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Box Office: ‘Fate of the Furious’ Dominates Tom Hanks’ ‘The Circle’

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Universal’s “The Fate of the Furious” is cruising to it third straight box office crown with $18.5 million at 4,077 North American sites this weekend, doubling the opening of Tom Hanks-Emma Watson thriller “The Circle.”

Saturday estimates showed Pantelion’s romantic comedy “How to be a Latin Lover” over-performing in its debut with $12 million at only 1,118 venues. Great India Films’ launch of Bollywood action sequel “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” — a sequel to 2015’s “Baahubali: The Beginning” — is also showing impressive results with $9.1 million at just 450 locations.

The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth film in Universal’s sturdy “The Fast and the Furious” franchise, has dominated the domestic box office for the past two weeks. The ensemble actioner, starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Charlize Theron, should wind up the weekend with nearly $192 million in its first 17 days.

The Circle,” jointly handled by Stx and EuropaCorp, is heading for about $9.3 million at 3,163 locations. »


- Dave McNary

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Universal Moves ‘Doctor Dolittle’ Up to April 2019 to Avoid ‘Star Wars IX’

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Universal Pictures has moved up its untitled “Doctor Dolittle” pic from May 24, 2019 to Apr. 12, 2019. The move is likely being made to avoid “Star Wars: Episode IX”, which Disney recently announced would also be opening that weekend.

Universal recently won a bidding war for the new “Doctor Dolittle” that has Robert Downey Jr. attached to star and Stephen Gaghan on board to write and direct.

The film will be produced by Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum under their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent”), along with Susan Downey (“Sherlock Holmes” films, “The Judge”) for Team Downey. Gaghan wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay from an earlier draft by Tom Shepherd.

The project is based on the 1920s tales by Hugh Lofting, following a peculiar doctor who can speak with animals, shunning human patients in favor of the critters. »


- Justin Kroll

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‘The Mummy’ Star Sofia Boutella in Talks to Join Jodie Foster for ‘Hotel Artemis’ (Exclusive)

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Sofia Boutella, who wreaks havoc as the titular monster in Universal’s upcoming “The Mummy,” is in talks to join Jodie Foster in Drew Pearce’s “Hotel Artemis.”

Simon and Stephen Cornwell are producing for The Ink Factory, which will also finance. Pearce, whose writing credits include “Iron Man 3” and “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation,” will direct from his own script. The logline is under wraps.

Adam Siegel and Marc Platt are producing for Marc Platt Productions. Pearce will executive produce through his Point of No Return production banner.

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The Mummy’ New Trailer Shows More of Sofia Boutella’s Creepy Villain

The project is expected to launch international sales next month at the Cannes Film Festival.

Boutella’s star has been on the rise since breaking out as Samuel Jackson’s henchman in Fox’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” The Algerian actress followed that up with a major role »


- Justin Kroll

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WWE Studios Hopes to Jump Out Of The Ring With Thriller ‘Sleight’

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For much of its 15-year existence, WWE Studios has been mostly known as an outlet for low-budget action and comedy films starring Vince McMahon’s stable of pro wrestlers. But in recent years, the studio has been reaching outside of the ring to produce and distribute films that aren’t related to WWE talent, and this weekend it’s taking its biggest leap yet with “Sleight.” The thriller is WWE Studios’ first Sundance purchase; it is co-distributing with Bh Tilt, distribution wing of Blumhouse Pictures. Directed by newcomer J.D. Dillard from a script he penned with writing partner Alex Theurer, »


- Jeremy Fuster

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2017 Nashville Film Festival: Complete Winners List

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The 2017 Nashville Film Festival has officially come to an end after selecting its winners and honorees Saturday. The rapidly growing competition received over 5,500 submissions this year, and 303 of those films and shorts were selected.

Some Freaks,” a love story about an overweight girl and a boy with one eye, from director Ian MacAllister McDonald walked away from Tennessee as the grand jury prize winner. Lead actress Lily Mae Harrington was also named best actress, while composer Walter Sickert and music supervisor Dan Wilcox were awarded best music.

