Box Office: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ to Smash Fall Slump at $118 Million

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Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” is set to smash the fall box office stupor, hauling in a massive $118 million at 4,080 North American locations.

The third “Thor” film will rival “Spider-Man: Homecoming” as the second-best opening in 2017 for Marvel, with Friday showings reeling in around $45 million including $14.5 from Thursday previews. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” takes the top spot for Marvel, having opened at $146 million back in May; “Spider-Man” brought in about $117 million in its opening weekend in July.

The film is certified “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes at a 93%, the seventh Marvel film to receive the “fresh” rating.

Taika Waititi directed “Thor: Ragnarok” from a screenplay by Eric Pearson and the writing team of Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost. It stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins. The character of Thor, based on Norse mythology, was created in 1962 by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby for Marvel Comics.

STXfilms’ “A Bad Moms Christmas,” which opened Wednesday, will take second place at the box office this weekend at $15 million, bringing it to about $20 million for its first five days. The holiday comedy, starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn, opened with a moderate $4.5 million at 3,615 North American sites on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Film Review: Gerard Butler in ‘Geostorm’

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When it comes to the issue of global warming, the world divides into two camps: those who believe in science, and those who adopt an actively skeptical position toward other human beings’ ability to interpret and in any way impact what nature has in store. An inanely spectacular disaster movie — though perhaps “spectacularly inane” would be more apt — from the producer of “Godzilla” and “Independence Day,” Dean Devlin’s “Geostorm” attempts to have it both ways, treating a gang of scientists who’ve “solved” the problem of global warming as its heroes while exploiting how little its target audience knows about the subject to supply an extreme-weather clip reel with contributions of variable quality from a dozen different visual effects houses.

If you’ve ever wanted to see a tidal wave sweep over the horizon of a waterless desert or eggs frying on a superheated city street, “Geostorm” is the movie for you! And if you’re one of the millions of human beings on this planet who was recently impacted by hurricanes and tropical storms, well, Devlin’s ill-timed destruct-a-thon (already delayed more than a year from its intended March 2016 release) succeeds in being even more callously insensitive/offensive than our president’s response to your plight. Then again, the only thing more reliable than bad weather is bad movies, and in that respect, “Geostorm” is right on forecast.

hanks to the immersive “environmental effects” of 4DX cinema technology, audiences in participating theaters who pay the upcharge can experience “Geostorm’s” freak weather phenomena for themselves, sitting in seats that jostle and shake along with the action, while lightning flashes, wind blows and a fine watery mist is blasted into their faces as they watch the movie. Introduced in South Korea around the time of “Avatar” and now available around the world, 4DX is an elaborate and thoroughly obnoxious add-on to the moviegoing experience worth trying once, and “Geostorm” may as well have been conceived for the occasion.

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Walking Dead’ Boss Greg Nicotero Says Zombies Will Win the Rick-Negan War

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan - The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 16 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

The Walking Dead” Season 8 premiere and 100th episode promise the beginning of all-out war between Rick’s coalition and Negan’s Saviors, but series executive producer Greg Nicotero says that the walker will be the real winners of the battle.

“One of the things that people so often talk about is the fact that it’s not a show about zombies, it’s a show about people,” Nicotero said during filming of the episode back in May. “It’s about the people that are occupying this dead world. And one of the things that is important for us in this episode and even parts of this season is to really highlight the idea that you’re always going to get a sense that there are walkers on the periphery. They’re just waiting for these groups of idiots to kill each other off so they can finish taking over the rest of the world. The zombies are like, ‘Oh, you’re going to let us not do the work and you’re going to do the work for us? Great. We’ll just wait until you’re done and we’ll take over.’ It’s sort of reminding the audience that this is the world.”The end of Season 7 promised an epic clash would take place in the upcoming season with Rick leading Alexandria, Maggie leading the Hilltop, and Ezekiel leading the Kingdom in a fight for their lives against Negan. With war on the horizon, Nicotero also said the survivors must now focus beyond living one day to the next.

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Viacom, Charter Strike New Carriage Deal

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Viacom Inc. and Charter Communications said they have reached “an agreement in principle” to keep the New York entertainment conglomerate’s cable networks on Charter’s Spectrum cable service, avoiding what might have escalated into a contentious fight over the nickels-and-dimes of programming costs.

Viacom and Charter have reached an agreement in principle,” the two companies said in a joint statement. “Spectrum subscribers will continue to have access to Viacom’s networks, without disruption, while we finalize terms.”​

A contract between the two parties was believed to have expired Sunday, but the two agreed to a short-term extension to keep talking going. Viacom and Charter have been bickering for months over prices for Viacom’s networks, which include Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central, and the way Charter had been positioning them. Charter in May moved Viacom-owned networks like Spike, MTV, VH1 and Comedy Central to a higher-priced tier.  In August, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish told investors the companies were far apart on the issue.

Terms of the new deal could not be immediately learned. One sticking point had been Viacom’s desire to pursue so-called “skinny bundles,” or narrower offerings of programming made to people who no longer wish to subscribe to the broad packages offered by cable distributors.

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Entertainment One Merges Film, TV Production (EXCLUSIVE)

Entertainment One has unified film, TV, and digital production with Steve Bertram and John Morayniss now co-presidents of the consolidated operation.

Independent studio eOne signaled its intention to align TV and film earlier this year and the sales teams have already come together under Stuart Baxter, who has proceeded to bring in Dan Gopal and Joyce Yeung, both of whom have studio experience.

