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Regina King (‘If Beale Street Could Talk’) could win overdue Oscar shortly after taking Emmy #3

Regina King (‘If Beale Street Could Talk’) could win overdue Oscar shortly after taking Emmy #3
Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars has opened up in a major way for Regina King, who is earning some of the best reviews of her career for her role in Barry Jenkins‘ new film, “If Beale Street Could Talk.” King has been predicted to earn her first Oscar nomination after the rapturous response to her performance when the film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival, and now there’s an avenue for her to win. This is all thanks to one of her presumed biggest Supporting Actress competitors now being campaigned in the Best Actress category instead.

SEEWill Emmy winners Claire Foy and Regina King go head-to-head at 2019 Oscars as Best Supporting Actress?

The Favourite” star Olivia Colman has been the subject of the classic, “Is she lead or is she supporting?” debates, for her highly acclaimed performance as Queen Anne. While Colman was being predicted by many
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Darren Aronofsky Produces PSA Calling on Generation Z to Vote — Watch

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Darren Aronofsky Produces PSA Calling on Generation Z to Vote — Watch
As a general rule, young people aren’t great at showing up on election day. Among the many, many people who’d like to see that change is Darren Aronofsky, who has produced a PSA calling on Generation Z to vote in the midterms on November 6. Turnout among 18-20 year olds who are eligible to make their presence felt at the ballot box for the first time isn’t expected to be high, but it’s clearer than ever that every vote counts.

“First time voters have the power to make a massive impact in the upcoming midterm elections, but 18-20 year olds are part of a demographic that has historically failed to participate in National Elections. It’s time to change that,” said Aronofsky in a statement accompanying the video. “We are working with a dynamic group of activists from all over the country, who care about an array of causes,
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‘Stan & Ollie’: John C. Reilly & Steve Coogan Are Excellent As The Comedy Legends [Lff Review]

lIt’s easy to feel by the middle of September that awards season is locked up – the vast majority of contenders revealed, and the winner a good bet (it’s a decade since a movie that skipped the fall festival circuit won Best Picture). Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule,” for instance, which got a late-breaking fall release date in the hope of upending the races.

Another surprise potential to have emerged in the last few months is “Stan & Ollie,” a biopic of comedy legends Laurel & Hardy from Oscar-nominated “Philomena” writer Jeff Pope, and “Filth” director Jon S.

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‘Halloween’ Breaks Records, While ‘A Star Is Born’ Shows October Can Work for Box Office and Awards Play

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‘Halloween’ Breaks Records, While ‘A Star Is Born’ Shows October Can Work for Box Office and Awards Play
In another hit from a very strong October, “Halloween” is the month’s second-best opening weekend ever. Its $77.5 million total is just a little below what “Venom” debuted to two weeks ago, at 10 times the budget.

Meanwhile, “A Star Is Born” became the second release this month to reach $200 million — a first for October. Only four films total have done this — “Meet the Parents,” “Gravity,” “Shark Tale,” and “The Martian” (at 2018 prices).

That puts October 2018 in the hunt for the best ever. The only thing holding it back is the bulk of the revenue comes from these three hits; beyond them, there isn’t a lot that’s doing strong business.

The 11th entry has the biggest start of any film in the four-decade “Halloween” franchise, and already has topped the grosses of all but three (adjusted). It will easily be the biggest other than John Carpenter’s 1978 original.

Though
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‘Stan & Ollie’ Review: John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan Were Born Play Laurel and Hardy in This Bittersweet Little Movie

‘Stan & Ollie’ Review: John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan Were Born Play Laurel and Hardy in This Bittersweet Little Movie
There’s a clever moment midway through “Stan & Ollie” in which aging slapstick duo Stan Laurel (Steve Coogan) and Oliver Hardy (John C. Reilly) get into a fight. As they stand in the middle of a public reception celebrating their work, the fracas registers to the surrounding crowd as a bit. Much of “Stan & Ollie” explores explores that disconnect: Even as the men grow distant from the happier moments of their Hollywood careers, their chemistry chases them everywhere.

Director Jon S. Baird’s bittersweet little movie follows the pair through a farewell tour across the U.K. and Ireland, where they engage in a series of lively stage shows that rekindles their talent. The ensuing showbiz dramedy follows a genial trajectory, falling short of injecting much ingenuity into the story beyond the uncanny ability to resurrect Laurel and Hardy onscreen. Yet for much of its running time, that’s sufficient.
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Michael Myers Kills The Competition As ‘Halloween’ Earns Massive $77.5 Million Opening Weekend

Michael Myers is back, and 40 years after the John Carpenter classic hit theaters, David Gordon Green’s “Halloween” not only ruled the weekend but already is the highest grossing film in the series after only three days.

