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Charlize Theron turned down the role of Wonder Woman’s mother Queen Hippolyta

Given the success the two enjoyed with 2003’s critically acclaimed Monster, it certainly won’t come as a surprise to learn that Charlize Theron was offered the opportunity to reunite with director Patty Jenkins on Warner Bros. and DC FilmsWonder Woman.

Theron ultimately turned down the opportunity however, and now it seems we know why as the actress has revealed that she wasn’t offered the part of the Amazon Princess, but rather her mother Queen Hippolyta, played by Connie Nielsen in the 2017 movie.

“I did not turn the role of Wonder Woman down,” said Theron on Watch What Happens Live. “This is a great example of how Hollywood slaps you in the face when you start aging. So somebody had said to me, ‘There’s action on this thing, Wonder Woman, we just want to make you aware of it,’ and I was like, ‘I’m not familiar with it,
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Why Seth Rogen Dreads Promoting Movies Like the Russo Brothers’ ‘You, Me and Dupree’

Why Seth Rogen Dreads Promoting Movies Like the Russo Brothers’ ‘You, Me and Dupree’
Well maybe this explains why Seth Rogen didn’t get to cameo in “The Avengers.”

Rogen graces the cover of the new issue of GQ (along with his dog Zelda), and the stoner star of “Long Shot,” “Knocked Up,” “This Is the End” and many more talked about some of the frustrations early in his career. He singled out two films in particular: the romantic comedy “You, Me and Dupree,” which is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, and his superhero starring vehicle “The Green Hornet.”

Rogen said he dreaded doing press for a movie that he himself is not excited to go see, and as a result, he seeks greater creative control on all the projects he’s writing, producing and starring in.

Also Read: Seth Rogen Says There's a '100 Percent Chance' He's High In Each of His Movies (Video)

“It’s awkward to promote a movie that
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Céline Dion and James Corden Re-create Epic ‘Titanic’ Scene in the Bellagio Fountain (Video)

Céline Dion and James Corden Re-create Epic ‘Titanic’ Scene in the Bellagio Fountain (Video)
Céline Dion will forever be linked to her hit song “My Heart Will Go On” from the movie “Titanic.” Her “Carpool Karaoke” on Monday strongly reinforced that connection.

James Corden drove all the way to Las Vegas Monday night for the latest installment of his breakout recurring “Late Late Show” segment. Lost in Sin City, Corden recruited a local to help him navigate back to the famous Las Vegas Strip. That person happened to be Dion, who takes up residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

While cruising, Corden teaches Dion “Baby Shark,” which we guess her kids are too old for at this point. It’s too bad, she performs a pretty good rendition.

Also Read: Inside the CBS Upfront: James Corden Tweaks 'Blue Bloods,' and 'Big Bang Theory' Gets a Sendoff

A little later, the CBS personality dives into Dion’s insane shoe collection. Depending on who you ask,
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James Corden’s ‘Late Late Show’ Headed Back To London In June

James Corden’s ‘Late Late Show’ Headed Back To London In June
James Corden is heading home for a week this summer. CBS said today that The Late Late Show will air four shows from London on June 17-20.

The third round of Late Late Show Britcasts will feature guests including Gillian Anderson, Millie Bobby Brown, Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Tom Hanks, Chris Hemsworth, Lily James, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Simon Pegg and Sophie Turner, along with David Blaine’s magic and musical performances from Mumford & Sons and Little Mix. Additional guests are Tba.

The episodes will feature Corden sharing highlights of his homeland with American viewers, and The Late Late Show’s signature musical and comedy segments will get a British makeover. No word yet on a specific Carpool Karaoke segment from the left lanes in London.

Sky, which is the exclusive home of The Late Late Show with James Corden in the UK, will broadcast the London-based episodes
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Box-Office Weekend: John Wick Takes Out The Avengers

Keanu Reeves and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum easily took the top spot at this week’s box office with a $57 million opening. This is almost twice what John Wick: Chapter 2 brought in when it debuted with $30.4 opening.

In second place, was Avengers: Endgame with $29.4 million in its fourth week of release. This gives the finale of the current spate of Marvel films a domestic total of $770.8 million. Just behind the Avengers behemoth lurks Pokémon Detective Pikachu, which took in $24.8 million for a two-week total of $94 million and a lock on third place.

A very distant fourth-place finish belonged to the family-friendly A Dog’s Journey, which debuted with an $8 million opening weekend. The comedy The Hustle took hold of the fifth spot with $6.1 million in its second week of release to give it a grand total of $23.1 million.

