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‘Only the Brave’ and 2 More Bomb, Tyler Perry’s ‘Boo 2’ Will Break Even: It’s Another Troubling Box-Office Weekend

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Geostorm,” “Only the Brave,” “The Snowman” — it’s another in a series of terrible box-office weekends. Last year, the same weekend saw three new releases gross a total of $65 million; this year, four new releases totaled $44 million. “Boo 2: A Madea Halloween” performed best, but at the lower end of expectations.

This is a performance that might be expected in January, the dumping ground for loser films. But October is the month where we’ve seen films like “Gravity,” “Gone Girl,” and “The Martian” thrive.

Is it a crisis yet? It’s clear there’s still an audience when a September release like “It” can hit $320 million domestic so far. However, it’s clear that even franchise fans are unreliable.

Read More:‘Geostorm’ Review: Brace for Category 5 CGI Boredom

With a $22 million opening weekend and a $25 million budget, “Boo 2!” could break even: Figure less than $30 million in marketing/distribution costs, »


- Tom Brueggemann

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‘Psycho’: The Iconic Shower Scene Gets Dissected by Janet Leigh’s Body Double — Watch

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Not a lot of movie scenes are so famous that entire documentaries are made about them, but not a lot of scenes are like the shower sequence in “Psycho.” One of the most iconic moments in all of cinema gets analyzed in Alexandre O. Philippe’s “78/52,” the title of which refers to the number of setups (78) and cuts (52) it features. Among the interviewees in that documentary is Marli Renfro, who served as Janet Leigh’s body double.

Read More:’78/52′ Trailer: Riveting ‘Psycho’ Documentary Deconstructs Alfred Hitchcock’s Shower Scene — Watch

“I usually tell people that I’m not famous, but I did something famous,” Renfro says in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly. Renfro, who began as a pin-up model before transitioning into acting, recalls disrobing for both Alfred Hitchcock and Leigh herself (“our bodies were very similar — that’s the reason that I got hired”) as well as the »


- Michael Nordine

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‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer,’ ‘Wonderstruck,’ and ‘Jane’ Lead Weak Specialty Box Office

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At this point during the prime fall awards season (“Moonlight” opened one year ago), the arthouse box office should be humming along. It’s not. This weekend, Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (A24) and the documentary “Jane” (National Geographic/Abramorama) showed credible initial results, while the anticipated opening of Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck” (Roadside Attractions) fell shy of expectations.

These three films are catching attention ahead of a glut of upcoming biopics, which can be hit or miss. While “Victoria & Abdul” (Focus) continues to be the biggest success of the season so far, and “Loving Vincent” (Good Deed) is an arthouse sleeper, middling performer “Battle of the Sexes” (Fox Searchlight) failed to reach hoped-for heights. The next round comes in the face of widespread audience disinterest for such true stories as “Goodbye Christopher Robin” (Fox Searchlight), “Marshall” (Open Road) and “Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman” (Annapurna).

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- Tom Brueggemann

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Is Disappearing From Theaters More Quickly Than Expected

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Blade Runner 2049” isn’t long for this world — at least not in theaters. The would-be blockbuster of the season continues to struggle at the box office, taking in just $7.1 million in its third weekend, which saw the number of theaters it was playing in drop by 855; “It,” meanwhile, only saw its theater count drop by 616 despite opening a month earlier.

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The film has now made a total of $194 million worldwide, which would be better news if it hadn’t come with a hefty price tag of $150 million. Denis Villeneuve’s long-awaited sequel, which takes place 30 years after Ridley Scott’s sci-fi benchmark, was expected to make some $50 million during its opening weekend but only took in $32 million — well below even the most conservative forecasts. That’s in spite »


- Michael Nordine

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JFK Assassination Documents Are About to Be Released — Is Oliver Stone Responsible?

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Back and to the left. Back and to the left. Other than that line, the most enduring legacy of Oliver Stones’ “JFK” is its part in the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act — a promise made by then-President George H.W. Bush in 1992 to release all documents pertaining to the event by this month.

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Stone, who was recently accused of sexual harassment after speaking up in Harvey Weinstein’s defense, told the New York Times before his drama starring Kevin Costner was released that the film “is not a true story per se. It explores all the possible scenarios of why Kennedy was killed, who killed him and why.”

