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'The Meg' Devours Competition, Debuting with a Monster $146.9M Globally

'The Meg' Devours Competition, Debuting with a Monster $146.9M Globally
It was a monstrous weekend thanks to Warner Bros.'s The Meg, which devoured everything in its path en route to a nearly $150 million global debut. As a result, the weekend box office was up 5.7% compared to last weekend and over 25% compared to last year, with the top twelve grossing over $132 million. It was also a strong weekend for Focus Features's release of Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman and Screen Gems's Slender Man even over-performed against expectations, though a disappointing CinemaScore for the latter is likely to lead to short-lived theatrical run. As already said, the #1 film at the weekend box office was WB's 70-foot shark The Meg. The film brought in $45.4 million domestically, nearly double BoxOfficeMojo's weekend forecast. Heading into the weekend, the most optimistic expectations were around $30 million, which puts into perspective what a massive performance this is. The debut gives director Jon Turteltaub the largest opening of his career,
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Wait, Will Dan Stevens Be in the ‘Downton Abbey’ Movie After All?

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Wait, Will Dan Stevens Be in the ‘Downton Abbey’ Movie After All?
Dan Stevens has ignited speculation that he may return for the upcoming “Downton Abbey” movie despite his character having been killed off midway through the show’s run.

The “Legion” star posted a picture of himself with “Downton” stars Michelle Dockery and Allen Leech on Instagram on Sunday, asking his followers to vote on whether his character should have a mustache in the film.

Plot details for the movie, which was announced last month, are still unknown and Stevens’ involvement remains unclear. Focus Features, which is distributing the movie in the U.S. did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Stevens’ character, Matthew Crawley, was killed off in a car crash at the end of the show’s third season.

Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes penned the film’s script and will executive produce the movie alongside Gareth Neame,
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Netflix Sets ‘Prodigy’ As Second Comic Book Franchise From Mark Millar

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Netflix Sets ‘Prodigy’ As Second Comic Book Franchise From Mark Millar
Netflix and Millarworld have announced Prodigy, the second comic book franchise from Mark Millar since the comic book creator joined Netflix. Prodigy will be illustrated by Brazilian artist Rafael Albuquerque, with whom Millar previously worked on the popular comic book Huck. Prodigy will be available in comic book stores and online on December 5. Prodigy follows Millar’s The Magic Order, which hit stands on June 13, and became the biggest selling new comic-book franchise in nearly 20 years.

In Prodigy, the world’s smartest man isn’t content with running the world’s most successful business. His brilliant mind needs constant challenge and so he’s become the go-to guy for governments around the world when a problem arises they just can’t handle. A Nobel-Prize winning scientist, a genius composer, an Olympic-level athlete and an expert in the occult, Edison Crane is as addicted to the mysteries of
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Mark Hamill Joins History’s ‘Knightfall’ Season 2

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Mark Hamill Joins History’s ‘Knightfall’ Season 2
History has renewed the Knights Templar drama “Knightfall” for a second season, the network announced on Monday.

For the drama’s second outing, “Star Wars” star Mark Hamill will join the cast, and “The Flash” executive producer Aaron Helbing will take over showrunning duties.

Led by Tom Cullen, “Knightfall” tells the story of the Knights Templar, the most powerful, wealthy and mysterious military order of the Middle Ages who were entrusted with protecting Christianity’s most precious relics.

Also Read: That Time Mark Hamill Told Schwarzenegger to Lose the Accent

Hamill will play the role of Talus, a battle-hardened Knight Templar veteran of the Crusades, who survived captivity for 10 years in the Holy Land and is tasked with training the new initiates to the Order.

Also joining the cast for Season 2 are “The Bastard Executioner” alum Tom Forbes as Prince Louis, the violent and unpredictable son of King Philip and heir to the throne,
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Benicio Del Toro to Star in Oliver Stone’s Drama ‘White Lies’

Benicio Del Toro to Star in Oliver Stone’s Drama ‘White Lies’
Benicio Del Toro is set to star in Oliver Stone’s drama “White Lies.”

Stone will direct from his own script in a project that’s departure from his previous work, offering an intimate exploration of family, loss, and love. Nighthawk Capital Limited is financing the film, which will be produced by Fernando Sulichin with Ross Katz. Sulichin’s New Element Media, which has worked with Stone on several projects, raised the financing for the film. Production will begin in New York City in the spring.

