Box Office: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Dominates With $40 Million
The third weekend of horror blockbuster “It” continues to scare up impressive business with a projected $30 million at 4,007 locations, followed by the launch of Warner Bros.’ animated comedy “The Lego Ninjago Movie” with about $21 million at 4,047 locations — well under recent forecasts. Still, with three films over $20 million, the overall box office represents a continued rebound for the movie business following a dismal late summer.
Independent horror movie “Friend Request” is showing little traction in its launch weekend with an estimated $2.2 million at 2,550 venues. Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Stronger,” a biopic on Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, is opening with a moderate $1.6 million at 574 sites for Roadside Attractions.
- Dave McNary
‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’ Sequel Adds David Sakurai
Exclusive: Danish-Japanese actor David Sakurai is set for Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them sequel, the second film in J.K. Rowling's five picture Harry Potter prequel series. David Yates is at the helm once again, along with star Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Johnny Depp as dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, and franchise newcomer Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore. The film opens in 1927, a few months after magizoologist Scamander helped to unveil… »
Meghan Markle’s Ex-Husband Trevor Engelson Developing Show About Being Left For A Royal
Meghan Markle’s ex-husband, Trevor Engelson, is apparently using his real life as inspiration. Fox gave a put pilot commitment to a new half-hour single-camera comedy written and executive produced by Danny Zuker and produced by Melvin Mar, Jake Kasdan, Christine Gernon, Dan Farah and Engelson, Et confirms. As first reported by Deadline, the show’s logline is as follows: “Divorce […] »
- Brent Furdyk
‘Orville’ Ratings Fall To Earth Without NFL Lead-In, ‘Zoo’ Finale Down From 2016
In what is the calm before the storm of fall premieres that will hit the small screen next week, Thursday saw a demo win for Fox as Gotham (1.0/4) returned and The Orville (1.1/4) debuted in its regular slot. Moving from its long-held Monday perch to Thursday, the fourth season of the Batman backstory series opened down double digits from its Season 3 opener of September 19, 2016. Declining 17% among adults 18-49 from the fast affiliates of last year's debut, Gotham was… »
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Wraps Post-Production, Says Rian Johnson
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Star Wars is over. Or, at least, the latest episode is.
Accompanying a shot of the post-production team on the movie, Johnson wrote, "Aaaand that's a wrap on the hardest working post production team in the galaxy. Going to miss sitting in dark rooms with these goobers."
It's also a wrap of Johnson sharing Instagram teases of the post-production process on the movie, which have included shots of explosions, space bears »
- Graeme McMillan
Ain’t It Cool News Founder Harry Knowles Accused of Sexual Assault
Knowles “categorically” denies the claims. »
- Hunter Harris
Trump Steps Up Attack on NFL, Calls for Fan Boycott of ‘Boring’ Games
For a third straight day, President Donald Trump renewed his verbal attacks on the National Football League for allowing some of its players to protest during the national anthem before games. In a series of Sunday morning tweets, the president slammed the league for “boring games” as well as lower attendance and TV ratings. And he suggested a boycott to achieve his ends. “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast,” he wrote. If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag. »
- Thom Geier
Film Review: ‘Leatherface’
Considering the game-changing stature of Tobe Hooper’s 1974 original in the annals of horror cinema, it’s odd that “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” has had such a peculiar, erratic life in franchise terms. Odder still then that after so many re-inventions of this particular wheel, to varying artistic and box-office rewards, that “Leatherface” should quietly premiere on DirecTV a month before being dumped into a handful of U.S. theaters on Oct. 20.
Written by Seth M. Sherwood and directed by the French duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (“Inside”), this “origin story” is a somewhat mixed bag. But it’s also an earnest and well-crafted attempt at course-correction, straying from stock slasher recyclage to provide a different story that actually connects a few dots in the very tangled cinematic “Chainsaw” universe to date. Particularly given the angry popular rejection just handed genre rule-breaker “Mother!,” you’d think this respectable addition to an uneven but name-brand horror pic »
- Dennis Harvey
Film Review: Stephen King’s ‘1922’
Every generation gets its own version of “The Tell-Tale Heart,” but “1922” — writer-director Zak Hilditch’s workmanlike adaptation of the novella by Stephen King — almost certainly is the first iteration of Edgar Allen Poe’s classic story to include voracious rodents, hapless cows and a Bonnie and Clyde-like pair of young bank robbers.
