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‘Resident Evil,’ ‘xXx’ Sequels Take Top Spots on Disc Sales Charts

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Two new releases, both sequels, snagged the two top spots on the national home video sales charts for the week ended May 21.

Sony Pictures’ “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,” the sixth film in the movie series based on the survival horror video game franchise, topped the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, despite a box office of less than $27 million.

Paramount’s “xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” the third installment in the action series, debuted at No. 1 on Npd VideoScan’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

On the overall disc sales chart, “Xander Cage” bowed at No. 2, with 93% as many total unit sales as “The Final Chapter,” which debuted at No. 2 on the Blu-ray Disc chart. Npd data shows that “The Final Chapter” generated 53% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared to 58% for “Xander Cage.”

The previous week’s top seller, »


- Thomas K. Arnold

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Michael Bay’s ‘Drone Warrior’ Biopic Finds Writer in Andy Bellin

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Screenwriter Andy Bellin will adapt the military action movie “Drone Warrior” for Michael Bay and Paramount.

Variety first reported last year that production company Bay Films was developing a biopic of former U.S. Army Delta Force fighter and drone warfare expert Brett Velicovich for Paramount Pictures, in a story of how the Iraq War vet and one-time U.S. intelligence specialist used his drone skills to fight terrorists. Paramount optioned Velicovich’s life rights and upcoming memoir, co-written with Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal reporter Christopher S. Stewart, for Bay Films to develop.

The book — titled “Drone Warrior: An Elite Soldier’s Inside Account of the Hunt for America’s Most Dangerous Enemies” — will be published by Dey Street Books on June 27. Velicovich spent nearly a decade as a member of Delta Force, the U.S. Army’s most elite unit.

The project doesn’t currently have a director attached. »


- Dave McNary

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‘Star Wars’ New Images Include Touching Shot of Carrie Fisher, Billie Lourd

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Vanity Fair released several new images for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” featuring Carrie Fisher with her daughter Billie Lourd, as well as several other characters, both new and old.

The Annie Leibovitz-shot stills show Fisher in costume as General Leia Organa with Lourd, who plays Lieutenant Kaydel Connix.

Laura Dern is also pictured with bubblegum-pink hair as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, another newcomer to the series.

An action shot of Daisy Ridley as Rey shows her leaping across rocks while grasping a blue lightsaber, likely while on the remote island where she discovered the missing Luke Skywalker at the end of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

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Several other released photos spotlight the creators behind the film rather than the stars, including shots of costume designer Michael Kaplan surrounded by some of his creations, and creative supervisor Neal Scanlan, »


- Erin Nyren

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Kirsten Dunst Gets Emotional at ‘The Beguiled’ World Premiere in Cannes

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The Beguiled” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, and Kirsten Dunst could not hold back her emotions.

The actress wiped away a tear as she walked down the red carpet with co-stars Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning, and director Sofia Coppola. Everyone was dressed to the nines — Kidman wore a stunning, 20s-inspired, form-fitting golden dress while Dunst glowed in a periwinkle A-line gown. Fanning floated down the carpet in a purple princess dress with an a-symmetrical dropped waist.

.@kirstendunst gets emotional, wiping away a tear on #TheBeguiled red carpet in #Cannes2017 pic.twitter.com/XRmqGEbzGC

— Variety (@Variety) May 24, 2017

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Top of the Lake: China Girl” stars Gwendoline Christie and Elisabeth Moss were also present on the red carpet to support Kidman, who is their co-star on the show. “Top of the Lake” also premiered at Cannes, »


- Erin Nyren

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Bob Iger, James Cameron Open Pandora: World of Avatar at Walt Disney World

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Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger and “Avatar” director James Cameron opened Pandora: World of Avatar at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida on Wednesday.

“This is literally a dream has come true,” explained Cameron, who first conceived the world of Pandora in his sleep as a 19-year-old.

The park — the largest expansion in the history of Disney’s Animal Kingdom — was inspired by that dream and the 2009 blockbuster “Avatar.” It officially opens on May 27, but VIP guests were treated to a special dedication ceremony.

“At Disney we have a ‘how did they do that’ standard,” Iger boasted while standing in front of Pandora’s infamous floating mountains. “I can’t think of a better example of that than what we’re standing in front of right now.”

