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Box Office: ‘Ouija’ Spooks Keanu Reeves’ ‘John Wick’ With $20M Debut

ouijaBill Murray’s ‘St. Vincent’ climbs up the chart to No. 6, while Laura Poitras’ Edward Snowden doc ‘Citzenfour’ breaks records in select runs; overseas, ‘Big Hero 6′ debuts in Russia

re-Halloween horror pic Ouija easily won the North American box office race with $20 million from 2,858 locations, while Keanu Reeves‘ action pic John Wick exceeded expectations in a needed win for the actor following the disastrous 47 Ronin.

John Wick, from Lionsgate, placed No. 2 with $14.2 million from 2,589 theaters to rank ahead of holdover Fury, the World War II war pic starring Brad Pitt that won last weekend’s contest.

Ouija, costing under $20 million to make and based on the classic Hasbro board game, summoned up another victory for Blumhouse Pictures, Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Universal following the microbudgeted Purge franchise. Rated PG-13, the female-fueled, teen-friendly title was produced in tandem with Hasbro. It’s not a surprise Ouija received a C CinemaScore; horror films often do.

Directed by Stiles White, Ouija stars an array of young television actors, including Daren Kagasoff and Bianca A. Santos, and follows a group of friends who uncover the dark powers of the Ouija board when trying to summon their recently deceased friend’s spirit. Universal’s marketing campaign included organizing a screening and seance at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

“Marketing did a fantastic job in going after the young female audience, and it worked to go out the week before Halloween,” said Universal’s Nikki Rocco.

More than 60 percent of Ouija ticket buyers were females, while 75 percent of the audience was under the age of 25 and nearly 40 percent, Hispanic. John Wick was the mirror opposite: Males made up 60 percent of the audience, while 77 percent of the audience was over the age of 25.

Directed by Chad Stahelski, the R-rated John Wick stars Reeves as an ex-hitman who comes out of a peaceful retirement to hunt down the gangsters who have taken everything from him. Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo and Willem Dafoe also star.

Heading into the weekend, pre-release tracking suggested John Wick would earn only $7 million to $8 million. A berth in Imax theaters contributed to the film’s overperformance, as did strong reviews (18 percent of total revenue came from Imax locations).

“We’re ecstatic over the results,” said Lionsgate’s David Spitz. “Keanu has such an amazing body of work, and John Wick will be added to that list.”

Sony’s Fury held well in its second weekend, dipping 45 percent to $13 million from 3,173 locations to place No. 3, and pushing its domestic total to $46.1 million. Overseas, the WWII war pic, starring Brad Pitt, launched in its first 15 marketings, taking in a solid $11.2 million.

David Fincher‘s Gone Girl placed No. 4 in its third weekend, grossing $11.1 million for a domestic total of $124.1 million. The Fox film is just days away from overtaking The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ($127.5 million) to become Fincher’s top-grossing film in North America, not accounting for inflation.

Fox also took the No. 5 spot with The Book of Life. The animated film likewise sported a strong hold, falling 42 percent in its second weekend to $9.8 million for a domestic total of $29.9 million.

The Weinstein Co. and Chernin Entertainment’s St. Vincent, starring Bill Murray opposite Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts, moved up the chart to No. 6 as it expanded nationwide in its third weekend. The indie comedy grossed $8.1 million from 2,282 theaters for a total $9.2 million. St. Vincent nabbed an A- CinemaScore, ensuring strong word of mouth.

St. Vincent was sandwiched between two family films as Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day placed No. 7 in its third weekend, falling 39 percent to $7 million for a domestic total of $45.5 million. Overseas, Very Bad Day earned $2.5 million from 18 markets for an international total of $11.2 million and global cume of $56.7 million.

The bigger news for Disney internationally was Big Hero 6, which opened in Russia and the Ukraine on Saturday to take advantage of upcoming school holidays. The animated tentpole, which doesn’t launch in the U.S. for another two weeks, grossed $5 million, including $4.8 million in Russia.

At the U.S. specialty box office, the big headline was Laura PoitrasEdward Snowden documentary Citizenfour, which debuted to $125,172 from five theaters for a location average of $25,034, the best number since Waiting for Superman in 2010 ($34,758). Radius-TWC is handling the controversial film in the U.S.

Among holdovers, Fox Searchlight’s Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, continued to fly high, moving up to No. 16 as it expanded into a total of 50 theaters. The dramedy earned $1.5 million for a location average of $28,961 and domestic total of $2.1 million.

