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

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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 »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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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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‘1922’ Review: Thomas Jane Haunted by Guilt in Stephen King Adaptation

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Guilt may be the focus of “1922,” but it’s the audience’s patience that gets a workout. The story of a Midwestern farmer coming to terms with his role in his wife’s murder, Zak Hilditch’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novella of the same name feels overlong or maybe underfed, fleshing out the character’s mental deterioration in handsome but unsurprising detail. Even boasting strong performances from the likes of Thomas Jane and Molly Parker, “1922” feels best suited for its home on Netflix (premiering October 20) as Hollywood shuffles through its latest surge in King-themed projects. Jane plays Wilfred James, »

- Todd Gilchrist

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Film Review: ‘La Familia’

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

As the Venezuelan economic crisis intensifies to a point where no metaphor for hunger or mortal danger can sound hyperbolic, the country’s filmmakers are increasingly talking over their government’s troubling denial. Or, in the case of newcomer Gustavo Rondón Córdova, filling an empty silence with a loaded one: The characters don’t say much in “La Familia,” his rough-edged but finely scaled feature debut, but their lack of communication speaks to a larger lack of harmony and empathy in a population exhausted by poverty and ingrained brutality. An honest, urgent two-hander, tracking a struggling single father and his wayward son on the run from more than one undefined enemy, Córdova’s film brings little that’s new to its stylistic school of observational realism — but hits the Caracas sidewalks hard and purposefully enough to compensate.

Thanks to its combination of political currency and no-nonsense storytelling, “La Familia” has already racked up considerable festival mileage since »

- Guy Lodge

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‘Ahs: Cult’ has clowns, bees and Trump: Is ‘American Horror Story’ Season 7 the scariest yet? [Poll]

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It has clowns. It has bees. It has Trump. Hmm, is “Ahs: Cult” the most frightening season yet of FX’s anthology series “American Horror Story”? Or does that honor go a previous installment? Vote in our poll below to let us know what season You think is the scariest. “American Horror Story” Season 7 begins […] »

- Marcus James Dixon

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La Rams Owner Says ‘We Will Continue to Support Our Players’ Freedom’

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

The Los Angeles Rams has joined the nationwide debate about NFL players’ right to refrain from standing during the national anthem, saying, “We will continue to support our players’ freedom to peacefully express themselves and the meaningful efforts they make to bring about positive change in our country.” As football fans around the country gathered around their TVs to watch Sunday’s games, Rams owner/chairman E. Stanley Kroenke issued a statement in support of both the national anthem and the freedom of speech. “We believe in the tenets of the national anthem, which is a pillar of this country; just as freedom of. »

- Rosemary Rossi

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Star Trek: Discovery’s Gorgeous Opening Sequence Looks Like It Was Sketched By Michelangelo

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May these images live long and prosper. »

- Devon Ivie

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All the Anthem Protests Happening Around the NFL This Sunday (Updating)

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In response to Donald Trump’s criticisms of athletes who kneel during the “Star Spangled Banner,” teams throughout the NFL are staging protests and demonstrations of unity during the national anthem. The demonstrations come after athletes from various sports attacked Trump on Saturday for his comments during a rally in Alabama and subsequent tweets, in which he called for fans to boycott teams with players who kneel during the anthem and for teams to fire those players. The protest was started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to speak out against racial injustice. Also Read: Steven Mnuchin Bashes NFL on. »

- Jeremy Fuster

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With ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ the Co-Directors of ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ Finally Let the Sunshine of Reality In

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

Hollywood filmmakers can always find a dozen different rationales — integrity, naked sellout, treading water — for choosing their next project. So how, exactly, does one account for the careers of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris? In 2006, the married co-directors of television commercials and fatally hip music videos (R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Macy Gray, The Smashing Pumpkins) made their first feature film, “Little Miss Sunshine,” at which point they took possession of the buzz, the money, and the known movie universe.

The picture was adored by audiences — first at the Sundance Film Festival, and then, in the late summer, when it was released in theaters by Fox Searchlight. Critics, by and large, gave it their imprimatur of affection and acclaim. (I hated the movie, but we’ll get to that in a moment.) The awards love then followed suit: four Oscar nominations (for best picture, best original screenplay, best supporting actor, best »

- Owen Gleiberman

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

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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’

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

- Trupti Rami

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

2 hours 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

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

- Devon Ivie

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

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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

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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

3 hours 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 »

- Seth Kelley

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

3 hours 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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