Halloween Has Screened, Here’s What People Are Saying

The summer movie season may be over, but there’s still plenty to look forward to in the fall, including the long-awaited Halloween revival. Horror fans have been highly anticipating this movie, which continues the story of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie and ignores the majority of the other sequels. The trailers have teased a super scary and gory return to form for the series, and an audience of movie fans and critics got to witness it first-hand last night at the Toronto International Film Festival. CinemaBlend’s own Sean O’Connell was on hand to deliver his first impression, noting:

Written by David Gordon Green and Danny McBride, and directed by Green, the newest Halloween takes place 40 years after Michael Myers terrifying murder spree that left only one survivor. That teenage girl, Laurie, is now all grown up with a family of her own and she’s been preparing for Myers inevitable return, and it is brutal, according to Sean O’Connell. The new movie ramps up the body count and those looking for some grizzly murders have come to the right place.

The kills are one significant aspect of Halloween, and while Michael Myers is all warmed up and ready to show what he’s got, so is Jamie Lee Curtis. The actress comes full circle here, going from frightened babysitter to a shotgun-wielding grandma who’s more than ready to settle the score with her old rival. According to Variety‘s Peter DeBruge, Laurie is badass and capable of taking a beating.

There aren’t very many good Halloween franchise movies, so does this one manage to escape the curse? For the most part, yes, and it manages to be faithful to the original film. Fans of the franchise will be able to spot plenty of winks and homages to that 1978 classic, but Entertainment Weekly‘s Leah Greenblatt wonders if it might be too faithful at times.

Overall, the impression seems to be that those looking for a bloody horror movie that kicks ass will be satisfied by Halloween. It’s being called the Star Wars: The Force Awakens of the Halloween franchise by more than one person on Twitter. It’s full of the things people love about the first movie, plus introduces some new things while being surprisingly funny.

You’ll be able to make your own judgment about Halloween when it arrives in theaters on October 19, 2018.

Big Brother Live Feed Spoilers: Who Won The Veto

Saturday was a long day of a whole lot of nothing on the Big Brother live feeds, but the Veto competition did play out last night, and we have the winner results. Get the spoilers ahead!

Here’s how things are stacking up in the Big Brother house this week…

Head of Household

Kaycee

Nominated

Sam

Haleigh

Won the Veto

Kaycee

Veto used?

Not yet. Probably won’t be.

Kaycee is on a Veto streak. For the third week in a row, she’s come out of the Veto competition heavy one golden accessory. If she’s aiming to build her resume with some wins as the end of the season approaches, she’s doing a fine job and people should be noticing that.

In case you missed Friday’s update, Kaycee nominated Sam and Haleigh for eviction. Haleigh is the primary target. It seems like she believes Sam is the target, however, but it may only be a matter of time before her paranoia causes her to wonder if maybe that’s not the case. Sam has been assured by Tyler that she is safe.

The Veto competition didn’t take place until last night, which meant the houseguests spent most of Saturday laying around. We’re really at that point of the season and the pointless Battle Back twist didn’t help boost the momentum. If anything, it stalled it as we’re waiting for Level 6 to finish getting the alliance formerly known as Foutte out and turn on each other.

There’s a good chance we’ll see the start of that on Thursday night during the double eviction, but first, this week’s Veto competition.

The houseguests played for Veto last night and when the feeds returned, they were dressed in superhero outfits. Yes, the annual comic book competition took place and it looks like Kaycee won it. So she has all the power this week, and as of where things are right now, it’s highly unlikely that she’ll use it. It’s also looking like Haleigh will be sent out as the first eviction on Thursday night.

I’m not sure there’s much Haleigh could or would do to save herself this week. There hasn’t been much wiggle room for targets once it’s decided that they’re going this season, and unfortunately, it’s hard to imagine the plan to get Haleigh out changing between now and Thursday. Of course, anything is possible, but if the Veto isn’t used, Haleigh’s as good as gone.

So that’s where we’re at. I think it’s fair to say we’re all waiting for the Double Eviction and the events that follow. There doesn’t seem to be one central target for the houseguests to go after once Haleigh is gone, which means who goes in the second eviction on Thursday will be largely dependent on who wins Head of Household.

An Eagle-Eyed Fan Spotted A Fun Crossover Between Captain America And Thor

Marvel movies are always jam-packed with easter eggs, and while some of them are easy to spot, others are so tough to find that they don’t surface until years after the movie comes out. People are still trying to find that final Guardians of the Galaxy easter egg, and now a fan has spotted a small crossover detail that connects the first Thor and Captain America films. Namely, both movies feature the same location of Tonsberg, Norway, which just so happens to be the town where the Red Skull found the Tesseract. Take a look.

