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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming 2’ Filming Dates, Title Details Revealed
It’s a good thing the early reactions to Spider-Man: Homecoming are positive, because it sounds like Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are moving full-steam ahead on the sequel. Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 was announced for release in 2019 back in December, and with less than two weeks to go before Homecoming hits theaters, Sony and Marvel are wasting no time in getting preparations underway for the follow-up. Collider’s own Steve Weintraub caught up with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and producer Amy Pascal at the press day for Spider-Man: Homecoming, and while the two … »
- Adam Chitwood
Elvis Presley Manager Biopic ‘The Colonel’ in Development (Exclusive)
Production is slated for early 2018. Parker, who died in 1997 at age 87, arrived in America as a 20-year old undocumented Dutch immigrant, and took great pains to hide his past. Before leaving Holland, he might have committed murder. »
- Dave McNary
Spike Lee’s Netflix Series ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Sets Fall Premiere Date
The 10-episode series will launch Thanksgiving Day (November 23). DeWanda Wise stars as Nola Darling, a Brooklyn-based artist in her late twenties struggling to define herself and divide her time amongst her friends, her job and her three lovers: Greer Childs (Cleo Anthony), Jamie Overstreet (Lyriq Bent), and Mars Blackmon (Anthony Ramos).
The series also stars Chyna Layne, Ilfenesh Hadeara, Margot Bingham, Sydney Morton, and Joie Lee. Lee directs all 10 episodes of the series, in addition to producing. Lee has previously directed for television, but this is the first time he has directed an entire series. Tonya Lewis Lee is executive producer, with Barry Michael Cooper and Lynn Nottage producing. »
- Joe Otterson
‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Dawns With $196M Overseas; $265M Global – International Box Office
Update, writethru: Launching in 41 offshore markets, Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight opened to $196.2M at the international box office. That's a big number and is towards the higher end of the pre-weekend range. But it’s also a swing from where we saw this coming in yesterday — partially the result of an unexpected 31% drop in China from Saturday to Sunday. The debut Fss cume there is $123.4M (63% of the full offshore bow). Factoring in domestic, the global… »
Silicon Valley: Here's How T.J. Miller Was Written Off
Warning: Spoilers for the Silicon Valley season finale follow. Read at your own risk!
Halfway through the current season of Silicon Valley, HBO announced that T.J. Miller was leaving the show. The actor, who has starred as Erlich Bachman since Season 1, revealed that he made the decision to allow »
- Sadie Gennis
Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, Migos, Remy Ma Among Bet Awards Winners
Kendrick Lamar was named Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, Chance The Rapper took home Best New Artist and Remy Ma nabbed Best Female Hip-Hop Artist from such nominees as Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliott. Those were just a few of the honors handed out at the Bet Awards in Los Angeles on June 25.
Other winners included Beyonce, for the Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award, Bruno Mars for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, and Migos for Best Group. New Edition received a special Bet Lifetime Achievement Award, and before taking the stage for a medley that included the songs “Mr. Telephone Man,” “Can You Stand The Rain,” and “If It Isn’t Love,” the boy band trailblazers from Boston were treated to performances of their biggest hits by the cast members of Bet’s New Edition miniseries, among them: “Candy Girl” and “Cool It Now.”
- Variety Staff
'Transformers 5' Opens with Franchise Low as 'Wonder Woman' Surpasses 'Batman v Superman' Domestically
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
‘The Big Sick’ and ‘The Beguiled’ Set Records at Indie Box Office
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
‘Girlboss’ Canceled After One Season at Netflix
Sophia Amoruso, whose life was the inspiration for the series, shared the news in a series of Instagram stories on Saturday.
“So that Netflix series about my life got canceled,” she wrote. “While I’m proud of the work we did, I’m looking forward to controlling my narrative from here on out. It was a good show, and I was privileged to work with incredible talent, but living my life as a caricature was hard even if only for two months. Yes, I can be difficult. No, I’m not a dick. No, someone named Shane never cheated on me. It will be nice to someday tell the story of what’s happened in the last few years. Ppl read the headline, not the correction, I’ve learned.”
The series was based on Amoruso’s New York Times best-selling book of the same name. It »
- Joe Otterson
‘Wonder Woman’ breaks ‘Mamma Mia!’ record as top-grossing live-action film by female director
Patty Jenkins‘ “Wonder Woman” just surpassed Phyllida Lloyd‘s “Mamma Mia!” to become the highest grossing movie directed by a woman. That tune-filled 2008 picture established Meryl Streep as an international box office draw with total takings of just under $610 million. “Wonder Woman,” which features Gal Gadot as the title character, has made just over […] »
- Paul Sheehan
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ First Reactions: ‘Total Home Run’
“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
Trailer Watch: Women Directors Step in Front of the Camera in “Seeing Is Believing”
“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.”
