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'Furious 8' Tops $900 Million Worldwide as Disney's 'Born in China' Bests All Newcomers

23 hours ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

The top of this weekend's box office looks a lot like last weekend as the top three films remain the same, once again headlined by The Fate of the Furious as it closes in on $1 billion worldwide. As for the weekend's new releases, Disney's Born in China topped the list with the best start for a Disneynature title since the $10.6 million opening for 2012's Chimpanzee. Otherwise, WB's Unforgettable, Open Road's The Promise, Cinelou's Phoenix Forgotten and A24's Free Fire all under-performed. At #1 for a second weekend in a row is Universal's The Fate of the Furious, which performed mostly as expected, dropping 61% in its second weekend and bringing in an estimated $38.6 million as its domestic cume now climbs to $163.6 million. Internationally, the film continued its impressive overseas run bringing in an estimated $163.4 million from 65 territories as its overseas total balloons to $744.8 million for a global cume that stands at $908.4 million. »


- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Fox Sets Ryan Reynolds’ ‘Deadpool 2’ for June 2018

22 April 2017 10:34 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox has set “Deadpool 2” for a June 1, 2018, release date — giving the much-anticipated sequel a prime summer opening as the first title to land on the date.

Ryan Reynolds returns as the foul-mouthed superhero with Josh Brolin recently having signed on as Cable. Shooting is expected to start in June.

Reynolds is also a producer on the films with “Deadpool” writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick returning along with Drew Goddard assisting. “John Wick” co-director David Leitch came on board to lead “Deadpool 2” last fall after Tim Miller dropped out due to creative differences with Reynolds.

The superhero sequel also recently cast “Atlanta” breakout Zazie Beetz as the mutant mercenary Domino.

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Deadpool” gave Fox its biggest hit of 2016 after opening on Valentine’s Day to a surprisingly strong $782.6 million worldwide, supplanting “The Matrix Reloaded” to become the highest-grossing R-rated film in history. »


- Dave McNary

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Shane Black’s ‘The Predator’ Pushed to Late Summer 2018

22 April 2017 11:50 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Shane Black’s reboot of the “Predator” universe is spending six more months in the oven. 20th Century Fox announced Saturday that the Feb. 9, 2018 release of the Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key and Boyd Holbrook starring vehicle has been changed to Aug. 3, 2018. Holbrook stars in the film as an ex-Marine who discovers the existence of the titular alien species and is forced to lead the fight against them. Jacob Tremblay (“Room”) plays the marine’s son, an autistic boy who is bullied in school but becomes vital to his father’s mission as his ability to quickly learn languages proves to be. »


- Matt Donnelly

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Steven Spielberg Pentagon Papers Drama Gets 2017 Oscar Season Release

22 April 2017 10:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Steven Spielberg’s untitled Pentagon Papers drama announced itself as a major awards season contender in this year’s Oscars race.

The film, which is rumored to star Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, will open in limited release on December 22, 2017. It will expand nationwide on January 12, 2018, a week after the Golden Globes broadcast. Hanks will play hard-charging Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, with Streep handling the role of iron-willed publisher Katharine Graham. The pair made the decision to publish a classified history of the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War over the objections of the Nixon administration. Courageous journalist dramas have played nicely with Oscar voters — 2015’s “Spotlight” won Best Picture, while 2005’s “Good Night and Good Luck” and 1976’s “All the President’s Men” earned a bevy of nominations.

The opening slot puts the Spielberg film in the hunt for Academy Awards gold along with the likes of Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing, »


- Brent Lang

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Margot Robbie to Play Queen Elizabeth in ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ (Exclusive)

21 April 2017 3:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Margot Robbie is in negotiations to play Queen Elizabeth in Focus and Working Title’s “Mary Queen of Scots,” opposite Saoirse Ronan.

Josie Rourke is directing the film with Working Title’s Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Liza Chasin producing.

The movie is based on the true story of Mary Stuart’s attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, only to find herself condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

The film has yet to be greenlit, but sources say things are headed in the right direction. If a greenlight is given, the film would likely go sometime later this year.

Following the success of big hits like last summer’s “Suicide Squad” and “Wolf of Wall Street,” this latest role gives Robbie a prestige part to add to her portfolio. The endeavor could even have awards season potential given Focus’ track record of pushing Oscar campaigns for its prestige film. »


- Justin Kroll

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Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio & Robert De Niro May Reteam For ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon’

21 April 2017 4:07 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are obviously a little attached at the hip. They’ve made five movies together — “Gangs of New York,“ “The Aviator,” “The Departed,” “Shutter Island” and “The Wolf Of Wall Street” and the short, “The Audition” — but it feels like any time a Scorsese project is announced, DiCaprio’s name is not far behind.

