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Disney's 'Aladdin' Soars Over Memorial Day Weekend at the Box Office

Disney's 'Aladdin' Soars Over Memorial Day Weekend at the Box Office
Disney's Aladdin topped the weekend with an impressive debut, delivering over $85 million for the three-day and is expected to top $100 million for the four-day, Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Meanwhile, fellow newcomers Brightburn and Booksmart finished more in line with studio expectations than Mojo's aggressive pre-weekend forecast and Avengers: Endgame will become only the second film ever to top $800 million at the domestic box office by the end of the long holiday weekend.

With an estimated $86.1 million, Disney's Aladdin topped the Memorial Day three-day weekend box office. For Disney this is something of a big win considering the studio's live action properties, outside of the Marvel Universe, have struggled for some time now.

Disney anticipates the reportedly $180+ million production will top $105 million for the four-day weekend, though rival studios expect that total to go even higher, targeting a four-day debut over $110 million, which would be enough to make it
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Cannes: Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' Wins Palme d'Or

Cannes: Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' Wins Palme d'Or
A star-studded Cannes Film Festival came to a close Saturday night with a bang as Bong Joon-ho's Parasite took home the Palme d'Or, while Mati Diop's Atlantics landed the runner-up Grand Prix award.

The Parasite win denied Quentin Tarantino his second top prize (the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood helmer won the Palme d’Or 25 years ago for his ground breaking Pulp Fiction). Instead, the widely praised Once Upon a Time came up empty handed.

Joon-ho's dark comedy, which premiered the same night as Once Upon a Time, and drew raves. The film revolves around a man and his ...
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‘Aladdin’ On Course for Bigger Memorial Day Opening Than ‘Solo’

‘Aladdin’ On Course for Bigger Memorial Day Opening Than ‘Solo’
Disney’s remake of “Aladdin” is off to a magical start at the box office, earning $31.5 million from 4,476 screens at the box office on Friday.

While trackers expected a 4-day Memorial Day weekend opening of $75-85 million, “Aladdin” is now on pace to blow that out of the water with estimates now reaching $109-111 million, higher than the $103 million 4-day start earned last year for “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

Granted, at this point in the weekend, there’s a lot of room for “Aladdin” to either push estimates even higher or to see a big day-to-day drop. The latter was the case for “Solo,” which saw its opening estimates plummet as the weekend went on until it needed the Monday holiday to get an opening above $100 million. So swings in fortune on this busy weekend with plenty of other leisure options besides movie theaters aren’t out of the question.
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‘The Lovebirds’: Issa Rae-Kumail Nanjiani Paramount Comedy Moved Back By A Month

‘The Lovebirds’: Issa Rae-Kumail Nanjiani Paramount Comedy Moved Back By A Month
Paramount’s romantic comedy The Lovebirds is fleeing the nest. The film has been moved from its announced March 6 wide-release date to April 3.

Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani star as a couple on the brink of breaking up who get unintentionally embroiled in a bizarre murder mystery. As they get closer to clearing their names and solving the case, they need to figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.

Co-stars include Kelly Murtaugh, Moses Storm and Betsy Borrego. Michael Showalter — who helmed The Big Sick, which Nanjiani co-wrote and starred in — directs from a script by Aaron Abrams, Brendan Gall and Martin Gero

Moving out of a slot against Disney/Pixar’s Onward, The Lovebirds instead will battle with Fox’s The New Mutants and an untitled DC pic from Warner Bros.

Paramount didn’t give a reason for the date change, but it comes hours
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Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe’s The Lighthouse Wins Cannes Critics’ Award

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Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe’s The Lighthouse Wins Cannes Critics’ Award
Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse,” with Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, won the Cannes Film Festival critics’ award for best first or second feature in Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week, one of the first prizes for which “The Lighthouse” has been eligible at Cannes.

The award was announced Saturday in Cannes by the Intl. Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci), which also honored Elia Suleiman’s “It Must Be Heaven” as the best film in competition and Russian Kantemir Balagov’s “Beanpole” as best film in the sidebar Un Certain Regard.

