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Box Office: ‘Jigsaw’ Dominates Pre-Halloween Weekend With $16.3 Million

Box Office: ‘Jigsaw’ Dominates Pre-Halloween Weekend With $16.3 Million
In the second slowest weekend this year, horror titles dominated the pre-Halloween box with Lionsgate’s opening of “Jigsaw” leading the way at a respectable $16.3 million at 2,941 North American locations.

The second weekend of “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween,” also from Lionsgate, turned in a solid performance with $10 million at 2,388 sites, but no other title cleared the $6 million mark. Matt Damon’s “Suburbicon” struggled with a dismal $2.8 million at 2,046 sites and Miles Teller’s “Thank You For Your Service” finished with $3.7 million at 2,054 theaters; both came in below what were modest forecasts in their launch weekends.

Jigsaw” is the eighth title in the “Saw” franchise, which centers on the deranged killer played by Tobin Bell. Audiences gave the movie a B Cinemascore, and the film made about $4 million less than projected in its launch weekend. The movie, which has a budget around $10 million, is set a decade after the death of Jigsaw as police investigate a series of gruesome
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Box Office: ‘Jigsaw’ Heads to $15 Million While ‘Suburbicon’ Tanks

Box Office: ‘Jigsaw’ Heads to $15 Million While ‘Suburbicon’ Tanks
Lionsgate’s most recent “Saw” installment, “Jigsaw,” is set to dominate the box office this weekend, coming in at around $15 million, while George Clooney’s “Suburbicon” and Miles Teller-starrer “Thank You For Your Service” launch significantly below estimates.

Jigsaw,” the eighth effort for the franchise, will perform slightly below estimates in the $18-20 million range at 2,941 locations this weekend. Both “Suburbicon” and “Thank You For Your Service” will barely make a dent, however, pulling in $3 million and $4 million respectively compared to modest estimates in the $6 million range.

The second frame of “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” is set to slide into second place, reeling in an additional $9.2 million in the pre-Halloween weekend at 2,388 sites, following its $21.2 million launch last weekend.

Suburbicon,” which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, centers on the dark side of a prototypical suburban community in 1959. Paramount acquired U.S. distribution rights last year for $10 million with Black Bear Pictures financing. Critics have not
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Box Office: ‘Jigsaw’ to Cut Into $20 Million as Matt Damon’s ‘Suburbicon’ Bombs

Box Office: ‘Jigsaw’ to Cut Into $20 Million as Matt Damon’s ‘Suburbicon’ Bombs
Jigsaw” is dominating the domestic box office on the pre-Halloween weekend with about $20 million, but Matt Damon’s “Suburbicon” and Miles Teller’s “Thank You for Your Service” are bombing, early estimates showed Friday.

“Jigaw,” the eighth installment in Lionsgate’s “Saw” franchise, is performing in line with expectations, which had ranged from $18 million to $22 million at 2,941 locations this weekend. It’s a different story for the other two new titles as audiences are shunning “Suburbicon” and “Thank You for Your Service” with neither likely to hit even $4 million — both well below modest pre-weekend forecasts in the $6 million range.

Lionsgate’s second weekend of the comedy “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” will be runner-up at about $10 million at 2,388 sites, following its $21.2 million launch last weekend.

Suburbicon,” directed by George Clooney and starring Damon, earned only $180,000 at 1,614 sites in previews on Thursday night, a minuscule take compared to the $1.6 million for “Jigsaw.”

Suburbicon,” which
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'Thank You for Your Service' Review: Ptsd Drama Is 'Too Timid by Half'

'Thank You for Your Service' Review: Ptsd Drama Is 'Too Timid by Half'
You can't watch a frame of Jason Hall's Thank You for Your Service, about Iraq war veterans suffering from Pstd, without believing the film's intentions are honorable. Points for that, for sure. Yet as filmmaking – this is Hall's feature directing debut – Thank You for Service seems too timid by half, crucially lacking in the outrage that should be its core value. Hall's screenplay – he also wrote the far more effective American Sniper for director Clint Eastwood – is based on David Finkel's 2013 nonfiction book. But the film has a
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Thank You For Your Service – Review

(L to R) Adam Schumann (Miles Teller), Solo Aeiti (Beulah Koale) and Will Waller (Joe Cole) in DreamWorks Pictures’ “Thank You for Your Service.” The drama follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield. Photo Credit: Francois Duhamel/DreamWorks Pictures. Copyright © Storyteller Distribution Co., LLC

