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Box Office: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Sets Sail With $40 Million Worldwide

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Johnny Depp’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” set sail with $40 million worldwide during its first two days in theaters, with first-place openings in every market.

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.

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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. »


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Tyler Perry’s ‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ Sets Release Date

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Tyler Perry’s “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” will hit theaters on Oct. 20, Lionsgate announced Thursday.

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.

Boo! A Madea Halloween” earned $28.5 million its opening weekend last October and went on to gross $73 million domestically. It also starred Bella Thorne.

The other “Madea” films. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Did Pedro Almodóvar Sign On to Direct a Netflix Series? — Report

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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

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Jessica Chastain To Star And Produce ‘Seducing Ingrid Bergman’

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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.

Continue reading Jessica Chastain To Star And Produce ‘Seducing Ingrid Bergman’ at The Playlist. »


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‘Baywatch’ Catches Estimated $4.5M Surf, ‘Pirates’ Previews To Come — Box Office Friday AM

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Paramount PicturesBaywatch‘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… »


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Eddie Redmayne’s ‘Early Man’ to Be Released by Lionsgate in North America

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

Lionsgate has acquired U.S. rights to Aardman Studios’ upcoming prehistoric comedy adventure “Early Man,” starring Eddie Redmayne.

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.”

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer made the announcement during Thursday’s earnings call with Wall Street analysts. “Early Man” opens in the U.K. on Jan. 26 and in the U.S. on Feb. 16.

The film will be released by the Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label. Lionsgate will also represent licensing and merchandising for the film in the U.S.

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

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'Boss Baby 2' With Alec Baldwin to Hit Theaters in Spring 2021

25 May 2017 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Alec Baldwin is reuniting with DreamWorks Animation to make The Boss Baby 2.

Universal and Dwa announced the news Thursday. The animated movie will hit theaters on March 26, 2021.

The Boss Baby, about a power-obsessed infant voiced by Baldwin, has been a sleeper hit at the global box office, earning $468.4 million to date. The North American haul is $167 million, while Boss Baby has earned $301.4 million overseas.

The film, opening in theaters on March 21 of this year, coincided with Baldwin's standout ongoing impersonation of President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.

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- Pamela McClintock

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STX Wins Amy Schumer’s ‘I Feel Pretty’ for US Distribution

25 May 2017 3:28 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

STX is sitting pretty now that they’re in business with Amy Schumer.

The young mini-major acquired domestic distribution rights to the comedy out of Cannes. The title was repped by UTA Independent Film Group lead Rena Ronson. The package will begin shooting this July in Boston.

Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, screenwriters of films like “Never Been Kissed” and “How to Be Single,” make their directorial debut here.

The announcement, made by STX Films Chairman Adam Fogelson and production head Sam Brown, also disclosed the »


- Matt Donnelly

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Darth Vader's 'Maury' Paternity Test Goes Viral

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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 Show has gone viral. 

The short, which has subtitles, but no sound, was posted to Imgur by the user yaemd on Thursday and the video already has more the two 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 her »


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‘Bloodline': 9 Questions We Need Answered In Final Season (Photos)

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Netflix’s dark family drama is coming to an end. “Bloodline” has received positive critical acclaim, but the streaming service is cutting the show after 3 seasons. Here are the cliffhangers and questions we hope come to a conclusion in the third and final season. Spoilers for Season 2 ahead. Let’s just jump right in, shall we? The final scene in Season 2 shows John Rayburn (Kyle Chandler) driving away from town, away from his family, away from his problems. Wait, that’s not how things work, John! Also, you’re in the middle of running for sheriff. We know from the trailer for. »


- Ashley Boucher

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Snapchat’s ‘Phone Swap’ Perfectly Taps My Millennial Angst

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Snap Inc. — the tech company that founded Snapchat, Spectacles and Bitmoji — continues to roll out its slate of original content with Friday’s release of the second episode of “Phone Swap,” the self-described “super awkward dating show.” The show is simple, but that’s why it works: Two young singles show up for a date, where they’re forced to exchange phones and then immediately go in separate directions. They take turns checking out what type of cringe-worthy content they can find, while the other person sits in a booth and comments on their discoveries. And despite the anxiety it caused me, »


- Sean Burch

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Brad Pitt, Rock Greats Mourn Chris Cornell at Funeral

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Brad Pitt, Josh Brolin, Pharrell Williams and a number of notable rock figures attended a private memorial for late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell in Los Angeles on Friday, the Associated Press reports. The singer, who died on May 18 at age 52 and was a seminal figure in Seattle’s grunge scene in the early 1990s, is being laid to rest at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Cornell’s widow, Vicky Cornell, and their two children attended the service, as did Chris’ Soundgarden bandmates and Tom Morello, who played with him in Audioslave. Among the other rockers in attendance were Joe Walsh, Foo Fighters frontman and former. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Lionsgate Stock Jumps 8.65% in Wake of Strong Earnings Report

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Stock of Lionsgate has surged 8.65%, buoyed by a stronger-than-expected quarterly earnings report.

Class A shares gained $2.21 to close at $27.76 in trading on the New York Stock Exchange. It was the highest close since Jan. 28.

After the market closed Thursday, Lionsgate reported better-than-expected earnings of $62 million, or 30 cents a share, for its fourth quarter ended March 31 — topping Wall Street forecasts of 22 cents a share and far above year-ago earnings of $10.9 million. Revenues also came in above expectations at $1.26 billion, while analysts had been forecasting $1.19 billion.