Marvel was still figuring out its shared universe during Phase One, but the studio was able to draw connections between those early movies in the lead up to The Avengers. Some movies do this a bit more obviously like Iron Man 2 or Hawkeye appearing in Thor. Other times you get some harder-to-spot easter eggs like what we have today.

One fan by the name of comrade_batman posted to Reddit some picture from Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. The pics show that Odin’s battle against the Frost Giants in a Thor flashback takes place in Tonsberg, Norway in 965 A.D. Not a very major detail by itself, though trivia nuts may know that Tonsberg is said to be the oldest town in Norway and was founded by Vikings. That’s a fun real-world fact, plus we know the MCU’s Tonsberg is hiding a supernatural secret. The town appears again in Captain America: The First Avenger when the Red Skull and Hydra invade. Tonsberg is where the Tesseract, later revealed to be the Space Stone, is hidden.

This crossover between two movies was hidden right in plain sight, as the name of the town is placed right there on the screen for people to read. Still, it’s a pretty fun connection of the variety that MCU fans love to eat up. It makes sense that Odin would choose Tonsberg as the location of the Tesseract, seeing as how he has so much history with the town. He probably thought the Infinity Stone would be well hidden on earth, which ultimately ended up not being the case.

Fans will have to tide themselves over with more behind-the-scenes hunts because it’s going to be a while before the next Marvel movie hits theaters. The next MCU movie is Captain Marvel, which doesn’t arrive until March 8, 2019. To learn more about the upcoming movie here’s what we know about what’s coming in the Marvel universe, as well as what’s heading to theaters sooner with our handy 2018 movie release guide. For more movie news, be sure to keep it right here at CinemaBlend and we’ll update you with new information as soon as it becomes available.

The Nun Box Office: The Conjuring Universe Has A New Opening Weekend Record Holder

While August and September are not exactly known for housing huge movies in comparison to the rest of the calendar, Warner Bros. has done a great job countering that narrative in 2018. Their on-going streak started with the super impressive launch of Jon Turteltaub’s The Meg; continued with the phenomenal success of Jon Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians; and now the studio is number one at the box office for the sixth week in a row thanks to Corin Hardy’s The Nun. Now all three films are in the top four at the box office – as you can see below in our Top 10 chart. Check it out, and join me after for analysis.

1. The Nun*

$53,500,000 Total: $53,500,000

LW: N

THTRS: 3,876

2. Crazy Rich Asians

$13,600,000 Total: $136,222,165

LW: 1

THTRS: 3,865

3. Peppermint*

$13,260,000 Total: $13,260,000

LW: N

THTRS: 2,980

4. The Meg

$6,030,000 Total: $131,572,774

LW: 2

THTRS: 3,511

5. Searching

$4,515,000 Total: $14,311,130

LW: 4

THTRS: 2,009

6. Mission: Impossible – Fallout

$3,800,000 Total: $212,116,767

LW: 3

THTRS: 2,334

7. Christopher Robin

$3,196,000 Total: $91,725,090

LW: 6

THTRS: 2,518

8. Operation Finale

$3,043,000 Total: $14,107,446

LW: 5

THTRS: 1,818

9. Alpha

$2,505,000 Total: $32,447,518

LW: 7

THTRS: 2,521

10. BlacKkKlansman

$1,565,000 Total: $43,454,530

LW: 9

THTRS: 1,547

The Conjuring Universe has been building up steam for about five years now, and at this point it’s probably the most profitable franchise that Warner Bros. has going. One of the benefits of making horror movies is that they can generally be made well with a limited about of money (it’s basically Blumhouse’s entire business strategy), and thus far we have seen five reasonably-budgeted Conjuring-related releases go on to become international hits. What makes The Nun extra special, though, is the fact that it’s $53.5 million earned in its first three days is a record for the brand. It successfully topped the original Conjuring, which made $41.9 million when it came out in July 2013 – though it’s worth noting that the James Wan-directed feature is still the highest domestic earner in the continuity, with $137.4 million brought in.