Dear White People also continued to prosper, grossing $1.3 million as it expanded into 384 theaters for a 10-day domestic total of $3.4 million for Roadside Attractions.

Here are the estimated top 10 films for the weekend of Oct. 24-26 at the domestic box office:

Title, Weeks in Release/Theater Count, Studio, Weekend Total, Percentage Change, Cume

1. Ouija, 1/2,858, Sony/QED, $20 million

2. John Wick, 1/2,859, Lionsgate, $14.2 million

3. Fury, 2/3,173, Sony/QED, $13 million, -45%, $46.1 million

4. Gone Girl, 4/3,106, Fox/New Regency, $11.1 million, -37%, $124.1 million

5. The Book of Life, 2/3,113, Fox/ReelFX, $9.8 million, -42%, $29.9 million

6. St. Vincent, 3/2,282, The Weinstein Co., $8.1 million, +1111%, $9.2 million

7. Alexander…Very Bad Day, 3/3,117, Disney, $7 million, -39%, $45.5 million

8. The Best of Me, 2/2,936, Relativity, $4.7 million, -53%, $17.7 million

9. The Judge, 3/2,610, Warner Bros./Village Roadshow, $4.34 million, -45%, $34.4 million

10. Dracula Untold, 3/2,364, Universal/Legendary, $4.3 million, -57%, $48.3 million

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Who’s that actor? Jim Carrey dresses in blonde wig and nude leotard as he larks around in series of Saturday Night Live sketches

Jim Carrey 1Dance off: A humorous office costume party skit saw Jim Carrey and his comic coworker both dressing as the child dancer from Sia’s Chandelier music video on Saturday Night Live!

He is an actor of many faces, having played everyone from the quirky Ace Ventura, Pet Detective to naive reality show star Truman Burbank in The Truman Show and green faced comic book character The Mask.

And Jim Carrey was back in a variety of different guises as he guest hosted Saturday Night Live!

He opened the evening dressed as a cross between the devil and Elvis Presley.

‘I like to call this Helvis,’ he said, shaking his hips like The King himself.

A humorous ‘office costume party’ skit saw Carrey and his comic coworker both dressing as the child dancer from Sia’s Chandelier music video.

Rocking a blonde wig and nude leotard in the doorway, Carrey was convinced he’d won the game.

However a hilarious ‘Chandelier dance off’ through the studio was required to settle the score.

Jim Carrey 2I got this! Rocking a blonde wig and nude leotard in the doorway Carrey was convinced he’d won the game

Jim Carrey 3Star jump: Jim showed off his comic side in the sketch

Jim Carrey 4Devil skit: Host Jim Carrey opened the evening dressed as a cross between the devil and Elvis Presley

A ‘Jim Carrey family reunion’ involved the SNL cast pretending to be the Ace Ventura star’s relatives – in varying degrees of silliness.

A dig was made at one of the actor’s less popular movies.

‘I thought people didn’t like the Cable Guy?’ Asked the Dumb and Dumber star, 52.

‘Not at first, people thought I got paid too much but I’m a real cult classic,’ said Jay Pharoah who was playing the TV technician in the sketch.

Allstate insurance commercials were comically parodied with the smooth talking Lincoln driver, played by a crazed Carrey.

Jim Carrey 5A Secret Billionaire competition had Jim’s character wheelchair bound wearing a large mechanical hand

Jim Carrey 6Emporium: Jim Carrey played the owner of a Halloween emporium who ‘accidentally got possessed by a demon’

Vanessa Bayer acted the saccharine role of ‘Romantic Comedy Expert’ purring all the corniest rom-com lines.

When her suggestion of marriage was rejected with an ‘absolutely not’ she giggled: ‘You had, me at ‘absolutely’.

A ‘Secret Billionaire’ competition showed Kate McKinnon choosing between four ‘eligible bachelors’.
Jim Carrey 7Loads of laughs: Cast members portray Jim’s Ace Ventura character

Jim Carrey 8Goofy: A Jim Carrey family reunion involved the SNL cast pretending to be Jim’s relatives – in varying degrees of silliness

‘In 1978 I rigged an election in Panama because I had high stakes in the banana business,’ said Carrey’s character, who was wheelchair bound and wearing a tracksuit with large ‘mechanatronic hand’

‘Things got messy and the bastards made off with a souvenir, my left hand,’ he joked.

‘Strong enough to crush steel but soft enough for manual pleasure,’ he added in his trademark drawl.