Iger thanked the imagineers who conceived and executive the project, as well as the man who created the world of “Avatar” — Cameron himself. »


- Lawrence Yee

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Writers Guild of America Members Ratify New Three-Year Contract

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Members of the Writers Guild of America have ratified nearly unanimously their new three-year successor deal on the guild’s master contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

Only 30 members voted “no.” Of the 3,647 valid votes cast, there were 3,617 “yes” votes (99.2%) and 30 “no” votes (0.8%). There were 9,441 eligible voters. The term of the agreement is retroactive to May 2 through May 1, 2020.

The WGA reached the deal on May 1 about an hour before the previous contact expired in down-to-the-wire negotiations.

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“Our success in these negotiations was due to a highly engaged and dedicated membership, working in tandem with a tireless and informed Negotiating Committee and an extraordinary Guild staff. We achieved new and significant gains that will help today’s writers even as they benefit the next generation,” said WGA West president Howard A. Rodman and WGA East president Michael Winship. »


- Dave McNary

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Screen Media Nabs Rights to Ryan Eggold’s ‘Literally, Right Before Aaron’

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Screen Media Films has acquired the North American rights to Ryan Eggold’s new comedy-drama “Literally, Right Before Aaron,” slated for a theatrical release later this year. The film, which had its world premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival last month, stars Justin Long, Cobie Smulders, Ryan Hansen, John Cho, Kristen Schaal, Peter Gallagher, Dana Delany, Lea Thompson and Luis Guzman.

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The seriocomic “Literally, Right Before Aaron” follows the aftermath of a love affair between Adam (Long) and his ex-girlfriend Allison (Smulders), when Adam gets word of Allison’s upcoming wedding. Realizing that he’s not quite ready to bid farewell to their relationship, Adam decides to attend the wedding in an embarrassing attempt to convince himself, and those around him, that he has moved on.

The movie marks the directorial feature film debut for Eggold (best known for his work as »


- Emily Mae Czachor

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Animated Movie ‘The Extincts’ in the Works at Cirrina Studios

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Cirrina Studios is moving into pre-production of its first animated feature film, “The Extincts” with plans for a 2019 release.

The project is based on British writer Veronica Cossanteli’s middle grade novel of the same name. “The Extincts” follows the adventures of a boy who goes to work on a farm hidden deep in the woods where he discovers a hidden cache of extinct and mythological creatures, one of which escapes and terrorizes the town in which he lives.

The novel is published by Chicken House/Scholastic in the U.K. and in the United States by Henry Holt.

David Lipman, a producer on “Shrek 2,” will write the screenplay and William “Bill” Joyce will direct. Lipman will also produce the film with Michael Siegel, who was an executive producer on “The Bfg”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and “Rise of the Guardians”.

Jane Startz and Barry Cunningham will executive »


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‘Wonder’ Gets Emotional First Trailer With Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts

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Lionsgate released the heartbreaking-turned-heartwarming trailer for “Wonder,” the drama starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay.

The film, based on the New York Times bestselling novel of the same name written by R.J. Palacio, shares the story of a young boy struggling to overcome facial differences.

Roberts and Wilson play the protective parents of August “Auggie” Pullman (Tremblay), a fifth grader who is starting school for the first time. By the time he’s 10, Auggie has had 27 surgeries to help him breathe, see, and hear without a hearing aid — but none have made him look like the other kids, he explains in the trailer.

As Auggie learns to navigate school, he is faced with both bullies and friends. Auggie becomes an unlikely hero as his journey teaches his family, classmates, and community about compassion, acceptance, and inner beauty — and retains a sense of humor.

“It takes a lot of work to look this good, »


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Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Signs Distribution Deals for Japan, France, Italy

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Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures has unveiled new distribution partnerships for Japan, France, and Italy in multi-year deals that will begin this summer with Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit.”

The film, Annapurna’s inaugural release under its new marketing and distribution arm, will launch in the U.S. on Aug. 4. Longride and Mars will be handling the Japanese and French markets, respectively, with Eagle Pictures and Leone Film Group teaming for Italy.

