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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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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' dominates Asia, LatAm to cast $207m spell over global box office

'Aladdin' dominates Asia, LatAm to cast $207m spell over global box office
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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'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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‘Echo In the Canyon’ Gets Warm Hometown Welcome as Lone Specialty Box Office Standout

‘Echo In the Canyon’ Gets Warm Hometown Welcome as Lone Specialty Box Office Standout
Once again, with a huge opening in Los Angeles for music documentary “Echo in the Canyon” (Greenwich), the genre is playing a vital role in keeping arthouses healthy. With “The Biggest Little Farm” (Neon) leading the way among holdovers as it adds theaters, documentaries’ central role in the specialty market stands out in stark contrast to what should have been a strong narrative opener, smart-girl comedy “Booksmart” (United Artists).

Until recently, that well-reviewed SXSW breakout would have been likely to build buzz in limited and play at specialized theaters, but instead opened wide this weekend. Though many core theaters are able to play it, competing theaters lessen their grosses, and in many cases they find themselves replaced by major chain competitors.

Opening

Echo in the Canyon (Greenwich) – Metacritic: 78; Festivals include: Los Angeles 2018

$103,716 in 2 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $51,858

Boomer appeal, top theater placement in Los Angeles, and special appearances
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‘Freaks’ Trailer: Emile Hirsch is an Overly Protective Father in This Thriller

‘Freaks’ Trailer: Emile Hirsch is an Overly Protective Father in This Thriller
Emile Hirsch takes “overprotective father” to the next level in Freaks, a curious sci-fi thriller that reveals very little in its first trailer. Locking his 7-year-old daughter (Lexy Kolker) in their house and boarding up the windows, Hirsch seems to be protecting her from something — but we are kept in the dark about what that […]

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‘Game of Thrones’: This Character Was Supposed to Live and Would’ve Hated Daenerys’ Fate

‘Game of Thrones’: This Character Was Supposed to Live and Would’ve Hated  Daenerys’ Fate
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Game of Thrones” Season 8, including the finale.]

The final season of “Game of Thrones” has caused controversy over its rushed storytelling that didn’t allow for enough character development, among other complaints. Case in point are Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and her dark turn into the pyromaniacal Mad Queen and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) undoing his story of redemption at the 11th hour to die with his sister, even after his eyes had been opened to her selfishness.

Despite all of these perceived narrative failures, Entertainment Weekly reveals that the writers did indeed try to create stories that would stay true to the characters and not just feel contrived. In fact, they wanted desperately to keep one character alive through to the end, but eventually abandoned the idea because it made no logical sense.

“For a long time we wanted Ser Jorah to be there at The Wall in the end,
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Weekend Box Office: ‘Aladdin’ Flies to $86 Million, ‘Brightburn’ & ‘Booksmart’ Struggle

Yesterday, Booksmart director Olivia Wilde urged audiences to go see her film, noting that the film is "getting creamed by the big dogs out there." Now that the weekend tallies are in, it looks like Wilde—unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you feel about massive global entertainment monoliths—was right. Disney's live-action Aladdin, the newest of the aforementioned big dogs, took in $86 million over the weekend and is looking at $100 million+ for the four-day holiday frame. Aladdin was followed by three franchise films. John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum nabbed another $24 million, crossing the $…
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Here Are All of Disney’s Upcoming Live-Action Remakes

You may have noticed that Disney, not content with the success of its Pixar releases, Marvel movies, or massive Star Wars universe thanks to the Lucasfilm purchase, has started remaking its classic animated films in live-action form. It sort of began with Maleficent, the pricey retelling of the Sleeping Beauty tale from the villain’s point of view with Angelina Jolie taking on leading lady duties. The film was a sizeable success, but instead of continuing to put twists on older films, Disney instead started straight-up remaking them. Cinderella was re-envisioned as a lavish period piece by …
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‘The Lion King’ Early Box Office Tracking Predicts a Massive Opening Weekend

We’re still eight weeks out from the release of Disney’s “live-action” remake of The Lion King, but audiences are already very excited to see what the visual effects extravaganza has to offer. The early box office tracking for The Lion King is predicting a huge opening weekend for the remake, one that would probably give […]

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Box Office: ‘Aladdin’ Taking Flight With $105 Million in North America

Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” is flying high with an estimated $105 million in North America during the four-day Memorial Day holiday weekend.

It’s the sixth-highest Memorial Day weekend total ever, topping the 2011 mark of $103.4 million for “The Hangover Part II.” The top total came in 2007, when “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” took in $139 million in its first four days. “Aladdin” is also dominating moviegoing internationally with $121 million in 56 markets.

Aladdin” has outperformed Disney’s pre-opening domestic projections, which were in the $75 million to $85 million range, taking in $86.1 million in its first three days. The reboot of the original 1992 animated movie — which generated $502 million in worldwide box office — stars Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Will Smith as the Genie, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. Guy Ritchie directed “Aladdin,” produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich.

Comscore’s PostTrak general audience survey found that 67% of patrons
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Van Jones on ‘The Redemption Project’ & Seeking Truth through Restorative Justice

At a time when empathy and compassion seem to be lacking and cancel culture runs rampant, news commentator and political activist Van Jones is on a mission to seek the truth in its purest form, with the CNN series The Redemption Project. As someone who has spent about 25 years working on criminal justice issues, his incredible access to the U.S. prison system allows him to take viewers into the room as offenders come face-to-face with those impacted by their violent crimes, as part of the restorative justice process. During this 1-on-1 phone interview with …
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‘What / If’: The Ending Isn’t All That Matters in Season 1, But Boy Is It Grand

[Editor’s Note: The following article contains spoilers for the ending of “What / If” Season 1, streaming now on Netflix.]

What if the ending to “What / If” was bad? Not in the “so bad it’s good” way that drives the first season to juicy, melodramatic glory, but the normal kind of bad, where expectations aren’t met, disappointment ensues, and enraged fans take to the internet demanding a remake. Doubt hung over the middle of the season like the stubborn cloud casting permanent blackness over Imogen’s offices. After getting so caught up in Mike Kelley’s throwback thriller, what if all that time watching was for naught? What if the payoff couldn’t match the buildup? What if “What / If” was just another twisty bit of fun that ran out of gas at the finish?

Those who’ve made it through the 10 episodes know this not to be the case. Benefitting from an anthology structure that allowed for a fixed ending, “What / If” came to a dramatic,
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