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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’: Quentin Tarantino Begs Cannes Crowds to Avoid Spoilers

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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’: Quentin Tarantino Begs Cannes Crowds to Avoid Spoilers
Quentin Tarantino wants Tuesday’s Cannes Film Festival premiere of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” to be a spoiler-free zone. The director took to Twitter on the eve of the red carpet debut to implore media and others attending the hot-ticket event to avoid giving away too much about the film.

“I love cinema, You love cinema,” Tarantino wrote on Instagram and Twitter. “It’s the journey of discovering a story for the first time.”

“The cast and crew have worked so hard to create something original, and I only ask that everyone avoids revealing anything that would prevent later audiences from experiencing the film in the same way,” he added.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is set during the late-60’s and is said to include Charlie Manson and Sharon Tate as characters. It’s unclear if Tarantino (who offed Hitler in “Inglourious Basterds” in a machine
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Sony Interactive Launches Unit to Adapt Games for Film, TV (Exclusive)

Sony Interactive Entertainment has launched PlayStation Productions, a production studio that will mine the company's extensive catalog of video game titles for film and television. The new enterprise, headed by Asad Qizilbash and overseen by chairman of Worldwide Studios at SIE, Shawn Layden, is already in production on its first slate of projects and has set up shop on the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City.

"We’ve got 25 years of game development experience and that’s created 25 years of great games, franchises and stories," Layden tells The Hollywood Reporter. "We feel that now ...
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‘The Souvenir’ Gifted Best Weekend Average; ‘Trial By Fire’ is Burned: Specialty Box Office

‘The Souvenir’ Gifted Best Weekend Average; ‘Trial By Fire’ is Burned: Specialty Box Office
The specialty box office is still in the doldrums as summer approaches, save for some breakouts. Showing some zest this weekend was Sundance’s The Souvenir from filmmaker Joanna Hogg, taking the weekend’s highest per theater average at $21,463. The A24 title starring newcomer Honor Swinton Byrne as well as her real-life mother Tilda Swinton (who plays her mother in the feature) and Tom Burke grossed $85,851 in four theaters.

“The film played to younger and older audiences in both markets this weekend with critics championing Honor Swinton Byrne’s heartbreaking and star-making performance in an expertly crafted romantic drama as one of the best of the year,” touted A24 Sunday.

How the film continues in the box office remains to be seen, but there’s already a sequel on the docket. “It’s a sign of confidence from investors in the project,” said The Souvenir producer Luke Schiller earlier this week.
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‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Tops ‘Avengers: Endgame’ With $57 Million Opening

‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Tops ‘Avengers: Endgame’ With $57 Million Opening
This weekend was a big one at the box office for Lionsgate, as “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum” gave the studio its biggest opening weekend since the “Hunger Games” series ended back in November 2015. The latest chapter in the story of the vengeful assassin has earned an opening of $57 million from 3,850 screens, nearly double the $30 million opening earned by “John Wick: Chapter 2” in 2017.

At a time when many studios are acquiring recognizable franchises for four-quadrant appeal, “John Wick” was developed entirely in-house at Lionsgate with writer/creator Derek Kolstad and director Chad Stahelski, growing from a cult favorite in 2014 to a potent R-rated summer action title. Critics and audiences have praised the film’s signature fight sequences, giving “Chapter 3” an 88% score on Rotten Tomatoes and an A- on CinemaScore.

As for “Avengers: Endgame,” which saw its time atop the box office charts come to an end this weekend, falling to No.
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‘Hitsville: The Making of Motown’ Acquired by Showtime for U.S.

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‘Hitsville: The Making of Motown’ Acquired by Showtime for U.S.
Polygram Entertainment, Universal Music Group’s film and television division, along with Capitol Music Group, Motown Records and Fulwell 73 announced today that “Hitville: The Making of Motown” has been acquired by Showtime for release in North America with plans for a fall premiere, and Altitude for theatrical release in the UK and Ireland. The feature-length documentary chronicles the enormous success and enduring cultural impact of Motown Records, which will be celebrating its 60th anniversary this September. Endeavor Content brokered both deals and represents the project worldwide.

Directed by Gabe and Ben Turner, “Hitville: The Making of Motown” focuses on the period beginning with the birth of the company in Detroit in 1958 until its relocation to Los Angeles in the early 1970s. The story of Motown is told through interviews with the label’s visionary founder, Berry Gordy, and many of its superstar artists and creative figures, as well as
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Watch: ‘Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure’ Is the Longest Coaster in Florida

New details for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure—the latest upcoming attraction at Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter—have been revealed. Even before we knew the name of the attraction, we knew this was described as a “highly themed coaster,” and now we have a better idea of just how much of a coaster this attraction really is. Spoiler alert: you're gonna wanna hold on to your butts. The all-new attraction—located where the Dragon Challenge coaster used to be in Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park—combines a new level of storytelling …
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‘Diego Maradona’: Oscar Winner Asif Kapadia Returns With A Must-See Doc For Sports Fans [Cannes Review]

Infamous footballer Diego Maradona has a history with the Cannes Film Festival, which previously hosted “Maradona by Kusturica” in 2008. This time, however, the sports icon is the subject of a new documentary from Oscar-winning British helmer Asif Kapadia (“Amy“). It’s pointed that “Diego Maradona”—premiering out of competition at Cannes in advance of its HBO debut—includes both the first and last name of its subject in the title.