Continue reading Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio & Robert De Niro May Reteam For ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon’ at The Playlist. »


- Rodrigo Perez

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Marvel’s ‘Avengers 4’ Won’t Shoot Alongside ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ May End the Modern MCU

21 April 2017 11:40 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Kevin Feige has been particularly chatty as of late. Marvel‘s movie boss has taken on a string of interviews in the past few weeks, taking the opportunity to provide updates on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including some particularly juicy comments about the ‘Avengers‘ movies and where the Marvel universe as a whole might head at the conclusion of Phase 3. And while that might be the more enticing storyline, let’s begin with the (relatively) smaller piece of news.

Continue reading Marvel’s ‘Avengers 4’ Won’t Shoot Alongside ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ May End the Modern MCU at The Playlist. »


- Matthew Monagle

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Film Review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

8 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The word “Marvel,” as in comic books or movie studios, has become a foundational term of our culture. Yet you could sit through almost every one of today’s comic-book movies and not find a whole lot to marvel at. That’s where “Guardians of the Galaxy” came in. In an era of overstuffed, taped-together blockbusters, it was supremely funny, exciting, and well-made — a rock ‘n’ roll space opera, spectacular yet lithe, without a stray shot or sequence out of place, and with a wildly caustic yet devotional interplay among its motley crew of renegades that recalled the original 1977 “Star Wars” (obviously its chief influence). The film wielded the machinery of big-budget franchise filmmaking and trumped it at the same time. So the question of what “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” can do for an encore isn’t really, “Can it top the first film?” It’s more like, »


- Owen Gleiberman

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Erin Moran Dies: ‘Happy Days’ Actress Was 56

22 April 2017 6:51 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Erin Moran, the actress who played Joanie Cunningham on the sitcom Happy Days has died. She was 56. Reports indicate that Moran was found unresponsive on Saturday afternoon by authorities in Indiana, after they got a call just after 4 pm ET. No cause of death has been revealed at this time and an autopsy is pending. The actress rose to fame in the ’70s after appearing as Ron Howard’s Richie Cunningham’s little sister on Happy Days. The show ran for 11 season, with Moran… »


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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ Review Roundup: Can it Compare to Original?

15 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The first reviews for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” are in and the consensus is mostly positive, although many critics deemed the outing a “sophomore slump.” While there’s a lot about “Vol. 2” that stands on its own merits, many noted that it still feels like a disappointment when comparing it to the first film released in 2014. Alonso Duralde said over on TheWrap that the film does a better job at answering questions posed from the first than presenting a unique narrative to separate it from the first. “‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'” is more interested in filling. »


- Carli Velocci

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Chris Pratt Says His Recent ‘Blue-Collar America’ Remark Was ‘Pretty Stupid’

34 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Chris Pratt is walking back a comment he made in a recent interview about Hollywood’s lack of representation for the “average, blue-collar American.” As a matter of fact, the “Parks & Recreation” alum admits it “was actually a pretty stupid thing to say.” “I don’t see personal stories that necessarily resonate with me, because they’re not my stories,” Pratt had told Men’s Fitness magazine. “I think there’s room for me to tell mine, and probably an audience that would be hungry for them. The voice of the average, blue-collar American isn’t necessarily represented in Hollywood. »


- Tony Maglio

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Rock Documentary ‘Hired Gun’ Gets One-Night Screening Event From Fathom (Exclusive)

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Vision Films and Fathom Events are partnered for a one-night showing on June 29 at several hundred North American locations for the rock documentary “Hired Gun: Out of the Shadows, Into the Spotlight.”

The feature-length documentary, which focuses on the key performers who back up the stars, premiered at the 2016 SXSW Festival and has also screened at the Glastonbury Festival, Calgary International and Noise Pop.

The film, directed by Fran Strine, is being touted as covering similar ground as 2014’s “20 Feet from Stardom,” which won the Best Documentary Academy Award, with details of the highs and lows of touring life, the demands of session schedules, and the dedication required to play backseat to some of rock’s most iconic musicians.

“We have been overwhelmed by the support and feedback received throughout our festival run,” Strine said. “‘Hired Gun’ is about musicians whose DNA are all over the music and tours we love, »


- Dave McNary

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Trump Is ‘Unintelligible’ in AP Interview, Twitter Responds: ‘No Kidding’

48 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Associated Press released the entire transcript of its recent interview with Donald Trump on Sunday — but transcribers had a problem understanding the president, resulting in 16 “unintelligible” instances. It isn’t clear if the audio was poorly recorded, if Trump was mumbling, or if the president was simply making up new words… but this is the same man who tweeted about “General E. Watch” on Monday morning. The word “unintelligible” appears during key moments of the AP transcript, resulting in frustration that’s turned into mockery on Twitter. Also Read: Trump Mocked for 'General E Watch' Tweet: 'Presumably a Brave and Punctual Hero' “Now, »


- Brian Flood

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Watch John Oliver Prove Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner Aren't White House Heroes

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The media often depicts Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner as moderating influences within President Trump's White House – but what evidence do we actually have? John Oliver devoted his main segment on Sunday's Last Week Tonight to answering that question.