At the same awards announcement, it was revealed that Terrence Malick’s Cannes competition entry, “Hidden Life,” won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.

The Fipresci honor for “The Lighthouse” marks another plaudit for Eggers, who is rapidly emerging as a major talent in many critics’ view, as well as for one of the best-reviewed of movies in any section at
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Geoffrey Rush defamation case: newspaper's appeal 'weighs heavily' on actor

Oscar-winner wants appeal against record $2.9m judgment determined as quickly as possible, lawyer tells court

The Daily Telegraph’s appeal against the record $2.9m judgment against it in the Geoffrey Rush defamation case “weighs heavily” on the Oscar-winning actor, an Australian court has heard.

The Sydney tabloid newspaper, through its owner News Corp, is appealing against Justice Michael Wigney’s verdict in the Rush case, citing 16 grounds on which it claims the trial was miscarried and that the judge’s conduct of the case “gave rise to an apprehension of bias”.
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Cannes: Oscar Gets A Jolt From Tarantino, ‘Parasite,’ Banderas & More

The 2019 Oscars were very good to the programmers of the Cannes Film Festival. After an almost desolate 2018 where it was represented by just a few Foreign Language Film nominations, the French mainstay saw a major turnaround as “BlacKkKlansman” earned a Best Picture nomination, “Cold War” landed Best Dictor and Cinematography nods (outside of an Flf nod) and a historic win for Spike Lee in the Adapted Screenplay category.

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‘Killing Eve’ Producers Break Down Who’s Dead and Whose Fate Is Uncertain in the Lethal Finale

‘Killing Eve’ Producers Break Down Who’s Dead and Whose Fate Is Uncertain in the Lethal Finale
[Editor’s Note: The following article contains spoilers for “Killing Eve” Season 2, Episode 8 finale, “You’re Mine.”]

The second season finale of “Killing Eve” reaches its inevitable conclusion when the assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) finally turns on MI6 agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), shooting her in the back and leaving her for dead. It’s the culmination of the women’s unique relationship that blended a cat-and-mouse dynamic with an intense, unhealthy attraction. And even though the show has already been renewed for a third season, Villanelle’s deadly act brings an air of finality to this particular story as viewers know it.

IndieWire spoke to executive producer Sally Woodward Gentle and director Damon Thomas to break down that fatal finale and hint at the show’s future.

“As we did more work on [the series], we realized that Season 1 and 2 might be a really good as a pair,” said Woodward Gentle. “Having had in Season 1, Villanelle and Eve getting to know each other,
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‘The Perfection’ Director Talks Us Through the Biggest Twists in Netflix’s Shocking Thriller

Be aware there are spoilers for The Perfection below. Odds are, by now you've probably heard about Netflix's wild thriller The Perfection. If you haven't, get out of here and come back after you've watched it! The latest Netflix original comes from The Matador and regular Girls director Richard Shepard, starring Allison Williams and Logan Browning as two cello prodigies wrapped up in a twisted relationship that evolves through rivalry, romance, revenge, and a whole lot more throughout of the genre-bending film. It's a twisty and twisted thriller that continually surprises and certainly isn'…
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The Best Comedy Series & TV Shows on Amazon Prime Right Now

We all need a laugh sometimes. There's a reason why sitcoms are always in syndication and topping streaming metrics -- everyone loves to kick back, have some giggles and hang out with their favorite comedic actors for a while. Good news for those of you looking for some humor, Amazon Prime Video's has some of the all-time best comedy series of all time, from classics to the latest critical hits, satires, sitcoms, sketches and everything in between. Their library includes bonafide all-timers like Parks and Rec and Frasier, mini-series, Amazon's best streaming originals (including the …
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‘Aladdin’ Pops Up With Stronger Box-Office Debut As ‘Booksmart’ Disappoints

‘Aladdin’ Pops Up With Stronger Box-Office Debut As ‘Booksmart’ Disappoints
Aladdin,” the latest Disney retread of a key title, took in an estimated $86 million for the three-day weekend, with $105 million projected for four days. This is a surprisingly strong result; after “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,” it suggests the summer will follow the optimists’ path.

