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'Furious 8' Tops $900 Million Worldwide as Disney's 'Born in China' Bests All Newcomers

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The top of this weekend's box office looks a lot like last weekend as the top three films remain the same, once again headlined by The Fate of the Furious as it closes in on $1 billion worldwide. As for the weekend's new releases, Disney's Born in China topped the list with the best start for a Disneynature title since the $10.6 million opening for 2012's Chimpanzee. Otherwise, WB's Unforgettable, Open Road's The Promise, Cinelou's Phoenix Forgotten and A24's Free Fire all under-performed. At #1 for a second weekend in a row is Universal's The Fate of the Furious, which performed mostly as expected, dropping 61% in its second weekend and bringing in an estimated $38.6 million as its domestic cume now climbs to $163.6 million. Internationally, the film continued its impressive overseas run bringing in an estimated $163.4 million from 65 territories as its overseas total balloons to $744.8 million for a global cume that stands at $908.4 million. »


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Fox Sets Ryan Reynolds’ ‘Deadpool 2’ for June 2018

22 April 2017 10:34 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox has set “Deadpool 2” for a June 1, 2018, release date — giving the much-anticipated sequel a prime summer opening as the first title to land on the date.

Ryan Reynolds returns as the foul-mouthed superhero with Josh Brolin recently having signed on as Cable. Shooting is 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 also recently cast “Atlanta” breakout Zazie Beetz as the mutant mercenary Domino.

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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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Shane Black’s ‘The Predator’ Pushed to Late Summer 2018

22 April 2017 11:50 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Shane Black’s reboot of the “Predator” universe is spending six more months in the oven. 20th Century Fox announced Saturday that the Feb. 9, 2018 release of the Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key and Boyd Holbrook starring vehicle has been changed to Aug. 3, 2018. Holbrook stars in the film as an ex-Marine who discovers the existence of the titular alien species and is forced to lead the fight against them. Jacob Tremblay (“Room”) plays the marine’s son, an autistic boy who is bullied in school but becomes vital to his father’s mission as his ability to quickly learn languages proves to be. »


- Matt Donnelly

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Steven Spielberg Pentagon Papers Drama Gets 2017 Oscar Season Release

22 April 2017 10:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Steven Spielberg’s untitled Pentagon Papers drama announced itself as a major awards season contender in this year’s Oscars race.

The film, which is rumored to star Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, will open in limited release on December 22, 2017. It will expand nationwide on January 12, 2018, a week after the Golden Globes broadcast. Hanks will play hard-charging Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, with Streep handling the role of iron-willed publisher Katharine Graham. The pair made the decision to publish a classified history of the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War over the objections of the Nixon administration. Courageous journalist dramas have played nicely with Oscar voters — 2015’s “Spotlight” won Best Picture, while 2005’s “Good Night and Good Luck” and 1976’s “All the President’s Men” earned a bevy of nominations.

The opening slot puts the Spielberg film in the hunt for Academy Awards gold along with the likes of Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing, »


- Brent Lang

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Margot Robbie to Play Queen Elizabeth in ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ (Exclusive)

21 April 2017 3:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Margot Robbie is in negotiations to play Queen Elizabeth in Focus and Working Title’s “Mary Queen of Scots,” opposite Saoirse Ronan.

Josie Rourke is directing the film with Working Title’s Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Liza Chasin producing.

The movie is based on the true story of Mary Stuart’s attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, only to find herself condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

The film has yet to be greenlit, but sources say things are headed in the right direction. If a greenlight is given, the film would likely go sometime later this year.

Following the success of big hits like last summer’s “Suicide Squad” and “Wolf of Wall Street,” this latest role gives Robbie a prestige part to add to her portfolio. The endeavor could even have awards season potential given Focus’ track record of pushing Oscar campaigns for its prestige film. »


- Justin Kroll

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Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio & Robert De Niro May Reteam For ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon’

21 April 2017 4:07 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are obviously a little attached at the hip. They’ve made five movies together — “Gangs of New York,“ “The Aviator,” “The Departed,” “Shutter Island” and “The Wolf Of Wall Street” and the short, “The Audition” — but it feels like any time a Scorsese project is announced, DiCaprio’s name is not far behind.