Not all wounds suffered in war are obvious. The fog of war is replaced by the fog of the Va for a band of soldiers returned from Iraq in Thank You For Your Service. While several films have depicted the experience of soldiers in the Iraq War, few have told the story of their experience after they return home. Thank You For Your Service focuses on gritty reality rather than comforting patriotism as
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“Thank You For Your Service” honors the troops and war they fight at home

Films about modern warfare tend to face an uphill battle. Current conflicts are hardly box office gold, so to find an audience, you need to have a very specific appeal. In the case of Thank You For Your Service, filmmaker Jason Hall finds an entry point with the mental battle being fought by the troops. Opening tomorrow (or tonight, depending on when you read this), the film will tug at your heart, potentially bring you to tears, and leave you invested in the plight of our wounded warriors. It’s one of the better films of 2017 so far and deserves to find a wide audience. Having seen it twice already, it will challenge you in all the right ways. This movie is an adaptation of the David Finkel book of the same name. Focusing mainly on a pair of soldiers as they return home from Iraq and adjust to civilian life,
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Box Office: ‘Jigsaw’ to Piece Together $20 Million Opening

Box Office: ‘Jigsaw’ to Piece Together $20 Million Opening
For the second weekend in a row, a Lionsgate horror title is providing a bright spot to an otherwise downbeat weekend at the North American box office.

Jigsaw,” the eighth installment in the “Saw” franchise, is expected to take in about $18 million to $22 million at about 2,800 locations. Lionsgate’s second weekend of the comedy “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” is probably going to finish in second place at about $10 million, following its $21.2 million launch last weekend.

That’s likely to be well ahead of two other new titles — Paramount’s dark comedy “Suburbicon” and DreamWorks’ PTSD drama “Thank You for Your Service.” “Suburbicon,” directed by George Clooney and starring Matt Damon, is heading for $5 million to $7 million at 2,046 venues. Forecasts place Universal’s “Thank You for Your Service,” starring Miles Teller, in a similar range at 2,054 sites.

It will be the final weekend of what’s been a depressing month for moviegoing, with October
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Thank You for Your Service Review: A Devastating Account of Ptsd

Thank You for Your Service Review: A Devastating Account of Ptsd
Thank You for Your Service is a sobering look at the complications soldiers face when returning home from war. Based on the book by David Finkel, it is the true story of Sergeant Adam Schumann and the men in his unit. It is not an action flick extolling the prowess of American might in combat. The film is a sincere, harrowing journey through post traumatic stress disorder (Ptsd), and the havoc it wreaks on families. It is also a searing indictment of society's failure to properly care for these men. They fought an unpopular war for their country. Then were treated as an afterthought as they struggled to adjust to civilian life.

Thank You for Your Service begins with Adam Schumann (Miles Teller) coming home to Kansas after three tours in Iraq. He's joined by two men in his unit, Will Waller (Joe Cole) and Tausolo Aieti (Beulah Koale). They are overjoyed to be stateside,
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‘Thank You for Your Service’ Review: Miles Teller Stars in a Clunky but Crucial Drama About What Supporting the Troops Really Means

‘Thank You for Your Service’ Review: Miles Teller Stars in a Clunky but Crucial Drama About What Supporting the Troops Really Means
Thank You for Your Service” begins on an Iraqi rooftop, where a young American soldier named Michael Adam Emory (Scott Haze) is shot in the head by a distant sniper. But the key moment of the sequence doesn’t come until a few seconds later, as Sergeant Adam Schumann (Miles Teller) slings his severely wounded comrade over his shoulder and races him down a sandy flight of stairs. It would be hard — almost superhuman — for Schumann to negotiate the descent even without Emory’s blood streaming into his eyes and the foundation quaking from the firefight outside. So he drops him. Not on purpose, of course, but there are some weights that men aren’t meant to carry. And when Schumann returns to his wife and kids in Kansas, it’s Emory who haunts him the most — not the guys who died, but the guy he dropped.

That acute, pervasive
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Thank You For Your Service In St. Louis

DreamWorks Pictures’ Thank You for Your Service follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield.

Starring an ensemble cast led by Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Amy Schumer, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar J. Dorsey and Jayson Warner Smith, the drama is based on the bestselling book by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author David Finkel.

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Jason Hall, who wrote the screenplay of American Sniper, makes his directorial debut with Thank You for Your Service and also serves as its screenwriter. Jon Kilik (The Hunger Games series, Babel) produces the film.

Thank You For Your Service opens in theaters on October 24.

