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Amazon’s ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ Sets Summer Release

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Amazon’s ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ Sets Summer Release
Brittany Runs a Marathon” will be rushing to theaters on Aug. 23.

Amazon Studios dated the comedy on Wednesday. The pic, starring Jillian Bell, won the audience award at the Sundance Film Festival. The flick follows the titular Brittany, who decides to run around New York City in order to improve her failing health when her party-girl lifestyle catches up with her.

Paul Downs Colaizzo, an award-winning playwright, makes his directorial debut with “Brittany Runs a Marathon,” based on the real-life experiences of his best friend Brittany.

Amazon bought the movie following its Sundance premiere in a massive $14 million deal. In his review for Variety, Dennis Harvey said the pic “earns every emotional beat that might seem formulaic in four out of five similar enterprises.”

Alice Lee (“Sierra Burgess Is a Loser”) plays Brittany’s aspiring Instagram-influencer roommate Gretchen, while Micah Stock (“Escape at Dannemora”) portrays a new friend from Brittany’s running group.
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'Avengers: Endgame' Set for Global Domination, Can It Deliver a $300M Domestic Debut?

'Avengers: Endgame' Set for Global Domination, Can It Deliver a $300M Domestic Debut?
In 2008 we saw the birth of what has come to be known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the release of Iron Man. Eleven years, 21 films and $18.6 billion in worldwide ticket sales later, that universe has come to redefine the idea of the modern blockbuster. This weekend Avengers: Endgame will give audiences the ending they were promised all those years ago, concluding the events that began with last year's record-breaking release of Avengers: Infinity War, en route to a sure-fire record breaking performance of its own. Before a single frame outside of the trailers had been seen, Disney and Marvel Studios's Avengers: Endgame began breaking records. In its first seven days of pre-sales, the film sold "five times" as many tickets as Avengers: Infinity War according to online ticket retailer Fandango.com and since then it remains the company's top pre-seller of all-time. Further more, the film will open
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Surpasses $100 Million in China on Opening Day

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Surpasses $100 Million in China on Opening Day
Avengers: Endgame” is breaking records in China, raking in more than $100 million on its opening day Wednesday – two days ahead of the U.S. – and putting itself firmly on track to become the biggest Hollywood title ever in the Middle Kingdom.

Disney forecast that its new tentpole would end the day with about $107.2 million (RMB719 million), including midnight and wee-hour showings that began Tuesday night and ran into early Wednesday. By about 9 p.m. local time Wednesday, the Marvel finale had hauled in $102 million (RMB681 million), according to China Box Office. That easily gives “Endgame” the record for the biggest opening day in Chinese history, surpassing domestic film “Monster Hunt 2” (which did not have midnight previews).

“Endgame” had also already set a new all-time record for ticket pre-sales, selling more than $110 million worth ahead of its Tuesday night midnight opening to beat “Monster Hunt 2,” which sold $59.6 million. It
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Tribeca Film Festival: 9 Movies to Watch

Tribeca Film Festival: 9 Movies to Watch
The Tribeca Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday with a slate of movies from up-and-coming filmmakers and established directors that tackle hot-button issues such as gun violence, homophobia, and gender discrimination.

The annual celebration of film was originally founded by Robert De Niro and producer Jane Rosenthal to encourage people to return to a corner of Manhattan that was still reeling from the 9/11 attacks. Well, downtown is largely rebuilt, but the festival is still going strong, with a particular emphasis on inclusion and representation. Of the more than 100 features that will debut at this edition of Tribeca, 40% are directed by women, 29% by people of color and 13% by Lgbtq filmmakers.

Now in its 18th year, Tribeca has grown to encompass television series, shorts, gaming, and virtual reality. But it’s the indie movies that provide the biggest sizzle. Here’s a look at nine acquisition titles that could have buyers circling.
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Surpasses $100 Million in China on Opening Day

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Surpasses $100 Million in China on Opening Day
Avengers: Endgame” is breaking records in China, raking in more than $100 million on its opening day Wednesday – two days ahead of the U.S. – and putting itself firmly on track to become the biggest Hollywood title ever in the Middle Kingdom.

Disney forecast that its new tentpole would end the day with about $107.2 million (RMB719 million), including midnight and wee-hour showings that began Tuesday night and ran into early Wednesday. By about 9 p.m. local time Wednesday, the Marvel finale had hauled in $102 million (RMB681 million), according to China Box Office. That easily gives “Endgame” the record for the biggest opening day in Chinese history, surpassing domestic film “Monster Hunt 2” (which did not have midnight previews).

