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Box Office: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Sets Sail With $40 Million Worldwide
The $40 million figure does not include Friday’s earnings from China, where Disney is estimating a first-day total of $20 million.
The sequel grossed $5.5 million from Thursday night previews in the U.S., expanding to 4,276 locations on Friday. “Dead Men Tell No Tales” also generated the best 2017 first-day earnings in Germany, Austria, France, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
Box Office: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Plunders $5.5 Million on Thursday Night
It opened Thursday in Germany with a 60% market share on its Ascension Day holiday. “Pirates” saw a 59% market share in the U.K. The film earned $4 million on its opening day in Russia, the fifth-highest first day for any movie. The pic earned $3.6 million in Germany and $900,000 in the U. »
- Dave McNary
Tyler Perry’s ‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ Sets Release Date
Written and directed by Perry, the comedy will star himself, Cassi Davis and Patrice Lovely. The film follows Madea and the gang as they venture to a haunted campground and they must literally run for their lives when monsters, goblins and the bogeyman are unleashed.
The other “Madea” films. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Did Pedro Almodóvar Sign On to Direct a Netflix Series? — Report
Pedro Almodóvar may have closed a deal to direct a television series for Netflix, Fotogramas reports. The project would be Almodóvar’s first experience directing a television series, though the filmmaker told Fotogramas he has previously been approached by several TV companies about projects for the small screen. No details about the project have been disclosed.
The news comes shortly after a short-lived controversy involving Almodovar and Netflix erupted at the Cannes Film Festival, where Almodovar presided over the jury. At the festival’s opening press conference, parts of a statement Almodovar gave in Spanish were lost in translation, leading some to believe that the filmmaker would not consider the two Netflix films (Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories” and Bong Joon Ho’s “Okja”) for the Palme d’Or because they would not be screening in theaters in France.
“There’s nothing worse than being misunderstood or poorly translated, »
- Graham Winfrey
Jessica Chastain To Star And Produce ‘Seducing Ingrid Bergman’
Sadly, this isn’t news about “The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman,” a still-gestating musical from Guy Maddin with the music of theatrical ‘70s rockers Sparks. But hey, a project called “Seducing Ingmar Bergman” with Jessica Chastain is a pretty good runner-up.
The two-time Academy Award nominee and current Cannes Jury member will star and produce “Seducing Ingmar Bergman’ through her Freckle Films shingle.
- Edward Davis
‘Baywatch’ Catches Estimated $4.5M Surf, ‘Pirates’ Previews To Come — Box Office Friday AM
Paramount Pictures’ Baywatch‘s first day on the beach earned an estimated $4.5M (which includes $1.25M from Wednesday’s previews), according to two industry estimates, as the Memorial Day weekend goes full swing tonight.
The R-rated feature based on the TV show which stars Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Zac Efron, is now in 3,647 theaters. Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales took to the sea last night at 7 Pm in previews before it sets sail in 4,276… »
Eddie Redmayne’s ‘Early Man’ to Be Released by Lionsgate in North America
Directed by Nick Park from a script by Mark Burton and John O’Farrell, the stop-motion movie is co-financed by the U.K.’s Aardman and France’s Studiocanal. It’s a re-team of the companies following 2015’s “Shaun the Sheep.” Lionsgate also handled the domestic distribution for “Shaun the Sheep.”
Redmayne was the first cast member who boarded the toon, set at the dawn of time when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth. »
- Dave McNary
MSNBC President Phil Griffin Signs Deal to Stay at Top of Surging Cable-News Outlet
Phil Griffin, who has led MSNBC from its previous Keith Olbermann heyday to a new surge led by Rachel Maddow, has extended his time at the head of the cable-news outlet in a new deal, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Griffin’s deal will keep him at the helm of the NBCUniversal-owned network as it is enjoying new strength. For the week of May 15, the network snared the most viewers between 25 and 54 – the demographic most coveted by advertisers – and the largest audience overall in weekday primetime – the first time in MSNBC’s history that it has beaten both Fox News Channel and CNN in those categories.
- Brian Steinberg
Disney Parks Chairman Hints at More Marvel Attractions to Come
“Guardians of the Galaxy” Mission Breakout! may be the first of many Marvel-themed attractions to find a home at Disney’s California Adventures.
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Bob Chapek made the announcement during the opening of the attraction — which replaces the old Tower of Terror ride — Thursday night. In place of a haunted elevator, guests will join Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) as he tries to liberate the Guardians from the clutches of The Collector (Benicio Del Toro) on the vertical thrill ride.
“This is a momentous occasion, but it’s just the beginning of what will become a bigger superhero presence at Disney California Adventures,” Chapek said opening night. “And with the strong partnership at Walt Disney Imagineering, we’re very excited with what’s to come.”
