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Photo Flash: See Will Smith, Alan Menken, Darren Criss, and More at the Aladdin Premiere

The cast and filmmakers of Disney's live-action adaptation Aladdin, completed their Magic Carpet World Tour in Los Angeles yesterday with the film's star-studded world premiere at the El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Blvd. Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, director Guy Ritchie and composer Alan Menken were joined by other cast and filmmakers and VIP guests including Helen Mirren and Darren Criss.
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Hollywood Foreign Press Association Donates $500,000 to Nonprofit Group for Refugees

  • The Wrap
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has donated $500,000 to the non-profit organization Help Refugees, which provides humanitarian aid to refugees around the world.

Helen Mirren presented the grant Sunday at the HFPA’s annual philanthropic celebration at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

“This is a group of people who are unafraid of rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty,” Mirren said. “Since 2015, they have responded to urgent needs and acted where large Ngo’s can’t or won’t go.”

Also Read: HFPA Re-Elects Meher Tatna as President

HFPA’s President Meher Tatna added: “The HFPA’s annual Cannes event has become a platform for us to raise awareness of humanitarian organizations that are working to make our world a better place. We are thrilled to recognize the work of Help Refugees, an organization working tirelessly on the frontlines to provide aid and support to a crisis that is at an all-time high.
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Hollywood Foreign Press Throws Annual Bash And Gives $500,000 To “Help Refugees” Organization – Cannes

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, probably best known for handing out Oscars each year, isn’t the only organization known for a major show business award that threw a party this week at the Cannes Film Festival. Golden Globe givers the Hollywood Foreign Press Association does it every year, and were back here Sunday night for its annual bash at Nikki Beach off the Croisette.

In addition to drawing names like Helen Mirren, Robert Pattinson, Quentin Tarantino, Andie Macdowell, Cannes jury president Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and many more, the HFPA brought along a nice little check for half a million dollars for the efforts of Help Refugees. Each year the HFPA uses the worldwide spotlight of Cannes to shine a light on a group that is out doing good in the world and needs the attention. Joined by the socially conscious Participant Media (which again threw a
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Cannes Report, Day 5: Protests Hit the Croisette, ‘Too Old to Die Young’ Debuts

  • The Wrap
Cannes Report, Day 5: Protests Hit the Croisette, ‘Too Old to Die Young’ Debuts
Following Paramount’s acquisition of one of the hottest sales packages, “Down Under Cover,” the 2019 Cannes Film Festival slowed down a bit on its fifth day.

Some projects premiered, like Jesse Eisenberg’s “Vivarium” and Nicolas Winding Refn’s series “Too Old to Die Young” starring Miles Teller.

Protests also hit the Croisette, but so did something else: Helen Mirren’s new pink hair, which she debuted with a little dance on the red carpet.

Also Read: Cannes Report, Day 4: Amazon and Paramount Open Their Wallets, Mariah Carey Sings!

Maybe everyone was busy figuring out how to watch the finale of “Game of Thrones” tonight. Some tips are here:

See below for the highlights from day five:

Too Old to Die Young” Debuts to Mixed Reviews

Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Too Old to Die Young” is an Amazon 10-part TV series whose first two episodes screened out of competition.
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Come To Daddy Acquired by Saban Films for Us Distribution

A potential bonding opportunity between estranged father (Stephen McHattie) and son (Elijah Wood) takes a demented turn when some surprise visitors show up in Ant Timpson's feature-length directorial debut, Come to Daddy. Following its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and ahead of its screening at the Overlook Film Festival, Come to Daddy has been acquired by Saban Films for Us distribution.

A theatrical release for Come to Daddy is being planned, but an exact release date has yet to be announced. We'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details as they are revealed.

In the meantime, we have the full press release and previously released clip below, and in case you missed it, read Heather's Tribeca interview with Timpson and Wood.

From the Press Release: Los Angeles – Saban Films announced today that they have acquired Us rights to producer Ant Timpson’s directorial debut Come to Daddy,
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After the Iron Throne: How HBO Will Move Forward Without ‘Game of Thrones’

  • The Wrap
HBO has been the envy of the TV world for the better part of two decades, with a seemingly unbroken chain of critical and ratings hits featuring A-list talent that has nabbed the network a ton of Emmys, and healthy profits.

