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‘Aladdin’ to Soar Above Box Office Competition Over Memorial Day Weekend

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‘Aladdin’ to Soar Above Box Office Competition Over Memorial Day Weekend
When Disney first released “Aladdin” in 1992, Bill Clinton was just settling in to the Oval Office, “Game of Thrones” wasn’t much more than a book idea percolating in the mind of author George R.R. Martin, and Johnny Carson was wrapping up his stint as “Tonight Show” host.

In some ways, 2019 feels like a whole new world. But Disney is hoping that even 27 years later, the prospect of seeing flashy musical numbers set to timeless tunes like “One Jump Ahead” and “Friend Like Me” will entice moviegoers young and old into theaters for an updated take on “Aladdin,” the story of a charming Arabian street rat who stumbles upon a genie’s magical lamp.

“There’s a lot of goodwill toward these characters,” said Jeff Bock, a media analyst at Exhibitor Relations. “I think it will work for families over Memorial Day weekend.”

Aladdin” is expected to earn a solid
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Florence Pugh, James Norton Talk ‘Little Women’ On-Screen Romances With Timothée Chalamet & Emma Watson

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Florence Pugh, James Norton Talk ‘Little Women’ On-Screen Romances With Timothée Chalamet & Emma Watson
Florence Pugh and James Norton gushed over their “Little Women” co-stars Timothée Chalamet and Emma Watson while at the Cannes Film Festival.

The actors spoke to Variety‘s Marc Malkin on the red carpet at the Chopard Trophy Awards, where Pugh was honored. The 23-year-old actress was chosen for the award by a jury consisting of former Chopard Trophy recipients such as Marion Cotillard, Gael García Bernal and Lea Seydoux, Cannes’ director Thierry Fremaux, Variety’s Steven Gaydos, and Chopard’s Caroline Scheufele.

Pugh and Chalamet’s characters Amy March and Laurie wed in Louisa May Alcott’s classic — to little fanfare. “We didn’t have a wedding,” Pugh bemoaned. “That’s still probably yet to come. We’ll have to ask his permission before that happens.”

Although Pugh didn’t get a wedding, the actress did get to wear matching outfits with her co-star, which she said “was the most important thing.
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Florence Pugh, Francois Civil Honored With Chopard Award for Rising Talent

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Florence Pugh, Francois Civil Honored With Chopard Award for Rising Talent
Rising British actress Florence Pugh (“Lady Macbeth”) and French actor Francois Civil (“Wolf’s Call”) received the Chopard Trophy Award at a star-studded ceremony hosted by Chopard on Monday during the Cannes Film Festival.

Pugh and Civil were chosen among many actors by a jury consisting of former Chopard Trophy recipients such as Marion Cotillard, Gael García Bernal and Lea Seydoux, Cannes’s director Thierry Fremaux, Variety’s Steven Gaydos, and Chopard’s Caroline Scheufele.

Both actors are at a turning point in their careers. Pugh will soon be seen in two highly anticipated films, Ari Aster’s “Midsommar” and Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” remake, in which she’s star opposite Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, and Timothée Chalamet. She’s also just joined Scarlett Johansson in the cast of the Marvel Studios’ movie “Black Widow,” which will be directed by Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland.

Civil already had three films
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Casting a Hermione Granger Origins Movie

Emma Watson captured our hearts when she portrayed one of biggest literary characters of our generation—Hermione Granger. Truth be told, Harry Potter couldn’t and wouldn’t be the hero he turned out to be if not for his friends—especially Hermione. Even Screenrant.com lists reasons why Hermione was actually the true hero. Hermione was more than just the brains of the operation. She was the glue that held the characters together. She was indeed special and much loved by fans from all over the globe. Currently, there are no plans for an origins movie yet. But we can come up with so

Casting a Hermione Granger Origins Movie
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‘Lady and the Tramp’ Will Reinvent Problematic Siamese Cat Song, Feature New Music From Janelle Monae (Exclusive)

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Grammy winner Janelle Monae will contribute new music to the Disney Plus streaming title “Lady and the Tramp,” in addition to her voice role in the live-action reboot.

Monae will perform two original songs for the film, led by Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux. Monae’s artist collective Wondaland is also “reinventing” a track from the original 1955 animated movie, individuals close to the project said.