“Endgame” had also already set a new all-time record for ticket pre-sales, selling more than $110 million worth ahead of its Tuesday night midnight opening to beat “Monster Hunt 2,” which sold $59.6 million. It
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‘Creepshow’ TV Series Featurette Goes Behind-the-Scenes With Showrunner Greg Nicotero

‘Creepshow’ TV Series Featurette Goes Behind-the-Scenes With Showrunner Greg Nicotero
One of my most-anticipated pieces of entertainment for 2019 is Shudder’s new Creepshow TV series. Showrunner Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) is bringing the spirit of George Romero and Stephen King’s horror anthology film to the AMC-owned streaming service, with a wealth of talent lined-up to make it happen. In a new Creepshow TV seres featurette, Nicotero […]

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‘The VelociPastor’ Trailer: A Priest Turns Into a Dinosaur and Fights Ninjas

‘The VelociPastor’ Trailer: A Priest Turns Into a Dinosaur and Fights Ninjas
Game of Thrones is poised to kill off several major characters during this weekend’s battle episode, and it’s extremely unlikely that all of the characters of Avengers: Endgame will come out unscathed. This is a fraught time for pop culture heroes. But when the dust settles, a new hero will rise. /Film readers, allow me […]

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Star Wars Bits: Constable Zuvio, Luke Skywalker’s Sex Life, How Rex Became a DJ, and More

Star Wars Bits: Constable Zuvio, Luke Skywalker’s Sex Life, How Rex Became a DJ, and More
In this edition of Star Wars Bits: Is Constable Zuvio coming back in The Rise of Skywalker? Mark Hamill explains his pitch for a key reunion scene between Luke, Han, and Leia in The Force Awakens Did Luke Skywalker die a virgin? Ian McDiarmid talks about Palpatine’s laugh in The Rise of Skywalker trailer Admiral […]

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‘Avengers: Endgame’: Fans and Theaters Assemble for Biggest Marvel Movie Ever

For San Diego resident Shawn Richter, “Avengers: Endgame” is more than the conclusion to a monumental period in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As the West Coast branch chair of Avengers Initiative, a cosplay charity that raises money for causes like the Ronald McDonald House Children’s Charities, the comics of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby are deeply woven into Richter’s identity. On Monday, Richter and girlfriend Lisa Lower were invited to the world premiere of “Endgame.” As they walked down the purple carpet packed with everyone from Chris Hemsworth to Brie Larson, Richter popped the question. Spoiler alert: she said yes.

As Iron Man, Black Widow, Captain America, and the surviving Avengers gear up to battle the marble-skinned baddie known as Thanos, superfans are bracing for what is expected to be the highest-grossing weekend in moviegoing history.

It would be an understatement to say anticipation for “Avengers: Endgame” is sky-high.
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Watch Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson Attempt to Insult Each Other for 5 Minutes

Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth have been Avenging together for the better part of a decade, so you'd think the Avengers: Endgame co-stars would be pretty comfortable throwing some friendly barbs at each other. You'd be wrong, but that doesn't mean it's not a treat to watch them try. The duo stopped by BBC 1 Radio's ongoing series 'Playground Insults', which sees Hollywood superstars trade jabs at each other for the lols. If you missed previous installments, co-stars like Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, Margot Robbie and Will Smith, and Jennifer Lawrence and …
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‘Always Be My Maybe’ Trailer: Randall Park and Ali Wong Give Us the Netflix Rom-Com We Deserve

‘Always Be My Maybe’ Trailer: Randall Park and Ali Wong Give Us the Netflix Rom-Com We Deserve
Randall Park and Ali Wong in a romantic-comedy? You’ve already sold us on the latest Netflix rom-com, Always Be My Maybe, which stars the two comedians as childhood friends who reconnect after 15 years apart. Watch the Always Be My Maybe trailer below. Always Be My Maybe Trailer #AlwaysBeMyMaybe comes out May 31st! pic.twitter.com/uL0uNvIYpN — Ali Wong […]

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Kevin Feige Said He’s ‘Not Pleased’ by ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Leak, Then Entire Film Leaks Online

Kevin Feige Said He’s ‘Not Pleased’ by ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Leak, Then Entire Film Leaks Online
Select scenes from “Avengers: Endgame” leaked online earlier this month, bringing with it articles across the internet spoiling some of the secrets to the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige weighed in on the leaks while speaking to the Associated Press on the “Avengers: Endgame” world premiere red carpet. Although the executive was discouraged by the leak, he championed Marvel fans for rallying together to ignore spoilers and not spread them.

“I wasn’t pleased. It’s not cool. It’s not fun,” Feige said. “But the response was what I expected, which was everybody turning it off, dismissing it, ‘Don’t watch it, don’t spoil it for anybody else.’”