German heist mockumentary “The Migrumpies” from Arman T. Riahi was the audience award winner. “Play The Devil” by Maria Govan was given an honorable mention in the same category, and also won best screenplay. Pytor Skvortsov from “The Student” was named best actor. »


- JD Knapp

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Liev Schreiber on ‘Chuck,’ Fame, and How He Almost Appeared in ‘Logan’

28 April 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Chuck Wepner tried to do a lot with his fifteen minutes of fame.

The journeyman boxer stunned everyone by going fifteen rounds in a 1975 title fight against Muhammad Ali, even knocking him down at one point. His million-to-one shot helped inspire “Rocky,” which sanded off some of Wepner’s rougher edges as it punched its way to the top. Wepner struggled with his fictionalized alter-ego, embracing its Oscar success and befriending Sylvester Stallone before engaging in long-running litigation against the actor and writer.

In “Chuck,” an upcoming indie biopic, Wepner is casting off his Rocky Balboa alter-ego. The boxer is brought vividly to life by Liev Schreiber, who capturers the Jersey bruiser’s tender side and his dangerous attraction to the limelight. Schreiber got involved in the project because he felt that Wepner represented an important cautionary tale about celebrity, and that his life story was a way for him »


- Brent Lang

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Universal Dates Robert Zemeckis-Helmed Steve Carell Pic for November 2018

28 April 2017 2:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures have dated Robert Zemeckis next pic starring Steve Carell for Nov. 21, 2018.

The project had been going by the running title “Marwencol,” and is based on the true story of a man who — after being brutally attacked — finds a unique and beautiful therapeutic outlet to help him through his recovery process.

Zemeckis will direct, with Caroline Thompson working with him to pen the script.

Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke of Zemeckis’ Universal-based ImageMovers banner will produce alongside the director. It will be executive produced by Jeff Malmberg, who directed the 2010 documentary upon which this film is based, and Jackie Levine.

Zemeckis most recently directed “The Walk” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Carell can be seen next in Fox Searchlight’s “Battle of the Sexes.”

The actor has also lent his voice to Universal Picture/Illumination Entertainment’s “Despicable Me” franchise, playing Gru.

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- Justin Kroll

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Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks Reflect on ‘Philadelphia,’ Jonathan Demme at Tribeca Film Festival

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Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks were the main event at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday night (April 28), taking the stage at New York’s Beacon Theater for an hour-long discussion about writing, performing, directing, and even mourning. “The strongest union of our two names is from the motion picture ‘Philadelphia,'” said Hanks, who won an Academy Award for his leading role in the film about being afflicted with AIDS. “God bless [director] Jonathan Demme. We just lost him.” (Demme died earlier in the week at the age of 73, following a long battle with cancer.)

Springsteen also took home an Oscar for the 1993 movie, for Best Original Song. Demme, he shared, first came to asking him to write “more of a rock song.” Said Springsteen: “I tried for a day or so to come up with something, and I didn’t come up with anything. I had some lyrics, and eventually, »


- Michele Amabile Angermiller

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‘Logan’ Gets B&W Release in Theaters

28 April 2017 2:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Following its box office success earlier this year, Fox has decided to release a black and white version of “Logan” in theaters on May 16 for a limited run.

Director James Mangold tweeted the news telling fans who wanted to see that version to “not make any plans on the evening of May 16.”

Suggestion. Hard core B&W loving Logan fans should not make any plans on the evening of May 16th.

— Mangold (@mang0ld) April 28, 2017

The director answered questions on Twitter telling fans it would only be in domestic theaters and explaining “To make a great B&W version of a film, the whole thing’s gotta be regraded & timed shot by shot.”

Mangold said earlier he was inspired to make a black and white version after he posted some monochrome photos from the set on Instagram and got a strong positive reaction from fans.

