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'Crazy Rich Asians' Delivers $34M Five-Day Opening; 'Mile 22' & 'Alpha' Fall Short

'Crazy Rich Asians' Delivers $34M Five-Day Opening; 'Mile 22' & 'Alpha' Fall Short
August may be a notoriously slow month at the box office, but Warner Bros. has now delivered back-to-back strong performers. Last weekend The Meg topped all expectations and continued its strong global performance this weekend, while the new release of Crazy Rich Asians delivered an estimated $34 million in its first five days of release. Between the two films, WB secured the weekend's top two spots, and helped deliver the third straight August weekend this year to top the same weekend last year. Unfortunately, the weekend's two other new wide releases, Stx's Mile 22 and Sony's Alpha, weren't able to have such splashy debuts. With an estimated $34 million, Crazy Rich Asians topped industry expectations and came up just shy of Mojo's aggressive, pre-weekend forecast. The film is having a profound impact as the first Asian-led studio film to hit theaters since The Joy Luck Club 25 years ago and word
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Winona Ryder Thinks She and Keanu Reeves Got Married for Real While Filming ‘Dracula’

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Winona Ryder Thinks She and Keanu Reeves Got Married for Real While Filming ‘Dracula’
Twenty-six years after heating up the screen in “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” Winona Ryder wonders if she and her leading man, Keanu Reeves, accidentally got married for real while shooting their characters’ wedding.

“I swear to God I think we’re married in real life,” she told Entertainment Weekly while promoting the upcoming rom-com “Destination Wedding,” which reunites her and Reeves.

“In that scene, [director] Francis [Ford Coppola] used a real Romanian priest,” she explained. “We shot the master and he did the whole thing. So, I think we’re married.”

When they reconnected on the set of “Destination Wedding,” she reminded him that they each said “yes” to the “Do you take…?” question while filming with that ordained priest.

“Don’t you remember that? It was on Valentine’s Day,” she said, to which Reeves deduced,
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‘The Meg’ Remains No. 1 at International Box Office, Tops $300 Million Worldwide

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‘The Meg’ Remains No. 1 at International Box Office, Tops $300 Million Worldwide
The Meg” swam past the competition at the international box office for the second week in a row.

Warner Bros.’ shark thriller generated $67 million in 55 territories abroad this weekend for an overseas tally of $230.4 million. It picked up another $21.5 million in North America, bringing its global tally over $314 million.

The Meg,” which was a co-production with China, just crossed the $100 million mark in the Middle Kingdom. It opened in Korea with $3.2 million in 601 locations, followed by Australia with $2.5 million on 413 screens. Top holdover markets include Mexico, the United Kingdom ($2.8 million on 720 screens), Russia, and Brazil ($1.5 million on 806 screens).

Another Warner Bros. title, “Crazy Rich Asians,” pocketed $730,000 when debuted in six international territories. Jon M. Chu’s romantic comedy opened at No. 1 in North America with a five-day tally of $34 million. The studio is staggering its release overseas in weeks to come. Based on Kevin Kwan’s bestselling book, the movie — which stars Constance Wu,
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‘The Wife’ & ‘We The Animals’ Bow Strong; ‘Three Identical Strangers’ at $10.5M in 2nd Month of Release: Specialty Box Office

‘The Wife’ & ‘We The Animals’ Bow Strong; ‘Three Identical Strangers’ at $10.5M in 2nd Month of Release: Specialty Box Office
Sony Classics’ The Wife with Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce topped out a group of newcomer limited releases that mostly did decent numbers this weekend.

The 2017 Toronto debut by Björn Runge grossed $111,137 in four New York and Los Angeles locations in the three-day estimate, averaging $27,784. Sundance breakout We The Animals by Jeremiah Zagar from The Orchard also had a nice launch, playing three theaters in New York and L.A., for $66,261 and a $22,087 per theater average.

Ethan Hawke had two films out this weekend, one in which he stars and another he directed. Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate’s Juliet, Naked with Hawke, Rose Byrne and Chris O’Dowd launched in four theaters, grossing $60,922, averaging $15,230. Sundance Selects opened Hawke’s Blaze, which he co-wrote and directed, in three locations exclusively in Austin, TX over the weekend. The Sundance premiere grossed $45,342, averaging slightly lower than Juliet, Naked at $15,114.