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Ifp Announces 2019 Documentary Lab Fellows and Projects

Ifp, Filmmaker‘s parent organization, has announced the 10 feature documentaries in post-production that will take part in its 2019 Documentary Lab, which begins today at the Ifp’s Made in New York Media Center. They include films about Central American mothers searching for sons and daughters who vanished en route to the U.S., a man struggling to recover his life after being wrongfully imprisoned, and a group taking part in a year-long experiment simulating life on Mars. Commented Ifp Executive Director Jeffrey Sharp, “The Ifp Filmmaker Labs have a history of singling out unique voices and diverse approaches to storytelling from […]
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Octavia Spencer on ‘Ma’: “These Types of Roles Haven’t Really Been Available to Women of Color”

Octavia Spencer on ‘Ma’: “These Types of Roles Haven’t Really Been Available to Women of Color”
Octavia Spencer is taking control.

While it sounds strange to presume that the career of an Oscar-winning actress and producer with 125+ credits is somehow outside of her control, with “Ma,” Spencer is taking her sweet-as-pie image and burning it. Well, she’s actually getting it drunk, stalking it, sewing up its lips and generally terrorizing it, but that’s beside the point.

In the horror film, Spencer plays a lonely veterinary aide named Sue Anne who starts partying with a group of high-schoolers, after they ask her to buy them booze. Sue Anne invites them over to her home and Ma’s basement quickly becomes the hotspot for teens looking to drink. But as quickly as the fun begins, everything – including Ma – starts to unravel, and eventually the party is over, for everyone.

At the film’s premiere in Downtown Los Angeles on Thursday night, the actress highlighted the importance
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The ‘Barry’ Season 2 Finale Asks If People Can Change, and Gives a Damming Reply

Since its first episode, Barry has balanced incredible humor, violence, and pathos with exceptional aplomb. It takes a universal quandary — the struggle between who we are and who we wish to be — and takes it to absurdist levels in Barry’s (Bill Hader) personal life. An am-dram actor who is also a contract killer could easily be a recurring sketch or even just a film idea, but the way the series smartly explores (in increasingly intricate ways) how that all connects to layers of selfhood and perception is never short of astonishing. A big reason behind that is the …
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‘Game of Thrones’: Emilia Clarke on Dany’s Final Scene and Her Reaction to This Season’s Arc

Spoilers for the Game of Thrones series finale follow below. The Game of Thrones finale was surely one of the most highly anticipated television events of this century thus far, but fans of the show had already been rocked a few episodes back by what felt like a sudden turn towards the dark side for Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). In the penultimate episode, “The Bells,” Dany broke bad fully, laying waste to a surrendered King’s Landing and killing every man, woman, and child in her way. And in the finale, well, Dany gets stabbed in the heart by her …
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Yes, There Was Actually A Plastic Water Bottle In Last Night’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ Finale

After the coffee cup fiasco that was only two weeks ago, there’s no way that the behind-the-scenes folks at “Game of Thrones” and HBO would allow something similar happen again, right? And definitely not in the series finale, which has been built up for almost a decade and will likely have the most viewers the series has ever seen? Well, much like people feel about the story and plot of the final season of ‘Thrones,’ it appears that we put too much faith in these people.

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Final ‘Brightburn’ Trailer Unleashes Superhero Horror

Final ‘Brightburn’ Trailer Unleashes Superhero Horror
A final Brightburn trailer is here, and it’s embracing its horror movie roots. The James Gunn-produced movie asks an intriguing question: what if a Superman-like being came to our planet, and ended up embracing evil instead of good? The results, it appears, are terrifying. Watch the scary, pulse-pounding final Brightburn trailer below. Brightburn Trailer The previous Brightburn trailers […]

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Quentin Tarantino Pens Letter To Cannes Attendees Asking Them To Not Spoil ‘Once Upon A Time’

Quentin Tarantino has always been a filmmaker that wears his inspirations on his sleeve. Some call it homage, others call it…something else. But whatever your definition, it’s clear that Tarantino likes to take what other filmmakers have done and put his own spin on it. And that seems to extend to spoiler letters, as well.

Following in the footsteps of the Russo Brothers and Bong Joon-ho, Tarantino has released an open letter asking people who are going to get early access to his upcoming “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” to avoid posting spoilers.