And by far, HBO’s biggest-ever success has been “Game of Thrones,” a show that over eight seasons has been an unmatched pop culture juggernaut that continues to set ratings records. But as the curtain finally closes on the Seven Kingdoms with Sunday’s series finale, HBO is at a fork in the road. The show ends one week after the series finale of another major success, “Veep,” and there’s no clear successor in the wings.

That’s why it’s understandable that earlier this year, in his first few weeks as WarnerMedia entertainment chairman, Bob Greenblatt had to field the same question over and over: “What happens
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Would you rather?

It's our favorite Instagram pics of the week, courtesy of the celebs themselves, in reader survey form. Would you rather...

• have breakfast with Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio?

• enjoy a cocktail named after Helen Mirren with Helen Mirren?

• do Elizabeth Taylor cosplay with Gemma Chan?

• help Diane Keaton choose a hat?

• spot deals in Hollywood with Anne Hathaway?

• consider Bruce Campbell's unique face with Paddy Considine?

• give blood with Anna Kendrick?

• throw an axe with Arnold Schwarzenegger?

• hug it out with Ariana Grande & Julia Roberts?

• reminisce about your first Almodóvar movie... with two Pedros, Pascal and Almodóvar?

• hawk protein supplements with Zachary Levi?

• wear the Tony nominations with pride on your body like Best Actress contender Caitlin Kinnunen (from The Prom)?

Pictures are after the jump to help you decide
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Luc Besson's "Anna"

Take another look at the $30 million budgeted action thriller "Anna", written, directed and produced by Luc Besson ("Leon: The Professional") starring Sasha Luss, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy and Helen Mirren, opening June 21, 2019:

"...beneath the delicate beauty of 'Anna Poliatova' lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill...

"...to become one of the world's most feared government agents..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Anna"...
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Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Gets Six-Month Debt Waiver From French Court

  • Variety
Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Gets Six-Month Debt Waiver From French Court
After looking for a white knight in vain for more than a year, Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has been granted a six-month debt waiver from a French commercial court, which gives the financially struggling banner a brief reprieve.

“The board and the management of EuropaCorp considered that the safeguard proceeding would enable the negotiation of terms of a financial stabilization of the company via the restructuring of its debt and equity, while continuing its activity in peace,” said EuropaCorp in a release.

The company said it was pursuing negotiations with its lenders and other potential investors. Trading of the company’s shares on the Paris stock market, which was suspended May 6 after market closing, resumed Tuesday.

EuropaCorp, whose library includes successful franchises such as “Taken,” “Taxi” and “Transporter,” has a debt load of about €230 million ($270 million).

The company has already taken drastic steps within the last couple years to cut costs.
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Universal considering Fast & Furious spinoff for Charlize Theron’s Cipher

With the first spinoff Hobbs & Shaw set to open this summer, THR is reporting that Universal Pictures is now considering options to expand the Fast & Furious franchise under its ‘Fast & Furious Presents’ banner.

According to the site, the studio and producers hope to grow the blockbuster franchise into a Marvel Studios-type universe, and are actively exploring other ideas “including a female-fronted spinoff built around Charlize Theron’s character Cipher from The Fate of the Furious.”

Theron’s cyber-terrorist villain remained at large by the end of Fate of the Furious, and at this point it’s unclear whether there are any plans to have the character return in either Fast & Furious 9 or Fast & Furious 10, which are reportedly going to bring the curtain down on the main series.

Naturally, Universal’s Fast & Furious universe plans hinge on the success of the Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham
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‘I Own You’: Helen Mirren in Trailer for Sky, HBO Drama ‘Catherine the Great’

  • Variety
‘I Own You’: Helen Mirren in Trailer for Sky, HBO Drama ‘Catherine the Great’
“There are unscrupulous people in Russia – fortunately, I am one of them,” declares a formidable Helen Mirren in full regalia as Catherine the Great in the first trailer of the Sky series based on the Russian empress, which will be on HBO in the U.S.