Music Box Films, meanwhile, opened Emmanuel Finkiel’s French-language,
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‘Will & Grace’: Debra Messing Talks David Schwimmer’s Guest Role

‘Will & Grace’: Debra Messing Talks David Schwimmer’s Guest Role
Don’t expect to see Ross Geller on “Will & Grace.”

Debra Messing assures us that David Schwimmer’s character on the upcoming 10th season of “Will & Grace” is nothing like his iconic “Friends” persona.

“He’s as far away from Ross as he can possibly get because he’s already mastered Ross,” Messing told Variety on Saturday night in Los Angeles at Project Angel Food’s Angel Awards, where she was honored with this year’s Founder’s Award. “I think people will be excited to see him in our world playing a different part.”

NBC announced earlier
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Chris Jericho to star in Kevin Smith’s horror anthology KillRoy Was Here

Chris Jericho to star in Kevin Smith’s horror anthology KillRoy Was Here
Last summer, Kevin Smith announced that he was shooting a horror anthology movie entitled KillRoy Was Here, which originally started out as a Christmas-themed Krampus film before morphing into what the filmmaker describes as a “modern day Creepshow kinda flick.”

Well, Smith has now taken to Facebook to provide another update, revealing that wrestling icon Chris Jericho is set to feature in the movie as “a nasty-ass South Florida streamer”.

Despite suffering a major heart attack earlier this year, Smith is showing no signs of slowing down. He’s gearing up to begin production on his return to the View Askewniverse, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, has another episode of The CW’s Supergirl in the pipeline, and recently teased that he’s working on what could become his biggest-budgeted project of his entire career.

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Why Carrie Brownstein Wants Another Season of ‘Portlandia,’ Too

Why Carrie Brownstein Wants Another Season of ‘Portlandia,’ Too
A version of this story on Carrie Brownstein first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

The sketch-comedy series “Portlandia” began with a series of comedy shorts made by actor-comedian Fred Armisen and musician Carrie Brownstein, one of the leaders of the pioneering all-female indie band Sleater-Kinney.

Over eight seasons that ended in March, the show turned into an Emmy favorite, landing its first nomination in 2011 and picking up Outstanding Variety Sketch Series nominations the last four years in a row.

Over the years, Brownstein directed four episodes, receiving her first directing nomination this year for the season opener, “Riot Spray.” In that episode, a former punk band reunites and finds that youthful anger has given way to more mundane middle-aged concerns.

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What
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This Is What ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Meant to Its Fans: ‘My Heart Is Bursting’

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This Is What ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Meant to Its Fans: ‘My Heart Is Bursting’
Though its box office opening wasn’t a record breaker like “Black Panther,” Jon M. Chu’s “Crazy Rich Asians” had the same impact on Asian-American moviegoers that the Marvel blockbuster had on African-Americans, filling a demand for representation that had long been ignored in Hollywood.

As the film steamed towards a strong $34 million five-day opening — among the best for a romantic comedy this decade — Asians who saw the film took to social media to express their gratitude to Chu, Constance Wu and the rest of the film’s cast and crew for finally giving them the chance to see characters that reflected themselves on-screen.

Also Read: 'Crazy Rich Asians' Rolls Up No. 1 at Box Office With $34 Million 5-Day Opening

Among the most widely shared was a Twitter thread from Huffington Post editor Kimberly Yam, who talked about her lifelong struggle with her Chinese-American identity.

“You’re 8 years old.
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Ken Jeong Calls Out Hollywood’s ‘Cultural Insensitivity’

Ken Jeong Calls Out Hollywood’s ‘Cultural Insensitivity’
Ken Jeong delighted audiences in “Crazy Rich Asians” as Papa Goh, the high-haired, nouveau riche father of the Goh family. But behind the laughter, a range of emotions welled behind the comedian, for the road to “Crazy Rich Asians” was a deeply emotional one. Even now, while doing press for the film, Jeong can’t help but get emotional talking about the impact of this feature film.

“It’s bigger than us,” Jeong said. “This movie is bigger. I have a very modest, small role in this movie, yet, I’ve never felt so culturally emotional about it.”

Getting “Crazy Rich Asians” made the way author Kevin Kwan and director Jon M. Chu wanted it has been a battle, one Jeong himself has had to wage on the set of “Dr. Ken” as well. And he’s ready for Hollywood, and the world to change.