While its unclear exactly what’s next, »
- Lawrence Yee
La Screenings: Procedural Dramas, ‘Young Sheldon’ Draw Interest From International Buyers
International TV buyers who gathered on studio lots this week for the annual La Screenings market were glad to see the broadcast networks embracing procedural dramas for the coming season.
New dramas such as CBS’ “Swat” and “Seal Team,” ABC’s “Deception” and “For the People,” Fox’s “The Resident” and NBC “The Brave” and “Reverie” were generating some heat among the roughly 1,500 international TV buyers who took part in the weeklong marathon of screenings of new series for the 2017-18 season.
Buyers and sellers alike agreed that this year’s crop didn’t have a clear breakout hit among the international buyers but the number of procedural dramas on the slate was a welcome change from the recent past.
“The more things change the more they stay the same,” said Armando Nunez, president of CBS Studios International. The largest broadcast networks in major TV markets in European, Latin America and Asia tend to gravitate to the »
- Cynthia Littleton
‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot on Playing First Lead Female Superhero: ‘Growing Up, I Had Superman and Batman’
Wonder Woman has been around for nearly eight decades, but the superhero has never flown into theaters for her own title movie — until now, with Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman,” the final film of DC Comics’ trinity, which will be released on Jun. 2.
“Wonder Woman” being showcased on the big screen as a big-budget summer blockbuster has never been more meaningful than in 2017, when the conversation of women in the workplace, gender equality, and the pay gap has been at the forefront of Hollywood. And the significant moment has not gone unnoticed by its star.
“Growing up, I had Superman and Batman to look up to,” Gadot told Variety Thursday night on the blue carpet at the world premiere of the film held in Hollywood. “All the boys and all the girls, that’s what we had,” she said, reflecting on the male superheroes.
“I think that it’s so important that we have also strong female »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
BuzzFeed Sued for Defamation Over Trump Dossier Report
BuzzFeed has been hit with a lawsuit over its explosive January report of an unverified dossier which charged that Donald Trump has “deep ties to Russia.” In the suit, filed Friday in New York Supreme Court, Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven and German Khan of the Alfa Group allege “false, damaging and highly inflammatory statements” about them and about Alfa Group, “an umbrella term commonly used to describe a number of entities in which Plaintiffs hold significant beneficial interests.” “BuzzFeed admitted in the Article that the Dossier ‘include specific, unverified and potentially unverifiable allegations of contact between Trump aides and Russian operatives and. »
- Tim Kenneally
‘Paddington 2’ Lands January Release in U.S. From Weinstein Company
The Weinstein Company has set family comedy sequel “Paddington 2” for a Jan. 12 release in the United States.
“Paddington 2” stars Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris, and Brendan Gleeson. Ben Whishaw, and Imelda Staunton, who provide the voices of Paddington and Aunt Lucy, also reprise their roles.
The original “Paddington” opened in late 2014 and grossed nearly $270 million worldwide, including $76.2 million in the U.S. and $59.5 million in the U.K. The much-loved talking bear, who comes from Peru and loves marmalade, is based on a series of children’s books by Michael Bond that launched in 1958.
The sequel follows the bear, who’s happily settled with the Brown family and is a popular member of the local community, as he takes on a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect »
- Dave McNary
Cannes Film Review: ‘Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts’
At the age of 36, Indonesian director-writer Mouly Surya has made the first Satay Western, and a flamingly feminist one at that. Following a widow on an empowering course to seek justice for robbery and rape, “Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts” is a revenge fantasy rooted in Indonesia’s gender conditions, complex regional culture and the stark beauty of its landscapes. At once tightly controlled and simmering with righteous fury, it’s gorgeously lensed, atmospherically scored and moves inexorably toward a gratifying payoff. A co-production between Indonesia, France, Malaysia and Thailand, this savvy blend of genre and art-house sensibilities will kill it at festivals, but needs adventurous distributors to put it into theatres where it can be viewed in its widescreen beauty.
Surya’s debut “Fiksi” and sophomore feature “What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love” have centered on outlier female characters (a lonely stalker and »
- Maggie Lee
‘You Were Never Really Here’: Film Review | Cannes 2017
There was a nine-year gap between the appearance of Lynne Ramsay’s second feature, Morvern Callar (2002), and her third, We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011). Fans of arguably Scotland’s most distinctive living director have only had to wait a mere six years for her latest, You Were Never Really Here. Surely that’s a hopeful sign she’s speeding up, especially given the well-publicized conflagration over her abandoning Jane Got a Gun a couple of years back just before shooting started because of budget issues.