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All U.S. Veterans and Active-Duty Servicemembers – See Thank You For Your Service Free On October 26 at 7Pm Screening

(L to R) Adam Schumann (Miles Teller), Solo Aeiti (Beulah Koale) and Will Waller (Joe Cole) in DreamWorks Pictures’ “Thank You for Your Service.”

Universal Pictures and AMC Theatres have announced that, on October 26, up to 10,000 free tickets will be presented to U.S. veterans and active-duty servicemembers for DreamWorks Pictures’ Thank You for Your Service — at more than 400 AMC locations nationwide. Each of the first 25 servicemembers (per location) with valid, government-issued ID who request a ticket will be given one free admission to the 7:00 p.m. preview screening.

From the writer of American Sniper and the studio that brought you Lone Survivor, the film follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield. Thank You for Your Service
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New Zealand Loops in ‘One Thousand Ropes’ for Oscars Contention

New Zealand Loops in ‘One Thousand Ropes’ for Oscars Contention
New Zealand has selected supernatural drama “One Thousand Ropes” as its contender for the foreign-language section of the Academy Awards. The Samoan- and English-language film was written and directed by Tusi Tamsese, whose directorial debut, “The Orator,” was New Zealand’s Academy Awards choice in 2011.

One Thousand Ropes” is the story of a Samoan family living in suburban New Zealand, re-connecting and putting to rest the ghosts that haunt them. It stars Uelese Petaia, Frankie Adams, Beulah Koale and Sima Urale.

Production is by Catherine Fitzgerald and Blueskin Films. International sales are handled by Mongrel Media.

The selection was made by a committee within the New Zealand Film Commission, comprising commission CEO Dave Gibson, Niki Caro, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Ngila Dickson, Mike Horton, John Gilbert, Grant Major, Lee Tamahori and David Coulson. “Tusi’s film balances social realism and supernatural spiritualism to create an enigmatic yet powerful film,” said Gibson in a statement.

The
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Manhunt: Unabomber: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two on Discovery

Vulture Watch How goes the Unabomber investigation? Has the Manhunt: Unabomber TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on Discovery Channel? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Manhunt season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? A Discovery scripted anthology series, Manhunt: Unabomber stars Sam Worthington, Paul Bettany, Chris Noth, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Jane Lynch, Mark Duplass, Michael Nouri, Brian d’Arcy James, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Elizabeth Reaser, Ben Weber, Jeremy Bobb, Lynn Collins, Katja Herbers, and Brian F. O’Byrne. Manhunt: Unabomber recounts the true story of the FBI’s pursuit of a domestic terrorist thought to be the most lethal serial bomber of all time. The action centers on innovative FBI Agent and
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Manhunt: Unabomber: Season One Ratings

Although documentaries and other non-scripted fare are their stock-in-trade, Discovery is branching out into the scripted scene with its new docu-drama anthology series. The first season is entitled Manhunt: Unabomber. Does this true crime series have the chops to succeed? Will Manhunt be cancelled or renewed for a season two? Stay tuned. The Manhunt: Unabomber TV show stars Sam Worthington, Paul Bettany, Chris Noth, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Jane Lynch, Mark Duplass, Michael Nouri, Brian d’Arcy James, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Elizabeth Reaser, Ben Weber, Jeremy Bobb, Lynn Collins, Katja Herbers, and Brian F. O’Byrne. Manhunt: Unabomber recounts the true story of the FBI’s pursuit of the Unabomber. This domestic terrorist is thought to be the most lethal serial bomber of all time. The story centers on innovative FBI Agent and Criminal Profiler Jim Fitzgerald (Worthington). A trailblazer, Fitz develops and uses forensic linguistics, in order
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Manhunt: Unabomber: Season One Ratings

Although documentaries and other non-scripted fare are their stock-in-trade, Discovery is branching out into the scripted scene with its new docu-drama anthology series. The first season is entitled Manhunt: Unabomber. Does this true crime series have the chops to succeed? Will Manhunt be cancelled or renewed for a season two? Stay tuned. The Manhunt: Unabomber TV show stars Sam Worthington, Paul Bettany, Chris Noth, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Jane Lynch, Mark Duplass, Michael Nouri, Brian d’Arcy James, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Elizabeth Reaser, Ben Weber, Jeremy Bobb, Lynn Collins, Katja Herbers, and Brian F. O’Byrne. Manhunt: Unabomber recounts the true story of the FBI’s pursuit of the Unabomber. This domestic terrorist is thought to be the most lethal serial bomber of all time. The story centers on innovative FBI Agent and Criminal Profiler Jim Fitzgerald (Worthington). A trailblazer, Fitz develops and uses forensic linguistics, in order
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Manhunt: Unabomber: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two on Discovery

