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‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ Haunts Thursday Box Office With $760,000

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Tyler Perry’s “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” scared up $760,000 at Thursday previews. The Lionsgate release is projected to top this weekend box office with $20 million to $22 million from 2,500 locations, with Lionsgate projecting a start on the lower end of that range. That would be a step down from the $28 million opening for last year’s “Boo!,” which opened to $855,000 at the Thursday previews and went on to gross $73 million. But with a reported budget of $20 million, this will still be a strong opening for Perry’s ninth Madea film, which he wrote and directed. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Courtney Love, Frances Bean Step Up Fight to Block Release of Kurt Cobain Suicide Photos

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The widow and daughter of deceased grunge icon Kurt Cobain have accelerated their efforts to block the release of photos depicting Cobain’s 1994 suicide, contending that their release would be “highly offensive” and would cause “substantial irreparable harm” to Love and Frances Bean. In court papers obtained by TheWrap, Cobain and Frances Bean also contend that the release of the photos to conspiracy theorist Richard Lee, who asserts that Cobain did not commit suicide, is “not of legitimate concern to the public.” “There is no genuine issue of material fact that releasing the ‘death-scene’ photographs of Kurt Cobain would sustainably and. »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ to Have Second-Highest Opening Ever, Early Forecast Predicts

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An early forecast for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” predicts the film will open to $215 million at the box office when it lands in theaters on Dec. 15. According to movie data and analysis website BoxOffice.com, the long range forecast has the eighth installment opening north of $200 million and on track to beat “Jurassic World” for the No. 2 spot among debut weekends. Senior analyst Shawn Robbins credits the ever-growing fanbase of the franchise for the big opening number, as well as fans rallying behind the trailers. Writer/director Rian Johnson has “inspired a strong sense of encouragement among fans,” according. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Peaceful Protests in ‘Cries From Syria’ Say Much About America in 2017

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It happened in the Ukraine. It’s happening in Syria. And now it’s happening in the U.S. Evgeny Afineevsky, the director of the HBO documentary “Cries from Syria,” has seen the Syrian regime of Bashar Al-Assad label the country’s peaceful protestors as terrorists. And now he says it’s happening in 2017 in America. “People came out to the streets against President Trump. People who came out in Syria came out against President Assad. They came with water and flowers, peaceful demonstrations. Their government pronounced them terrorists,” Afineevsky told TheWrap’s Editor-in-Chief and CEO Sharon Waxman during a »


- Brian Welk

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‘Geostorm’ Review: Gerard Butler Punching Weather in the Face Would Make a Better Movie

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Putting the “mental” in “environmental,” the not-screened-for-critics “Geostorm” is less a scare picture about ignoring climate change than a cautionary flop about trying to do too much in conjuring a perfect storm of genres: end-of-the-world porn, save-the-world triumphalism, space adventure, political thriller, family drama, and workplace romance. Maybe the little Indian boy’s dog doesn’t die when the big bad tornados threaten all of Mumbai — despite our general acceptance of millions of humans biting the dust in these things — but disaster movies might have just flatlined with director and co-writer Dean Devlin’s chaotically stupid bid to emulate his old. »


- Robert Abele

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‘Same Kind of Different as Me’ Review: Renee Zellweger Brings Grace to Faith-Based True Story

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Evangelical Christian filmmaking is having a moment. After the surprise box office success of “God’s Not Dead,” the dam broke and the product has flowed freely, more or less divided into two content streams: insular, badly-made, confirmation-bias movies for the faithful (which, somewhat ironically, are often explicitly created to function as tools for evangelization), and less pointed stories of kindness, forgiveness, and supernatural miracles that feature movie stars more relevant than Kevin Sorbo. “Same Kind of Different as Me,” based on a true story, is the latter, and, graded on the competency curve many of these films flatly fail to. »


- Dave White

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Jessica Chastain Western Drama ‘Woman Walks Ahead’ Acquired by A24, DirecTV

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A24 and DirecTV have acquired the U.S. rights to Jessica Chastain’s western drama “Woman Walks Ahead,” the companies announced Friday. The film made its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by Susanna White, “Woman Walks Ahead” stars Sam Rockwell, Michael Greyeyes, Ciaran Hinds and Bill Camp. Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Erika Olde, Richard Solomon and Andrea Calderwood produced, while the screenplay was written by Stephen Knight. Also Read: Jessica Chastain Wants 'Woman Walks Ahead' to Create Hope Amid Our Current 'Political System' (Exclusive Video) A24 and DirecTV are planning a 2018 release, with A24 planning a national theatrical roll. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Amber Tamblyn Updates Stance on Charlyne Yi, David Cross Beef: ‘I Believe Her’