Each of the new deals will cover both theatrical and home entertainment for “Detroit” as well as all subsequent Annapurna film titles in the respective territories. Earlier this week, Annapurna announced a partnership with distributor eOne covering Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Benelux, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

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- Dave McNary

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Joseph Kosinski Front-Runner to Direct ‘Top Gun 2’ Starring Tom Cruise (Exclusive)

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Tom Cruise is getting ready to head back to the Danger Zone — and he’s bringing an old friend along for the ride.

Sources tell Variety that Joseph Kosinski — who directed Cruise in “Oblivion” — is the front-runner to direct “Top Gun 2” for Paramount and Skydance Pictures. While no official offer has been made, several insiders believe one is imminent.

Paramount had no comment.

Cruise met with potential helmers prior to and while filming “Mission Impossible: 6” in London to ensure the “Top Gun” sequel was ready to go after production wrapped. Even with Cruise and Kosinski having previously worked together on the 2013 sci-fi action film, sources say it was Kosinski’s vision the sequel’s direction that officially won him the job.

Cruise recently confirmed to a British talk show that the sequel was moving forward and would hopefully shoot »


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‘Despicable Me 3’ Secures Release Date in China

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Illumination Entertainment’s “Despicable Me 3” has been confirmed as heading for mainland Chinese theaters.

The animated film will be released in the Middle Kingdom on July 7, a week after its release in North America and most major international territories.

Universal Pictures confirmed the China release date and revealed a new poster and trailer for the Chinese market. As a revenue sharing quota import title, the film’s release in China will be handled by a state-owned distributor.

Despicable Me 2” was released in China in January 2014, and earned $53.0 million.

Also confirmed for release in mainland theaters is the Oscar-nominated Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman-starrer “Lion,” which will hit screens on June 23. In this case, the release is more than six months after its U.S. outing.

Hollywood movies are having a very strong year at the Chinese box office with a mixture of widely anticipated hits such as »


- Patrick Frater

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Final ‘Valerian’ Trailer Features Dramatic Chase Through City of Thousand Planets

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The final trailer for Stx’s upcoming “Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets” just dropped, and its a dazzling display.

The two-minute long clip provides a visual tour of Alpha, the titular City of a Thousand Planets.

Alpha is an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence, and cultures with each other.

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The city comes under a mysterious threat, forcing special operatives Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) to spring into action.

The highlight of the trailer is when Valerian suits up for a dramatic chase through Alpha, bounding between energy platforms he creates with his gun.

In addition to the environs, there are incredible creature effects, from the diverse alien residents of Alpha to giant monsters that attack Valerian and Laureline.

The Luc Besson-helmed »


- Lawrence Yee

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‘Wonder Woman’ London Premiere Canceled in Wake of Manchester Attack

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Warner Bros. has canceled the London premiere of “Wonder Woman” following the attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester that left 22 dead earlier this week.

The studio announced the news on Wednesday ahead of the previously scheduled May 31 red carpet.

“Our thoughts are with those affected by the recent tragedy in the UK,” the studio said in a statement. “In light of the current situation, we will not be proceeding with our plans for the ‘Wonder Woman’ premiere and junket activities in London.”

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Stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, and Robin Wright and director Patty Jenkins were all scheduled to attend the European premiere. The superhero tentpole is still set to make its world premiere in Los Angeles on Thursday.

The announcement comes a day after British Prime Minister Theresa May raised the terrorism threat level from “severe” to »


- Alex Stedman

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‘Deadpool 2’: Jack Kesy to Play Villain

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The Strain” star Jack Kesy has joined Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin in “Deadpool 2” in an unspecified villainous role.

Reynolds will return in the sequel as the foul-mouthed superhero with Brolin recently having signed on as Cable. “Deadpool 2” is in pre-production with shooting 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 has also cast “Atlanta” breakout Zazie Beetz as the mutant mercenary Domino. Leslie Uggams will return as Blind Al, Deadpool’s roommate.

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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Jane Campion on Lack of Female Filmmakers, ‘Top of the Lake: China Girl’

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Jane Campion is a hugger. The Oscar winner, who punctuates every other sentence with a loud, earthy laugh, is so into physical affection that she won’t let a reporter from Variety leave an interview without dragging him onto a couch to snuggle with her and her “Top of the Lake: China Girl” co-director Ariel Kleiman. It’s definitely an unusual way to end a grilling by the press, but Campion claims this kind of emotional openness is one of the things that separates female filmmakers from their male counterparts.

