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Bill Murray confirmed for Ghostbusters 2020

Bill Murray is returning to screens for the upcoming Ghostbusters 2020.

The 69-year-old actor has long been rumoured to be reprising his role as fan-favourite Dr. Peter Venkman in the new movie, but now co-creator Dan Aykroyd has confirmed the news during an appearance on The Greg Hill Show.

Aykroyd noted that Murray, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts all completed filming on the movie, adding: “Jason Reitman wrote a beautiful, heartfelt script that takes the real DNA from the first two movies and transfers that directly to the third, the next generation.

“It hands the legacy off to a new generation of stars, and players, and actors, and characters,” he explained.

New cast members in the upcoming flick include Paul Rudd, The Sinner’s Carrie Coon, Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard, and Gifted’s Mckenna Grace.

While Murray rose to fame on Saturday Night Live, and has appeared in comedies including Scrooged, Groundhog Day, and the first two instalments of the Ghostbusters franchise, the comedy legend recently landed himself a new side gig after applying to work at an airport restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia.

The star has since been offered the position at Chinese eatery P.F. Chang’s, with a post on its official Twitter page reading: “Bill, you’re hired! When can you start?”

Murray has yet to publicly respond to the offer.

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Hope to see DOCTOR SLEEP this week and maybe LAST CHRISTMAS soon. MIDWAY? Maybe one day, but I’m in no rush.

Roland Emmerich’s Midway shoots to top of box office with $17.5 million

The box office got a huge refresh during Veteran’s Day weekend, with nearly every title in the top five a new release. However, the sluggish returns in spite of a slate of new content didn’t bode well for 2019 box office health.

Appropriately for the holiday weekend, Roland Emmerich‘s epic World War II film Midway took the number one spot with estimated earnings totaling $17.5 million. But with a budget around $100 million, this is not a big win for the German-born director. The story was much the same for the new releases in the second and third place slots.

Midway spooked the Ewan McGregor-led Doctor Sleep—the follow-up to The Shining that apparently nobody wanted—into second place with $14.1 million. With a budget reported around $14 million, this is also a disappointment for Warner Bros.

John Cena‘s Playing With Fire that sees firefighters turn into babysitters takes the third place slot with an estimated $12.8 million, followed by the romantic dramedy Last Christmas which earned an estimated $11.6 million this holiday weekend.

Emmerich’s newest title tells the real life events around the Battle of Midway that took place from June 4 to 7, 1942—six months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. It follows the lives of military pilots and soldiers who helped the United States beat the Imperial Japanese Navy, changing the course of history.

Woody Harrelson stars as Chester Nimitz, a fleet admiral in the U.S. Navy who led forces to victory during the most critical period of the war in the Pacific. Patrick Wilson brings to life Edwin T. Layton, an intelligence officer who helped convince Nimitz that Midway was Japan’s next target with the help of intelligence information.

Luke Evans and Ed Skrein portray squadron commanders Wade McClusky and Dick Best, who are credited with leading plane squadrons that destroyed Japanese carriers.

Rounding out the star-studded cast are Aaron Eckhart, Darren Criss, Nick Jonas, Dennis Quaid, Mandy Moore, and Alexander Ludwig.

It’s worth noting that no studio was willing to give Emmerich the enormous budget he was seeking to make this passion project. He raised $24 million in equity from Chinese investors along with $76 million from independent investors, totaling $100 million for the budget. The Hollywood Reporter says Midway has been billed as “one of the most expensive indie films ever made.”

Investors will no doubt keep their eyes locked on the international box office in hopes it can help them at least break even, which is something Emmerich consistently manages to do. His biggest domestic box office win to date is with 1997’s Independence Day, which grossed $306 million domestically, and $817 million internationally.

Doctor Sleep is a massive financial disappointment. With a $14.1 million opening, it clocked in over $10 million below its $25 million expectations. The horror title takes place nearly four decades after the events from The Shining. This is especially notable during a time where seemingly everything based in the Stephen King universe inspires pandemonium from his dedicated fan base.

The R-rated film follows a now adult Dan Torrance (McGregor), who meets a young girl with similar powers as him. He seeks to protect her from a cult hoping to cultivate said power in exchange for immortality.

EW gave the film a dismal C+ rating calling it “a mess.” Adding, “It’s way too long, clashing somber sobriety with loony cheap thrills. The Shining homages turn shameless and cheap. The jump-scares are more funny than scary. Dan is a problem. McGregor used to be such a live-wire performer, but he’s frozen stolid here. It’s admirable to explore how family alcoholism and a childhood history of abuse can still affect a man forty years past his murderdad. But the language of pop therapy can make for deadly dialogue.”

