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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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T.J. Miller Exiting HBO's 'Silicon Valley'

2 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

T.J. Miller is leaving Silicon Valley.

The actor best known for his portrayal of blowhard entrepreneur Erlich Bachman in the HBO comedy will not be back for the upcoming fifth season. HBO confirmed the news of his exit on Thursday.

"The producers of Silicon Valley and T.J. Miller have mutually agreed that T.J. will not return for season 5," said the cable network in a statement. "In Erlich Bachman, T.J. has brought to life an unforgettable character, and while his presence on the show will be missed, we appreciate his contribution and look forward to future collaborations."

News of Miller's departure comes »

- Bryn Elise Sandberg

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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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‘The Get Down’ Canceled by Netflix After 1 Season

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The Get Down” has been canceled after one season on Netflix, TheWrap has learned. The debut season of the Baz Luhrmann series about the rise of hip-hop in 1980s New York was split into two parts, with Part 2 premiering on the streaming platform last month. The series was marked by behind-the-scenes turmoil before it even premiered, with reports surfacing that the pricey musical drama suffered multiple delays in production. The series reportedly cost as much as $120 million for 12 episodes, and went through multiple showrunners, including “The Shield” alum Shawn Ryan and novelist Thomas Kelly. Also Read: 'The Get Down »

- Reid Nakamura

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Emmy experts predict a ‘Feud’ feud for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor: Stanley Tucci vs. Alfred Molina

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Best Movie/Mini Actress isn’t the only Emmy category where “Feud: Bette and Joan” could battle itself for the win. According to our experts, there’s another “Feud” feud brewing in the race for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor. As of this writing we’ve polled 15 journalists from top media outlets, and they’re split between two stars of […] »

- Daniel Montgomery

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‘Fargo’ Review: A Battle Between Ewan McGregors Has Never Felt So Wretched — And Season 3 Never More Exciting

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[Editor’s Note: The review below contains spoilers for “Fargo” Season 3, Episode 6, “The Lord of No Mercy.”]

Immediate Reaction

Gloria Burgle to the rescue!

After an episode of incredible tension and unexpected tragedy, we didn’t realize how badly we needed to hear Carrie Coon say, “Screw it,” whip the cruiser around, and high-tail it back to “the P.O.’s domicile.” While the simultaneously ominous and uplifting strings certainly served to get our hearts beating, “Fargo” may as well have played Bonnie Tyler’s famous “Footloose” jam “Holding Out for a Hero” — because one is on the way!

It’s just we had to hold out a little too long. Just enough road blocks were thrown in front of Burgle to keep her from cracking the case earlier, and all that time led to an inevitable tragedy. Ray (Ewan McGregor) is the first major victim of Season 3 (unless you count the annual pilot sacrifice of Scoot McNairy’s Maurice Lafay), in a particularly well-orchestrated offing. First »

- Ben Travers

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CBS Taps Tony Awards Production Team for Emmy Telecast

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CBS has tapped the Tony Awards production team of Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner to serve as exec producers of this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards.

Weiss has directed six previous Emmy telecasts, but this year will mark the duo’s first time shepherding the entire show. Stephen Colbert will host the 69th annual kudocast, airing live Sept. 17 on CBS. Chris Licht, Colbert’s exec producer on CBS’ “The Late Show,” will serve as a producer on the Emmycast. Weiss will once again direct.

“Glenn and Ricky have done outstanding work with CBS on ‘The Tony Awards’ and ‘The Kennedy Center Honors,’” said Jack Sussman, exec VP of specials, music and live events for CBS Entertainment. “This multiple Emmy Award-winning team has produced some of the most unforgettable TV moments, and we can’t wait to work with them on the biggest night celebrating television.”

Weiss and Kirshner are partners in White Cherry Entertainment, The »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner to Produce 2017 Emmys Broadcast

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Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner will produce the Emmys broadcast for the first time this year, CBS announced on Thursday. The White Cherry Entertainment duo will serve as executive producers, with Weiss pulling double duty as director. The ceremony will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 17 on CBS. Weiss and Kirshner have won multiple Emmys each for their experience producing live television events, including the Tony Awards for the last 13 years, the “Kennedy Center Honors,” “NFL Opening Kickoff” specials and “Super Bowl Halftime Shows,” the “Democratic National Convention,” “The Daytime Emmy Awards,” Presidential Inaugural. »

- Reid Nakamura

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Netflix, Amazon Pull Out of TCA Summer Press Tour

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Streaming services Netflix and Amazon will not participate in the 2017 Television Critics Association summer press tour.

Ctam, the cable- and broadband-television trade organization, released its schedule for summer press tour Wednesday. That schedule, which for the first time includes streaming services alongside pay-cable channels such as HBO, Discovery, and TNT, did not include dates for Netflix or Amazon.