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Amber Tamblyn has once again spoken out on the disagreement between her husband, comedian David Cross, and actress Charlyne Yi about racist comments Cross made when they first met. “I spoke to @charlyne_yi and her feelings/safety are all that matter to me. We’re good,” the actress, and “Paint It Black” writer-director said on Twitter on Thursday. “I owe you nothing, Twitter. You’re lucky to have me.” When another accused her of trying to protect her husband at the expense of a woman of color, Tamblyn wrote, “I’ll say it again. I spoke to Charlyne. I believe her. »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘Blade Runner’ Star Sean Young Says Harvey Weinstein Flashed Her in Early 1990s

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Blade Runner” star Sean Young has come forward with a sexual harassment accusation against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, saying in a podcast interview that the mogul exposed himself to her in the early 1990s on a film produced by his former production company, Miramax. Young recalled working on the 1992 Miramax film “Love Crimes,” and said she “personally experienced him pulling his you-know-what out of his pants.” “My basic response was, ‘You know, Harvey, I really don’t think you should be pulling that thing out, it’s not very pretty,'” Young recalled telling him as she spoke on the “Dudley and Bob. »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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Sean Penn Rep Rips ‘Delusional’ Kate del Castillo’s El Chapo Doc as ‘Cheap, National Enquirer-Esque’

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Kate del Castillo’s documentary “The Day I Met El Chapo” is now available on Netflix, and that has Sean Penn’s camp seething. “This is nothing but a cheap, National Enquirer-esque tale spun by a delusional person whose hunger for fame is both tawdry and transparent,” Penn’s spokesperson Mark Fabiani told TheWrap via email. Reps for the “Dead Man Walking” star are angry with the streaming service, the documentary’s producers, and the telenovela star herself over the release of the project, which they think paints Penn in a negative light. Among the “Mystic River” actor’s issues »


- Tony Maglio

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All 9 Tyler Perry Madea Movies Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)

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Tyler Perry‘s most famous character, Madea, has appeared in nearly half the director’s films: a gun-toting, “Hallelu-yer”-shouting force of nature, and an outrageous drag tribute to his mother and aunt. But some films in the Madea Cinematic Universe are gleefully manic, while others arrive in what appears to be a half-finished state of sad melodrama and mediocrity. Not counting her cameo appearance in the otherwise Madea-free “Meet the Browns,” or the animated kids offering “Madea’s Tough Love,” here’s where to find maximum Madea mayhem: 7. “Madea’s Witness Protection” To look at box office receipts, this »


- Dave White

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‘Stranger Things’ Star Finn Wolfhard Exits Apa as Agent Faces Sexual Assault Investigation (Exclusive)

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Stranger Things” star Finn Wolfhard has parted ways with his agent after a former actor accused him of sexual assault, two individuals familiar with the matter told TheWrap. The Agency for the Performing Arts began investigating Tyler Grasham after Blaise Godbe accused him of plying him with alcohol and sexually abusing him a decade ago. Wolfhard is no longer signed with Apa’s Tyler Grasham, who was accused this week of plying former actor Blaise Godbe Lipman with alcohol and sexually assaulting him a decade ago when Lipman was still a teenager. It’s unclear at present where Wolfhard will land for representation. »


- Matt Donnelly

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Women Animators Pen Open Letter on Sexual Harassment: ‘This Abuse Has Got to Stop’

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More than 200 women, including gender non-conforming people, in animation have signed an open letter sent to all the major animation studios, demanding industry leaders take measures to end sexual harassment in the workplace. The letter was sent on Thursday to executives at Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, DreamWorks Animation, Bento Box, OddBot, Paramount, Shadowmachine, Sony Pictures Animation, Stoopid Buddy, Titmouse and Warner Bros. Aiming to “address and highlight the pervasive problem of sexism and sexual harassment” in the animation industry, the letter outlines the behaviors of men who contribute to a hostile work environment for others, from “crass sexual remarks” to. »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘Boo 2!’ Review: Tyler Perry Leaves a Flaming Bag of Poo on Your Doorstep