Although King himself wasn’t a fan of the big screen adaptation of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, it was the latter’s imagery that inspired Doctor Sleep director Mike Flanagan. Fans might not have turned out in droves to see this film, at least Flanagan can go to sleep knowing King enjoyed his film. Fans don’t agree, however—it earned a tepid B+ from Cinemascore viewers.

John Cena knows how to win WWE title matches and the box office, but his comedy Playing With Fire only landed in third place this weekend. Cena portrays fire superintendent Jake Carson (John Cena), who alongside his team of expert firefighters (Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo and Tyler Mane) helps rescue three siblings (Brianna Hildebrand, Christian Convery and Finley Rose Slater) who are in the path of a wildfire that’s coming towards them.

Although the reviews for the PG-rated film are predominantly lackluster, Cinemascore says moviegoers saw it a bit more favorably, granting it a mediocre B+.

The romantic dramedy Last Christmas played with everyone’s hearts and minds, but it still became the fourth most watched film of the weekend. Despite the star power involved, fans weren’t biting on the George Michael inspired drama with a massive twist many saw coming since the trailer dropped.

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke stars as Kate, a young woman who works as an elf at a year long Christmas shop in London who has made more bad decisions in her life than she has bells on her shoes. She meets Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding‘s character Tom in the Paul Feig directed film, and her life promises to never be the same.

The film, loosely inspired by the George Michael hit of the same name, co-stars Emma Thompson (who also co-wrote the screenplay), Michelle Yeoh, Patti LuPone, Rob Delaney, and Peter Serafinowitcz. Reviews of the film have not been favorable, with EW calling it a “ridiculous holiday trifle” and branding it with a C+. Audiences agreed, giving it a terrible B- Cinemascore.

Rounding out the top five is last week’s box office winner, Terminator: Dark Fate with an estimated $10.8 million in ticket sales.

Overall, box office is down 5.2 percent year-to-date for the second week in a row, according to Comscore. Check out the Nov. 8-10 numbers below:

Midway — $17.5 million
Doctor Sleep — $14.1 million
Playing With Fire — $12.8 million
Last Christmas — $11.6 million
Terminator: Dark Fate — $10.8 million
Joker — $9.2 million
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil — $8 million
Harriet — $7.2 million
Zombieland 2: Double Tap — $4.3 million
The Addams Family — $4.2 million

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‘Apollo 11’ Wins Top Prize at Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

“Apollo 11” has been named the best nonfiction film of 2019 at the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, which took place on Sunday evening at BRIC in Brooklyn, New York.

The chronicle of NASA’s 1969 moon mission won five awards in total, topping all other films at the ceremony voted on by film and television critics and journalists in the Critics’ Choice Association.

“Apollo 11” won in the Best Documentary Feature category that also included “American Factory,” “The Biggest Little Farm,” “The Cave,” “Honeyland,” “The Kingmaker,” “Knock Down the House,” “Maiden,” “One Child Nation,” “They Shall Not Grow Old” and the two-part HBO documentary series “Leaving Neverland.” (The Critics’ Choice rules do not differentiate between film and television docs.)

The Best Director category ended in a tie between Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert for “American Factory” and Peter Jackson for “They Shall Not Grow Old.”

Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov’s film “Honeyland,” which is also competing in the Oscars international race as the entry from North Macedonia, won the award for Best First Documentary Feature.

In other awards, “Apollo 11” won for science/nature documentary, “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” for biographical documentary, “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice” for music documentary, “American Factory” for political documentary, “Maiden” for sports documentary and “Apollo 11” for archival documentary.

“They Shall Not Grow Old,” Jackson’s reconstruction of World War I footage, was named the year’s most innovative documentary.

“The Biggest Little Farm” won for its cinematography, “Apollo 11” for its editing and score and “Western Stars” for its narration, which was written and performed by Bruce Springsteen.

Nine months after winning the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short, “Period. End of Sentence.” won the Critics’ Choice award in the same category.

“American Factory” went into the show with the most nominations, seven, while “Apollo 11” and “They Shall Not Grow Old” received six.

In the first three years of the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, which was spun off from the Critics’ Choice Awards as a separate show in 2016, the winner has gone on to win the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature only once, with “O.J.: Made in America” in 2016. The next two years, the Critics’ Choice winner — “Jane” in 2017 and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” in 2018 — was not even nominated for the documentary Oscar.