That would be “The Siamese Cat Song,” originally recorded by Peggy Lee for the feline duo Si and Am in the animated version. Those characters and their famous refrain — “We are Siamese if you please / We are Siamese if you don’t please” — have long been considered a cringe-worthy depiction of Asian culture.

Wondaland contributors Nate “Rocket” Wonder and Roman GianArthur are working on a different take for the pair, who in the new film are not Siamese cats, the insiders added. Walt Disney Studios confirmed Monae’s musical involvement,
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Box Office: ‘Aladdin’ Eyes $80 Million Opening Over Memorial Day Weekend

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Disney’s “Aladdin” is expected to soar at the domestic box office when it debuts over Memorial Day weekend.

The studio’s latest live-action remake should earn $80 million when it opens May 24, according to early tracking. Box office watchers believe ticket sales could near $100 million through Monday, when kids are out of school for the holiday. That number could fluctuate in the three weeks leading up to the film’s arrival as Disney finalizes its marketing rollout. We can only assume those efforts include taking extra steps to assure audiences that Will Smith’s disturbingly blue Genie, which caused hysteria on Twitter after the first trailer dropped, won’t be so jarring on the big screen.

If estimates hold, that launch would be closer to recent Disney re-imaginings like Jon Favreau’s “Jungle Book” ($103 million) and “Beauty and the Beast” with Emma Watson ($174 million). “Jungle Book” raked in an impressive $966 million globally,
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Emmys 2019 exclusive: Amazon Prime categories for ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,’ ‘A Very English Scandal,’ ‘Homecoming’ and more

In a Gold Derby exclusive, we have learned the category placements of the key Emmy Awards contenders for Amazon Prime. For this season, the streamer has returning comedy champ “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Rachel Brosnahan), returning programs “Catastrophe” and “Fleabag” (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), newcomers “Homecoming” (Julia Roberts) and “Jack Ryan” (John Krasinski) plus limited series “A Very English Scandal” (Hugh Grant) and “Good Omens” (David Tennant) as part of their 2019 campaign.

Below, the list of Amazon lead, supporting and guest submissions for their comedy, drama, TV movies and limited series. More names might be added by the company on the final Emmy ballot. Also note that performers not included on this list may well be submitted by their personal reps.

SEEAmazon unveils complete line-up for Emmy Fyc experience: ‘Mrs. Maisel,’ ‘Man in the High Castle,’ ‘Homecoming’ and …

“Agatha Christie’S The ABC Murders”

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Box Office: 'Aladdin' Tracking for $80M-Plus Memorial Day Weekend Debut

Disney is gearing up for a magic carpet ride at the box office.

The studio's live-action remake of Aladdin is on course for an $80 million-plus debut over the long Memorial Day weekend, according to those with access to early tracking surveys.

Some expect the movie to climb higher and even approach $100 million, once Disney makes its final marketing push.

The studio's live-action adaptations of classic animated titles have historically overperformed at the box office. Jon Favreau's Jungle Book pulled in $103.2 million over its opening weekend in 2016, while the Emma Watson-starring Beauty and the ...
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Amy Pascal Moves Production Shingle to Universal With First-Look Deal

Amy Pascal Moves Production Shingle to Universal With First-Look Deal
Amy Pascal inked a first-look deal with Universal Pictures on Wednesday, ending her 20+ year relationship with Sony Pictures.

The Oscar-nominated producer served as chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment for two decades before stepping down and launching her production company Pascal Pictures in 2015.

“I can’t imagine anything more thrilling than making movies for Ron Meyer, Donna Langley and Peter Cramer at Universal,” Pascal said in a statement. “Donna’s vision for the company is inspirational on every level, from the brilliant leadership team she’s assembled, to the studio’s diverse selection of movies, to the impressive filmmaking partners who call Universal home.”

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Pascal has established herself as one of the most influential producers in Hollywood, being a major force behind recent box office successes including “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “The Post” and “Molly’s Game.
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Amy Pascal Ends 30-Year Sony Run With Universal First Look Deal

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Amy Pascal Ends 30-Year Sony Run With Universal First Look Deal
Exclusive: Ending a three decade run at Sony Pictures, Amy Pascal is moving her Pascal Pictures into a first look deal with Universal Pictures. Deal comes at the end of the four-year producing pact Pascal made at Sony in June, 2015, when she stepped down as chairman of the Spe Motion Picture Group after 20 years at the helm.

