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‘Solo’ Heads to Opening Below Forecasts Over Memorial Day Weekend

‘Solo’ Heads to Opening Below Forecasts Over Memorial Day Weekend
Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is flying well below forecasts, heading for a Memorial Day weekend launch of around $110 million domestically, early estimates showed Friday.

The four-day figure is significantly under the studio’s recent estimates in the $130 million to $150 million range at 4,380 North American locations. First-day grosses are coming in at about $32 million — including $14.1 million from previews, which set a Memorial Day weekend record.

Should the holiday estimate hold for “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” it will raise questions about franchise fatigue and Disney’s strategy of opening the tentpole a mere five months after “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” debuted on Dec. 16. “The Last Jedi” debuted impressively with $220 million in North America, and went on to earn $620 million domestically and $1.3 billion worldwide.

“Solo” is the 10th Star Wars movie and fourth from Disney in less than four years. Critics have been mostly positive with a current 70% “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes for “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

At $110 million, “Solo” would be only the sixth-biggest film to open on Memorial Day weekend. Disney’s 2007 release “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” currently holds that title with $139.8 million, followed by “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “Fast and Furious 6,” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
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"Sesame Street" Creators Sue Producers Behind 'Happytime Murders'

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This lawsuit is brought to you by the letter F because the creators of "Sesame Street" are downright Furious with producers for "The Happytime Murders" ... alleging it's taking a crap all over its good name. Sesame Workshop is suing Stx Productions -- the company behind Melissa McCarthy's new movie -- claiming its marketing strategy confuses fans into mistakenly believing Sesame is in cahoots with the movie while ruining its wholesome image. In docs, obtained by TMZ,
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Box Office: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Flies to $14.1 Million on Thursday

Box Office: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Flies to $14.1 Million on Thursday
Disney’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” has launched domestically with an impressive $14.1 million on Thursday night — a Memorial Day weekend record.

The tentpole has been forecast to lift off with $130 million to $150 million at 4,380 sites during the four-day Memorial Day weekend.

The preview number exceeds the previous $13.2 million record held by “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” in 2007. It’s slightly behind the $14.5 millions from “Thor: Ragnarok” which finished the three-day weekend with $122.7 million in November.

Solo” follows Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo, who befriends his future co-pilot and Wookiee companion Chewbacca, and meets the gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany, Joonas Suotamo, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge round out the cast.

Ron Howard directed from a screenplay by Jonathan and Lawrence Kasdan. Howard replaced the directing team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who left the project in June,
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Bond 25 Director Confirmed as Danny Boyle, Production With Daniel Craig Begins December 2018

Bond 25 Director Confirmed as Danny Boyle, Production With Daniel Craig Begins December 2018
It’s official: MGM and Annapurna will team up to distribute Bond 25 in the U.S. on November 8, 2019. Universal Pictures has won the lucrative rights to handle the film’s international distribution. Sony previously handled Bond distribtion, but it’s rights to the franchise expired after “Spectre” and set off a bidding war among studios. The next 007 installment will open in the U.K. first on October 25, 2019.

In addition to the confirmed distributors, 007 studio Eon Productions has also confirmed Danny Boyle will direct Bond 25, which will once again star Daniel Craig as the world’s most famous spy. Boyle has been a contender for several months now, with his hiring dependent on whether or not 007 producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli liked the script Boyle hatched with his “Trainspotting” screenwriter John Hodge.
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Donald Glover Wants the Lando Movie to be ‘Frasier in Space’

Donald Glover Wants the Lando Movie to be ‘Frasier in Space’
Everybody wants a Lando movie to happen, especially now that polymath Donald Glover is playing the character in Solo: A Star Wars Story. And it turns out, Donald Glover has an idea for a Lando movie himself, and it’s not what you’d expect – if Glover has his way, the Lando standalone film will be like Frasier in space The moment […]

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Anne Hathaway To Star In ‘The Last Thing He Wanted’ From Filmmaker Dee Rees

Anne Hathaway To Star In ‘The Last Thing He Wanted’ From Filmmaker Dee Rees
Netflix is definitely not a company that is going to let a good thing go. After the monster critical success of “Mudbound,” the streaming service wants to stay in the Dee Rees business, and it looks like they’re going to do just that.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Netflix has signed on to distribute the new film from Academy Award-nominee Dee Rees, titled “The Last Thing He Wanted.” The film, based on the Joan Didion novel of the same name, follows a reporter who quits her job at The Washington Post to care for her father.
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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Starts Offshore With $11.4M; China Grounds Han