Veteran director Frederick Wiseman received the D.A. Pennebaker Award, a lifetime-achievement honor renamed this year in honor of the late documentary pioneer. Michael Apted received the Landmark Award for his work on the “Up” series of documentaries, which began examining the lives of a group of British children with “7 Up” in 1964, when they were seven years old, and has included a new film every seven years to this year’s “63 Up.”

The show was hosted by Jonathan Scott of HGTV’s “Property Brothers.”

The winners:

Best Documentary Feature: “Apollo 11”
Best Director: (TIE) Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, “American Factory” and Peter Jackson, “They Shall Not Grow Old”
Best Cinematography: John Chester, “The Biggest Little Farm”
Best Editing: Todd Douglas Miller, “Apollo 11”
Best Score: Matt Morton, “Apollo 11”
Best Narration: Bruce Springsteeen (narrator and writer), “Western Stars”

Best First Documentary Feature: Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov, “Honeyland”
Best Archival Documentary: “Apollo 11”
Best Biographical Documentary: “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am”
Best Music Documentary: “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice”
Best Political Documentary: “American Factory”
Best Science/Nature Documentary: “Apollo 11”
Best Sports Documentary: “Maiden”
Most Innovative Documentary: “They Shall Not Grow Old”

Best Short Documentary: “Period. End of Sentence.”

Most Compelling Living Subjects of a Documentary (non-competitive category):
Dr. Amani Ballor, “The Cave”
David Crosby, “David Crosby: Remember My Name”
Tracy Edwards, “Maiden”
Imelda Marcos, “The Kingmaker”
Hatidze Muratova, “Honeyland”
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin, “Knock Down the House”
Linda Ronstadt, “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice”
Dr. Ruth Westheimer, “Ask Dr. Ruth”

D.A. Pennebaker Award: Frederick Wiseman
Landmark Award: Michael Apted for the “Up” series

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Man sues Madonna, saying her 10:30 p.m. concert start is too late

“There’s something that you all need to understand,” Madonna said during her Las Vegas concert, while perched atop a piano, legs swinging. “And that is, that a queen is never late.”

The mega star spoke those words to fans during the show this week, posting the video to Twitter on Saturday.

And despite the cheers that came from the crowd, not everyone agrees. One Florida fan is betting the law won’t agree either.

Nate Hollander is taking the singer to court over her late start times.

Hollander filed a lawsuit Monday in Miami-Dade County court against both Live Nation and Madonna. He alleges that the change in start times for her Madame X Tour is a breach of contract made between the singer and the ticket buyer.

In August, when Hollander bought the tickets to Madonna’s December 17 show at the Fillmore Miami Beach, the concert was scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m., the lawsuit alleges. But on October 23, Madonna and Live Nation changed the start time for that show and several others to 10:30 p.m., the suit alleges.

For those like Hollander, who bought tickets and now don’t want to attend a concert that late, a refund has not been offered, he alleges.

And attempts to resell won’t make up for the money lost, as tickets have now “suffered an extreme loss of value” because of the time change, he alleges. That makes reselling “impossible,” he said.

Hollander originally bought three tickets to Madonna’s Miami Beach show, spending $1,024.95, he says in the filing. But, since the show is now starting later than originally planned, he claims that he and other ticket holders “suffered actual and consequential damages including, but not limited to, loss of consideration paid and the devaluation of the ticket.”

CNN has reached out to Madonna and Live Nation via email and voicemail, but requests for comment have not been returned.

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It was all about DOLEMITE IS MY NAME on Netflix this weekend and the re-release of ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD on the big screen.

Joker narrowly reclaims top box office spot from Maleficent sequel with $18.9 million

It’s a battle of the baddies at the box office this weekend with Joker narrowly reclaiming the top spot from Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

Joker continues to dominate the box office in its fourth week in theaters, besting Maleficent: Mistress of Evil by a very small percent but just enough to return to the top. The Joaquin Phoenix-led film earned approximately $18.9 million over the weekend, while the Disney sequel took in $18.5 million.

This total adds to the Joker‘s box office domination, earning the title of highest-grossing R-rated film beating previous record-holders Deadpool and Deadpool 2. The Todd Phillips directed drama has earned an estimated $277.6 million domestically to date, according to Comscore.

The third and fourth spot are also returning titles that are perfectly themed for the spooky October holiday of Halloween. The Addams Family follows Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil in third place with $11.7 million followed by Zombieland: Double Tap, which earned $11.6 million for fourth place.