Hilditch deserves credit for generating and sustaining suspense throughout a slow-burning drama that is more fatalistically tragic than traditionally horrific, and for delivering the goods when old-fashioned shocks are called for. In fact, it’s no small measure of the movie’s overall effectiveness that one can easily overlook, if not unreservedly forgive, a few fleeting moments when vermin balanced on their hind legs are only marginally scarier than the rodent gourmet in “Ratatouille.”
Right from the start, we know things aren’t going to turn out well for Wilfred James (Thomas Jane), a haggard and haunted fellow who checks into an inelegant Omaha »
- Joe Leydon
San Sebastián: Suárez, López, Verdaguer Board ‘7 Reasons’ (Exclusive)
San Sebastian –Emma Suárez, star of Pedro Almodóvar’s ”Julieta” and Michael Franco’s “April’s Daughter,” Sergi López, who toplined Guillermo del Toro’s “Pans Labyrinth,” and David Verdaguer, who features in Spain’s Oscar entry “Summer 1993,” are on board black comedy “7 Reasons to Run Away,” a first feature co-directed by Esteve Soler, Gerard Quinto, and David Torras.
Suárez is a member of the 65th San Sebastian Festival’s main jury, presided by John Malkovich.
Barcelona-based, young companies Compacto and No Hay Banda are re-teaming on “7 Reasons” after having co-produced Sergi Pérez’s “The Long Way Home,” which won best Catalan-language feature at Catalonia’s Gaudi Awards.
Its screenplay is penned by playwright and director Esteve Soler, whose last three stage plays (“Against Progress,” “Against Democracy” and “Against Love”) have been staged in more than twenty countries.
“7 Reasons” offers “a very contemporary canvas of society structured through seven different stories tackling the family, private »
- Emilio Mayorga
San Sebastián: Film Factory Swoops on Witchcraft Thriller ’Akelarre’ (Exclusive)
San Sebastian — In one of the early deals to be announced out of the 65th San Sebastian Film Festival, which bowed Sept. 22 with the European premiere of Wim Wenders’ “Submergence,” starring Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy, Film Factory Entertainment has swooped on “Akelarre,” a flagship Basque project at this year’s Festival.
Currently in development, “Akelarre” will be presented Sunday at San Sebastian’s 2017 Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum, where it weighs in as one of the Forum’s highest-profile projects.
A thriller, Akelarre is directed by Pablo Agüero, whose first short, “Primera Nieve,” won a 2006 Cannes Festival Jury Prize; “Salamndra,” his first feature, made the 2008 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight cut: “Eva Doesn’t Sleep” was selected for San Sebastián’s 2015 main competition.
Akelarre is produced by Sorkin Films, a new joint tax break investment vehicle launched last year by Koldo Zuazua’s San Sebastián-based Kowalski Films and Iker Ganuza co-headed Lamia Producciones, based out of Zarauz. »
- John Hopewell
Pablo and Juan de Dios Larrain’s Fabula Sets Up U.S. Company (Exclusive)
San Sebastian – Fabula, one of Latin America’s high-profile producers, run by “Jackie” director Pablo Larraín and producer Juan de Dios Larraín, has set up a U.S. company to make English-language movies by its filmmakers from Latin America and Europe.
News of the move comes two months before Fabula, to date based just out of Santiago, Chile, goes into production on its first full-on U.S. project, a remake of Sebastián Lelio’s “Gloria,” starring Julianne Moore and directed by Lelio himself. Pre-production and production on “Gloria” will be carried out in the U.S., and post-production in Santiago, Pablo Larrain told Variety from Chile. Juan de Dios Larraín has relocated to Los Angeles to head up the new production company, called Fabula, whose offices open Monday.