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Starts Offshore With $11.4M; China Grounds Han
Refresh for latest… Disney/Lucasfilm’s Han Solo origins tale, Solo: A Star Wars Story, has kicked off with $11.4M in two days at the international box office. The Ron Howard-directed film opened in 43 markets on Wednesday and Thursday including majors the UK, France and Korea. However, not included in the figure above is the unofficial $3.3M Day One estimate out of China today where the Millennium Falcon is stalling. Ahead of the weekend, we were hearing estimates for the…
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Harvey Weinstein Turns Himself in to NYPD, Charged With Rape and Pleads Not Guilty — Next Court Date in July

Harvey Weinstein Turns Himself in to NYPD, Charged With Rape and Pleads Not Guilty — Next Court Date in July
Update (10:20am Et): Weinstein has surrendered his passport to show authorities he is not a flight risk. He is also being fitted with a monitoring Gps device that will track his movements. Weinstein will have to get approval from a judge if he wants to travel beyond New York or Connecticut.

Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to the rape and sex crime charges. A court date has been set for July. His lawyer, Ben Brafman, has issued the following statement: “Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in non-consensual sexual behavior with anyone. Nothing about today’s proceedings changes Mr. Weinstein’s position. He has entered a plea of not guilty and fully expects to be exonerated.”

The New York judge has set a $10 million bond, or Weinstein can pay $1 million in cash.

Update (8:55am Et): Weinstein has been officially charged with rape.
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‘2001: A Space Odyssey’: Douglas Trumbull on Stanley Kubrick's Search for "Ultimate Perfection"

‘2001: A Space Odyssey’: Douglas Trumbull on Stanley Kubrick's Search for
To mark its 50th anniversary, Stanley Kubrick’s scifi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey is getting a 70mm film rerelease, following a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival, introduced by director Christopher Nolan.

The film was a watershed in motion pictures, as well as in visual effects with its pioneering techniques. Filmmaker, visual effects specialist and inventor Douglas Trumbull handled the special photographic effects on the film.

His subsequent VFX credits included Blade Runner, Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Close Encounters of the Third Kind — all three earned him Oscar nominations — and he also earned ...
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Sesame Street creators sue over The Happytime Murders puppet film

Lawsuit filed against the distributors of Melissa McCarthy film that shows Muppet-like puppets indulging in sex and drugs

The creators of Sesame Street have filed a lawsuit against the distributor of an upcoming Hollywood film The Happytime Murders to halt an advertising tagline that it claims falsely associates itself with the children’s television show.

An early trailer release for the film shows Muppet-like characters engaged in sex, coarse language, drugs and violence.
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Morgan Freeman “Devastated” Over Allegations, Says “I Did Not Assault Women” In New Statement

Morgan Freeman has put out a second statement in the wake of a report Thursday in which eight women came forward to accuse the Oscar-winning actor of inappropriate behavior. "I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday's media reports,” he said about the accusations that came in a report from CNN. The allegations included unwanted touching and inappropriate comments including asking a woman if she was…
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Morgan Freeman Issues New Statement: ‘I Did Not Assault Women’

Morgan Freeman Issues New Statement: ‘I Did Not Assault Women’
Morgan Freeman, who was accused of sexual harassment by several women on Thursday, has issued a longer statement in response to the allegations. Through his publicist Stan Rosenfield, Freeman said:

“I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports.

All victims of assault and harassment deserve to be heard. And we need to listen to them. But it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor.

I admit that I am someone who feels a need to try to make women—and men—feel appreciated and at ease around me. As a part of that, I would often try to joke with and compliment women, in what I thought was a light-hearted and humorous way.

Clearly I was not always coming across the way I intended. And
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Euphoria’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Euphoria’
It’s quite an achievement to set back gay representation on Italian screens by about 30 years, but Valeria Golino’s second feature as director manages to accomplish that dubious feat. “Euphoria” is a dolled-up mess of a movie featuring Riccardo Scamarcio as a rich and glamorous “entrepreneur” who takes it on himself to hide his brother’s cancer diagnosis from everyone involved. Don’t bother asking why, because the only possible answer, reinforced at every turn, is that each and every character is intellectually deficient. The real surprise is how Golino, whose directorial debut “Miele” showed such subtle maturity, could think that this mess of a script was worth putting on screen. Slick production values, a name cast and the kind of family-centric disease-of-the-week storyline beloved of matinee audiences will equal good box office at home.

If Golino and her fellow scriptwriters brought in gay author Walter Siti to add an authentically queer vibe,
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David Permut, Naomi Kawase Join Shanghai Festival Jury

David Permut, Naomi Kawase Join Shanghai Festival Jury
U.S. producer David Permut and Japanese director Naomi Kawase have joined the jury for the upcoming Shanghai International Film Festival. The jury is to be headed by Chinese director and actor Jiang Wen.

Others joining the jury, which decides the festival’s Golden Goblety (Jin Jue) Awards, include Hungarian director Ildiko Enyedi, Turkish director-producer Semih Kaplanoglu, mainland Chinese actress Qin Hailu and Taiwan actor Chang Chen, who was recently on the jury in Cannes.