Rounding out the top five is a new addition this week — Countdown earned an estimated $9 million during its opening weekend. Just in time for Halloween, the horror thriller, stars Peter Facinelli, Tichina Arnold, Elizabeth Lail, and Anne Winter. It tells the story of a nurse who discovers a phone app that tells her when someone is going to die.

Countdown raked in the dollars despite its bad reviews, with audiences agreeing, in hindsight, it was probably worth skipping. Filmgoers gave the Justin Dec-directed title a dismal C+ Cinemascore, while Rotten Tomato critics declared it decidedly rotten with a 26% on their Tomatometer.

Also making its debut in theaters this week is Deon Taylor’s Black and Blue led by James Bond star Naomie Harris and action star Tyrese Gibson. It earned an estimated $8.3 million at the box office, placing it in the number six spot at the box office and an opening spot in the weekend’s top 10.

The drama tells the story of rookie cop Alicia West (Harris), who is caught between a rock and hard place after witnessing corrupt cops killing an informant. With the help of her old neighborhood friend Mouse (Gibson), the pair race against the clock to get the evidence she caught on her body cam before the bad guys have a chance to destroy it.

Black and Blue is a balanced and timely story that proves that the only color that turns good people bad is green. The film co-stars Mike Colter, Frank Grillo, Beau Knapp, and Nafessa Williams.

EW gave the film a B, emphasizing that “Taylor’s rogue-cop drama still manages to land more visceral hits than other recent films that have tried and failed to do the same.”

Another new release for the weekend, Benedict Cumberbatch’s The Current War: Director’s Cut, nabs the ninth place spot, opening to an estimated $2.7 million across 1,022 locations. Cumberbatch brings to life Thomas Edison who is battling against time and two businessmen who think they have a better idea to bring electricity to the United States.

The businessmen, George Westinghouse and his partner Nikolai Tesla, are portrayed by Michael Shannon and Nicholas Hoult, respectively.

Originally to be distributed by The Weinstein Company, The Current War found its buzzy awards season release stopped in its tracks back in 2017 when the first allegations against Weinstein broke. The Current War was shelved until May when a new distributor announced the Alfonso Gomez-Rejon-directed historical drama would finally be released in October. Jake Gallenhaal was originally attached to the role of Westinghouse when the film was announced in 2012.

Overall box office is down 5.1 percent year-to-date, according to Comscore. Check out the Oct. 25-27 numbers below:

Joker — $18.9 million
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil — $18.5 million
The Addams Family — $11.7 million
Zombieland 2: Double Tap — $11.6 million
Countdown— $9 million
Black and Blue—$8.3 million
Gemini Man — $4 million
The Lighthouse—$3 million
The Current War: Director’s Cut—$2.7 million
Abominable — $2 million

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Actor Robert Forster dead

Oscar nominated actor Robert Forster has died aged 78.

The star’s publicist told The Hollywood Reporter he passed away in Los Angeles, California on Friday, after losing his battle with brain cancer.

The prolific actor amassed over 100 film and TV credits during his career, but scored his Academy Award nomination for his role as Max Cherry in Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 film Jackie Brown.

His last movie role was a reprisal of his Breaking Bad character, Ed, in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, which was released on Netflix the same day as his death.

Robert’s Breaking Bad co-star Bryan Cranston took to Twitter to share his condolences, writing: “I’m saddened today by the news that Robert Forster has passed away.

“A lovely man and a consummate actor. I met him on the movie Alligator (pic) 40 years ago, and then again on BB. I never forgot how kind and generous he was to a young kid just starting out in Hollywood. RIP Bob.”

Robert made his movie debut opposite Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor in 1967’s Reflections in a Golden Eye. He went on to have a celebrated career, which even included stints on Broadway, beginning in 1965 with Mrs. Dally.

The actor is survived by his children, Bobby, Elizabeth, Kate and Maeghen; his grandchildren, Tess, Liam, Jack and Olivia; and his longtime partner, Denise Grayson.

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I watched ZOMBIELAND – DOUBLE TAP this weekend and all I will say is LOWER YOUR EXPECTATIONS!!!

Joker laughs at the competition with second winning weekend in a row

Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker continues to prove that movies rooted in comic books are not a fad, as it takes the top spot at the box office for a second week in a row.

The psychological thriller earned an estimated $55 million domestically, bringing its two-week total to $192.7 million. New releases rounded out the top three with animated The Addams Family nabbing second place with an estimated $30.3 million and Will Smith’s action thriller Gemini Man falling into third with an estimated $20.5 million.