Jim Carrey 9Satire: ‘I thought people didn’t like the Cable Guy?’ Asked the Dumb and Dumber star, 52

Jim Carrey 10Halloween spirit: The crew then got involved with some gory zombie apocalypse action where they gorged each other’s flesh in true Walking Dead style

Ghost hunting reality TV shows were mocked with scaredy cat ‘resident skeptic’ Rhonda Sykes.

‘Ghosts ‘aint real she scoffed, before immediately becoming terrified and hiding in the van.

The crew then got involved with some gory ‘zombie apocalypse’ action where they gorged each other’s flesh in true Walking Dead style.

Carrey made another freaky appearance as the owner of a Halloween emporium who ‘accidentally got possessed by a demon’.

‘Your lord will fall to the darkness inside me,’ he burbled after vomiting blood over his employees.

Iggy Azalea 1Low key: Iggy Azalea was the featured performer on Saturday Night, sporting striped trousers and a shirt 

Iggy Azalea 2Solo show: Iggy first hit the stage for a medley of Fancy

Later, musical guest was Iggy Azalea made a dramatic entrance. The 24-year-old rapper exposed her toned midriff to perform her single Fancy, with a troupe of backing dancers.

The Australian hip hop singer then returned in a tight corset top and skintight striped trousers to sing Black Widow with Rita Ora arriving to perform her section of the duet.

Iggy Azalea 3Hugging it out: Iggy was joined by Rita Ora for their hit song Black Widow 

Iggy Azalea 4A striking show: Both women wore black ensembles and performed with smoke on stage

Meanwhile, the show took a dig at the TLC series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo – with a joke about its main character June Shannon, who is reportedly dating a convicted sex offender.

‘TLC has cancelled the reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo because Mama June is dating a convicted sex offender,’ said SNL comic Colin Jost in the faux news segment of the show.

‘Even though convicted sex offenders are the show’s key demographic,’ he added to prolonged laughter from the audience.

Saturday Night Live 1Funny stuff: Saturday Night Live took a dig at the TLC show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo – with a joke about its main character June Shannon, who is reportedly dating a convicted sex offender

Saturday Night Live 2Fair game: Obama’s handling of the Ebola crisis was also satirised

Obama’s handling of the Ebola crisis was also satirised

‘Some people have criticised the way we’ve handled it…but let me assure you, it was nowhere near as bad as how we handled the ISIS situation, our various secret service mishaps or the scandals of the IRS and NRA…and I don’t know if you remember the Obama Care website had some pretty serious problems too,’ joked comedian Jay Pharoah, 27.

And the U.S. hysteria was also addressed in another funny news segment.

‘According to a poll 45 percent of Americans are afraid of getting Ebola and the other 55 percent didn’t answer the phone because they think that might be the way you catch Ebola,’ joked the newscaster.

Saturday Night Live 3Hilarious! Vanessa Bayer acted the saccharine role of ‘Romantic Comedy Expert’ purring all the corniest rom-com lines

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Paris Hilton colour co-ordinates with her pet pooch in yellow Asian-inspired sundress as she goes shopping for sexy lingerie

Paris Hilton 1Perfect pair: Paris Hilton takes her new Pomeranian dog, Prince Hilton The Pom, out in a matching yellow outfit to hers as she heads to Trashy Lingerie in West Hollywood

He’s Paris Hilton’s new $13k Pomeranian pet accessory.

So naturally the miniature white pooch, named Prince Hilton The Pom, would be treated to his very own colour co-ordinating wardrobe.

Paris carried the dog through West Hollywood in his sunshine yellow cardigan, as she dressed in a matching Native American ensemble on her way for a Halloween outfit shop at Trashy Lingerie on Saturday.

And while she may have been at risk of losing the limelight to her pooch, Paris made sure that there were more eyes on her ensemble with its nod to Indian inspirations.

Her sundress, which was worn long on one sleeve, featured a green ikat design and cut high on one leg to reveal the star’s slender legs.

The socialite also donned a sparkling silver headband that she wore in a tribal fashion around her forehead, an overdressed accessory for her afternoon shopping trip.

Paris Hilton 2Bright and beautiful: Paris might have been sheltered by her shades but her dog looked to be squinting in the sunlight

Paris Hilton 3Indian-inspirations: Paris channeled her Native American look with a patterned sundress in bright yellow

Paris Hilton 4Showing her shape: The tall and slender star pulled in her frame with a gold waist belt on Saturday

Prince Hilton, who has his own Instagram account with 69.7k followers, was wearing a knitted cape cardigan that tied in a ribbon under his neck and co-ordinated perfectly with Paris.

