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Box Office: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Tells $75 Million Tale, ‘Baywatch’ Walks the Plank
Memorial Day weekend marks the opening for two summer blockbusters this year — “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Baywatch” — but only one of the nautical-themed narratives is sailing away with a 4-day win. That’s because Disney’s “Pirates” is currently on course for a debut just under $75 million, while Paramount’s “Baywatch” is expected to drown at just $21 million by weekend’s end.
After taking in $5.5 million in Thursday night previews, the fifth installment of Johnny Depp’s swashbuckling franchise added another $16 million to its domestic gross from 4,276 theaters on Friday, giving it a total of just about $21 million so far. However, the Dwayne Johnson-Zac Efron reboot isn’t expected to make much more than that — even with Saturday and Sunday factored in. “Baywatch” netted $4.5 million from Wednesday and Thursday night previews alone, but only added another $5.5 million from 3,647 locations on Friday. That »
- JD Knapp
Cannes: '120 Beats Per Minute' Tops Fipresci Critics' Prizes
The International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci) awarded its prizes Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival.
Robin Campillo’s 120 Beats Per Minute took home the top honors among the official selection competition films. The drama documenting the Act Up AIDS activists in the 1980s has been getting strong reviews.
The prize for a first or second film in the Directors’ Fortnight or Critics’ Week »
- Rhonda Richford
Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor to separate after 17 years of marriage
Stiller and Taylor released a joint statement on Friday announcing their breakup. They were married in May 2000 and have two children, who they said will remain their priority.
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- Associated Press
Cannes: The Top Parties at This Year's Festival
TUESDAY, MAY 16
A pre-Cannes cocktail at the New Bloom Villa.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 17
A Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc-set luncheon hosted by Nadja Swarovski with special guest Naomie Harris to "celebrate Ateilier Swarovski's 10 years of collaboration with the world's greatest design talents and the unveiling of its first Fine Jewelry Collection in Swarovski-created diamonds and crystals," according to the invite.
Chopard's "Glittering Prizes"
The luxury jeweler is hosting a luncheon at Chez Albane to celebrate "Glittering Prizes," an exhibition presented by Chopard and Vogue featuring photographs of actresses and models on the Cannes red carpet.
The firm is back for its annual Carlton Beach cocktail bash, ahead of the fest's opening night screening.
Always a major festival player, L'Oreal takes over the old CanalPlus beach in front of the Grand Hyatt Hotel Martinez to create an open air cinema. Each night during the fun of the festival, a L'Oreal partner will speak and introduce a film of their choice. Julianne Moore kicks it off with a showing of her Maps to the Stars.
The global luxury lifestyle and hospitality brand returns to Cannes for the special anniversary year to take over the InterContinental Carlton at La Plage for its annual pop-up of can't-miss events from May 17-28. Included on the lineup: HFPA hosts an event and ongoing activations to honor a charitable partner. »
- Chris Gardner
‘The Fate Of The Furious’ Expected To Cross $1B Tomorrow At Int’l Box Office
The eighth installment of the wildly successful Universal Pictures’ franchise The Fate of the Furious, which was directed by F. Gary Gray, is on track to cross the $1B mark at the international box office tomorrow. This would not be the first time that one of the films in the franchise crossed the $1B mark. Furious 7 also crossed that milestone in 2015. As of yesterday, the film was sitting at $998.5M, so it is primed and ready to drive past the benchmark tomorrow. It… »
Stephen Colbert Mocks Trump Over ‘Alpha Male’ Behavior on Foreign Trip (Video)
“Late Show” host Stephen Colbert called President Trump a “jerk” on Friday night for his behavior with world leaders at the Nato summit in Brussels, including pushing aside a prime minister and engaging the president of France in an intense handshake. The now-viral video of the shove shows Trump putting his hand on Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic, pushing him aside and stepping around him before adjusting his jacket. “Out of my way… Alpha male coming through,” Colbert joked,”I don’t think that kind of shoving is appropriate for an International Summit. That’s the kind of shoving that belongs at the buffet. »
- Brian Flood
‘Based on a True Story’ Cannes Review: Roman Polanski Thriller Is Timid and Unsure
The most generous thing you can say about “Based On A True Story”, Roman Polanski’s half-baked almost-thriller that screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, is that it goes down easy enough. Banking on the director’s eyes-closed, hands-behind-his-back skill and a game cast of actresses, the film is an enjoyable if not terribly memorable jaunt. But consider the pedigree of cast and crew and make no mistake about it: That fully damns it with faint praise. Polanski might well be the greatest living director of thrillers. Actress Emmanuelle Seigner, the star Polanski of successes like “Frantic” and. »
- Ben Croll
‘Morning Joe’ Host Mika Brzezinski Pays Tribute to Late Father
Mika Brzezinski hailed the man known as Chief to his family as “the most inspiring, loving and devoted father any girl could ever have.” She shared family pictures of her father and made mention of his love of sailing his boat to Baker Island in Maine.