Meanwhile, the horror/mystery The Intruder finished in sixth place adding
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Lisa Kudrow Cast in Amazon’s Comedy Pilot From Lee Daniels and Whitney Cummings

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Lisa Kudrow Cast in Amazon’s Comedy Pilot From Lee Daniels and Whitney Cummings
Lisa Kudrow has been cast in Lee Daniels and Whitney Cummings’ comedy pilot “Good People” from Amazon Studios.

Per Amazon, the half-hour comedy revolves around three generations of women working in the Ombudsman’s office of a college and navigating “the current cultural climate, the concept of feminism across different generations, and the struggle to reconcile socially constructed ideas with current ethical views regarding complex issues such as sex, race, class and gender.”

Kudrow will play Lynn Steele, “The University Ombudsman, a tired, mercurial force of nature who finds herself being seen as out of touch by millennials, even though she has been a champion of women her entire career.”

The “Friends” star will executive-produce along with Cummings and Daniels, who will also write. Cummings will direct the pilot. “Good People” is produced by Amazon Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios.

Cummings is set to star in the pilot.

This
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Lisa Kudrow To Headline Amazon Comedy Pilot ‘Good People’ From Lee Daniels & Whitney Cummings

Lisa Kudrow To Headline Amazon Comedy Pilot ‘Good People’ From Lee Daniels & Whitney Cummings
Friends alumna Lisa Kudrow is set to star in and executive produce Good People, Amazon’s half-hour comedy pilot from Empire co-creator Lee Daniels and 2 Broke Girls co-creator Whitney Cummings, Amazon Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios.

Written by Daniels and Cummings, Good People revolves around three generations of women working in the ombudsman’s office of a college that navigates the current cultural climate, the concept of feminism across different generations, and the struggle to reconcile socially constructed ideas with current ethical views regarding complex issues such as sex, race, class, and gender.

Kudrow will play Lynn Steele, the university ombudsman, a tired, mercurial force of nature who finds herself being seen as out of touch by millennials, even though she has been a champion of women her entire career. Cummings also stars in the pilot.

Kudrow, Cummings and Daniels executive produce. Daniels also directs.

Kudrow will next be
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Review: Destroyer (2018)

Police Detective Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) lives in a state of mere existence. Since surviving a harrowing undercover operation nearly 20 years ago, Bell has struggled to deal with the trauma and is now a ridiculed, loose cannon cop and a failure of a parent. But when her nemesis from her undercover days resurfaces, Bell decides to get revenge and embarks on a journey that could see her lose what little she has left.

There’s no doubting the pedigree of director Karyn Kusama. With films such as Jennifer’s Body, Aeon Flux, The Invitation and a ton of television credits to her name, Kusama is part of the wave of female directors currently reinvigorating the film industry. Already a hit at film festivals, Destroyer is no doubt Kusama’s most artfully made movie to date. Sadly, it doesn’t quite deliver the goods.

Nicole Kidman, on the other hand, does.
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Michelle Rodriguez confirms Fast & Furious 9 return

Back in 2017, Michelle Rodriguez raised questions about her continued involvement in the Fast & Furious franchise, stating that she was disappointed by the series’ representation of its female characters and that: “I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one. Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise.”

A couple of months back, Rodriguez suggested that she was still undecided about a return, but it seems she’s now made up her mind and will indeed be reprising the role of Letty in Fast & Furious 9.

“I felt like there was not enough of a female voice in the franchise,” said Rodriguez at the Bloomberg Future of Equality Summit in London (via Collider), revealing that she has agreed to return in exchange for an as-yet-unrevealed female writer being brought in to the franchise. “You should evolve with the times,
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Emma Thompson in talks to join Emma Stone in Disney’s Cruella

THR is reporting that Oscar-winner Emma Thompson is in talks with Disney to join Cruella, the studio’s Maleficent-style live-action origin story for 101 Dalmatians villain Cruella de Vil.

Cruella is being directed by Craig Gillespie from a script by Tony McNamara (The Favourite) and will see Emma Stone (La La Land) starring in the title role in what is said to be an early 80s-set tale with a punk vibe.

Thompson’s part is being kept under wraps, but it had been reported back in March that she was on the shortlist for the key role of an antagonist called ‘The Baroness’ alongside Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Julianne Moore and Demi Moore.

The casting reunites Thompson with Disney, the actress having portrayed Mary Poppins creator P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks, as well as playing Mrs. Potts in the live-action Beauty and the Beast remake.