In a story covering three generations, Del Toro will portray a child of divorce now repeating his parents’ mistakes in his own marriage and with his troubled son. Feeling trapped, he embarks on a lust-filled journey to free himself, but only becomes more lost. When he meets a woman whose life is the opposite of his own, he begins a journey of rediscovery. It
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Kanye West Addresses His Silent And “Stumped” Response To Jimmy Kimmel’s Trump Question

Kanye West Addresses His Silent And “Stumped” Response To Jimmy Kimmel’s Trump Question
For once, Kanye West was speechless on Jimmy Kimmel Live! when the late-night host asked about his support for Donald Trump and asked him point blank: “Whether we like his personality or not, his actions are what matter. You so famously, and so powerfully said, ‘George Bush doesn’t care about black people.’ What makes you think that Donald Trump does — or any people at all?”

West was awkwardly quiet and Kimmel cut to commercial break. Now that he had the time to think of an answer, West, like his friend Trump, took to Twitter to address his non-response on Kimmel earlier this week.

West said that he and Kimmel were having “a great time” with their dialogue before the question about Trump came up. “I’m reading that I was stumped by a question,” he tweeted. “Let me clarify the click bait. I wasn’t stumped. I wasn’t
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Dead & Company Plot 2019 Playing in the Sand Concert Vacation in Mexico

Dead & Company Plot 2019 Playing in the Sand Concert Vacation in Mexico
Dead & Company will reconvene this winter for their second annual Playing in the Sand concert vacation, which invades Riviera Maya, Mexico in January.

The supergroup – featuring John Mayer, Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti – will perform three concerts between January 17th to the 20th, with the stage just feet away from the Caribbean Sea.

Like last year’s maiden fest, Playing in the Sand in an all-inclusive festival with premium resort accommodations, 24-hour concierge service and “on-site activities including yoga, tequila tasting,
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‘This Is Us’: Michael Angarano Cast as Jack’s Brother

‘This Is Us’: Michael Angarano Cast as Jack’s Brother
This is…. Nicky.

Michael Angarano (“I’m Dying Up Here”) will play Jack’s brother, Nicky, in season 3 of NBC’s hit drama, Variety has confirmed. Angarano will be a recurring character.

Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) hasn’t revealed much about the death of his brother, but the two served together in Vietnam. The character was introduced in the episode “Brothers,” in a flashback, and was seen again in a group photo of the two in Vietnam alongside other servicemen. Jack told his sons Randall and Kevin that his brother was killed in the war.

Season 3 of “This Is Us” will
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‘Black Panther’s’ Sterling K. Brown on Popular Film Oscars Category: ‘I Go Back and Forth’

‘Black Panther’s’ Sterling K. Brown on Popular Film Oscars Category: ‘I Go Back and Forth’
Black Panther” actor Sterling K. Brown is torn about the Academy Awards’ new popular film category.

At an Fyc event for “This Is Us” at Paramount Studios, Brown, who played N’Jobu in the Marvel blockbuster, told Variety his stance on the category — particularly as it relates to “Black Panther,” which is eligible for 2018 nominations — goes “back and forth.”

“When I first heard of the category, the first question I had was, ‘What is the criterion for being nominated in this category?'” Brown said. “If it’s something that can give it some sort of merit and legitimacy, then I think it’s cool. But I think ‘Black Panther’ stands on its own merits regardless of its popularity as being a wonderful piece of art.”

Ryan Coogler is an artist,” Brown continued. “The man is three for three in his films thus far, and I don’t see him striking out anytime soon.
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‘Last Chance U’s’ Malik Henry Says Netflix Series ‘Failed’ to Show True Bond With Coach

‘Last Chance U’s’ Malik Henry Says Netflix Series ‘Failed’ to Show True Bond With Coach
The third season of “Last Chance U” was highlighted by the brash and profanity-spewing Independence Community College football coach Jason Brown and his highly talented, mercurial quarterback, Malik Henry. At times, the two bonded, but viewers usually watched the coach chew out, bench and threaten to kick the five star transfer from Florida State off the team.

So was the depiction of their relationship accurate, or was it beefed up to intensify the drama for the Netflix docuseries?

“They kind of failed to show the other side of me and Coach Brown’s relationship,” Henry told Variety at Sunday’s Athletes vs.
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‘This Is Us’ Casts Michael Angarano as Jack’s Little Brother Nicky for Season 3

‘This Is Us’ Casts Michael Angarano as Jack’s Little Brother Nicky for Season 3
Welcome to the “This Is Us” family, Michael Angarano!

