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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
October 19

Entertainment News October 19 - TOP 3 Stories for Friday

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OBAMA EDGES HILLARY IN Q3 BIZ FUNDS

Hillary Clinton has racked up show business endorsements. She holds wide leads in polls nationally and in California. Some would say she's the inevitable Democratic nominee.

But Barack Obama still showed Hollywood strength in the third quarter, edging out Clinton in fund-raising in the entertainment industry during the period.

According to the latest figures from the Center for Responsive Politics, Obama raised $580,000 from July 1-Sept. 30 from sources in the film, TV and music industries. Clinton raised $530,589, followed by John Edwards with $96,052.

So far this year, Clinton continues to outpace Obama and all of the other candidates in money raised from the entertainment industry, collecting $2,141,609. But Obama is close behind with $2,073,325.

The figures themselves may look surprisingly low. That's because it's not a perfect science in the way that the Center for Responsive Politics classifies those in the industry. An entertainment attorney, for instance, would be lumped in with lawyers, not show business.

Obama and Clinton have been trying to raise funds from Hollywood sources at a breakneck pace, not just to fill the coffers but for the cachet and publicity it brings to a campaign. In the third quarter, industry figures including Sumner Redstone and personalities such as Jon Bon Jovi and Renee Zellweger gave to Clinton, while Tyler Perry and Sidney Poitier gave to Obama. Edwards saw support from James Denton and Sean Penn, among others.

Obama's campaign was boosted by the massive fund-raiser that Oprah Winfrey threw for him at her Montecito estate in September.

Donors came from all over the country to the event, which raised more than $3 million, but there was a significant contingent of attendees from the entertainment biz. A week later, Magic Johnson threw a fund-raiser for Clinton at his Los Angeles home, although that event was designed to be a more intimate affair, drawing several hundred donors as opposed to the 1,500 who attended the Winfrey event.

But even if Obama's figures provide some good news, the campaign is finding itself battling the perception that Clinton is unstoppable. Some donors are getting antsy over his poll numbers, and there has been some consternation among supporters in Hollywood that the enthusiasm that greeted his entry into the race last winter has waned.

DRAMATIC BRAWL BREWS AT BOX OFFICE

In an already-crowded fall sked, there will be almost no elbow room this weekend as five well-plugged wide releases and a handful of limited bows flood the marketplace.

"Gone Baby Gone," "30 Days of Night," "Things We Lost in the Fire," "Rendition" and "The Comebacks" will crowd the multiplexes, which will also see the re-release of Tim Burton's "Nightmare Before Christmas in 3-D" and a sneak peek of offbeat laffer "Dan In Real Life," starring Steve Carell.

With so much product, it's difficult to forecast how the frame will shake out, although forecasters give an edge to Sony's R-rated vampire horror pic "30 Days of Night," which unspools in 2,855 theaters. Directed by David Slade and starring Ben Foster and Josh Hartnett, pic was produced by Sam Raimi and Robert G. Tapert's Ghost House Pictures.

Slugfest will be especially fierce among the plethora of adult dramas vying for the same aud -- and for awards attention. After the record-breaking summer, the box office has been down so far this fall, with indications that audiences simply have too many choices or aren't in the mood for serious and sobering storylines.

New films falling in the R-rated adult drama category include Ben Affleck's feature directorial debut "Gone Baby Gone," Halle Berry-Benicio Del Toro starrer "Things We Lost in the Fire" and writer-director Gavin Hood's political drama "Rendition," starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep and Reese Witherspoon.

Miramax had initially planned to open "Gone," starring Casey Affleck and Morgan Freeman, in a limited run but revised its plans late in the summer. Well-reviewed film, about a girl who is kidnapped, opens in 1,000 locations. It's based on the novel by Dennis Lehane, who also penned the tome "Mystic River."

DreamWorks-Paramount bows "Fire" in 1,142 locations. Directed by Danish helmer Susanne Bier, pic follows a widow who embraces her murdered husband's childhood friend, a heroin addict.

"Rendition," exploring the government's overreach in imprisoning and torturing terrorist suspects, plays in 2,250 locations.

Such films leave an opening for less serious fare -- such as Disney's surprise family hit "The Game Plan" -- to make a mark at the box office.

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