“If and when the last remaining government documents about President John F. Kennedy’s assassination are made public next week,” points out the Washington Post, “historians may »


- Michael Nordine

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James Toback Accused of Sexual Harassment by Nearly 40 Women

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More than 30 women have come forward to accuse director James Toback of sexual harassment. The Los Angeles Times broke the story, which is based on interviews with accusers whose accounts take place over several decades.

Toback, 72, has denied all allegations, telling the Times that he has either never met any of the women or, if he has, it “was for five minutes and have no recollection”; he also says it’s been “biologically impossible” for him to do anything he’s been accused of for the last 22 years due to diabetes and a heart condition.

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31 of the 38 women spoke on the record about Toback, whose films include “The Gambler” and “The Pick-up Artist.” His most recent movie, “The Private Life of a Modern Woman,” stars Sienna Miller and premiered at this year’s Venice Film Festival.

Many of the stories »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ Review: Tyler Perry’s Sexist, Homophobic Comedy Will Not Stand in 2017

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Tyler Perry’s “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” would be tone deaf, lacking in plot, and almost entirely humorless in any year. That is happens to arrive in theaters amid a cascade of sexual assault survivors sharing their stories about sexual assault doesn’t help its case. Perry has built his slice of a Hollywood empire profiting off the cheap laughter of the most insidious homophobic impulses in society — the ones that tell people there is nothing funnier than a man in a dress. “Boo!” is no exception.

Still, Perry is a versatile character comedian. Madea, the wise-cracking old lady he has played in drag for 15 years, is the movie’s central figure and also its funniest. Perry also plays her “creepy old man” brother, Joe, whose only breaks from slobbering over teenage girls are to call Madea “dude” or “man.” Perry’s discomfort with Madea’s drag is so palpable, »


- Jude Dry

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Roman Polanski Accused of Molesting a 10-Year-Old Girl

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Roman Polanski has been accused of molesting a woman when she was 10 years old. Marianne Barnard first came forward with her story on Twitter as the Harvey Weinstein scandal unfolded, and now the California-based artist has elaborated on her claims to the Sun: “#RomanPolanski took photos of me naked & in fur coat on beach in Malibu, I was 10 yrs old. He went on from there. This ends now #Rosearmy,” she wrote.

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Barnard says her mother took her to meet Polanski in 1975. “There was a group of rocks there and he took the photographs of me on those rocks,” she recalls. “At first I had the understanding I was just going to the beach with my mom. We were there for a little while by ourselves and then he was there. And she explained that this man »


- Michael Nordine

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The Directors Guild of America Takes Formal Steps to Expel Harvey Weinstein

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The Directors Guild of America has taken formal steps to remove Harvey Weinstein from its ranks. The group’s national board of directors met today, with DGA president Thomas Schlamme revealing that disciplinary charges had been filed against the disgraced executive on October 13.

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The board released the following statement:

The DGA condemns sexual harassment. There must be no tolerance for such deplorable abuses of power. This isn’t about one person. We must recognize sexual harassment is endemic in our society, and painfully, in our industry.

We believe that every individual has the right to a safe workplace. The unfortunate truth is that there are those who abuse the power that they hold.

For far too long, many have not spoken out – directors, agents, crew, executives, performers, producers, writers. This shameful code of complicity must be broken. »


- Michael Nordine

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Tim Roth Got More Screentime in ‘Twin Peaks’ by Texting David Lynch Nonstop

21 October 2017 1:02 PM, PDT

Tim Roth has a unique approach to getting roles. After the revelation that he didn’t agree to read for his part in “Reservoir Dogs” until getting ferociously drunk with Quentin Tarantino, another tidbit just emerged: Roth relentlessly texted David Lynch in order to get more screentime on “Twin Peaks: The Return.”

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“David wants to experiment and he wants to do different things while filming. For example, with Tim Roth, he and Jennifer really enjoyed being in the show and when they were done, Tim kept texting us saying that he wanted more,” said executive producer Sabrina Sutherland at the Festival of Disruption. Roth shared the screen with Jennifer Jason Leigh in the new iteration of “Twin Peaks,” with both of them playing contract killers.

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- Michael Nordine

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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Director F. Gary Gray Received Threats From Suge Knight: ‘I Will See You in Person’

21 October 2017 12:05 PM, PDT

Straight Outta Compton” made beaucoup bucks, earned strong reviews, and was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Not everybody liked it, of course — including Marion “Suge” Knight, the former CEO of Death Row Records who was involved in a hit-and-run that left one man dead and allegedly began following an argument on the set of the N.W.A biopic. According to testimony that was just made public, he also threatened F. Gary Gray, the film’s director, both over the phone and via text message.

