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‘Halloween’ Not Far From ‘Venom’s $80M+ October Opening Record; Best Debut For Blumhouse & John Carpenter Canon

WRITETHRU SATURDAY 12:15AM:  The 11th sequel in a horror franchise, executive produced by the series’ original creator John Carpenter, starring the series’ original actress (Jamie Lee Curtis) in a female survivalist tale that speaks to today’s times, and you’ve got yourself a box recipe for success. Weekend estimates for Universal/Miramax/Blumhouse’s Halloween are coming in at $33M for Friday, (including a great $7.7M Thursday night) making it the second-best first day… Read

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President Trump Plays To Arizona Rally Local Concerns On Immigration, Jobs

President Trump was on the move again tonight in his Make America Great Again tour, this time visiting Mesa, Arizona to bolster the campaign of Republican US Senate candidate Martha McSally. Voting for McSally "will be the second greatest vote you will ever cast. The first greatest vote was for me,” he told the overflow crowd, which joined him at a hangar at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Trump played to the local concerns of the Arizona crowd, attacking Democrats on their… Read

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Queen Biopic To Showcase Immersive ScreenX Format

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The new Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody will be showcased in the ScreenX format, the second 20th Century Fox film to be released using the new technology following Kingsman: The Golden Circle. CJ 4DPLEX, 20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises made the announcement today. ScreenX is a multi-projection system used within a theater setting. It was created in 2012 by CJ CGV, part of South Korean conglomerate CJ Group, as one of the “next cinema formats,” along with 4DX, the… Read

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Netflix Pulls The Plug On ‘Luke Cage’, No Season 3 For Marvel’s Harlem Hero

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EXCLUSIVE: One week after Iron Fist was canned and the same day that the long awaited third season of Daredevil launched, Netflix has canceled Luke Cage. “Unfortunately, Marvel's Luke Cage will not return for a third season,” Marvel and the streaming service said on Friday. “Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem's Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have… Read

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Bruce Dern Injures Hip While On Daily Jog, Hospitalized

Actor Bruce Dern has a possible fractured hip suffered while hiking in Los Angeles. The 82-year-old was jogging as he does daily, when it happened. He has been discharged and is in good spirits, we’re told. Dern just completed filming Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, a role he took over from the late Burt Reynolds. Dern plays rancher George Spahn in the film, a Pulp Fiction-esque tapestry of stories in and around Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, when… Read

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Boxer Deontay Wilder On ESPN Mascot Punch: “I Thought There Was Going To Be More Cushion”

Heavyweight champion boxer Deontay Wilder has spoken out on what happened when he punched an ESPN Nacion mascot on camera in a TV stunt that went badly. Wilder last week allegedly broke the jaw of a person wearing the mascot outfit during the stunt showcasing his pugilistic skills. Wilder, undefeated at 40-0 and nicknamed “The Bronze Bomber,” was invited by the show hosts to kiddingly box the hot dog-like Nacion ESPN mascot in what was supposed to be a jokey moment… Read

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President Trump Refuses To Back Off Remarks Praising Congressman’s Assault

President Donald Trump declined Friday to back off his statements made at a Montana rally on Thursday that praised a past  assault on a journalist by a US Congressman. Trump appeared in Arizona today and was asked if he regretted jokingly lauding Rep. Greg Gianforte at a Thursday Make America Great Again rally in Missolua, Montana. Gianforte body-slammed Guardian journalist Ben Jacobs in 2017, a day before the elections, after taking umbrage at a question posed by the… Read

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Saudis Finally Admit Jamal Khashoggi Murdered At Consulate; Will Investigate

Saudi officials confirmed the death of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi this evening, announced in the dead of night, Saudi time. According to the Saudi prosecutor general, a violent altercation broke out while Khashoggi was being interrogated in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 4. Yeah, because they were trying to kill him, shot back California Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, who on Friday night stated the… Read

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Fox Buys Female FBI Agents Drama From Monica Macer With Penalty

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Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to an hour-long female-focused FBI drama from former Queen Sugar showrunner Monica Macer, Thruline and 20th Century Fox TV. Written by Macer, the Untitled FBI Women Project (aka The Tribe) is inspired by journalist and author Doug Stanton's interviews of women in law enforcement. It is a character-driven drama set inside the New York City field office of the FBI featuring the stories of three female agents as they struggle to… Read

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NBC Buys Mystery Drama ‘Emergence’ From Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters As Put Pilot

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NBC has given a put pilot commitment to Emergence, a mystery drama from Kevin (Probably) Saves The World creators/executive producers Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, director Paul McGuigan and ABC Studios. Written by Fazekas and Butters, Emergence centers around a sheriff who takes in a young child that she finds near the site of a mysterious accident who has no memory of what has happened. The investigation draws her into a conspiracy larger than she ever imagined, and… Read

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AMC’s Charlie Collier To Lead Fox Broadcasting Network, Gary Newman To Depart

New Fox chairman and CEO Lachlan Murdoch looked outside for a leader of the soon-to-be independent Fox broadcasting network that will emerge after Disney’s acquisition of key Fox assets. AMC President and General Manager Charlie Collier has been named CEO of Entertainment. He will start Nov. 1, reporting to Murdoch who just made the announcement in an internal memo, obtained by Deadline. You can read it under the story. Fox TV Group chairman and CEO Gary Newman, who had… Read

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‘What They Had’ Review: Hilary Swank Leads Sterling Ensemble In Intimate Family Drama That Stays In The Memory

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If you can watch the new family drama What They Had without at least shedding a few tears, then you have to be dead inside. From first-time feature writer-director Elizabeth Chomko, this movie about a family in crisis over the journey into dementia of its matriarch, and its impact on everyone else, is inspired by her own grandmother’s 16-year battle with Alzheimers, although Chomko has fictionalized this particular story for the most part. I’ve seen it twice now, and both… Read