“Chief loved making his family laugh. He loved Maine more than anything — where we hiked as a family, swam, played tennis and rode in his broken-down boat to the beautiful islands just off Northeast Harbor,” Brzezinski wrote on Instagram.
Zbigniew Brzezinski was a top advisor to President Jimmy Carter during the tumultuous late 1970s, when the administration was tested by the Iranian hostage crisis, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and other global crises.
A native of Poland, Brzezinski »
- Variety Staff
Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld Rips Hillary Clinton: ‘Textbook Definition of a Loser’ (Video)
Fox News Channel’s “The Five” slammed Hillary Clinton’s “bitter” Wellesley College commencement speech on Friday night, fact-checking the former U.S. secretary of state before co-host Greg Gutfeld called her the “textbook definition of a loser.” Co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle reminded viewers that Clinton’s husband, Bill, was the most recent president to be impeached. “Feast on that fact,” she said. “Hillary is just a walking fountain of bitterness. I am starting now to feel sorry for her. Imagine being the quarterback of a losing Super Bowl team that sounds months trashing the winning quarterback,” Gutfeld said. “It’s »
- Brian Flood
Zbigniew Brzezinski, Former Us Diplomat and Father of ‘Morning Joe’ Co-Host, Dies at 89
Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser and advised many Democratic presidential campaigns, died Friday at age 89. His daughter, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski, announced the news on Friday night. The elder Brzezinski, a Polish-American diplomat who had advised campaigns from Hubert Humphrey and Barack Obama, had appeared on his daughter’s program to discuss security issues as recently as last November. Mika took to Twitter to honor her father in a series of tweets. My father passed away peacefully tonight. He was known to his friends as Zbig, to his… https://t. »
- Brian Flood
‘Pirates’ Charts Course for $76 Million Memorial Day Weekend
For this Memorial Day weekend’s new releases, the box office returns aren’t quite what Hollywood bean-counters were hoping for. The top film of the weekend, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” is on pace for a $76.3 million four-day weekend after hauling in $23.4 million from 4,276 screens on Friday. If that total holds, it will be below the $80 million projection target set by both Disney and independent trackers and well below the $90 million 3-day total set by this franchise’s predecessor, “On Stranger’s Tides.” The film failed to get “Pirates” out of the critical hole »
- Jeremy Fuster
Cannes Critics Prize ‘Bpm,’ ‘Closeness,’ ’Nothing Factory’
Awarded by the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci) one day before a international jury headed by Pedro Almodovar announces Cannes Festival’s 2017 Palme d’Or on May 28, the prizes do not always coincide with the official jury’s. “Toni Erdmann” won the Fipresci best competition player award last year, for instance, but nothing from Cannes’ official jury.
Over the last two years, however, Fipresci competition winners have won (“Son of Saul”) or been nominated (“Toni Erdmann”) for a foreign-language Academy Award and often proved standout art films of the year in sales and further award glory at or beyond Cannes.
The International Critics Prize for best film in competition marks further recognition for “Bpm (Beats Per Minute),” Campillo’s first »
- John Hopewell
Watch Richard Nixon's Ghost Visit Donald Trump in 'Simpsons' Short
The "125 Days" short opens with scandal surrounding the administration, as Trump's closest advisors – Steve Bannon, Jared Kushner and Kellyanne Conway – all hang from the White House ceiling as Vice President Mike Pence erases the "Vice" from his desk's name plate.
Inside the presidential bedroom, Trump asks the ousted Comey to turn over all evidence that the FBI has against him, »
‘Based on a True Story’ (‘D’Apres une histoire vraie’): Film Review | Cannes 2017
There are multiple levels on which to enjoy Roman Polanski’s Based on a True Story (D’Apres une histoire vraie), none of them very deep or complicated. But together they raise the resonance of a masterfully made psychological thriller in the traditional mode. This story of rivalry invites comparison with the director’s award-winning 2010 thriller The Ghost Writer, not least because one of the two main characters is a ghostwriter of celeb autobiographies. A teasing, tongue-in-cheek tale of literary cannibalism, it's a film with in-jokes that will play best with audiences who watch France Culture programs and recognize references. But there’s »
- Deborah Young
Cannes Film Review: ‘Based on a True Story’
It’s hard to talk about Roman Polanski’s “Based on a True Story” without revealing the twist, although it’s much harder trying to imagine anyone actually falling for it. A thin psychological two-hander between two writers, both of them women, this over-obvious metaphor for the creative process — never quite thrilling enough to qualify as a thriller, but still unsettling enough to intrigue — inevitably results in the publication of the book within the book upon which the film is based, and in so doing forces Polanski to return to his roots.