“There’s a different ethos,” she says. “We’re always cuddling and carrying on. I was with Andrea Arnold last night and we were cuddling. Then Uma (Thurman) came along and we were all cuddling.”

Not that “China Girl” should be mistaken for something light and fluffy. It’s a hard-edged mystery that delves into the world of sex trafficking, »


- Brent Lang

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‘The Crown’ Makeup Designer Aimed for Churchill’s Likeness, Not a Carbon Copy

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In Netflix’s “The Crown,” BAFTA-nominated makeup and hair designer Ivana Primorac (“Anna Kareninna,” “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”) was tasked with transforming the slender 6-foot, 4-inch John Lithgow into the plump 5-foot, 6-inch Winston Churchill. The two men of course look nothing alike, but with a little bit of movie magic (and a towering, award-winning performance), Primorac and Lithgow brought the famed Briton back to life.

“What made Ivana’s Churchill makeup so great was how little there was of it,” Lithgow says. “It was important to her (and to me) that it be inconspicuous, lifelike, and not remotely mask-like.”

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Besides a minimal amount of base and a few liver spots, there were really only three elements to the design: a balding wig, a few extra strands of long eyebrow hair »


- Kristopher Tapley

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From ‘The Crown’ to ‘Darkest Hour,’ Wealth of Churchill Projects Signals Hunger for Leadership

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On the big and small screens — from Netflix’s hit series “The Crown” to the upcoming Oscar season entry “Darkest Hour” — Winston Churchill is having a moment. The sheer number of current projects focused on the man who proved to be one of the most stalwart leaders in history is particularly noteworthy given the political unrest and upheaval sweeping the globe.

As the U.K. reels from last summer’s Brexit vote, as France regroups in the wake of an intensely polarized presidential runoff, and as President Trump courts controversy with every new pen stroke and tweet, film and television dramas have found inspiration in the individual who stood up to fascism when no one else would. It’s something actor John Lithgow, who stars as Churchill in “The Crown,” sees as a hunger for nobility in our leadership.

“All these projects were underway long before the storm clouds gathered, »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Zombillenium’

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“Daddy, are monsters real?” a little girl wants to know in “Zombillenium,” a gloriously stylized, bizarrely didactic animated feature in which vampires, witches, zombies, etc. really do exist, but manage to go undetected by working at a horror-themed amusement park. Adapted from a hit graphic novel by French cartoonist Arthur de Pins and co-director Alexis Ducord, “Zombillenium” boasts a rock-solid concept and some of the most appealing character design in recent memory, but doesn’t quite know where to go with it. What might have been a worldwide, “Scooby-Doo”-esque phenom with young audiences winds up feeling a little too French.

How so? For some reason, rather than taking the time to lovingly establish the world (à la Sony’s hit “Hotel Transylvania”) or to riff on monster-human relations (like Pixar’s “Monsters Inc.”), de Pins and Ducord decide to get political, focusing the plot on the class struggles between the different castes of monsters. »


- Peter Debruge

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Anna Mottola to Head Helsinki International Film Festival, Works-in-Progress Titles Revealed (Exclusive)

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Anna Mottola has been hired as the CEO of Helsinki International Film Festival – Love and Anarchy, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in September. It has also selected the works-in-progress projects to be presented in the Finnish Film Affair section.

Mottola takes the reins from Sara Norberg, who is stepping down after seven years to take a position outside of the film industry. Mottola formerly worked at Finland’s National Audiovisual Institute, and was a film critic for Finland’s biggest newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat.

Mottola has given a sneak peek of this year’s Finnish Film Affair works-in-progress projects. Amongst the selected projects are the long-awaited sequel to sci-fi satire “Iron Sky: The Coming Race” by Timo Vuorensola, the sophomore feature from Academy Award nominee Selma Vilhunen (“Do I Have to Take Care of Everything”), “Stupid Young Heart,” and “Guardian Angel” from Arto Halonen (“Princess”).

Another addition to the lineup is »


- Leo Barraclough

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