The U.S production base is a milestone for one of Latin America’s most admired production companies, whose marquee directors Larraín and Lelio have already crossed into U »
- John Hopewell
San Sebastian Film Review: ‘Memoir of Pain’
“Words don’t describe what eyes have seen,” we’re told in “Memoir of Pain,” esteemed French writer-director Emmanuel Finkiel’s notably ambitious interpretation of Marguerite Duras’s autobiographical novel “The War: A Memoir.” It’s perhaps an unexpected line to hear in a literary adaptation that remains in thrall to its imposing source text throughout, which is not to say that the camera doesn’t try some tricky visual articulation of its own. Several impressionistic, shadow-boxing passages of reverie punctuate the more straightforward storytelling in this account of a young French Resistance writer’s agonized wait for her husband to return from Nazi capture: Large as its historical canvas is, the film is most artful as an interior evocation of a preemptively grieving state of mind. If, at over two hours, it is an undeniably onerous watch, that is by design: Finkiel’s film certainly understands the taxing nature of sorrow.
- Guy Lodge
Stevie Wonder Joins Resistance at NYC Concert: ‘Tonight I’m Taking a Knee for America’ (Video)
Stevie Wonder began his performance at the Global Citizen Festival concert in New York’s Central Park on Saturday night by announcing that he was “taking a knee for America.” “Whenever you need to interrupt hate, stand down bigotry, condemn sexism and find love all of our global brothers and sisters everyday,” the legendary R&B singer said from the stage. “Tonight I’m taking a knee for America.” Wonder’s gesture comes as President Donald Trump has stepped up his criticism of professional athletes like former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick who have declined to stand during the national anthem. »
- Thom Geier
Halt and Catch Fire Recap: The Broken Places
“A Connection Is Made” is a joyful episode. »
- Kathryn VanArendonk
Justin Timberlake Manager Johnny Wright Signs TV’s ‘Boy Band’ Winners
Pop group In Real Life, comprised of winners from the ABC singing competition show “Boy Band,” has signed on with Johnny Wright’s Wright Entertainment Group (Weg) for management. Wright is known for his long-standing pedigree with boy band successes — going back to New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, and NSync — and solo artist launches, most notably Justin Timberlake, who he continues to represent.
More recently, Weg’s roster has included such groups as Jonas Brothers and Menudo, as well as reality show projects “On the Spot,” “Making the Band,” and “All About Aubrey,” starring another Wright client, Aubrey O’Day.
The members of In Real Life — Brady Tutton, Chance Perez, Drew Ramos, Sergio Calderon, and Michael Conor — were announced as victors on “Boy Band” on August 24, the night they also performed their first single, “Eyes Closed,” which is being released through Hollywood Records.
- Shirley Halperin
‘Will & Grace’ Cast and Creators Rip Reports That NBC Sitcom Uses a Laugh Track
Ok, Ok, Ok, you don’t use a laugh track, “Will & Grace.” The cast and creators of the revived NBC sitcom participated in a Tribeca TV Festival panel discussion early Saturday evening, when writer/executive producer Max Mutchnick and the gang reacted pretty strongly to the idea that they use a laugh track. Here’s where it gets weird: nobody brought it up. “That’s a live audience,” Mutchnick started off after a strange non-sequitur segue from star Megan Mullally. “A lot of people are now writing about this, the ‘canned laughter.'” “We try to pull back the laughs as much as we can. »
- Tony Maglio
Colin Kaepernick’s Mom Has Perfect Response to Trump for ‘Son of a B—h’ Diss
Colin Kaepernick has scores of athletes, fans and even the NFL chief supporting his right to take a knee during the national anthem in protest of police brutality, but no one has expressed their approval of his actions quite like his own mom, Teresa. When the mother of the former San Francisco 49er quarterback learned that President Trump said at an Alabama rally that NFL owners should “get that son of a bitch off the field” when players protested by sitting out the anthem, Teresa tweeted, “Guess that makes me a proud b—h!” Guess that makes me a proud bitch! »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Watch ‘Will & Grace’ Cast Perform Show’s Theme Song With Lyrics
“Get down! ‘Will & Grace’ is coming to town!”
The cast of “Will & Grace” brought their NBC show’s iconic theme song to life Friday night on “The Tonight Show.”
Jimmy Fallon introduced the foursome, as each took the stage, one by one, to perform solos.
The song begins with Messing singing, “I’m Debra Messing as you probably know. You might remember me from the cast of the show. Grace is a character that I play — interior designer and Will’s roommate.”
McCormack then joins in from the audience, “I’m Eric McCormack and I play Will. The show is coming back and I’m playing him still. You can see it this fall on NBC, remember when we used to call it ‘must-see TV?'”
McCormack and Messing together belt out the chorus, “Get down »
- Maane Khatchatourian
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