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'Pirates 5' and 'Baywatch' Set Sail Over Memorial Day Weekend

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Memorial Day weekend brings two new wide releases to theaters in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Paramount's R-rated comedy Baywatch, the latter of which got a head start on the weekend holding preview screenings last night and arriving nationwide today. Neither are necessarily expected to blow the doors off with Pirates looking to finish well behind the last three films, especially Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, which currently holds the Memorial Day opening weekend record of $139.8 million. Meanwhile there are a few questions as to just how high Baywatch will finish as Paramount really could use a win with this one as not one of their four releases this year has managed to hit $45 million domestically. At the top, while it isn't expected to top $100 million for the four day or even the $90.1 million Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides delivered »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Blake Lively to Star in Murder Mystery From 'Big Little Lies' Author (Exclusive)

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Blake Lively's got a secret.

The Gossip Girl grad will star in CBS Films' adaptation of The Husband's Secret, the New York Times best-seller from Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty.

Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz and Andrew Miano are producing via their Depth of Field shingle. Lively will also executive produce the adaption, which is currently out to potential directors.

Lively will play Cecilia Fitzpatrick, a chronic perfectionist whose suburban bubble is burst when she finds a note from her husband addressed to her with instructions to open it in the event of his death. But he's still alive. She then discovers a secret that her husband has been »

- Mia Galuppo

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‘Makala,’ ‘Gabriel and the Mountain’ Scoop Cannes’ Critics’ Week Awards

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Emmanuel Gras’ Congo-set documentary “Makala” and Brazilian director Fellipe Barbosa’s drama “Gabriel and the Mountain” scooped the top two awards at Cannes’ Critics’ Week on Thursday evening.

Makala,” Gras’ second documentary film, won the Nespresso Grand Prize at Critics’ Week, which is headed by Charles Tesson.

The highly cinematic documentary feature follows a young man (Kabwita Kasongo) who lives in the Congolese countryside and works on production of charcoal to give his family a better future. Gras, who is also a well-respected cinematographer, last directed “Bovines.” The movie is produced by Bathysphere and sold by Les Films du Losange.

Meanwhile, “Gabriel and the Mountain,” which centers on a young Brazilian man’s journey across Africa, won the Visionary Prize and Fondation Gan Award.

Barbosa’s sophomore feature, “Gabriel and the Mountain” is based on the true story of a friend of the director who died on the slopes of »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Box Office: ‘Baywatch’ Dives in With $1.25 Million on Wednesday

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Baywatch” got a head start on the competition by opening in previews on Wednesday, before it goes wide early on Thursday ahead of Memorial Day Weekend.

After its first night of earnings Paramount’s comedy made $1.25 million at 2,554 locations. Previews began at 7 p.m.

For its opening weekend, “Baywatch” is pegged at about $40 million from an eventual 3,647 locations. The summer comedy carries a $60 million production price tag.

Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron star in the comedy that spawned from the 1990s NBC drama starring David Hasselhoff and a team of lifeguards who patrolled the beaches of Los Angeles. This time around it’s Johnson, an experienced and devoted lifeguard, who butts heads with a new recruit, Efron, until they uncover a criminal plot.

Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Jon Bass, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera also star. Seth Gordon directed the film based on a screenplay by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. »

- Seth Kelley

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Sony’s Silver Sable, Black Cat Movie Lands Gina Prince-Bythewood as Director

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Gina Prince-Bythewood is in talks to direct “Silver and Black,” the second announced standalone film in Sony’s Marvel Universe. If the deal goes through, she would become first African-American woman to direct a movie based on Marvel characters. The film will be based on the characters Silver Sable and Black Cat (aka Felicia Hardy), who are known for their connections with Spider-Man. Silver Sable is a mercenary who runs a company that hunts criminals. She hasn’t been introduced in a previous film. Meanwhile, Hardy made her debut in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” played by Felicity Jones. Also Read: »

- Carli Velocci and Matt Donnelly

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Rosario Dawson in Negotiations to Star in X-Men Spinoff ‘New Mutants’

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Rosario Dawson is in talks to star in X-Men spinoff “New Mutants,” a person close to the project told TheWrap.

Dawson will play Dr. Cecilia Reyes. Her character in the spinoff acts as a mentor for the young adult ensemble cast that already includes “Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams and “Split” star Anya Taylor-Joy.