The Nun hasn’t exactly received the warmest welcome from critics, and it only got a “C” CinemaScore – which means that its success will probably be front-loaded – but already it’s doubled its reported $22 million budget… and that’s not even factoring in the extra $77.5 million that it’s already made abroad, bringing its worldwide total up to $131 million earned so far. That’s undeniably huge, and it’s impressive to see how it weighs into the larger performance of The Conjuring Universe movies. All together, including The Nun, this is a franchise that has raked in $1.3 billion globally with five releases, none of them costing more than $40 million before marketing (John Leonetti’s Annabelle was made for $6.5 million and it wound up making over $257 million internationally).

Surely part of The Nun‘s success can be attributed to the fact that it didn’t have much in the way of competition – though Pierre Morel’s Peppermint did… fine. Had the film earned more buzz from critics it could have done better (it has a 13% on Rotten Tomatoes), but it has to settle for third place behind Crazy Rich Asians in its fourth week of release. This is another case where the feature benefits from not costing too much, as it was reportedly made for $25 million, but this also isn’t shaping up to be a runaway hit. It may stick around for a couple weeks in the Top 10 thanks to individuals who may be bored and have a desire to see Jennifer Garner kick some ass, but it’s not exactly going to be one of 2018’s biggest earners.

Given its opening weekend, The Nun should make somewhere between $21.4 million and $26.8 million in its next Friday to Sunday – but it will have a more significant obstacle standing in its way. Specifically, Shane Black’s The Predator is ready to arrive in theaters on September 14th, along with the Paul Feig thriller A Simple Favor, Harold Cronk’s Christian-themed Unbroken: Path To Redemption, and Yann Demange true-story drama White Boy Rick. Be sure to come back next Sunday to see how the new releases shake up the Top 10.

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Ray Park Kept Telling People He Was Returning As Darth Maul, And No One Noticed

The biggest surprise to come out of Solo: A Star Wars Story was the reveal that Darth Maul was the secret bad guy behind the Crimson Dawn crime organization. While Maul has been back for a while thanks to Star Wars cartoons, this was his first live action appearance since 1998. Ray Park, the actor who physically plays Maul in The Phantom Menace, was brought back for Solo, and while these types of cameos are usually shrouded in secrecy, Park was pretty into teasing it on social media ahead of his ultimate appearance. However, as it turns out, no one really noticed at the time. Check out one post he made teasing his Star Wars appearance.

Ray Park is an actor and martial artist perhaps best known for his role as Darth Maul in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Park was able to design his choreography for the role, contributing to what most Star Wars fans consider to be one of the best lightsaber fights in the franchise. Though only had a few lines in the movie, he was dubbed over by Peter Serafinowicz in the film, and later when Maul made his big return in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Sam Witwer provided the voice. Witwer once again did the voice for Maul in Solo, with Park reprising his role on set.

It had been quite a few years since Ray Park had to get his face painted, so one can imagine he was excited to be playing the character again. He was so excited that if people were paying attention to his social media feed, they probably would have gotten some big hints. One clue was that he shaved his head and Park had posted to his Instagram page writing, “Now… I wonder why I shaved my hair a wee while ago?”

This post came out a little while after Solo when the cat was already out of the bag, but apparently, he had deleted a few previous posts where he had secretly provided hints to his comeback, according to Forbes.

If Darth Maul ever shows up again, people better pay attention to Ray Park’s social media! Still, it’s unclear if there is a plan for Maul to appear in a movie again. One would assume that a sequel to Solo would be the best place for Maul to appear, but it’s unknown if Disney and Lucasfilm will greenlight such a movie after Solo underperformed at the box office.

It might not have Maul in it, but the next Star Wars film to hit theaters will be Star Wars: Episode IX, which doesn’t arrive until December 19, 2019. To learn more about the movie, here’s everything we know so far.

We Just Saw The New Halloween, And It Is Vicious And Relentless

Forty years after the events of the original Halloween, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) finally is able to confront her demon — singular — as David Gordon Green resurrects “The Shape” known as Michael Myers for a vicious, relentless and satisfying continuation of the battle between the unexplainable threat, and the survivor who keeps standing in his way.

As has been written about since production began, Halloween — which just held its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival — is positioning itself as a direct sequel to the original film, ignoring any continuity established by the Halloween sequels that followed in steady progression. (Yes, that means that Michael no longer is related to Laurie, a story beat that bothered several fans.) And director David Gordon Green proves to be a close study of original director John Carpenter, conjuring gory and unexpected kills and ratcheting up the tension as Michael Myers returns to his lethal ways on Halloween night.

