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‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ Haunts Thursday Box Office With $760,000

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Tyler Perry’s “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” scared up $760,000 at Thursday previews. The Lionsgate release is projected to top this weekend box office with $20 million to $22 million from 2,500 locations, with Lionsgate projecting a start on the lower end of that range. That would be a step down from the $28 million opening for last year’s “Boo!,” which opened to $855,000 at the Thursday previews and went on to gross $73 million. But with a reported budget of $20 million, this will still be a strong opening for Perry’s ninth Madea film, which he wrote and directed. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Sean Penn Rep Rips ‘Delusional’ Kate del Castillo’s El Chapo Doc as ‘Cheap, National Enquirer-Esque’

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Kate del Castillo’s documentary “The Day I Met El Chapo” is now available on Netflix, and that has Sean Penn’s camp seething. “This is nothing but a cheap, National Enquirer-esque tale spun by a delusional person whose hunger for fame is both tawdry and transparent,” Penn’s spokesperson Mark Fabiani told TheWrap via email. Reps for the American movie star are angry with the streaming service, the documentary’s producers, and the telenovela star herself over the release of the project, which they think paints Penn in a negative light. Among the “Mystic River” actor’s issues is »


- Tony Maglio

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All 9 Tyler Perry Madea Movies Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)

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Tyler Perry‘s most famous character, Madea, has appeared in nearly half the director’s films: a gun-toting, “Hallelu-yer”-shouting force of nature, and an outrageous drag tribute to his mother and aunt. But some films in the Madea Cinematic Universe are gleefully manic, while others arrive in what appears to be a half-finished state of sad melodrama and mediocrity. Not counting her cameo appearance in the otherwise Madea-free “Meet the Browns,” or the animated kids offering “Madea’s Tough Love,” here’s where to find maximum Madea mayhem: 7. “Madea’s Witness Protection” To look at box office receipts, this »


- Dave White

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‘Stranger Things’ Star Finn Wolfhard Exits Apa as Agent Faces Sexual Assault Investigation (Exclusive)

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Stranger Things” star Finn Wolfhard has parted ways with Agency for the Performing Arts after the agency launched an investigation of sexual assault claims against the his longtime rep, two individuals familiar with the matter told TheWrap. Wolfhard is no longer signed with Apa’s Tyler Grasham, who was accused this week of plying former actor Blaise Godbe Lipman with alcohol and sexually assaulting him a decade ago when Lipman was still a teenager. It’s unclear at present where Wolfhard will land for representation. A rep for Wolfhard and Apa did not immediately return TheWrap’s request for comment. »


- Matt Donnelly

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Women Animators Pen Open Letter on Sexual Harassment: ‘The Abuse Has Got to Stop’

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More than 200 women, including gender non-conforming people, in animation have signed an open letter sent to all the major animation studios, demanding industry leaders take measures to end sexual harassment in the workplace. The letter was sent on Thursday to executives at Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, DreamWorks Animation, Bento Box, OddBot, Paramount, Shadowmachine, Sony Pictures Animation, Stoopid Buddy, Titmouse and Warner Bros. Aiming to “address and highlight the pervasive problem of sexism and sexual harassment” in the animation industry, the letter outlines the behaviors of men who contribute to a hostile work environment for others, from “crass sexual remarks” to. »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘Boo 2!’ Review: Tyler Perry Leaves a Flaming Bag of Poo on Your Doorstep

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It’s hard out here for a sporadic Tyler Perry apologist. Yes, his funniest films are his dramas, where he gives the leading ladies of “Temptation” or “For Colored Girls” HIV for skipping church or whatever, but his Madea still hasn’t gotten her due as a genuinely outrageous comic creation. When Perry-as-Madea is firing on all cylinders — as in “Madea’s Big Happy Family” or “Boo! A Madea Halloween” — the character’s comedic energy is enough to raise the boats of Perry’s sluggish direction. The success of last year’s “Boo!” has given Perry 12 months to crank out a sequel, »


- Alonso Duralde

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MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell Blasts John Kelly Slam on Black Congresswoman: ‘He Dehumanized Her’ (Video)

