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Can Madea’s Boo 2 Kill Off Happy Death Day at the Box Office?

After earning more than five times its budget on opening weekend, the Blumhouse thriller Happy Death Day will have plenty of competition in its second frame, with the year’s most crowded field to date, five new movies opening in wide release. Among the newcomers are Lionsgate’s comedy sequel Boo 2! a Madea Halloween, Warner Bros.’ disaster thriller Geostorm, Sony’s biopic Only the Brave, Universal’s The Snowman and PureFlix’s Same Kind of Different As Me. We’re projecting that writer-director-star Tyler Perry’s sequel Boo 2 will follow in its predecessor’s footsteps by taking the top box office spot in a crowded field, with $24.6 million.

The third frame in October has traditionally become the most crowded weekend of the year, which started in 2015, when four new movies hit theaters, The Last Witch Hunter, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Rock the Kasbah and Jem and the Holograms, although only the first two movies were able to crack the top 10. The tradition continued last year when four more movies opened and all cracked the box office top 10, lead by Boo! A Madea Halloween ($28.5 million) and followed by Jack Reacher: Never Look Back ($22.8 million), Ouija: Origin of Evil ($14 million) and Keeping Up With the Joneses ($5.4 million). Each weekend was originally set to be even bigger though, with some movies shifting dates at the last minute, and this year is no exception, with The Mountain Between Us moving to October 6 and War With Grandpa moving to February 23, 2018.

What was interesting about last year’s win for Boo! A Madea Halloween is that it was able to win despite a horrific score on Rotten Tomatoes (21%) and a theater count (2,260) that was roughly 1,500 theaters behind the widest release that weekend, Jack Reacher: Never Look Back (3,780). Boo 2 faces roughly the same daunting task, opening in approximately 2,250 theaters, while Only the Brave is slated to arrive in roughly 2,400 theaters and the disaster thriller Geostorm debuting in more than 3,000 theaters. Universal’s The Snowman is slated to arrive in roughly 1,800 theaters and Same Kind of Different As Me will debut in approximately 1,250 theaters. As of now, only The Snowman (24% on Rotten Tomatoes) and Only the Brave (100% on RT) have enough reviews for a TomatoMeter rating on RT.

We’re predicting that the top 5 will be rounded out by Geostorm in second place with $18.5 million, followed by the true story adaptation Only the Brave in third with $17.2 million, last week’s box office winner Happy Death Day dropping to fourth with $14.8 million and Blade Runner 2049 in fifth with $8.7 million. The top 10 will likely be rounded out by The Foreigner ($6.1 million), The Snowman ($5.6 million), Same Kind of Different as Me ($4.2 million), IT ($3.3 million) and The Mountain Between Us ($2.9 million). It will also be quite crowded in limited release as well, with Music Box Films’ documentary Aida’s Secrets, Freestyle Releasing’s drama The Bachelors, The Orchard’s foreign film BPM (Beats Per Minute), IFC’s documentary Dealt, Reliance Films’ foreign movie Golmaal Again, Abramorama’s documentary Jane, A24′s The Killing of the Sacred Deer, TriCoast Worldwide’s horror film Let Her Out, Vertical Entertainment’s thrillers Never Here and The Strange Ones, Well Go USA’s thriller RV: Resurrected Victims, Gunpowder & Sky’s horror-comedy Tragedy Girls, Roadside Attractions’ comedy Wonderstruck and The Orchard’s documentary The Work.

Looking ahead to next weekend, the month of October will come to a close with four more new movies arriving in wide release, Lionsgate’s Jigsaw, the eighth entry in the iconic Saw franchise, Universal’s Thank You For Your Service, Paramount’s Suburbicon and Open Road Films’ All I See Is You. Also arriving in limited release, courtesy of Box Office Mojo, is Vertical Entertainment’s comedy Crash Pad, Cohen Media Group’s drama Daughter of the Nile, Strand’s music drama Felicite, Dada Films’ drama God’s Own Country, Cinedigm’s comedy/drama The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards, Atlas Distribution’s drama Let There be Light, Sony Pictures Classics’ drama Novitiate and Magnolia’s comedy The Square. Take a look at our projections for the box office top 10 for the weekend of October 20, and check back on Sunday for the box office estimates.