The “I’m Dying Up Here” star has been cast as Nicky, Jack’s (Milo Ventimiglia) late little brother, for the upcoming third season of Dan Fogelman’s Emmy-nominated NBC drama, a network insider tells TheWrap.

Co-showrunner Isaac Aptaker said during the Television Critics Association press tour last week that Jack and Nicky’s story during the Vietnam war was going to be a big part of the next installment in the Pearsons’ tale.

Also Read: 'This Is Us' Season 3 Is Going to Spend 'A Lot of Time in Vietnam' With Jack and His Brother

“I can’t tell you who we’ve cast to play Nicky just yet — but, yes, we are going to be spending a lot of our time in Vietnam,” Aptaker said, when asked who is playing the latest addition to the fam. Well, now
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Tencent Unit Buys New Classics Media for $2.25 Billion

China Literature, the publishing subsidiary of Chinese e-commerce giant Tencent, has bought control of leading Chinese film and TV producer New Classics Media for up to $2.25 billion ($15.45 billion). The price includes an earnings component, reflecting profits to 2020.

New Classics Media has produced films “Never Say Die,” “Legend of The Demon Cat,” and TV series “The First Half of My Life” and “Tiger Mom.”

The news was announced in a regulatory filing to the Hong Kong stock market, where Tencent Literature is listed.

Tencent says the acquisition of such a major TV production house will help it unlock the potential of its vast literary content library. It notes that a third of the top 50 movies and a quarter of the top TV series in China are literary adaptations. The figure is over 50% for web series. “Integration with (New Classics Media) will allow (Tencent) to adapt more high quality literary content into popular television series,
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Trump Responds to ‘The Apprentice’ Claim: ‘I Don’t Have That Word in My Vocabulary’

Trump Responds to ‘The Apprentice’ Claim: ‘I Don’t Have That Word in My Vocabulary’
President Donald Trump has responded to Omarosa Manigault Newman’s claim that there is a recording from the set of “The Apprentice” in which he uses the n-word, writing on Twitter that he doesn’t “have that word in my vocabulary.”

The president said that Mark Burnett, who produced “The Apprentice,” called him and assured him there are “no tapes of the Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa.”

He went on to assert that Manigault Newman made up the tape — she claimed three unnamed sources told her of the
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‘Better Call Saul’ Recap: Chicken a la Kingpin

‘Better Call Saul’ Recap: Chicken a la Kingpin
A review of tonight’s Better Call Saul coming up just as soon as I choose White Heat without interruption over Jaws 3-D with commercials…

“And when is it over for you?” -Mr. Varga

Late in this week’s episode (“Breathe”), Jimmy calls Mike to arrange some kind of caper involving the expensive Hummel figurines he saw in Mr. Neff’s office during his job interview. This is a callback both to his eldercare work in Season One’s “Alpine Shepherd Boy” and to the idea of Jimmy and Mike as occasional partners,
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‘Better Call Saul': Nacho Is a ‘Samurai Without a Master’ Stuck Between Fring and the Salamancas (Video)

‘Better Call Saul': Nacho Is a ‘Samurai Without a Master’ Stuck Between Fring and the Salamancas (Video)
(Warning: Spoilers ahead for Season 4, Episode 2 of “Better Call Saul”)

Nacho may have a new boss in Gus Fring, but as fans of “Breaking Bad” know, it’s not exactly the cushiest gig.

“This is a samurai without a master,” Michael Mando, who plays Nacho Vargo on AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” tells TheWrap of Nacho’s mindset this season.

The conclusion of Monday’s episode of “Better Call Saul” sees Gus Fring’s men take out Arturo, one of Hector Salamanca’s guys, in an ambush. The episode ends with Fring telling Nacho that he knows exactly what he did last season, when he swapped out crime boss Hector Salamanca’s medication after he has a heart attack. Fans of “Breaking Bad” will remember that Hector is wheelchair bound by the time Walter White (Bryan Crantston) comes around.

Also Read: 'Better Call Saul' Asked If Bruce Lee Could Beat Muhammad Ali.
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Well Go USA to Release Donnie Yen Action Flick 'Big Brother' in North America (Exclusive)

Well Go USA has scooped up North American distribution rights to Big Brother, the latest action flick starring Hong Kong martial arts legend Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Rogue One).