Here’s our full interview with Ken Jeong,
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See Chance the Rapper Debut ‘What’s the Hook’ With Reeseynem on ‘Wild ‘N Out’

See Chance the Rapper Debut ‘What’s the Hook’ With Reeseynem on ‘Wild ‘N Out’
Chance the Rapper delivered the live debut of his new song “What’s the Hook” with Reeseynem during the rapper’s latest turn as special guest on Wild ‘N Out.

The two Chicago rappers released the studio take of their collaboration earlier in the week before the premiere of the October 18th episode of the MTV variety show, Pitchfork reports. A music video for the track premiered on Saturday.

As part of his Wild ‘N Out guesting duties, Chance the Rapper participated in a variety of sketches, including one where
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Glenn Close’s ‘The Wife’ Leads Several Solid Openings at Indie Box Office

Glenn Close’s ‘The Wife’ Leads Several Solid Openings at Indie Box Office
While Kevin Spacey’s “Billionaire Boys Club” crashed hard, several other new releases posted solid openings at the indie box office this weekend, with Sony Pictures Classics’ “The Wife” leading the way.

The 2017 Tiff film stars Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce as a Nobel Prize-winning author and his wife, the latter of which begins to slowly resent how her life has become defined by her spouse. It has a 93 percent Rotten Tomatoes score and earned $111,137 from its four-screen L.A./N.Y. opening for a per screen average of $27,784.

Also Read: 'We the Animals' Film Review: Haunting Childhood Tale Earns Comparisons to Terrence Malick

In second on the per screen average charts is the Sundance hit “We the Animals,” which was released on three screens by The Orchard. Following three rough-and-tumble boys through their tough childhood, the film earned $66,261 for a PSA of just above $22,000.

Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate’s “Juliet,
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The Summer’s Most Important Movie Trend: People Still Love Going to the Movies!

The Summer’s Most Important Movie Trend: People Still Love Going to the Movies!
Each year, as the summer movie season winds down, we get to hear the box-office analysis of the previous four months, and these days it tends to be more than just a who’s-up/who’s-down postmortem of the business of Hollywood. It’s become a way of reading the tea leaves of where movies stand in American life. Are they going great guns? Merely holding their own? Or slipping? The grand narrative the numbers of the last 10 years generally add up to is: slipping.

I don’t say this to be a negative nabob, but because it’s the stark reality that the powers of the movie industry are up against. We all know the larger trends. For years, higher ticket prices (and carny-barker gambits like 3D) have been working to compensate for the fact that movie attendance is gradually sliding downward. The international box office takes up a growing segment of the business,
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Jacki Weaver Heads Cast of Stan Original Series ‘Bloom’

Jacki Weaver Heads Cast of Stan Original Series ‘Bloom’
Australia’s two-time Oscar-nominated actress Jacki Weaver heads the cast of sci-fi series “Bloom.” An original commission for Australian streaming platform Stan, the six-part series is produced by Sony Pictures Television’s Playmaker.

The story takes place a year after a devastating flood has killed five locals in an idyllic country town, and when a mysterious new plant appears. The plant’s phenomenal ability to restore youth is so formidable that attempting to harness it means re-evaluating values. It is a miracle some will kill to keep secret.

With finance from Stan and federal funding body Screen Australia, production is
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‘The Vietnam War’ Director Lynn Novick on Why That Conflict Still Resonates Today

‘The Vietnam War’ Director Lynn Novick on Why That Conflict Still Resonates Today
A version of this story on Lynn Novick first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

Lynn Novick has worked with Ken Burns on a series of celebrated, epic-length documentaries: “Baseball” in 1994, “Jazz” in 2001 and “Prohibition” in 2011 among them.

Their latest collaboration is “The Vietnam War,” a 10-part examination of the war in Southeast Asia that took a decade to make and includes interviews with 79 different witnesses from all sides of the conflict.

The show’s four nominations include one for Novick and Burns for directing Episode 8, which deals with the stormy period in 1969 and 1970 when opposition to the war intensified in the U.S. and protests on college campuses were met with violence.

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What was the biggest challenge of the series?

On some level, I would
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Kevin Spacey’s ‘Billionaire Boys Club’ Bombs With $287 in First Two Days at Box Office

Kevin Spacey’s ‘Billionaire Boys Club’ Bombs With $287 in First Two Days at Box Office
Kevin Spacey’s latest film, “Billionaire Boys Club,” has earned the lowest box office opening of the year, making just $287 from 10 screens in its first two days in theaters, according to an individual with knowledge of the numbers.