1Boo 2! a Madea Halloween
2Geostorm
3Only the Brave
4Happy Death Day
5Blade Runner 2049
6The Foreigner
7The Snowman
8Same Kind of Different as Me
9IT
10The Mountain Between Us

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Justice League Green Lantern Cameo Spoiled by Big Bang Theory?

Justice League hits theaters in exactly a month and, while the trailers have shown us quite a bit of action, it’s clear that the movie is going to feature a lot of surprises. That’s great, considering that so many trailers tend to ruin movies these days. However, it looks like a pretty major Justice League cameo may have just been ruined by The Big Bang Theory, of all things.

The Big Bang Theory is currently holding a contest branded as the Big Bang Justice League Geekstakes, which is actually well worth entering, if you’re a Justice League fan. The prizes include $500 a day, a hometown screening of Justice League for 100 friends, and a trip for two to the Justice League premiere. So far so good. It’s after you enter the contest where things get interesting. Those who enter are asked to spin a wheel to unlock a Justice League-themed clip from old episodes of the show. The wheel includes logos for all seven members of the team, including Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, Superman and, that’s right, Green Lantern.

In the earliest days of the marketing for Justice League, director Zack Snyder shared an image of Jason Momoa as Aquaman that says, “unite the seven.” However, even when we count Superman, who is eventually going to come back from the dead, that still only makes six. Green Lantern is seven. But the trailers haven’t made any mention of him, save for Steppenwolf saying that Earth has “no Lanterns” in the Justice League trailer. So this little bit of promotion could have spoiled a pretty huge cameo, since no actor has been officially announced as Green Lantern yet and he’s not officially been confirmed to be in the movie.

It’s entirely possible that we’re reading a bit too much into this, but it is at least a little suspicious that something officially tied to the Justice League marketing features Green Lantern in any capacity. Granted, hardcore fans have likely heard about this rumored cameo for months, as various reports have claimed that a member of the Green Lantern Corps., possibly not even Hal Jordan or John Stewart, is going to appear in the movie. But more casual fans likely would have been pretty surprised by the cameo.

This is still far from confirmed, but this does add a lot more fuel to the fire that we’re going to see a member of the Green Lantern Corps. appear, at some point, in Justice League. Spoiled or not, we’re not going to have to wait too much longer to see the possible cameo, as Justice League arrives in theaters on November 17. If you’re not to mad about the spoiler, you can also enter the Big Bang Justice League Geekstakes, if you feel so inclined. You can check out the spin wheel that contains the potential Green Lantern confirmation for yourself below.

did this promo tie in from the #BigBangTheory confirm that Green Lantern will be in #JusticeLeague ???? pic.twitter.com/o66F6GcULB

— hendrix targaryen (@lord_anarchy) October 17, 2017

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Justice League Clothing Collection Invades Hot Topic

Just because you’re not a superhero doesn’t mean you can’t dress like one. This fall, you’ll be able to slip into a few new styles inspired by your favorite DC characters as Justice League gets ready to hit the big screen. A new collection of jackets and other items is hitting Hot Topic, and they’re sure to make you the envy of all your friends and family, unless you’re forty and wearing them on casual Friday. Not saying don’t do that, but you may illicit some unwanted frowns and eye rolls.

Ok, so you can’t be an Amazon princess or the fastest man on the planet. But you certainly can bite their style. And that’s the plan with these latest articles of clothing, each based on characters that include Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg. And these pieces of high fashion are extremely affordable, so you don’t have to be Bruce Wayne to get a few Into your closet.

The collection includes a line of jackets that feature the legendary iconography associated with Justice League and its team of super friends. There are styles tailored to fit most binary and non-binary individuals and will be available to purchase at the local Hot Topic in the mall or you can order them directly online. One jacket displays The Flash’s lightning bolt, another has Wonder Woman’s double W chest plate, and another is unmistakably fashioned after Batman.

Cyborg gets a cool bomber jacket, which is sure to be all the rage amongst your tech-suave friends. The arms are patterned after the robotic character’s armor. And there is a faux-leather Aquaman jacket that has hints of the underwater superhero’s iconic trident. These clothes go on sale starting today. With Justice League speeding into theaters November 17, just in time for Thanksgiving. So, you looking for something to pair up with that big family dinner? Impress Grandma with your cool comic book wardrobe.

Hot Topic is also offering a ton of DC Comics inspired shirts and pants to mix and match with these new jackets. You can check out the collection below. And then get all sweaty trying to figure out which one suits your personality and lifestyle best.