This time, Laurie is prepared. She’s practically John Rambo, having turned her forest hideaway into a training ground. The initial attack by Michael Myers has turned this once-meek schoolgirl into a prepared warrior, though her paranoia has cost her a normal life with a family. Twice-divorced, Laurie stays close with her granddaughter, Allyson (Andi Matichak), but has a strained relationship with her own daughter Karen (Judy Greer), due to the fact that Laurie always thought the Boogeyman was destined to come and get them.

Well, he is. Provoked by two podcast hosts investigating Michael Myers for a Serial-esque series, Michael breaks free from a hospital transport bus — who in their right minds thought it wise to try and transport Myers ANYWHERE the night before Halloween? You had him in custody for 40 years. It couldn’t wait one more week? Anyway, he’s on the loose, and shedding innocent blood left and right.

The new Halloween is mean and nasty, and takes no prisoners with regards to its kills. David Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride surpass the body count of Carpenter’s original before Michael even reaches Haddonfield, and the kills are disturbingly brutal, involving hammers, head butts, long kitchen knives, boots, and much more.

If we’re being totally honest, the best character in the new Halloween is a young boy named Julian (Jibrail Nantambu). He’s being babysat by one of Allyson’s friends, and he’s the only character in the movie who seems to understand that he’s in a horror film. He yells at characters who do dumb shit (and a lot of people do dumb shit in this movie). He predicts, accurately, who will die, and he knows where to look to spot the monsters that lurk. The movie is better whenever Julian is on the screen.

For the rest of the time, Halloween presents an updated Halloween, one that enhances the model established by Carpenter that doesn’t look to reinvent any wheel, but instead to just do what it’s supposed to do very well. Jamie Lee Curtis transforms Laurie into a credible badass, honed by her PTSD into a vigilante on a mission. Judy Greer gets a scene-stealing moment. And Green slips in some outstanding nods and visual cues to the original that had our Midnight audience howling with glee. If this is closure for the Halloween series, it goes out on a bloody bang.

How Lady Gaga Made Sure She Was Someone New In A Star Is Born

Lady Gaga hugged me. There are a million ways I could start this story about Gaga’s new film A Star is Born, but none will convey how special this compassionate spirit is in person then telling you that we got choked up talking about the “family” that was formed on the set — a credit she gives entirely to director Bradley Cooper — and the impact that the movie is having on those who have seen it, all will have on all that see it soon. And she hugged me. But before that, we talked. At length. About the backstory for her character, Ally, a shy songwriter who gets a break at stardom. About her director. About drag (naturally). And she explained how she stopped being Lady Gaga for A Star Is Born, a process that wasn’t as easy as it sounds. Gaga told CinemaBlend:

It’s true that Lady Gaga, the global sensation, and Ally — the stage-innocent artist in A Star is Born — walked different paths. But they both end up at the same destination. After being recognized in a drag show by the already successful Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper), Ally slowly builds her own career, even rocketing past the man who launched her, the man she loves. The movie brings a lot of attention to the steps one makes during a career to get to a place of success, and Lady Gaga explained to CinemaBlend that her past informed this character in ways even she wasn’t aware of at the time of filming. She recalled to us:

She’s going to be even further away from all of that in the next few months, as we expect Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper and A Star is Born to be front and center on the red carpet all the way up until Oscar evening. The movie opens in theaters on October 5, and we’ll have more from our interviews in the coming days.

Jim Carrey Wants An In Living Color Reboot

Television is no stranger to bringing back successful shows from the past. So, does Jim Carrey think In Living Color should be among those to return to television? The sketch comedy show, which aired on Fox, helped jettison the comic’s early career in the early 90s. While at the premiere of his new Showtime series Kidding, the subject was broached with Carrey on the red carpet. Responding to the question, Carrey had this to say:

As you can tell from his reply to ET, Jim Carrey is entirely on board with the prospects of an In Living Color revival. And that is not the only thing he said about a potential resurgence. The actor/artist added that he would definitely be on board to go back and “hang out”, should a revival get up and running. The show began in 1990 and gave rise to a host of talent, including Jim Carrey.

He starred on the show throughout its run, from 1990 to 1994. The year the show ended was the same year that Jim Carrey found enormous theatrical success with Ace Venture: Pet Detective, The Mask, and Dumb and Dumber. It has been 28 years since the show debuted, and nearly 25 years since it ended. So, there has been more than enough time for nostalgia to build up enough to bring it back. Not to mention lots of the original talent remains active.

