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‘Blade Runner’ Breakout Sylvia Hoeks Joins ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel (Exclusive)
Foy, who stars in the Netflix series “The Crown,” is on board to play Lisbeth Salander. The new installment of Sony Pictures’ Millennium franchise will commence production in January in Berlin and Stockholm. The film hits theaters on Oct. 19, 2018.
The studio had no comment on the casting. »
- Justin Kroll
‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ Haunts Thursday Box Office With $760,000
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
Naomi Watts to Star in Psychological Thriller 'The Wolf Hour'
Set during the 1977 New York blackout riots, the film will see the Oscar-nominated actress play June Leigh, a cultural icon and activist during the '60s who has since fallen from grace and is a shell of her former self, now facing her demons at the height of one of the darkest points in the city's history. Watts will also executive produce.
- Alex Ritman
Tyler Perry's 'Boo 2!' Set to Scare Up a #1 Finish
This same weekend last year saw Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween debut with a chart-topping $28.5 million, besting Tom Cruise and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back on its way to two straight weekends at #1 and nearly $75 million domestically. Boo! ranks as the second highest grossing in Perry's directorial career and this weekend Boo 2! hopes to find similar success, though it isn't the weekend's only new opener. Boo 2! is just one of five new wide releases saturating the marketplace this weekend. Others vying for a spot in the weekend top ten include WB's big budget disaster flick Geostorm, Sony's Only The Brave, Universal's The Snowman and Pure Flix's Same Kind of Different as Me. It's a very crowded marketplace, but other than Boo 2!, it doesn't look like »
- Brad Brevet
Hollywood’s Most and Least Profitable Stars Revealed
New data claims to name the most popular actor in Hollywood — and it might not be who you expect.
According to data compiled by PartyCasino, which analyzed box office numbers from 1980 to 2017 to determine Hollywood’s most and least profitable actors, Emilio Estevez takes the crown.
Estevez, whose Brat Pack heyday was in the ’80s and ’90s, topped the list with the best return of any top-billed male actor who has starred in at least 10 films. For every $1 spent on the leading man’s films, Estevez generated $6.70 at the box office. Jean-Claude Van Damme ranked second with $4.20 for each dollar, while other great investments were Mel Gibson ($3.50), Tyler Perry ($3), and Dudley Moore ($3).
Brad Pitt was the least profitable actor and returned only 10 cents for every $1 spent, followed by Johnny Depp (20 cents), Robert De Niro (24 cents), Hugh Jackman (25 cents), and Anthony Hopkins (26 cents).
PartyCasino had less extensive results for actresses, because, as a representative »
- Matt Fernandez
Ben Bates, Stunt Double for 'Gunsmoke' Star James Arness, Dies at 84
In addition to stepping in for Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon on the long-running CBS Western, Bates doubled for the actor on the TV series McClain's Law and How the West Was Won (on which Bates also served as stunt coordinator) and in the TV movies Red River and The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory.
In 2001's James Arness: An Autobiography, Bates said that each »
- Mike Barnes
‘The Walking Dead': Watch Season 8 Premiere’s First 3 Minutes to See Rick’s Death Vow (Video)
Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) gives the pep talk to end all pep talks in a sneak peek at the upcoming Season 8 premiere of “The Walking Dead.” The hit AMC zombie series released the episode’s first three minutes on social media on Friday, giving fans an early look at their heroes preparing for battle. “Those who use and take and kill to carve out the world and make it theirs alone, we end them,” Rick says in the footage. “We don’t celebrate it — we don’t have shame about it, either. There’s only one person that has to die, »
- Ryan Gajewski
Tech Exec Arrested on Child Rape Charges
A San Francisco tech exec has been fired from his company after he was arrested earlier this week on charges of child rape and assault with a deadly weapon. Zain Jaffer, 29, founder and now ex-ceo of Vungle, a mobile-app video platform, was arrested on Tuesday, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s website. He was booked on charges of attempted murder, oral copulation of a person under 14, child abuse, a lewd act on a child, assault with a deadly weapon, and battery upon an officer and emergency personnel. The attempted murder charger has since been dropped by San Mateo. »
- Sean Burch