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“I will see u in person … u have kids just like me so let’s play hardball,” Knight texted Gray, according to the Los Angeles Times; that message was followed by “a pair of expletives and a racial slur.” Knight had previously called Gray several times, »


- Michael Nordine

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Uber Whistleblower Susan Fowler Is Developing a Movie Described as ‘Erin Brockovich’ Meets ‘The Social Network’

21 October 2017 11:12 AM, PDT

After sending waves throughout Silicon Valley with her essay “Reflecting on One Very, Very Strange Year at Uber,” Susan Fowler is now setting her eyes on the silver screen. The whistleblower, whose revelations of sexual harassment at the ride-sharing company eventually led to the firing of more than 20 employees and the resignation of then-ceo Travis Kalanick, is developing a movie based on her experiences.

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The news comes from Maureen Dowd’s extensive New York Times profile of Fowler, who published her explosive blog post earlier this year. The article notes that she “now has a job at Stripe as the editor of its tech publication. And she’s working with Verve, a Hollywood talent agency, developing a movie based on her experiences, described by the agency to me as ‘Erin Brockovich’ meets ‘The Social Network. »


- Michael Nordine

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A ‘Pacific Rim,’ ‘Godzilla,’ and ‘King Kong’ Crossover May Reveal Who the King of the Kaiju Is

21 October 2017 10:29 AM, PDT

In addition to sequels and reboots, crossovers are increasingly en vogue in this era of shared universes. And though “Pacific Rim” is unique for being one of the few franchises not based on a pre-existing property, the kaiju series may soon find its jaegers fighting more familiar monsters than those dreamt up by Guillermo del Toro: Godzilla and King Kong.

That’s according to “Pacific Rim: Uprising” director Steven S. DeKnight, who says there’s been “a lot of discussion” about those worlds colliding — especially since they’re all produced by Legendary.

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“I won’t say there’s an Easter Egg, but there’s been a lot of discussion about that possibility [of crossing over],” DeKnight told Collider during a New York Comic-Con interview. “Look, I think it would be fantastic to »


- Michael Nordine

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David Fincher Didn’t Direct ‘The Force Awakens’ Because He Couldn’t Handle the ‘Abuse of Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher’

21 October 2017 10:02 AM, PDT

Like a lot of other filmmakers, David Fincher almost directed a “Star Wars” movie. Long ago, before J.J. Abrams was tasked with helming “The Force Awakens,” the “Social Network” and “Seven” director was in contention to reawaken the franchise — but ultimately wasn’t interested in doing so. Among his reasons, he reveals in an Empire interview, were financial pressure and “the withering abuse of Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.”

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“I talked to [producer Kathleen Kennedy] about that and look, it’s a plum assignment,” Fincher says. I don’t know what’s worse: being George Lucas on the set of the first one where everyone’s going, ‘Alderaan? What the hell is this?’ Where everyone’s making fun, but I can’t imagine the kind of intestinal fortitude one has to have following up the success of these last two. »


- Michael Nordine

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Wong Kar-wai Explains His Move to Television With Amazon’s ‘Tong Wars’ and His Next Feature Film

21 October 2017 9:49 AM, PDT

Among the many filmmakers who have made the jump to television in recent years, one of the most intriguing names to join the fray is Wong Kar Wai. The Hong Kong auteur’s lyrical, romantic dramas about poetic loners — including such beloved titles as “Chungking Express” and “In the Mood for Love” — treasure texture over dense plot. So it was something of a surprise when Amazon unveiled five new series in the works in early September, including one from Wong called “Tong Wars,” described as combining the history of Chinese immigration to the U.S. with a crime potboiler and scripted by Paul Attanasio (“Quiz Show,” “Donnie Brasco”).

Details on the series were scant at the time, but in a conversation with journalists at the Lumiere Festival in Lyon, Wong explained the epic sweep of the show. “The thing that attracted me to this project was the first opportunity to »


- Eric Kohn

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‘Eyes Wide Shut’ Documentary ‘SK13’ in the Works From ‘Filmworker’ Director Tony Zierra

21 October 2017 9:31 AM, PDT

Tony Zierra isn’t done with Stanley Kubrick yet. After directing “Filmworker,” a documentary about the meticulous auteur’s right-hand man, Zierra is set to make a movie about “Eyes Wide Shut.” In an interview with Variety, he reveals that “SK13” — shorthand for Stanley Kubrick’s 13th film — was originally meant to precede “Filmworker.”

