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'Kingsman 2' Finishes #1 as September Grosses Near Record High

51 minutes ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

The weekend's new releases fell shy of Mojo's weekend forecast, but Kingsman: The Golden Circle still managed to debut larger than the original, finishing in the #1 spot. Unfortunately, The Lego Ninjago Film fell well short of expectations as did Friend Request, which delivered a mere $2.4 million opening. There were, however, some bright spots among limited release titles as Battle of the Sexes and Victoria and Abdul delivered strong opening results as September's calendar grosses continue to pace toward record heights. Topping the box office was Fox's Kingsman: The Golden Circle, delivering an estimated $39 million from 4,003 theaters. The opening improves on the $36.2 million opening for the first film, but the film's performance over the next couple of weeks will tell the true story. The first Kingsman turned its $36 million debut into a $128 million domestic run, a 3.54x multiplier. Should Golden Circle follow suit we're talking about a $138+ million domestic run, which »


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‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’ Sequel Adds David Sakurai

22 September 2017 11:18 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

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 ScamanderJohnny 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… »


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Meghan Markle’s Ex-Husband Trevor Engelson Developing Show About Being Left For A Royal

23 September 2017 7:09 AM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

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 MarJake Kasdan, Christine Gernon, Dan Farah and Engelson, Et confirms. As first reported by Deadline, the show’s logline is as follows: “Divorce […] »


- Brent Furdyk

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‘Orville’ Ratings Fall To Earth Without NFL Lead-In, ‘Zoo’ Finale Down From 2016

22 September 2017 11:08 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

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… »


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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Wraps Post-Production, Says Rian Johnson

22 September 2017 11:51 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Star Wars is over. Or, at least, the latest episode is.

Director Rian Johnson took to Instagram to reveal that post-production on Star Wars: The Last Jedi has officially been completed, 19 months after shooting began.

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

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese Praise Steven Spielberg in First Doc Trailer

25 minutes ago | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

HBO has premiered the first trailer for Spielberg, a feature-length documentary about the renowned filmmaker and master storyteller.

"Every time I start a new scene, I get nervous. And when that verges on panic, I get great ideas," Steven Spielberg says of his craft. "All of my films come from the part of myself that I really can't articulate." Spielberg filmed 30 hours worth of interviews with director Susan Lacy for the film.

The film charts the director's life from a kid making Super 8 films to his association with "movie brats" like George Lucas, »


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Before Coming Back to Will & Grace, Debra Messing Asked That Grace ‘Be a Feminist’

54 minutes ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

When Megan Mullally was asked if she wanted to change anything about her character, she answered simply: “No.” »


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‘Teen Wolf’ Finale: Tyler Posey Teases ‘Sad’ Death, His Secret Tears, Hope for Spinoff

57 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Teen Wolf” sends the fur flying one last time with Sunday’s series finale, and star Tyler Posey admits to getting emotional about the end of the MTV show’s run — even if he didn’t always want his co-stars to know about it. Posey, who has played alpha Scott McCall for six seasons, told TheWrap that he felt it was his duty to give a few heartfelt speeches to his cast in the final days of filming. “There were a couple times when there were these impromptu speeches during one of our lunches leading up to the last few days, »


- Ryan Gajewski

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J. Cole Is Encouraging Everyone to Boycott the NFL

1 hour ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

“Repeat this with another company, and another.” »

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Star Jason Isaacs Tells Us Whether Show’s Klingons Reflect Trump

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

With “Star Trek: Discovery” taking flight tonight, its star Jason Isaacs weighs in on the notion that the show’s Klingons reflect the mindset of some President Trump supporters. The speculation came following showrunner Aaron Harberts’ recent mention that the new series in the Gene Roddenberry-created sci-fi franchise will take cues from the contemporary world, and that the Klingons will “help us really look at certain sides of ourselves and our country.” Although this led many to infer that “Discovery” would be using the warrior species to comment on the Trump mindset, CBS called that a misinterpretation. “I don »


- Ryan Gajewski

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ poll results: Lindsey Stirling gave the best performance in the season premiere

1 hour ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Lindsey Stirling gave the best performance during the season 25 premiere episode of “Dancing with the Stars.” That’s according to our readers we polled after the show returned on Monday night, September 18. Do you agree? Check out the complete results at the bottom of this post, and you can keep voting here. It seemed […] »


- Daniel Montgomery

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NFL to Air Ad Promoting Unity in Wake of Trump Attacks on Anthem Protests

1 hour ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The NFL plans to air an ad promoting unity following President Donald Trump’s campaign to “fire or suspend” National Anthem protestors.

The one-minute ad, originally produced for the Super Bowl earlier this year, will run during NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” telecast.

“We think this is the single best response to demonstrate what we are about,” an NFL spokesman told CNN, which first reported the news.

“Inside these lines, we don’t have to come from the same place to help each other reach the same destination,” Forest Whitaker intones in the ad. “Inside these lines, we may have our differences, but recognize there’s more that unites us.”