Led by Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Donna Langley, the studio is making a substantial commitment to the next chapter of Pascal’s career. In Pascal’s most recent iteration as Sony-based producer, her credits include the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, the Oscar nominated The Post and Molly’s Game, as well as blockbusters Venom and Spider-Man: Homecoming. Upcoming is Spider-Man: Far From Home and the Greta Gerwig-directed Little Women, which opens Christmas Day with a cast that includes Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan and Meryl Streep. Pascal will continue to produce
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‘Aladdin,’ ‘Pokemon: Detective Pikachu,’ ‘Shaft’ Set for China Debuts

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Disney’s new live-action “Aladdin” will release in China on May 24, day-and-date with North America, giving the studio a run of three films in Chinese theaters as many months.

Two other Hollywood titles will also hit the big screen in the Middle Kingdom in the coming months: “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu” on May 10 and the Samuel L. Jackson-starring action comedy “Shaft” on June 14, both also day-and-date with the U.S.

Jackson is quite popular in China, and starred in last month’s “Captain Marvel,” which made $154 million in the country. “Pikachu” stars the voice of Ryan Reynolds, familiar to Marvel-mad Chinese audiences as the superhero Deadpool, whose PG-13 rated film “Once Upon a Deadpool” got a surprise China release in January and made $42.5 million.

Aladdin” is the 12th live-action remake based on a beloved animated Disney classic. It is directed by Guy Ritchie, who also co-wrote the screenplay, and
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A Complete Guide to the Nxivm Trial

Although the trial of Keith Raniere, the alleged mastermind behind the self-empowerment cult Nxivm, doesn’t begin until the end of April, the court proceedings have already given us plenty of drama. There’s been fainting in court, child pornography charges and, as with all things 2019, a brief appearance by attorney Michael Avenatti. And in a surprising twist, all of the defendants in the Nxivm case, with the exception of Raniere, have pleaded guilty to some of the charges against them, meaning that at least some of his former acolytes
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Daniel Radcliffe Explains Why He’s Avoided Blockbusters After Harry Potter

Child stars are notorious for turning into weird adults, which actually isn’t terribly surprising when you consider that their formative years are spent with the world watching their every move. So, it’s a bit of a miracle that the three child stars of the Harry Potter franchise – Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint – have all turned out to be pretty normal.

Of the three, though, it’s Radcliffe who’s been keeping the busiest in the industry, always eager to prove that he’s not just a pair of glasses, a wand and a rather fetching scar. His roles since leaving Hogwarts have included, among other things, a critically acclaimed turn in The Woman in Black, portraying Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, playing someone cursed with devil horns in Horns and, uh, a fart-propelled corpse in Swiss Army Man. We kid you not.

Now, in a recent interview,
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Greta Gerwig's 'Little Women' Won't Screen at Cannes

Greta Gerwig's 'Little Women' Won't Screen at Cannes
Contrary to speculative reports, Greta Gerwig's feature adaptation of Little Women will not be screening at May's Cannes Film Festival.

The Sony film — Gerwig's first behind the camera since 2017's Lady Bird, for which she received a best director Oscar nomination — was shot last year, and production only wrapped on Dec. 15.

Sources close to the project — which stars Lady Bird's Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet, as well as Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, Laura Dern, Bob Odenkirk, Chris Cooper and Meryl Streep — tell THR that Gerwig, who gave birth to her first child ...
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It's Leviosaaa! The Magical Movie Career of Emma Watson: From Harry Potter to Beauty and the Beast

Honestly, what's not to love about Hermione Granger, err, we mean Emma Watson?! The British actress is celebrating her 29th birthday today and we can't believe she's already been in our lives as an actress for 18 years. Beginning in 2001, the birthday girl won us over and made us root for her as Hermione in the Harry Potter films. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was her first role ever and it was quite a big one. Eight films later, Watson's muggle-born, wand-wielding character cemented herself as one of the most iconic and definitely most adorable characters in the franchise. You can't tell us you don't instantly think of her saying, "You're saying it wrong. It's...
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Link Tank: 16 Encouraging Quotes By Emma Watson

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Emma Watson, Elon Musk, Lil Nas X, and more in today's daily Link Tank!