The indie action and genre distributor will release the film nationwide on Aug. 31, one week after its wide release in China. The company plans a digital release later in the year.

Donnie Yen stars in the film as a seasoned former soldier recruited for his toughest mission yet – teaching a class of teen delinquents. As he kicks his way into both their school and home lives, it becomes clear that his unconventional ...
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Animal Logic Sets Zak Hilditch’s ‘Haunting of Mary Todd’ Set At Truant Pictures Label

Animal Logic Sets Zak Hilditch’s ‘Haunting of Mary Todd’ Set At Truant Pictures Label
Zak Hilditch and Justin Monjo project “The Haunting of Mary Todd” is among four genre film efforts to be set up at Truant Pictures. Truant is the new genre-specialist production arm of Animal Logic, the Australian digital effects firm.

Truant will “primarily develop and produce the films in collaboration with emerging and established Australian talent. Wherever possible the films will be produced in Australia for a worldwide market,” Animal Logic announced on Tuesday.

Truant Pictures will be headquartered at Animal Logic’s Sydney-based studios and will also operate out of its Los Angeles offices alongside sister company Animal Logic Entertainment, producer of Sony’s recent “Peter Rabbit.” Animal Logic CEO Zareh Nalbandian will produce. Toby Nalbandian and Greg Schmidt will serve as VPs of development and production.

Other projects on Truant’s debut slate include: “Biohackers,” with Stephen McCallum and Michael Kratochvil; “The Galvanist,” with Shayne Armstrong and S.P. Krause; and “The Gooynboon,
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‘The Affair’ Star on Alison’s Death: ‘They Don’t Ever Make Things Simple’ (Spoilers)

‘The Affair’ Star on Alison’s Death: ‘They Don’t Ever Make Things Simple’ (Spoilers)
Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched episode 409 of “The Affair,” which aired Aug. 12.

So now we know what really happened to Alison — or do we?

Having been led to believe that Alison (Ruth Wilson) committed suicide in episode 408, Sunday’s episode — the penultimate of the season — takes a unique approach to the question of how Alison died. For the first time, we’re given two perspectives for the episode from the same character.

The first half plays almost as a fantasy, with Alison confronting the duplicitous Ben (Ramon Rodriguez) about his wife, and then ultimately reconciling with him.
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Film News Roundup: Pam Grier Selected for Ad Astra Honor by Tallgrass Festival

Film News Roundup: Pam Grier Selected for Ad Astra Honor by Tallgrass Festival
In today’s film news roundup, Pam Grier is honored by the Tallgrass Film Festival, Paramount hires Michelle Hagen, “Hallowed Ground” has launched production, and musician Glenn Danzig is making a movie.

Honor

Pam Grier has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Ad Astra Award for the 16th edition of the Tallgrass Film Festival, held Oct. 17-21 in Wichita, Ks.

Tallgrass Film Festival’s program director Nick Pope said, “Pam Grier is someone that Tallgrass has sought to bring to Wichita and honor for the longest time. She is the iconic feminine face of urban cinema in the ’70s. A prime inspiration both for an entire genre’s mainstream success, a muse for multiple filmmakers, and an inspiration and trend-setter for many actors and filmmakers that followed, it will be the biggest thrill to welcome her and celebrate her career.”

Grier broke into films with prison movies
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‘The Venture Bros’ Just Brought Back One of the Series’ Oldest Jokes: ‘Phantom Spaceman’

‘The Venture Bros’ Just Brought Back One of the Series’ Oldest Jokes: ‘Phantom Spaceman’
(Note: This post contains spoilers for the Aug. 12 episode of “The Venture Bros.”)

The first season of “The Venture Bros.” contained a lot of what felt like throwaway jokes, like the legendary story of “Movie Night,” a frightening tale of murder on the space station Gargantua-1, and the “Phantom Spaceman” responsible. But six seasons later — as happens often on “The Venture Bros.” — series creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer have brought back that seemingly throwaway joke and turned it into a deeper piece of lore.

Back in Season 1, the tale of Movie Night seemed like a dumb ghost story to get the show’s titular Venture brothers, Hank (Jackson Public) and Dean (Michael Sinterniklaas), to solve a made-up mystery in the vein of the characters they were parodying. Built by the brothers’ grandfather, Dr. Jonas Venture Sr. when Hank and Dean’s father, Rusty (James Urbaniak) was a kid, Gargantua-
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