DC and Hot Topic also launched a similar clothes line when Suicide Squad hit theaters in August 2016. In other Justice League merchandise news, there are tons of new toys and weapons you can purchase at varying retailers across the country. This is going to be one DC Christmas if Warner Bros. has there way about it.

In Justice League, Bruce Wayne and newfound ally Diana Prince find their humanity restored in the aftermath of Superman’s untimely death. Fueled by a fear of losing the planet, they enlist Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash to stop a global threat that could wipe out everyone. Together, this ragtag team takes a stand against a newly awakened enemy. Though strong as a group, it may just be too late for them to save the people of earth from an assault of catastrophic proportions. But then, an unexpected force of power returns to help turn the tide.

The Hollywood Reporter first dropped news of this cool Justice League clothing collection. You can see the images here.

Aqauman Jacket Hot Topic

Batman Jacket Hot Topic

Cyborg Jacket Hot Topic

The Flash Jacket Hot Topic

Wonder Woman Jacket Hot Topic

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Garfield Creator Teams with Marvel for New Galactus Story

In the late 70s and early 80s, there was nothing hotter than Garfield when it came to newspaper comic strips. Sure, Garfield’s day in the sun has cooled a bit, especially after a couple of mediocre live-action movies with none other than Bill Murray voicing the lasagna-loving feline. But Garfield mania has started to hit up again in recent years, with 80s nostalgia at an all-time high. Marvel is now cashing in on that, bringing the creator of the comic into their fold to draw a new Galactus story for their hugely popular Squirrel Girl run.

While Marvel has been making a killing at the box office in the past couple of years, and turning the tide when it comes to superheroes on the small screen, their narrative has been tied into one fairly cohesive story that will end with Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4. When it comes to Marvel Comics, though, there is definitely more room to bump around and try new things. The comics allow for a wide range of different storytelling techniques, discovering what does and doesn’t work before any ticket paying fans are even brought into the fold.

That’s where Squirrel Girl comes in. Originally conceived for the world of Marvel Comics, the title was created to have some fun, with the unbeatable Squirrel Girl proving to be so popular that she’s now getting her own TV show. The comic book has brought compassion, kindness and a very wacky sense of humor that has been missing from other titles, including the most recent spat of Marvel movies and TV shows. Now, Marvel wants to take that even further.

Issue number 26 of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl arrives in November, and the creators of the comic, which include writer Ryan North, artist Erica Henderson, and colorist Rico Renzi, have invited a number of artists to create a book that is styled more as a zine. One of the big gets is Jim Davis, who created the phenomenon known as Garfield. He has illustrated a story from the perspective of Galactus. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Davis had this to say about his unexpected partnership with Marvel Entertainment.

“Ryan North sent me an email last winter about this idea to do a special Squirrel Girl issue drawn by the cartoon characters themselves, with different artists for each style. He explained Galactus seemed like a logical one for me, because of Garfield, having the appetite of the planets, and being one of the biggest and oldest of the Marvel characters. Garfield will be 40 next year, and is himself reaching iconic status.”

Ryan North has written the Galactus story with Davis drawing the action, helped along by his assistants Gary Barker and Dan Davis. Galacus is basically a stand-in for Garfield, with Silver Surfer taking the place of Garfield’s owner Jon Arbuckle. Continues Davis.

“Ryan explained to me, he wanted it to be done in our style. He likened and wrote Galactus as Garfield and Norin Radd as Jon. That determined what they were going to look like. When you look at the Silver Surfer, he’s 75 percent of the way there anyway with Jon, all we had to do is give him the big eyes. That was a natural. John kind of hangs around Garfield anyway, he’s the straight man to Garfield’s gags and has to get him food. He’s like Garfield’s herald. Galactus was tougher. We were throwing stuff back and forth, and the initial sketches just weren’t working for Galactus. I said okay, we gotta make him fat. The guy eats planets, for god’s sake! Once we do that, it’s a little less Galactus but certainly a lot more Garfield. It looked more natural. Obviously, Galactus has put on a few mega-tons for this strip.”

You can get your hands on this unique issue of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl when it hits newspaper racks and magazine stands on November 8. Entertainment Weekly even provided a sneak peek at what Galactus and Silver Surfer look like in their Garfield drag. Other contributing artists for this book include Michael Cho’s Kraven the Hunter story, Rahzzah’s Spider-Man story, Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson’s Howard the Duck story, and Rico Renzi’s Tippy-Toe story.