“It caused such an extreme reaction, »


- Justin Kroll

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Samantha Bee Compares Trump to Fyre Festival at ‘Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner’

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The reigning Queen Bee of political satire outdid herself Saturday night in Washington, D.C., delivering on her promise to “Finally answer the question, ‘What if Washington D.C.’s annual nerd prom were hosted by a lady nerd and had way more curse words?'” at the first annual “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’s Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.”

Coincidentally, the event took place on the same day as the People’s Climate March, making it rather difficult for guests to get into the Dar Constitution Hall in their black tie attire (only cocktail was specified). The event took place just a few blocks from the White House, where President Donald Trump will not be attending the actual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. (It’s anyone’s guess where he actually will be: “President Trump has been in office for 100 days, and in the White House for 17,” said Bee. »


- Jude Dry

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Palm Springs International Film Festival Sets January 2018 Dates

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The Palm Springs International Film Festival has set the dates for its 29th edition: January 2-15, 2018. The event will kick off with its annual Film Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Following a day devoted to book adaptations on January 3, screenings of all festival films will start January 4 and wrap up January 15. Considered a Hollywood-adjacent draw for awards contenders, including its traditional strong suit of foreign-language films, the festival… »

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Seth Rogen & Lonely Island Are Making A Fyre Festival-Like Fiasco Movie

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“As somebody once said, there’s a difference between a failure and a fiasco. A failure is simply the non-present of success. Any fool can accomplish failure. But a fiasco, a fiasco is a disaster of mythic proportions. A fiasco is a folktale told to others, that makes other people feel more… alive. Because it didn’t happen to them.”

Presciently, and quit ironically, Cameron Crowe hit the nail on the head about the infamy of fiascos with his own career disaster, “Elizabethtown” in 2005.

Continue reading Seth Rogen & Lonely Island Are Making A Fyre Festival-Like Fiasco Movie at The Playlist. »

- Elizabeth MacLeod

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‘The Godfather’ Reunion Live-Stream: Watch Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and More Close Tribeca

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The Tribeca Film Festival is closing with an event sure to please anyone who believes in America: back-to-back screenings of “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II” followed by a discussion featuring Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and other members of the two films’ cast. If you aren’t in New York, fret not: Tribeca will be streaming the event on Facebook Live Facebook starting at 8:10 p.m. Est. Watch this space for a link as soon as the discussion begins.

Read More: Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino Will Reunite for ‘The Godfather’ 45th Anniversary Celebration

Also participating in the reunion are James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton and Talia Shire; Taylor Hackford (“An Officer and a Gentleman,” “The Devil’s Advocate”) will moderate. (And if you need more Sonny Corleone in your life, there’s also next month’s Caan Film »


- Michael Nordine

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2017 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Awards: ‘The Divine Order’ and ‘Hondros’ Win Big

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The Tribeca Film Festival has announced this year’s Audience Award winners: “The Divine Order” and “Hondros,” which won the narrative and documentary prizes, respectively. “Saturday Church” and “Shadowman” were the runners-up.

“It is always exited to see what resonates most with the audience, and this year both the narrative and documentary winners represent smart filmmaking and impactful storytelling,” said Tribeca Film Festival’s Paula Weinstein. “On behalf of the Tribeca team, we congratulate ‘The Divine Order’ and ‘Hondros’ as the 2017 Audience Award winners, and hope moviegoers worldwide get to experience these powerful films.”