This comes as a reaction to a feud that ignited over the weekend between Trump and the NFL. On Friday, Trump told a rally in Alabama, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to »


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Facebook and the Future of Democracy, News, Free Expression and All That Stuff

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Facebook has a “D.C. problem,” says everybody: the Washington, D.C.-based news sites and pundits, Axios and Politico and Rachel Maddow. Everybody’s up in arms that Facebook took months to disclose that it received $100,000 in political ads from Russian fronts during the 2016 election. Facebook finally fessed up to this fact in September — eight months after having denied it. CEO Mark Zuckerberg last week rushed to offer an empathetic video in which he confessed that “for a while we had found no evidence of fake accounts linked to Russia running ads” but the platform suddenly found 3,000 fake ads that. »


- Sharon Waxman

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Box Office: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Unseats ‘It’ as ‘Lego Ninjago’ Disappoints

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is the new ruler of the box office.

The sequel from Fox is expected to earn $39 million this weekend from 4,003 locations. That’s slightly below where tracking had pegged it (somewhere in the $40 millions), but above the original “Kingsman” movie, which earned $36.2 million when it opened in 2015.

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“Kingsman” is also launching to about $61 million from 64 markets abroad, giving it a $100 million worldwide opening. The audience was male-dominated (58%) and 60% of viewers were between 18 and 34 years old. The sequel received mixed reviews (a 51% score on Rotten Tomatoes), and audiences earned it a B+ CinemaScore, which is the same as the original “Kingsman.”

“I think it’s really a very strong opening. We’re right where we expected it to be,” said Chris Aronson, distribution chief at Fox. “Anytime you can open a sequel bigger than the first one you’re onto something.”

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Steven Mnuchin Bashes NFL on Anthem Protests: ‘Players Have the Right for Free Speech Off the Field’

2 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin joined President Donald Trump’s criticism of the NFL over players who have protested treatment of African Americans by kneeling during the national anthem “Players have the right for free speech off the field,” Mnuchin told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday. “On the field, this is about respect.” “The NFL has all different types of rules,” noted Mnuchin, a former investment banker and Hollywood producer. “You can’t have stickers on your helmets, you have to have your uniforms tucked in.” He is the latest administration official to publicly back the president’s »


- Thom Geier

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Tops ‘It’ at Box Office With $39 Million Opening

2 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

20th Century Fox’s “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” took the No. 1 spot at the box office from “It” this weekend with an estimated $39 million opening from 4,003 locations. It’s a solid opening that’s slightly above the $36.2 million opening made by the spy sequel’s predecessor, “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” and just a step below pre-weekend projections of $40 million. “The Golden Circle” had a much more mixed critical reception than “Secret Service” did, earning 51 percent on Rotten Tomatoes  compared to its predecessor’s 74 percent. But audiences were kinder to the film, giving it a B+ on CinemaScore. Overseas, »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 3 Trailer: Josh Chan Must Die!

2 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Payback is a real bitch. »

- Devon Ivie

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NFL Players Kneel to Protest Anthem in First Game Since Trump Remarks

2 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Updated: Several NFL players took a knee or locked arms on Sunday during the National Anthem of the first game since President Donald Trump began his crusade against such protests.

The game between the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars took place Wembley Stadium in London. Among those who participated in the protest was Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, who locked arms with tight end Mercedes Lewis and linebacker Telvin Smith.

The Pittsburgh Steelers boycotted the National Anthem, and head coach Mike Tomlin and some staffers were the only ones on the field as it was sung. All of the players stayed off the field. One player, Alejandro Villanueva and a military veteran, stood near the entrance. They were facing off against the Chicago Bears, whose players locked arms during the National Anthem.

Tomlin earlier told CBS Sports that his team will not participate in the national anthem during their game on Sunday. “People »


- Seth Kelley

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'Crowhurst': Film Review | Oldenburg 2017

3 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Chiefly known for his inventive indie horror and thriller work, Brit director Simon Rumley’s take on the tragic true story of maritime adventurer Donald Crowhurst is notable for several reasons. One is a rare executive producer credit for that grand old alchemist of British cult cinema, Nicolas Roeg (Walkabout, Don’t Look Now, Bad Timing), who once tried to film this story himself. Roeg is a key influence on Rumley, not just on the hallucinatory visuals of Crowhurst but also on his stylish 2016 psycho-noir Fashionista.

World premiered at Oldenburg International Film Festival last week, Crowhurst is also newsworthy because it »


- Stephen Dalton

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Weekend Box Office: 'Kingsman 2' Dethrones 'It' With $39M; 'Ninjago' Stumbles

3 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

It was a mixed bag at the box office this weekend.

Director Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Golden Circle easily won the race in North America, grossing $39 million from 4,003 theaters. That was somewhat behind expectations, although the sequel still scored one of the best openings for the month of September, as well as came in ahead of the first Kingsman: The Secret Service ($36.2 million). Heading into the weekend, however, tracking had suggested the cheeky spy action-comedy would clear $40 million.

Overseas, Kingsman 2 kicked off with $61 million for a global total of $100 million.

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- Pamela McClintock

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