And while Prince squinted at the sun, Paris had her trusty high profile shades on the sheild her from the Los Angeles sun light.

The Simple Life star carried two mobile phones before balancing her yellow pet, her handbag and one of the handsets in her clutches while talking on the other

Paris Hilton 5Socialite: The model and TV personality carried two phones in her hands, balancing one while she spoke on the other

No doubt Paris was busy organising her social life, as she anticipated a Halloween party with her purchases from the Trashy Lingerie store.

The Hilton heiress gazed at the raunchy window displays featuring sexy holiday costumes including Little Red Riding Hood and Pocahontas.

On exiting the West Hollywood store, Paris carried two bags worth of goodies, including a blue Playboy-style bunny rabbit outfit worn later that night and shared on Instagram with ‘#BunnyLove.’

Paris Hilton 6Goodies: The star left the shop with plenty of treats, including two bag’s worth of clothes

Paris Hilton 7Home time: Prince Hilton looked pretty tired out by the end of the shopping trip but Paris still had a smile

Paris Hilton 8Til they dropped: Paris and Prince pile into her blue car to travel back ahead of a Halloween party that night

Paris Hilton 9Still smiling: The blonde still looked sunshine ready, despite it looking dusky by the time she left the shop

Paris Hilton 10Sweet ride: The Hilton heiress drove in an immaculate blue Bentley, piling her treats into the car with Prince

Paris Hilton 11Party time: The socialite showed off her new sexy possessions when she modeled the blue ensemble for a party later that night

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Double date night! Kim and Kourtney Kardashian wear slit-to-the-thigh gowns as they take Kanye and Scott to a wedding

Kim and Kourtney Kardashian 1The sisters who date together… Kim and Kourtney Kardashian took their men Scott Disick and Kanye West to a wedding on Saturday night

Kim Kardashian just got back from celebrating her birthday in an extravagant bash in Las Vegas on Friday.

And by Saturday night she was out again, but this time on a double date with her older sister Kourtney.

The sibling duo took their men, Kanye West and Scott Disick, to a wedding in Los Angeles, marking the occasion with an Instagram snap.

Kim and Kourtney both wore slit-to-the-thigh gowns for the night out.

Kim, 34, wore a kimono wrap dress with a plunging neckline as Kourtney, 35, wore an all black number which showed off her baby bump.

Scott, meanwhile, was quite dapper in a full tuxedo with a bow tie, cuff links, and shiny shoes.

Kim and Kourtney Kardashian 2Happy birthday! The night before, they partied away at the Venetian hotel’s TAO nightclub in Las Vegas in honour of Kim having turned 34 on Tuesday

Kanye, however, hid behind his wife in the snap, but it was clear he had opted out of the monkey suit for a simple shirt and cardigan.

The night before, they partied away at the Venetian hotel’s TAO nightclub in Las Vegas in honour of Kim having turned 34 on Tuesday

Kim, on the arm of her husband, showed off her immaculate Hawaii tan in the backless (and frontless) number, having returned home from a birthday vacation courtesy of Kanye just days ago.

Kim and Kourtney Kardashian 3The look of love! She shared a photo gazing lovingly back at her husband, who rocked a patterned suit jacket, white shirt, dark trousers, and brown boots

Kim and Kourtney Kardashian 4White hot! Kim bared more cleavage than ever before in an eye-poppingly low-cut white dress by Alexandre Vauthier teamed with Givenchy heels

The raven-haired beauty bared more cleavage than ever before in an eye-poppingly low-cut white dress by Alexandre Vauthier teamed with Givenchy heels.

Kanye, 37, looked ever so cool in a patterned suit jacket, white shirt, dark trousers, and brown boots.

Meanwhile, Kim recently admitted that ‘I am with someone who makes me feel sexy and confident every day, and we have our daughter, who is so sweet and precious,’ in an interview with the Daily Telegraph.

Kim and Kourtney Kardashian 5Making memories: She shared a collage of snaps from the night before

She said about motherhood to 16-month-old North: ‘North has really taught me to appreciate and recognise the important things in life like spending time with family, making memories while I watch her grow.’

Kim added: ‘Being a slave to celebrity just isn’t an option. Our priority is always North’s safety and happiness. And we do all we can to make sure she has the best childhood possible.’

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Stonehearst Asylum (2014) Movie Review

stonehearst_asylumDespite an incredibly impressive cast, including Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, and Michael Caine, the thriller, based loosely on a, Edgar Allen Poe story, has a script the betrays any goodwill the rest of the production had going for it.