To break it down, it brought in $126 on its opening day and an additional $162 on Saturday. If the current national ticket price average of $9.27 is used, that means that no more than 31 people bought tickets to see the crime drama.

Filmed in 2015 and released with no publicity following a VOD release last month, “Billionaire Boys Club” was one of Spacey’s final projects before he was hit with over two dozen sexual misconduct accusations. Actor Anthony Rapp was the first to come forward, others followed, including members of the crew of the Netflix show “House of Cards” and by anonymous accusers who called a hotline set up by London’s Old Vic Theatre,
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Ronnie James Dio’s Estate Details Upcoming 666-Item Auction

Ronnie James Dio’s Estate Details Upcoming 666-Item Auction
Ronnie James Dio‘s vast personal collection of guitars, stage wardrobe and artwork will feature in an upcoming auction dedicated to the heavy metal giant. The auction, fittingly, is offering 666 items from Dio’s estate.

Among the notable items in the Julien’s Auction, scheduled for September 14th and 15th in New York, is the original acrylic Barry Jackson painting used as the art for Dio’s 1984 album The Last in Line.

The auction also boasts instruments from throughout Dio’s metal legacy, ranging from a 1961 Gibson bass guitar that Dio
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Doesn’t Represent All Asians Everywhere, And That’s Fine (Column)

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Doesn’t Represent All Asians Everywhere, And That’s Fine (Column)
Despite the critical acclaim, the box office success, and the fabulous jade carpet roll out, some critics have decried “Crazy Rich Asians” for not being all things to all Asians.

There have been complaints that the film doesn’t represent the true diversity of Southeast Asia or Asia or the Asian-American experience. And they are absolutely right; it doesn’t. In fact, it doesn’t even come close.

The richness and complexities of the Asian diaspora cannot be tackled and addressed in a rom-com that takes place in a country that’s two-thirds the size of New York City.

But nevertheless, about a third of the way through “Crazy Rich Asians,” I found myself tearing up — and I’m not part of Singapore’s 1%. It was an emotional experience, not just because of how funny Ken Jeong and Awkwafina are every time either is on-screen. Or because I could hear
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Why ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino Loves Torturing Actors

Why ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino Loves Torturing Actors
A version of this story on Amy Sherman-Palladino first ran in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

The Amazon series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” landed 14 Emmy nominations this year, more than any other new series and more than any comedy except “Atlanta.” Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino (“Gilmore Girls”) crafted the ’50s-set story of a Jewish housewife and young mother from New York City, “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), who is driven to standup comedy when her husband leaves her for another woman.

Sherman-Palladino herself received nominations for producing, writing and serving as a music supervisor on the series, and another nom for directing its pilot episode.

Also Read: Tony Shalhoub Had to Learn a New Skill for 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel': Talking Fast

Is a pilot episode particularly tricky, because you’re setting the template?

Pilots are really hard. People have to be able to not only see
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The Best Looking 4K Hdr Movies, Including ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Now that we’re a couple years into the 4K and Hdr era, the format has really started to come into its own. Movie studios have firmly committed to taking full advantage of everything that Ultra High Definition and High Dynamic Range colors have to offer — and a little assist from Apple, Netflix, Amazon and Vudu make 4K content readily available and affordable.

So if you’re taking the plunge into this beautiful new world of colors you’ve never seen on a TV before, these movies are absolute must-haves. Note: I’m not saying all these movies are good — your tastes are probably different from mine — but I am saying they look spectacular in 4K.

Alien: Covenant” — Fox doesn’t make use of Dolby Vision at all on any of its releases — opting instead for the less dynamic HDR10 format exclusively — so its 4K releases tend to stand out
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Shares Letter Sent to Coldplay for ‘Yellow’ Permission

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Shares Letter Sent to Coldplay for ‘Yellow’ Permission
Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu has shared the note he sent Coldplay requesting the licensing rights for their 2000 hit “Yellow.”

Coldplay initially rejected Chu’s request, and the film’s studio Warner Bros. remained concerned that the song’s title and placement in the romantic comedy would be problematic (yellow is a derogatory term against Asians), but Chu wanted to use the song to reclaim the word. “We’re going to own that term,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “If we’re going to be called yellow, we
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