Cruella is set for
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Box Office: ‘John Wick 3’ Knocks Down ‘Avengers: Endgame’ With $57 Million Debut

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Earth’s Mightiest Heroes put up a good fight, but John Wick put at end to the three-week box office reign of “Avengers: Endgame.”

Propelled by positive reviews, “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” beat expectations with a debut of $57 million from 3,850 North American locations. That was enough to nab the box office crown from “Avengers: Endgame,” Marvel’s latest juggernaut that collected $29.4 million during its fourth weekend of release.

“Parabellum,” the third installment of the action franchise, opened well above its predecessors 2014’s “John Wick” ($14.4 million) and 2017’s “John Wick: Chapter 2” ($30.4 million). “Parabellum” is the first installment in the R-rated series to debut at No. 1 on domestic box office charts. “John Wick 3” also hit a franchise record overseas, bowing with $35 million from 66 international markets for a global start of $92 million.

In “Parabellum,” Keanu Reeves returns as the titular ex-hitman who finds himself on the run from assassins. Stuntman-turned-director Chad Stahelski helmed the movie,
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Dior Makeup Artist on Embracing "Essence of the Frenchwoman" on Red Carpet

As an ambassador and celebrity makeup artist for Dior, Sabrina Bedrani knows how to bring the A-list glam to the red carpet. THR caught up with the makeup guru, who has recently worked with such stars as Charlize Theron, Isla Fisher and Michelle Williams, to talk tips, tricks and her dream client to paint for a Palais premiere.

What's your strategy for creating memorable looks for one of the world's most photographed red carpets?

The key for me is to embrace the essence of the Frenchwoman. They approach beauty in a different way — they are so chic and ...
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Patty Jenkins (‘I Am the Night’ director): True-crime mystery is ‘the most incredible story I had ever heard’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

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Patty Jenkins (‘I Am the Night’ director): True-crime mystery is ‘the most incredible story I had ever heard’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“This is a story I’ve known for so long, and had tried to do many times before,” reveals Patty Jenkins about “I Am the Night.” Based on the book “One Day She’ll Darken,” this TNT limited series tells the true story of Fauna Hodel (India Eisley), a teenager who discovers she isn’t who she thinks she is. She connects with a disgraced reporter (Chris Pine) to uncover her dark family secrets, which involve the 1947 “Black Dahlia” murder. Watch our exclusive video interview with Jenkins above.

See Emmys 2019 exclusive: TBS and TNT categories for ‘I Am the Night,’ ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,’ ‘The Last O.G.’ and more

Jenkins helmed the first two episodes, but she already “had been telling this story for many years” by the time she told Pine about it while the two were filming “Wonder Woman” (2017). “He was so captivated,” she recalls. Meanwhile,
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Will ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Carry Out a Much-Needed Box Office Hit for Lionsgate?

After three weeks of mostly “Avengers”-fueled windfalls for the box office, the market is starting to slow down again heading into Memorial Day Weekend. Disney might be able to boost numbers again next week with “Aladdin,” but for now, Lionsgate is hoping to win over audiences looking for a more mature action flick with “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum.”

The return of the Keanu Reeves revenge series comes as Lionsgate tries to rebuild after two years of box office frustration. 2018 saw domestic grosses plummet to $388 million, and new heads Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane have set out to rebrand Lionsgate as a studio that can be a haven for creators, particularly those with original ideas.

Also Read: 'John Wick 3' Film Review: Keanu Reeves' Assassin Returns for Mostly Enjoyable Threequel

The “John Wick” series has stood as a prime example of that image. At a time when franchises from
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Andrew Garfield Joins Jessica Chastain as Jim Bakker in The Eyes Of Tammy Faye

In the kindest casting decision of all time, Andrew Garfield and Jessica Chastain are set to play Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker in the upcoming film, The Eyes of Tammy Faye.

The film will be directed by Michael Showalter (The Big Sick) with a screenplay by Abe Sylvia based on the 2000 documentary of the same name.

The movie is said to follow the story of “televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker (Garfield and Chastain) who formed the world’s largest religious broadcasting network. The two quickly fell into financial improprieties, scheming rivals, and sexual scandal that not only broke up the marriage but also brought down their empire.”

If you were a kid in the ‘80s, you were bound to see the Bakkers while flipping through your limited channels, and they were a trip. Seeing Garfield and Chastain cast in these roles was like seeing that Charlize Theron was cast as Aileen Wuornos in Monster.
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Keanu Reeves’ 10 Best Performances — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

This week’s question: “John Wick” actor Keanu Reeves has been a movie star for almost 30 years, and low-key perhaps one of the defining Hollywood screen presences of that time period.