Continue reading Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio & Robert De Niro May Reteam For ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon’ at The Playlist. »


- Rodrigo Perez

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Marvel’s ‘Avengers 4’ Won’t Shoot Alongside ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ May End the Modern MCU

21 April 2017 11:40 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Kevin Feige has been particularly chatty as of late. Marvel‘s movie boss has taken on a string of interviews in the past few weeks, taking the opportunity to provide updates on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including some particularly juicy comments about the ‘Avengers‘ movies and where the Marvel universe as a whole might head at the conclusion of Phase 3. And while that might be the more enticing storyline, let’s begin with the (relatively) smaller piece of news.

Continue reading Marvel’s ‘Avengers 4’ Won’t Shoot Alongside ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ May End the Modern MCU at The Playlist. »


- Matthew Monagle

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Erin Moran Dies: ‘Happy Days’ Actress Was 56

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Erin Moran, the actress who played Joanie Cunningham on the sitcom Happy Days has died. She was 56. Reports indicate that Moran was found unresponsive on Saturday afternoon by authorities in Indiana, after they got a call just after 4 pm ET. No cause of death has been revealed at this time and an autopsy is pending. The actress rose to fame in the ’70s after appearing as Ron Howard’s Richie Cunningham’s little sister on Happy Days. The show ran for 11 season, with Moran… »


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Party Report: Pharrell Williams Casts Charity Backup Singers for $25,000 (Photos)

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

After Pharrell Williams popped up in Hans Zimmer’s much-applauded Coachella set last weekend, guests at Saturday night’s Humane Society “To the Rescue” Gala on the Paramount lot got the opportunity to join the”Happy” singer as a backup vocalist for his iconic song. Melanie Griffith hits the carpet at the “To the Rescue” gala. (Getty Images) Also Read: Hans Zimmer Opens His Amazing Coachella Set With 'Inception' 'Braaam!' (Video) “I feel like I want to try something,” Williams said. “If I can be so humble… but also have the audacity to see if we can raise more money, »


- Mikey Glazer

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Batman v Captain America: Stan Lee Picks Who’d Win in a Fight

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Fantasizing who would win in a one-on-one match between superheroes has transformed from a favorite playground pastime among comic book-loving kids to a billion dollar enterprise thanks to films like “Batman v Superman” and “Captain America: Civil War.” So it’s not surprising that at his sit-down interview at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, comics legend Stan Lee was asked who would win in a fight between Batman and Captain America. There are certainly parallels between the two crimefighters. Both men are endowed with incredible strength — Cap’s comes from super soldier serum while Batman’s comes from a lifetime of training. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Chris Wallace Grills Budget Director About Holding Health Care ‘Hostage’ To Fund Border Wall (Video)

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Chris Wallace and Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney sparred in a war of words on Fox News Sunday, with the host asking if the Trump Administration is holding health care “hostage” to fund the building of a border wall. “The president has said there are a number of items he’d like to see in his government funding bill. Which are so important that he’s willing to see the government shut down if he doesn’t get them?” Wallace asked. Mulvaney downplayed the possibility of a government shutdown when Wallace asked about it, saying that the Trump Administration. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Hollywood’s Highest Paid Executives: Who Made Bank, Who Sank in 2016

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Philippe Dauman, we’ve got good news and bad news: Last year, the then-Viacom exec made the most money of his life: $93 million, to be exact. These days, Dauman’s probably spending some of that on the golf course. Oh, and he has no good business reason left to just play nine holes. Of course, Dauman’s golden parachute had nothing on DreamWorks Animation boss Jeffrey Katzenberg’s more than $400 million windfall from the sale of his studio to Comcast’s NBCUniversal. Aside from that cash-out on his equity in Dwa, Katzenberg pocketed $44.5 million in payments relating to the company’s change of. »


- Tony Maglio and Matt Pressberg

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‘The Voice’: Hunter Plake is best singer on Team Gwen Stefani after live playoff, say 67% of readers

1 hour ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

At the end of the April 18 live two-hour episode of “The Voice,” Gwen Stefani saw two of her six artists — Brennley Brown and Hunter Plake — win the public vote to make it into the Top 12. She then chose Troy Ramey from her four eliminated acts to also take on to the next round. Stefani lost her past two seasons of “The Voice.” […] »


- Paul Sheehan

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'The Boy Downstairs': Zosia Mamet, Director on Flashback-Heavy Rom-Com, Complex Characters

2 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

A week after Girls' series finale, Zosia Mamet is on the big screen playing a very different single woman in the New York-set rom-com The Boy Downstairs, which has its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday night (April 23).