Since October is a great month for all things creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky, it’s no surprise that MGM’s animated The Addams Family took the number two spot with an estimated $30.3 million, though the film outpaced expectations. Unlike Joker and It: Chapter Two (currently in eighth place with an estimated $3.2 million), The Addams Family brings PG-rated fun that’s suitable for the whole family.

The film, which follows the family as they relocated to New Jersey, stars the star-studded voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Bette Midler, Allison Janney, Aimee Garcia, and Finn Wolfhard. The film drew mediocre reviews, but a more positive B+ CinemaScore. from audiences.

The animated take on the altogether ookie family performed better than either of the previous two Addams Family big-screen adaptations, 1993’s Addams Family Values, which opened to $14.1 million, and 1991’s The Addams Family, which opened to $24.2 million. However, this does not account for inflation. It’s likely the film could get a sequel with strong brand recognition and opening weekend numbers that exceeded projections.

Box office action star Will Smith takes the third spot with Gemini Man, earning an estimated $20.5 million. The action thriller, directed by Ang Lee, follows an elite assassin named Henry Brogan (Smith) who suddenly becomes the target of a mysterious young operative that somehow knows his every move. The film also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, and Benedict Wong.

Gemini Man has been ravaged by critics, excepting praise for the de-aging technology on display, and audiences aren’t much more positive, bestowing it with a decent B+ Cinemascore. Though the film marked the largest ever opening for director Ang Lee, it’s less than stellar for Smith, marking it his sixteenth highest opening behind more somber, dramatic fare like The Pursuit of Happyness.

People put their mobile devices away to catch Lionsgate’s comedy Jexi in theaters, making an estimated $3.1 million during its opening weekend. Led by Adam Devine, the comedy tells the story of what can happen when you love your phone more than anything else in your life. It’s also a warning for those that can’t live without their virtual assistants, as they could surprise you one day and show you just how intelligent they really are.

Jexi co-stars Alexandra Shipp as Devine’s potential love interest, if only his assistant Jexi (voiced by Rose Byrne) doesn’t ruin his life first. Michael Peña plays his boss, and Wanda Sykes is a hilarious mobile phone company employee. Justin Hartley, Charlyne Yin, Ron Funches, and Kid Cudi also co-star

The Jon Lucas and Scott Moore-directed film has not received positive reviews from critics, earning a dismal 15 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. And while it’s probably safe to say that Jexi won’t be winning any Academy Awards, Cinemascore confirms theatergoers are feeling tepid about this title, too—they gave it a B-.

Bong Joon Ho’s critically lauded Parasite had a big debut earning $376,264 with screenings available at just three theaters. This is the highest per-location opening of 2019, a huge feat for the foreign release that was awarded the coveted Palm d’Or from the 2019 Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

The dark comedy follows Kim Ki-Taek (Kang-ho Song), an unemployed driver and his family. His luck drastically changes for the better when they’re employed by the Park family. But it’s short-lived as everything falls apart when they become entangled in a tragic series of events. The film has earned rave reviews and could be a strong contender in the Oscars race as awards season ramps up.

Holdovers round out the top five with animated flick Abominable taking fourth place with an estimated $6.2 million in ticket sales. Downton Abbey continues to prove its box office power, putting the feather in the cap of the top five, with a fifth-place finish of an estimated $4.9 million.

Overall box office is down 5 percent year-to-date, holding steady from last week, according to Comscore. Check out the Oct. 11-13 numbers below:

Joker — $55 million
The Addams Family—$30.3 million
Gemini Man— $20.5
Abominable — $6.2 million
Downton Abbey — $4.9 million
Hustlers — $3.9 million
Judy— $3.3 million
It Chapter Two — $3.2 million
Jexi— $3.1 million
Ad Astra — $1.9 million

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Get well soon, Eddie!! Here’s to a long life!!!

Eddie Van Halen is suffering from throat cancer

One of the founders of classic rock band Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen is battling throat cancer. The information is from the TMZ website. Without attracting press attention, the guitarist has been performing the treatment for at least five years.

According to the site, sources close to the singer claim that the habit of placing metal picks in the mouth is the main cause of the disease. Van Halen is a smoker, but friends say this is not the cause of the disease.

The website said: “Seems Eddie would cradle the pick in his mouth, and he’s been told that could well have been the source of the cancer, despite the fact he was a heavy smoker. Back in 2000, shortly after he was diagnosed, doctors removed around 1/3 of his tongue.”