Oscar-winner Mirren is joined by Jason Clarke, Gina McKee and Rory Kinnear in the series, which bows on the Sky Atlantic channel in the U.K. this fall. HBO has “Catherine the Great” for the U.S. The series is the latest out of its drama partnership with Comcast-owned Sky.

The trailer shows scenes in palaces, battlefields and the bedroom, with glimpses of the life and loves of one of the most powerful female monarchs in history, including her passionate affair with general Grigory Potemkin.

“I have survived for half a century in a world that does not want me,” she says in a more reflective moment.
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First Look Trailer For Upcoming Series ‘Catherine The Great’

Sky

Sky Television has unveiled the very first look trailer for their upcoming original series Catherine The Great, which sees Helen Mirren lead out the cast. It will arrive on the small screen later in 2019. Jason Clarke, Gina McKee and Rory Kinnear also star, and this very first trailer provides a glimpse into world of one of the most powerful female monarchs in history and her passionate affair with general Grigory Potemkin.

Catherine and Potemkin’s story is one of obsessive love for each other and their country as they develop a unique and devoted relationship, overcoming their adversaries to build Russia’s reputation as one of the great European powers of the 18th Century.

Written by Nigel Williams (Elizabeth I) and directed by BAFTA and Emmy® Award-winning Philip Martin (The Crown), Catherine the Great is produced by Origin Pictures and New Pictures. It is the third commission from Sky
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Zhang Ziyi Named Godmother of the Trophée Chopard 2019 at Cannes Film Festival

  • Variety
Zhang Ziyi Named Godmother of the Trophée Chopard 2019 at Cannes Film Festival
Actress Zhang Ziyi has been named “Godmother” of the 19th annual Trophée Chopard 2019 at Cannes Film Festival.

As godmother, Zhang will present the award to both a male and female young actor on the rise. She follows “Godmother” Diane Kruger, who presented the award to Joe Alwyn and Elizabeth Debicki at Cannes film Festival 2018.

Charlize Theron, Elton John, Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Helen Mirren are among previous presenters. Previous recipients also include Marion Cotillard, Ezra Miller, Shailene Woodley, Logan Lerman, James McAvoy, John Boyega and Gael García Bernal.

Zhang, who gained international fame for her role in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” is the second ever Chinese presenter, after Gong Li. Zhang and Ghong appeared together in the 2005 film “Memoirs of a Geisha.”

President of the festival Pierre Lescure, general delegate Thierry Frémaux and co-president and artistic director of Chopard Caroline Scheufele
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Mackenzie Foy and Kate Winslet to star in ‘Black Beauty’ reboot

Mackenzie Foy and Kate Winslet have signed up to star in Ashley Avis’s reboot of the classic story of ‘Black Beauty’.

Foy will take the leading role as a 17-year-old girl whose bond with Black Beauty helps her overcome the death of her parents.

Winslet will have an easier job of it as she will provide the voice of the horse, Black Beauty.

Based on the best-selling children’s classic by Anna Sewell, Avis will direct the film from a script she has adapted herself. The film will be a fictional autobiography of the titular wild horse. In a significant change from Sewell’s book, in which Black Beauty is a carriage horse, in the new adaptation, she is a wild mustang captured on the Wyoming Plains.

Also in news – Man of Steel’s David Goyer to tackle ‘Hellraiser’ reboot

Black Beauty has been adapted for the big and
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Oscars 2020: Best Supporting Actor Predictions

Oscars 2020: Best Supporting Actor Predictions
It’s way too early to predict the Oscars, especially in the supporting categories. But looking at Hollywood’s upcoming slates sight unseen, which movies have the right stuff to go the distance?

Studios tend to premiere their movies in Cannes as a launch pad for international release. That’s the case for “Rocketman” starring Taron Egerton as Elton John, Dexter Fletcher’s follow-up to $900-million juggernaut “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It also stars Jamie Bell as songwriter Bernie Taupin and Richard Madden as John’s lover.