Memorial Day weekend, once the official start of summer movie play, has become secondary to the weeks-earlier debuts of Marvel titles. Though still a prime date, recent years have seen several films fall short; last year’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” didn’t gross $100 million.

Still, even with “Aladdin” outpacing “Solo,” the three-day totals are about 5% down from last year and May will end with revenues off about 10% off from 2018. But the results this weekend actually give hope that this summer will further trim that shortfall.

Upcoming are franchise titles like “Godzilla,” “Men in Black,” “Shaft,” “Child’s Play,” “Toy Story,” “Annabelle,” and “Spider-Man,” all before July 4th.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Marks All-Time Low for Amount of Dialogue Spoken in the Series

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Marks All-Time Low for Amount of Dialogue Spoken in the Series
Diehard fans of “Game of Thrones” have been vocal about all the reasons why they’ve been disappointed in the final season, but most of the criticisms boil down to not enough storytelling to give characters their proper evolution. In fact, poor writing has been cited in the online petition to remake Season 8.

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on,” the petition states. “This series deserves a final season that makes sense. Subvert my expectations and make it happen, HBO!”

Now it appears that there’s e data to show that the writing has changed from when the series first started to how it ended. According to data that GitHub member Mr. Quart crunched from OpenSubtitles.org, The words spoken per minute in each “Game of Thrones” episode has gone
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Hugh Jackman Leads Massive One-Man Show Crowd in ‘Happy Birthday’ for Ian McKellen

Hugh Jackman Leads Massive One-Man Show Crowd in ‘Happy Birthday’ for Ian McKellen
Hugh Jackman may have had to skip Ian McKellen’s birthday party to perform his one-man show, “The Man, The Music, The Show,” but that didn’t mean he couldn’t celebrate his “X-Men” co-star’s 80th.

Jackman took a moment at the Manchester Arena Saturday to lead the sold-out audience — some 50,000 strong — in a rendition of “Happy Birthday.”

“I’m sorry I can’t make your party, Ian,” Jackman said in an Instagram video of the moment. “But I think I might annoy about 50,000 people,” he said, as the audience broke into cheers and the camera panned around the arena. The crowd then proceeded to sing “Happy Birthday,” with Jackman vocals distinguishable through the mic.

He ended the video by blowing a kiss into the camera and saying, “Love you, man. Happy birthday!”

Watch the video below.

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Happy 80th Sir @ianmckellen .. and many more!
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Netflix, Shmetflix: At Cannes 2019, the Movies Needed Every Inch of the Big Screen

Netflix, Shmetflix: At Cannes 2019, the Movies Needed Every Inch of the Big Screen
In the May 24 edition of The New York Times, there was a column by Timothy Egan, entitled “The Comeback of the Century: Why the Book Endures, Even in an Era of Disposable Digital Culture,” that celebrated those things that come between two hard covers as a larger phenomenon than mere nostalgia. The column keyed off the surprising strength of books in the marketplace: the hours that people still devote to them, the proliferation of the independent bookstores that were supposed to be going the way of the dodo bird, the falling off of electronic reading devices like the Kindle. In the middle of the column, there was a shockingly extreme and revealing quote from the late Steve Jobs, who in 2008 said, “It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore.”

The reason that quote is so revealing is that 1) it was never really true,
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‘Wild Goose Lake’: A Stylish Crime Noir Could Still Use More Narrative Cohesion [Cannes Review]

An overstuffed, stylish crime story about an unpredictable underground world, impressive visual poetry might be on display again in Yinan Diao’s “The Wild Goose Lake,” his latest action-noir, but narrative cohesion is sorely lacking. Following the visually-dazzling 2014 Berlinale-winning, “Black Coal, Thin Ice,” Diao’s most recent, ‘Goose Lake,’ is similarly themed. But it’s ultimately a less successful film with one almost entirely drowned by its overly-complicated and convoluted narrative about a gangster on the lam from both the cops and a rival gang.