Was it worth the wait for You Were Never Really Here? That’s not a question that »
- Leslie Felperin
Muslims March for Ariana Grande Concert Bombing Victims in Manchester
About 500 Muslims, including young children, took part in a peace march from a mosque to the site of the Manchester Arena bombing, where 22 people were killed by a suicide bomber as they left an Ariana Grande concert. “That’s the image we want to show — that we are a part of society campaigning against the terrorist,” Moin Azmi, a spokesman for the mosque, told the Manchester Evening News. “Children were killed when they should have been having fun.” The marchers also left flowers and notes for the victims. About 15 percent of Greater Manchester’s population of 2.5 million is Muslim, according to the Los. »
- Sean Burch
The 13 Tackiest Cannes PR Stunts, From Blake Lively’s Sharks to Sacha Baron Cohen’s Mankini (Photos)
Cannes, the glamorous festival, has seen some crazy PR stunts over the years, from Sacha Baron Cohen’s mankini to Blake Lively’s fake sharks. Faux “Terror Raid” to Promote Oraxy Guests at Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc got a surprise visit by men outfitted in militia-themed gear last year, approaching the hotel by boat. Later, it was revealed it was a publicity stunt for the Paris-based Oraxy, which describes itself as “the world’s first private global marketplace reserved exclusively for Uhnwi,” or Ultra High Net Worth Individuals. Sacha Baron Cohen Wears Green Gross Mankini In 2006, Sacha Baron Cohen sported a bright green male thong. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven and Matt Donnelly
‘You Were Never Really Here’ Cannes Review: Grim Joaquin Phoenix Puzzler Ends Competition
More of a collection of accomplished filmmaking moments than a wholly satisfying film, “You Were Never Really Here” offers an unfamiliar spin on a well-known style. Adapting Jonathan Ames’ 2013 novella that itself was a sideways riff on the hardboiled detective genre, writer/director Lynne Ramsay picks up Ames’ slanted approach and moves it even further afield. Instead of subverting hardboiled structure – where a jaded old timer accepts a seemingly open and shut case, only to be ensnared in a wider web of corruption – Ramsay readily accepts it, but tells the recognizable tale with terse abstraction. Which is to say »
- Ben Croll
How ‘The Get Down’ Compared to ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘The Crown,’ ‘Vinyl’ in Viewer Demand
Netflix had never canceled an original scripted drama series — until this week.
On Wednesday, the streaming service pulled the plug on “The Get Down,” one of the most expensive series in television history, with a first season that cost at least $120 million for 10 episodes. Despite recent assurances that creator Baz Luhrmann that a second season was in the offing, Netflix decided not to move forward with the Sony Pictures Television show.
According to data from research firm Parrot Analytics, U.S. viewer demand for “The Get Down” never matched that of buzzier Netflix shows such as “Stranger Things” and “The Crown.” It also failed to outshine comparable linear series, including HBO’s canceled “Vinyl.”
Parrot uses a proprietary demand-expression metric incorporating desire, engagement, and consumption measurements to gauge audience activity around a show. A report prepared for Variety found activity around “The Get Down” to be minimal in the weeks following its release.
- Daniel Holloway
Cannes Film Review: ‘You Were Never Really Here’
Some filmmakers rust during periods of inactivity; Lynne Ramsay arches and tenses, lying in wait like an attack dog. And attack she does, though not in all the expected ways, in her astonishing fourth feature “You Were Never Really Here,” a stark, sinewy, slashed-to-the-bone hitman thriller far more concerned with the man than the hit. Working from a pulp-fiction source that another director might have fashioned into a “Taken” knockoff, Ramsay instead strips the classically botched job at the story’s core down to its barest, bloodiest necessities, lingering far more lavishly on the unspoken emotions rippling across leading man Joaquin Phoenix’s face, and the internal lacerations of trauma and abuse they cumulatively reveal.
With the minimalism of the material providing the cleanest of canvases for the matchless technique of director and star alike, “You Were Never Really Here” isn’t the genre crossover effort Ramsay’s admirers may have feared, »
- Guy Lodge
Darth Vader's 'Maury' Paternity Test Goes Viral
A short, fan-made video of Darth Vader learning he is the father of Luke and Leia while appearing as a guest on Maury Povich's show has gone viral.
The short, which has subtitles but no sound, was posted to Imgur by user yaemd on Thursday, and the video has already racked up more than 2 million views.
The clip is really well done, splicing together random scenes of Vader with shots from Maury.
The faux statement Vader gives to producers, which it appears Maury reads, says "Padme is lying. I never had sex with her. Not once. I can't be the father of »
- Ryan Parker
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