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Horror film ‘Halloween’ dominates North American box office

“Halloween” received a “B+” rating from moviegoers on CinemaScore and a 80 percent certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Los Angeles, Oct 22 : Universal and Blumhouse’s horror film “Halloween” dominated North American box office in its opening weekend with an estimated $77.5 million, scoring the second biggest horror opening weekend of all-time.

The film’s massive three-day debut is only behind the $123.4-million debut of Warner Bros Pictures’ supernatural horror film “It” in 2017, reports Xinhua news agency.

“Halloween” also scored the second biggest October opening weekend ever, only behind Sony’s “Venom” released earlier this month.

Directed by David Gordon Green, “Halloween” is the 11th instalment in the Halloween film series and a direct sequel to the 1978 film of the same name.

“The Blumhouse formula strikes again in spectacular fashion as the venerable and iconic franchise brings back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode to battle the epitome of pure evil in the form of Michael Myers in this 2018 instant hit,” wrote movie analyst Paul Dergarabedian at comScore in an email to Xinhua.

“Halloween” received a “B+” rating from moviegoers on CinemaScore and a 80 percent certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Costing just $10 million to produce, the film earned $14.3 million from 23 overseas markets for a global total of $91.8 million to date, according to studio figures collected by comScore.

Warner Bros.’ romantic drama “A Star Is Born” remained in second place for the third weekend in a row with an estimated $19.3 million, pushing its North American total to $126.37 million to date.

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‘Rifleman’ starring Sushant Singh Rajput in legal trouble

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Mumbai, Jan 21: Actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s upcoming film “Rifleman” has landed in a legal tussle as the markers of recently released “72 Hours: Martyr Who Never Died” claimed they had the original rights to make the movie based on rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat’s life.

The director of “72 Hours…”, Avinash Dhyani said this on Saturday while interacting with the media at a press conference here.

The film’s producer Prashil Rawat, and lawyer Nagesh Mishra were also present in the press briefing.

Dhyani, who is the director and lead actor of “72 Hours…”, highlights the life of rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat.

The film released on January 18.

On January 15 (Army Day), Sushant made an announcement through his social media account that he is going to be a part of “Rifleman”.

The producer of Sushant starrer film, Abundantia Entertainment has sent a legal notice to team of “72 Hours…” stating they cannot release their film because they have the original rights to make the film on Rawat’s life.

Dhyani, however, said: “We are not going to step back from this issue. I have been working in this industry since last 15 years. If they (Abundantia Entertainment) think that we are going to succumb under their pressure then it’s their biggest misunderstanding.”

He also slammed Sushant for not verifying the legal aspect before coming on-board for the film.

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Anupam Kher welcomes Vicky Kaushal in ‘actors’ world, gets slammed on Twitter

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Mumbai, Jan 21: Veteran actor Anupam Kher on Monday welcomed Vicky Kaushal in “actors’ world” after watching his performance in the latest release “Uri: The Surgical Strike”.

“Welcome to the ‘actors’ world. You are fantastic in ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’. Real, gutsy and a performer,” Anupam tweeted on Monday.

The 63-year-old actor asked Vicky to remember that he is his own competition.

“The more difficult you make your jo, the more you will explore it. Love and best wishes always,” Anupam added.

But, Kher’s tweet welcoming Vicky to ‘actors’ world did not go down too well with netizens. See how Twitterati reacted to his tweet:

‘Uri’ is based on the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army in Pakistan after 2016’s Uri terror attack.

The film sees Vicky playing the role of an Indian commando who is involved in the 2016 surgical strikes.

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The movie also stars Yami Gautam, Mohit Raina, Kirti Kulhari and Paresh Rawal in lead roles.

Directed by Aditya Dhar, ‘Uri’ has scored a century at the box office.

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Tendulkar eagerly waiting for Anil’s Netflix web series ‘Selection: Day Part 2’

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Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar engaged in a Twitter conversation with actor Anil Kapoor to announce the second season of “Selection Day”. The official Twitter handle of Netflix then announced that “Selection Day: Part 2” will start streaming from April 22 this year.

The series is a coming-of-age drama about two brothers Radha and Manju who are raised by their strict, obsessive father to be star cricket players in India.

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