Soon after the April 16 leak, “Endgame” directors Joe and Anthony Russo published an open letter on social media urging fans not to spoil the movie after they see it. The hashtag #DontSpoilTheEndgame went viral on
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George R.R. Martin Wishes ‘Game of Thrones’ Wasn’t Ending So Soon

George R.R. Martin Wishes ‘Game of Thrones’ Wasn’t Ending So Soon
You knew it would come to this, George. You, a typewriter, and a blank page. For the past eight years, you’ve had the excuse that Game of Thrones was dominating your time and energy, and then you decided to step away from executive producer duties during season 4 to focus on finally finishing The Winds of Winter, […]

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29 Features, Shorts, Vr Pieces, Talks and Immersive Theater Works to Check Out at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival

Tonight’s opening night is Roger Ross Williams’s HBO doc, The Apollo, the centerpiece is a “final cut” screening of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (in glistening new visual and audio tech) and the closing night is a new Beatles-themed, alternate universe pic by Danny Boyle — the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival is here. As evidenced by the above selections, Tribeca brings a lot of firepower to its annual event, programming prowess that includes not just the big names but support for a range of work and creators, from immersive theater pioneers to emerging […]
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Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley Movie ‘Chaos Walking’ to Undergo Major Reshoots

As Tom Holland's new movie Avengers: Endgame prepares for the largest North American release in history, a first cut of his next film, Chaos Walking, was recently deemed "unreleasable" by Lionsgate insiders, according to the Wall Street Journal. Doug Liman directed the adaptation of Patrick Ness' popular Ya sci-fi series, which co-stars Daisy Ridley and Mads Mikkelsen. It's no secret that Chaos Walking has been a troubled production, as cameras started rolling way back in August 2017. It was initially slated to hit theaters on March 1, 2019, but a trailer was never even released, and …
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The Live Documentary: Sam Green’s Unique, Surprisingly Sustainable Theatrical Experience

It’s a movie-going experience that’s hard to explain to anyone who hasn’t previously seen one of nonfiction filmmaker Sam Green’s live documentaries. In his latest piece, a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet entitled “A Thousand Thoughts,” the big screen plays home to interviews and archival images that audiences would expect to see in a traditional documentary. On stage, the Kronos Quartet appear live to perform the film’s score, while Green himself narrates the film.

Green has made traditional documentaries before, like “Weather Underground,” but his live projects have been entirely conceived of and executed as purely as live events. Not only will “A Thousand Thoughts” never be available on Netflix (or anywhere else), it’s the nonfiction streaming boom that inspired Green to create these unique theatrical events.

“I’m thrilled that these days you can see so many documentaries and so many great documentaries,
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Amazon’s ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ Sets Summer Release

Amazon’s ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ Sets Summer Release
Brittany Runs a Marathon” will be rushing to theaters on Aug. 23.

Amazon Studios dated the comedy on Wednesday. The pic, starring Jillian Bell, won the audience award at the Sundance Film Festival. The flick follows the titutal Brittany, who decides to run around New York City in order to improve her failing health when her party-girl lifestyle catches up with her.

Paul Downs Colaizzo, an award-winning playwright, makes his directorial debut with “Brittany Runs a Marathon,” based on the real-life experiences of his best friend Brittany.

Amazon bought the movie following its Sundance premiere in a massive $14 million deal. In his review for Variety, Dennis Harvey said the pic “earns every emotional beat that might seem formulaic in four out of five similar enterprises.”

Alice Lee (“Sierra Burgess Is a Loser”) plays Brittany’s aspiring Instagram-influencer roommate Gretchen, while Micah Stock (“Escape at Dannemora”) portrays a new friend from Brittany’s running group.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Writer Bryan Cogman on “Nuclear” Revelations & the Importance of Jaime and Brienne’s Scene

It's not easy being Queen. In this past Sunday's Game of Thrones, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) continued to find politics in the North tougher than expected. Dany had some interesting, unspoken moments in the episode, like when Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) both left the hall before their Queen had exited the room, when Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) greeted the queen, but then quickly addressed Sansa asking to fight for Winterfell, and of course during Sansa and Dany's interrupted clear-the-air chat. On Wednesday, GoT co-executive producer Bryan Cogman, who wrote …
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ in 4Dx Will Feature Signature Character Motions, But What Does That Mean?

‘Avengers: Endgame’ in 4Dx Will Feature Signature Character Motions, But What Does That Mean?
This weekend, Avengers: Endgame will undoubtedly go down in the history books with what will be one of the biggest box office debuts of all-time. The experience of seeing this movie in theaters with a packed crowd of hungry fans eager to see how this era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes to an end […]

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Lionsgate Hires Former Warner Bros. Exec Lynn Whitney

Lionsgate announced Wednesday that Lynn Whitney will become head of worldwide paid media, partnerships, promotions and consumer products. Whitney was formerly the executive VP of worldwide media at Warner Bros.

In her new role, Whitney will build out media campaigns for movies like Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron’s romantic comedy “Long Shot.”

“I am tremendously excited and honored to be a part of the new marketing team Lionsgate is assembling,” Whitney said in a statement. “I love the creative, entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of Lionsgate and more than anything, I love the group [president of worldwide marketing Damon Wolf] is putting in place, bringing so many unique voices to the table. There is an electricity and camaraderie here that I have not felt since the days when I was a member of the start-up team that launched Fox Broadcasting. This feels like something different and very unique.”

Wolf said, “Let’s face it,
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