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'Transformers 5' Opens with Franchise Low as 'Wonder Woman' Surpasses 'Batman v Superman' Domestically

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

Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight took the #1 spot this weekend as expected, but that opening was the lowest the franchise has seen thus far by a rather significant margin as a lot of attention will now turn toward the film's international run. Meanwhile, WB's Wonder Woman is still tearing up the box office as it has now become the highest grossing release within the DC Extended Universe and it is showing little sign of stopping. Only one of the previous four Transformers features opened on a Wednesday and that was 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the third feature in the now five-film franchise, and it debuted with $162.6 million over its first five days in release, $97.8 million of that from the three-day weekend. By contrast, Transformers: The Last Knight brought in a mere $69.1 million over its first five days in release, an estimated $45.3 million of which over the three-day weekend. »


- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Trailer: Bellas Reunite to Compete Against Real Musicians (Video)

16 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Bellas are back in the first full trailer for “Pitch Perfect 3,” the third film in Universal’s a cappella musical comedy franchise. Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return to take their voices on the road. After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with only your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas Uso tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together. »


- Thom Geier

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‘The Big Sick’ and ‘The Beguiled’ Set Records at Indie Box Office

11 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

This past January, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon wowed Sundance audiences with their romantic comedy “The Big Sick,” and at Cannes, Sofia Coppola made history by becoming the first woman to win the festival’s Best Director prize for her remake of “The Beguiled.” Now, both films have finally arrived in theaters with Los Angeles/New York limited releases this weekend, and the results have been stellar. “The Big Sick” grossed an estimated $435,000 from five screens, giving it the best per screen average of the year so far with $87,000 per screen. “The Beguiled,” also performed very well with $240,545 from four screens. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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‘Feud’ Stars Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange on Plight of Hollywood Women: ‘We Were Aged Out’

24 June 2017 4:35 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

This story about “Feud: Bette and Joan” first appeared in the Miniseries/Movies issue of TheWrap Emmy magazine. There’s a line that pops up several times in the limited run of “Feud: Bette and Joan,” and repetition does not make its sentiment any less true: “Feuds aren’t about hate, they’re about pain.” Ryan Murphy’s latest FX franchise digs deep into the mutually-inflicted wounds of show business icons Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, and the corporate and societal machinery that pitted them against each other. Murphy’s frequent leading lady Jessica Lange plays Crawford, and Susan Sarandon »


- Matt Donnelly

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ First Reactions: ‘Total Home Run’

23 June 2017 8:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Spider-Man: Homecoming” won’t have any trouble getting a date to the big dance: Early reactions hit the internet on Friday evening, and many in the superhero film press are deeply enmeshed in its charming web. “#SpiderManHomecoming gets it right. It’s gets it All right. It is the greatest, funniest, most exciting Spidey movie. A total home run,” tweeted Cinemablend’s Sean O’Connell after a New York City media screening. #SpiderManHomecoming gets it right. It's gets it All right. It is the greatest, funniest, most exciting Spidey movie. A total home run. — Sean O'Connell (@Sean_OConnell) June 24, 2017 Film critic Mike Ryan from Uproxx. »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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Trailer Watch: Women Directors Step in Front of the Camera in “Seeing Is Believing”

23 June 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Deborah Riley Draper in “Seeing Is Believing: Women Direct”: Cady McClain

“I’m not afraid to say, ‘I don’t know,’” says Leslie Hope, director of TV and docs, in a trailer for “Seeing Is Believing: Women Direct.” “I’m also not afraid to say, ‘This is what I want…Can you please make it the way I want? Because, by the way, I’m the director.’” Hope is one of the characters featured in Cady McClain’s upcoming documentary, which turns the camera on female filmmakers and interviews them about their career experiences, their goals, and the roadblocks they have encountered as women in the film industry.

The full feature doc version of “Seeing Is Believing” made its world premiere at the Soho Film Festival on June 19 and took home the Audience Award. McClain’s project, which was partially a crowdfunding effort, has been presented in many forms. In addition to the feature documentary version, the subjects’ commentary has been developed as a limited series and as individual interviews. McClain and her team are also writing a book from their conversations with directors like Hope (“Murdoch Mysteries”), Deborah Riley Draper (“Olympic Pride, American Prejudice”), Lesli Linka Glatter (“Homeland”), Marianna Palka (“Bitch”), Sarah Gavron (“Suffragette”), and Meera Menon (“Equity”).

“I am really excited about the audience reaction to this piece and thrilled that we just won the Audience Award at the Soho Film Festival. Viewers of the piece always tell me that they are inspired after watching it, which to me is a major win,” McClain told us. “The statistics and stories of how women are silenced are too many, and it makes me really happy to give something to them that will help them feel there is a way forward, and that there is hope.”