Garfield creator Jim Davis drew a Galactus story for new Marvel comic https://t.co/Jh6o60HS44

— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) October 16, 2017

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Burnt Zombie Child Halloween Costume Causes Massive Backlash in U.K.

The 2017 Halloween backlash for tasteless costumes continues, but this time the outrage is taking place in England. Retailers are getting slammed for selling a burnt zombie child costume after the tragic Grenfell Tower tragedy in June in which at least 80 people died, 18 of the victims being children. The news comes just days after work started to cover the haunting reminder of the many deaths and hundreds of people left homeless after the catastrophic blaze. Scaffolding is being set up along with white sheeting to hide it from public view.

More than 200 firefighters and 40 fire engines were involved in battling the blaze and it affected most floors of the building and destroyed 151 homes, both in the tower and surrounding areas. The fire started on the 4th floor and blazed on for hours, creeping up the side of the Grenfell Tower, trapping residents with many being burned alive, which is why the specific backlash is happening around the burnt zombie child Halloween costume that is currently being sold in England. Many see the costume in very poor taste since the fire wasn’t even 5 months ago. And it doesn’t help that the death toll hasn’t been accurately reported following the California wildfires, which is also helping push the backlash.

Furious parents have slammed the firm for its insensitivity, with 99% of polled parents saying they would ban their child from wearing it. As retailers unveil their Halloween costumes this week, the annual study from parenting site ChannelMum.com showed two thirds of parents now claim some Halloween costumes are ‘too frightening’ for young children, up from just 48% last year. The burnt zombie child costume did come around at an unfortunate time, as it was more than likely made without any harmful intent, but parents are still fighting to get the costume banned immediately.

The banning of the costume comes at a time where there are quite a few new costumes for Halloween 2017 that have caught negative attention. An Anne Frank costume was being sold for a short amount of time and has since been taken down due to the controversy that it received. Another costume that is catching fire right now is the “sexy” Eleven from Stranger Things costume. Many believe that it is sexualizing a minor and are demanding that the costume gets taken from the web. And finally, there’s a new costume that is said to be modeled after Pink Floyd’s The Wall record, but many believe that it’s a direct reference to Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.

2017 Halloween costumes seem to be trying a little too hard this time around and sparking controversy left and right. Regardless, it seems really hard to do much of anything these days without offending someone, so might as well go big or go home. You can read more about the burnt zombie child costume and other offensive Halloween costumes via the Mirror U.K..

Retailers slammed for selling ‘burnt zombie child’ costume in wake of Grenfellhttps://t.co/2UujpEBOi7pic.twitter.com/XsTCIqXSNE

— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) October 16, 2017

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Cute Kitty Hilariously Photobombs Cougar Warning on Live TV

Someone’s adorable house cat in Mississippi is now an internet superstar for its perfectly-timed photobomb during a news broadcast reporting on a cougar spotted in the area. FOX13′s Scott Madaus discovered a very different kind of feline when he started his report about the cougar in the area. Madaus says, “There have been spottings of a cougar,” in a teaser for a story on the Mississippi station. With that, he turns and points to a clearing where the cougar had reportedly been seen. Sitting in the exact spot he points is a house cat, staring blankly at him, much like cats do, just bored by human behavior and more than likely waiting to get fed.

The tiny stray cat has obviously stolen the thunder of the large cougar that was filmed in the exact same spot earlier in the day. The best part about the whole video is that the bored cat is just staring at the camera with the words “Large Cat Spotted” right underneath the adorable little troll. Scott Madaus said, “and that’s not it, that looks like a house cat” as the camera man zoomed in on the clearly disinterested photobomber.

Madaus admits the shot of the cat was planned but didn’t expect it to become the internet sensation that it is now. The video has racked up more than 69,000 views on Facebook and just keeps getting liked and shared all over the internet. “It had come out from this brush from underneath a tree and it was just standing there, staring at me, and I thought how ironic is this that we’re doing a story about a 100-pound-plus possible cougar and here’s this small, little house cat,” he said. Madaus quickly phoned his producer and told them to cut live to him before the commercial break so he could “tease” his story to viewers with footage of the cat. He continued to say, “If you look at the video, it’s just methodically staring at me.”

