Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
Honest Thief topped box offices for the second week in a row. Brining in an additional $2.4 million this weekend, the film has grossed over $7 million since its debut. Coming in second place is the 20th Century horror film, The Empty Man with a $1.3 million debut. Tenet rounds out the third spot earning an additional $1.3 million making it one of the top-grossing original films since Interstellar. (The Wrap, Forbes)
With Halloween this weekend, there’s no better time to watch spine-chilling thrillers or gory slasher films. In honor of the spooky holiday season, Variety crunched some numbers to determine the most profitable horror movies based box office returns compared to their budget. Was your favorite screamer one of the films that scared up the most profit? Check out the list if you dare! (Variety)
Omari Hardwick is giving horror thriller fans something new to looks forward to for Halloween with Spell, in theaters this Friday. The plot follows Marquis, a native of rural Appalachia who made it out and never looked back. Now a successful businessman, he’s returning home with his wife and children for his father’s funeral. But their plane crashes on the way and Marquis wakes up wounded and trapped in the attic of Ms. Eloise, a strange woman who promises to nurse him back to health via Boogity, a Hoodoo figure made from his blood and skin. (EW)
If the classics are more your style, the cast of the fan favorite Halloween movie Hocus Pocus will be reuniting for a one-night-only special on the same night. Each year, Midler hosts a Halloween fundraising costume gala called Hulaween, with proceeds going to New York Restoration Project, Midler’s charity that supports New York’s parks. Due to the pandemic, Hulaween will be held virtually — and Midler’s inviting all of us to partake in the Hocus Pocus-themed event. In Search of the Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover will stream on Friday, October 30 at 8 p.m. ET. Tickets for the reunion cost $10, and are available here. (O)
David Fincher’s eleventh feature film, Mank, is headed to theaters on November 13. Shot in black and white, Mank is a drama based on Hollywood’s early sound era, and highlights the agony and the ecstasy of “enforced collaboration” between directors and writers in the political ruthlessness of Golden Age studios. The film, starring Gary Oldman, will follow the journey of Herman J. Mankiewicz, a newspaperman turned screenwriter who co-wrote the screenplay for Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane. (Vulture)
MGM’s Creed III is in the works with Michael B. Jordan, who is considering directing the series’ third installment in addition to his role as Adonis Creed. While Jordan previously executive produced Creed II, this will be his feature directorial debut. The Rocky spinoff series follows Adonis, the son of the late Apollo Creed, as he follows in his father’s footsteps with the help of Rocky Balboa. (IndieWire)
Barney is returning to the big screen! Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya and Mattel Films have teamed up to produce a new live-action Barney film. When asked why he wanted to bring this film to life, the actor shared, “It feels like there’s something unexpected that can be poignant but optimistic. Especially at this time now, I think that’s really, really needed.” The infamous kids show originally made its cinematic debut in 1998 with Barney’s Great Adventure, which followed the purple dinosaur and three young children embarking on a journey to return a magical egg to the barn it came from before it hatches. There’s no word just yet if filming has begun on the new movie, or when it will hit the big screen. (JoBlo, EW)
Jennifer Lopez and Armie Hammer will tie the knot in the upcoming action-comedy, Shotgun Wedding. The film follows Darcy and Tom, played by Lopez and Hammer, as they bring together their lovable but very opinionated families for their destination wedding – just as the couple begin to get cold feet. Things continue to go south after the entire party is taken hostage. The Lionsgate film will be directed by Jason Moore and written by Mark Hammer and Liz Meriwether. Production is set to begin in early 2021. (Deadline)
Another Marvel Studios production has wrapped! Simu Liu took to social media to announce filming of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is officially over, and that the movie “will break records and make history as the first superhero movie to feature an all-Asian cast.” Liu plays Shang-Chi, alongside stars Awkwafina, Ronny Chieng, Michelle Yeoh, and Tony Leung. Shang-Chi is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, who also directed Short Term 12 and Just Mercy. The superhero film is set to hit theaters on July 9, 2021.
Victoria Mahoney has been tapped to direct Lionsgate’s upcoming action drama, Shadow Force, starring Sterling K. Brown and Kerry Washington and written by Leon Chills and Joe Carnahan. The film follows an estranged husband and his wife who must go on the run with their son to avoid their former employer – a unit of shadow ops that has been sent to kill them. Mahoney is the first female to ever direct a Star Wars movie. (The Hollywood Reporter)
MGM and black-ish creator Kenya Barris will partner on a biopic of the legendary comic Richard Pryor. After an intense auction, MGM came out on top for the rights to the comedian’s life story, and Barris is set to write and make his directorial debut. He will also produce alongside Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor. Pryor was the first ever recipient of the prestigious annual Mark Twain Humor Prize, and arguably the greatest stand up comic of all time. He starred in nearly 50 films, and the series The Richard Pryor Show and Pryor’s Place. He wrote for shows including Sanford and Son, The Flip Wilson Show and two Lily Tomlin specials, one of which earned him both an Emmy and a WGA Award. His first screenwriting credit Blazing Saddles, with Mel Brooks, earned him the WGA Award. His stand-up has been captured in four feature films, Live and Smokin’, Richard Pryor Live in Concert, Richard Pryor Live on Sunset Strip, and Here and Now. (Deadline)
More than 900 film props will be auctioned off at the Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction. The auction is set to take place on December 1st and 2nd via live stream and will feature $5.6 million worth of goods. This auction comes after the massive success of their Los Angeles Entertainment Memorabilia live auction. Valuable items include Keanu Reeves’ Matrix suit, the mechanical alien head from Ridley Scott’s Alien, the neck tie worn by Heath Ledger’s Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, and the red leather jacket worn by Brad Pitt in David Fincher’s Fight Club. (IndieWire)
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