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While many praised White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly for his stern and emotional defense of President Donald Trump’s phone call to the widow of a fallen soldier, one passionate dissenting voice was MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. On his program Thursday evening, O’Donnell launched into an 18 minute diatribe against Kelly that got personal, with the host suggesting Kelly’s Boston Irish upbringing tinged his thoughts about Wilson with racism. Also Read: Lawrence O'Donnell Apologizes for On-Camera Meltdown (Video) “I grew up a few years after John Kelly in an identical neighborhood in the other side of »


- Jon Levine

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John McCain to Release New Memoir ‘The Restless Wave’ in April

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John McCain is set to release his upcoming memoir, “The Restless Wave,” in April, Simon & Schuster announced Friday. According to the Associated Press, the publisher quietly signed up “The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations” in February without a formal announcement. “This memoir will be about what matters most to him, and I hope it will be regarded as the work of an American hero,” said Jonathan Karp, president and publisher of Simon & Schuster’s flagship imprint. Also Read: Senator John McCain Diagnosed With Brain Tumor The book is expected to begin in 2008, when he lost to. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘The Snowman’ With Michael Fassbender Gets Panned and Director Says He Knows Why

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Michael Fassbender’s “The Snowman,” opening this weekend, got killed by critics, and director Tomas Alfredson says he has an idea about what went wrong with the thriller. “Our shoot time in Norway was way too short,” the Swedish director told the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, which was then translated by The Independent. “We didn’t get the whole story with us and when we started cutting we discovered that a lot was missing. It’s like when you’re making a big jigsaw puzzle and a few pieces are missing so you don’t see the whole picture.” He added »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Ratings: ABC Drops to 3rd Place on Thursday Without ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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ABC aired “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” in place of “Grey’s Anatomy” last night. Not a great idea. The Disney-owned broadcaster network slipped from second place last week to third on Thursday without its hit medical drama kicking off primetime. Not that new runner-up NBC is complaining. CBS won the evening outright with a competitive (but down) “Thursday Night Football” game. Due to the nature of live sports, however, the fast national Nielsen numbers for the so-called “Tiffany Network” are subject to significant adjustment. Also Read: Mlb, Fox Are 2 Wins Away From Dream La v NY World Series CBS was first. »


- Tony Maglio

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Did James Woods Just Call Democratic Congresswoman ‘Clown Dressed as Saloon Hooker’?

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James Woods took to Twitter on Friday and took what looked like a clear shot at Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wislon. “When #Democrats start wheeling out clowns dressed as saloon hookers, they are trying desperately to swerve away from the news. #UraniumOne,” he Tweeted Friday morning. Also Read: James Woods Says Reports of His Retirement Are 'Greatly Exaggerated' When #Democrats start wheeling out clowns dressed as saloon hookers, they are trying desperately to swerve away from the news. #UraniumOne – James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) October 20, 2017 While, Woods didn’t mention Wilson by name, the comments from his fans, leave little doubt about his target. »


- Jon Levine

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Paul Ryan Wrote His Own Headline: ‘Ryan Slams the President Amongst Liberal Elites’ (Video)

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House Speaker Paul Ryan took the stage Thursday night at New York City’s annual Al Smith charity dinner — and used his time at the lectern to make some very pointed jokes about President Donald Trump. “When read the papers tomorrow, everyone is going to report this thing differently,” the Wisconsin Republican said. “Breitbart is going to lead with ‘Ryan Slams the President Amongst Liberal Elites’ New York Times is going to report, ‘Ryan Defends the President in a State Hillary Won’ and the President will tweet, ‘300,000 at Al Smith Dinner Cheer Mention of my Name.” Also Read: Paul Ryan's Attempt. »


- Jon Levine

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Thanks Katy Perry, Wraps 2nd Chemo Treatment for Breast Cancer

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus just wrapped her second round of chemotherapy and took to Instagram to thank “Veep” co-stars Timothy Simons and Tony Hale — as well as Katy Perry. “Chemo #2: finito. We are Not f—ing around here,” she wrote on Thursday. “‘I’ve got the eye of the tiger. The Fighter dancing through the fire cuz I am a champion and your’re going to hear me Roar.’ Thanks to @mrtonyhale& @timothycsimons & @katyperry for their hilarious and loving inspiration.” The Emmy winner announced last month that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, taking to Twitter to share, “1 in 8 women get breast cancer. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Pink Doesn’t ‘Plead the Fifth’ on ‘Wwhl’ – Even When Christina Aguilera Beef Comes Up (Video)