A terrible script betrays what could have been a good, throwback thriller.

“Stonehearst Asylum” is a Millennium Entertainment release, directed by Brad Anderson and is rated PG-13 for disturbing and violent images, sexual content and language. The running time is .

The cast includes Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine, Brendan Gleeson, David Thewlis, Jason Flemyng and Sinéad Cusack.

I think I may be saying something very controversial here, but Edgar Allen Poe was a really great writer. Not a lot of people want to admit it, but it is true. He has the ability to make a story bone-chillingly creepy as well as quite funny. His stories have been the basis for countless films, usually starring Vincent Price, though lately the number is decreasing steadily. Some filmmakers out there are still struck by his work and are compelled to give their interpretation, which brings me to Stonehearst Asylum. The film is very loosely based on the short story “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether” and has very good intentions of being a classically told Poe thriller, sporting a great cast and the look is very appropriate, but the script fails this film greatly, stretching its material very thin and always opting for the conventional route.

Jim Sturgess plays Edward Newgate, a young medical school graduate from Oxford looking to make a name for himself as an asylum doctor. He ventures to the titular Stonehearst Asylum, run by Dr. Lamb (Ben Kingsley), to start his career, where the mad people of the upper crust are sent. Once inside the asylum, he notices Dr. Lamb has very strange methods for treating his patients. He is very against drugs and would rather cure madness through giving a patient dignity and freedom rather than known treatments.

While working there, Newgate becomes enraptured by one of the patients named Eliza (Kate Beckinsale), who he believes is more sane than she has been led to believe (despite her hysteric fits). Over time, he finds out the asylum’s dirty little secret, which I will not spoil here but is fairly obvious, which makes his mission to get out with Eliza, who is devoted to the institution.

This cast deserves much better material. Along with Sturgess, Beckinsale, and Kingsley, David Thewlis, Michael Caine, and Brendan Gleeson are also in the film, along with Sophie Kennedy Clark (the best part of last year’s Philomena). That is a murderer’s row of talent given nothing to do. They all just play types we have seen a million and one times. Kingsley, Caine, and Thewlis, in particular, try to chew as much scenery as they can to make it interesting, which is admirable, but their characters are so thinly drawn none of it comes together.

There is sort of a rule in screenwriting that every scene must have a purpose. I totally agree with that. This film suffers in that it has multiple scenes all with the same purpose. Every scene between Sturgess and Beckinsale is him trying to convince her to run away with him. Every single one. We understand his goal in the first one. When there is no dimension or change in the goal, seeing the same scene in different locations over and over again is just asking for the film to be turned off. In a thriller, pacing is so important to the story, and repeating scenes kills it.

This is also a mystery/thriller, which means you can expect some twists and turns. The script thinks its twists are mind-shattering, but in reality, they are so easy to figure out that when the big reveal happens, you just nod your head and say, “Yes, and…” An audience member should never be seven steps ahead of the story, otherwise he or she is in for a long sit. When a thriller feels long, that is a major problem, and Stonehearst never stops having that problem.

Visually, I do not have many complaints about the film. The production design by Alain Bainée and the costumes by Thomas Oláh feel very authentic to the turn of the twentieth century. It is easy to tell director Brad Anderson (The Machinist) had a vision for a throwback tone to the film, and he tries his hardest to achieve that. He doesn’t resort to jump scares or anything like that to get under his audience’s skin. He merely wants to create an uneasy atmosphere, which was refreshing. I am about as far a fan of jump scares as you can get. They are cheap and easy jolts to the audience. They are not even scares. They are surprises. Anyway, I’m getting off topic.

Stonehearst Asylum had a lot going for it, which makes me writing this negative review so hard. I kept waiting for it to surprise me, to step out of the cliché, but it never managed to. By the final end twist, I was just rolling my eyes because it was so easy to figure out. I would like someone who knows how to write an intelligent, surprising Poe adaptation to reassemble this cast and production team to make a new movie. I would gladly watch it. This one happened to be an unfortunate misfire.

At 112 minutes, the dragging out of every single element of the story becomes too much to bear. You are much better off checking out any of the Roger Corman made Edgar Allen Poe films from American International Pictures. They are much creepier and much more fun. This one is just wasted potential.

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Xenia Deli – New Yorker Lingerie Photoshoot

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Candice Swanepoel – Victoria’s Secret Bikini & Lingerie Photoshoot

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Paris Hilton – Casamigos Halloween Party in Beverly Hills

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