The festival boasts other connections with Cannes too. The Cannes Film Market party was this year sponsored by Siff. And Shanghai organizers claim to be stepping up co-operation with other major festivals around the world, led by Cannes.

The appointment of Jiang and the announcement of a “Sissi trilogy” to celebrate the 80th birthday of the late Romy Schneider, was announced in March. Others in the Classics section include 4K restored versions of several titles directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
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These Are the 100 Most-Watched TV Shows of the 2017-18 Season: Winners and Losers

If there was a recurring theme during the recent broadcast network upfronts, it was this: Ratings must die. “We are in a new era of media and it’s time to retire the Nielsen television metric,” Turner president David Levy said. “While it undoubtedly served its purpose, it no longer fully captures how to successfully measure an audience in today’s landscape.”

Of course, complaining about Nielsen and traditional ratings is nothing new. And these days, virtually every outlet has embraced its own version of multi-platform program measurement — including TV, DVR, VOD and streaming viewership. Levy pointed to audience targeting and other methods as better ways of selling their wares. At the NBCUniversal upfront, ad sales chairman Linda Yaccarino pushed the company’s new “CFlight” metric.

“I still cannot believe I have to get up this stage and talk about legacy measurement,” Yaccarino said, dismissing the current “C3” standard (which
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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: What Did You Think?

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: What Did You Think?
After an infamously troubled production, Solo: A Star Wars Story is here. The overall critical opinion? It’s good, not great. But we want to hear from you. Did you love it? Did you hate it? Did you spend the whole time wishing they had just made a Lando movie instead? Tell us your Solo reactions below. It’s […]

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‘Adrift’ Director Baltasar Kormakur on Casting Shailene Woodley, Shooting Surrounded by Sharks

‘Adrift’ Director Baltasar Kormakur on Casting Shailene Woodley, Shooting Surrounded by Sharks
Baltasar Kormakur has taken on epics like “Everest,” an action-comedy in “Two Guns” and an atmospheric Icelandic TV drama series with “Trapped.” The director-producer-writer is often drawn to tales of extreme elements and survival. Starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claifin in the true story of a couple who faces tragedy on the ocean, “Adrift” open June 1.

Why are you so drawn to stories about the sea?

I’m Pisces, my sign is water. I was a competitive sailor as a kid and I was drawn to the sea. This was my first story about about sailing. Iceland is surrounded by water, so it’s part of my life.

What is it about tales of survival that attracts you?

It’s very raw and visceral, coming from a country where nature and the weather are a constant. When people face these elements, the person behind the person comes out — the mask comes off.
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‘Solo’: Breaking Down That Surprising ‘Star Wars’ Cameo

Exogorth-sized spoilers ahead if you haven't seen Solo: A Star Wars Story yet! There are lots of familiar faces in Solo: A Star Wars Story, even if they're played by some new and notable names. There's Alden Ehrenreich as the title character Han Solo, Donald Glover as the smooth-talkin' gambler Lando Calrissian, and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, but just about everyone else you come across is new to viewers and the many worlds of Star Wars. But some surprises lurk in the dark spaces of Ron Howard's Star Wars story... One such surprise was …
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Film News Roundup: Sony Opening Crime Thriller ‘Superfly’ Two Days Earlier

Film News Roundup: Sony Opening Crime Thriller ‘Superfly’ Two Days Earlier
In today’s film news roundup, “Superfly” moves up two days, Mick Fleetwood’s grandson gets cast and George Takei receives a film festival honor.

Release Date

Sony Pictures has moved up the opening of its crime thriller “Superfly” by two days to June 13, a Wednesday — giving the title a two-day head start on Disney-Pixar’s “Incredibles 2.”

Sony made the move Friday, a day after early tracking on “Incredibles 2” indicated an opening weekend of at least $140 million in North America. Early tracking for “Superfly” indicated an opening in the $10 million range.

Superfly” is directed by Director X in his feature film debut and stars Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Michael Kenneth Williams, Lex Scott Davis, and Jennifer Morrison. Unaided awareness on “Superfly” is at 4% with total awareness at 42% and “definite interest” at 33%.

The original 1972 “Super Fly” starred Ron O’Neal as a cocaine dealer who is trying
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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: What Did You Think?

It seemed impossible that Solo: A Star Wars Story would hit its May release date back when directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired during production last summer, but Lucasfilm pulled it off. Ron Howard quickly stepped in and retains sole directing credit on the finished product, and now fans can see the second-ever Star Wars anthology movie for themselves. The film originated years ago with an idea by Lawrence Kasdan, the screenwriter behind Empire Strikes Back. He had always wanted to tell a Han Solo origin story and George Lucas agreed the film was worth making, and …
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