Read More: 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Awards: ‘Keep the Change,’ ‘Son of Sofia’ and ‘Bobbi Jene’ Take Top Prizes

Petra Volpe wrote and directed “The Divine Order,” a period piece about the Swiss suffragette movement. “Hondros,” which was co-written and directed by Greg Campbell, follows the war photographer Chris Hondros from the Kosovo War in 1999 until »


- Michael Nordine

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‘The Divine Order’ & ‘Hondros’ Take Tribeca Fest Audience Awards

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The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival announced the winners of its two Audience Awards: The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung), directed and written by Petra Volpe, was chosen to receive the Narrative award and Hondros, directed by Greg Campbell, written by Greg Campbell, Jenny Golden, won the Documentary award. Each award comes with a cash prize of $10,000. The winners were announced at the celebration of the 45th anniversary of The Godfather at Radio City Music Hall, which… »


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‘Reservoir Dogs’ Reunion: Quentin Tarantino Says Wes Craven Walked Out of His Mafioso Masterpiece

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“The Godfather” isn’t the only classic whose cast and crew are reuniting at Tribeca this weekend. Last night also saw a 25th anniversary screening of “Reservoir Dogs,” with Quentin Tarantino appearing alongside Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi and Tim Roth to discuss his classic debut.

Read More: ‘Reservoir Dogs’ Video Game Will Let You Cause Bloody Mayhem As Mr. White and Quentin Tarantino’s Entire Gang — Watch

Lynn Hirschberg moderated the discussion, beginning the proceedings by asking Tarantino about the film’s world premiere at Sundance. The writer/director called the event “kind of a disaster” because of technical difficulties: “At the height of it all, when everyone is pointing their guns at each other, the power went out. It was a fucking disaster.”

Well before “Reservoir Dogs” saw the light of day, Tarantino was confident that good things were on the horizon. He told the story of »


- Michael Nordine

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Climate March: Leo DiCaprio, Jane Fonda, Jared Leto Among Hollywood Voices

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Another weekend, another march, more celebrity tweets. Today’s People’s Climate March in Washington D.C. – and sister marches in cities around the world – drew support from Leonardo DiCaprio, Lee Pace, Jane Fonda, Kerry Washington, Barry Sloane and Jared Leto. “It’s time to change climate change,” tweeted Leto (read the messages below), while Six‘s Sloane demanded we protect “the pale blue dot.” Though the march has been planned for months, enthusiasm – and anger – was… »


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How Would ‘Furious 7’ Have Ended If Paul Walker Hadn’t Died During Production?

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The cast and crew of Furious 7 were thrown a pretty serious curveball when Paul Walker died in a car wreck while the sequel was still in production. Shooting shut down for awhile to allow everyone time to grieve and process this tragedy, but also to allow director James Wan and writer Chris Morgan figure […]

The post How Would ‘Furious 7’ Have Ended If Paul Walker Hadn’t Died During Production? appeared first on /Film. »


- Ethan Anderton

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‘Whose Streets?’ Teaser and Poster: Sundance Documentary Charts the Rise of Black Lives Matter

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Magnolia Pictures has released the teaser trailer and poster for “Whose Streets?,” Sabaah Folayan & Damon Davis’ documentary about Ferguson, Missouri and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. Avail yourself of both below.

Read More: ‘Whose Streets?’ Review: Ferguson Doc Shows the Birth of Black Lives Matter With Unrelenting Power — Sundance 2017

Here’s the synopsis: “Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, ‘Whose Streets?’ is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the National Guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, »


- Michael Nordine

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Hacker claims to have leaked 'Orange Is The New Black' episodes

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Netflix Season 5 due to debut on June 9.

A hacker claimed on Saturday to have uploaded 10 episodes from the upcoming Season 5 of hit show Orange Is The New Black after the hacker claimed Netflix did not respond to ransom demands.

According to reports, the first episode of Season 5 was uploaded on Friday evening and the hacker, who goes by the handle ‘thedarkoverlord’, followed that up by releasing a further nine episodes early on Saturday morning on The Pirate Bay.

Netflix declined to comment on whether the actual episodes were on the file-sharing site, nor did it provide details of the ransom request amount.

“We are aware of the situation,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “A production vendor used by several major TV studios had its security compromised and the appropriate law enforcement authorities are involved.”

Reports said the hacker allegedly possesses upcoming shows ABC, Fox, National Geographic and IFC after taking the content from a California post-production »


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