McClain’s other directing credits include episodes of “Suzy F*cking Homemaker” and “Venice the Series” as well as short films “Flip Fantasia” and “The World of Albert Fuh.”

Check out the “Seeing Is Believing” website for a full list of the women interviewed for the project as well as “some good guys” who are vocally supportive of their female colleagues. You can watch the trailer below.

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Trailer Watch: Women Directors Step in Front of the Camera in “Seeing Is Believing” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »


- Rachel Montpelier

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Box Office: ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Assembles $37.5 Million in Three Days’ Time

24 June 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Transformers: The Last Knight” had a slightly unconventional Wednesday night opening this week, but its Friday numbers aren’t anything for the Autobots to actually write Cybertron about.

Despite its franchise-low opening, the fifth film in the “Transformers” saga is expected to easily win the first official weekend of summer 2017, while “Wonder Woman” and “Cars 3” will be in a tight race for second place.

Transformers 5” had already pulled in $23.7 million from Wednesday and Thursday showings going into the weekend, but Michael Bay can now add another $13.8 million from 4,069 theaters to his total. This brings the Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, and Stanley Tucci vehicle from Paramount to just over $40 million so far, with an expected $64 million domestic cume by Sunday’s end for the 5-day.

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As ‘Wonder Woman’ Soars, Movies Starring Men Fail to Connect at Box Office

Wonder Woman” continues to prove impenetrable as Patty JenkinsDC Comics adaptation lassoed another $7.35 million on Friday »


- JD Knapp

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‘The Leftovers’ & ‘Fargo’ Star Carrie Coon Joins Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’

23 June 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Carrie Coon has made quite a name for herself on the small screen recently. Her roles in “Fargo” and “The Leftovers” are putting her in the Emmy discussion. Now, it seems, she’s ready to make that transition to the big screen, and she’s signed up for her next big film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Coon will soon begin production on “Widows.”

Widows” is based on the 1980’s British TV series about a group of armed robbers who are killed during a heist attempt.

Continue reading ‘The Leftovers’ & ‘Fargo’ Star Carrie Coon Joins Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’ at The Playlist. »


- Charles Dean

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'All Eyez on Me' Prompts Journalist to Admit Having "Embellished" Tupac Articles

23 June 2017 12:03 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Journalists are supposed to be factual. Then again, copyright law doesn't protect the naked recitation of historical facts. Alas, a quandry showcased in a new lawsuit against Lionsgate, Morgan Creek and others associated with All Eyez on Me, the biopic about the late rapper, Tupac Shakur.

In a complaint filed on Friday in New York federal court, Kevin Powell claims the movie infringes upon several of his articles for Vibe Magazine published in the 1990s. But again, if Shakur's life events are in the public domain, how does a journalist possibly get around copyright limitations to sue filmmakers who tread similar »


- Eriq Gardner

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Edgar Wright Gives a Very Diplomatic Answer for Why He Left Ant-Man

24 June 2017 7:45 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

What could’ve been. »


- Devon Ivie

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‘Twin Peaks’ Review: Part 8 Aims for Maximum Weirdness and Succeeds

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last Week’S Review: Part 7 Leaves More Clues Than We Can Count as David Lynch Digs Deep Into the Past

Were there more than 20 lines of dialogue spoken in tonight’s “Twin Peaks”? All signs point to no. In perhaps what was the most existential and absurd installment yet of the surreal drama’s return, David Lynch’s attention shifted from a bloody confrontation in the woods to a journey through time and space that barely touched on the modern day. Instead, “Part 8” tripped back to the past for a largely silent (dialogue-less) series of events (it feels a bit much to refer to them as “a story” at this stage) that of course did not skim on harsh violence and strange mannerisms.

Everyone is going to come to Part 8 with their own interpretations and theories; it’s an installment which seems to welcome that. And pieces of it are more successful than others. »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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SAG-aftra Contract Talks Hit Major Roadblock

1 hour ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Decrying management's demand for "outrageous rollbacks," the leaders of SAG-aftra say they’ll call for membership to authorize a strike if a "fair and equitable" deal on a new film and TV contact isn't reached by Friday. Contract talks began on May 31, and have definitely hit a major roadblock. "Your SAG-aftra negotiating team has been hard at work bargaining with the major studios and networks represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers for a… »

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Here’s the Oscar-Qualifying Palm Springs International ShortFest 2017 Award Winners

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This year, some 500 filmmakers from 60 countries braved record temperatures to attend the 23rd annual Palm Springs International ShortFest (June 20-26), the largest short film festival and only short film market in North America. Psisf hosted 338 fiction and documentary shorts, 46 World Premieres, 12 International Premieres, 42 North American Premieres and 16 U.S. Premieres.