“I cannot answer to what Netflix’s reasons are for not presenting at the Summer TCA Tour,” said Ctam spokesperson Mary Shaw in a statement Thursday. “However, I can say that there are a lot of variables that go into a content provider being able to present at any given tour. There are many factors that go into a successful presentation e.g., executive availability, talent availability, production schedules, marketing materials, etc. As for the Ctam cable and streaming portion of the tour, we have a robust five days of programming lined up for the critics.  I »

- Daniel Holloway

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Jamie Foxx Can’t Stop Mocking ‘Beat Shazam’ Team Over Usher Song in Premiere (Exclusive Video)

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Jamie Foxx won’t let it go when two contestants miss an Usher song on the series premiere of Fox’s “Beat Shazam,” as seen in the exclusive sneak peek above. In the unscripted show’s Thursday premiere, host Foxx assumes that Jazz and Chicky, who show off their step-dancing skills on the episode, will correctly be able to name the 2010 Usher hit “Omg.” “Jazz and Chicky, this should be in your wheelhouse now,” Foxx tells them. “I know you know Usher, now. You better not have got this answer wrong.” Also Read: 'Love Connection' Premiere Sneak Peek: Andy Cohen Reacts to Dater's JLo Diss. »

- Ryan Gajewski

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Hey Look: Mark Zuckerberg Finally Got His Harvard Degree

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Donning full cap and gown, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was awarded an honorary doctorate on Thursday at Harvard University, nearly 12 years after dropping out to focus on building the world’s largest social media company full-time. Zuckerberg would later switch into a blue suit and tie and give the commencement speech, joking “you’ve now accomplished something I never could!” to the crowd. With his mom and dad in attendance, Zuckerberg received the degree along with nine other honorary members. “Mom, I always told you I’d come back and get my degree,” said a post from Zuckerberg on his personal Facebook page. »

- Sean Burch

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Bob Iger on Purported ‘Pirates’ Ransom: ‘We Were Not Hacked’

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Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger on Thursday refuted reports that studio was hacked. “To our knowledge we were not hacked,” Iger told Yahoo Finance. “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.” Also Read: 'Pirates' and 'Baywatch' Search for Memorial Day Booty Despite Poor Reviews According to the The Hollywood Reporter, Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a meeting »

- Umberto Gonzalez

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Olympic Medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings Aims For Tokyo 2020 At 38: ‘I Don’t Believe in Barriers’ (Exclusive Video)

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Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings is aiming to win a gold medal in beach volleyball at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 when she’ll be 41 because, she said on Thursday, “I don’t believe in barriers.” Speaking at TheWrap’s Power Women breakfast in San Francisco, the three-time gold medalist said: “You have to earn your way there. I don’t believe in barriers. I believe my heart will tell me . I pray that my body doesn’t give out — my body feels amazing. I’ve had five shoulder surgeries, I’ve been through a lot, my training is smarter and my diet is. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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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 — reported to be “Pirated of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” — 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 [that] nothing has happened.”

The unidentified hackers had demanded that Disney pay a ransom — in the untraceable bitcoin crypto-currency — or else they would release the purloined movie in five-minute chunks. According to Iger, Disney refused to pay anything.

Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales »

- Todd Spangler

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Here’s How Much Fox News Is Hurting Without Bill O’Reilly

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Fox News has had a rough couple of weeks since its split with Bill O’Reilly — and it’s starting to show. O’Reilly was fired on April 19 after news that he and the top cable network had paid $13 million to settle lawsuits accusing him of sexual harassment or other wrongdoing. (He denies it all.) Then, company co-president Bill Shine was ousted as part of the same purge. A few weeks later, Fox News founder Roger Ailes — who had stepped down under his own cloud of sexual harassment accusations — died. Now, despite Sean Hannity’s best — and often successful — efforts to draw viewers, »

- Tony Maglio

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Lionsgate Q4 Earnings: ‘La La Land’ Leads Way for Revenue

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Lionsgate topped Wall Street’s earnings per share (Eps) and revenue forecasts on Thursday, when the media company revealed its results for the fourth quarter of 2017. The company reported 30 cents of Eps on revenue of $1.26 billion, fairly comfortably topping media analysts’ marks of 22 cents and $1.19 billion, respectively. On the annual basis, Lionsgate posted $3.2 billion in revenue, resulting in 9 cents of earnings per share. The full year’s financials reflect Lionsgate’s 2016 purchase of Starz, which came with an $89 million restructuring charge. Also Read: Lionsgate Will Be 'Dragged Across Concrete' for Us Rights to Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn »

- Tony Maglio

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Dear Hollywood, Here’s How to Protect Your Content From Hackers and Digital Pirates (Guest Blog)

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Cyber security breaches pose a significant and growing threat to individuals and businesses around the world. The entertainment industry is no exception. The average major motion picture costs $100 million to produce, and yet only four in every 10 recoup that initial investment. This makes the protection of intellectual property and the prevention of theft critical to the success of film and television. But as several recent high-profile security hacks in Hollywood make clear, the protection of any creative content is only as good as the weakest link. In many of these instances, the breaches occurred at third-party vendors performing »

- Dean Marks

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