The movie, written and directed by Sophie Brooks in her feature debut, follows Mamet's Diana, a young writer, returning to New York after spending a couple of years in London. She lands a great apartment only to discover that her downstairs neighbor is Ben (Matthew Shear), her ex-boyfriend whom she broke up with when she left the city.

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- Hilary Lewis

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'The Clapper': Ed Helms on Alan Thicke, Infomercials and the Value of Fame (Q&A)

2 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Ed Helms produces and stars in The Clapper as a professional audience member of infomercials and live studio tapings. His quiet life changes when he goes viral, but fame isn’t what he wants — a notion that might be unfamiliar to most.

“The movie plays with the idea that everybody wants to be a famous celebrity — my character Eddie Krumble doesn’t want that, and it’s confounding to everyone around him,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “Not everybody wants this, and the cultural assumption that everybody does says something about us. That’s a little f—ed up. … In a weird way, »


- Ashley Lee

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'Saturday Church': Film Review | Tribeca 2017

2 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The transfixing mix of poetic intimacy, emotional depth and searing compassion in last year's Moonlight made it a towering landmark among screen depictions of the struggles of young gay men. But as a subgenre, the Lgbtq coming-out/coming-of-age drama tends more often to fall into familiar grooves. That makes Damon Cardasis' heartfelt mini-musical, Saturday Church, all the more endearing as it escapes into interior-monologue numbers and expressive dance breaks to mark out the exploration of sexuality and gender identity of a Bronx teenager, played with lovely subdued intensity by newcomer Luka Kain.

With his delicate, angular features and piercing »


- David Rooney

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Dwayne Johnson Salutes Fifth-Grader Who Compares ‘The’ Rock With ‘A’ Rock

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

Names can be deceiving, as evidenced by a fifth-grade science student who compared “a rock” to “The Rock.” “One of the fifth-graders I work with made this in his science class. It wasn’t even for a grade,” Reddit user Marley_S said of a chart one her students made. The poster, complete with photos of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson from his WWE days and a photo of a giant, you guessed it, rock, are separate by an equal sign. Johnson got a kick out of it, tweeting: “Very cool and creative 5th grader who will become a future science leader. »

- Rosemary Rossi

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Fox News Firestorm: The Lesson All of Corporate America Can Learn

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In the wake of Bill O’Reilly’s departure from Fox News, a narrative is taking shape to explain the tumult the 21st Century Fox-owned cable channel is undergoing. But the problem is that it’s an oversimplification of what went on there, one that obscures a larger lesson all of corporate America would be wise to heed.

It’s impossible to look at the sex-harassment scandals that ended the long, wildly successful tenures of Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes without viewing them through the filter of the Murdochs who control 21st Century Fox. But it’s at the board-room level where their fascinating family dynamics begin to warp the optics for those of us looking from the outside in, wondering how Fox culture could go so wrong.

The conventional wisdom that explains Fox News’ dysfunction is rooted in the slow-motion baton pass playing out atop the parent company: Rupert Murdoch is gradually ceding ground to »


- Andrew Wallenstein

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‘The Voice’: Lauren Duski is best singer on Team Blake Shelton after live playoff, say 65% of readers

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At the end of the April 17 live two-hour episode of “The Voice,” Blake Shelton saw two of his six artists — Lauren Duski and Aliyah Moulden — win the public vote to make it into the Top 12. He then chose TSoul from his four eliminated acts to also take on to the next round. Shelton has won five of his 11 previous seasons on “The […] »


- Paul Sheehan

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Tribeca Review: ‘Copwatch’

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The topic of police brutality has taken on fresh urgency in recent years, due to a number of high-profile killings of young African-American men by law enforcement officers. Camilla Hall’s documentary “Copwatch” takes a look at the community response to those incidents through the filter of a group of men who’ve formed an organization dedicated to monitoring police. Alas, no matter the story’s timelessness, the film offers few insights and does little to justify the admiration it confers upon its watchdogs, who remain largely unexamined. A Tribeca Film Festival debut notwithstanding, this cursory effort seems unlikely to find future theatrical footing.

Videotaping the police in order to publicize (and, hopefully, prevent) their misconduct has been a decades-long vocation for Oakland native Jacob Crawford, who after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., travels there and quickly befriends David Whitt, an impromptu activist in the area. They »


- Nick Schager

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