And more than 4,200 of the festival submissions were available in the Film Market for industry attendees to view online. Check out the complete lineup here.

Designated by AMPAS, BAFTA, and Bifa as an award-qualifying festival, and accredited by the International Short Film Conference, the festival gives its competition filmmakers a chance to secure $20,000 in cash prizes in 21 categories. The Panavision Best North American Short Award winner gets the use of a camera package valued at $60,000. Only the first-place winners in five categories are eligible to vie for an Academy Award nomination. Over 22 years, the Festival has presented 101 films that have »


- Anne Thompson

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Here’s the Oscar-Qualifying Palm Springs International ShortFest 2017 Award Winners

1 hour ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

This year, some 500 filmmakers from 60 countries braved record temperatures to attend the 23rd annual Palm Springs International ShortFest (June 20-26), the largest short film festival and only short film market in North America. Psisf hosted 338 fiction and documentary shorts, 46 World Premieres, 12 International Premieres, 42 North American Premieres and 16 U.S. Premieres.

And more than 4,200 of the festival submissions were available in the Film Market for industry attendees to view online. Check out the complete lineup here.

Designated by AMPAS, BAFTA, and Bifa as an award-qualifying festival, and accredited by the International Short Film Conference, the festival gives its competition filmmakers a chance to secure $20,000 in cash prizes in 21 categories. The Panavision Best North American Short Award winner gets the use of a camera package valued at $60,000. Only the first-place winners in five categories are eligible to vie for an Academy Award nomination. Over 22 years, the Festival has presented 101 films that have »


- Anne Thompson

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‘Twin Peaks': David Lynch Just Declared War on Recappers – Anybody Gotta Light?

2 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Well, Chris picked one hell of a week to be off recapper duty and for me to fill in. Did he get insider info? Twin Peaks’ “Part 8” was 100% Pure Distilled David Lynch, as in down to the elemental molecules of the man. Bob bubbles! Nukes! Frog wasps! Egg vomit! Cosmic Laura Palmer gold ball! Metallic scratching alarm intensifications! The original Twin Peaks was a force of nature, changing the TV landscape in its two brief seasons by opening the door to cerebral, horror-filled, off-the-wall dramas that would dominate the “Prestige TV” landscape two decades later. … »

- Allison Keene

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Michelle Obama Makes Surprise Bet Awards Cameo Honoring Chance The Rapper

2 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

“Barack and I are so sorry that we can’t be there tonight in person,” said Michelle Obama tonight to a surprised and roaring Bet Awards via pre-tape video for Chance The Rapper. The Grammy winner was being honored with the Humanitarian Award for his philanthropic efforts in his and the former First Lady’s hometown of Chicago. “But please know we are there with you in spirit and we are so incredibly proud of you Chance.” Called “our forever First Lady” by Bet CEO Debra Lee… »


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‘Silicon Valley’ Finale Review: An International Incident Gives Everyone a Hard Reset, Which Is What The Show Does Best

2 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Silicon Valley” Season 4 finale, Episode 10, “Server Error.”]

In a season filled with tech metaphors, none of them were as apt as an overheated garage server being lightly attended to with hand-operated fans. As Anton slowly broiled under the weight of unwieldy Melcher data, it was a fitting encapsulation of the monumental stress that “Silicon Valley” put on its main characters this year. The road to technological relevance has never been easy for these guys, but this season finale gave them a solution and a ticket out of the rut they’ve been in for the past few weeks.

It’s a solution that didn’t seem likely at the outset of this episode, as Dinesh looped videos of more Hooliphone explosions caught on surveillance cameras. The Pied Piper gang has been forced to face consequences in the past, but watching potential users in physical pain brought about by their actions seem to be a tipping point for »


- Steve Greene

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‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Teaser: Spike Lee’s First Joint Gets the Netflix TV Treatment, Sets Release Date — Watch

3 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

After making a deal with Amazon for his last directorial feature, “Chi-Raq,” Spike Lee is transitioning to TV on Netflix.

“She’s Gotta Have It,” an adaptation of Lee’s first joint (per Netflix’s official release), will be released on the streaming giant this Thanksgiving. The release date was set in a teaser trailer (below) first shown during the Bet Awards.

Read More: ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Series Based On Spike Lee Film Coming To Netflix

Lee is directing every episode of the first season, which centers on Nola Darling, a Brooklyn-based artist in her late 20s struggling to define herself. She’s dividing her time among her friends, her job, and her three lovers — labeled as proper nouns — The Cultured Model, Greer Childs; The Protective Investment Banker, Jamie Overstreet; and Da Original B-Boy Sneakerhead, Mars Blackmon.

The series serves as a contemporary update of the original 1986 film. »


- Ben Travers

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