Elon Musk proposed dragon wings for a SpaceX starship on Twitter.

"Elon Musk has been taking inspiration from Game of Thrones. Following the season eight premiere of the dragon-laden fantasy show, the SpaceX founder proposed adding dragon wings to the Starship, the upcoming vessel designed to ferry humans to Mars and beyond."

Read more at Inverse.

Here's why many Hollywood writers fired their agents over the weekend.

"If you were hanging out online around midnight Pacific time on Friday night, you might have noticed a rash of high-profile screenwriters all announcing that they’d fired their agents. The Writers Guild of America and the Association of Talent Agents have been struggling to renegotiate an existing agreement between the two groups (the Artists Managers Basic Agreement) that hasn’t been updated since 1976. Last April,
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Harry Potter: 25 Things Wrong With Hermoine Granger We All Choose To Ignore

In the Harry Potter series, we had the Golden Trio. These three characters made Harry Potter what it was and without them there would be no series. While Harry was the main protagonist, he didn’t have all the attributes that would have enabled him to take down Voldemort. His friends also got separate personalities and abilities that made them stand out in their own ways. Rivaling Harry in the best character polls is Hermione Granger. A sizable portion of the fandom consider Hermione to be the best character in the series due to her multitude of capabilities as well as her mature personality.

Hermione’s star was made brighter after Emma Watson portrayed her in the Harry Potter film series as she was quite a looker and was very close in personality to Hermione Granger. While Harry and Ron have some people who aren’t fans of them, Hermione never has anyone dislike her.
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Emma Watson In "Vogue"

Take a look at actress Emma Watson in "Vogue" (Australia) magazine, wearing Stella McCartney, Jil Sander and Rosie Assoulin photographed by Peter Lindbergh:

Watson rose to prominence playing 'Hermione Granger' in the "Harry Potter" film series, starting at the age of nine and appearing in all eight "Harry Potter" movies, earning several awards.

She made her modelling debut for "Burberry's" autumn/winter campaign (2009), with subsequent film credits including "Ballet Shoes" (2007), "The Tale of Despereaux" (2008), "My Week with Marilyn"(2011) and "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" (2012).

Other notable features include "This Is the End" (2013), "The Bling Ring" (2013), "Noah" (2014), "The Circle"...

..."Regression", "Colonia", "The Vicar of Dibley" and "Beauty and the Beast".

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Emma Watson...
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Stranger Things And Hellboy Star David Harbour Joins Black Widow Cast

As the release of Avengers: Endgame looms closer, Marvel Studios is also gearing up for next year’s Black Widow, which is expected to shoot in London this June. Naturally, this means assembling a noteworthy cast, and THR has just reported an intriguing addition in David Harbour of Stranger Things fame.

The actor already dabbled in one major comic book universe with DC’s Suicide Squad, and next week, you’ll be able to see him assume the title role in the Hellboy reboot. What’s more, Harbour has just wrapped filming on action thriller Dhaka, which co-stars McU regular Chris Hemsworth and was written by Endgame co-director Joe Russo.

Though details on Harbour’s Black Widow character remain under wraps, it’s expected that he’ll be in good company. Naturally, Scarlett Johansson will be reprising her role as the film’s titular heroine, while Lady Macbeth and Fighting with My Family
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Taskmaster Is the Main Villain in Black Widow?

Taskmaster will reportedly be the main villain in Marvel Studios' upcoming Black Widow. Scarlett Johansson is finally getting her own standalone Marvel Cinematic Universe movie and details are slowly starting to gather before the presumed production starts this June. Ever since the movie was announced, McU fans have been trying to figure out who the main antagonist will be. Now, it looks like the mystery might have been solved and Marvel Comics fans should be pretty happy.

Taskmaster is a well-known villain in Marvel Comics and he has the truly amazing power of perfect muscle memory, which allows him to master just about anything by watching it. This includes sword fighting and martial arts in the comics and he is a formidable foe. An inside source close to the Black Widow movie claims that he will be standing off against Natasha Romanoff. The character has famously been able to
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