Even so, Scott Madaus was just trying to have some fun and put some smiles on some Mississippi resident’s faces and had no idea that the video would go on to be a viral sensation. The kitty troll is now all over social media and has all but erased that there was a cougar there in the first place, which could be dangerous if people go looking for the tiny, cute cat and run into the hundred pound-plus cougar looking for a human snack instead. But who knows, maybe the little house cat is the ambassador for the cougar and was just there to send a cute warning.

The photobombing cat is now an internet superstar that even celebrities are tweeting about. Roots drummer Questlove laughed about the video and shared it in the morning, saying, “good morning kids.” While national news journalist Katie Couric captioned the video, “when local news goes wrong.” Regardless of how it got here, the cat is here to stay. You can check out the adorable video below, courtesy of Scott Madaus’ Twitter account. In addition, you can check out the video of the cougar that started the madness below as well.

Apparently a lot of people are talking about the cat who stole the show. If you missed it, here ya go. pic.twitter.com/cYSvanti3R

— Scott Madaus FOX13 (@scottmadaus) October 14, 2017

???????????????? & good morning kids https://t.co/j3oERPGZLI

— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) October 14, 2017

When local news goes wrong. #beentherebutnotquitethisbadhttps://t.co/ixhzPfpPNU

— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) October 13, 2017

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CBS Veteran Jed Kapsos Named Pop’s CFO

Jed Kapsos, the CBS Corp veteran most recently SVP Finance at CBS Television Network, has been appointed Chief Financial Officer at Pop, the network owned by CBS and Lionsgate. He will relocate from New York to Los Angeles and report to Pop president Brad Schwartz, with responsibility for the network’s finance and accounting operations.

“We are thrilled and incredibly fortunate to have Jed’s expertise as we continue building Pop as a premium media brand,” said Schwartz in a release. “Since rebranding in 2015, we’ve been on quite a run, and with nine scripted series set for 2018, Jed will be integral to our continued growth.”

Jed Kapsos

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At CBS Kapsos oversaw all of the network’s accounting, shared services, and West Coast operations finance. He also served as the liaison with CBS Corp and other CBS divisions for network finance matters including financial systems, business processes and controls, and program modeling. Before that he was Chief Financial Officer for CBS’ digital media division, which eventually merged with CBS Interactive. He joined CBS in 1998 from Price Waterhouse.

“Pop is a dynamic, fast-growing network with a strong slate of programming and great momentum across all areas of its business,” Kapsos said. “It’s an exciting time to join the team, and I am looking forward to being part of the network’s bright future.”

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Clinton Foundation Will Not Return Harvey Weinstein Donations: It’s Been Spent

The Clinton Foundation says it will not return contributions it received from Harvey Weinstein, having already used those dollars to fund charitable programs.

“We are a charity. Donations, these included, have been spent fighting childhood obesity and HIV/AIDS, combating climate change, and empowering girls and women, and we have no plans to return them,” the foundation said in a statement.

Weinstein’s most recent contribution was made in 2014; estimates on the amount vary from $100K to $250K. At either end of that spectrum, that makes Weinstein a relative minor compared to such mega-donors who, according to the foundation’s web site, include:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (Canada)
Fred Eychaner and Alphawood Foundation
Frank Giustra, The Radcliffe Foundation
Nationale Postcode Loterij
The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
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Hillary Clinton last week broke her silence about the growing number of women claiming they were sexually harassed, assaulted or raped by the Hollywood producer who contributed mightily to Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid as a donor and as a bundler.

Hillary Clinton, dinged for waiting so many days after The New York Times published its bombshell report on Weinstein to denounce her major campaign donor, gave her first televised interview on the subject to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria; the money quote was unspooled on Tuesday:

“I was just sick. I was shocked. I was appalled. It was something that was just intolerable in every way,” Clinton began. “And, you know, like so many people who’ve come forward and spoken out, this was a different side of a person who I and many others had known in the past.”

In the wake of the Weinstein scandal, a number of Democratic senators and other party figures have announced that they were contributing Weinstein’s contribution amounts to charitable organizations.

And in his interview with Clinton, Zakaria noted Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal called on people to give back the money Weinstein donated to them. “He donated money to you, directly and indirectly — would you give the money back?”

Responded Clinton, “Well, there’s no one to give it back to.”

She added: “What other people are saying, what my former colleagues are saying, is they’re going to donate it to charity, and of course I will do that. I give 10% of my income to charity every year. This will be part of that. There’s no – there’s no doubt about it.”

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