Jim Carrey’s Ex-Girlfriend Forged Her Std Tests to Extort Him, Court Papers Say
The legal battle between Jim Carrey and the family of his deceased ex-girlfriend Cathriona White got nastier on Friday, with Carrey’s legal team filing papers asserting that White forged her Std tests in order to extort him in 2013 — and now those same doctored documents are being used by his family to sue him. Carrey is being sued by White’s estranged husband Mark Burton, who claims that White killed herself in 2015 after becoming distraught because Carrey infected her with herpes without informing her that he had the disease. However, Friday’s filing alleges that White doctored her friend’s records to. »
- Tim Kenneally
Country Singer Jana Kramer Says She Was Sexually Harassed: I Was ‘Bawling, Crying… Panic Attack’
Actress and country singer Jana Kramer has joined the chorus of women sharing their experiences with sexual harassment. The “One Tree Hill” actress described having a manager make inappropriate advances on her early in her career in an interview with Yahoo Style on Friday. “I had a man helping me in the very beginning when I was 19, and he was like, ‘Ok, I’ve done this for you. What are you going to do for me?'” she said. “And I remember in that moment being like, ‘Oh, my God! I am going to have to sleep with this man in order. »
- Reid Nakamura
After Harvey Weinstein, Journalism’s Fight Against Chilling Effects of Gawker Lawsuit Continues
Is there a silver lining to the criticism facing news organizations since the Harvey Weinstein scandal erupted? Some experts say the new public scrutiny placed on news organizations could encourage them to stand by their reporters. “I hope the message taken from the past few weeks is that standing up to threats is what news organizations have to do,” said Jane Kirtley, media law professor at the University of Minnesota. “Check your sources and facts and make sure it’s as bulletproof as possible, but then you have to publish and know that constitutional protections will be there for you. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Tyler Grasham Fired From APA After Sexual Assault Accusation
Talent agent Tyler Grasham has been fired from the Agency for the Performing Arts, one day after TheWrap reported on an actor’s accusation that Grasham sexually assaulted him when he was in his late teens. “Tyler Grasham’s employment with APA has been terminated effective immediately,” APA spokesperson Manfred Westphal said Friday. The agency began investigating Grasham on Thursday after former teen actor Blaise Godbe Lipman accused him of plying him with alcohol and sexually abusing him a decade ago. Former actor Blaise Godbe Lipman, now a 28-year-old filmmaker, told TheWrap on Thursday that he met Grasham when he was 17 or 18, and. »
- Matt Donnelly
AFI Fest Adds Galas for ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Disaster Artist,’ ‘Hostiles’
The American Film Institute has added a trio of awards season contenders as centerpiece galas for next month’s AFI Fest — “Call Me by Your Name,” James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist,” and Christian Bale’s “Hostiles.”
The AFI Fest will also hold a tribute to documentary filmmaker Errol Morris and a screening of “Wormwood” on Nov. 11 at the Egyptian Theatre. The festival opens on Nov. 9 with “Mudbound” and closes on Nov. 16 with the world premiere of “All the Money in the World.” All the galas will be held at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
“Call Me by Your Name” will screen on Nov. 10. The film, directed by Luca Guadagnino from a James Ivory adaptation of André Aciman’s novel, is a coming-of-age story centered on a 17-year-old who spends the summer holidays at a villa with his parents. The movie, which debuted at Sundance, stars Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, and [link=nm »
- Dave McNary
'Wonderstruck': Why Sign Language Is Only Used in Half of the Movie
Wonderstruck intercuts between two parallel plots: In 1927, a deaf girl living in Hoboken heads to New York City in search of a celebrated actress, while in 1977, an orphaned boy is struck deaf and runs away from his home in Minnesota to New York in hopes of finding answers about his past.
So why is sign language only used in half of the movie? It isn’t used in the Amazon and Roadside drama’s 1920s-set scenes because it wasn’t recognized as a legitimate means of communication during that time period. “It was frowned upon — people were ashamed of »
- Ashley Lee
Colony Capital Has Three-Week Window to Avert Weinstein Co. Bankruptcy (Exclusive)
Colony Capital has been granted a three-week window to negotiate a deal for some or all of the Weinstein Company’s assets, as the company seeks to avoid a bankruptcy filing.