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Pink joined Andy Cohen Thursday on “Watch What Happens Live,” when the pop star powered through a game of “Plead the Fifth” without ever invoking her Bill of Rights-guaranteed privilege. Our founding fathers would be so proud. Here are the three questions she faced: “In your new song ‘Revenge,’ you sing about wanting to make a lover pay for hurting you. Eminem is on the song with you as well, he raps about lovers who are cheating on each other. How much of that song is rooted in your own marriage?” “You tweeted in 2009 after Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift at. »


- Tony Maglio

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Vox Media Editorial Director Lockhart Steele Fired for Misconduct

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Vox Media Editorial Director Lockhart Steele was abruptly fired on Thursday for  unspecified acts of misconduct. “Lockhart Steele was terminated effective immediately. Lock admitted engaging in conduct that is inconsistent with our core values and is not tolerated at Vox Media,” Fay Sliger, a company spokesperson, told TheWrap. “Vox Media is committed to fostering a safe and welcoming community, and appreciates those who have been willing to speak up and share information during the course of this investigation,” she added. Also Read: Vox Suspends Deputy Editor for Anti-Trump Tweets: 'Start a Riot' Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff broke the news to staff members. »


- Jon Levine

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Jimmy Kimmel Introduces World to ‘Williamsburg or Gettysburg?’ Beard-Guessing Game (Video)

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Modern-day Williamsburg, Brooklyn has some of the thickest beards in American history. Just don’t tell that to Civil War-era Gettysburg. On Thursday, Jimmy Kimmel introduced the world to his “Williamsburg or Gettysburg?” beard-guessing game. It was an instant hit, and harder then you might think. At least the rules were simple: Kimmel showed a close-up photo of a beard and his audience had to guess whether it was from the ABC show’s week in the New York City borough or from like 150 years ago on a Pennsylvania battlefield. Also Read: Howard Stern Blasts 'Big, Fat' Harvey Weinstein's Approach With Women (Video) Play. »


- Tony Maglio

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Fox News Corrects Story About Bogus Vietnam Vet: ‘Turned Out to Be Untrue’ (Video)

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On Sunday October 8, Fox News ran a story about John Garofalo, a glass artist described on air as a Vietnam veteran and “highly decorated Navy Seal” — unfortunately, that all turned out to be fake. The network was forced to issue a lengthy correction of the entire piece Thursday, admitting that the story was bogus and they had been duped. “Unfortunately, all of Garofalo’s claims turned out to be untrue. The fact is that he did not serve in Vietnam,” the network said in a statement. “He was never a U.S. Navy Seal. Even though he showed us medals, »


- Jon Levine

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TV Academy ‘Overwhelmingly’ Votes to Begin Disciplinary Actions Against Harvey Weinstein

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The Television Academy has “overwhelmingly decided to initiate disciplinary proceedings concerning Academy member Harvey Weinstein,” the group behind the Emmy Awards said in a statement. “Such proceedings could result in action up to and including termination of Academy membership,” it continued. A hearing on Weinstein’s status has been set for early November during a regularly scheduled meeting of the organization’s group of governors. Also Read: Harvey Weinstein Under Lapd Sexual Assault Investigation Weinstein has already been booted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group behind the Oscars, as well as the British Academy of »


- Tony Maglio

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How ‘Only the Brave’ Went From Magazine Pages to the Multiplex

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Twenty stand-up, small town guys. An elite squad of first responders in the Arizona mountains. Everyday heroes whose loved ones suffered the “greatest loss of firefighters since 9/11.” Any studio head would likely break a finger motioning to greenlight that concept if it came through on spec, but that’s not how it was born. The story of Josh Brolin and Miles Teller’s “Only The Brave,” out Friday from Sony Pictures, happened in real life and was adapted from a widely-read 2013 GQ magazine story. Sean Flynn’s “No Exit” was published in the pages of the Conde Nast title in 2013 and. »


- Matt Donnelly

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How ‘Scandal’ Just Explained the Reality of Sexism With One Witty Remark

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(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if  you haven’t watched Thursday’s episode of “Scandal”) Former President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) isn’t sexist (at least his character doesn’t portray any blatant signs of being so), but even he got a very real reminder of just how unfair life can be for women. Thursday night’s episode of “Scandal” focused mostly on what President Fitzgerald Grant has been up to since he’s been pretty Mia since the start of the season. Basically, he’s trying to live a regular life in Vermont in the house he »


- Rasha Ali

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