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Xavier Dolan Hails ‘Magnificent’ Cannes Competitor ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’: A ‘Powerful Piece of Cinema’

Xavier Dolan Hails ‘Magnificent’ Cannes Competitor ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’: A ‘Powerful Piece of Cinema’
Cannes whiz kid Xavier Dolan may be readying to premiere his latest film, “Matthias & Maxime,” at the French festival that helped put him on the map, but the Québécois creator appears to have already picked a winner for this year’s Palme d’Or. In a moving and effusive Instagram post, the “Laurence Anyways” and “Mommy” filmmaker hailed Céline Sciamma’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” as “magnificent” and a “powerful piece of cinema.” The film debuted to rave reviews this weekend, with IndieWire’s own David Ehrlich hailing it as “a painterly masterpiece.”

After completing a self-described trilogy of coming-of-age films — “Water Lilies,” “Tomboy,” and “Girlhood” — Cannes regular Sciamma has shifted her interests in the female experience to her first-ever period piece. Set on an isolated island during the latter half of the eighteenth century, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” features “Heaven Will Wait” star Noémie Merlant
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Kathy Griffin Concert Movie ‘A Hell of a Story’ Gets Theatrical Release (Exclusive)

Kathy Griffin Concert Movie ‘A Hell of a Story’ Gets Theatrical Release (Exclusive)
Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story,” a concert movie from the star comedian, has sold to Brainstorm Media for a special theatrical release this summer, Variety has learned.

The movie will play in U.S. theaters on July 31, for a one-night special event. Fandom Events is a partner on the deal, and Griffin will join audiences for a live Q&A following the film.

“A Hell of a Story,” which is directed by Troy Miller, premiered at SXSW in March to strong reviews. The film takes place at the end of Griffin’s recent “Laugh Your Head Off” tour, where she discusses the fallout from a controversial 2017 photograph where she posed with a fake severed head that looks like it belonged to Donald Trump.

As a result of the picture, which Griffin meant as a joke, she was blacklisted by Hollywood. She stopped getting job offers in movies and TV.
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How ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Is Like ‘Pokemon: Detective Pikachu’

Spoilers ahead for Detective Pikachu and John Wick 3. In the past two weeks, I’ve seen Pokemon: Detective Pikachu and John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, and they had a remarkable similarity. Although Detective Pikachu is targeted at children and Pokemon fans while John Wick 3 is aimed at bloodthirsty adults, both movies suffer from a similar affliction. Both movies are about the Cinema of Recognition. Both movies choose to minimize story and character because they’ve made a kind of cynical calculation that what you’ve really shown up for is to recognize something. When you buy your ticket, …
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'Pokémon Detective Pikachu' just holds off 'John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum' at UK box office

'Pokémon Detective Pikachu' just holds off 'John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum' at UK box office
Avengers: Endgame’ drops to third spot.

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RankFilm (Distributor)Three-day gross (May 17-19)Total gross to date Week 1 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Warner Bros) £2.7m £8.9m 2 2 John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (Lionsgate) £2.7m £3.6m 1 3 Avengers: Endgame (Disney) £2.2m £83.9m 4 4 The Hustle (Universal) £790,805 £2.3m 2 5 Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups (Paramount) £516,000 £516,000 1 Warner Bros

Animation-live action hybrid Pokémon Detective Pikachu narrowly held off the challenge of John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum to stay top of the UK box office for a second week running.

The fantasy title fell 45% on its impressive first weekend, taking £2.718m for a total of £8.9m to date.
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Local-language investor Library Pictures International launches in Cannes

Library Pictures International backed by initial consortium that includes Kkr, Sun Distribution, RSVP.

A consortium led by investment firm Atwater Capital and Kkr’s Germany-based media company has launched a financing entity to fund local-language production slates.

Library Pictures International has signed multi-year slate financing deals with several international producers and distributors, which besides Kkr include RSVP Productions in India, and Sun Distribution in Latin America and Spain.

The venture will look for opportunities to invest in further markets where local content claims significant market share.

CAA’s Media Finance and Global Client Strategy groups built the financing entity and
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Cannes: Kkr and Atwater to Launch Library Pictures, Boost Local-Language Film

Local-language film making is to get a fillip through the launch of Library Pictures international. The company is backed by a consortium of investors led by media investment firm Atwater Capital and a newly formed Germany-based media company established by Kkr.

The new firm is intended as a content financing entity to support industry-leading filmmakers and distributors across the globe by investing in local production slates. It has signed multi-year slate financing deals with prominent international production and distribution entities, including RSVP, the production company headed by former Disney India chief Ronnie Screwvala. Others include and Sun Distribution (Latin America and Spain).

CAA’s media finance and global client strategy groups architected the financing entity and negotiated the slate deals with the initial partners. Evolution Media Capital served as sole financial advisor. David Taghioff, who previously served as co-head of CAA’s Global Client Strategy group, will lead and operate
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