That doesn’t mean audiences will get much insight into either the director’s process or his own dark secrets, mind you. Rather, the film recalls the uncertain, almost hallucinatory quality of his early work — movies such as “Cul-de-Sac,” “Repulsion” and “Rosemary’s Baby,” where the very fabric of what we’ve been watching is called into question. »
- Peter Debruge
Cannes: Agnes Varda's 'Faces Places' Takes Golden Eye Documentary Prize
The film screened out of competition in the official selection.
The prize was awarded by a jury of French actress Sandrine Bonnaire, Oscar-nominated The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom director Lucy Walker, Oscar-nominated The Gatekeepers director Dror Moreh, Toronto Film Festival programmer Thom Powers and film critic Lorenzo Codelli.
“Our jury has been deeply moved by Agnès and Jr’s decision to meet local people, aimed by this movie-tale about consideration for Human throughout Art. This combined »
- Rhonda Richford
Cannes: Roman Polanski Says Theaters and Netflix Are Bound to Co-Exist
“People want to go to the movies not because of better sound, projection, or seats, but because they want to participate in an experience with an audience around. This is as old as humanity — look at Greek theaters and Roman circus or concerts,” Polanski told reporters at the press conference for his latest film, “Based on a True Story,” which world premieres Saturday in Cannes.
“I remember, when Walkman or tape became popular, people said, ‘This is the end of concerts!’ and [today, concerts] draw crowds as big as 100,000 people,” said Polanski, who then joked that “it would be hard to see ‘Borat’ alone. You need to see it in cinema with a laughing audience.”
Polanski explained that »
- Elsa Keslassy
Cannes: Top European Theater Group Demands Theatrical Release for Film Festival Movies
As the Cannes Film Festival wraps up its final few days, the Netflix issue arose once again when Europe's top theater group released a statement demanding that films playing in festivals all have a theatrical release.
"We believe that leading film festivals around the world should celebrate this social, cultural and economic relevance of cinemas," said the statement from the International Union of Cinemas ("Unic"), representing cinema associations and key operators across 36 European territories.
The statement underlined the importance it attaches to ensuring that films selected for competition at leading film festivals receive a theatrical release and supporting the »
- Rebecca Ford
Cannes Talk: Producer Uri Singer of Passage Pictures
Producer Uri Singer launched Passage Pictures in 2016, taking its drama ‘Marjorie Primes,” starring Jon Hamm and Lois Smith, to Sundance earlier this year. That film was picked up by FilmRise, which plan an awards push for Smith. Also in its slate: “I am Rose Fatou,” written by Ted Melfi (“Hidden Figures”), “Tesla,” which teams Singer up again with writer/director Michael Almereyda, and “Rich,” based on the book “King of Oil: The Secret Lives of Marc Rich,” about the infamous billionaire oil trader who died in 2013.
What’s different about Passage Pictures?
I decided I had to sit through movies and watch them and I decided they had to be important to bring to the screen — passion projects that can have a bigger audience, and important stories. Like “Experiementer,” and movies like “Marjorie Prime,” “White Noise,” and Nikola Tesla biopic “Tesla.” That’s a challenge I embrace.
How do you navigate the difficult specialty market? »
- Carole Horst
Cannes Film Review: ‘Pure Hearts’
Fresh voices in Italian independent cinema constantly struggle against an overwhelming tide of bigger-budgeted, better-distributed mediocrities, so it’s encouraging to see a film like “Pure Hearts” find a major festival berth, where the attention it receives might just filter through back home. Roberto De Paolis’ debut is a story of two marginalized young people afraid of what’s inside themselves: for Agnese, it’s the fear of sin, for Stefano, it’s the fear of powerlessness. Their unlikely meeting on the periphery of Rome starts a process of self-questioning that leads to both liberation and pain. De Paolis’ nonjudgmental depiction of their two worlds has a raw urgency that should find receptive audiences at festivals worldwide.
Strict but loving single mom Marta (Barbora Bobulova) isn’t the stereotypical fundamentalist parent, and Agnese (Selene Caramazza), 17, has a relatively normal life within the controlled limits of her church-based school and community. »
- Jay Weissberg
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