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It’s hard out here for a sporadic Tyler Perry apologist. Yes, his funniest films are his dramas, where he gives the leading ladies of “Temptation” or “For Colored Girls” HIV for skipping church or whatever, but his Madea still hasn’t gotten her due as a genuinely outrageous comic creation. When Perry-as-Madea is firing on all cylinders — as in “Madea’s Big Happy Family” or “Boo! A Madea Halloween” — the character’s comedic energy is enough to raise the boats of Perry’s sluggish direction. The success of last year’s “Boo!” has given Perry 12 months to crank out a sequel, »


- Alonso Duralde

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MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell Blasts John Kelly Slam on Black Congresswoman: ‘He Dehumanized Her’ (Video)

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While many praised White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly for his stern and emotional defense of President Donald Trump’s phone call to the widow of a fallen soldier, one passionate dissenting voice was MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. On his program Thursday evening, O’Donnell launched into an 18 minute diatribe against Kelly that got personal, with the host suggesting Kelly’s Boston Irish upbringing tinged his thoughts about Wilson with racism. Also Read: Lawrence O'Donnell Apologizes for On-Camera Meltdown (Video) “I grew up a few years after John Kelly in an identical neighborhood in the other side of »


- Jon Levine

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John McCain to Release New Memoir ‘The Restless Wave’ in April

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John McCain is set to release his upcoming memoir, “The Restless Wave,” in April, Simon & Schuster announced Friday. According to the Associated Press, the publisher quietly signed up “The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations” in February without a formal announcement. “This memoir will be about what matters most to him, and I hope it will be regarded as the work of an American hero,” said Jonathan Karp, president and publisher of Simon & Schuster’s flagship imprint. Also Read: Senator John McCain Diagnosed With Brain Tumor The book is expected to begin in 2008, when he lost to. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘The Snowman’ With Michael Fassbender Gets Panned and Director Says He Knows Why

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Michael Fassbender’s “The Snowman,” opening this weekend, got killed by critics, and director Tomas Alfredson says he has an idea about what went wrong with the thriller. “Our shoot time in Norway was way too short,” the Swedish director told the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, which was then translated by The Independent. “We didn’t get the whole story with us and when we started cutting we discovered that a lot was missing. It’s like when you’re making a big jigsaw puzzle and a few pieces are missing so you don’t see the whole picture.” He added »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Ratings: ABC Drops to 3rd Place on Thursday Without ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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ABC aired “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” in place of “Grey’s Anatomy” last night. Not a great idea. The Disney-owned broadcaster network slipped from second place last week to third on Thursday without its hit medical drama kicking off primetime. Not that new runner-up NBC is complaining. CBS won the evening outright with a competitive (but down) “Thursday Night Football” game. Due to the nature of live sports, however, the fast national Nielsen numbers for the so-called “Tiffany Network” are subject to significant adjustment. Also Read: Mlb, Fox Are 2 Wins Away From Dream La v NY World Series CBS was first. »


- Tony Maglio

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Did James Woods Just Call Democratic Congresswoman ‘Clown Dressed as Saloon Hooker’?

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James Woods took to Twitter on Friday and took what looked like a clear shot at Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wislon. “When #Democrats start wheeling out clowns dressed as saloon hookers, they are trying desperately to swerve away from the news. #UraniumOne,” he Tweeted Friday morning. Also Read: James Woods Says Reports of His Retirement Are 'Greatly Exaggerated' When #Democrats start wheeling out clowns dressed as saloon hookers, they are trying desperately to swerve away from the news. #UraniumOne – James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) October 20, 2017 While, Woods didn’t mention Wilson by name, the comments from his fans, leave little doubt about his target. »


- Jon Levine

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Paul Ryan Wrote His Own Headline: ‘Ryan Slams the President Amongst Liberal Elites’ (Video)

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House Speaker Paul Ryan took the stage Thursday night at New York City’s annual Al Smith charity dinner — and used his time at the lectern to make some very pointed jokes about President Donald Trump. “When read the papers tomorrow, everyone is going to report this thing differently,” the Wisconsin Republican said. “Breitbart is going to lead with ‘Ryan Slams the President Amongst Liberal Elites’ New York Times is going to report, ‘Ryan Defends the President in a State Hillary Won’ and the President will tweet, ‘300,000 at Al Smith Dinner Cheer Mention of my Name.” Also Read: Paul Ryan's Attempt. »


- Jon Levine

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