The careers of the Wayans family is still going strong in the entertainment industry. Keenan Ivory Wayans created and hosted the series. And many of the show’s high-profile alums are available to make guest appearances in a potential revival. It is not the first time talks of bringing the show back to life have happened. Back in 2012, it nearly got off the ground in the form of two specials and casting was even done for the reboot.

A year later in 2013, Fox chairman Kevin Reilly confirmed that the reboot would not be happening. Reilly did not shut down the potential of doing another In Living Color reboot in the future, just not the one that was filmed. While fans await the possibility that In Living Color could return to television, Jim Carrey will be making his back by way of the Showtime dramedy Kidding. It marks the actor’s first television show as a series regular since he completed In Living Color.

Jim Carrey’s new show is not a sketch comedy series, rather a dramatic comedy, or dramedy. The show follows Carrey’s Mr. Rogers-esque character as he weathers a devastating personal tragedy. Kidding‘s premiere is right around the corner. The series debuts Sunday, September 9 at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime. One of fall’s big debuts, there are many others on their way as well.

Nicole Kidman Kicks and Slams Her Way Into The Oscar Race With The Brutal Destroyer

Roughly five times, while watching Karyn Kusama’s Destroyer, I needed to remind myself that this was Nicole Kidman I was watching on screen. That’s how thoroughly and convincingly the elegant, distinguished Oscar winner plunges into the dark and devastating role of hollowed-out L.A. detective Erin Bell in this gritty police procedural. Annually, film writers fall all over their Macbooks to praise an actor or actress who disappear under layers of prosthetics to portray someone who is wounded and impaired, or an historical figure we can’t identify with on the surface. It usually leads to Oscar glory (looking at you, Gary Oldman), and I expect nothing less for Kidman — an Oscar nomination for Destroyer is a virtual lock. But her performance as Erin Bell is more than makeup. Kidman wears the pain and suffering of Bell’s bad choices like an anchor around her neck, slumping her shoulders and affecting her stance so that her every move basically accounts for that extra burden. It’s always there, pushing her down, like a gigantic thumb resting on an insect. She’s mesmerizing, and so committed that, yes, you will need to stop repeatedly and remind yourself, “That’s Nicole Kidman.” It’s amazing.

Doctor Who Video Has Jodie Whittaker Literally Breaking The Glass Ceiling

Doctor Who has released a new teaser, and it features a not-so-subtle nod to the groundbreaking nature of its new Time Lord. In case you somehow missed it, Season 11 will star Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor. The teaser gives a knowing tribute to the show welcoming its first female Time Lord. Check it out for yourself below:

In case you were wondering, Macklemore and Skylar Grey’s “Glorious” is the song that plays in the background. As for Doctor Who itself, Jodie Whittaker’s first season as the new Doctor is closer than ever. And this teaser is destined to get fans even more excited, if that is even possible, for what’s to come. Whittaker made her initial debut as the Thirteenth Doctor in Season 11’s Christmas episode, which marked the departure of the series’ Twelfth Doctor played by Peter Capaldi.

In that initial glimpse and this one, viewers get a pretty good idea of what Jodie Whittaker will bring to the role. As an actress, she can say a lot without saying much at all. As does the teaser itself, which leans heavy into imagery and inferences. There is room to speculate as to its meaning, although it seems to be pretty obvious. One interpretation is that it portrays Whittaker’s Doctor basically saying that she is “sorry not sorry” for breaking the glass ceiling to take on the iconic role.

There is also the “it’s about a time” tagline. and room for its many interpretations do not rule out this theory. Regardless of the video’s meaning, its ability to get fans pumped for the season ahead is more definitive. Those excited to see what Jodie Whittaker does in the role do have a few details to satiate them in the meantime. For instance, we know that the Season 11 premiere is entitled “The Woman Who Fell to Earth.”

And BBC is promising that the season opener will welcome new and previously existing fans of the franchise. Fans are excited to see Jodie Whittaker take on the role, and the actress recently opened up about the emotional moment she officially felt like the Doctor. With the show premiering in October, fans are very close seeing her take on the iconic role for an entire episode. Trailer and photos can only get you so far.

Scheduling changes are in store, as the new season will bow on a Sunday night, as opposed to its traditional Saturday night timeslot. Doctor Who Season 11 premieres Sunday, October 7 on BBC. The season premiere will be simultaneously broadcast on BBC America. The exact time it will debut is still unknown. Doctor Who is not the only new show debuting this fall, so there is a lot to keep television fans busy.