Uniting production and development was a natural next step, Morayniss told Variety. “As we put that sales structure together we asked why stop there,” he said. “There was an ‘a-ha moment’ for us a while ago when we did ‘Sharp Objects.’ We optioned Gillian Flynn’s book to develop as a feature, but after we started developing, it occurred to us that this is a very complicated story and to do it justice it made more sense as a series, so we pivoted very quickly on that.”

The series, which has been penned by “UnReal” writer Marti Noxon and stars Amy Adams (“Arrival”), was ordered by HBO and is now in post-production.

The kids and family business, which controls the “Peppa Pig” brand, and music division will remain separate operations and there will still be separate film and TV development teams, but the restructure is designed to change the mindset to new projects, and film and TV are not now considered separate operations.

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Woody Allen Feels ‘Sad’ About Harvey Weinstein Allegations

Woody Allen, Harvey Weinstein Woody Allen, writer/director of "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," and Harvey Weinstein walk the red carpet at the premiere of the film in Los AngelesPremiere Vicky Cristina Barcelona LA, Los Angeles, USA

Woody Allen has said that the allegations of sexual assault made against Harvey Weinstein are “sad” for the former boss of The Weinstein Company and Miramax, and has warned against a “witch hunt.”

“The whole Harvey Weinstein thing is very sad for everybody involved,” Allen told the BBC. “Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that his life is so messed up. There’s no winners in that, it’s just very, very sad and tragic for those poor women that had to go through that.”

Allen added that he hoped the revelations would improve matters, but warned against a “witch hunt.”

“You don’t want it to lead to a witch-hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmosphere, where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself. That’s not right either. But sure, you hope that something like this could be transformed into a benefit for people rather than just a sad or tragic situation.”

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Australian Actress Natalie Mendoza Describes Harvey Weinstein Groping Incident

Australian actress, Natalie Mendoza has come forth as one of the latest accusers of disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Australia’s Herald Sun reports that, on her Facebook page, Mendoza refers to a groping incident around 2002, when she was shooting “The Great Raid,” the first of three films she had under a three-picture deal with Miramax.

“I might have told Mr W mid-script ‘meeting’ after he sent his assistant out that I’d punch him if he didn’t take his hands off me,” she wrote.

“Shook all the way home but high-fived myself for knowing my self worth in my early 20s.

“I knew my first film would be my last after that and I was more than OK about it.”

In a second post, she added: “I was so naive I did not realise it was a set-up. I managed to escape with my integrity intact. I was shaken and dazed but OK.”

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The Weinstein Company Shifts ‘The Current War’ to 2018 Release

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in The Current War Photo: Dean Rogers/ The Weinstein Company© 2017 The Weinstein Company. All Rights Reserved

The Weinstein Company has pulled Benedict Cumberbatch historical drama “The Current War” from its planned Black Friday Nov. 24 release date, shelving the film for an undecided 2018 release since the Harvey Weinstein scandal has soured the market for Weinstein Co. films.

The Alfonso Gomez-Rejon film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to mixed reviews, which cited its pacing and length. Since its premiere, Weinstein Co. production president Dylan Sellers worked with Gomez-Rejon to remove 12 minutes from the film.

The writer of “The Current War,” Michael Mitnik, also dropped out of a panel that was scheduled for Thursday night at the New York Film Festival. Sources said Mitnick decided that it wouldn’t be appropriate to promote “The Current War” due to the scandal surrounding TWC founder Harvey Weinstein.

Though the film could still be a candidate for the Oscars, its removal from the marketplace during awards season doesn’t bode well for the embattled production company, which lost yet another board member, Richard Koenigsberg, on Thursday. For a prestige picture like “The Current War” to turn a profit, it will need to pick up Oscar nominations that could help build word-of-mouth.

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Ben Affleck Asks TV Host to Expose Her Breasts, Mocks Disabled in Resurfaced Video (Watch)

In light of actress Hilarie Burton reviving her claim that Ben Affleck groped her while she was a host on MTV’s “TRL” in 2003, another disturbing video has resurfaced of the Oscar winner fondling a different TV host.

A video dating back to 2004 shows the “Batman” actor touching Anne-Marie Losique’s breast. She was then-host of Montreal’s entertainment news show “Box Office.”

In the video — from a press junket for Miramax’s 2004 flop “Jersey Girl” — the TV personality sits on the actor’s lap as he asks, “They would like it better if you did this show topless, the station, wouldn’t they?”

He then lifts and turns her in his lap so she’s facing the camera. “We could do the interview like this,” he says, embracing her tightly and nestling his face on her chest. “That’s a lovely perfume you have on,” he says, repeating an earlier comment.

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Cara Delevingne Comes Forward With Harvey Weinstein Encounter: ‘I Felt Guilty and Terrified

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Cara Delevingne is the latest actress to open up about her experience with Harvey Weinstein, recalling an instance in which the former Hollywood mogul allegedly made an advance on her and tried to get her to kiss another actress in front of him.

“When I first started to work as an actress, i was working on a film and I received a call from‎ Harvey Weinstein asking if I had slept with any of the women I was seen out with in the media. It was a very odd and uncomfortable call….i answered none of his questions and hurried off the phone but before I hung up, he said to me that If I was gay or decided to be with a woman especially in public that I’d never get the role of a straight woman or make it as an actress in Hollywood,” she wrote on Instagram on Wednesday.

“A year or two later, I went to a meeting with him in the lobby of a hotel with a director about an upcoming film. The director left the meeting and Harvey asked me to stay and chat with him. As soon as we were alone he began to brag about all the actresses he had slept with and how he had made their careers and spoke about other inappropriate things of a sexual nature. He then invited me to his room. I quickly declined and asked his assistant if my car was outside. She said it wasn’t and wouldn’t be for a bit and I should go to his room,” she went on.

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