s been the cartoonist’s trademark his entire career. Sweet, hapless Elfo (Nat Faxon) doesn’t look too far removed from Lisa and Maggie’s beloved Happy Little Elves; an obnoxious prince gets transformed into a swine form that could pass for Simpsons Movie scene-stealer Spider-Pig. But if the figures and architecture seem familiar — the castle of Dreamland, where rebellious princess Bean (Abbi Jacobson) lives, is reminiscent of Futurama‘s Planet Express
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