Sources tell Variety that the Weinstein Co.’s financial situation, and particularly its debt load, are more dire than was previously known. Nevertheless, Colony Capital, under the leadership of Tom Barrack, is still working toward some sort of purchase. Insiders say that Colony has reached out to other potential partners to help close the deal.
There has also been a shift in the human resources department, which has come under harsh criticism for failing to stand up to Weinstein’s abuses. Frank Gil, the head of the department, has been let go. He’s been replaced by David Anderson, an industry veteran who has worked with companies who are trying to dig out from troubling financial situations.
The Weinstein Co. was not in »
- Gene Maddaus and Brent Lang
Chris Wallace Blasts His Own Fox News Colleagues: ‘I Don’t Like Them Bashing the Media’
Chris Wallace is going rogue. In a chat with the Associated Press Thursday, the Fox News Sunday anchor said he wasn’t a fan of his colleagues’ increasingly vitriolic attacks on the media. “It bothers me,” he told the wire service. “I don’t like them bashing the media, because oftentimes what they’re bashing is stuff that we on the news side are doing. I don’t think they recognize that they have a role at Fox News and we have a role at Fox News. I don’t know what’s in their head. I just think it’s bad form. »
- Jon Levine
‘Descendants’ Actor Cameron Boyce Fires APA Agent Due to Sexual Assault Allegations
Whether or not Boyce will continue his relationship with APA remains to be seen.
The Agency for the Performing Arts began investigating Tyler Grasham after Blaise Godbe Lipman accused him of plying him with alcohol and sexually abusing him. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Box Office: ‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ to Blow Away ‘Geostorm’ in Slow Weekend
Tyler Perry’s horror-comedy sequel “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” is providing the only bright spot on a downbeat weekend with about $23 million at 2,388 North American locations, early estimates showed Friday.
Four other new films are showing little traction among moviegoers. The most prominent is costly weather disaster drama “Geostorm,” which is heading for a financial disaster with an opening weekend of $13 million at 3,246 venues for Warner Bros. The studio — which had forecasted a finish in the $10 million to $12 million range — took the unusual step of not holding Thursday night previews, as it had not held screenings for critics.
Sony’s opening of firefighting drama “Only the Brave” is heading for about $6 million at 2,575 locations — a disappointing result, given its $38 million budget. Universal’s murder mystery “The Snowman” is faring even worse with about $5 million at 1,813 North American theaters, well below muted estimates in the $8 million to $12 million range. And Pure Flix’s faith-based “Same Kind of Different as Me” is underperforming »
- Dave McNary
‘Will & Grace’ Guest Andrew Rannells on His ‘Subversive’ Role as Gay-Conversion Therapist
Andrew Rannells joined the “Will & Grace” fray this week to make out with Will (Eric McCormack) and sing some catchy tunes as a so-called “conversion therapist.” The 39-year-old actor told TheWrap that it was a thrill to be part of a show he has loved since college, and that the revived sitcom hasn’t skipped a beat, including its willingness to take on topical issues. Rannells and fellow guest star Jane Lynch appeared on Thursday night’s episode as newlyweds who run the gay-conversion camp that Jack’s (Sean Hayes) grandson attends. “They definitely tackle that head on, for sure, »
- Ryan Gajewski
Lionsgate Unveils World’s First ‘Hunger Games’ Theme Park
“Hunger Games” now has its own theme park.
Lionsgate and Dubai Parks and Resorts have partnered to celebrate the opening of the world’s first “Hunger Games” theme park, based on the popular series of young adult novels and films. “The World of the Hunger Games” had its first full day of operations in the Lionsgate zone at Motiongate Dubai, the Middle East’s largest Hollywood-inspired theme park.
“The World of the Hunger Games” features newly designed marquee attractions, never-before-seen content showcasing talent from the film, iconic walk-around characters and entertainment, dining, and retail experiences that include:
Panem Aerial Tour: A hovercraft simulator experience with an exciting twist, featuring custom content created exclusively for Motiongate Dubai.
Capitol Bullet Train: A half-pipe roller coaster that transports guests to the Capitol, featuring a forward and backward launch and multiple inversions.
Peeta’s Bakery: A food and beverage station serving over 20 themed delicacies and local favorites.
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- Matt Fernandez
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