According to estimates, “Halloween” debuted at #1, quite easily, with a massive $77.5 million in its first frame. To say this is a big opening is a complete understatement.

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Leslie Jones Live-Tweets ‘The Shape of Water’: ‘Is It That Hard Out There That We Gotta Start F—king Fish?’

Leslie Jones Live-Tweets ‘The Shape of Water’: ‘Is It That Hard Out There That We Gotta Start F—king Fish?’
For the second time this year, Leslie Jones live-tweeted her reactions to a popular movie with hilarious results. The “Saturday Night Live” star, who lost her mind over Thanos in “Avengers: Infinity War” a few months back, took it upon herself to watch “The Shape of Water” last night — and found it off-putting from the very beginning.

Take, for instance, her reaction to a scene in the Best Picture winner’s opening moments, in which Sally Hawkins’ character masturbates while taking a bath: “Um is this a PG movie cause um…am I tripping what I just saw her do in the bathtub!! What the…” It only gets crazier from there, naturally.

Jones was skeptical of Guillermo del Toro’s film from the outset, but she did take a liking to Michael Shannon’s villain (even though she found his hands-free approach to urinating bothersome). Then there’s the whole
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Jonah Hill’s ‘Mid90s,’ ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ and ‘Wildlife’ Start Strong

In a year when once-standard specialized two-city platform openings over $20,000 have become increasingly rare, three films pulled that feat this weekend. “Mid90s” (A24) lead the way, followed by “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (Fox Searchlight) and “Wildlife” (IFC).

This is particularly notable in a weekend where the top two nostalgic wide releases, “Halloween” and “A Star Is Born,” pulled older adults. And at the same time, three recent limited releases — “The Hate U Give” (20th Century Fox), “The Old Man and the Gun” (Fox Searchlight), and “Free Solo” (Greenwich/National Geographic) –all grossed over $1 million in their wider breaks, with the first two breaking into the Top Ten.

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Mid90s (A24) – Metacritic: 68; Festivals include: Toronto, New York 2018

$249,500 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $62,375

This impressive opening falls a little below recent top-dog “Free Solo.” Set in 90s Los Angeles, Jonah Hill’s directorial debut, which follows a
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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’: Salem the Cat Walks the Black Carpet at Netflix Series’ Premiere

When it was announced that Netflix was developing a TV adaptation of the “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” comics, one question naturally emerged: How would Salem the Cat factor into all this? The new show — which isn’t a remake of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” but rather a new entity based on the same Archie Comics character — takes a darker approach than its predecessor, which is to say that the wisecracking feline who featured prominently in Melissa Joan Hart’s sitcom would likely have a different presence here.

That question remains unanswered for now, but at least we know that the new Salem (last name Saberhagen) can walk the black carpet. The black cat did just that at the show’s world premiere, a remarkable feat given how difficult it is to make a cat do anything it doesn’t want to without running away; this may be the surest sign
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The Coen Brothers’ Movies Have Been Ranked Using Emoji, and It’s Brilliant

The Coen Brothers’ Movies Have Been Ranked Using Emoji, and It’s Brilliant
Ranking the Coen Brothers’ movies is nothing new, but using emoji to do it is. Actor Paul Rust has done just that on Twitter, and it’s a testament to both the cinematic siblings’ singular body of work and Rust’s emoji-choosing abilities that it’s surprisingly easy to decipher his choices. When #1 is signified by a pregnant woman and a female cop, for instance, it’s clear he’s chosen “Fargo” as his top choice; a bowling ball and pins can only mean that “The Big Lebowski” has come in at #5.

Here are all of his choices:

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17. The Ladykillers

— Paul Rust (@paulrust) October 20, 2018

And here they are decoded (#9 wasn’t so easy to figure out):

Fargo” “The Man Who Wasn’t There” “Barton Fink” “No Country for Old Men” “The Big Lebowski” “Blood Simple” “Raising Arizona” “The Hudsucker Proxy” “Hail, Caesar!” “A Serious Man” “Burn After Reading
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Selma Blair Reveals Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis: ‘I Want to Play With My Son Again’

In an emotional Instagram post, Selma Blair has revealed that she was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. “I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken gps. But we are doing it,” the 46-year-old “Cruel Intentions,” “Hellboy,” and “Legally Blonde” actress wrote.

The post is full of gratitude to costume designer Allisa Swanson, who “not only designs the pieces #harperglass will wear on this new #Netflix show , but she carefully gets my legs in my pants, pulls my tops over my head, buttons my coats and offers her shoulder to steady myself.”