Vulture Watch How goes the Unabomber investigation? Has the Manhunt: Unabomber TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on Discovery Channel? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Manhunt season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? A Discovery scripted anthology series, Manhunt: Unabomber stars Sam Worthington, Paul Bettany, Chris Noth, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Jane Lynch, Mark Duplass, Michael Nouri, Brian d’Arcy James, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Elizabeth Reaser, Ben Weber, Jeremy Bobb, Lynn Collins, Katja Herbers, and Brian F. O’Byrne. Manhunt: Unabomber recounts the true story of the FBI’s pursuit of a domestic terrorist thought to be the most lethal serial bomber of all time. The action centers on innovative FBI Agent and
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Blu-ray Review – Whale Rider: 15th Anniversary Special Edition (2002)

Whale Rider: 15th Anniversary Special Edition, 2002.

Written and Directed by Niki Caro.

Starring Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis, Frant Roa, Mana Taumaunu, Rachel House, Taungaroa Emile, and Tammy Davis.

Synopsis:

Whale Rider was a minor success upon its release in 2002, propelling Keisha Castle-Hughes to bigger roles and winning some critical acclaim for writer/director Niki Caro and her cast. Shout! Factory has brought it back on Blu-ray with mostly the same bonus features found on the original DVD release.

Want to see one of the Sand Snakes from Game of Thrones when she was just a kid? Then check out Keisha Castle-Hughes’ debut in Whale Rider, which has been brought back by Shout! Factory in a new 15th Anniversary Blu-ray edition that’s part of their Shout! Select line. Fun fact: She was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance and at the time was the
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Exclusive: Sam Worthington Examines the 'Duality' Between Cop and Killer in 'Manhunt: Unabomber'

Exclusive: Sam Worthington Examines the 'Duality' Between Cop and Killer in 'Manhunt: Unabomber'
In the Discovery series Manhunt: Unabomber, Sam Worthington plays real-life FBI profiler Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald, who joins the Unabom Task Force in 1995 in the bureau’s hunt to find the Unabomber. Two years later, following the high-profile arrest of Ted Kaczynski (Paul Bettany), Fitz is brought back into the fold to bring him to justice. Growing up in Australia at the time, the Surrey-born Worthington recalled conversations he had with his father about the magnitude of the case, which had reached the land Down Under.

“When I mentioned the story to my dad, he said, ‘I knew the Unabomber case. That was quite prolific.’ But when we talked about it, we realized we only knew the basics,” Worthington, rocking a faux-hawk, tells Et during a sit-down interview at a Beverly Hills hotel in late July. “We knew the iconic sketch and we knew that his brother [David Kaczynski] turned him in. But you see in all our research that there
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Manhunt: Unabomber

Network: Discovery Channel. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: August 1, 2017 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Sam Worthington, Paul Bettany, Chris Noth, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Jane Lynch, Mark Duplass, Michael Nouri, Brian d'Arcy James, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Elizabeth Reaser, Ben Weber, Jeremy Bobb, Lynn Collins, Katja Herbers, and Brian F. O’Byrne. TV show description: A scripted anthology series, the Manhunt: Unabomber TV show recounts the true story of the FBI's pursuit of the Unabomber. This domestic terrorist is thought to be the most lethal serial bomber of all time. The crime drama centers on FBI Agent and Criminal Profiler Jim Fitzgerald (Worthington). A trailblazer, Fitz develops and uses forensic linguistics, in order to identify Ted Kaczynski
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‘Manhunt: Unabomber’ Review: Discovery’s First Scripted Drama Intrigues as It Evokes Empathy in a Madman

‘Manhunt: Unabomber’ Review: Discovery’s First Scripted Drama Intrigues as It Evokes Empathy in a Madman
The thing you don’t expect, when watching a limited series about the FBI’s hunt for the Unabomber, is to find it relatable; at times, alarmingly so.

Discovery Channel’s first scripted drama, an eight-episode retelling of how Ted Kaczynski was brought to justice, might be most notable for its dense bench of a cast, including Sam Worthington, Chris Noth, Jane Lynch, Mark Duplass, Brian D’arcy James, Elisabeth Reaser, and Paul Bettany as Kaczynski. But its interest in the psychology of its characters pushes the series beyond a mere process story (though the process, as depicted, proves equally fascinating).

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Watching the early episodes, “Manhunt: Unabomber” isn’t all that interested in getting inside Ted Kaczynski’s head. In fact, Bettany doesn’t appear on screen for quite some time. Instead, the focus is
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