Continue reading ‘Wild Goose Lake’: A Stylish Crime Noir Could Still Use More Narrative Cohesion [Cannes Review] at The Playlist.
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Box office for local films tumbled 38% in Colombia in 2018

Market share of admissions to Colombian films drops 43%, as Us films over-index.

Total box office in Colombia in 2018 fell 2% year-on-year to $151.73m while admissions climbed 2.4%, as local titles experienced double-digit drops, according to data issued by Proimágenes Colombia.

Box office for local films fell 38% to $4.79m, compared to an unadjusted $7.75m in 2017. The market share of admissions for Colombian films tumbled 43%, from 6% in 2017 to 3.4% (2.18m admissions) in 2018. Some 11% (41) of all films released in Colombia last year were local titles. There were three fewer Colombian films released in 2018, and the pipeline comprised 15 dramas, 14 comedies, 10 documentaries, one animation, and one horror.

By contrast,
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‘The Twilight Zone’ Season Finale Trailer Features Seth Rogen, Zazie Beetz, and the ‘Blurryman’

CBS All Acess has released a trailer for the season finale of Jordan Peele's The Twilight Zone revival, directed by Simon Kinberg (Dark Phoenix) and titled "Blurryman". The episode stars Zazie Beetz and Seth Rogen as a pair of writers being haunted by a mysterious figure as they both slowly lose their grip on reality. Which, you know, extremely relatable. For a 60-minute clip the trailer is filled with nods a'plenty to several other things, including William Hughes Mearns' famous poem "Antigonish" ("I met a man who wasn't there...") and the classic Twilight Zone episode, "Time …
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‘Mektoub’: On-Set Witness Alleges Pressure on Actors to Perform Unsimulated Sex, Alcohol Given – Report

‘Mektoub’: On-Set Witness Alleges Pressure on Actors to Perform Unsimulated Sex, Alcohol Given – Report
The initial outcry about Abdellatif Kechiche’s film “Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo” had mainly addressed its artistic merits (or lack thereof) for including a nearly 15-minute scene of unsimulated oral sex and and a seemingly never-ending parade of butts. But a report from a French paper is alleging that Kechiche had to employ unorthodox methods to convince his unwilling actors to perform the oral sex scene.

Intermezzo” is the sequel to “Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno,” which premiered at Venice back in 2017. Both films, based on François Bégaudeau’s novel “La Blessure, la vraie,” feature Ophélie (Ophélie Bau) and Amin (Shaïn Boumédine) at the center of a complicated web of attraction and affairs.

In the scene in question, a man performs consensual oral sex on the character Ophélie. The Midi Libre posted an account Saturday morning from a person close to production who says that Kechiche had to push his actors to create that scene.
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‘Aladdin’ Dominates International Box Office With $121 Million

Disney’s “Aladdin” is showing plenty of worldwide drawing power with $121 million overseas for the weekend, opening in first place in nearly all international markets.

The reboot of the 1992 animated classic has received strong family attendance with a significant gain on Saturday and Sunday. China leads the way with an estimated $18.7 million for its three days for a first-place finish.

Disney said that in Europe, “Aladdin” is tracking ahead of “Maleficent” and “Cinderella” for the same markets. The U.K. is the top European market with $8.4 million ahead of openings of both “Rocketman” and “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” which both debuted ahead of their Us launches. The “Pets” sequel opened with $4.1 million.

Italy generated $6.6 million for “Aladdin” in its second highest opening weekend to date in 2019, behind only “Avengers: Endgame” with a 52% market share. “Aladdin” also posted the second highest opening weekend to date in 2019 in Spain, 37% ahead
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'Aladdin' casts spell over global box office in $207m launch

'Aladdin' casts spell over global box office in $207m launch
Fantasy beats Rocketman, The Secret Life Of Pets 2 in UK.

A straight run of number one debuts across all of Asia and Latin America and in most of Europe drove Disney’s Aladdin to outperform Cinderella across the regions as it flew to an estimated $121m international debut and $207.1m worldwide excluding Monday.

Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum became the highest global performer in the franchise at the weekend, and Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame will become only the second film ever to cross $800m in North America on Monday.

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