Blair also expressed gratitude to Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., and Elizabeth Berkley, whose brother is the one who diagnosed her on August 16. The actress now realizes she’s been symptomatic for years and believes she’s actually had Ms for “15 years at least.
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‘The Woman in White’ on PBS Review: The BBC Turns a Familiar Mystery Into an Enraging Feminist Indictment

The BBC-produced “The Woman in White,” premiering on PBS’ “Masterpiece,” turns the oft-adapted Wilkie Collins novel into a five-hour miniseries and creates the most feminist version to date. Set in Victorian England, the gothic tale examines the twisted circumstances surrounding the arranged marriage between young heiress Laura Fairlie (Olivia Vinall) and the much older Sir Percival Glyde (Dougray Scott). She and her half-sister Marian Halcombe (Jessie Buckley) become embroiled in a grand conspiracy that also involves a mentally ill woman dressed in white. Despite its period setting, the dangerous consequences of gender inequality make this story disturbingly relevant.

The update comes from writer Fiona Seres, who reteams with “Masterpiece” after adapting “The Lady Vanishes” in 2013 from the Ethel Lina White novel that also produced Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1938 film. Like that project, “The Woman in White” explores the frustrations of a society that doesn’t listen to women or believe in their peril.
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‘Halloween’ Magic: How a Slasher Flick Redefined a Genre and Became One of the Decade’s Most Important Films

‘Halloween’ Magic: How a Slasher Flick Redefined a Genre and Became One of the Decade’s Most Important Films
Exactly 40 years after John Carpenter’s “Halloween” was released in 1978, David Gordon Green released his modern-day sequel to an estimated $75 million opening weekend. It has the benefit of strong reviews, original star Jamie Lee Curtis’ return to the lead role, and its placement as this year’s holiday horror film release — but it was never just a horror film. This ultra low-budget slasher flick was one of the most important movies to be released in the 1970s.

Among the top-grossing films released in 1978, “Halloween” was no. 10. However, those that did better — “Grease,” “Superman,” “Animal House,” “Every Which Way You Can,” “Heaven Can Wait,” “Hooper,” “Jaws 2,” “Revenge of the Pink Panther,” and “The Deer Hunter” — may be unfamiliar to anyone 40 or younger. Even last weekend, which would be week 2,036 of release, “Halloween” remains vital in the public consciousness: It grossed $9,553 last weekend.

Adjusted to 2018 prices, the 1978 independent film made $184 million
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‘My Dinner With Hervé’ Review: Peter Dinklage’s Bland HBO Biopic Never Justifies Breaking Bread With Two Bad Men

‘My Dinner With Hervé’ Review: Peter Dinklage’s Bland HBO Biopic Never Justifies Breaking Bread With Two Bad Men
Hervé Villechaize, the artist best known for playing Nick Nack in “The Man With the Golden Gun” and Tattoo on the TV show “Fantasy Island,” may have been a decent man. With just a rudimentary bit of research, one can see that Villechaize worked extensively with troubled children, helping abuse victims cope with tragedy and speaking with depressed teenagers about suicide. Certainly as a performer, the famous dwarf knew how to entertain the masses, even going so far as to play Oscar the Grouch on “Sesame Street.”

To its credit, “My Dinner With Hervé” doesn’t embellish these details to create an overly rosy interpretation of a troubled man. But to its pressing detriment, the new HBO biopic downplays any empathetic characteristics whatsoever, to the point where viewers may wonder why this actor was notable at all. Sure, he was famous for a spell, but in a movie that damns
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‘Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle’ Director Danny Leiner Dies at 57

‘Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle’ Director Danny Leiner Dies at 57
Danny Leiner, who directed two stoner classics in “Dude, Where’s My Car?” and “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle,” has died at 57 after “a long illness.” Ross Putnam, who produced several films with Leiner, announced the news on Facebook. “If there’s one thing I can say about Danny the professional, it’s that he refused to let us settle for anything less than our best,” Putman wrote in his post.

“He pushed us to do what he knew we were capable of. Danny the person was sardonic, sharp, and savvy, with a love for culture and comedy of all kinds. It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but the world has lost a good one.”

Born May 13, 1961, Leiner graduated from Suny Purchase and made his feature debut in 1996 with “Layin’ Low.”