Williams is set to play Rahne Sinclair, or Wolfsbane, who must figure out how to reconcile her ability to turn into a wolf with her religious beliefs. Taylor-Joy is Illyana Rasputin, »

- Ashley Boucher

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Joseph Fiennes Nearly Played Obi-Wan Kenobi – and Tells Us How He Lost the Role (Exclusive)

24 May 2017 2:32 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

When it comes to his most memorable audition story, “The Handmaid’s Tale” star Joseph Fiennes has a really good one. As it turns out, it revolves around a key role in the “Star Wars” prequels. In an interview with TheWrap, Fiennes was coy at first, not dropping the name of the film or its director, but provided enough clues to tip us off. (Waving your hands around like you’re holding a lightsaber isn’t exactly subtle.) “I auditioned for a great director,” Fiennes said as he began his story. “It was whittled down after many auditions to myself »

- Carli Velocci

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CAA and Bona Film Group establish film fund

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Roland Emmerich’s Midway, announced in Cannes, is first project to be financed through the fund.

Distributor and production company Bona Film Group and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) have announced the launch of a long-term film fund, with an initial $150m investment.

The fund will be co-managed by Bona and CAA, with a focus on financing English-language films for the global marketplace, Chinese co-productions, and Chinese-language films for the local market. 

Bona Film Group will distribute all films financed through the fund in China, while CAA will represent the North American and select international distribution rights to all films.

The first film financed through the fund is Roland Emmerich’s Second World War drama Midway. Bona’s $80m lead investment in the film, announced earlier this week, is the biggest deal made at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. CAA brokered the deal and will represent Us rights, while Bona has worldwide rights.

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Movie Talk: ‘John Wick 3′ Production Details; Joseph Kozinski Eyed for ‘Top Gun 2′

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Plus, 'Deadpool 2' casts Jack Kesy as main villain, final trailer review for 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' and first trailer for 'Wonder.' »

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: How a Classic Technicolor Technique Made the Color Red A Political Act

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” series on Hulu was tailor-made for Trump’s America, and nothing sums up the horror of Margaret Atwood’s totalitarian Gilead better than the “salvaging” ritual at the end of Episode One. The color red, worn by the Handmaids, becomes the key visual component, symbolic of both menstrual blood and political rage.

The Handmaids, forced into sexual servitude because of their rare fertility, are permitted to encircle and execute a rapist every month in a public display of controlled catharsis. And it comes at the worst possible moment for protagonist Offred (Elisabeth Moss), who learns that her best friend, Moira (Samira Wiley), is likely dead because of her rebellion as feminist and lesbian, so she takes charge with uncontrollable aggression.

Finding the Right Red in the Costumes

Reed Morano, the cinematographer-turned director, who helmed the first three episodes, established the palette of Atwood’s color-coded dystopia »

- Bill Desowitz

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Primetime Emmys Enlist Producers Behind the Tony Awards to Assist First-Time Host Stephen Colbert

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The Primetime Emmy Awards are getting a new production team. CBS and the Television Academy have tapped Tony Awards and “Kennedy Center Honors” producers Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner to oversee this year’s telecast.

Stephen Colbert is on tap to host this year’s show, which takes place on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. Et at the Microsoft Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Giving the show a serious infusion of fresh blood, it’s the first time as Emmy emcee for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” star, just as it’s the first time as Emmy telecast executive producers for Weiss and Kirshner.

Weiss has directed the Primetime Emmy Awards five times before, however, and will helm the show this year as well.

“We’re looking forward to seeing their unique and innovative approach to the telecast,” said Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington. “Glenn’s exceptional direction of past Emmy Awards, »

- Michael Schneider

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Gal Gadot Nearly Quit Acting Just Before Becoming ‘Wonder Woman’

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After her scene-stealing turn in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s hard to think of anyone else but Gal Gadot donning the golden bracelets, wielding the Lasso of Truth, and kicking ass as the Princess of Themyscira. But before she auditioned for the role that would change her life, the Wonder Woman star nearly quit acting […]

The post Gal Gadot Nearly Quit Acting Just Before Becoming ‘Wonder Woman’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Ben Pearson

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales': Jerry Bruckheimer on the Lasting Appeal of Jack Sparrow

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Plus, whether or not the franchise will get any spin-offs, and what character he would love to see return. »

- Christina Radish

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L'Amant Double review – camp-classic status beckons for François Ozon's softcore silliness

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The director of Jeune et Jolie returns with another slice of erotica-lite, in this tale of an ex-model in therapy who ends up with two lovers – who are twins

The softcore silliness and lite-erotic stylings of François Ozon’s horribly middleweight psycho-suspense thriller may yet give it camp classic status, like a super-porny version of Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected.