What is his best performance, and how does it speak to his unique persona?

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Lindsey Romain (@lindseyromain), Nerdist

I’m cheating a little, because it may not be his best, but it’s certainly my favorite. I was mostly unaware of Keanu Reeves’ before his turn in “Bram Stroker’s Dracula,” which remains in consistent rotation in my own personal cinematic library. I love him in the film, as daffy and poorly accented as he is. I find him beautiful, fascinating, and wholly his own in the role of Jonathan Harker.

Constantine

Clint Worthington (@clintworthing), Consequence of Sound,
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Bo Report: ‘Avengers’ beats ‘Pokémon’ movie, ‘Top End Wedding’ holds strong

‘Top End Wedding.’

Pokémon fans flocked to the franchise’s second movie in 20 years last weekend but even more people were keen to see Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, which reigned again in its third frame.

Meanwhile word-of-mouth is paying off for Universal’s Top End Wedding, which eased by just 22 per cent in its second weekend.

Universal’s comedy The Hustle, a female reboot of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, over-indexed its Us opening, probably due to co-star Rebel Wilson.

Roadshow’s Poms, an ensemble comedy about seniors in a retirement home who form a cheer-leading squad, had little to cheer about, unwisely scheduled against The Hustle.

A passion project for Kenneth Branagh, Sony’s Shakespearean drama All is True had a respectable debut on limited screens. Of the two new Indian releases, Maharshi proved far more appealing than Student Of The Year 2.

The top 20 titles generated $16.5 million, down 9 per cent
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Holds the Edge Over ‘Pokemon Detective Pikachu’

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Holds the Edge Over ‘Pokemon Detective Pikachu’
For the first time in nearly a year, two films grossed over $50 million in one weekend. In its third weekend, “Avengers: Endgame” edged out “Pokémon Detective Pikachu,” but the margin was closer than projected. There were three other wide releases, but these two films made up two thirds of the overall total. Still, with this weekend $30 million higher than 2018, the year-to-date deficit now stands at 9%, or just under $600 million.

Legendary Entertainment’s “Pokémon” (which opened in Japan ahead of other territories) has amassed $170 million so far, $58 million of that domestic. With a $150 million budget, and likely close to that in marketing costs, it minimally needs to double that amount (more most likely) to be a good return on investment.

It also has potential a longer-term franchise. The film versions of the characters have previously been G rated, with the biggest being the 1999 animated “Pokemon: The First Movie.” It opened about
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Detective Pikachu Slides Into 2nd as Endgame Continues Dominating the Box Office

Detective Pikachu Slides Into 2nd as Endgame Continues Dominating the Box Office
Avengers: Endgame continues to dominate the North American box office. After scoring its third consecutive number one with $63 million, the movie is now the third highest grossing movie of all time domestically, shooting past Infinity War and Black Panther with $723.4 million. Detective Pikachu's debut wasn't enough to stop Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Globally, Endgame is sitting at $2.4 billion in just three weeks in theaters, which places as the second highest grossing movie of all time worldwide. Avatar's $2.78 billion is the next milestone to beat and it looks like Endgame could go the distance when all is said and done.

The box office debut of Detective Pikachu found the video game movie at number two with an impressive $58 million. Ryan Reynolds voices the iconic Pok&#233mon character in the movie and it has been gathering positive reviews from moviegoers. It was able to get an A- from CinemaScore, while some of
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Box Office: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Stays No. 1, ‘Detective Pikachu’ Debuts With Solid $58 Million

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Disney and Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” remained victorious at the North American box office, collecting $65 million during its third weekend in theaters.

Avengers: Endgame” officially passed “Avengers: Infinity War” ($679 million) and “Black Panther” ($700 million) to become the third-highest grossing movie of all time at the domestic box office with $724 million in ticket sales. It’s still the second-biggest film ever globally with $2.48 billion, pacing behind just “Avatar” with $2.78 billion.

However, “Endgame’s” third straight box office success didn’t come without a little competition. Warner Bros. and Legendary’s “Detective Pikachu” gave Earth’s Mightiest Heroes a run for their money. The studio’s live-action Pokemon adaptation pulled in a solid $58 million when it launched in 4,202 venues.

“I’m giddy,” Warner Bros.’ head of domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein, said on a call Sunday morning. “This is a big weekend for ‘Detective Pikachu.'”

Goldstein has reason for the good cheer.
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