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.
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
‘Blade Runner’ Turns 35: Ridley Scott’s Unloved Film That Became a Classic
June 25 is the 35th anniversary of the 1982 Ridley Scott-directed “Blade Runner,” one of the all-time science-fiction classics. The long-planned sequel, “Blade Runner 2049,” starring Ryan Gosling, opens in October; earlier this year, director Denis Villeneuve told Variety’s “Playback” podcast that he felt a lot of pressure working on “the most risky project” of his life, because the original is so iconic.
But if it makes him feel better, the earlier film was not a big hit with audiences or critics when it opened. In the 21st century, that seems incredible — how could people not flip out? But “Blade Runner” was so radical that it took several years for its impact to sink in. Even the filmmakers had misgivings: there have been multiple re-edits over the years, trying to hit movie perfection.
Rotten Tomatoes says it was “misunderstood when it first hit theaters.” In the original review, Variety reflected a lot of the mixed reaction, saying »
- Tim Gray
Pandora Co-Founder and CEO Tim Westergren to Step Down
Tim Westergren, Chief Executive Officer of popular music streaming service Pandora, plans to step down from his role, according to a report from Recode that cites people close to the situation. The Oakland-based company does not have a replacement ready to go. Westergren will stay on with Pandora until a new CEO is set to take the reigns. Pandora did not immediately return TheWrap’s request for comment on Westergren’s reported pending departure. Also Read: Why Snap, Amazon and Venmo Should Be Worried About Apple's Looming Rollouts Westergren co-founded Pandora 17 years ago and has been its CEO since last year. »
- Sean Burch
Bill Cosby Juror: Lack of ‘Substantial Evidence’ Prevented a Verdict
“What it really comes down to is who you gonna believe more? That’s all it was.” »
- Dee Lockett
Ridley Scott’s ‘All the Money in the World’ Sold to Lucky Red for Italy
Rome — Italy’s Lucky Red has acquired Italian rights to Ridley Scott-directed kidnap drama “All The Money in the World” from Stx in the first announced sale of the hotly anticipated kidnapping thriller about the true 1973 abduction for ransom of J. Paul Getty III.
The potentially harrowing crime drama, which is currently shooting in Rome, stars Kevin Spacey as oil billionaire J. Paul Getty, who was reluctant to pay the ransom demanded by Italian kidnappers for his grandson; Michelle Williams as Gail Harris, the kidnapped teenager’s mother; Mark Wahlberg as the ex-cia negotiator brought on board to help negotiate; and rising star Charlie Plummer in the role of J. Paul Getty III (pictured after his release) whose ear was cut off to coerce the family into paying.
In one of the standout deals of the Cannes market Stx in May took international rights to the potentially harrowing crime drama produced by Imperative Entertainment and Scott-Free »
- Nick Vivarelli
Kelly Osbourne Blames Starbucks for Forcing Her to Pee Herself During Pride
When Starbucks employees wouldn’t let her use their toilet, she peed herself. »
- Hunter Harris
The Best Books of 2017 (So Far)
Including works by Elif Batuman, J. M. Coetzee, and Joan Didion. »
- Christian Lorentzen
‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Is ‘What a Summer Movie Should Be,’ Critics Say
“War for the Planet of the Apes” is on its way to joining “Wonder Woman” as one of the best-reviewed films of the summer, with critics hailing it as a powerful conclusion to Fox’s reboot trilogy of the classic 1968 film. With early reviews still coming in, the film currently has a 90 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, same as its 2014 predecessor, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” TheWrap’s Alonso Duralde was among those that praised the film, giving particular acclaim to Andy Serkis for his performance as the apes’ leader, Caesar, and to the CGI team at Weta Digital. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Jack Black Comedy ‘The Polka King’ Lands at Netflix
Jenny Slate, Jason Schwartzman, Jacki Weaver, J.B. Smoove, and Vanessa Bayer also star in the story of local Pennsylvania polka legend Jan Lewan. The movie is based on the Joshua Brown and John Mikulak documentary, “The Man Who Would be Polka King,” which detailed Lewan’s rise and fall after persuading fans to invest in a Ponzi scheme, which landed him in jail.
Producers are David Permut, Stuart Cornfeld, Shivani Rawat, Monica Levinson, Wally Wolodarsky, Jack Black and Priyanka Mattoo. Production companies are ShivHans Pictures, Red Hour Film, Permut Presentations, and Electric Dynamite.
Dennis Harvey gave “The Polka King” a strong review at Sundance: “One of those conspicuously talented comics »
- Dave McNary
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