There’s admittedly a cheeky wit to the opening visual gag, which converts a gynaecological image into a crying eye. And it has what future cultural historians may come to think of as the best female strap-on scene since Myra Breckinridge. Who knows?

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- Peter Bradshaw

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‘Ozark’ Trailer: Jason Bateman Leads Another Netflix Show

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I love watching great television shows. But at this point, the rate at which Netflix is dropping new content on its subscribers is almost aggressive. They’re starting to seem like the Joker in The Dark Knight, setting fire to massive piles of cash in a darkened warehouse for no reason other than that they enjoy the chaos of […]

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- Ben Pearson

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Lionsgate Q4 Beats Street With Higher Earnings & Revenue

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Lionsgate first full-quarter results since acquiring Starz for $4.4B late last year show its revenue and earnings beating Wall Street forecasts. The mini-major’s earnings for Q4, ending March 31, were $62M, or 30 cents per share; forecasts has pegged the Eps at 22 cents. It also posted revenue of $1.26B, above analyst estimates of $1.19B. The results included $89M in restructuring and other costs primarily associated with Lionsgate's December 8 acquisition and subsequent… »

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Disney CEO Bob Iger: Hacker Threat About Stolen Movie Was a Hoax

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Disney chief Bob Iger confirmed the company received a threat from cybercriminals who claimed to have stolen the digital copy of a movie — but that the studio believes the claims were false.

“To our knowledge we were not hacked,” Iger said in an interview with Yahoo Finance published Thursday. “We had a threat of a hack of a movie being stolen. We decided to take it seriously but not react in the manner in which the person who was threatening us had required.”

Iger added, “We don’t believe that it was real and nothing has happened.”

According to some reports, the movie in question was Johnny Depp-starrer “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” But piracy-news site TorrentFreak, citing an email exchange with someone purporting to be behind the extortion attempt, reported that the hackers told Disney they stole an incomplete cut of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi. »

- Todd Spangler

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Adam Carolla Crowdfunding for Anti-Safe Spaces Documentary — Watch

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Comedian and podcast personality Adam Carolla has teamed up with conservative radio host Dennis Prager to make “No Safe Spaces,” a documentary about political correctness at universities in the United States. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two have been filming at various colleges, including California State University, Northridge —where they were initially not allowed inside— and U.C. Berkeley, where Ann Coulter had to cancel her speech in April as a result of threats of violence.

Carolla and Prager have started an Indiegogo campaign, looking to raise $500,000 for their film, which will then be matched by the same amount by Capital Research Center’s Dangerous Documentaries, as reported by THR. “No Safe Spaces” is a criticism against universities’ “safe spaces,” which refers to educational institutions offering a safe place for distressed students who may be victims of hate violence or speech.

Read More: 5 Ways Documentaries Can Save the World »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Gillian Anderson Is David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust In New ‘American Gods’ Teaser

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Given that I’m still behind on “Master Of None,” “Fargo,” and “The Leftovers” (among a handful of others), my bandwidth for new TV shows at the moment is pretty small (and only going to narrow with new seasons of “Bloodline” and “House Of Cards” coming up). Still, whatever Starz are doing on “American Gods,” it’s keeping me interested, and Gillian Anderson going full David Bowie certainly helps.

Continue reading Gillian Anderson Is David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust In New ‘American Gods’ Teaser at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Filmworker’ Review: Stanley Kubrick’s Right-Hand Man Gets His Due in Tony Zierra’s Workmanlike Documentary

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Leon Vitali has been described as a jack of all trades, an Igor-like figure, the moth to Stanley Kubrick’s flame, even a slave. He has a different title for himself, however: filmworker. It’s what he puts on visa applications when traveling to other countries and, considering his all-encompassing job description, it only makes sense that he would require a singular title.

It’s also what Tony Zierra named his suitably workmanlike documentary about Vitali, whose heretofore unheralded work behind the scenes is now on full display in the Cannes Classics sidebar. An actor who got his would-be big break in “Barry Lyndon,” Vitali made a unique career choice following the film’s success: He became Kubrick’s right-hand man. Seeing such an elaborate production come together — Vitali had been acting for years, but never on something that matched the grand scale of “Barry Lyndon” — instilled in him a »

- Michael Nordine

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