Out this week
- First Man (starring Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler) – biographical drama based on James R. Hansen’s book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong; follows the years leading up to the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon in 1969.
- Bad Times at the El Royale (starring Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm) – action; seven strangers, each hiding dark secrets, end up at the same shady hotel.
- Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (starring Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Caleel Harris, Jack Black) – horror comedy, based on R. L. Stine's children's book series, a stand-alone sequel to Goosebumps (2015); two young boys (Taylor and Harris) unleash monsters after they open a mysterious manuscript in an abandoned house previously owned by R. L. Stine (Black)
- The Oath (starring Ike Barinholtz, Tiffany Haddish) – comedy; a politically divided family argues at Thanksgiving after the U.S. government requires all citizens to sign a loyalty pledge.
- Roxane Gay (@rgay): So … Kanye is MAGA and Taylor Swift is endorsing Democrats in TN. This screening of Interstellar 2 is fascinating. Buy a lottery ticket. Anything is possible in this timeline.
- Lena Dunham (@lenadunham): Things I have found soothing today and maybe you will too:
Texting my mother
Holding the Times but not reading it
Coca-Cola with ice
Looking at Kylie Jenner’s Insta trying to guess when her hair is a wig or extensions and when it’s just her hairs.
The House with a Clock in Its Walls
Cast: Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sunny Suljic, Kyle MacLachlan
Director: Eli Roth
Tagline: You're invited somewhere timeless.
- Fantasy; a young boy (Vaccaro) sent to live with his uncle (Black) in a creaky old house soon discovers that his uncle is a warlock.
- Based on John Bellairs’s 1973 novel of the same name.
- Had a budget of $42 million; has made nearly $80 million.
- Has received mixed reviews from critics; the cast has been praised but the film has been deemed unoriginal and derivative.
- Is Eli Roth's first family film.
- Score composed by Nathan Barr.
Hugh Michael Jackman
- Born on 12th October, 1968 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
- Has four older siblings, two brothers and two sisters.
- Parents divorced when he was a child.
- Graduated from University of Technology, Sydney, in 1991 with a BA in Communications.
- Subsequently took a course at the Actors’ Centre in Sydney.
- Got his breakthrough role playing Wolverine in X-Men (2000) and achieved global fame for portraying the character in the film series from 2000 to 2017.
- Has also appeared in the films Kate & Leopold (2001), Van Helsing (2004), The Prestige (2006), The Fountain (2006), Australia (2008), Les Misérables (2012), Prisoners (2013), Eddie the Eagle (2016), and The Greatest Showman (2017).
- Has appeared in various theatre productions, winning the Tony Award for his role in The Boy from Oz (2003).
- Turned down the role of James Bond (before it was offered to Daniel Craig) due to other commitments.
- Upcoming projects include the animated film Missing Link (2019) and the comedy movie Bad Education.
- Married actress Deborra-Lee Furness – who is 13 years his senior – in 1996. After two miscarriages, the couple adopted two children, Oscar and Ava.
- Had carcinoma removed from his nose in 2013 and 2014.
- Can play the guitar, piano, and violin.
Also born today: Iris Apatow, Josh Hutcherson, Jordan Pundik, Kirk Cameron