Read More:‘Filmworker’ Review: Stanley Kubrick’s Right-Hand Man Gets His Due in Tony Zierra’s Workmanlike Documentary

“The one movie that I feel is the wrinkle in Kubrick’s filmography is ‘Eyes Wide Shut.’ The people that love him always say, ‘He’s a genius, but I’m not sure what the hell that movie was about,’” says Zierra. It makes no sense to them. The casting doesn’t make any sense to them. The story doesn’t make any sense to them.” Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman star in the film, an erotic drama about a married couple. »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Too Funny to Fail’ Review: ‘Dana Carvey Show’ Doc Finds Some Joy in One of Comedy’s Most Glorious Failures

21 October 2017 6:00 AM, PDT

Enough time has passed since the preemptive demise of “The Dana Carvey Show” that Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Robert Smigel, and the comedian who gave the show its name can chuckle a bit. Twenty years after ABC pulled the plug on a subversive primetime sketch show, “Too Funny to Fail” revisits the meteoric rise and spectacular flameout that surrounded the show’s eight-episode run in the spring of 1996. Yet with decades of perspective, Josh Greenbaum’s documentary finds a surprising amount of fondness and wistfulness in a doomed project with such a public end.

Part of that bittersweet satisfaction comes from the retroactive knowledge that some of the major players in this saga would go on to shape the modern comedy landscape. Colbert and Carell got their first big breaks as “Dana Carvey Show” cast members, while Smigel would eventually go on to a vaunted comedy writing career (including being »


- Steve Greene

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‘Chappaquiddick’ Moves Out of the Crowded Awards Season — Exclusive

20 October 2017 6:58 PM, PDT

When Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, riding high after the early hit “47 Meters Down,” bought “Chappaquiddick” and “Hostiles” out of Toronto, it looked like they might provide direct competitors for a Best Actor Oscar slot. Now Scott Cooper’s $50-million western “Hostiles,” which earned upbeat reviews and press out of Telluride and Tiff, is heading for a December release and an Oscar campaign for Christian Bale.

Chappaquiddick,” however, will have to wait.

John Curran’s “Chappaquiddick” (a $4 million pickup, with a $16 million P&A) will wisely hold off for a 2018 release on April 6. Jason Clarke would have not only been competing with Bale for a Best Actor slot, but also with himself in Dee Rees’s southern drama “Mudbound” (November 17, Netflix).

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- Anne Thompson

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‘The Good Doctor’ Is Now Bigger Than ‘NCIS’ and ‘This Is Us,’ By a Hair — Ratings Watch

20 October 2017 5:50 PM, PDT

The Nielsen “Doctor” is in. After three weeks of the new season, the ABC drama “The Good Doctor” appears to be a bonafide hit for the network.

According to the latest Nielsen data covering three days’ worth of time-shifting (including DVR and video on demand viewing), “The Good Doctor” is averaging 16.42 million viewers — making it not just TV’s most-watched new drama, but TV’s most-watched drama, period. That’s because after three weeks, “The Good Doctor” is just a smidge above CBS’ perennial powerhouse “NCIS” (16.35 million) and NBC’s emotional juggernaut “This Is Us” (16.19 million).

The show, starring Freddie Highmore as a high-functioning autistic physician, is also the fall’s No. 1 freshman drama and top-rated 10 p.m. series among Adults 18-49 (3.7 rating).

Read More:‘The Good Doctor’ Is Destroying One Misconception About Autism at a Time

David Shore executive produces “The Good Doctor,” which is based on a South Korean format, »


- Michael Schneider

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‘Baltimore Rising’ Trailer: HBO Documentary Looks at the City After the Death of Freddie Grey – Watch

20 October 2017 4:17 PM, PDT

In times like this it’s crucial to be aware. Not only of what is happening currently, but to be fully aware is to consistently remember what has happened in the past. “Baltimore Rising,” an HBO documentary film directed by Sonja Sohn, will illuminate the death of Freddie Gray and the aftermath in the city of Baltimore.

Premiering on HBO and HBO Now on Nov. 20, “Baltimore Rising” seeks insight in those with concrete ties to the city of Baltimore: the police officers, activists, community leaders, and gang affiliates. The film explores how to make change after the community had erupted into “deep divisions between authorities and the community — and underscoring the urgent need for reconciliation.”

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Among the many insights into the system itself, the doc will spotlight key figures in the community, ones particularly invested in the reconstruction of the city. »


- Raelyn Giansanti

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