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It’s the second earnings report for the studio since its Dec. 8 acquisition of Starz for $4.4 billion. That transaction generated $89 million in restructuring and other costs primarily associated with the acquisition and subsequent integration of Starz.

Lionsgate’s movie operations have been buoyed by its comedy-drama “La La Land,” which won six Academy »


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Lapd Officer Working Movie Set Security Fatally Shoots Aggressive Dog

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An off-duty Los Angeles police motorcycle officer working security for a movie set shot and killed an aggressive dog on Friday afternoon. 

The shooting occurred around 11:40 a.m. in the 400 block of South Main Street, Lapd media relations told The Hollywood Reporter. 

While the unidentified officer was working, he was approached by a man and the two got in an argument, police said. It is unclear what they were discussing. At that time, a dog approached and began to act aggressive, police said. 

The officer, who sustained minor injuries in the altercation, shot and killed the dog. The man, who »


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Carly Rae Jepsen Releases 'Leap' Track "Cut To The Feeling"

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Carly Rae Jepsen kicks the summer off with the release of her song “Cut To The Feeling” on Friday (May 26). The track was written during sessions for Jepsen’s last album, Emotion, but will now be featured on the motion picture soundtrack for the upcoming film Leap! coming to theaters Aug. 30.

The theatrical poppy ballad intertwines Jepsen’s signature '80s sound with exciting trills, breathy harmonies and a catchy hook. "I wanna cut through the clouds, break the ceiling/ I wanna dance on the roof, you and me alone/ I wanna cut to the feeling, oh yeah,” Jepsen sings on the chorus.

Leap! follows two friends on an adventure traveling to »


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Johnny Depp Catches a Break in Lawsuit Against Ex-Managers

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Johnny Depp is walking into the weekend with some good news — and we’re not talking about the reviews of his new movie. “Pirates of the Caribbean” star Depp caught a break in his lawsuit against his former managers on Friday, after a judge ruled that he could use testimony from a former employee of the management firm in an amended complaint. In a tentative order, a judge shot down The Management Group’s motion to seal allegations stemming from a deposition of the former employee, clearing the way for the actor to use the allegations in his case. Also Read: Pirate of. »


- Tim Kenneally and Pamela Chelin

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Can ‘Game of Thrones’ Beer Dull the Pain of Season 7 Delay? (Video)

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Normally by this point in May, we’d be almost halfway through the latest season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Sadly, because winter has finally arrived in Westeros, production on the show was delayed in 2016 to allow for filming during actual snowy weather. Which means, of course, that “Game of Thrones” Season 7 won’t air until mid-July. Like many of you, we’re pretty sad about having to wait longer than usual for our Seven Kingdoms fix and desperate to fill the void with something, anything. Fortunately, “anything” turned out to be “Bend the Knee Golden Ale,” the latest beer from. »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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‘Property Wars’ Star Scott Menaged Indicted on Fraud Charges

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“Property Wars” alum Scott Menaged has a legal battle on his hands. Menaged, one of the stars of the former Discovery Channel show, has been indicted on 24 charges, according to legal papers obtained by TheWrap. The alleged fraud involved a string of furniture stores that, according to the indictment, were owned and operated by Menaged. Also Read: 'Deadliest Catch' Star Sig Hansen Arrested for Alleged Assault on Uber Driver According to the indictment, beginning in September 2015, Menaged and others “did voluntarily, intentionally, and knowingly conspire, combine,confederate and agree together, and with each other, and with other individuals, »


- Tim Kenneally

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Box Office: ‘Pirates’ Sailing to $75 Million, ‘Baywatch’ Can’t Make Memorial Day Waves

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Johnny Depp’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will hook in $75 million during the four-day Memorial Day holiday, early estimates showed on Friday.

Should the number hold, “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which will be playing at 4,276 North America locations, would wind up slightly below recent expectations of about $80 million. The pricey tentpole, with a $230 million budget, was heading for a $26 million opening day on Friday — including $5.5 million from Thursday night previews, when comScore/Screen Engine’s PostTrak showed 44% of moviegoers rated the film “excellent” with another 37% labelling it “very good.”

Dwayne Johnson’s “Baywatch,” meanwhile, is struggling to make waves, coming in at the low end of projections. The film generated an estimated $4.5 million on Thursday, which includes $1.25 million from Wednesday night previews. Paramount’s R-rated action-comedy, which is opening in 3,647 North American locations, was expected to make between $32 million and $40 million during the five-day  period, »


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Cannes: Insas Student Valentina Maurel’s ‘Paul Is Here’ Wins Cannes Cinefondation

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Cannes — “Paul Is Here,” from Costa Rica’s Valentina Maurel, a student at Belgium’s Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle et des Techniques de Diffusion (Insas), snagged the First Jury Prize Friday at Cannes Cinefondation on Friday.

Crucially, the First Jury Prize guarantees Maurel presentation of her first feature at the Cannes Festival – a large leg-up when it comes to getting that film made.

The prize was awarded by a jury headed by Romanian 2007 Cannes Palme d’Or winner Cristian Mungiu (“4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days”). Also on the jury: French actress Clotilde Hesme (“Chocolat”), Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari (“Chevalier”), “Moonlight’s” Barry Jenkins and pioneering Singaporean helmer Eric Khoo (“In the Room”).

“A study of a relationship in crisis, which has complications, which I hope will touch spectators,” Maurel said. her short turns on a girl whose life is turned upside down by the return of Paul. an old flame, »


- John Hopewell

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