“Our sources say … Eddie has flown to Germany for 5 years to get radiation treatment, and for the most part it’s worked to keep the disease in check.”

“As for his current condition … there are lots of rumors, but people who know him say he’s seems to be doing okay — at least on the surface.”

A recently released photo of Eddie Van Halen has raised many speculations about the state of his health. In the picture, Eddie appears almost unrecognizable. At age 64, the musician appears quite swollen and apparently bald in the image, with a look similar to that of a person undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

By 2000, the guitarist had already been diagnosed with cancer and had to remove 1/3 of his tongue. Now the cancer cells have spread to the throat, and to combat the spread of the disease, the musician conducts radiotherapy sessions.

In 2012, Van Halen was voted the best guitarist of all time by a vote sponsored by Guitar World magazine.

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I’m one of the people who paid to see JOKER, but I’m not one of the people saying it was an amazing film with an incredible performance. It was a very good film with a very good performance, but it’s not unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. It is very good, but it’s just not as great as everyone is saying it is.

Joker breaks October box office record with $93.5 million opening weekend

All the world loves a clown — or at least lots of moviegoers paid to see one this weekend.

Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix’s dark supervillain drama Joker is on track to earn an estimated $93.5 million at the domestic box office from Friday through Sunday, shrugging off controversy and setting a new record for the biggest October opening ever. The Warner Bros. release dethrones another movie with comic book origins, Sony’s Venom, which bowed to $80.3 million a year ago. Overseas, Joker will add about $140.5 million from 73 markets, for a massive worldwide total of about $234 million.

Directed and co-written by Phillips, Joker puts a new, R-rated spin on the classic Batman villain and stars Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, a mentally ill failed stand-up comedian who unleashes havoc on Gotham City. Heading into the weekend, there were concerns that the film’s bleak themes and imagery could inspire real-life violence, prompting theaters to boost security. Families of victims of the 2012 mass shooting during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colo., also wrote a letter to Warner Bros. expressing concerns about Joker and urged the studio to use its influence to help make society safer. Nevertheless, audiences have flocked to see the movie.

Reviews for Joker have mixed to positive (it currently has a 69% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes), while moviegoers gave it a B+ CinemaScore.

Rounding out the box office top five this weekend are DreamWorks Animation’s Abominable, with about $12.9 million; Focus Features’ period drama Downton Abbey, with about $8 million; STX Entertainment’s stripper tale Hustlers, with about $6.3 million; and Warner Bros’. horror sequel It Chapter Two (another movie about a freaky clown), with about $5.4 million.

Further down the list, the Judy Garland biopic Judy — featuring an acclaimed performance by Renee Zellweger — expands into wide release with an estimated $4.6 million, good for seventh place.

And in limited release, Pedro Almodovar’s semi-autobiographical drama Pain and Glory arrives in four theaters with an estimated $160,087, which works out to a robust per-screen average of $40,022.

Overall box office is down 5 percent year-to-date, according to Comscore, showing a slight improvement from last week. Check out the Oct. 4-6 numbers below.

Joker — $93.5 million
Abominable — $12 million
Downton Abbey — $8 million
Hustlers — $6.3 million
It Chapter Two — $5.4 million
Ad Astra — $4.6 million
Judy — $4.4 million
Rambo: Last Blood — $3.6 million
War — $1.5 million
Good Boys — $900,000

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Spider-Man isn’t leaving the Marvel universe just yet

Marvel fans can rest easy, Spider-Man won’t be leaving their universe — at least for now.

Sony Pictures Entertainment and The Walt Disney Studios announced on Friday that Marvel Studios will continue to produce the Spider-Man Homecoming series, heading off fans’ fears that the popular superhero would disappear from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

The third film in Spider-Man’s current incarnation, starring Tom Holland, will be released on July 16, 2021, the studios said.

The most recent film in the series, Spider-Man: Far From Home, was released in June in the United States and was Sony Pictures’ highest-grossing film, fetching $1.11 billion US worldwide through Aug. 18.

Last month, multiple reports and producers, including Marvel movie supremo Kevin Feige, said the two companies could not come to an understanding over sharing the character in the movies, after their previous deal expired.

Reports also indicated that Disney wanted a larger financial stake in the Sony-produced standalone Spider-Man movies.

The news about the breakup had disappointed fans, who took to Twitter to start a campaign with hashtags #SaveSpiderMan and #SaveSpidey.

“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue,” Feige said on Friday.

Spider-Man will also appear in a future Marvel Studios film, the studios said.