Kal Penn and John Cho, who starred in “Harold and Kumar” and its two sequels, reacted
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Hillary Clinton Finally Weighs In on The Rock and Vin Diesel’s Feud — Watch

Hillary Clinton Finally Weighs In on The Rock and Vin Diesel’s Feud — Watch
Now that she’s a private citizen with no more political aspirations, Hillary Clinton is free to ponder the important stuff. Among those questions, it appears, is who her favorite “Fast and the Furious” star is: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson or Vin Diesel? Clinton finally broke her silence on the matter during last night’s episode of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” during a segment in which the show’s staffers were allowed to ask her one question each.

After being asked her favorite part of being Secretary of State (working with diplomats) and her favorite political movie (“The Manchurian Candidate”), she weighs in on perhaps the most pressing issue of our time: The Rock or Vin Diesel? “What a tough question,” Clinton responded before going all in on the query.

Boy, ‘The Fast and Furious’ movies proved that both are masters of high-octane action, she said. “And while
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‘Halloween’ Director David Gordon Green Reveals His Favorite Horror Movie: ‘The Night of the Hunter’

‘Halloween’ Director David Gordon Green Reveals His Favorite Horror Movie: ‘The Night of the Hunter’
It should come as little surprise that David Gordon Green has strong thoughts on the horror genre, given that he directed the latest “Halloween” movie. The chameleonic filmmaker, who made a name for himself with indies like “George Washington” and “All the Real Girls” before going on to helm the likes of “Pineapple Express” and “Our Brand Is Crisis,” was asked to name his favorite horror movie by Entertainment Weekly. His answer? Charles Laughton’s brilliant “The Night of the Hunter,” the only film he ever directed.

“’Night of the Hunter’ is the film from my youth that really opened the door,” Green said. “That was a stepping stone into the more gratuitous genre horror. I guess you’d probably call it more of a thriller, but that was a movie that really affected me in terms of everything from the music and songs Robert Mitchum’s character would sing,
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‘Daredevil’ Season 3 Review: Matt Murdock’s Return Could Hit Harder, but It Represents a Major Improvement

‘Daredevil’ Season 3 Review: Matt Murdock’s Return Could Hit Harder, but It Represents a Major Improvement
Matt Murdock seems tired but wired, and that may be the best part of “Marvel’s Daredevil” Season 3, which represents a recovery — of sorts — for the series that initially launched the Netflix/Marvel universe.

It’s strange to remember the intense anticipation around “Daredevil” Season 1. While at that time there were no shortage of shows featuring superheroes on television, including “Marvel’s Agents of Shield” and Greg Berlanti’s ever-expanding empire of CW/DC adaptations, “Daredevil” promised to be the gritty, grown-up version — then-showrunner Steven S. DeKnight said the inspiration was “to lean more towards ‘The Wire’ than ‘Smallville.'”

After more than three years years and five additional new spinoffs of varying quality, though, the feelings inspired by the launch of a new Netflix/Marvel series might lean more towards exhaustion than excitement. After all, this is the fourth new Marvel launch of the year from this universe, coming
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Daniel Radcliffe Wasn’t Aware His New Play Features a ‘Harry Potter’ Reference

Daniel Radcliffe Wasn’t Aware His New Play Features a ‘Harry Potter’ Reference
Daniel Radcliffe’s recent output shows he’s more than willing to beyond his “Harry Potter” roots, but he’ll always be best known as the Boy Who Lived — so much so, in fact, that viewers continue to look for connections that may not exist. The latest case in point is “The Lifespan of a Fact,” a Broadway play starring Radcliffe that features a scene in which he opens a door under the stairs to find a small closet, one resembling the one in which Harry Potter lives at the beginning of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding franchise.

Asked by Vulture whether he considered this a “Harry Potter” reference, Radcliffe responded, “It wasn’t at all, until people pointed it out to me. I miss this stuff, I really don’t think about it,” he said.

“Somebody the other day, at the stage door, asked, ‘Is it an intentional Potter reference?
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‘Luke Cage’ Canceled by Netflix and Marvel After Two Seasons, Joining ‘Iron Fist’

‘Luke Cage’ Canceled by Netflix and Marvel After Two Seasons, Joining ‘Iron Fist’
Just a week after “Iron Fist” was canceled, Marvel and Netflix have axed another series after two seasons: “Luke Cage.” The superhero drama was considerably more well-received than “Iron Fist,” but that apparently wasn’t enough to save it. Mike Colter starred as the title character, who enjoys superhuman strength and was the first black superhero to receive his own comic book; Cage also appeared in both the first season of “Jessica Jones” and “The Defenders,” a crossover series essentially serving as the small-screen equivalent of “The Avengers.”

“Unfortunately, ‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’ will not return for a third season,” said a joint statement from Netflix and Marvel. “Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series.”

The show, which premiered
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