The comedian opened by describing how the couple's more level-headed presence in Trump's government comforts many liberal Americans. "Basically, if Trump is thinking about pressing a button labeled 'Nuke Earth,' they will, on behalf of all of us, guide his hand toward the button labeled 'Hey … Maybe Don't,'" he cracked. »


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'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Review: Marvel Space Opera's Sequel Is a Blast

1 hour ago | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Let's face it: No one gave half a damn about Guardians of the Galaxy before the bastard child of the Marvel Cinematic Universe hit the multiplex in 2014. Then we all effing loved it. So what if the comic book, created in 1969, felt like Avengers-lite on the page; on screen, it achieved a near-perfect comic lift-off, thanks to cowriter-director James Gunn throwing out the rulebook invented to protect major Hollywood investments and just letting the craziness rip. You could see that anarchic spirit in the now-iconic image of Chris Pratt, in »


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Jacqueline Bisset to Star in Drama ‘Journey to Miyakojima’ (Exclusive)

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jacqueline Bisset has been cast in the lead role in the family drama “Journey to Miyakojima,” which will begin filming in Japan in October.

French helmer Slony Sow is directing from his own script. Paul Hoppe is the producer and Nick Kambayashi is executive producing. Aun Entertainment and Licri are the production companies.

Bisset will play a quietly ailing family matriarch and NBA team owner who is hoping to reunite her shattered family at a serene island off the coast of Okinawa, thousands of miles away from home. She persuades her granddaughter, whose eating disorder is escalating, to take up residence at a  guesthouse on the island — where its beauty, a chance meeting with a treasure hunter, and a century-old shipwreck heal their wounds.

The cast includes Akira Emoto, Eriko Takeda, and Mari Natsuki.

Bisset stars in “L’Amant Double,” a Palme d’Or contender at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, »


- Dave McNary

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In ‘President Show,’ Comedy Central’s Fake Trump Tackles Real Late-Night Rivals

1 hour ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When President Donald Trump speaks, people hear many different sounds: A rallying cry for blue-collar America. A dog-whistle signal for extremists. A new philosophy that might shape the nation for the next several years.

Anthony Atamanuik picks up the faint strains of poetry.

“Trump speaks almost lyrically, like a refrain. He talks to himself. When he’s talking, he’s always telling himself what he is saying, and then he repeats it to confirm it to himself,” says the comedian. “He’s running and revising a concept over and over again. He will give it, and repeat, and return to it.”

People may debate whether the president should be lumped in with Alfred Tennyson, Carl Sandburg, and Ogden Nash, or even some guy who scrawls dirty limericks on a public bathroom wall. Yet they are likely to give Atamanuik, 42 years old, some leeway when he begins to interpret the nation’s 45th president as if he were »


- Brian Steinberg

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Music Box Lands Chavela Vargas Documentary for U.S., Plans October Release

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Music Box Films has bought U.S. rights to the documentary “Chavela” and plans an October theatrical release, Variety has learned exclusively.

Chavela,” directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi, follows the life of the iconic singer Chavela Vargas, who ran away from Costa Rica to Mexico City in her early teens and began singing in the streets. She became successful during the 1950s and challenged mainstream Mexican morals, by her life and her art, especially by singing searing love songs originally intended for men wooing women.

She also became a muse to  filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar. Vargas died in 2012.

Chavela” premiered in February at the Berlin Film Festival, where it won the second place Panorama Audience Award. Jay Weissberg said in his review for Variety that the film was “a justifiably laudatory love letter to a woman whose voice drew forth a song’s every emotion, and whose life as »


- Dave McNary

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John Oliver: ‘It Is Dangerous’ to Assume Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Will Save You (Video)

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Many moderates are counting on Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner to save the country from the president’s personal politics — but don’t hold your breath, John Oliver warned on Sunday. Ivanka serves as an unpaid advisor to her dad, while her husband Kushner is basically tasked with every other aspect of steering our country. The enormous canyon of what we don’t actually know about the young married couple has the HBO personality quite concerned. The “Last Week Tonight” host used his platform to answer just two questions last night: 1) “Is Ivanka really the moderating influence that people claim? »


- Tony Maglio

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Trump Mocked for ‘General E Watch’ Tweet: ‘Presumably a Brave and Punctual Hero’

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Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday morning to bash recent “fake news” polls that examined the president’s approval ratings as he approaches his 100th day in office this week. Social media responded by ripping Trump over including someone (or something) named “General E. Watch” in the message. It appears Trump was referring to the general election, but abbreviated it by writing, “General E.,” followed by, “Watch!” The bizarre style has resulted in everyone wondering who General E. Watch might be. The two fake news polls released yesterday, ABC & NBC, while containing some very positive info, were totally wrong in General E. »


- Brian Flood

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