And then there’s the return of Terrence Malick, whose “The Tree of Life” won the Palme d’Or in 2011 and went on to score three Oscar nominations. After delivering a series of “Tree of Life” spin-offs, Malick takes a new route this time with “A Hidden Life,” about Austrian conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), who would not fight for the Nazis in World War II.
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Oscars 2020: Best Supporting Actor Predictions

Oscars 2020: Best Supporting Actor Predictions
It’s way too early to predict the Oscars, especially in the supporting categories. But looking at Hollywood’s upcoming slates sight unseen, which movies have the right stuff to go the distance?

Studios tend to premiere their movies in Cannes as a launch pad for international release. That’s the case for “Rocketman” starring Taron Egerton as Elton John, Dexter Fletcher’s follow-up to $900-million juggernaut “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It also stars Jamie Bell as songwriter Bernie Taupin and Richard Madden as John’s lover.

And then there’s the return of Terrence Malick, whose “The Tree of Life” won the Palme d’Or in 2011 and went on to score three Oscar nominations. After delivering a series of “Tree of Life” spin-offs, Malick takes a new route this time with “A Hidden Life,” about Austrian conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), who would not fight for the Nazis in World War II.
See full article at Indiewire »

Patrick Stewart, Ellen Page to join Offerman's Bedtime Stories for Cynics

  • JoBlo
It goes without saying that there are many celebrities whose voices are capable of soothing even the most savage of beasts. For me, I could listen to the dulcet tones of James Earl Jones, Tom Waits, Helen Mirren, Benedict Wong or Peter Stormare read a phone book and I'd gladly hang on every word. They're like my celebrity Asmr. The reason I'm touching on the subject of velvety voices…
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Keanu Reeves will reportedly appear in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

It seems that this month’s hotly-anticipated action thriller John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum may not be the only time we see Keanu Reeves on the big screen this summer, as ThatHashtagShow is reporting that the star is set to make a cameo appearance in August’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

According to the site, Reeves will make a brief appearance as a “background baddie”, who will be tied to Idris Elba’s villain Brixton and will be pulling the strings behind-the-scenes, much like Charlize Theron’s Cipher in the main series.

The unconfirmed report goes on to claim that “Reeves’ character will be revealed towards the end of the movie. Alternatively, he could appear in an end-credits scene to set up the sequel we all know will be coming.”

See Also: Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw gets a crazy new trailer

Are you excited about the prospect
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Michael Douglas To Be Handed Crystal Nymph Award At Monte-Carlo Television Festival

Michael Douglas, who recently starred in Netflix’s The Kominsky Method, is to be honored with the Crystal Nymph award at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival.

Douglas will be handed the award at the 59th edition of the event at the Festival’s Closing Ceremony on 18 June 2019. He will be given the awarded by H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Recognized for his “stellar” body of work, Douglas most recently finished filming a second season alongside Alan Arkin in Chuck Lorre’s The Kominsky Method. He began his career with a role in CBS’ 1969 Playhouse special The Experiment followed by The Streets of San Francisco from 1972 to 1976. As an actor and producer, he has won two Academy Awards for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in 1976 and Wall Street in 1988. He also won an Emmy, Golden Globe and a SAG award for HBO film Behind the Candelabra.

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Netflix Can Chill: Academy Rules No Change in Streaming Oscar Eligibility

  • Variety
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will not change eligibility rules for the Oscars, despite speculation that streaming companies might see a crackdown on their release practices when pursuing golden trophies.

A board of governors meeting on Tuesday voted to maintain the status quo, that any feature-length film can be considered for the Academy Award as long as it has a seven-day run, with three public screenings per day, in Los Angeles. Films can hit alternative release platforms like Netflix or Amazon Prime on or after the first day of a run and remain eligible.

“We support the theatrical experience as integral to the art of motion pictures, and this weighed heavily in our discussions,” Academy President John Bailey said in a statement. “Our rules currently require theatrical exhibition, and also allow for a broad selection of films to be submitted for Oscars consideration.”

Bailey added that the
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